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Society dedicates event to first president

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April 09, 2018

Clare Johnston shows guests the process of making a cricket bat.

Angela Spedding of Merrigum worked hard at the butter churning display.

Kyabram's Hein and Karin Bosman bought sweets from Sophie De Girolamo.

It was a perfect day for the 23rd Heritage Day in Merrigum, as people enjoyed a taste of their history at the Merrigum Museum.

Guests were treated to a range of displays, including butter churning, hay baling, sleeper cutting and cricket-bat making from Clare Johnston, the first female to become an accredited cricket bat maker.

‘‘It’s been a really nice day out and great meeting so many new people,’’ Ms Johnston said.

Vintage cars and engines plus general museum displays were on show.

Janet and Sophie De Girolamo from the Merrigum General Store manned the sweets stall, with all profits donated to the Merrigum Historical Society.

‘‘All funds are put back into the historical society and go towards new buildings and materials for the museum as well as maintenance,’’ Mrs De Girolamo said.

‘‘The nice weather has brought a lot of new people out.’’

The event was dedicated to the Merrigum Historical Society’s first president Bert Henderson, who died on December 30 last year.

‘‘Bert did a tremendous amount of work for the society and the museum and it’s great to acknowledge his efforts,’’ Merrigum Historical Society secretary Florence Halliday said.

‘‘He built a lot of buildings for the museum, did all the maintenance and is well known in the community for his work.’’

The Merrigum Historical Society hopes to continue Mr Henderson’s legacy, celebrating Merrigum Heritage Day for years to come.

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