One for the history books

Sue Baker, Helen Greer and Diane Stewart with some vintage dolls. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d435368
Sue Baker, Helen Greer and Diane Stewart with some vintage dolls. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d435368

The group, based at the historic Manning Park, was announced as one of eight nominees in the running for the Contribution by a Community-based Organisation gong, an award it has previously won.

History and museum officer Christine Elaine said the group was pleased to be nominated after a solid 2014 that included working with the council to develop a conservation plan for the Davilak Ruins, conserving Manning family costumes, and developing new local heritage events for the community.

�To be a finalist in these awards again, particularly in this category, is valuable in its recognition of the importance of volunteers who are preserving our history and heritage because of their passion and not for material gain,� she said.

�It is exciting for small community groups to reach this amazing level of importance and very rewarding for them to see their achievements appreciated.�

Ms Elaine said 2015 would be another big year, with school holiday programs, a vintage machinery day, Anzac displays, and participation in five events for the National Trust Heritage Festival.

Award winners will be announced by Heritage Minister Albert Jacob on April 15.