Midland stalwart starts Midland and Districts Historical Society

Midland resident Matthew Pavlinovich
is so passionate about preserving his hometown that he has started the Midland and Districts Historical Society.  Picture: Bruce Hunt  d472089
Matthew Pavlinovich. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Midland resident Matthew Pavlinovich is so passionate about preserving his hometown that he has started the Midland and Districts Historical Society. Picture: Bruce Hunt d472089 Matthew Pavlinovich. Picture: Bruce Hunt

MATTHEW Pavlinovich’s passion for the Midland area began in primary school as he watched the suburb change and its history lost rather than celebrated.

The Remember Midland Facebook page founder this year began the Midland and Districts Historical Society, which has about 30 members and continues to grow.

Since creating Remember Midland in 2013, more than 2,500 images have been shared on the page which reaches about 30,000 people a week.

“Remember Midland currently has over 9,800 page likes and hopefully will tick over to 10,000 very soon,” he said.

“This just doesn’t include Midland but every suburb within 6056 and suburbs of Upper Swan and Wexcombe that were formally within 6056.”

He said the response to Remember Midland had been enormous and the page belonged to the community.

“The contributors from the beginning to this point have been brilliant and we have managed to share some fantastic images that no other collections hold in this state,” he said.

“Places like Wexcombe have finally been recognised and remembered.”

He said local businesses from the Midland area had also been a huge support by either contributing their history to the page or promoting it.

“While word of mouth has also played a major factor in getting people to visit and contribute to Remember Midland and it just shows how strong our community is,” he said.

“It’s certainly been a fantastic experience for me, I don’t get paid to run the page and its all done from the heart and my passion for Midland.”

About 80 people attended a public forum to gauge interest in a Midland and Districts Historical Society in December and by February, it became an official entity.

Mr Pavlinovich was elected chairman of the society with Robert Horton his vice and Sharon Scarfone, Beryl Horton, Geoff Wood and Christine Lewis making up the rest of the inaugural committee.

The society has been endorsed by the City of Swan with a partnership now formed with the City’s Local History Collection.

It is currently based at Midland’s Ascension Church Hall and have guest speakers on the second Sunday of every second month.

“In the future, we hope to acquire a permanent venue within Midland,” he said.

“This will allow us to expand from not just hosting guest speakers but allow members to work on research projects and to host slide nights and guided tours as well as give us storage space for the society’s collection.”

They will next meet on Sunday, September 10 at 1.30pm with a talk about the history of John Kosovich Wines followed by an AGM.