Keeping local history alive

Catherine Murray, Doreen Savage, Jennifer Gee, at front, with other Buckingham House volunteers. The group was recently recognised with an Australia Day community group award. Picture: Emma Goodwin
Catherine Murray, Doreen Savage, Jennifer Gee, at front, with other Buckingham House volunteers. The group was recently recognised with an Australia Day community group award. Picture: Emma Goodwin

The group of 18 ladies, who run the Buckingham House Heritage Education program for primary students twice a week, were recently recognised for their work with an Australia Day community group award.

Volunteer of 13 years Doreen Savage (74) said she had many stories from her time at the Wanneroo heritage homestead.

‘When you’re a volunteer, you do it because you want to,’ she said.

‘Everyone here is really nice, it’s a social thing as well as helping the children.’

A day in the life of a Buckingham House volunteer includes showing students how to make damper, wash clothing on a washboard, get water from the site’s working well and milk a cow.

The Duncraig Primary School retired teacher’s assistant of 21 years said she had heard many amusing things in her lifetime of service to children.

‘One time I was sewing and making lavender bags to keep away silverfish and one little girl said, ‘We don’t have any silverfish at my place ” actually we don’t have any pets’,’ Ms Savage said.

‘Others think the potty under the bed is for making soup in, or to put water in for a drink in the night’