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Cohuna and District Historical Society Museum

Sampson Street COHUNA

The Cohuna & District Historical Society Inc was established in 1970 and meetings were held in the old library at the Memorial Hall until 1984. The Museum, which received accreditation from Museums Australia in May 2001, is now housed in the former Presbyterian Church (built 1922). A Co-operative was formed to purchase the Scots Church Hall to house and display the growing collection of artefacts, photos and records. Our main fundraising activity is conducted in the old Sunday School Hall where we have Quarterly Trash & Treasure sales. The Archive & Photographic Collections are housed in the adjacent purpose-built brick building. Stage I opened in 1992 and Stages II & III (facilities and Museum storage) in 2000. Our organisation is made up entirely of volunteers; some of whom work set days and others who come in when they are able. All items in our collection have been donated by the local community, as have been the articles that we sell in the Trash & Treasure.

Our Collection

This collection, established in 1970, is held in the former Cohuna Presbyterian Church. Key strengths of the collection are photographs and archives documenting the local history of Cohuna and surrounding district. Special items include a fence post cut by Albert Jacka, Australia's first V.C. winner in World War One, who worked in this district prior to the war; part of an original tree marked by Major Mitchell; the Macorna telephone exchange; and a potato-masher originally owned by the mother of Ned Kelly. The collection is managed by volunteers. Facilities are provided for researchers.

This collection documents the local history of the Cohuna township and district.

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