Catching Up With The Past At Cedar

An update from the Samford Museum

Samford Museum members were thrilled to receive an invitation to participate in Cedar Creek Hall’s open day. A day of catching up with old friends, introducing family ‘to where we used to live,’ as well as sharing photos and memories was had by all.  Here is a little bit of a snippet of some of the stories on offer on the day:-

When the boys in the band that played at Cedar Creek/Closeburn Hall went to WW2, local lady Thelma Knight became the pianist and played at Cedar Creek, Samford, and Samsonvale dances. She was also a relief pianist for Laceys Creek and Dayboro dances. Thelma’s parents arrived at Kobble Station about 1923, then in 1939 transferred to the Samsonvale Station.                                                                                                                                  A group of local farmers used to gather at the hall fortnightly to play euchre. A farmers’ night out before today’s mens’ sheds.

The following day was the ever-popular Anzac Day event at the museum. Volunteers noticed several visitors research their family history following on from the museum’s display at Cedar Creek Hall. Children also had a great time, eagerly returning from their completed treasure hunts (hoping they were correct!) to receive their penny reward.  Older children were kept busy making copper poppies in the blacksmith shop whilst the adults browsed displays or shared stories over tea and fresh damper.

A few months back, the museum participated in the National Trust’s Heritage Month, with launch of Peter Burden’s and Graham Bailey’s revised book ‘The Camp Mountain Railway Disaster May 5 1947’ on Labour Day.  This drew visitors with family links to the disaster as well as railway enthusiasts.  Copies of the book are available $15 per copy from the museum.

New and returning school groups have kept volunteer segment-presenters busy during the semester. If you enjoy working with children and would like to participate, please call Geoff 0417 610 983.

The Samford Museums next display and stall will be at Samford Show on the 10th and 11th July  and the team look forward to meeting regular and new visitors.

The museum opens the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm until December. 

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