About The Foster and District Historical Society Inc.
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The Foster and District Historical Society (previously the South Gippsland Historical Society) was formed on 3 August 1973.
Address: Main Street, Foster, Vic 3960, Australia.
We operate a volunteer-run museum situated in the Main Street of Foster, Victoria. See how the district developed from the discovery of gold in 1870, the growth of the dairy and fishing industries, the establishment of Wilsons Promontory National Park in 1906 – Victoria’s first National Park, to the thriving district of the 21st century.
The museum complex comprises:
- the former Foster Post Office, built in 1890
- Agnes State School (100 yrs in 2012) but the building itself is much older
- a furnished pioneer cottage and bark hut,
- a wooden model of Foster in the 1940s and 50s,
- the former Foster Gaol (decommissioned in 2009!)
- the boat belonging to gold-seeker H.B. Lasseter
- and the post-war prefabricated building – now Crawford Hall – is the old Yanakie School
… all set in a terraced garden below Kaffir Hill, a former gold-mining site.
Foster and District Historical Society members undertake research of the local area and have written a number of local histories.
All are available from the Society for marked prices, plus postage. View our publications available on line.
Next meeting October,Tuesday 1, 7.30pm, Crawford Hall, rear of the Museum. Margaret Rees will be speaking on her recently-published book, ‘Stories of Bena: The People and the Country’. Members, guests and general public welcome.
Check Members page from time to time & don’t forget Newsletters.