Cohuna and District Historical Society Inc
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. We now have a purpose built Archives and Photographic area which includes a large museum storage room. We are a fully accredited museum and are totally run by volunteers.
The Old Church Building has become the Museum for exhibits and special displays. The collection contains a variety of old household items and memorabilia of the district, including 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. Archive & Photographic Collections are now housed in the adjacent purpose-built brick Archives Building opened on the 18th September 1992. A large compactus unit is installed in the fire-proof room. Family & Local History Research (photocopying, plus a small fee) can be arranged, or you may prefer to do your own research. Researchers are requested to donate a copy to our archives. We have an estimated 3500 museum items and over 5000 indexed photographs plus extensive archives. All acquisitions in both Museum & Archives have been donated by the community whilst Indexing and Research are carried out entirely by volunteers.