Chapman Valley Historical Society saluted for work preserving history

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
Chapman Valley Historical Society members Peter and Pam Batten, Warren Kennedy and John Stokes with their commendation from the State Heritage Awards.
Camera IconChapman Valley Historical Society members Peter and Pam Batten, Warren Kennedy and John Stokes with their commendation from the State Heritage Awards. Credit: Supplied

The Chapman Valley Historical Society will celebrate National Volunteer Week early with a morning tea at its museum on Wednesday, May 15.

The function will acknowledge the volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve and document the region’s history.

The society’s 34 years of hard work were recognised recently with a commendation at the State Heritage Awards, presented at the Old Fremantle Gaol.

The group was among five finalists in the community-based group category.

Secretary Pam Batten said members were “elated” to receive the award.

“The development of the museum over the last 21 years has been incredible,” she said.

“It’s a community resource to inspire, educate and inform the community and visitors.”

The society was established in 1985, with the museum opening in 1998.

About 1200 people visit each year. Mrs Batten said displays depicted “the paradigm of historical life in all elements”.

“There’s a range of displays, from farm equipment and vehicles to family histories, photos of pioneers and household items.”

She said the historical society was always seeking volunteers and urged anyone interested to visit chapmanvalleyhistory.org. au or the group’s Facebook page.

The museum is situated at 100 East Terrace, Nanson.

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