news July 2011

July 2011

Hello Everyone, how are you enjoying winter?   Many of the members of the PFHS have headed north for their annual winter holiday and with the weather in Port Fairy  particularly cold, wet and windy I hope they are making the most of the warmth and sunshine.   From the 11th July until the 1st September the museum will move to the winter hours which are Saturday only from 2pm - 4pm.

Even though many members are away we haven't been idle.   The busines of the association has continued as usual.  

Last Sunday we held our annual S.S.Casino commemorative ceremony.  V.P. Andrea Lowenthal related the story of the Casino to the assembled members and public, Marten Syme tolled the bell and the wreath made by Angela Syme was laid at the foot of the memorial cairn.   A feature this year however was the whistle!   Member Robert Whitehead devised a method of putting a charge of compressed air through the base of the S.S.Casino's whistle which is in the society's collection.   This was the first time the whistle had been heard down around the wharf for 79 years.   Well done Robert.   We hope to use the whistle again at another special event.

Don't forget there is no meeting of the Society in August, usually the coldest month of the year so the next meeting of the Society is in September.    We have already booked our speakers for the October and November meetings and these will both be very interesting.

October will be Barbara Shepherd, owner of the Little Doll House Museum who will talk about the Australian doll making industry up until the 1960s.

In November we will hear from Des Williams.   Des has written about and searched for the ship T.S.S. Coramba for many years.    The Coramba was owned by the BKSN (Belfast and Koroit Steam Navigation Co) and was the ship that company purchased following the loss of the Casino.  It was wrecked in 1934, only two years after the Casino. The wreck was discovered earlier this year off Philip Island so Des will have many marvellous stories to tell us about the find and the future of this wreck.

Hope to see you at a meeting soon.

Andrea