Our mission is to provide and establish a unique, informative and interesting avenue into history, culture and industry within the district. To research and promote our local district and history, thereby inspiring community involvement.

Gardiner Dairy Foundation/FRRR Grant Boost for Noojee

The Noojee & District Historical Society has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), as part of the 2018 ‘Working in Dairy Communities Small Grants Program.’  This grant program supports projects that will benefit local communities and also deliver a boost to local economies.

The grant will provide the bulk of the funding urgently required to seal the pathway approaches and the surface of the platform at the reconstructed Noojee railway station.  The station has functioned as the Noojee Heritage Centre since being opened in 2014 as a replica of the original railway station that first served Noojee almost 100 years ago.

During both wet and dry weather, the current unsealed surfaces have proved difficult to keep serviceable for visitors.  Volunteers have been waging a battle against dust in the summers and mud in the winters, so the project to seal the surfaces will benefit volunteers and the visitors, equally.

Society President, William Langoor, said “Once the works are completed, we are confident that visitors will be able to make better use of our facilities, all year round.  We look forward to welcoming more groups and families as a result of this generous grant from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.  It’s planned to undertake the work in late September or early October, when the weather should be more suitable and we will provide advice on our website of any days when the centre may be closed for the sealing process to take place.”.

The Heritage Centre is attracting record numbers of visitors at the weekends and is now firmly established as a regular stop for organised tour groups during the week. It provides an additional incentive for everyone to visit Noojee, which ultimately benefits local businesses that rely on visitation.

Gardiner Grant Presentation 2018

What have the Noojee and District Historical Society members been up to?

This project, the restoration of a ice-cream trike, is one of our members greatest idea to date! This project was made possible with the help and support of the Noojee & District Historical Society’s awesome friends and donators. This 3-wheeler trike, commonly used in the 1950-1960s, was built from scratch and all the work was to restore this beauty was donated.

WE WANT TO TAKE THE TIME to send a special thankyou to everyone that made this possible.

  • First up - Wally Redl organizer, visionary and designer of the project
  • Wielding and Fabrication by Mick O'Connor

  • Profile Engineering, owned by Steve Edney, did the build and supplied the alloy box unit

  • Powder coating finish donated by Steve Edney

  • Graphics by Gordon of Legible Signs

  • Internal eski and cold storage unit by the Noojee Heritage Centre

Thank you everyone! Splendid Job! Join us at the centre for a very cold ice-cream this summer!

Our New 'Platform Goods Shed' is up to the Final Stage

Platform Shed

  

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Hi all members and friends, just an update on what has been happening at the Noojee Heritage Centre - click on the first image above and see the huge transformation. A big thank you to everyone involved!

  • The new 'Platform Goods and Storage Shed' construction is completed - we still have some work to do on the interior
  • This building will be a welcomed benefit for our presentations and facilities for the visitors, not to mention, a great help for all the volunteers.
  • Just a special mention that the concreting and earthworks were completed by Paul Stafford of SCE Concreting and Excavations who did an amazing job! lf you have a need for and good concreter at honest prices, please consider Paul - he has supported the Noojee & District Historical Society for eleven years and is always there to assist.
  • ​This project would not be possible without the support of the Neerim District Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank Community Grants Program - thank you!

Best regards, William Langoor, President

Celebrating over three years with our feature in the Weekly Times

Our biggest news was the full double page spread in the paper "The Weekly Times" on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 featuring the Number 7 trestle bridge, which is the last of the seven trestles that were between Nayook and Noojee. The newspaper featured Will Langoor and train driver Ray Johns.

Click on the link below for the full article - well done Will and Ray!.

West Gippsland’s Valley of the Trestles is engineering beauty​

What else have the Noojee and District Historical Society members been up to?

Over the last year we have been busy collecting donated railway equipment with over four trailer loads of railway memorabilia collected by volunteers from Buln Buln. A large railway platform scale was among the treasures.In 1906 the British manufacturer of weighing machines, W. & T. Avery, decided to send Mr C.E. Graham to South Africa to open a branch called SA Scale Co. 

Large Railway Plaform Scales Large Platform Scales Refurbished Our SA Scale Co machine was used for weighing briquettes and potatoes.

It has the original brass slider, a full set of weights and has a heavy cast iron construction. Our railway platform scales are in excellent condition – restored back to full glory by Wally Redl.

They are as solid and functional as the day they were made - thanks to Wally! A big thank you to Ian Mauger from Buln Buln East who kindly donated our large railway platform scales.  

 

The images depict the scales before restoration (left), placed in a trailer on route to Noojee from Ian Mauger’s farm and (right) after the restoration.

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Membership

By joining as a member you can help shape the future direction of the society an be involved in the decision making process. You will be kept updated and informed on a regular basis about all events and activities that are planned to raise funds and the profile of the society. Click on the "Application Form" icon above and become a member today by downloading the membership application form.

    

 

The Noojee Heritage Centre is a great corporate meeting venue and we also offer tailored group tours - All bookings welcome!

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