Surrey Hills Historical Society

Regular Meetings

The Surrey Hills Historical Society meets regularly at the Centre, usually in the Maitland Room of the Cottage, 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Forthcoming speakers are:

Tuesday 16 April at 8pm – Sharron Gawler – ‘The road to Portora’

Sharron Gawler’s presentation will focus on her great grandmother Elizabeth Johnstone MacKenzie. Beginning in the year 1865, ‘The Road To Portora’ traces the life of this former Surrey Hills resident who was born in Freshwater Creek, and who eventually chose to make her home at ‘Portora’ in Boundary Road (now Warrigal Road). The story, which reveals one women’s journey in the face of many challenges, has been rediscovered Sharron thanks to a very old and extensive collection of letters, documents and photos that have survived for more than 100 years. It opens windows to aspects of Victorian colonial history through to the years immediately following the end of WW1. See photo.

Where:  Maitland Room of The Cottage – enter through the rear door off Zeplins Lane.

Visitors welcome. Plenty of parking in the adjacent railway car park.

Supper follows the presentation – $4.50

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You can learn more about the history of 3127 by following the Surrey Hills History Facebook page.

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