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Irwin Districts Historical Society is working to save the district’s former Bond Store (dating from 1894) and subsequently converted to community use as the Denison Hall. The Society has passed a resolution supporting its retention for public use and, in particular, its conversion to a fishing museum, which would be a unique attraction on the west coast.

Maritime Heritage Association’s journal contains a variety of stories - an amusing one about the history of pedal-powered water craft, a dramatic account of the loss of the SS Georgette in 1873, and a colourful history of C B Norton (1886-1968), a marine artist.

Maylands Historical & Peninsula Association reports that research is currently underway on one of Maylands early manufacturies - Mills Pottery. Before World War I this pottery was the largest in Perth, employing 60 men and producing all the sewerage pipes which began the deep sewerage system in the city. MHPA’s John McLennan is undertaking the work, so if you have any information please contact him. There is also a fascinating account of the life and work of Edgar Steitz, Maylands artist and sculptor.

Melville History Society reports a successful excursion late last year to Burswood Park. There, members were taken on a guided tour along the heritage trail where life-sized bronze sculptures and tableaux told parts of WA’s history. It sounds like an interesting excursion close to the CBD.

Rockingham District Historical Society has two major birthdays this year - Rockingham Museum’s 40th birthday and the 50th birthday of the Society itself. Preparations are under way.

Walpole Nornalup and District Historical Society reminds us of the days of manual telephone exchanges. The last manual exchange in the district was situated at Jarrah Glen and manned by Charlie Underhill. It lasted until 1982 when it was replaced by the STD network. Charlie was fond of his switchboard and so Telecom left it with him. It is now an item in the Historical Society’s collection.