Celebrating our local history – The Vagabond

27 October 2015

‘Vagabond’ Helps Preserve Local History of the Yarra Valley

Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe has congratulated the Mount Evelyn RSL on being a successful recipient of a Local History Grant for the book The Vagabond in the Yarra Valley at St Huberts Winery in Coldstream today.

Local historian Anthony McAleer is working closely with the Mount Evelyn RSL to put together the collection of writings about the Yarra Valley by John Stanley James, a popular travel writer of the 19th century who was known affectionately as the ‘Vagabond’.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present historian Anthony McAleer and Mount Evelyn RSL President Roger Boness with a certificate in recognition of their combined efforts to preserve John Stanley James’ writings,” Mrs Fyffe said.

“A project of this kind takes plenty of hard work, patience and dedication to research all the stories and assemble them in a way that explains what life was like so long ago in the Valley.

The Local History Grants program provides $350,000 in grants to community groups who work to preserve and share Victoria’s history. The Mount Evelyn RSL has received $6,000 for their project.

Sixty two community groups including historical societies, regional museums, community radio stations and even schools are being recognised through this round of Local History Grants.

“By supporting this project we are acknowledging the efforts of the many individuals and groups who preserve and share Victoria’s unique and irreplaceable history.

“It is my hope that this will help encourage other local organisations build networks, develop partnerships and tell the stories that are important to our proud and close knit community.

The grants have been awarded to projects aimed at documenting and sharing Victoria’s historic past through exhibitions, oral histories, digitisation, heritage walks as well as online virtual mapping projects.

Anyone interested in the book should contact Roger Boness at the Mount Evelyn RSL on 9737 0767.

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