Valley’s history in the air

Harry and David Kirkland.

OLD photos, maps and aerial images will be on display at the Toomuc Valley Community Hall next weekend.
An exhibition of the historical material related to the Toomuc Valley at the hall on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December from 1pm to 5pm on both days.
The purpose of the exhibition is to give residents an opportunity to see the results of the research to date on historian and Beaconhills College teacher John Waterhouse’s A Pictorial History of Toomuc Valley 1835-2013.
Mr Waterhouse is also appealing for more information and material on properties, families or local organisations that are proving difficult to find information on.
In addition, the descendants of settler Peter Stone will have an opportunity to meet other members of this extended family from 2pm onwards during the Sunday afternoon opening.
Peter Stone arrived in Toomuc Valley in 1879 with seven children from his first marriage and proceeded to have 12 more to his second wife.
His descendants lived on many properties in the valley for the next 100 years untill the 1970s.
An earlier article in the Gazette this year unearthed descendants still living nearby, as well as many family photographs, mementoes and documents which will be on display.
For further information about the exhibition or the Stone family gathering, contact John Waterhouse at john.waterhouse@beaconhills.vic.eduu.au or on 5942 7798 or 0488 773 698.

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