Mary Valley Rattler

November 2019

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Under the watchful eye of Station Master Bob, the Genies enjoyed a day out on the Mary Valley Rattler All Stations Train. The weather was warm and the train swayed as we travelled along towards a morning tea with freshly baked scones and cakes at our destination in Amamoor. Win Wynn’s historical and observational quiz triggered off much pondering for the answers although there were some travellers who even quietly quizzed the Rattler volunteers for some of the answers. On the return trip to Gympie, the train stopped at Dagun station where Geoff Harvey and the Dagun Community Group provided wine and cheese tasting, live music and craft stalls. Then it was back on the train to Gympie where a light lunch was served with the dining tables all set up on No 1 platform. Our thanks to the Mary Valley Rattler volunteers and staff for making it a great day - the Genies enjoyed the whole lot

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Cooroy Fusion - 11 May 2019

To everyone who bought jams, plants, books and handicrafts from our stand at the Cooroy Fusion Festival, we say a big thank you from the Cooroy- Noosa Genealogy Group.

Remember if you want to start your family history search and don’t know how – we have the know-how.

Jane and Liz review the goals for 2019

Liz and Vince discussing events at Pomona's Majestic Theatre

Heritage Day - April 2019

Jane Harding, the Heritage Co-ordinator for the Noosa Council recently convened a successful Heritage Networking Day at Tewantin's Tait-Duke Cottage.

The Day provided the opportunity for everyone involved in documenting and telling the story of Noosa's history and heritage to get together. Deannah Vieth from Museums and Galleries Qld spoke about heritage resources available to the groups and other developments in the heritage sector.

Presenter Liz Burcham, was very successful in triggering many conversations about the challenges and opportunities for promoting heritage work and also in telling the Noosa story. Representatives who attended the networking day agreed to continue the discussions at the next meeting in July.

Centenary medal Award - 9 March 2019

Stephen Sheaffe addresses attendees about the award

Bev, John and Ruth

The crowd gathers and reminisces

Members of the building committee and guests

Professor John Pearn presents the award to Ruth

On March 9th 2019 Stephen Sheaffe, the president of Royal Historical Society of Queensland, presented the Group with the Centenary Medal for Service to the Discipline of History in its many Forms with particular reference to the Research, Preservation and Promotion of the History of Queensland.

The citation recognised the unique work done by the group over many years in raising funds to build the Heritage Centre and made particular reference to the value of this enterprise in raising the profile and importance of local and family history.

Ruth Kerr, a long time member of the local group, was also presented with the Surgeon-General John White medal recognising her many years of outstanding contribution to the preservation of history of Queensland.

2019 January workshop

Our librarian Margaret Rickard, conducted a workshop for the volunteers so they could update their knowledge of the resources available in the Cooroy Heritage Centre. There was an excellent turnout of members eager to refresh their skills

Margaret leading the Volunteers' workshop

Refreshing skills

Checking the details

Sharing the task

Christmas Party 2018

Our Christmas party for 2018 was a great success here's a photo essay of the event .

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The Heritage Centre

The Group has been fundraising very diligently over many years to build a Heritage Centre for the Cooroy - Noosa District. These photographs show a little of the actual work that went on to get to our present facility.

Win and Gaby on the door


Pot Luck Luncheon held on 13th August 2016, in the Anglican Church Hall.

Some of the guests enjoying themselves, with Victor Hill at the back.

2016 Heritage Walk

Each year, the Group conducts a walk of the heritage aspects of Cooroy. This was conducted with the Noosa Long Weekend on Sat. 23rd July 2016. The walk was guided by Phil McGrath and was attended by 25 walkers. It was followed by afternoon tea and a presentation of heritage photos.

Group of walkers on the bridge over the railway

From left, Gloria, Gayle, Peggy, John H. Lynn and Victor. Well done to all the workers, it was a busy day.

Sausage sizzle July 15, 2016

For a long time now, the Group has been fortunate to have a sausage sizzle at Bunnings once a month. This one was a particularly good one where the gross takings were over $1000. All the better for the building fund.

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20th Birthday - 2016

The Group enjoyed a special afternoon tea and get together on the 9th July 2016 for our 20th Birthday.

We were all interested to hear the minutes of the first meeting and the planning for the basic requirements of genealogy. All felt that we had come a long way since then.

Queensland Day Award - 2016

Our Group is very lucky to have Julie Kinloch as Secretary - she is an outstanding member. Julie received a Noosa Electorate Queensland Day Award presented by Glen Elmes on June 6th 2016.

Since 1996 she has filled several roles on the committee and her expertise has helped the Group successfully apply for many grants and raise much needed funds.

Julie continues to work tirelessly on the Group's behalf and is recognised for her work towards the building of a Heritage Centre for the preservation of local and family history archives.

Bev Warner, Julie Kinloch and Margaret Rickard with Glen Elmes.

Bev Warner, Julie Kinloch and Margaret Rickard with Glen Elmes

Bevan Mahoney, Ashleigh Milnes, Janet Garvey

The inaugural 2019 Year 6 Writing Award was presented to Ashleigh Milnes by Janet Garvey.

Laraine Mahoney Writing Competition 2019

The Cooroy State School held its Graduation on Thursday 12th December for Year 6 students. There were many awards - for sport, academic, reading, leadership and writing.

In what will be an annual award for writing, the Cooroy-Noosa Genealogy and Local History Group presented the award with the topic being family history or local history.

The Laraine Mahoney Memorial Writing Award is presented in memory of a much loved member of both the Group and the Cooroy Book Club. She was a much loved teacher at the school for many years.