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Knees honoured at AGM

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October 04, 2017

Arthur and Lurline Knee shown the new plaque created to recognise their contribution to the historical society by Steve Barnard.

Tatura Historical Society's annual general meeting was well attended.

Guest speaker Kay Ball and Tatura Historical Society president Steve Barnard at the annual general meeting.

Bernie Maher, Phyl Mactier and Brian Williams attended the Tatura Historical Society annual general meeting.

Tatura Historical Society stalwarts Arthur and Lurline Knee were recognised for their dedication after a room at the Tatura Museum was named in their honour last week.

Announced at the Tatura Irrigation and Wartime Camps Museum’s annual general meeting, the facility’s meeting room is now known as the Arthur and Lurline Knee Gallery.

Historical Society president Steve Barnard said the pair had been working at the museum for more than 30 years and much of this time was spent researching Tatura’s rich wartime history.

‘‘They’ve been more or less the backbone of the museum,’’ he said.

‘‘Both in their 90s now, they’re ready for retirement.’’

Mr Barnard said although the community was aware of their hard work and dedication, they wanted the couple to be remembered in years to come.

‘‘So when someone comes and visits in 10 or 15 years they’ll know the influence they had,’’ he said.

Reflecting on the past 12 months at the meeting, Mr Barnard said the society had had a huge boost in its volunteer numbers.

‘‘This time last year we were really struggling,’’ he said.

‘‘Arthur was coming in around four times every week.

‘‘But there’s been a bit improvement in volunteer numbers.’’

He said the museum was also successful in getting its wartime camps collection heritage listed recently.

‘‘We’ve also had fantastic support from the Greater Shepparton City Council this year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s great to have their support.’’

The historical society now looks forward to the World War II male civilian internee camp — Camp 1 — tour on October 15.

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