Blast from past

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Visitors stepped back in time at Merrigum Museum on Sunday for the 24th Annual Heritage Day.

Treated to a range of displays and interactive workshops, attendees enjoyed learning about butter churning, hay baling and sleeper cutting to name a few.

Cricket-bat making was also on show, with a visit from Clare Johnston, the first female to become an accredited cricket bat maker.

Merrigum Historical Society secretary Florence Halliday said the event was the organisation’s biggest fundraiser for the year.

‘‘It’s a lovely day and we have a good line up of demonstrations,’’ Ms Halliday said.

‘‘I think people really enjoy seeing things being made.’’

This year, the event also included a stall from Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority celebrating 2019 as the Year of the Paddock Tree in Greater Shepparton.

‘‘It’s important that we save the old paddock trees, they are majestic,’’ Ms Halliday said.

Ms Halliday was appreciative of the support of all volunteers on the day.

‘‘We rely on the people that come and demonstrate,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re a small group, so we appreciate their help.’’

Ms Halliday said the historical society was looking forward to next year’s event, celebrating their 25-year milestone.

■Merrigum Historical Society is looking for more members. If interested, phone Florence Halliday on 5855 2330 for more information.