Railway station marks centenary


Railway station marks centenary

Book launch: councillor Neil Rankine with Lyn Chambers, who officially launched the book, Memories of Wonthaggi, The Town That Refused to Die! at the 100th birthday celebrations of the Wonthaggi Railway Station on Saturday.

THE Wonthaggi railway station celebrated 100 years in style on Saturday, at the Apex Park complex in Wonthaggi.

The celebrations were also used to launch the book Memories of Wonthaggi: The Town That Refused To Die!

Jenny Churchill, arts and leisure manager at Bass Coast Shire Council said the ‘I Remember’ project started as a Wonthaggi Centenary Planning Committee project.

“The stories for the book were collected through personal interviews, written stories using the ‘I Remember’ template and existing stories held by the Wonthaggi and District Historical Society,” Ms Churchill said.

“When all of the stories were finally collected, and thanks to Barbara Moyle, typed and put together, it became clear this project was too big for just one person.

“An editing group was formed, including Irene Williams, Carolyn Landon, Barbara Moyle and Terri Allen.”

Susie Fitch of Fitch designs had the task of putting the book together with the photographs and coming up with a layout the editing committee was happy with.

“Susie’s patience with our comments and the changes each time the draft came back was appreciated,” Ms Churchill said.

“I am so proud of this book, which I see as a legacy of the centenary celebrations for generations to come.

“I owe the idea for the book to Lyn and Joe Chambers and it was because of their unending work that our early history was not lost.

“It was a fitting tribute that Lyn Chambers was asked to have the honour of launching the book.”

Other activities that were held on the day included the cutting of a birthday cake, by Maurie Rielly, who was the last station master at the Wonthaggi railway station.

There was also a model railway display and art exhibition, the Harvest Centre and Men’s Shed were open, and there was also a vintage car display courtesy of the Bass Coast Historical Auto Club.


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