Learn some history, eat and run
THE history of Australind will be the focus of a series of activities on Saturday, May 13, to mark the 175th anniversary of the town.
Harvey History Online and the Australind and Districts Historical Society have joined forces to commemorate the event in a Hit and Run History Day.
It will give people an opportunity to look at the historical buildings and find out more about their origins. The town received its name from a combination of Australia and India in the belief the area would be used for breeding horses for the British Indian Army.
Activities will kick off in the Village Shopping Centre from 10am and the Australind Family History Society will also open from 10am to 12 noon.
A bring-your-own lunch at Ridley Park at noon allows people to meet up before the start of the half-hourly self-drive tours.
The point of interest will be Henton Cottage at 1pm and motorists can follow in convoy to the Australind Memorial at 1.30pm, the Australind Cemetery at 2pm, Upton House at 2.30pm and St Nicholas Church at 3pm, where Devonshire Tea is available for sale.
Committee member Wendy Dickinson said the day was an opportunity for residents to find out about the history and the heritage value of the area.
“Members of the historical groups will be at each location to give a short talk and answer questions,” Mrs Dickinson said.
“It will be an informal event to celebrate our heritage and people can just turn up.”
For more information visit the Harvey History Online website or Memories of Harvey Shire Facebook page.
It will be an informal event to celebrate our heritage and people can just turn up.
– Australind Family History Society committee member Wendy Dickinson