Lions assist in Mercury digitising
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Historical Society has been working hard for the last two years to raise enough money to have the old Yarrawonga Mercury newspaper digitised with Yarrawonga Lions Club assisting in their quest.
Yarrawonga Mulwala Historical Society committee member Cyndi Gleeson sent out letters to the organisation and founding families in Yarrawonga and Mulwala asking for their support in digitising the Mercury from 1879 to 1927 with the Yarrawonga Lions offering the society four KHub BBQ’s which they raised just over $1000 from.
Lions then kindly voted at a meeting that they would donate the proceeds from the Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show wool exhibition to the project, which was $2000.
“To our surprise and delight, they matched the wool clip donation and made it $4000,” Ms Gleeson said.
“They also wanted to cook our volunteer’s tea when they presented the cheque to us. We are extremely grateful to Lions for their
donation towards the project as it inches us closer to our goal of $40,000 to digitise 48 years worth of Yarrawonga’s history.”
So far six years have been digitised with another three in the process.
“We have raised over $22,000 so far. We have the 1913 to 1919 Yarrawonga Mercury newspapers due to be released on Trove in the next few weeks,” Ms Gleeson said.
“I am in the process of having another batch digitised (Feb 23, 1882 to Jul 30, 1885).
“The Historical Society has become a Trove partner which has allowed the price per page to lower which is great.”
Donations can be made at the Commonwealth Bank Yarrawonga BSB 063537 Account No. 10208731 or GoFundMe page Fundraiser by Cyndi Gleeson: Digitising the Yarrawonga Mercury newspapers (gofundme.com).
One of several locations with collection boxes for cheques or cash donations of course is the Yarrawonga Mulwala Pioneer Museum which is open 1pm to 4.30pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.