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Silver anniversary for local historical society

IT will be a celebration of local history later this month when the Lindisfarne Historical Society Inc. (LHS) takes a trip down memory lane in honour of its 25th anniversary.

Formed on 12 July 1992, the LHS holds meetings each month for members of the community who enjoy history and the heritage of the Lindisfarne district.

LHS president Philip Sweetingham said reaching the 25-year mark was a testament to the hard work and dedication of many of the society’s past and present members.

“This 25th anniversary year is a time for us to reflect on the past vision of the founding members and give thought to our future,” he said.

“When the society was first established, the main vision was to foster awareness and appreciation of the history of Lindisfarne and I think we have been successful in that endeavour.

“A society is only as good as its members and we have been fortunate to have some very capable and dedicated people come and go over the years, which has helped to keep us alive and kicking.

“Historical societies play an important role in establishing a sense of community and without our efforts, eventually the rich local history of the area would be lost or forgotten.”

In honour if this 25th anniversary milestone, the society will be hosting a celebratory event at the Lindisfarne Community Activity Centre on Sunday 30 July – the same venue where the society was first formed.

Guest speakers at the event will include LHS founding member Graham Burgess, Clarence City Council Alderman Richard James and local historian Reg Watson.

Entertainment for the event will include the Clarence City Band, who will perform their rendition of the old Tasmanian anthem, and the Belle Chord, a ladies harmony quartet.

The event will also see LHS founding member Noeline Heaven receive a life membership.

Mr Sweetingham said the past 25-years had seen a number of highlights for the LHS.

The most prominent of these include the Beltana Centenary Celebration in 1994, Lindisfarne North Primary School’s centenary celebration in 1995, the Clarence Commemorative Crossing in 2004, Lindisfarne Primary School’s 50th anniversary in 2005, the release of LHS’s book ‘Lindisfarne Heritage’ and the opening of The History Room, both in 2015.

For more information about the Lindisfarne Historical Society or if you are interested in attending the 25th anniversary event, phone Philip on 6247 9025 or email Penny at pennyob44@gmail.com.

Caption: From left, Lindisfarne Historical Society members Barry Riseley, Daphne Reeves, secretary Ann Curran and president Philip Sweetingham.