A Dedicated and Knowledgeable Volunteer: The Service of Fay Grosser
Earlier this year, the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery accepted the resignation of long-serving volunteer and committee member, Fay Grosser.
Fay was one of the founding members of the Gallery in 1996, and she was elected to the first Committee in July 1997. Fay served as Secretary for nine years until 2007, where it was commented that her successor had ‘big shoes to fill.’
Samuel Doering, the Gallery’s youngest volunteer recalls his time with Fay volunteering at the Gallery.
“I had the privilege of working closely with Fay for many years. In early August 2012, I visited the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery with my sister, Emily, who was doing research on the Neales Flat School. I was greeted by an enthusiastic volunteer, Fay, who guided me around the displays at No. 19 Bruce Street, and answered my questions.
“Sensing that I had an interest in local history, she suggested that I volunteer there. I was thrilled to be given the opportunity, and next week, I journeyed with her to Eudunda to share the role of the Saturday afternoon shift. Being a twelve-year-old volunteer, I was the youngest at the Gallery, but I enjoyed it immensely.
“Fay always had a particular passion for local schools. She would dutifully research many of the rural schools from as far afield as Stonefield to Brownlow and Buchanan to Julia. Though these schools are long closed, she would bring them to life by collating photographs of classes and organising valuable documents from former students to be displayed for visitors. On many occasions she asked me to photocopy papers and photographs, add insightful captions, laminate display copies and reorganise files; it was all done under her watchful gaze.
“As well as this, Fay made it her mission to identify photographs of Eudunda from yesteryear, with many coming from the Eudunda Courier Newspaper Collection, and others with little provenance or few identifying features. Her many years in the Eudunda community allowed her to identify a great number of faces, ensuring their names will be remembered for posterity. Charting family histories was also where she dedicated a considerable amount of time at the Gallery, often correcting lineages and adding photographs. I recall typing many photograph captions for her so that she could assemble display boards.
“Owing to a fruitful life on the family farm at Neales Flat, Fay would often share personal stories and recollections, much to the delight of visitors. Her memories would colour the experience of all visitors to the Gallery.
“I had the privilege of serving with Fay for more than seven years until she decided to relinquish her role at the Gallery. In August 2020, the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery Management Committee thanked Fay sincerely for her years of dedicated service, by offering her Honorary Life Membership at the Gallery. Ever the modest volunteer, Fay was thrilled and humbled to receive such a token of appreciation.
Finishing off Samuel said,
“I shall miss the many kernels of wisdom she imparted to me and other volunteers at the Gallery. One thing is for certain: the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery has said goodbye to a dedicated, wise, and passionate volunteer. We have big shoes to fill.”
Photo: (L) Fay Grosser being presented with her Life Membership Certificate by Delilah Balmer (Chairperson Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery)
We are sorry to inform you that on the 27, 28, 29th Nov 2020
we will leave the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery CLOSED.
These days are forecast to be of extreme heat and fire danger,
and we do not wish to cause extra stress or burden on our fantastic volunteers.
We hope that you remain safe where-ever you are, and if you were hoping to come to the Gallery to do research, why not reach out to us on the contact page and arrange a time to visit.
The Gallery is short on volunteers at the moment, with several valuable volunteers having to retire due to health.
As a result have had to change how our rosters work. It has also meant a change in the opening hours for the gallery.
The new times are:
Please note that if you have a bus load of people wishing to see the gallery outside of those time, please contact us as early as possible so we can arrange someone to open the Gallery specially for your group.
And thanks to the great work Delilah does with the window displays, you can enjoy a small part of the gallery even when we are closed.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
You will be rostered on with an experienced Committee Member
and can boost your confidence and experience over time.
You will get to meet some wonderful people,
both in the Gallery and those Visiting,
and get to experience as much history and stories
as you do your Volunteering at the Gallery,
Give Peter a Call on 0429 811 958
or go through the Contact form on the website.
The Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery (EFHG) Management Committee have long promoted the books written by local authors. You can actually drop in to the Gallery and purchase some of them, or even phone and enquire if we have one you are looking for.
As this year is Eudunda’s 150th and Colin Thiele’s 100th Birthday we thought that displaying books from our collection of local authors might be nice.
Of course our most famous and prodigious author is still Colin Thiele with over 100 books published in Australia and many countries around the world, in other languages, and Eudunda is rightly proud to have been part of Colin’s life growing up here, and basing several fiction books on his times here.
WOW! Will you be surprised when you see how many local authors there are and how many books they produced. Take note that the photos of the windows display only include a couple of Colin’s books, all the display is made up of our other authors, so it really does show just how important our Galleries collection is.
Some of these books are for sale too. We are working on a list of the books and an online shop so you can purchase them (those that are for sale).