Eudunda Heritage Window Display – January 2021

January 2021! Happy New Year! 
Let’s hope it is a better one for everyone.
Australia Day is the inspiration for the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery’s window dresser this month.

Volunteer and Committee Member Delilah Balmer has create a simple, patriotic and typical old style Australian Picnic window display again this month. Well Done!

There is also a new display on the right hand side windows as well featuring some of Colin Thiele’s Book covers.

 If you haven’t had a look in the Gallery for quite a while, Pop in!
Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays every week.

The new times are:
Friday: 11am-3pm
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday:  11am-3pm

PS – The Gallery is looking for Volunteers to help – check out this page

Life Membership Awarded To Fay Grosser For Service To Heritage Gallery

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)

Eudunda Heritage Christmas Window Display – December 2020

December is here! Christmas is almost upon us and has inspired the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery’s window dresser this month.

Volunteer and Committee Member Delilah Balmer has create a simple, elegant window display again this month. Well Done!

If you visit the Heritage Gallery and look through the archives, you will find many more times over the previous 150 years of European settlement that the farmers have struggled too. If you haven’t had a look in the Gallery for quite a while, Pop in! Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays every week.

The new times are:
Friday: 11am-3pm
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday:  11am-3pm

Don’t forget to join in on the Galleries Christmas Raffle. 
The baskets are loaded with goodies and you have to be in it to win it.

PS – The Gallery is looking for Volunteers to help – check out this page

Eudunda Heritage Washing Day Window Display – November 2020

It would seem that the regular appearance of storms and rain has inspired the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery’s window dresser this month. Volunteer and Committee Member Delilah Balmer has a real knack for window displays and this months was indeed very topical.

After three years of drought the farmers started out with what had promised a good season. Growth wise, it has been good, with rain coming regularly to help the crops grow. It has been great for our gardens (and the weeds too).

Sadly now that ‘hay season’ has been in full steam the rain has not stopped. Farmers have struggled to find enough time between the rain to dry thier hay out for baling.

For many farmers recent rain has all but ruined the remaining crop, now not fit to sell, and only good for on farm use, and as most farmers have less stock due to the drought they have less ability use of the spoilt hay.

It appears at a point where for many, that this year may well be treated as the forth year of drought, not because of the lack of rain, but for the lack of production of goods for income.

If you visit the Heritage Gallery and look through the archives, you will find many more times over the previous 150 years of European settlement that the farmers have struggled too. If you haven’t had a look in the Gallery for quite a while, Pop in! Open Friday, Saturday and Sundays every week.

The new times are:
Friday: 11am-3pm
Saturday: 11am-3pm
Sunday:  11am-3pm

PS – The Gallery is looking for Volunteers to help – check out this page

Local Authors Featured in Gallery Window

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).

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery - Front Window display - Local Authors - left view
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery – Front Window display – Local Authors – left view

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery - Front Window display - Local Authors - middle view
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery – Front Window display – Local Authors – middle view

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery - Front Window display - Local Authors - right view
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery – Front Window display – Local Authors – right view

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery - Front Window display - Local Authors - Some of Colin Thiele's Books
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery – Front Window display – Local Authors – Some of Colin Thiele’s Books