Friends Of The Gallery Celebrate Successful Year For Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery

Five Life Memberships Awarded

Recognition of the early and long service by Blat Goulder, Yvonne Schulz, Marcus Reseigh, Elaine Leditschke and Dot Bonner came in the form of awards for Life Membership to these five individuals who were the pioneers of the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery. Their work and dedication has helped the gallery get to the positive position it is today.

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery New Life Members Awarded for 2023
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery New Life Members Awarded for 2023

Committee Celebrate 25th Year at the ‘Friends of the Gallery’

Holding true to the tradition for the event, Eudunda’s Citizen of the Year, Deb Koodrin this years award winner cut the 25th Birthday Cake.

Deb Koodrin cuts the 25th Cake
Deb Koodrin cuts the 25th Cake

Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery Committee Chairperson, Dot Bonner told the gathering of some 50 Friends of The Gallery about all the exciting and successful things that had happened during the previous year, and of the items in progress and planned for the coming year.

Friends of the Gallery Morning Tea - listen to Dot about a great year
Friends of the Gallery Morning Tea – listen to Dot about a great year

Alison Schutz was awarded a special Honary Membership to Friends of the Gallery for her great help with Grant writing by Dot Bonner. Many thanks to Alison.

Alison Schutz & Dot Bonner
Left: Alison Schutz Awarded Honary Member for her help with Grants by Dot Bonner
(Ed – Sorry Photo is blurry)

Janet and Sue Scafe gave the gathering a very interesting story about early publicans to the Eudunda Hotel. The little know story was of ‘Otto and Margaret Radestock Forgotten Puclicans of the Eudunda Hotel’.

Historians Janet & Sue Scarfe Presention on Otto and Margaret Radestock - Eudunda Hotel
Historians Janet & Sue Scarfe Presention on Otto and Margaret Radestock – Eudunda Hotel

What a facisnating insight into the personal lives of some of our early pioneers, their successes and struggles. A fantastic presentation!

The morning was finished off with some delicious sandwiches, cakes and sweets catered for by the dedicated ladies of the Heritage Committee.

The ‘Friends Of The Gallery’ is one way people can be involved in the Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery if they can’t be a committee member or volunteer of the gallery.
Your Membership will support the gallery committee in their effortst to maintain and advance the gallery, and other benefits and you will also recieve the informative ‘Gustav Newsletter’ which has stories and also event notifications. A yearly membership only costs $15.00 – which we think is great value.

Want to find out more? Call in to the Gallery during open times, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am to 2pm, or contact us from the website or

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)