Last Friday a number of representatives from local historical societies, and a representative from Old Gippstown, attended a farewell coffee get-together for Dr Julie Fenley, past Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies. Julie has been a great supporter and historical mentor for Old Gippstown and has produced two Significance Studies for the Dr Andrew’s and Narracan Mechanics’ Institute Library collections in our care, as well as proof reading our ‘Telling the Gippsland Story’ book. Dr Julie Fenley will not be appointed to the position of Director of the Centre for Gippsland Studies in 2016. The position will remain vacant. Federation University says it cannot afford to fund this position and that this situation will be reviewed at the end of 2016. The local historical community will be much the poorer for Julie’s departure.
Gippsland Heritage Park relies solely on volunteers for the cataloguing and care of its collections. There are many significant items and stories at the park which need to be kept intact for future generations.