Following research into the 1889 murders of miners on the Russell Goldfield, a project to locate and mark several known graves on the goldfield is to commence.
A project to identity and mark the original burial ground at the old town site of Mungana is proposed before knowledge of these graves are lost to history.
The neglected grave of Mr Fred Walters who was murdered in 1928 in the Boonjie scrub and was the subject of one of our early books is to be relocated and restored and properly marked with a plaque.
The Eacham Historical Society is leaving footprints across North Queensland. The Society unveiled a plaque in July 2006 to honour Aleksandr Prokhorov at Butchers Creek.
Aleksandr Prokhorov, outstanding Russian scientist and Nobel Laureate in physics was born at Butchers Creek on 11th. July 1916. Aleksandr attended Butchers Creek State School from 1922 – 1923.
The Prohorov family returned to Russia in 1923 where Aleksandr continued his studies graduating with distinction from Leningrad University in 1939. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1964 thus being the first Queensland born scientist to be so honoured.The AM Prokhorov General Physics Institute in Moscow was named in his honour.
A project to bring more natural light into the museum as been carried out and most of the displays are now behind Perspex which not only protects the artifacts from removal but keeps dust a bay. The old Ambulance records books which go back to 1926 has been rebound in leather and the indexing of names to assist visitors to find their ancestors and some interesting facts about what had happened to them have been carry out. The new computer has been useful in putting the hand written inventory into a digital format and it is hoped some of the volunteers will lose their reluctance to use the new technology and make further use of it for perhaps some research.
Current Research Projects
EPA Cultural Survey
The EPA is currently doing a cultural survey of the Tablelands Shires,as part of a state wide survey to identify places of state significence. The Eacham Historical Society has been assisting the Environmental Protection Agency in identifying places of cultural significence on the Tablelands for inclusion. In the latest EPA newsletter members of the EHS have been thanked for their help. If you know of any sites of cultural significence please contact RaySupple of the EPA – ph: 4046 6732.
Publication Reprinting Project
Petrina and her team are gathering information to complete the rewrite of the Malanda, In the Shadow of Bartle Frere book. It is hoped to publish this new edition later this year.
School Data Base
A project has commenced to build up an anthology of data concerning the many defunct schools of the tablelands in order to assist those researching their family history.
Eacham Historical society supports local community and heritage events including:
• The annual Malanda Agricultural Show
• The Yungaburra Book Fair
• The Malanda Expo fun day
• Rocky Creek Memorial Park VP Day
• Museums At Night national event