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History Alive: 1949 Memories

The Emmco float in the 1949 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Summer Street, Orange.

1949 was the foundation year for the Orange and District Historical Society and as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations they will dedicate the next History Alive session to a recollection of life in the city and district at that time. Librarian Julie Sykes will present the results of research of newspapers and Council minutes to set the scene, then three speakers will give a short account of their 1949 memories, and a panel and audience discussion will follow. The speakers are well known and full of memories. They are:

George White aged 17 in 1949 and working on the family orchard in Anson Road.
Harold Balcomb aged 22 in 1949 on the family farm at Toogong.
Merv Wilkie – aged 21 in 1949 in Western Stores hardware department.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 8 May at 6.30 for 7pm at the Senior Citizens Centre (entry off Woolworth’s car park). Everyone is welcome. Entry is just $4 for Historical Society members and $6 for non-members. A generous supper will follow the meeting. For inquiries, please contact Phil Stevenson on 0402 412 188, Email: