Welcome to the Casey Cardinia Library Corporation history blog. This blog plans to keep you up to date with Heritage happenings in the Region and state wide, and also, to present snippets of historical information from the area. Over the next blog posts we will look at some of the Historical Societies in the Region that were established to collect the history of particular areas. We will start with the Cranbourne Shire Historical Society. This Society was formed in 1968, its primary aim at the time was to save the "Sportsman Rest" fisherman's cottage,built c. 1873, on the Foreshore at Tooradin, from demolition (pictured above). A group of concerned citizens convinced the Shire of Cranbourne to purchase the property, on the proviso that the "group" will repay half the $6,000 purchase price. The Cottage is now a Museum and is furnished with household items donated by local families. It is still managed by the Society and is open to the public on the weekends. In 2005 the old Tooradin North Primary School (pictured below) was re-located to the site and this is now used as an education centre. The School building was originally the Monomeith State School. Monomeith School had started in 1920 and moved into this building in 1924. The School closed in 1933 and the building was re-located to Tooradin North in 1935, where it was used until 1970, when Tooradin North State School was closed. The Cranbourne Shire Historical Society meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Old Shire Offices in Cranbourne.
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