Sassafras Community Hall Association History Display Weekend at the Uniting Church, Sassafras, Local historian Rosie Marshall and Sassafras Community Hall Association vice president Kevin Shadbolt take a look over a section of Kevin’s family history. Sassafras Community Hall Association History Display Weekend at the Uniting Church, Sassafras, Tony Betts and Heather Holmes of Hawley take a look over a selection of history on display.
Sassafras Community Hall Association History Display Weekend at the Uniting Church, Sassafras, from left, Malcolm and Graeme Clark of Port Sorell take a look over an old map of the district.
INSIDE the stained glass windows of the Sassafras Uniting Church, the walls are adorned with names and photographs of the town’s defining figures.
The Sassafras Community Hall Association held its first history display on the weekend, filling the church and hall with memorabilia and tales of the town’s almost two centuries of existence.
Nearly 200 people from across the North-West Coast packed out the hall for the Saturday opening, with many returning yesterday to get a closer look.
Association president Dianne Beveridge said the community appreciated the work that went into sourcing the information, as well as the hundreds of photographs.
“Sassafras has a rich heritage, and they tend to hang onto things,” Mrs Beveridge said.
“It’s so important not only to preserve history, but to share it with others.”
Mrs Beveridge, whose husband’s family was one of the pioneers of Sassafras, said many people were amazed by the amount of family history on display.
“They’re lucky they have so many photos, I don’t even have photos from my grandparent’s wedding,” Mrs Beveridge, originally from Hobart, said.
“It inspires others to learn about their own history.”
Some were surprised to learn about their own family history, by attending the event.
“I had an email from someone that attended the opening yesterday,” Mrs Beveridge said.
“She came to see her grandchildren perform, and found out her grandfather actually built the Stone House.
“She found that she had a connection to Sassafras that she didn’t realise she had.
“That’s why it’s so important to share this history with the community.”
The history weekend also helped generate interest in using the church and hall as venues for community events.
“This is really the launch. We are hoping to get interest and support in the building, and to one day have this history permanently displayed,” Mrs Beveridge said.
“It would give the building purpose.”
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