“Farewell from Tolmie” afternoon

In recent years our community has seen quite a number of folk move from our district.   As a means of saying thank you for their contribution to our community and farewell, the Tolmie Sports Association is inviting everyone to an afternoon tea at the Tolmie Hall on Sunday 28th May from 2 – 5pm.  It is requested that those attending bring a plate of afternoon tea to share with refreshments being provided.

For further details about the day, or if you can think of a former resident who you think should be thanked for their contribution to the Tolmie community, please contact Linton on 5776 2146.

Paver Walk Unveiled at St Josephs’ Catholic Church

St Josephs' Catholic ChurchThe recent 131st Tolmie Sports Day also included the official unveiling of the historic paver walk outside St Josephs’ Catholic Church.  The paver walk was the culmination of many months of research and communication with past and present members of the Tolmie community by members of the Friends of St Josephs’ church committee.  Funds raised from the sale of pavers have gone towards the continual refurbishment of the Catholic Church in Tolmie.

A large number gathered on the day and witnessed a variety of speeches from those involved in the paver walk as well as the official blessing by Fr Joseph O’Shea.









Author Visit & Talk – “Mrs Kelly” by Grantlee Kieza

grantlee keiza

The Mansfield Library is thrilled to be hosting an author visit and talk by Grantlee Kieza in relation to his latest book Mrs Kelly.  Grantlee Kieza is an accomplished biographer whose recent bestsellers include Bert Hinkler and Monash.

His book Mrs Kelly is the astonishing story of one of Australia’s most notorious women and her wild family, but it’s also the story of the making of Australia, from struggling colony and backwater to modern nation.

Meet the author and learn more about his latest book at this wonderful evening.  Drinks and nibbles provided by Friends of Mansfield Library.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase on the evening.

Venue:  Mansfield Library, Collopy Street, Mansfield
Date:  Friday 10th March
Time:  6pm
Cost:  Free
Bookings:  5775 2176 or at Mansfield Library

St Joseph’s Church paver walk to be unveiled

Friends of St Joseph’s church in Tolmie have been busy over the last 12 months collecting names of Tolmie residents past and present to put on pavers to provide a lasting history of Tolmie.  The pavers have now been laid outside St Joseph’s Church and will be unveiled on Tolmie Sports Day (February 11th) at 10.30am.  Everyone is welcome to attend the official unveiling.  Thanks must go to everyone who contributed to this fantastic historical mark.

Tolmie History – New book released

Living on the Tolmie Plateau – the first hundred years and beyond” is a new book which will be launched at the Tolmie Sports on 11th February, 2017.  Researched and compiled by Linda Terry on behalf of the Tolmie community, the book is a follow on, from a small publication called “Tolmie…the first hundred years”, written by the Tolmie Sports committee 30 years ago.

Much of the content from the original booklet has been reproduced in this book, but with the addition of considerable new content, expanding it to 160 A4 pages. The opening chapter provides background to the Ned Kelly story and the impact that the shooting of the three policemen at Stringbark Creek had on the development of the Tolmie plateau and the township. Then follows detailed background, photos and stories of many of Tolmie’s pioneering families and much on the history of the schools, shops, hotels and commercial aspects of the town, as well as the timber industry and agriculture over the years. The book is peppered with interesting personal memories and experiences of those who lived and earning a living off the land and of the hardships endured and the pleasures of the simple life enjoyed.

Linda Terry says “I set out to just update the original booklet by adding some stories for the years since 1985 when it was written, but the more I talked to people, one fascinating story led to another. In particular, I wanted to capture as many of the family stories as I could before they were forgotten, and over the period of two years, the project morphed into a whole new, much bigger book than first planned! There is so much more I’d still like to research and add, so I hope the stories will keep coming in and a second edition might follow in a few years’ time”.

“Living on the Tolmie Plateau” will be selling at a number of venues on Sports Day and then at a selection of local shops and the Mansfield Historical Society and through the Tolmie Mechanics Institute and Recreation Reserve Committee. Cost $25.