Just in time for the 130th Tolmie Sports, 8 new signs were recently installed at historic sites and buildings within the precinct which was the original centre of the Tolmie township. The signs depict a photo or sketch of each site -the Post Office, Hall, 2 Churches, School, School Residence, Hotel and what is known as the Police Paddocks, along with a short description of the history of the sites.
The signs have been 3 years in the making, and were one of the target actions stemming from the Tolmie Community Plan which was launched in 2011. A Sub-group led by Linda Terry and Sarah Brennan, was formed from the original community consultation process and that group’s key goal in the action plan was to “record and preserve Tolmie history for future generations”. The signs were partly funded via the Seed Funding, put forward for the Community Planning process, by the Mansfield & District Community Bank, the State Government and Mansfield Shire Council.
Graphics work for the signs was donated by local residents Gerard and Sarah Brennan of Gravity Designs. Coincidently, Sarah and Gerard live in the house that was once the Tolmie Post Office. Gerard said ”I think this is a really worthwhile project; to capture the heritage of these buildings, illustrating and documenting the history of this place is great. I think we are just part of the history of this Post Office – it will exist beyond us and it deserves recognition”. The group were also very grateful for the support of Maurie Stinchcombe of Stinchcombe Engineering who put in considerable time to design and construct the metal frames at low cost and to Michel Casey for his assistance with the high quality printing of the signs, and Robbo’s Glass for their contribution in setting the signs into the frames.
Linda Terry said she was delighted to see the project now complete with the signs in place. “The Community Plan has provided a framework and direction for our community to focus on. We have ticked off a number of projects – the transport group launched the very successful TOAST transport scheme; we completed the re-construction of the old Tearooms, providing a fabulous community kitchen in 2012; and then were able to turn our efforts to researching and designing these signs”. The next project which is also an action for the History sub-group is to re-write and update the book “Tolmie the First hundred Years” to provide a more comprehensive history of Tolmie. Linda is currently well underway with this project but is keen to hear from anyone who may have stories to contribute about the families and life in Tolmie from days gone by – particularly about some of the lesser-known families. If anyone would like to discuss stories with Linda she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.