201511.02

Mornington’s rich history comes to life and our streets

Monday 2 November 2015:

Mornington’s rich history has been brought to life, our streets and into our homes through technology.

The Mornington and District Historical Society has used a Commonwealth Government grant to provide the community with access to a wealth of creatively delivered historical information through its website.

The $4480 grant used for the project was one of my election commitments and funded under the Community Heritage and Icons Program.

It includes online access to local history and stories narrated by local identities, which enables residents and visitors alike to tap into the Society’s remarkable resources.

There is an audio tour in the form of 18 different podcasts. As people move between key locations, QR code squares are included in interpretative signs and enable people to access voice recordings, photos and short documentaries via their smart phone.

The project is a great use of modern technology to bring to life the history of Mornington, which is a story of enterprise.

When Mr and Mrs Turner came to the area in 1864 searching for a place to settle, who would have thought we would have a local courthouse just seven years later (1861) with its main work being to register abattoirs and pubs!

Mornington was the capital of our region for the generations that followed.

I was delighted to attend the launch of the project, and congratulate Diane, Keith and everyone at the Society – Their commitment to bringing this project to fruition will enable the community to celebrate our rich history for generations to come in a fun and engaging way.

I encourage everyone to go to http://morningtondistricthistory.org.au/

Media contacts:

For Bruce Billson MP: Kristie Lavery 0466 305 206

For Mornington and District Historical Society: President Diane White: (03) 5989 2219, or mobile 0403 077 053