New home for historical society

The Forrest and District Historical Society has found a new home in a building steeped in history.

Barwon Water has leased the former West Barwon reservoir keeper’s cottage to the historical society for the next five years.

Built in the mid-1960s, the cottage was originally home to the reservoir keeper and his family.

Barwon Water Board Director David Harris hands over the reservoir keeper’s cottage keys to Forrest and District Historical Society President Ken Widdowson.

Before the introduction of automatic monitoring equipment, the reservoir keeper was responsible for managing the reservoir and surrounding land. But the residence is now vacant and surplus to our needs. It’s the perfect home for the local group and its collection.

The former keeper’s cottage will house an extensive archive, provide members with a base to carry out research and allow the society to display photos and memorabilia. Eventually, the group hopes to open the cottage as a historic centre for tourists, school groups and the community.

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