Dunkeld & District Historical Museum

Timeline - a scroll through history

Scroll below to see a history of notable events, people and places in Dunkeld and District

  • 2000
    Y2K Street Party held

    Dunkeld New Years Eve Y2K Street Party to celebrate the new millennium.

  • 2004
    Allan Myers appointed President of Trustees of NGV

    Son of local butcher John Myers and wife Betty, Allan was schooled at Dunkeld, then Monivae College in Hamilton, and Melbourne University, where he studied law. Allan studied at Oxford and taught at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. A barrister in 1975, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel in...

  • Dunkeld Rams football club formed

    Glenthompson, Dunkeld Rams football club was formed.

  • 2006
    Population 2006

    Census records indicate that Dunkeld now has 397 residents

  • National Heritage listing

    The Grampians National Park was listed on the Australian National Heritage List on 15th December 2006.

  • Dunkeld School plaque unveiled

    The plaque on the site of the Dunkeld School No 183 was unveiled on Friday 10th March 1989.

  • 2009
    Cecil McArthur posthumously presented with OAM

    Mr Cecil John McArthur (dec) of Mirranatwa, Hamilton and late of Winchelsea was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of the Western District. He was involved in a through a range of services including sporting and health organisations. He died on 28 March...

  • Henry Leech awarded OAM

    Henry Frederick Leech served in WW2 as a Bren Gunner in Singapore and Malaya. He became a prisoner of war and put to work in Changi, Mergui and Tavoy, then on the Burma Railway. He supported the Dunkeld Sub Branch of the RSL, serving as President, Secterary and Treasurer. He was awarded one of the...

  • 2010
    A centenarian passes - Sandra Clarke

    Sandra Elizabeth Clarke (1907-2010) died at Devon Park, Dunkeld on 27th November 2010.

  • A centenarian passes - Catherine Funk

    Catherine Funk, wife of Walter Funk of "Mount View", Dunkeld (1910-2010)

  • 2011
    Population 2011

    Census records indicate that Dunkeld now has 461 residents

  • St Andrew's Uniting Church Anniversary held

    Anniversary of St Andrew's Uniting Church, Mirranatwa was held on 6th November 2011.

  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden school formed

    The Dunkeld Consolidated School become a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden school in 2011. 

  • 2012
    Joy Clarke awarded for community work

    Joy Clarke, well known Dunkeld resident received a Council on the Ageing (COTA), Victorian Senior Achiever Award 2012 for her community work. These awards are given to seniors who have made a significant contribution to their local community and Victoria. The presentation was made at Government...

  • Firefighter - Jack Woodburn

    Jack Woodburn (1924-2012). Jack holds the record for being the youngest Captain in the Dunkeld Fire Brigade's history, assuming that position at the age of 23 years. Jack Woodburn made a major contribution to the development of the Dunkeld Fire Brigade, especially in the critical early years of...

  • Reg Cullinane posthumously awarded

    Reg Cullinane (1932-2011). Member of the Karabeal, Duggan Swamp, and Dunkeld fire brigades . He was to be awarded a 60 year service medal at Dunkeld's 75th Anniversary dinner in October 2011, but died two months before the event. His medal was presented posthumously, and accepted on his behalf by...

  • Terrie Nicholson awarded

    Terrie received the North Hamilton Rotary Club "Pride of Workmanship Award" for her volunteer work in the Dunkeld community. This award is in recognition of above average dedication and skills shown by persons in an organisation or community.

  • A centenarian passes - Gladys McIntyre

    Gladys Sophie McIntyre (1909-2012). Wife of Robert McIntyre of Karabeal, Victoria.

  • 2013
    Barbara Dohle recognised

    Barbara was awarded a Southern Grampians Shire Council Australia Day Community Recognition Award for her contribution to the community of Dunkeld. A modest and tireless volunteer with several organisations in the Dunkeld community. As the garden curator at Dunkeld Museum, Barbara tends the...

  • Royal Mail fire

    The Royal Mail Conference Centre near the Royal Mail Hotel was gutted by fire and was demolished. A new centre was later built.

  • Uniting Church building sold

    The Uniting Church building, formerly Methodist church, was sold into private hands.

  • A centenarian passes - George Beverage

    George Horace Beverage, commonly known as Horace, of Mirranatwa (1912-2013)

  • 2014
    RSL Hall demolished

    RSL Hall was demolished.

  • Ivo Mclaughlin awarded

    Ivo was nominated by the Dunkeld Museum for his voluntary work across the community which reflects his close connection to the area and its people. Ivo has lived in Dunkeld all his life and has a long association with the Hamilton Uniting Church performing practical pastoral care as well as...

  • Joy Darroch awarded

    Western District Health Service (WDHS) awarded the June 2014 Charlie Watt Volunteer of the Month award to Joy Darroch. Joy received the award for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer door knocker in Dunkeld for the Western District Health Services at Dunkeld over the years.

  • 2015
    Photo exhibition held

    Looking through the Lens photo exhibition at the Community Centre on 23rd October 2015.

  • Dunkeld Hall renovated

    The Dunkeld Hall was extensively renovated and became the Dunkeld Community Centre was opened on Sunday 29th March 2015 and is now known as Sterling Place.

  • 2016
    Allan Myers awarded Companions of the Order of Australia

    In 2016, Allan Myers was awarded the Companions of the Order of Australia (AC), one of the highest individual honours available.He received the award for service to the community through philanthropic leadership in support of major visual arts, higher education, medical research and not-for-profit organisations,...

  • Maria Myers receives honours

    Maria Myers received the nation’s highest Australia Day honour in 2016, a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her work in the arts, culture, education and indigenous rock art programs.

  • 2017
    Don Dickie Memorial shed opened

    Opening of the Don Dickie Memorial shed on 28th May 2017. The shed was built in recognition to Don's service to the Dunkeld & District Historical Museum. A bequest from his estate funded the project.

  • 2018
    WW1 Plaque unveiled

    Unveiling of the WW1 Plaque at the New Dunkeld Cemetery took place on 11th November 2018.

  • Felicity Gordon awarded

    Felicity received the Southern Grampians Youth Award for her courage, determination and for inspiring and supporting other patients and their families during her long recovery from a brain aneurysm.

  • 2019
    Victoria Valley Anniversary dance held

    Valley Hall 80th Anniversary dance was held on 13th July 2019.

  • Geoff Hinchliffe awarded

    Geoff was awarded the Telstra, Southern Grampians Shire Council Employee of the year 2019. Geoff was employed as a caretaker for the Dunkeld Caravan Park.

  • Kelly McNaughton awarded

    Kelly was awarded the Police Community Award by the Rotary Club of Hamilton North. She was the major driver behind the D-Force education project and has served in the Victorian Police Force for 26 years at the time she received this award.

  • A centenarian passes - Irene Gordon

    Irene Mary Gordon (1917-2019). Wife of Raymond Travers Gordon of Karabeal, Victoria.

  • 2020
    Peter Flinn awarded Order of Australia

    Peter Flinn of Dunkeld - awarded Australia Day honours, member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 28th January 2020, for significant service to Agricultural research, pioneering the use of a new technology in Victoria's feed and fodder industry that is still in wide use more than 30 years later.

  • Coronavirus

    The first coronavirus case in the Southern Grampians was confirmed in a publication on 2nd April 2020.

  • Old Dunkeld cemetery plaque erected

    Plaque listing all known burials in the old Dunkeld cemetery was erected inside the gate of the cemetery.

  • Kelly Barnes awarded

    Kelly was the winner of the 2020 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women's Award. She received a $ 10,000 Westpac bursary to help her pilot a working dog training school in Dunkeld.

  • A centenarian passes - Norma Riddle

    Norma Edith Riddle (1918-2020). Wife of Percy Riddle of Dunkeld.