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As we remember… Edenhope & District Stories by Yvonne McDonnell

As we remember book

available to purchase from edenhope historical society –   $50 (plus postage)  

Click here to find details on how to  purchase this book

The book contains a selection of the stories – Jim Penrose, Vonnie Penrose, Annie Brant, Friday Robinson, Bill Crabtree’s Letter, Molly Farran, John Warner, Jean Burrell, KR Burchell, JR ‘Bob’ McClure, Tom Ryan, Rae Middleton, Charlie Kealy, Ian ‘Jack’ Burns, The sisters – Alma Logan & Enid Rivett, From Poverty to Prosperity – Kevin Sumemrhayes, Edenhope As I remember – Lois Krause, Margaret Street, Edenhope – Nan Hall,  Warwick Dubois, Tom Gaynor, The Hills of Clunie, Jim Close, The Old Town in the Hollow, Thelma Tansey, Audrey Loft & Barbara McCarthy, Richie Foster, Winterlake Point to Point by Richie Foster, Gerard Cranage, The Golden Rule, Audrey Huntly, Chetwynd of Yesteryear, John Gartlan, Footsteps on the Floor, Lila Robertson, Dr Ron Bade, Max Grigg, Pauline Kelly, Norma Vordermaier, Robert Harkness, John Wilson, Peter Cassidy, Dorothy Robinson, Frankie Quinn, Jean Lampard, Pop McLean, Jack Cooney, Alec McDougall.  Plus photos of Edenhope, Goroke, Harrow and Apsley and other contributions.

View the full contents page :   As We Remember Contents  (3.17Mb)



What started out as an A3 page of history in the West Wimmera Advocate about the Edenhope Hospital has now turned into a delightful 66 page coloured book which includes information relating to facilities, services, employees, memoirs and photos. Yvonne McDonnell and her assistant cohorts, Christine Bull (designer) and Norm Robinson (editorial consultant) worked constantly throughout 2012 to create this book, which was launched at the Lions Park, following the annual 2013 Australia Day early morning ceremony.


The book titled “Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital. Celebrating 100 years 1910 – 2010” has been a project that grew from the hospital Centenary Celebrations which were held in November 2010.  The book is available for sale  for $30.00, plus postage if required. Further copies may be obtained by contacting the hospital on (03)55859800.


Yvonne signing books – photo courtesy Christine Bull

The 2012  Australia Day launch of Yvonne McDonnell’s book at Edenhope was an all out success.  There were no spare seats available with almost 200 people attending,  including many of the district identities that were interviewed by the author. Some attendees came from as far as Perth, Mildura, Melbourne and Adelaide and Yvonne was overwhelmed with support for her wonderful and tireless effort to get this book published.

Speakers on the day included Ron Penrose, Richie Foster, Barry McClure and Loraine Harkness.  Yvonne expressed her heartfelt thanks to all who helped her on this journey  including Christine Bull, design and layout, Norm Robinson, editorial consultant, Allan Sambell, Jan Lampard and Geoff Langsworth, members of Edenhope & District Historical Society.

Book Cover – Photo of Lake Wallace Edenhope

A fantastic morning  tea supplied by Cheryl’s Coffee Blitz was then enjoyed by everyone, while  Yvonne did some book signing.  Sales of the book have been so successful that a reprint is now necessary.   Funds raised from the sale of books will be managed by the Edenhope & District Historical Society for various projects including the signage of historical sites around Edenhope.

You can view the contents page of the book here – As We Remember Contents.

Monument to our Pioneers

Kevin and Pearl Summerhayes donated this monument to the Edenhope community in recognition of the pioneers of the Edenhope District.  Most Pioneer Settlers in the Edenhope District took up farming, represented by the plough and wheel.  This work was mainly done by horses represented by the water trough.   Edenhope was also the route taken by the Chinese going to the goldfields  near Bendigo. These Chinese were great market gardeners and stonemasons, and are represented by the Chinaman, the stone walls and the water can.  The stone that the plaque is mounted on came from the original Lake Wallace Hotel and would have also been shaped by Chinese Stonemasons.

Most urban dwellers in the town would have drawn their water from a well, represented by the hand pump.  In 1878 the court house  building  was built and officially opened in 1879 to serve the pioneers of the district.  The flag poles represent the great loyalty and patriotism that these pioneers had for their Queen and country that continues to this day.

On 27th November , 2011 and unveiling of the Monument to Our Pioneers took place with local member for the Lowan Electorate, The Hon. Hugh Delahunty, MP,  in attendance.  Descendants of pioneer families were invited and a total of 24 locals participated by ‘sprinkling’ water on the monument.

Some of the families represented were : Bull, Kealy, Edwards, Caldow, Pahl, Ryan,  McDonald, Cranage, Cassidy, Hamiton, Mahoney,  Dixon, Reader, Robertson, Tansey, Whitehead, Sambell, Lampard amongst others.

The Hon. Hugh Delahunty MP, member for Lowan helped Kevin unveil the plaque.  Did you know Edenhope was the Port capital of Australia?  Well that’s  what Hugh said his research told him.  An interesting speech.

Edenhope Newspapers Digitised

Its taken a while but finally, at the request of the Edenhope & District Historical Society and with financial support from West Wimmera Shire the following newspapers have been digitised and are now available on a set of three CD’s at the Shire Offices.  The total cost is $40.00.  For sales contact Dianne Bradshaw on 03 55 859 900.  Due to copyright, articles contained on the CD’s cannot be published.

KOWREE ADVOCATE    15-10-1930 to 21-12-1983
EDENHOPE CHRONICLE   07-07-1906 , 05-02-1908 and 15-05-1908. ( single editions only.)
KOWREE  ENSIGN            05-10-1883 and 30-11-1883. ( single editions only )
KOWREE  LEADER           03-01-1913  to  14-12-1917.


Bendigo Community Bank Edenhope

Local Bank donates $1000 toward Heritage Signage

Thank you to the local Edenhope Bendigo Community Bank who responded to a request for sponsorship to help us. We plan to use this money to install some Heritage Signs around Edenhope.