Help complete puzzle of town’s missing photos

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer

The Shire of Dumbleyung is searching for missing photographs to include on new interpretative signs for the town’s historical walk.

Taking to Facebook, the Shire has secured an image of the RSL Hall that was demolished in 1986, but wants help to find photos of the Dumbleyung Road Board and Boarding House.

The original wooden Dumbleyung Road Board offices were built in 1911.

In 1962, the Shire moved its premises and the St John Ambulance sub-centre was built with part of the building leased by the Department of Education for use as a kindergarten from the 1970s to 1990s.

Dumbleyung Volunteer Fire Rescue Service shed has replaced the Boarding House, where businesswoman Rose Stockton owned the first house from which she ran a boarding facility and dining room.

The walk was created at the town’s centenary celebration in 2007 when brass plaques were put on the footpaths around the CBD with information about historic buildings that had been knocked down.

Dumbleyung Shire community development officer Nicole Taylor said they were taking the attraction to the next level.

“Everyone was saying the plaques were great but pointing out the fact you couldn’t see what the original sites and buildings looked like,” she said.

“Our plan is to find photos to include in the interpretative panels that will be lifted off the ground on the footpath near the original brass plates.”

To reminisce or discover what it used to be like in Dumbleyung, read the 29 plaques along the 2.25km walk.

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