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    PRESERVING HISTORY: From left, Graham Hutchinson, Gavan McGennisken, Jill Warren, Barry Bell and Andrew Bell used a Local History Grant Program through the Public Record Office, Victoria, to archive Wonwondah Football Club photographs.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wonwondah collection restored

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A Wonwondah Hall committee has restored, reprinted and digitised a collection of Wonwondah Football Club photographs.

The committee has completed the project with money from a Local History Grant Program through the Public Record Office, Victoria.

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This follows success of an earlier grant to restore Wonwondah Tennis Club Premiership photographs on display in Wonwondah Hall.

Wonwondah Hall Volunteer Group grants officer Jill Warren said the photographs had attracted interest from district residents and visitors.

“The committee also sees it as an important way to preserve the district history,” she said.

“The football photograph project could not have been completed without the invaluable assistance of Wonwondah Football Club historian Graeme Hutchinson – a star player for the club in his day – and many months and hours spent by hall committee member Jenny Brauer sourcing and collating the photos and club information.”

Wonwondah Football Club had its beginnings in the early 1900s and had a long and proud history in the district. 

The club first played its home games on the farm paddocks belonging to William McGennisken Senior and then later played for many years on Ernie Guest’s farm. Both families still have generational ties to the Wonwondah community.

The club won its first premiership in 1923 and was either premier or runner-up many times between the 1920s and 1970s.

The club’s black and white uniform had many style changes through the decades.

The club eventually amalgamated with the Imperials, which later became Horsham United.