KHS welcomes new president

Ray Peace with his new book Rails to Rowville and another one of his books Murders & Mysteries in Ferntree Gully Shire . Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS.

Knox Historical Society has had a change at the top. Local author and historian, Ray Peace, takes up the position of KHS President for the next year.

Ray has been a member of the Society for 18 years. He had one previous stint as President in 2006 and has served as Vice President on several occasions.

Retiring President, Lynn Brewster, presided over a year involving changes to the Society.

“I thank Lynn for her dedication in the past year and her commitment to local history,” Ray said.

“Lynn presided over a year in which KHS made the transition from paper-based to electronic payment systems and I thank her contribution in keeping the Society moving forward”.

The Society also had a major success with its inaugural twilight market in December 2022 attracting over 500 participants who enjoyed the artisan market together with lots of free activities for the children including a visit from Santa on the local CFA truck.

“It was a fantastic event,” said Ray. “We’re hoping for a repeat of that again this year.”

The Christmas craft market is due to be held at ‘Ambleside’ homestead and museum from 1pm to 6pm on 9 December.

Ray has devoted much of his time to research, but now has to juggle this with other commitments.

“It might get a bit hectic at times, but it’s all for a good cause, the preservation of local history,” Ray said.

‘Ambleside‘ homestead and museum, at 3 Olivebank Rd, Ferntree Gully, is open to the public 10am – 1pm Thursday and Friday, and 1 – 4pm Sundays.

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