Monto Historical Society president Bruce Burnham at the 50-year celebrations.
Monto Historical Society president Bruce Burnham at the 50-year celebrations. Sam Turner

Celebration's sour note: Young members 'few and far between'

MONTO Historical Society members had plenty to celebrate at the 50th anniversary at the weekend.

But it would have been good to mark the milestone with more people.

Monto Historical Society president Bruce Burnham said there was an absence of younger members in the organisation.

"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first meeting called by one of our original members, Gerry O'Connor,” Mr Burnham said.

"The only problem is he's the same age as I am, since he was 30 when he started the meeting.”

Mr Burnham believes there is a lot a good history in the area worth maintaining, but said the group didn't have the young people coming through it needed.

"We have a good group of people here right now but we're all senior, and that's our problem,” Mr Burnham said.

"Hopefully another generation can take over from us, but they're few and far between at the moment.”

A member of more than 10 years, Mr Burnham believes the camaraderie and authenticity of the displays were some of the most important things about the society.

From vintage gold stampers, machinery and traditional settler techniques, there is plenty to preserve and protect.

Mr Burnham enjoyed celebrating the society's 50 years at the event.

"I'd like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with today, and to any young recruits, you will be welcomed with both arms to join our society,” he said.


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