Freda has been associated with the Geelong Historical Society for over 50 years.  She took over the Secretary/Treasurer role from the late Bill Morrow in 1999.  When the Charities Commission required all voluntary organisation to split the two functions, Freda retained the Treasurer function, as well as continuing to look after the minutes of meetings, distribution of Investigator and general administration.  For the past several years, Freda has also been responsible for the Society’s collection of historical artifacts.  Freda, with the help of a few others, always made the supper for our monthly meetings, was first to arrive at meetings and was last to leave.  Importantly, Freda has been the lynch-pin for the Society and its members – as a point of contact, a sympathetic ear and a friendly face.
David has been a member of the Society for over 40 years.  He became Acting President in 2006, following on from Peter Alsop.  He was elected President the following year and has now been in the position for 15 years.  David’s energy, push and drive for the Society to succeed are well-known to the Committee and members alike.  It is a measure of the man who, while privately wishing to retire from the role for several years, continues to serve as President, in the absence of a successor.  David is a lover of horse-racing, bee-keeping and football, as well as history.


(elected at Annual General Meeting on 6 April 2022)

President: Mr David Brunton

Secretary: Mr Daryl Wight

Treasurer: Mr Tony Cust

Editor: Mr Daryl Wight

Artefacts: Mrs Freda Craddock

CommitteeMs Lana Capon

CommitteeMr Peter Fogarty

CommitteeDr Justin Corfield

CommitteeMrs Pauline Fairfoot

Past Tours 

Prior to Covid restrictions, the Society  organised several trips each year to places of historic significance and interest.

  In 2018, we attended the Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead in the Yarra Ranges (see below).

Our trips have not restarted post-Covid at this stage.

              A previous trip to the Mornington Peninsula’s historic McCrae Homestead and Mulberry Hill.

McCrae Homestead was built in 1844 by lawyer Andrew McCrae and his artist wife Georgiana.  It is a rare example of drop slab early pioneer construction, made with local materials such as messmate, stringybark and wattle.   Mulberry Hill was built in 1926, as an extension to a pre-existing 188Os cottage.  It is an American Colonial style house,  set on 29 acres surrounded by the beautiful countryside and Western Port.  It was the home of artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and his wife Lady Joan, and holds  a wonderful collection of Australian art, fine Georgian furniture and glassware and Staffordshire ceramics.

The coach left the Geelong West Town Hall at 8:45am, with a return trip by ferry to Queenscliff, and then by coach to Geelong West returning late afternoon.     The tour, organised by Mr Brian Latter, was well received by all who attended.