Lost in the Bush 150th anniversary | Wimmera students visit Duffholme Museum

WIMMERA school children have relived history with visits to the Duffholme Museum at Mitre.

The excursions were part of the Lost in the Bush 150th anniversary celebrations.

The nine-day celebrations, which started on Tuesday, mark 150 years since Isaac, Jane and Frank - aged nine, seven and three - became lost in the bush on August 12, 1864.

McKenzie Creek Primary School visited the museum on Tuesday, Nhill's St Patrick's School visited on Wednesday and Horsham's Ss Michael and John's Primary School will visit on Thursday.

Museum's Robert Isaacson said all the children wanted to know information about the story.

"I showed them the replica hut and all the children said they would like to live in it," he said.

"Then we went for a walk around the bush and made some damper.

"A few of the children didn't want to try the damper, but once their mates tried it, they did too.

"The difficult part is to work out when it's cooked, but it's all been edible so far so we are travelling well."

Mr Isaacson said the students then went the Jane Duff memorial where they do some art and cultural activities.

He said the children had to make art out of things they find out the ground.

Mr Isaacson said most students had studied the Lost in the Bush story at school.

"A lot of students are reading the story in class," he said.

"Now they will be more interested in what the teacher is reading because they have seen something to do with the story."

Mr Isaacson said he was happy to volunteer his time for the celebrations.

"I didn't imagine what it would be like, I just said I'd do it," he said.

"It's been so rewarding to see their faces light up when they see things or learn things.

"It's something I will remember for a long time."

The museum will be open on Saturday as part of the celebrations.

"From 1.30pm to 2pm we have two actors from the Lost in the Bush movie speaking," Mr Isaacson said.


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