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VICTORIA, Romsey, Antique Collectables Display at Romsey Mechanics’ Institute

Romsey Mechanics’ Institute
EVENT DATE: 9 November 2014
On Sunday 9th November,  the Romsey Mechanics’ Institute and the Romsey Neighbourhood House will be holding an Antique Collectables Display at the Romsey Mechanics’ Institute, 122 Main St Romsey.
There will be displays of a variety of items ranging from antique bottles, trains, pottery and ceramic ware, shearing handpieces and tools, hunting whips plus many more. A display of children’s collections will also be featured. An appraiser will be on site as well as demonstrations in Chalk Painting and Jewellery making.
The cost is a gold coin, appraisals $5 a piece or 3 for $12.
Morning and afternoon tea on sale, provided by Romsey Red Cross. If you are interested in having a display or are interested in booking an appraisal please contact Gail on 0416 028 219.
EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday November 9th 2014
Venue: Romsey Mechanics’ Institute 
Address: 122 Main St Romsey Victoria
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
Entry: Gold Coin 
If you would like to submit a display, please contact Gail Middleton 0416 028 219
ABOUT ROMSEY MECHANICS’ INSTITUTE
Romsey Mechanics’ Institute was founded in October 1865. The foundation stone was laid in 1875 and a wooden building was built costing two hundred pounds consisting of a hall seating 250, a large stage and two rooms, one of which was a Library for the education and enjoyment of the local community. A new hall, in front of the above building, was built in 1884, costing over a thousand pounds. Sir William Clarke laid the foundation stone on 29th May 1884. The Institute conducted a variety of events as diverse as theatre and weekly balls to roller-skating and boxing. A fire on 6th July 1904 damaged the wooden structure and the Institute was re-built and enlarged to its present state. Once again the Institute became the social focal point of the greater Romsey area with dances, balls, theatre and the new craze “the picture show man”. Even today you can see running sheets of the talkies pencilled on the walls in the projector room. The Institute, today, caters for a great variety of groups and functions such as – Senior Citizens Club, R.S.L, C.W.A, Dance Academy, Line Dancing, wedding receptions, funerals, concerts, presentations and birthday parties.