As part of AIDA’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration, an exhibition of ‘Then and Now’ photos was held at the Aireys Pub on 1 November. The event was well attended with about one hundred visitors enjoying the photos, as well as an illustrated time line of AIDA’s activities and achievements over the past 50 years. Of particular interest were long-term residents reminiscing about past times and the older generation telling their children and grandchildren how Aireys used to be. One surprised AIDA member was delighted to recognise herself in one of the historic photos.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the committee to meet AIDA members, and twelve expressions of interest were received from potential new members. Our grateful thanks to Janice Carpenter for organising this successful event and to two members, Mickey Dewar and David Ritchie, who volunteered to help set up the exhibition and pull it down.
We would also like to thank AIDA member Penny Morison, who contributed her 1960-70s photos for our displays at the AGM and at the celebration. Penny met Jan Morris, the President of the Anglesea & District Historical Society, at the celebration and has agreed to deposit her photos with the ADHS.
We continue to invite members of the community to submit any relevant photos, articles or information for our historical archive. Please let us know whether we may use the photos for display and in our newsletter, and whether we may scan them for our archives. We will protect them and return them in original condition.