WELCOMING: Horsham Historical Society president Rod Jenkinson and committee member Ivan Crafter with the society’s new heritage display in May Park. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIVISITORS to Horsham’s May Park have the opportunity to learn about the history of the city through a new sign.
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Horsham Historical Society has created a permanent heritage display at the park near the Millar drinking fountain, with images of the city from years past.

President Rod Jenkinson said a community grant from Horsham Rural City Council helped pay for the project.

He said society members designed the sign frame and selected photos from the more than 18,000 photos in the society’s collection.

“One of the main ones is an image of where the fountain used to be in the main street with the old cars of the era,” he said.

“Visitors can see the new and old fountains pretty much side by side.”

Mr Jenkinson said the Lowestoft mansion – which used to stand on the site opposite the park where Goodyear is now – and the Langlands illuminated beacon also featured on the sign.

“The Lowestoft photo was actually taken from a film frame,” he said.

“We were looking for the best colour photos we had.

“This has been a work in progress for about eight to 10 months and has just come to fruition.

“The sign is a way to share some of our photos with the public.”

Mr Jenkinson said the society was always looking for photos to add to its archives.

“There are still gaps in our collection we don’t have a complete colour photo of Horsham High School,” he said.

Mr Jenkinson said anyone who wanted to contribute photos could visit the society at 33 Pynsent Street, Horsham, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

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