Old Bakery, Mentone
The CBA Bank owned the property at the time the Mordialloc Historical Society was looking for a home. Charles Ferguson had been lobbying strongly with the Mordialloc Council to find a building where many items collected by the society could be stored and displayed. The Council became convinced of the worthwhile nature of the Societyís work and approached the Bank with the intention of purchasing the property. Initially they were reluctant to sell but eventually agreed. The bakery was gained for £12,000 and became the headquarters of the Society in 1976.
In recognition of the important contribution made by Charles Ferguson, it was named in his honour. Today the Charles Ferguson Museum is the centre of the Societyís activities, where exhibitions are held and resources related to the local area are housed and made available to researchers. The original ovens are still there, set within the front wall, and the second floor houses exhibitions on the history of local schools, the Garryowen Trophy, Edward Trait, editor of the Standard Newspaper Group, and Mordialloc City Mayors. These exhibitions are changed from time to time. The museum is open to visitors each Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the cost of two dollars to non-members. (For members it is free.) Other times can be arranged by appointment.
Graham J Whitehead
Article Cat. Historical Features
Article Ref. 55