Paving the way into history at Tolmie

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FINDING LINKS: Following the official unveiling of the 500 pavers at St Jospeh’s Catholic Church many guests wandered to find ‘their bricks’ recognising family members.

A NEW piece of Tolmie history was unveiled on Saturday morning before a crowd of some 200 people.

Visitors came from as far away as New South Wales, across Victoria, and even one from Western Australia, for the unveiling of 500 pavers, laid at the entrance to St Joseph’s Catholic Church at the Tolmie Recreation Reserve.

Some 12 months ago a campaign to recognise former Tolmie residents, especially the pioneering families, was launched with pavers to be sold in memory of those gone before.

A plaque commemorating the unveiling has also been installed with the inscription: “Donated by members of the Tolmie Community who wish to remember those families, friends and individuals who have a special connection to Tolmie. Each paver acknowledges a link to Tolmie, both past and present”.

Organisers of the campaign were overwhelmed at the response they received when some 500 pavers were purchased, some people buying multiple numbers in memory of past relatives.

At the unveiling on Saturday, Mansfield Shire mayor Paul Volkering said “it surely must come as no surprise that we are here today to unveil another step in the history of Tolmie by laying these first few commemorative pavers.

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