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ANGAIR . . . How It All Began

ANGAIR logoMrs Edith Lawn, a teacher from Ballarat, had a holiday house at Anglesea. In 1968, while searching for an appropriate subject for her art students to sketch, Edith noticed some large white spider orchids in bloom. Thinking they would be a good composition with their delicate drooping petals and sepals, and not realizing they were protected, Edith picked a bunch.

A local builder, on seeing the flowers said "Don't let my wife see you with those orchids".

Edith was concerned, and during the week visited the builder's wife, Mrs Cath Currie. She learned of the strong regard that many of the locals had for the flora of the area, and wondered how the general public could be brought to appreciate the rare heritage of flora and fauna in the Anglesea district.

Edith was advised to talk to Miss Norma Bull, an artist, who especially enjoyed painting the orchids in their natural habitat. After a long discussion, Edith and Norma decided to gather together interested persons, and on 30th March, 1969, six people met to discuss the possibility of forming a society to protect the native flora and fauna.

A special meeting inviting the public to attend was arranged for 27th April, 1969. Seventy people attended this meeting including government officials and representatives from other interested organizations throughout Victoria.

On the 11th May, 1969, the name of the society was decided after a suggestion made by Mr Merv. Williamson. The name ANGAIR is an abbreviation for Anglesea and Aireys Inlet, appropriately bridging the two towns.

A committee was formed and ANGAIR came into existence. ANGAIR became an incorporated association on 15th November, 1984.
Committee meetings are held on the second Friday of each month at 7.30 pm in the ANGAIR Natural History Centre, McMillan St., Anglesea. General meetings with guest speakers are held on the last Friday of each month at 7.30 pm.

Guided walks are taken each month to a variety of areas to observe the relevant fauna and flora, and to get to know the walking tracks in the area. Special walks are also taken at Easter and in the summer vacation.

Regular working bees are held to remove invasive plants from flora reserves, heathlands and coastal areas.

ANGAIR holds an Annual Wildflower/Art Show each year in the springtime, providing spectacular displays of native flowers and opportunities for people to visit the bushland and flora reserves to see the indigenous flowers in their natural habitat.

ANGAIR can be contacted on 5263 1085 or visit their web site at -


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