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
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 - http://users.pipeline.com.au/angair/