Signs of a bygone era

With the new sign in front of Greenock Institute are Geoff Saegenschnitter, Virginia Armstrong, Mick Schluter, Michele Rast and David Letch, representing the Heritage Group and committees behind the project.

Greenock’s history is being shared on newly installed signs located at key points around town.

Information on the heritage marker interpretive signs was sourced from the town’s history book researched and written by Mr Geoff Saegenschnitter back in 1986.
The Greenock resident of more than 45 years said both the Greenock Institute and Centenary Park committees had won community grants from

Light Regional Council to help fund the signs which cost more than $1,200 each, with Greenock Heritage Group contributing around $480 and Schluter Wines topping up the remainder.

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“We wanted to put a few markers in the town to identify some special features around the place,” said Geoff.

He said with more campers staying overnight at the park, the new signs not only created interest, but also an additional reason for tourists to stop and stay in town a little longer.

Fellow Greenock resident and founding member of the Heritage Group, Mr Mick Schluter agreed and believed the signs tied in well with the existing Heritage Walk brochure which invites visitors to explore the region’s rich history.

“From a heritage point of view, it’s all about adding another dimension to the town,” Mick said.

The sign in front of the Greenock Institute features a circa 1905 street scene and shows how little the town has changed over the years as you draw comparisons from what is seen today.

“The street is basically the same except for the demolished hotel and the covered wagon!” said Mick.

The sign located at Centenary Park highlights the official opening with a photograph taken in 1936 depicting the crowd of people in attendance.

“You can look to the east and you’ll see where the Independent Order of Oddfellows [The Greenock Lodge] took the photograph in front of the giant gum tree. They put a lot of money into the development of the park,” he explained.

“It is old Greenock and you’ll get that perspective.”

A third sign is set to be located alongside the artwork featuring Ludwig Seppelt, Friedrich “Fritz” Laucke and John Jungfer “having a schluck” near Marsh Walk.

“It identifies the three men in the sculpture and tells of their contribution to the town,” said Mick.

“It all adds to the story of Greenock.”