Cooee /ku:'i:/ a shout used in Australia, a means of re-uniting those separated, to help to find or bring somebody home - in this case, to help connect us with the past.
An exhibition at the Monash Federation Centre opens on 3 July and runs to 27 September, for railway enthusiasts and public alike. Curated by Cooee History and Heritage, the exhibition tells the story of the expansion east into Gippsland from its Oakleigh hub, of railways for coal, passengers and freight. The exhibition covers the period from the late 1880s to the 1960s when electric rolling stock took over from the diesels, just like they had in turn taken over from steam. It is the story about railwaymen, stations and trains. The exhibition is supported by the Victorian Model Railway Society Inc. and Puffing Billy, and has been commissioned by the Oakleigh & District Historical Society on behalf of the City of Monash with additional funding from the Rotary Club of Oakleigh and Oakleigh Lions.