Highfields District Progress AssociationMinute book
A simple school exercise book originally used to record the Association’s meeting minutes was turned into a scrapbook for recipes cut from newspapers and magazines, but thankfully, not all of them were glued in completely and enough of a record remains to confirm the Association’s activity.
Excerpts from the Minutes book are included in this article. They extend frm the years November 1937 to July 1940, although it is not known whether this was when the Association wound up. However, the national web service Trove provides some of the earliest information about this Association, as shown in the newspaper articles included here. [i]
Before the Second World War, a new advertisement appeared in the Daily News on Tuesday 12 October 1937.
The name Highfields was well established before the second Progress Association was convened. It was the recipient of spasmodic postal services in the 1920s [iv]. It appeared in NSW Electoral Rolls from 1930 onwards. It was provided as the address for representatives on the Banana Marketing Board [v]; Highfield women formed a sewing and knitting circle during the Second World War [vi], and even the local Council used the name well beyond the 1940s [vii]...
The full article is included in Issue 114 of The Log Book, the journal of the Tweed Heads Historical Society, and is available for purchase. The Society provided unstinting support in the publishing of this article.
[ii] 1918 'ROUND THE RIVERS.', Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), 12 January, p. 2,
[iii] HIGHFIELD. (1918, January 8).
Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW : 1914 - 1949), p.2,
LOWER TWEED POSTAL SERVICES. (1920, April 17). Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW : 1914 -
1949), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191379847
[vi] DONATIONS BY
TWEED HEADS RED CROSS BRANCH. (1940, September 18). Tweed Daily (Murwillumbah, NSW : 1914 - 1949), p.5.