Cleve museum receives funding from Wake descendants

The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of former Mangalo farmers, Gil and Melba Wake recently returned to Cleve where they made a donation to help the National Trust in its work to preserve the history of the Cleve region.

The family group visited the Cleve Agricultural and Folk Museum, which is located at the old Cleve council chambers.

Gil and Melba’s children Janice Woods, Madge Wright and Philip Wake first took a walk down memory lane at the museum in September.

While at the museum, they visited their father’s first autoheader, which is being restored by the National Trust and is on display at the museum.

Mr Wake even got the opportunity to take a seat in his father’s old machine, which looks extremely different to the headers used today.

The family was extremely impressed with the work that was being carried out by the National Trust at the Cleve Agricultural and Folk Museum and learnt that while the volunteers received financial assistance from the National Trust and the Cleve District Council, any more funding the museum could get would further help them preserve the district’s history.

The family held a Gil and Melba Wake reunion in Adelaide, attended by many of the descendants of the Wakes, and by selling stubbie holders at the event, they raised funds to support the Cleve Agricultural and Folk Museum.

The siblings returned to the museum with seven of Gil and Melba’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren after the reunion.

Mrs Wright’s children and grandchildren, who visited the museum, were especially impressed with their Papa’s old header and the collection of “olden day” pieces that the museum had on display. 

The Wake descendants handed over a $500 donation to the Cleve Agricultural and Folk Museum curator  Maurice Smith.

Gil and Melba Wake used to farm on Mangalo Road, and when they retired, the farm was taken over by their son, Phillip, who later sold the farm and went to work for the Franklin Harbour District Council.

The family’s donation will more than likely be a once-off contribution as they have no intentions to undertake any further fundraising or make any more donations to the museum.