Law and Order Gold Rush Era in Keilor Region (March 2012)
Curated by Susan Jennison OAM and Dorothy Minkoff
The exhibition re Law and Order during the Gold Rush period
was very well received.
Another additional highlight or response to the exhibition
work is related to the fact that we had over 80 students,
plus teachers, plus some parents come along to Harrick’s
prior to the open day. These were Grade 2 students from
Overnewton Anglican College who wanted to learn about
‘change’. Of course we were able to talk about
the content of the exhibition and talk about how families
would arrive in Melbourne then walk for two days prior
to arriving in Keilor then after an overnight stay going
on the long walk to the goldfields.
Peter Lewinsky, Chairman of Administrators, came with
his wife to the event and took part in all of the activities.
We are very thankful for his participation and input.
As to entertainment we had three ‘star performers’.
Andreas and Chris entertained us with singing 3 items
including the ‘Policeman’s song’. George,
who is a cooper brought his heritage van and then set
up shop demonstrating how wooden buckets can be made.
What was different about the people who attended were
many ‘newcomers’. People who had not come
before and they brought their young children. What was
also terrific was that they stayed and enjoyed the afternoon
tea. No-one was in a hurry even though the weather was
a bit brusque.
Another ‘attraction’ and point of great interest
for all visitors was to meet with George Smithwick who
showed his skills in making wooden buckets for instance.
George is a Cooper and people learnt so much about this
skilled trade that made barrels for wine and ale.
Another feature was the unveiling of a painting and portrait
of a former City of Keilor Mayor, Cliff Harvey. Wendy
Bitans was the person to unveil the portrait and plaque
as her mother had been a close friend of the Harveys and
Wendy had been custodian of this painting and had given
it to the Keilor Historical Society.
Thankyou to all who attended and took part.
Susan Jennison OAM
Harrick's Cottage Open
Day photo album
as a pdf (1.1MB)
Sponsors for the day were Brimbank City Council,
Ferguson Plarre, and Overnewton Castle.