NEWSLETTER APRIL 2000
the evening of the 17th April, members of the society and guests from other
societies gathered at the courthouse at 8 pm. The annual meeting was conducted
and the president and treasurer presented their reports. President Liz listed
the highlights of the previous year which included
Liz thanked members of the society before reminding us of the scope of the work still to be achieved by a small band of dedicated members. Treasurer Janet presented the balance sheet, which showed a balance of $7099.50, an increase on last year, made up of memberships, market day fund raising, profit from the Thomas Martin productions, donations and grants from Parks Victoria, a maintenance grant from the Shire and the Heritage grant for the brochure. Although this seems a healthy situation, much of this is already earmarked for current projects. Discussion took place on the fee for membership. Janet gave a breakdown on where the membership money went (joining relevant associations and insurance) and it was decided that as the GST had to be considered, an increase was necessary. Fees for the coming year will be $15 membership $25 family membership plus $5 postage.
Election of office bearers took place resulting in the following
Annear then presented a great insight into her book ”Nothing But Gold”. Much
has been written on the gold mining of Forest Creek in the 1850’s but Robyn
gave us the view of 1852 from a domestic angle. We heard how the miners lived,
ate and arranged the work not associated with extracting gold from the ground.
The image of slaughtering 1000 sheep per day in the midst in of a tent city was
vivid as was the wagonload of cats arriving from Melbourne to cope with a mouse
thanks must be given to Liz for her efforts over the past 2 years. A look into
the research room is testament to Liz who has guided us into the world of
computers and advantages that brings in documenting the valuable information
that earlier members had the foresight to save. Thanks too, to Dorothy Clark
whose work in organising things in the library and kitchen area is greatly
appreciated. Long may we have such dedicated helpers!
month 2 walks were taken through the town led by John Ewing and Alan Burgess.
New information was gained and is going towards the production of the town walk
present Nape are rehearsing two one-act plays The Man in the Bowler Hat and The
Patchwork Quilt which will be presented over the next 2 weekends.
continual stream of requests is received by mail and in person, from people with
an interest in old Newstead and surrounds. At present information is sought into
Runge’s paint factory and a mine in Green Gully called the South Nuggetty. Any
help in this area would be appreciated and it proposed to have a visit to the
site of the South Nuggetty in the near future.
5 & 6 and May12 & 13 The Man in the Bowler Hat and The Patchwork Quilt.
15 Meeting 1.30 pm .
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