NEWSLETTER AUGUST 1999
repeat performances were again booked out and our audiences were generous in
their praise of Mark Garner, Steve Walter and Andy Rigby. The audience on the
Saturday night were treated to extra drama when a passer-by thought that the
sparks and smoke blown by the strong wind, in association with the glow of the
spotlights on the rear wall, indicated that the roof was on fire! An orderly
evacuation ensued before the dramatisation, in the tradition of show biz, went
ahead undaunted. Many of the audience thought the evacuation was part of the
play. At the Friday night performance Doug Martin, another of Thomas Martin’s
grandsons was present and had photographs of Thomas and his wife as well as the
five sons. Our file in the Martin family is growing; a pleasing outcome as at
the start of this project, there was no information on Thomas Martin and family
after the writing of the letter. The proceeds of this performance were divided
between the Society and the newly formed NAPE group that has emerged from this
exercise. NAPE is now in the process of rehearsing the next show ”Court in the
Act” scheduled for October and to enable this to happen, an agreement has been
arranged for subletting the courthouse.
as a result of subletting, a decision has been made to swap the functions of the
two rooms opening off the courtroom. What was the research room will now become
the meeting room and house the big table and benches and be near the water
supply for catering purposes. The other room will house the computer equipment
and be close to the security room so that our valuable possessions are out of
the public arena.
due to time restrictions, the application for the further grant to carry out
works to the grounds had to be abandoned. There is a possibility that we may
fund part of the project ourselves; however we hear that new grants are looming
and should they prove appropriate a new application will be prepared.
OUTING TO WELSHMANS REEF
people took advantage of John Lawton’s recent tour of mining sites. John had
gone to a great deal of trouble to prepare for the outing and led us to the
Welshmans Reef mines near the site of the old Newstead tip. We went to the
relics of alluvial mining close by, including a puddling site, then on to the
Lady Brassey and North Lady Brassey in the Fishermans Road area. We moved on to
a private property in Seers Road to see the Irish Billy Mine, Otago and Locks
United. At the conclusion, John provided ”a cuppa” at his home and a very
welcome towel and hair-dryer for Janet (Trudgeon).
next planned outing, on Monday September 13, is a visit to the site of Thornhill
Reef in the forest off Demo Track. To our delight we recently discovered that
this site is on the National Register. We will meet at the Courthouse at
12.30pm. Bring your lunch and a cup. If you won’t be available until the usual
1.30pm, you could meet us at the site: 900 meters along Demo Track from the
Society has a Collections Policy which outlines those items that we would like
to collect. From time to time we are offered material that adds to our store of
research reference. Recently we were very pleased to accept from Irene Cocking
the records of the Strangways Tennis Association. Earlier Dorothy Clark had
provided a number of copies of the Police Gazette which, she told us, had been
found (by Cliff and Joyce Martin of Ballarat) some time ago in the ceiling of
the old police station. We record the data on a program called Filemaker and we
were very grateful to receive a more modern version of the software from Brian
Rhule of Maldon. Of course then we need to print the documents and Stuart Olney
has added an ImageWriter printer to our store of machinery to help with this
function. Thanks to all our benefactors.
McAvoy/McEvoy, Clydesdale around 1882
McLean, Newstead Hotel; Clancy; Blair.
CHHA EXPO – November 6 & 7
we haven’t participated in this Ballarat-based fair for a few years we thought
we would give it a go. The theme of this year’s fair is House and Garden and
we believe that we would be able to mount an impressive display from this area.
We would be very happy to receive any photographs you may have of old – or new
– Local houses and/or gardens. We will copy any photographs we choose (with
your permission) and return the originals to you. The Fair will be located, as
usual, at the Ranger Barracks in Curtis Street, Ballarat.
remain, sir, your most humble and obedient servant” PRO Ballarat – 2-3.30pm,
tree Focussing on the records of the Central Highlands District
to Thornhill Reef – 12.30pm at the Courthouse
Meeting 1.30pm - all welcome
8 & 9, 15 & 16
Court in the Act 8.00pm. Bookings essential – Steve Walter 5476 2662
6 & 7
CHHA History Fair - House and Garden
1999 Meeting – 8.00pm – Guest Speaker to be announced.
Day – Newstead Rotunda Park
direct any enquiries, suggestions, articles for the Newsletter or requests for
help to Dawn AngIiss, 5476 2006.
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