Saturday, March 2, our society is hosting the quarterly meeting of the Central
Highlands Historical Societies at the courthouse. It will be interesting to meet
members from the other societies in our area and they have asked that after the
meeting finishes, we show them how we are indexing the Mount Alexander Mail and
Newstead Echo on Filemaker.
March market will be on March 16, at Rotunda Park. We are raffling a cake
surrounded by Easter eggs, as we did last March Market Day and tickets are
available from the courthouse. As usual we are appealing for support to help on
the day, for things to sell and of course, getting folk to come and support all
the stalls, particularly ours! We sell sausages, hamburgers, cold drinks, tea
and coffee, cakes, produce, and white elephant things. Our November market was a
bumper one and it will be hard to keep up the standard... but we shall try.
new batch of booklets are available, same price - $10 for ”The Thomas Martin
Letter”, ”Early Days of Newstead” and ”The Newstead Cemetery”. During
the production of this batch, it was discovered that the last lot of ”The
Early Days of Newstead” had a page missing. Check if you are missing page
24,25 which tells the sad story of Kirby. We have printed replacement pages and
can supply them, with our apologies.
research has been leading us in the direction of Strangways. So next Monday
afternoon, leaving from the courthouse at 1.30pm, we will head for Strangways to
see the school, the house that was built by David Johnson and then perhaps seek
out anything about the Hard Hills School. All welcome. Two further excursions
are planned. On April 8 we will go to Charlotte Plains and on May 6, to the
Buckland’s property at Rodborough. John Lawton is arranging to have guides at
each of these places.
landscaping and drainage around the courthouse, funded by a grant of about
$3,000 has seen a great change. The embankment on the east of the courthouse was
made more suitable for mowing, gravel sloped away from the walls that took the
water into spoon drains. Topsoil was also brought in to surround the gravel
area. All that was needed was a couple of inches of rain so that the gravel
could be compacted and the grass seed sown. Well, we got the couple of inches,
in the form of a violent storm two days later and to our dismay, the water that
rushed down the street gutters had diverted across our new work when the gutters
couldn’t take the torrents! Since then we have held a working bee with the
contractor, Bryce Collie and repaired the damage. We are still awaiting the
rain, gentler this time, to complete the job. The other grant from Parks
Victoria, of over $4,000 was for restoration of the roasting kilns at Thornhill
reef mine off Demo Track. We were delighted when Scott Male reported that the
work was almost completed. Inspection showed that the kilns are ready to last
another 100 years, DNRE have cut down the trees that were causing damage to the
kilns, poisoned the stumps and fenced off the deep shaft. This is an important
mining site and it is a credit to Derek Reid for taking on this project.
is still being done on the sandstone footings around the courthouse. Mortar to
restore the footings is now being worked on with a wire brush and spirits of
salts to achieve a good visual effect. Shelves have been put up in the porch
near the security room to house the maintenance equipment.
members, Janet Trudgeon, Di Reid and Dawn Angliss took part in the Summer School
run by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria for 3 days during January. The
theme was the history of land and buildings by looking at the collections of
primary source materials held at Public Records Office Victoria and the National
Archives of Australia, the manuscript and newspaper collections of the State
Library of Victoria as well as diocesan and institutional archives. It was a marvellous
NEWSTEAD ON SHOW
March 23, our society will participate in Newstead on Show Day by having a
display of photos in the Community Centre on the theme of transport. The
courthouse will also be open for visitors – 54762006 for details.
to President Alan Burgess for being host to a group of senior citizens from
Bendigo who were shown over the courthouse last month.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 2 CHHA meeting at courthouse at 9.30.
March 4 1.30 at Courthouse - excursion to Strangways.
March 16 Market Day at Rotunda Park 8 am.
March 18 1.30 pm Meeting at Courthouse.
March 23 Newstead on Show.
April 8 Excursion to Charlotte Plains
May 6 Excursion to Bucknall’s Rodborough.
April 15 8pm Courthouse - Annual Meeting.
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