NEWSLETTER MARCH 2000
MARKET DAY IN MARCH
attended the March Market Day will know that it was run this time as a part of
the Newstead Community on Show Day. Conservative estimates suggest that more
than 1,500 people were in Newstead at some time during the day and it was agreed
that a great time was had by all. One of our long-term residents claimed that
she had never seen so many people in the town and joined others in suggesting
that such a day should be run on a regular basis. It was a very successful day
once again for the Society and our thanks go to Giselle Neall for her superb
organisation, to David Clark for his wonderful cheery cooking and to all the
members who helped so much to make the day a success. Our thanks also to the
members of the Maldon Brass Band (with Ruth Barkla on the euphonium in a guest
spot) for their beautiful music. Their presence in the Rotunda added
considerably to the atmosphere of the morning and their leader, Dennis Cox, told
us how much pleasure it gave them to play in a rotunda.
NEWSTEAD AT PLAY – Our Sporting Heritage
people visited this display at the Courthouse as part of the activity at the
Show Day. Of the 30+ sports which we had identified as having been played in
Newstead and surroundings since the mid-1800s, around 10 are represented by
photos and memorabilia in the display. We would like to thank most sincerely all
those who prepared material for inclusion. Dawn Angliss brought her quoits for
visitors to try and it’s harder than you would think to get those little
circles over the pin. Great fun!
HERITAGE TOWN WALK BROCHURE
date of end July is looming very close now and as the next stage in our
preparation for the brochure we intend to go out each Monday at 1.30pm through
April (except for Easter Monday) to identify sites for inclusion. Each walk will
be led by a different member of the Society who will share personal memories
adding to the fabric of available material. The grant money makes provision for
professional research and printing. Once we have identified the sites we will
examine what material we need to bring the project to the required standard. An
added benefit of the work is that all of the stories will be recorded and placed
in appropriate files for future reference, thus adding to our recorded treasure
trove of Newstead history.
ANNUAL MEETING – April 17 2000
Annual meeting will be held at the Courthouse on the above date at 8.00pm and
the guest speaker will be that very special story-teller, Robyn Annear, author
of Bear Brass and Nothing But Gold. Last month’s Newsletter gave you the date
as the 18th instead of the 17th, the third Monday. Please come on the 17th,
bring your friends and help make it a great night. Don’t forget that your very
valuable membership subscription to the Society will be due at that time.
requests continue to arrive, some small, some larger and it is always a joy to
attend to them. Our fees are small too as our resources are limited but work is
continuing on recording, indexing and entering data to the computers. We always
invite our researchers to contribute copies of their findings to the Society and
they respond generously. This is one of the means we use to develop our Family
History files. Margaret Di Fiore regularly provides us with wonderful material
to add to our supply and we are very grateful both for her work and for her
enthusiasm about the history of our area. Margaret’s contribution is
invaluable and we thank her most sincerely for it. Janet Trudgeon is to be found
each Monday morning glued to the microfilm reader where she is engaged in the
very important work of indexing The Echo under its various names. As well as the
entry of Margaret’s work to the database file Newstead Data, other work being
done includes the entry to spreadsheets of the Strangways, Brokenback and
Guildford Schools Registers. Begun, but only just, is the entry of Commonwealth
Bank records for early to mid last century. And there are also the rates
microfilms waiting to be tackled. We have three computers and the work is
interesting and quite easy and not all on computer. If you would like to be part
of the team recording Newstead’s history in this way please give one of us a
call and we will arrange a mutually suitable time to meet
ANOTHER MIGHTY CONTRIBUTION
Thanks to John
Neall for his quiet, persistent caretaking of the inside of the Courthouse. The
dusting, vacuuming and brass-polishing just happens and John brings to our
attention all of those matters that underpin good housekeeping. Just at the
moment John is engaged in a thorough sprucing up of the security room, one of
his intentions being to discourage a growing number of unwanted guests. Keep up
the good work, John: we are very grateful.
OTHER GOOD NEWS
It was great
to see Cherie and John Lawton at the Community Day and especially to see Cherie
looking so wonderful. The two of them have done a terrific job.
to our new Mayor, Peter Skilbeck, both for his reelection and for his elevation.
Who’s going to watch for fires now?
Have you seen
our two Golden Way boards in the Lyons Street CBD? Do go to see them – they
are well worth a look. And there should be another board, the result of our
Parks Victoria funding, erected at the Courthouse very soon. All of these tell
some part of the history of Newstead.
present two one-act plays at the Courthouse over the first two weekends of May-
The Man in the Bowler Hat and The Patchwork Quilt Booking is essential and
tickets will be available from Bev Foreman at the Railway Hotel – 5476 2211 -
from April 21.
If there is
any story about Newstead that you would like to share we would be very happy to
put it in this Newsletter for all to read. Please let us know - Dawn Angliss on
54762006, or Liz Coady on 54762430; or for those of you with Internet access –
Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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