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A clean up of a local shed has unearthed the white crosses used to be placed around the war memorial on Anzac Day to remember the fallen from our district. We feel there is concern in our community for these to be preserved and we are looking at placing one complete cross on an honour board as well as the cross pieces with names of all the rest. If you have any information about them we would be interested in hearing from you.


Our last trip took us to the site of the old bluestone ruins of the Charlotte Plains homestead. The story of the Simson brothers was told and the family cemetery and an area where they placed bluestone blocks across the creek to wash the sheep were also visited. Members from Carisbrook Historical Society joined us, showed us the Bald Hill Cemetery and were able to explain the reason for it being abandoned. We also visited the old Charlotte Plains Hotel and the site of the school as well as the Havilah mine. Thanks to John Lawton for taking us to Rodborough and Charlotte Plains – they were great days. Our next excursion will be on June 3 leaving from the courthouse at 1.30 to visit the other side of our district – Guildford. It is arranged that Frank Passalaqua will meet us there and be our guide.


A visit from Isabel Russell has resulted in us having on display for two months, the old mangle and washing machine that were in use at ”Meadow Bank’ by members of the Butler family until perhaps the 1950’s. They have aroused quite a bit of interest already among the members who have seen them and are well worth a visit. We have been delighted to receive visitors who have been calling at the courthouse to see the information and photos of the Butter Factory that are on view.

Our next meeting will be at the courthouse at 1.30 on June 20th.

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