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(Apologies for getting the September newsletter in October – school holidays have something to do with it. We have an arrangement for doing our photocopying at reduced rates at our local school so it is economically justified to wait until the school holidays are over. Another reason could be that the secretary has been having a holiday with her family in Queensland!)


Thanks to the thirty or so people who attended on the night of September 15th at the Courthouse. Our room was transformed an open fire, candles, flowers and the table of delicious food and drink. Alan Burgess gave an account of the achievements that we had attained over recent times before. Peter Skilbeck presented Liz Coady with a Life-membership for her efforts for the society. Liz then was momentarily stuck for words as a painting by Karen Pierce of Liz’s home in Newstead for the past several years, the former Devonshire store, was given to her. Peter pointed out Liz’s work in the greater Newstead community as well as the many systems within our Society that she has been responsible for setting up. It was pleasing to have Melbourne members as well as former members there to convey our thanks to Liz and enjoy the conviviality of the occasion. The success of the evening has made several of us propose that this be an annual event, Having a get-together in the evening in winter in the comfort of our lovely courthouse, seemed to he more conducive to lingering conversations than a daytime lunch in Rotunda Park at Christmas.


Jack Polinelli will lead us into the Muckleford Forest on Monday 29 October leaving from the courthouse at 1.30. We will go to the remains of the Young Australia mine that Jack has led us to before and then to another nearby area that is not mentioned in David Bannear’s book but where there are the remains of considerable mining activity There is also a good geographical feature that Jack calls the Great Wall of Muckleford!


Our next market is on November 17th at Rotunda Park. As you are aware, we hold 2 markets per year, one in March and one in November. The November one is our main money earner for the year and as on previous occasions, we are holding a raffle for our famous Christmas hamper. In this newsletter, you will find attached a book of tickets for this that we would be very pleased if you could sell. Tickets are 50 cents each. The raffle will be drawn at noon on the day of the market.

Donations of suitable things to go in the hamper are also needed... shortbread, nuts, serviettes, Christmas crackers, drinks etc. For the market itself, we need helpers (!), cakes, produce, plants or any odds and ends that will sell.


In the last newsletter, mention was made of this event at St Aquinas College Mair Street Ballarat. This is an event run by Central Highlands Historical Societies each year. The date given was wrong. The correct date is October 27 and 28 10am to 4pm daily. Our society will be there and help in manning our display on either of the dates would he appreciated.


This business in Fitzroy specialises in selling products such as acid free albums etc, to be used in storing and conserving things of value such as old photos, documents or textiles. We have their new catalogue and some members intend to buy for their own use. If anyone is interested, a combined order might he possible. Historical society members get a 10% discount,


There are many events connected with the celebration of the Vic 150 Gold celebrations. On Friday October 12 walkers on the "Off to the Diggings” walk arrive at Elphinstone at about 1.30pm with an evening performance of the Off to the Diggings play followed by a concert and bonfire. On Saturday October 13 the walkers will depart from the Expedition Pass reservoir at about l2.30pm arriving at Castlemaine Camp Reserve at about 3.15. The Thompsons foundry band will play and again a performance of the play at 6.30pm before an evening concert at 7.30pm. There are displays in the Market building and a Camp to City exhibition in the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum. In the museum in Melbourne, ”The Seductive Treasures of Gold and Civilisation” exhibition continues until October 21. I have heard that this is not to he missed and I intend to go in the next week or so. Let me know if anyone else wants to come.


0ctober 15                        Meeting at courthouse 1.30pm

October 27 and 28                        Family History Expo Ballarat Aquinas College

October 29                        Excursion Young Australia mine leaving 1.30pm courthouse

November 17                        Market Day Rotunda Park 8.00am

Alan Burgess President – 54762367

Dawn Angliss Secretary - 54762006


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