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Burns Hill on Forest Creek A group of locals met at the Monster Meeting site on a beautiful Sunday morning to discover a little more about our local area. We walked down to Forest Creek (a dry creek bed at the moment) and upstream for about 100 meters, crossed the creek and headed diagonally north to the battery ruins and hill chimney. Everyone joined in with their interpretations of the historic and the environmental landscape and looking at the current scene and how things have changed over the centuries. Ian O’Halloran filled us in on how the battery and chimney would have operated to separate the gold from the quartz. We then continued in the same diagonal direction, crossed the water race and found the well defined track that led to an adit and shaft, then continued up Burns Hill till we came to a fork in the track on the crest of the hill. The track down hill to the right goes through Trapps Gully (mind the mine shafts), down to Chinamans Point Road where the track along Forest Creek can be followed either back to Chewton or upstream to Expedition Pass Reservoir.
The track to the left takes you to the top of the ridge and joins the Diggings Track, keeping left and back to the Garfield Water Wheel. If nothing else our walk showsedthe need for maps with these fascinating walking tracks clearly marked. We then headed back down the track (with the mine shafts dotted along the ridge of Burns Hill) to the cleared space where the view of Chewton that is not known to many people unfolded. Down the hill to Forest Creek and some energetic weeding saw some gorse, mullein, briar rose, hawthorns and blackberry come to a sticky end. Cutting a weed at the base and painting the stump with a herbicide is easy, efficient and the least damaging type of weed control that you can use – especially when walking through the bush. Do you know Burns Hill? Perhaps you’ve noticed the long hillside chimney running up the hill as you drive along Golden Point Road. An extract from the Victorian Heritage Inventory Description says the Burns Hill Adit Upper Tunnel is situ-
Photo top: Looking down on Chewton from Burns Hill, and below standing at the bottom of the hillside chimney, then looking into the Burns Hill Adit
ated on the east side of Burns Hill, the mine entrance consisting of a relatively low portal approximately 1.6 m high. Access to the adit is clear. It runs east-west, is 40 m long and is accessible over its entire length. No solid quartz bodies are visible in the workings, however the walls show many iron stained, highly fractured quartz stringers, ranging from the barely visible to several centimetres wide. Immediately in front of and to the right of the portal is a shaft 1.5m x 3m x 9m deep. In front of this shaft is a raised, level platform, surrounded by a low stone retaining wall. Running north-south in front of this platform is a site access track, 3m wide. 10m in front of the platform is the now disused Golden Point water race which cuts through the mullock heap indicating that the mine workings predate the water race. The mullock heap has undergone much disturbance due to the positioning of the water race. See more at: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/ places/193367#sthash.n54oWALe.dpuf Burns Hill is one of the earliest mining areas to be developed in the Chewton district. The area was first opened in the 1850s. Early work was carried out via tunnels and open cuts, many of which can still be found. Early returns were promising and before long tunnels were driven to exploit the reefs at depth. Several companies were active in this locality, the most notable being McWaters and Co and Salmon and Co. The records of McWaters and Co are somewhat suspect as the company is variously recorded as McWaters and CO, McWatturs CO, McWatturs and Lord. Also, McWaters and Lovelt, and McWalter began to appear in relation to Burns Hill sites from the 1860s. It is possible that these names are just variations on McWaters and Co and may refer to the one company. In 1860 the Golden Point Co erected machinery and began crushing for mining companies on Burns Hill. December 1874 saw The Bertha Co progressing with the erection of crushing machinery. For the following crushing records it is assumed that the ore was hand-picked rather than run-of-mine. Salmon and Co between 1864 and 1867 produced 34.45 kg of gold from 805 tons of ore and McWaters and Co between 1864 and 1879 produced 20.57 kg of gold from 1,217 tons of ore (Willman, 1995; p 62). Salmon and Co, during December 1864, crushed 113 tons for 246 ounces. The reef continued to return profitable yields to the end of 1867. In 1869 the Burns Hill Co was formed, but no work by them is recorded.
So - where to now with the Chewton pines? Not many communities have a patch of neglected pine trees growing in their centre. But Chewton does! An article “Where to Now?” in the May Chewton Chat” finished with these words... The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, the only heritage park listed in Australia, was declared in 2002. This is one of the largest protected historic places in Australia. The park protects a nationally significant historic cultural landscape of exceptional heritage value, rich with relics and stories of the Victorian Gold Rush. In recognition of the park’s outstanding heritage value to the nation, it has been listed on the National Heritage List. The role of a national heritage park is to bring high levels of recognition and protection to cultural values, especially landscapes of exceptional quality with protection also provided for other environmental values. Chewton is very fortunate to be a custodian of all this history. So - where to now with the pines? A walk with a camera through and around the pines shows the neglect, rubbish accumulation and weed invasion. Nothing grows under pines? Tell that to the gorse. And what’s behind the pines that we’ll see if they are taken out? The old goldrush landscape… Argus Hill, the old house and perhaps put pressure on land managers to begin a clean-up. And perhaps we’ll be encouraged to explore the area and see the rapid deterioration of the stone wall. And then see what’s happened to this section of Forest Creek – cleaned up by an active Landcare Group a few years ago but now being choked by gorse and blackberry again. All of these growing problems are hidden from public gaze by a neglected “plantation” of pines. Is it time to remove the curtain? Why are pine plantations a rarity in town centres? Hancocks manage the nearby large Moonlight Flat pine plantation, as well as many other large plantations across Victoria. According to their website, 90% of the 10 largest plantation fires in Victoria have occurred over the past decade! And 70% of Victoria's 20 largest plantation fires occurred over the past decade! See http:// hancockwatch.nfshost.com/docs/fire.htm And they have a link to a video of the fire in their Gippsland plantation in 2009. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DobQWqwOBf0 So - where to now with the Chewton pines? Apparently, a survey is going out this week to Chewton residents re the pine trees and a listening post with Parks Vic is being held on the 13th June in Chewton.
CFA Update â€“ June 2015 Burn offs, wood fires and tree fires kept Chewton CFA busy during May with members turning out to a number of events. On Sunday the 3rd of May, members took the truck and slip-on out to Fryerstown to help Fryerstown CFA conduct a burn off. The burn was at the Fryerstown Cemetery and involved reducing hazards in the area through the burning off of a number of piles. Members attended after an invite from Fryerstown CFA and it was a great opportunity for all involved to work together and have a bit of fun. Later that day members also turned out to a wood pile fire at Syd Llewellynâ€™s woodyard in Chewton. The brigade was called out to the incident at around lunch time and the blaze was quickly brought under control by those who attended. On Friday the 1st of May volunteers also attended a tree fire in Commissioners Gully Road in Chewton. To top off a busy start to the month the brigade was also called out to reports of a bushfire in Sutton Grange on Monday the 4th of May. Meanwhile, our volunteers have also been busy down at the station completing training and running information sessions for both junior and senior recruits who may be interested in joining the brigade. New members are still needed at our brigade and we would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved, so if you missed out on attending one of our meetings over the past month please come and see us. Whether you want to join the brigade yourself, or you have a child who would like to join our junior brigade then come down and speak to us at the Chewton Fire Station any Sunday morning at around 10am. Finally, some people in the community may have noticed that over the past month the brigade has installed a new flag pole out the front of the station. The new flag pole is a much needed improvement over our old one which simply saw the CFA flag flying from the station roof. Paige Mounsey, Chewton CFA Communications Officer.
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Know Your Neighbour Have you met Dorothy Johnson? Dorothy Johnson was born in the Wimmera and grew up in NSW. ‘After I finished my schooling the family moved to Ballarat where we had family. I began working as an usherette at the Regent Theatre there, then moved into office work. I met and married my husband in Ballarat. We then moved to Campbells Creek where we started a poultry farm. I have two sons – Robert and Jamie.’ In 1959 they took over the shop where Subway is now. They ran their business ‘Midland, Stock & Poultry Supplies’ for the next 26 years. The same year they started the business they bought their house in Chewton. ‘Where I live you don’t realise that there are houses so close by, and out the back we have a lovely view of the pine trees and the hills.’ The two boys attended the Chewton Primary School, then went to the Tech in Castlemaine. ‘Jamie later went to the Uni in Bendigo where he got a Diploma in Fine Arts. When the boys were at the Chewton school I was Treasurer of the Mother’s Club where I and others were very active. We also had the school Centenary during this time. The school then had about 60 kids.’ Dorothy says that any changes to Chewton over the years have been gradual. ‘For example, the dirt road in front of our house was eventually turned into a made road, because it leads up to the school.’ She relates how there was a grocery store where Ellery Park is now. ‘He used to deliver our groceries to the door. Opposite the Red Hill hotel there was also a mixed grocer’s and behind that a bakery. We had a butcher’s shop next door to the baker’s shop and a general store that was more like a milkbar. The general store that is there today has become more of a little meeting place.’
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When Dorothy and her husband retired in 1982 they did a lot of caravanning. ‘I also enjoyed working in our garden,’ adding that ‘it’s sad to now see a lot of it has died off, so we just let it go. The soil here is hard for growing things. The goldfields are like that.’ What does she think of Chewton today? ‘There’s a vibrancy about the town now that wasn’t there then. Lots of different people with different interests have moved here. The town’s going ahead and I think for the better.’ Dorothy admits that Chewton is changing. ‘The saddest part though is that many of my friends are in the cemetery.’ Gloria Meltzer.
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After reading about this area’s generosity in the previous article you could be forgiven for thinking we’ve contributed enough. But it’s not only cash that this community is generous with. Think time, effort and expertise as well. The huge contribution volunteers make to Victoria’s parks was acknowledged in this National Volunteer Week, 11-17 May 2015. Locally, the parks in this area are blessed with many active volunteer groups and projects so Parks Victoria has issued a press release to acknowledge them. Most of us already know about the Tarrangower Cactus Control Group and the group that stages the Monster Meeting re-enactment each year, but there are several other groups that are also hard at work reaping the benefits not only for our parks but also for themselves personally. The Friends of Box Ironbark take part in a range of environmental projects in the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, including leading walks and producing high quality publications that enhance visitors’ experience. The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum volunteers keep our heritage within the Maldon Historic Area alive by opening and staffing the Maldon State battery during heritage festivals and providing an ongoing maintenance program at the site. Vaughan Springs has been a recent recipient of some TLC from a group of volunteers working in partnership, including inmates of the Loddon Prison through the Landmate program, and the Friends of Vaughan Springs. The volunteers have done weed control, mowing, repairs to the miniature railway and painted the kiosk. The Landmate crews have also recently turned their attention to Sandy Creek near Maldon with the aim of removing weeds, particularly blackberries, from along many kilometres of the creek. Parks Victoria Chief Executive, Dr Bill Jackson said the positive effects of volunteering in nature have benefits for the participants and Mother Nature. “Last year volunteers contributed an incredible 221,882 volunteer hours across 200 parks and reserves in Victoria. This translates to 30,147 volunteer days and reflects the strong relationships between Parks Victoria staff and local communities. It’s fantastic to see that so many people are willing to make a real difference and help conserve Victoria’s spectacular parks. I’d like to thank each and every one of our vol-
unteers for pitching in and helping in so many different ways including restoring habitats, monitoring plants and animals, controlling pest species, maintaining tracks and directly helping others to enjoy their park visit. I’d also like to encourage others to get involved as it’s a great way to gain new skills, share knowledge and spend time in nature. Research tells us that spending time in parks is good for your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing so this is the perfect way to get healthy and help look after some of our most spectacular and important environments at the same time.” There are many interesting and fun ways to get involved in volunteering to help care for our parks. Parks Victoria would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved. For more information visit the volunteer page at www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963. The Burns Hill article on page 1 is about some of these park volunteers but, of course, volunteerism around here extends beyond parks. From radio to railway, community information to CFA, Senior Cits to SES – volunteers provide input into so many facets of everyday life. It is said, “Volunteers are vital, they are the glue that keeps society together.” And “the glue” in Chewton? We are surrounded by it - the CFA, Chewton and Golden Point Landcare groups, parents, friends and council at Chewton Primary School, Chewton Pool, Castlemaine Goldfields F.C., Post Office Hill Action Group, St. John’s Church, Chewton Community Centre, Chewton Senior Citizens, the People and Places Town Hall Display and the Chewton Domain Society Management Committee are groups that we constantly read about in the Chewton Chat. And each year the Biggest Morning Tea comes to Chewton courtesy of even more volunteers. And we shouldn’t forget that the Chewton Chat owes its existence to the continued input from a constantly growing all-volunteer group. And there are still more groups that are integral to Chewton’s fabric and reputation – archery, cemetery, book club, are just a few that spring to mind. And no doubt there are some that have been overlooked in this listing! Apologies to any group that has been overlooked but the pages of the Chat are always open for you to publicise your activities. And then there are the many Chewton people who are involved in volunteering further afield, taking their expertise and interests to other organisations. Volunteers are everywhere. Thankfully!
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The Chewton Community Noticeboard fills a very important role, where messages can be left, events promoted, lost and founds listed, items free or for sale appear, accommodation listings pop up – in fact, almost anything of importance to the community appears there. Part of the noticeboard is weather affected and it has just been repaired because of that damage. But the weather also damages the notices and cards posted there. If a notice or card is posted, please monitor its ageing process and replace it when it reaches the stage it is no longer a good advertisement. This noticeboard is also the entrance to the Post Office and that business needs respect too. Ann Quinton is the current noticeboard curator (another volunteer!) and she has some basic rules on display there. She requests that each item is dated so it can be removed after an event has occurred, or after a month of display when they become tatty. If an item is wanted to be displayed permanently write PERM on it and consider having it laminated to increase its lifetime. And because space is limited there is a request that no size larger than A4 is used! And, please, respect the 1879 brickwork by only using the noticeboard!
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and that’s exactly what the windows did when Jim Brannon got to work at the Chewton Town Hall. The old glass is quite fragile and the west windows had been covered for many years with security screens so there were many layers of dust and grime to remove. The difference is remarkable and as the old saying goes - always get the expert to do the special job. This was Jim’s donation to the restoration of the town hall – thanks Jim as this is another item ticked off the list of things to do. Volunteers everywhere you look!
Chewton Community Plan Implementation Since the launch of the Community Plan in March there has been some activity to report on as members of the Community Planning Group and local organisations get on with working on projects and actions detailed in the document. In particular, several local residents have been working behind the scenes on improving cycling and pedestrian safety and to get a meeting with VicRoads to progress priorities relating to Main Road.
Council will receive a presentation on the Chewton Community Plan on 7 July and our message is to reinforce the priorities in the Plan that relate to the Council. We have been offered a small seed funding from Council to go to a priority project, so it is important that we agree on which of the projects will get this kick start. Council is also keen to understand our priorities for the main street, and to see whether the towns that created community plans can be part of a coordinated project. We also would like to chart each group’s progress on the various themes of our community plan so we can support all the great work going on. A meeting to cover all this will be held on Wednesday June 3 at the Chewton Town Hall at 7.00pm. Individuals, local businesses and community groups are welcome to attend. Rose Darling.
Is Chewton “small town sexy?” There’s nothing like a catchy title for a book or a seminar! Phil Hall and I went along to the Small Town Sexy Seminar hosted by the Municipal Association of Victoria, compliments of Mount Alexander Shire Council, an invitation extended to all community planning groups in the Shire. The title of the seminar came from a book written by one of the two presenters, Kim Huston, who wrote a book about small towns thriving, not dying, as we are often told is their fate. What she experienced, moving back to her small town after been away for years, was a deep satisfaction with a slower lifestyle and connectedness to her community. This is very seductive. It made me think about our town and the tree-changers and people moving here or returning for this very reason. Kim Huston is an Economic Development Officer – she is acutely aware of the ingredients that go into making small towns “sexy”, as is her co-presenter Gilbert Rochcouste from Village Well, an Australian company that helps towns “place make” – creating more than a collection of shops, buildings, footpaths, houses and people. So many great ideas, so many great ways to improve and revitalise towns... we were inspired by what ordinary people have done across Australia and other countries to make their town a better place to live. We saw how by making our town more attractive, more fun and more comfortable for local people, visitors are left with a sense of longing for what we have.
One really good idea from the masses of good ideas on the day was to take a group with a notebook walking through the main street, to try to look with fresh eyes at our place and think about what could be better for locals. Not a bad idea and something we will put to those attending the community planning meeting on 3 June. Copies of the presentations from the day are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org To see more, go to: http://smalltownsexybook.com/ http://www.villagewell.org/ Rose Darling and Phil Hall.
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Post Office Hill Action Group Recently the components for making nesting boxes were packaged in flat-packs and taken to Chewton P.S. for distribution to families to install at their homes or in nearby bush areas. POHAG thanks Julie Holden (school principal) and the teachers for their enthusiastic participation in this project aimed at assisting the breeding opportunities for native local fauna. Another group of nesting boxes will be installed in the near future on Block 2 between Mitchell Street and the railway line with assistance from Loddon Prison. This particular action will be part of an on-going program involving a supervised work party to help in a variety of tasks. Additional information on aspects of Old Post Office Hill has emerged from various sources which has made us re-think the format of information brochures under consideration for production - past activities, sites of interest, flora and fauna, geological history, the story of gold extraction from the site ... and investigations are also underway to determine the siting and costs of installing walking tracks, plus seeking funding for this. Unfortunately there has been further indiscriminate dumping of household rubbish in the area which is distressing to the neighboring property owners. This detracts from their pleasure of living here. The irresponsible person or persons who carry out this unneighbourly action would not like to have the same thing happen to them. A lot of time and energy has been put into the recovery of Old Post Office Hill and we prefer to be positively involved. The next meeting will begin at the Chewton Town Hall at 10:00 am on Sunday, 14th of June, then move to the railway cutting to determine the lines of reef which pass through the landscape. All welcome to be part of this. POHAG Meeting Chewton Town Hall at 10:00 am Sunday, 14th of June
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Fryerstown Some weeks ago we arrived home in Fryerstown to meet Simon Edhouse who was clutching a lot of family history. Much of it had been collected in England and related to the Edhouse family including its roots in the middle ages and some had been collected by a relative Peg Perrin and written up in 1989. We realized that some of the Australian part was related to the history of Fryer’s Creek and to Ben Edhouse who settled here and established the Loddon Brewery at Bald Hill between Fryerstown and Vaughan. I am reproducing much of the Australian family history with Simon Edhouse’s permission and I acknowledge with gratitude the thoroughness of the earlier authorship and historical sleuthing both here and overseas. This is the first of a two-part summary of a typically turbulent story of the times.
The conviction The baptism of Benjamin Edhouse took place on 4 March 1816 in Saint Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Not much is known of his childhood except that his father was a woolcomber. At the age of 17 on 14 March 1833 Ben was convicted for shop-lifting, and was sentenced in the Suffolk Assizes to fourteen year’s transportation. The dreaded words of his sentence were: “It is therefore ordered and adjudged by this court that you be transported upon the seas, beyond the seas, to such place as His Majesty, by the advice of His Privy Council, shall think fit to direct and appoint, for the term of fourteen years.” Punishment was of three possible terms, 7 years, 14 years and life. About half the convicts were given a sentence of 7 years, a quarter 14 years and a quarter life. Male convicts were obliged to trudge from the inland prisons to their port of embarkation, or were carried chained together on open carts and held in a nearby gaol or in a hulk often for weeks or months until a ship was readied for the voyage. Ben’s wait was sixteen weeks. The convict indents show that he could read and write, was protestant and single. He had worked as a bricklayer’s labourer. His complexion was dark and sallow, hair brown, eyes chestnut. He had a scar on the forefinger of his left hand and had lost a little of the middle finger of his right hand. There was a scar on the outside calf of his right leg. Ben was 159cm tall which was average for the times. Ben was possibly not so much a criminal, as a victim of the widespread poverty and savage laws of his day. The
smallest wrongdoing brought a gaol sentence. Under this system, they were taken from their loved ones, usually for ever, they were subjected to degradation, physical abuse and semi-starvation. Many were crushed physically and emotionally. But the fighters among them not only survived but became the very backbone of their new land.
The journey Ben was one of 4,000 prisoners carried to New South Wales in 1833, the peak year for transportation. The ‘Aurora’, the ship which was to carry Ben to the Colony, was a Sunderland built vessel, built at Chittagong in 1817. This would be her first voyage as a convict ship and with her 300 male convicts she sailed from Portsmouth under master Dalrymple Dowson and Surgeon Alexander Stewart on 4 July 1833. Perhaps some of Ben’s relatives made the long journey to the ship to say good-bye. The apprehensions, misery and feeling of resentment he experienced can hardly be imagined. He was to be transported ‘beyond the seas’, a distance so immense that it would have seemed further than the stars. He would never see his parents again. Fourteen years was akin to a life sentence. Like the other prisoners, Ben was provided with a bed, pillow and a coarse blanket, two pairs of trousers, duck overalls, a pair of shoes and some warm clothing including flannel underclothes. No other clothing would be issued before their destination was reached. The clothing was so thin and inadequate that it provided insufficient protection against cold, and was falling apart before the ship berthed. Rough seas and rain made it difficult to dry sodden clothing. Garments which were worn out, stolen or blown overboard when drying on the rigging, were never replaced. On boarding, the convicts were ordered to hand over any money they might have to the captain for safekeeping. Any small personal possessions they were allowed to keep were quickly stolen. The convicts were given numbers and divided into groups of six, or messes. Each man was provided with two wooden bowls and a wooden spoon, and each mess with a keg and a horn tumbler. Prisoners were not allowed to carry knives. These were issued with each meal and collected after it. Each morning Ben had to roll his bedding and tie it with two pieces of cord. During the day it was stored on deck, where the canvas covering offered little protection from rain and spray. Twice a week the men were shaved, and they were given water to wash their own clothes. Their hair was cut
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every two weeks. In the time that they were allowed to themselves the men gambled, performed plays and staged mock trials. With needles and bones from their meat, they amused themselves at scrimshaw and patiently made decorative seals and other ornaments. Each mess was provided with a weekly ration of bread, flour, brined meat (known as salt horse, which no doubt it was), dried peas, butter, rice, suet, raisins, oatmeal and sugar. At ports of call this was supplemented with fresh meat, and with fruit and vegetables, which gave some protection against scurvy. This disease, due to a deficiency of vitamin C had been the bane of earlier voyages, causing weakness, puffy skin and swollen, painful joints. Gums swelled and turned black, and teeth loosened making eating almost impossible. Death was the frequent result. Fruit and vegetables would not keep long at sea, hence the need to take on fresh supplies and to supplement with lime juice, vinegar and for a special treat, with port. The storage of water for drinking and cooking also presented a problem. It quickly went bad, developing a copious dark sediment and offensive smell and taste. The convict quarters were wet, dark, foul smelling and cramped. There were no portholes, and to avoid risk of fire candles and lanterns were not permitted. The lower decks were literally in darkness. Hatchways fitted with a windsail were designed to bring in fresh air, but in rough seas and strong weather it was necessary to keep the air vents closed. Passing through the tropics conditions below decks became excessively hot and humid.
Arrival and Prospects of Freedom On 3 November 1833, one hundred and twenty two days after leaving Portsmouth, the ‘Aurora’ arrived at Port Jackson. She had maintained a direct route and made the voyage without loss of life. Before being landed Ben was completely outfitted with new clothing carried on the ship. Male convicts were usually taken straight to the Hyde Park barracks. Completed in Macquarie Street in 1820, the barracks were used to house many of the convicts employed in Sydney. Every convict or ‘Government man’ as he was known within the Colony, worked for the Crown or a private person to whom he was assigned as a labourer. Ben, with a fourteen year sentence, would have been eligible to apply for a ticket-of-leave through his master, to the Bench of Magistrates after serving six years with one master, eight years with two or ten years with three. A ticketof-leave was a document given to a convict granting him permission to work for payment or be self-employed, provided that he kept within a given district until his sentence
had expired. Weekly attendance at church vas compulsory, as was going before the Magistrate when requested. A ticket-of-leave could be revoked for misdemeanours and had to be renewed at the end of a year. When the convict had served the full term of his sentence he became a free citizen in the community. Ben made an application to the Bench at Parramatta and was granted his first ticket-ofleave on 20 January 1840, allowing him to remain in the district of Parramatta. The marriage of convicts was encouraged by the government as being preferable to de facto relationships but were subject to obtaining official permission to marry. The date of Ben’s permission was 25 November 1840, and came free - Rev H.H. Bopart, Parramatta, to marry Mary Shaw, age 20, ship ‘Clyde’. They started their married life in Parramatta and had ten children between Parramatta, Moreton Bay and the Mclvor district in Victoria. In keeping with Ben’s 14 year sentence in 1833, he appears to have become a free man in 1847. Possibly to escape the convict taint, and to make the most of Ben’s freedom, the family spent the first few years of his freedom in Moreton Bay (c1848-c1851). The former penal settlement of the Moreton Bay district was opened to free settlers in 1842. The route was fraught with danger. Drays drawn by eight bullocks took three months for the return journey between Sydney and Moreton Bay where Brisbane now stands. Roads were almost non-existent, Moreton Bay was primitive. There was one street, some official buildings, a temporary church, a small inn (Bowes Inn), a few small stores and a jetty. There were two ministers, one Independent, one Church of England. In the late 1840s there were two schools but no proper teachers. Ben and Mary lost five of their ten children. In those days children under five were never admitted to hospital in any State except Victoria. Sick children were thought to be the responsibility of their mothers, whose sacred duty it was to nurse them. Anne’s burial was recorded in NSW, but of the others, the first Benjamin, Joseph, John and Augustine no record can be found. According to George Edhouse, grandson of Ben, several of the children died as a result of drinking water from creeks and water-holes on the long haul through the bush by bullock wagon. Cholera, typhoid and dysentery were prevalent. Bush animals, stock and humans drank at the same water-holes. It appears that the little ones were buried in the bush with no more than a stone or a rough wooden cross to mark the place. Ben and Mary returned to NSW in 1851 where it
seems they met up with John Edhouse, his wife Mary Ann and family who arrived in Port Jackson in 1851. John was possibly Ben’s older cousin, if not his brother, and in 1854 the two families travelled southwards together to the Victorian gold-fields, there being safety in numbers, to the Castlemaine district. Ben set up a refreshment tent at Bald Hill, Fryer’s Creek in 1855 where Mary sold ale and porter.
He later initiated ‘The Loddon’ brewery and remained the sole proprietor for the twenty-two years of the brewery’s operation. Some might claim that this was Vaughan territory, but old records show it was in the Fryerstown licensing area. The next Fryerstown Film Night is on 27 June at 7.30 at the Fryerstown Burke and Wills Hall. The film is CASABLANCA with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, 1942 102 mins B&W. Casablanca’s enduring success rests on its typicality, forties romanticism, a blend of cynicism and idealism and perfect casting. Filmed entirely on Hollywood’s sound stages the script was reputedly made up as shooting went along. All welcome. Price is $5.00 pp and includes tea and coffee, and cake if someone brings it. Kay Thorne.
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Councillor’s Chat I’ve been in the mayoral role for over six months now, so it’s a good time to take a look at what the role involves. Just what does the Mayor get up to? Here’s a typical week. Monday: Drive across country to Langley, north of Kyneton, to the launch of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Strategy. The site of the launch is beside a beautiful waterhole on the Campaspe River, graced by ancient River Red Gums. Access is across paddocks of black ‘pug’ soil turned to mud by recent heavy rain. I’m glad I’ve packed my gardening boots and waterproofs. About fifty people are gathered by the waterhole. The rain arrives to bless the launch. Macedon Ranges Shire Mayor Jennifer Anderson and I cut the ribbon to release the cover, revealing the Strategy. It’s a jolly gathering of Landcarers from sixteen different groups, supported by one of the best morning teas I’ve encountered as Mayor (one of the perks of the job). In the afternoon it’s back to the Civic Centre and the mayoral office to meet with a planning officer about an applicantobjector meeting later in the day, about a proposed subdivision, helping me understand how the planning scheme applies to the application. Planning regulations are never simple and a proposal to develop a site often upsets neighbours. The meeting itself is attended by the applicants and the objectors, together with the planning officer. I’m in the chair. Safe to say it’s not a happy meeting. No compromise can be reached that satisfies all parties. Was it worthwhile? I’d like to think that at least it allowed everyone to sit together and hear each other’s opinions, which has to be better than receiving information second or third hand. In the end most of us want to live in harmony with neighbours. If the application ends up being approved then the best outcome for everyone will be the arrival of extra neighbours who add value to the community. Tuesday: Stop at the Chewton Store to pick up a copy of the Express, to check any relevant stories and letters, before joining the MAINE FM presenter of the ‘Have You Heard the News’ radio show, where the Mayor has a half hour spot. I’ve brought my copy of the draft budget which is good because I’m grilled about its contents on live radio for half an hour. Next, it’s off to the office to work through the email backlog, deleting invitations to international conferences, responding to requests for assistance on council matters, deliberating what to do about tricky issues, and accepting invitations to attend local community functions.
The number of flagged emails begins to stretch down the screen. Work is piling up. By mid-afternoon it’s time to do a last check of the Council meeting agenda, and then go out for a refreshing walk around town. Councillors arrive before 6 pm for dinner-pizza and salad tonight - and discussions on items in the agenda. Are we happy with the information provided by officers in the agenda reports? Are there matters that need clarification? The time is also used to discuss issues that have arisen since our previous meeting and decide what the next steps are, who’s doing what. Often this leads to more work on the Mayor’s list. The Mayor chairs the Council meeting which must start at 7.30 pm. There are only a few people in the public gallery and, unusually, no one wants to speak during question time. Sometimes this session goes for an hour. One item is a planning application for which the officers have recommended refusal. The applicant now wishes to speak, as well as two objectors. Councillors hear both sides, as well an explanation of the planning officer’s decision from the senior officer in charge of planning. Cr Redden moves a motion to refer the decision to allow the applicant time to explore changes to their proposal which could satisfy all parties. All Councillors vote in favour. The meeting finishes before 9 pm which is a bonus. Driving home at night takes extra time and care these days, with kangaroos a frequent hazard. Wednesday: In the morning is the weekly Mayor-CEO meeting. I’ve been collecting items in my notebook over the past few days to discuss with the CEO, asking questions, putting forward Councillor concerns and requests, being mindful to stay in the realm of strategy and avoid straying into Council operations, which are the province of the CEO. A couple of hours pass quickly. The CEO’s PA meets me on my way out with some invitations that have recently arrived by mail. Should she accept on my behalf? She has access to the Mayor’s diary, adding appointments and helpful details, such as speech notes. The rest of the day is free. I spend a few hours on email, read a report then go home mid-afternoon. My husband’s away this week and the chook shed is in dire need of a clean out, not to mention planting the garlic. I achieve both before night arrives. It’s good to be outside. Thursday: I catch the train to Melbourne to attend a forum run by Rural Councils Victoria in the Hotel Windsor, an easy tram ride up Bourke Street from Southern Cross station. I love inner-city public transport. The forum kicks off with the Minister for Local Government, Natalie
Hutchins, speaking about rate capping and State Government budget items of interest for us. Several other speakers follow, including the CEO of IBAC, very much in the news because of their investigations into the Education Department. I make the 5pm train and reach home before 7.30 pm. The woodstove is still going. Friday: I have a couple of scheduled meetings with individuals in Castlemaine, a quick catch-up with the CEO on agenda items for next Tuesday’s Council briefing session, then back to the emails. The flags slowly reduce. After lunch I walk to the Phee Broadway foyer for the afternoon’s celebration of volunteers working in aged care. Several volunteers talk about their experiences and what it means for them. One entertains us with songs that she sings to the elderly folks. ‘The Road to Gundagai’ is evidently their all-time favourite. I give a short speech thanking the volunteers and enjoy a chat with various people before going back to the office to finish some urgent business, then home. It’s the end of another working week for the Mayor. Cr. Christine Henderson. This article was also published in Elphinstone’s community newspaper - Elpho Info, June 2015.
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Chewton goes to Canberra! The National Folk Festival was held over Easter and Danny Spooner was there. Danny has a long history of involvement with Chewton – performing with Kate Burke to open proceedings at the 2004 Monster Meeting celebration, contributing to the Monster Meeting CD production in the studio, being part of a team rehearsing for the concert to launch the CD and then being on stage at the Theatre Royal for the CD launch concert. And Danny is still promoting the Monster Meeting. Arming himself with CDs and a Monster meeting flag he set off to Canberra to tell the story. The latest edition of Trad and Now tells the story… “The Monster Meetings of Chewton”. Trad and Now markets itself as “Australia’s No. 1 monthly traditional and contemporary folk, blues, roots, alternative, bluegrass and world music and dance magazine” and is available by subscription. Apart from the flag presentation, Danny sold a stack of the Monster Meeting CDs… yep, the CD package that won the Historical Interpretation Award in the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards recognising “the most outstanding community history project” submitted that year. And there are still CDs for sale locally in Chewton (Shop, P.O. and Mo’s) and Castlemaine (Stoneman’s and the Market Building) or by calling 5472 2892. 2015 will see the Monster Meeting anniversary come around on December 15th again – the 164th time. Planning for this starts with a meeting on June the 9th and recruits for the planning committee are sought. Interested? Contact convenor Pat Healy (email@example.com or 0422 759 661) to register your interest.
Left: The Musical afternoon tea held recently in St. John’s Church Fryers Road, Chewton. The next fundraising Musical afternoon tea for St. John’s will be held there on Sunday June 14th from 2 p.m. Expect more lovely acoustic harmonies from Steph and Gus and other local folks. $5 entry. Watch the P.O. noticeboard.
The Australian recently carried a review of the Michael Kennedy CD “Hearth”, referring to Michael’s “qualities as a performer, writer and humanitarian.” Singer songwriter Michael Kennedy performed at the Chewton Folk Festival in 2005, and as he was returning to perform in 2006, and was local, the Chewton Chat asked his thoughts on the Chewton Folk Festival… and published his response. “Spoilt! That’s what I am! One of this country’s finest and most intimate folk festivals happens every January, just over the hill. An ideal setting where venues are comfortable and within a short stroll of each other, nestled within the charms of an historic, picturesque town with a proud, vibrant community. The Chewton Folk Festival has quickly gained a reputation both nationally and internationally as a performer’s dream. Somehow the organisers of this wonderful event have managed to blur the lines that tend to separate an audience from a performance and have hit upon the winning formula of a brilliant weekend of entertainment enjoyed and shared by ALL who attend. Performing last year was an absolute delight and I can’t wait to play again in 2006. There’s nothing finer than hearing a Chewton Folk Festival audience sing along to one of your songs and lift it to a new level. Sometimes I wonder who’s entertaining who!” As we know, the Chewton Folk Festival morphed into Newstead Live and Michael performed there too. After his passing in 2013 the next Newstead Live was
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Get well Rae Many years ago the Chat started a monthly poetry section – and for want of a better name (or from an utter lack of imagination) it was named Poetry Corner. The Chat has had many contributing poets since then… after all, 2006 was a long time ago! Rae Hawkins, Daniel Larson, Gan Ainm, David Watson, Jack Smith, Randall Percy and many, many more have shared their creativity. Rae has been a very enthusiastic contributor, mailing her contribution each month after she moved into Castlemaine. But no contribution arrived for the May Chat – instead there was this note…
MoBQing in May The Chewton weather was remarkably balmy for May. And the Chewton people came out in great numbers for the monthly MoBQ – despite the absence of the Mo himself. Prior commitments meant the community was left to fend for itself this month. And fend we did – and very, very well! But the organisation was a tad overdone. Mo had asked a certain person to collect the brazier, barrel of wood, torn up newspaper and firelighter to bring to the BBQ. Which was duly done. But Mo had asked a second person to take on this chore too. So by the time the brazier, wood etc. arrived at the site in Ellery Park the phone call to Mo was being made. No brazier there when it was to be collected was the message to Mo – it was left where it was supposed to be so some bastard must have knocked it off was the blunt response. But there it was at the MoBQ – so a second phone call (to where?) was made and the BBQ got underway. A great night – lots of laughs and interesting conversations ensued. New people to meet and greet – and, yes, Chewton has many, many people who are superb neighbours. And a busy everyday life keeps them from our usual notice. The value of a community BBQ is that we get the opportunity to actually meet them, appreciate their company and be inspired. It’s a great community we share. And that’s the thought that invariably fills the head the next morning after each and every MoBQ. It’s obviously mutual respect and love that makes Chewton such a great community. Next MoBQ is June 6th sy courte g n i t 6 p.m. Ellery Park r! Hea brazie of the BYO everything
Hi, I am just sending you through a rhyme (Rae’s Rhymes) and news update for the next Chewton Chat (if you like it) as my mum, Rae Hawkins, is in Bendigo Hospital, and hasn’t been able to send you one of her own poems as she usually does. Regards, Lesley Sergovich Looking forward to seeing you back on deck Rae – and your monthly thoughts back in the Chat!
Rae’s Rhymes For those of you who read Rae’s rhymes – Her health has hit some troubled times. A dodgy hip is causing grief, And inconvenience past belief. From Bendigo to Castlemaine, And back to Bendigo again, Surgeons are working hard and long, To fix that joint that’s gone so wrong. Rae’s been shunted to and fro, But HOME is where she wants to go! And though Rae’s never looked so thin, She’s so much more than bones and skin. It’s never easy to put up with pain, But Rae’s determined to stay sane, So - send her all your thoughts and wishes, And hope she’s soon home doing dishes. Lesley Sergovich (Rae Hawkins’ daughter)
Long Before The darkened skies above silence now the turtle dove; Always push comes to shove when blinded by wayward love. No more do roses bloom just outside this shadowed room; Everything left too soon while they danced to piper’s tune. Nothing was meant to last underneath the curses cast; Not one has been so fast as to have outrun their past. Some will always await the old twisted hand of fate; It struggles with the gate and the feelings found too late. Has been said one last priest is in battle with the beast; From a time long deceased only one will be released. Walked in a diff’rent form as this passed through winter’s storm; Saw it all late one morn long before I had been born. Daniel Larson.
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Waiting They’re setting up the lights. The camera’s in its place. Wardrobe’s done their business. Make-up’s working on my face. Extras in position. Director gives the sign. They start the camera rolling, Then I forget a line. We’re waiting... The generator’s failing. The lights are going dim. The producer makes a script change Upon a sudden whim. The canteen truck’s gone missing. What a total pain! The scene’s set in mid-summer, Now it starts to rain. We’re waiting ... Director’s quite a hotshot Full of bright ideas, Treats actors like they’re furniture We are bored to tears. Company’s gone bankrupt: Budget overspent. My agent’s busy worrying Where her percentage went. We’re waiting ... The scene’s a desert island. I’m wrecked and all alone... Then the magic’s shattered By an extra’s mobile phone. We’re waiting... David Watson.
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Now that we finally have some rain, our parents have been very busy revitalizing our school garden. Many shrubs were well past their use by date and needed some heavy pruning or removal. With lots of mulch and digging over of dry soil, the plants are in and look great. The children have been busy planting winter vegetables and spring bulbs so we are looking forward to a productive spring. Term 2 is the longest for the year so our school leadership team are keen to put some cheer into the dark days with a Winter Solstice Day planned for the shortest school day of the year. There will be beanies allowed in class, hot chips on offer for lunch and a range of writing and science activities related to facts and beliefs around winter and the seasons. Term 2 has some major sporting events for students. Dash, Luke and Nathan are heading off to the Bendigo regional cross country event having placed in the top 10 for their age group at the Mt Alexander trials. We also have students heading to Bendigo to play soccer and football by combining with students from Elphinstone to make up the numbers for a team. We held our own small schools cluster athletics day in late May travelling to Redesdale for this annual event. Our school has almost completed the biodiversity module of the ResourceSmart program. Last year we worked on becoming more energy efficient to receive our first star. This year we have highlighted the importance of making our school yard habitat friendly. We have developed guidelines around what plants should go where, sticking with local species for the perimeter and other native plantings for inside the school grounds. Our interpretive garden has kept its wild look that allows it to blend so well with the neighbouring bush. The presentation of nesting boxes for the children to take home and build was a big highlight that complemented our schoolâ€™s work. We would like to thank the Post Office Hill Action Group (POHAG) as their work was much appreciated. The children were required to write a letter stating where they would put their new box. I hope there will be many happy parrots and possums around Chewton in the near future. Our new fundraising goal is to build a rebound wall. We all love our timber building however this is not so great for catching and throwing balls. I am sure many of you will remember the hours spent bouncing a ball against a wall. A brick wall may seem like a simple project, however the estimated cost is close to $8000 as building must be supervised by a qualified engineer. Soil tests need to be taken and footings well reinforced. We raised $800 at our street BBQ earlier in the month. All being well, we should be able to start work late 2016. This is the time of year teachers start writing school reports. This is one of my least favourite parts of my job. I am happy to comment on student progress and, as teachers, we do this all year. It is more the issue of formatting computer programs and ensuring all the information is compiled in the correct way. Teachers can no longer make statements without providing evidence to back their claims. Schools are very controlled by accountability issues. Our term will end with the annual bush cook out at the back of school grounds and that time is fast approaching. Julie Holden.
As reported last month, work on the sustainable cubby at Chewton School has begun! A mammoth task that is moving from a plan in a folder to an actual cubby. Bottles. Sand. All those used drink bottles so painstakingly collected are being filled even more painstakingly with sand. A huge job that sees many different filling methods tried. There are well over 1000 bottles to be filled with sand and to speed the process some incentives are on offer. A score sheet and prizes now encourage participation.
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Grant thanks... Improvements have been underway at the soccer club thanks to some generous grants. The Mt Alexander Shire and the Frank Paul Carpenter Trust grants have enabled the following works to be undertaken • The Goldfields Room has had new blinds installed throughout which will help control light and heat into the clubroom. Thanks also to Shane from Taylors in Castlemaine for installing them. • The George Archer building has also benefitted from the same grant and 12 lights in the changerooms have been replaced with energy efficient and long lasting LED fittings. The old circular fluoroescents were well past their prime and increasingly difficult to source. Past player Adrian Kowel from Kowelec has to be thanked for donating the labour to install these lights. These items were from a Shire community grant. • Thanks to the F P Carpenter Trust the kiosk wasn’t left out either. A canvas canopy has been installed as shelter over the kiosk servery window and a roller shutter was installed by Robinsons in Castlemaine. This
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Real Estate Gossip Properties for sale around Chewton are listed as follows: Cantwell Real Estate: • 65 Adelaide Street, elegant Victorian fully restored with original features, sprawling 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms home on 2800 sqm allotment adjoining the Castlemaine Diggings, $529,000.00; • 1/72 Steele Street, north facing vacant allotment of approximately 2234sqm. Backing onto state forest but with services available. $220,000.00. • 24 Main Road, historic property on the edge of town, adjoining crown land and right by the walking/cycling track, surprisingly expansive 3 bedroom, for sale at $585,000.00; • 4 Prior Street, 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, 2 storey sandstone and weatherboard set amid huge garden, $848,000.00; • 225 Sparks Road, 58 hectares on the edge of the Bushland for sale at $595,000.00. Cassidy Real Estate: • 50 Dinah Road, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, multi-living areas home on an acre of land. Indoor pool and spa and entertaining area, extensive shedding and workshops. All this for $390,000.00; • 97 Pyrenees Highway, 2 bedroom, 2 living areas and plenty of period features. Large allotment of 1500sqm with workshops and room for several cars. For sale at $515,000.00; • 29 Mount View Road, 2 bedroom stone home nestled in 6 acres of the Bushlands, offering views over Chewton itself, $359,000.00. Castlemaine Property Group: • 77 Pioneers Road, single bedroom log cabin set high in the Bushlands with views over Chewton and onto Castlemaine, $295,000.00. Keogh Real Estate: • 4 Pitman Street, 2 bedroom weatherboard with de-
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Red Hill Music A sunny Saturday afternoon saw the Red Hill alive with live music. A beer garden populated with appreciative people provided the surrounds for the group of performers put together by Duncan Graham. The topline entertainment included Lara Travis and The Old Married Couple. The audience was entranced but the dog obviously wished it was somewhere else â€“ the wistful looks over the fence said a lot!
Sixty? Who’d have believed it?
Never thought I’d see it! Someone happy to turn 60! And, actually, not just happy but ecstatic! Fritz Hammersley certainly shared the approaching arrival of his big 60. Conversations, hints, plans all became part of a weeks (and weeks) long trailer promoting the coming attraction. Then the trailer morphed into an invitation and, eventually, into the big occasion. Arriving late Saturday afternoon into a magic setting showed the planning had given way to an event that was promising to be bigger than Texas. Tents, furniture, picnic settings and myriads of lights were awaiting the arrival of the guests. And they came and came – isn’t it amazing how many contacts one person can make during 60 years on this earth? Locals, cityites, interstaters – and even a
representative from a former Christmas Island adventure. The cooking fires attracted crowds as night fell - and the temperature fell even harder. Kids could be heard playing in the dark, and they appeared as well when the food was announced. An incredible evening that will be talked about for some time – as it was at the school’s Monday morning assembly! The organisation and hard work that went into this memorable 60th shouldn’t have been a surprise though. Going back through some Fritz Fotos (or should that be Phritz Photos) there’s a record of putting in – Golden Point Landcare, Chewton Pool, Chewton School. Obviously not much time wasted in those celebrated 60 years! Too busy volunteering...
SK8 Mural launched
skate park we aim to attract wider use of the facility and help prevent vandalism and tagging,” said Shannon Lacy, Youth Development Officer for Mount Alexander Shire Council. “It’s been really great to see fantastic participation in the series of eight workshops where participants had the chance to work with lead artist Tara Kingston to learn and develop their art and design techniques while having some fun along the way. “As part of this project we’ve established a forum with project partners and young people, particularly skate park users, to work on a long-term strategy for graffiti prevention,” she said. Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West, launched the Council-managed project, which was funded by a $20,885 grant as part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. The project was coordinated by the Mount Alexander Shire Council and supported by Castlemaine police and local youth organisation, XtremeInc. Taken from a Press Release.
A mural designed and installed by the young people of Mount Alexander Shire was launched on Friday at the Castlemaine Skate Park. The Sk8 Art project provided the opportunity for young people in the Shire to share their talent and creativity while developing their sense of ownership and input into the space. “By creating a sense of ownership and pride in our local
Chewton - 100 years ago... Bendigo Advertiser - Monday 7 June 1915 A RUNAWAY. Castlemaine, 5th June. On Friday evening Mrs. and Miss Purches, of Chewton, were driving to Castlemaine, and in trying to avoid a car they collided with the buggy of Mr. P. Best. The buggy overturned, and Mrs. and Miss Purches were thrown on the roadway, but fortunately, both escaped with a shaking and a few bruises. The horse bolted, dragging the overturned vehicle to Barker Street, where it was captured. The animal was not injured, the vehicle was badly damaged. Bendigonian – Thursday 10th June 1915 Mr. Catani, Chief Engineer of Public Works, who at the request of the Borough Council has been formulating a scheme for the formation of a lake at Moonlight Flat and Happy Valley, had an interview with borough councillors on Thursday night, and explained the scheme. Councillors will next Thursday night discuss “ways and means” in committee. The adoption of Mr. Catani’s scheme will mean the abolition of all sluicing in the Forest Creek and Moonlight Flat districts. Mount Alexander Mail - Wednesday 30 June 1915 (Edited) THE RECRUITING MOVEMENT FAREWELL TO PRIVATE MADIGAN. The Mayor called on Private Sydney Madigan, and in a well-chosen speech, conveyed to him the appreciation of the people of Chewton, and as a small token he presented him with a shaving outfit. He spoke of the great deeds done by our boys at the front, and felt sure they would do even better yet. On behalf of the people of Chewton he wished Private Madigan God speed. Rev. A. Rowland praised Private Madigan for his patriotism in leaving home and its comforts to fight for his country. The reverend gentleman concluded with a few verses, and a rousing appeal for volunteers. Mr Thos. Docking mentioned that Private Madigan was the eleventh member to join from the local Rechabite Tent, and also that one-tenth of their total numbers had enlisted. It was a record that the Rechabites had cause to be proud of. Mr Docking quoted the German atrocities in Belgium as a reason why the young men should volunteer. What Belgium suffers to-day, Australia may suffer tomorrow, and for the sake of our country, and all we hold
dear, we must send our youth to the front until the enemy is crushed, and our lasting liberty is assured. Mr W. Ebbott, on behalf of the Rechabite Lodge, conveyed to Private Madigan the best wishes of the Lodge for his future welfare, and safe return. Mr Ebbott also mentioned that his own son was shortly leaving for the front, and although the wrench of parting was severe still they felt that their boy belonged to his country. Mr T. Bloch, who has two sons at the front, one of whom was wounded at the historic landing, spoke highly of the way in which mining communities had volunteered for service, and stated that they compared favorably with other classes. Private Madigan, in a few earnest words, thanked the people of Chewton for their appreciation and good wishes, and stated that he would try to do honor to them. The meeting, which had been very enthusiastic, concluded with the singing of the National Anthem, and cheers for Private Madigan. Glen Harrison.
Chewton Hotels People and Places volunteer Elaine Appleton is looking for photographs of the owners of Chewton Hotels from the 1850s till now. The only hotel still operating in Chewton is the Red Hill Hotel dating back to the 2nd of August 1854 with the first licensee being George B. Lockhart. Copies of the photos will be placed in our People and Places Collection in the Chewton Town Hall. Please contact Elaine on (03) 5472 2498, 3 Eureka Street Chewton or email email@example.com
Edwin Purches owner of Golden Hope Inn Photo courtesy Ian O’Halloran
stead Historical Societies, Chewton Domain Society, Goldfields Library Corporation and private donors. These groups together raised $11,500 to buy the images. Each of these organisations now holds a data base of the collection, available for public use.
Seen the Verey photos? You are invited to come along on Saturday afternoon on June 6th or Sunday June 28th between 1 and 4 p.m. to see the Verey photo collection being shown in the Chewton Town Hall. This collection of photos from the 1880s onwards is a fascinating look at the past of both places and people from Castlemaine and surrounds. Information about the photos is sketchy and we are always interested in gathering more information about them. Come along, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and catch up on the past! The photographs were taken by Adolphus Verey between 1883 and 1954. The images were bought in 2009 through a collaborative effort led by FOCAL (Friends of Castlemaine Library) and supported by the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historic Museum, Castlemaine and New-
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Nesting box excitement ly on time and no dog had eaten his homework. Some lucky children were going home with nesting boxes to put together and place where some even luckier rosellas, sugar gliders and possums could call them home!
The nesting boxes POHAG (Post Office Hill Action Group) installed around Chewton School have stimulated a lot of interest among the school children. To harness, or perhaps to add to that excitement, POHAG took the nesting box project in another direction. A series of 10 nesting box kits were cut out and assembled – Sam doing the timberwork and then a combined working bee at a POHAG meeting saw the requisite latches, hinges, nails and screws counted and bundled up. These were delivered to the school and a “competition” was unveiled. The children were invited to write to the principal outlining why they would like one of the kits. The letters came in and POHAG was invited to provide a representative at a Monday assembly to make the presentation of the kits to the lucky recipients. That’s how POHAG’s James Darling came to be at Chewton school bright and early – most definite-
From nature to art…
Down the drive and there was a flutter of dark movement in the gutter that runs beside the duck pond fence. First thought was that was duck like movement – but our ducks had been white Indian Runners for years. And had been! About 6 months ago a fox had burrowed under the fence and under their locked house. All 4 ducks, the drake and the dozen or so eggs one was sitting on disappeared overnight. So it couldn’t have been a duck. A closer inspection and it made a familiar sound. If it looks like a yellow-tailed cockatoo, sounds like a yellowtailed cockatoo – it must be a yellow-tailed cockatoo. Not a duck! Its left wing was distorted and was preventing it from moving comfortably or easily. The black cockies fly over and through here on a regular basis – their chattering and wavy flight pattern is really distinctive. Each one moves along like a drowsy driver lacking concentration. But this one was on the ground directly below two power wires. Perhaps it had lost concentration too. Obviously it was time to ring Wildlife Rescue. Robert English and Jane Ross do a magnificent job throughout this area – and we’ve had them out here many times over the years. Usually for kangaroos after Golden Point Road traffic traumas. In most instances it is a kangaroo with a broken leg looking for a quiet place with grass and water. Jane told us Robert was just setting off to Maldon to see to a rosella and it would be after that he would be able to get out to our casualty. It was already getting dark so there was no alternative really – take a towel and leather gloves and place the bird in a carry cage to take it into Jane and Robert’s house. An email from Robert the next morning carried some bad news… “Thanks for rescuing the cocky. He had a badly fractured shoulder and died last night from shock and loss of blood. The other crimson rosella (which had been hit by a car) that I was rescuing last night was fighting fit this morning, when I didn’t expect it to survive! The Black Cockatoos are a magnificent bird. We just had two flocks of them flying overhead, calling out.” Yet another incident where we were served so well by Robert and Jane – two unsung heroes of this area! And two more fantastic volunteers!
The highly successful identification guide “Mosses of dry forests in south eastern Australia” was launched by FOBIF (Friends of the Box IronbarkForests) last year. Bronwyn Silver, one of the photographers, has taken some of her photos from the book for her current exhibition, Nature Abstracted. These photos have been supplemented by others inspired by nature. The exhibition is showing at the Falkner Gallery, 35 Templeton Street Castlemaine until June 21st, and is open Thursday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Framed or unframed photos can be purchased.
Bronwyn worked with Bernard Slattery, a group of naturalists and FOBIF members to produce the Moss guide. Bernard was at the exhibition opening and was photographed with Bronwyn.
From the Nuggetty Gold Mine, the walk continued in a westerly direction to the lunch spot at the Rock of Ages (Mt Moorul). This location also had a terrific scenic outlook. Walkers then proceeded along the Rock of Ages Track to the beginning point on the corner of Church Street and Davies Lane, Maldon.
Looking into the Nuggetty Gold Mine. Walkers enjoying the sun and morning tea on the Range. The weather on Sunday the17th of May) was perfect for our FOBIF walk into the Nuggetty Range. Thirty-three people came along and it was good to see some newcomers to FOBIF on the walk. The group was ably led by geologist, Brian Cuffley, who had prepared maps and an introductory handout. The Nuggetty Range, he explained, is part of the metamorphic aureole surrounding the Harcourt Granite to the north. The granite has heated and hardened the slate and sandstone bedrock and has produced a hard flinty rock called hornfels. Hornfels is very resistant to erosion, thus it has formed a range about the granite which has weathered away more rapidly.
Next FOBIF walk On June 21 Bernard Slattery (5470 5161) will lead walkers into Goughs Range, a walk of roughly 5kms. This small [161 ha] state forest is little visited, but has some nice attractions: grey box woodland with understorey of Golden Wattle, and some dense stands of Varnish Wattle. There are great views from the top of the range across to Cairn Curran and beyond. Note: this little forest is down for a management burn this autumn. If the burn is severe we may have to reschedule the walk elsewhere. Check the FOBIF website for updates. Taken from the FOBIF website.
Golden Point Landcare
This rock from the Nuggetty Gold Mine shows the contact between granite (right) and hornfels (left).
There will not be a Golden Pointers Landcare meeting in June BUT we would love to book a table at The Mount Alexander Landcare Forum on Friday 19th June 2015 at the Campbells Creek Community Centre. The Forum is for Landcare and Friends group members, NRM professionals and anyone with an interest in the topics or Landcare volunteering in the Mount Alexander Region. The Forum will feature six guest speakers and a social dinner after the presentations - free for Landcare members and $10 for everyone else. The Mount Alexander Landcare Forum is being organised by Connecting Country’s Local Landcare Facilitator with funding from the North Central Catchment Management Authority. • Date: Friday 19th June 2015 • Time: Starts at 3pm (for details go to www.connectingcountry.org.au ) • RSVP: To Max Schlachter by Friday 12th June to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5472 1594
Chewton Domain Society Reports of on-going business began the meeting and give an indication of the “busy-ness” of the CSDS… • Updating the Welcome to Chewton kit is continuing. • Tom Taft has donated a musical jewellery box to be raffled as a TH fund raiser at the CDS AGM. • Delegates reported back on the Great Victorian Bike Ride meeting held by MASC. • Property Management is to oversee any repair works deemed the responsibility of the contractor in conjunction with the Heritage Architect. • Property Management is to complete the drainage works, landscaping (including gravel in front of the town hall) and access at rear door. • Property Management is to install an appropriate light at the front door . • A quote for a blind to cover the IT equipment in the kitchen has been obtained and is to be installed. • A draft policy for universal access and signage (including PO) is in progress. • VicRoads have been requested to remove the word “Museum” from the road signage. • A long term maintenance program is to be devised – with assessments of the condition of the toilets (installed in 1996), removal of renovation rubble, obtain quotes for peppercorn and elm tree trimming, footpath management and with programs for hall floor, spouting/downpipes and gardening. The finance report May showed a balance of $21,901.92 with accounts for payment totalling $3,385.60. Invoices for work already done on Post Office window and wall repairs is expected to be $1,620.00 so the balance after that payment will be $16,895.55. Other committed funds reduce the available funds to $12,895.55. The CDS lease managing agent has made the CDS aware of changed state legislation in regard to leasing commercial buildings. A Statcom fire safety compliance system will be a requirement for the Post Office which will involve installation and 2 compliance management visits per annum. These costs will need to be built into the CDS expenditure budget. Budget discussion led to the resolution that that the CDS balance reserve should not go below $17,000. It was also agreed that the works on the Town Hall should be completed so that the CDS is as compliant as possible. Elaine Appleton tabled a book on Jimmy Lynch which is to be catalogued and placed in the collection. The
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People and Places Display is to promote the Verey photographic collection when Glen is on P&P duty and this will be advertised in the Chat. The June Golden Point Landcare walk to Burns Hill will be prepared as a brochure and map. Jim Brannon (Come Clean) has cleaned the town hall windows as a donation to the CDS – and this wonderful contribution is to be acknowledged in the Chat. The back door of the town hall needs second coat of paint. Updated hire costs for the town hall were tabled and discussed – and committee members are to review these and come back with comments. The town hall’s large photos are to be returned and hung in the kitchen. The Monster Meeting sub-committee is planning a meeting in early June, this to be advertised in the Chat. Rose Darling reported on the Chewton Community Plan which is to be presented to council on the 7th July. Rose also reported on the meeting with VicRoads and also tabled a letter of support to council for a project that will attract $3,500 as seed funding. A proposal for town hall management that Rose had prepared will be held over to the June meeting when the first hour will be spent discussing the future management of the town hall in light of the many other CDS responsibilities. A brief ordinary committee meeting will follow. The next CDS Management Committee meeting will be on June 15th (Monday) at 7.15 p.m. in the Chewton Town Hall.
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Firewood season in June The demand for firewood from public land is managed through careful selection of firewood collection areas in different parts of Victoria. People collecting firewood on public land need to be aware of where, when and what firewood can be legally collected. DELWP and Parks Victoria staff patrol forests and now take a zero tolerance approach to those who are breaking firewood collection laws. The autumn domestic firewood collection season on public land is currently open and runs until 30 June 2015. For more information, maps showing approved collections areas and a fact sheet on domestic firewood collection, please visit www.delwp. vic.gov.au/firewood If you see any suspicious behaviour in public land areas, please report it to 136 186 or your nearest DELWP or Parks Victoria office or police station and quote Operation Chainsaw. Taken from a Press Release.
Vocal Nosh! A good sing & good food in convivial company
Sunday 7th June at 6pm At Newstead Community Centre Led this month by Fay White Theme: Harmony, harmony, harmony
Relief for Welshies Welshies has been in the news a lot in recent times, and Chewton people have been involved in the battle to secure the future of Welshman’s Reef Caravan Park. In what is great news for these people, Labor Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, has announced a new two year lease for the Welshman’s Reef Water Sports Club to manage the Club site adjacent to Cairn Curran Reservoir. Ms Edwards said it was a great day for the Welshman’s Reef Water Sports Club, holiday makers who regularly travel to the site, local businesses and tourism in the Bendigo region. “Successive generations have been visiting here for their annual holidays - it’s a great tradition and you can’t put a value on the cultural and social importance Welshman’s Reef has for these families,” Maree said. The new arrangements follow a pre-election commitment to seek ways to allow the Club to demonstrate its capacity to assume management of the site. In January the Welshman’s Reef Water Sports Club entered a six month lease with Goulburn Murray Water to manage the site. Following the successful completion of this period a new two year lease will now take effect from 1 July, 2015. As part of the lease agreement, there will be sewerage upgrades and further work to meet CFA requirements. Working with the Victorian Government, Goulburn Murray Water has taken a number of measures to assist the Sports Club, including: • Providing two 23,000 litre water tanks and fire extinguishers; • Providing the club with key contacts to help in streamlining the required sewerage upgrades process • Giving the club exclusive use of buildings and other assets on the site. Taken from a Press Release.
• 6:00 - 7:00pm Vocal entrée - warm up and easy stuff • 7:00 - 7:30pm Food - Hearty soup, crusty bread, fresh fruit • 7:30 - 8:30 pm Musical main course - delicious harmonies
Songs in the folk style, mostly a cappella
No prior musical experience necessary. No need to read music.
Singing for the pleasure of it. Whole session including food $15, concession $12, children $5, first hour only $5. Bookings by email: email@example.com or phone Fay 5461 5471
Rod Quantock, Chewton’s self-appointed ‘Minister for the Arts & Culture’ has once again agreed to MC at Chewton Pool’s major fund-raising event of the year – the ‘Big Trivia for a Little Pool.’ This will be an afternoon event, Sunday, 26th July, 2pm to 5.30pm, at the Castlemaine Town Hall, featuring a Silent Auction of some wonderful items that have been generously donated (such as a Phil Elson jug and bowl), plus Trivia questions. BYO Nibbles. Drinks at Bar Prices. Jacki will help you at the Chewton General Store between 10am and midday on June 13, June 27, or July 11 or 18. Show support for the Chewton Pool...
A Talk by Andrew Skeoch Saturday June 20th 2.30pm Chewton Community and Senior Citizens Centre $5 donation at the door / Free for Pensioners Tea and coffee provided.
“WHY MUSIC HAPPENED
- birdsong, music and the evolution of listening”. The sounds of our natural environment are comprised of many voices; birdsong, frog choruses, seasonal insect choirs, mammal calls… But how have all these varied animal repertoires evolved? What can we learn from studying, or simply listening, to nature’s sounds around us? How may the noise of our modern world be impacting upon this delicate sonic balance, and conversely, how have the songs of nature influenced our own species? Andrew Skeoch is a naturalist, bioacoustic researcher, musician and Australia’s best-known nature sound recordist. His nature albums ‘A Morning in the Australian Bush’ and ‘Favourite Australian Birdsong’ have each sold over 50,000 copies. Over the last twenty years, he has journeyed to remote locations in Asia, India, Africa and the Americas in search of some of our planet’s most beautiful and fascinating sounds. “I feel that we need to listen to the natural world afresh, and hear ourselves as part of it. Perhaps then we can find more organic ways to express ourselves, and celebrate our natural place in the biosphere”, he says.
* Aah Nostalgia - it’s not what it used to be...
* I’ve started a band called ‘Nostalgia’. If we don’t make it, at least people will remember us fondly...
FIELD NATS VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS
Fri June 12th: Meeting: Speakers: Lynne Kelly: Indigenous knowledge - how did they remember so much stuff without a field guide? Sat June 13th: Field trip: To be arranged. Ordinary membership: Single $30, Family $40, Pensioner or student: Single $25, Family $30. Subscription includes postage of the monthly newsletter, Castlemaine Naturalist. General meetings - (second Friday of each month, except January) are held in the Uniting Church (UCA) Hall (enter from Lyttleton St.) at 7.30 pm. Field Trips - (Saturday following the general meeting) leave from the car park opposite Castle Motel, Duke Street at 1.30pm sharp unless stated otherwise. BYO afternoon tea. Outdoor excursions are likely to be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. There are NO excursions on total fire ban days.
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* DIY Nostalgia (in 4 easy steps) • do something. • stop doing it for a long time. • do it again. • enjoy nostalgia.
The Chewton Chat is published by the Chewton Domain Society. A subcommittee of John Ellis (Ed.),Bettie Exon, Gloria Meltzer, Debbie Hall, Phil Hall and Glen Harrison is responsible for the publication. Many volunteers help with production and circulation. It is circulated on the first of each month, necessitating a deadline of about the 22nd of the month before. Material can be left at the Chewton General Store, with any of the sub-committee members, sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 5472 2892. Contributions of ideas, news items, articles, and letters are always welcome; as are advertisements that help meet monthly production costs. Circulation is via the Chewton General Store, Chewton Pet Supplies, Chewton Post Office, East End Servo, Red Hill Hotel, Castle Automotive Enterprises and Tourist Information Board, as well as the Bold Cafe, Castlemaine Library, Market Building, CHIRP, CIC, Castlemaine Copy Centre, Castlemaine Camera Shop and Castlemaine Office Supplies. Mt. Alexander Hospital Residential receives monthly copies too. Whilst copies are free, there are donation tins at many collection points and donations can be mailed to the CDS address below. Subscriptions for mailed copies can be arranged. Circulation is now 700. A full colour Chewton Chat can also be downloaded each month from www.chewton.net - as can earlier issues. The CDS can be contacted through PO Box 85, Chewton, 3451; or the Chewton Town Hall 5470 6131 (when open). The Chewton Chat wishes to advise that the views or remarks expressed in this publication are not necessarily the views of the editor, the management team or the Chewton Domain Society and no endorsement of service is implied by the listing of advertisers, sponsors or contributors.
And the rains came... Following the last two months of little rain, May has at last conformed to expectations. It has cooled down somewhat, and it has rained. Some 40 millimetres in my rain-gauge to last count. A little underwhelming, we usually expect 50 or 60 millimetres for May and 60 or 70 for June and July. It is slightly concerning, as we can expect a very dry spring and summer. In particular, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has declared that an El Nino event is now to be expected. You may have seen or heard it on the tele, or on the country-hour. Pacific Sea temperatures have warmed sufficiently for the climate models used to predict future weather to leave no further uncertainty. So, it’s fill up your dams and tanks, dig more wicking beds for the vegetables and flowers, and conserve the water we’ve got for the year ahead. As we might expect, temperatures have been down again this month. Our average monthly daytime temperatures have fallen to just 16 degrees Celsius. I measured just one day in the 20s this month, though one additional day did make it to 19 degrees C. The mode was 15 degrees Celsius. Plenty of partly cloudy days in the range 13, 14 and 15 degrees C though. Overnight temperatures are now well into the single digit region. Remaining in the upper single digit range early in the month, it declined to the 3s and 4s as the month wore on. No actual frost in my paddocks yet - or was I in Melbourne that weekend? Whatever, frosts are not far away. You may recall some comments I made concerning
a book I have borrowed. Professor Entwisle has spent a quarter of a century working in Botanic Gardens, in both the northern and southern hemispheres. He has studied the way in which the natural world responds to seasonal changes in temperature, rainfall and daylight. These studies have convinced him that the four seasons that we have adopted when the First Fleet arrived, are of very little assistance to us In his book entitled “Sprinter and Sprummer” Australia’s changing seasons, he reviews the seasonal changes and their classification around the world. Some nations use astronomical data, others botanical data, others various combinations. The First Fleeters adjusted the seasonal dates to enable the English troops in winter uniforms to change to a more comfortable summer rig earlier than the northern hemisphere equivalents. Time to review a change he suggests. Professor Entwisle suggests the following changes to our seasonal nomenclature. • Summer from 1st December to 30th.March (4 months) • Autumn from 1st April to 31st May (2 months) • Winter from 1st June to 31st July(2 months) • Sprinter from 1st August to 31st September; • and finally Sprummer from 1st October to 30th November. Tim Entwisle will be here in Castlemaine at a U3A coffee morning in November. You may like to hear him . John Leavesley.
Calendar of Events Jun 3rd Jun 6th Jun 6th Jun 6th Jun 6th Jun 7th Jun 8th Jun 9th Jun 13th Jun 13th Jun 14th Jun 14th Jun 15th Jun 19th Jun 20th Jun 20th Jun 21st Jun 23rd Jun 24th Jun 26th Jun 27th Jun 27th Jun 28th Jun 30th
Chewton Community Planning Meeting, 7 p.m., Chewton Town Hall. World Environment Day. Service, 6 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. MoBQ (Chewton Community BBQ), 6 p.m., Ellery Park (beside Chewton Town Hall). Verey Photos display, 1 p.m., Chewton Town Hall (see p. 25). Vocal Nosh, 6 p.m., Newstead Community Centre. Bookings 5461 5471. Queen’s Birthday holiday. MAS Council Meeting, 7.30 p.m., Civic Centre Castlemaine. Listening Post re. Chewton pines. Service, 6 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church Chewton. POHAG meeting, 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Musical afternoon tea, 2 p.m., St John’s, Chewton. CDS Man. Comm. Mtg, 7.15 p.m., Chewton Town Hall. Mount Alexander Landcare Forum, 3 p.m., Campbells Creek Community Centre (see p. 28). Service, 6 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Andrew Skeoch talk, 2.30 p.m., Chewton Community Centre (see p 31). FOBIF Walk in Goughs Range, (see p. 28) – 5470 5161. MAS Council Meeting, 7.30 p.m., Civic Centre Castlemaine. Deadline for July Chewton Chat. Term 2 ends. Service, 6 p.m., St. John’s Anglican Church, Chewton. Fryerstown Films (Casablanca), 7.30 p.m., Burke and Wills Hall, Fryerstown. Verey Photos display, 1 p.m., Chewton Town Hall (see p. 25). Folding Chewton Chat, 2.30 p.m., Chewton Town Hall (Tuesday).
Burns Hill secrets, a review of the Monster Meeting CD in Trad and Now magazine, Michael Kennedy's Hearth reviewed in The Australian, a sust...
Published on Jun 1, 2015
Burns Hill secrets, a review of the Monster Meeting CD in Trad and Now magazine, Michael Kennedy's Hearth reviewed in The Australian, a sust...