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Reg. No. A0034364L P.O. Box 85, Chewton, 3451.




Published on the 1st of each month

Issue 217

March, 2017.

And the BIG news is... Invitation You are invited to join Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West to celebrate the purchase of land


on which the first Monster Meeting occurred in 1851 Saturday 4 March 2017 11am-1pm

You are invited to join Maree Edwards MP, Member for Bendigo West Golden Point Road, Chewton

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Golden Point Road, Chewton

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Advertisement placed in the Castlemaine Mail on Friday 24th of February.

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Chewton’s first pop-up shop?

(well, since the gold rush anyway!)

KASU EMPORIUM comes to the

CHEWTON TOWN HALL during the Castlemaine State Festival

March 25 & 26, 2017 My name is Beverley Bloxham and I live at Chewton, Victoria. My passion is visiting India and buying beautiful hand-crafted objects to sell in my online shop, KASU EMPORIUM. Most of my stock is bought directly from Indian artisans in villages and towns, slums and cities. Most of the products come from ethical and fair trade sources: self-help cooperatives, women’s groups and charitable organisations dedicated to livelihood development. For the first time ever, I will be holding a pop-up shop at the historic Chewton Town Hall on the last weekend in March 2017. Visitors will be able to handle the fabulous things on offer: hand spun & handwoven, organically dyed textiles, antique embroidered tribal textiles, hand carved wooden kitchen tools, toys, jewellery, tribal paintings and much more. There are many stories to be told about the objects themselves and the travels involved in finding them. Because I have travelled extensively to off the beaten track places in India, I have now started KASU TOURS, specialising in small, curated tours to India so that I can share what I love about the place. A percentage of all sales from KASU EMPORIUM and KASU TOURS goes to charitable organisations that we know are doing a great job to alleviate poverty, improve education and health, free children from child labour and improve livelihoods in some of the poorest areas in the world.

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Chewton’s Community BBQ The March Chewton Community BBQ is only a few days away – on March 4th. Time to start preparing! And after the blaze of publicity that followed the last one anything is possible. Publicity? Yep, it made it into the Castlemaine Mail’s Social Scene last Friday. Max arrived with his camera and the rest is history – and Rob recorded the moment. Thanks again to Rob for the photos. Mark March 4th on the calendar – at 6 pm at the BBQ in the park next to the town hall. BYO everything.

Flying the flag for the Chewton Shop... ...and 1,290 people reached on Facebook!

1,290 people reached by Sunday indicates a lot of friends - and interest! And the positive comments!

The North Central CMA held a Landcare Facilitators meeting in the Chewton Town Hall. People from all over the catchment came and the Chewton General Store did the catering. Talk about busy! And talk about proud! Photos were obviously essential so out came the camera. Catering needed for an event? Drop into the Chewton Shop and discuss your needs with Janelle and Maree. You’ll be treated like royalty - just as the Landcare Facilitators were.


Glad to see business is booming.

Looking good there ladies xx.

Too true! They were delicious and hit the spot with the forum! Thanks again ladies.

Royalty ?

Thankyou and very well done! The Chewton Senior Citizens Club committee has presented Pat Moran with a beautiful hanging basket of fuchsias, along with a card thanking her for her many years of service as treasurer of the club. Pat resigned towards the end of 2016. We all miss Pat and wish her well for the future. Nigel Casbolt President, Val Casbolt Assistant Secretary.

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Wednesday 1st at 6pm (Ash Wednesday)

Saturday 4th 6pm

Saturday 11th 6pm

Saturday 18th 6pm

Saturday 25th 6pm

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Notice something? It’s often said you can judge a town by its notice-boards. But can you? A check of the Chewton Post Office board profiles an eclectic town. Tradies offering all sorts of services and products, arts promotions, music opportunities, garage sales, cars and electric bikes on offer, historical records available, Prayer Day in the Philippines, film nights, yoga, freezer and cooler, caravan to rent, Bed and Broccoli, Man and Beast, hip hop, chainsaws wanted, tours to India, photo workshops, dog walker, looking for someone, healing sessions in Richmond, cottage to let, playgroup, house cleaning and food foraging. Something for everyone? Something for you? Pause and peruse! See inside Chewton. And want to know more? Take a walk down to the shop and browse the notices posted inside there…


Emu problems There was a report from Taradale about emus at large causing concerns. The emus had been chasing dogs and weren’t scared of people. They had apparently escaped from an emu farm. They’d a baby last year but it had been hit by a car. WRIN got the call for that accident when I was the phone operator and Kerry Reid from Barkers Creek went out to euthanize it because it had bad injuries. The Taradale community had divided views about the emus. Some wanted them to stay and some wanted them to be re-located. My job was to locate the emus - which was difficult because they have a home range of about 10kms. In Taradale that range involved houses, bush, pine forests, horse paddocks and building sites. Tom Taft and I went out at 7 a.m. to try to find the emus and if we located them, Manfred was on standby to come from Blackwood to capture them. Pam Ahern from Edgar’s Mission in Lancefield was also on standby to provide a specialised trailer and transport them to Yea where we had arranged a wildlife sanctuary for the emus to live. The way Tom and I located the emus was watching the horses. Horses are terrified of the emus and when the birds are anywhere in the distance the horses were on high alert and huddled together. The emus would hang around the livestock looking for food. It was hard for them to survive without handouts because emus live specifically on grains and fruits. No grass or plants for them. Emus are difficult to capture and transport because they commonly die of instant heart attack caused by stress. To dart an emu with sedative is difficult because it needs to go into the emu’s leg and it costs around $200 per bird. Manfred pays for his own drugs that are used for wildlife rescue and no wildlife volunteers get paid for their efforts so rescues like this one are an amazing combination of volunteer efforts! On top of that, Manfred got a broken rib while he was grappling with the emu on the ground. This rescue was successful as we made two trips and we were able to catch and re-locate two emus. They are now reunited and happily living together in a wildlife sanctuary in Yea.

For any local wildlife emergencies please call Chewton rescuers Bruce on 0419 734 528 or Arrow on 0429 372 611. Arrow. p.s. A huge THANKYOU to Manfred for his time and efforts, to Pam Ahern for her providing transport and covering fuel costs and Tom Taft for getting up early and being a legendary wingman on the job!


Fryerstown Clean Up Sunday, 5th March Roadsides leading into Fryerstown will be scoured again for rubbish on Clean Up Australia Day. If you would like to lend a hand, please register at register/?Fryerstown or call Janobai on 5473 4153.

Golden Point Clean Up Sunday, 5th March Golden Point Landcare invites you to be part of Clean Up Australia Day Sunday March 5th 10 a.m. - 12 noon starting at Expedition Pass Reservoir carpark. BYO gloves - bags provided - and be prepared for whatever the weather is likely to be!! Further details - Jennifer on 0423 900 590


Leave early THE REASONS ARE BLACK AND WHITE Bushfires can start quickly and threaten lives within minutes. When it comes to fire, what you need to do is black and white. Check Fire Danger Ratings daily and monitor warnings. Most bushfire deaths happen close to home, so leaving early, before a fire starts, is always the safest option. Download the VicEmergency app

Listening Post held in Castlemaine last Friday of the Month 10am to 2pm. Please phone for appointment. 8 Panton Street, Golden Square VIC 3555 P: 5444 4125 @mareeedwardsmp mareeedwardsmp Authorised by M Edwards, 8 Panton Street, Golden Square. This material has been produced by Maree Edwards MP using her Parliament’s Electorate Office & Communications budget.


Playing pool involves volunteers and effort

“the generous support of Lions Club and Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Community Grants.”

“Come sit and stay for dinner”


What a season it’s been! A big thank you to all of our volunteers and lifeguards for keeping the pool open and jumping every (warm) day of the season. Our family seating area and BBQ facilities are now up and running, as a result of the generous support of Lions Club and Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Community Grants. Come sit and stay for dinner, enjoy our shade umbrella and fry something up on our new BBQ. Laze away the evenings under the shade of our newly trimmed trees. A great big shout out to the Blue Light Disco people who run a fantastic event for the young people of Chewton and surrounds. Much fun was had, dancing and bombing competitions won and a great BBQ held to support the Chewton CFA. The Chewton School kids did their swimming sports last Friday and had two weeks of swimming lessons. As the Chewton school is booming with now 75 students it is ever more important to keep our facilities for these important learning and social outings. BIG THANKS to the life guards for handling all of this and to our Golden Nuggets for making room for the little tackers to use the facility. Closing time this year? Always we get asked when are we closing and the answer is usually somewhere along the lines of “somewhere around Labour day, but we will stay open longer while the weather holds out” with no set closing date, we are the only pool that stays open until after Labour Day weekend so don’t sweat on those hot days at the end of summer – if it’s hot, we will stay open! Our annual volunteer and Lifeguard appreciation BBQ is coming up and will be posted at the usual places and don’t forget to check Facebook at Chewton Pool Inc for daily updates about opening times, weather, and what’s on such as Aqua, Golden Nuggets, Yoga and other fun things like our final closing day! I would love to have a bring your dog to the pool day on our final day and release fish into the pool for winter fun. Check out our website, facebook page and the noticeboard for all the end-of-season events and celebrations. PS. Do you love the pool and want to support us in the off season too? Then grab a ticket to our Long Lazy Lunch, which is being organised for April 23 at Bress winey. It was a hoot last year and will be even better this year so watch this space for more info. Daria.

Bluelight shines in Chewton See all the cars around the Chewton pool a few Friday nights ago? One of the Red Hill patrons said he’d driven past the Castlemaine pool on the way to the Reddy – and he couldn’t believe the contrast. Of course it was the Chewton Pool hosting the Blue Light Disco… and Jo Willen has passed on this report and the accompanying photos. The Castlemaine Bluelight Disco was held at the Chewton Pool as we have been doing for the last 5 years. Three volunteer groups came together and worked side by side. We had the Castlemaine Bluelight, Chewton Pool and Chewton CFA who staffed the BBQ. We had about 200 people there! The weather was perfect too. The Castlemaine Bluelight will be back at the same time next year. They will be running on 1st Friday of the month at the Theatre Royal – apart from school holidays. Thanks to the Chewton Pool committee members for the great support and thanks to the Chewton CFA for the well-received BBQ. The first photo is of Neil from Bluelight, the pool’s Marcus and Amy from the CFA. The second photo is of the kids having noodle races. It was all great fun – a bombing competition and the mums up dancing in the dancing competition. Jo Willen, Castlemaine Bluelight.

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Oops! Another Glitch in the works Plenty happening in Golden Point Road the other morning – and off it too. Glitch was a series screened on ABC TV a while back. Filmed around Castlemaine, it attracted much local interest at the time. Glitch Series 2 is in production and was now setting the scene for filming at Expedition Pass Reservoir. Temporary road signs went up, were changed and were coming down. More signs were visible further up the road by the res itself, ready to stop all traffic each time the cameras started recording. The normally peaceful Golden Point area was transformed. The glaring sun at the Res. posed a few glitches in an otherwise pleasant morning’s filming. The sunscreen attendant was busy but so were a lot of others. Equipment! Equipment everywhere. People on a mission going in all directions – their missions identifiable by the gear they were carrying or pushing. The first shoot of the day – a sunny walk across the Res. wall eventually took place. But there was still time for a couple of shots with the Parks Victoria Rangers who were on duty for what was looking like a long day for them. Despite the signs and notices along the road to the res. a few people turned up for a swim – in front of all those cameras! But the Res. was off limits and those turned away were offered passes to the Chewton Pool – sans cameras! Filming continued – and continued. Gees, some people have patience! And people – simple scenes with a couple of actors become complex scenarios as the actors are surrounded by people who also have roles to play. And the clapper board was clacking away punctuating the takes! Four o’clock – and at last it was time for lunch!

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The following pack-up looked complicated but was quickly and efficiently undertaken. And the buses and cars used to ferry cast and crew to the catering marquee down the road began a frantic shuttle service. Golden Point Road was being returned to local traffic almost in time for the Faraday school bus to pass through. A 4 o’clock lunch meant a lot of hungry people to feed. The catering truck had what could probably be described as an expected number plate (STARS 7) and food by the mammoth trayfuls was being ferried from the back of the truck to the serving table. An incredible day’s effort achieved in an atmosphere of co-operation. And the traffic controllers armed with radios and slow/stop lollipops stood on the hot bitumen throughout the day. “Only one day to go,” commented one of the controllers before she melted into the road surface. A glitch moment maybe? A series of photos posted on Facebook at various times during the day of filming has attracted more than 11,500 views to date!


CFA Update – March 2017

A couple of photos that unfortunately missed the February Chewton Chat by a few hours. The recent CFA raffle was drawn in the Chewton General Store and guess who won? The store owner is on a roll! The first photo is of the ticket being drawn out by Julie who was at the shop at the time and Amy is part of Chewton CFA’s fundraising team. The second photo is of Amy presenting the prize to Janelle. The big Teddy Bear was donated by the Dingo Park and the goodies filling the box were donated by members of the brigade. Photos courtesy of Jo Willen.

No doubt about the commitment of Chewton CFA volunteers! A Car Boot sale a few weeks away (19th of March), a raffle to be drawn at the Car Boot sale and a wood raffle as well. Sitting outside the Chewton General Store for a second day is just part and parcel of being a volunteer apparently! And the CFA captain drops by to check on progress – and to put his paper and coffee into the photo!

Saturday the 25th February Chewton CFA held a footpath BBQ and raffle in Castlemaine. We will be doing a few fundraisers and the money will be going towards a replacement for our Slip On unit. A big thank you to everyone who bought a snag and raffle ticket and for the donations that people pop in. Great job by the Senior and Junior members for the time put into it. Jo Willen.

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Know Your Neighbour Have you met Damian Thrum? Although Damian Thrum was born in Melbourne, his father was a bank manager so they moved a lot around Victoria. He was boarded at a college in Ballarat, then went on to study Law, graduating from Melbourne University. After he obtained his degree he spent a year in Papua, working as a missionary. ‘That was a tough gig. I was out in the bush, in the swamp district. There were no roads, just 100s of kilometres of swamp.’ On his return home he did his Article Clerk’s year, then took some time off to travel round northern Australia. Damian was offered a job managing a law practice in Oak Park. This was in the early 70s. ‘I found working in law didn’t suit me. It’s too heartless. So I walked away from law and got a job in the building industry as a brickie’s labourer. I’ve stayed in the building trade ever since and have never had a moment’s regret.’ After his partner of 30 years died, in 2013 he moved to Chewton. ‘I was staying with a friend in Harcourt. Upon looking around Castlemaine and Chewton I thought, what a great place.’ So Damian bought a house in Chewton. ‘I think of Castlemaine as Dodge City and Chewton as the Wild West, and I loved the fact that it was underdeveloped.’ In the three years he has been here he has become involved in various local activities. ‘I came here with the objective that I would immerse myself in the community and so I joined the local landcare group, helping clear the blackberries and gorse around the Diggings National Park area.’ He has also got involved in the Senior Citizen’s campaign to try and find ways to restore their hall and says


he would be prepared to put some money into this himself and actually run the whole project. Recently he signed up to regularly water down at the Chewton pool a couple of mornings a week. He says he chose Chewton to live as ‘there’s no other place round here worth living in and you really couldn’t find another little town as dynamic as Castlemaine. In summing up his views, Damian says, ‘as a hardcore environmentalist, my major reason for living is to be part of a mission to undo the untold damage to Gaia (Mother Earth) inflicted by heedless mankind.’ Gloria Meltzer.

POHAG meeting (Post Office Hill Action Group)

10 a.m. March 12th Chewton Town Hall


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Above Julie Hough’s Fryerstown fair photos

Marion William’s Flawed Landscape


It has been a hectic start to the year and I’m only just beginning to catch up. The birds are spectacular. Many varieties I cannot identify and have not been aware of their presence here before. They seem to be making themselves at home here and not just in transit. Our birdbath has been a daily delight for many of them and for us watching their antics, jostling for first place in the queue and getting out of the way when the bullies such as the magpies arrive. The small birds, finches and wagtails and wrens will usually share the pool but the bigger birds prefer their own kind only. We had a pair of bronze wing turtledoves this year, probably nesting because they were here for quite a while. They were a strangely peaceful couple, paddling rather than splashing. Fryerstown people are enthusiastically throwing themselves into the organisation and the exhibitions at the Castlemaine State Festival between the 17th and 27th March. Julie Millowick is the President of the Festival Committee and has her own photographic exhibition in the Faulder Watson Hall. Denise Button is on the management team and heavily involved with ticketing and marketing. Other notable Fryerstown people include very talented national and international artists. Julie Hough, daughter of Jimmy Cole, has an exhibition in the Faulder Watson Hall weekdays 10-3pm, weekends 10-5 pm entitled ‘A Fair Trade’ that provides the viewer with a photographic window into the world of the stallholder. Since 2007 Julie has been documenting and collecting stories from the traders at the Fryerstown Antique Fair. She has photographed them standing proudly at their stalls, surrounded by their array of goods for sale. They have shared their experiences through the written word. These images and reflections provide the wider audience with an insight into the unique characters of stallholders, which has probably changed over time. This ongoing body of work aims to create a social document and historical reference for future generations. Marion Williams is exhibiting alongside other photographers in the Faulder Watson Hall, Barkers St., Castlemaine. Marion’s photographic show ‘Flawed Landscapes’ is a collaboration with six women who ‘wear’ significant medical scars and who are brave enough, both visually and in their own written words, to tell their story. This body of work, initially shown in the Old Castlemaine Gaol for Arts Open 2016 is an evolving one, looking at the landscape of the human body and its response to trauma, scarring and restoration. At the old Fryerstown school the Newstead Spinning Group Inc is holding an ‘exhibition and sale of creations from different fibres and demonstrations of spinning weaving and knitting. 17th -19th and 24th-26th March, 104pm’. Also billed at the old school is ‘Award winning Australian singer/songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and banjoist Alesa Lajana along with special guests Folk/ Americana inspired duo Montgomery Church will perform in Fryerstown on Friday 31st March as part of a tour which traverses the east coast of Australia. Reserved Seats $25 adults, $20 concession, $15 children under 18.

Tickets at or on the night $25/$20/$15 at the door Doors: 7.00pm – Show time: 7.30pm’ At the Fryerstown Antique Fair in January Colin Aumann turned up at my stall and said he had been working on a family history, which included periods in the Fryerstown area, and he would forward a manuscript that he had prepared. In due course he sent it to Paul Gahan who was helping at the time. Paul has now passed it on to me and I am absolutely thrilled with it. We will have to spread it over at least two issues because there is quite a lot more to report on the goings-on here. But right from the word go I am sure most readers will be as fascinated with it as I was. It has been the result of considerable research - both here and overseas – to Maine, Canada, Wisconsin and New Zealand. This was an ancestor who was going places and went places! Colin Aumann writes: “Albert De Forest was the name used by Albert W. Parris when he travelled to Australia in 1851. He was aged thirty-three years old and was accompanied by an eighteen years old Ellen Temby, a Welsh born lass from Linden, Wisconsin. Shipping records indicate that Albert and Eleanor De Forest arrived as cabin passengers in Adelaide on 20th November 1851 on board the sailing ship Lysander from Plymouth, England. They spent two months in Adelaide before travelling to Melbourne and arriving there on the 30th January on board the brig Louisa. Their first child named Eleanor De Forest was born in Melbourne in April 1852. Albert was born as Albert Whitman Parris on 11th February 1818 in Paris, Oxford County, Maine formerly Massachusetts. Albert had a very privileged upbringing, as his father was Maine Governor Albion Keith Parris and mother Sarah Whitman. Albert attended Bowdoin College in 1831 and graduated in 1835. After graduating, Albert studied law and was admitted to the bar. He was appointed a Clerk in the office of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in the War Department in Washington, DC in 1837 and held this position until 1841. During his time in Indian Affairs he married Sarah Elizabeth Smoot on 21st May 1838 and had one son named Edward Keith Parris born in 1840 in Washington, DC. Albert and his family moved westward to Dane County, Wisconsin in January 1842 where he was appointed a Notary Public for the county. He was only 24 years old when he became a Probate Judge in May 1842. He was also a Supreme Court Commissioner in Dane County, before taking on the role of Register of the Land Office at Muscoda in September 1842. Muscoda was a town that resulted mainly from land speculation by Wisconsin Governor Doty, but was poorly located and the Land Office, which was previously at Mineral Point, was returned there. Albert and Sarah’s second son Samuel Albert was born at Muscoda in 1842. Albert moved to the Land Office at Mineral Point in Iowa County in January 1843. He worked in that role up until June 1849, before being replaced by a Whig supporter who politically aligned with the President. During Albert’s

More of Julie Hough’s Fryerstown Fair photos


time working in the Land Office at Mineral Point, he and Sarah had two daughters, Sarah Elizabeth born in July 1844 and Helen born in 1849. Albert was a democrat and attended their congressional conventions in Wisconsin. Albert was also a member of the Miners Lodge at Mineral Point and in July 1849 he was appointed Deputy District Grand Master of District No. 6 for the IOOF of Wisconsin. Albert started his own business of Attorney at Law & Land Agent in June 1849 at Mineral Point. His main areas of specialization were business law and land transactions. A year later Albert was in partnership with Samuel Crawford who also was a member of the Miners Lodge at Mineral Point and four years later became a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice. In 1850 a young sixteen years old woman by the name of Ellen Temby was on two US Census taken a month apart in Iowa County, Wisconsin. First in July, Ellen was with lawyer A.W. Parris and his family at Mineral Point and then in August with her parents Peter and Hannah Temby at nearby Linden. The partnership of Crawford and Parris Lawyers was advertised weekly in the Wisconsin Tribune up until late July 1851, but was changed to Crawford when it was apparent that Albert was no longer in Mineral Point or Wisconsin. Evidently by this time, Albert and Ellen had formed their own partnership, which was to last for 22 years until Eleanor’s death in August 1873. It was feared that Albert W. Parris was murdered in 1851, and in 1853 in the US Parliament a petition was tabled on behalf of his wife Sarah Elizabeth Parris seeking money owed to Albert by the US Government be released to her. The news that Albert was alive and well and living in Australia must have been a shock and hurtful to his mother as shown by her will dated 1861, in which she wrote that Albert was to inherit $1. Albert’s mother Sarah outlived him anyway and so she kept her $1. Albert and Sarah’s four children were to inherit the sum of two thousand dollars between them. After arriving in Melbourne in January 1852, nothing is known of Albert or Eleanor, but in 1854 they were at Campbell’s Creek near Castlemaine, which is on the Victorian Goldfields. Their first-born child Eleanor who was born in Melbourne in April 1852 had recently died and a second child named Eva De Forest was born in 1854. Albert recorded on Eva’s birth registration that he and Eleanor Temby had married on the 12th May 1851 in Galena, Illinois. Childbirth records, indicated that Albert’s

occupation was a labourer at Campbells Creek. Over the next ten years from 1854, Albert was a miner at Castlemaine, and then for most of this time was a miner at Fryers Creek and Fryerstown. During this period, his partner Eleanor Temby gave birth to seven children named: Alfred, twins Albert and Eleanor, Benjamin, George Washington, Mary and Clara Agnes. In October 1864, Albert renewed his membership with the Freemasons at Loddon Lodge in Fryerstown. However, it was not until 1865 that Albert began to show in public that he had higher education. In February 1865, he was appointment Secretary of the Burke and Wills Mechanics Institute at Fryerstown - which was built as a memorial to the ill-fated explorers, and housed a library and reading room that was available to the public through subscription. He was also appointed Head Teacher at the new Glenluce Common School in August 1865 and along with a few others conducted penny readings at the school house in the evenings to furnish improvements to the school. He also applied for 10 acres of Crown Land at Glenluce in 1865 and started paying annual rents to the Fryers District Road Board. At Glenluce, Albert and Eleanor had two children named Arthur and Caroline. Arthur died on the day he was born and was buried at Glenluce. Albert opened the first Post Office at Glenluce in early 1868, and became a naturalized British subject there. He was also appointed Deputy Register of Births and Deaths in the Fryers district of Glenluce in 1868, a position he held until his departure in April 1870. He registered his daughter Caroline’s birth there in December 1869. He also had one acre of land set aside on his north-west boundary for a Wesleyan Church. The Church was built next to the school in 1868. John Temby provided a major loan towards the construction costs of the Church and was most likely a distant cousin of Eleanor Temby.” To be continued in the next issue... Kay Thorne.

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Concert in Fryerstown Award winning Australian singer/songwriter, storyteller, guitarist and banjoist Alesa Lajana along with special guests Folk/Americana inspired duo Montgomery Church will perform in Fryerstown on Friday 31st March as part of a tour which traverses the east coast of Australia. Lajana’s debut album, Celtic Gypsy, was released by ABC Classics in 2008 and she is the winner of a Queensland Music Award for Best World Music Song. For the last eight years, Alesa has travelled the dusty highways of this country, collating stories from post European contact history and setting them to music. The resulting new album, Frontier Lullaby, tells the tales of this wild and epic adventure, leading listeners on a heartfelt journey through shadowy chapters of Australian history. The album features collaborations with multi Grammy award winner Bela Fleck, ARIA winners Amy Saunders and Julian Curwin, Australian song writing icon and Order of Australia recipient Shane Howard, and iconic session players Kirk Lorange and Luke Moller. From the trials and tribulations of colonisation, to tranquil musical renderings of stunning Australian landscapes and natural wonders, every song and story is told in exquisite detail. Not only is Frontier Lullaby a triumph in the musical sense, it also holds quiet but important historical significance within its carefully crafted lyrics. Hailing from Cooma, NSW, Cielle Montgomery and James Church are fast becoming known for their captivating stage presence and ability to move audiences with their powerful harmonies, skilful acoustic instrumentation on dobro and acoustic guitar, well-crafted original songs and undeniable chemistry. Influenced by greats such as Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Tim O’Brien, and Patty Griffin, this is a musical pairing not to be missed. Cielle and James toured extensively throughout 2016, playing numerous sold out shows and festivals including Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Hill End Arts Festival, Escape ArtFEST, Tamworth Country Music Festival as well as appearing at Woodford Folk Festival. Plans for 2017 already include appearances at the National Folk Festival and St Albans Folk Festival. Off the back of her 2016 debut Walking Free EP

release, Cielle received widespread radio airplay and was announced as a Finalist in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. Don’t miss this very special event, taking place at the old Fryerstown School, 5 Camp Street, Fryerstown from 7.30pm. Tickets cost $25 adult, $20 concession and $15 children under 18 years old and are available at www. or at the door on the night. “Alesa Lajana is a storyteller in the highest order” (Rhythms Magazine) “Displays a restraint, humility and soulfulness found all too rarely in trad folk and roots music” (Rolling Stone)

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Chewton Domain Society Management Committee There was a full agenda at the February CDS Management Committee meeting with some items being discussed and then deferred to the March meeting for further action. Bettie Exon’s resignation as CDS secretary and as a committee member of the Chewton Chat and Monster Meeting Subcommittees was read out and the committee acknowledged the contribution that Bettie had made since joining the CDS in 2002 and becoming secretary in 2003. A letter of thanks by the newly appointed secretary, Marie Jones, to be sent to Bettie acknowledging her contribution as well as her best wishes to the CDS. A review of the CDS subcommittees and policies will take place over the next few months in line with the CDS Constitution including People and Places/ Collection, Chewton Chat, Monster Meeting, Public Art and Property Management. An application for a grant has been submitted to the Public Records Office for funding to employ a professional archivist to advise on the best way to organise, develop and display the significant collection materials. Archiving of the CDS records was also discussed. The treasurer reported that the Federal Government grants supporting volunteers is nearly ready to acquit with resources being purchased to equip the kitchen. Cate Freeman’s generous donation of $1,000.00 has been earmarked to support the website project. More information is to be sought about the MASC Heritage Advisory Committee with a view to ensuring Chewton representation and to report findings to next Committee meeting. A nomination for John Ellis to fill the vacancy on the newly created CDS Management Committee vacancy was approved. The report from the Monster Meeting Subcommittee indicated that the DELWP land acquisition has been successful with an event to be held at the site on Saturday 4th March to celebrate this final piece of land reverting to public ownership and eventually becoming part of the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. This is yet another indication of the support of the local MP Marie Edwards and the Victorian Government for recognition of the historical/cultural importance of the 1851 Monster Meeting of Diggers. The Chewton Chat report noted that there are some great advertisers and supporters out there. With the recent withdrawal of paper donation and two ads, a review of the management of how the Chat is made available to the community will be made. Recent half page advertisements

for state government messaging have been suplemented by new advertisers coming on board. The website is kicking along and planning to going live in April. It has been constructed by Green Graphics and is now being managed by Beverley Bloxham. Community groups and businesses are being contacted at present. Listings for businesses will be possible with discounts for Chat advertisers. Additionally, a limited number of advertisers (5 app.) can advertise on a changing banner on the pages of the site, This advertising will be reviewed 6 months after going live.. MASC Community Plan forum on March 9th is to be reported on at the next meeting – all community plans are currently being reviewed with the recommendation that the Chewton Community Plan review include Cr. Henderson. It was noted that the CDS will be 20 years old in March. Because the website and Welcome to Chewton is due to be launched in April, and as several people are involved in the Castlemaine State Festival, it was suggested that we delay major celebration to the 21st birthday in 2018.

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Winning Anthem strains and medals delight the cheering crowd Another hero is installed to make the nation proud Winning now is everything and losers have no place Victory means mastery, defeat brings raw disgrace Past winners are forgotten as time erodes their art New faces on the podium, celebrations soon restart Whatever happened to the thought of honour in defeat? Whoever said that second best was equal to dead-beat? Our history is spattered with deeds of heroes past Image never shattered by how their role was cast Cook in the Endeavour - Simpson at Lone Pine Kelly at Glenrowan - The Breaker shot in line It seems such adulation of heroes now long gone Heralds Anzac celebration as a modern carry-on While conceding the absence of live heroes in our midst We try to fill the vacuum with commemoration lists. Perhaps, we should seek to anoint our heroes of today With some everlasting balm to shield them from decay As well perhaps we might explore the fibre of our being To dim the glare of celebrity that blinds our social seeing Meanwhile, I go on hoping, before entering eternal bliss To hear one voice inviting “Come, celebrate my near miss” Noel Tennison. (Olympic Games 2012 - when gold seemed to elude us)

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The school year has started with the enthusiasm I have grown to expect from our school community. With enrolments now over 70 space is at a premium however, but we do all still fit and we have been able to keep class numbers low for all key learning areas. We welcome two new staff members to our team. Heather is a very experienced teacher with specific skills in reading. She will be working 2 days a week with staff and students to assist in the planning and implementation of a re-vamped reading program. Renee is teaching our new class that shares their room with the library space. This is Renee’s first teaching position and it is fantastic to watch her enthusiasm and the way she is able to connect with her students. As always, a highlight of the first few weeks has been our hugely successful swimming program. We aim for 10 days, however the younger children missed some sessions due to cold weather, something that has not been an issue in the past few years. We now have two qualified swim teachers on staff and they really worked the children hard with an emphasis on survival skills. Our aim has always been to have every child that completes grade 6 being able to have sufficient skills to keep themselves safe in deep water.

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In the week before school went back, I was contacted by the department informing me that our ‘Shelter in Place’ building did not have all of the fire protection works completed for the start of the school year. I was informed that we needed to develop an off-site evacuation plan and change our school closure days to include ‘Extreme’ as well as ‘Code Red’ fire danger ratings. This is not a simple process and involved many policy changes and new emergency procedures. I was well supported by David Button, our local fire brigade captain, and am confident that we have a manageable plan in place where we will

be bussing from our school site to Castlemaine should a bushfire threat occur. Even when works are completed on our building, I have been informed that this should now be considered as a place of last resort. We are all hopeful that this is a plan that is never put to the test. One of the programs that has continued to build strength at our school is that of student leadership. After our first meeting, the children got straight to work on plans for this term. We have sport, welfare, biodiversity and sustainability as team leading. The sporting team ran the swimming sports and the welfare team have planned activities for ‘World Sleep Day’. The biodiversity team is building a wicking garden bed and the sustainability team is re-educating staff and students on energy and water conservation. As per the photo, we have two new school captains, Kate and Nathan. It is great to see our older students so enthusiastic about leading new ideas.

In the last Chat I put out a call for unused key boards. Our music teacher is part of a ‘Music for All’ program this year and we need 10 keyboards to make it work. We are happy to buy them or you may be prepared to lend them to us for the year. We have a parent group interested in promoting our ‘Arts’ program in the community so I am sure you will hear and see more from us in the near future. Julie.

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Real Estate Round Up With lots of people flocking to the Castlemaine State Festival this month, it could be an excellent time to have property for sale as people gaze at the real estate windows contemplating a tree change. So here is the round up for March. Cantwell Real Estate: • 77 Adelaide Street, Large allotment, 1932sqm, charming views, all services and current planning permit. Reduced to $159,000 • 231B Main Road, Large 2169sqm block, well fenced, current planning permit, all services connected. Includes restored Melbourne tram. Reduced to $198,000 • 197 Main Road, One bedroom miners cottage on a compact allotment, originally built as a shop, this home retains coved ceilings, lining boards and dado. $259,000 • 1/40 Madigans Road, craftsman built, off-grid, character home on 14.5 acres in the Bushlands with space for 6 vehicles. $248,000 • 1 Sparks Road, 58 hectares on the edge of the Bushland. Reduced to $480,000 Cassidy Real Estate: • Nil at Chewton Castlemaine Property Group: • 227 Main Rd, immaculate, comfortable 3 bedroom home with light filled living areas, established gardens and secure fencing. This home has a lovely outlook across the historical environs of Forest Creek. $465,000 • 12 Old Settlers Rd. This 4 bedroom, 2 level stone and timber home is on 6 acres in the charming Chewton Bushlands. This property offers an environmental lifestyle with a substantial solar system and large dam.


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The home boasts many quality features and finishes as well as sweeping verandahs, mud brick workshop and separate studio. $635,000 • 26 Pitman Street, large residential allotment of 1960sqm, access to services and located on a sealed road. $139,000 • 23 Archers Road, light filled contemporary home designed around environmental principles, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with professionally designed gardens and spectacular views, $740,000 Keogh Real Estate: • 63 Pitman St, spacious 4 bedroom hardiplank home set on approximately one acre. There are 3 living spaces, plenty of storage and 2 carports. $400,000 • 546 Pyrenees Highway, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern house set on a level 4000sqm allotment. $399,000 Waller Realty: • 20 Steel St, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in which a renovation has been started but left in an incomplete state. The large 6100 sqm town zoned block offers an opportunity for subdivision (STCA). Other features include established oak trees and fruit trees and a cellar. To be auctioned on Sat 25th March at 11.00am • 278 Golden Point Road, Low maintenance 2 bedroom, 2 storey barn style home on half an acre. $398,000 • 195 Main Road, Modern, stylish 3 bedroom home on compact allotment. $379,000 • 86 Fryers Rd, Neat and tidy 3 bedroom cottage on ¼ acre overlooking Chewton wetlands. $305,000 • 2/85 Main Road, 570sqm elevated lot with cleared area for a house, close to all facilities, with access to all services, $110,000 • 173 Main Road, renovated 1800s miners cottage right in the middle of town, 2 bedrooms and terraced rear gardens, $329,000 The Estate Agent, Ballarat: • 103 Golden Point Road, Spacious and comfortable 3 bedroom home with additional one bedroom unit. $489,000 For Sale By Owner: • 734 Pyrenees Highway, large family home with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an indoor pool and recreation room. Set on over 1 hectare of maintained grounds, $649,000 • 50A Fryers Rd, 1982sqm vacant elevated allotment with views, planning permit, sewer and power connected, water and phone available, $125,000 • 180 Main Road, 425sqm of vacant land. Neat, flat block with services connected and planning permit. It has an attractive northern aspect bordering crown land with bike and walking paths. $105,000 • 60 Fryers Rd, Quality built passive energy 3 bedroom home overlooking parklands. $598,000 Jackie McMaster.

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what’s on? The big news this month is the Castlemaine State Festival from 17 to 26 March. With more than 70 performances, there’s sure to be something for everyone. For all details and to buy tickets or volunteer, go to The Castlemaine Makers Market is held on the first Sunday of every month. At the heart of the market is a desire to showcase and grow the rich community of independent artists and makers from across the Goldfields region. The more than 70 makers each month range from painters, ceramicists, clothing designers, photographers, jewellery-makers, blacksmiths, leather crafters and crocheters. Upcoming dates: Sunday 5th March, 9am-2pm Sunday 2nd April, 9am-2pm Sunday 7th May, 9am-2pm Location: Western Reserve, Forest St. Castlemaine Further info: Castlemaine Art Museum: John Nixon: EPW, 17 March – 25 June. Presenting a recent selection from John Nixon’s Experimental Painting Workshop, the artist’s ongoing interrogation of the essence of painting. The Falkner Gallery: Sarah Ormonde and John Wolseley, ‘Dry Sand, Wet Mud, Moving Earth’. 16 March to 21st May. Ceramics, paintings and prints with the opening by novelist Alex Miller 3pm Friday 17 March. Robert Marnika, ‘Quadrumiki – Fisherman Of The Soul’, photography. Introduction by Italian writer Mariella Lancia – 3pm Saturday 18 March Falkner Gallery open 11 – 5pm daily during the Castlemaine State Festival.

​Our towns through visitors’ eyes When I was planning a trip away for five weeks, a major consideration was finding someone to look after my lovely dog, Pumpkin, and hopefully house-sit as well. Luckily, some old friends from Queensland, Vicky and Doug, were looking for a place to stay a while in Victoria and the timing was right for all of us. Vicky and Doug are talented, prolific and influential artists using the photographic medium for their considerable body of work. Those who are members of the Castlemania Facebook page may have seen some of Vicky and Doug’s work shared from their page, Nocturne: castlemaine+chewton. Doug and Vicky create a Nocturne project wherever they find themselves for a short while: it is their way of documenting the places as well as getting involved in the community. They welcome people to add reminiscences to their photos on Facebook so that the project can become a dialogue with the people who live there. Check out their page and add your memories. Follow this link to find all of the Nocturne projects Vicky and Doug have created. The artist duo of Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper have been artists, teachers and commentators on the art and

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practice of photography and books for many years. Both have taught and lectured nationally and internationally on the cyanotype process and also their other passion of artists’ books and photobooks. Their art is created in response to living within the constantly changing urban and natural environment. When working on personal work or commissions, they immerse themselves in the history and contemporary knowledge of each location. For Spowart+Cooper, photography in all its many forms from analogue to digital is both the documentary record and creative medium for their site-specific work. Their individual and collaborative book works have been exhibited, won awards and been selected for inclusion in juried exhibitions and competitions. Their works have been acquired for the artists’ books, rare book and manuscript collections of the National Library of Australia, the State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria and the Mitchell Library in Sydney. Their photographs are held in numerous public & private collections. Victoria and Doug have both completed PhD studies based on philosophical and theoretical considerations

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in their art practice. Since completing these studies they have continued their academic research activities and have each received separate Siganto Foundation Artists Book Research Fellowships in the Australian Library of Art at the State Library of Queensland. Victoria Cooper PhD and holds the following AIPP credentials – APP.L, M.Photog, Hon.FAIPP. Doug Spowart  PhD and holds the following AIPP credentials – APP.L, M.Photog, Hon.FAIPP, FAIPP.

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Golden Point Landcare Starting this month, Castlemaine Library will be hosting free Philosophy in the Library sessions on the first Thursday of every month. Chewton’s Michael Smith will give the first talk on Thursday, March 2, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Saul and David, the first two Kings of Israel, around 1000 BC. Michael will speak on how the story around David brings together Islam, Christianity and the Hebrew Bible, a “reminder that we are all linked”. “We admire Michelangelo’s David and we sing the Christmas carol Once in Royal David’s City but few people realise David is an important prophet and messenger in Islam, mentioned some 16 times in the Quran,” Michael said. He will also discuss how the story around David and Saul’s son, Jonathan, can be seen as “an example of a sacred blessing of same-sex love” and how the composer Handel, in his opera, Saul, uses a progression of keys to “merge us as One”. Castlemaine Library Programs Officer Jess Saunders says she has started the Philosophy in the Library sessions after their continued success over a number of years at the Bendigo Library. “I could see that this format of having a knowledgeable presenter speaking about a philosophical topic or theory, and then discussing this with the audience, would be something that the community in Castlemaine would enjoy,” Jess said. “I believe it has the potential to evolve from strictly philosophical topics to a broader discussion on political, ethical, spiritual and social issues - a regular salon-style event whose purpose is to discuss and debate questions that are relevant, controversial and current.” Michael is producing/directing a performance of the Handel’s Saul on Sunday, March 19, at 2.30pm, at Mica Grange, Sutton Grange, featuring a cast and crew of more than 60 people, including the Melbourne Bach Choir, the 20-piece Victorian Chamber Ensemble, leading opera singers and conductor Rick Prakhoff. Bookings www. . Bookings are required for the Philosophy in the Library session too, and can be made at

If you would like to see a sample of the Forest Creek signs, temporary ones will be on the Monster Meeting post for the event on Saturday 4th - the permanent ones will be ready soon. And we’ll be doing our usual Clean up Australia Day session on Sunday 5th March starting at 10 am at Expedition Pass Reservoir carpark. BYO gloves and dress for whatever the weather turns out to be!!! Further details Jennifer Pryce on 0423 900 590. The Landcare Link-up in February was focused on cultural awareness and the ways Landcare groups and Dja Dja Wurrung can work together to care for and manage our natural environments. Held at Yapenya (aka Mount Barker), a property owned by the Dja Dja Wurrung people, where Jida Gulpilil, a Director of Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation led a walk to the stone arrangement there and talked about Dja Dja Wurrung culture and land management.

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Mount Alexander Mail, Thursday 15 March 1917 CHEWTON PATRIOTIC FAIR - £200 EXPECTED TO BE RAISED QUEEN COMPETITION REALISES £144 - MISS LINDA CRIBBES WINS. The Chewton Patriotic Fair held on Saturday afternoon, and opened by the Hon. H. S. W. Lawson (Minister of Education), proved very successful, the attendance being very large. The effort was a combined one in aid of the State School Patriotic Fund and the local Red Cross. The school grounds looked very gay and business like with the various stalls, under the capable management of the following: Fancy stall, Mesdames White and BillyeaId, assisted by Miss Wood; plain work stand, Mesdames Carman and F. Elliott assisted by Misses Elliott and Carman; produce stall, Mesdames O’Grady and Watkins, and Miss Moloughney; sweet and cake stall, Mesdames Veal, Dennis and J. Cribbes, assisted by Misses Elliott; refreshments, Mesdames G. Cribbes, Dickenson and Curtayne; flower stall, Misses E. Cribbes and M. Purches; ice cream stall, Mr J. McMillan, assisted by Mrs McMillan and Miss Harmer; hoop-la, Messrs. O’Grady and Gilmour; shooting gallery, Messrs. Schreck and O. Archbold; bran dips for children, Misses M. Penney and H. Elliott. All the stalls showed to great advantage the cordial spirit of the workers and numerous donors. The I.O.R. Lodge, under the management of Mr and Mrs J. Jones, with their many supporters, presented the proceeds of their jumble stall, which added the sum of £15/6 to the effort. They are to be complimented on their splendid donation. The executive committee, president, Mr Cousen, H.T., vice-president, Mr G. Cribbes, joint hon. secretaries, Mrs Elliott and Miss Parker, hon. treasurer, Mr J. McMillan, worked most energetically for the success of the fair. The juvenile queen competition closed in the evening, with the splendid sum of £144/2/8. The result was : — Miss Linda Cribbes, “Queen of the Flowers,” 11,403 votes (£47/10/3). Miss Frances Carman, “Queen of Industry,” 8966 votes (£37/7/2). Miss Eileen O’Grady. “Queen of Peace,” 8896 votes (£37/1/4).


Miss lsmay Ottery, “Queen of Victory.” 5327 votes (£22/3/11). After the concert and crowning of the Queen on the 4th April, the committee hope to reach at least £200. The attendance of the Foundry Band, the Senior Cadets, and Cadet Band, the juvenile Red Cross nurses, and the gaily dressed little folk, the tiny lady of 100 years ago, greatly added to the spectacular view, and showed prominently the patriotic spirit of the boys and girls. Mount Alexander Mail, Friday 16 March 1917 At the Patriotic Fair on Saturday afternoon the Hon. H. S. W. Lawson presented Private William McCance with a shaving outfit from the citizens of Chewton, and in a highly complimentary speech praised him for his manly action in volunteering for the defence of home and country. Private McCance is the fifth son of a widowed mother to enlist. His brother Jack was killed at Gallipoli, and his brothers, Robert, Oliver, and Sylvester, are fighting at the front. Mrs McCance has reason to be proud of her boys. Glen Harrison.

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Milestones to mark... The Chewton Domain Society was officially incorporated on the 8th January 1997 with the official title transfer from Mount Alexander Shire Council to the CDS made at a ceremony on Domain Day in March that year. The CDS was formed to manage the heritage listed properties of the Post Office and the Town Hall as well as the adjoining park with a management committee elected to do this on behalf of its members. Its constitution was registered as required by Consumer Affairs and, subsequently, a revised constitution based on the Consumer Affairs Model Rules was adopted in October 2013 with the original Statement of Purposes maintained. One of the things to do on the priority list for this year is to record the story of the evolvement of the CDS and its Management Committee members to add to the collection for future reference. As January 8th has already come and gone, perhaps a celebration of 21 years could be planned for next year?

FAMILY NOTICES Bendigo Independent, Monday 5 March 1917 Still another respected citizen has died, Mr. Jeremiah Archbold, of Chewton having succumbed to the after-effects of an operation for stomach trouble, performed some days ago at Nurse Curlewis’ private hospital. He was a leading resident of Chewton since the early days, and he and his sons were well known all over the eastern part of Australia as metallurgists and buyers of mineral residues. He was an ardent Methodist, and had been a councillor of the since defunct Chewton Borough Council. The unexpected death of such a worthy and highly respected resident caused a great gloom over the community. A widow and grown-up family remain. He was 72 years of age, and came to the district 60 years ago with his parents. A family of two married daughters and six sons remain, in addition to his widow. One son is on at active service, one at Brighton, one in New South Wales, and two at Chewton, one being Cr. O. Archbold, of the Metcalfe Shire. Mount Alexander Mail, Monday 5 March 1917 Word was received here yesterday of the death in Ballarat that afternoon, of Mr James Martin, who some years ago, was editor of the “M. A. Mail”. He was a native of the Chewton district, and for close on 20 years was on the library staff of the “Mail,” leaving Castlemaine to join the staff of the “Age.” After leaving the “Age” he was connected with several country and metropolitan journals. A few years ago he purchased a printing business at Ballarat East which he successfully conducted up to the time of his death. Particulars of his illness were not available when we went to press but it is stated that an operation was performed on him during the week. He was a fine type of citizen and an excellent journalist, and his death will be sincerely regretted by many warm friends in this district. He leaves a widow and a son to mourn their loss, Mrs Martin being sister to Mrs D. A. Ireland and Mr G. Lane of this town. Glen Harrison.



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Post Office Hill walk Castlemaine District Community Health’s next monthly walking tour will be at Chewton’s Old Post Office Hill on Wednesday 29th of March at 10am. Post Office Hill was named after Chewton’s original post office; a tent with a bark and timber kitchen. Find out about this fascinating area, by attending this tour which will be led by Ian O’Halloran, a local with a strong interest in the history, geology and flora of this area. The walk will also be attended by a small group of Grade 4 students from Chewton Primary School. All are welcome to attend this free walk, and bookings are not required. Meet at Chewton Primary School Car Park at 10am for this gentle one hour walking tour. The walk is cancelled in the event of heavy rain or Code Red Day, and students will not attend if the event falls on a Total Fire Ban Day. Phone Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 for further information.

FOBIF Walk These walks are on Sundays, they are free and nonmembers are welcome. Meet at 9.30am outside 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine (Continuing Ed.) and carpool to the start of the walk. Bring water, morning tea and lunch. Walks usually finish mid afternoon. Walks are cancelled on Total Fire Ban days in the area. For more information ring Bronwyn Silver on 5475 1089, Jeremy Holland on 5472 4821 or Julie Hurley on 5472 5082.

19 March Mt Alexander West Walk This walk explores the west side of Mt Alexander. Mostly off-track, walking across grasslands and through open Manna Gum Forest dotted with granite boulders. We will visit an abandoned granite quarry with its associated infrastructure. There will be up-hill sections with some scrambling across granite, rewarded with great views back to Castlemaine. 8 – 10 km. For more information contact Lionel Jenkins & Barbara Guerin on 5472 1994.

We need friendly people with an appreciation of Chewton’s history, who are prepared to give 3 hours one Saturday or Sunday each month. Please ring Allan Dry 54723385 if you would like to be part of the team.


Celebrate International Women’s Day How will you be #BeBoldForChange? Come along to a free afternoon tea and hear from inspirational women as part of the local celebrations for International Women’s Day on 8 March. This year’s theme is Be Bold For Change (#BeBoldForChange) to help forge a more inclusive and gender equal working world. Everyone is invited to come together and celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. “Everyone has a part to play in helping drive better outcomes for women – in our local towns and cities, and around the globe,” said Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Sharon Telford. “This is a great day to get together and learn what’s happening in our own shire to create a more gender inclusive community. We are also asking everyone to think about how you will be bold for change.” Hear celebrated local author Robyn Annear and Mount Alexander Young Citizen of the Year Meaghan Ferguson talk about their bold moments in driving change. Enjoy afternoon tea and refreshments, along with entertainment by local mum’s group MaCappela Singers and face painting for kids at this family friendly event.

International Women’s Day Celebration 4.00pm – 5.00pm, Wednesday 8 March Ray Bradfield Room, enter near supermarket car park near Victory Park, Castlemaine. For more information or to register your #BeBoldForChange action visit Following the afternoon tea, head to the Castlemaine Library and hear local author Ian Braybrook talk about the unconventional, artistic and bohemian Trentham doctor, and subject of his book, Gweneth Wisewould. Doctor Wisewould was a generous and determined woman who moved to Trentham in 1938 and served as the town’s doctor right up until the day she died in 1972. Gweneth Wisewould: Outpost Doctor 5.00pm – 6.00pm, Wednesday 8 March Castlemaine Library, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine Bookings at Taken from a Press Release.

Connect at Camp Out on the Mount Connect with nature and learn more about local cultural heritage at this year’s ‘Camp Out on the Mount’. Coordinated by Connecting Country on the first weekend of April at the Leanganook Camping Ground on Mount Alexander, an impressive suite of talks and children’s activities are on offer. In the past, this event has attracted a large crowd to share in the joys of eradicating weed pine trees. However, volunteers have already done such a good job that this time campers will be able to celebrate with a range of engaging activities for all. On the morning of Saturday the 1st April you are invited to set up your camp site ahead of a Welcome to Country by a local Dja Dja Wurrung elder. There will be children’s environmental activities with Parks Victoria and Aboriginal cultural activities with Aunty Julie McHale, while a small group of ‘pine assassins’ do further weed control on the Mount. In the afternoon, campers can listen to a talk about Aboriginal culture from local Aboriginal people and enjoy some time exploring the Mount. Dinner is BYO or bring a gold coin donation for the Harcourt Lion’s Club BBQ. In the evening, George Milford from Harcourt Valley Landcare will talk about the history of the Mount. Parks Victoria will lead a night walk ahead of zipping up tents and watching the stars twinkle as campers settle in for the night. On Sunday morning, Connecting Country’s Tanya Loos will take us on a bird and nature walk. “I’m really looking forward to kicking off the school holidays with loads of happy campers and having a fun and informative time together on beautiful Mount Alexander.” co-coordinator Asha Bannon said. Camp Out on the Mount is proudly supported by Connecting Country, Parks Victoria, Harcourt Valley Landcare Group and Friends of the Box Ironbark Forests, with funding from the Australian Government. For bookings and more information visit www. or contact Connecting Country on 5472 1594. Taken from a Press Release.


Councillor’s Chat

Hi all, Well done to the team at the Chat. Another bumper issue of course. The weather has been hot and a fair bit of wind around. We still need to be on guard against fire. It must be 12 months since I had one at my place started by using an angle grinder outside. That gave me a wake up call. Lucky escape for me. Remember it is still worth while taking fire safety precautions. Yesterday I checked two knap-sack fire extinguishers and made sure they are set to go. Always have one handy or a good supply of water when working outside. I attended Rob Chaplin’s funeral at the Leisure Centre the week before last. I thought it was a wonderful send off to a dearly loved member of the community. Rob was four months older than me so it is a reminder to all that we can’t plan to be around forever. Having spent the last seven years working at Peter Mac in East Melbourne I can tell you that smoking causes lung cancer. I have seen the results!! The message is clear to all the smokers - give up smoking now. It is never too late. Armed with this knowledge I do not understand why people smoke?? Similarly, I do not understand why it is legal to sell cigarettes. At Council we continue to be faced with difficult decisions. There are rules around how Councillors arrive at decisions and how the debate is conducted. One of the requirements is that Councillors have to make decisions that are in the best interests of all of our community. Sounds easy enough but not so easy in practise. Another requirement is that we must listen to all of the advice and the debate before arriving at a decision. That means we need to be open to ideas and information so the best possible decisions are made. Also not so easy when growing up in our community we have strong values and also community expectations. My reason for trying to explain this is that when Councillors are asked how they will vote on a particular issue they should not have come to a decision before listening to all the available information and the debate. Many of the issues that cause concern at Council relate to the planning matters. Our planners and advisors provide expert advice based on what is in the Planning Scheme. Sometimes Councillors make decisions that are contrary to advice from our planners. In these cases it may be that the Planning Scheme is out of step with community expectations or there is some broader need or precedent. We do value the advice we receive but it is up to Councillors whether we accept that advice or not. I hope this helps explain councillors’ decision-making. The Harcourt apple harvest is now in full swing. I don’t know how they do it but like all business it takes a huge effort to keep everything going and to produce first class fruit. I do wish our fruit growers and pickers a safe and bountiful harvest. Support our growers by buying local produce. Best regards to all, Tony AG Cordy 0439 742 434.

Council adopts Code of Conduct

Councillors at Mount Alexander Shire last night adopted a Councillor Code of Conduct, with each Councillor making a declaration to abide by the code before Chief Executive Officer Darren Fuzzard. The code includes statements of commitment by Councillors to the community, standards of behaviour, decision making processes, prohibited conduct and the roles of Councillors and the Mayor. Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Sharon Telford said the Code of Conduct is an important commitment for Councillors. “Councillors have worked on a series of principles to outline what we stand for, and how we will work together,” said Cr Telford. Some examples include engaging and listening to others, allocating the right resources to get the job done, as well as doing what we say we will and striving to make a positive contribution,” she said. The Local Government Act 1989 requires Council to review the Councillor Code of Conduct and adopt the amended code within four months of a general election. Taken from a Press Release.

Ageless Grace Bendigo and Castlemaine Libraries look forward to welcoming Angelina Armato to enlighten audiences on Ageless Grace, a wellness program for all ages and abilities. Ageless Grace is based on Neuroplasticity, a cutting-edge science which allows the brain and central nervous system to change form and function. This enhances the brain-body connection, ultimately fostering health and wellbeing. The program will teach participants 21 chair-based exercises to help improve a variety of physical conditions, including joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-left brain coordination, reduce stress, improve mood and self-esteem. “Angelina’s program is ideal for anyone, particularly seniors, looking for help with managing all sorts of physical ailments,” said Tammy Higgs, Goldfields Library Corporation Programs and Events Coordinator. “The program is a fun, easy and enjoyable, and is set to music to help people relax and reap the benefits.” Ageless Grace will be held during Brain Awareness Week, which is celebrated worldwide to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Ageless Grace will run at Castlemaine Library on Wednesday 15 March from 2-3pm. Bookings are required via: Taken from a Press Release.


Nominate for youth awards Do you know an outstanding or inspiring young person in Mount Alexander Shire? If you do, be sure to nominate them for the Mount Alexander 2017 Youth Awards. The youth awards celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of local young people. They are open to anyone aged between 12 and 25 who live, work, study or play in our shire.

Young people wanted If you’re aged between 12 and 25 you are probably familiar with some of the events organised by the local Youth Advisory Group (YAG) and FReeZA Committee. Events and activities such as Mondo Lounge, Battle of the Bands, Picture in the Park, Diversity Rave as well as a youth forum and leadership training were just some of the things developed and delivered by these dedicated young volunteers last year. If you are keen to be involved in planning events and activities this year, or know someone who is, YAG and FReeZA are now recruiting for new members for 2017. “FReeZA focuses on music and events and YAG focuses more on addressing local youth issues,” said Jodie Hearn, Youth Activities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council, “The groups also often work together to assist Council to identify local activities and actions that benefit young people.” The FReeZA Committee meets weekly and provides a great opportunity to gain hands-on music industry experience and learn about planning, developing and managing events. The YAG Committee meet fortnightly. Members get the chance to provide input into Council decisions and strategies and develop local youth initiatives, as well as identify opportunities and solutions on matters relevant to young people. Both committees are open to anyone aged 12 to 25. For more information on YAG or FReeZA, or to apply to the committees, go to the Young People section of Council’s website, visit the Civic Centre on the corner of Lyttleton and Lloyds Streets in Castlemaine, or email Taken from a Press Release.

The six award categories are: • Youth Leadership Award in the Workplace • Youth Leadership Award in Music and the Arts • Youth Leadership Award in Sports and Recreation • Youth Leadership Award in the Community • Youth Leadership Award in the Environment “This is a great way to recognise some of the wonderful achievements and community contribution of our shire’s young people,” said Sharon Telford, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire. “I urge anyone who knows of a young person achieving great things to submit a nomination so their efforts can be acknowledged and celebrated.” Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 17 March. The award celebrations are part of National Youth Week. Winners will be announced at a free Youth Awards Festival on Friday 31 March at Victory Park. Collect a Youth Award nomination form from the Civic Centre in Castlemaine, online at or contact Council’s Youth Development Team on 5471 1826 or email Taken from a Press Release.

Education opportunity... Connecting Country is running the the KBA Guardians training workshop on the 18th March 2017 in the off year for the Feathered Five Festival. This event is in partnership with Birdlife Australia and is intended to help build capacity through training on bird identification and assessment of habitat and threats.



2017 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival (MRSLF) is one of the region’s most important events, attracting strong support from businesses, community groups and government representatives. Hosted by the local not for profit Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group (MRSG), the festival is now in its eighth year! For the first time the Festival will be run in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market, another established initiative of the MRSG. The Farmer’s Market provides a relaxed country atmosphere and high quality, local produce. The two programs will run over the course of the day in one central location, with cross-linked topics including food localisation and sustainable agriculture. The Festival attracts visitors from Macedon Ranges, Central Victoria and Melbourne, and hosts over 60 exhibitors, speakers and demonstrators. The aim of the festival is to showcase ideas, products and practical solutions that will inspire and inform visitors so they can enjoy a sustainable lifestyle. The 2017 MRSLF has confirmed Simon Corbell, the Victorian Government’s new Renewable Energy Advocate, as key speaker on the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets (VRET) and its potential impacts on the renewable energy sector in our region. The VRET is integral to the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group’s grassroots campaign for a communityowned wind farm of state significance on the outskirts of Woodend. Visitors can learn more about this project, and the future opportunities and challenges for renewable energy in Victoria. The Festival is a great day out for the whole family in the picturesque Macedon Ranges. Exhibitors in green technology, sustainable housing design, not for profit organisations and local community groups will all be represented, as well as hands on demonstrations, workshops, film screenings and speaking forums. Live music, free kids activities, old-fashioned games, a wide selection of hot food, along with fresh local produce from the Market will make a great day out. The festival will run on Saturday March 4, 9am – 3pm, corner High and Forest Streets, Woodend. Entry is free! More information is available on the webpage at or contact Sharon 0487 444 090


26 March is Neighbour Day Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community held on the last Sunday in March every year. Its aim is to encourage closer, friendlier relationships between neighbours and to strengthen communities.


Vocal Nosh! A good sing & good food in convivial company

Sunday 2nd April at 6pm

At Newstead Community Centre

Led this month by the talented Fay White Our first sing for the year! • 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 dinner $15, concession $12, children $5, first hour only $5 Bookings by email: or phone Fay 0447 576 642

FIELD NATS VISITORS ARE WELCOME AT CLUB MEETINGS AND EXCURSIONS Fri March 10 - AGM, speaker DAMIAN KELLY: Combining Archaeology and Ecology - an exploration of Aboriginal fishing in the Murray-Darling Basin Sat March 11 - field trip Red, White and Blue Track burnt areas 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.


Five Flags Hotel 155 Main Rd Campbells Creek


* Open 7 days for Lunch and Dinner * Monday to Friday $15.00 lunch menu available *Sunday Roast *Warm cosy fires *Tab and Keno *Drive through bottleshop


8 March International Women’s Day International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through, and the accomplishments they have made despite barriers.

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ELPHO JAM SESSIONS You are invited to our monthly Jam Sessions at Elphinstone These sessions are informal get-togethers of people who want to make some music and have some fun! Aimed at the over 50’s, but open to all.

21 March

Harmony Day

Saturday Sessions (1:00pm – 4:00pm, 3rd Saturday of the month) Electric Blues, R’n’B, ‘60s, Rock & more….

This is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Thursday Sessions (10:30am – 1:00pm, 2nd Thursday of the month) Jazz, Traditional, World, Acoustic, Folk & more…. For more information:



…’s sizzling down towards Autumn

It’s not quite over yet, but we do seem to have seen off the hottest part of the year. Fingers crossed, we seem to have done it without any significant bush-fires around Mt Alexander. Last month I wrote, “A quick look around the Bureau of Meteorology web-site reveals that the weather models we have been tracking for some months now, have returned to a neutral position”. This situation remains. Neither El Niño nor La Niña-like conditions are currently expected in 2017. A return to normalcy is anticipated in terms of both rain and temperatures, with perhaps less rain than usual and slightly higher daytime temperatures. The rain we have had this month totals some 25.5 millimetres, the same as last month. Most of it came early in the month in a single 18 millimetre storm, the rest in smaller quantities throughout the month. A total of five (5) rain days throughout the month. We also had three (3) days of “Not sufficient to Record”, which means that there were spots of rain on the windscreen, but it didn’t register in the rain gauge. In terms of daytime temperatures, we usually have a February-month day-high in the early forty (40) degree range. This month is no exception. It turned up on the 10th of the month, in company with a number of days both before and after, in the high 30s. As the month progressed, it cooled off somewhat, falling to mid

to low twenties. Quite warm in the sun, a bit cool in the shade when windy. The month’s daytime average temperature was 28.6 degrees celsius, down from 32 degrees last month. We had a high of 41 degrees, on a single occasion. We also had a further thirteen days of ‘greater than thirty’, and another eleven days of ‘more than twenty’ degrees. We also had two days of less than twenty degrees celsius. The month’s mode was just 25 degrees celsius. The average overnight temperature this month was just 13.8 degrees C, and contrasts with 18.75 degrees C in January. The mode was 13 degrees C. The month’s lowest overnight temperature was just 8 degrees C. A quick inspection of the recent past years shows that the highest temperature in February was in the order of 22 degrees with an average of 14 to 16 degrees celsius. Pretty much as usual. However, the last few months have not been quite normal. It is hard to pin changes down to climate change with such a simple single-data approach as mine, but this has been an unusual summer in my vegetable garden. I have one group of four tomatoes that have produced a normal quantity of fruit, but doggedly refuse to ripen; and another group of six plants that have set very little fruit at all. Beans have not been as prolific as usual. Some suggestions have included lower overnight temperatures, others, a dearth of bees. What do you think ? John Leavesley.

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Ash Wednesday Service 6 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church Chewton. Philosophy in the Library 5.30 p.m., Castlemaine Library (see page 23). Announcement at the Monster Meeting site 11 a.m. (see page 1) and RSVP by March 1st. Chewton Community BBQ 6 p.m. (see page 2). Service at 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church Chewton. Clean Up Australia Day (see page 5). International Women’s Day (see page 26). Service at 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church Chewton. Labour Day POHAG Meeting 10 a.m., Chewton Town Hall. Castlemaine State Festival begins. Service at 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church Chewton. FOBIF walk 9.30 a.m. Mt. Alexander west walk (see page 25). CFA Car Boot sale (see page 10). Handel’s Saul Opera 2.30 p.m., Mica Grange (see page 23). Chewton Domain Society M/Come Mtg., 7.15 p.m., Chewton Town Hall. MAS Council Meeting 6.30 p.m., Castlemaine Civic Centre. Deadline for April Chewton Chat Service at 6 p.m., St John’s Anglican Church Chewton. Post Office Hill walk 10 a.m., (see page 25). Alesa Lajana Concert 7.30 p.m., Old Fryerstown School (see page 15). End of School Term 1. Folding Chewton Chat, 2.30 p.m., Chewton Town Hall.

Chewton Chat March 2017  

An invitation to a momentous event, Chewton's first pop-up shop since the gold-rush (or since the shop burnt down?), emu capturing, filming...

Chewton Chat March 2017  

An invitation to a momentous event, Chewton's first pop-up shop since the gold-rush (or since the shop burnt down?), emu capturing, filming...