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Every chapter in this book is a true and colourful picture of the uproarious days when Australia was like a great golden magnet. It consists of the recollections of pioneers on the central goldfields of Victoria, assembled from the 1880s onwards.
Perhaps nothing in Australia’s history can compare with the discovery of gold, for its impact on the population was tremendous. Men were enticed to leave their homes and employment, and travel the hazardous routes to the newly discovered goldfields in the hope of making a quick fortune.
In 1874 a woman established an enterprise high on the eastern slopes of Mount Alexander in Central Victoria. Its purpose was to grow thousands of mulberry trees, to feed silkworms, produce silk, and train women in the silk industry.
The original “Souvenir of Castlemaine and District” collection was published by Verey & Co in 1904. It was printed by the Periodicals Publishing Company, 21 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne. As the cover suggests, the original contained “26 Photographic Views” – taken around the district by Adolphus Verey. However – this little book contains 22 images.
A short history of Holy Trinity Church, Taradale 1859-1999. The first recorded Anglican services at Taradale took place in 1855 when the Reverend F G Barton, the indefatigable Incumbent of Kyneton, took two service in a room of the Taradale Hotel. In the same year he also visited the town to take religious instruction for the school children.
Thompsons’ Foundry has played a pivotal role in the economic sustainability and wellbeing of Castlemaine since it first opened its doors in1875. It would be surprising to find a family in town that hasn’t at some point had a member working there.
Time for Tea is a small collection of family recipes, all tried and true. Whether it was a family birthday party, a church fete or a school lunch stall these old favourites were trotted out time and time again. They were the staples of our childhood, and rarely was there a deviation.
The history of Victoria Police is a fascinating read. It is a tale of everything we have been, our triumphs, our failures, of good government and bad. It is a tale of thousands of men and women who have served the community, often with amazing courage and at personal cost.