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Tuesdays at the Heritage Centre sees a busy group of volunteers there from 10 to 3 and we can always find things there that make us smile - such as this leaflet with the night-cart and its dedicated following of flies! This began a discussion about the referendum and the possibility of an article in an upcoming Past Matters about how Camperdown came to be sewered and when. Not until the 1960s it seems - a long wait to get rid of those flies!!

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Fred Jolly did a great job for many years .Tough occupation.

Yes. Fred did a fantastic job Not the most pleasant job in the world

Got to Little Street about 66 in the winter.Just about every household dug the trenches from the street to the toilet.Because the trench was open for months Mum was cleaning clay out of the house for months.Jack Foster worked on the job following the big machine


This post is reprinting the Pictured Past news item from last weeks Camperdown Chronicle. Its a chance for viewers to see if they can recognise anyone from the not-so-distant past.
Hampden Cricket Team 1957-58 - Ballarat Country Week.
This photo may bring back a few memories for some readers. Or perhaps it may be a photograph of someone’s father? They were the B Grade Premiers that year. Fortunately, we have all the names.
Back row: Chris Manifold, Ron Holmes, A. Boyd, (Manager),
Harold Errey, Alan OFlarity.
Middle row: Ray Podger, Dick Roff, Peter Hindhaugh, Ray Riches.
Front row: Graham Hunter, Don Cook, Hayden Coulthard.
(Catalogue No. 4178)

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Thanks Vicki

Awe that's so gorgeous, thanks for sharing Richard Coulthard

Liz Riches

Tania Podger

Sue Halton Linda Newland

Just a quick notification that, of course, the Heritage Centre will be closed during the Victorian State Lockdown. When we have permission to reopen, you can be sure well be reopening! Meanwhile, enjoy the buggy ride! And well look forward to seeing lots of visitors - with social distancing, of course! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
PAST MATTERS - Its that time again.
After a small hiccup (like an email going out without the attachment!) the first quarterly edition of Past Matters for January has gone out to members. Those who have requested a printed edition by post will receive them when Australia Post manages to get them to you but they were posted today. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ€žπŸ€ž. Hope you enjoy your read.

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Heres an interesting puzzle. Peter Weldon contacted us and sent the following question:
I’m wondering if anybody can help me identify this solid brass medallion I dug up in our orchard which is located on site at the old Gnotuk school masters house. It’s approximately 2” diameter and approximately 1/8” thick.
Any ideas out there?

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I would agree ,my first thought was animal identification,long before such things were made of plastic and by the way my name is spelt Welding,not Weldon. Thanks for your opinions.

Cow tags were common. I have several from different local areas

Barbara Kennedy

You would know Peter.

i think it mght a cow registration badge you could go to the shire office and regester your cow to wander on the road side for a fee i rember seeing then about in the 1950 s

I believe it is an animal tag They were put on the cattle at Gnotuk by the ranger and sent north down Darlington Rd and the ranger looked after them for 2 months then bought back to Gnotuk for their owners This was in the 30’s

I wonder if it's an animal tag of some sort? (Something like an ear tag today)


The Robert Burns World Federation will be holding a virtual Burns Supper in honour of the bards birthday. It will be held on Saturday, 23rd January and their invitation says: 
We have a special message which will be delivered at that occasion. You dont want to miss it!
We understand the our own Dr John Menzies has already been recorded playing his bagpipes for the world-wide occasion - to be used to pipe in the special guest.
Members from Australia can attend this virtual event at 6 am AEST on Sunday 24th.
(We assume the supper will be BYO hagggis!)
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