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GRAND OPENING FOR OUR GRANDSTAND!
Originally built in 1902, the Camperdown Grandstand hosted many hundreds of racegoers over many years. Then, in 2004 it was deemed to be structurally unsafe, closed to public use and earmarked for demolition. This is when the Grandstand Restoration Committee was formed and this band of enthusiasts has worked tirelessly until this year to engineer a complete restoration.
On Saturday 19th January at the Camperdown Cup, the grand opening will take place and once again the public can enjoy sitting in the stand with a grand view of the racetrack.
Congratulations to the team for finally achieving their goal! We look forward to admiring the wonderful iron lace and trying out the seats. See you there!
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GRAND OPENING FOR OUR GRANDSTAND!
Originally built in 1902, the Camperdown Grandstand hosted many hundreds of racegoers over many years. Then, in 2004 it was deemed to be structurally unsafe, closed to public use and earmarked for demolition. This is when the Grandstand Restoration Committee was formed and this band of enthusiasts has worked tirelessly until this year to engineer a complete restoration. 
On Saturday 19th January at the Camperdown Cup, the grand opening will take place and once again the public can enjoy sitting in the stand with a grand view of the racetrack.
Congratulations to the team for finally achieving their goal! We look forward to admiring the wonderful iron lace and trying out the seats. See you there!Image attachment

 

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This is fabulous .. congratulations! My grandfather Stewart Woolley was curator of the racecourse back in the 30’s... my dad Jim (now aged 95) lived in the house there growing up. Fond memories.

Beautiful and great work from those involved bringing history to life rather than the easy route of demolition

It looks fabulous! Thanks to the hard workers who saved an iconic part of history! Congratulations!

Neil Aird, Margaret Elvey, Janet Aird, Scot Aird, Mark Aird, Julie McNamara

Gerard Ryan

Wow looks great

Looks great.

The stand looks great in photos, can't wait to see it on Saturday. Congratulations to all involved in all the hard work on the restoration work

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1939 Camperdown Chronicle... some more headlines... just for fun 😀 major oversight on first one... no mention of training the husband! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Maybe that's the answer !

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1939 articles from Camperdown Chronicle. Merle and Sue find some gems to share... aphorisms and a set of new teeth at 90! There's now much discussion over coursetry... there's much merriment on Tuesdays! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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So interesting 😁

Being from the Spokes Clan if thing any comes up on the Clan would love to hear about it

Fixing the scanned texts of the Camperdown Chronicles in Trove is really interesting and rewarding. You can focus on areas of interest such as your own family, an interest area or an organisation.

A NEW YEAR AND A QUESTION OF HISTORY - ASKING FOR YOUR MEMORIES
In 1961 there existed a Camperdown Aquatic Club, and three of the top water skiers of that time were Norma Gordon, Rhonda Dennis and Rosemary Dupleix - pictured here in all their glory. There were exhibitions, competitions, many boats and many skiers and swimmers in Lake Bullen Merri. There was also a diving board.
In 2019 at Lake Bullen Merri, we have Blue-Green Algae. There are no boats and no swimmers.
We are interested to find out from Camperdownians who remember that time what their memories are of the incidence of blue-green algae in the lake. Was it a regular occurrence? If so, was it ignored? Or not noticed?
Please share this post and let's know what your memories are of Lake Bullen Merri back then.
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A NEW YEAR AND A QUESTION OF HISTORY - ASKING FOR YOUR MEMORIES
In 1961 there existed a Camperdown Aquatic Club, and three of the top water skiers of that time were Norma Gordon, Rhonda Dennis and Rosemary Dupleix - pictured here in all their glory. There were exhibitions, competitions, many boats and many skiers and swimmers in Lake Bullen Merri. There was also a diving board.
In 2019 at Lake Bullen Merri, we have Blue-Green Algae. There are no boats and no swimmers. 
We are interested to find out from Camperdownians who remember that time what their memories are of the incidence of blue-green algae in the lake. Was it a regular occurrence? If so, was it ignored? Or not noticed?
Please share this post and lets know what your memories are of Lake Bullen Merri back then.Image attachment

 

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Thanks Aileen. I hope you're the start of a lot of information about this.

Used to swim in it early/mid 70’s and “camouflage “ ourselves in it even though we we told not to. North shore. Still kicking.

Sailing with C.A.C from 1970. Dad, (Ken) was president at one stage from memory, as far as I know the honor-boards of C.A.C are still stored in the watch-tower of the old clubrooms. Ski-boat racing was a yearly event. They had a floating ski-jump around then too. There was a floating pontoon moored about 100metres from the shore on the east end of south beach for the more adventurous swimmers. The best playground equipment in the shire by far. Was a magnificent place to spend ones youth at 😎 Algae...... Not a yearly event but usualy every 2nd or so for starters. 1973 was the worst I can recall it, that year it hung around all summer and was a heavy pea soup consistency. The waves that broke on the beach from the powerboats were almost slow-motion in their speed and action. You HAD to wash it off of the boat hulls ASAP or it would set like concrete and take ages to get off. We washed our boats as soon as we got home and even in that short a time-span of the trip home from the lake it had often semi set solid by then. No ill-health from and certainly no warnings from health authorities back then..... even the dogs drank it and never seemed to suffer from it. At the time 'we' were told that the algae was the result of super-phosphates being used by the local farmers and that super being broken down by the rain that then flowed into the lake (coughbullshitcough), I've never seen any of the hills around the lake being supered in ALL my years of being a lake user..... not have I seen any poisoning of any large scaly being done on the adjoining land. We always figured it came from the stock that on hot days would stand and shyte in the cool water. The culvert at whats now the start of the boat ramp trickled water all through summer (hasn't run since a water authority body did diversion works), that was around the time the aerators (yes 2 off) were running (later only one aerator was used). Lastly..... & NOT naming names.... Certain people found that barley straw when it decomposed in water gives off HUGE amounts of oxygen which killed the algae. I recall a large truck load of small square bales being dropped off and a couple of powerboats loading them up and "distributing" them around the lake early one morning..... these bales had rocks tied to the twine to aid in a faster sinking. The bales weren't put in the lake once the aerators were put in place, nor did they return when the aerators were removed. Perhaps the "old-technology" of the barley straw might need a second look 😉

Fabulous atemt they. My older sister annie jpi ed them at timrs. The lake bullen merri times were a fsbulous part of our childhood.

The following links will give those interested some history of the Camperdown Aquatic Club and Aquatic carnivals held in the fifties.https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/24009839, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/24009105, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/24006226, and https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/25113186. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article25116825. Brings back memories of exciting times at the lake.

I remember the Ski and motor boat racing carnivals held on the lake in the 1960s. This trio performed a water ski ballet routine as one of the 'acts', hence the 'tulle tutus' they are wearing in this photo. They also teamed up with some of the blokes in the club to do a human pyramid on skis. I did a mini version of this routine with my mum, Rhonda, where I would stand on the front of her skis and then clamber onto her shoulders to wave to the 'crowds' as we did the ski past. I was about 5 years old and well protected in a snug fitting life jacket. Heaps of fun! We spent many summers at the lake ski-ing and swimming and sharing BBQ s with other members at the Camperdown Aquatic Club. There were occasional times when the algae 'was up' usually following several days of hot calm weather. We did swim in the lake if it wasn't too thick or was just patchy but not when it was thick and sludgy, too much like swimming in pea soup; and the engines on the boats gummed up so it wasn't worth trying to ski. I don't think there was an awareness of possible health issues at that time; it just wasn't that pleasant. After a few days the algae would disappear and we resumed the normal water activities.

I started sailing at the Aquatic club in 1973. There was up to 40 boats sailing each week. Had good friends and quite a few great adult role models in the club. My father (Tom) was club Commodore for a few years. Would love to see the club honour boards, they would show a lot of history. We spent a fair bit of time with our own kids sailing from about 2004. The lake area has a few environmental problems, and from previous posts, the cause is understood. There are some legal and liability concerns and basically the whole thing is going nowhere. Think the only way forward is to go state park. It needs the legislative protection and a serious budget.

Was at bullen merri on Boxing Day, what a disgrace the lake is in. Jetty’s half sunk in the water blue green algae covered the lake and not a single soul or boat in sight because of the algae. They need to get aerators going again so we can all enjoy the lake like we used to be able to.

We swam there in the 40s and 50s and 60s. Rode our bikes there and back from Camperdown, which was tough going on terribly hot days! There was a sudden drop in depth a few yards from the shore and we were told not to go beyond that unless we were good swimmers. No lifeguards or amenities of any kind and we made our own fun. I remember water skiing (on a wide board, not skis) and think it was called aquaplaning. No blue green algae back then. It largely came as a result of cattle grazing and septic tanks. Scientists from across Australia and overseas have studied the crater lakes for many years and have written a great deal about the incidence of blue green algae . One expert close to home is Dr John Sherwood of Deakin University, Warrnambool. I’m sure he’d be happy to answer questions.

I remember it well . What fun we had on boat race days. Ro

I remember my parents saying there was algae in the water. We swam anyway. Would have been early to mid 70s.

In the 70's the YHA (Youth Hostels Association) used to have a ski boat/s at the lake on a lot of weekends, teaching kids how to waterski. My father used to supply the fuel for them. There was always heaps of people there in the summer months.

Lots of wonderful memories of weekends spent with friends water skiing..The Begleys,Dupleix’s Ferguson’s,,Moreys Rhonda Dennis.. Peter Lilley..

Hi My first recollection of the blue-green algae was in the late sixties. It then became a regular occurrence with studies undertaken by Monash Uni. From the early fifties the Aquatic club used to host power boat racing regattas with boats from Melbourne's VSBC, Geelong Aquatic Club, Learmonth near Ballarat and Mt. Gambier regularly making appearances. Locally Norm Lee ran a small skiff,Frank Draffen ran a hydro "Bugs Bunny", Bob Hyde ran a hydro called Spray, George Butterfield had a larger skiff called Oodles which won class races at various regattas, and Les Begley (of Begley Motors) raced a runabout called Echo.Norm Lee was a rep. on the Vic APBA council and had a perpetual trophy named after him in the Vic championships. Geoff Robertson of Franklin caravans in Ballarat ran a runabout called Franklin and George Lee from Penshurst ran an exciting Jaguar powered skiff called Miss Lindy. Alan Scott's skiff I Dunno made a regular trip all the way from Mt. Gambier. Neil Northfield from Geelong ran a series of fast runabouts called Osprey, the last one I saw was Osprey X11. The Sirocco water ski club used to perform ski jumping and ballet. There are probably lots of other recollections that will come to mind. Local John Madden also successfully raced a runabout in the late sixties early seventies.

No blue green algae back in 50’s 60’s when all the boats ,skiers were there we spent a lot of time at the lake swimming and dad fishing on hot nights after milking the cows

Went swimming at Bullen Merri untill l was 14 when we moved from Naroghid do not remember blue green algae. Remember boats, water skiing, the diving board and having lots of fun at carnivals Perhaps Barry and Lyn Barry Roycroft remember more.

Would be interested to learn the results that Monash Uni have get after they research. I am sure with the improvement in technology the University would be interested in come for a field visit for further research and hopefully a solution. Good luck!

Hate the way the lake has been nwglected

I remember swimming at the Camperdown end of the lake in the late 70’s with the Boy Scouts. No problems then.

The algae problem existed way earlier than I thought as born out in this Chronicle extract. Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), Tuesday 19 January 1954, page 8 Algae At South Beach The recent hot weather caused the appearance in the water at South Beach at Lake Bullen Merri, at the week-end of algae, a low form of animal life resemb ling a small seaweed. Algae, which are harmless, have a slight fishy odor and give the water a pale green cab-bage-water appearance.

Spent alot of my teens in the 80s up at the lake. Best childhood memories.

Alan Lowe.

Wow. What a blast from the past, best fun time, childhood, sking, swimming, gd friends, late 60’s won the junior waterskiing championships, had to do slalom (not gd ) and tricks sking, ( Lucas, maiden name) We always knew who was there by the names on the boats in the water, our boat was called Skoot, Lillie’s had Zippa, great memories of the Dennis, Selman, Dupleix, families. The Saturday night dances in the clubhouse, was so excited watching the water ballet ladies in their tutus. Magic days. We would just wade out through the algie and keep swimming, hundreds of kids swam in it over the summers.

We skied there late 70,s / mid 80,s. And we used to see the algae then. Often with quite large dead fish floating amongst the algae. But we continued to ski with no known problems. We did try to dodge it mostly.

Dannie Dupleix

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Special thanks to Don and Viv Mackinnon for hosting our end of year hurrah! Merry Christmas from all of us :) 52 very happy society members celebrating! A beautiful evening shared. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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We had a great evening and very enlightening. Thank you to Viv and Don.

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
Here's a reminder to our members about our Christmas Event at Marida Yallock coming up next week.
A special request: If you intend to drive straight to the venue, please let us know so that we don't wait around for you at the Heritage Centre. We will also send you instructions for finding the entrance gate to the property - it's a little bit difficult to find.😀
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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!
Heres a reminder to our members about our Christmas Event at Marida Yallock coming up next week.
A special request: If you intend to drive straight to the venue, please let us know so that we dont wait around for you at the Heritage Centre. We will also send you instructions  for finding the entrance gate to the property - its a little bit difficult to find.😀

 

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I am new to this FB page and I am looking for information about my great grandfather Patrick ( Patsy) Moore who leased land at Purrumbete South in 1868. He fought at the Eureka Stockade where his brother Thaddeus sadly died. Patrick later selected land at Massey near Watchem and married and had four daughters . One of the daughters was my grandma Bridget Thankyou to anyone with some info

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