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DONAL' WHERE'S YER TREWS - OR YER KILT?
Maybe it's a bit early to be talking about this year's Camperdown Burns Festival - it's not till early July - but here at the CDHS we have to start planning our exhibition for the celebration. And we have decided we need a couple of kilts to dress up a mannequin or two. The problem is - we don't have any kilts!
And so, we ask our Facebook community: Do you have a kilt or two you could loan us for a week or so in July? We'd take good care of it/them and we're sure you'd love to see them displayed in our Museum/Heritage Centre.
You can reply here - or email us at: camperdowndhs@gmail.com.
The portrait is of Duncan Walker who ran the Leura Hotel in the 1850-60s.
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DONAL WHERES YER TREWS - OR YER KILT?
Maybe its a bit early to be talking about this years Camperdown Burns Festival - its not till early July - but here at the CDHS we have to start planning our exhibition for the celebration. And we have decided we need a couple of kilts to dress up a mannequin or two. The problem is - we dont have any kilts!
And so, we ask our Facebook community: Do you have a kilt or two you could loan us for a week or so in July? Wed take good care of it/them and were sure youd love to see them displayed in our Museum/Heritage Centre.
You can reply here - or email us at: camperdowndhs@gmail.com.
The portrait is of Duncan Walker who ran the Leura Hotel in the 1850-60s.Image attachment

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Can organise kilts.

Ii have two kilts you can have but I live in Hamilton so I will have to work something out to get them to you

Jan Macdonald get in quick. Someone might offer a Campbell

ABSCONDED FROM MT LEURA STATION
We thank Port Phillip Pioneers' Group newsletter for alerting us to this advert. from 1839. VERY early in the settlement of our district and a warning not to employ this absconder. (Let's hope he was able to find some other work - and mended his ways!)
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ABSCONDED FROM MT LEURA STATION
We thank Port Phillip Pioneers Group newsletter for alerting us to this advert. from 1839. VERY early in the settlement of our district and a warning not to employ this absconder. (Lets hope he was able to find some other work - and mended his ways!)

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They sure didnt like the working class.

The Squattocracy vs the Rest of Us. Nothing's changed here in the Western District in 180 years. My Dad ended up owning 250 of those fantastic acres at Davies' Corner via the Soldier Settlers Scheme.

Good on him. I hope he got away and had a long happy life!

Caroline Hitchings

A LENDING LIBRARY IN 1955
You'd have to be "of a certain age" to remember where this library was in Manifold Street. Can anyone out there tell us where Kelly's was?
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A LENDING LIBRARY IN 1955
Youd have to be of a certain age to remember where this library was in Manifold Street. Can anyone out there tell us where Kellys was?

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HERE'S THE HYGENIC CAFE: Checking our catalogue, we find a photo of Manifold Street labelled: "Little Manifold street looking east, c. 1950" Black and white postcard photograph of little Manifold Street looking east from just west of the Clock Tower showing the shops between Church Street and Pike Street, Larraine - Fashion Salon, W. Wall - Baker, Denny's Lascelles Limited, Hygenic Cafe. Buildings past Pike street are the Bank a vacant block an Electrician, Bank of N.S.W. a vacant block and another cafe.

Sorry re previous posts. Things went a little screwy. The ad re chicken roll. The establisment was owned by ny sister in laws parents. She was Edna Howard

Don’t remember that but amused by the ad below for chicken rolls 1/3 with “hygienic” in quotes.

My mother Dorothy O’Neill was an avid reader and borrower. In the 1940s there was Mrs Harrison’s lending library conducted at the back of her son Courtney’s stationery shop which was taken over by Bill Fisher in the 1950s. Also in the 1940s a lending library and haberdashery, wool, sewing stuff etc run by Mrs Croshaw near Dunn’s butcher shop and Moran and Cato. Perhaps Kellys library was the Harrison library for a short time. Also recall a small library near George Hill’s prior to regional library.

My grandfather always got his books there - he loved to read Zane Gray westerns, and got Phantom / Superman comics for myself to read

Spoke to my Mother ( Thelma Knight) she believes that this was next to Dunn’s Butcher Shop

In reference to chicken rolls ad Y sisyt

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HISTORY IN THE BOTANIC GARDENS
We had a very interesting visitor to the Heritage Centre yesterday - Mr. Stan McIntosh. Stan, who is 91 years old, spent his early years living with his Grandparents in the Camperdown Botanic Gardens. Grandfather was the curator there and Stan brought in many stories and lots of photographs.
One pic (below) shows Stan inside the aviary back in the 1920s - with a peacock in the background. We're very grateful to Stan for bringing the pics in to show us. They've already been shared with a couple of our members who have a great interest in the history of the gardens.
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HISTORY IN THE BOTANIC GARDENS
We had a very interesting visitor to the Heritage Centre yesterday - Mr. Stan McIntosh. Stan, who is 91 years old, spent his early years living with his Grandparents in the Camperdown Botanic Gardens. Grandfather was the curator there and Stan brought in many stories and lots of photographs. 
One pic (below) shows Stan inside the aviary back in the 1920s - with a peacock in the background. Were very grateful to Stan for bringing the pics in to show us. Theyve already been shared with a couple of our members who have a great interest in the history of the gardens.Image attachment

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It was such a magical place to vidit.

Was that the entrance through the aboretum?

A replica of the original rotunda would be a wonderful asset! A shame about the loss of the old one. Perhaps restoration would have been possible.

I remember the aviary & the swan pond, many happy times were had in the gardens

I remember St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church annual picnics at the Park in the 50’s. Swans,ducks and peacocks in the aviary and pond. Mr West did a magnificent job of maintaining the gardens there and the avenue in Manifold Street.

I remember the aviary, the pond with ducks, the magnificent rotunda and wasn't there a kind of swimming pool somewhere?

I loved going up to the gardens st the park.

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A VERY INTERESTING SPEAKER
Historian Elizabeth O'Callaghan often sees Warrnambool through the lens of the 19th century. Her new book brings to life the stories of Warrnambool's pioneering women.
“Sometimes I think I live too much in the past,” Mrs O’Callaghan said.
A drive to the breakwater will remind her of the elderly seamstress Mary Murphy who was killed in 1888 on the tramway tracks when she didn’t hear the horses coming because she was profoundly deaf.
That story, along with those of about 500 women in Warrnambool’s early history, feature in Mrs O’Callaghan’s book Silent Lives.
See the poster below for our next event at the Heritage Centre.
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A VERY INTERESTING SPEAKER
Historian Elizabeth OCallaghan often sees Warrnambool through the lens of the 19th century. Her new book brings to life the stories of Warrnambools pioneering women.
“Sometimes I think I live too much in the past,” Mrs O’Callaghan said.
A drive to the breakwater will remind her of the elderly seamstress Mary Murphy who was killed in 1888 on the tramway tracks when she didn’t hear the horses coming because she was profoundly deaf.
That story, along with those of about 500 women in Warrnambool’s early history, feature in Mrs O’Callaghan’s book Silent Lives.
See the poster below for our next event at the Heritage Centre.

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Wonderful book. Wonderful lady.

My grandfather had the first car in Warrnambool

What a magnificent part of Victoria.

MAYBE THESE WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TODAY?
Here are two photos of a road sign that we understand used to be on the main highway around 1925.
Our records state that Doris Sargeant gave us one of the photos in 2008 saying it was on the main highway near the corner of Bowen Street. She used to come from Gnotuk to Camperdown with her sister and father in a gig each week to shop in Camperdown. Doris, who was then 85, said she could still recite the words of the sign. Her father would say the words as they passed going home, then he would crack the whip and the horse would go at a very fast trot!
From the backgrounds, it looks as though there was a sign at each end of the town. Is there anyone around who remembers them? And when were they taken down?
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MAYBE THESE WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TODAY?
Here are two photos of a road sign that we understand used to be on the main highway around 1925. 
Our records state that Doris Sargeant gave us one of the photos in 2008 saying it was on the main highway near the corner of Bowen Street. She used to come from Gnotuk to Camperdown with her sister and father in a gig each week to shop in Camperdown. Doris, who was then 85, said she could still recite the words of the sign. Her father would say the words as they passed going home, then he would crack the whip and the horse would go at a very fast trot!  
From the backgrounds, it looks as though there was a sign at each end of the town. Is there anyone around who remembers them? And when were they taken down?Image attachment

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Gaol not Jail

We believe these signs would’ve been strongly supported by one of our relatives Mr. E. O. (Edward Olive) Screen. Many in the community may have influenced them but we are aware of EO’s keen interest. If you look in the Camperdown Chronicle for him his obituary can be found if interested - He was one of Camperdown's most prominent citizens for many years, Mr. Edward Olive Screen passed away at 86 years. The late Mr. Screen was a very highly respected member of the community. For more than 40 years the late Mr. Screen was a Justice of the Peace and took an active part in court proceedings. He was deputy-coroner for many years. His presence on the bench at Camperdown court would be greatly missed. For many years he was an active member of the Camperdown District Hospital committee and was president in 1933. He was a vestryman of St. Paul's Church of England for many years. A prominent Freemason, he was a member of the Leura Lodge for 53 years and was a past-master. He was also a past Grand Lodge officer and a member of the Camperdown Mark Lodge. We have photos of him from this time in Mark Lodge but we would only share with the support of the Lodge. His grave can be found in the Camperdown cemetery. He also had one of the first cars in Camperdown. There are historical photos showing his shop in the Main Street. The late Mr. Screen was a master builder (Derrinallum Church of England Church etc...) and for many years conducted a business with the late Mr. Spicer. The business was acquired by Mr. Garnet McLeod who married Elma Mary Screen and who himself (Garnet) was the son of a Pioneering female story you have already written about (Ada Satchwell nee McLeod / Gellie who spent many years owning and running the Darlington Hotel. It was also very sad as one of his grandsons is listed on the Camperdown Memorial Ronald McLeod to this day. He made it to the very last day of the war and was a PoW in Burma. We have the card recording the date of death and many photos. It took many years for the family to find him and there is a picture out the front of a property in Camperdown our family knows as ‘Dursley’. It looks almost the same from the outside today. I’m sharing this story because I’m EOs great, great granddaughter and Ada McLeod / Gellie from the Darlington Hotel is my great great grandmother. We have been told of his road safety advocacy and no doubt he is one of many who would’ve been advocates at the time.

Tammy Discher

Very cool sign and love the story she told 😍

My g grandparents Frank and Naomi Wareham lived at Weerite, I have a gold necklace that went through the Black Friday fires in 1939.

I just shared this with Dawn, Marion and Jack Sargent.

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