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Our first newsletter for 2022 remembers many interesting things from the past. An engineering marvel of chimney building, a fondly remembered Chinese Market Gardener and why did cables from Melbourne trams come to Camperdown? 
Members will know all about these things, as our newsletter Past Matters went out by email today. Australia Post will deliver the rest very soon.
Happy New Year to all. We hope well be able to open up the Heritage Centre before too long. Till then, stay well and stay safe.
Looks like the weather will be perfect :)
The committee have decided that, due to the number of Covid cases reported in the district, the Heritage Centre will be closed to the public until further notice.
When, eventually, we can open again, we are hopoing to be able to show visitors our beautiful back garden. A big change from the way it looked a year ago!
Till we open again, stay well and stay safe.
Due to the ongoing Covid situation, including more cases turning up in the district, we are not opening on Tuesday the 11th January. The committee is meeting to assess the situation and well be posting any updates as soon as we can. 
Meanwhile, we are still here. You can still email in your research requests or bits of interesting history youd like to share. 
Stay well everybody, well keep in touch.
The photo below is part of the excellent display at Mt Elephant Info. Centre where we had our members Christmas breakup.
But not for very long! We closed today at 12 noon and volunteers and partners had a beautiful lunch together in our new garden. Landscaper, Ginnie, was there to celebrate with us and we couldnt stop her working at the BBQ!
No more work at the centre now until Tluesday 4th January, when we will again be open to the public from 10am till 3am. 
Have a lovely break everyone - see you in 2022!

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Have a Verry Merry Christmas everyone. Appreciate all that you do. Thanks

Lovely lunch in a lovely setting.

Thank you. You too. 💛

This will be a very interesting look at early farming in the district and a chance to enjoy lunch and a chat.

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Re purchase of the book Mount Violet - the number to ring is 0435 508 684

Sorry, no we don't stock it. Probably best to ring one of the phone numbers on the poster.

Is the book available to purchase on line or via your Historical group please.

I would to purchase on line or via historical group also. Thank you

Thank you.

Thank you.

Along County Boundary Road East there are the remains of a long cable which for many years was used for fencing. What’s left can be seen, fast rusting away, behind a row of trees near the corner of Black Rock Road. 
The cables were used to drive trams all over Melbourne and suburbs – the first being installed in 1885. A Camperdown Chronicle of 1931 records an offer of “a quantity of second-hand steel tramway cable” to the Heytesbury Shire Council from the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board. The cable was extremely heavy and came in incredibly long lengths – as described on the picture below.
We are currently investigating which roads it was used for and how it was transported. If anyone out there has information about this, we’d love to hear from you.Image attachment

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I think some of the Manifold properties had some of the cable in fences.

#theconnies #robertodandreatramconductor #mmtb

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