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Our new editorial team for the publication of Past Matters is on the ball and last Tuesday it went out by email and post. 
Its filled with lots of info. about our visit to BudjBim, the sale of Talindert, great news about the Dawson Scrapbook, and notification of the very exciting venue for our Christmas break-up. Thanks to Rob, Angela and Gillian for a great read.

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thanks Janice, shall ask Tamasine if she gets this newsletter, very interesting reading. 🥰

How can I get a copy pls ?

Posted below is a flyer from Terang College which may be of interest to a lot of local people. Its a chance to see a number of beautiful gardens in the district and, being springtime, is an ideal time to see them at their best. Sunday 10th November is the day and all info is on the flyer.

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Jozzy Bevin a shame u won’t be about Lynne Rees u interested ??

Matthew Perry

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Bella Lei

As many people will already have heard, this property, built by the son of the original Manifold brothers who settled at Lake Purumbete, is about to be sold. The CDHS was contacted some time ago by the current owners enquiring whether we would be interested in taking some of the historical items from the homestead and of course, we said yes!
We now have quite a number of things that need sorting, cataloguing and eventually displaying. 
One of them is this Post Box which sat in the front hall to accept letters from the family and the employees. The contents would then be taken by one of the workers to the Post Office for posting.
Does anyone out there have any memories of working at Talindert and perhaps making use of this little post box?

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Hey Keith Please let's know when you are going to be in Camperdown. It would be great to have a chat.

I remember it being on the table under the staircase beside the telephone and remember Lady Manifold putting letters in there to be posted. Don’t know who emptied letters from there into the post bag.

No worries, it will be sometime between the 4th and 14th of November. I’ll bring some photos.

Yes!..I have many personal and fond memories of Talindert. As ten pound poms, my family emigrated to Australia in 1956 and my Mum and Dads very first job was at this amazing place!... it was all arranged before we arrived by one of Dads mates!... Dad (Bob Halford) was to be the Butler and Mum ( Phyllis) the Cook. Dad was previously a London Bus driver, with absolutely no knowledge of being a Butler and Mum was always a great cook but was certainly not prepared for what this job involved! I attended Talindert state school, which was a huge culture shock for me, going from a large English primary school to a country school with only 17 students!!! There are many stories to tell but that would take a long time, probably enough to write a book but for now let’s just say it was straight out of “Upstairs Downstairs” Let me know if you would like to hear more? We also have many photos. I hope to visit Camperdown in early November. Cheers, Keith Halford

Wow" being sold hey !

I worked there but that must of been way before my time there.

Pam Browne, Karyn Murrihy

I can’t remember it at all....

Donna Conheady Annette Payne Karyn Murrihy Mandy Dalton

Celebrating 50 spectacular years and still going strong. Were posting here a couple of pics from the supplement in Fridays Chronicle:
The front page notes the achievement of 1200 Cobden people in getting the school opened in their town.
Theres also a notice of Open School weekend on October 19th & 20th. And dont miss the spectacular hairstyle sported by Murray Joiner. (The 70s had a lot to answer for!)Image attachment

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It's important to realise that there are nuances in the reporting of all history. The importance of this book is its revealing of so much knowledge that was never known or talked about by the general public or taught in the schools.

Read this and remember....the conquerer writes the history! The vanquished disappear!

Wow! Fascinating to read this discussion.

A wonderful / tragic read. Not only have we bought the book , but have bought the junior version for all of our grandchildren.

I have read most of Mitchell, Oxley, Sturt, Eyre, and am now on Liechhardt and there is only one mention of anything that could be considered a field of grain, and Mitchell suggests that because of the poles situated in the stack it was for trapping birds in nets. Themeda is a notoriously difficult grass to grow, produces a small seed, and requires enormous effort to collect sufficient to produce any substantial sort of flour. Our early squatters thought it was a great feed for stock, and Niel Black used to worry his stock were getting too fat on it, and would have lower reproductive success as a consequence. Sturt mentioned a well settled permanent village on the Cooper, and if you read the rest of Sturt's journal you will see there were almost no people outside this refuge. All the explorers found permanent style housing and shelter, some of substantial size, but most of it was used regularly but not permanently. Pascoe I have heard talk on TED about the invention of agriculture in Australia, a subject which has interested me for many years. He seems unaware of the fact that agriculture was not invented once but multiple times. More than 14000 years ago in Papua, the people of which place are cousins of Australian Aborigines, and lived only a few sea miles north of Australia. Ag was also invented in China, the Indus valley, the Fertile Crescent-although they may have learnt from the Indus- Africa and north, south and central America. Pascoe also implies it is the men who did the work whereas the explorers are explicit that the men were fat and lazy, the kids well fed, and the women bore the brunt of labour and got the scraps. Inga Clendinnen in her book Dancing with Strangers, about the early settlement of Sydney, also has interesting things to say about the gendering of violence and food consumption. Many years ago I participated in an archaeological exploration of the Lake Condah area. I was most impressed by the hydraulic skill of those who constructed the fish traps. Anthropology I in 1977 taught me that harnessing big water was a step into another stage of civilisation.

A couple of programs from the Camperdown Turf Club arrived in the post this week. Many thanks to the anonymous donor. The pics below show Autumn and Summer meetings for 1920 and 1923. Its interesting to read about the services offered under the Grandstand: Luncheon & afternoon tea and a Private Bar as well as cloakrooms. 
Theres quite a long list of Band music and a surprising number of special trains running from Melbourne, Hamilton, Port Fairy, and Warrnambool. It would be a much more relaxing trip by train rather than driving all that distance after a big day at the races. Those were the days!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Well a story often told by my father. Several locals purchased a horse for a great deal of money. The horse kept coming second. On one misty morning they put money on it running at Camperdown and the late Hector Cummins was the place Judge standing on the raised judges platform. They put a lot of money on it at great odds to win. They stood below the box and it was difficult to see. The horse again ran a close second but as it was hard to see they called out “ it was number 3 Hec” and won their money back and the horse was never seen again.

My dad described getting on the train at Camperdown and sitting on Judge Maddens knee. His family trained horses for him and I think won a Warrnambool and Caulfield Steeple.

Designer of the Camperdown Clocktower and a number of other important buildings in Camperdown, Michael McCabe was also the architect of Keyham, the imposing brick house on Cobden Rd.
With the removal recently of all the old cypress trees around the property, the building is now revealed to the passer-by. The large expanse of land on the west of the house has, every spring, bloomed with the hundreds and different daffodils planted there by the previous owner, Leonard V. Buckland who won countless prizes with the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.
Back in 2014, a number of these various varieties of daffodils were collected by the Camperdown Botanic Gardens committee and have since been planted in the gardens.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Oh Jane u scared me for a second. Saw the smoke and thought the house had burned down!! Phew!! Beautiful house and remember the daffodils well.

Karyn Saw. When I was young the Hately family owned this house and we would pay Mrs Hately( a pittance) and she would let us pick a big bunch of daffodils. 😊

What was the obsession with palm trees (?) back in the day? They seem to surround a lot of heritage homesteads like this.

Ci remember all the daffodils!

My grandfather’s home, Leonard Buckland. Went past here as a child and saw the daffodils in bloom. I donated the Daffodil Cup from the Geelong Horticultural Society which Leonard was presented after winning successive years of smaller daffodil cups to Museum Victoria. Leonard was a solicitor who co-founded Buckland & Nevitt Solicitors in Camperdown.

I have loved that house since arriving in the district 35 years ago

Graeme Wright

What a beautiful home.

Marie Gibson

Loved the daffodils. I think Ann Bryant lived there when she moved in from Mount Fyans

Not sure how the bulbs will fare with the extreme amt of burnoffs practically on top of them

miss the daffodils

Keith Halford remember this house?

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