Wednesday, 23 March 2011

A wonderful day for our Autumn Fair on Saturday 19th March

Well the weather turned it on for us last Saturday.  We couldn't have ordered a more perfect day.  Yes, Autumn in Melbourne can be surprising, so we were very happy with a warm sunny day for our Autumn Fair.

We continued our historical emphasis for the Fair this year and all who attended appreciated the wonderful displays in our Barn and the Cottage.  Out archives stall was well patronised.  We sold books, photographs and postcards and handed out information leaflets and brochures.

The genealogy display had many examples of documents and maps for people to browse through.

Four very interesting talks were given throughout the day.  Our thanks go to Gaye Ponting, Noel Withers, Stan Bone and Kevin Patterson for their efforts in preparing and time generously given to deliver some very interesting material.

Once again our devonshire teas were a success.  Thanks go to Margaret Gordon, Lynn Loft and June Williams for working so hard in the kitchen.

Kevin Myers manned our barbeque all day keeping up with the demand for sausages.  He had many compliments for their quality and taste.

There were many places to sit and enjoy both food and atmosphere with tables and chairs around the precinct and in our marquee.  Some people returned for a second helping and returned to their seats to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere for a while longer.

Local musician Garry Hayes entertained us with his wonderful songs about the area.  He surprised us with a new song about William Ellis, Ellis Cottage and the Nillumbik Historical Society.  Thank you Garry.

Ron and Barbara Kirkbride's gem display attracted a lot of attention and their friend Ron exhibited his gem polishing skills.

We raffled a framed historical photograph of the Diamond Creek railway crossing taken about 1920.  It was won by a young boy from Diamond Creek, Cooper Simpson.

A mystery object was also on display for people to guess what it was and its use.  Seven people guessed exactly what it was - an apple grader or guage - so the winner decided by a draw from those seven entries.  The $25 prize was won by Pam Lawson of Hurstbridge.

Thank you to all who attended on what was a successful day

Saturday, 5 March 2011


We will he holding our annual Autumn Fair at Ellis Cottage on 

Saturday March 19th 2011

All are welcome between 9am and 3pm

Come and join us to enjoy

Free historical talks

10:30am     Gaye Ponting - Historical Panton Hill
11:30am     Noel Withers - The Batman Era
12:30pm     Stan Bone - One Tree Hill Mine
1:30pm     Kevin Patterson - First Miners in Victoria

All Day Activities

Photographic and Archival Display

Historic Photos to view and for sale

Genealogy Display, including the Ellis Family Tree

Raffle of a large framed historic photograph

Guess our "Mystery Item"

Gem Display and Polishing Demonstration

Devonshire Teas, B-B-Q and Sausage Sizzle

and lots lots more ....