Celebration to be golden
NOVEMBER 17 marks the 125th anniversary of the gazettal of the Eidsvold goldfield and a massive celebration is being planned to mark this important event.
The pastoral industry was already under way in the region after initial exploration by the Archer Brothers, but it was the discovery of gold that led to the development of Eidsvold township. The goldfield was proclaimed during July 1887 and to celebrate this milestone, a commemorative publication, Memories of Eidsvold Goldfield and District – 125 Years On, was launched at the RMWilliams Centre.
The celebration will incorporate a goldfield princess competition, a Mr Miner competition, an essay and poetry competition, a street parade, and will combine with the Eidsvold Musicians Muster to provide entertainment at the showground. Street parade prizes will be awarded to float most appropriate to the theme, most humorous float, best-decorated bike and scooter and best-dressed pet.
Poetry or essay entries need to be submitted by November 5 to PO Box 28, Eidsvold, email firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped into Eidsvold Newsagency. Those wishing to participate in the street parade are asked to nominate with Jan Mossman or Evelyn Bancroft on 4165 1337 or 4165 0895 by November 10.
■ Check out next week’s Central and North Burnett Times for more of what is planned.
RIDING SIDE-SADDLE: Just as women did 100 years ago, Roslyn Payne rode side-saddle in the parade, marking the centenary of the gazettal of the goldfield at Eidsvold in 1987. Mother-in-law Hilda rode beside her.