Cel­e­bra­tion to be golden

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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 info@rmwilliams­cen­tre.com.au 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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

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.

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