Celebration of a golden past
EIDSVOLD is planning a massive celebration for the 125th anniversary of the gazettal of the goldfield in 1887.
The pastoral industry was already under way in the region after the initial exploration by the Archer Brothers, but the discovery of gold led to the development of the township.
Eidsvold Historical Society president Jan Mossman said “this is surely an event worth celebrating for the North Burnett”.
The goldfield was proclaimed in July 1887, and to celebrate the milestone, a commemorative publication called Memories of Eidsvold Goldfield and District – 125 Years On was launched at the RMWilliams Centre.
The gazettal of the goldfield was onNovember 17, 1887, and the date was chosen to mark the Eidsvold Historical Society annual Heritage Day.
The celebration will incorporate a Goldfield Princess Competition, an essay and poetry competition, a street parade and will combine with the Eidsvold Musicians Mus- ter to supply entertainment into the evening at the showground.
The Goldfield Princess Competition will begin with a wine and cheese evening at the RM Williams Centre on Friday, November 16.
The girls will mingle with the judges in a social atmosphere and then move into the learning room for individual interviews.
Dinner will be available at the bowls club after the interviews.
The young women will be the centrepiece of the parade on Saturday morning as they move across to the showground.
Here they will be briefly interviewed on stage during the afternoon, before the judges arrive at their decision.
“We are looking for young women, married or single, in the 16 to 30-years age group who are interested in supporting their local community, developing some confidence and having some fun,” Mrs Mossman said.
“And just so the men won’t be left out, we are also run- ning a Mr Miner competition.
“The judging will not be as formal and will simply be based on the most authentic period costume.”
The essay and poetry competition is open and will be judged by RM Williams’ daughter Diane Beer.
Entrants in the street parade will gather at the Histor- ical Society Precinct about 10am and will begin to move across to the showground about 11am.
“We welcome as many entries as possible and request that nominations be submitted to Evelyn Bancroft or me by November 10,” Mrs Mossman said.
The procession is expected to involve vintage cars, hot rods, a bullock team, a marching band, bicycles, scooters and floats.
The organising committee anticipates prizes will be awarded for the float most appropriate to the theme, most humorous float, best-decorated bike and scooter and even best-dressed pet.
At the showground, there will be entertainment for all age groups with ice creams, a jumping castle and mini train rides for the kids and the Eidsvold Musicians Muster to begin after the judging of the Goldfield Princess.
Lunch and dinner will also be available and a licensed bar will be operating.
EIDSVOLD POLOCROSSE: The Eidsvold Polocrosse team participate in the parade at the centenary of the goldfields celebration in 1987.
2010 WINNERS: Mum, Gaye Crilly with children, Thomas, Alexandra and Rebecca after winning the open talent quest at the Eidsvold Musicians Muster on Easter Sunday.
BULLOCKS ON PARADE: Barry Whitaker’s bullock team participates in the 1987 parade to mark the centenary of the gazettal of the Eidsvold goldfields.