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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

EIDSVOLD POLOCROSSE: The Eidsvold Polocrosse team par­tic­i­pate in the parade at the centenary of the gold­fields cel­e­bra­tion in 1987.

Photo: Sue Har­ris

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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

BUL­LOCKS ON PARADE: Barry Whi­taker’s bul­lock team par­tic­i­pates in the 1987 parade to mark the centenary of the gazettal of the Eidsvold gold­fields.

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