Chicken Project spreads its wings

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ANDREW PIVA

BELLS rang out across Gee­long on a still spring night on November 11, 1918, the joy­ful sound de­liv­er­ing the news res­i­dents longed to hear: the war was over.

Like every city and town that had seen its young men depart to fight on for­eign bat­tle­fields for the pre­vi­ous four years, Gee­long greeted news of Ger­many’s official sur­ren­der and the end of World War I with un­prece­dented cel­e­bra­tion.

Ner­vous an­tic­i­pa­tion had per­me­ated the city in the days lead­ing up to the Ar­mistice. There had al­ready been one false start, af­ter whis­pers cir­cu­lated the com­mu­nity the treaty had been signed on Fri­day, November 8. The Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser re­ported in the Satur­day edi­tion that many res­i­dents had be­lieved the false news. From 9am, when ru­mour of “Ar­mistice signed” spread through the streets, peo­ple be­gan to gather in knots and drift to­wards the Ad­ver­tiser board. The news of the shut­ting of the ho­tels raised an­tic­i­pa­tion to fever pitch, and tele­phone calls to Mel­bourne were en­tered by the score. Traders be­gan to hang out bunt­ing, de­spite the Mayor’s pleas that they should not re­joice too soon. A band of stu­dents bought pa­per trum­pets and head­dresses, and held a ju­bi­la­tion along Malop St: two staid ladies were to be seen march­ing along Moora­bool St with large flags at the slant. One lady, on her way to the doc­tor, told her hus­band to turn back — the news had cured her.

To help guard against an­other spread of mis­in­for­ma­tion, a no­tice posted out­side City Hall told res­i­dents the city post of­fice bells would ring when official news was re­ceived the Ar­mistice had been signed.

For more than two days the bells re­mained teas­ingly silent, de­spite re­ports of Ger­many’s im­mi­nent sur­ren­der.

Then, at about 8.15pm on Mon­day, November 11, Gee­long mayor Howard Hitch­cock was pre­sid­ing at a meet­ing at His Majesty’s The­atre when given word the Ar­mistice had been signed.

Cr Hitch­cock im­me­di­ately left the meet­ing and vis­ited the Ad­ver­tiser of­fice, where the news was con­firmed.

The or­der to ring the bells was then given, the city post of­fice bells sound­ing first for three min­utes, be­fore other bells across Gee­long took up the cause and rang for an­other 27 min­utes to make up the half-hour.

Gee­long’s pop­u­la­tion, which was about 30,000 at the time, knew what the sound meant. Homes and ho­tels emp­tied. Farm­ers from as far as Waurn Ponds, where the chimes could still be heard, trav­elled into town.

The pil­lars of City Hall were lit up with coloured light bulbs. Moora­bool St was soon flooded with peo­ple united in cel­e­bra­tion.

The Addy re­called the historic mo­ment for read­ers the fol­low­ing day. THERE’S been a lot of move­ment on the re­gion’s food scene this week.

Lit­tle Malop St favourite Hot Chicken Project of­fi­cially opened its doors in An­gle­sea on Thurs­day.

The Surf Coast diner will serve Nash­ville-style hot chicken while also in­cor­po­rat­ing some hot fried seafood op­tions.

The space can hold 150, in­clud­ing a li­censed out­door area, and the plan is to open daily over sum­mer and run a num­ber of par­ties with DJs.

It wasn’t the only Lit­tle Malop St busi­ness ex­pand­ing its wings this week — dessert spot Un­cle Donut (above) opened a new store in the CBD, this time in West­field.

Its new home on the

At 8.30 the chimes pealed out and a crowd very soon as­sem­bled. But a far big­ger mul­ti­tude took pos­ses­sion of Moora­bool St and nine o’clock to mid­night held high rev­els — by the time­honoured way of mak­ing joy­ful noises.

The City Band hap­pened to be prac­tis­ing and at the first sig­nal marched into the main street and played the na­tional an­them and Mar­seil­laise and Tip­per­ary … youths with tin trum­pets and olds trays and girls wear­ing pa­tri­otic shawls gave va­ri­ety and colour. Tram­cars, very ar­tis­ti­cally dec­o­rated, sup­plied an air of pageantry and at 10 o’clock, when the rev­els were at their shrillest, the Block was packed as on a Fri­day night.

There were sim­i­lar joy­ous scenes in nearby dis­tricts as word spread about Ger­many’s sur­ren­der.

Bells her­alded the Ar­mistice sign­ing in Winchelsea, Por­tar­ling­ton ground floor out­side Kikki. K is open seven days a week and will stock a full se­lec­tion of sweet treats.

There’s also a ru­mour that War­rnam­bool burger in­sti­tu­tion Ker­monds may be open­ing on Ryrie St in the space left by Pizze­ria Adamo, which is re­lo­cat­ing to Yarra St.

Mean­while, the his­tory of Fur­phy has been brought to life in an un­miss­able mu­ral on a pop­u­lar CBD pub.

Ap­pari­tion Me­dia painted one side of the Commo build­ing on Bel­ler­ine St in a fresh, Fur­phy blue with pic­tures telling the story of the lo­cal la­bel.

AT LAST: (From far left) an elec­tric sign praises the ef­forts of our brave troops; Mr J.H. Lis­ter MHR ad­dresses a crowd in Lit­tle Malop St; and (right) a flag flies high amid a tight jam of cel­e­brat­ing Gee­long res­i­dents in Moora­bool St af­ter the Ar­mistice was an­nounced.

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