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Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History or her story -

This con­tri­bu­tion was re­ceived from Ron Schofield of Baulkham Hills en­ti­tled “Re­mem­ber When – Bon­fire Night May 24th”

The year was 1951 when I was 12 years old, we chil­dren and grown-ups cel­e­brated Em­pire Day 24th May by build­ing a large bon­fire for all our close friends and fam­ily and lo­cal com­mu­nity to en­joy.

Just down the street from where I lived there was a large va­cant block of land and close by a large for­est of trees. Weeks prior to the ex­cit­ing night all the lo­cal kids spent many happy hours after school and on the week­ends cut­ting and col­lect­ing all the dead wood and branches from the for­est.

We started with a large pole dug into the ground in the cen­tre and placed all the dead wood and branches around the pole to form a mass of burn­able ma­te­rial ap­prox­i­mately 3.6m high and 3m wide.

To make things easy, I had a pony (Donny) and I made a har­ness so we could at­tach all the dead branches to en­able Donny to pull the load up the hill for a group of helpers who would place the branches around the pole ready for the big night.

After all our hard work, on Em­pire Night 24th May, we all gath­ered with great ex­cite­ment to light the fire which I am sure would have been seen a long way off. While the fire was burn­ing we wrapped pota­toes in sil­ver foil and put them in the fire and when they were cooked we en­joyed eat­ing them with lots of but­ter and en­joyed drink­ing our Billy tea.

As well as the fire we have saved our pocket money and bought a lot of fire­works; sparklers, bungers, sky rock­ets and spin­ning wheels which made a very en­joy­able and fun night.

It was a won­der­ful way to cel­e­brate what a great Em­pire we have here in Aus­tralia. A great and won­der­ful time to­gether was had by all and we looked for­ward to the fol­low­ing year."

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