HMAS Bell launched in style

by Geoff Park

What a great event to celebrate – the launch of Newstead’s own pirate ship, the HMAS Bell. On Friday the 19th February a huge crowd of young and not so young pirates, turned out to celebrate in style. An initiative of Newstead 2021, the idea of a wooden pirate ship playground was conceived by the young folks of our community at the May 2008 Summit.

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Newstead Echo

April 29th, 1947,
Large Gathering at Anzac Celebrations.

Anzac day was commemorated at Newstead with the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial and a service at the Mechanics' Institute on Sunday afternoon.
Appropriate music was provided by the Castlemaine Foundry Band under the baton of Bandmaster Desmond. The band headed the march to the hall, about 20 returned serviceman taking part.

April 2nd, 1957.

Rural Fire Brigade Receives New Fire Fighting Unit.

Newstead Echo 100 years ago

MARCH 14, 1917.
   In Newstead, as elsewhere there is a plaque of mice. They appear to be doing much damage to haystacks. About the paddocks there are hundreds of little holes where the pest is living. Some farmers are of the opinion that when seedling time comes the mice will eat the wheat after being sown by a drill. In the house they are working havoc on wallpaper, and the noise they make renders sleep almost impossible. Although poisoning is being resorted to, the plaque does not appear to get any less.

Newstead Echo 100 years ago

February 7th, 1917.

Newstead Echo 100 years ago

December 6, 1916.

Visit Newstead for the Festival of Gardens

Next weekend the little town of Newstead will be part of the Castlemaine and Districts Festival of Gardens with four inspiring and very different gardens to visit. 


Newstead Echo 100 years ago

NOVEMBER 15, 1916.

"Then and Now" Exhibition

An initiative of Newstead 2021