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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 100 years ago

JULY 6, 2017.
The good price obtained for rabbits is causing many residents to hunt the nimble bunny with ferrets also the usual way of setting traps, so there is not much chance of the rodents getting so numerous as in former years.
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Newstead Echo 100 years ago

JUNE 6, 1917.
Last year the planting of trees in Newstead West was suggested but postponed but on this occasion no residents in that part were present.  It was ultimately decided to recommend the Shire Council to plant Hilliers Street towards the Tennis Court and if the Newstead West residents will co-operate in Canrobert and Simpson Street.  The Shire Council is to be requested to supply as before the trees and guards and the residents will assist in the planting.  It is to be hoped that the matter will be taken up as energetically as last year.

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

WHERE'S THE BELL.
February 7th, 1917.

Newstead Echo 100 years ago

December 6, 1916.
THE FLEETING YEAR.

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. 

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An initiative of Newstead 2021