Words in Winter 2015

It’s nearly August and that, in Newstead means a celebration of words in and around this town – Words in Winter.

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Newstead Echo 100 years ago

JULY 7, 1915
Letters from the Front.

Writing to his parents from Malta, Private Birkin has the following to say:-

Newstead Echo 100 Years Ago

APRIL 14, 1915

    Visitors to Newstead at Easter far outnumbered those at Christmas time and the town presented quite a busy appearance on Good Friday and Saturday. Easter Monday was quiet locally, and the district race and sports meetings were well patronised from these parts.

Newstead Open Studios: 13-22 March 2015

The studios of six local artists will be open during the Castlemaine Festival featuring sculpture, ceramics, print, photography, drawing and painting.


Antares Iron Art Garden Open for Castlemaine State Festival 

Roger’s fascinating art garden is situated at the Loddon River Ford at Newstead.  It is an art space in constant flux, where you are free to roam and explore.


Newstead Short Story Tattoo - Book your tickets now!

Newstead Short Story Tattoo is an arts-music-storytelling event that mixes academics with artists, politics with fiction, history with poetry, orators with musicians, and new voices with literary masters.

Newstead Spadeworks: Artistic Treasures in Today’s Goldfields

Newstead Spadeworks features more than 40 local artists, gathered together for the first time

Newstead Echo 100 Years Ago


Continuing the story of "Private McConnell's Impressions of Egypt".

Newstead Echo 100 Years Ago

With the Australian Forces :- 
Private McConnell's Impressions of Egypt.
The following interesting letter has been received from Private James McConnell by Mr. McIlwrick :- February 1915.

Newstead Echo 100 Years Ago


It was hoped when the severe dust storm was followed by rain on Wednesday last that the drought had broken; but this did not prove the case, only nine points being recorded locally.  The rain was of a scattered nature, and between Moolort and Joyces Creek the fall was a good deal heavier.  Further rain was experienced on Saturday, when 14 points was recored.

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