On Friday 9 August, the guest speaker at our monthly meeting will be local artist, ‘expeditioner’ and historian Eliza Tree.
Eliza’s recent research ‘challenges the misconception that Victoria and Castlemaine began with gold’. Following the journey of Major Mitchell through Victoria in 1836, there was a rapid expansion of pastoralism and colonization into the local area and across Victoria, all prior to the Gold Rush of the 1850’s. Eliza will describe many of the effects that this expansion had upon the local environment and indigenous cultural landscape in those few years between Mitchell and the Gold Rush.
Her talk is titled “Land Rush to Gold Rush, Jaara Country 1836 – 51”.
As per usual, the evening will commence at 7.30pm in the Fellowship Room hall behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St in Castlemaine (midway between Kennedy St and Barker St). Look forward to seeing you there!
The FIELD TRIP the next day is to a couple of small local lesser-known reserves. The excursion will leave from from the Octopus building on Duke St (opposite Castle Motel) from 1.30pm on Sat 10 August.