Welcome to the summer edition of the Mount Alexander Shire heritage e-newsletter. This e-newsletter is distributed via direct email to subscribers and available to read and download from Council’s website on a quarterly basis.Council's Heritage Officer, Sera-Jane Peters is the newsletter administrator.
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In this Issue


Heritage Festival - Market Building available for events and exhibitions.

It’s time to start planning for the 2017 Heritage Festival. The dates for 2017 are 18th April to 21st May. The 2017 National Heritage Festival theme is Having a Voice.

Council is making the Castlemaine Market Building available for events and exhibitions during the festival. You might want to promote publications you have produced or hang information about your collections or exhibit some of your objects. If you need help with planning an event or have an idea for an exhibition or talk, contact Council's Heritage Officer for assistance.


Parks Victoria survey - Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park

This is an invite for anyone who is interested in giving feedback on the review of the Heritage Action Plan for the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.  
The online survey can be found here. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until Wednesday 30 November.

The results of the survey will provide baseline data for Parks Victoria to identify strengths and gaps in current themes, stories and practices in relation to the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. It will also enable Parks Victoria to report on improvements, achievements and initiatives and better plan for the future of the park to enhance visitor’s experiences. For more information you can contact Parks Victoria here.

Museums Australia resources

Have you ever had a look at the resources page of the Museums Australia website? For those of you who care for archives, art or history collections, Museums Australia has free resources to assist you. On the MA resources page you can find information sheets on collection management topics, museum material supplier lists, cataloguing manuals, training information and templates for collection policy and management. This is a great resource for small institutions.

Nominate now for the Australia Day Awards

Do you know any individuals or organisations that are making a real difference in our community? Now is the time to put pen to paper or jump online to submit a nomination for the 2017 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards. The awards aim to recognise those who make a valuable contribution to the shire in four categories:
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
Nomination forms are available from the Civic Centre, Visitor Information Centres and via Nominations close at 5.00pm on 5 December 2016.  Go on and have your say by making a nomination today. The winners will be announced on Thursday 26 January 2017 at the Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day celebration at Victory Park in Castlemaine. For more information contact Shannon McMillan, CEO Executive Assistant, on
5471 1705. 

Solar installation in heritage areas

Council has produced a factsheet for people who want to install a photovoltaic system on a heritage building or in a heritage area. If you are thinking of buying a solar system you can download the factsheet here or call a Council planner on 5471 1700 to check if the installation requires a planning permit.

New Books

Building Castlemaine, the Red Brick Legacy of HD McBean  by Robyn Lewis
From 1893, HD McBean shaped Castlemaine, constructing a surprisingly large number of buildings in just a dozen years. Follow the McBean town walk and discover his red brick legacy, as well as gaining an insight into Castlemaine at the turn of the 20th century. The book can be ordered through Stonemans Bookroom or purchased at the Castlemaine Market Building.

Engineering Challenges in Nineteenth Century Victoria by Brian CS Harper
This book analyses six major feats of colonial engineers. Not surprisingly three of these are in Mount Alexander Shire. The Bendigo Railway Line, Coliban Water Scheme, Lower Stony Creek Dam, Saltwater Bridge and Taradale Viaduct. Can be ordered online from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria website.


Have you thought about using apps?

What is an app? An app is a software program that you can use on your phone, ipad or computer. Apps can be used to provide you with static information(such as train timetables), or it can be used as an interactive tool that can track your location, provide information on places nearby and then allow you to view video, photographs and links to websites. It is particularly useful for tours or in-field information.

The use of apps to provide interactive content for the heritage, museum and history sectors is becoming more common. To stimulate some interest in the use of apps, we have described some that are free and readily available to download.

The official William Vahland app from Bendigo City Council features photographs and drawings highlighting some of Vahland’s famous designs and further information on the Vahland drinking fountain. Download the app here.

The Vic-Heritage app explores the histories of the most important and unusual places in Melbourne and regional Victoria - from houses to industrial spaces; from mansions to bridges; from public toilets to trees and gardens. Download the app here.

The Trust Trees Field Guide app lets you search the National Trust's Register of Significant Trees of Victoria. Download the app here.

Council is interested to hear from any local groups who might be interested in developing an app or learning more about how apps could be useful to them. If there is enough interest we may be able to organise some training and workshops. Please contact Council's Heritage Officer here.


For information and support when applying for grants, please contact Council.

Congratulations to all those heritage groups who received a Mount Alexander Shire Council Community Grant in 2016. The next round of community grant applications open in January 2017. 
To assist applicants, Council is holding free workshops for community groups. Workshop 1 has already occurred but there are two others for potential applicants.

Workshop 2: Successful partnering with funders and other organisations
When: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm, Tuesday 29 November 2016
Where: Castlemaine Continuing Education, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine
• Identify when to develop a partnership
• Understand what it takes to be a good partner
• Know if the partnership is working.

Workshop 3: Project management essentials
When: 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm, Tuesday 29 November 2016
Where: Castlemaine Continuing Education, 30 Templeton St, Castlemaine
• Develop project plans
• Understand different management tools
• Learn about evaluation methods.

 You can register for the workshops here, or contact the Community Development Officer here.

For more information on grants try these links;
Funding Centre
Our community


What's On

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka
Roses from the Heart Exhibition

Date: Fri 7 Oct, 2016 – Sun 22 Jan, 2017
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free upon admission to M.A.D.E

Conceptual Tasmanian artist Dr Christina Henri visited the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart in 2003, and was captivated by the plight of convict women and their children. The Roses from the Heart project is the first memorial to the 25,566 women sentenced as convicts and transported to Australia from 1788 to 1853 and features an overwhelming number of hand-made servant’s bonnets, all hand stitched with the names, dates and ships they arrived on.

For more information see here.

Buda Flora Interior Exhibition
Buda Historic Home & Garden 
29 Oct 2016 - 26th Feb 2017
Wednesday - Saturday 12pm - 5pm Sundays 10am - 5pm
Flora Interior is a special exhibition at Buda Historic Home & Garden featuring the colourful linocuts of printmaker Cam Knuckey together with exquisite jewellery by Sarah Fowler and the floristry sculptures of Kate Brew of One Fat Emu. 
Admission is included with entry to the historic house.

For more information see here.

Post Office Gallery Bendigo
Menagerie: Animals in Bendigo History

Pall Mall, Bendigo
26 August 2016 - 12 February 2017
Open Daily 9am - 5pm
Animals feature prominently in the myriad social history stories of Bendigo and surrounds. Ancestral beings including Bunjil, in the form of an Eagle and Waa, the Crow, play an important role in local Dja Dja Wurrung dreaming stories and unique native species can be found in the surrounding Box-Ironbark forests. Menagerie: animals in Bendigo history surveys relationships between humans and animals that have shaped the region observing the animal as guide, commodity, sustenance, nuisance, entertainment, companion and objet d’art.

For more information see here.


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