Victorian Scottish Union AGM/Conference Castlemaine 2013
Years after prosperous gold mining days passed, Castlemaine established itself as a town with a thriving agricultural, arts and tourism industry.
Castlemaine's historic streetscapes are a reminder of its immensely rich gold mining days, with many magnificent public buildings located in Mostyn Street and Lyttleton Street. Highlights include the Theatre Royal (built in 1857 and continuously in use since then), the Castlemaine Market (completed in 1862 and now housing the Visitor Information Centre), the red-brick town hall (1898) and courthouse (1889). The former technical school in Mostyn Street (built in 1918) has been converted into a modern supermarket, but retains its historical building facade. Several historic churches and hotels can also be found around Castlemaine's town centre.
At the eastern end of Mostyn Street is the towering Burke and Wills monument, erected in 1862 to honour the death of these famous explorers. From the monument are good views down to the town centre.
In 1860, 25 hectares of gold diggings along Barkers Creek were set aside for the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. Recognised as one of Victoria's oldest public gardens, they feature ancient oak and elm trees, colourful garden beds, open lawns, a rotunda and Lake Joanna.
The Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, to the south and east of town, covers 7,500 hectares and includes relics of the gold mining era. The Kalimna Tourist Road, on the eastern town boundary of Castlemaine, straddles a ridge through the park, offering scenic views across surrounding countryside and bushwalking opportunities.
PUFFING BILLY GOES SCOTTISH
The little train that “does” will host the Scots for the evening on 16th May 2014.
With Pipers, Highland Dancers, Haggis, Scottish Country Dance, a three course meal, the Volunteer run train which is a top tourist destination for Victoria, will surely be the “toast” of the year. Come on, get on board. Tickets on application, bookings are essential:
Jan Macdonald, Secretary, Victorian Scottish Union
M 0438 584 930, T 03 9360 9829 or firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION FOR TICKETS
NUMBER OF TICKETS REQUIRED:
@$100 PER PERSON
PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM, ATTACH CHEQUE/ POSTAL NOTE OR PROOF OF INTERNET TRANSFER FOR PAYMENT AND SEND TO
JAN MACDONALD, VSU SECRETARY, PO BOX 1009 ALTONA MEADOWS 3028 (BOOKING AND PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 15TH 2014)
For those of you who are internet banking savvy:
BSB # 013 333 Bank account # 3032-61726
Name of the account : Victorian Scottish Union Bank: ANZ, Greensborough, Vic. Ref: Dinner Train
It is important for the purposes of accounting and catering that, whatever payment method you choose to utilise, this completed form is forwarded to the VSU Secretary, PO Box 1009 Altona Meadows 3028 or secretary@ victorianscottishunion.com Tickets for the train will only be issued on receipt of payment/proof of payment and this form.
SUGGESTED TIMETABLE FOR THE EVENING – 16TH MAY 2014
6.00PM MEET AT BELGRAVE STATION, PROCEED TO PLATFORM FOR PUFFING BILLY
6.15PM TRAIN PICK UP – PIPERS WILL GREET YOU AT PLATFORM
SOUP WILL BE SERVED ON TRAIN
DROP OFF AT NOBELIUS PACKING SHED PLATFORM
FURTHER 2 COURSES (DINNER AND DESSERT)
ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDES: SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE, HIGHLAND DANCERS, PIPERS
10.00PM ON TRAIN BACK TO BELGRAVE
THE VICTORIAN SCOTTISH UNION RECOGNISES THE ASSISTANCE OF THE OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AND CITIZENSHIP.
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The Victorian Scottish Union recognises the valuable assistance provided by Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and Faschia.