Once again Steve Lane and
Gwynn van den Bergen
a wonderful pantomime.
Check out the poster ...
Many know little of the colourful past of
the Moonambel Common.
It is used today for a variety of purposes
and acts as a focal point for many
The Moonambel Arts and History Group (MAHG) has, for many years,
worked towards developing this area
as it is a listed Heritage Police Precinct
which is included in the Pyrenees Shire Planning Scheme Heritage overlay.
It is recorded that on 10 December 1860
a Police Station at Moonambel
and Redbank was established …
’in consequence of an extensive goldfield
with a population of about 30,000
having been opened and two townships having been established at those places’.
The Police Station and lock up were erected in 1861 on the Police Reserve.
Early records describe two lock ups and a shed as being located at the Police Camp.
A Magistrates’ Court was then built.
Today, the lock up is more or less hidden
by the long fence running along
the western side of The Common.
MAHG discovered this is a rare timber
‘Early Portable’ lock up.
In 2003 we obtained a grant from
the Department of Sustainability and Environment- Historic Places
and had the structure repaired.
In 2009 we combed Police Historical Archives in Melbourne and unearthed the only remaining Moonambel Charge Book 1883 – 1914.
Over this time, we sought ways
to share this information with
the community and all interested in history.
We created a material 'mural'
with the details listed in the
Charge Book. We then sought grants to develop this idea.
It has taken many years to achieve what you see today.
The four panels include:
At last we have achieved what we aimed for all those years ago.
We were presented with artwork
from 25 artists using a vast range
Wood carving, water colours,
acrylics, oils, pastels, pencil,
mosaic tiles, photography,
linocutting, printing, torn tissue
collage, glass and even rocks.
All up we had 59 pieces of art
to exhibit. A record number
of entries for our small group!
Together with the market on
Saturday we were pleased
to see art, artists and
the community come together
for a wonderful art event.
Thank you to all.
The artwork on this blog is just a small sample in the
art show. We thank all the participants for their work.
We are delighted to bring another art experience
We decided to go
without a title
to give everyone the chance to exhibit their talents artistically in 2D or 3D.
It is not too late to enter your wonderful creations.
Just contact either Jan or Garry (details on poster)
for the entry forms.
All we ask is for the work
to be presented well.
That is, framed if needed,
and the ability to be hung
on our hook system.
Plinths, maybe, if you have 3D work or contact us
(See contacts on the poster).
Jan Curtis, our MAHG Secretary, put these thoughts on paper...
As we stood remembering at
the commemorative ceremony
held at Moonambel's Memorial
last Sunday, it seemed to me
to really capture the spirit
we all hold deep within our hearts.
I am one of many
who were thinking deeply of
a father, grandfather, great uncle,
great aunty, brothers and sisters
who served way back.
I remember, maybe I was 7 or 8,
sitting on the back door step
with a tin trunk filled with photos,
a uniform, tins of cigarettes,
My Dad was sitting with me,
a little girl, who held, smelt and tried to understand
this tin trunk.
I am glad to say I still have the trunk
and most of my father's things.
I wear his medals and those of
his father with enormous pride.
Those moments echo through to today.
All he carried home was in this trunk
and kept in a shed in Brunswick.
It is here now with me in Warrenmang.
back to our wonderful service
Garry and Kaye Hutton.
It was so heartfelt and moving.
We had maybe 50 people attend.
When young children appeared, they seemed
to appreciate and respect the service.
This is marvellous.
Lest We Forget.
Our website was created December 2012. The History page lists activities from 2003 to 2012.
We will keep you informed as these projects develop and of any new projects which arise...