Return of the Rushworth Lockup

Some of you may have noticed a new (old) building next to the court house in recent days. Well after much negotiation and planning over the last two years involving DELWP and Campaspe shire, the old police lock up which was originally from Rushworth has returned to its rightful place after being away for nearly 100 years. The story is that in 1915 a constable in the newly proclaimed Tongala requested a lockup, as at the time prisoners had to be taken to Kyabram to be imprisoned. Subsequently a spare lockup at Rushworth was sent to Tongala. (Which says something about Rushworth during that time in that they had two lockups for the troublesome Rushworth residents. So maybe by 1915 with the gold rush days the need for two lockups was excessive). The lockup was sent to Tongala in May 1915 and remained at the Tongala Police station until 2003 when the new police station was built. The Tongala Lions Club believing it was worth preservation, secured it from the police department and relocated it to the Golden Cow Dairy Centre in 2003. When the Golden Cow Dairy Centre closed it remained there until the story was told of its origin to the Court House Revival crew who have organszed it to be brought home to Rushworth. It is not in its original position as that would have been behind the old Rushworth Police station somewhere however its current place next to the courthouse should make it another great tourist attraction in Rushworth in addition to the court house when it gets up and running. Its nice to see a bit of Rushworth history returning to the town after 100 years.

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Whroo cricket ground

Did you know Whroo had a cricket ground? It was located on the designated recreation reserve seen in the map below. If you go to the location in the forest to where the middle of this recreation reserve is located you can still find the remains of the concrete cricket pitch as see in the attached photos…

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Massey Harris Tractor

Here is our Massey Harris circa 1928 heading off on her maiden trip at the 2017 Easter Festival parade. The tractor has had extensive work done on her by the members of the Rushworth Machinery Preservation Club, as part of the ongoing commitment that both groups have in the preservation of Rushworths history. Photo Keith Stewart.

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Rushworth War Memorial

The Rushworth RSL in partnership with The Royal Australian Air Force.

Anzac Centenary 1914–2017

To Honour the memory of Air Vice-Marshal

Frank McNamara VC CBE CB

Air Marshal

Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC.

Ceremony held at the War Memorial 20 March 2017

Posting some photos taken on the Day. It is a credit to the Rushworth RSL to Honour these two former Rushworth residents. Next time you visit check out the two busts at the memorial.

 

 

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The Jeff Chief Perry Music Room

 

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And Perry family members witnessed a naming ceremony take place, where the music room at the Museum was named the Jeff Chief Perry Music Room.

 

This was in appreciation of the many years of voluntary service Chief has freely given to the Museum. Chief is a life member and is also the Museum’s Historian and he also served as the President of the Rushworth Citizen band for 27 years even though he could not read or play any instrument.

Jeff had lived most of his life in Rushworth where he had his own butcher shop.

This is a fitting tribute to Jeff as he is has also played a leading role in many other Rushworth organisations.

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Big Day in Rushworth.

Rushworth RSL Sub Branch in Partnership with The Royal Australian Air Force.

Will be having a Memorial Unveiling of Busts, Commemoration and Dedication Ceremony, Laying of Wreaths.

To honour the memory of two former Rushworth men

Air vice –Marshal Frank McNamara VC CBE CB.

Air Marshal Sir George Jones KBE CB DFC.

There will be a Fly over by the RAAF.

Service starts at the Rushworth War Memorial at 10.30Am on 20th March 2017.

Public are invited to attend and wearing of medals is encouraged.

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Rushworth Fire Bell Code

The old Rushworth Fire and emergency Bell Code sign which was once on the fire bell tower has recently been restored and is now in the Rushworth Fire station .

Museum member Bill  has restored to sign, after it was found in the old Ambulance shed in High Street.

The sign dates back to old Country Fire Brigade Board before the CFA was started.

The town was divided into 4 parts and different dong were rang to notify firemen which Part of the town the emergency was.

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