From Horse to Hot Rod
March 19 @ 10:00 am - March 22 @ 4:00 pm
Castlemaine Pioneers and Old Residents Association Inc is celebrating its 140th birthday this year in March with a 4 day exhibition in the Castlemaine Town Hall.
Explorer, Major Mitchell, first passed through the district on 29 September, 1836. Soon afterwards gold was discovered at Mount Alexander and ships docked at Melbourne and Geelong from whence the disembarking hopefuls made their way, usually by foot and pushing a wheelbarrow, to Castlemaine. Those who were plump in the pocket might have used a horse, a bullock wagon or travelled in style in a stage coach.
The exhibition will focus on transport with local coach and wagon builders featured with a display of old horse-drawn vehicles. Old bicycles, motor bikes, cars and trucks will also be on display. You’ll also see photos of old steam and modern diesel engines and the old Port Phillip Bay paddle steamers which played an important part in Castlemaine’s early days. Today Castlemaine is a major centre of Veteran and Vintage car restoration, along with the building of Hot Rods. Even early aviation will be part of the exhibition because of Castlemaine’s strong connections with those brave, or perhaps foolhardy, early aviators.