Event: Kids In The Park

Recently, a crowd of excited children gathered at the Axedale Community Park for ‘Kids In The Park – Space Day’. Lots of fun was had and energy burnt off on what was the last day of the school holidays.

The event was organised by Sonya Browne on behalf on local community group Axedale Our Town Our Future (AOTOF).

The fun included a jumping castle, arts and crafts, face painting and story time. Children were invited to come dressed in their favourite space costume with prizes for best costumes.

*Thanks to Sonya Browne for photos

Sugarloaf Road Bridge Opening

Sugarloaf Road Bridge Opening

image: Frances Ford

An important celebration event marking the restoration and reopening of the Sugarloaf Road Bridge was held recently.  The event was auspiced by local community group, Axedale Our Town Our Future (AOTOF), with support from the City of Greater Bendigo, Timber Restoration Systems and the State Emergency Service.

The City of Greater Bendigo awarded a contract for major repairs to the historic bridge, to Timber Restoration Systems, and Sugarloaf Road has been closed since early June to enable the works to the bridge to be undertaken. The project was more complex than originally anticipated, but the road re-opened to traffic on 01 October 2019.

Chis Hobson, President of AOTOF, said today: ‘this beautiful historic bridge is important, not just to the heritage of Axedale, but as an important transport and access link for an area that is growing in population. We know that the local residents campaigned for 12 years from 1862 onwards, for a bridge to be built. It was finally opened in 1874, almost exactly 145 years ago.

The bridge was almost destroyed 120 years later, when the the Shire of Strathfieldsaye tendered for works to demolish the bridge and replace it with a floodway, in 1993. It was only saved by local residents campaigning for the preservation and maintenance of the bridge, until council reversed it’s decision and agreed to fund repairs.

The celebration event was attended by many local residents, who appreciated the work done to restore the bridge. They were also appreciative of the bridge being open to traffic again. Afternoon tea was provided and historical information was on display. A range of emergency preparedness resources was available to be viewed.

* Special thanks to Frances Ford for making this information available.

 

 

Axedale Cemetary

The Axedale Cemetery is situated on 9 acres, on the corner of McIvor Highway and Cemetery Road in a bush setting, surrounded by gum trees. The first unconfirmed burial was George Bywaters in 1865.

The Axedale Cemetery, unusually, is actually, two separate cemeteries side by side. There is the Protestant or public cemetery and alongside it the Roman Catholic Cemetery. This is a private cemetery administered by the Catholic Church of Bendigo. The Catholic cemetery is surrounded by an eye catching bluestone wall.

Axedale Catholic Cemetery entrance

Surrounding bluestone wall

Axedale Public Cemetery

Follow for further posts of obituaries and burials at Axedale Public Cemetery and Axedale Catholic Cemetery

A dastardly act in Axedale 1893

from Bendigo Advertiser Saturday April 1, 1893, page 5

HOW BUSH FIRES ARE CAUSED.

A DASTARDLY ACT.

What is evidently a most despicable and malicious act was perpetrated at Axedale on Wednesday evening, the victim being Mr. N. Ingham, the well-known quarry proprietor and hotel keeper of that place.  On Tuesday after noon an elderly man named Charles Seward, a laborer, arrived by train in Axedale, having been engaged at the Government labor bureau in Melbourne, by Mr. P. J. Cooney, the teacher at the Campaspe East State School, to work for him for 8s per week. On Tuesday evening he camped on the river bank under the bridge at Axedale, and on Wednesday he did some odd jobs for Mr. Ingham, who, however, was dissatisfied with the manner in which the man performed his work.

They had a settlement, and Mr. Ingham told the fellow to move on. Seward asked for a glass of beer, but the request was refused. The man left the hotel muttering vengeance against the landlord. He took his swag and tramped off along the road to Toolleen.

A young man, named Johnson, a woodcarter in the employ of Mr. Minter, was driving a horse and load of wood into Axedale, when he discovered that he had lost a couple of wedges. He walked back along the road and suddenly came on Seward, whom he alleges he saw set fire to a fence in three different places. As soon as Seward saw that he was discovered,he remarked to Johnson, ” You saw me lighting my pipe, didn’t you?” Johnson replied that that excuse was ” too thin, ” as he had seen the man deliberately fire the fence, which belongs to Mr. Ingham.

Seward remarked that if Johnson said a word about the matter he would blow his brain out. He then walked off along the road towards Toolleen. The alarm was raised, and several persons attracted by the smoke hurried to the spot, and by their united efforts subdued the flames, but not before nearly half a mile of fencing and a quantity of grass had been destroyed.

Mounted constable Haydon, who is in charge of the police station at Axedale, was away on duty at the Wild Duck Creek during the day, and on his return home in the evening the matter was reported to him by Mr. Ingham.

The constable at once set off in chase of the offender, and nearing Toolleen, which is about 15 miles distant from Axedale, he noticed a man camping by the roadside. From the description that had been furnished him by Mr. Ingham, the constable arrested the fellow, and on bringing him back to the police station he was fully identified.

He was then locked up on a charge of wilfully and maliciously setting fire to the property. It was a fortunate circumstance that there was not any wind blowing at the time or the adjoining properties of Messrs. Heffernan, Cahill, Brown and others right down to the Clare Inn would probably have been destroyed.

The accused was brought into Bendigo on Thursday by Constable Baydon and, during the afternoon. Mr. J. R. Hoskins, J.P., attended at the Town Hall and remanded the accused, who denied the charge, until Thursday next.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88966222

 

Axedale Concert 1915

The Advocate 04 September 1915

At Mr. Drake’s Hall on Wednesday, 25th August, the annual concert was held in aid of the funds of St. Mary’s Church. The Rev. M. Heffernan occupied the chair.

The attendance was very large and the programme good. The following ladies and gentlemen contributed items: — Misses M. Bentley, C. Ronan, V. O’Donneli, E. and M. O’Connor, and C. J. Drake, Messrs. W. Ruth, J. Herrick J. R. M cDonald, and A. Brown.

 

Mrs. W. Ruth acted as accompanist, and her playing was a feature of the programme. The manner in which the artists rendered their respective items must have been pleasing to the party who travelled from Bendigo over bad roads to entertain the residents of Axedale.

Mr. C. Burke, of Bendigo, with his usual generosity, placed his fine car at the disposal of the artists. He also contributed to the funds by raffling a clock which was won by Mr. R. O’Brien, of the Crown Hotel, Bendigo (ticket No. 39) Mr. W. Hawkins acted as secretary, and was ably assisted by a ladies committee, with, Misses D. Neylon and A Brown as joint secretaries. The Rev. chairman thanked all who assisted to make the concert such a social and financial success.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article151760857

(Punctuation and paragraphs  have been added to the above transcription for ease and speed of reading)

Pirates in Axedale

On the last Friday of the recent school holidays, excited little pirates converged on Axedale Community Park for the Axedale Community Pirate Party.

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Organiser Sonya Browne said the event which was sponsored by Axedale Our Town Our Future was a huge success. Children had fun on the pirate jumping castle and were even able to walk the plank like a true pirate.

The Axedale Community is well know for their support of local events, and this one was no exception. This was a free event which was an added bonus for families at the end of the school holidays.