Local community group Axedale Our Town – Our Future, known as AOTOF, was formed in 2007, with the purpose of putting together a local community plan. Since this group formed, there has been much work done by the committee and members, to make improvements to Axedale, and also to the lives of the people in the community of Axedale and surrounds.
The committee of AOTOF have developed a community plan, which was a collaboration with the local community and the City of Greater Bendigo. When this plan was put into place, it was intended that everything on the plan would be enacted by the end of 2022. Covid-19 has caused the plan to be slightly behind where expected, but it is still a work in progress.
The AOTOF committee is sectioned into portfolios, with committee members, choosing the portfolio that is of interest to them. The portfolios are as follows”
* Community Portfolio * Community Resilience Portfolio * Events Portfolio * Communications Portfolio
As a result of the Axedale Community Plan, many events, both informative and fun, now appear regularly on the local calendar. Axedale is now a vibrant community, due to the hard work done by committed locals.
Community members are always welcome to attend and contribute to AOTOF meetings. At the moment, however, due to Covid-19, the meetings are held virtually. If you are interested in attending, leave me a comment and I will ensure you have the necessary information.
ERECTED IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL JOSEPH THE BELOVED SON OF MICHAEL & ELLEN KENNEDY NATIVES COUNTY TIPPERARY IRELAND DIED ,MAY 31ST 1876 AGED 9 YEARS R.I.P. ALSO THEIR SON FRANCIS PATRICK WHO DIED 30TH JUNE 1934 AGED 69 R.I.P.
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Thursday 28 June 1906, page 8
OBITUARY The funeral of the late Mr. Terrence Canny, an old and highly respected resident of Mosquito Creek, took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, and was very largely attended. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. P. Bourke, P. Rogers, E. Harrison, and T. Burns. The Rev. Father Rohan conducted the burial service. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter to mourn a sad loss. Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral arrangements.
HANNAH CANNY DIED 1908
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Thursday 16 January 1908, page 3
The funeral of the late Mrs. Hannah Canny (relict of the late Terence Canny) took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, leaving her residence, Mosquito Creek, at 2 o’clock and was very largely attended. The deceased lived in Victoria for 56 years, was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and leaves two sons and one daughter. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. E. Drake. J. Frawley, C. Shanahann and J. Mann. The Rev. Father Cremins read the burial service and Messrs, Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF TERRENCE CANNY DIED AT AXEDALE 25TH JUNE 1906 AGED 76 YEARS ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE HANNAH WHO DIED 13TH JANUARY 1908 AGED 80 YEARS NATIVES OF CLAIRE, IRELAND ETERNAL REST GIVE TO THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM
From: The Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday 26 July, 1913, Page 10 OBITUARY The funeral of the late Mrs. Annie Curthoy, wife of Mr. William Curthoy, took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, leaving her late residence, Axedale, at 2.30. It was very largely attended. There were some beautiful floral tributes. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. E. Drake, M. Howley, S. Doake, and W. Evans. The deceased was 48 years of age, and leaves a widower and four sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. The Rev. Father Rohan read the burial service, and Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral arrangements.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR MOTHER ANNIE CURTHOYS BELOVED WIFE OF WILLIAM CURTHOYS DIED JULY 1913 AGED 48 YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE WILLIAM CURTHOYS DIED 29TH DECEMBER 1945 AGED 83 YEARS
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Wednesday, 30 August 1911, page 6 The funeral of the late Mrs. Bridget McNamara, which took place yesterday to the Axedale cemetery from the residence of her husband, Mr. Denis McNamara, Axedale, was largely attended. The coffin-bearers were, Messrs. J. Colvin, J. Bourke, T. Banfield, W. McNamara. Deceased was a native of Galway, Ireland, a colonist for 60 years, and leaves three sons and one daughter. The Rev. Father Rohan read the burial service, and Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral.
Denis McNamara, Died 1912
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Tuesday 12 November 1912 The funeral of the late Mr. Denis McNamara took place yesterday to the Axedale Cemetery, leaving his late residence, Mosquito Creek. It was largely attended. The coffin-bearers were Messrs. J. Colvin, P. Bourke, M. Comer, and W. McNamara. The Rev. Father Rohan read the burial service. Messrs. Fizelle and Mulqueen carried out the funeral arrangements.
Bridget McNamara, Died 1884
From: Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday 01 November 1884, page 2. Death has been busy amongst the inhabitants of this district lately, his latest victim being Miss Bridget McNamara, a young lady of only 20 summers, and one for whom there was an universal feeling of respect. Great sympathy is felt for her relatives, and this was shown in a practical manner by about 200 persons following her remains to their last resting-place — the local cemetery. The cause of death was disease of the brain.
Hannah McNamara Died 1924
MRS. HANNAH McNAMARA After an illness of eight weeks Mrs Hannah McNamara died at her residence, Toolleen. Deceased was in the 58th year of her age. She was much respected by a wide circle of friends She was a native of Lauriston, near Kyneton. Deceased was the relict of the late Denis McNamara and mother of William, Mary, Denis, and James. The remains were interred, in the family vault, Axedale. The pall-bcarers were Messrs. A. Duff, M Fouhey, D. Mulvehill, and L. Toohey. Rev. FT. Reman, officiated at the grave. Messrs. Fizelle and Mullqueen conducted the funeral. R.l.P.
*Note: Hannah McNamara was buried in the family vault. Her name has not been engraved with other family members.
here rest denis mcnamara who died nov 9th 1912 aged 84 years bridget mcnamara who died aug 27th 1911 aged 86 years and their daughter bridget who died Oct. 22nd 1884 aged 20 years also denis mcnamara who died dec 11th 1919 aged 60 years “may they rest in peace”
From: Bendigo Independant, Saturday 11 November 1916, page 2
Wednesday, November 15, has been set apart as Children’s Day, and the Sunday schools of the district will take advantage of the public holiday to hold their annual picnics. some schools thought that, considering the present war crisis, it was inadvisable to hold picnics, but the majority considered that it could serve no good purpose by depriving the children of the day they look for annually.
The following is a list of picnics to be held:
RAVENSWOOD. The Forest Street Methodist Sunday School will hold their annual picnic at Ravenswood, on Wednesday next, The train leaves Bendigo at 10.25. The fares are — Adults,. Is 6d; children under 16 Is. Hot water and milk will be provided free. At Ravenswood on Wednesday next the annual picnic of the Wilson Street Sunday School will take place. Fares are— Adults, tram and train, 2s, train only, is 6d; children under 16, is 3d. Hot water and milk will be provided free.
The St. Matthew’s Sunday School, Long Gully, will hold their annual picnic to Ravenswood on Wednesday next. Special trams will leave the Manchester loop Long Gully, at about 9.15 a.m., and a special train will convey picnickers to Ravenswood, leaving at 10 a.m. Hot water will be provided free. The fares are — Adults, 2s; children under 16, is 3d including tram and train.
The Golden Square Methodist Sunday School will also celebrate their annual picnic at Ravenswood on Wednesday next Fares are 1s 6d and 1s. The time table will appear in Monday’s issue.
The annual united picnic of the Forest street. Quarry Hill and Galvin street Congregational Sunday Schools will be held at Axedale on Wednesday next. The committee has made every arrangement possible to provide for the comfort and enjoyment of its patrons and with fine weather a most pleasant day should be spent. The train will leave Bendigo at 9.25 a.m., returning from Axedale at 7 pm., and the fares are, adults 2s, children 1s. Tickets are now obtainable at Bolton Bros., Mitchell street. A plentiful supply of hot water will be available free of charge.
St. John’s Presbyterian Sunday School Picnic will be held at Axedale on Wednesday next. A special train will leave Bendigo at 10.15 a.m., and Axedale on the r turn journey at 7.50 p.m. St. Paul’s Picnic to Axedale will be held on Wednesday next, Children’s Day. The outing promises to be very popular, as besides St. Paul’s, St. John Presb terian. Congregational, All Saints, Holy Trinity and Strickland Road have chosen Axedale for their picnic. Stalls will be conducted in aid of the Red Cross Fund. Tea, hot water and milk will be free. Tickets may be obtained from Mr. J. Leaney, Williamson street, or the Cambridge Press, Market Square. The fares for All Saints’ annual picnic to Axedale on Wednesday next are: — Adults, 2s; children 1s. The time of dparture has not yet been fixed.
From: The Bendigo Advertiser, Friday, 13 June 1890, Page 2
” The recent Fight near Axedale.—William Minter, a woodcutter and well-known footballer, and M. O’Neill, a farmer residing at Axedale, both young men, appeared at the City Police Court yesterday, charged with unlawfully assaulting each other. The defendants were the two principals in the fight which occurred at Axedale on a Sunday afternoon recently, and to which reference was made in these columns at the time. The defendants pleaded guilty, and after Messrs. Kirby and Tatchell had addressed the bench on their behalf, the presiding magistrate, Mr. Patterson, said that, such conduct could not be tolerated, especially on a Sabbath. The defendants were each fined £10 or in default six weeks’ imprisonment. The fines were at once paid. The courthouse was crowded with a number of young men, friends of the two defendants, who watched the proceedings with considerable interest. Four other young men were charged with aiding and abetting Minter and O’Neill, but the cases were postponed for a week to enable the lawyers engaged in the defence to, if they can obtain authorities, show that it is not sufficient to ensure a conviction that only, the presence of a person at a fight need be proved. Mr. Patterson, yesterday, expresed the opinion that that was all that was accessary.