Bookbarn News

Flower and Garden Show at the Cottage 29 Oct 2017

We are joining with the Bacchus Marsh Flower and Garden Show and opening our Cottage garden on Sunday, 29th October 2017 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.  Please join us in our little garden.  Inside the Cottage, embroidered floral pieces will be on display, while in the Bookbarn (the Forge next door) you will see a printed history of the Bacchus Marsh Horticultural and Agricultural Show dating from 1867.  Plenty of news articles to create the history for you as well as entry tickets and prize certificates over the years.  We thank our friends at the Bacchus Marsh Historical Society for their assistance in the making of our...

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Cottage 13 August 2017 Open Day – Cancelled

We hope you won’t mind but we have decided to cancel our scheduled Open Day in the Cottage on Sunday, 13 August 2017.  Over the winter months, we have been working to present the Cottage to you in a more organised way – quite a bit of work is underway, more than we had anticipated.  Please pencil in your calendar “Sunday, 17th September 2017, 12 noon to 4.00 pm” – our next Open Day.  We’ll be looking forward to greeting you to our revitalised Cottage – still maintaining its elegance with...

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25 Years Anniversary.

  Late last month, on Sunday, 21 May 2017, we celebrated 25 years of our volunteers keeping the memory of the Blacksmith alive at our site in Bacchus Marsh.  A very enjoyable afternoon tea followed our special guest, Barbara Manly, a direct descendant of Thomas Manly, one of the blacksmiths who, in 1850, continued the business set up by Vere Quaile.  Members of the original Committee of Management were on hand to plant a tree to commemorate the occasion....

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2017 Australian Heritage Festival

  Once again, we are part of the Australian Heritage Festival.  Come and visit the Blacksmith’s Cottage and Forge – step back into the past when the ‘smithy was a going concern and the ‘smithy’s family lived in the adjoining Cottage.  In 2009 our Committee undertook an Oral History project, recording the voices of some of the district’s farming pioneers of the early 20th century, when the horse was the main source of transport and power and the Forge, the hub of the community.  During your visit you will hear their voices.  Watch a video of the ‘Marsh’s earlier days.  Volunteers will take you through the Cottage and Forge and tell you some of the stories from the past.  The experience will take you back into the days before modern technology, when water had to be fetched from the well and everything you ate, used or wore had to be made by hand.  Come and share some of these memories with us and revive your respect for those early pioneers who paved the...

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Saturdays 10-2
Sundays 12-4

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