Friends' field trip

This event ran well on Saturday 14 July 2018. Click HERE to see a photo-story that records some highlights from the event.

The publicity and itinerary is below.


Join fellow Friends of the HCV on a winter field trip to visit some fascinating historical collections in the Central Goldfields. We will visit museums and collections in Maryborough and Maldon.

This excursion requires you to drive yourself, or to arrange car-pooling with others. The HCV Executive Officer, Margaret Birtley, will meet you at each location.

HCV Friends are warmly encouraged to bring their own friends and family.

A full itinerary (including suggestions for lunch venues) will be supplied a few days before the trip, by email to all who RSVP. Here is an outline:

10:30 - Meet at the Central Goldfields Art Gallery (Old Fire Station, Neil Street, Maryborough) where the Gallery staff will kindly provide our morning tea.

The current exhibition features an amazing selection of wedding photos taken by a local man, Wal Richards. Over five decades, 1946-1996, Wal documented almost every wedding in the Maryborough district. His collection of over 20,000 photographs is now owned by the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society. There's a short video about his work on the Culture Victoria website.

The Art Gallery Curator and the Historical Society's President will introduce the exhibition to us.

11:30 - Visit the Maryborough Midlands Historical Society at Worsley Cottage (about a 3-minute drive from the Gallery).

Lunch (BYO picnic or purchase at a convenient location in Maryborough or Maldon), and drive 30 minutes to Maldon.

2:00 - Visit the Maldon District Museum where some very significant items are on display, including the Maldon Miners' Banner (recently registered by the Heritage Council of Victoria) and the Maldon Panorama photograph that's the subject of a fascinating article in the latest edition of the Victorian Historical Journal (vol.89, no.1, pp. 165-178). David Oldfield and Peter Cuffley, co-authors of the VHJ article, will be on hand to welcome us and answer questions.

3:00 - Visit the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum (opened 2006) which incorporates the Thompson’s Foundry engineering archive.

4:00 - Excursion program concludes; continue to enjoy the region, then travel homewards at your own pace.

Cost - please be prepared to pay admission fees (i.e. $5 per head at Worsley Cottage and $5 per head at the Maldon District Museum) and to pay your own way regarding the cost of transport and refreshments.

If you'd like to stay longer in the region, please contact the Visitor Information Centre in Maryborough for advice on accommodation and other local attractions.


This is a special networking event for HCV Friends and their friends & family.

If you are not yet a member of the HCV Friends, please click HERE to sign up now!

If you are already a Friend of the HCV, please click on the RSVP button below to accept this invitation. 


July 14, 2018 at 10:00am - 4pm
Central Goldfields Art Gallery
2 Neill St
Maryborough, Victoria 3465
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