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2017 DatesJune 3rd - AGM Speaker Derek Trewarne
August 5th - TBA
October 7th - TBA
Annual Bus TripTardwarncoort 1015
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St Piran's Day 2015
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See the 2013 Gallery
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Previous Reports and Speakers2014
More images of Maureen Fuller's visit to Ballarat in May 2013
Images from the 25th Anniversary
Nita Receiving her Award
Robert and Award Recipients
Nita and Joy Cutting the Cake
Maureen Fuller - Grand Bard
Miniature Steam Parade
Trevithick Day 2012
Interior at Lound Church
Helen Helston presenting her Family History segment
John and Sandra Hosking with John Skewes
Walking through Piper’s Wood, they passed a
small waterfall and came to the house of artist
Mary Martin and then to Cotehele House, former
home of the Edgecumbe family, and now managed by
the National Trust.
During the Second World War the American soldiers used Vogus Lane as a very important part of their training. Phone lines went up and down the Lane attached to the very tall beech trees. The Army Lorries drove up and down the Lane and landing Ducks were around the River Tamar.
December 2016 Meeting
Although our numbers were down on previous
Christmas functions, those who attended had a
wonderful time, including some members from
Melbourne, Bendigo and Geelong who joined us for
Our speaker at the October meeting was John
John presented a session entitles, What’s so Funny?
This included a number of poems he had written over the years and also some from well known authors and comedians.
*Chambers Handel music
*Railway Hotel Linton
*Stories about their Home in which they were living at Buninyong including the adventures of his chickens and geese
*A poem by G K. Chesterton about Noah.
*Driving down a dirt track in the centre of Australia
*Old age – now you are only a number
*Dentures with a Pam Ayres poem about teeth,
John then shared one he had written about parrots for his grandchildren. John’s humour was evident as the listeners reacted as he read his poems.
Left: China Clay Statues at Wheal Martyn
Above: High Pressure Hose
Above: Clay Pit at Wheal Martyn
John Hosking spoke on the Cornish Clay Industry at the last meeting, with first hand knowledge of the industry.
China clay is a material known as kaolin which was first used in China many thousands of years ago to make fine white porcelain.
Some of this made its way to Europe where the gentry were still making do with crude earthenware pots and where porcelain was highly sought after.
William Cookworthy, a Plymouth apothecary began to research the porcelain making process and spent several years searching for material that resembled the kaolin that had been used for so long in China. In 1745 he eventually found it at Tregonning Hill , near Germoe, in Cornwall where a rare type of decomposed granite, finer than most talcum powders, occurs naturally.
This material was known locally as Moorstone, Growan and Growan Clay.
Cookworthy found a way to separate the material, using water to remove impurities and then spent another twenty years developing his own recipe for making porcelain, which he successfully patented in 1768.
He immediately established the Plymouth Porcelain Factory and began making fine china to sell to the gentry.
He also began to sell the raw material to other English potteries
By the early nineteenth century the industry was big business.
The St Austell deposits had emerged as the largest in the world and other uses had also been found for the clay, such as in paper, paint and rubber goods.
Throughout the 19th century thousands of men were employed with harsh working conditions, either spraying the walls of open pits with high pressured hoses to remove the clay or processing and transporting the material which was exported to all corners of the globe.
By 1910 Cornwall was producing about fifty per cent of the world’s china clay.
In 1919 the three main producers merged, calling themselves English China Clay which continued to dominate the market until it was bought by a French company in 1999.
Today the St Austell deposits have been largely abandoned with some of the operations being moved to Brazil.
Now there are less than two thousand employees left in Cornwall.
The legacy of China Clay still defines the region, with the Eden Project sitting in a former china clay pit and the Wheal Martyn Heritage Museum set in the grounds of two former working china clay pits.
|At AGM meeting, the
2016-2017 Ballarat Committee was
Chairperson - Wendy Benoit
Vice Chairperson - Keith Lanyon
Administrative Secretary - Lorice Jenkin
Assistant Admin Secretary - Lenice Stuchbery
Treasurer - Ian Jennings
|Our speaker was Past
President of the CAV, Rev. Prof. Robert
Gribben whose chosen topic was ‘The
Varieties of Methodism’. With many members
in the audience having a Methodist
background, this was a most interesting
Different types of Methodism that evolved:
Groups that broke away were:
1797 The Methodist New Connexion. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was a member of the New Connexion.
1806 The Independent Methodist also known as Quaker Methodists
|1811 Primitive Methodists –
founders were Hugh Bourne and William
1814 - Tent Methodists
1815 The Bible Christians
1831 Arminian Methodists
1835 Wesleyan Methodists Association
1847 Protestant Methodists – no pipe organs
1849 Wesley Reform Society
1857 United Methodist Free Church
The Wesley brothers published many books which included diaries, sermons letters and medical advice. There were also many potteries made busts of John Wesley.
Val D'Angri and Robrt Gribben
In Australia in 1902 the various groups joined
to become The Methodist Church and in the UK the
various groups formed the Methodist Church in
|During the April Meeting,
Max Beck gave a very interesting talk
about his book A Different Earth
To research the material to include in his book Max read the diaries of many people who had similar experiences to Jane Dunstan his great-great Grandmother.
The great Cornish migration to Australia had begun before the gold rush because times were tough in Cornwall.
His book is also about the history of the Cornish emigrant miners who came to Australia to seek a better life.
On the threshold of starvation when the potato blight hit Cornwall Jane Dunstan decided to rescue her family from desperate poverty and her husband, Richard, from the dreadful conditions in the mines.
She successfully applied for a free passage to migrate to South Australia with their seven children aged one to twelve.
After suffering appalling living conditions in the cramped steerage quarters of the ship and the challenges of the sea during the three month journey, the family, on arrival in South Australia in 1849 travelled 100 miles north of Adelaide by bullock wagon and walking to the Burra copper mines.
At Burra they lived in an underground dugout in the banks of the Burra Creek. Richard and his three eldest sons worked in the copper mines. For Jane it was a dramatic time, with floods, a new baby born underground and the tragic loss of her husband and two daughters.
On the discovery of gold in Victoria in 1851, Jane hired a bullock dray and driver to take her and her remaining six children on a courageous six week overland trek to the Victorian goldfields. Max described the difficulties of locating and travelling along the trail as they travelled from South Australia to Victoria
On arriving at the diggings Jane was horrified by what she saw but made do with what was available. Ultimately Jane remarried and had three more babies. In total she had eleven children. She eventually became the Grandmother to fifty-nine.
Jane died in 1886.
Badges, ball of lapis lazuli and Victoria Cross Memorial Order of Service.
Left: Keith Lanyon with steel gauntlet
Boots, hats and ID discs