Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts
Festival - March 2014
In beautiful autumn weather, Cornish minded
people gathered from across the eastern half
of Australia for the Dahlia and Arts
Festival in Eaglehawk, from 14th -16th
March. The CAV had arranged its own
activities within the Festival and was
delighted that the Grand Bard from Cornwall,
Maureen Fuller, was able to be with us.
During the weekend, the MUIOOF Hall had
educative displays, including some work from
a Primary School in Penzance, and people
were on hand to help with research.
On Friday afternoon, a coach tour of Bendigo
enabled people to see buildings with a
Cornish connection and to learn a little of
the history. This had been researched by
Leanne and Rob Lloyd and Rob was an
entertaining guide. At the Eaglehawk
cemetery, following afternoon tea, Bev
Hanson, a local historian, gave us a virtual
tour of graves belonging to those with
Friday evening was a Meet the Cornish Concert,
compered by Derek Trewarne, which included
community singing and items by the Cornish
Language Group, Tren Harvey, Noel Cathew and
Robert Gribben, followed by a delicious
Saturday saw members joining in the procession
and witnessing and/or participating in a
Bardic Ceremony in the Gardens which was led
by the Grand Bard.
In the evening, the St Piran's Dinner was held
and the guest speaker, Maureen Fuller, shared
with us thoughts about St Piran.
Sunday morning an Ecumenical Church Service,
at Eaglehawk Uniting Church, led by Rev.
Cynthia Page and Rev. Prof. Robert Gribben,
included some uplifting singing and a
reflective meditation. A pasty morning tea
An informal dinner, at The Manchester
Arms, finished off a superb weekend.
Back Cousin, Jack Eaglehawk Dahlia &
Arts Festival - 17th -21st March 2010
The Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival invited
the CAV to participate in their 2010 Festival
with the theme, 'Welcome Back, Cousin Jack'.
The President of the Dahlia Committee, Dave
Richards, (of Cornish descent) hosted many
meetings of the organizing committee,
including the Executive of the CAV, during
2009/2010 and a comprehensive program of
events was planned.
Tours of the Eaglehawk Cemetery
Cornish sites bus tour including Ninnes
Eaglehawk heritage speakers - Dave
Trewarne, Bev Hanson, Tom Luke, Moira
Meet the Cornish Concert
Cornish Church Service
Walking Tour of Eaglehawk
Cornish Language Class
St Piran's Dinner
The plans by Cornish sailor and adventurer Pete
Goss to repeat the voyage of the Newlyn fishing
lugger 'Mystery' and her seven man crew
to Victoria in 1854-1855 drew attention to that
incredible achievement by determined Cornishmen
at the time of extreme hardship in Cornwall and
the discovery of gold in Victoria.
With six of the crew being members or relations
of the Kelynack family of Newlyn they set sail
on November 18th 1854 in a boat designed for
close to shore fishing and with only one of the
men with a knowledge of ocean sailing and
navigation. One hundred and sixteen days later
they landed safely at Hobson's Bay.
With Richard Nicholls as skipper and navigator
they safely endured the Doldrums crossed the
Equator and arrived at Cape Town on January 17th
1855. January 24th saw them underway once again
and entrusted with Royal Mail for Victoria.
During the second leg of their journey they
safely negotiated gales, snow, storms and huge
seas and finally sighted the Cape Otway Light on
March 12th 1855.
Nicholl's log, letters and newspaper reports are
among the documentation preserved to verify
their achievement and secure their rightful
place in Cornish-Australian history. The
little vessel remained in Australian waters and
was wrecked in a storm off Rockhampton,
Queensland in 1859.
During 2008 Pete Goss's vessel 'Spirit of
Mystery' was constructed in Cornwall as a
'close as possible' replica, built of local
timbers to the design of the traditional Mounts
Bay Luggers. It was launched at
Millbrook on the South Cornwall coast on 21st
June. A 'Naming & Blessing' ceremony was
held at the Newlyn Fishing Festival on August
His crew for the voyage comprised family members
- son Eliot & brother Andy Goss and
brother-in-law Mark Maidment (who unfortunately
broke his leg off the coast of Portland).
They left Mounts Bay on 20th October 2008. The 'Mystery'
took 59 days to reach Cape Town whilst for Pete
and the 'Spirit of Mystery' took 66 days
which was largely due to the aftermath of a
storm that the vessel was carried into Cape Town
harbour on the morning of Christmas Day 2008.