(12) Award for
Excellence. Create two awards, one for children
for youth Suitable criteria could be developed but must be
of Cornish decent/ancestry, (12 to 17years), (18 to 30
years.) who in
the last two years have already received some form of
recognition for achievement in a recognized field, eg
music, service, art. Nominations to be submitted by
members of the
Cornish Association and the Award, plus two year
membership to the CAV
to be presented at a public event beyond an Association
Civic occasion) where some form of promotion of the
also take place.
The following ideas arise from an invitation to
Members of the Cornish
Association of Victoria to submit ideas to refresh
interest in things
Cornish. This includes the Association programme
and possible projects
that could be researched.
Members are invited to add to the list presented
here so that the ideas
can be discussed before being considered be the
Committee of the
Association in September 2012.
(1) Pasty Making
Invite parents and children to a pastry making
activity, perhaps linked
with other fun things. Seek sponsorship from
Promotion.(eg Bakers Delight) Tell the story of
the Cornish pasty. Make
the longest pasty in Australia!!!!. Invite the
media. Perhaps this
would be best undertaken as part of a larger
Bendigo, Ballarat, Australia Day ) Another higher
profile idea would be
to convince a retail food company to jump on the
present interest in
cooking by launching a national pasty making
Guests and Speakers.
Could more negotiation take place between the
committee and CAV. with the view to CAV assisting
with visiting artists
from Cornwall on the understanding that after the
Lowender they be used
in other venues across Australia.
In a similar way could the Victorian History
Library or similar bodies
use speakers who present papers at the Lowender.
This would ensure good
use of the material and a platform to promote
In conjunction with the Overland Gold Project the
CAV Committee could
ask the SA Kerneweck Lowender to promote a
corporate car expedition to
journey the gold route from SA to Victoria. People
to register interest
to join the convoy and to leave after the
Kerneweck programme. ( Moira
Research to Schools.
Approach especially local Secondary Schools with
an invitation to
provide supervision and resources to students
during school hours where
individual students undertake a project on
Cornwall. No strings
attached. This may involve some aspect of culture,
festivals , mining,
smuggling, Eden project, or exploring family
(5) Cousin Jack
Promote a way of having family fun while passing
on family heritage.
CAV to invest in preparing a Family Pack of
professional standard, a
resource containing suggestions that enables
families to celebrate
their family roots. A Colourful pack could include
brief stories, pasty
directions, Cornish flags, games and competition
place mats. scarves. hats, stick ons, make a
badge, balloons draw a
map, gold field board game and brick-a-brac. The
pack could be used as
a themes for grandpa’s birthday party, St Piran’s
celebration or a school project. Advertise and
market the same across
(6) Cornish Face
The South Australian Cornish Association, Mr Chris
Dunkley NSW and
Bendigo have Cornish Face Book sites. Another site
called, I pledge
myself to become more fluent in Cornish in 2012
has 134 friends.
CAV already has a good web site but if it is to
relate to the next
generation it will need to explore the use of
social-media/ Face Book.
CAV could investigate a Group Page to advertise
its individual events
across 100’s of friends who have a known interest
in things Cornish.
This Active site would provide more information,
attract people to our
web site and connect people to each other. It
would get conversation
going. We would know who was intending to attend
events and GPS would
tell people how to get to the venue.(Note the next
generation will use
a face book diary and will not know how to use the
The Association would not have control over what
people may say on Face
book but it has the advantage of generating
interest in things Cornish. Action could include:
(a) The Committee could choose
to explore this potential.
(b) The Committee could sponsor
an awareness raising workshop to introduce people
to Face Book
and to become Cornish Friends.
Because goodwill has often existed between the
Cornish and Welsh people
could CAV consider forming some from of
partnership with the Welsh
Cambrian Society, 97636427, the Welsh Choir or
Welsh Church at 320
Latrobe St. The best form of Partnership could
discussed, eg A shared
annual concert with invited media and special
selected guests who may
advance the public awareness of the Welsh/Cornish
(8)Folk songs and
Plan an activity meeting around Cornish folk
songs, stories and
traditional dancing. Songs could include sea
shanties. Often songs have
background stories. Also story of Joseph Emidy
(Bill Phillips)We could
also have a fun go at the Cranbourne or furry
dance.( Janet Woolhouse)
people to tour.
“I reckon actually visiting and seeing Cornwall is
the best way to
arouse a lasting interest in the place. Then when
people come to our
meetings they can relive a little bit of their
holiday and may even
want to go again.
Tourism is the life blood of Cornwall and with the
high value of the
Aust. dollar it’s a good time to travel so lets
talk it up!!!!!.
Convince a local Agent in a Cornish area here in
Aussie( Bendigo) to
advertise and promote it on a commercial basis.
Done together with
C.A.V. promotion we could do a deal to share some
of the Agent’s
(10) Reaching the
Could the Bards or CAV in a joint project with
Association of South Australia) investigate the
commissioning children’s author and Bard Rosanne
Hawk (SA) to prepare a
low cost, “Activity kit for Children”. The purpose
of the kit would be
to inform children of their Cornish heritage in a
fun way. Part of the
kit could be modified to suit the story of each
State in which it was
used.( insert page, Burra SA, Goldfields Vic,
Early Settlement NSW)
This could be made available to schools, used as a
grandparents. Built an inter-generational event
around the use of the
same.( ref Julian Ridge, Activity Guide to Gwennap
Hobbies and interests of the past are changing and
taking on a
different look. It’s hard to get people to join
organizations or attend
club meetings, especially young people. Some
groups served a purpose in
yester-year but what of tomorrow?
Instigate a social research project that includes
a wide range of
groups, the Old Cornwall Society in Cornwall as
well as Cornish
Associations and branches across Australia. The
aim could include:
(a) Examining the significance
of a range of ethnic
groups, clubs, their role in preserving history
and culture. Some
assessment/perception of their contemporary
relevance and future
(b) Society” based in Cornwall
and the Cornish
Associations /Branches across Australia. (perhaps
use the same
questions/criteria applied to (a)
(c) Compare these findings with
those obtained from
“Old Cornwall On the basis of these findings and
how culture/heritage groups may play a positive
role in the future and
what possible re-shaping may be required.
(13) School Essay or Video Competition. Rather
than the usual
competition among members, mount a comp. of two categories
students. Upper Primary and early Secondary. Limited
length. Factual or
Offer a $200 prize and advertise among schools and in
Subject matter related to any aspect of Cornish culture,
eg Sailing in
Cornwall, Immigration to Australia, King Arthur, etc.
(14) Meeting Trivia To
a little Cornish content and brighten meetings
segment of Cornish trivia. A very brief spot in the
someone presents a fascinating insight into an aspect of
culture.explain the difference between The Furry Dance and
Dance, (Bill P ) or How to name your House in Cornish (
See book 124
“Cornish Names” T F G Bexter. etc.
(15) Research Project.
Seeking the guidance and assistance of Prof Phillip Payton
the Australian Immigration Dept, and with the assistance
of the Freedom
of Information Act, attempt to discover information about
Cornish immigrants to Australia. Why they come, where they
work, connections and interests. Compare this to the
of the nineteenth century and seek to establish how
continue to contribute to Australian society today.
(16) Social Media.
900 million people use Facebook. Today it is a very
normal way to communicate. (Email is old techno and it
“Twitter, Facebook, and the internet are the new media
that groups (eg
CAV) need to be considering to recruit new members to
organizations. Whilst there is still a place for books and
techno savvy younger people are(already) relating to other
research and we must make every effort to connect with
them via these
methods.” David Holman, CAV Ballarat Newsletter, May /June
(17) Recruit by Mail
Experiment Consider adopting the following as a
short term experimental programme and gauge its
With the suburbs near Oakley in mind, select definite
Cornish names and
addresses from the phone book. Mail a carefully prepared
introduces the CAV. Conclude by offering the family
with their genealogy research in order to establish their
Also invite them to our meetings and offer 12 months free
(18) Research Suggestions
(a) With the current mining boom in progress the early
mining by the Cornish, their methods, economic success,
social significance, environmental impact could be
contemporary methods, markets etc amid globalization.
person from Mines Dept for the task.
(b).Arrange for the Local Government Association to host a
expert/s from the Cornish County Council to share insight
initiatives in the area of the environment and renewable
Cornish Association to gain P.R. coverage by assisting
(c) Instead of a focus on past history alone, use the past
to address a current issue.
Research the migrant patterns of the original Cornish
compare them with current Cornish and overseas migration.
of gold and a new future with the promise of a new life
future for the asylum seeker.
(19) History Grant
consultation with the Genealogical Society or other
advice on the history material, records/ photos/articles
we hold as an
Association and identify what needs to be transferred for
digital media in at least two different physical
Enquire from the Minister of the Arts about history grants
for a grant for the purpose of preserving our resources
and sharing our
states Cornish history and heritage.
(20) Annual Pastie Day
(Coinciding with mid-winter Annual Meeting)
Ask the Committee to consider providing a free pasty lunch
Cakes Brighton or obtaining Boscastle pasties from bakery.
required to get numbers. Left overs could be distributed
(21) Reaching the next
In these days of very computer literate young people, I
think we should
think about subject material, suitable for primary
available on an exciting website, advertised to schools,
possibly , as
suggested in conjunction with other state associations. It
may have to
be done professionally, hopefully by someone sensitive -
equivalent of Rosanne Hawke.
(22) Local Street
festivals: Have a stand with banner, staffed by
members. I can contribute 2 hours once per month. To
• Greeting displayed in Cornish to be
used to greet
everyone, e.g. “Mytten Da” (Good morning). Please ask a
for exact wording.
• A list of Cornish surnames. If yours
in on it then probably someone in your family is Cornish.
• Details of our excellent genealogical
research facilities and library.
• “Thank you” displayed in Cornish, and
members say this to thank everyone who visits stall.
• Marjorie Barrett 1359
(23) At meetings:
After Trelawney and Kernow Bys Vyken turn to your
neighbour and say in Cornish “Good afternoon, I am…
“My ob vy…..” i.e. I am… Or “Ow hanow yw ……”
My name is….
This could be displayed on the screen for all to see.
Please ask one of our Cornish speakers for the exact
Marjorie Barrett 1359
(24) Meeting Speaker
Suggest Ms Elizabeth-Hartnell-Young on topic Mary Reiby
(the lady on our $20 note. (Details refered to Beryl
(25)Youth is the Future
My thoughts (as one with limited Cornish background)
briefly are as
follows. Look to increase the participation of younger
people across a
range of activities. Youth is the future and the wisdom of
may be harnessed to help plan and support the journey.
Look at the
success or otherwise of other ethnic groups in Victoria
and adopt what
looks worthy of imitation. Initiate a long term plan to
associations own facilities. Aim high and build on
education and the
support of youth’s educational journey.
Return to Items of Interest