Monster Meeting Day 2012

The 161st anniversary of the Monster meeting saw the rain clouds disappear as marchers assemled at the Red Hill Hotel. After distributing flags, Phil Hall led a colourful procession along the Pyrenees Highway. Jim Evans from the Bendigo Historical Society was prominent with the distinctive Red Ribbon Rebellion flag, and took centre stage when there was a pause for photos near the highway’s flagpole.

At the site, Phil took the microphone as the MC. Doug McCann was guest speaker and in an entertaining and enthusiastic speech, told of the influence of the Victorian Goldfeilds.

Various speech readers read from the Argus, delivering them with passion and often provoking audience reactions. Doug Ralph traditionally has the role of allocating the speeches and he really does select wisely.

After the speeches, Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky and this banjo took over the stage and was joined by Merryn Lamb and Danny Spooner to bring the show to a close.

After several photos were taken the walk back to the hotel began, this time down the track along Forest Creek. Parks Victoria had mowed the path in preparation for this day.

The Red Hill’s Beer Garden was the setting for a delightful BBQ which marked the end of a big week in Chewton.

Jon Ellis - Chewton Domain Society

Photos by Rhonda Joyce – Castlemaine Cameras