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This blog is about the history of the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp and neighbouring areas, such as Pakenham, Cranbourne and Garfield, and any other historical subjects I feel like writing about. It's my own original research and writing and if you live in the area you may have read some of the stories before in the Koo-Wee-Rup Swamp Historical Society newsletter or the Koo-Wee-Rup township newsletter, The Blackfish, or the Garfield township newsletter, The Spectator.
Heather Arnold.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

100 years ago this week - St Thomas' Horticultural Show

A three day horticultural show was held at St Thomas' Church of England in Bunyip, 100 years ago this week in December 1913. It raised fifty five pounds which went  towards building the Parsonage. The church was opened on December 28, 1902 and the Parsonage opened in June 1915.

The Argus December 22 1913  trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper

Mrs Beatrice A'Beckett won eight first prizes, including that for champion carnation, roses and a collection of flowers. Amongst the other prize winners was Horace Nelson, listed in the Electoral Roll as a farmer from Bunyip; the Reverend Kent; William Kraft, who with his wife Sarah, ran the Gippsland Hotel in Bunyip. Their son, William, later became the manager of the Drouin butter factory. Another winner was  Joseph Holgate, store keeper of  Bunyip, who won the champion bloom. A couple of lads, A. Boyle and Cecil Corrigan  also won some prizes.  Miss Allen won a number of prizes for best arranged basket, ladies sprays and gents' button-holes. Miss Allen doesn't have  a first name or initial listed, so I don't know who she was; Miss P. Holland won the prize for wild flowers, but she wasn't in the Electoral Roll in 1914.

In the cookery section, Mr William Walker won the 'best plain cake made by a married man. He is listed in the Electoral Roll as a hairdresser of Bunyip. Captain Arthur A'Beckett, came second in this category - he was the husband of the prize winning Beatrice. Mr A. Boyle won the prize for the batchelor's cake. There is a Frederick and Elizabeth Boyle listed in the Electoral Rolls (Frederick is listed as carpenter) so perhaps they are the parents of Mr A. Boyle and the lad, Master A. Boyle who won prizes. The Reverend Banks won the second prize in the bachelors division.