This photo appeared in Table Talk on 26th February 1920 recording an event which had taken place on Feb 15th. Just a group of men having a dinner and Smoke Night in the Melbourne Town Hall. But the interesting fact is that they all went to school within a few miles of the Castlemaine Post Office and that there were enough of them to fill the Hall
The Association was formed in 1912 Prominent people like Harry Lawson MP and Frank Tate the well known Director of Education were among the early members. So too was Colonel Fields, whose granddaughters attended the High School later on and are remembered by some of us who are still around. Mostly the annual reunions were held in Castlemaine but occasional ones were held in Melbourne.
I took the next photo in the front hallway of the North Castlemaine State School in 2003. It shows the Dux of School, i.e. Grade 6, a prize awarded each year from 1928 to 1973 by the Old Castlemaine Schoolboys Association. It was a small school with only one class for each level from Prep to Grade 6. But political correctness took over after 1973 when the teachers refused to set the examination to decide the prize winners. Notice the emblem for the Association was the blue orchid which grew locally each Spring in the harshest of grounds
This is the prize awarded in 1940, a leather bound copy of the Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon.. The Association’s emblem is on the front cover and a keepsake of one of the real blue orchids has been kept pressed inside the book
The first winner for this school in 1928 was H.L.Stacey. I’m hoping that someone can tell me about that family.