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Smeaton brigade joins celebrations
Last weekend the central Victorian town of Smeaton, with a population of approximately 280 people, celebrated their 175th anniversary. The event recognised the settlement of the town 175 years ago by Captain John Hepburn, and Smeaton brigade played a key role organising the weekend’s activities.
More than 3,000 visitors attended on the weekend, and were treated to displays of vintage steam powered machinery, vintage trucks and cars, and photographic, art and textile displays.
Highlights of the weekend included the re-enactment of a delivery of local produce by teamster Bruce Hill and his team of Clydesdales and wagon travelling from Clunes to Smeaton, chainsaw sculptures of Captain Hepburn, and demonstrations of Andersons Mill, the impressive four-storey bluestone historic flour mill with a working water wheel. The brigade ably assisted with logistics for the event, as well as catering for the over 3,000 visitors who attended.
Ron Cosgrave, Smeaton FB Secretary, and President of the Friends of Smeaton, said the weekend had been “a terrific success”, with many people taking the time to visit more than one of the locations where activities were taking place.
“It was a great opportunity for the brigade to offer to work with the local community once again, and in turn we’ve managed to raise some funds for a new light tanker as well. We’ve been helped hugely by CFA’s Volunteer Support Program too, who were able to organise a customised banner for the brigade that recognises our members and their contribution – it’s a terrific resource, and one that will be seen at three more events we are involved in this month, all in the name of attracting new members and selling our pride”.