Settlers Memorial Wall
The collection of photos of our first soldier settlers is being updated and will be presented in a new display in our museum. Funding through the Anzac Centenary Grants has been received for this project. To complete this, we are seeking photos of the 700 soldier settlers who were allocated blocks in the Red Cliffs settlement. As part of this project, we are also collating information on these settlers and their families. If you have photos or information you are happy to have included in this project, please contact us. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Here is the list of the photos we are seeking: Photos needed for Wall of Honour
To share the story of our history, Storyposts are to be created at various locations in our community. Funding has been received from the Public Records Office of Vic to create the first three of these. They will feature the history of:
- Woodbine Avenue and the Tent Town
- Nursery Ridge and the nursery established to provide vines and trees for the new settlement
- The Lukee Coal Train which supplied fuel to the pumps.
They will be located in the areas that their story is linked to and three Primary Schools will be involved in the research, Red Cliffs, Red Cliffs East and St. Joseph’s with the supervision of our Education Officer, Bob Walton.
The plan is to create more storyposts as time and funding permit which will become part of a history trail around our community.
The Peace Walk
With our community established as a soldier settlement after WW1, we felt the significance of their commitment for it to become a vibrant and peaceful place for them and their families to live should be acknowledged on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (11th November, 1918). We are working with the Mildura Rural City Council to redevelop the park area along Guava St. We are hopeful of receiving funding through the Armistice Centenary grants to create a Peace Walk. The Red Cliffs Mosaic Group (who meet in the Resource Centre) will be creating a circular mosaic to be installed at the Kindergarten end of this walk. The Red Cliffs Club have held a fundraiser (raising over $1200) and the Red Cliffs Secondary College VCAL students are to assist in the area’s establishment. An official opening ceremony is planned to follow the 2018 Armistice Day Service.
Red Cliffs’ Got Talent!
This year our focus is on the social life and artistic culture that has developed in our community. From the very beginning in 1920 our pioneers gathered for a song. This was probably a legacy from their shared service experiences where concerts and sing-a-longs were welcome escapes from the war front. Red Cliffs has stories of locals giving some of their meagre pay to purchase a piano for use in the Karadoc Woolshed, their early meeting hall. It took until October 1922 before it was fully paid off.
A Red Cliffs Band was formed in the 1920’s with its first public performance at the opening of the Scout Hall in September 1925. Since then, enthusiastic locals have formed the Musical Society and the Red Cliffs Players.
We plan to collect, record and show the histories of the musical groups, theatre and local entertainment. Maybe you can help us with your recollections of being in a school production, watching a town parade, singing in the church choir, attending the Roxy for a film or Diggerland for a Deb ball. Did you help paint the mural on the tower? Were you in a Rock Eisteddfod performance at Red Cliffs Secondary or did you practise drums in a block shed with your band? We would love to hear your stories and have copies of your photos or film footage as they will help to tell about the culture and the talent in Red Cliffs’ past. See our newsletters on the “News & Meetings” page.
See our Contact page or call by on Market Day to the Old Court House on Jamieson Ave. to connect with us.
Last year our theme was The Settler takes a Wife… Stories of Family Life
In January we focused on holidays and leisure. With school commencing, February had a school theme. March, being harvest time, looked at the family’s involvement in the picking. As we are a soldier settlement, our April focus was on the involvement in and the affects of war on our community. Mothers of Red Cliffs was our theme in May, while mealtime and feeding the family was covered in June.
We gave attention to the social scene with various functions and fashions in July which was followed by our research into the corner stores and shopping in August. With September bringing spring we took the theme New Beginnings, and Big Lizzie received lots of attention in October with visits from Heritage Engineers who honoured her designer and maker. The role of the humble horse and their value to a family, was explored in November. December brought the close of the school year and the closing of the Sunnycliffs Primary School after 88 years of educating children in our area.