Next Saturday March 4 there’ll be a celebration at the Monster Meeting site on Golden Point road Chewton, to mark the purchase of the site by the state government.
The site is on Dja Dja Wurrung land, and its return to the public land estate is of some significance.
The monster meeting, held on 15 December 1851 in Chewton, is believed to be the first mass protest against a government in Australia, predating the Red Ribbon Rebellion and Eureka Stockade. It was a model of peaceful protest, vigorous and clear in its aims, but notably free of threats of violence and weapon display.
FOBIF’s founding president, the late Doug Ralph, was a strong supporter of the memorialisation of the meeting. It was part of his determination to respect the great traditions of the goldfields while remaining clear eyed about the damage wrought by gold, and the need to repair that damage.
The meeting will take place from 11 am to 1 pm. All are welcome. You can
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 5430 4685