History

Reviving history

After 15 months of meticulous restoration efforts led by a dedicated team of Victorian Goldfields Railway volunteers and staff, the historic locomotive J549 is proudly returning to service, breathing new life into a piece of railway heritage.

Celebrating old school days

Prolific local history writer Ken James is set to launch his latest book, Schools of Barkers Creek, Harcourt and Harcourt North, at the Harcourt Valley Heritage and Tourist Centre this Sunday May 19.

Court upgrades uncover heritage gems

There has been a lot of activity taking place in Lyttleton Street Castlemaine in recent weeks with works well underway to upgrade facilities at the Castlemaine Magistrates Court and preliminary works also beginning at the former Castlemaine Police Station site.

History book launch

A new book, A history of Barkers Creek, Harcourt and Harcourt North Schools has been written by historian Ken James.

People behind the Print 

Brian BannermanPrinter 1956-1974I began my printing apprenticeship with the Castlemaine Mail at 155 Barker Street on April 26, 1956 as a 16-year-old. My neighbour...

Big stories over 170 years

To celebrate its centenary the Castlemaine Mail collated a list of stories which made headlines in the paper over the previous century.

Special edition!

Look out for the special commemorative edition of The Mail to celebrate our 170th birthday.

Explore the history of the ‘Government Camp’

As part of the 2024 National Heritage Heritage Festival local residents and visitors to the region will have the chance to learn about Castlemaine's former Government Camp at Camp Reserve and surrounds.

Fascinating discovery returned to Old Fryerstown School

When John Sikora was asked to clear rubbish from under the verandah of an old Castlemaine house some years ago, he was encouraged to rescue anything he didn't want to throw out.

Let’s take a look back at Castlemaine United Cricket Club

In the back row is a 23 year old Harry Lawson who shortly afterwards in December 1899, was elected as the local member for the Victorian parliament, and from 1918 until 1924 he served as the premier of Victoria.

Are you related to George Dawkins Lane?

An investigation is currently underway to find any living descendants of Dr George Dawkins Lane, who died in Castlemaine June 4, 1861 aged 67.

Bibles contain hidden family treasure

Castlemaine resident Leanne Cole is urging community members to take a second look at that dusty old Bible before donating it to your local Op Shop as many contain hidden family treasure.

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