Sunday 8 October 2017

Water Tower Museum & Concordia College

Within the circular walls of the 1886 Railway Water Tower are three floors of local historical items and artefacts, including the famous James Hill taxidermy collection of over 500 birds and other fauna of national importance. Concordia Cottage is the last remaining section of the original Lutheran Concordia College established at Murtoa in the 1890s. It holds local historical material.

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District Farm Tours

  • The Stick Shed
    Wimmera Highway, towards Rupanyup
  • 9.00am - 10.00am: two tours in total, with an hourly departure time
  • Free

Hosted by local primary producer Tom Hamilton, multiple tours will be conducted across the weekend. Buses depart from The Stick Shed, on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rainbow Colour Run

  • Lake Marma Circuit,
    Lake Street, Murtoa
  • 9.30am - 11.00am
  • Gold Coin Donation

Another colourful event added to this year’s program is a Colour Run. Held at Lake Marma, which will be sure to include the young crowd to this section of the weekend. Four colour stations will be set up to explode colour on participants and entertain the crowd.

Who will be the most colourful person in Murtoa on Sunday?

The Stick Shed

The Nationally Heritage listed site will be open for inspection over the three days of Murtoa’s Big Weekend. This monumental structure is the largest timber-framed structure still standing in Victoria and is fundamental to Victoria and Australia’s cultural identity. It is an enduring testament to iconic Australian bush ingenuity and a symbol of the growth and strength of the Australian grains industry. Immense in size, the Stick Shed spans the length of five Olympic swimming pools and has been dubbed the ‘Cathedral of the Wimmera’.

Visitors to the Stick Shed will be entertained on Saturday by Singing in the Stick Shed – a number of Victorian and Interstate choirs will create wonderful sounds within the majestic structure.

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Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Rally

This display of antique engines and related artefacts is another huge attraction. The Ruston Gas Suction Engines and an additional display of Single Cylinder Engine Tractors are a major drawcard. Watching them run is a truly unforgettable experience and the Sumpoilers have added a wonderful array of other engines, allied items and artefacts to the display from their own collections. Be amazed with blacksmithing demonstrations. Not to be missed!

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Ecumenical Service

  • Supper Room, Mechanics Hall,
    Duncan Street, Murtoa
  • 11.00am - 12.00pm

The Ecumenical Service on Sunday morning will give an opportunity for locals and visitors to reflect on the values and aspirations which helped form our great community. The service will reflect on the International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

Murtoa Cemetery Tour

  • Wimmera Highway,
    towards Rupanyup
  • 12.30pm

Three kilometres east of town is a very well-preserved 19th century cemetery which features many intact early floral decorations and graves with old German inscriptions dating from the 1870s. It features a wonderful sculpture seat added as a memorial to the children buried within, which features a Madonna and child motif. A bus tour will run which will highlight areas of significance. Drive yourself, or catch the tour bus.

Bus departs from Mechanics Hall at 12.00pm, with pick-up from Water Tower Museum at 12.10pm.

Author Talk: Sylvia Gerdtz

  • Bell Tower (next to Water Tower Museum)
    Comyn Street, Murtoa
  • 2.00pm
  • Free

Sylvia Gerdtz will talk about her recently released memoir, Square Peg. Based on life in Coromby from 1960 -1972, Sylvia draws on her experiences as a teacher and her family life.

Seating provided.