Saturday, February 9, 2013

Henley on Weeroona, Bendigo

I found these photos in a family album and decided to find out what they were about. I think I'm on the right track with my conclusions but am happy to be corrected.

Lake Weeroona, Bendigo (c1930s)
Lake Weeroona, Bendigo (c1930s)
Lake Weeroona, Bendigo (c1930s)
Lake Weeroona is an artificial lake on old mining land in Bendigo, central Victoria. It was made in the 1870s and has been very successful on the the whole, popular with residents and visitors alike. Apart from the times when there have been silting problems, low water supply, weeds, smelly water and other environmental issues. But today it has a cafe and restaurant, a walking/bike track, picnic facilities and a rowing club so it's a pleasant place to visit. The track around it is about one and a half kilometres long.

In the past (at least in the 1930s and I found one report from 1924) it appears they used to hold rowing regattas on the lake, called Henley on Weeroona, that included decorated craft (boat) competitions and I think that is what these photos are. I found several newspaper reports that mention the competition prize winners, none of whom are my family unfortunately. I suspect that these photos were taken in the 1920s rather than the 1930s but maybe someone more knowledgeable than me can recognise the hat styles.

The Argus, 5 Dec 1932
The Argus, 11 Dec 1933
The Argus, 26 Nov 1934

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Boobook for sharing these photographs of Lake Weerona :)


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