A week on and it is New Year’s Eve, so let’s go back to the towns of the Western District to see what was happening as year’s end, thanks to Trove.
A Warrnambool is a popular New Year’s Eve destination today and a little livelier than 1915. After a tragic year, there was hope for better things in 1916. Now we know that they did not come. Sorry, this article is a little difficult to read in parts.
Just as Warrnambool had the local brass band playing, so did Coleraine.
Hamilton residents had an evening of outdoor silent films to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, 1915. There were also many activities to look forward to the following day, including several race meetings, with trains running from Hamilton.
Those who attended enjoyed New Year’s Eve pictures enjoyed the humorous “Josie’s Legacy”, the dramatic “Winthrop Diamonds” and an offering from Pathe’s Gazette. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Palmer accompanied the films with incidental music.
The grassy hill within the Hamilton Botanic Gardens is a perfect place for an outdoor picture theatre.
Despite having a late night, Hamiltonians were up early on New Year’s Day to take part in the many activities available, such as the Winslow races, sports days and day trips to coastal towns.
As 2013 draws to a close, may 2014 be a good year for you. Happy New Year.