Built to service the timber industry, the tramway was built in 1913 and was a crucial link in the viability of this industry during its heyday. Now fallen into disrepair, it nonetheless provides a fascinating glimpse into a past era.
The Celebration will start off at the beautifully restored Upper Yarra Museum which provides an intriguing glimpse into the lives of timber workers and other residents of the region in the early 20th century. Yummy breakfast will be available for purchase and visitors can take a guided tour of the Museum, and browse the fascinating books and booklets available, including the centenary publication.
From there, pick up a map of the trail between Yarra Junction and Powelltown. Horses and steam engines will then lead the way There will be signage along the original tramway signifying the old tramway stations and sidings.
Reaching Powelltown, tour the historically linked, still operating Powelltown sawmill. View heritage displays at the Hall supplied by the Upper Yarra Museum and a display of wedding and christening dresses at the Union Church. There will be afternoon tea available, coffee, ice cream, sausage sizzle and other edible delights
There will be timber related activities at the Powelltown Oval, with food and refreshments provided by Powelltown Footy Club, or bring a picnic. Activities will include demonstrations of tree climbing, wood chop, tug of war ( man against truck) films, a cricket match, chain saw carving and much more. Especially for children there will be a jumping castle, and old fashioned games. Music will be performed by the Black Hill Ramblers, and Little Yarra Steiner school
After Powelltown, take the opportunity to enjoy walks into the pristine Yarra State Forest, and explore the original tramway tracks and see the remnants of the once vibrant timber industry.
Entrance to the Upper Yarra Museum is a modest $5, with breakfast an additional $10 Profits will go towards continued restoration of the Upper Yarra Museum, including disabled access. This Museum is exclusively managed by volunteers, who have done the most amazing job in keeping this asset open to the public, and lovingly restoring the heritage collection for public viewing
part of the heritage collection at Upper Yarra Museum
This a low key and low cost event, which will be enjoyable for all ages, in a beautiful rural setting. It is of special interest to those with connections to the area, and those interested in our rural history.