Kurth Kiln Heritage Festival 2010

Sunday 18 April was the day for this year's festival. As usual we worried about the weather, the dignitaries, the volunteers, the wasps, but in the end everything came together and it turned out a perfect weekend. Most of the usual participants turned up. Even the pretend "Bank Robbery" went without a hitch, thanks to the horse-(and donkey) riders and the volunteer bank-tellers defending the Kurth Kiln Bank. The Official Opening of the Festival was performed again by our friend Tammy Lobato MP, Member for Gembrook. The "Gembrook Singers" Group provided a colourful and melodious theme for the ceremony. And a special Thanks to the Hoddles Creek Red Cross Group for doing such a marvelous job, looking after the catering all day.

An Official Book Launch of "Fireside Stories" followed the Opening Ceremony. The small book is a collection of stories from, and about, the Parker family as friends of Kurth Kiln. Its title is a reference to the early days of the Friends Group, sitting around a campfire at meetings and working bee breaks. Complimentary copies of the book were handed out to:

Publication of the book was funded with a grant from the Australian Government 'Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Art' and with members donations. Copies of the book are available from the Gembrook Post Office at $17.50.

The Friends of Kurth Kiln thank all participants of the festival, the dignitaries, the groups, the volunteers, the visitors, for their willingness and the time and effort given to make the 2010 festival a success. This annual Festival (which has won the Cardinia Shire 2004 Festival of the Year Award) is our major contribution to promote greater public awareness of the unique Cultural Heritage of the Kurth Kiln site.

Below are a series of photos taken over the weekend.


Fixing the Speakers

Andrew with Baby

Peter and Workers

Red Cross setting up

Andy and Fanily

Opening Ceremony with Tammy Lobato MP

The Gembrook Singers

With a Medley of Australian Classics

Fireside Stories Book Launch

With Cr. Chris Templer, watching the Gembrook Singers

The U3A Display


The Lobato Family with Ralph

Cr Graeme Legge, Mayor Cardinia Shire

The Red Cross Food Stand

Kids Ball Game

The Red  Cross Bargain Stand

Spinning Demonstration

Markus telling us all about the Gas Producers

CEC Display

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeaters Display

The Maryknoll Display

Gembrook Craft Group Display

Craft Group Stand

Tha Clairvoyant

Ralph and Dave

Rosemary with the Basket Institude Display

An Imaginative Display

Hand Tool Collection

Tool Stand

All sorts of Treasures

The Huskies Group


Blacksmith at Work

The Moreys' Collection

The Morey Gas Producer

Kids Rides

The Robbers

Robbery in Progress

This is getting serious

the Get-away Chase

Curtain Call

The Duffs


The Hearns with Book

Musical Interludes

The Donkeys

Machinery Display

Exchanging Ideas

Engines, big and small

A Lighting Plant

Sheep Shearing Demonstration

Admiring the Fleece

Shearers Family

Nola & George

Ken relaxing at the end of day

Ken and Ralph, it was a good day

Now it's Cleaning-Up Time again

See you again Next Year