Festival Program

The Bothwell Bicentennial Festival organising team have been hard at work to bring you a wonderful festival to nudge your sense of time.

The committee have aimed to have a mix of guided and self-guided tours as well as workshops; some free and some requiring guests to purchase, covering all aspects of the history of Bothwell.

Attendees are encouraged to embrace the “romanticism of the 1820’s period” and dress the part.

The event will run over two days, to reduce double ups in the program and allow you to attend more of the program. A speaker’s program and a human library have both been included, with the speaker’s program hosted by Jane Longhurst.

We are working on delivering a COVID safe, family friendly and inclusive event, with something for everyone.

The draft program is below – please check back regularly for finalised times and booking details as appropriate.

 

 EVENT

VENUE

SATURDAY

SUNDAY 

SELF GUIDED

Breathe in Bothwell. Bothwell is nothing if not easy to navigate by foot.  A walk around Bothwell armed with a copy of the guided walks map (found in your program) reveals the history behind some of our most valued points of historical interest but if walking isn’t your thing, then jump onboard the shuttle. Seating for up to 24, a Bothwell Ambassador will be stationed on board to help fill in the gaps. Tours will run on the hour and last for around 45 mins.

Bothwell

  • Tours will run on the hour and last for around 45 mins.

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am –
3:00 pm

The Bothwell Story – Like a family reunion but bigger, 200 years bigger.

Strong ties with family, friends and the community provide us with happiness, security, support, and a sense of purpose. Supported by RAW, join past and present residents, family, and friends at Croakers Alley to exchange stories, reconnect and make many more memories.  Present and past residents are encouraged to meet here on both days of the festival, to reminisce, tell tales, update, catch up, and fill in all the gaps the passing years have added – you never know what you might discover. Picnic lunches will be available for purchase from the CWA or pack your own, some seating will be supplied but you are welcome to bring some.

Croakers Alley, Bothwell

 

11:30 am

11:30 am 

The Australasian Golf Museum, found in Bothwell village, tells the story of how golf evolved from a crude game played by a handful of villages on Scotland’s east coast, to now being a truly international game, and Australia’s most popular participation sport. The unique history of golf in Tasmania, and the achievement of Tasmanian golfers in the competitive international golf arena, inspired Peter Toogood, one of Australia’s leading amateur golfers, to work
towards the establishment of a golf museum. Memorabilia donated by Peter Toogood and Lindy Goggin, one of Australia’s outstanding amateur woman golfers, created the foundation of the collection. Two further collections were
purchased and donations from many sources have added to the richness of the displays. The Museum offers visitors the chance to experience the history of golf, not just in Tasmania but throughout the world. Leading amateurs and professionals are highlighted and a selection of golfing memorabilia is shown.

Market Place, Bothwell

 

11:00 am –
3:00 pm

11:00 am – 3:0 0 pm

History in music – An afternoon at Nant with Tasmanian harpist Emily Sanzaro.

While away an hour of your afternoon with the haunting sounds of harp music bought to you by the talented Emily Sanzaro an enthusiastic harpist, vocalist, violinist, and electronic loop artist based in Launceston, Tasmania on the banks of the Clyde River.

The Clàrsach (Gd.) or Cláirseach (Ga.) is the name given to the wire-strung harp of Scotland and until the end of the Middle Ages it was the most popular musical instrument in Scotland, and harpers were among the most prestigious cultural figures in the courts of Scottish chieftains and Scottish kings and earls, enjoying special rights and playing a crucial part in ceremonial occasions such as coronations and poetic bardic recitals and now bicentennials. Festival organisers are combining two of the most synonymous Scottish traditions in one afternoon. This event will be free of charge but bookings may be required to ensure COVID safety.

*this event may require a ticket for COVID safety

TOUR

The Steppes Historic Site has a long and fascinating history and dates from 1863. It was the home of the Wilson family for over 100 years and during much of that time was the hub of local community life, incorporating not only the Homestead, but also a police station, post office, bakery, and school. Steppes volunteers along with Tasmania Parks and Wildlife will be opening Steppes up for visitors for the weekend for self guided visits.  

Steppes

If you prefer you are welcome to jump on board the tour planned for Saturday leaving 12:30 pm Bothwell. 

  • free tours will be offered for this event leaving Bothwell by coach, to avoid disappointment bookings are encouraged

 

9:30 am
tour leaves and returns to Bothwell at 12:30 pm

 

Bothwell Banter – Series of talks hosted by Jane Longhurst across the weekend covering many subjects including architecture, Aberdeen angus, farming diversification, heritage, furniture making, crossing the line, brewing, distilling, cider making, library, literary society, Phineas Moss, rabbits, rabbits, bloody rabbits and more

Queens Park , Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am –
3:00 pm

WORKSHOP

For this opportunity you don’t just get to stand back and watch the bellows fuel the fire as the smithy works at the forge to craft red hot metal into useful and artistic objects rather this time you get to step in at the 28 gates Blacksmith workshop at ‘Bloomfield’ property, Gretna.

Step back in time and picture yourself over 100 years ago with the village Blacksmithy. Embrace and emerge yourself in the 1910 Blacksmith shop using handmade original forge, anvils, and tools. Learn time honoured skills and produce something to be proud of.  The building itself has been delicately transformed into a museum where you can wander, smell, touch and read about the stories of the equipment that used to be used on the property, dating back to 1862. Enjoy a farm cooked lunch hosted by Susie with hot and cold drinks.

28 GATES – Gretna

  • bookings and ticket purchases will be required for this event

 

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
and
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

9:00 am –
1:00 pm
and
12 noon –
4:00 pm

If you are you passionate about the restoration, and preservation of antique machinery, including stationary engines & related machinery, tractors, vehicles, hobbies, models and collectables and their contribution to the heritage of Bothwell, then you will enjoy the extensive exhibition featuring three Tasmania clubs as well steam engines and working farm trucks on display.

Recreation Ground,
Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

9:00 am –
3:00 pm

Just who was Grote Reber and what did he have to do with Bothwell? The University of Tasmania School of Mathematics and Physics runs a museum at its Mt. Pleasant Radio Telescope Observatory. The radio observatory has been running for more than 20 years and showcases the life and work of Tasmanian radio astronomer, Grote Reber.  Grote Reber was the father of radio astronomy, being the first person to build a “big dish” antenna for the purpose of mapping the sky at radio frequencies. He discovered many discrete radio sources, and he mapped the band of bright radio emission from our Galaxy, the Milky Way. Reber came to Tasmania in the late 1950s because of its unique location at high magnetic latitude in the southern hemisphere. He spent 40 years studying low frequency emissions with telescopes he built himself, first in partnership with the University of Tasmania School of Physics, and later his own at Bothwell. His accomplishments are remarkable, not only in radio astronomy but also in electrically powered transport, in carbon dating of aboriginal settlements, and in the patterns made by growing bean plants. His creative vision had no limits.  The museum will bring with them a small exhibit that showcases Reber’s telescopes, his life’s work, and his many other interests. A unique feature is Reber’s original radio shack, the control building for the radio telescope array at Bothwell, which is installed at the Museum with Reber’s original radio equipment in place. 

Headmaster House,  Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am –
3:00 pm

Enjoy the ceramic display care of TMAG celebrating the works of Maude Poynter and Violet Mace, two great Australian female potters, on loan and available for viewing in the original school house.

Central Highlands Visitors Centre Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

A little putting golf range for children to try their hand

Central Highlands Visitor Centre (front lawn) Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pull up a comfy chair or bean bag and a choc top or bag of popcorn and settle in – Bothwell Town Hall is transforming into a pop-up cinema just for the weekend – a combination of original Bothwell and surrounds footage, home movies and epic big screen cinematic affairs shot in Bothwell will be screened across the weekend. Check back for screening times and details.

*Warning viewer discretion is advised.

*Warning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers the program may contain images and voices of dead people

Bothwell Town Hall 19 Alexander Street Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

First people’s history display. Reimagine life in the Central Highlands and how it was before the coming of the white people. Imagine the abundant wildlife, the lakes brimming with yabbies, the call of the swans as they fly across the shores of the lake and Aboriginal groups living in harmony with all this nature. Enjoy a curated display especially for the Bothwell Bicentennial Festival showing artefacts, tools, and objects that the First Peoples used.

Queens Park Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Antique Roadshow Bothwell style -A family heirloom could be any treasured item that has been passed down through generations. Some are literal treasures, and others purely sentimental, but the fact that they are not worth much money does not make them any less beloved. Items might be centuries old, passed from parent to child. Or they could be newer, something inherited from a parent or grandparent that will be passed along in the future. Most important, whatever they may be, family heirlooms conjure memories of the special people who passed them along. Some of the most common smaller and maybe most treasured family heirlooms include jewellery, timepieces, recipes, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, bibles and other books, military memorabilia, quilts, collections, wedding gowns and other vintage clothing, musical instruments, photos, photo albums, wedding albums, yearbooks, weapons, kitchenware, embroidered linens, art, and absolutely anything else including heirloom plants, whether they’re veggies, fruits, or flowers, are ones that have been passed down via seeds over the years and hark back to a simpler time. Bring them along to maybe find out more or have them appraised. Perfectly Imperfect Alexander Street Bothwell 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Travel back in time – Not one but two of Charlie Wise side loader buses will be pride of place to help visitors to the festival on their trip down memory lane. Charlie Wise operated the HOBART > BOTHWELL service with his 1942 Chevrolet side loaders, and these trips remain a firm memory for many.

Queens Park, Market Place , Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to see Bothwell?  Operating both days of the festival – nothing can compare to a horse and carriage ride through our beautiful town with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages.

Queens Park Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Why not get into the spirit – several well-heeled talented period costumed characters will be wandering around Bothwell during the festival, grab a photo with them or  embrace the “romanticism of the 1820’s period” and dress the part and join in.

Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 – 3:00 pm

Australia’s first country-town literary society was established in Bothwell in 1834 as a debating society by the Scottish born minister Rev. James Garrett. The society built a meeting place in 1837, the same year that Sir John Franklin became its patron. In this building the society established one of Australia’s earliest public libraries. John Mitchel wrote about the library in 1852, stating that: “Bothwell has a very tolerable public library, such library as no village of similar population in Ireland had.

An innovation of the festival will be a “Human Library” with festival-goers encouraged to borrow humans – volunteers from Bothwell who’ll offer an exchange about the town you would not otherwise have access to. Housed in the library which lays claim as the oldest regional library in Australia a certain treat for festival goers is guaranteed as they are encouraged to borrow our beautiful Bothwell humans.

Not all heirlooms are something you can touch. And some of the most cherished ones are completely intangible — they’re the stories we share through the generations. Repeating those stories when loved ones gather is one way to keep them alive, but recording them on audio guarantees we’ll remember them years in the future.

Bothwell Library Alexander Street Bothwell 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hydro in the Park. Come and meet our friendly team at the Generation Hydro marquee – and participate in some hands-on activities that show how we transform water into green energy! Pit your engineering skills against the Turbinator – build your own turbine and see how well it performs … or if you’re feeling energetic, jump on our bike to see how much energy you can generate. We’ll also have colouring in and games the whole family can enjoy.

Queens Park Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Oral histories: With each new dam or power station constructed, a community would flourish. Drawing people from near and far, they became a melting pot of customs and traditions which shaped the lives of countless generations. Spend 10 minutes listening to the reflections of former Waddamana residents – and learn all about the bustling social life, summer days by Tasmania’s first heated pool or trips to nearby Bothwell.

Whites Corner, 20 Alexander Street Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Artist Eddie Freeman, well known chainsaw sculpture, Eddie grew up in the timber industry, and trained as a professional chainsaw timber faller. Self taught over thirty years, he is now self-employed to pursue his ability as a chainsaw sculptor and he is guaranteed to leave a lasting legacy of the Bothwell Bicentenary. Come and watch while Eddie applies his unique talent to bring to life a shepherd, a sheep, and his trusty dog as symbols of settled Bothwell.

Northern end, Queens Park Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

WORKSHOP

Connected threads is a convict bonnet making workshop that Bothwell residents both old and new who have traced Bothwell based convict ancestor are encouraged to get involved in. Led by Australian artist Dr Christina Henri who has focused on the lives of female convicts and their children through her memorial Roses from the Heart. Through this textile art installation of cloth bonnets, (pattern from 1860s servants bonnet worn by convict women), representing all the 25,566 women sentenced to transportation to Australia between 1788-1853, Christina compels the viewer to engage with the human face of this tragic exiling of citizens whose crimes in general were motivated by desperate poverty. Dr Henri will ensure you either make a bonnet for your own ancestor, or she will have a bonnet made so that your ancestor is part of the ‘Roses from the Heart’ memorial project. It is always excellent when descendants share the stories of their ancestors. so, anyone who has knowledge of their female convict ancestor and is happy to share information about her life that would be included along with the bonnet tribute. Anyone supplying information would be acknowledged.

Rathmore House 2158 Hollow Tree Road Hollow Tree

  • ticket purchases will be required for this event

 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Have you ever seen an original still working water mill? Thorpe Watermill is the only known Australian example of a traditional water-driven flour mill, which can be used in the original manner. This uniqueness results from a steely determination by the Bignell family, who own the mill.  John and Will Bignell are father and son farmers, running Thorpe Farm and will be throwing open the doors of the mill for festivalgoers to visit.

Thorpe Mill

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Nant Distillery, just outside Bothwell, once produced a single-malt whisky made from barley grown in the fields nearby, steeped in water pumped from the millpond on the estate and ground by millstones in a convict-built, water-powered sandstone flour mill on the estate. The Nant Estate has been growing barley since 1821. Millwright Pete Bignell, who restored the family flour mill, Thorpe Mill, next door to the Nant, restored the Nant mill, magically starting the ancient steel and cast-iron wheel that churned over water that now rushes over a sandstone flagged floor, which was hidden under more than a metre of mud and silt for decades. Nant is looking forward to hosting guests for visits over the weekend along with the sounds of renowned Tasmanian harpist Emily Sanzaro. More details to follow.

Nant

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visitors to Bothwell for the festival will be well covered for delicious food choices. While not the main attraction certainly one of the stars, whether you are vegetarian, gluten-free, coffee drinker or a meat needer there’s an offering to keep everyone happy together. Catering across the weekend will be bought to you by the CWA, The Lions Club, Sealey’s Store, the Superstore, the Garage, Castle Hotel, Bothwell LPO for coffee and cakes, Cancer Council Fundraisers, the Wellness group, and a Ratho pop UP café out of the Grange serving Bothwell boys.

Bothwell – various locations, check your program map for details

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

SELF GUIDED

Bothwell Cemetery Explore our rich history at your own pace and at a time of your choosing. Established in 1825 the cemetery encompasses a significant amount of the block on which it sits, with the plots well-spaced and with recent lawn and columbarium additions. Additionally, while the main entrance is on Dennistoun Road near St Luke’s, it can also be accessed on George Street.

Bothwell Cemetery , Dennistoun Road, Self-Guided Tours

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Bothwell we know today has been formed through the cultural contributions of many different cultures and languages, but there’s only one language we can all understand: the language of music. There’s an entire musical repertoire planned across the weekend, including harps, bag pipes, brass, military, marching and ukuleles.

Queens Park Market Place Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lions Club of Bothwell and Districts is staging a huge classic car show as part of the Bothwell Bicentenary weekend celebrations. Come along and check out the Land Rovers, Holdens, Fords, Rovers, Morris Minors, and vintage Motor Bikes with maybe a side car or two thrown in for good measure. 

Recreation Ground, Bothwell

 

9:30 am – 4:00 pm

 

Artists in residence. The BBF committee wants to catch all aspects of the festival weekend and encourages artists to come along, soak up the historical ambience in the grounds of Wentworth House and capture your version of the 2022 festival as it unfolds. Themed “Nudge your sense of time”; * there are plans to curate an exhibition of the works in the Visitors Centre later in the year.

Logan street, Wentworth House, Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Car boot sale. The Bothwell monthly car boot sale will be integrated into our festival and will offer wares and treasures for the joy of bargain hunters! 

Cnr Patrick and Market Place, Bothwell

 

9:30 am –
1:30 pm

 

TOUR

Step into an inspiring story Highlands people dared to take on the impossible, powering a mighty hydro scheme that ultimately created today’s Tasmania. Their efforts of yesterday inspire us in our challenges today. Construction of the Great Lake Power Scheme was a remarkable feat, especially in the early 1900s and to honour this Hydro Tasmania will be taking guests on a behind the scenes tour of Waddamana. Bookings for this tour will open shortly.

Waddamana tour

  • An abundance of mountains and rain make Tasmania the perfect place for hydropower. In 1910, this potential became a reality with the construction of Waddamana Power Station in the middle of the Central Highlands. It was the start of an incredible transformation that would eventually see Tassie generating 900,000 gigawatt hours of clean energy. Join our special festival tour for the opportunity to visit Waddamana and learn more about this journey of resilience, friendship and engineering triumph. If you can’t make the tour, plan to make your own trip – find out more here.

Waddamana

  • free tours will be offered for this event leaving Bothwell by coach, to avoid disappointment bookings are encouraged

 

1:00 pm – tour leaves

 

SELF GUIDED

Since the first church opened in Bothwell in the mid 1800’s, many hundreds of people have worshipped in these spaces, sung in the choirs, attended Sunday School, and been baptised, confirmed, commemorated, and married in the church. Take a self-guided tour through the churches of Bothwell – see the beautiful stained-glass windows, read the names, enjoy the generous architecture, and imagine the churches at different times of history and enjoy displays, and self-guided tours.

  • St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church
  • St Andrew’s Catholic Church 19 Patrick St
  • St James Church
11:00 am – 3:00 pm 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hobart Wheelers Dirt Devils are a volunteer-run organisation which aims to promote all levels of cycling, from the road to the trails, amongst all ages and abilities in our local community and will hosting an exciting ride around the outskirts of Bothwell.

Start and finish line – Cnr Dalrymple and Patrick Street, Bothwell

 

 

11:00 am
start time

You may have already experienced some traditional Scottish dances at a wedding, or a ceilidh, if you have, you’ll know the feeling of exhilaration when dancing to upbeat, traditional Scottish music (especially when it’s live). Don’t miss Tascal Scottish Country Dancers performance and don’t be surprised if you are invited up for dance.

Queens Park Market Place, Bothwell

 

 

 

Golf Competition using hickory shaft clubs and old attire – starting at 10 am signalled by a lone piper.

Hickory golf is about relying on six or seven clubs to get you around the course, the same way the pioneers of the game did 100 years ago. Hickory golf forces you to use your imagination to create shots that we rarely use in the modern game. It’s about forgetting the score and embracing the challenge of the course.

It is a game where sometimes the clubs can be as unpredictable as the swing that drives them. Most who try Hickory golf are intrigued by the vagaries of the game and will find themselves drawn back to explore it time and time again.

Whatever your reasons for playing you will have had the rare opportunity to experience golf from a time in history similar to the Bothwell golfing fore fathers. *The club has a selection of clubs available for use and for those wanting to get into the spirit hickory golf attire will be available for hire but if you feel like a visit to the op shop ahead of the game some ideas may consist of old man’s cap, long sleeved shirt, tie, woolen or cotton vest, cardigan, plus 2’s (baggy 3/4 pants), suit pants, belt, knee high socks.

Bothwell Golf Club – Ratho Farm

2122 Highland Lakes Road, Bothwell

6259 5553

info@rathofarm.com

 

 10:00 am

Watch or walk along side as 400 sheep journeys through Bothwell to better pastures with no “ewe” turns allowed.

Bothwell

 

10:00 am 

 10:0 am

Riders on horseback in traditional costume will ride through Bothwell each day.

Bothwell

 

 

 

A traditional bullock team will re-enact the trips laden with steel and headed for Waddamana

Bothwell

 

 10:00 am

10:00 am 

The Bothwell district is home to a TFS brigade with three trucks staffed by volunteers and has a deep connection and long history with locals and families.  On display will be a selection of vintage fire fighting equipment and trucks from yesteryear. Be ready to be asked to volunteer. 

Bothwell

 

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 – 3:00 pm 

Too fly. In season Bothwell is renown as the gateway to some of the best trout fishing in Australia. Trout Tales together with Inland fisheries will be providing any of our fishing enthusiasts with free fishing licences, casting demonstrations and children’s show bags. Drop by and say hi to talk about fly fishing and trout fishing in Tassie.

GO FISH

* Fancy a trout fly fishing experience yourself? Trout tales and Festival organisers have teamed up to bring you a unique trout fly -fishing experience. Your experienced trout fishing guide will share their deep knowledge of just how special inland fishing in Tasmania is. The experience will include –
• Pick up/return to from Ratho Farm (30 minute drive)
• All fly-fishing gear required (rods, reels, lines, waders, boots etc.)
• Lunch and refreshments
• Fully accredited and insured TGALT guides

Ratho Farm

  • for the guided fly-fishing experience ticket purchases will be required

 

 

9:00 am – demonstration

The Bothwell Cricket Club was formed in 1862 after a particularly dull summer and in 1880 the Bothwell Rabbits football team was added to the town. To celebrate the honour of these two enduring clubs an exhibition match is to be staged. * watch this space for details Bothwell
Rec Ground, Bothwell

The rabbit industry was quite the boon for many workers in the Bothwell area from the late 1800s. While different forms of trapping required experience in specific methods to maximise income, little capital was needed to get started. Many rural workers became successful rabbiters enjoying high earnings and more accessible work. With farming uneconomic in many areas, rabbit plagues made the impetus to trapping even more extraordinary and often created quite the conundrum for land owners, particularly when faced with an offer to buy land from one of their labourers off the back of the profits made from rabbiting at the general encouragement of the land owner from their land in the first place. 

WORKSHOP

Preserving the skins and pelts of animals is an ancient tradition for humans, dating back as far as archaeology knows.  Participants will be involved in hands on fleshing of skins and preparation of wattle bark tea, plus receive a booklet on wattle bark tanning.

Queens Park Market Place Bothwell and The Tannery Bothwell

  • ticket purchases will be required for this event

 

 

 

St Luke’s second oldest Presbyterian Church building in Australia will be hosting an anniversary church service celebrating what has and will be. Highlighting the place of the presence of the significant church in Bothwell in nearly 200 years.St Luke’s Uniting Church faces on to Queen’s Park. It was designed by architect, John Lee Archer, with dripstones carved by ex-convict Daniel Herbert. St Luke’s was opened with government assistance for the joint use of the Protestant congregations, Presbyterian and Church of England, and its first service was in 1831. Anglicans moved out in 1891 after sixty years of sharing. In 1977 parishioners voted to become part of the Uniting Church in Australia.
It is the second oldest church in Australia with a famous clock and bell donated by Captain Wood, founder of historic local property, Dennistoun.

104 Dennistoun Rd, Bothwell 

 

 

9:00 am