On Thursday the 5th of August 2019, Guest Speaker, Judy Farmer
told the story of Mr. E.J. Hamilton who was a solicitor in Drouin for many years.

The 13th Australian Light Horse moving up past Gressaire Wood to participate in the attack on morning of 22nd August 1918, near Bray. 101 years ago! E.J. Hamilton was one of the men in this regiment.

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On the 4th of March 2017, Yvonne Tindle gave an evening history presentation about the 78th birthday of the Drouin CWA.



6th of July, 2017.


Speaker: Colin Chudleigh

For many years Colin has had a strong interest in the work of blacksmithing.  Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings,  sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons.  While interest in blacksmithing has always appeared in craft endeavours and heritage theme parks, a resurgence in blacksmithing has led to an abundance of opportunity for the beginners to learn the ‘art’ as a quick visit to the internet will show.

Colin is skilled in the knowledge of steel, forges, the tools and techniques used and has accepted our invitation to tell us more.   He will supply images of himself at work at his own forge, and also images of the Drouin Edwards Engineering blacksmith workspace and its forge during its final days of operation.    He has generously donated a number of images to the Drouin History Group photograph Collection which will support his presentation.

We thank Colin for accepting our invitation and look forward to hearing about his passion for this ancient craft which is believed to hark back to the Iron and Bronze Age.