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Monster Meeting site, Chewton

Start: Fri 15th Dec. 3 p.m. | End: Fri 15th Dec.

Celebration of 1851 Monster Meeting of Diggers meeting at the site in Golden Point Rd Chewton and re-telling the story of 15,000 diggers who did not have a vote, who defied the Victorian Government with Australia's first mass anti-government protest meeting, forcing Governor La Trobe to rescind his plan to double the Gold Licence fee.

The site has now been included in the Victorian Heritage Register as a site of national significance, ensuring it will remain as public land with the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.

The highlight of the celebrations will be a 12 minute choral piece written by renowned local musician, Kavisha Mazzella. Local singers are invited to join and take part, along with members of Kavisha’s Italian choirs from Melbourne and Ballarat. Titled ‘Tunc Justus’ it is an anthem to democracy. It is based on Italian Raffaello Carbone’s writings about the Eureka Stockade – the end game that began with the Monster Meeting – plus original lyrics. This stirring, emotional composition in Latin, Italian and English received a standing ovation at Eureka’s 150th anniversary.

All are welcome to come and join Kavisha Mazzella and the Monster Meeting Choir singing Tunc Justis (Thus Justice). If you are interested, please send an email to kavisha@kavisha.com

If you have a poem or short story about democracy send it through and it will be considered for inclusion email jan@janmositzky.com.au

The more formal proceedings will start at 5pm but everyone invited to come at 3pm; there will be a sausage sizzle, displays and music.

Getting to our Region


Easily located in Central Victoria, the region is less than 90 minutes north west of Melbourne and conveniently accessed by road and rail.

Stunning villages and towns are located close by, making the region an ideal base from which to explore Central Victoria.

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