Gala Day Panton Hill – 100 years ago

This photo comes from our Shire of Eltham Pioneers Collection and research has perhaps pinpointed the day it was taken.  Easter Sunday - April 23, 1916 - One hundred years ago today.   Our initial information stated: Three horses with cart decorated with passengers for Gala Day. Mr. W. Smith & horse float, passengers include Beatrice and Ruby Cracknell, Lily Harris and Rose Smith - 1916

Searching local historical newspapers in Trove and some lucky guesswork revealed this reference:

The Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record reported on April 28, 1916 on the Red Cross Carnival at Panton Hill.
“The Red Cross Carnival in aid of local Patriotic Funds' held on the Panton Hill Recreation Reserve on Easter Saturday, sand instant, proved a gratifying success, so much so that £70 was netted on the occasion….
The fancy dress procession, although not as lengthy as the previous one for the Belgium Carnival, lost nothing of its effectiveness, and those who helped In this part of the entertainment deserve the very best thanks. The prize for the best decorated vehicle (which was kindly provided by Mr. Wm. Smith) was awarded to Miss Goldman's bevy of young ladies representing the "Allies."
Arbor Day was once a big celebration, especially celebrated in schools usually acknowledged on the last Friday of April.
Wikipedia reports that the first Gala Day was held on November 3, 1916, to raise money for the Red Cross Society at the height of World War I in Geelong.
RED CROSS CARNIVAL AT PANTON HILL. (1916, April 28). Evelyn Observer and Bourke East Record (Vic. : 1902 - 1917), , p. 3 (MORNING.). Retrieved April 3, 2016, from

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