April A-Z Challenge:K for Kyneton
I am back again for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge so have made the commitment to blog every day in April except the Sundays. Some bloggers choose a theme, and others do random posts. For me, a theme works better, so them I’ve chosen for 2016 is Towns in Victoria. I will be choosing towns with a relevance to my family history, where possible.
K is for Kyneton, situated in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. Kyneton was named after a village in Warwickshire, England called Kineton. The town looks quite historic as it has many old bluestone buildings are still standing. It may look quiet and sleepy, but in recent years, Kyneton has awoken and become a thriving town, that has become known for it’s great cafe’s and restaurants.
During the goldrush, Kyneton became a major coach stop on the route to the goldfields. Kyneton is relevant to my family history, as my great great grandfather, THOMAS WATERS, settled there in 1861. He lived there with his wife ELIZABETH COCK, until about 1876. Six of their twelve children, were born in Kyneton.
Humanitarian, Caroline Chisholm, lived in Kyneton in the few years before my family arrived. . Her family owned a general store, and her husband was a magistrate. She established overnight shelters for travellers, on a road which was commonly used by gold prospectors heading to the goldfields.
Today Kyneton is well known for it’s Daffodil and Arts Festival held in September every year. This festival brings many visitors to Kyneton as it has a very extensive events calendar.