Tarnagulla's Story's Gold

Tarnagulla Church ruins © David Male

During the visit to St Arnaud and Donald a trio of our members had quite the chance encounter.

While at a cafe in Tarnagulla on Sunday the members were having a conversation about the town they had stopped in, they were handed a sheet of paper to read by the cafe owner, it was from the man sitting at the table next to them. Overhearing their conversation the man, a local resident and poet Ken Peake, had been inspired to put pen to paper and write his third poem for the day.

A regular at the cafe,  Mr Peake visits for coffee and inspiration to write is poems and on this day he had plenty.

Ken gifted the writing to David Male, who has given me permission to show it here. David, Brian, and Nola were impressed with the work, as you can see from the original, Ken wrote the piece at speed and completed it without alteration. Of course, Ken has had plenty of practise, he told David that he has been writing poems regularly since the age of 15.

The header image here by David Male is of the Church referenced in the poem below.

Tarnagulla's Story's Gold

Those glory days have vanished
Like the roaring days of old
When the nuggets lay on the street
The times of yellow gold.

The mines now are long run out
Like as so many dreams
And fortunes made and disappeared
Like as so many schemes.

Old buildings stand as a testimony
Of how the past was made
And lives were changed by misfortunes
As their living stories fade.

The old church set on fire
And all to satisfy a hate
The winds of the past come back
To tell the story of Tarnagulla's fate.

Such wondrous stories to be told
Of roaring days of old
A Tarnagulla's story is bold
All that lives was once gold.

- Ken Peake 08/04/2018

Tarnagulla's Story's Gold

Tarnagulla Wesleyan Methodist Church

Upcoming

Presentation: Fine Art and Aerial Landscapes with Tom Putt

Tom is always a welcome visitor to our club. His unique presentations are a joy and inspiration. On this night, Tom will be sharing his art and new-found love of Aerial Landscapes. You can find out more about Tom on his website.

Entires due for the End of Year Competition.

Brooklyn Community Hall
23rd October 2018 7:45 pm
Workshop: Paper Bag Challenge

Always a fun-filled night, our annual Paper Bag Challenge is on again. What will be in the paper bags this year?

At this meeting, members work in groups to make images, on the night, featuring the item/s in the paper bags they are given. No one knows what will be in the bags being given to the groups. It's always exciting to see each of the groups working to make something wonderful to present for peer judging by the end of the night.

Brooklyn Community Hall
13th November 2018 7:45 pm

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