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Friday April 12th

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The Story of Lake King – Rutherglen- Part 4 By Rutherglen Historical Society
Sad Times
Whilst Lake King was a very positive addition to the community of Rutherglen it was also a place of great sadness. It has been reported that on 25th October 1888 a mother drowned her few months old baby daughter in Lake King as she considered that child was in her way in obtaining a livelihood. She and her husband had recently moved to Rutherglen from Bairnsdale and he was employed as a blacksmith by Mr T Herrin. A week prior to her drowning her babe, her husband was arrested and transported to Bairnsdale for stealing a plough.
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Thursday April 11th

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The Story of Lake King – Rutherglen - Part 3 By Rutherglen Historical Society

The Key
At one time it was thought to be the remains of a high diving platform. In fact it was a turn key to open and close off the valve at the bottom of the lake that originally fed the water to the stand pipe and in later years also fed the water to cool the diesel electricity generator that produced the first electric power to Rutherglen. This generator was situated close to the existing toilet block in Apex Park.
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Wednesday April 10th

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The Story of Lake King – Rutherglen Part 2 - By Rutherglen Historical Society
Recreation.
The Lake King area soon became a public amenity and by 1881, Rutherglen Park, an area of 80 hectares, was very well established with avenues of trees radiating out from the entrance gates. The area immediately behind the lake was a racecourse. At one time the area around Lake King contained swimming baths with dressing sheds and a jetty. The Rutherglen rowing club practised on the lake instead of going out to Lake Moodemere.
Thomas Looney was granted permission to erect a small jetty in the reservoir for a pleasure boat in December 1890. Thomas also released a number of black swans on the lake which were reported to have made nests and have thrived. Years later, in 1909, Daniels King’s son, James, placed 3 black swans on Lake King in memory of his father, who had died in July 1903.
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Rutherglen Historical Town Guided Tour

Every Saturday (weather permitting) at 9.15am leaving from the Rutherglen Wine Experience a member of the Society will be conducting a guided tour of some of the fascinating buildings and places of significance in the centre of Rutherglen

Rutherglen Main Street

Main Street Rutherglen Circa 1864

The tour will take about 60 to 90 minutes and includes a Historical Walking Tour booklet and a free bottle of water.

Bookings essential, before 4:30pm the day prior to the tour at the Rutherglen Wine Experince (Information Centre)