Category Archives: Events

No Friday evening gathering on 24 January

Friday 24 January marks the first day of our major fundraiser during the annual Fryerstown Antique Fair.  The old Fryerstown School will be a hive of activity all day, offering delicious lunches (11.30am – 2pm) and afternoon teas (2 – 4pm).

So that we can re-set the room and prepare for a HUGE workload the following day, there will be no community gathering that evening.  Back to normal the following week – Friday 31st January.

Delicious lunch and afternoon tea during the Antique Fair

Antique fair lunch room

The Fryerstown Antique Fair weekend is a great opportunity to visit the recently refurbished community-run old Fryerstown School.  Follow the orange flags up the hill behind the Antique Fair and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the school building and historic surrounds.  A country-style cold meats and salads platter lunch with delicious local Sprout bread, cake, tea or coffee and a cold drink will be served daily from Friday 24th until Monday 27th January inclusive from 11.30am until 2pm – all for only $10 per head.  From 2pm until 4pm you can enjoy afternoon tea, with brewed coffee or tea and home-made scones or delicious cake for $6 per head.  Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

For those who enjoy a quality coffee, hot chocolate or chai in a relaxed café-style setting, the Hey Presto Espresso coffee cart will be operating on the school verandah from 11.30am, with a share of the takings to be donated to the school.

The Fryerstown Community Reserve Management Committee was formed just over three years ago to manage and oversee the much needed repairs and refurbishment of the school buildings.  Now operating as a venue for community use and public hire for functions, music events, art and educational workshops, it is hoped that the lunches will earn enough to landscape the surrounding grounds to provide picnic, play and performance areas.

Free bicycle maintenance and skills workshop this week





On Wednesday evening, 11th December, the Mount Alexander Shire Council are holding a free Bike’n’BBQ workshop at the school from 6pm.


With our proximity to the Great Dividing Trail and many other great cycling options, this is a chance to learn about basic bike maintenance and all sorts of other tips so you feel confident while you’re out and about exploring the great outdoors. Suitable for beginners to serious riders.



Flyer women on wheels

Book now and come along to learn some new skills and then socialise over a snag.

Hearing Jaara Jaara country – an acoustic celebration of box-ironbark country – Sunday 3rd November


The premiere of a new radiophonic work heard in surround sound in the bush, Jaara Jaara Seasons, will take place in Fryerstown, central Victoria, on Sunday 3rd November.

Internationally renowned Sound Artist, Ros Bandt, has been immersed recording the sounds of box-ironbark over a 12 month period, with the kind permission of Uncle Brien Nelson, Jaara Jaara Elder.  Her radiophonic work will be spread through the bush and include sound recordings from underwater, in the air and the sounds of multi-cultural musicians.

Ros’s work aims to encourage deep listening to country and to honour those who have gone before.  “Every place is an acoustic space which comes into being through listening” says Ros.  “This habitat is at once a sound lab and poetic inspiration for soundscape composition and a public performance, which will be held at the site in a specially constructed temporary soniferous garden.  Nothing beats being in place for situational listening.”

Performers include Rick Nelson (Jaara Jaara voice), Kinja – Ron Murray (didgeridoo/stories) and Sarah James (violin/voice), Mary Doumany (harp/voice), Le Tuan Hung (dan tranh), Wang Zheng Ting (sheng), and Ros Bandt (tarhu, psaltery/slide whistles/recorders).

The setting is a Jaara Jaara place of 55 acres, with a checkered history of pastoralism, gold, hobby farm and native bush. Over the past 20 years it has been land for wildlife and left to regenerate, free of intrusion, with the result of regeneration of the box ironbark habitat.  It is a natural sound sanctuary.  There is no electricity and this project is being carried out with no impact on the land, using sustainable technologies.

Ros Bandt is one of Australia’s first pioneering sound artists. Her environmental sound art comprises sound installations, original musical instruments, sound sculptures, sound playgrounds, spatial music systems and live performances. She is a composer of site specific sounding artworks worldwide. She has been commissioned by international radio stations for her electro-acoustic sounding artworks in Europe, Asia and America. Her work in sound heritage and endangered sounds, and her online sound designs in public space in Australia 2000-7, has earned her the Australian national award for sound heritage by the National Film and Sound Archive in 2012, The Fanny Cochrane Smith Award, and in 2013 she has been shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Outstanding Musician’s award.  Her first vinyl was listed in this year’s national registry of Australian Sound by the National Film and Sound Archive.  Ros has a PhD in musicology from Monash University and is honorary fellow in the School of History and Philosophical Studies at Melbourne University.

To attend this free public event, meet at the Fryerstown School, 5 Camp Street, by 3:30pm to walk to the bush site for a 4:00 pm start.  The performance is 50 minutes duration and participants may bring a campstool if needed. No smoking or phones are permitted on site. Refreshments and CDs will be available for purchase at the Fryerstown School.   

More information about this unique event can be found at

Mount Alexander Heritage Awards

We’re pretty chuffed with the recognition the Fryerstown School refurbishment has received at the recent Mount Alexander Shire Heritage Awards.  Awards for the Creative Reuse of a Heritage place and Sustainability of a Heritage place, and an overall award for Excellence.

Here are a couple of articles which were published.

Fryerstown School Heritage Awards Fryerstown School Heritage Awards article