Big celebration to mark Lizzie’s 100

THE Red Cliffs community will celebrate the history of their town’s shops and the centenary of Big Lizzie this morning.

Staff pose on the latest model bicycles at Bayliss Red Cliffs Cycle and Motor Depot.

A historical shopping trail of the Red Cliffs town centre will be launched in Barclays Square, coinciding with a celebration of 100 years since its iconic tractor was built.

Red Cliffs and District Historical Society has been working on the project, Our Town Red Cliffs, for the past year with grant support from the Public Records Office of Victoria.

The society’s Christine Cook said the shopping trail was among several projects to be completed in the lead-up to the town’s centenary in 2021, to “collate the town’s history and stories before they are lost”.

“This year, we chose the shops as our focus and next year there will be a different theme of things related to water, such as the river and flooding,” she said.

“It’s an ongoing project and we’re still getting information from people who have seen some of our publicity and said ‘oh yes, my grandfather…’ and we get the story.

“A lot of people have become interested, got engaged and are happy to share stories … it has revived memories and we’ve heard all these stories of people shopping as kids.”

Mildura deputy mayor John Arnold will launch the shopping trail brochures about 9.30am, which contains information for self-guided tours, supported by historic photos and posters displayed in the windows of participating shops and businesses.

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