Current & Future Exhibition



To settle an argument with his friend Bertram Stevens of The Bulletin and Art in Australia, Norman Lindsay wrote and illustrated his book The Magic Pudding. The book was first published in 1918. Norman maintained that children liked to read about food rather than fairies. In his lifetime he saw editions published in Australia as well as Britain and United States. The book has been translated into Japanese, German, French and Spanish. It is regarded as a classic of Australian children's literature. Norman Lindsay was born in Creswick February 1879.  To celebrate 100 years of publication the Museum will have an exhibition of Norman’s illustrations for the book and other works. After his trip to England in 1911 he constructed a scale model of Captain Cook's H.M.S.Endeavour. It will be on display from Melbourne Museum. The State Library will lend bronze minature figures of Louis Laumen's sculpture of Magic Pudding characters, which is a centrepiece of the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.  Victorian Opera are lending some of the costumes from their recent performance at Bendigo of the Magic Pudding.                                                                                              In addition will be toys that children would have played with when Norman was a boy here at Creswick.  Many were still being used in the 50 and 60 of the 20th century.

In the Lindsay Room will be displayed Norman Lindsay artworks 

Upstairs will be a selection of Michael Salmon artworks.

Friday, September 28 to Sunday September 30, 2018 - CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

During the September School Holidays in the Town Hall will be a Children’s Festival over three days. Michael Salmon will open the festival and present prizes to the successful schools and pupils. In the afternoon he will present entertaininghour of cartooning and chat. a tribute to the book and to Australian Children's Literature in general. Jodie Goldring will weave a pudding from willow and vines over the three days. 


FRIDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 11am to 3.30pm

11.00am Start of proceedings and presentation of prizes for winning art entries.

12 noon – 1pm Annie Stewart Reading from The Magic Pudding


1.45pm Shadow Puppet

2.30pm Presentation by Michael Salmon “Pudding Time”  an entertaining hour of cartooning and chat, a tribute both to the book and to Children’s Literature in General.


SATURDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2018 - 11am to 3.30pm

11am Reading from The Magic Pudding in the HUB

Workshops Finger Puppets/Puddings /Pet Rocks/Origami/Hessian balls

11.00am to 1pm Tahlia Stanton Face Painting


1pm – 45pm Parker’s Circus

1.55pm - 2.20pm Shadow Puppet

2.30pm – 3.30pm The Bandits Band


SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 11am to 3pm

Workshops Origami/ Hessian Plant Balls/Finger Puppets

11.00am to 1pm Tahlia Stanton Face painting


1pm – 1.45pm Creswick Junior Band

2pm – 3pm The Bandits Band


CRWA Photography Competition

Jodie Golding Cubby House 10am - 4pm, Sept 28-30, 2018. 

Jodie will be working in The Magic Playground weaving her magic.

Lion’s Club BBQ Friday and Sunday between 11am to 1pm.



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