Diamond the Cow 

The year was 1867 and Diamond was the darling of the bullock team.

 

She was sassy and proud with a haughty manner befitting her stature as the only lady cow on the team. One morning, when the bullock team was crossing the local creek, Diamond found a soft patch of mud and sunk in up to her knees. Try as he might, the bullocks could not extract her. Her boyfriend, Derek the bull was brought from his paddock. He arrived with newly decorated horns but couldn't persuade Diamond to leave the mud of the creek bed. 

 

The drinkers at Diamond Creeks four pubs were lured to the spot on a promise of rum and oysters. They attached ropes to Diamond's horns and pulled and pulled. 

Diamond stayed put. 

 

The town's burghers were called. They were facing the cancellation of a scheduled visit by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke had sustained a bullet wound while on a Sydney beach earlier that year and it was thought the country air would assist his recovery. It was not a good look to have a cow stuck in the local creek. 

 

It was then that an enterprising young soprano, called Nellie Melba, sprang to the rescue, donating a tiara and expensive costume jewellery and call for the beautiful cow to be made a feature of the Royal visit. She draped Diamond in jewellery and applied lipstick. At this point, to everyone's amazement, Diamond drew her legs delicately from the mud and trotted happily from the riverbank. 

 

The Royal visit went on to be a roaring success. A ball was held, at which Diamond was the star attraction. 

 

A vote taken later that year named the creek that ran through the village - the Diamond Creek, and the township later adopted the same name. 

 

His Royal Highness, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, son of Queen Victoria visited Diamond Creek in November 1867 during his 'around the world' voyage. To commemorate the pomp and ceremony of the Royal visit, the streets of Diamond Creek were named after the Prince and attending officials. 

 

The Prince was shot by Henry James O'Farrell in an assassination attempt while picnicking on the beach in the Sydney suburb of Clontarf, on 12 March 1868. The Duke recovered fully and continued on to New Zealand seven months later. 

Diamond is currently on show at 

Simply Beautiful Decorations & Balloons 

23/25 Chute St, Diamond Creek 

Diamond Creek Traders Association
PO Box 234
Diamond Creek, VIC 3089
E: marketing@diamondcreekshopping.com.au