New sign at last

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No longer are the Be­nalla Botan­i­cal Gar­dens uniden­ti­fied.

Be­nalla’s his­tor­i­cal Gar­dens, now 104 years old, have a new sign arched over the en­trance to the gates.

Dur­ing the life­time of the Gar­dens there has prob­a­bly been more than the orig­i­nal sign over the en­trance.

For a long time, since the last sign was re­moved for the pas­sage of trucks — dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the art gallery in 1974 — the Gar­dens have re­mained name­less.

When the Friends of Be­nalla Botan­i­cal Gar­dens group was formed in 1988 one of their prin­ci­pal aims was to have the old sign repo­si­tioned on the ex­ist­ing dec­o­rated stan­dards.

The old sign could not be found and the Friends put ‘‘New en­trance sign’’ high on their pri­or­ity list for im­prove­ments to the gar­dens and for their fundrais­ing.

When, in 1989, the Ro­tary club of Be­nalla erected the splen­did en­trance gates, replica of the orig­i­nal gates, it seemed im­por­tant that the en­trance project should be com­pleted.

As well as the name sign the Friends looked to the re­place­ment of the old cy­clone wire pan­els each side of the gates with some­thing com­pli­men­tary.

As a re­sult the tim­ber side pan­els were de­signed.

Fol­low­ing the ap­proval of the City Coun­cil and their prepa­ra­tion of the nec­es­sary struc­tural draw­ings and de­tails, work was com­mis­sioned.

The sign has been man­u­fac­tured in the Be­nalla Metal Work­shop of Mr Neil Lewis and the tim­ber pan­els flank­ing the gates are the work of Apex Join­ery, Be­nalla.

The project has been funded by the Friends of Be­nalla Botan­i­cal Gar­dens and all the nec­es­sary as­so­ci­ated build­ing work has been most com­pe­tently car­ried out by the Ro­tary Club of Be­nalla.

Let us all cel­e­brate this im­por­tant oc­ca­sion in the life of Be­nalla’s green space, the Be­nalla Botan­i­cal Gar­dens.

The Friends wish to thank all as­so­ci­ated with the project.

Year 8 FCJ Col­lege stu­dents Joanne Zoch and Amy Bohren won an award as part of the An­nual Science Ta­lent Search.

V-Line’s Ernie Gib­son was pre­sented with a Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence Award.

Anew po­si­tion of fam­ily sup­port worker was created by the city of Be­nalla.

Lo­cal cou­ple, Bruce and Tracey Reid took over Be­nalla Health foods in Nunn St.

Heavy cut­ting, medi­um­wooled sheep dom­i­nated the third and fi­nal shear­ing of wethers in the VCAH-Dookie and Dept. of Agri­cul­ture wether pro­duc­tion trial.

Lo­cal fruit grow­ers were af­fected by heavy hail.

Kylie Mor­ris was named Ju­nior Miss Show­girl at the Be­nalla show.

●●●●●●●Also in the news in Oc­to­ber, 1992:

This week in 1917 two days af­ter Lenin had pro­claimed a Bol­she­vik Revo­lu­tion, Cos­sacks formed an in­de­pen­dent con­fed­er­a­tion.

This was the ori­gin of the Vol­un­teer Army, one of the main White groups fight­ing the Red or Bol­she­viks in the Russian Civil War.

Sup­port­ers of the ousted Keren­sky fought back against the Bol­she­viks in Mos­cow and St Peters­burg.

The Lat­vian Ri­fle Divi­sion de­feated them in bloody street bat­tles.

By week’s end, 4000 Whites and Reds were dead.

Even­tu­ally, the Russian Civil War, the Red and White Ter­rors that ac­com­pa­nied it and the 1921 Famine that was caused by it would claim up­wards of nine mil­lion lives.

In the mean­time, Trot­sky at­tempted to ne­go­ti­ate a peace treaty with the Ger­mans.

The Ger­mans’ price for a treaty was one third of all Russian ter­ri­tory and 75 per cent of its in­dus­try and in­dus­trial re­sources.

Now that Gaza had fallen, Gen­eral Al­lenby’s forces be­gan to force its way north­wards to­wards Jerusalem. The ad­vance was fast mov­ing. First Ascalon and then Jaffa fell this week. The Arab army un­der Prince Faisal and Lawrence pro­tected the flank of the Bri­tish and Em­pire forces. A de­mor­alised Turk­ish army was on the run. The French Gov­ern­ment fell this week. In its place, Ge­orges Cle­menceau, ‘‘the Tiger’’ formed a new Gov­ern­ment.

When asked his pol­icy, he replied: ‘‘On in­ter­nal pol­icy, I wage war. On for­eign pol­icy, I wage war.’’

With a de­ter­mi­na­tion to see Ger­many ut­terly crushed, he would be op­posed to im­pos­ing a rea­son­able peace treaty on Ger­many at Ver­sailles.

Mean­while, Vic­to­rian State Elections had seen Alexan­der Pea­cock’s Lib­er­als re­turned to gov­ern­ment by a crush­ing 44 to 21 ma­jor­ity.

Be­fore all re­sults were in, the Kyne­ton Guardian in­dulged in wish­ful think­ing with a head­line that read ‘‘Pea­cock Min­istry De­feated’’.

The Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced at Bendigo this week that he in­tended to in­tro­duce con­scrip­tion.

It would start was held.

Sin­gle men, not in an es­sen­tial ser­vice and who did not have a brother or fa­ther al­ready in the AIF, would be con­scripted by bal­lot.

Only where vol­un­tary en­list­ments fell short of 7000 per month needed for re­in­force­ments, would men be forced to en­list to make up the num­ber needed.

In Be­nalla, to raise money for the Red Cross, a group of Be­nalla’s young women dressed up as slaves. Six dressed as male slaves.

In front of a log cabin, they pre­sented a song, dance and com­edy show. In form, the show closely mim­icked min­strel shows that had toured Be­nalla and Vic­to­ria in re­cent years. They raised $60.

— John Barry, An­zac Com­mem­o­ra­tive Work­ing Party, Coo-ee — Honour­ing our

WWIheroes af­ter an­other ref­er­en­dum

Proud: The Friends of the Gar­den and Ro­tar­i­ans gather for the open­ing.

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