New sign at last
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.