Reflections from the past
40 years ago December 14, 1976
ENTHUSIASM and involvement, according to North Melbourne Football Club secretary David Robb, encourages a personal effort by a wide range of club supporters.
Mr Robb was addressing Rochester businessmen, as well as members, players and officials of the Rochester Football Club.
Mr Robb visited Rochester on Monday last, and addressed the group after lunch at the Criterion Hotel.
He said that the country zones were of vital importance to the North Melbourne club, for a great majority of their players came from their country zone in the Ovens and Murray district.
Ten of their 1975 premiership team came from their zone.
Australian Rules football was unique in sport, it brought together young men from all walks of life.
Officials of the Rochester Football Club must take a long, hard look at what has happened in recent years, and what the club has done in the past.
To improve their position, the Rochester club must have a large band of keen supporters behind the club.
Mr Robb said it was up to the administrators to get the players wanted to lift the team.
70 years ago December 17, 1946
AT THE monthly meeting of the Rochester Agricultural and Pastoral Association held at the Shire Hall on Saturday morning last, the financial statement for the show was presented by the secretary.
This disclosed that the show had been an outstanding success.
At the commencement of the financial year, the Association had a debit balance of £177/3/11, and this debit has now been paid off and the statement showed a credit balance in the bank of £64/4/7.
The ground was now free of debt, and members were highly delighted with this state of affairs.
There was only a moderate attendance at the meeting, when the president Mr J. J. Desmond occupied the chair.
A number of apologies for nonattendance were received, many members being busy with harvesting.
100 years ago December 16, 1916
ALTHOUGH the exigencies of the times demand the strictest economy, the institution of Christmas, its cheer and attendant festivities, justify something of a relaxation from the pinching and scrimping that war conditions have forced upon us.
The businessmen of Rochester have recognised this, and have made due preparation.
‘‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,’’ and it would indeed be a drab Christmas season if something ‘‘extra special’’ by way of personal and table adornments were not permissable or justifiable.
Christmas is Christmas, though kingdoms rock and shake.
It is an institution that is nearly old enough anyhow to be contemporaneous with war itself.
It is all the more dear to us because it is in its meaning to us the very antithesis of war.
Rochester High School teachers Annie and Neil Bambrook in December 1976 before embarking on a 12-month exchange program to Canada.