Re­flec­tions from the past

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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.

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