In­spi­ra­tional story of sur­vival

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10 years ago Satur­day, Septem­ber 11, 2007 BEA­CONS­FIELD mine col­lapse sur­vivors Todd Rus­sell and Brant Webb were an in­spi­ra­tion to the 400 peo­ple who lis­tened to them in Rochester last week.

The men were guest speak­ers at the Be­yond the Gate event on Wednes­day.

Or­gan­ised by Rochester and El­more Dis­trict Health Ser­vice (REDHS), the event was a re­sponse to fam­ily and men­tal health is­sues, which af­fect the ru­ral com­mu­nity dur­ing drought con­di­tions. WHEN Ba­mawm’s John McMa­hon started an elec­tri­cal ap­pren­tice­ship with An­der­son's Elec­tri­cal in 1961, lit­tle did he know he would still be in the same job 46 years later.

John started his ap­pren­tice­ship un­der Jack and Les An­der­son.

‘‘An­der­son’s was a great firm to work for and I had the priv­i­lege of work­ing with some fan­tas­tic lo­cal trades­men over the years,’’ he said at his re­tire­ment func­tion held re­cently. ONLY one Rochester Tigerettes team is still in the Goulburn Val­ley Net­ball League fi­nals af­ter the first round on the week­end.

The B re­serve team ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nal fol­low­ing its vic­tory against Tatura, while the un­der 17 team was de­feated in the first elim­i­na­tion fi­nal by Tatura.

The B re­serve team trav­elled to Be­nalla to face Tatura in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal and, al­though the Tigerettes had pre­vi­ously out­played the Bull­dogs this sea­son, Tatura was not go­ing out with­out a fight.

30 years ago Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, 1987 WORK has started in prepa­ra­tion for ex­ten­sions to the Rochester Fire Sta­tion, fol­low­ing a series of de­lays.

A tem­po­rary aerial and siren stand have been in­stalled by Coun­try Fire Author­ity tower rig­gers and the old hose tower has been re­moved.

A large crane was used on Mon­day last week to lower the tower to the ground and the 15-me­tre tubu­lar steel struc­ture is to be dis­posed of in the near fu­ture. ROCHESTER busi­nesses at risk from the sale of V/Line land they lease have re­cieved back­ing from Rochester Shire Coun­cil in their fight for a fair deal.

Coun­cil has called on the state gov­ern­ment to al­ter its pol­icy on sale of rail­way land to al­low present ten­ants first op­tion to buy it.

Lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Rail­way Ten­ants Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, Mr Ron Mur­phy, ad­dressed the coun­cil meet­ing last week and a let­ter was re­ceived from the com­mit­tee. WITH the foot­ball sea­son draw­ing to a close, some thoughts have turned to sum­mer sports.

The an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Rochester Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion was held last Fri­day night to start prepa­ra­tions for the 1987-88 sea­son.

Of­fice bear­ers for this sea­son are Bruce Weeks (pres­i­dent), Graeme Wat­son (sec­re­tary), Trevor Cheat­ley and Greg Wolfe (vice- pres­i­dents) and Barry Carter (trea­surer).

100 years ago Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, 1917 MR CUNNINGHAM, sec­re­tary for the Uganda Pro­tec­torate, has given some de­tails of Uganda.

Tourist traf­fic is in­creas­ing, and 10,000 tourists are looked for now in the sea­son. To visit Uganda 10 years ago cost 2,000 pounds. Now it can be done from coast in a fort­night for 25 pounds in per­fect com­fort.

The scenery is unique, and there is about 50 miles of zo­o­log­i­cal gar­dens teem­ing with wild an­i­mals — ze­bras by thou­sands, and os­triches in flocks. As Mr Cunningham was com­ing down coun­try he passed through a herd of fully 50,000 ze­bras. SOME as­tound­ing claims are made for a patent wreck-sav­ing de­vice that has been in­vented by Mr. Adam W. John­son, of Alaska.

The ves­sel will go be­low like any other of her kind; but be­fore she has trav­elled any fath­oms down two great buoys will burst from her hold and shoot out of the ends of two tubes run­ning from the keel to the deck. As they rush for the sur­face each car­ries with it a thin manilla rope. Down in the hold of the sink­ing ship the line is un­coil­ing as fast as she sinks.

When the wreck finds the bot­tom the un­wind­ing stops, and the two buoys bob on the wa­ter’s sur­face. A FRENCH com­mu­nique says: —‘‘Our bat­ter­ies in the Cham­pagne are dom­i­nat­ing the en­emy’s ar­tillery. The strug­gle is par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent in the Butte de Mes­nil and Main de Mas­siges re­gions. We vig­or­ously shelled the en­emy’s front lines, pre­vent­ing any at­tack.’’

Reuter’s cor­re­spon­dent at French head­quar­ters says: — ‘‘The Ger­mans made an air at­tack on a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal at Vae­lain­court last night. It lasted three and a half hours. Nine­teen in­mates of the hos­pi­tal were killed and 26 wounded.’’


A Rochester But­ter Fac­tory cart, pic­tured at around the time the busi­ness started in 1913. If you have a photo send it to

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