Rain gives us the cold shoulder during autumn
June 3, 2008 District residents had a dry autumn this year, with rainfall only a third of what it was for the same time last year.
The season only produced 38mm of rain in Rochester this year, with the most – 18.8mm – falling in May.
The same period last year saw 110.9mm of rainfall in Rochester.
The start of autumn produced some high temperatures, with the mercury climbing as high as 40.1 degrees celsius.
The average daytime temperature for March was 30.3 degrees.
There was plenty of difference in March’s night temperatures.
The top temperature was 24.7 degrees, while the lowest was 5.4 degrees. May 31, 1988 Rohan Higgins is a shy, introverted Rochester teenager whose craving to help teenage cancer sufferers like himself has made him venture out into the community to talk about his disease.
The year 10 St Joseph’s College student is mustering public support for the first country Victorian launch of CanTeen – the Australian Teenage Cancer Patients’ Society.
Rohan has twice suffered leukemia — a cancer that weakens the body’s resistance to disease by throwing production of white blood cells out of kilter.
White blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and attack foreign material in the body, such as bacteria, but leukemia causes them to become distorted and inefficient at their job.
The body also usually produces excessive amounts of these defective cells, meaning not enough red blood cells are being produced, and the leukemia sufferer often becomes anaemic.
Rohan said he was off all treatment at the moment and has been since he had a relapse about three years ago, but the possibility that the cancer might return is always there.
“I’m not worried about the thought that this cancer might come back,” he said. “It’s a possibility but I put it to the back of my mind and get on with my life.” June 1, 1918 Mr and Mrs C Hansen of Ballendella celebrated their silver wedding day on Wednesday, June 22 and invited a number of friends to spend the evening at their residence, “Danecroft”, where they also had the pleasure of meeting their son, Signaller C. R Hansen, recently invalided home from the front.
The following Friday was actually the 25th anniversary of Mr and Ms Hansen’s wedding, but Wednes- day was chosen for the celebration for the reason that Signaller Hansen was under orders to return to Melbourne on that day.
A sumptuous repast was provided, and suffice it to say that everything was of the best, not the least of which was a beautiful silver wedding cake, artistically iced and decorated with silver beads.
After the guests had assembled at the festive board, Mr Hansen proposed the toast of “Our King”.
Mr T Bunbury proposed the “Host and Hostess”, which was received with applause.
Mr Bunbury then performed a pleasing duty, which had been entrusted to him by Mr and Mrs Hansen, to present to their soldier son a very handsome gold watch and chain as a gift from his parents.
Rochester’s Random House in its former glory, pictured in 1983.