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Septem­ber 21 1918

COL.-CHAP­LAIN M’CRAE STE­WART’S VISIT TO ROCHESTER

The visit of Col. Chap­lain M’Crae Ste­wart (Moder­ater of the Pres­by­te­rian As­sem­bly of Vic­to­ria), which took place last week end, was not only an event of great in­ter­est to Pres­by­te­ri­ans, but to oth­ers in the com­mu­nity, who joined in do­ing honor to the dis­tin­guished divine. The knowl­edge that he had been abroad with ‘‘the boys’’ — that he loved them — and that we were to hear some­thing of their do­ings, pro­vided suf­fi­cient ma­te­rial to in­vest the visit with spe­cial in­ter­est and keen an­tic­i­pa­tion. The com­mu­nity was in no sense dis­ap­pointed, for in his re­ply to the wel­come on Satur­day af­ter­noon, his ser­mons on Sun­day, his ad­dress at open­ing of the re­turned sol­diers club on Mon­day af­ter­noon, and his lec­ture on Mon­day evening he swept his way into the hearts of his hear­ers per­haps more by the ev­i­dences of his deep af­fec­tion for the Aus­tralian sol­dier lads than his elo­quence. He is not a speaker who strains af­ter ef­fect, but his won­der­ful com­mand of words, in clear and rhyth­mic flow, com­pels ad­mi­ra­tion and close at­ten­tion. His rich ex­pe­ri­ence in the bat­tle fronts had brought him face to face with the big things of life — and death — with which he can deal with a sym­pa­thetic touch and a depth of feel­ing com­pris­ing some­thing greater than elo­quence.

We re­gret that ex­i­gen­cies of space com­pel brevity in the re­ports of the func­tions in which he took part.

At the Shire Hall on Satur­day af­ter­noon he was ac­corded a hearty wel­come to our midst. There was a large at­ten­dance of peo­ple, who were re­galed to af­ter­noon tea by the ladies of St. John’s Church. The chair was oc­cu­pied by the Rev. E. L. Slade Mallen, who, in ex­tend­ing a wel­come to the Mod­er­a­tor on be­half of the Pres­by­te­rian con­gre­ga­tions in the Rochester charge, re­ferred to Col. - Chap­lain Ste­wart’s brave and un­selfish ser­vice with our boys abroad, whose af­fec­tion he had won, and be­cause he had won that of the girls, too, as well as that of all the anx­ious rel­a­tives of the ab­sent loved ones.

Septem­ber 20 1988

‘‘HEAR YE, HEAR YE,’’ IS THE CRY IN ROCHESTER

Any­one who saw this dap­per-look­ing gen­tle­man strolling around Rochester last week in 17th cen­tury garb was look­ing at the fel­low with prob­a­bly the world’s best job.

He trav­els ‘‘all over the world’’, yells at peo­ple in sev­eral dif­fer­ent lan­guages and his job has a life­time guar­an­tee (who else would do it?).

He’s the town crier from Rochester upon Med­way in County Kent, Eng­land.

Peter Sadler and his wife, Josie, were in Rocheser upon Cam­paspe last week to give lo­cals a glimpse of how the news was con­veyed in the mother coun­try 300 years ago.

There he stood out­side the Na­tional Aus­tralia Bank on Fri­day, herald­ing the news as it was done in Ye Olde Eng­land.

‘‘Hear ye, hear ye,’’ he cried. ‘‘ The Cam­paspe Golf Clube will be hold­ing a tour­na­ment on Oc­to­ber 7, 8 and 9.’’

Septem­ber 23, 2008

NO LIMIT TO BOWAN’S IMAG­I­NA­TION

A Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent has shown he can mix it with the best when it comes to writ­ing sto­ries.

Year 9 stu­dent Bowan Shel­ton fin­ished in the top 1 per cent of Vic­to­rian en­tries in his year level in the In­ter­na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion and As­sess­ment for Schools writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

En­trants were pro­vided with a pic­ture and had to write the start of a story about that pic­ture.

Bowan said he was pleased about his high dis­tinc­tion.

‘‘It’s pretty good,’’ he said.

On the 1936-37 Ashes tour some Eng­land crick­eters stopped in Rochester for some duck shoot­ing. Pic­tured are Les Ames (seated) and Joe Hard­staff (white suit). The photo was sub­mit­ted by Peter Ward. Send your photo to ed­i­to­rial@cam­paspe­news.com.au or bring it to the of­fice.

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