Welcome news from the front
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 email@example.com or bring it to the office.