Rochy left in the dark
100 years ago CONSIDERABLE inconvenience was caused to a large section of residents in the town during last weekend by the vagaries of the electric light supply.
In some instances it was a case of “now you see it and now you don’t,” and in others it was “don’t” all the time for many nights.
The trouble was reported to be a short circuit that baffled the power house people to locate.
We were threatened to be left without power last Friday night to get out “The Irrigator”.
That public calamity was averted by a temporary attachment to a section that was still all right and alive, and by cutting off the portion wherein the short circuit was known to exist without disclosing its exact location.
The irate householders, who could get no result by constant visits to the switches, either never thought of getting over the difficulty by putting a match to their opinions about the whole blinkin’ thing as they let them promiscuously fly about, or else they were afraid of explosions. The service has now been restored. It was hard luck that it should happen just when we were trying to live up to the mission spirit that has pervaded the town of late. SUCCESS once again attended the little outdoor effort on Saturday evening in aid of the local repatriation fund.
The brass band was in attendance, and the hoop-la stand, shooting gallery, and other attractions did good business, more than £6 being taken.
The amount now raised in this way is more than £40, with a clear profit of about £30. “Business as usual” is the order for this evening.
30 years ago AN APPLICATION to open an amusement parlour in Rochester was refused last week by Rochester Shire council amid concern it would become a centre for drug trafficking and corruption.
Council voted unanimously to block the application by Mr Mark Williams, of Rochester, after receiving one written objection and several verbal objections to the proposed amusement parlour.
Mr Williams applied to council for permission to install video game machines in the Gillies St shop that used to house the Rochester TAB agency.
Cr Joy Weller said she was afraid the centre would be used as a base by drug dealers.
‘‘It (the centre) would provide an increased target for drug pushers,’’ she said.
Cr Weller also said children would be wasting their pocket money playing video games.
She said she was concerned about the social values an amusement parlour would promote in the town.
Cr Bill Leahy defended the youth of Rochester.
‘‘There are a lot of fine young people in this town,’’ he said.
Cr Weller said: ‘‘Yes, and we want to keep them that way.’’