What to take and what to keep


JOHN and I made an im­por­tant de­ci­sion a cou­ple of months ago, to down­size from our larger home and good size gar­den on a large house black of land near 200 acres of pad­docks, to a smaller unit which we can man­age fi­nan­cially bet­ter and have less re­spon­si­bil­ity in the au­tumn of our lives.

We made this choice based on our ag­ing health and age, and re­alised that we had seven adult chil­dren, who we should not leave the clean­ing up to do if any­thing hap­pened to one of us or both and nei­ther of us could do it alone if one of us died.

Th­ese are ques­tions and de­ci­sions older folk are mak­ing ev­ery day, some have said to us, “Good on ya” oth­ers, “I ad­mire you, but I couldn’t do it.”

Or “After I’m gone my fam­ily can fig­ure it all out, or “It’s too hard for me after 40 years to do that.”

So, John and I have de­clut­tered a lot of stuff and packed up lots of fur­ni­ture, shed and house­hold items and we moved into our smaller unit on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10, with loads of help by mem­bers of the Nagam­bie Lakes Men’s’ shed (of which John is a mem­ber.)

We have moved just up the road to Kelv­in­grove Vil­lage, but it still means tak­ing lock, stock and bar­rel of what we need/want there, and hav­ing a garage sale on Oc­to­ber 21, to hope­fully sell much of the stuff from the shed and house and gar­den we don’t need, or can­not take with us, then plac­ing our larger home on the mar­ket and up for auc­tion in Novem­ber..

Now what could I do with years of my mem­o­ra­bilia? My 33 years of news­pa­per writ­ing clip­pings, pho­tos and ma­jor events records that I have or­gan­ised or run, so I be­gan giv­ing out/back things to lo­cal groups and schools and church and such.

When I lived in Avenel as Diane Laverie, I met Lind­say and He­len Don­ald­son of the Euroa Gazette in the 1980s, and I took over writ­ing the Ac­tiv­i­ties in Avenel col­umn from a very ill Olga Har­ri­son and ar­ti­cles on Avenel for the Seymour Tele­graph and run­ning many groups there from 1984-1991.

Then I wrote the full page Seymour Tele­graph’s “Seymour So­cial Scene” and many ar­ti­cles reg­u­larly from 1990-2000 un­der my By Line Diane Laverie.

For a month or so, I have been go­ing through my news clip­ping scrap­books, and the won­der­ful mem­o­ries of all I’ve writ­ten about or taken pics of has come flood­ing back to me.

I have 20 years at least of writ­ings on Seymour, 14 scrap­books com­pleted of cut­tings or fold­ers for Seymour mu­seum from 1991 and 16 years of cut­ting in fold­ers for Nagam­bie mu­seum.

Things have changed since I typed up “dou­ble space”, on pa­per, a col­umn or ar­ti­cle on my lit­tle Olivetti type­writer, and this piece was col­lected from my home in Avenel each Fri­day to be re­typed up by the journo in Seymour or Euroa, for the fol­low­ing week’s pa­per.

In the early 1990’s I got an elec­tric type­writer and that was quicker and sent to TAFE to learn to use a com­puter. I started work at the army camp at Puck­a­pun­yal and learnt their com­puter sys­tems there. I also started con­tribut­ing to their “Boomerang” mag­a­zine.

Then from about mid 90’s I went to the pa­per of­fice each Satur­day arvo and typed up my col­umn on their cy­ber graphic com­puter. I used my own Canonette cam­era for tak­ing pho­tos (Black and white) and I took the film up to Karl Mikai­nis the pho­tog­ra­pher in Seymour, to de­velop, and to learn how to be a good pho­tog­ra­pher.

No home com­put­ers or emails then. Just gath­er­ing the news and 7000 birthdays and 2000 an­niver­saries in my book and work­ing on the cy­ber graphic ma­chine that sent to the news to Shep­par­ton or send­ing hard copy of pics to their of­fice for print­ing.

I bought my first home com­puter in the late 1990’s, and thanked God for emails.

From 1984 to 1998 I used my small Canonette cam­era, then bought a Pen­tax MZ50 SLR and pro­gressed through other cam­eras un­til about 2008 I started to use dig­i­tal and film con­cur­rently, for wed­dings, deb balls, news­pa­per and pho­tog­ra­phy jobs..

I mar­ried John Grant in Oc­to­ber 2000 and taught him how to use the Pen­tax MZ50, so I could be in some pics when we trav­elled or in news or fam­ily shots.

I con­tin­ued to write the So­cial Scene page as Di Grant, which changed its for­mat in the mid 2000’s to the “Dis­trict Diary” page for Seymour, Avenel, Nagam­bie, Broad­ford and Puck­a­pun­yal and sur­rounds. I re­ceived my 15 year McPher­son news­pa­per award in Shep­par­ton way back when!

I have been do­ing the Nagam­bie Notes and ar­ti­cles since 2001 and I had a great as­so­ci­a­tion with Paul Rieus­set at the Gazette and at the same time, be­came the edi­tor of the Puck­a­pun­yal army mag­a­zine, “The Boomerang” from 2004-2012 after I re­tired from the Army job which also in­cluded me­dia cov­er­age from 1992-2004.

Now what to do with my news­pa­per clip­pings of scrib­blings or Pucka mag­a­zines?

I de­cided to do­nate them to two mu­se­ums. Seymour and Nagam­bie.

On Mon­day, 9 Oc­to­ber, I handed over the first in­stall­ment of 14 scrap­books to Wayne Her­ring, Sec­re­tary of the Seymour and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal Society for them to store and dis­play. Next will be, after I fin­ish sort­ing 16 years worth in fold­ers of Nagam­bie news to their Mu­seum.

So my work is not wasted, and his­tor­i­cally all the hatches, matches, dis­patches, an­niver­saries, thou­sands of sto­ries of lo­cal groups, Aus­tralia Day, “Some­one Spe­cial” awards, hun­dreds of groups, schools, church news, many fes­ti­vals and all sorts of news will be kept for pos­ter­ity.

Now to start on my 1000’s of pho­tos. Wish me luck. I will still do some writ­ing and pics, and my cel­e­brant work. So I will still be around and luck­ily can still see pad­docks from my new home.

Bron­wyn Bea­dle from Nagam­bie Health­care said “The Nagam­bie Health­care Rock and Roll Ball was a fan­tas­tic night with great auc­tion items sold and lots of fun had by all.

Her son, young Wil­liam also played with the band and she thinks they will have him back to play with them next time they are in town.

Ms Bea­dles said “Thanks to all who sup­ported the Rock and Roll Ball fundraiser in any­way.”

The Nagam­bie Speed­way is lo­cated 8kms out of Nagam­bie on the Heath­cote-Nagam­bie Road. The Club has been run­ning for 47 years and is a fam­ily ori­en­tated club run solely by vol­un­teers.

They run their own club cars and karts which are non-con­tact and they play host to other classes in­clud­ing Vin­tage Su­per Mod­i­fied, VSC Sports Sedans, VSC Un­lim­ited Chas­sis Sedans and the “Crash n Bash” As­so­ci­a­tion which in­volves le­gal crash­ing and bash­ing.

Their next meet is on 11-12 Novem­ber. “Crash n Bash” Opens and Ladies. Also rac­ing from Nagam­bie, Opens, stan­dards and dirt karts.

In­quiries re­gard­ing the club. Kerry O’Brien. 0413 643 924. ker­ry­obrien2@hot­mail.com

Satur­day, Novem­ber 11,


Re­mem­brance Day.

Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3, Avenel Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Car­ols. Avenel Hall.

Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 13, Nagam­bie Pri­mary School’s Grade 6 Grad­u­a­tion din­ner. Nagam­bie Golf Club. De­tails school 5794 2608.

Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14. Com­bined Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Tea at the Nagam­bie Golf Club. For those iso­lated, who live alone, or are house­bound. De­tails Di Grant. 5794 1720 or Ronda Richards 5794 2382 or Fi­nola Price 5794 2941.

De­cem­ber 20, St Joseph’s Grad­u­a­tion and end of year Mass. St. Malachy’s 5pm. 5794 2608

De­cem­ber 20: Nagam­bie Pri­mary School’s con­cert. 5794 2273.

The Com­mu­nity House’s Ukelele Group has planned on Sun­day, Novem­ber 26, a mu­sic and win­ery cruise “Uke” and “Just Strings” groups. Early book­ings to Chris El­lis.

On Mon­days, the com­mu­nity gar­den has their pro­duce on show for lo­cals to view, help main­tain or buy. Go along from 10am for a fresh veg­etable bar­gain.


Novem­ber 10: The King is com­ing to town; Royal Mail Ho­tel is pre­sent­ing the Elvis Trib­ute show per­formed by Damian Mullins. Din­ner and show $40. Lim­ited num­bers. 5794 2488.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 12. Avenel School’s clear­ing sale and fete.

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, INXSIVE show at Royal Mail Ho­tel. 5794 2488

On Satur­day, 11 Novem­ber, Nagam­bie Rock and roll group’s so­cial 50-50 dance. “Rockin Nagam­bie” 8pm-mid­night. Nagam­bie me­chan­ics hall.

Dance the night away to en­ter­tain­ment by Trevor Den­nis and en­joy a huge range of much loved dance styles; rock and roll ball­room, Latin Amer­i­can, and more.

Book­ings/pre-pay­ment to Chris­tine. 0499 995 380. A plate of sup­per please.

The Li­ons Club of Nagam­bie and Dis­trict Inc. will be meet­ing in the day­time now, on the first Mon­day of each month, St John’s hall. De­tails. M.Wil­son on 0455 441 361.

Fri­day, De­cem­ber 8, Li­ons Club Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Car­ols by Can­dle­light. Buck­ley Park. Free sausage siz­zle. Gold coin do­na­tion.

An en­joy­able trivia night was held at St An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in their hall on Fri­day, 27 Oc­to­ber.

John and I and Will and Hunter called our­selves the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Team and came out on top as the win­ning team.

Mon­day, Novem­ber 20, Dio­cese of Wan­garatta’s MU AGM and Cof­fee Morn­ing. 10am. Pur­brick hall. BYO lunch and do­na­tions for trad­ing ta­ble please.

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 23, Angli­can Parish of Cen­tral Goul­burn’s MU an­nual meet­ing, Christ church 10.30am Seymour. Bring and share lunch to fol­low.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 26, Angli­can parish priest, Fr Gary Atherton’s an­niver­sary cel­e­brat­ing 30 years since his or­di­na­tion. 10.30am ser­vice fol­lowed by bring and share lunch in Christ Church hall Seymour.

Ec­u­meni­cal POUR ser­vice. Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1, Ten­nis clu­b­rooms, UC hosts. Noon then lunch.

Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7, An­nual MU Car­ols and lessons and com­mu­nion ser­vice. St Paul’s Avenel. 11am. Fol­lowed by lunch at Royal mail Ho­tel, Nagam­bie... De­tails Karen Atherton 5799 0283.

A grand­mother’s love to her grand­chil­dren is as deep and nat­u­ral as the love she felt to­ward her own chil­dren.


HAND­ING OVER HAPPY MEM­O­RIES: Diane Grant handed over scrap­books and fold­ers from 1991 of her news work to Wayne Her­ring, sec­re­tary of the Seymour and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal Society for pos­ter­ity. Nagam­bie Mu­seum will be the next re­cip­i­ent of her 16 years...

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