Memories of the Hills News
The issue of the "Hills News" of 21 December 2017 stated that it was the final issue after 60 years of publication.
The newspaper has an interesting history of which I was once part. The late Ron Stettler founded the paper in 1957 as the “Parramatta & Hills News” and owned it until it was sold to Warwick Dawson and Jim Holmes in 1984.
Ron and his family had a printer situated in Conie Ave Baulkham Hills and that was where the paper was printed until sold. It was Ron who first got me started in the local media of the Hills. I was working for the Australian Electoral Commission and part of my duties included Electoral Education. I came up with an idea of perhaps a column in Ron’s then publication of the “Toongabbie & Hills T.V. and Entertainment Guide” which he started after selling the “Hills News”. The column was called “VOTE – Voice of the Electors” in which I wrote about enrolment, voting, and the like. Ron passed away shortly after I started the column and management of the magazine passed to his daughter Jennifer Touzel and my column changed in format to local news and gossip and the title varied from “Hills Happenings”and “Ivor’s Column”.
The other regular columnists at the time in the new magazine was Ron Jones best known as “Allegro” who had followed Ron Stettler from the “Hills News” to the TV Magazine and Jennifer Touzel who compiled “Whispers In The Hills”. In 1992 I was asked by the management of the now Dawson owned “Hills News” to join the paper as a columnist. This was at a time the I now consider the Hills News was at its strongest under the editorship of hard hitting Harvey Grennan who wrote editorial columns under the name of “Fearless Fortescue”. Unfortunately I commenced at the “Hills News” just weeks after Harvey Grennan had moved on to greener pastures. I lasted at the Hills News for probably seven months in 1993 where I wrote historical pieces and a column titled “Those Were The Days”. The “Hills News” were also very supportive of my involvement with the local radio station 2CCR (now Alive 90.5 fm) as was also the TV Magazine. I didn’t particularly like the new editor of the “Hills News” who took over after Harvey Grennan’s departure and felt that a personality clash was inevitable so I left but I continued writing for “The Hills TV Magazine” which had evolved from the old “Toongabbie & Hills TV and Entertainment Guide”. I continued for a few more years at the TV Magazine. After the Stettler family sold the “Hills TV Magazine” I felt that it was not as popular as it once was. Awhile back I remarked as much in a comment on Facebook upon which Diana Paton who had purchased the publication just prior to my comment appearing contacted me and asked if I could assist with the publication which had since been renamed “Hills to Hawkesbury Living” magazine.
Now the rest is history as they say.
Don’t forget to contribute your memories and also any old photographs that you would like to see published in this magazine’s “as we were” section.
NOW WHAT ABOUT YOUR MEMORIES OR YOUR STORY.
You can write about childhood memories of where you may have grown up or moving into the area. Tell us about your school days. Where you worked, played or went on holidays; your first car; that first date, getting married or maybe the history of your family, group or organisation in the district. This page is about memories so tell us yours.
If you have some great memories, or perhaps you belong to a local community organisation and would like to share your organisation’s history or story with us then feel free to share your memories or experiences by writing to 17 Rose St., Baulkham Hills NSW 2153 or email to ivorjones@hillsto Hawkesbury.com.au You can also share memories on any of my Facebook memories groups including Hills District Memories which you will find at https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hills.memories/ or Hawkesbury Happenings & Memories which you will find at https://www. facebook.com/groups/Hawkesmemories/