Mem­o­ries of the Hills News

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Memories With Ivor Jones & Friends -

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.


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 Hawkes­ You can also share mem­o­ries on any of my Face­book mem­o­ries groups in­clud­ing Hills District Mem­o­ries which you will find at https://www.face­­o­ries/ or Hawkes­bury Hap­pen­ings & Mem­o­ries which you will find at https://www. face­­o­ries/

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