July 7, 1915
Quite a number of townspeople assembled at the SS Bingera on Monday evening, the occasion being to say farewell to Lieutenant Hely, who with 10 volunteers, left for the front. Several of his friends presented him with useful articles as tokens of the esteem in which he was held by them, the ladies especially being conspicuous by their presence. His work in connection with the Railway Department took up a lot of his time, but his spare hours were devoted to the AGA [ Australian Garrison Artillery], with such good results that for some time he has held the position of Lieutenant. Socially, he was a great favourite, being very fond of music, and a fair vocalist, and a constant attendant at most of the terpsichorean gatherings. His departure was marked by the presence of his many young friends, who saw the steamer leave to the strains of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.