Mrs Marsh is our saving grace
100 years ago August 17, 1918
THE results of the war savings competition among the state schools in the Bendigo No. 1 inspectorate to the end of July are to hand.
The Rochester division still heads the poll in the six groups of the inspectorate, the returns showing Rochester, 24/4 per head, 1; Echuca 18/8 per head, 2; Elmore 18/7 per head, 3; Rushworth 17/6 per head, 4; Kyabram, 12/4 per head, 5; Bendigo 10/6 per head, 6.
Rochester’s substantial advance on the rival groups is in a large measure due to the energetic canvassing one by Mrs Marsh (head teacher of the Timmering East School).
It is gratifying to observe that the whole of the schools comprising the group are doing good work, and each did its bit to place Rochester group in such a proud position.
Since the return was made up, Mr McPhie, treasurer and headmaster of the Rochester State School, has placed an additional sum of more than £100 to the credit of the group.
Rival groups will have to go some during the present month to come within coo-ee of Rochester.
30 years ago, August 30, 1988
ROCHESTER’S Great Northern Show has survived a bid by several members of the Rochester Agricultural and Pastoral Association committee to reduce the show to a one-day event from next year.
The proposal was debated at the show society’s annual meeting but won only limited support from members.
The association’s new president, Mr Barry Bickley, last week said members voted to keep the show as a two-day event because they felt that if it went to one day, it would inevitably fold.
“The meeting was strongly in favour of staying as a two-day show, Mr Bickley said.
He said a lot of horse events would have had to have been dropped to fit the show into one day and it would have lost its strongest crowd-drawing feature — Friday night entertainment.
Mr Bickley said the Great Northern Show would need the support of the people of Rochester and surrounding areas if it was going to stay afloat.
He said it would cost $15,000 annually to run the show and if people didn’t come through the gates and donate prizes, it would fold.
The association’s vicepresidents for 1988-89 are Margaret Stone and Carmel McDonald, while Mrs Chris Cleary is secretary and Mr Barry Carter is treasurer.
Mr Bickley said the committee had been revived this year with an injection of new blood. There were two new women members and five new men.
He said the association would go to the showmen’s guild again this year and plead with it to send rides to Rochester “to give our kids a fair go at the show”.
10 years ago, August 26, 2008
SUNDAY’S Recharge event has been hailed an outstanding success as more than 2,000 people flocked to Rochester Recreation Reserve to meet country music singer Lee Kernaghan.
Australian of the year, Lee played about six songs before heading into the throng of fans to sign autographs and talk with people.
Lee was in town as part of a drought-relief tour, joining rural community assistance organisation Aussie Helpers for the event.
Recharge committee member Sonia Martin said the committee was pleased with the success of the day – the organisation’s biggest event so far.
“We thought we had really good numbers,” she said. “It was a really fantastic crowd.” Mrs Martin also praised Lee. “He was just so good. He stood there for hours, signing things and just talking to people,” she said.
Although Lee was the main attraction of the day there were plenty of other activities to keep the crowd entertained, including jumping castles, face painting, a climbing wall, clowns and pony rides.
“(The day) did what we wanted it to do. Give people a day out and fairly cheaply,” she said.
She also praised other community groups and organisations who assisted on the day.
“It was really nice to see all the groups working together,” she said.
While the money raised on the day has yet to be counted, it is expected to be in the thousands.
“If everyone bought a sausage and a raffle ticket, that’s $2,000 for sausages and $5,000 in raffle tickets,” Mrs Martin said.
The Shamrock Hotel, corner of Moore and Gillies Sts, Rochester. Rose Stereograph Co, 1954. Source State Library of Victoria. If you have a photo for Reflections, email firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it in on a Wednesday.