Mrs Marsh is our sav­ing grace

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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 editorial@cam­paspe­news.com.au or bring it in on a Wed­nes­day.

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