Shotgun cattle dispute
October 26, 1918 MESSRS W. G. Hart and A. Fuller, J’s P, occupied the Bench at the local Court on Wednesday last. Only one case was listed, in which William Hall, of Rochester, proceeded against William Wairer Vickers, of Ballendella, that he did, on the 17th October at Ballendella, most violently and viciously threaten the life of the complainant by declaring that he would blow his brains out.
The defendant applied for an adjournment on the grounds that he had not had time to engage counsel for his defence.
Mr. Miles O’Neill, who appeared for the plaintiff, said that he had been instructed to oppose an adjournment, except under very stringent conditions. The defendant had held a gun, fully cocked, within four inches of the head of his client, threatening to blow his brains out. He used foul language, and in repeating his threat said he would blow Hall’s head off. The trouble arose in consequence of his client putting cattle into property originally owned by the defendant, but now in the hands of the assignee, from whom Hall had full authority to graze and occupy the land. His client was suffering from shock and was unable to go about his usual occupation. He could only agree to an adjournment on the defendant paying the costs (two witnesses having been brought from Bendigo), and giving the court a solemn undertaking that we would not interfere with or obstruct Hall or his agents in putting stock on the property, which by every legal right belonged to Hall, and he (Hall) desired to be free to exercise that right in any and every way. October 25, 1988 FIRE Awareness Week began officially in Rochester on Saturday with a display of equipment by the Rochester Urban and Rural Fire Brigades and a stroll along the streets by Captain Koala.
The Rochester Shire Council president, Cr Graeme Gledhill, officially opened Fire Awareness Week and on behalf of ratepayers thanked all the fire brigades in the shire for their efforts to protect the community from fire.
Cr Gledhill said the need for fire prevention was the most important message being conveyed during Fire Awareness Week.
‘‘Fire prevention is a community responsibility and everyone must make a contribution,’’ he said.
Cr Gledhill said he hoped this summer would not be the bad fire season local brigades expected.
Another hot, dry week would create high fire danger in the area.
Rochester fire brigade captain Vaughan Thomas said there were many things people could do to reduce the risk of fire in their homes.
Capt Thomas said people should clean out the spouting on their rooves and cut grass growing along their back fences.
He said people should also take advantage of Rochester Shire’s rubbish collection service and get rid of the bulky rubbish lying around their homes.