Reflections from the past
November 16, 1918
SO FAR as we know, Bamawn was the only place in the shire which took time by the forelook, and had everything as nearly in readiness as it was possible to have it to celebrate the expected big and glorious news in a fitting manner. The result was that in their great celebrations on Wednesday, the effect of organisation was splendidly manifest. It was organisation, too, of a more than ordinarily effective type, for the procession display and the whole function gave evidence of thought, artistic taste, patriotic fervour, and a vast amount of labor. A huge success was achieved, and the good folk of the settlement have the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts were witnessed by about 1500 people — the largest crowd that has ever assembled on the Recreation Reserve. They were the recipients of the most hearty congratulations, and we only regret that the exigencies of space will not permit us to do full justice to the fine display. The procession, of course, was the big event of the day, and as it proceeded around the ground to the music of the Rochester Brass Band the spectacle presented will not readily be forgotten. The note of patriotism was in evidence.
November 15, 1988
MR EDDIE Hann will retire from state politics on January 31. Mr Hann, who has held the seat of Rodney since 1973, announced the date of his resignation at the Party’s Rodney Assembly Electorate District Council meeting in Echuca on Friday night. He has been deputy leader of the National Party since 1982, but did not contest the position after failing in his bid for the leadership. The Party elected Pat McNamara as the new leader.
‘‘I believe you should keep striving ahead,’’ Mr Hann told the meeting.
‘‘Jenny and I felt we should look long and hard at the situation — we have three young children who’d like to see dad home,’’ he said.
He said he had constantly preached the need to keep families together, but wasn’t carrying that commitment on to his own family. He said that after spending 15 years of his life representing Rodney, it was time for new blood.
‘‘Someone with a fresh, new image, new drive,’’ he said.
November 18, 2008
THERE was excitement and confusion in Rochester on Thursday as a 70-member film crew hit town to film a scene for the new Australian movie Charlie and Boots. Some thought a new strawberry shop had opened in George and Phyliss Thompson’s vacant garage building on the corner of Echuca Rd and Elizabeth St. Others wondered whether a new episode of the television show Kenny was being filmed in town, as its star, Shane Jacobson, is one of the main actors in Charlie and Boots. Shane was joined at the filming on Wednesday by Paul Hogan, best known for his starring role in Crocodile Dundee. Former A Country Practice star and The Great Outdoors presenter Diane Smith was also in Rochester to play the role of a strawberry seller. Although preparations for the film have been kept quiet, once filming started, it attracted plenty of attention from passersby.
This week's Reflections photo was brought into the office by Lorrie Evans. The fundraiser for the hospital women's football match (Struggletown versus Toorak) was held about 1950. Pictured back from left are Dolly Keenan, Valda Bowles, Gladys Wright, Joan Sinclair, Sadie Keenan with front from the left Jessie Spence, Mavis Sinclair, Phyllis Sinclair, Joyce Robinson, Florence Spence, Hilma Spence, Elaine Sinclair and Dawn Robinson. If you have a Reflections photo, bring it into the office or email