Re­flec­tions from the past

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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.

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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

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