The way we were
10 years ago The McIvor Times, November
19, 2008 Potential tourism strategies were discussed at Heathcote Tourism and Development's (HTD) working dinner last Tuesday night. About 50 people gathered at Heathcote Golf Club to brainstorm ways to increase visitor numbers and spending.
Heathcote was transported back in time on Saturday night when the McIvor Neighbourhood House Royal Masquerade Ball was held … Debutantes were Karen Sharp, Meryl Grant, Merilyn Luscombe, Linda Doak, Deidre McClure, Sandra Slatter, Janet Baker, Helen Griffin, Jenny Ryan, Lyn Hough, Tracey Mastro, Agatha Oldricks, Vivienne Arnett-Dunlop and Heather Zakrzewski.
Heathcote police have welcomed a new member to their team. Senior Constable Jason Peers was struggling to operate the fax machine on Wednesday, but otherwise seemed to be adapting well to his new environment.
The Heathcote Junior Fire Brigade team opened the season with some fantastic runs at the Kerang demo on Sunday. The under 17 team of Dallas Middleton, Stephanie Wearne, Jay McIvor and Chelsea Wearne started the year where they left off at the state demo in February, with a win in the first event of the day. The side took home the Y coupling for four competitors, with a speedy time of 8.85 seconds…
25 years ago
The McIvor Times, November
17, 1993 The Campaspe Re-employment Enterprise Action Committee has suffered a body blow, last week, when the Pyalong Shire Council decided to cease its input to the project.
The old Heathcote Court House has been given a new lease of life following an agreement between the McIvor Historical Society, the shire and the McIvor Cottage Industry Co-op. The recently formed co-op has tourism set firmly in its sights, and sees itself as providing a venue and means for artists and craftspeople of the district to sell their creations … The Historical Society also has a display of old photos of the district and intends to set up a small museum with the many old artefacts and other items its members have collected.
A Planning Application for a trail bike recreation park near Toolleen has been refused by McIvor Shire Council.
The strawberry vendor is back in town, trading in apparent contravention to the McIvor Shire Councils new local law banning such enterprises in township zones.
This Saturday the town of Heathcote and the surrounding countryside will set the scene for a duel between top race teams, vying to win the final round of the Victorian Motorsport Rally Championship.
50 years ago
The McIvor Times, November
19, 1968 Keen observation by a local farmer returning home after the S.C.A. Film Night on Wednesday last, could have prevented tragedy, when he saw smoke and flames coming from the rear of Mr Reg Ellis’ house. The occupants were quickly alerted. Prompt action by the local fire brigade and helpers extinguished the blaze with only minor damage being done to the kitchen.
At a recent meeting of McIvor Council, the State School Committee requested installation of bus shelters for school children.
The 34th annual schools sports were held on Friday, 8th November, with Costerfield taking out the honors.
100 years ago
The McIvor Times & Rodney Advertiser, November 21, 1918
Advantage was taken of the Heathcote Show, which was held last week, to invite Mr and Mrs R. E. Andrews to come back to Heathcote from Avoca, where Mr Andrews has been transferred, for the purpose of making them a presentation. This was considered a right and proper thing by their friends in Heathcote and the district surrounding, as during their residence here they have proved themselves to be citizens of the most valuable kind … During his six years' term as manager of the Heathcote branch of the Bank of Victoria, Mr Andrews proved himself to be a most obliging and ever courteous bank manager.
As he is relinquishing pig breeding, Mr James Pammenter has for sale one pedigreed boar, 2 years old; three pedigreed sows and eight slips.
The monster procession arranged for the purpose of further celebrating the glorious victory achieved by the Allies eventuated on Saturday night, when a large number of persons in fancy costumes marched up and downthe street singing, etc.
Costerfield: Right throughout the British Empire the greatest pitch of enthusiastic, yet expectant relief was expounded on Friday the 8th inst, when the glorious news that peace had been proclaimed was received. Here in Costerfield, the fact that the good tidings were not officially confirmed was overlooked, and even if a bit premature, we started our celebrations straight away, and were even more keyed up with the greater joy to come, when such confirmation would be to hand. Work at the mines and all other concerns immediately ceased, whistles blew, joy bells pealed, and an altogether splendid medley of joyous manifestations ensued. On Saturday a grand picnic was held … The evening was spent in the form of a promenade concert … On Sunday night a combined thanksgiving service was conducted in the hall … another gathering was held on Tuesday afternoon, followed by another promenade concert in the hall at night. A huge bonfire was lighted, and the fireworks, which always make such a good finish to such an occasion were greatly enjoyed.