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GP texted messages to patient: ‘I am asking if u want nice guy for casual sex very secretly’

Tour puts Shire on show ● Herald Sun Race Tour race winner Chris Froome at Kinglake on Sunday. Inset: Murrindindi Mayor Cr Charlie Bisset, local Cr Leigh Dunscombe, and Shire CEO Margaret Abbey at the podium in Kinglake. A Quality Tile and Timber flooring store. FLOORBOARDS/TILES


■ Former Kinglake general practitioner Dr Hassan Alkazali (pictured) has been found guilty of ‘professional misconduct’.

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■ New Murrindindi Shire Councillors were voted in last October, but they are still yet to put into action arrangements for regular weekly advertising notices to reach the majority of residents. Council executives are still placing weekly ads in the district’s smallest circulating papers, despite a motion in December by Crs Leigh Dunscombe and Jackie Ashe to widen publicity of weekly notices. ● Editorial: ‘Truth never damages a cause that is just’. Page 10

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Dream it. Build it. Live it. Dr Alkazali, who traded in Kinglake as ‘Up There Cazaly’, was found to have sexually propositioned a patient by telephone and text messages. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, headed by Judge Pamela Jenkins, found that Dr Alkazali attempted to deceive or mislead the Medical Board of Australia. Dr Alkazal, who now practises in Glenroy, is due to again front VCAT on ● Turn to Page 8 February 22.

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Local People

John Hamilton, ‘True Blue’ ■ An air-brushed Local Paper photograph of Yea excavation specialist John Hamilton was projected onto the Shire Hall stage screen, when a memorial service was held on Friday, January 6. Almost all of the district’s major families were in attendance when more than 400 people gathered to pay their respects after the 71-yearold Homewood identity passed suddenly. Celebrant Ann McCormack led proceedings after Michelle Mussett piped a lament. Wife Marjorie recited a poetry piece by W.H. Auden, which included the lines: He was our North, our South, our East and West, Our working week, and our Sunday rest, Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song; We thought that love would last forever: I was wrong. A eulogy prepared by the family includingBronwen, Anna and Robert - was delivered by long-time friend Les Hall of ‘Glendalloch’, Yea. Tony Scicluna, Country Fire Authority Wildfire Instructor for Region 12, delivered a firefrighter’s tribute. ★ “A remarkable man has now gone,” said Mrs McCormack. She joked that the photograph, showing John with a jumper showing the evidence of some of that day’s earth work, had been airbrushed ... but the re-touching had not been able to also include a shave! Mrs McCormack said the memorial service attendance - including mourners who stood around the perimeter of the hall, as well as its entrance - was testament to the level of esteem in which John and his family was held. She pointed to the pair of dirty boots that were on display on a memorabilia table, alongside an impressive flora tribute on stage prepared by David Ralph. Mrs McCormack explained that a private family service had been held on the previous day at ‘Waimarie’, with John’s ashes to be scattered later on the property, to be “at one with the land”. Grandchildren had performed a guard-of-honour. John’s coffin had sat on a Red Box slab, milled from a tree on the property. John Hamilton had been a humble man, with few personal material needs. He had, however, been connected with many.

● John Dawson Hamilton: Aug. 11, 1945 - Dec. 28, 2016 Photo by: Ash Long, The Local Paper Les Hall spoke of John Hamil- ing a Willys jeep, which negotiated ton’s birth on August 11, 1945. For the Mount Jimmy paddocks - from his first six months, home was the neighbour Dougal Drysdale. Buckland family’s Glendore Park, John fulfilled his obligation to whilst parents Norm and Marion Australia’s conscription program prepared the home at ‘Waimarie’, a through six years’ service with the Kiwi name meaning “by the water’. Citzien Military Forces. Marion had immigrated from John was involved as a member New Zealand in the late 1930s. and President of the Alexandra The family had a long associa- Young Farmers, and he had been tion with the district - including connected with the Homewood RuDoogallook and Mount Charlotte - ral Fire Brigade since his teenage dating back to the 1860s. years. With elder brother Bruce, now of John Hamilton was an integral Kilmore, it was a close and loving volunteer, particularly in the 1969, family life, seeing much self-reli- 1983 and 2009 fires: he refused to ance with the production of veg- leave his dozer when involved with etables, milk, meat and eggs, along- firefighting at Murrindindi in the side livestock including cross-bred Black Saturday blaze, eight years ewes, Southdown sheep and Angus ago. “He had a prodiguous capacity for cows. John attended the Yea State work,” said Mr Hall, who listed School (at today’s ‘Pioneer Park’), John’s qualities as including honand the Yea Elementary High esty, capability and invention. In the early days, John suppleSchool (at today’s primary school). Some summer holidays had been mented his earthmoving work by on the Peninsula; one vacation was transporting stock to Newmarket with sometimes up to three return trips in to New Zealand by ‘flying boat’. “All his life he loved his farm.” a night. John Hamilton was described as Mr Hall spoke of John purchas-

a natural engineer: “an artist with a bulldozer”. Mr Hall complimented the farm’s move from sheep to Angus beef production. Similarly, John had been committed to his family’s endeavours: Bronwyn and Ben, at Dairy Creek; Robert and Sharna, with their own earthmoving business; and Anna’s property on the Whittlesea Road. John’s work had been precise. He was a quiet contributor to the greater Yea community: supporting Rotary and Apex on civic projects; helping establish the John Cummins Reserve; and being a Committee Member of the Garden Expo. John and Marjorie had met at 18; and married at 23. Their partnership of half-a-century operated “like a well-oiled machine”. Family time was high on the agenda, as was providing educational opportunities for the children. John’s pride was their grand-children, five girls and three boys: Sarah, Bridget and Harriet; Thea, George and Tom; Grace and Johnny. “He is gone before his time is really up,” said Mr Hall. ★ Mr Scicluna said John had officially joined the CFA on November 8, 1960, serving as the Homewood Captain between 1984-1991. John had been the recipient of a 50-Year Service Medal, and his total of 56 years as an active firefighter was regarded as something of a record. John’s service had spanned a time from when the Austin tankers were the pride of the fleet, and the Hamilton family’s earthmoving equipment did the heavy lifting. Mr Scicluna said John’s volunteer work had strong community foundation, and his calm approach led to work being conducted in a measured way. He recalled that some of John’s firefighting work was in some of the toughest country imaginable. Some of that firefrighting included duty at Powelltown during the Ash Wednesday fires; and at Strath Creek-Reedy Creek during the Black Saturday blaze. “He was a quiet man but a tough bloke.” Mr Scicluna told how John had to use bushman’s skills to survive a fire in the Marginal Rd area towards Toolangi. Mr Scicluna described John’s firefighting skills as “brave and selfless”. He expressed appreciation for the dedicated service.

The memorial service included tributes provided by the Hamilton grandchildren, as read by daughters Bronwen and Anna. John had a great love of nature, and the children (and their children) were always included in the essential farm work. But there was always time to make an observation about a tree or a bird. “Our childhood was pretty magic,” said Bronwen. Farm tasks were mixed with riding horses and motor bikes. John lined up for duty for the girls (and their friends) for Pony Club. John was quietly proud of the community, and the rich history of the area. He had an understated way of taking a leadership role. Mention was made of John’s interest in land regeneration. Prominent amongst the mourners were his associates from the Landcare groups including Dairy Creek and Yellow Creek. Family comments included tributes to John’s devotion to supporting his children: examples given were of Anna with her agricultural studies; Bronwen, with landscape and spatial planning; Rob with his own business. Bronwen told of being a country girl, who became a “city slicker”, who then returned to the bush, all the time supported by her father and mother. A collection of photographic snapshots of ‘John’s Life and Loves’ was exhibited, accompanied by Carolan’s Farewell. Remembrances included John’s time courting Marjorie at the Bell family residence at Brighton; dances at Murrindindi; and socialising at Young Farmers’ functions. He was recalled for always giving to community projects unfalteringly, especially with his time. Most importantly, the partnership of Marjorie and John was based on traditional roles, the service was told. Husband and wife were complementary. John was dedicated to Marj, and the family. He had lived every day as if it were his last. Mrs McCormack urged mourners to surround the Hamilton family members with love and comfort. The Shire Hall gathering stood at the conclusion of the service to join in the singing of True Blue by John Williamson. A farewell to one of Yea’s finest sons. - Ash Long

Local Briefs To meet ■ The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Murridnidndi Council are holding public meetings on Saturday (Feb. 11) to develop a new Goulburn Broken Regional Floodplain Management Strategy. ■ 11am-1pm at the Alexandra Shire Hall, Perkins St, Alexandra, ■ 3pm-5pm at the Yea Shire Hall, High St, Yea.


■ Yea. Wed. Sunny. 19°-32° ■ Thu. Sunny. 20°-34° ■ Fri. Sunny. 19°34° ■ Sat. Mostly sunny. 17°-34°


■ Alexandra’s 150-year anniversary celebrations will be conducted over two weekends: ■ March 4 ■ March 11-13 The first weekend includes the Alexandra Races, a community street party, the Redgate Ball, photographic displays and national sheepdog trails. Historical displays will be staged over March 11-13.

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Bonanza for K’lake traders ■ The fourth stage of the Herald Sun Tour is likely to return to Kinglake in 2018, following the success of Sunday’s event. Damien Howson of Team Orica-Scott won the tour, describing the Kinglake course as “tough but a great challenge”. Previous Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, was in front within three kilometres on the final lap, but he just couldn't catch Howson, "We hit them with everything we had today and they defended it really well," said Froome of tour winner Howson. Despite rain showers prior to and right on start of the race at 12:30pm it remained a rather humid 20 degrees throughout the day with the occasional shower. Race organisers placed sawdust at many corners, such as the Glenburn RdKinglake Rd intersection to prevent accidents. Kinglake has never held an event of this size. Kinglake was transformed on Sunday with local and international media coverage and an estimated crowd of 5000 people both in the township and along the course, with locals and visitors lining

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● Ray Norris, Graeme Hawke ■ District Freemasons have allowed the press behind their closed doors for the first time. In this week’s Local Paper, there is a double-page photo spread from inside their Albert Edward Lodge temple at Alexandra. The local lodge was formed in 1868, and is heavy involved in local charity work. Headed by ‘Worshipful Master’ Ray Norris, the Alexandra members are in the midst of a wood trailer fundraising raffle outside Alexandra Foodworks this month. A number of Alexandra members ventured to Melbourne last Thursday to celebrate with Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge, which marked the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of the school to Yea during World War II (1942-43). Turn To Pages 18-19

● Herald Sun Tour winner Damien Howson celebrates at Kinglake. Photo: Ashley Geelan the Healesville- whelmed with cusKinglake Rd and tomers with the Kinglake-Glenburn Kinglake Pub needing 25 staff to cope. It was Rd circuit. Spectators were nearly impossible to waving flags, ringing move in Kinglake's 'cow bells' with local main street. Some Kinglake children on their pushbikes emulating residents were not imthe riders and waving pressed with Sunday’s to television cameras, road closures and inshowcasing Kinglake conveniences. Local groups used to the world. Kinglake busi- the occasion for fundnesses were over- raising events.

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Phone transcripts Text messages tabled at Tribunal

■ Messages alleged to have been sent between Dr Hassan Alkazali and a patient were tabled at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, at which he has been found to have engaged in professional misconduct. One exchange of messages on May 25, 2013, said: Dr: I just like u personality. OK leave the issue have a good day C: Dr isn’t ur wife good enough for u Dr: not very regular plus I like Iraqi Christian they r very clean & make husband happy in bed. Pls keep all this secret bc [sister] told me not to contact with u wallah To be honest with u I wasn’t ask u to be mine in particular but I want from u if u have Christian Iraqi girl that is divorced & clean I will marry her to be my second wife not in a court of in mosque or church just between me and her If u don’t have such friend pls ignore all out (sic) today conversation as if nothing happened. ★ Dr: But u didn’t tell me, u able to find friend for me or not? So I can close this issue as well? C: OK Dr thank u. what issue Dr: What I am saying is r u able to find friend of u that can be mine, Or u don’t have anyone If u have no one then that is ok I appreciate u as my patient & family friend I know forget me & u we going to be only friends & dr & patient nothing more I am asking if u have girl interested to have casual with me let me know and really appreciate that C: No worries Dr: Thank u & have good day ★ C: Hi dr Hassan, I just want to tell u that I can’t com in anymore to see u coz I just don’t feel comfortable about what u said u pretty much told me u want to have sex with me I’m your patient not your wife u shouldn’t be talking like that with me ok, I looked at you like a brother u were one of the best doctors I knew and I respected u more than anything but you made me feel very uncomfortable with all the text you have sent me you should see me as one of your clients not your toys Dr: don’t be silly I was joking wallah Wallah wallah wallah I was joking my wife is my life wallah wallah wallah don’t be selly (sic) I was joking to u same way wallah wallah wallah & since when I have read and with very close family friends so don’t be selly beyond the limit We been joking even more with u and [niece] being lesbian. We know v well u are not plus u married & I know that so it would be last thing in my life to be serious, pls come tomorrow with [niece] & wallah I will do the best for u so don’t be selly I want to see u tomorrow morning with [niece] & let us have a deal not to have deep joks like this anymore is that okay? I respect u & [sister] & all u family as v good friends & [sister] brings to me honey & food to me & my wife Promise u we both never talk about these issues anymore wallah wallah wallah I need u answer now We will never talk about these issues anymore neither u nor me If u agree say yes C: Don’t worry about its ok Dr: Good c u tomorrow with [niece] & we will win I promise u Y? C: No sorry I can’t come no more

Tribunal satisfied

■ In its determination, VCAT said: “The Tribunal is satisfied that Dr Alkazali’s telephone call to the complainant on May 25, 2013 was not for a genuine medical enquiry. Furthermore, the Tribunal accepts the evidence of the complainant that Dr Alkazali asked her to meet him for sex at his other house. Accordingly, the Tribunal is comfortably satisfied that Particular 1(a) has been proven.”

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Kinglake doctor’s misconduct TRIBUNAL HEARS

■ Former Kinglake medico, Dr Hassan Alkazali, was late last month found to have sexually propositioned a patient by telephone and text messages. In an action brought by the Medical Board ofAustralia, Dr Alkazali was found also to have given inappropriate advice to a patient as to how to obtain a disability support pension. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal - with Judge Jenkins, Vice-President; and Dr B. Burge and Dr A. Reddy - found that DrAlkazali attempted to “deceive or mislead the Board”. The Tribunal, in a decision published on January 20, found that Dr Alkazali “has engaged in professional misconduct”. VCAT was told that in May 2013, Dr Alkazali “engaged in professional misconduct by disregarding the professional boundaries that should exist between a medical medical practitioner and patient”. The Tribunal was told that DrAlkazali caused text messages to be sent from his mobile phone that were inappropriate and/or sexual in nature. Dr Alkazali told the female patient by telephone that he wanted to have sex with her, it was alleged. DrAlkazali is said to have sent text messages that enquired of the woman’s personal and marital status, and/or her sexual activities. The Tribunal was told that DrAlkazali asked for sexual favours from the patient, and asked if she had any friends who would be interested in having sexual intercourse with him and/or a close personal relationship with him. Dr Alkazali is alleged to have detailed his own sexual preferences and/or romantic preferences. The Tribunal was told that Dr Alkazali disregarded the professional boundaries that should exist between a medical practitioner and patient. The woman said she had been uncomfortable with the text messages she received from him, and did not propose to consult with him. Dr Alkazali continued to send messages, she said. In a 2013 letter to the Medical Board of Australia, Dr Alkazali said there had been no sexual text messages, that he had never asked anyone to have sex, and he said he believed the patient had a “psychotic episode”. He later acknowledged that “the conduct to which he has admitted was improper”. At all times in these allegations, Dr Alkazali was practising out of his Glenroy clinic. The Good Medicine Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctoirs in Australia warns that a breach of sexual boundaries is unethical and unprofessional “because it exploits the doctor-patient relationship, undermines the trust that patients (and the community) have in

● A photo of Dr Hassan Alkazali, according to the Linked In website

Doctor still practising ■ As recently as yesterday (Tues.), patients could still make online appointments to visit Dr Hassan Alkazali at the Justin Avenue Medical Clinic in Glenroy, where he has practised since May 2012. “I am the principle (sic) and director of my own medical clinic,” he says in his Linked In summary. “I work beside my beautiful wife, Dr Ibtihal Altawil, six days/week. “We (are) both general practitioners. I have started working in this clinic in 02/05/2012. It is our own clinic and in sha Allah we will continue providing medical services to the people through it “As a GP I started since 1993 until now.” Dr Alkazali comments online: “Like to continue as a general practitioner.” their doctors and may cause profound psychological harm to patients and compromise their medical care”. Judge Jenkins and his VCAT colleagues were told that DrAlkazali advised the patrient what she should say to a psychologist in order to obtain a favourable psychologist report that would be supportive of an application for a disability pension. The doctor said that she needed to act “dumb” in her meeting with a psychologist. The Tribunal heard evidence from the woman and her niece. The Tribunal had an “extraction report” of the messages between Dr Alkazali and the woman. DrAlkazali tried to make allegations of alleged tax improprieties by the woman and her niece, the Tribunal said. The Tribunal was told that in one text message, the doctor wrote: “Pls keep all this secret bc [sister] told me not to contact with u wallah”. In another, the doctor texted “But good dr needs good girl to play with”. The Tribunal was told one text message from the doctor

said: “In sh Allah, I am asking if u want nice guy for casual sex very secretly”. Dr Alkazali was first registered as a medical practitioner on December 21, 2001. He has held registration as a general practitioner since 2005. DrAlkazali told the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in 2013: “I have a very stable marriage and have two healthy grown-up teenagers. “The last thing I am interested in is bheaving in a manner that has been described by (the complainant).” Later in the same year, Dr Alkazali said the patient had sent him personal messages regarding her sexual behaviour and her intention to have him as her boyfriend. He said he regarded the messages as “just silly jokes” between two friends. Dr Alkazali said he had not tried to deceive the Board, but was trying to protect her privacy. ■ The Tribunal plans to make determinations about the case. DrAlkazali has until February 20 to file and serve any written submissions as to determinations, upon which he proposes to rely.

Parliament hears ‘64 complaints’

■ Former Kinglake GP HassanAlkazali has been consistently in the public spotlight. In 2008, he was investigated over a patient's death but given the all-clear to keep practising. The Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria was investigating Dr Alkazali over a series of complaints, including a claim he misdiagnosed a man for two months before he was admitted to the Northern Hospital's intensive care unit and died. The board found there were deficiencies in Dr Alkazali's performance and that he would benefit from a period of "mentoring", reported the Herald Sun. Then-Federal Liberal MP Fran Bailey told Parliament in 2008 that more than 64 complaints had been made against Dr Alkazali. “They ranged from misdiagnosing a patients with pancreatic cancer and ruptured appendixes to overbilling for appointments, over-servicing and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme fraud. “Dr Alkazali, who runs the Up There Cazaly Medical Centre, said he had worked in Australia since 2001 and none of his patients had died or suffered because of his treatment,” reported the Herald Sun. Mrs Bailey told Federal Parliament: “On October 2 last year (2007), residents of Kinglake, in my electorate, contacted the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoriawith serious concerns about their overseas trained GP, Dr Hassan Alkazali. “These people, in the presence of the local police, made me aware of their concerns. “The most serious allegations were, firstly, Medicare fraud, and I am advised that those making the allegations have signed statutory declarations to this effect. “The Medicare fraud relates to a sustained and regular practice of overbilling for appointments and overservicing. “One example of this is generating surgical procedures for mole removal, regardless of the reason for consultation. “The second allegation was PBS fraud. This relates to Dr Alkazali using patients’ healthcare cards to buy prescription drugs, including pethidine. “Finally, what I regard as the most serious charges are incorrect diagnosis and a lack of care that have led to needless, prolonged suffering by patients. “Emergency surgery had to be performed to save the life of at least one patient that I am aware of who had a condition misdiagnosed by Dr Alkazali, to prevent permanent damage caused by a course of treatment prescribed or action carried out by Dr Alkazali. “I have been advised of 64 such serious cases, and many of the people affected have made both personal and written representation to the Medical Practitioners Board. “The reason I am raising these issues here tonight is that the medical board has taken no action to suspend Dr Alkazali’s licence to practice. It has done nothing to protect the residents of Kinglake. “Let me provide this House with some examples of why I am totally at a loss to understand why the medical board has not acted to suspend DrAlkazali. “The first relates to a man who sought medical attention because of severe pain and other symptoms over a period of eight weeks. “At no time were tests ordered to assist in diagnosis. “Rather, the patient was told to take a painkiller and rest. “In sheer desperation, as this man’s condition was deteriorating, his wife took him by ambulance to the Northern Hospital, where he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and prescribed appropriate medication. “For two months, this man suffered extreme levels of pain and discomfort needlessly. He died not long after. “His widow, still dealing with her grief, decided that no-one should have to go through what her husband endured, so she bravely decided to tell her story to the medical board. “On travelling to Melbourne to meet with the board, she was forced to encounter the very person who caused so much suffering to her husband - Dr Alkazali - even though she had been assured of confidentiality,” Mrs Bailey said.

Just Briefly Beef Week here

■ A number of local farmers have participated in Beef Week, sponsored by Stock & Land newspaper. Day 3 (Sunday, January 28) saw farms in the region open for inspection, including: ■ Anvil Angus (Stephen Handbury). Connellys Rd, Acheron. ■ Paringa (Tom and Olivia Lawson). Creeds Rd, Murrindindi. ■ Rahnik (Rudi Spiteri). Daisyburn Rd, Hilldene. ■ River Recede (Miri Maher/Ryan Spykers), Goulburn Valley Hwy, Trawool. ■ Shrublands Estate (Caitlin Williams). Back Eildon Rd, Thornton.

Strath Ck winners

● Terry Hubbard and Jess Brew ■ Australia Day celebrations at Strath Creek saw three winners in the local cooking competition. Janet Hubbard won the ladies’ section, scoring a $50 voucher; Stewart Hart won the men’s section; and Jess Brew topped the junior entrants.

Poetry readings

■ Last year’s Murrindindi Shire Citizen of the Year Paul Bannan recited poetry at the Murrindindi-Wodbourne Hub celebrations held on Australia Day afternoon. Paul has been engaged as a part-time consultant for a motion picture based at Tolmie.

Family’s history

■ The influence of the Keays family in Strath Creek was explained by Rosemary Britton at the Australia Day celebrations, led by Master of Ceremonies, Terry Hubbard, President of the Strath Creek Reserves and Hall Committee of Management. Those with official roles include David Ralph (ongoing Australia Days), Kevin Foster (flag raising), Serene Tresidder (recital of My Country by Dorothea MacKellar), Michael Hirons (affirmation), Ali Mills (indigenous recording of Waltzing Matilda), Michael Chesworth (awards presentation), and Jeanette Tilley (recognition of community contribution). A certificate of appreciation was shared by John McKenzie, Denise Hatchell-Brown and John Hatchell-Brown.

Jim Hackett

■ A prominent Kinglake citizen, Jim Hackett, died last month. The former Yea Shire Councillor was a jack-of-all-trades, and as well as running a hardware and fuel business, his community activities included being a local school bus driver. He had lived in Japan for two years.

Business awards

■ The Murrindindi Business Awards have been launched for 2017. Nominations close on Friday, March 31. Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, July 25.

Cycle Dindi grant

■ The Rotary Club of Yea has been informed that the Yea and District Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) will again support the ur Cycle Dindi event on Saturday, April 1, with a community grant. The Bank will contribute an amount of $1500 to the popular event on the Great Victorian Rail Trail.

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Shire to overturn rates discount rules ■ One of the new Murrindindi Shire Council’s first moves has been to revoke its eligibility requirements for rates discounts for ‘Rural 1’ and ‘Rural 2’ landowners. The Council voted to revoke its April 2016 decision to introduce eligibility requirements based on primary place of residence and use of land for primary production for Rural 1 and Rural 2 differential rating categories from 2017-18 year onwards. The Council has received recent legal advice indicating that the ‘place of primary residence’ should not be included as part of an eligibility requirement for the Rural 1 and Rural 2 differentrial rate, as place of primary residence is not related to the rural use of the land. “It is considered that rural

● Cr Charlie Bisset, Murrindindi Shire Mayor properties 40 hectares or greater (Rural 1) in the Shire would most likely be used for primary production and that the administrative costs associated with implementing an eligibil-

ity requirement to prove this use would not justify any anticipated benefits of excluding an expected very small number of properties from receiving the differential rate,” said a report to Councillors. “In addition, given the discount applicable for rural land between four and 40 hecatres (Rural 2) is only 1 per cent, it is considered unreasonable to expect Rural 2 ratepayers to have to complete a declaration that the land and is used for primary production to obtain such a small discount.” A report to Councillors recommended that Council abandon the requirement to introduce the eligibility requirements for the Rural 1 and Rural 2 rating categories as resolved in April 2016.

Mick sang National Anthem ■ Mick White, backed by members of the Flowerdale Men’s Shed Choir, sang Advance Australia Fair at the Spring Valley Recreation Reserve on Australia Day (Jan. 26). Murrindindi Shire CEO MargaretAbbey was present for the Flowerdale ceremony. Councillors and Council executives were prominent at district celebrations at Marysville (Cr Sandice McAulay), Eildon (Cr Jackie Ashe), Kinglake (Cr Leigh Dunscombe), Glenburn (Cr Eric Lording), Yea (Cr Rebecca Bowles) and Alexandra (Cr Charlie Bisset and Cr Margaret Rae). Fabian Dattner was guest speaker at Alexandra.

News Briefs Summer fires

■ Local CFA volunteers attended to a number of fires over the summer period, including: ■ Saturday, January 7. Maintongoon Rd, 6kms north-northeast of Alexandra. near Stevensons Lane. Four tankers attended, with a command vehicle .Aerial support included a large helitack (348), a water bomber fixed wing and surveillance firebird helicopter ,all based out of Mansfield. One hectare burnt. Suspected cause: car in contact with dry grass. ■ Sunday, January 8. Merton Gap. 15-20 hectares were burnt on both sides of the gap. 17 CFA units attended, with four aircraft. The Maroondah Hwy was closed in both directions, and later re-opened with trafic slowed to 20-kmh.

Art Show prizes

■ Judge Geoff Paynter announced the names of winners of the Rotary Club of Yea Art Show: ■ Primary/Secondary School: Ruby Hubbard. ■ Fabric/Textile: Delma Moore. ■ Sculpture/3D: Clive Bullen. ■ Emerging Artist: Bill Grund. ■ Local Landscape: Cherry Manders. ■ Miniature: Alexandra Short. ■ Contemporary: Joel Magpayo. ■ Traditional: Fiona Bilbrough. ■ Work on Paper: Julian Bruere. ■ Second Best in Show: Mary Hyde. ■ Best in Show: David Chen ■ Frank Hargrave Family Trust Award: Jane Robson of Whittlesea, portrait of grand-daughter. Rotary Club of Yea President John Bett said there were a total of 383 art works on display, with the total value aggregrating in excess of $250,000. The show was directed by Carol Hogg.

Many exhibitors

● Jean White and son Mick at Spring Valley Reserve

One strike and you’re out: MLA ■ Eildon MLC Cindy McLeish says that an elected Liberal government will make sweeping changes to Victoria's bail system to stop violent offenders being released onto the streets. "Victoria's bail system is broken and we need significant legal and cultural change,” Ms McLeish said. “If Daniel Andrews won't make the changes needed to protect the community, then the Liberals will," Ms McLeish said. Ms McLeish said changes to bail laws will include the presumption of remand for people charged with violent

● Cindy McLeish MLA

"Community expectation is that people accused of violent offences should not be put straight back out onto our streets," Ms McLeish said. The Liberals will adopt a 'one strike and you're out' policy for anyone breaching bail. "If you are on bail and you breach the conditions of bail, you forfeit that privilege and face remand. “For too long, breaching bail has carried no consequences," Ms McLeish said. The offence of breaching bail by juveniles will be reinstated. “No more second chances. No more excuses," Ms

■ The 33rd Annual Yea Rotary Club had many exhibitors including: Matilda Archibald, Meredith Atkinson, Maria Barbaro, Glenys Baxter, Mervyn Beamish, Grace Beer, Cathie Berry, Joseph Bezzina, Fiona Bilbrough, Kate Bills, Michelle Bird, Keith Blake, Andrew Bree, Julian Bruere, Sam Bruere, Marion Bruere, Clive Bullen, Thel Cardwell, Diana Casey, Dale Cato, Rose Chandler, David Chen, Abby Christie, David Corke, Cal Corke, Beverley Crisp, Grace Cunningham, Ted Dansey, Bob Eustace, Tander Fairchild, Nicolas Farrugia, Joshua Fennell, Peter Fennell, Werner Filipich, Alanah Fl;etcher, Bailee Forbes, Andrew Foster, Freya Foster, Jennifer Gilpin, Magdaline Grozdan, Bill Grund, Diane Hagqvist, Jeannie Handsaker, Finn Hargreaves, Reece Hargreaves, Jack Harrison, Catherine Harry, Meg Heres, Judy Hocking, Dianne Holdsworth, Glennn Hoyle, Ruby Hubbard, Mary Hyde, Kate Jenvey, Bev Johns, Di King, Joan Kodric, Julie Kok, Gary Laird, Monty Lawson, Sasha Leary, Gary Leather, David Leck, Anna Leech, Melida Lempio, Caroline Lewallen, Julie Lundgren-Coulter, Joel Magpayo, Gary Male, Cherry Manders, Max Mannix, Carolyn Marrone, Stephen McCall, Lila McKay, Barbara McKenzie, Stuart McLeish, Judy McPhee, Bridie McSpeerin, Maree Mealor, Edward Mitford, Delma Moore, Pamela Moore, Wendy Nicholls, Do Noble, Emma Oliver, Leon Pappas, Jennifer Paull, Vida Pearson, Ennazus Pennant, Emily Playfoot, Hannelore Pratt, Blanche Quine, Ray Ratternbury, Margaret Rea, Julie Ricketts, Pauline Roberts, Lynda Robinson, Jane Robson, Ted Rowbottom, Coral Ruffin, Prue Sanchez, Marilyn Schofield, Libby Schreiber, Kasey Sealy, John Sharp, Doreen Shaw, Alexander Short, Kylie Sirett, Josephine Smith, Keith Smith, Suzanne Sommer, Jan Stapleton, Noel Stevenson, Brian Stratton, Freda Burgenor, Alan Synott, Nancy Thurlby, Rosemary Todman Parrant, Naomi Turvey, Vicki Tyley, Ramon Ward-Thompson, Malcolm Webster, Wendy Webster, Linda Weil, John Whitelaw, John Whittam, Noel Wickham, Sue Wright, Leonie Wuersching.

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■ We dedicate this issue of The Local Paper to the victims and survivors of the Black Saturday fires of 2009. Amongst the observances yesterday (Tues.) was a low-key light luncheon at Kinglake West Uniting Church. Bev Johns advises that a remembrance service was held on Sunday (Feb. 5), followed by morning tea.

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Cocktail night ■ Yea Ti gers Cricket Club is holding a $110per-person Cocktail Night on the Goulburn from 7pm on Saturday, February 18. A bus will pick-up participants from Yea, and return them to the township from a mystery location. Dinner, drinks and live music will be enjoyed.

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● Greg Sassella was Australia Day Ambassador on January 26 in the High St plantation in Yea.

Yea rail motor in 1954 Local Phone Numbers FIRE BRIGADES (fire only) ............ 000 Local Brigades ............................... 000 POLICE (emergencies only) ............ 000 Kinglake ............................... 5786 1333 Seymour ............................... 5735 0200 Whittlesea ............................ 9716 2102 Yea ....................................... 5 7 9 7 26 30 263 57 AMBULANCE .................................... 000 Alexandra Hospital ............. 5772 0900 Northern Hospital, Epping .. 8405 8000 Seymour Hospital ................ 5793 6100 Yea Hospital ........................... 5 7 36 0400 57 S TATE EMERGENC Y SER VICE ......... 000 EMERGENCY SERVICE ■ Lifeline ........................................ 13 11 14 Nursing Mothers Helpline .... 9885 0653 Poisons Info. (24 Hours) .......... 13 11 26 RACV Roadside Assistance ........ 13 1111 RSPCA ................................... 9224 2222

■ We have changed our business name to Murrindindi Newspapers, which is a division of Local Media Pty Ltd. We feel the name better reflects what we do at The Local Paper.

■ Australia Day Ambassadors in Murrindindi Shire included social entrepreneur Fabian Dattner, opera singer Emily Burke, Victorian harness racing personality Maree Caldow and former Ambulance Victoria CEO Greg Sassella. Ray Steyger was awarded Murrindindi Shire Citizen of the Year. In Marysville Melissa Peart was Young Citizen of the Year. The Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend was again awarded the Murrindindi Shire Community Event of the Year.


● An ad in the Alex. Standard ■ A Local Paper reader writes: “A Wanted notice for a freelance journalist appeared on page 25 of the Alexandra Standard on January 18. “The ad sounded dodgy (read it yourself) and asked applications to be sent to "Freelance Journalist, PO Box 5, Alexandra." That is the PO Box of the Alexandra Stan-

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dard itself. An ad from a private advertiser has just appeared on and it is evidently an ad for the same position - it is exactly the same but with some interesting additions, including that it relates to a "public interest crime" and has "global potential." The reader asks: “Have they discovered a global crime ring centred in Alex? Are they having a joke? “Your guess is as good as mine. Do what you will with this information.”

● Mansfield-bound rail motor at Yea Railway Station in 1954. Photo: Yea and District Historical Society

Redgate email

■ A new weekly email, The Redgate News, has commenced at Alexandra. “We're a small group of mostly locals (well, two local and one non-local) who'd rather not put our identities out there yet in case we end up being a laughing stock,” the publishers replied to a question from Peter Tate. Karen Morrison, Manager at the Alexandra St andard, asked: “Who receives the advertising money?” Redgate News: “The three of us, in return for for our time putting it together.”

EDITORIAL COMMENT Wednesday, February 8, 2017 “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” - Dalai Lama

Truth never damages a cause that is just The Local Paper would have preferred that this first 2017 issue included the advertising notices of the Murrindindi Shire Council. With 3600 ‘hard copies’, and an extra 1000 readers online, The Local Paper is by far the largest-circulating local weekly newspaper in the municipality. By comparison, the Alexandra Standard lists its sales as 1649 copies; The Yea Chronicle says it sells just 637 copies. The Local Paper reaches local families that other papers do not. The Local Paper pays local Australia Post contractors to deliver copies to home and farm mailboxes in much of the western half of the municipality. This gives The Local Paper unique connection with most families in localities including Yea, Murrindindi-Limestone, Homewood, Killingworth, Glenburn, Flowerdale, Strath Creek, Castella, Toolangi, Kinglake, Pheasant Creek and Kinglake West. Last year, The Local Paper expanded its distribution to include areas including Acheron, Alexandra, Buxton, Eildon, Marysville, Molesworth, Narbethong, Rubicon Taggerty, Thornton and Yarck. In November, Cr Eric Lording moved that Murrindindi Council also place its weekly paid advertising in The Local Paper. Cr Lording told the Council meeting, three months ago, that many of the residents in his King Parrot Ward do not receive regular weekly communication from the Council. At the December 21 meeting, Cr Leigh Dunscombe successfully proposed an amended motion (seconded by Cr Jackie Ashe) that: "As a matter of wider media policy to greatly improve weekly print media communication across the Shire it is proposed that all advertising of public notices and articles issued by Council be distributed with consideration to the maximum distribution and cost effectiveness for both Council and community." The Local Paper, this year and last year, offered detailed propositions to Council about advertising rates and deadlines, including offers of substantial discounts, so as to provide best value for ratepayers. Not one of those emails has even received the courtesy of a reply. Revealingly, the Council continues to select the local newspapers with the LEAST circulation. What does that tell you about Council executives and their accountability to local residents? Who is really running the Council? Ash Long, Editor

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Just Briefly Councillor on TV

● Cr Leigh Dunscombe appeared last month on Nine News ■ Kinglake’s councillor, Leigh Dunscombe, appeared on Nine News last month in a report on preventing arson. Police and emergency services officials came to Kinglake mid-month to issue public warnings that they are monitoring the activities of ‘persons of interest’.. Cr Dunscombe told of how he and his 13year-old son saved their family home on Black Saturday in 2009, only to lose their home to a faulty lamp two years ago. Crime Stoppers chose Kinglake to launch its 2017 statewide campaign. The television report was compiled by Channel 9 journalist Alexis Daish.

‘Does not comply’

■ Yea and District Children’s Centre (see also report at right, ‘$325,000 for Centre) does not meet Department regulations in a number of ways, Councillors were told at their January 25 meeting. ■ The area where the children sleep is not visible from the main room which does not conform to supervision requirements ■ The kindergarten room has a maximum capacity of 29 children. In 2017 child enrolments are above 29 therefore rotational sessions will be run over four days ■ The entrance into the Long Day Care room does not comply with Department Regulations as it is through the kitchen/laundry. Children, families, staff and educators enter past kitchen appliances including a washing machine, a dryer and oven ■ Subsequently, children need to bring their own lunch as the Centre is not able to provide meals due to the location and functionality of the kitchen. Additionally, the kitchen is not of an adequate size to cater for the number of children using the Centre ■ Administrative space does not comply with Department Regulations as there is no distinct staff room. Staff and educators use the office for lunch, breaks and planning and there is no private area for the Centre Director to talk with other staff/educators, families and specialists about confidential matters.

Valuation time ■ Murrindindi Shire Council is organising a general revaluation of all rateable and nonrateable leviable properties in the municipality. The valuation is due to be returned to the Council and the Valuer-General by April 30 next year. The values will be first used in the 201819 financial year. The Contract Valuer will make a presentation to Council during the 2018-19 budget presentation cycle, identifying any significant movements in valuations in the different rating groups (residential, commercial, rural residential, rural, vacant land, etc.). The Council must advise the Valuer-General, State Revenue Office, Yarra Valley Water, Goulburn Valley Water, and Councils at Mansfield, Mitchell, Nillumbik, Strathbogie, Whittlesea and Yarra Ranges.


Poisons threat at Yea

● The former Lands Department site at 6 Station St, Yea. Photo: Google ■ Murrindindi Shire Coun- conditions deleted. not included for the lots. The Council, at its January cil has refused to grant an The applicant has lodged a amendment to planning permit 25 meeting held at Yea, said report from Alpha Environconditions for a property at 6 there are environmental con- mental, which states that the cerns with the land identified site is suitable to use. Station St, Yea. The property included the as being “potentially contam“The subject land is situformer Lands Department inated”. ated in the township of Yea, and A Council officer’s report is approximately 2432 square depot where herbicides and poisons were previously stored. says the request to subdivide metres,” said a report to CounThe original planning per- the land for residentialk use cillors. mit was issued in 2013, and is does not provide an adequate “The land contains a retail due to expire on June 11 this level of infrastructure. shop along the north-weatern Verge width and kerbing is boundary and the remainder of year. Applicant, Sharing Delta- not up to standard, and storm the lot is vacant,” the report quest Super Funds, wanted water and drainage service are stated.

Tower OK at K’lake W. ■ A telecommunications facility at Kinglake West has been approved by Murrindindi Shire Council. Ericsson Australia and Visionstream Pty Ltd asked Council for permission to remove native vegetation and to constructy access to the National Park Rd site to provide the National Broadband Network fixed wireless facility. The Council has imposed a condition that if the telecommunications facility is made redundant at any time in the future, the companies must remove the 50-metre tower. All external cladding of the equipment shelter must be coloured or painted in muted shades of green, brown or charcoal, or in a colour approved in writing by the Council. Only one access point, to WhittleseaKinglake Rd, will be permitted. Other redundant or disused vehicle crossing located on the north-eastern corner must be removed. The tower will have five antennas, two outdoor cabinets, and 2.4 metre chain link security compund fencing. Trimming of vegetation is limited to less than 30 per cent of the foliage on five trees. The NBN uses cellular technology to transmit signals to and from a small antenna fixed on the outside of a home or business, and the tower will also functionas a hub site providing transmission connection to seven dependant ‘downstream’ facilities.

● A NBN phone tower. File photo Three objections were received to the tower proposal. Councillors were told that the proposed tower site was near the Flying Tarts bakery at Pheasant Creek. Construction period of the tower is proposed to be 10 weeks: “Appropriate traffic management measures will ensure that construction vehicles will not interfere with the safe movement of traffic.” One part of the report says connectivity will be provided to 1680 premises.

29 sign petition about intersection ■ Murrindindi Council has received a petiotion - signed by 29 people - about the condition of the Maroondah Hwy-Tarnpirr Rd intersection at Narbethong. The petition was presented to the January 25 meeting of the Council held at Yea.

The petition was submitted by Peter Lovett, with concerns that the intersection is hazardous. The petition requests assessment of civil, structural and signage requirements for the intersection and approach. Council has also been ask-

ed to review the road surface maintenance of Tarnpirr Rd. The petitioners also want to receive advice about temporary and permanent surface treatment options. It is likely that a report will be prepared for the March 22 meeting of Council.

Disclosure policy ■ Murrindindi Shire Council has been reexamining its policies regarding the ethical bheaviours and values expected from Councillors and Council officers and agents as detailed in the Councillor and Employee Codes of Conduct.

● Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong, at the Tarnpirr Rd intersection. Photo: Google

Shire News Reuse centre plan

● The site of the proposed reuse centre in Bunderboweik St, Alexandra. Image: Google Maps ■ A Community Reuse Centre is being planned for Bunderboweik St, Alexandra. The Murrindindi Shire Council meeting on January 25, held at Yea, heard that five shipping containers are planned for the Centre site, at which events and workshops are planned. The land is on the southern side of the street, near the Bayley St corner. The application has been made by S.K. Barrow. “The business receives donations of unwanted materials and uses them in project ideas, art, education and innvovation for community groups and individuals,” said a report to Councillors. “The proposal includes areas for hands on creative ability, events and workshops, as well as having a market space where re-purposed objects can be sold.” The proposal is to eventually run the business from 9.30am-5pm weekdays, and 9am3pm Saturdays.

$325,000 for Centre

● Grant funds totalling $325,000 have been approved for the Yea and District Children’s Centre ■ Grant funds of $325,000 for each of the Alexandra and District Kindergarten, and the Yea and District Children’s Centre, are proposed to be distributed from the Children’s Facilities Capital Program, Murrindindi Shire Councillors have been told. The Councillors, at their January 25 meeting, heard that the Yea centre is located in a Council managed building situated on Crown Land. “There is a Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 lease between Council and the Uniting Church of Australia for the Centre and any capital works must be approved by Council and following this, Ministerial approval must be sought,” said a report. As well as the $325,000 grant for the Yea centre, a further $50,000 is expected to be contributed by the Yea and District Children’s Centre, bringing the total budget to $375,000. “Council is not required to financially contribute to the project. The estimated cost of the stage one redevelopment is $341,000. “The remaining funds will be used for consultant’s fees and project management costs. Any cost savings will be allocated to equipment and furnishings. “Council will be undertaking a project management role to deliver the capital woprks on the Council owned asset and ensure contractor compliance with contractural and regulatory requirements.” The kindergarten program at Yea has operated for more than 60 years. The Long Day Care program commenced in January 2013. It started with seven children per day, and has grown to supporting an average of 35 children. “The Centre is thriving; it currents employs 19 staff working across all programs each week, 81 children using the programs each week and 62 families using the service each week,” said the report. Local demand is exceeding available spaces. Councillors were told of examples where regulations are not being met.

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St Pat’s on Feb. 26 ■ Preparations are underway for the Yea St Patricks Race Club six-race meeting on Sunday, February 26. The St Pat’s Club commenced in 1929/ 30 as a gymkhana at the Yea Recreation Reserve. After World War II the local race course was refurbished and in 1948-50 the gymkhana was discontinued and the Yea St Pat’s Race Club was formed. There is a range of hospitality options available, private and corporate marquees, fine dining in the club house, or take-away country food.

Look out ffor or vvan an ookout

To Court ■ A Ford Transit van has been connected wit rural burglaries in Alexandra. If you see this van near a rural location, note the registration number if safe to do so and please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic. Farms are urged to review farm security and ensure equipment, plant and stock inventories are up to date.

‘T os sa’ in spotlight ‘Tos ossa’

Lakers sent in

■ Kinglake captain Damian Fitzpatrick won the toss and sent the Preston Druids in to bat first on Saturday (Feb. 4). The Druids later declared at the 50 over mark for 7/186, leaving 20 overs for Kinglake to face on day one. Kinglake was 3/72 at stumps. Kinglake now needs 115 runs next Saturday (Feb. 11) to make the Preston Druids bat again. The Lakers are hoping to stay ahead with only the following week’s home game against the Rivergums' 3rd XI to

complete season 2016-17. - Ashley Geelan

● Lauren Thompson Photo: Facebook/Yea Tigers ■ Yea Football Netball Club has congratulated former Tigers star Lauren Tesoriero on her debut for Collingwood in the opening match of the inaugural AFLW competition on Friday night. Loz coached and played in Yea's A-Grade netball side in 2014- 15, leading the team to a Grand Final appearance.

■ The Mention Hearing matter of Victoria Police v Matthew Francis Kelly is due to be is listed at Seymour Magistrates’ Court for 9.30am on Friday, February 17.

■ Familiar faces Ron and Marilyn Pearce were visitors to the Yea Rotary Art Show late last month. Ron was District Governor of Rotary International in 1992-93. The couple have many friends in the Yea and Alexandra clubs. Ron and Marilyn live at Rosanna, and have a holiday home at Bonnie Doon. Also amongst those seen at the event were local members Glenys and Jim Osborne.

‘I was right’: Lee

■ Ross Lee, a former Mitchell Shire Councillor, was loud on social media over summer about the election of US President Donald Trump. “On July 8 last year, when hearing an extreme feminist speaking on Radio 774 to Jon Faine and promoting all things leftwing and how good Hillary Clinton was, I felt compelled to ring in an attempt to balance the scale. “I was one of the few to predict the Trump landslide win based partly upon the opinion of a trusted friend who lives part of the year in the USA who had seen first hand how middle America had been pushed down for years by the Democrats.” Mr Lee was not as successful in predicting the outcome of local elections when he unsuccessfully stood for Mitchell Council, and Federal Parliament.

Rumours aren’t true: primary school Pres. ■ Taggerty Primary School President Cassy Devos is trying to extinguish an incorrect rumour that the school is facing closure. “I would like to put a rumour to rest and as Taggerty Primary School Council President, I wish to advise everyone Taggerty Primary School is not closed,” Ms Devos said. “It has been destaffed.” Ms Devos is canvassing the idea of a new future for the school on social media: “My question to you all is: Could this area use a developmental school? “Some may refer this to a special school;

Local People Visitors to Yea

● Glenys and Jim Osborne

Yea in Pride Cup

■ Yea Football Netball Club will play Yarra Glen in the 2017 Pride Cup, in a Round 4 AFLYarra Ranges League away game on Sunday, May 7. Pride Cup embraces diversity in sport for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. In 2014, the AFL supported the inaugural Pride Cup played between Yarra Glen and Yarra Junction football and netball teams. The event was held following local Yarra Glen footballer Jason Ball publicly coming out as gay, becoming the first Aussie Rules player at any level to do so. Jason was met with overwhelming support from his local community, including opposition teams and from the AFL. His personal story shone a light on the prevalence of homophobia in sport and the challenges the LGBTI community faces in feeling safe and being themselves in a sporting environment. ■ An Indigenous Round will be played on May 15; a Domestic Violence Round is scheduled for July 1; and a Melanoma Round is listed for August 5.

They Say . . . That it was lonely at the Press Table at ★ the Murrindindi Shire Council meeting held at Yea on January 25. Only one mem-

ber of the media - The Local Paper - was in attendance. Six members of the public attended part of the meeting. That some old habits are starting to ap ★ pear within Murrindindi Shire Council, according to our fly-on-the-wall at a con-

fidential motivation session held for Councillors at Flowerdale last month. That some club officials are being ★ blamed by members for holding back the proper progress of their organisations by limiting publicity to their favourite small-circulation outlets. They say that petty personal agendas are holding back the orderly growth of the organisations.

That entertainer Greg Champion ★ apologised to fans that he was unable to perform a ‘gig’at St Andrews Hotel on Sun-

day (Feb. 5). He says that the pub closed in December, and its future is uncertain.

● Taggerty Primary School exterior I myself think all chil- dren who struggle in as to what educationdren are special in main stream schooling ally wise we would there own unique or who may require benefit from before way.” extra assistance. we dont have a Ms Devos says that “We have a won- choice,” Ms Devos a development school derful place here so said. The School was would be ideal for I’m up for suggestions founded in 1875.

That some Murrindindi Shire Council ★ employees are telling Councillors that local newspapers are no longer the way to

communicate with local residents. Local papers don’t have the readership, they say. And yet the same employees go into crisis mode if a critical article appears in The Local Paper. That’s a different story!

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Local History: 75 Years Ago

School evacuates to Yea ■ In 1942, at the height of World War II, Ivanhoe Grammar School evacuated to Yea. John Brisbane Harper, author of the school’s history What Matter I, published in 1965, wrote: The recovery from the financial crises of the depression years which the Headmaster was able to report in 1938 gave a welcome promise of the School’s being able to look forward to a period of stability and normal development. But the expected stability did not last for long. Before the end of 1939, Hitler had invaded Portland and for the second time in its short career the School had to contend with the difficulties of war time conditions. While the War was confined to Europe and the Middle East, its effect on the School was not serious. Enrolments remained at a high level and, apart from the sadness of partings as old boys and staff enlisted in the armed services (by December 1941 over 250 of the School’s past pupils were serving in the three forces) there was no serious dislocation of the School’s activities. But with the entry of Japan into the War in December 1941 and the rapid southward thrust of its armies the situation soon changed. As the threat of invasion grew in Australia, it became apparent that wherever possible boarding schools should move away from the cities. At this time in its history, Ivanhoe Grammar was so dependent financially on its boarders, of whom there were in 1942 some 127, that of they were to leave upon a threat of danger to the city, the School could not have survived. And then, as the need to find more accommodation for the armed services and the various branches of the war establishment became more pressing, the Government itself began to force the position by compulsorily taking over school buildings. Negotiations with the Army authorities for the taking over of Ivanhoe Grammar School began early in January 1942 and within a few days the Army had decided to move in and the Headmaster was obliged to make urgent plans to house the School during the period of crisis. In its negotiations with the Army and subsquent planning of the move Harry Buckley again played an active and important part.

● 75 years ago: Ivanhoe Grammar School students at Beaufort Manor, Yea, about 1942 The main problem concerned the Beaufort House, became the and 1943 - and it was obviously an some miles of easy riding the hopeboarding school. Makeshift accom- School’s headquarters. experience which, in spit of difficul- fuls and probables were sorted out on the steep climb up Cotton’s modation was inevitable and after a A small cottage adjoining it ties, most of the boys enjoyed. survey of the possibilities it was de- served as the Headmaster’s resiThe following contemporary de- Pinch. “On this hill the school’s finest cided to move the boarding school to dence and sometimes also as a hos- scription gives some idea of the daily athletes were reduced to a walk and the township of Yea in the valley of pital. round. the Goulburn River, some 70 miles Under the Show Grounds grand“Life has been a mixture of class- rank outsiders hit the front. “From the top of the Pinch down from Melbourne. stand was a roomy bar. This was room work and out-of-door activities. The day boys, it was arranged, equipped to become a science labo- Cleaning-up rosters, boiler atten- to Yea (about four miles) was a terriwould for the time being move bhack ratory. dance, wood supply and vegetable fying breakneck affair of spills, thrills to St James’s Parish Hall where the The town’s library was used for growing have added to the list of ser- and cheering girls. What more could School itself had begun 27 years be- junior classes. A large vacant shop vices, but the regularity of this work a boy want? “The prize - a pair of school cufffore. became an assembly hall and a has brought an attitude of seriousThe Army moved wuickly. The house in the town was taken over for ness and increasing sense of respon- links. The winners - well Frank (Mex) Plummer won it one year but School had only a few weeks in members of the staff. sibility. which to pack up and leave. Several additions had to be made “4pm to 6pm has become a regu- we always reckoned he knew a short All the School furniture for the to the new headquarters to house the lar item on our daily time-table. We cut across the course because noboarders section was shot, by light- school. The most important of these can get things done; perhaps the day- one could remember seeing him hearted soldiers, into railway trucks. were the great dormitory, larger than boys when we meet again will not during the race,” recounted Ian Penny.” The Headmaster records that the main hall of the Heidelberg Town know us. They fished, they swam, they “School sport has become part of some of it arrived at Yea undamaged! Hall, since it had to accommodate At Yea, the townspeople went out 127 boarders, and the Dining Room local sport. Cricket and fotball have killed snakes. They caught rabbits traded in them with, to their mind, of their way to arrange the best ac- capable of seating all the boys and both acquired an inter-district pro- and high recompense. gram and the school standard has commodation possible for the boys’ staff. They went for cross-country runs. been sufficiently high to hold a place teaching and sports. In all the planning to fit the School They made friends with the farmers The local Agricultural Show into the town, Bill Purcell, an old boy in localk adult competition. and their families. They won the re“A young but imporving Beaufort Ground had on its a cluster of rooms who was a resident of the district, of the townspeople and on their XVIII came ‘good towards the end gard for displaying exhibits. was to the fore. last speech night they and their people to match the weight of their now These were made available to the He had been one of the first from the city were splendidly enterSchool and were quickly converted boarders at the School and as a lead- traditional - and considerably older tained at supper in the Council into temporary classrooms for the ing citizen of the Yea district he was rivals of Yea. Chamber by the residents they had “The Cricket Team - runners up lived among for the two years. Senior boys. able to give the most valuable aid in The Yea Recreation Reserve was settling the School into its new quar- last year is again playing in the DisOf the regard in which the Headtrict Cricket competition, for the Yea master himself was held, the followturned over to the School for its sport- ters. ing needs. The boarding school remained at Shield.” ing letter from the Trustees of the Yea lies in a lovely district of Yea Recreation Reserve gives some The town’s largest residence, Yea for two years of the war - 1942 Victoria and all told it held many indication charms for the boys. Yea. 11th December, 1943 On their bicycles they explored “Dear Mr Buckley. the country side for 20 miles around “While expressing our sincere with great thoroughness. regret that you are leaving us, we Life in Yea was centred on the wish to say that we feel better for bike. Everyone had one and when it having known you, for in the past was worn out or broken down, the two years that we have been associremains were pooled with a friend ated with you, we have realised the to make one bike out of two. high principles that govern your life “The main work and past-time of in your honourable dealings with the senior boys was to go out riding your fellow citizens. with the local lasses, usually with a “The unfailing courtesy you have view to being invited to a meal after- extended to us, both as a Board of wards. Trustees and individuals, has been “But the great event of the Yea deeply appreciated and we wish to year was the Bike Race. Nearly ev- say ‘Thank you, Mr Buckley’. “In wishing both Mrs Buckley ery boy took part on a handicap basis. The week prior was one of the and yourself every good though tfor busy overhaul, oiling, replacement the coming Christmas and in hoping that the blessing of peace will and planning. “Jackie Farrance arranged the soon be restored to us, we will wish handicaps (also hotly debated) and you both ‘God Speed’, and remain, groups of boys left the starter’s line yours very sincerely, Secretary, Yea Recreation at one minute interverals. Reserve Trustees” “The route led out through bush ●● Turn 14 ● 75 years ago: Ivanhoe Grammar School students at Beaufort Manor, Yea, about 1942 roads near Murrindindi and after Turn To To Page Page 13

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Local History: 75 Years Ago ● Page From12 Page 13 ● From The Army authorities occupied the (Ivanhoe) School premises for two years. During the first three months various troops used it for short periods. Then the nucelus of the Second Australian Army was gathered together for a short time at the school. Its Commander, Lieut.-General Ivan Mackay, was quartered, with the first members of his staff in the Headmaster’s House. Soon, however, as its members grew, it was transferred to the Balcombe Camp at Mt Martha. After that, the School and its grounds were occupied from time to time by various military units. The longest and the last occupants were the Women’s Signalling School. During their occupancy the North Ground ceased to be a football field and became a collection of women’s dormitories. They stayed until the end of 1943 when the Prime Minister announced that as the dangers appeared to be passed, the schools which had been evacuated should be allowed to return to their properties. Some earlier notice of the Government’s intention in this regard had been given to the Headmaster and plans had been put in hand to close the temporary school at Yea and move back home. A closing sale was held at Yea and the dormitory and other temporary buildings were sold at auction. But, although a large number of people attended the sale, the difficulty of obtaining skilled labour for dismantling and re-erecting the building prevented any keen bidding. As a result, buildings which had been erected at a time of crisis at a cost of over £4000 brought less than a quarter of that sum when sold. The task of moving the School back to Ivanhoe was a considerable one and so was that of re-establishing it in its old home. Much furniture and equipment had, in the course of the two moves, became damaged beyond repair. The rest needed reconditioning. The whole of the interior of the School buildings at Ivanhoe had to be repainted, and fences and paths had to be restored and Army huts removed. Altogther, this cost about £2000 of which the Army met the greater part. In all this the Headmaster was greatly helped by one of the best of friends of the School - Alec Terdich. By the beginning of the first term of 1944, the School was able to reopen at its own property. And although much remained to be done and the old fatigues, which had been such a conspicuous part of the school boys’ lives in the early years of Ivanhoe House, had to be resumed on their former scale, it was again possible to look forward to a period of consolidation and re-building.

early days at Yea was the swimmining ‘hole’ in the Yea River. Some of the local lads told us of an excellent spot a little way out of the Tallarook road. The water was cool, the mud underneath soft, and a great day was had by all. However the next day we were told that this particular spot was a dumping area for local night soil. We never did fund out if this was true, but we certainly did not swim there again. The moral: “City Slickers Beware”. Spider Coles had an uncle on a Soldier Settlement Farm at Killingworth. Through him I met Mona Clark, whose husband was a P.O.W. She and the Bett family were very kind to a lonely City lad.

Early Days

● Ivanhoe Grammar’s ‘Big Dormitory’ at Beaufort House, Yea, 1942. The Council of the School, on my recommendation, has decieded to move the School for 1942 to the township of Yea. This decision has been arrived at after very careful thought because it is felt that the administration of the School can only be carried out satisfactorily if its location for the year could be settled now. The provision of complete accommodation for its various activities is a big task, and one, we believe, which could not be effected if a move had to be made later, owing to danger becoming imminent in the city. We have secured the lease of a large house as boarding headquarters and are immediately beginning constriction of a dining hall adjacent to it. There is a splendid provision in ● Press clipping, Yea local newspaper, 75 years ago this house for Matron’s and Nurse’s quarters, a sick room and a smaller boys’ dormitory and dining room. oratory. Our furniture is being are in the danger area. Fees will be The main dormitory we shall erect. moved up to Yea now, and we shall the same as would have been There is a resident doctor in the be ready for the boarders to return charged had the school remained at to us on the normal day, Monday, 9th Ivanhoe. township. It is imperative, so that we may We shall have sole use of a sports February. The train leaves Melbourne daily know what further temporary buildground, with grandstand, as good as our own, and there is in the grounds at 7.10am, arriving at Yea at 10.15am. ings, class rooms, etc., to erect that a large building which we shall adapt Parents accompanying boys can re- the enclosed renewed applicationm as a gymnasium and sports dressing turn to the city the same evening. By for your boys should be sent to us room. We have the use of four tennis the Whittlesea road, the distance by forthwith. We cannot guarantee accommocourts, and there is good provision car to Yea is 60 miles. If any crisis should eventuate in dation for anyone not definitely enfor swimming. We are leasing some class rooms, Melbourne before February 9th, we rolled by Monday next, December and building others, and have se- should be ready to accommodate 29th. My main recollection of the very cured the use of a local science lab- immediately boarders whose homes

The Beginning By Bill Crombie ■ Speech Night, December 1941 at the Heidelberg Town Hall. The School Play, I think, The Pied Piper of Hamlyn, with Harry Hawke as the paper. The Headmaster’s address - and a statement that the Boarding House was to be evacuated to a town called Yea. That was my beginning. Ivanhoe Grammar School Ivanhoe, N.21 23rd December 1941 MEMO FROM THE HEADMASTER TO PARENTS OF BOARDERS

● Ivanhoe Grammar School at Beaufort House, Yea, 1942.

By Geoff Howsam ■ I was sent to the Yea brach of Ivanhoe Grammar School in 1942 in the company of Geoffrey Mason, as we lived in Wonthaggi. I am unsure as to why I was sent to Ivanhoe Grammar School, for my father attended Geelong College and my brother Scotch College. Perhaps my father had an ecumenical spirit ahead of his times, or more likely felt that Yea was sufficiently isolated in those vulnerable times as to be safe from disaster. I do not remember going to Melbourne to obtain the uniforms, etc. from The Mutual Store, though I suppose that I did because they seemed to fit. I do remember my excitement at putting on the brown cap, the coat with the emblem on the pocket and, of course, the boots - lace up and black. I do not remember the first journey to Yea, though I suppose that my mother would have taken me to Melbourne the previous day in order to join the train to Tallarook. Times must have been constrained for my memory of the first term 1942 is of the comment caused by my dressing gown, a most important part of a boarder’s accroutrement. It was glorious in technicolour, vertical stripes of red, yellow and blue, the colours of Scotch College. I have no memories of persecution for such a solecism and I feel that people were tolerant then; we had to be.

Highlights By Barry Johnson ■ A comment that the passage of time may have coloured the memories of the Yea years helped me to send these recollections: ■ Of someone having to climb the tower in winter to break the ice on top of the 44-gallon drumk that provided the water pressure for the compulsory shower. ■ Learning to stand behind the cold shower, splashing madly without getting a drop on our bodies. ■ Learning to enter and leave a well ticked in bed so it would pass inspection each morning but only had to be remade when new linen was issued. ■ Learning to remove and put on singlet, shirt and pullover in one “skin”. ■ These last two skills allowed a few extra minutes in bed each morning and to my wife’s amazement or amusement, I’m not sure which, have stayed with me to this day. ■ How was it possible to leave so many lumps in porridge? ■ Were the powdered eggs supposed to scrambled or egg custard? to Page 22 15 ● Turn To

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Local History: 75 Years Ago ● Page From13 Page 14 ● From ■ As a special treat in those days of food rationing - being served locally acquired hard boiled eggs - the occasional fully formed chick made them much more interesting. ■ Serving a 14-slice loaf of bread on a table to 12 hungry boys taught me how to eat very quickly and develop a long fast reach for ‘seconds’. Of bikes: ■ Riding to the classrooms at the showgrounds, socks for mittens, ice covered puddles cracking instead of splashing. ■ In summer riding straight off the cliff into the swimming hole at the bend in the Yea River. ■ The long ride to jump off the bridge into the Goulburn - you were much hotter when you got back to Beaufort than you were out when you set out. ■ Learning that jamming a foot on the tyre against the back forks was far more effective than any brake system ever invented. ■ Learning to rear up and ride on the rear wheel. ■ Of competitions to see who could carry the most people on one bike (at least eight people, I remember). ■ Riding over the cattle grids on the railway line - some no-hands, some dinking. ■ Cotton’s Pinch was a similar challenge to a bike rider as Pretty Sally was to an early model car. ■ How I envied those who had horses instead of bikes. ■ The ‘Yanks’ on leave who would give us chewy, badges, coins, but insisted on autographing cigarettes so they were full of holes and hard to smoke. ■ Of being allowed to keep ferrets mine became pets and travelled doiwn my jumper with their heads poking out. ■ The rumpus and anguish when escaped ferrets fought a broom wielding Mrs Samson for access to her fowl pen. ■ Thinking I’d get rich when the fish and chip shop man agreed to pay me 1/6d per pair for cleaned rabbits. ■ Once “on fatigue” having to sweep out the dressing room. Doing it thoroughly p;aid off in loose change swept from under the lockers - nearly 4/- in the days of 2/- per week pocket money. ■ Older (and/or braver) boys going ‘floodhunting’ for rabbits and/or snakes - and leaving snake rails protruding out of ventilators, or from under the kneeling cushions at the church or similat well thought out locations. Funnily enough I have no recollections of ever doing any school work with the one exception, of reading comics or playing noughts and crosses once Mr Samson dozed off while taking prep at the library. And how one night a train blasted its whistle right alongside the room and he jerked awake with “What boy made that noise?”

From Ivanhoe to Yea From The Ivanarian, 1942 ■ Among the many weird and wonderful things War has been as important as the fact that in the surge of this War’s progress, half Ivanhoe Grammar School has been carried about 72 miles inland from Melbourne to a little country town called Yea - blistering hot in Summer and chill-blaining cold in Winter. And what of the Spring? Last of the seasons we are witnessing it is certainly not the least. Now that I have finished discussing the weather, truly a safe topic for

● The Rev. Sydney Buckley, Headmaster, who brought Ivanhoe Grammar School to Yea any essayist, I will recall an amaz- fields and hills, dotted with sheep and theoiries have been put forward by frisking lambs; while in near pools, others! ing record. About the middle of second term Early in January I visited Ivanhoe still full with early spring rains, there and saw a school in a process of dis- is a background noise of croaking we were pleased to see a stranger ruption, while tons of equipment frogs, interrupted occasionally by the among us. On closer examination, the aforesaid proved to be were being packed and sent to Yea. distant bellow of a cow. Mentioning cows remind me of ‘Buffhead’ Kent minus the treasured In something like two months Ivanhoe Grammar School had what good milk we are supplied with curls. Never mind ‘Buff’ they’ll shifted its headquarters and was al- here; on the whole I think the food is grown again. 1942 has been a good year for us most ready to carry on as usual, and better at Yea than at Ivanhoe, and at the same time accommodate and there is hardly anyone here who has all, and it is with some regret that cater for twice the number of board- not put on an unusual amount of many of us have to say ‘goodbye’ to our educational career. weight (fatigues notwithstanding). ers at Ivanhoe. When the used crowd of boys When we first came to Yea most of us wondered what on earth we leaves the school at the end of this were going to do in our spare time in year, they will be able to keep in their such a sleepy old town. We moped memories a time no other I.G.S. boy around for the first few week-ends, has experienced; a time when the From The IGS Spectator, 1950 waiting for the problem to solve it- school prepared itself against possible attack by a deadly enemy, and the ■ Bombs - Pearl Harbour and Yea! self. Then, one fine Saturday evening, host of strange and novel happenings How is it possible that such a small a handful of dust-streaked explorers this preparation brought in its train. country town could be affected by Let us hope this time will come the happenings in such a remote but arrived back at school, with mysterious grins on sunburnt faces, and when our sons, perhaps, will hear how important defensive stronghold? Almost as quickly as the bombs murmurs of “What a beaut day we their fathers helped to make history in the annals of the Ivanhoe Gram- had descended on Pearl Harbour so had.” did the boys of Ivanhoe Grammar Eventually the secret leaked out mar School. School take up residence in Yea. - they had taken their lunches and To many of them the life was not spent the day exploring some fornew, but to others, myself included, gotten gold mines out of Yea. Next morning an excited queue ■ Our old school is now in military it was a complete change for I had waited to fill in the leave book and hands. Khaki is now within the bounds never been a boarder before nor had of Sherwood and Locksley, instead I lived in the country. have their lunches cut. Somehow the experience seemed The spell of idle hours had been of the blue shirts to which it has been exciting and really I had been countbroken! Now on week-ends there is accustomed for so many years. Our north ground (as many of us ing the days before our late starting hardly a road round Yea which does not bear a party of I.G.S. boys - on have seen) is now covered with three date in February, 1942. inches of solid concerete, the lawns The school had taken over a large pleasure bent. Under strange circumstances and around Sherwood contain trenches. residence - quite the largest in Yea In fact, the whole place has been and surrounded with spacious in stranger surroundings, we all took a while to settle down to school work, through a reformation, and has grounds, called Beaufort House. In the spacious gardens were built and before we knew where we were emerged armed with a sword in place a huge “L”-shaped dormitory (quite First Term Exams had pounced of the book. Although we miss the old place, as large in floor space as the Upper upon us - these fortunately had the psychological effect of a “kick in the Yea is treating us well, and I think the Heidelberg Town Hall) and a dining pants”, which sent us whirling into few things we miss from our city life room one-third of that size. In the rush to get the dormitory Second Term with initiative for some are balanced one way or another by hard work, with the result that we the advantages we have found this built there was not enough time to connect the showers and as a result were better prepared for the end-of- locality to possess. We are exceedingly glad to see our lack of baths in the first week term exams. We did remarkably well in sport, the last of our ‘fatigues’ at Sherwood. was compensated by frequent visits especially in football ,where the We older fellows were looking ahead to the Yea River. The school was divided into three members from each branch of the to a fatigueless, comfortable final school showed extraordinary co-op- year at Yea, the poor privates having sections. And old house opposite eration in the team, and in every now all the Saturday morning fa- Beaufort (appropriately called the match gave our rivals a hard game. tigues we used to do so thoroughly! flats) was used for a short period as However, all hopes were dashed classrooms for the seniors until the We finished the season in equal fourth position, with Caulfield when the task of a huge vegetable regular ones were completed. garden was thrust upon us. Junior House used the rooms in Grammar, The task was completed, and the the public library and the Seniors’ When discussing athletics, we naturally think of light apparel, green vegetables sprouting, when another permanent rooms were the tea roms running tracks, and clear warm days was proposed. It was decided to in the Yea Recreation Reserve. Our chemistry and physics labo- or in other words, Spring weather. make this one in the centre of an exThis is the most beautiful Spring ceptionally fine crop of Scotch ratory was contained in the bar of the grandstand not far from the tea I have ever seen - so contrary to the Thistles! More fatigues were organised, and rooms at the opposite end of the footimpression some people have in other countries of Australia as a wild the garden took shape as we worked ball ground. The first thing we had to do was young continent on which the desert like serfs! It was fun to see a ‘super’ struggles with luxuriant bush for su- crop of stinging nettles spring up af- to divide the school into three houses ter F.J. had planted and carefully for sporting and other activities. premacy. Three names of areas surroundWhen walking out of Yea, on any watered his prize parsnips. He has been unable to explain the ing Yea were chosen - Killingworth, of the many roads for it, the effect is that of stepping into a picture: green phenomenon yet, although several Goulburn and Murrindindi.

The I.G.S. Story, Yea


John McLeish, who happened to live in Killingworth, was captain of that house. John played football was Essendon last season, but returned to Yea where he coached the team to the premiership. Sandy North (brother of Peter) was captain of Goulburn and Ron James, now an accountant with his father’s firm, captained Murrindindi. Fatigues - these were days for real fatigues - the first football match against the locals, the swimming sports at Alexandra, the midnight journeys in the traiun to play football on the Saturday. The great bike races, the ferrets (which incidentally were responsible for the death of more local chooks than rabbits) - all these things and many other of interest in the next instalment. The Second Instalment There is always some delay in getting a place of this nature into swing and as I think back now, I wonder almost in amazement how a school could be set going as quickly as we were able to settle into Yea. Certainly we did not have the conveniences of Sherwood, but in a short space of 10 weeks a small community had sprung up. A task of this nature could only have been accomplished by people with determination to succeed and an abundance of enthusiastic energy. Work, I believe, went on until midnight or longer on many a day and the result of this, of course, was that many suffered from overwork. Among those whom we have to thank for the Yea venture were Mr Buckley (our headmaster at the time), Mr Jepson, now housemaster at Longeronong Agricultural College, and a lady of whom we are all very fond - Matron Beasey. There were many others, too numerous to mention, but I dare say that the boys themselves played a big part too. Fatigues were the order of the day. Furniture was shifted from one place to another until it found its permanent resting place. Firewod was about the district in plenty, but labour was scarce and the boys then had the job of collecting it. Two badminton courts were built and as workmen were not plentiful, the boys built those for themselves. The dormitory and dining room has to be swept and cleaned each day and this too fell on the shoulders on the boys. Dozens of other tasks too numerous to mention were carried out and became part of the daily routine. The boys certainly played their part - it was good to be among them. About a month after our arrival we had our house swimming sports. Trails were held in the Yea River and the sports themselves were held about 20 miles away at Alexandra where there was a 25 metre pool. Murrindindi were successful and some very fine swimming was recorded by John Marsh, now a bank employee somewhere in Tasmania. Second term brought with it many interesting features. First in importance was the first of many football matches against the locals. There were a sturdy team, much older than we schoolboys were. The match was played on a Saturday afternoon and I’m sure the whole town turned out. Most of us had an added incentive to play well because on the following Friday nine boys were to be chosen to come to the city to join forces with the Ivanhoe branch in our inter-school matches. ● To Be Continued

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$4500 penalties for M’dindi barking dog

■ A Murrindindi Shire resident has been fined $1500, and ordered to pay more than $3000 in costs, over a barking dog. Murrindindi Council took action in Seymour Magistrates’ Court against the dog owner. “Council recently took enforcement action against the owner of a barking dog which caused a public nuisance,” said Mayor Cr Charlie Bisset. “The Seymour Magistrates’ Court imposed a $1500 fine and made an order of costs exceeding $3 000 which the dog owner must pay. “The Court also ordered the dog be removed from the residential address where it was found to cause a nuisance by barking," said Cr Bisset. Cr Bisset is urging people who own pets to take their responsibilities under the law seriously. "It is important to remember that while dog ownership brings with it many benefits, it also brings responsibility,” Cr Bisset said. “In the last 12 months Council has received 45 barking dog complaints and found 116 dogs wandering unrestrained.

Roadsides on show

■ The first round of the program known as 'Ribbons of Remnant Roadsides' has delivered outstanding results through the hard work and sustained efforts of the Murrindindi Shire community, says Cr Bec Bowles. RRR is a collaborative project between Murrindindi Shire Council, Upper Goulburn Landcare Network and Cittaslow Yea. C r Bowles, the Natural Environment and Climate Change Portfolio Councillor, said the project showcased roadsides which have significant conservation value and biodiversity.

DOG REMOVED FROM LOCAL PREMISES “There were also 17 reports in the Shire of wandering dogs attacking people.” “Wandering dogs also cause serious problems for stock owners and it is critical that owners take responsibility and care to ensure their dogs are confined to their own properties at all times. "We have had a large number of incidents in recent years involving killing of stock by wandering dogs. These are deeply upsetting and very costly for stock owners. “We need the community's assistance in stopping these entirely preventable events. Cat owners also need to take their responsibilities seriously, including to protect vulnerable wildlife, the Mayo r said. "Council has recently loaned cat traps to over 100 residents who are keen to rid their properties of stray and feral cats which do so much damage to our native fauna.” Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, pet owners are required to both register and microchip their dogs and cats once they are over three months old. The Act also requires that pet owners ensure their dogs and cats do not become a nuisance to neighbouring properties. "The statistics show that a number of pet owners in Murrindindi Shire are not taking proper responsibility for their domestic animals. “It is every pet owner's duty to ensure that their pet doesn't cause a nuisance to neighbours, or become a menace to people, stock or wildlife," Cr Bisset said.

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Molesworth Easter Bazaar & Clearing Sale Inc. 40th Charity Sale Just a reminder that the Easter Bazaar and Clearing Sale will be held again in 2017, Easter Saturday April 15, 2017 We will be running two auctioneers at the same time, adjacent to each other down the rows, selling each vendor items in their allocated space. Please note the starting time of 9.30 am A site booking fee of $25.00 is charged payable on booking and before a site is allocated. Direct deposit 063 628 10022189 Molesworth Easter Bazaar If you haven't already booked, you will have the opportunity to have a preferred site, provided that you contact Les Ridd by the 25thFeb. After that date, site bookings will be allocated in booking order. Bookings can be made by phoning Les on his mobile or home phone ( if no answer, leave a message and I will call you back) or preferably send an email Please also Email or send to Les by mail your list of items. It is important that a list of sale items to be advertised be sent to Les ASAP and a full list at least two weeks prior to the sale on A4 size copy paper or by email. Please note that no electrical goods will be sold without a qualified electricians tag, and that any goods sold at auction not realizing $5.00 will be regarded as a donation. The maximum number of sale items (or collection of) per site is 30 Stall space will be allocated around the oval perimeter at $30 for 7.5m long and $25 for 5m long around the oval. Thanks to Easter Bazaar and State Government the Molesworth Hall has been renovated

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Albert Edward Lodge Masonic Lodge, Alexandra Photos by Ash Long

What goes on behind the doors of the local Masonic Lodge?

■ Over the years there have been Masonic lodges at Yea, Eildon and Kinglake, but the only one that continues in Murrindindi is the ‘Albert Edward Lodge’ at Alexandra. Lodge members meet monthly at their newly refurbished Temple at the corner of Webster and Nihil St s in Alexandra. The local Lodge members describe Freemasonry as “good men, supporting each other, their families and their community”. The members are involved in self-improvment, extensive charity work and fellowship. The Local Paper was granted rare special access to the January meeting of the ‘Albert Edward Lodge’, which was formed on August 20, 1868 - 149 years ago. Brother William Downing was the founding Master. He was also appointed to the newly created position of clerk and rate-collector for the Alexandra Roads District in the same year. ■ Disclosure: Local Paper Editor Ash Long is a Freemason. He holds Grand Lodge rank as a Past Grand Tyler.

● Ray Norris, Master of the Albert Edward Lodge, stands in position inside the Alexandra temple.

● Long-serving organist Alan Hollis

● Director of Ceremonies Bob Hocking, with Bob Gale, leads the ‘march out’ of members anf visitors

● Piers Jackson is Junior Warden of the Lodge

● Ron Roberts with Richard McKernan

● Chris Jackson, member at Alex. and Mansfield

● Junior Deacon David Dimech is congratulated by Director of Ceremonies Bob Hocking

● Ray Norris, Master of the Albert Edward Lodge, with Stuart Dale, Secretary at Alexandra

● Les Mitchell with Maurice Bridgland

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Albert Edward Lodge Masonic Lodge, Alexandra Photos by Ash Long

Fundraiser outside Foodworks

■ The Albert Edward Lodge is again holding its popular wood trailer raffle outside Foodworks Alexandra in Grant St, confirms Secretary Stuart Dale. Second prize is a voucher to use at Café Alex. Application has been made to Murrindindi Shire Council for permission for the raffle, which has received approval from the Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. The Lodge also took out insurance for public and placment liability. Lodge members started selling the tickets last Thursday (Feb. 2), and will continue to do so on Thursdays (Feb. 9 and 16), Fridays (Feb. 10 and 17), and Saturday mornings (Feb. 11 and 18). The raffle will be drawn on-site at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 18. ★ The next meeting of the Albert Edward Lodge is due to be held on Thursday next week (Feb. 16) when a new member is due to join the organisation. Another member from another lodge is also being proposed for membership. Rehearsals for Lodge members are held at the Alexandra Masonic Centre, corner of Webster and Nihil Sts, Alexandra, are held tomorrow (Thurs., Feb. 9) and Monday (Feb. 13).

● Ray Norris with visitor Graeme Hawke from Ivanhoe Grammarians Lodge

● Greg Thorneycroft and Richard McKernan

● Wes Anderson

● Bill Fraser and Noel Moehr

● Bob Gale and Alan Hollis

● Charles Gilbert and Ian Ribbons

● Norm Stace and Mark Wheatland

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Yea Rotary Art Show At Yea Shire Hall Photos by Ash Long

● Ron and Marilyn Pearce visited the Yea Rotary Art Show

● Lily Rattray of Flowerdale with Art Show sponsor Frank Hargrave

● Art Show sponsors Ann and Mick McCormack

● Sam Wright with Art Show judge Geoff Paynter

● Cindy McLeish MLA with artist Meg Heres

● Pat and Bob Dewar, members of the Rotary Club of Yea

● Terry and Janet Hubbard in front of grand-daughter Ruby’s exhibit

● Mary Oliver with Prue Sanchez

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Australia Day

● John Bett, President of the Rotary Club of Yea, addresses the Australia Day barbecue

● Bob Flowers and Maurice Pawsey of the Rotary Club of Alexandra

● David Anderson was Yea Master of Ceremonies

● John Canny, Murrindindi Shire's Acting General Manager Infrastructure and Development Services, looks on as Cr Bec Bowles raises the flag.

● 1st Alexandra Scouts. From left: Jessica Patek, Larissa Patek, Kayla Nadj, Danielle Nadj, George Nadj, Simon Flynn, Seth Mather, Ruby Russell, Lucas Russell and Ethan Russell

● John Felstead and John Bassett of the Rotary Club of Alexandra

Australia Day Celebrations throughout the Murrindindi Shire Photos by Ash Long

● Cr Margaret Rae with Cr Charlie Bisset, Mayor of Murrindindi Shire Council

● Fern Hames, Homeward Bound participant, with Australia Day ambassador Fabian Dattner

● The Alexandra Brass Band performs at Rotary Park, Alexandra, on Australia Day

Australia Day

● John McKenzie receives a Certificate of Appreciation for Terry Hubbard at Strath Creek

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Australia Day Celebrations throughout the Murrindindi Shire Photos by Ash Long

● At Strath Creek, from left: Kevin Foster, Michael Chesworth of Murrindindi Shire Council, Serene Tresidder, Rosemary Britton and David Ralph

● Dr Sandra Hart, Dr Stewart Hart, and John Rogers of The Village Green and Pavilion, Strath Creek

● Fay Joshua of Heathmont visited Strath Creek

● Don Todd with John Denton at Strath Creek

● Alan Morphett and John Tilley

● Kay and Glenn Whittaker at Flowerdale

● Peter Henderson and Gary Leather

● Samantha De Vos, Simon and Tara Edgley

● David Thompson, MC at Flowerdale

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Flashback: Yea public votes on hospital issues 30 Years Ago

■ About 300 people gathered at the Yea Shire Hall, 30 years ago, to carry three unanimous motions over changes at the Yea and District Memorial Hospital. The Hospital’s Board of Management had voted to withdraw obstetric and surgical servcices. The public called on the Board to rethink its decision and fight with all its vigour. The two Visiting Medical Officers to the Hospital were Dr Dorothy Paterson of Station St; and Dr Philip Basser of High St. Board of Management member Don Neil told the gathering that there had been a catalyst for the public meeting: “The VMOs in Yea will not work together.” The Hospital had a residency limit on VMOs, requiring them to live within five kilometres. Local residents Bill Wall and Betty Jeffrey proposed the residency rule changes, suggesting that a 45-minute drive radius be instituted for VMOs. Bruce Kindred and Glen Jones suggested an amendment, giving maximum flexibility to the Board on its choice of VMOs. Medical practitioner Gerry Hindman from Kingalke offered his services. None of Yea’s doctors - Dorothy Paterson, Charles Hosking or Philip Basser - attendxed the public meeting. The meeting - chaired by Yea Shire President, Cr David Lawson - supported a motion by Don Neil and Cr Jim Hackett that the Board actively canvass the possibility of recruiting a visiting surgical team. Assistant Regional Director of Health, David Jones, confirmed it was a local Board decision to stop operations that required anaesthic, and that there would be no further obstetric bookings. He criticised The Yea Chronicle for publishing reports that were “not totally informed and not totally factuial”. He later said he regretted any offence by his statement; he could not point out a single error in fact in our reporting. We editorialised, in reply: “Mr Jones evaded answering some questions by falling back to on the reply that he didn’t have a medical background. “Yea people seemed to think this a fairly vital requirement to talk with authority about a medical enterprise,” opined the Long Shots coumkn on February 10, 1987. We accused Mr Jones of sarcasm in a reply to a question from Yea resident Colin Egan, over-using statistics rather than talking about people, and employing phrases out of the Yes Minister television series. The Hospital’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mary Dickens, said that one of the two local Visiting Medical Officers, Dr Philip Basser, was “not credentialed” to give anaesthetic at Yea Hospital. Dr Basser confirmed this. He said his proposal was for him to perform surgery, while Dr Paterson administered anaesthetic.

Alexandra man swears at wife

■ Magistrate Mr J. Saunder heard the allegation that a man swore at his wife outside the Shamrock Hotel, Alexandra. Sgt Carl Peers alleged indecent language took place, and that the man also faced a charge of being drunk in a public place. The policeman asked the man why he was acting in that manner. “I was talking to my missus.” Fines totalling $190 were imposed at Alexandra Magistrates’ Court.

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● The Yea public met in the Shire Hall in February 1987 over changes at the Yea and District Memorial Hospital “So too was the Yea-Limestone truck, driven by Charles Bacon, who was soon backed up by vehicles for Seymour. “Sen. Const. Peter Abrahams positioned the Yea Police car across the Goulburn Valley Hwy, and traffic was not permitted to pass through the heavy smoke that covered the highway. “Sen. Const. Peter Stevens from Seymour blocked the east-bound traffic at Dairy Creek throughout the incident. “After burning about two acres at ‘Box Hill’, the flames jumped the highway and set grass alight at Armstrong’s ‘Island Bend’ property. Police estimate 10 acres were damaged. “The CFA Regional Officer, Ian Selliseth, attended, as did Sgt Ron Smith from Alexandra uniform police. Of-duty Acting Sgt Graeme Broadbent, also directed traffic.”

3 Flowerdale folk became citizens

■ Seven Yea Shire Councillors were present to witness the citizenship ceremony conducted by Shire President, Cr David Lawson, at the Civic Centre, Yea, in February 1987. Crs Clark, Bell, Hackett, Fleming, Wilson, Gunter and Sharp saw the ceremony for Valerie Greig, Lesley Wlmshurt and Tony Foy, all of Flowerdale. “Cr Lawson congratulated each of the three after they swore allegience to Australian ideals. Each was presented with what Cr Ian Bell called an amarillis longifolia, probably a honey myrtle,” we reported.

reported in February 1987: “Hoteliers Bill and Lorraine Johns joined with prospective purchasers G. and M. Graham (for Minga Holdings Pty Ltd) to advertise on Friday to have the application heard by the Liquor Control Commission. “Greg Graham (said) on Friday from his St Kilda home that this is the first hotel which he has operated although he has been involved in the hotel industry for many years. “He says he has worked in hotels and has run an amusement machine business. He says this has brought him into contact with many publicans throughout the state. “Mr Graham says he and his wife own land in the Yea Shire near Junction Hill.”

Telecom protest at Devlin’s Bridge

■ “A group of local residents in the Devlins Bridge telephone exchange area are proposing not to pay all their Telecom bills,” we reported in February 1987. “The group says they will pay fopr calls but nor make payments for rental until Telecom provides whaty they believe to be a proper service. “It is Long Shots view that the service in the Yea township area seems to be getting worse, rather than better,” we commented 30 years ago. “There now seems to be congestion on the local calls, as well a strying to gain a line to other exchanges.”

Book planned by Highlands couple

■ “Highlands couple Jenny Lade and her husband Dr Robert Williamson are writing a book about their seven months captivityy in Kabul,” we reported at the start of 1987. “The Sun News-Pictorial reported that the couple were busy adjusting, getting their lives back to normal after their kidnapping. “The book is expected to focus on the personal experience of the pair, and not the politics behind the kidnapping.”

$30,000 for boss

■ “The former Chairman of the Yea Water Board, Graeme Bryant, has taken over the job as the body’s Secretary - and will be paid in the order of $30,000 per year for the task,

● Some 44 years ago in 1973, I started as a local news ‘stringer’ for the Whittlesea Post newspaper, operated by the Leader Publishing Co. Then, 33 years ago, in April 1984, I purchased the Yea newspaper business from Tom Dignam. In this series, I take a first-hand look back at some of the important news issues that have affected this district in past decades. - Ash Long, Editor

according to outgoing official Jim Elvey, we reported 30 years ago. Administration of the YeaWater Board was to be carried out independently of the Shire of Yea for the first time. “The current Secretary of the Yea Water Board, Shire Secretary Jim Elvey will lose the additional position from February 28. “He will also lose a payment to him personally for handling the Water Board executive position. The figure is believed to be about onesixth of what will be paid to Mr Bryant.”

Airport passport dash for student ■ “A passport left on a Yea kitchen table provided high excitement for local girl Gina Callander when she tried to board her flight to India on Saturday night,” we reported on January 20, 1987. “The Callander family left their Oliver St home about 8.20pm on Saturday, for a leisurely drive to Tullamarine Airport, where Gina was to board a QANTAS jet destined for Bombay, along with other Rotary exchange students. “The trip started well with Daryl and heather Callander’s master brake cylinder failing before they had even left the township. “A car was quickly borrowed from Daryl’s brother, Bruce, and a peaceful but excitable trip was made to Melbourne’s airport. “It was 9.50pm when Gina was in line to check in her baggage that it was discovered that the passport and other travel documents were not to be found. “Daryl, President of the Rotary Club of Yea, hastily telephoned his sister Janet Hazelman, who checked their Oliver St home, to find the essential passport sitting on the Callander family’s kitchen table. “Meanwhile, QANTAS officials told the Callanders that Gina would have to be aboard by 11.20pm - the usual half-hour deadline before an international flight takes off. “Borther Bruce was driven to Bunker Hill, Somerton, by Yea friend PeterWilson -and it was 11.26pm when the documents were handed to a nervous Daryl. “Then it was a rush 26-kilometre trip to the Airport in the borrowed car. We are permitted to say that Daryl approached the speed limit, but not allowed to say from which side!” Just after 11.50pm the flight departed - when Gina Callander safely aboard.

Police Sgt awoken, Alex. Court told

■ Sgt Ron Smith, Alexandra’s chief uniform officer in 1987, was awoken at the Police residence, by the sound of a loud car exhaust. Sgt Smith told Alexandra Court Magistrate Mr J. Saunder that an Alexandra man exceeded .05, and committed careless driving, made undue noise and parked on a reservation. Sgt Smith said the man was heavily revving a tellow panel van, spun its wheels, and travelled at a fast speed, and swerved across into the wrong lane. The driver had claimed to have only drunk light beer the previous night, but furnished two identical readings of .159. ■ Our February 1987 files included a report “It has to be seen as an act of stupidity,” that Telecom workers were the first to report said the Magistrate. “I suppose it is the old fire at Cr Dougal Drysdale’s ‘Box Hill’ prop- story of the grog talking.” erty on Thursday, February 5. The man received fines totalling $530, plus “The technicians told Police thaey were driv- his licence was cancelled for two years. ing on the property, near Hamilton’s Rd, alongside the Goulburn Valley Hwy wehen they saw the fire behind them,” we reported. “Yea’s tanker, backed up by Harold ■ “Application has been made to transfer the Harper’s tanker, were quickly on the scene licence idf Yea’s Country Club Hotel,” we

Telecom workers spot Box Hill fire

Country Club move

● Kinglake West CFA were quick into action when fire was noticed in the Mt Robertson plantation, near Extons Rd, in 1987.

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The Yea Story: Part 17

Murrindindi Station From The Story of Yea by Harvey Blanks ■ Harry C. Gordon, of Murrindindi, had an immense lkove for the Shire, exemplified by the many hundreds of hours’ work he devoted to collecting early records and family detailswhich he incorporated in his book Yea - 1825-1929, published by The Hawthorn Press in 1954. This 90-page book has proved invaluable in the compliation of some early family histories, for some of the records upon which Harry Gordon drew have since been destroyed or lost; a few of the histories have, however, been revised ion the light of information supplied by relatives, and which apparently was not available to Gordon at the time he wrote his book. Gordon spent his childhood at Mount Macedon, interspersed with regular visits to his family’s town house in Toorak, which at that time (the 1880s) must have included considerable open country, for the Gordons had several paddocks about their home where horses and cows were kept. When the family travelled to the city they rode in horse-drawn wagonettes with straw strewn upon the floor. When Mr Gordon, Sen., retured in 1891, he took his family to Britain to meet their relatives, and then upon an extensive tour of the Continent. During their absence, however, a financial crisis for Victoria, many banks closed their doors, and the family had to return hurriedly to salvage what they could of their shattered fortunes. Although their scale of living had to be considerably reduced once back in Toorak, the young Harry Gordon was able to attend Melbourne Grammar, where, as well as being a prefect, he represented the school at rowing and football. Soon after leaving school he elsited with the Victorian contingent for the Boer War, and saw considerable action in South Africa. Back in Melbourne, he entered enthusiastically into the social life of the early 1900s, cutting a dashing figure at private dances and balls in Toorak and South Yarra, and at Lady Janet Clarke’s Cliveden (later Cliveden Mansions) in East Melbourne. But the round of theatre parties and balls soon palled, and Harry Gordon enrolled with an engineering class at the Workingman’s College, and sought further experience at a survey camp. For a while he boarded with a farmer of a very religious frame of mind who used to hand out religious tracts to his men every morning (some years later he was convicted of sheep-stealing). The outdoor life appealed to Gordon, who then went jackerooing on a Merino property for a while before setting out of Queensland with a partner in 1905 to look for suitable land to select. Although their joint capital was only £1000, they were eventually able to get 2000 acres; part of the Digilbo run. Here they built a hut, bought some sheep and set about trying to make their fortunes. Two years later in 1907, Gordon fell out with his partner, and when the illness and death of his father called him back to Melbourne he

● Murrindindi Station. Photo: Victorian Heritage Register sold out for the amount of his origi- world was by horse or bullock-drawn nal investment - no richer in cash but vehicles and so seldom undertaken, much richer in experience. many of the selectors and townsFor the next three years he leased people were related by marriage, and a property at Euroa, building up his one had to be very careful to find out holding to about 1000 acres. who was related to whom before In 1912, he married Gertrude passing remarks about anyone. Austin of Toorak, daughter of Albert “Many of the old families were Austin of Eilyer and other stations, great characters and often charmong and bought Murrindindi from Daniel people, hospitable, generous and McLeish. friendly, and the different sub-disAt the time, Murrindindi home- tricts were very clannish, as indeed stead consisted of the original kitchen was the whole shire.” building, plus two large wooden roms The Gordon’s nearest neighbours connected by a covered way, with a were the McLeishes if Glemore, two slab barn at the back. brothers and two sisters. At Later, Gordon added the present Doogallook were the Hamiltons, who gabled section, acting as his own ar- assisted the newcomers with much chitect, and using among the materi- helpful advice. als some magnificent cedar panels To do their visiting, the Gordons and woodwork which he retrieved used an Abbott buggy which had from old churches being demolished been a wedding present, drawn by a in Melbourne. pair of ponies called Cherry and Pie. At that time, the Shire was heavily E.S. Purcell’s store sent bulk proinfested with rabbits, and the year visions out to Murrindindi once a after he bought Murrindindi, Gor- month, and for more perishable grodon had to spend £1000 (a very large ceries, the Gordons drove into Yea sum in 1913) on wire-netting, with in their buggy once a week, taking which he fenced almost the entire half an hour for the six-mile journey. property. When World War I broke out, and With a large mortgage and over- the Yea troop of Light Horse enlisted draft, he was later to comment, he almost a body, Harry Gordon and and his wife made very little money, his wife used to drive long distances but they did manage to lead a very in their buggy every month, collectpleasant life, adding considerabily to ing in person donations promised by the already beautiful gardens around the Shire residents for the Red Cross the homestead which had been es- comforts fund. tablished by the McLeishes. When his eldest brother was Murrindindi was a smaller prop- killed in France, and although his erty then than it was later to become, youngest brother was already servwith one paddock five miles from the ing overseas, Herry decided that he homestead, and Gordon, worked the too, should enlist, and in 1916 he went whole place himself with the help of into camp at Maribyrnong. one stationhand and a boy who When he reached France, he miled, chopped the wood and did ood found himself driver of a team of jobs. mules in a howitzer battery. \ He did all his own boundary Whilst he was serving overseas, riding and crutching. Because Murr- Murrindindi was managed by anindindi had a large woolshed, with other Shire resident, Mr Jack six stands drivenm by a very large O’Connor, who left his own propold steam engine, all of the erty in charge of his son in order to neighbouring properties had their do so. sheep shorn there, the six shearers After the War and a world trip to handling about 24,000 sheep each the Gordons settled again at Murrinseason. dindi, buting an early model ‘Tin In his book One Man’s Life, a Lizzie’ Ford, which provided ideal limited edition of autobiographical on the Shire’s rough roads. sketches printed by The Yea ChronWith a top cruising speed of 30 icle in 1960, Harry Gordon described miles an hour, the Ford nevertheless the Shire as he saw it in 1913: took four hours to make the journey “All the bigger places had wag- from Yea to Melbourne, often becomons with bullock teams to do their ing bogged in mud during winter. carting, and bullock wagons also Standard emergency tools carried carted the timber from the mills up everywhere included an axe for chopin the forests to the railways; there ping up old trees that frequently fell were no motorcards and everyone across the roads, chains for wheels, drove buggies and jinkers ... owing and a shovel for digging the car out to the bullock wagons the roads were of pot holes. On the steeper portions of the road very bad, as they had not been made from Yea to Whittlesea, the Gordons for such heavy traffic. “As the railway had been built for sometimes found it necessary to tie less than 30 years, and before that a small tree behind the car to act as a communication with the outside a brake going downhill.

Heritage-listed property ■ Murrindindi Station is a grazing property within a remnant riverine and grazing landscape located on land bordering the Yea River, south of the town of Yea. The present Murrindindi Station is part of what was a substantial grazing lease during the 19th century. Murrindindi Station consists of a range of domestic and utilitarian buildings set amongst extensive gardens and lawns. The property was the result of the amalgamation of two squatting leases; Murrindindi, which was taken up in 1839 and the Murrindinda Run, taken up in 1840, by Alexander Miller and his brother-in-law, John Macfarlane in 1844. Miller took full control of the run in 1850 and continued to run it until his death in 1862. He is buried on the property. Later owners included Richard Goldsbrough 1870-1884, Daniel McLeish 1884-1912 and Harry Gordon 1912-1965. Alexander Miller was responsible for the establishing the core of the station and the structures and gardens of the station were expanded and consolidated by both Daniel McLeish and Harry Gordon. The form and character of the place is largely the result of the input of these three men. No fabric remains from the ownership of the property prior to Miller's occupation. The homestead was built in two main phases. The original part of the house was built by Alexander Miller in the late 1840s. This part of the house is built of brick with a twin hip roofs with a wide shallow pitched verandah to the northern and eastern sides. The plan is characterised by a central longitudinal off-centre hallway. The current corrugated iron roofing covers the earlier shingle roof. The house was considerably altered after 1912 when the place was owned by Harry Gordon. Gordon added the 'Gable' which is now the defining feature of the house. This is a large timber and brick 'chalet' form structure built onto the southern end of the older homestead building. The addition is situated over the area where the kitchens of the old house were located. The house is linked via a short covered way to a timber framed weatherboard clad accommodation building that is believed to have been constructed by Daniel McLeish in the 1880s. It is understood that the building was used as a dining and accommodation building for the station workers. The earlier timber shingle roof remains under a newer corrugated iron roof. Between the house and the timber workers accommodation building was the homestead's kitchen yard. This space contains a meat house, a tank stand and a generator shed. Close to the house are two smaller residential structures. The smaller of the two, referred to as the Canary Cottage, is a four room timber framed weather board clad structure. The larger of these two buildings is believed to have been built as a managers residence. It appears that both were built during Daniel McLeish's occupation of the property after 1884. The stables and coach house date from Alexanders Miller's occupation of the place. The building is constructed of random rubble walls of local stone with a whitewash coating. The stable floors are paved with local river stone and the building incorporates a hayloft in the roof space. The stables have been extended with the addition of a barn constructed of bush poles, double height vertical timber slab walls and a roof constructed of sawn timber. The barn addition also includes a timber chamber for storing horse feed. The feed was delivered to the store by a mechanical conveyor and the feed was delivered into the stables via a small chute in the stable wall. The wool shed is a timber framed L-shaped structure with a double pitched gable roof. Early timber shingles are extant under the newer corrugated iron roof cladding. The building appears to have been constructed toward the end of the nineteenth century, under the ownership of Daniel McLeish. The building has had little alteration apart from the addition of holding pens for shorn sheep, and displays a high degree of integrity. The wool shed's early belt driven mechanical shearing equipment is extant and in working order. The shed also contains a Koerstz wool press in situ. Alexander Miller's grave is located on the property. The grave is marked by a marble plaque set in a later concrete plinth and by an Italian cypress pine planted next to the grave. The grave site is located in a line directly north of the front door of the house and the view is framed by two oak trees and two Italian cypress pines. The swimming pool built in the 1920s by Harry Gordon, now a reflection pond, lies along this axis. Daniel McLeish is credited with the establishment of the gardens, particularly the extensive rose garden which is enclosed by a decorative cypress hedge. The gardens have been designed with a strong emphasis on the use of axis and the division of space into a series of well defined landscaped 'rooms'. The gardens between the house and the Melba Highway provide a park like setting to the entrance to the house. Murrindindi Station is of architectural, historical and aesthetic (landscape) significance to the State of Victoria. Murrindindi Station is of historical significance as the remnant of what was once a large and early squatting lease, established in 1839. Murrindindi Station is of architectural significance for the range and quality of structures that illustrate the development and activities of a grazing property from the mid nineteenth century squatting period to the present. Murrindindi Station is of architectural significance as a good example of a squatters house built in stage from the late 1840s. Murrindindi Station has archaeological potential to contain important archaeological deposits, including artefacts relating to the 19th Century agricultural complex. - Victorian Heritage Register ● To be continued next week in The Local Paper.

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Photos From The Past

Yarck, Gobur, Kanumbra, Koriella Nostalgia Collection

● Yarck Store (P.V. Chapman)

● Yarck Railway Station

● Murray family at Yarck.

● Gobur Post Office

● Kanumbra Woolshed

● Kanumbra Post Office. 1968.

● Passenger train at Koriella. Photo: L. Cumming

● Jose’s Five Mile Hotel, Koriella. circa 1900. p

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Local Nostalgia

The History of Alexandra ● By Frank Whitcombe, The Weekly Times, 1930 ■ Alexandra, within easy touring distance of Melbourne by rail or car; one of Victoria's oldest and most picturesque townships, possessing all the charms of a glorified village, sufficiently sophisticated to meet the requirements of modern life and yet retaining a subtle old-time atmosphere that makes direct appeal to persons in search of a restful holiday. It is a locality that reveals its beauties in a gentle, unobtrusive manner till the whole environment is made manifest in a spirit of contentment amid the many changeful joys of its hills and enchanting variety of alluring ranges. The houses are devoid of pretension and the shops of a kind that suited their mid-Victorian tenants and still, give satisfaction, solidly built as was the wont in former days. Streets are Well Laid Out Well laid out streets, wide, and bordered with currajongs, which have replaced the ancient pines planted in mining days, along Grant Street, the principal thoroughfare, terminating at the green slopes of Mount Pleasant. Approaching the town by way of Downev Street, a feature of arresting interest is Margaret Baskerville’s masterpiece of a soldier with re versed arms, figured in weeping bronze, surmounting a granite pedestal, on which are incised the names of 63 comrades who suffered the supreme sacrifice out of the 288 who enlisted from the shire of Alexandra. The intensity of inspiration of the gifted sculptress speaks with painful realisation of war memories redeemed by the soft touch of womanlv pity and exceptional genius. The pose and pathos of the conception are worthy of the natural surroundings. Alexandra was created a district on June 30, 1868 ; proclaimed a shire on September 3, I860, and redefined by annexation of a portion of Yea shire on May 30, 1914. The shire, with a population of 3800, of which number 830 dwell in the town, covers 793 square miles. and its valuation is £63,000 and revenue 10,251 Officially described as hilly, fertile and auriferous, its leading industries are agricultural and pastoral, saw- milling, dairying and mining, including a butter factory and large timber seasoning and planing plants. The soil is rich, and the town is lit by electricity, and supplied with water from the Goulburn River by street reticulation and good pressure. The Roads Board At the first Road Board meeting on September 3, 1868, John Peterkin in the chair, William Downing was app`ointed clerk at a salary of £150 a year and £50 travelling expenses; R.W. S. Greig was appointed surveyor and engineer, inspector ot public works and valuer, at a salary of £100 per annum; the hour of the Board meeting was 7 in the evening, every Saturday. at the Corner Hotel, in the room behind the bar. The principal business consisted of dealing with boundary disputes, encroachments of public roads, removal of unauthorised fences across reserves and rocks, clearing bush tracks and tree stumps, filling holes and ruts and removing logs from the streets, repairing culverts and keep-

Sandy and McGregor walked up they came to a boulder of quartz that had been crushed by a wheel, and there was the gold sticking out all over it. 40 ounces to the ton. Near the road was John Downey's survey camp, and they showed him the sample, and he agreed to back them, and the first claim was pegged out on McKenzie's Pinch, close to Mount Pleasant station on the east side of the dividing spur. It was called Eglington, and in a day or two a rush set in. The following week Charlie Jones, on tramp from Woods Point, asked Downey for a job and was given three days' work, and on the Sunday went prospecting over the Spur towards Red Gate and pegged out the "Lucky." On the Monday morning Downey went to Jamieson to register his claim, and at Charlie's request registered the "Lucky" for Jones. Downey refused to take a share, as that would have meant backing ● The Homeward Bound Mine at the top of Grant St, Alexandra, about 1905. In the front row Jones. Well, again what about luck? Bad luck this time for Downey, for in are William Freeman, Frank Jooly, mine manager, Andrew Christie and a working miner. Photo: Weekly Times, August 9, 1930 a week one-eighth share was worth ing open approaches to punts, and Theelectric scheme to provide but were re warded with success on £10,000. At four feet from the grass the supervising mining on public roads light for the township and pump wa- the third effort). reef was four feet wide and glitterand the streets of the town, and con- ter was switched on March 11, 1916. The Old Runs ing with gold like a jeweller's shop. structing roadways across lagoons. In the Golden Days From the Alexandra and Yea Stan The great rush was on. The At the Board meeting on July 27, Commissioners of the first Water dard old friles one learns that in 1865 "Lucky" line and others paid big 1869, it was moved by John Trust were Messrs R. W. Wightman the only noticeable object within sight and the various claims Whitelaw tliat the clerk make every (chair), G. A. Cookson, James Dunn, of what is now Alexandra was the dividends, from the Eglington to the U.T. Creek "effort to collect outstanding rates David Hayes, Wm. Hade, George red gate in the dividing fence between turned out in seven years some with the view of raising the required Lamont. James Scale. James Sharp, Johnson's and McKenzie's runs. 320,000 ounces of gold, worth £4/2/ sum of £100 0 to constitute the dis- John Wylie, and J. H. Waymouth The fence ran close to the U.T. 6 an ounce. trict a shire, and to sue all not paying (Government nominee). Creek, and the gate was right oppoBut the Eglington. the first claim within three days. The officials were J. A. Gordon site where the main road bridge now pegged, never paid the cost and was In the days before bridges, col- (secretary), H. W. Alston (valuer and is. abandoned at 160 feet. lecting dog taxes was sometimes at- collector), and F Fennelly, C.E. (enThis was one of the many tracks It was the case of two men mintended with a modicum of risk and gineer). from Melbourne to the Junction, or ing alongside of each other — one no certaintv of profit, according to a The survey of the town was Jamieson, as it came to be called. was lucky and amassed bullion and story told of a settler on the other undetaken in that year by John The track branched off at the other was just left what he started side of the Goulburn River who Downey, and the main street was Whittlesea, passing over the Plenty out as - Downey. owned half a dozen dogs on which named after the Grant family, of mountains, past Tommy's Hut and The No. 2 Lucky paid handthe unpaid tax was overdue. Switzerland station, one of whom down the King Parrot to the somely down to 200 feet, and the He saw the collector coming, and was the Hon. James MePherson Goulburn, junctioning with the road shaft was sunk down to 4 00 feet. hastened to the river bank to wel- Grant. from Broadford; then up past Muddy In the sink the reef was four feet come and hand him over the water They are described by one who Creek, now Yea, Cathkin, Thornton wide, white as milk, without a color by means of the rope used for such knew them as typical Scots — brawn and Darlingford on the Big River, of gold in it. purpose. and bonnie. Drs. Bainsbridge and Jamieson. The gullies on each side of the Having paid the amount de- Ferguson were the first hospital docOther roads branched off at reef were rich in alluvial, but no reefs manded he wished the tax gatherer tors. Longwood, Benalla and Wang- were found. Then Godfrey's Creek, good-bye with a twinkle in his eye, Another Bainsbridge was man- aratta. or Gobur, as it was afterwards and charged the embarrassed offi- ager of the bank. A lot of money was All finally converged through called, was a splendid strike — allucial the full amount of the dog tax he wagered that year on the Melbourne Hell's Gate at Howqua, seven miles vial from the grass roots down to had paid to transport him back over Cup. or so from Jamieson. In the other 120ft. deep lead. the river. Grant Street was a very lively direction Mount Pleasant Station Other gold in deep ground spread At the first meeting of the shire spot on a Saturday night, when the (Donald McKenzie, owner). too much and did not pay. No payof Alexandra on. September 7. stores kept open till midnight, and The nearest store was at Yea. The able reef was struck at Gobur, and 1869. the following councillors were miners, after making their purchases, nearest gold mining was at Upper amongst those who lost heavily over present: John Peterkin (president), used to pour the gold-dust out of their Thornton, where Ben Jones had a the deep ground were Sloan, of Thomas Hall, Timothy Kelly. John bags, to be weighed and paid for. pub. There were no landholders other Sloan's Punt Inn, at Molesworth; Cronin, John O'Rourke. John There was no small change be- than the squatters, but there were and Adam Bunney, storekeeper and O’Callaghan, and - Coyne. low a shilling, and if there was over thousands of miners, and gold was publican, of Gobur. Frederick Coster acted as honor- threepence difference, a box of plentiful. Known ai Red Gate ary clerk. . The first officials ap- matches passed for change. From Jamieson up, Ten Mile, Alexandra was first known as pointed were: — Thomas Bail ( treaPresent-day shire office-bearers Gaffney's Creek, Wood's Point, "Red Gate" before it changed its surer); William Downing ; and a - Crs. Robert Bruce Forsyth, of Matlock, B.B., Jordan and Jericho name in honor of the Princess of room was rent on tbe site of the Thornton ; James E. Elliot. J.P., were in full swing. Wales. present shire hall. Yarck: John B. O'Rourke, On the Big River every creek and The first building was of stringy Thomas Aloysins Rourke was Thornton; Stanley, G. A. gully and bar was being worked; bark and saplings, kept as a. boardappointed valuer. W. Villein; solici- Hindhaugh, Molesworth; Robert Sailkor Bill’s, Enoch Point and inghouse and concert house by Dick tor to the board, and H. W. Alston, Briggs, Alexan- dra; John Wylie, J Luck's All (Warner's Creek) . Vining. dog inspector, and W. S. Greig sur- .P. Taggertv; George Armstrong. The Great Gold Rush The list is given as Cooper and veyor and engineer. Alexandra; Joseph Hardwick An interesting account of the luck Perkins, Haines and Ashby, W. After a number of public meet- Edwards, Acheron; and Messrs. that can't be bargained for or thrust Cummings, Morris (Corner Hotel), ings had been held, those assembled Harry Wood, J.P., secretary, valuer aside is told of two of Donald Mc Pat O'Donnell, Kirwin, of the Shamwere Crs. Peterkin (president), Hall, and collector; and Oliver F. Dixon, Kenzie's shepherds (Sandy Don and rock; Mount Pleasant Hotel (afterKelly, Cronin. O'Rourke. O'Cal- C.E., engineer. Alec McGregor), who, one Sunday wards kept by Peg-leg Cook); the laghan, Coyne, George Whiting, and In 1870 three attempts were made morning in '66, started out from Mt. New York and London (Charlie Weldon. to launch the punt, Farmers' Friend, Pleasant for Jim Fenton's, where it Jones and family, of the Lucky); and William Downey was appointed designed to ferry across the was generally possible to obtain the Montezuma, kept by Jack Levy, shire secretary, and C. Langtree sur- Goulburn. On the first occasion 300 something to drink. uncle of Thompson, the bookmaker. veyor, engineer and dog inspector. persons as emblcd to witness the Well, they quenched their thirst, Every allotment along the road The land and buildings where the great event, accompanied by music but that was not all that happened! A for over half a mile from the creek shire hall at present stands was pur- (fife, clarionet, cornet and drum). bullock dray had gone down to was occupied by shops or shanties. chased by the council for £135. ● They returned home disappointed, McKenzie's Pinch overnight, and as ● Turn To To Page Page 34 22

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Local Nostalgia ● From Page 21 33 Included in the list of storekeepers were Tom Hall, Cronin Bros., Peterkin and others. Boulter and Perkins kept the butcher's shop opposite the Corner Hotel, and Boulter left to die on the road to the Roper River rush. Harker, joined Perkins, who sold out and built the Thornton hotel, but lost his money farming. Sableburg had 15 head of stamps going on the creek, the Mysterious had 10 and the Prospecting Claim 15. In full swing they indicated a distribution of £20.000 a month in addition to returns from alluvial. The chronicler of those Spacious Sixties revelling in reverie over the sweet music of batteries stamping lime to the more voluptuous rhythm of the dance, stresses the fact that every pub., and they were numerous, had its polished floor, and there was no lack of lady partners. The week consisted of six days, and the hours were long, lasting till dawn before the early closing of bars had come into vogue. Yet in spite of it all the Alexandrine code was a compound of decorum and riot. One could regulate one's conduct and choose between the dancing girls, paid by salary to thread the mazy measures and look pretty - or parade the street and watch the settlement of disputes within half a dozen improvised rings, and wager on the result without fear of fouls interferingwith one's judgment, for wherever a dispute might arise there would be present at its climax a never-fading group of referees and bottle-hunters ready to assure fair play. No drunken man was tolerated in a dance saloon; and the ladies, for whom it was an unwritten law for gentlemen to purchase refreshments, were expected to limit their libations to soft drinks or incur the penalty of too familiar and derogatory nick names. Neither was fighting permitted on the premises, and those who preferred it to flirting had the stadia of the street pointed out to them, where they could without trouble secure a sparring partner of any calibre from l0st. Tom Waite, the top-notcher, or Dan Creed, the champion wrestler. A municipal halo surrounds the head of John Whitelaw, editor and proprietor of the Alexandra Times, a loyal battler for the town and district and a tower of strength to the Road Board and Shire Council, and promoter of the railway survey to Alexandra. Early Experiences Again, according lo our "Standard" authority, other good men were Harry Perkins, Torn Hall, Cronin, Peterkin, Fred Wheeler, Parkins arid others. Perkins and Blain, of Woods' Point, started a breweiy on the U.T. creek. Later it fell to Blain alone. Then Perkins and his brewer, Naumberg, went to Toowoomba. in Queensland, and founded the firm of Perkins and Co. Blain also built the new Corner Hotel, and Alf Hamea was first licensee. Blain's traveller, D. Lyons, was always in demand for social functions and amateur theatricals in aid of the hospital and any charitable need. Dr James, afterwards AttorneyGeneral in South Australia; Lawyer Emerson, and big Fred Coster (his brother, Pennision Coster, was manager of the Mysterious) and narrowly

escaped an awful death from being crushed between the cage and the shaft. W. Downing was first clerk of the Road Board, followed by A. G. Moon as secretary of the Shire Comicil for many years. Pendlebury, J.P., agent and broker, an all round good fellow, made plenty of money, and frequently had none. There is an anecdote extant of his being one evening in the Eldorado Hotel, wearing a tall hat. An old acquaintance from "The Point," by name Tom the Splitter, took exception to the bell-topper, the only one on the "Rush." No notice being taken of Tom's remonstrances, he obtained a dozen eggs, purchased at a shilling apiece, and bombarded the high hat. Next morning he was brought up before the Bench, which was Pendlebury himself, the only J P. obtainable. Tom was discharged with a caution, nothing being said about the eggs or the hat episode; the charge was creating a disturbance. Tom commenced thanking "Mr Pendlebury." The sergeant cautioned him to "address the Bench as "Your Worship'." "But, Mr Pendlebury," said Tom. Again thundered the sergeant, "Address the Bench as 'Your Worship'." "Oh, you shut up," retorted Tom, "I know Mr Pendlebury," And then the Bench gave Tom seven days without the option, for contempt of court. Of the original inhabitants when the rush started a few went into mining — McKenzie, of Mount Pleasant; Downey, the surveyor; and the Johnsons, but they did no good. McKenzie got £10,000 out of the Lucky, but lost it all, as well as his station. It cost Downey all he had; and the Johnsons were said to have lost a lot. Charlie Jones got about £13.000. The McDougalls, of Bendigo, were the only one to make much out of the Lucky; they got hold of half the mine and did well. George Whiting was supposed to have got £5000 or so out of No. 2. He settled near Thornton and went in for stock raising. Adjacent squatters held aloof from the mines — Bailey, of Whanregarwen; Aitkin, of Cathkin; James and Willie Bon, of Howe Creek; John Bon. of Whappan (Devil's River); and Archie Thorn, of Upper Thornton; all had their own troubles commencing with the advent of the selectors, who had a hard experience until they could open up a market on the goldfields. Timothy Kelly (afterwards king, of Darlingford) amassed a fortune, founded on the purchase of butter, which he packed to the mountain diggings. Butter at 5d a Pound After a few years prices for farm produce fell to the lowest. Butter brought 5d per lb., eggs 6d and 9d a dozeii, oats 6/ a bag of 4 busheIs, including bag, wheat 2/6 a bushel, potatoes £1 a ton on the farm or £2 delivered. As the storekeepers were the only buyers the farmers had to take it all out in goods. Nicholson's mill was started at Crystal Creek, Whanregarwen; Hughie Gilmore, of Thornton, started a travelling threshing machine of a primitive type, worked by horse power, and this was followed bv Tom Popple's steam thresher, which travelleled the district from Maindampie through Upper and Lower Thornton, and so through

Whanregarwen home to Johnson's Gap, where he lived. A few years after land was thrown open for selection the price of mutton fell to 1/6 the forequarter; surplus sheep, after shearing, were sold at 6d. a head, and still a lot of the old sheep had to be destroyed and burntLegs ot mutton weighing 7 lb. each could be purchased at boilingdown works at 3d. each. Beef was cheap, and cattle down to £2 a head on the stations. Men got from 10/ to 10/ a week and "tucker," in the way of wages, and the men who followed harvesting and threshing were paid 3d. an hour and keep. After the golden sunset of the mining boom the skies were illumined by what our historian termed the inevitable afterglow of incendiarism. There were two notable ones in Alexandra that swept off two-thirds of the main street. He also enumerates the subsequent careers of some of the early residents of Alexandra. Gale, of Whanregarwen, was travelling reporter for the Sydney Mail in the late 80's and early 90's, up in the Gulf Country. Jack Dobson was getting cedar near Cairns in '91. Louis Severin, who had been thrice Mayor of Woods Point, established a hardware business in Cairns. Fortunes were made out of Luck's All, at Warner's Creek. About '72 a party took it on tribute — Tom Spargo, Charlie Collins, Bill Knowles, and Frank Baudewin. They had hard luck broke, struck a block of rich stone. It was generally supposed they got about £ 16.000 a man out of it in two years. Bill Knowles already had his family at Thornton, where he owned the punt. He settled there permanently and became a shire councillor and a J.P. Frank Baudewin bought the Thornton Hotel and property, where he died in 1 877. Charles Col lins eventually settled down as a farmer on the Taggerty. Mr F F. Bainbridge was deputy mining registrar under S. K. Vickory at Gobur in its boom time, when the lead was supposed to run down the valley, which was pegged, jumped, and re-pegged several times for over a mile; the ground being held under the wet frontage clause of the mining by-laws; the Hat became known as the 'cribbage board. A company, headed bv Captain Kenney. of St. Kilda baths, endeavoured to buy up 5 0 Of these claims, with the intention of forming a company, but owing to the number of disputed titles to the ground, the idea was abandoned. As it turned out. only three claims gave payable returns - — the Working Miners. Sons of Freedom, and the Ited Streak, the last being barely worth working. Two coaches, one driven by Morgan and the other by Ciyne (an American), plied between Alexandra and Godfrey's Creek as it was then named. When assisting in surveying ground applied for on lease above the Never Can Tell, a small gully thickly grown over with wattles was pointed out as a likely place for gold. This was afterwards known as Nuggety Gully, where Charles Edwards found Gobur's largest nugget. The Present At time of writing Alexandra's foremost, industry is Clark, Pearce and Grant Bros.' timber mills, adjoining the railway station, where floorings, moldings, linings and fur-

niture boards from the products of the Rubicon are kiln dried. The Shire of Alexandra stock returns for 1929 shows: Sheep, 59,944; lambs. 40,464; dairy cows, 2738; other cattle, 7327: horses, 1309; pigs. 855. Many mining men acquainted with the district retain faith in the existence of gold that has never been gotten and escaped the picks of early days. It will be remembered that J. Patterson in 1894. when unemployment was rife, deputed David Walker to report on our neglected fields, one immediate result of which was the finding of the big Poseidon Nugget. In the pamphlet issued by the Government at that time reference was made to the Big River field, where a number of reefs had been worked with great profit in the 60's. The alluvial deposits in this river were exceedingly rich, and after the bed had been turned over a couple of times the banks were attacked and found to be rich also. In working the bank claims reefs were struck. and in some cases very pro fitably dealt with. When the rich alluvial deposits were exhausted the miners went away, the few left being unable to carry on any kind of mining that would give an immediate return For years Enoch's Point was a decayed mining camp. Notwithstanding the enormous richness of the river bed. which after being worked to the bedrock for a distance of 40 or 50 miles, was abandoned, nobody concerned had sufficient capital to prospect properly for reefs. In the palmy days of Enoch's Point a few good reefs were found, these including Luck's All ( Warner's Creek), the Unknown, Seek and Find, the Reliance, and the True Blue. Of these, the Luck's All was the richest, but beyond the one claim it was not traced, and, after paying its shareholders some £60.090 | In dividends, it was practically abandoned. One of the first crushing was taken from a depth of 20 feet, when 610 tons averaged only 5dwt. It was in 1865, and at the same time the prospecting claim on the Unknown reef, at a depth of 30 feet, averaged 2 9dwt. for 5 54 tons. Just about the same time the True Blue and Seek and Find reefs were opened up. with good results. A few months later the Luck's All gave 2 80oz. from 300 tons taken out of a depth of 30 feet, while the Unknown, which was then down 60 feet, averaged 27dwt for 120 loads. On the Seek and Find reef, the Hope On Hope Ever Company. in the September quarter of 1886 crushed 489 tons, that one being taken from levels varying in depth from 40 to 155 feet. The Hope On Hope Ever was down 320 feet, with a reef 2 feet thick, the average yield having been 27dwt., but a few years later the reef was lost as in Luck's All. The lost reefs have been proved rich, and many others are known to exist in the ranges. Creek Pegged for Five Mile The early alluvial fields were good, and a Mansfield paper published in 1867 described how a creek near Alexandra was pegged out for five miles, the sinking being from 2 to 8 feet, with nuggets ranging from 1oz. to 7 oz. found freely. This digging was discovered by four men, who carefully kept the secret for some time, until their sale of £900 worth of gold aroused suspicion, and led to quickly found in the neighborhood, 2 8 being reported as auriferous in a very short time. The deepest shaft in the district is at Yea, where the Welcome Company

sunk 800 feet and raised over £34,000 worth of gold. Near Alexandra the reefs that proved at all valuable were confined to three lines — the Lucky, Homeward Bound, and Mysterious. On the Lucky some small parcels yielded as high as 17oz. to the ton, while from 987 tons there were ob tained 4 843oz. In the prospecting claim 1300oz. were obtained from 800 tons, the deepest shaft being 200 feet. In the Alfred Company's claim 204 0 oz. were obtained, but in the principal claim on the line, the No. 2 Albert Vulcan. 20,140oz. were raised, and £47,000 paid in dividends. The main shaft was down over 400 feet. The Ajax Secundus gave 4666oz.. out of which £ 10,000 was paid in dividends; while on the Fireworks £6000 dividends were paid in two years. On the Homeward Round £19,000 was paid in dividends out of the 9140oz. raised. The No. 1 South yields. known to be large, in one crushing of 14 9 tons gave nearly 1000 oz. The Mysterious line was represented by about 3800oz. The difficulty with the Alexandra roofs was water which at a depth of about 300 feet became too strong except for machinery, and there had been the difficulty of enlisting foreign capital through the wastefulness in prior times. At Godfrey's Creek in the early 70’s very rich alluvial was found, ranging as high as 60oz. and 100oz being not uncommon, and some good yields from one or two quartz reef found in the ranges, with which the place is surrounded, were obtained. Mr K. E. Edwards, of the Red Boot Store, is the only living pioneer of the early davs carrying on business in Alexandra He established his busi ness in Grant Street in 1874. Adver tisements of the following appeared in the columns of the Alexandra Times in June, 18 6 8: — Thomas Badger, general store; Thomas Hall, grocer; Rappiport, Davis and Co., general merchants; James Doran, veterinary surgeon, next Eldorado Hotel; H. Franks, Little Wonder Store, Grant Street; T. Veen, cordial manufacturer: George Bamford, tailor; George Graham, carpenter. W. Morgan kept stables with horses for hire; Eagles and Gruby were drapers; Kerwan kept the Shamrock Hotel; Jack Levy the Montezuma Hotel, uncle of Joe Thompson and brother Jack the boxer; H. Woods kept the Pig and Whistle, opposite present site of the Union Bank; Pat Buggy. Union Bank Hotel; Charles Raeuber, Champagne Charlie Hotel. Twelve Hotels Alexandra had at least 12 hotels In 1868 — Royal Mail, John Smith pro prietor; S. Milligan's Commercial (late Power's). Grant Street; Power's, next the Eldorado Hotel; the Eldorado Hotel, J. A. Cooper and Edward Cooper, proprietors; Miners' Exchange Hotel, afterwards Alexandra Hotel; John Gibbons; Union Bank Inn; M. Gaffney; Tara's Halls Hotel. Grant Street, Ellen Lawler proprietress; Duke of Edinburgh; Bridge; Cummings' Albion Hotel; Cook's Hotel; New York and London Hotel, C. Jones, proprietor. Concerts three times a week; Hamea and Ashbee's Corner Hotel, now the Commercial Hotel. Down Molesworth way there were The Pig and Whistle (Anderson and Ruby proprietors) and A. Smith's Punt Hotel, near Sloan's punt. The Full Belly Hotel, Dry Creek, be tween Alexandra and Darlingford was kept by Stephen Jones, who claimed to be the first man who ever swam the Goulburn.

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Alexandra history Others in business were; — .T. Ratton, butcher; Cronin and O'Callaghan, grocers and wine and spirit merchants; J. Peterkin, grocer and spirit merchant; Maurice Raphael, auctioneer and mining agent; James McNemy, millwright and engineer; E. J. Aston, gold smelter and refiner; John Downey, surveyor. Thomas Cameron was a general storekeeper at Darlingford. Glasson Collins and Co. were general blacksmiths at the Bridge. Kelly and Dunn were general storekeepers at Darlingford. W. Downing was an auctioneer, mining and general agent; and Frederick Coster a solicitor. A Notable Resident A notable link with the early days was Sir John Barnewall, baronet, at present 80 years of age, and residing at Darlingford. His father came out from Ireland with his wife in the year 1840; as at that time his succession to the title seemed very remote. The members of the family at present in Australia were all born here. The eldest was Catherine (the late Mrs Lennie) of Mansfield. Then Barbara (Mrs T. Tossol, of Thornton); Eleanor (Mrs McMartin, Malvern); Sir John Robert, of Thornton ; Marietta (Mrs IH. Nicholas, of Thornton); Adeline (Mrs F. Downey, of Hurst Bridge); and Eliza (Mrs John O'Rourke of Thornton). Sir John succeeded to the title in 1909. The family left Yea in 1 847, and settled on the Big .River, at Darlingford, the first white family to go there. The greatest trouble the family had to contend was that of obtaining supplies, which had to be brought from Melbourne by bullock waggon, their delay through bad tracks in bad weather occasioning hardship and privation. Flour was £10 a bag and difficult to obtain. Supplies and mails came through once a year, and the bullock waggons took the wool back to the city on their return journeys. Oftimes the father and mother were absent from home, and on such occasions all the protection the little children had was a faithful bloodhound and an efficient guard he ever proved. One night a madman wandered to the homestead, and alter he had been overpowered the father mounted guard over him all night with a gun. In the morning he was taken to the police camp. There happened to be a snake charmer in the settlement that day, and the wretched maniac, escaping from custody. plunged his hands among the reptiles and was bitten, dying shortly afterwa rds. In November, 1875, Catherine, the eldest of the family, was married to Robert Kennie, and the young couple settled on the Goulburn River, about a mile from the old home, and there three sons and a daughter were born to them. Robert Kennie, who was veiy popular, and a man of enterprise, had great faith in the district, he established the first creamery in Thornton, and afterwards started a cheese factory on the Acheron. His wife was an accomplished horse woman and her kindly and genial disposition secured her a host of friends. Her family consisted of Robert (who died in 1918); John of Acheron; James, who died when 14 years of age; and Eliza (Mrs F. Davies, of Mansfield). Robert Rennie, senr., died in Melbourne in 1893, and after his death his widow continued to reside in the old home until the Government acquired her property in connection with the Eildon weir. The Pioneers Henry W. Alston, a native of London, arrived in Melbourne as a mid shipman of the Black Swan in 1858, at the age of 18; and engaged in mining at Ballarat, Sandhurst, also in New South Wales, and at Woods Point, until 1869, when lie became identified with the Shire of Alexandra as rate collector and remained in office for 49 years. G. A. Cookson, in 1 873, went to Alexandra to take charge of his father's farm, which later reverted to him. Richard W. Wightman, native of Lancashire, arrived in Victoria in 1854; and. following gold mining for two years, turned to farming in 1856.

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First newspaper ■ Romance suffuses the birth of the first, local newspaper. John Whitelaw had established the Woods Point Mountaineer when that field was at its height. With the collapse of the great boom he was compelled to seek fresh fields and decided on starting at Alexandra, which at the time was coming to the front with splendid returns from its mines. The plant was carted from Woods Point and the Alexandra Times made its bow to the public on June 2, 1868 In 1877 he disposed of the business to a local squatter, John James M cColl. Mr McColl, not being in possession of practical knowledge of the business, had to depend on others for the success, or otherwise, of his new venture. He. however, altered the name of the paper to the Alex andra Standard. In 1880 Samuel Allardyce, owner of Riversdale Station. became proprietor and later sold to J. A. Gordon, who for many years occupied the position of shire secretary. On his death the paper was taken aver by Thomas A. Fox, who launched out as a municipal reformer. In May, 1920, the paper was acquired by the present proprietor Mr Joseph T. Guthridge, who had served his apprenticeship with Sidney Gullett, of the Lancefield Mercury The Gullett family was prominent in the newspaper world. Henry Gullett was editor of the Sydney Morning Herald; Philip Guliett was a well-known Melbourne journalist; and afterwards edited papers at Hamilton and Ballarat. Sidney Gullett, prior to taking over the Lancefield paper had been connected with the press at Tatura and Woodend. Into the Lancefield office came many names of note: "Jimmy" Gunn (Maluka) of We of the Never Never and "Monty" Somers (later secretary of the Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W.). The present deputy leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives, Mr Harry Gullett, was a scholar at the State school at Lancefield, and nephew of Sidney Gullett. During J. J. H. McColl's ownership of the Standard. n 1878, there resided in Alexandra a Presbyterian minister, by name McDougall, who had a brother a compositor at Maryborough who was induced to accept the position of editor-manager, and who brought with him two journeymen compositors. viz.. Bill Dickson and Sam Rowe. This arrangement lasted only a few months, and McDougall and Rowe packed their carpet bags and the concern was carried on by Bill Dickson. Martin Donovan and Bob Little, who,

● The second issue of The Alexandra Times, from June 1868. incidentally, in addition to his role of printer's devil, was employed to run the rabbit to the Corner Hotel, then kept by Alf and Charlie Hamea, assisted by Stanley McDonald who measured out the beer for the subscribers and other visitors congregated at the Standard on publishing night. A. M. Curtis, who on occasion assumed the pen name of "Toby," then took up the editorship in conjunction with his auctioneering business, assisted in times of emergency by Ted Gale, a free lance and farmer of Whanregarwen. E. G. Woolaston, a local schoolmaster and cricketer of some note, was also an honorary con tributor on various subjects. About 1800t he paper became tlie property of Sam Allardyce, of Riversdale station, who shortly after sold on easy and extended terms to Bill Dickson, (during whose regime A. G. Moon, the then Shire secretary; Ted Gale and H.W. Alston (Moon and Alston in honorary capacity) did most of the scissor work and editing. Allardyce then sold to J. A. Gordon, who arrived in Alexandra in 1878 with Wally Moon as sleeping partner. Wally, a young man in the Lands Department, having received promotion to Swan Hill, sold his interest to Fred Wheeler, chemist. Bill Dickson left for Melbourne in 1883, and died in 1885. The Alexandra Times was first published in 1868. - Frank Whitcombe, The Weekly Times, 1930

Local pioneers ■ George Arthur Cookson. born in Whittlesea in 1859, became an auctioneer in both Mansfield and Alexandra. He was son of Charles Cookson, of the Education Department, and one of a committee which inaugurated the first Agricultural Show in Victoria. George established his business in 1890, and was several times president of the Shire. As a member of the first team of Mounted Rifles, he visited England under command of Major McLeish. ■ William Hoskin Whiting, another auctioneer of Grant Street, was born in Violet Town in 1864. His father was George Whiting. J.P.. of the Oaks, near Alexandra, who established the present business. Wm. H. Whiting. residenf of the Shire in 1892, was. as

the outcome of his Queensland experience, noted as a fine judge of stock. ■ Mr John Wylie, J.P., at the age of 14, came from Castlemaine district with his father, who carried on dairy ing and farming at Taggerty. Entering the Alexandra Sliire Council in 1895, he occupied the presidential chair on ten occasions; and has been president of the Hospital and Agricultural Society, in both of which bodies he has taken active interest. At present he is the returning officer for the Upper Goulburn electoral district. and resides in town, having dis posed of his farm in 1921. ■ George Payne, a pioneer of the 70's, was one of the early carriers from Tallarook; built the National Bank, kept a store and butcher's shop and proved a very public-spirited friend of

the hospital and agricultural shows. ■ James Leckie came to Victoria in 1863, and after mining and store keeping at Woods Point, settled down to storekeeping and grazing in Alexandra. His son, John, took over the business on the death of his father in 1897; but in 1900 he relinquished it for farming at Ayr, distant about a mile from mile from Alexandra. In 1904 he attained to the chair of the president of the shire. The mining district took form on Jul y 9. l 8 6 8, when at a meeting presided over by John Peterkin. John Whitelaw moved that one be erected at Alexandra. With about £150 collectcd in the district and a Government subsidy of £2 to £1, it was eon sidered sufficient money would he available. The nresent institution was incorporated in 1871.

Agricultural enterprise ■ At the 51st annual show of the Alexandra Agricultural and Pastoral Society, held In November last (1929), the prize money amounted to £210, not withstanding that many of the old identities connected with the Society have passed away or left the district. The late G. A. Cookson, who died in May last, was secretary In the early days. J. E. Scale, now of Melbourne, used to take a very active interest in shows; and in more recent times Wm Lade, Robert Dobson, John Findlay, George Payne, while the younger generation include Hugh Gilmore, Bert Dobson, Tom Hodson and A.W. Gorman. The last-named devoted his time to the breeding of prize Ayrshire stock at "Catheart," three miles from Alexandra; and George Mayne of Alexandra, specialises in Jerseys. The president of this important society is Mr A. N. Walsh, of Koriella, and the secretary is Mr J. Guthridge. Alexandra Dairy Company at the last Royal Show took the champion prize of Australia for salted or fresh butter, and first prize for 561b. box of plain butter suitable for local trade, and for several years has been a consistent winner The company's financial position Is a very sound one. The office-bearers arc: Messrs Robert Dabson, chairman of directors; Thomas O'Brien, manager; and Arthur Kidd, secretary. Eildon Weir is 18 miles from Alexandra, at the junction of the Goulburn and Delatite Rivers. The proposal to build a reservoir at Eildon was first officially put forward in November, 1912. The reservoir, which cost £l,500,000, was filled to its full capacity of 306,000 acre feet on August 21, 1927, for the first time. For a year and eight months tlie dam appeared to function satisfactorily. On April 26, 1929, a subsidence of the bank on the upstream side of the concrete core wall took place, exposing the wall to a maximum depth of 26 feet. A Board was appointed by the Governorin-Council to inquire into (1) the cause of the subsidence, (2) whether the whole structive is sufficient for the purpose for which it was designed; and (3) the appropriate means of remedying such subsidence or defects (if any). The Board in its reports stated that the efficiency of the structure in the future will depend on the success which attends the remedial measures advised by them. Repair work is still being carried out. The weir at Eildon (which is also called "Sugarloaf") is connected with the Goulburn irrigation system. Sugarloaf-Rubicon hydro-electric scheme, as adopted by the State Electricity Commission, is based on five hydro-electric stations, with an approximate horse-power aggregating 35,450, viz.: Sugarloaf, 18.000; Royston, 1050; Rubicon, 12,000: Lower Rubicon, 4000; Rubicon Falls, 400; total. 35.450 B.H.P. Sugarloaf station is at Eildon, but as the weir is now empty the station is closed down. The other four sta tions are operated by mountain streams in tho Rubicon Forest. Lower Rubicon is about 12 miles from Alexandra, and the other stations of the mountain group are furthcr back in the forest. Paradise for Tourists Up in the ranges, where some 3000 feet above sea level, the mists condense amongst the gums and discharge their moisture along stream into the Royston and Rubicon rivers; leaping from rock to rock, and swirling over the falls, they engage in their last dance of liberty with a riot of indescribable loveliness before reaching the man-made power houses, where their gravitational energy will be harnessed for commercial purposes and be converted into electric light and horsepower. Alexandra, a pre-eminently unpretentious town in a land of peace and plenty, had the privileged compensation of being able to banish from its vocabulary the sense of monotony. All its roads and byways, winding among the hills, traverse fresh pictures along well-watered pastures and rises, green grassed to their summits except where the still virgin slopes of the departmental reserves are clothed with their profuse growths of limber.

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■ Results. Round 14. Tuesday, January 31. Broadford 65, 12 d Wallan 64, 4. Broadford: Robert Chapman, 16. Ian Mumford, 19. Jim Hinchcliffe, 30, 2. Side Points, 10. Total, 65, 12. Wallan: Brian Smethurst, 25, 2. Gregory Cowan, 22, 2. Joy Marshall, 17, 0. Total, 64.4. Seymour 83, 14 d Eildon 61, 2. Seymour: Robert Brown, 21. Tudy Golding, 32, 2. Jenny Kreemers, 30, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals: 83, 14. Eildon: Garry Oliver, 27, 2. Rodney McGowan, 20, 0. Lenonado Di-Bella, 14, 0. Totals: 61, 2. Kilmore 12, 16 d Alexandra 46, 0. Kilmore: Trevor Young, 40, 2. Philip Skehan, 45, 2. Kevin Mayberry, 36, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals: 121, 16. Seymour VRI 98, 16 d Yea 57, 0. Seymour VRI: Greg Jones, 28, 2. Daniel Noonan, 28, 2. William Dawe, 42, 2. Side Points, 10. Total: 98, 16. Yea: Ruth Hatty, 16, 0. Rowland Branch, 20, 0. Justin Branch, 21, 0. Totals: 57, 0. ■ Ladder: 1. Kilmore, 150.63, 177. 2. Seymour VRI, 131.7, 163. 3. Seymour, 119.01, 138. 4. Eildon, 104.1, 115. 5. Wallan, 108. 55, 104. 6. Broadford, 85.84, 93. 7. Yea, 82.14, 82. 8. Alexandra, 52.89, 24. ■ Results. Round 15. Tuesday, February 7. Not to hand when we went to press. ■ Fixtures. Round 16. Tuesday, February 14. Eildon v Kilmore. Seymour VRI v Broadford. Wallan v Alexandra. Yea v Seymour.

5. Seymour 1, 117.47, 129. 6. Seymour VRI, 103.81, 122. 7. Kilmore White, 95.8, 100. 8. Seymour 2, 85.62, 90. 9. Alexandra Blue, 59.61, 48. 10. Wallan White, 36.06, 6. ■ Fixtures. Round 15. Saturday, February 11. Seymour 1 v Kilmore White. Alexandra Blue v Seymour 2. Broadford v Kilmore Blue. Seymour VRI v Alexandra Maroon. Wallan White v Wallan Yellow.


■ Division 1 Results. Round 14. Saturday, February 4. Broadford 122, 18 d Seymour. 74, 0. Broadford: Robert Chapman, 26, 2. Alan Price, 41, 2. George Bilton, 28, 2. Jim Hinchcliffe, 27, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals: 122, 18. Seymour: Garry Broderick, 22, 0. Margaret Locke, 13, 0. Wayne Flint, 20,, 0. Trudy Golding, 19, 0. Totals: 74, 0. Seymour VRI 113, 6 d Eildon 82, 2. Seymour VRI: Daniel Noonan, 23, 0. Luke Spargo, 31, 2. William Dawe, 30, 2. Greg Jones, 29, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals, 113, 16. Eildon: Garry Oliver, 30, 2. Rodney McGowan, 16, 0. John Cujic, 23, 0. Steven Hall, 14, 0. Totals: 83, 2. Alexandra 112, 18 d Wallan 80, 0. Alexandra: Larry Scott, 23, 2. Graeme Matthews, 29, 2. Mark Simmons, 36, 2. Greg Gilmore, 24, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals, 112, 18. Wallan: Graham Edmonds, 22, 0. Gregory Cowan, 25, 0. Paul Warren, 14, 0. Paul Newell, 19, 0. Totals: 80, 0. Kilmore 111, 16 d Yea 80, 2. Kilmore: William Hanna, 30, 2. Trevor Young, 20, 0. John Coates, 28, 2. Philip Skehan, 33, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals, 111, 16. Yea: Rowland Branch, 12, 0. Justin Branch, 31, 2. James Levee, 19, 0. Robert Hentschel, 18, 0. Totals: 80, 2. ■ Ladder. Round 14. 1. Seymour VRI, 143.98, 203. 2. Alexandra, 132, 190. 3. Kilmore, 129.18, 177. 4. Wallan, 95.45, 121. 5. Broadford, 94.98, 121. 6. Eildon, 79.35, 85. 7. Seymour, 78.06, 70. 8. Yea, 71.46, 41. ■ Fixtures. Round 15. Saturday, February 11. Broadford v Seymour VRI. Eildon v Wallan. Kilmore v Alexandra. Yea v Seymour. ★ ■ Division 2 Results. Round 14. Saturday, February 4. Seymour 1 104, 16 d Alexandra Blue 39, 0. Seymour 1: Dorothy Malin, 26, 2. Kenneth Malin, 42, 2. Ian Wesselman, 36, 2. Side Points, 10. Totals: 104, 16. Alexandra Blue: Jason Cassee, 20, 0. Ray Twitchett, 9, 0. David McCrae, 10, 0. Totals: 39, 0. Seymour 2, 73, 13 d Seymour VRI, 59, 3. Broadford Maroon 79, 14 d Alexandra Maroon, 77, 2. Broadford: Wendy Reardon, 28, 2. Hannah Green, 28, 2. John Fitzgerald, 23, 0. Side Points, 10. Total: 79, 14. Alexandra Maroon: Nick Klein, 22, 0. Terence Lycy, 21, 0. Margaret Legge, 34, 2. Totals: 7,2. Wallan Yellow, 89, 14 d Kilmore White, 56, 2. Kilmore Blue, 15, 16 d Wallan White, 0, 0. ■ Ladder. Round 14. 1. Kilmore, 139.52, 169. 2. Alexandra Maroon, 116.56, 158. 3. Wallan Yellow, 123.06, 154. 4. Broadford, 104.93, 144.


● Seth Perkins, Lachie White and Zac White: Photo: Ashley Geelan ■ After losing last year’s AFL Yarra Ranges Second Division Grand Final to GembrookCockatoo by 39 points, the Kinglake Lakers are aiming to go one step further in season 2017 and "are looking forward to a very successful year," said Kinglake Football Club stalwart and team bus driver John Dowdle. Pre season training for both footballers and netballers has resumed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm at the Kinglake Memorial Oval. The Lakers are also looking for both new football and netball players and sponsors for season 2017. Practice matches will soon be scheduled with the 2017 season starting on Saturday, April 8, when Kinglake travel to Yea. Further information about joining Kinglake and this years AFL Yarra Ranges fixture can be found at - Ashley Geelan

YEA TIGERS CRICKET CLUB: SENIOS ■ Saturday saw Yea travel to Nagambie for the first day of a two -ay game against the top of the table team in A-Grade. Yea won the toss and elected to bowl first on a hot afternoon. Nagambie started their innings in a fairly circumspect manner, playing few big shots and respecting the bowling. Unfortunately for Yea, early breakthroughs were not forthcoming, with Nagambie building their total steadily despite some accurate bowling from the Yea attack. Cam Armstrong made a couple of breakthroughs and the Tigers continued to chip away to pull Nagambie back to 4/98, at the tea break Nagambie had moved on to 5/120 after 44 overs. The afternoon session undoubtedly belonged to Nagambie as they piled on the runs to finish on 8/281 as Yea were left to rue a string of dropped catches and misfields which cost them a significant amount of runs. The pick of the Yea bowlers was Cam Armstrong who finished with six wickets in a standout performance. Yea will be looking to put up a strong performance with the bat and chase Nagambie's total next Saturday.



■ B-Grade was unfortunately unable to field a side this week and was forced to forfeit. ■ The Yea Cricket Club still has tickets available to their cocktail night on Saturday, February 18 , so be sure to be quick to get in and buy your ticket to what will be a great night. - Andrew Chisholm

■ B-Grade Results. Saturdays, February 411. Puckapunyal 3/42 (dec.) (G. Potts 2/18) d Tallarook 40. Pyalong d Yea Tigers (forfeit). Broadford v Nagambie. Royals v Eastern Hill. Merton - Bye. Avenel 9/135 (cc). (J.W. Bassett 36, R. Furlanetto 32) d Seymour 3/142. Flowerdale 82 (B.A. Graham 26) def by Kilmore 4/240 cc. ★ Flowerdale def by Kilmore Venue: Spring Valley Recreation Reserve Result: Flowerdale lost First Innings Toss won by: Kilmore. Batted first: Kilmore 1st Innings - Kilmore Extras (nb 5, w 11, b 1, lb 5) .......................... 22 Total .................................................. 4/240 (cc) Overs ......................................................... 45.0 1st Innings - Flowerdale A. Cook, c ? b B. O’Donnell ......................... 10 M. Gandolfo, b B. O’Donnell .......................... 6 R. Emmins, c ? b C. McLeod ........................ 10 S.P. Kerr, lbw b B. O’Donnell ......................... 0 B.A. Graham, st ? b R. Cook ........................ 26 P. Hargood, c ? b C. McLeod .......................... 0 C. Akers, b B.D. Travers, b B.D. Trezise ..... 16 T. Worthington, b B.D. Trezise ...................... 3 J. McMaster, b B.D. Trezise .......................... 3 C. Wilson, not out ............................................ 0 B.W. Moon, dnb Extras (nb 0, w 2, b 0, lb 4) .............................. 0 Total .............................................................. 82 Overs ......................................................... 24.0 ■ C-Grade Results. Saturday, February 4 . Seymour Gold v Pyalong. Puckapunyal Nomads 4/100 (A. Allen 41, C. Fing 25) d Royals 90 (A. Allen 3/10, C. Fing 2/4, T. Mott 2.5, S. Russell 2./30). Alexandra d Eastern Hill. Seymour Maroon c Puckapunyal Wanderers. Kilmore - Bye. Broadford Red v Broadford Black. ■ Under 16 Results. Sunday, February 5 . Alexandra drew with Eastern Hill 6/10. Broadford 91 (R. Mason 40, N. Barry 4/17, E. Frendo 2/10, S. Maher 2/13) def by Kilmore 5/ 93 (J. Heanly 33, E. Fraser 28, D. Nesbitt 2/17, C. Mason 2/25). Tallarook - Bye. ■ Under 16 Results. Saturday, February 4 . Kilmore 7/90 (cc) (C.A. Dennehy 32) def by Eastern Hill 7/91 (cc) (C.A. Dennehy 3/11). Alexandra - Bye. Yea Tigers 103 (T. Barnes 3/ 16, S. Kan 2/11) def by Nagambie 8/125 (cc) (J. Sanderson 31, J. Moore 30) ★ Yea Tigers def by Nagambie Venue: Yea High School Result: Yea Tigers lost First Innings Toss won by Nagambie. Batted first: Nagambie 1st Innings - Nagambie J. Moore, not out ............................................ 30 S. Kan, b A. Christie ...................................... 16 M. Berens, b L. Halford Molinaro .................. 3 B. Shelton, b A. Ross ....................................... 3 T. Barnes, c R. Hargreaves, b M. Lawson ..... 2 T. Masaon, b R. Slevin ................................... 6 J. Sanderson, not out ...................................... 31 M. Coll, run out ............................................... 0 L. Summers, c J. Beattie, b C. Harding .......... 4 N. Jahne, c J. Beattie, b M. Luke ................... 1 W. Jahne, not out ............................................. 6 Extras (nb 8, w 10, b 5, lb 0) ........................ 23 Total ..................................................... 8/125 (cc) Overs .......................................................... 25.0 F.O.W.: 24 (S. Kan), 43 (M. Berens), 57 (B. Shelton), 60 (T. Barnes), 69 (T. Mason), 75 (M. Coll), 84 (L. Summers), 103 (N. Jahne). 1st Innings - Yea Tigers M. Lawson , b. ................................................ 5 M. Luke, c? .................................................... 3 R. Slevin, c? .................................................... 7 J. Harding, b. ................................................... 3 A. Ross, c? ...................................................... 9 R. O’Dwyer, lbw ............................................ 1 C. Harding, b ................................................... 1 A. Christie, b ................................................... 2 L. Halford-Molinaro , b .................................. 5 M. Hargreaves, c? .......................................... 1 L. McMaster, not out ...................................... 7 R. Hargreaves, bnb J. Beattie, dnb Extras (nb 10, w 35, b 12, lb 2) ...................... 59 Total ............................................................. 103 Overs ........................................................... 25.0

SEYMOUR DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION ■ A-Grade Results. Saturdays, February 411. Kilmore v Avenel 244 (H. Wheeler 69, C. Tingay 47, H. Jones 45, W. Wheeler 30). Eastern Hill 150 (D. Bergowicz 39, G. Loraine 28, B. Grenfell 27, C. Berry 5/31, J. Connell 3/36, M. W. Irving 2/25) v Broadford 0/29. Nagambie 6/281 (cc) (K.J. Winter-Irving 66, R. Misiti 63, T. Muir 55, B. Biggs 31) v Yea Tigers. Tallarook 8/255 (dec) (X. Youngman 140, K. Winnell 42, C. Friswell 4/33, R. Malcolm 2/43), B. Cooper 2/63) v Alexandra 2/9. ★ Nagambie v Yea Tigers Venue: Nagambie Recreation Reserve Match in progress Toss won by: Yea Tigers Batted first: Nagambie 1st Innings - Nagambie R. Misiti, c. B. Clements, b. C. Armstrong .... 63 L.D. Nolan, b. C. Armstrong ......................... 17 J. Sanderson, lbw, b C. Armstrong .................. 4 M. Enrico, lbw, b. C. Armstrong .................... 4 M.C. Nolan, c R. Akers, b. A. Chisholm ........ 15 K.J. Winter-Irving, b. C. Armstrong .............. 66 T. Muir, c. D. Petos, b. A. Chisholm ............. 55 H. Taylor-Lloyd, st R. Akers, b.C, Armstrong ........................................... 9 B. Biggs, not out ............................................. 31 M. Sloan, not out ............................................. 4 N. Fothergill, dnb Extras (nb 0, w 1, b 5, lb 7) ............................ 13 Total ..................................................... 8/281 (cc) Overs ............................................................ 8.0 F.O.W.: 55 (D. Nolan), 89 (J. Sanderson), 93 (M. Enrico), 98 (R. Misiti), 116 (M.C. Nolan), 224 (K.J. Winter-Irving), 242 (H. Taylor-Lloyd), 258 (T. Muir). ★ Tallarook v Alexandra Venue: Tallarook Recreation Reserve Match in progress Toss won by: Tallarook Batted first: Tallarook 1st Innings - Tallarook L. Irving, c B. Wallis, b R. Malcolm .............. 7 B. Tarran, c B. Wallis, b. R. Malcolm ........... 11 X. Youngman, b C. Friswell ......................... 140 B. Coyle, b B. Cooper ................................... 10 C. Muir, c B. Cooper, b C. Friswell .............. 24 K. Winnell, c S. Whitehead, b. B. Cooper ............................................... 42 D. Short, c J. Purcell, b C. Friswell ................ 0 M. Itleer, b. C. Friswell ..................................... 4 A. Howard, not out .......................................... 9 J. Bruce, not out .............................................. 2 W. Dundon, dnb Extras (nb 1, w 2, b 2, lb 1) ............................. 6 Total ................................................. 8/255 (dec.) Overs ......................................................... 66.0 F.O.W.: 1 (L. Irving), 2 (B. Tarran), 3. (B. Coyle), 4. (C. Muir), 5. (X. Youngman), 6. (D. Short), 7. (K. Winnell), 8. (M. Itler) 1st Innings - Alexandra S. Whitehead, c C. Muir,b B. Coyle .............. 4 B. Wallis, c. J. Bruce, b W. Dundon .............. 0 C.A. Malcolm, not out .................................... 4 C. Friswell, dnb B. Cooper, dnb J. Purcell, dnb R. Malcolm, dnb J. Williamson, dnb B. Lindsay, dnb J. Leary, dnb J. Laurie-Rhodes, dnb Extras (nb 0, w 1, b 0, lb 0) .............................. 1 Total ............................................................ 2/9 Overs ............................................................ 5.0

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● Thousands lined the Herald Sun Tour route at Kinglake on Sunday 22 Jesper ASSELMAN (RNL) 3. 27 Taco VAN DER HOORN 34. NED +1:08 (RNL) NED +0 4 35. 56 Michel KREDER (ABS) 4. 81 Benjamin HILL (ATG) NED +1:08 AUS +0 36. 31 Pavel BRUTT (GAZ) 5. 93 Robbie HUCKER (IWS) RUS +1:21 AUS +0 37. 87 Alistair DONOHOE (ATG) 6. 67 Alistair SLATER (JLT) AUS +1:21 GBR +0 38. 42 Jonathan CLARKE (UHC) 7. 147 Jason CHRISTIE (NZL) AUS +1:21 NZL +0 1 39. 5 Luke ROWE (SKY) 8. 124 Daniel FITTER (NIS) GBR +1:29 AUS +0 4 40. 55 Peter KONING (ABS) 9. 105 Cyrus MONK (DPV) NED +1:29 AUS +0 6 41. 1 Christopher FROOME 10. 45 Travis MCCABE (UHC) (SKY) GBR +17 USA +0 42. 37 Sergey NIKOLAEV (GAZ) 11. 94 Cameron BAYLY (IWS) RUS +1:21 AUS +17 43. 63 James GULLEN (JLT) 12. 131 Cameron MEYER (AUS) GBR +1:43 AUS +17 76 Josh BERRY (7RP) 13. 122 Dylan SUNDERLAND 44. AUS +2:28 (NIS) AUS +17 45. 75 Jesse EWART (7RP) 14. 134 Jai HINDLEY (AUS) AUS +2:28 AUS +17 82 Alexandr SHUSHEMOIN 15. 133 Lucas HAMILTON (AUS) 46. (ATG) KAZ +2:28 AUS +17 47. 101 Nicholas KATSONIS 16. 142 James ORAM (NZL) (DPV) AUS +2:28 NZL +8 17 Michael HEPBURN (ORS) 17. 41 Janier Alexis ACEVEDO 48. AUS +2:28 CALLE (UHC) COL +17 49. 32 Nikolay TRUSOV (GAZ) RUS +3:06 18. 97 Timothy ROE (IWS) 50. 104 Mathew ROSS (DPV) AUS +17 AUS +3:06 19. 21 Tim ARIESEN (RNL) 51. 145 Sam DOBBS (NZL) NED +8 1 +3:20 20. 13 Damien HOWSON (ORS) NZL 52. 46 Lachlan NORRIS (UHC) AUS +17 AUS +3:36 21. 132 Nathan EARLE (AUS) 53. 65 Alex FRAME (JLT) AUS +17 +3:36 22. 4 Sebastian HENAO NZL 54. 57 Conor DUNNE (ABS) GOMEZ (SKY) COL +13 IRL +3:36 74 Edgar Nohales NETO 23. 111 Benjamin DYBALL (STG) 55. (7RP) ESP +4:08 AUS +17 135 Samuel JENNER (AUS) 24. 107 Jesse FEATONBY (DPV) 56. AUS +4:34 AUS +17 64 Steve LAMPIER (JLT) 25. 3 Kenny ELISSONDE 57. GBR +4:50 (SKY) FRA +17 58. 11 Simon GERRANS (ORS) 26. 61 Ian BIBBY (JLT) GBR AUS +4:50 +12 59. 102 Brad EVANS (DPV) 27. 137 Michael STORER (AUS) NZL +5:30 AUS +17 60. 73 Rustom LIM (7RP) 28. 47 Tanner PUTT (UHC) PHI +5:30 USA +31 34 Aleksei TCATEVICH 29. 12 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES 61. (GAZ) RUS +5:30 RUBIO (ORS) COL +17 62. 96 Joseph COOPER (IWS) 30. 35 Ivan SAVITCKII (GAZ) NZL +5:30 RUS +55 84 Mario VOGT (ATG) 31. 24 Nick VAN DER LIJKE 63. GER +5:30 (RNL) NED +55 64. 15 Mitch DOCKER (ORS) 32. 72 Marcelo FELIPE (7RP) AUS +5:30 PHI +55 52 Calvin WATSON (ABS) 33. 26 Martijn TUSVELD (RNL) 65. AUS +5:30

66. 44 Greg HENDERSON (UHC) NZL +5:55 67. 86 Timothy GUY (ATG) AUS +5:55 68. 71 Mark John Lexer GALEDO (7RP) PHI +6:18 69. 33 Artur ERSHOV (GAZ) RUS +6:50 70. 106 Drew MOREY (DPV) AUS +6:50 71. 91 Jesse KERRISON (IWS) AUS +7:33 72. 143 Hamish SCHREURS (NZL) NZL +8:10 73. 117 Thomas HUBBARD (STG) NZL +8:10 74. 53 Lawrence WARBASSE (ABS) USA +8:10 75. 51 Leigh HOWARD (ABS) AUS +8:10 76. 66 Brenton JONES (JLT) AUS +8:10 77. 136 Angus LYONS (AUS) AUS +8:10 78. 146 James FOUCHE (NZL) NZL +8:10 79. 113 Kaden GROVES (STG) AUS +8:10 80. 25 Jeroen MEIJERS (RNL) NED +8:10 81. 103 Oliver KENT-SPARK (DPV) AUS +10:00 82. 141 Matthew ZENOVICH (NZL) NZL +10:00 83. 121 Jacob KAUFFMANN (NIS) AUS +10:00 84. 126 Alex WOHLER (NIS) AUS +10:00 85. 127 Joshua TAYLOR (NIS) AUS +10:00 86. 144 Taylor GUNMAN (NZL) NZL +10:00 87. 112 Jay DUTTON (STG) AUS +10:00 88. 123 Ayden TOOVEY (NIS) AUS +10:00 89. 115 Brodie TALBOT (STG) AUS +9:15 90. 85 Guy KALMA (ATG) NZL +11:00 91. 16 Sam BEWLEY (ORS) NZL +11:25 92. 43 Adrian HEGYVARY (UHC) USA +11:50 93. 14 Rob POWER (ORS) AUS +13:07 94. 83 Philip MARTZ (ATG) USA +13:59 95. 116 Darcy ELLERM-NORTON (STG) NZL +13:59 96. 36 Kirill SVESHNIKOV (GAZ) RUS +16:26 dnf 62 Edmund BRADBURY (JLT) GBR dnf 92 Anthony GIACOPPO (IWS) AUS dns 7 Danny VAN POPPEL (SKY) NED dns 23 Sjoerd VAN GINNEKEN (RNL) NED dns 77 Craig EVERS (7RP) AUS dns 114 Patrick SHARPE (STG) AUS Average speed of the winner: 42.0 km/h Number of starters: 98 Riders abandoning the race: 2 Howson maintained his lead from Thursday, where he claimed victory on the queen stage atop of Falls Creek. Howson joins a list of names including Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Brad Wiggins, along with Russell Mockridge, John Trevorrow and Simon Gerrans on the Jayco Herald Sun Tour’s honour roll. Team Sky’s Ian Stannard came out on top on Sunday’s final day of racing, having survived in the remnants of the breakaway that spent the majority of the 121km stage at the front of the race.

■ Under 12 Results. Friday, February 3. Kilmore Whitev Nagambie. Tallarook v Avenel. Yea Tigers v Seymour. Eastern Hill v Kilomore Blue. Alexandra v Broadford.


■ E-Grade. Sault Shield. Results. Round 12. Saturdays, February 4-11. Heidelberg West 3rd XI - Bye. Rivergum 3rd XI 0/2 v Bundoora Park 3rd XI 218 (C. Murray 3/62, S. Bowman 2/24, P. Cook, 2/33, D. Hodge 2/35). Camrea 2nd XI 2/ 167 (dec.). (N. Stojcevski 106, J. Sismanes 56) d Keon Park 3rd XI 96 (M.J. Howes 6/52, A. Mallett 2/3) and 0/11. Kinglake 3/72 v Preston Druids 4th XI 7/186 (dec.). ★ Kinglake v Preston Druids 4th XI Venue: Kinglake Memorial Reserve Match in progress. Batted first: Preston Druids 4th XI 1st Innings - Preston Druids 4th XI Extras (nb 0, w 4, b 8, lb 1) ............................ 13 Total .................................................. 7/186 (dec) Overs ........................................................... 50.0 1st Innings - Kinglake Extras (nb 4, w 2, b 0, lb 0) .............................. 6 Total ............................................................ 3/72 Overs ............................................................. 20.0


■ With a great round of golf last Wednesday, Ray Partridge has put the men in a position where they think they are now a slight chance of matching the women in this year's gender challenge. Ray scored 45 stableford points to easily win the day's golf and 20 much needed points for the men. Martin Lowe also had a good score of 40 points to take second place from Karen Sangster and Di Elliot third and fourth for the women. The men could actually gain the lead with a clean sweep of points next week. There are three rounds left before the losers of the challenge cook lunch for the victors in March. ■ On Saturday, 21 Yea players went to Alexandra for the third round of the Foodworks Murrindindi Masters in fine hot weather. The course was in good summer condition but none of the Yea players finished with prizes except Neil Peterson who won NTP on the 12th hole. The final round of the Masters is at Yea on March 4 and an effort will be made to reach a field of 100. - Gary Pollard


■ Damien Howson (ORICA-Scott) finished safely in the bunch to hold on to his overall lead in the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour in Kinglake, the South Australian crowned winner of the 64th edition of Australia’s oldest stage race on Sunday. Date: Sunday, February 5 Kinglake - Kinglake Distance: 121.0 km Chief Commissaire: Karen O'Callaghan General Classification: 13. Damien Howson (ORS) Young Rider: 134. Jai Hindley (Aus) Sprint Classification: Jacon Kauffmann (NIS). Hill Climb Classification: 81. Benjamin HILL (ATG) Leading Team: SKY. TEAM SKY Stage 4 Result Time/Gap Bonus 1. 6 Ian STANNARD (SKY) GBR 2h52:44 10 2. 54 Aaron GATE (ABS) NZL +0 6

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