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Looking Back

Compiled by Dandenong and District Historical Society

100 years ago 16 August 1917 Municipal candidates To the Editor Sir, The near approach of the shire elections gives rise to varying thoughts when we consider the appeal made by the director of recruiting, the Hon D McKinnon, to married and single men alike: “That in their dire hour of your nation’s peril we want you men to take your place at the breach and fill the gaps of your comrades who are languishing tired and weary, fighting for home and honour”. Not only is this appeal made with all the grave responsibility of our local authorities, but it is re-echoed by our soldiers, officers and men alike. But, you say, what has this to do with shire elections? That is just where the sting comes in, when

we consider that most of our councillors are old and tried members of their respective councils, men who have done good works, as Cr James remarked at the last meeting of the Berwick council. Here I might draw the electors’ attention to the fact that most of these councillors, who are being forced to an election, are either too old or have been rejected from military service, they have an election forced on them by men who are quite capable to take their place as a unit in the AIF.

50 years ago 22 August 1967 Dandenong to be Fountain City? An attractive fountain in a central park in Dandenong is envisaged by the Rotary Club of Dandenong which is prepared to co-operate with the Dandenong council to build and finance it. The club was prepared to submit a prelimi-

nary design for the fountain and to provide $1500 towards the cost on a dollar for dollar basis. It suggested the fountain should be built in the park on the corner of Foster Street and Princes Highway.

His comments came last Monday when the council adopted its community grants program for 1997-98. The recipients were selected by a taskforce of council officers and six of the city’s 11 councillors.

20 years ago

5 years ago

18 August 1997 Council provides generous grants Greater Dandenong council is the most generous in providing community grants compared with its neighbours. This year it has awarded a total of $1.4 million to 240 community groups compared with Kingston’s $590,000 and Casey’s $223,310. The Mayor of Greater Dandenong, Greg Harris, said the city was totally committed to community groups and would try to increase the allocation each year.

20 August 2012 Danger at level crossing Pedestrians and drivers running the gauntlet at the Springvale level crossing were targeted by police last week. Acting Superintendent Charlie Allen said the level crossing was in the state’s top 15 for injuries. He urged pedestrians and drivers not to cross the tracks when the gates closed and warning signals were operating. Last year a tip truck was struck by a train at the Springvale Road crossing.

No joking, so hot they’re smokin’ By Casey Neill David Freeman the butcher and David Freeman the chef are smoking salmon like no one else. The father and son duo use a process that’s “completely different to what everyone else does”. “It’s ours, nobody else’s, and we’re proud of it,” David junior said. He set up Keysborough-based The Melbourne Pantry after spotting a hole in the smoked salmon market. He worked under Michelin star chef Alan Garth in the UK and from him learnt the traditional smoking methods he employs today. “We do stuff that’s more of the English style,” David junior said. He moved to Australia from Birmingham, England, in 2000. “My sister works in computers. She came over here before all of us. She was offered a job over here,” he said.

EAT LOCAL, DINE GLOBAL He phoned her one Christmas and she’d just been scuba diving and was heading to a beach barbecue. “I’m looking out of a window in an apartment. It’s black, it’s raining, it’s cold. “I made up my mind there and then.” David junior worked at The Big Group for four years while developing his salmon. “When I started to get a little bit of traction, by that point dad was over here,” he said. They added bacon to their product offerings

after David senior spat out a bite of a bacon sandwich. “We produce the best bacon you’ll ever eat,” David junior said. “We do it differently to everybody else.” Another different offering from The Melbourne Pantry is smoked yogurt, developed with chef Matt Wilkinson. It’s closer to a solid than a liquid. “Matthew does a roasted carrot salad with the smoked yogurt,” David junior said. There’s also smoked maple syrup - used on carrots at The Independent in Gembrook - and smoked tomatoes. “Chop them up with spring onions, rocket, cucumber - like a salsa - and put it with some swordfish,” David junior advised. “It rocks the part, I’ll tell you.” The Melbourne Pantry supplies delicatessens, markets and restaurants. We’re always trying to add new products, al-

David Freeman junior and senior. ways looking for different things to smoke,” he said. “We’re always looking to grow, we want to grow.”

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