Inspirational story of survival

September 13, 2017

A Rochester Butter Factory cart, dating back to around the time the business first started in 1913.

■10 years ago

September 11, 2007

BEACONSFIELD mine collapse survivors Todd Russell and Brant Webb were an inspiration to the 400 people who listened to them in Rochester last week.

The men were guest speakers at the Beyond the Gate event on Wednesday.

Organised by Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS), the event was a response to family and mental health issues, which affect the rural community during drought conditions.

WHEN Bamawm’s John McMahon started an electrical apprenticeship with Anderson’s Electrical in 1961, little did he know he would still be in the same job 46 years later.

John started his apprenticeship under Jack and Les Anderson.

‘‘Anderson’s was a great firm to work for and I had the privilege of working with some fantastic local tradesmen over the years,’’ he said at his retirement function held recently.

ONLY one Rochester Tigerettes team is still in the Goulburn Valley Netball League finals after the first round on the weekend.

The B reserve team advanced to the semi-final following its victory against Tatura, while the under 17 team was defeated in the first elimination final by Tatura.

The B reserve team travelled to Benalla to face Tatura in the elimination final and, although the Tigerettes had previously outplayed the Bulldogs this season, Tatura was not going out without a fight.

■30 years ago

September 8, 1987

WORK has started in preparation for extensions to the Rochester Fire Station, following a series of delays.

A temporary aerial and siren stand have been installed by Country Fire Authority tower riggers and the old hose tower has been removed.

A large crane was used on Monday last week to lower the tower to the ground and the 15-metre tubular steel structure is to be disposed of in the near future.

ROCHESTER businesses at risk from the sale of V/Line land they lease have recieved backing from Rochester Shire Council in their fight for a fair deal.

Council has called on the state government to alter its policy on sale of railway land to allow present tenants first option to buy it.

Local representative of the Railway Tenants Action Committee, Mr Ron Murphy, addressed the council meeting last week and a letter was received from the committee.

WITH the football season drawing to a close, some thoughts have turned to summer sports.

The annual general meeting of the Rochester Tennis Association was held last Friday night to start preparations for the 1987-88 season.

Office bearers for this season are Bruce Weeks (president), Graeme Watson (secretary), Trevor Cheatley and Greg Wolfe (vice-presidents) and Barry Carter (treasurer).

■100 years ago

MR CUNNINGHAM, secretary for the Uganda Protectorate, has given some details of Uganda.

Tourist traffic is increasing, and 10,000 tourists are looked for now in the season. To visit Uganda 10 years ago cost 2,000 pounds. Now it can be done from coast in a fortnight for 25 pounds in perfect comfort.

The scenery is unique, and there is about 50 miles of zoological gardens teeming with wild animals — zebras by thousands, and ostriches in flocks. As Mr Cunningham was coming down country he passed through a herd of fully 50,000 zebras.

SOME astounding claims are made for a patent wreck-saving device that has been invented by Mr. Adam W. Johnson, of Alaska.

The vessel will go below like any other of her kind; but before she has travelled any fathoms down two great buoys will burst from her hold and shoot out of the ends of two tubes running from the keel to the deck. As they rush for the surface each carries with it a thin manilla rope. Down in the hold of the sinking ship the line is uncoiling as fast as she sinks.

When the wreck finds the bottom the unwinding stops, and the two buoys bob on the water’s surface.

A FRENCH communique says: —‘‘Our batteries in the Champagne are dominating the enemy’s artillery. The struggle is particularly violent in the Butte de Mesnil and Main de Massiges regions. We vigorously shelled the enemy’s front lines, preventing any attack.’’

Reuter’s correspondent at French headquarters says: — ‘‘The Germans made an air attack on a military hospital at Vaelaincourt last night. It lasted three and a half hours. Nineteen inmates of the hospital were killed and 26 wounded.’’

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