20 years ago
Tuesday, March 24, 1998
THE twilight fair held in the grounds of the Rochester hospital on Saturday has been hailed an outstanding success.
Garden Fair committee secretary Yvonne Andrews said the fine weather and later time slot drew the crowds who stayed on until the close of the fair shortly after 8.30pm.
All stalls were well patronised and, though the total of monies raised will not be known until later in the week, it is believed this year’s fair will have raised a substantial amount of money for the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service.
Over the past five years, the Garden Fair committee has raised over $40,000 for the health service.
The fair, prior to this year, has always been held in the afternoon with a pre-lunchtime procession of floats down the main street of Rochester.
The decision to change the time slot of the fair was made because of falling attendances and the clash of the fair with summer sports finals.
30 years ago
Tuesday, March 22, 1988
STUDENTS of St Joseph’s School, Rochester have been collecting one and two cent coins to raise funds for their sister schools in Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
The collection culminated in the laying of a ‘‘cent line’’ last Friday morning, which last year raised $450 , and school officials are hoping nearly as much would be raised this year.
100 years ago
Saturday, March 23, 1918
THE ceremony of unveiling the honor roll, bearing the names of 490 men from the Rochester Shire who have served or are still serving the Empire in the great world war, was performed by the Shire President (Cr. J. G. Rankin) at the Shire Hall on Tuesday afternoon last.
Some rousing tunes were played outside the hall by the Rochester Brass Band prior to the proceedings, and there was a large attendance.
The honor roll was placed on the stage for the convenience of the ceremony, and is later to be hung in the vestibule at the entrance to the hall. It is a very handsome piece of work, containing, as stated, 490 names (practically a copy of the honor roll appearing from week to week in the Irrigator). The frame is red, white and blue, and over the names appears the Union Jack in colors, interwoven with wattle blossom, and the board itself has for background the map of Australia with a picture of the kangaroo. It was got up by Mr Berne Marcello, of Eaglehawk, who is to be congratulated upon its artistic finish throughout.