New mayor takes reins

March 28, 2018

Workers installing pipes under the highway between Elmore and Rochester on May 18, 1964

20 years ago

Tuesday, March 17, 1998

Western Ward councillor Greg Toll is Campaspe Shire’s new mayor.

Cr Toll was elected unopposed at Thursday night’s council meeting.

He was nominated to the chair by Cr Neil Repacholi, with former mayor Cr Mary Bowman seconding the appointment.

Cr Toll said he was honoured to be appointed to represent the shire for the next 12 months and thanked Cr Bowman for standing down from her position as mayor.

“I am grateful to Cr Bowman for the job she’s done in the past 12 months. She came in at a very busy time with new councillors,” he said.

Cr Toll said it was too early to say how he perceived his role as mayor but said he did hope to maintain the infrastructure of council.

30 years ago

Tuesday, March 22, 1988

Rochester can now boast it has the services of the man who was once Alice Springs’ best sign writer.

The claim could be hard to refute, as Bruce Matson was once the only sign writer in Alice Springs.

Bruce arrived in the central Australian city when the population was about 15,000 and in 12 years watched it grow to 20,000.

He left there about eight years ago to move to Melbourne and the population has since climbed to about 28,000.

About 18 months ago he moved to Echuca, but saw Rochester needed a a sign writer and was attracted to the country town.

100 years ago

Saturday, March 16, 1918

Sir Douglas Haig reports: “We successfully raided an enemy strong point south-east of Polygon wood, inflicting losses and taking 37 prisoners.

Our casualties were slight. We repulsed an enemy raid southeast of Armentieres. We also raided the enemy’s trenches southeast of Epehy and brought back prisoners.

We successfully repulsed an attempted raid north of Ypres-Sataden station. There is reciprocal artillery firing south-east of Cambrai and increased artillery action in the Neuve Chapelle and Tranquissart sectors.”

A Belgian communique states: “After a violent bombardment, our troops gained a footing in the German trenches south east of Lombaertzyde. We put all occupants out of action. The enemy readvanced but in violent hand-to-hand fighting, we stopped a counter-attack. Artillery actions took place along the whole front yesterday and today.’’

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