20 years ago
Tuesday, April 7, 1998
ROCHESTER looks set to have an employment service operating in the town for half a day a week from May 1.
The service will coincide with the installation of computer equipment in the Rochester shire service centre to service open learning courses through the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (BRIT).
Head of the Echuca campus of BRIT Jim Stein said last week a feature of the Rochester office would be the availability of BRIT’s new skillnet employment network.
‘‘We feel Rochester is an area of great potential and we are keen to extend provision of our services to the community,’’ Mr Stein said.
‘‘It’s often difficult, particularly for young people, to travel to Bendigo or Echuca and this will provide greater access.’’
30 years ago
Tuesday, April 5, 1988
Elmore’s Mrs Faye Derrick has been recognised as one of Australia’s top craftspeople.
During the recent art-craft ‘88, at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Mrs Derrick’s work won prizes in every section in which they were entered.
A wallhanging which took her more than six weeks to finish won first prize in its section.
It was made of more than 190 pieces of machine-made lace and satin squares.
And applique parrot, suede on one side and satin on the other, won second prize, as did an embroidered picture of two pampas trees on a painted background.
Another of her embroidered pictures on a painted background won a third prize.
Each of the pieces took at least a month to complete and Mrs Derrick put many hours into the work.
100 years ago
Saturday, March 30, 1918
From ‘‘Somewhere in France,’’ Mrs. Hill has received a letter from her son Ray.
It was written on 4th January last from ‘‘amongst the snow’’.
He gives a cheerful account of the way he spent Christmas, but the weather was so bitterly cold that he felt he could never complain about the heat again, as he used to often do in dear old ‘‘Aussie.’’
‘‘If the war lasts to the end of this year’’ (1918), he says, ‘‘I will be greatly mistaken; one side or the other will have to call a halt. The thing is too ghastly and awful to go on much longer.’’
Ray had been in the hospital suffering from boils, but he was getting better at the time of writing, and expected to get a spell to England about Eastertide.
‘‘I notice by the papers,’’ he says, ‘‘that conscription has had another setback. I thought it would go through this time. I don’t know what on earth the people of Australia were thinking of. They want us to carry on over here, and won’t send us men to make up for the losses we are sustaining and are bound to go on sustaining. We must keep going till we drop, I suppose. We will see it through to the bitter end, and those of us who get back will have a word or two to say to the men who loafed on us. I have been here three years, but I am not ‘funking’ it, nor will I cry ‘done enough’ until the job is through’’.
The lad concludes with love to all and kind regards to those he knew in Rochester.