Fifteen workers strengthen a bridge near Rochester.

April 24, 2018

Fifteen workers strengthen a bridge near Rochester. Photo taken by Victorian Railways circa 1905 to circa 1928.


April 22, 2008

Lockington-Bamawm United (LBU) Football Club’s rooms came alive on Thursday night as the town welcomed former Geelong star and football personality Billy Brownless to the club.

Brownless broadcast the ‘Billy’s Wheel’ segment live for The Footy Show on Channel 9.

After providing some light comedy and insight into the other side of football, Brownless auctioned off a football and netball signed by himself and former Collingwood star and football commentator Brian Taylor, which raised about $400 for the club.

Brownless later challenged LBU senior football captain and district dairy farmer Sam Newth to a ‘milk-off’.

After being shown the basics of milking a cow, Billy and Sam went head-to-head.

A measure of the final product saw Billy come out on top, thanks to a little help from a two-litre bottle of Rev.

Shortly after, club stalwart Kerry Main spun the wheel live on national television and won the club a handsome $10,000.

‘‘It’ll do so much for the club, especially after years of drought,’’ she said.

‘‘This will really reward the sponsors and club members who have stuck with us.’’


April 26, 1988

The most Rochester man Steve Carr has ever paid for a stubby is $8.

That was in Japan earlier this year.

Steve and almost 55 other Honda motorcycle dealers from around Australia visited Japan as part of an incentive scheme run by Honda Australia.

He qualified for the expenses paid trip by being in the top four dealers in his group.

According to Steve, Australia and Japan are nothing alike.

‘‘Nothing was cheap, the worst I paid for a stubby was $8, but the general price was around $5.50,’’ he said last week.

‘‘There were hardly any brick buildings and most of the houses were two stories or more.

‘‘Throughout the whole country the most open land we saw was about 50 acres. If anyone had five acres of land to grow rice on they were big farmers.

‘‘Tokyo is big, as far as you can see it’s just buildings, no parks or gardens.’’

Steve described Tokyo as a place with ‘‘eight million people 45,000 police and 75,000 restaurants’’.


April 20, 1918

The home-coming of Private James Keenan was a scene of animation at the Railway Station on Thursday evening last.

The platform was crowded, and it was a privilege sought by the assembled people, friends and strangers, to give a welcome that the man who had ‘‘done his bit’’ would appreciate.

The band was there, and rendered its usual stirring notes and welcome of ‘‘Auld Lang Syne’’.

When the soldier came from his carriage, cheers were raised, and to the delight of all he walked with a scarcely noticeable limp.

It is an evidence of the ‘‘fine art of artificial limb making,’’ as described by the President of the Anzac Association a little later in the evening.

Mr. Worner drove Pte. Keenan, with his three sisters, to Parkinson’s Empire Cafe, where supper was partaken, in the company with members of the Anzac Association, and Mr. Downe spoke in the felicitous terms of the young man who had gone, had done his duty nobly, and had returned with the scars of conflict.

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