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Installation of all fifty (50) turbines complete
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Image -Installation of the first turbine at Moorabool South wind farm
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The Meredith and District News is published by a
volunteer sub-committee of the Meredith
Community Centre comprising: Jim Elvey,
(general editor and chair) Dawn Macdonald,
David Jones, Stefania Parkinson and Ian Penna.
Production is undertaken by alternating teams
comprising Pam Ridd, Peter Boer, Don Atherton
and Jim Elvey.
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"If you think you are too small to make a
difference, try sleeping with a mosquito."
- Dalai Lama
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Young people across Golden Plains Shire have
written messages of hope to be sent to isolated and
vulnerable members of the community.
A new initiative developed in partnership between
Council’s Youth Development and Active Ageing
and Disability Services teams, the Messages of
Hope project will see 150 residents who use
Council’s aged and disability services receive a
postcard with a message from a young person in
The Messages of Hope project was designed to
combat isolation through providing some much
needed connection and positivity through the
written form. Students from Bannockburn P-12
College, and the Meredith and Shelford Primary
Schools have all participated, with the postcard
recipients invited to reply with what they are most
looking forward to doing once restrictions are fully
Examples of some of the messages include:
Remember there is always a rainbow after a
storm. Breathe, laugh, relax and smile. Everything
is going to be ok
You are not alone. Things are getting better
each day; even if you can’t see it right now. Have
faith that this too, will pass.
All you need is hope and strength. Hope that it
will get better. Strength to hold on until it does. I
hope you are keeping well and safe. Keep smiling
This afternoon, Golden Plains Shire Mayor Cr
Owen Sharkey met with Meredith Primary School
students to collect the messages the students had
PHOTO OMITTED FROM
Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey with Meredith Primary School
students and Principal Steven Trotter.
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The State Government has given the following directive:
Current restrictions on gatherings at places of worship and
Places of worship can open for private worship or
small religious ceremonies for up to 20 people in each
Up to 20 people, in addition to the celebrant and couple
getting married, can attend a wedding.
Up to 50 people can attend a funeral in addition to the
person leading the funeral and other funeral staff.
Meredith and District News has always provided church service
details as a free service to the community and will continue
to provide contact details as known to us. Churches are
invited to provide more information as appropriate.
Meredith Memorial Hall Hire
The Hall is open for hire adhering to the Victorian Health
Restrictions including a limit of people and adhering to
the 4 square metre rule. Facilities are required to record the
names of visitors who are in facilities for more than 15
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Rev. Timothy Smith , 0412 673152
Rev. Glen Wesley : 0429 146 566
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Uniting Church 0409285182
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Elaine Cricket Club
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 15th July 7pm
ECC is a senior and junior cricket club with excellent
facilities, who in 2019/20 had a senior team which made
the finals which were unfortunately cut short because of
COVID 19. ECC U17’s combined with East Ballarat to be
undefeated in the home and away season, and were
awarded the Premiership, due to the season being
abandoned. Our U13’s also made the finals. We are
looking for a volunteer/coordinator to run a junior blasters
(formerly Milo Cricket) this season also. New and old
members always welcome.
Enquires ph 0429 820 604 President :Julie Pandzitis
Elaine Cricket Club Inc.
5213 Midland Highway, Elaine, 3334
Elaine Tennis Club
2020/21 AGM will be on Thursday 16th July 7pm at the
Excellent tennis facilities.
All new and old members welcome.
Phone: 0439 742 419
President: Simon Colla
Meredith Recreation Reserve
Committee of Management
Newly elected office bearers
President: Greg Kitchen Ph: 0438 215 224
Vice President: Gordon Primmer Ph: 0429 315 575
Junior Vice President: Kim Medlyn. Ph: 0429 214 988
Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Rooney. Ph: 0408 545 246
We ask that any person who has keys that are not in use,
please return them to 18 Wilson street, Meredith.
This month features a couple
of walkers heading down the
track next to Sutherlands
Creek West Branch near
Steiglitz taken by Jim Elvey.
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Lindy Allinson has always been creative having
picked up a pencil to draw as a toddler - almost
before she could talk! Over her life her artistic talents
have been explored and revealed in many ways: from
drawing, sculpture, painting and photography through
to garden design, house renovation and writing a
book (The day the Brisbane Ranges burnt). But there
is much more to Lindy. She is passionate about and
heavily involved in community work (especially
trying to fund raise to move the old Steiglitz school
building into the town), ‘Airing the Quilts’ and ‘Back
to Steiglitz’, is a civil celebrant, has worked in the
mining industry and been a journalist. She thrives on
keeping busy and is always eager to try new
experiences which are then channelled into her
Lindy’s mum was an amazing artist who still draws.
However, it was her grandma who inspired,
encouraged and nurtured her as well as her Uncle
‘Googy” (described as ‘bald like an egg’) who, when
she was seven years old, told her ‘you can do
anything’ and was very encouraging. As a young
child, Lindy spent a great deal of time with Great
Aunts who were strong, older women and some were
very eccentric. They helped shape her strong
philosophies about life and her strong belief that
women need to support other women and that we are
capable and can do anything. As somewhat of a free
spirit, it is her connection with the Earth and its
magic, her surroundings that really inspire her and
give her energy. Lindy sees life as a gift, embraces
her ‘uniqueness’ and has an overpowering need to
create and becomes ‘edgy’ when she can’t.
At the age of 28 Lindy began attending classes at
Geelong Fine Art School and credits Robert
Drummond and, especially, Patty Semmler with
guiding her towards the development of her own
style. Although, like her mother, she can copy
brilliantly this doesn’t give her the satisfaction of her
own work. Lindy believes that there is no such thing
as an individual thought, but that you can combine
lots of things in your own individual way. Her
current creations involve repurposing things she has
collected over the years; things that trigger memories
and thus making her art very personal.
Born and bred in Geelong, Lindy was first introduced
to Steiglitz through Mrs Intz (her Art teacher at
school) and had an immediate affinity with the place.
She has now lived here for 27 years in the last town in
Victoria without power, sewerage or water. As a
creative outlet where she displays her art Lindy
currently runs a retro shop called “Lindy’s Emporium
of Collectable Curiosities” at Geelong Vintage
markets. In future she hopes to set up a vintage shop/
information centre called “Steiglitz Emporium of
Collectable Curiosities”. In 2018 Lindy, together with
Tania Alonso, Isobel Paton and Kaitlyn Church,
exhibited in St Paul’s Church, Steiglitz as part of the
Golden Plains Arts Trail. With the support of Parks
Victoria she is planning a solo exhibition for 2021 in
the white church.
Lindy’s studio is both colourful and calming. It is
dominated by a wonderful paper mache model of a
women with long hair (inspired by her time travelling
in Iceland), an incredible multi-coloured table cover
made from more than 2000 hand cut fabric leaf
shapes individually glued in place, paintings and
drawings and her current wall-hanging project. Lindy
believes that life is constantly evolving and the
variety of her artwork is a testament to this
philosophy. It will be fascinating to see where
Lindy’s creative journey takes her between now and
her solo exhibition in 2021.
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We certainly are fortunate here in Meredith District.
Jim Elvey and his hardworking volunteers put the
Meredith News out every month, hail, rain, shine and
now, even during this pandemic. Not so in so many
other towns and cities around Australia. Local papers
struggle at the best of times, but with falling
advertising revenue and shut down pressures from
health authorities, doors are closing and printing
presses fall silent.
But there is also something else going on. The
Murdoch News Corporation, in the last few years, has
been increasing its stable of regional and rural
newspapers. Then centralising news rooms and failing
to adequately cover the local news. Now with the
impact of Covid19, these newspapers are going digital.
It is yet to be seen how successful this will be. Their
financial model seems to be broken.
As the ABC struggles with on going budget reductions,
it has had to reduce the ABC presence in these regional
areas. Even closing a few country offices. Such a pity,
when we consider how important Aunty is in times of
trouble and emergency. Their role in the recent bush
fires should not be diminished. As the pandemic has
widened, the public have turned to the ABC for the
latest, most accurate coverage again.
With all the discussion of a “ new normal” in the
months and years to come. One of the things we will
need is a national broadcaster that is funded
sufficiently to provide this essential service.
And of course, our own local Meredith News
A very big Thank You to our
lovely readers who, reading that we
were losing money while
discounting rates for our
advertisers, made donations to ensure we stay
afloat. This is a heartening gesture and brings
home the point, as Barry Finn said, “we are all in
Be assured, the Committee is keenly focused on
the long term sustainability of our Newsletter and
even more so, knowing it is so valued.
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Life is all about balance. Work/life balance, dietary
balance, active/inactive balance…the list goes on.
And while the word ‘balance’ drums up images of
people chanting Om while perched on top of large
rocks at the beach, it often means an internal fight
that can create a sense of unease within an
Why? Because balance means the even distribution
of weight, as well as placing something in a steady
position so it doesn’t fall. Now, tell me that the
idea of steadying some element in your life, so that
it won’t fall, does not make you a tad uneasy.
It was while I was finishing up work one evening
that I realised how much inner turmoil balance can
cause. At the time of writing we were only just
recently allowed to go back into the world and
have dinner cooked by a professional whose scones
don’t turn into rocks (re: last month’s article). My
friend and I decided to book into our favourite
restaurant for dinner and catch up over some good
food and good wine.
At approximately 4pm, my stomach started
rumbling. ‘No, I’m going out for dinner,’ I thought.
‘I must not spoil my appetite by snacking.’ I kept
on working away for another hour, keeping busy
enough not to notice this small hunger pang.
I finished work and got about performing some
evening chores, feeling increasingly famished. Not
just I-could-go-for-a-snack hungry, but full-blown
is-it-dinner-time hungry. I started weighing up my
options and came to the same conclusion every
time: it was too late; I’d gone past the point of no
While I got ready to leave the house, I
contemplated what a delicate balance eating times
could be. If I had have timed it right, I could have
had it all: a cheeky snack AND a fancy dinner. But
I let the scales tip too far one way and threw the
As a consequence, I arrived at my friend’s house
delirious and unable to hold a conversation – my
responses to questions often bordering on the
melodramatic (hard to imagine, I know). Luckily, I
had passed the hangry stage and bad-temper due to
being hungry was no longer a threat.
So it was then that I learnt how crucial balance is to
a healthy life. Not just for the welfare of friends who
become victims of circumstance, but also for the
wellbeing of one’s own person.
It seems that the achievement of balance in all
aspects of life will be a constant quest, but we can
only do what we can. Whether that means ensuring
that your workday doesn’t extend into your
weekends, or eating a piece of fruit at the right time
so that you don’t ruin your dinner (sorry Mum, I’m
still ignoring that advice – even in adulthood).
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100 Years Old
Alison Erwin was born on 16/6/1920. On Tuesday, 16
June, 2020 she celebrated her 100 th birthday.
Alison and her husband Des bought a 50 acre farm just
south of Meredith town on the Midland Highway in the
mid 1980’s. Alison had been a teacher and Des drove his
school bus to Geelong each day and back after school.
Alison joined many organizations including CWA, Red
Cross, Church of England, Guides Support Group and
made many friends in Meredith. She was very valued
because she had skills, one of which was to write Banjo
Paterson type poetry about local events and people. Her
poems were compiled in a book so they would not get lost.
Failing health caused them to sell the farm and move to a
unit in Winchelsea in 2004. Des died in 2013 and Alison
has continued to live happily in her unit with the help of
Alison finds it hard to believe that she has lived for 100
years and puts it down to either good genes or just luck
that she has not suffered from any major health issues.
She rates sanitation and refrigeration as the two of the
most important benefits to mankind in her time.
She has never experienced anything like the Covid 19
virus but vividly remembers young children being wheeled
along St Kilda esplanade in cots during the Polio
epidemic. She remembers her teacher father and musician
mother instilling in their children a love of learning, taking
them on holidays and introducing them to new experiences
and providing them with the best equipment to play sport.
Alison also was grateful for her education at Melbourne
At 13 years of age a green coat with a flared skirt and a fur
lined collar was bought for her. She wore it to church with
patent leather court shoes. Her mother had made all of her
clothes prior to this purchase. Her father died
unexpectedly at 60 years of age and suddenly she needed a
job to help support her mother. She became a student
teacher at Caulfield North and then went on to attend
Melbourne Teachers’ College. She was appointed to
Wensleydale in 1942, boarded with the Erwin family and
fell in love with their youngest son Des. At the time she
was annoyed to be sent to the country as life in Melbourne
was pretty exciting in 1942 with soldiers everywhere.
When asked if she would have changed anything she
replied, “I would like to have been beautiful.” However,
her motto was to accept and adjust. There was a saying
that she often uttered, “If I live to be a hundred I’ll never
understand you kids”.
She has lived to be 100. She was planning a big party but
Covid 19 has caused that to be put on hold but,
nevertheless, her children partied with her and she
received numerous well wishes. She received lovely cards
from the Queen, the Governor General and his wife, the
Prime Minister, Libby Coker and Sarah Henderson and a
grand daughter framed a page documenting important
events of 1920.
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In our Nature
The sweet bursaria was perched on the edge of a small
cliff. It had started life as a seed, blown from the dry
brown pod of its parent plant. The seed had landed on the
cliff, where gentle rain had allowed it to germinate. As its
first tiny leaves grew upwards, an equally small root grew
downwards into a patch of soil. It pushed through the
grains of earth and particles of rock. Its tip was protected
by a root cap covered in a slimy substance called mucigel,
which prevented it from drying out and aided its
movement through the soil. The mucigel also assisted in
one of the root’s main purposes, absorbing water and
minerals to feed the plant. As it grew, the root developed
root hairs, which increased the surface area over which it
could uptake food. Tubes of xylem cells within the root
drew nutrients upwards to nourish the rest of the plant.
Some of the hormones required for development were
created in the root, and also travelled up through the
xylem. The leaves expanded and branches began to grow.
Carbon dioxide from the air and light from the sun reacted
during photosynthesis in the leaves, to create sugars.
These were drawn downwards within tubes of phloem
cells, through the stalk of the young plant into its root.
Sugars fed the root and were stored there. The plant’s root
continued down, weaving a path among the stones in its
trees, that had grown in that place, had already forged a
track through cracks in the rocks. The sweet bursaria
followed. As it grew deeper, its grip on its precarious
position improved. Its roots grew thicker and expanded the
cracks, until a rock on the cliff face split. Part of it fell to
the ground. The roots continued their journey, spreading
through the soil and rock beyond the edge of the small
tree’s crown. Now securely anchored and fed, its branches
extended and in summer grew sweet-smelling white
flowers. Below it, the flax lily had spread over the cliff top.
Among its leaves grew branching stalks carrying blue
berries. A skink, rustling through the leaf litter, found one
of these fallen fruits and ate it, before climbing onto a low
branch of the sweet bursaria to sunbake.
The sweet bursaria and the flax lily were growing in a
tough place, with a shallow, often dry, layer of low nutrient
soil, over rocks. Their roots were adapted to cope with
these conditions, just as plants throughout the world have
evolved to tolerate the environment in which they are
naturally found. There are plants that can find food and
thrive in locations where heavy metals, salt, poor drainage,
waterlogging, drought, heat or cold would kill the roots of
most plants. In many places in the world, roots have the
ability to tolerate an amazing range of different conditions,
to keep their plant alive.
This first root became the sweet bursaria’s taproot. From it
branched lateral roots which spread out across the soil,
expanding the plant’s search for food. Australian soils are
generally low in nutrients, so plant growth can be slow.
Much of the water and minerals which the plant needed
were to be found in the organic material of the top layer of
soil. Here the earth was richest due to a layer of dead
leaves, sticks and bark, and the activities of the creatures
and fungi that lived in it, gradually breaking it down into
soil. As the roots grew through the earth, they were
nibbled by insects, such as bardi grubs. They encountered
threads of fungi. Some of the threads bonded with the
roots, beginning a relationship essential to the sweet
bursaria throughout its life. The fungal threads extracted
extra nutrients from the soil which the plant could use. In
return, sugars from the plant fed the fungi.
The sweet bursaria seed was not the only one to land in
this place. A raven flying over left its droppings,
containing another seed, near the young tree. When this
seed germinated, it grew the long tough leaves of a flax
lily. Its root system was different to the sweet bursaria’s.
Instead of a taproot reaching deep into the ground, the flax
lily had a horizontal rhizome, from which grew a
shallower fibrous root system, useful for holding the top
soil together and preventing erosion.
Over the years, the sweet bursaria’s taproot travelled
deeper. It encountered the larger rocks that made up the
cliff. Now it was harder to find a path. Roots of long-dead
Full of Beans
Often used to describe children
that are experiencing scary
bursts of energy and are
bouncing off the walls, being
full of beans means being
origin of this phrase is most
often attributed to Roman times
when horses would be fed beans
which made them more
energetic than non-bean fed
horses. A modern interpretation
is that it relates to coffee beans.
Which – let’s face it – makes a
lot of sense. We’ve all had one
too many chocolate-covered
coffee beans in our time, with
varying degrees of
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Cr Owen Sharkey
Mayor, Golden Plains Shire
Time flies or time crawls – for most of us, time in
isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic was a
Fast forward two months and we can now see the light
at the end of the COVID tunnel. As many return to
our daily routines, here at Council we’ve been very
pleased to be able to reopen playgrounds and
recreation parks, libraries and campgrounds over the
past month. It’s an optimistic start to see our families
and community groups come back together – at a
social distance, of course.
As we are heartened by these new steps forward, we
are also acutely aware that there are many people in
Golden Plains who are facing a tough road back to
normal. We understand that some people will need an
extra helping hand, and that’s why Council created its
new Financial Hardship Policy for residents and
businesses. If you need some extra time to make
payments or you’re trying to get your businesses back
up and running, please call Council for a confidential
chat. It may not be a call you’d usually make but these
are unusual times – and it may be that we can offer
the help you need.
In the meantime, please know that Council is working
to get the rest of our services and facilities back in
action, when allowed by the Victorian Government
directives. Both the State and Federal Governments
have committed to funding infrastructure to create
jobs and boost the economy, and we are making sure
that Golden Plains is on the list. We’re off to a very
positive start with $500,000 from the Regional
Infrastructure Fund, $1.33 million from the Local
Roads and Community Infrastructure Fund, $100,000
for ICT Technology, and 20 new local jobs for
unemployed people under the Working for Victoria
program. Over the coming months, we’ll continue to
seek support for the COVID-19 recovery in Golden
Plains and we’ll be reporting back to our residents.
In our country and in our communities, it’s great to be
reopening the doors and yet, we appreciate that this is
just the start of getting back to normal. As I have
previously written, Golden Plains is full of supportive
people and strong communities. The COVID-19
pandemic has once again shown this to be true and
together we will work through this recovery and
return to the life we love in Golden Plains.
Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey
COVID-19: COUNCIL UPDATE
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,
Golden Plains Shire Council has implemented a
number of changes to its operations to reduce the risks
to residents, staff and volunteers.
Council’s Bannockburn and Smythesdale Customer
Service Centres are now open for face-to-face
interactions. Council greatly appreciates the
community’s support while these centres were closed
and look forward to welcoming the community at our
modern, accessible centres.
This information is current as of 25 June 2020. For upto-date
information on the status of Council’s services
and events, visit goldenplains.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
or call Customer Service at 5220 7111.
GOLDEN GROWERS PROJECT
Council recently launched its new online resource hub
dedicated to inspiring families to grow and cook with
more vegetables: Golden Growers.
The Golden Growers page features a series of ‘how to’
videos showcasing tips and tricks on growing,
preparing and cooking with a range of vegetables,
recipes, and content submitted by community members
and Council’s partner organisations. Visit the Golden
Growers page at goldenplains.vic.gov.au/
Do you have an idea of something you would like to
see on the page or have a vegetable-packed family
recipe that you would like to share? Contact the
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The famous Marx Brothers film title”Duck Soup” refers
to the American slang for something easy, hence I’ve
chosen “Duck Soup” as the name for this contribution.
One of the joys of country living is growing and eating
one’s own produce. I have found myself dealing with the
total food chain, where one prepares, cultivates and
harvests the fuel of life. Not just physically but
emotionally. Providing for one’s own needs.
The vegetable garden takes work and planning. The
poultry demand attention, providing food and safe
containment. But the rewards come when you convert the
efforts into meals that sustain. In simple terms I’d like to
share with you the benefit of home grown produce.
I am not dismayed to find myself dispatching a chicken or
duck, when I can combine them with my homegrown
vegetables and spices. Recently I butchered one of my
ducks, so I wanted to make the most of the outcome.
Butchered, plucked and dressed, I did not want to have
just one meal out of this fine bird. So three meals were
envisaged: Roast the whole bird, have the breasts as a
meal, use the legs as a cassoulet and then use the trim and
bones for a soup. The home grown Bok Choi and other
veg from the garden would compliment the rich stock
from the carcass.
Before slow roasting the duck, parboil in spiced water for
five minutes, with garlic and star anise. Then slow roast
the duck on a rack over some of the spiced water. Turn
the bird a couple of times, allowing the skin to crisp up
and let the duck fat and juices drip into the pan. About
170 degrees C for about 2 and half hours. When ready
slice off the breasts and serve with roast root veg and
garden salad. Enjoy, reserving the rest for the other meals.
I used the legs for a cassoulet the next day.
That left me with the bones with still a bit of meat
attached. I then removed all the meat and made a stock
with the pan juices. When cooled I drew off the duck fat,
later using some for stir frying.
Now for the soup: Stir fry onions, garlic, carrot, celery,
capsicum and the Bok Choy. In goes the duck meat
trimmings and the stock. Then add noodles (or even home
made fine pasta). Lastly adjust the seasoning with salt or
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Vale to Patricia Ellen
1/11/1926 – 28/5/2020
Pat Brown was born when her parents lived at Malmsbury.
They moved to Meredith and lived in the CRB house on
the corner of Wallace and Lawler Street. Her father was
Road Patrol Supervisor, head of the CRB crew at Meredith
that looked after the main road from Geelong.
When she was 14 years of age she started working for Mar
Mooney at the Royal Hotel. She was required to live at the
hotel, presumably as company for her employer, although
her family house was next door. She saved her money and
had a coat made from local rabbit skins. She wore it to
dances etc and looked very smart. There were many social
functions, to farewell soldiers and to make money to send
“canteen orders” to all the local boys serving in Australia
or overseas. She was Secretary of the Committee that
organized the “canteen orders” and she did 200 hours plane
spotting from the Billiard Room, next to the Royal Hotel
during WW11. It was manned 24 hours a day. Pat also
When she was 19 years of age she became a house maid at
She married Jack McCormack, a young man from
Morrison at Ashby in October 1946 and they lived in
Lawler Street Meredith until 1962. The house had been
built at Morrison by Martin McCormack, left to Jack and
shifted to Meredith while he was in Egypt, by his mother,
who moved into the house in Meredith after Pat, Jack and
family moved to Geelong. They had 6 children, Ann,
Susan [dec], Ted, Geraldine, Pauline, Bob and Bernadette.
Jack worked on the railways as a ganger. They moved to
Watsons Road, Newcomb when their eldest daughter Ann
was about to join the workforce.
Pat worked as assistant cook at Kirrewur Court Reception
Centre, working nearly every night for 23 years. Three of
her children had their wedding receptions there. Ann tells
that cooking was a big part of her mother’s life and she
was an accomplished cook. She also dressed beautifully,
had smart outfits, had smooth, clear skin and took
particular care with her grooming. Pat was a member of
many organizations including War Widows, Legacy and
Senior Citizens and had a huge number of friends.
Limited numbers were permitted at her funeral on
4/6/2020 but it was live steamed to family and friends. Her
youngest brother John Brown died 4 weeks before Pat and
at that time only 10 could attend the funeral. John had been
married to Leonie and had lived at Kyneton.
Pat left the family home in Watsons Road a year ago and
became a resident of Eden Park Retirement Home where
many of her friends and some relations were. Pat’s family
also moved Pat’s brother John to Eden Park after his wife
died in January.
A lovely lady has departed.
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Miles from Meredith
You may have seen Miles on the ABC Television
Program “Hard Quiz” in Episode 12 which was
screened recently although it was recorded in October
last year in Melbourne. Miles applied earlier in 2019
and waited 6 months for an audition when four or five
people evaluated his suitability to be a contestant.
His selected topic was Mazda MX5’s: their history,
the models, the weight but not the mechanics of the
He has owned four Mazda MX5’s. He bought his first
MX5, a 1989 model in 2006 (It died of old age!). He
then bought another 1989 Mazda MX5 but,
unfortunately, a kangaroo launched itself through the
windscreen. Now he has a red model which is fast,
low and sleek.
Miles was eliminated before the “Head to Head”
round because he was “too slow on the buzzer”. He
enjoyed the experience and found the compere, Tom
Gleeson, to be great fun.
Miles had 2 points of difference that the compere
questioned him about. His name is a mononym. He
says that his father was always just called Miles (his
surname) and that the son was called Minnie Miles or
Kilometres when he was young but now he is Miles in
his own right. Miles as a single name has been
approved by Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Miles is of Welsh birth but took to wearing a kilt
when he was in the British Army. He started wearing
a kilt to the pub with his Army mates so he’d be
noticed by the girls because, being the shortest, he was
often overlooked. It worked so well that his mates also
took to wearing kilts. This led to Miles collecting
kilts. He currently has 19 kilts including one made
from leather. He is about to send a length of
Australian tartan to his kilt maker in London to make
his 20 th kilt.
Miles came to Australia ten years ago. He works as a
fleet co-ordinator for Lend Lease. Having recently
built a house in Meredith, Miles and his wife are now
enjoying living in a country town.
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Who Do You Think You Are?
In 2019 the research team at MHIG had been liaising with
the production team for the previous few months,
researching someone’s ancestor, William Edwin Bazley.
After sharing research, we Skyped with the production
team and it was decided that Marg was the face of history
in Meredith and with confidentiality agreements signed,
we awaited the day of filming. Then on Saturday 29th
June 2019, Meredith turned on the most dismal cold rainy
day, but Roy & Diane had the home fires burning as we
greeted Denise Scott and the crew.
We made cuppas and morning tea, so while the crew set
up, we chatted with Denise. As she has mentioned in
interviews, she continued to film even while being pulled
away emotionally by a present-day family crisis, so we
offered another cuppa and let her chat. She mentioned
seeing an amazing rainbow on her way into Meredith, and
that she had seen one at nearly every place they had visited
as the rain seemed to be following her. It took nearly all
day of filming including a visit to Morrisons, in the
pouring rain and lunch at Back Creek Café. And so, we
waited a whole year, before we could reveal what we had
been up to on that cold winter’s day, a year ago.
So that’s the present day story, but who was this ancestor,
if you watched the program you will know the story, but
in case you were distracted by the watching Marg and you
missed the content we will recap…. Denise was in search
of where ‘Nanna Scott’ came from.
William Edwin Bazley, Denise Scott’s 2 x great
grandfather is buried in an unmarked grave at the Meredith
Cemetery. But how did he get there?
On 10th May 1847 in Stepney Middlesex London UK,
William (30) married Mary Ann Williams (21).
William was working as a Postal Clerk. They had 3 babies
Amanda Charlotte Ann b 1848, Ann and Richard b 1849
all died in infancy. Then one day in 1849 William
pocketed several letters addressed to a Ship’s Captain,
who he knew had not yet returned to port, one of them
contained a half sovereign. William was convicted at the
Old Bailey in 1849, to 7 years transportation. William
wrote to the local Pastor asking him to petition the courts
on his behalf, claiming that he was entirely innocent of
theft, but entirely guilty of carelessness and neglect of
duty. The Pastor did so, but with no positive outcome.
William spent next 2 years aboard the prison hulk ‘Stirling
Castle’ during which time he attempted suicide. In 1851 he
was transported on the ship the ’Miden’ to Western
Australia, leaving his wife Mary Ann behind. On arriving
William was granted a ticket of leave. This meant he could
work and be paid, but unable to leave Western Australia.
William obtained a position as a Senior Clerk at the
Convict Depot in York WA. His assistant John, wrote
about William in his diary summing him up as a small
man with long dark hair who was addicted to drinking of
spirits, an atheist, and a philosopher.
William received a conditional pardon, and as such able to
travel anywhere in Australia, but not leave her shores. So,
he heads to Victoria and ends up in Meredith. After 5 long
years, who does he start his new life with?
Well Mary Ann of course. She arrived on the ship ‘Marco
Polo’ in 1856 and in July 1859 they have a daughter
Amanda born at Moorabool. Her birth certificate list
William as a cook at the Morrison Station.
We have no records that help fill in the time between 1846
to 1859,nor how they arranged to meet up and where, but it
was a great love story of her waiting and travelling out to
be with her man.
William and Mary Ann stayed at Morrisons and had 2
more children, Robert Augustus b 1861 and Arthur b 1864
but by now William is suffering from Tuberculosis. In
1865 he spent 4 months in the Geelong Infirmary but came
home to Morrison’s, to be with his beloved Mary Ann,
they had 11 years together before he finally passed away
on 22 November 1867. William was buried at the Meredith
Eighteen months later, still at Morrison Station, Mary Ann
39 years old with 3 children, marries 23 years old Joseph
The new family leave Morrisons for a new start but after
17 years of marriage, unfortunately, Mary Ann has to bury
another husband. Joseph dies of Tuberculosis age 40 in
1886. He was buried at Boroondara Cemetery Kew
Mary Ann does not remarry and lives to be 93, when she
dies of Senile Decay in 1918. She was buried next to
How does all this relate to Denise Scott?
William and Mary
Ann’s daughter Amanda
married David Little,
they had 14 children
with the second
youngest being Alice.
Alice married George
Scott, and there you
have ‘Nanna Scott.’
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“Suitcase of Dreams” by Tania Blanchard.
This would be a great book for book clubs to
discuss because it explores many topics, is set in an
era that many of us remember and raises lots of
After enduring the horror and chaos of postwar
Germany, Lotte and her family arrive in Australia
in November 1956 full of hope for a new life and a
better future for their children. But, they soon
discover that finding their place in Australian
society and beginning all over again is far from
For Lotte and her husband Erich, “the never ending
sight of eucalyptus trees is a constant reminder that
we’re not in Germany any more”. The novel further
explores the difficulties of living in a migrant camp,
not having qualifications recognized and being
short of money. Not understanding language and
customs, being abused for taking Australian jobs
and being offered basic wage jobs because
Australians won’t do them, were other challenges
faced by Lotte and Erich. In contrast their two
daughters were more adaptable.
When Lotte and Erich start to get on their feet,
Erich becomes a unionist in the time when they
were suspected of being communists. They become
fearful, so both their mothers come out to live with
them and, of course, bring their old ways with
them. Erich has a serious accident and takes a long
time to recover and begin earning an income again
and, in the mean time, the Vietnam war reminds
them of the war they left behind.
The book is written from Lotte’s perspective in first
person, so we’re very much in her head and privy to
her highs and lows, her worries and ambitions. She
is a very honest narrator. She also has inner
strength. She worked hard and kept a positive
attitude, with the aim always to provide a secure
future for their daughters.
Suitcase of Dreams is inspired by the true story of
the author’s grandparents. Tania Blanchard has
shared the true story and historical background in
this book about the migrant experience of the
1950’s and 1960’s. It reflects on society, culture
and politics of the time, offering us some reminders
that we need to better learn from the past.
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Who Do You Think You Are:
Meredith History Interest Group
After waiting for 12 months and not being able to tell anyone
who the celebrity who came to Meredith was, all has
now been revealed. The episode that brought Denise Scott
to Meredith was shown on SBS on Tuesday, June 16 at
7 .30 pm and will be available on SBS On Demand. Please
find the story of her two-times great grandfather who was
interred in the Meredith Cemetery in a separate article.
Significant Trees of Meredith & District:
The book of over 200 pages featuring over 100 of the photos
submitted for the exhibition in October 2019 is OUT. It
is in full colour. It is printed on glossy paper. As you open
the book the history of the tree is on the left hand page and
the photo of the tree is on the right hand page. It is available
for $35 from MHIG. It is amazing what history is included.
There are murders, cemeteries, sites of old houses,
historical characters associated with trees, trees that have
been removed and trees planted for special occasions.
Street Plant Nursery:
To help pay for maintenance of the grounds a Street
Nursery is being placed next to the Street Library, outside
MHIG. A collection of plants will be displayed there. The
cost of the plants and the name of the plant (if it is known)
will be individually marked. We ask you to please put the
money for your purchases through the slot in the fence.
Contributions of plants are welcome. For example, if you
have just dug up your dahlias and have too many, feel free
to place some on the nursery tray.
“Some sensation has been caused in connection with the
sale of ice cream in London by itinerant vendors. Last
month three boys died in London after partaking of this
delicacy. The stocks of ice cream in the possession of a
number of itinerant Italian vendors were seized and subjected
to analysis. Startling revelations have been made
with respect to the composition of the substances analysed.
It was found that in some cases sewerage water had been
used for making the ice cream.”
From Argus Cable printed in Steiglitz Miner, 1898.
The newsletter will be in the mail and emailed on Thursday,
June 18. Thanks to Tony Scott for editing and members
for contributing. It is an important connection with
members especially at this time.
MHIG is open on Thursdays from 9 am or by appointment.
MHIG has a web site and facebook page.
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families
used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken &
sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you
were "piss poor."
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't
even afford to buy a pot; they "didn't have a pot to piss in"
& were the lowest of the low.
The next time you are washing your hands & complain
because the water temperature isn't just how you like it,
think about how things used to be. Here are some facts
about the 1500s.
Most people got married in June because they took their
yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by
June. Since they were starting to smell, however, brides
carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man
of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then
all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally
the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was
so dirty you could actually lose someone in it . . . hence
the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no
wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get
warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and
sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof,
resulting in the idiom, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the
house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where
bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean
bed, therefore, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over
the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds
came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other
than dirt, leading folks to coin the phrase "dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the
winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to
help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added
more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all
start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the
entrance-way, subsequently creating a "thresh hold."
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big
kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the
fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly
vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the
stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes
stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while,
and thus the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge
cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel
quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang
up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a
man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a
little to share with guests and would all sit around and
"chew the fat."
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with
high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto
the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened
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most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the
burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and
guests got the top, or the "upper crust."
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The
combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for
a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would
take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They
were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and
the family would gather around and eat and drink and
wait and see if they would wake up, creating the custom
of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started
running out of places to bury people. So they would dig
up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and
reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of
25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside
and they realized they had been burying people alive, so
they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it
through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to
a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all
night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus,
someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a
And that's the truth. Now, whoever said History was
Reference: Website #TheMoreYouKnow Jan
McDonald, Meredith History Interest Group
Meredith History Group’s latest book.
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Slow Cooker Beef Casserole
Prep time 30 mins & Cook time 7-8 hours
1 large brown onion chopped
3 sticks celery chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
4 medium potatoes cut into large chunks
3 carrots cut into large chunks
Beef stock – 1 cup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Thyme, rosemary and sage
1 tablespoon tomato paste
700g beef casserole pieces
Season beef pieces with salt and pepper. Brown in
a frypan on medium heat with olive oil.
Transfer to slow cooker.
Saute onions, celery followed by the garlic then
add the tomato paste.
Pour in beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, soy
sauce, thyme, rosemary and sage. Transfer to
the slow cooker.
Add the potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker
and season with salt and pepper. Stir.
Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours. Add the peas and if
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Serve with crusty bread.
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Vale to Raymond Kelly
19/6/1937 – 25/5/2020
“The Heritage of Lethbridge” by Eric McGillivray says
that the Kelly family first came to Lethbridge in 1923
with Patrick Kelly (Raymond’s grandfather) obtaining
employment at Nash’s Quarry. He and his family left for
a time but returned to Lethbridge in 1928. Patrick’s son
James Kelly married Rebecca (Rita) Scanlon in 1935 and
two sons were born to them, Raymond and Kevin. James
also worked at Nash’s Quarry. They first lived at the
quarry before purchasing the house of his Aunt Mrs
Annie McGillivray in English Road, Lethbridge in 1942.
Raymond lived in this house with his mother after his
father died in 1990 and then lived there by himself after
his mother died. After leaving Lethbridge State School
he received his education at Geelong Junior Technical
School, travelling by train to Geelong every day. The
train left Lethbridge at 7.45 am and returned at 6 pm
which was a long day! Fellow travellers described
Raymond as quiet and bookish.
After finishing school Raymond joined the Victorian
Railways at Geelong as a junior in the Pay Section. Over
the years he worked in various departments including
“Pay”, “Time”, “Costing” and “Accounting” until he
retired in 1991 after 38 years service. It is not surprising
that Raymond developed a tremendous knowledge of and
passion for railways. He loved to travel and share stories
about his travels and, of course, his railway knowledge.
Raymond lived across the road from the railway line and
a short distance from the Lethbridge Station.
Raymond was also very community minded. He played
tennis, becoming Club President and Secretary for many
years and took younger team members to matches in his
two door 1972 Volvo. It has been reported that he was a
very good player and somewhat cunning. He was
Treasurer of the Football Club, Secretary and Treasurer
of the Recreation Reserve and Trustee and Secretary of
the Lethbridge Cemetery. Eric’s book also describes how
Raymond was a keen gardener with his floral displays
being a treat to see.
After Raymond retired from the railways he became a
cleaner. His cleaning duties included the toilets at
Lethbridge and Meredith and the Recreation Hall and the
Memorial Hall at Meredith. He was a dedicated cleaner
and he also worried about overflowing bins, toilet roll
dispensers, messes created by people and lack of
communication. He said “I’m treated like a bloody
mushroom, kept in the dark all the time”. He was very
upset when he read in the newspaper that a contracting
business had been appointed as the new toilet cleaners
for the Shire.
Raymond was an encyclopaedia of Lethbridge history.
He remembered, collected, researched and wrote. He had
a particular interest in cemeteries, visiting many far away
cemeteries to research families, monumental masons,
funeral directors and priests. In his later years he visited
the Parish Centre at Meredith on Fridays to share lunch
and friendship. He had always been a devoted Catholic, a
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loyal member of St Mary’s at Lethbridge until it closed
and a counter of the money. As with his other jobs he
was committed, he performed the job exactly and with
passion. He often lamented the fact that collection
amounts had declined and worried that parishes would
not be able to survive financially.
Raymond was a well known and respected local
identity. With his passing we lose his extensive
knowledge and passion.
Waterhole group sessions available
Sun 12th July
$20.00 per person - bookings essential
Waterhole group sessions offer an opportunity to connect
with the horses and engage in mindfulness and relaxation
exercises. Morning tea included.
Please refer to our website or Facebook page for more
information and booking details.
Corangamite CMA Launch
The Corangamite Catchment Management Authority has
launched a new Community Engagement Network (CEN) to
enhance community input and perspectives on how the
Corangamite region’s natural resources are managed.
The Authority is looking for a cross section of the community
from a diverse range of views and skills; individuals who
farm, fish, are involved in forestry, interested in conservation
or simply like to go camping, are encouraged to apply to be
apart of the Network.
The new CEN will run for a three-year term. With two
gatherings a year with the first planned for later this year. The
forum will provide members the opportunity to exchange
views and give input on issues facing the community.
CMA CEO John Riddiford said, “As a Catchment
Management Authority, our key role is to improve the health
of our natural resources and sustainable productivity of the
Corangamite region. We can only achieve this by working
with the community.”
Of the types of people, the CEN hopes to attract, Mr Riddiford
said, “You might run a business that uses natural resources or
be employed by one. You might be a farmer or like to relax by
bushwalking or bird watching or be part of an outdoor club.
All of these provide a unique insight into our natural
Applications for the CEN are open now and will close July 31st.
Members will be appointed by the Corangamite CMA Board and
will be remunerated for their contribution. For more information
visit https://bit.ly/39QyTzn or contact the Corangamite CMA on
1800 002 262.
Located in Meredith 0408 791 097
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Bannockburn Pharmacy Newsletter
Proprietors: Scott Wilkes & Damian Bennett
6 High Street
Bannockburn VIC 3331
Phone: 5281 1519
During this COVID-19 pandemic we are continuing as we were last month. Please read
carefully below what is changing.
1. We are splitting our pharmacy team into 2 teams. This means we will have slightly
reduced staff members working each day so please be patient as wait times maybe longer
depending on how busy we are. Please note that our staff WILL NOT be left financially
disadvantaged by splitting our teams.
2. OPENING HOURS
- Monday to Friday: 9:00am - 5:30pm (After June long weekend we ‘may’ increase to 6pm)
- Saturday's: 8:30am - 1:00pm
3. CAR PARK PICK UP service will still be available
- you can ring & order ahead,
- we will get your order ready & ring you back to arrange payment over the phone,
- when you arrive phone us and we will bring your order out to your car when so you don't
have leave your vehicle.
4. NO VACCINATIONS in our pharmacy vaccination clinic
- we don't have the personal protective equipment that Doctors/Nurses have to safely
protect our pharmacists so we cannot offer this service during this period of time.
- We will still have flu vaccinations available to purchase if you have a prescription from your
We know that there a lot of people who may be struggling financially at the moment and we
just wanted to share some of the services/benefits/tips we can offer by shopping with us
that might be of assistance:
1. LOYALTY CLUB
- FREE to join
- 5% of all non-prescription sales accumulates as money to spend in the pharmacy e.g.
spend $50 & $2.50 goes onto your loyalty profile
– no expiry (you can save money up as long as you like)
- no minimum spend/redemption. You can spend what you want when you want on nonprescription
- no card (everything is stored securely & electronically on our pharmacy point of sale
- legally we are not allowed money spent on prescriptions to accumulate as loyalty dollars
on your profile. We would if we could.
2. BABY CLUB
- FREE to join
- works exactly same as Loyalty club except DOUBLE (10% of all mother & child related
non-prescription sales) accumulates as money on your Baby club profile e.g. spend $50
and $5 goes onto your loyalty profile.
– $5 bonus will be added to your Baby club profile when you first join.
- Baby club runs until your child turns 2 years old
3. 20% off ALL GIFTS ALL YEAR (Loyalty & Baby club members)
- includes Glasshouse & Circa Home products
4. AFTERPAY available on everything!
- Aftepay allows you to split your purchase over 4 equal fortnightly payments
Medela (we hire Breastpumps)
Sukin Organic Products
Nude by Nature
Diabetes Australia Agency -NDSS
Giftware for all ages
Salt & Pepper
Home Medicine Reviews
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