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Dear Dotty
Bendigo Weekly
Dear Dotty, I cannot find my glasses, last week it was my teeth, the week before that it was my hearing aids. and before that my leg. I’m getting very distressed. Valmai Dear Valmai, I reckon the leg that will be the key thing. Find that first and have a look ins..
25-Jul-2014
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Supporting Samoa
Bendigo Weekly
Rotary clubs in Bendigo have a long and proud record of supporting the Pacific island nation of Samoa following a string of natural disasters over the past 20 years. After the most severe tsunami and earthquake in late September 2009, where 119 people were killed, a public fund was established th..
01-Nov-2013
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New record on cards
Nick Atyeo
SPARE a thought for pending Australian record holder, Geelong resident Ross Virt and his fishing partner Steve Bamforth, who were busy casting the banks of the Loddon River last month at 2am on a Saturday morning, between Bridgewater and Laanecoorie. It wasn’t the first cod that has mist..
09-Aug-2013
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Massie rides the storm
Ben Cameron
Massie Knight needs only one more operation to make the pain stop. It hasn’t let up for the past four years. Eversince the Bendigo father of two came off a motorbike in Mandurang on April 6, 2008, and landed awkwardly in a culvert. A permanent reminder of that accident will be a..
16-Feb-2012
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No limits as Colin looks for new love
Rosemary Sorensen
Colin James has never been a loner. After three marriages, and even though his health problems put an end to many of his former activities, he is actively looking for wife number four, and optimistic about finding her. Mr James tells the story of each marriage, and the way he tackled the Stills ..
19-Jan-2012
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His healing touch
Bendigo Weekly
Sir Zelman Cowen, who died yesterday in Melbourne, aged 92, will be remembered for his "healing touch", Prime Minister Julia Gillard said. "The modern prestige of the office can be greatly credited to his healing touch and for this alone I believe we owe him a debt of gratitude," Ms Gillard ..
09-Dec-2011
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United on a journey
Rosemary Sorensen
REVEREND Eseta Meneilly defines herself as a universal woman, with a local focus. Born in Fiji, trained as a kindergarten teacher in Australia, she and her husband Chris moved to Bendigo in May this year, where they are both ministers in the Uniting Church. Their ministry here is to..
18-Nov-2011
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Kelly’s writing gang
Rosemary Sorensen
He loves computers but gets cross when people call letters “snail mail”. Meet the man whose mission it is to make writing as popular as footy HE is irresistible. With his energetic espousal of the value of children’s writing, his tried-and-test..
10-Nov-2011
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Welcome to his country
Rosemary Sorensen
THE flat, dry area out past the scrubby Kamarooka forest is, like the entire region, looking good right now. Last year’s flooding rains, and a kind spring have flushed the landscape with colour, softening the edges with new growth. It is still tough country. It demands humility, ..
28-Oct-2011
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Home of the golden fleece
Rosemary Sorensen
You have probably seen one in a paddock by a road you’ve sped along in your car in the backblocks. Low-slung, rusted iron, sun-bleached timber, steepled like a church, a building of rhythmic functionality. They aren’t beautiful, woolsheds. So how come the..
12-Oct-2011
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Where chooks rule
Rosemary Sorensen
TURN off the Old Calder Highway at Harcourt, up the drive winding between the vineyards, to the heart of Bress, and you pretty much feel like you are visiting Arcadia. Cradled in the granite embrace of Mt Alexander, this cidery and winery is picturesque to the point of cornines..
06-Oct-2011
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In search of art's secrets
Rosemary Sorensen
Call it a magnificent obsession. For 35 years, Graeme Cameron has been slowly compiling evidence he hopes will prove, once and for all, the identity of the most famous portrait ever painted. It is now his belief that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was not, as lon..
22-Sep-2011
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The art of caring
Anthony Radford
Revered by those who worked with her, Di O’Neil changed the very foundation of social work in Australia Strength, optimism, positivity: these are words that cannot fail to come up in a conversation with Di O’Neil, even if she is not speaking them herself. The woman who has just re..
09-Sep-2011
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Son’s wish was granted
Anthony Radford
Paula Hicks lost her son in a motorcycle accident. He was 20. The pain will never fade, but Paula was able to fulfill a wish For Bendigo mother Paula Hicks, the pain of losing her son Broden last August in a freak motorbike accident will never fade. “I don’t think those memories e..
26-Aug-2011
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New path for old house
Anthony Radford
From adversity, sometimes a new opportunity arises. The historic garden at Buda, the grand old 19th-century home in Castlemaine, took its share of battering from the drought followed by last year’s flooding rains. The huge hedge that runs in a semi-circle outside the front of the ..
12-Aug-2011
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In the steps of explorers
Anthony Radford
It was 1593.8 kilometres, give or take a metre, but the self-named Mad Bastards decided it was fine to round it up. And so, Mick Ellis and John Esnouf walked 1600 kms in 50 days, from the infamous Dig Tree in Queensland to Port Melbourne, all in the name of “unfinished business”. The..
05-Aug-2011
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Students call for action on Fortuna
The history theme for the grade threes at Girton Grammar School this term is “significant people, significant buildings”, so it was inevitable they would bump up against George Lansell everywhere they turned in Bendigo. “We’ve been learning about Bendigo and its history,&rd..
24-Jun-2011
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SPECIAL REPORT: Sanctuary in Bendigo's chill out space
A volunteer initiative adds more than safety on the streets For a Saturday night smack bang in the middle of Bendigo’s nightclub district, everything is relatively calm. Night owls patiently queue for taxis, a pair of burly security guards – paid to keep them in an orderly line..
10-Jun-2011
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Enjoy a wine and a bite
They now call Heathcote their “new place of belonging”. Some of the best dishes evolve by serendipity. When Henni and Andreas Greiving chose the Heathcote region to establish their Domaine Asmara vineyard and restaurant, the idea of yabbies was far from their thoughts. But a lit..
03-Jun-2011
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Milking childhood memory
Those who have the same compulsion will understand exactly what Lorraine Marwood means when she says, “I couldn’t hold it at bay”. She kept notebooks even as a child, went on to write poems she sent off far and wide, gradually built up her publication list, and has now not only a..
27-May-2011
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Garden has pride of place
Jane Cleary finds sustenance in the public and private gardens of Bendigo There is a simple explanation for Jane Cleary’s commitment to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens. “I’m moved by plants. I know it’s different for other people – my husband, for example, is moved b..
20-May-2011
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Song to the Siren
ABC presenter Aimee Volkofsky has stepped out of the studio and into the stage spotlight. Recently I went to a fundraiser gig at the Newmarket Hotel, for Bendigo’s local Roller Derby League, the Dragon City Derby Dolls. Billed as an Undead Dress-Up Party, there were roughly 30 undead-ty..
13-May-2011
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Common touch
Raw is the way Mark Salvatus likes his art. And so he is just a little uncomfortable standing in the lecture theatre within the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, talking about his work to a group of students. This elegant, comfortable space, alongside the well-proportioned ga..
06-May-2011
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Bendigo’s history man
ONE of Dennis O’Hoy’s favourite phrases is, "Oh that’s easy". How did the clan come to be in Bendigo? "Oh that’s easy", he says, and unwinds a long thread of family history from Wah Lock Lea in Hong Kong’s Guandong province to the goldfields of Bendigo and on to..
29-Apr-2011
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A matter of honour
An honour roll that used to hang in the Beehive Building in central Bendigo is up for sale at a weekend market. “One of our committee members saw it on a table, for sale for a couple of thousand dollars,” curator of the military museum at the Soldiers Memorial Hall Peter Ball said this..
21-Apr-2011
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All about colour
From soft sculpture to crazy patchwork, the many types of embroidery skills will be on glorious show this month, when the Bendigo branch of the Embroiderers Guild celebrates its 20th birthday. “We’re breaking with the tradition of having a biennial show,” guild member Maggie Antr..
15-Apr-2011
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Turners tooled up for the show
By Rosemary Sorensen It just wouldn’t be Easter in Bendigo without the much anticipated Bendigo Woodturners Easter Woodcraft Exhibition. “This is one way we can keep our members’ fees down,” long-time club member Ian Buntin said at their headquarters on Eaglehawk Road. ..
15-Apr-2011
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EASTER FAIR
A HELPING HAND By BEN CAMERON The Bendigo Chinese Association is pulling out all stops to make its contribution to the Bendigo Easter Festival the biggest yet. And your help is needed. Association member Doug Lougoon said with nearly 1000 people taking part in the operation, both in front and ..
15-Apr-2011
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That dramatic century
An opportunity to visit a huge archive of American photography led to the landmark exhibition about to open in Bendigo Two weeks spent in one of the most important photography archives in the world was a dream come true for Bendigo Art Gallery curator Tansy Curtin. “To be given the chan..
08-Apr-2011
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Joe’s passion to help
After the worst possible start in life, Bendigo’s Joe Newson has become an inspiration for so many God helps those who help themselves, we’re told. But one Bendigo man sticks to the equally rustic rule that we all need a helping hand from time to time. And that everybody is worthy..
31-Mar-2011
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The man and the monster
Sometimes, as John Lennon said, life is what happens while you’re making other plans. In Chris Kennett’s case, life is what happens even if you don’t make plans. This affable young Bendigo dad has built a career in design through simply being pleasant to people, and making sur..
25-Mar-2011
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