West Wimmera Mail & Natimuk & Goroke Advertiser

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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 14, 1916

Letters from the Front
Mr T. H. BOUSFIELD has received a cablegram from his son, Chris, that he is well.

Writing to his mother Mrs W. H. MEREDITH, Private Hans FINCK, says that he also is well, and that he hadn't yet seen a Turk. He had a splendid Christmas dinner of turkey, and the Red Cross gave each parcel deliveries and other presents.

Corporal Lionel BROWN writes from Wales England, to us as follows:-

    I am writing you a few lines thinking some of you would like to know how I am getting on and what sought of time I have had. My Company left home in June, taking just a month to reach Alexandria. We put in only ten days at Cairo, and three days after had introduction to Johnny Turk. Our first salute was a shrapnel, which killed one man and frightened the rest of us. The fifth battalion, which we reinforced, was in the firing line, so we were into the fun almost at once. I was at Lone Pine, the home of bombs, and stayed there till knocked out. I was in the charge on the 6th August and I can tell you it was pretty rough. I stopped a bomb with my right hand, but being a poor cricketer I got hurt, I also stopped a rifle butt with my face, which put me to sleep for a while. My right hand is gone west; otherwise I am splendid. I never had the luck to meet Viv. or SCHUNKE over there. I can't speak to highly of the doctors and sisters in the hospitals, they are splendid and will do anything for you. I can not say the same for the English soldiers though, our boys, as a rule, never get on too well with them. Please excuse this scrawl as I am left-handed. Remember me to all the friends. Good-bye.

A singular mishap befell Mr W. DAVIS, of Murray Bridge, on Friday evening. Shortly after tea time he retired to his room to rest, and commenced to yawn. Just as he was about to rise to go outside his mouth remained open and refused to shut, he was alone at the time and rushed down the road, all agape, towards the doctors residence. He was met on the way by his astonished sister, who herself went to the medical man for assistance. A slight operation was performed, necessitated by a mild form of lock jaw which was eventually successfully reduced.

Sad Drowning Accident
A bright little lad named Harold Edwards RICHES, aged 7 years, was drowned below the Horsham Weir on Saturday afternoon. What makes it more sad was the fact that there were a number of persons, probably over 100 yards, bathing at the time in the Wimmera, and although the alarm was given to the men, yet, before they could traverse the distance of 200 yards, the tragedy had consummated. It appears that in company with his two brothers, aged nine and five years respectively, he left his home in Hamilton Street at half past one for the purpose of catching crayfish in the river. His father James Edward RICHES, at 3 o'clock visited the spot, and spoke to his three sons who were near the weir, and instructed them to keep away from the water, and himself, walked over to the men's bathing sheds and was there when the alarm was given. It appears that a young woman named Mary Ann M'NAIR was sitting on the weir a few minutes prior to the accident, and noticed four or five boys bathing below the weir. Looking up again she saw one of them sink and she became fearful that it was unintentional on his part, and rushed up towards the men's bathing shed and gave the alarm as she ran. Constable M. H. WILSON was bathing in the river with about thirty others, and, together, they all ran to the spot indicated and searched the water, which was very rocky on the bottom and dotted with potholes. In one of these Mr. Norman McMULLIN discovered the lad in four feet of water. It only took two minutes to find him, and his body having been brought to the bank, efforts were made to produce artificial respiration but without success.

Mr S. MOTOR, of the Bridge Inn, Casterton, who has been accepted for service at the front, is arranging a "snowball" march of recruits from Casterton to Melbourne, a distance of about 245 miles. It is proposed to start this week.

Wishes it to be known that he has closed down his lime works at Mitre Lake South owing to scarcity of labour. The gathering of salt will not be interfered with.

YOUNG BROS., in conjunction with DAVID ANDERSON & CO, have received instructions from Mr P.J. GILLICK, who has sold his land, and is leaving the distinct, to sell by public auction as above, on the farm, 2 miles from Noradjuha, the whole of his Horses, Sheep, Hay, Oats, Farm Plant, and Furniture, comprising :-


  • Bay Gelding, "Sharper", aged.
  • Bay Gelding, "Robert", 7 years.
  • Dapple Grey mare, "Maude", 7 years, in foal.
  • Bay mare, "Topsy", 7 years, in foal.
  • Black mare,"Jess", 8 years, in foal.
  • Chestnut mare, "Maud", in foal.
  • Blue grey mare, 3 years.
  • Black gelding, 3 years.
  • Bay filly, 3 years.
  • Black pony, 2 years.
  • Bay gelding, aged, trotter.
  • Bay mare, aged,stinted to Principal.
  • Child's pony, very quiet.
  • Brown gelding, 4 years, broken to all kinds harness.
  • 170 forward and fat wethers, 4 and 6 tooth and full mouth.
  • 160 cross bred weaners, mixed sexes.
  • 20 fat sheep, heavy weights
  • 15 fat sheep
  • Federal Harvester, 6ft 6in comb, in perfect order.
  • New Massey-Harris Binder, only cut 100 acres.
  • 15 disc McCormack Drill, 13 disc Superior Drill.
  • 12 disc Gaston Cultivator, 3 furrow S. J. Plough.
  • Single furrow plough.
  • Shaft waggon with 4 inch tyres and 2 1/2inch axles, in perfect order (May &
  • Millar).
  • Set light Harrows.
  • Grader.
  • Anvil and Vice. Etc.
Also on account of Mr V. GILLICK
  • 136 merino weaners, mixed sexes
  • 5 year old Gelding, broken to all harness
  • Second hand piano, in perfect order.
  • Suite of furniture.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - January 28, 1916

A pretty wedding took place in SS Michael and John's R.C. Church, Horsham, on Saturday afternoon, when Martin, third son of Mr and Mrs E. J. CRANAGE, of Edenhope, and Eileen, second daughter of Mr and Mrs J. BRADSHAW, of Horsham, were united in the holy bonds. Misses Katie CRANAGE and Elsie BRADSHAW acted as bridesmaids, and Mr N. HEFFERNAN as best man. The nuptial knot was tied by the Rev. Father WOOD of Horsham.

At Harrow last week the marriage of Mr O. CLOSE and Miss CLARKE, of Bringalbert, was quietly celebrated.

The death, while under operation for appendicitis, is reported of Mark McCAUSLAND, eldest son of Mrs and the late Mr McCAUSLAND, of Edenhope. The demise took place on Sunday evening at Casino N.S.W., deceased, who was an old Edenhope boy, being 49 years of age. All the earlier portion of his life was spent there, and he was a general favourite with all who knew him. Great sympathy is felt for Mrs McCAUSLAND who, in addition to this heavy blow, parted with her youngest son last week, he going into camp at Bendigo.

A painfully sudden death occurred on Friday week, at about 5 a m, the victim being Mr Mat MOLLOY, a well known and highly respected resident of both town and district. About a week prior to his death deceased was not feeling well, and obtained medical advice, but it was only supposed to be a slight attack of rheumatism which would soon pass off, and not in the slightest degree were any serious complications anticipated. But about 4 o'clock on Friday morning, deceased awoke feeling unwell, at the same time awakening his wife and asking her to endeavour to get the doctor as soon as possible. With all haste Mrs MOLLOY aroused her next door neighbours and rang up the doctor by telephone, but long before he could get there, the unfortunate man had passed away. The suddenness of the event came as a tremendous shock to the whole community, very great and general regret being on every hand expressed at his sudden and untimely demise. The deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs MOLLOY throughout the community in her sad and painfully sudden bereavement.

Word has been received by Mr Fred HEBARD, who is at present in Horsham, that his son, Dvr Frederick HEBARD, has been admitted to the 19th General Hospital, Alexandria, he is in a critical condition.

John JACKSON was hanged in the Melbourne Jail on Monday morning for the murder of Constable McGRATH at the Trades Hall. He leaves a widow and two children 7 and 5 years.

Clearing sale at Mr Walton KEYTE'S, Arapiles, today (Friday).

The marriage of Mr James Albert COATES, son of Mr George Stillman COATES, of Noradjuha, with Miss Eva May TAYLOR, daughter of Mr and Mrs John TAYLOR, of Mt. Arapiles, was celebrated at St Aidan's, Natimuk, on Wednesday last, the Rev Thos COLE officiating. The bride, who was given away by her father, was becomingly attired in cream silk, trimmed with shadow lace. She also wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a shower bouquet. The bridesmaid, Miss Ada TAYLOR, sister of the bride, wore cream silk, with cream hat. Mr Victor TAYLOR brother of the bride, was best man.

On Wednesday January 19th, at Yarra-street Methodist Church, Mr Geo. A. WEIGHT was quietly joined in the holy bonds of matrimony by Chaplain Captain TREGEAR, to Miss Lillian SMITH, daughter of the late Mr Wm. SMITH, of Geelong. They will reside at Horsham.

The time for re-opening of the Booroopki and Morea schools is near but up to the present no word has been received of the appointment of another teacher in the place of Mr H.B. PHILLIPS, or the re-opening.
Mr PHILLIPS goes to Mt Lonnarch, and before his departure was entertained to tea by the residents of Booroopki and district, and presented with a handsome dressing case and a silver mounted pipe stand from the old school boys. Mr D. CARRACHER (chairman) and Messrs. F. and D. CRABTREE each spoke eulogistically of the guest ; Mr PHILLIPS suitably responding.
The parents and children of the Morea school also presented Mr PHILLIPS with a handsome gold medal suitably inscribed, as a mark of their respect. The examinations of theses schools resulted in merit certificates for Mollie SCHINCKEL, Katie McDONALD and Allan CARRACHER, and qualifying certificate for William CRABTREE.

The time for re-opening of the Booroopki and Morea schools is near but up to the present no word has been received of the appointment of another teacher in the place of Mr H.B. PHILLIPS, or the re-opening.
Mr PHILLIPS goes to Mt Lonnarch, and before his departure was entertained to tea by the residents of Booroopki and district, and presented with a handsome dressing case and a silver mounted pipe stand from the old school boys. Mr D. CARRACHER (chairman) and Messrs. F. and D. CRABTREE each spoke eulogistically of the guest ; Mr PHILLIPS suitably responding.
The parents and children of the Morea school also presented Mr PHILLIPS with a handsome gold medal suitably inscribed, as a mark of their respect. The examinations of theses schools resulted in merit certificates for Mollie SCHINCKEL, Katie McDONALD and Allan CARRACHER, and qualifying certificate for William CRABTREE.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday, February 11, 1916

Private E. N. FRANCIS, writing to his parents from St Paul's Military Hospital at Malta under date January 2, stated that he had almost recovered from dysentery, and expected to go to a convalescent camp and from there to Alexandria to rejoin his unit. As he has not refereed to being wounded, his parents have come to the conclusion that the second cable from the Defence Department, stating that he was wounded, was made in error. He was in the snow storm at Gallipoli on November 29. He recounted several narrow escapes that he had had. On two occasions a sniper's bullets had filled his eyes with earth, and the soldier who relieved him was shortly afterwards killed.

Superintendent BENNETT has placed a favourable mark against the name of Constable ROWLEY, of Skipton (formerly of Natimuk), for energy, zeal and determination shown in recovering 129. in notes which were stolen from the handbag of Mrs ALEXANDER, wife of a Bo-peep farmer, immediately after an accident had happened to her horse whilst driving down the hill into Skipton. The notes were subsequently found by Constable ROWLEY concealed in the wagon of a hawker named Henry HUMPHRIES, who at the Ballarat Supreme Court on Tuesday week was convicted of the offence, and sentenced to two months imprisonment.

Mr T. DAWSON, of Natimuk East, fell out of a spring dray in front of the Natimuk Post Office on Friday evening last through the horse swerving. He received a severe shock, and was conveyed by motor to Dr. BIRD'S surgery for treatment.

Minimay Notes.
Another of our young men, Basil LAVERY, son of Mr and Mrs B. LAVERY, has enlisted for active service, and succeeded in passing the final test in Horsham on Friday last, and will go into camp on 2nd March. Mr LAVERY will be greatly missed here, having taken a keen interest in the affairs of the district, being at present joint hon. sec. with Mr P. WILLIS of the Minimay Picnic Races and Sports Meeting. But all must admire the spirit prompting Australia's manhood to defend our home and liberty. We understand that quite a number of men of this and neighbouring districts intend to enlist at the beginning of March.

Desires to inform the public that he has started a shoeing forge next to Mr E. MALONEY'S, Natimuk.
Prices---Hacks, 5/ ; Draughts 6/6.
All shoeing guaranteed.
Also repairs, and general works.

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Rock, Water and Citron Melons, Pumpkins, etc.
Best quality. Any quantity.
Market rates on rail at Quantong or at the Garden. Terms cash.
J. BIRNASOCHI, Quantong.

Has a window of hats at 2/6 each.

Mr Jas DONALDSON, rate collector and valuer of the Kowree Shire, has been suffering from insomnia and nervous breakdown. He is at Warrnambool undergoing treatment.

Messrs J. N. LAMPARD and Sons have opened a fruit and confectionery business in Edenhope.

A turned wood sugar basin, presented by Mr W. F. JONES, was raffled at Patyah, near Edenhope, in aid of Soldiers' Milk Fund.

The new Anglican Church at Edenhope was dedicated by Archdeacon TUCKER on Sunday morning, there being a large congregation to witness the ceremony. In this Church has been placed a font in memory of Edenhope's first Church of England clergyman, the late Robert Reeves COLLINS, also a neat pulpit in memory of Susannah McPHERSON, given by her children.

There passed away at Kattanning, W.A., of heart trouble, at the age of 78 years and 6 months, Mr George Yarra BILSTON, the first white child born in Melbourne, eldest son of the late Thos BILSTON, one of the early Victorian settlers, and grandson of the late Capt. Wm. Wheeler. The deceased leaves a grown up family of seven, Mr G.S. BILSTON, of Natimuk, being a son. The Casterton News writes :- In the person of Mr G.Y. BILSTON, there passed away one of the very earliest settlers of the district. Mr BILSTON'S intimate acquaintance with the people and events of early settlement in this part of Western Victoria has been disclosed in a long series of interesting narratives contributed by him to the "News," and published under the heading of "Memories of the Past." He was a brother to ex Councillor A. H. BILSTON, of Wattle Glen, Brimboal, and was well known to all the older residents of this district, among whom he was cordially welcomed on occasions of a comparatively recent visit to this district.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday, February 18, 1916

Mr Allan V. CARTER, formally of the National Bank, Natimuk, is, according to a cable message he sent to his parents, in splendid health and has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Amongst those who enlisted at Horsham on Tuesday was Mr James HOOD, of Polkemmet. He went to the front with the 6th Battalion, and received his discharge on Wednesday week. Feeling both fit and enthusiastic, he resolved to again offer his services, and succeeded in passing the medical examination. A soldier who serves twice in one war is something of a rarity, and Private HOOD is deserving of the fullest praise.

A farewell social and presentation will be tendered to Mr F.A. HUGHS in the Goroke Mechanics Hall on Wednesday, 22nd March.

Messrs HAGLETHORN and BOLTON under instructions from Mr John COMPSTON, of Goroke, invite tenders, returnable on Saturday, 25th March for the lease for two years of his well known grazing property, situated only three miles from Goroke.

The same will conduct a clearing sale on account of Mr R. KRAHNERT, of Minimay, on Thursday 23rd March.

Messrs YOUNG Bros. conducted a sale of furniture on account of Mrs A. W. KAY, of Natimuk, yesterday.

The following are awaiting issue at the Horsham Receipt and Pay Office :- Crown Grants :- Mrs Mary Ann CUTCHE (Clear Lake) Leases :- R. ELLIOT (Brimpaen), Ethel RUSSELL (Nurrabiel), G. WORTHY (Tooan), D. McQUEEN.

A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the Methodist Church, Natimuk, by the Rev. E. SHACKELL, on Wednesday, 15th inst, the contracting parties being Miss A. BOYD, daughter of Mr J. C. BOYD, Station Master of Natimuk, and Mr L.J.C. JUDE, son of Mr D. JUDE, of Buninyong. The bride, who was given away by her father, was prettily attired in a gown of cream silk, and the usual wreath and veil, and wore a lovely gold necklet, the gift of the bridegroom. She carried a beautiful bouquet and a Maltese handkerchief, the gift of Mrs ROSEL. Miss Dorothy BOYD, sister of the bride, acted as bridesmaid, and Mr E. JUDE as best man.
The bridegroom's gift to the bridesmaid was a dainty gold brooch, and the bride's gift to the bridegroom a pair of gold sleeve links.
The church was beautifully decorated by friends of the bride. The reception and wedding breakfast was held at the residence of the bride's parents. The happy couple left mid showers of confetti and good wishes, per motor, for Horsham to catch the train en route for Lorne, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bride travelled in a costume of Mole coloured cloth with hat to match. The presents were costly and numerous.

A shower tea was tendered to Miss BOYD at Mrs NITSCHKE'S residence on Wednesday evening of last week. A large crowd gathered to do honour to the guest, who was held in very high esteem by all who knew her. The evenings program consisted of musical items, competitions, etc., and a dainty supper was served. Miss BOYD thanked her friends for the honour bestowed on her. The singing of Auld Lang Syne brought an enjoyable evening to a close.

Messrs YOUNG Bros. report having conducted a successful clearing sale on account of Mr Percy GILLICK of Noradjuha, on Monday last, he having purchased a farm in the Ballarat district. There was a very large attendance. Bidding for sheep was animated, but draggy for horses. The following are some of the prices :-

  • 176 merino wethers 30/
  • 150 crossbred lambs 28/9
  • 11 cull sheep, 19/9
  • 134 merino weaners 24/1
  • Draught mares 27, 22/10, 22 and 12.
  • Geldings, 21/5 and 13/10.
  • Light horses 3/5 to 10.
  • Oats, 8/ to 8/9 a bag
  • Scarifier 20.
  • 3 furrow stump-jump plough 11.
  • Drill 10/10/, harvester 28/10/
  • Massey-Harris binder 30, wagon 38.

On Tuesday, 7th march, account Mr. Geo. BAILEY, Goroke, a large and important clearing sale is to be conducted by Messrs YOUNG Bros., as Mr BAILEY has decided to relinquish farming operations.

410 Aces FREEHOLD Land At Minimay
For sale By Public Tender, Tenders Close Friday, 3rd March, at one o'clock HAGELTHORN AND BOLTON
Instructed by John MILES Esq., will offer for sale by public Tender as above, Allotments 31a and 32, parish of Ding-a-Ding, county of Lowan,containing 409 acres 1 rood 27 perches or thereabouts. The property consists of good Grazing and agricultural land, well improved and watered, well fenced with posts and wire, all sheep proof. About 50 acres on the place have been cleared and cropped; the balance timbered with buloak and box, rung and picked up; permanently watered by dams. The highest, or any tender not necessarily accepted. For further particulars apply to, HAGELTHORN & BOLTON, Horsham

The death occurred at Heliopolis Hospital on January 20, from pneumonia, of Private A.W.J. SYMONS, of King Island, nephew of Messrs. George, James and Harry SYMONS, of Horsham and Noradjuha, and of Mrs George HILL, McKenzie Creek. The deceased who was 25 years of age was a fine specimen of manhood.

The new expansive power producer known as Gathite, is being put to daily practical test in the building in Wilson street, Horsham, formally occupied by Mr A.B. HOWITT as a motor garage. As has been explained previously the power is derived from a chemical which expands under heat to 20 per cent of its volume.

His 90th Birthday
On the 6th of February Mr W. MEYER, of Natimuk Lake, celebrated his 90th birthday in the presence of his children and a number of grandchildren. There was a social gathering and the day was very happily spent. The old gentleman was pleased to see his children around him once more. Mr MEYER is one of the few remaining of those who first took up land around the Natimuk district. In fact there are only two left living hereabouts to tell the story of the 70's. Amongst the first to come here were Messrs. Jas KEYTE, (probably the first), Boehm HAUSTORFER, (Horsham), Carl and Henry SCHMIDT, Gottleib KLOWSS, SPEHER, J.H. WERNER, Kuse BRETAG, LANGE, LEVITZKE, SUDHOLZ, and others. Most of these pioneers are at rest. Mr MEYER, at the social gathering given in his honour, related some of the trials with which the original settlers had to contend.
Born in Hanover in 1826, Mr MEYER emigrated to Australia in 1849 and after trying his luck on the gold fields and working in copper mines in South Australia, and also following his trade of blacksmith, he removed from Adelaide to Mt Gambier. That was in 1860. Twelve years later he selected the land on which he at present resides, arriving here finally in April, 1873, and is now spending his last days in peace.

Swimming Notes
At the recent meeting of the Natimuk Swimming Club,it resolved to thank Mr Frank TATE, Director of Education, and Misses May COX and Lucy READER for the interest they had taken in making their carnival a success. Mr TATE had been to Natimuk and seen the Lake, and when after the closing of the Swimming School at Queenscliff, Miss READER mentioned to him that there was a carnival at Natimuk Lake on the following Monday, he advised the attendance of Miss COX. It is a good thing that the heads of the Education Department are aware of the beauty spots of the district. When the beautiful panorama which opens up on ascending the rise at the Lake's entrance suddenly burst upon Miss COX she made no secret of her admiration. And so the Lake becomes known far and wide. The aforesaid meeting also recognised that the club owed much to those who had formed the various working bees--particularly that of the Messrs BOUSFIELD Bros.--and those who helped at the carnival.
At the same meeting the question of having a roof put on the new pavillion was discussed. The unanimous opinion seemed to be that straw would make the best covering, both from the point of view of utility and cheapness. Mr Fred HAUSTORFER offered to cut thatch straw, and it likely that others will also assist in this way. It would therefore appear as soon as the busy season is over, the pavilion will be covered with a cool roof, which would be very greatly appreciated on hot days.

Captain Richard R. GARLAND, who has been in Horsham for the past few days revisiting old scenes, will return to Melbourne and join the camp today. He has volunteered to go to the front, but only recently on the suspension of publication during the war of the "Commonwealth Military Magazine," of which he was the editor, has he been able to carry out his wish to go upon active service.

Shooting on the Red Gum Swamp is strictly prohibited after this date. If this notice is not observed trespassers will be prosecuted.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday February 25, 1916

It will be learnt with pleasure that Mr Frank PATTERSON, of Nhill, has decided to commence business as a butcher in Natimuk on 1st of March. Mr PATTERSON has a good reputation both in Nhill and Horsham, so that customers in this district can rely on being well treated.

Mr Chas. KEYTE, blacksmith, of Arapiles, met with a painful accident the other day through a piece of wire entering his eye. Dr BIRD, who attended Mr KEYTE, ordered him to consult a Melbourne eye specialist, and with that end in view he left Natimuk on Tuesday night.

An engagement is announced between Miss Irene I MURRAY, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Augustus MURRAY, of Telangatuk, and Mr Arthur R. EDWARDS of Nhill, eldest son of Mr EDWARDS, Ararat.

Messrs YOUNG Bros. report having conducted a successful clearing sale on account of Messrs A and M. PERRY at Goroke on Tuesday.

Messrs R. McCLURE,Jnr, and Geo. McCLURE, of Mitre Lake, have enlisted, also an Englishman in the employ of Mr R. G. McCLURE.

Messrs Harry THOMPSON, Charles DOCHERTY, and Ernest WESTERNBERG, who volunteered at the Natimuk recruiting meeting, have passed the medical test.

Mr A. RICHARDS, Gymbowen, advertises 3 draught horses, a pair of buggyhorses and three lines of sheep for private sale.

Fall Into A Barrel, Two Ribs Broken
Mr J. G. NITSCHKE was standing on a barrel, which was resting on a table, fixing up the afternoon tea pavilion for the Rose Fair at Noradjuha on Saturday. The lid of the barrel gave way and Mr NITSCHKE fell to the ground firmly wedged in the barrel, with the painful result that he sustained two fractured ribs and other injuries. It was some time before those who went to his assistance could disentangle him from the barrel. he was taken per motor car to Dr BIRD'S surgery, where he received attention, and is progressing favourably towards recovery.

Arthur BROWN, a Teamster, of Jung, met with terrible injuries at Warracknabeal on Friday morning. He was driving a wagon loaded with 100 bags of wheat, when by some means he fell under the wheel, which passed over the right side of his body, crushing his shoulder fearfully, dislocating his arm, crushing his leg, and bursting the foot through the boot in several places. In this terrible plight he climbed onto the wagon front, and was found shortly after in a very exhausted state.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 3, 1916

A serious accident in which a motor car and a buggy figured, occurred on the Dimboola road about 8.45 on Wednesday night. A car load of race-goers, comprising Messrs. H. MORT (driver), COLEMAN (bookmaker), D. McRAE, James ANDERSON and Bert GILLIES, was returning from the Dimboola races, when it came into sudden collision with a buggy driven by Mr James O'CONNOR of Pimpinio. It is believed that both vehicles were without lights. Mr O'CONNOR was driving home from Horsham on the left side of the road, his horses following the regular buggy track, which runs closely by the farmers fences. When between three-quarters of a mile and a mile on the further side of the railway line his buggy was hit by the car. In the ensuing smash Mr O'CONNOR sustained several abrasions about the face, an injured ankle and shock. His buggy being shattered beyond repair, some of the wheels being splintered to matchwood. The motor car swerved after the impact, and the nose ran into a fence post, breaking it off. The car, though not so badly used as the buggy, was not fit to continue the journey. Fortunately the occupants of the car did not sustain any serious injury, but all were more or less badly shaken by the shock. Mr O'CONNOR, whose injuries were attended by Dr FELSTEAD, was taken to his home and has not yet been seen by the police, who are making inquiries into the accident.

Mrs Frances ARTHUR, relict of the late James ARTHUR, age 86, passed away at her residence, Stawell, on Monday week. Deceased had resided in Stawell for 56 years.

Messrs. Geo BILSTON,and E. LARRAD, offered their services last week, also the following :-- Henry and E. OLIVER, W. QUINTRELL, and F. LOONEY, from Neuarpurr; H.J. QUINAN, Gymbowen; J.T. SYPOTT, Nurcoung; J.T. ASTBURY, Alex JACK, and J. LYON, Apsley; A. CAMPBELL, Maryvale; J. CARRACHER, jnr., Booroopki; R. FALLON, T. BLOOMFIELD, and J.A. FOLEY, from Harrow; J.W.M. FORRESTER, Douglas; C.A SCHULTZ, Telangatuk East; J. and T. DELANY, Mortat; Leo T. RYAN, L. WHITEHEAD, R. MARR, and T. MAHONEY, Edenhope.
Four more volunteers from Tooan enlisted on March 1, namely Charles TAYLOR, Charles BOORMAN, Percy WORTHY, and Duncan McLACHLIN.
The total enlisted in the Kowree Shire now stands at 70, considerably more then the quota--nearly double.
Contrast this with Arapiles Shire which has not yet provided it's share.

Mr F.A. HUGHES, who has occupied the position of school teacher at Goroke for many years, and formally at Ozenkadnook, is to be tendered a farewell and presentation at Goroke on Wednesday, 22nd March. Mr HUGHES has been an active townsman as well as an able teacher, and his departure will be a severe loss to the Goroke district.

Minimay Notes
Since our last report two more young men of the district have volunteered for active service, and have passed the preliminary examination in Goroke made by Dr BOURKE, these being Thomas HORNE, of Salt Lakes, now in the employ of Mr R. WILLIS, and P.J. CARRACHER of Lemon Springs, Booroopki,. Jack McDONALD left here on Tuesday for Penola, S.A where he will enlist on 1st March. Several other local lads have signified their willingness to enlist on that date.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 10, 1916

It will be learnt with feelings of deep regret that Mr Chas. KEYTE, whom was struck with the end of a piece of fencing wire, and who, under the advice of Dr. BIRD consulted a Melbourne eye specialist, has had the injured eye removed, there is some probability that the other eye will become impaired if not lost.

Luke SHELLEY ran amok in Natimuk on Tuesday, while under the influence of drink. While George CHENOWETH was standing at a gig in the yard of the Natimuk Hotel, SHELLEY went up and struck him a violent blow in the jaw. He was brought before Messrs. A BARKER and J. SUDHOLZ, J P's at the Natimuk court on Wednesday. The bench took a lenient view of the case on SHELLEY, promising to sign the pledge and to offer his services to the Empire. He was fined 10/.

Henry W. BAKER was fined 1 for non vaccination of a child.

Letters from the Front
Lance Corporal V.C. BROWN
Lance Corporal Viv. BROWN writes from Tel-El-Kebir, to his sister Mrs. EKMAN, of Natimuk, under date January 21.

Jack BRAY arrived here last night, he is in the 7th Battalion, I also met Billy MURPHY, CLARKE from Quantong and Frank DOCHERTY. When I got back to the old 8th I was jolly glad to find Ted SCHUNKE here. He arrived a couple of weeks before I did. He looks tip top and sends his kind regards. I am jolly glad we are not separated again. In writing material issued to us the other day, some wallets sent from Natimuk came to light. One I got was from Mrs BIRD, Ted's from Mrs HENRY, and the Colonel's from Lo? ROSEL. I am writing to thank them but if you are talking to them tell them how much we appreciated them. SCHUNKE is, like myself, unlucky as regards parcels. Neither of us has received any parcels from there, although you and others mention having sent parcels along.
I gave a mate of mine my Christmas billy to send to you. Please keep them safely for me. I will be sending some more along later on. I want you to keep a couple of the bombs. You can exhibit them in Mr ANTONY's window if you like. They are quite safe. They were originally filled with amonal, a very high explosive and a detonator goes into the hole in the top. It consist of a sort of fuse which explodes the bomb and then those little devils will shift a few tons of dirt or stuff. We received a large mail just after I got back, 34 letters for me, but sad to relate none of my parcels, so I was a bit disappointed. I have not waded through the lot yet. There are a few from you, I notice. Thanks for news. We had a fair Christmas. Each man had a gift billy, filled with different things-- cakes, chocolate, etc. Mine had a baby's comforter and powder box and a small whistle. I do not know if the lady who packed mine was going for a holiday and put some of baby's things in my billy in mistake or whether she though some of us needed some comfort and she sent it in a small parcel. Anyhow it caused a bit of fun at my expense. I had a good yarn to Billy MURPHY and he told me a few things that have happened since I left home, and that's a long time ago. I was glad to get to Egypt from England. I was getting very tired of doing nothing, although I had a splendid time. I must now ring off as I have a few more letters to write. Give kind regards to all the old friends.

Mr John MARSH, of Karnak, is giving up active farming and going in for sheep owing to ill health, he has consequently instructed Messrs. HAGELTHORN and BOLTON to sell his horses and other livestock, also farm plant on Wednesday, March 22, particulars are advertised.

At St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Sunday morning at the close of Divine service, Miss Edie KLOWSS, who has relinquished the position which she has occupied for many years as organist to the Church, was presented by Pastor LOHE, on behalf of the congregation, with a handsome hot water kettle and silver flower stand. In making the presentation the Pastor said the gift was a token of appreciation of good and faithful service. He said he spoke the mind of everyone present when he wished the recipient God's blessing in her future life. Mr A.W. LOCKWOOD said Miss KLOWSS desired him, on her behalf, to thank the subscribers for their gift, and to say that what she had done she felt was her duty. Her only regret was that she had not done more. The gifts would serve to remind her of her pleasant association with the Church. The hot water kettle suggested warmth, and the warmth of feeling which accompanied it was heartily reciprocated.

Messrs. George BILSTON and Charles DOCHERTY left by Tuesdays train for the Bendigo military camp. Messrs. COLLARD, MOTT and Luke SHELLEY, of Natimuk, have enlisted.

Minimay Notes
Mr Basil LAVERY, who, as previously reported, has enlisted in the A.I.F., left here for camp on Friday last. He proceeded to Melbourne by Saturday nights express from Horsham and went into camp at Bendigo on Monday. We join with all his large circle of friends in the hope that good fortune will be his lot until his return.

Since our last report two more local volunteers have been examined by Dr BOURKE (Goroke), these being Florence LOONEY, Neuarpurr, and John CARRACHER, Booroopki, the former failing to pass the test, and the later being successful. Charles CRABTREE, Booroopki, has also been accepted for service, and will go into camp shortly.

Private A.B. QUINLIVAN, at one time resident in this district, was last week reported seriously ill in hospital at Cairo, but as no further word has been received hopes are entertained for the best.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 24, 1916

We have received the following communication from Mr A. S. RODGERS M.H.R. with reference to previous correspondence in connection with a petition signed by Messrs C. T. W. KEYTE, H. A. L. HATELEY and other residents of Arapiles, relative to the location of the Post Office for that place. I beg to inform you that the matter has been investigated by the district inspector, with the result that approval has been given for the opening of a receiving office on the mail route, at the residence of Mrs Rhoda Jane BUNWORTH.

On Monday week the people of the district turned out in great numbers at the Gymbowen hall to welcome Private A. LOWE, who has returned home from the front. Mr W.H. KNIGHT J.P., was voted to the chair, and, in extending a welcome to Private LOWE, said the people of the district were proud of him, as he was one of the first to go and help the mother country in the cause of liberty and freedom. Although he was rather shaky at present he hoped he would soon recover, and if he had to go back to the front he hoped he would get through the war safely and come home again. If so he could depend on a greater welcome home then the present one. Messrs G. T. HAASE, H. QUINAN, J. F. MUEGAL and others also welcomed the guest home, and said many flattering things about him. Private LOWE gave some of his experiences on Gallipoli, and recited one of Signaller SKEYHILL'S verses of "Our Boys On Gallipoli" in fine style. It reminded him so much of what he saw , that he found difficulty in sustaining the piece. It was also very touching to all present. Mr J. LOWE thanked those present for the welcome extended to his son, after which supper was provided by the ladies when the program was finished all present joined hands in singing Auld Lang Syne. Private Gordon LOWE, brother of the above, returned home on Sunday also on sick leave. He is also to have a welcome home.

William REUHLANDS, son of Mrs REUHLANDS, of Natimuk, had a narrow escape from serious injury last week. He was driving from the Quantong station with a load of empty fruit cases, when one of them fell off the cart onto the horse causing it to bolt. REUHLANDS was thrown under the horses. Luckily help was at hand, and he escaped, with an injured arm and a badly scratched face. He is progressing favourably under the care of Dr BIRD.

At the age of 73, Mr Heinrich MULLER, father of Mr W. MULLER and Lieutenant Otto MULLER, Area Officer, of Horsham, passed away at the residence of his daughter, Mrs HUNTER, of Adelaide, on Wednesday morning.

Mr Elisha DeGARIS, Narracoorte, celebrated his 91st birthday on Wednesday last. DeGARIS is the father of Mr Lucas DeGARIS head of the well known firm of DeGARIS, Sons and Co. Ltd., auctioneers of Narracoorte.

Private J. MITCHELL of Edenhope, is reported ill at the front.

Among the names of Australians held prisoner in Turkey, is the name of Captain W. H. TRELOAR, Australia Royal Flying Corps, formerly of Horsham.

Messrs YOUNG Bros. will conduct a sale of furniture on account of Mrs C MOTT, at the old Salvation Army Barracks at 3 p.m., on Thursday, March 30.

Cr. James BARNES, Mayor of Horsham, left by express on Saturday to take up his duties, prior to proceeding on active service.

Richard Hobart HANAN has passed the final medical examination for active service.

All persons trespassing on my property after this date will be dealt with, without respect of persons.
L. W. HATELEY Mitre Lake

The Mitre Lake Hall was the scene of a very enjoyable evening on Friday, 10th March. The Girls' Friendly Society and their friends met to do honour to one of the members, Miss WIEDENBACH, who had been an active member, prior to her marriage. The social took the form of a Kitchen Tea. Songs, recitations and dancing whiled away one of the most enjoyable evenings spent in Mitre Lake. After supper Cr. Hermann SUDHOLZ responded on behalf of Miss WIEDENBACH. "For She's A Jolly Good Fellow" was sung. Those contributing to the programme during the evening were Misses WIEDENBACH and WOOLMER, Messrs Arthur MAYBERY, Harry KEYTE and Wesley DEWAR. Miss WIEDENBACH will be much missed from the Mitre Lake District, but it will be Natimuk's gain.

There was a pretty wedding at St Aidens Church of England Natimuk on March 14 when Miss E. M. WIEDENBACH third daughter of Mr. G. WIEDENBACH, of Kadina, S.A., and sister of Mrs Albert SUDHOLZ of Mitre Lake was married to Mr H. C. WOOLMER, second son of Mr W. WOOLMER of Natimuk. The Rev. T. COLE performed the ceremony. The church was decorated by the girlfriends of the bride.
The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law Mr A. E. SUDHOLZ looked charming in her graceful gown of white crepe de chene, trimmed with satin and tulle. She wore the customary wreath and veil, and carried a shower bouquet of chrysanthemums and carnations. Miss V. MAYBERY, who acted as bridesmaid wore a pink silk dress, trimmed with Maline lace and pearl trimming . Mr A. WOOLMER (brother of bride groom) was best man.
The bridegroom wore a gold pendant, a gift of the bride. The gift of the bridegroom to the bride was a travelling case, and to the bride groom a beautiful silver manicure set.
As the young couple left the church the wedding march was played by Miss A. DEWAR, who presided at the organ. The reception took place at the Mechanics' Institute, where a sumptuous wedding breakfast was afterwards partaken of.
The following toasts were honoured. The Rev. T. COLE presided:-
The King, Bride and Bridegroom, Rev. COLE, Mr J. SUDHOLZ, and Mr A. TWIDLE, Bridesmaid, Mr H. WOOLMER, and responded to by Mr. A. WOOLMER; the parents, Mr Herman SUDHOLZ, responded to by Mr. WOOLMER Snr, and Mr Albert SUDHOLZ; Chairman Mr R. SUDHOLZ.
The happy young couple were accorded a lively reception at the Railway Station, where amidst showers of confetti, they caught the train en route for Tasmania, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The Bride's travelling dress was a tailor made navy costume with black silk hat. Following is a list of the presents received:-

  • Mr & Mrs. A. SUDHOLZ (sister of bride), cheque
  • Parents of Bridegroom - Feather bed, bolsters and pillows.
  • Mrs & Miss ROWE (Adelaide, aunt and cousin of Bridegroom), cheque
  • Mrs ROSE (cousin of bridegroom), cheque
  • Sergeant-Major ROWE, Handsome Copper Vase
  • Miss WISHART, 8 day Clock and 2 bronze figures.
  • Mrs & Carl SUDHOLZ, Silver and Oak Tray
  • Trustees of Methodist Church, Set of Carvers
  • Mr & Mrs MAYBERY & family, Silver Mounted Glass Jug
  • Mr A. WOOLMER, Fender and Irons
  • Miss D. WOOLMER, Set Toilet Ware
  • Mr & Mrs A. G. SUDHOLZ, Silver Biscuit Barrel
  • Mrs R. JORY, Afternoon Tea Spoons
  • Miss LYONS, Salt Cellars
  • Mr W. SACK, Silver Teapot
  • Mr & Mrs TWIDLE, Silver Sugar Basin
  • Miss I. SMITH, Biscuit Barrel
  • Miss E. SCHMIDT, Jam Dish
  • Mrs TOOTELL, Cutlery
  • Mr & Mrs H. SUDHOLZ, Silver Epergne
  • George WOOLMER, Cushion
  • Clarice WOOLMER, Crocheted Tea Cosy
  • Mr V. SUMMERS, (Adelaide), Handsome Wicker Chair
  • Mr C. SCHURMANN, Jam Dish
  • Mr F. McCREDDEN, 1/2 doz Knives
  • Mr & Mrs H. F. SUDHOLZ, Silver Jam Dish
  • Mr & Mrs. COLE, 1/2 doz Teaspoons
  • Mr & Mrs J. SUDHOLZ, Silver Jam Dish
  • Mr & Mrs R. E. SUDHOLZ, Copper Jardiniere
  • Mr & Mrs BUNWORTH, Salt Cellars
  • Mr & Mrs F. E. SUDHOLZ, Dainty Clock
  • Mrs KOENIG, Glass Jug
  • Mr & Mrs DUBBER, Afternoon Tea Spoons
  • Mr & Mrs DEWAR, Handsomely Worked Linen Tea Cosy
  • Mr SISSON, Picture
  • Mr Lou HATELEY, cheque
  • M & N BUNWORTH, Afternoon Tea Spoons

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Natimuk, was the scene of a wedding on Wednesday afternoon 15th March, when Mr Alfred Wright LOCKWOOD, of the West Wimmera Mail, was united in holy bonds of matrimony with Miss Ida Dorothea KLOWSS, fourth daughter of Mrs A.L. KLOWSS, of "Bouganvilla," Natimuk Lake. Rev. Pastor LOHE officiated. Friends of the bride, were responsible for the artistic floral and foliage decorations of the interior of the church, the arch (with suspended wedding bell and initials) being particularly beautiful. The church was crowded when the bride entered on the arm of her brother, Mr Albert KLOWSS, and to the strains of, " The Voice that Breathed o're Eden," nicely played by Mrs S.A. CREED.

The bride was attired in White Crepe De Chine, with overdress of lace and pearls. She wore the usual wreath and veil, and carried a beautiful bouquet of white flowers, made by her sisters. The bride was attended by her sister Miss Bertha KLOWSS who wore a costume of white silk with black hat relieved with red, and carried a bouquet of dark red flowers. The bridegroom was supported by Mr Carl SUDHOLZ. After the ceremony the bridal party left the church to the strains of the Wedding March and mid showers of confetti, and were motored to "Bouganvillia" by Mr Jack SUDHOLZ, where the guests assembled to partake of the sumptuous wedding breakfast.

At the close of the breakfast Pastor LOHE, who presided, proposed the toast of the King, which was received with musical honours. He then gave the toast of the bride and bridegroom, which after being supported by Mr J. SUDHOLZ, Mr H. B. WALLER and Dr BIRD, was acknowledged by the bridegroom. Mr Carl SUDHOLZ proposed the toast of the bridesmaid and Mr Albert KLOWSS responded. The toast of the parents of the bride and bridegroom was given by Dr BIRD and acknowledged by Mr W KLOWSS; That of the chairman by Cr. R. E. SUDHOLZ and responded to by Pastor LOHE; and that of the Press by the Chairman.

At about midnight Mr Lou GLADIGAU motored Mr and Mrs LOCKWOOD to Horsham to catch the express en route for Ballarat and Warrnambool, where the honeymoon was spent. The brides going away dress was a mole grey costume, with black hat. A number of useful presents were received.

Farewell to Soldiers At Connangorach
A very pleasant evening was spent at the residence of Mr F. HUTCHINSON, Connangorach, when a large number of residents and young folk assembled to say farewell to some boys who had enlisted from this part, and who are going into camp at Bendigo. They consist of W. COZENS, W.W. BUSSEL, Sid HUTCHINSON, Chas. HOLMES, Thos. BALLINGER, and Gordon and Ted McDONALD, who are all prominent members of the Nurrabiel football and cricket clubs. A euchre party was arranged for the older folks, while the younger people enjoyed themselves in dancing in the spacious wool room. At midnight the tables were laid, and all sat down to supper, presided over by Cr. J. GILL. In the course of his remarks stated that they had assembled to say goodbye to the boys who had enlisted. They were all neighbors, and had been born and brought up in the same district, and he had known them all from their infancy. They were all clean-living young fellows, and he was certain that a better stamp of manhood than these lads could not be found. He was sure they would give a good account of themselves, but at the same time he hoped this cruel war would be over before they went away. He advised them if they did go on the battlefield not to be too venturesome, as a good number of our brave lads had lost their lives through that cause. Mr HOLMES and Mr H HUTCHINSON also endorsed the remarks of the chairman. The evening concluded with the singing of "For they are Jolly Good Fellows".

Mr Frederick RAECK, 53 years of age, a resident on the closer settlement block at Haven, died after a lingering illness on Wednesday,. Deceased, who leaves a wife and four children, is a brother-in-law of Mr R. KIEFEL, of Natimuk.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday March 31, 1916

A wedding, which created great interest, was celebrated in the Methodist Church, Noradjuha, on Wednesday, March 22nd. The contracting parties were Miss H. HAMMOND, only daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert Hammond of Noradjuha, and Mr T. FULLER, eldest son of Mr and Mrs F. FULLER, of Nurcoung. The Rev. E. E. SHACKELL was the officiating minister. The church was prettily decorated by the friends of the bride; an arch was made of Cootamundra wattle and white roses, while a large wedding bell was suspended over the bridal couple. The bride entered the church leaning on the arm of her father to the singing of "The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden" The brides dress was of white crepe de chene with over-skirt of shadow lace, the bodice being draped with pleating of same lace. She carried a shower bouquet of asparagus fern, white roses and carnations, and wore the usual wreath and veil. The bridegroom's gift, a gold necklet set with garnets and pearls. The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a gold watch guard. The bridesmaid was Miss Annie TREADWELL, who was dressed in white embroidered voile made in tunic style, and a hat of black tulle with heliotrope trimmings, she carried a bouquet of fern and small sprays of lilac, with heliotrope ribbon streamers. The bridegroom's gift to the bridesmaid was a silver mounted brush and comb in case. The bridegroom was supported by Mr Thos. SHERRIFF. As the bridal party left the church the "Wedding March" was played by Mrs NITSCHKE. The happy couple left amid showers of confetti by the afternoon train en route for Ballarat and Melbourne, where the honeymoon is to be spent. The bride's travelling dress was a navy serge tailor made costume, with hat to match. Mr SINCLAIR conveyed the bridal party to and from the church in his car.

Minimay Notes
Mr. John Mulraney, jnr., who was recently taken suddenly ill, and has been confined to his bed, is now making rapid recovery under the care of Dr. Bourke, Goroke.

Mr Charles KEYTE may yet regain the sight of the eye which was badly injured by a piece of fencing wire. It was previously reported that the sight of the injured eye had been destroyed, so that the news that there is a chance of restoration will be welcome. Mr KEYTE, who under the advice of Dr BIRD consulted a Melbourne eye specialist, is back at his home at Mt Arapiles.

Messrs BOUSFIELD and Sons, the contractors for the re-erection of the RomanCatholic Church at Natimuk, have the work well in hand.

Natimuk Brass Band
The annual meeting of the Natimuk Brass Band was held on Friday evening 24th inst. The president, Mr F.N.S. BENNETT occupied the chair. There was a fair attendance of bandsmen, but the townspeople were poorly represented, a fact upon which the president adversely commented. He said most townships were proud to have a band, but Natimuk residents didn't seem to care whether they had on or not, although the various patriotic, recruiting, charitable and other organisation always expected the band to assist when required. They would have to admit that it would be missed if it disbanded. The balance sheet, duly audited by Mr L A ROSEL, showed that the past year had not been very profitable, but they still showed a credit balance of 4/0/1. The election of officers resulted as follows :-- President Mr F.N. S. BENNETT ; vice presidents Messrs E. KNIGHT and A. J. GLADIGAU ; committee Messrs John CROSS, A. TWIDLE, and H. B. WALLER, (representing townspeople) and R GROHS, J. RATCLIFFE and W. SCHMIDT (representing bandsmen). Secretary and treasurer, Mr Percy LYONS ; conductor, Mr James HENRY ; auditor Mr L. A. ROSEL ; collector of bandsmens contributions Mr Roy BOUSFIELD.

Feeling references was made by the president to the death during the past year of their former secretary and treasurer, signaller Lance CROSS, who, as they all knew, succumbed to wounds received at the Dardanelles. He died a noble death, but he will be sadly missed.

Charles McCUISH Deceased
Pursuant to the Trusts Act 1915 notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against the estate of Charles McCUISH, late of Natimuk, in the State of Victoria, farmer, deceased, who died on the sixteenth day of December, 1915, and probate of whose will was granted by the Supreme Court of the said State in its Probate Jurisdiction on the 2nd day of March, 1916, to The Trustees Executors and Agency Company Ltd., of 412 Collins Street, Melbourne,in the said State are hereby required to send particulars in writing of such claims to the said The Trustees Executors and Agency Company Ltd., at the above mentioned address on or before the First Day of May, 1916, after which date the said The Trustees Executors and Agency Company Ltd., will proceed to distribute the assets of the said Charles McCUISH, deceased, which shall have come to the hands of the said Company amongst the persons entitled thereto having regard only to the claims of which the said Company shall have had notice. And notice is hereby further given that the said Company will not be liable for the assets so distributed or any part thereof to any person of whose claim the said company shall not have had notice as aforesaid.
Dated this 27th Day of March, 1916.
Wilson Street, Horsham, Proctor for the Trustee Executors and Agency Company, Ltd.

Regret is expressed at Commonwealth Military Headquarters at news of the death of Captain A.R.S GARTRELL, who was drowned while bathing in the surf at Manly on Sunday. Captain GARTRELL was a popular officer, and had done excellent work in the A.I.F. He was captain commanding the 3rd Signalling Troop, and having returned from active service, was recently commissioned to organise a wireless squadron, which he was to command on service abroad. Captain GARTRELL, who was on a visit to Sydney from Adelaide when his death took place, was 36 years of age, and was a nephew of Mrs J. CROSS, of Natimuk. By profession he was a printer, and his 3-colour work had received commendation in London.

Minimay Notes
Very high prices were obtained for stock, farming plant and sundries at Mr KRAHNERT's clearing sale conducted by Messrs HAGELTHORN and BOLTON on Thursday week.

As Mr and Mrs KRAHNERT are leaving the district this week, a farewell social will be tendered to them in the Mechanics' Hall tonight (Monday). Mr and Mrs KRAHNERT have proved themselves estimable citizens and will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends, Mr KRAHNERT being at all times willing to lend valuable assistance in all public matters particularly in connection with the local picnic races and sports meeting, and an active member of the Mechanics' Institute committee.

Private James NEILL arrived here Sunday last, having received final leave prior to leaving Bendigo with reinforcements, for Broadmeadows, from which camp he expects to sail within a few weeks.

Before the end of next month quite a number of local men will have joined the colours, the latest enlistments being Percy WILLIS, (previously rejected) and George COLLINS (previously rejected in New Zealand),both of whom passed the final test in Horsham last week. Those who have gone into camp at Bendigo within the last few weeks are Basil LAVERY, Minimay ; Edward and Henry OLIVER, Neuarpurr ; and Chas. CRABTREE, Booroopki ; Patrick J. and John CARRACHER, Booroopki, have passed final examination and will go into camp in about three weeks time. John McCARTHY, Neuarpurr, recently signed on, but has not yet been finally examined ; and William McDONALD, Morea, has succeeded in passing the necessary test. The list of those who failed to pass the medical test includes, Florence LOONEY, Ed and Wm. QUINTRELL, Neuarpurr, Leo LAVERY, Minimay ; and A.F. CARRACHER, Booroopki.

T. HORNE, Salt Lakes ; and Jack McDONALD, Penola who were recently residents of this district, have also enlisted, the former not yet been finally examined and the later being in camp in S.A. Mrs J.T. CARRACHER, who underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Nhill hospital about a fortnight ago is progressing favourably under the care of Dr. RYAN.

Mr John MULRANEY jnr. who was recently taken suddenly ill, and has been confined to his bed, is now making rapid recovery under the care of Dr. BOURKE, Goroke.

Farewell at Goroke
A large and representative gathering assembled in the Mechanics' Hall last Wednesday evening to bid farewell to Mr F.A. HUGHES, head teacher of the State school, prior to his transference to another portion of the State. Advantage was taken of this opportunity to present him with an illuminated address in oak frame, as a token of the esteem in which he is held by the parents and general public. The school children also presented him with a shaving outfit as an expression of their respect and admiration for their teacher. The address was handed to Mr HUGHES by Mr W.C. WADE (chairman), who, in asking acceptance of it, expressed the very high appreciation entertained by the public for the recipient as a man, a citizen and a teacher of the young. Other speakers also eulogised the guest for his sterling qualities, and the unanimous wish was for his speedy promotion in the service, and that good luck might follow him wherever he might be placed. The name of Mrs HUGHES was also coupled with the name of her husband, for she has most ably seconded him in all his efforts for the public welfare.

Mr HUGHES, in responding, thanked the donors for what they had seen fit to present to him. He appreciated to the full the many kind references to his actions on behalf of the township of Goroke. It had been a labour of love. When he started on his career as a teacher he had resolved always to do his best, both in school work and in the social life of the community in which he might be placed. Though conscious of many shortcomings, if he had succeeded in doing anything to further the interest of the people of the district, he had been amply repaid by the many kindnesses which had been shown towards him and his wife. He wished the town and district increased prosperity. The proceedings were interspersed with musical items, and at the close refreshments were handed round.

Private Geo. BOUSFIELD and Ward CROSS, who returned to their homes at Natimuk last week on final leave prior to embarking for the front, were entertained at a farewell social and presentation in the Mechanics' Hall on Monday evening. Notwithstanding the fact that the social had only been arranged that morning, there was a very large gathering of town and district folk, and the event passed off pleasantly, thanks largely to the organising work of the secretary Mr A. TWIDLE.
Mr J. SUDHOLZ arranged the musical program. Songs were contributed by Miss Elsie BOYD and Mr HASLAM, Mr EKMAN recited, and instrumental selections were given by Miss Clara and Mr Jim RATCLIFFE and Mr HASLAM.
The Rev. Thos. COLE, who presided, said that they had met to honour two brave young men, Privates BOUSFIELD and CROSS, who were going to the front. On looking around and seeing the large gathering they could not help but feel that their hearts were with the volunteers. More then that, their best wishes would follow them. He had known the two young men for four years, and knew nothing to their detriment. They had been fitting residents of the district, and would be an honour to their King and country wherever they might be. He regretted that the occasion had arisen for so many fine young men being called away. Australia was losing the best of her manhood. Those soldiers who returned would have a wider idea of manhood. The war was looking more hopeful, but the fact that so many were volunteering might help to be a determining factor in the winning of the war. The allies would succeed even if it were necessary that every man and every shilling should be utilised.
Dr BIRD said it gave him pleasure to be present to do honour to the guests. Both of them had sprung from fighting stock. He was confident that Privates BOUSFIELD and CROSS would follow the example of those brave fellows who made the name of Australia famous throughout the world.
Mr J. SUDHOLZ said Privates BOUSFIELD and CROSS, both of whom he had been associated with in different ways, had proved themselves good citizens and he hoped they would return. When they did they could be assured of a crowded hall to welcome them.
Mr HENRY, on behalf of the Natimuk Fire Brigade, presented Private CROSS with a pipe as a mark of their esteem, remarking that if he displayed the same energy at the front as he had with the hose and reel, he would returned crowned with honour.
The Chairman then presented Privates BOUSFIELD and CROSS with a wristlet watch each, and he stated that the watches would be true to them, and that they too, would keep faithful time. He was confident that they would be faithful in whatever capacity they were placed.
Privates BOUSFIELD and CROSS made suitable responses. The former said he intended to do his best for his country, and would not take any risks. He thanked them heartily for the handsome present they had given him. Private CROSS said, in thanking the members of the Brigade for their gift, that if he had a good a time with the boys at the front as he had with the fireman at Ballarat, it would do him. In regard to the present from the public, he would assure them that he would always look upon it with kind thoughts of the Natimuk people.
Three cheers were heartily given for the guests, after which refreshments were handed round.
The young people subsequently engaged in dancing, which was kept going until after 1 o'clock in the morning.
The two young soldiers left Natimuk by Tuesday's night train, a large crowed assembling and cheering.

Minimay Branch
At a meeting of Minimay and district ladies, held on February 24, a branch of the Australian Red Cross Society was formed, with Mrs Jas CHASTON as president, Miss B. WILLIS hon. treasurer, Miss E. DAY hon. secretary. A large number of members were enrolled, and a strong working committee formed. It was resolved to do sewing and contribute to the Red Cross funds for sick and wounded Australian soldiers. The next meeting will be held in the Mechanics Hall on the first Wednesday in April. Several members gave donations of wool to the Society, and similar donations will be gladly accepted, so that the laudable work of providing comfort for our disabled heroes can be carried on without intermission while the necessity exists. All donations, either in money or material, may be addressed to the hon. secretary, Miss E. DAY, Minimay.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 7, 1916

The death is report of Mr. William A. Robinson, jnr., of Ozenkadnook, son of Mr. William Robinson of Booroopki. Deceased, who was well known and highly respected, had lived around the Goroke district for over 30 years. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn their loss.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday April 28, 1916

MINIMAY NOTES (From our own correspondent)
Anzac Day was celebrated at the Minimay State School on Friday last, when several visitors were present, including a Gallipoli hero, Private G. DAY, brother of the head teacher, Miss E. DAY.
It had been previously arranged that a Tobacco Day be also held on that day, and children and teacher worked untiringly in canvassing for donations of tobacco, cigarettes and other suitable gifts for soldiers, with the excellent result that 74 packets of cigarettes, 9 tins tobacco, 2 tins of condensed milk, 2 tins bloater paste, 2 tins cocoa and soap were received. These gifts were handed to the secretary of the local Red Cross branch Miss DAY, who will hand them over to the treasurer of the Tobacco Day fund in Melbourne.

This school's contribution to the State Schools Patriotic Fund to date is 12 pound, and the girls of the school have to date forwarded to our troops abroad 65 handkerchiefs, 12 pairs of mittens, 12 pairs of socks and 12 face washers. These results, considering the comparatively small attendance of this school, speak for themselves, and we can only say well done, and we have not the least doubt that their efforts in any way flag, judging by the interest that is being displayed by the children.

Private Basil LAVERY, accompanied by his camp companion, Lance Corporal H. EVANS, has been home on final leave since Thursday, and leaves today (Tuesday) for Bendigo Camp. He is attached to the Machine Gun section, of 38th Battalion, and is well satisfied with his "Job," and is in best of health; Privates Ted and Harry OLIVER, of Neuarpurr, and Charlie CRABTREE, of Booroopki, who are also in the 38th battalion, are also home on the same leave, and also speak well of camp life, but of course are not looking forward to a pleasure picnic when they leave these shores. Nevertheless they are all unanimous in saying that every available man is wanted in order to carry on this titanic struggle for freedom and right.

Messrs. Percy WILLIS, Minimay, and Pat and Jack CARRACHER and David CRABTREE, all of Booroopki, left on Saturday for Melbourne, on route to Bendigo Camp. They were also accompanied by Mr H.B. PHILLIPS, who was recently in charge of Morea and Booroopki schools, and who visited his friends in this district and will enter Ballarat Camp on 1st May.

Mr Clarrie PATCHING, at one time a well known and highly respected resident of this district, has enlisted from Heywood, where his father is proprietor of the Commercial Hotel. Clarrie is at present on a visit to this part; and will go into camp on the 6th prox.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday May 20, 1916

We are informed that Mr E. BOWLES an Englishman, who has for some time been in the employ of Mr Geo. BURNS, of Lemon Springs, is leaving the district to join the colours, but he intends to enlist in England, where his relatives have joined the ranks, his father holding a commission in the British army. This lad is popular with all who know him, and all wish him well.

A large number of friends assembled at the residence of Mr H. SPEHER, Natimuk Lake, on Monday evening last to bid goodbye to private Aubrey BOWDEN. The chairman, Mr R.WILLIAMS, apologised for the unavoidable absence of Mr Alf BARKER, who had been invited to take the chair. After a good program of songs, and recitations and instrumental solos, Mr WILLIAMS, on behalf of friends present, presented Private BOWDEN with a wristlet watch. In the course of his remarks the chairman said that the BOWDEN family were well represented at the front, as private BOWDEN had six cousins, two uncles, and a brother, in the firing line. Private BOWDEN in a neat speech suitably responded. Games and cards were then the order of the evening till midnight, when a nice supper supplied by the ladies brought the evening to a close.

Signaller Tom SkeyhIll.
Signaller Tom Skeyhill, the blind soldier poet, who lectured to a packed house at Natimuk on Friday evening had a wonderfully interesting story to tell, and be told it eloquently. His elocutionary training before he left for the war has proved providential. He knows exactly when and how to emphasise a .point, and the personal touches introduced throughout gripped and thrilled his audience. His story was not one of what he had heard and read, but what be had seen and taken part in. His wonderful collection of slides, actual photographs taken fighting with the boys, his description of life in the trenches, the close comradeship existing between the boys, and the many self-sacrificing acts be had witnessed, made a story absorbingly interesting and worthy of remembrance by all. During the evening he recited two or three of his stirring poems, actually written in the firing line. Private Bobbie Pearce, who accompanies Signaller Skeyhill sang several songs, favorites with the boys in the trenches. He has a powerful voice, and received a great ovation. Those who were not present undoubtedly missed a treat.

Man in the Corner

A chiel's amang ye takin' notes and faith he'll print 'em.—Burns

Signaller Tom Skeyhill interspersed his war story with some humorous stories.

One I think I have told before—about the soldier who explained his absence from the lines by the fact that he wanted a pair of boots and had to shoot 24 Turks before he got a pair to fit him.

Another was about an Australian soldier who was shaving himself—using the water from a pool in a rock—when an officer came along and enquired how he was. "Oh, I'm alright, but I'd like you to take your bloomin' foot out of my shavin mug."

A good one was about an Australian who had just put his hat on the parapet over his trench when it fell at his feet with a bullet hole through it. " My word," he said to his mate, " I was lucky I didn't have my hat on."

A story that appealed to the audience was purely Australian. Two of our boys had to flee from the Turks One of them was not fleet of foot, and was hampered by his kit. His mate, becoming alarmed, shouted. "Come on come on: the- Turks are gaining on you!" To which the laconic reply was made, " Bli me, d'ye think I'm runnin' stiff."


The committee of the Mutual improvement Association met on Monday evening in the Library of the Mechanics Institute, the president, (Mr. H B Waller) being in the chair. It was resolved that the literary and social evenings be held fortnightly, alternately, on Mondays. and the gymnastic exercises, ping pong, etc, every Tuesday evening. The following syllabus was drawn up...

  • May 22—Progressive Euchre and Dance
  • June 5—Newspaper Night
  • June 19--Social (Draughts)
  • July- 3—Debate on Conscription
  • July 17—Social (Ping-pong, etc)
  • July 31 Gleanings from Popular Authors
  • Aug 14—Social (Roller Skating) ,
  • Aug 2S-- Impromptu Speaking -
  • Sep 11—Social
  • Sep 25— Debate on White Australia
  • Oct 9—Social (Music and Cards),
  • Oct 23—Musical and Literary Competitions.

It was decided to make a charge of 2/6 to socials and 6d to literary evenings for non-members' Members are admitted free. and as the session is likely to be very successful we would urge all to become members The net profits are to go to the Mechanics' Institute - Mr. H Jory explained his ideas in connection with the proposed, dramatic club. He suggested that a sub committee be appointed, and that those willing to take parts should volunteer their services—The president and secretary were appointed to the committee, a third member to be elected at the opening night. The session opens next Monday evening with progressive euchre and dancing

Farewell to Private Bowden

A large number of friends assembled at the residence of Mr. H Speher, Natimuk Lake, on Monday evening last to bid goodbye to Private Aubrey Bowden The chairman, Sir R Williams, apologised for the unavoidable absence of Mr. Alf Barker, who had been invited to take the chair. After a good program of songs, recitations and instrumental solos, Mr. Williams, on behalf of friends present, presented Private Bowden with a wristlet watch. In the course of his remarks the chairman said that the 'Bowden family were well represented at the front, as Private Bowden had six cousins; two uncles and a brother in the firing line. Private Bowden, in a neat speech suitably responded. Games and cards were then the order of the evening till midnight, when a nice supper supplied by the ladies brought the evening to a close.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday September 6, 1916

The Dance
Which was to have been held in Mr. Paul BOEHM'S barn at Natimuk Lake on September 12th has been postponed to the 26th September. {H. MEYER., H. RASMUSSEN.} Hon. Secs.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 24, 1916

Mrs. W.A. Robinson, snr., of Booroopki, is also making very little progress towards recovery, being still confined to her bed.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - December 8, 1916

Minimay Notes
Mrs. W.A. Robinson, snr, of Booroopki, who was also suffering from a severe illness for some considerable time, is now greatly improved in health.

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