West Wimmera Mail & Natimuk & Goroke Advertiser
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WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 2, 1917
An unfortunate accident occurred to Mrs J. Mulraney on Thursday last. We understand she was going about her usual home duties, and by some means slipped and fell, causing a serious fracture of the ankle. She is at present in the Goroke hospital, under the care of Dr. Kelman.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 16, 1917
Mrs John Mulraney, who, a few weeks ago sustained an injury to an ankle, is now doing well in the Goroke Hospital under the care of Dr. Kelman.
Mrs W.A. Robinson, senior, of Borroopki, who was for a considerable time confined to her bed with a severe illness, is now about again and is gradually improving.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - April 6, 1917
Mrs John Mulraney, of Minimay, has left the Goroke Cottage Hospital, slightly improved.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - Friday April 20, 1917
Mr John MARSH, of Lake Karnak, grazier and farmer, died suddenly on Friday at his home. The deceased, who is a well-to-do farmer came to the district 35 years ago with his father and brothers, and selected land in the early days of it's settlement. Deceased was a member of the Goroke Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and was foremost in every movement for the advancement and welfare of the locality. He was an enthusiastic sheep breeder, and never allowed the price of stock to interfere with his purchases of the best obtainable; in consequence of which his flock was noted for it's excellence. Deceased leaves a widow and one son, and two daughters to mourn their loss.
John MARSH married Sarah Ann BELLINGER. He was the son of Thomas MARSH.
DIAMOND WEDDING, Mr and Mrs JOSEPH CARTER, 60 Years
A unique event so far as the Natimuk district is concerned was celebrated at the residence of Mr and Mrs Joseph CARTER, Tooan East, when a large number of the aged and highly esteemed couple met to do them honour on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of their wedding day. It falls to the lot of very
few couples to live together for 60 years, and when such a very rare event happens it is fitting that it should be celebrated. Mr and Mrs CARTER have justified their existence on this planet. They will leave the world better than they found it. Mr CARTER is an Englishmen, having been born in Cambridgeshire, and landed in Adelaide 62 years ago; Mrs CARTER was born in South Australia, her maiden name being Eliza COOK. They were married in the Church Of England at Echunga, South Australia, by the Rev. Mr. FULFORD on the 17th April, 1857, and settled at Tooan East 40 years ago. There were no motor cars in those days, and no fences, Mr CARTER having frequently to drive the Vectis Station sheep off his property in the evening, to save his crop and grass. He had to cart water in casks from The Basin at Mount Arapiles, now water runs from Wartook 40 miles in channels. The nearest railway was at Stawell. Mr CARTER was a hardy type of industrious pioneer and cleared his land fit for the set plough.
Mr and Mrs CARTER brought up a family of seven boys and five girls, all of whom are alive. The members of the family present on Tuesday were, Mr Henry CARTER (Turiff)? or (Tariff)?, Mrs Alf BLAKE, Mrs Walter BLAKE, Mrs Thos. DWYER, Mrs Alf STEHN, Mr Herbert CARTER (Natimuk), and Mr E. M.
CARTER (Horsham). On behalf of the family, Mr Henry CARTER presented their parents with a dinner set, travelling rug, and hearthrug. Mr H. CARTER responded. In addition to the family mentioned there are 80 grand children and 32 great grand children.
Mr Wm. BRAUNE, of Natimuk Lake, met with a painful accident on Tuesday last. He was assisting Mr Albert KLOWSS in dismantling a windmill, when while lifting up the tail of the mill his second and third fingers of his left hand got caught in the cogs. He was taken to Dr. BIRD, who found it necessary to amputate the fingers at the first joint.
The Rev. Thos. and Mrs COLE are paying a visit to the Natimuk district.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - June 22, 1917
Obituary : MRS. W.A. ROBINSON
The news of the death of Mrs W.A. Robinson, snr, which occurred early on Wed morning, 13th inst, although not unexpected was received by all with feelings of regret at the loss of such a worthy and esteemed citizen, who was, with her husband, Mr William Allitt Robinson, amongst the earliest settlers in the district, having previously lived in Harrow, where Mr Robinson carried on a blacksmithing business. The deceased lady was born in Lincolnshire England, 87 years ago, arrived in Victoria 63 years ago, with her husband. There was a family of six - Mrs John Mulraney (Minimay), Mrs George Gardner (Booroopki), Mrs C. Stehn (Morea), and Messrs William A. Robinson (Ozenkadnook), who died about 14 months ago, George (Goroke) and John (Booroopki). Mrs Robinson’s grand-children number 30, and her greatgrand-children 16, a record which is seldom met with.
The remains were conveyed from the home of the deceased lady to Goroke on Thursday for interment, and over 30 vehicles formed the cortege. The Rev McCoy (Church of England) conducted the burial service, and Messrs C. Webb and J McBeau carried out the mortuary arrangements.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 9, 1917
Soldiers Farewell at Morea
To Pte Ernie STEHN
On Monday evening 29th ult, at Morea, a farewell social was tendered to Pte
Ernie STEHN, of Morea, who was home on final leave from Broadmeadows camp.
The little school was taxed far beyond it's holding capacity, about 80
people being present altogether, which alone bears ample testimony of the
respect in which the departing soldier was held by all who knew him. For
many years Pte STEHN has taken an active part in sporting and social
institutions in Minimay, being a prominent player and member of the local
football and cricket clubs, a live member of the sports and race club, and
gave liberal assistance to any other worthy institution.
The early part of the evening was given to dancing , and on supper being
handed round, the chairman (Mr A SCHINCKEL) made a eulogistic speech in reference to the departing guest, who he said was known to him since he was a boy, and had always found him straitforward and of good character generally and was always of a jovial disposition whether he was playing a game of football or cricket, at a dance, or shearing a "cobbler" on the shearing board. Pte STEHN, had, about a month ago offered his services to the Empire, but was unavoidably prevented from going to camp. He, (the chairman), hoped their guest would have a safe campaign and that he would soon be back again, together with all our other brave boys.
He then presented Pte STEHN, on behalf of the people, with a sum of money
with which to procure a suitable present.
Messrs L.A. BULL and M. MORRIS also added their quota, speaking in high
terms of Pte STEHN, and hoping that he would soon be back home safe and sound.
Pte STEHN suitably responded, thanking the people for their kindness and
hoping he would be able to do some good when he joined the brave Australians
on the other side. (applause)
Three hearty cheers were given by the assemblage for the guest, and dancing
was resumed and kept going for some hours.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 16, 1917
MR W. J. O'KEEFE
Expert Optician and Sight Specialist
13 Cassell Street Hawksburn
Visits Natimuk every six weeks., and may be consulted at NEWTON's Hotel.
Date of next visit--November 20
Also Goroke (SEERY's Hotel--Nov. 22
Horsham (ANDERSON's Hotel ) --Nov. 23
Scientific methods of Eye Testing--Bifocal and Ksyptoio
Invisible Lenses--two sights in one--a specialty
Two young sons of Mr and Mrs J. DAGGER, Neaurpurr, were on Sunday last,
conveyed to Mt Gambier Hospital, suffering from, it was thought, pneumonia.
A sale worthy of special note was effected recently by Mr John MULRANEY,
Minimay, where he disposed of eleven fine bullocks at £25 per head, cash,
the purchaser being Mr KIRBY "Mingbool".
At the local state school, the members of the Young Gardeners League number 19, and as a proof that these juvenile war workers have been industrious, we are informed by the head teacher, Mr R.W. FINK, that all of them have been awarded certificates, to which each is entitled when the sum of £1 has been collected.
The Goroke Cottage Hospital
As a result of the public meeting held at Goroke some time ago with the
object of guaranteeing the nurse in charge a gross income of £150 per annum
the following donations have been received. The committee consider the
result highly satisfactory, and desire to thank those who have so generously
supported the movement. A subscribers meeting is to be held in the Goroke
Hall on Tuesday next, November 20, when the report and balance sheet will be
presented and a new committee appointed.
£3/3--Mrs F.O. ROBERTSON, F.R.G. ROBERTSON
£2/2-- J. BURTON, A. SCHINCKEL, G.H. HAWKINS, C.D. BLOCK, L. BROOK, A.
BROOK, W. TIERNEY, A. RICHARDS, A. FRIEND and J. COMPSTON.
£2-- Miss MATHESON, D. MATHESON, Mrs MATHESON.
£1/1-- M. KIELY, Mrs M KIELY, Mrs R. BELL, Jas LOWE, J.J. WEBB, Dan KIELY,
John ROBINSON, Geo. ROBINSON, J. JOHNS, Mrs A. BUFFHAM, J.E. MOLLOY, P.
MOLLOY, E.E. WILSON, R. McLAUGHLIN, G. WALKER, J. CHASTON, W. ALLAN, A.
TUCKER, J.G.B. SCOTT, E. CROSS, Mrs A.G. McCARTHY, L.M. BULL, Mrs F.
WIDDICOMBE, CALDOW Bros., Thos. GRACE, F.and A. MEUGEL, W.H. KNIGHT, C.
BAILEY, J. CRICK, F. WIDDICOMBE, J.G. MITCHELL, W.B. CROSBIE, J.M. WATT,
Miss K. WILLIS, W. MILLER, Mrs WONG, G. McLAUGHLIN, D. CARRACHER, Robert
£1-- J.C. McDONALD, Jer. TIERNEY, Hedley REDFORD, J.J. BREEN, Mrs C.D.
BLOCK, W. REDFORD, B. LAVERY.
12/-- C. SMITH
10/6-- C. STEHN, J.A. ROBINSON, H.C. KNIGHT, F.C. SMITH, Jas. MAJOR, M.
SEERY, G.T. HAASE, Tom COLYER, L. NICHOLAS, A. EDLINGTON, H. GOLDING, A.
MATHEWS, W.T. JOHNSTONE, John WILLIS, R.T. JOHNSTONE, N. ROBBIE, John
MULRANEY, R. KEYTE.
10/-- J. VEITCH, FRIEND, Jim FULLER, Thos BREEN, Mrs T. BRAY, E. MOLLOY,
Tony SHERIFF, G. BIRD, W. EDMONDSON, F. EDWARDS, Joe DOWLING, D. MAJOR, Mrs
C. RICHARDS, Mrs J. MARSH, J. CAMERON, F. FULLER, Miss E. LAMPARD, A.H.
MARCHANT, J.J. CARRACHER, J.T. CARRACHER, A.J. HAWKINS, Miss EDMONDSON.
5/-- Mrs W. LAIDLAW, Alex SCOTT, J. McINTOSH, Mrs PRETLOVE, Sam TOI, J.
SMITH, S. SINGH, W.P. LANCASTER.
4/-- Walter SCOTT.
2/6-- Percy PRETLOVE, M. MILES, D.J. CRABTREE, J. CARRACHER, M. HICKEY.
13/6-- and bag of oats, Gymbowen Football Club, £6 ; Hospital Day (ladies
effort), £21/13/9 ; Jer. CALLAGHAN, timber for culvert.
The above list, which totals £135, is not quite complete, as there are a few
names from collectors not yet in the secretary's hands.
A warm welcome home was given at Merino to Private Joseph O'BRIEN, who
enlisted two and a half years ago, leaving an aged mother, wife and ten
children. During the evening an appeal was made for just one recruit to take
the returned man's place, and although some 200 were present, with many
eligible, no one responded.
Sad Death of a Young Girl
The "Murilla Express" (Miles Q) of October 30 writes--
It is with deep regret that the editor has to record the passing away of
little winsome May COATES (daughter of the proprietor of the "Murilla
Express") aged ten years and four months. The sad occurrence took place in the Miles Hospital at about 8.30 p.m. on the 22nd inst., both parents being in attendance.
The little lass was admitted on the 5th inst., suffering from septic throat,
but despite the unremitting care and attention of Drs GANDEVIR, CRAWFORD,
and the nursing staff, her spirit was called away. On Tuesday the body was
taken to St Luke's Church where the school children assembled and had a last
sorrow look at the still smiling features of their sweetly innocent little
school and playmate. After a prayer in the church the cortege moved to the
cemetery where Mr BRADBROOK (catechist) conducted a short and impressive
funeral service. The coffin and grave were literally covered with flowers
and wreaths including a permanent wreath in case from the teachers and
scholars of the Miles State School. Mr C. HUGHES carried out the funeral
Little May was a most affectionate child with delightful taking ways. For
instance she and the editor had become great chums and it was one of the
happiness of her life to be sent from home with a message to the editor. On
arrival she would creep stealthily into his den and her delight to surprise
our august person by getting in a dig in the editorial back was a pleasure
to behold. It heartened us many a time and was one of those happy
happenings that made us really realize that if such gave unbounded pleasure
to children, life for old fossils is worth the living. Mr and Mrs COATES
have our deepest sympathy in their affliction.
The father of the child, Mr W. COATES, is a son of Mr and Mrs George COATES of Noradjuha, while the mother is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Isaac DICKERSON, of Natimuk. They were married at Mt Arapiles.--Editor Mail
Using Obscene Language
at the Natimuk Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday last, before Mr A. BARKER,
J.P. Thomas Hy THORNE was charged with using obscene language in a public
place at Goroke on 16th October. There was no appearance of accused.
William ABERLEY deposed--On the 16th October I spoke to THORNE in front of
Mr CROSS's licensed premises. He was making use of bad language. I told him
to be careful. A returned soldier was standing near, and he also told THORNE
to be careful as there were ladies about. THORNE said to the ladies "Who
the ___ ___ are you ? One of those ____ in khaki, I've heard of you
before. You are one of those Gallipoli men."
To the Bench-- A lady was standing near. THORNE was slightly under the
influence of drink.
Constable NICHOLAS deposed-- I read a written statement of the occurrence to
THORNE, who said it was true excepting the word "bastard." I said--"Is it
possible that you could have used the word "bastard" to a returned soldier
without remembering it ?" Accused replied that he might have used it. A fine
of £1, with £1/12/ costs, was imposed.
Apparently having missed a stroke, Norman NAGORKA fell from a pair oar
racing boat into the Wimmera at Dimboola on Tuesday morning while practising
with Edward COX for the Dimboola regatta. The boat capsized and COX swam
ashore, he then swam back and assisted a lad named BARMBY, who had been
steering them, to get onto the upturned boat. He also tried to help NAGORKA
ashore, but NAGORKA sank and was drowned. Assistance arrived almost immediately, and the body was brought to the bank, but a doctor pronounced
life extinct. NAGORKA who was about 23, went to Dimboola from Hamilton in
March and with his brother opened a motor garage. The eldest son of Mr and Mrs R. SCHURMANN, of Natimuk, is married to deceased's sister.
WEST WIMMERA MAIL - November 23, 1917
What Our Friends Are Doing
We extremely regret to report that another of our brave young lads has made the supreme sacrifice (writes our Minimay correspondent), this being Pte John Ray Gardner, second son of Mr and Mrs Geo Gardner of ‘Fairlands’, Booroopki, who was killed in action in France on the 4th inst, the sad intelligence being communicated on Thursday last, 15th inst., by the Rev. McCoy (Church of England). The news was received in extraordinarily pathetic circumstances by the family as their other and older soldier son and brother, Pte Val Garnder who was seriously wounded, in France, arrived home on that evening so that the return was to a house of sorrow. The sympathy of all is extended to Mr and Mrs Gardner and family in their great loss. The deceased lad, who enlisted early in 1916, was about 23 years of age and was of fine physique and irreproachable character, and the loss to the community of such young men is very keenly felt.
Private Val GARDNER, who arrived home on Thursday last 15th inst., looks well, considering his several wounds, but has to return to Melbourne this week, to undergo another important operation, which includes taking a piece of bone from his leg and grafting it on to a bone of his arm.
Thos. CAREY was returning home with his bride in the Casterton district when a dog attached to Alexander STEWART's hawker's waggon frightened CAREY's
horse, causing the buggy to capsize. Mrs CAREY was so much injured that she
was taken back to Casterton for medical attendance. CAREY sued STEWART for
£14/9/9 damages and was awarded £8.
On Sunday 11th inst. a memorial service for the late Miss Marion ROSS of
Toolondo was conducted in the Carchap Hall by Mr ROBERTSON, Presbyterian
missionary, of Natimuk. There was a large attendance. The preacher chose
for his text the words "It is appointed unto man once to die and after death
judgment" Mr ROBERTSON spoke highly of deceased and her fine womanly
On Tuesday week Mr Lovell BULL, of Ozenkadnook, was taken seriously ill. Dr BIRD, who was in Goroke, was summoned, and removed him to the Goroke
Hospital, where under treatment he improved considerably. Recognising the
seriousness of the compliant and fearing a recurrence of the symptoms, Dr
BIRD advised Mr BULL to consult a specialist, this he did, leaving Goroke on
Friday last. We regret to learn that Mr BULL is again seriously ill in
Melbourne, his condition being highly critical. An operation was to be
performed yesterday, and his many friends sincerely hope it will be
successful, as he is one of the most highly esteemed residents of the Goroke
What Our Friends Are Doing
Private Alfred Clarence KNIGHT, fourth son of the late Edward KNIGHT, of
Gymbowen, has been killed in action in Flanders. He was a young man of
about 24 years of age, liked by everyone and always ready to do a good turn
for a neighbour and lend a mate a hand. There are two other brothers
serving their country, one a light horseman in Palestine, and the other
somewhere in France. The deceased was a nephew of the Mayor of Horsham.
What Our Friends Are Doing
Signaller S.M. POTTER who enlisted from Tooan East and was wounded in the
taking of Messines Ridge, has been classed as unfit for further active
What Our Friends Are Doing
Gunners J.D. and E.E. CARRACHER, of Booroopki, who have been home on
shearing leave, left for camp again on Tuesday last. They expect to sail at
the end of the year.
What Our Friends Are Doing
During last week news was received by their relatives, that Lance Corporal
Harry OLIVER, Neuarpurr, was reported as missing and that his brother, Lance
Corporal Ted OLIVER, was wounded. Both of these lads were previously wounded
but not seriously.
Mr P. McCARTHY of Neuarpurr, last week received word that his brother,
Private Jack McCARTHY, was wounded. He was slightly wounded previously.
Private Ern STEHN, of Morea, who was recently home on final leave, was due
to sail for the other side on the 16th or 17th inst., but we have not heard
whether or not his boat departed.
Mrs John McCLURE, of Mitre Lake South, has received word from the base
records that her fifth son, Pte Thomas McCLURE, has been missing since
Mr James DEWAR has received word that his son, Private Wes DEWAR has been
A meeting of the Booroopki Welcome Socials Committee was held on Friday
evening last, Mr L.A. BULL (vice president) being in the chair, The matter
of arranging a public welcome to Pte. Val GARDNER was deterred for the
present on account of the sad bereavement in the family through the death of
Pte. J. Ray GARDNER. A resolution expressing the sympathy of members for Mr
and Mrs GARDNER and family, was moved by Mr A SCHINCKEL, seconded by Mr L.A.
BULL and carried, while members stood in silence. A copy of the resolution
has been forwarded to Mr and Mrs GARDNER.
Mr and Mrs J.G. BOTHE, formally of Katyll but now living in retirement at
Dimboola, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding on Tuesday,
At St Francis' Church, Melbourne on September 22, Miss Alice HENNESSEY,
youngest daughter of the late Mr Thomas HENNESSEY and Mrs HENNESSEY, Darragh
Park, Pimpinio, was married by the Rev Father GALLIGAN to Constable Michael
Henry WILSON now of Hopetoun, and recently stationed at Horsham.
Our Clear Lake correspondent writes--On Tuesday, the 15th inst., Miss HILL,
an elderly resident of Clear Lake and sister of Mrs Thomas HAIR of Lakeside,
passed away. The deceased lady, who was 79 years of age, had been ailing
for some time, and with all the attention given by the household, and extra
care of a special nurse, the end came quietly and gently, thus removing one
more friend from our midst. Though through insufficient health Miss HILL had
not generally moved much in public, yet one place, that of divine worship,
was seldom vacant when her strength would allow. The funeral took place at
the local cemetery on Thursday, when a number of friends gathered to honour
the last service, which was read by Mr J.R. EDMONDS, both at the home and
graveside. Messrs John, Harry, and Frank HAIR and Mr W. DOWNING (nephews)
were pall-bearers, whilst the funeral arrangements were undertaken by Messrs
OUTTON and BOYLE, of Horsham.