Hay, it's good to see you
A CONVOY of 39 semi-trailers loaded with bales of hay were welcomed at the Kyabram Showgrounds on Saturday December 14, 2002.
The truckies, who had donated their trucks — and in some cases drivers — made the long haul from all areas of Victoria’s Western District, which had escaped the drought. They were applauded by groups of farmers and their families from the road edges as the convoy passed along the highway after an overnight stop at Elmore.
A large crowd of appreciative locals welcomed the truck drivers as they arrived in Kyabram. Horns honked and blared and people clapped and cheered as the loads of hay drove into the Showgrounds.
This consignment of hay was at no cost to the drought-stricken farmers from Kyabram and the Goulburn Valley area who were lucky enough to have their names drawn out of a ballot. Hay was donated by farmers in the Western District and the Lions Club of Timboon had run an auction to cover fuel costs.
Kyabram Lions Club members and ladies were there to cater for the truck drivers, who all appreciated the welcome they were given in Kyabram.
This convoy of hay delivered about a tenth of what was eventually to be transported to the farmers in Northern Victoria who have been affected by the drought. Further consignments were to be paid for by the farmers.
■ COMPILED by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian, from an article written by Gus Underwood in the 2002 Kyabram Free Press.
20 YEARS AGO
TOP students at St Augustine’s College showed they have the answers and a bright future following their success in the world’s largest science competition.
Kerren Casey, Fabian Gobbo, Natalie Livsey and Brett Morgan each received a Distinction Award in the Australian Schools Science Competition organised by the Educational Testing Centre at the University of NSW.
This year a record of 443,000 students entered the competition held annually throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region.
‘‘Science is ultimately about real life. The competition presents students with the challenge of solving real-life problems, thus enhancing their understanding of the science they have learned in the classroom,’’ said Associate Professor Jim Tognolini, Director Educational Testing Centre, University NSW.
40 YEARS AGO
THE only problem which confronted the organisers was how to cater for the tremendous numbers which arrived in Merrigum for the centenary.
On Saturday morning the queue for the visitors’ book stretched for yards along the pavement near the school.
However, Merrigum Primary School Back-To secretary Mrs Tyson said that the school Mothers’ Club and Lions Ladies did remarkably well in catering for over 1,000 servings of afternoon tea, supper and casserole luncheon on Sunday.
The weather smiled for the opening which was conducted by Mrs Mac Stewart, a past teacher.
A number of school children then entertained the visitors with a welcoming song.
Addresses at the opening were also given by the Regional Education Director, Mr Geoff Dunstan, Mr Geoff Sullivan (on behalf of past pupils) and Mr Eddie Hann, MLA.
Past teacher Mr Ted Barclay read the roll call.
Following the opening, visitors looked through the school, in particular one room which displayed a large number of photographs taken in Merrigum.
The afternoon saw a unique spectacle in the opening of the new ‘‘adventure playground’’.
President of the Back-To Committee Mr Herbert Henderson slid down the flying fox rope and burst through a wall of ribbons to officially open the playground.