Finley’s second Lone Pine unveiled

November 15, 2017

Many members of the Finley community and schools came together at Diggers Park on Remembrance Day (Saturday) to remember and honour those who have and those who are still serving their country in the defence forces.

Diggers Park was chosen as the venue for this year’s commemoration service for two reasons.

Firstly to showcase the second Memorial Park and secondly to carry out the unveiling of the second Lone Pine Tree which Finley is privileged to have.

Following the siren raised by the Finley Fire and Rescue Service on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, RSL Sub-Branch president Jim White called those present to pause for one minute’s silence.

He then proceeded to remind everyone of the sacrifices made by so many to give all Australians a safe and secure country to call home.

Rev. Stephen Davis gave a very personal account of his association of friends who have been involved in the defence forces and urged the younger generation to make sure their efforts are never forgotten.

The Last Post/Reveillie were magnificently played by Peter Orro who has taken on this duty many times in the past.

Following the official service, Berrigan Shire Council Mayor Matt Hannan then performed the unveiling of the special Lone Pine Tree which has been donated to the Finley community by the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens. Two ‘Spirit of Anzac’ grevilleas have also been planted at the memorial site.

Mr White expressed his thanks and appreciation to those in attendance, especially the students from Finley High School who assisted on the day.


The festive season is fast approaching and is a happy time when families and friends come together and enjoy each other’s company.

However, the Finley Community Church would ask us not to forget the real meaning of Christmas.

With this in mind, a special evening has been organised for Saturday, December 9 at the Finley Railway Park at 6pm.

Special guest for the event is well known entertainer Colin Buchanan.

Dublin born, Colin is an ARIA, APRA and nine times Golden Guitar winning singer/songwriter whose diverse career includes being a beloved ABC TV Play School presenter as well as many other achievements.

Colin’s history is very entertaining in itself, going back to 1988 when, as a primary school teacher, he spent a life-shifting year living in a Christian community in outback Bourke with his new bride, Robyn.

With a teaching background he is well known for his work with children and particularly the iconic ABC Play School TV program.

The evening at Railway Park will start with local singers performing Christmas carols at 6pm and it is expected that Colin will take to the stage at 7pm.

The function is free; food and drinks will be available to purchase.

It is hoped many members of the community will come together to support this event and, on a personal level, it is hoped Colin will see his way clear to perform ‘Christ the King of Christmas’.


A reminder that the Finley Show Society will be holding its annual Rose Show this Saturday at the Bob Close Pavilion. Roses are to be entered by 10.30am.

A flower arranging demonstration will be held from 11am. Refreshments will also be available.

Information can be obtained from the secretary or the show website.


Well known local identity Helen Wastle recently celebrated her 70th birthday surrounded by her wonderful family and beautiful friends; some from school days in Benalla and others from all stages of her married life of 46 years in Finley.

The group gathered at Poppies for a magnificent High Tea and all present commented on the wonderful occasion.


Crazy Whist will be on again at Finley Uniting Church hall in Coree St this Saturday starting at 1.30pm.

As this is the last Crazy Whist for this year all are welcome, as usual, to go along and join in the fun.


As a newcomer to Finley (only a resident here for 31 years) your correspondent has become extremely interested in the material on the history of this great town collated by local historian Peter Hamilton and researched by Peter Larsen.

The items gathered by the two Peters are incredible.

It is hoped that, in future editions, with their help it will be possible to put forward some of this history which it is hoped will bring back great memories to those who have been born and raised in Finley and interesting knowledge to those who have come to this wonderful community in recent years.

For instance, Murray Hut, situated where the Finley Motel is, was the first and only building in Finley originally; The School of Arts was used for so many occasions including boxing competitions, Talkies – movies such as ‘Sutter’s Gold’ and ‘The Girl on the Front Page’ and many more.

The oldest building still standing in Finley is now occupied by the Hospital Ladies Auxiliary operating as an Op Shop.

Some of the advertisements by businesses such as J.T. Close go back to circa 1908 and are amazing in their wording.

An article reportedly in the Finley Free Press dated Saturday 14th October, 1899 by ‘Wotty the Sprinkler’ looking back over the previous 13 years in Finley makes very interesting reading.

These and other stories will be expanded on in the coming weeks as space permits.


Items for From Finley may be submitted by phoning 0428293922 or email or left at the Southern Riverina News office. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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