Down the years: Nurses show true courage

100 years ago

BAGDAD AND BAUPAUME: It is announced that Bagdad has fallen. The Allied public await the commencement of tremendous fighting on the various fronts. Recent Berlin wireless messages from neutral journalists harp upon bad weather, declaring it suicidal for either side to attempt a great offensive before mid-April. A French semi-official report says: The British advance extended from Puisieux to Warlencourt, with the objectives gained within an hour. The advance is important because it begins the out flanking of Bapaume on the northwest. (12.3.1917)

An AIF nurse from Cardross was recognised for her bravery when she and another nurse shielded wounded soldiers with their own bodies.

An AIF nurse from Cardross was recognised for her bravery when she and another nurse shielded wounded soldiers with their own bodies.

COLLEGE LANDS: As the Education Department is taking over control of college lands, it was requested that the trust should nominate a member of the council of the Mildura Agricultural High School, which will take over the duties formerly carried out by the Advisory Board. – Com H. P. Thomson was nominated. (14.3.1917)

ANZAC BUFFET IN LONDON: The local postmaster (Mr J. Hutson) received from one of the ladies of the Anzac Buffet which reads:-”Dear Sir,-Three of the boys from France came into the Anzac Buffet last week and asked me if I would write and let the good people of Mildura know how much they appreciated the gift of fruit sent specially from Mildura and specially addressed to the boys and not for sale. Well these boys say that fruit of yours was the only comfort they ever received at the Front during eight months and many a day they thank you folks for same. Our boys thoroughly deserve all the gifts sent; and therefore we do all we can to make the boys feel that the Anzac Buffet is a home and give them everything free. Dozens of boys say they would have been hungry and cold in London if the buffet had not existed. Not knowing anybody personally in Mildura I trust you will give publicity to this note.” (14.3.1917)

75 years ago

CARDROSS AIF NURSE BRAVERY: In the Press last week mention was made of the epic courage of two AIF nurses, Sisters Torney and Anderson, during a voyage on the last big ship to leave Singapore. Sister V.A. Torney is from Cardross, widely known in the Red Cliffs district, and for a time was employed at Tasma private hospital. The two nurses, when the ship was being bombed by the Japanese, shielded the wounded soldiers on deck with their own bodies. The crew of the ship on which Sister Torney escaped has strongly recommended to the authorities that she and Sister Anderson be decorated for their bravery. Sister Torney is now in Australia. (12.3.1942)

WAR NEWS: RAAF Salamaua attack – The heaviest aerial attack so far carried out in the New Guinea area was launched by the RAAF yesterday. They attacked an enemy cruiser in the face of anti-aircraft fire of considerable volume. One large ship was surrounded by bombs and left burning. Two other ships were also hit and set afire. An attempt by enemy aircraft to intercept our bombers failed. Japanese raids in Torrest Strait and Port Moresby – Twelve fighters and eight bombers took part in raids in Torres Strait, and nine heavy bombers were over Port Moresby. (12.3.1942)

HIGH SCHOOL CLERKS: In future the Education Department will appoint clerks to assist in office records at high schools. Miss Jean Bellerby has been appointed to such a position at the Mildura High School and will commence duty this month. (14.3.1942)

50 years ago

SOUTH VIETNAM: Allied ground forces killed at least 500 Vietcong in heavy weekend fighting in South Vietnam, but Communist gunners in the north shot down four American jet bombers and damaged a US destroyer, military spokesmen reported. The Communists exacted a price for their heavy losses in the South, killing at least 21 Americans and wounding 97 in a series of weekend battles. The biggest ground victory was scored on Saturday by US infantry, airborne and cavalry troops in Operation “Junction City,” the biggest allied sweep of the war. (13.3.1967)

SABIN VACCINE: Health officials in the NSW areas of Sunraysia are preparing to open the most intensive campaign yet against poliomyelitis by using for the first time Sabin oral vaccine instead of the Salk injection method. Sabin vaccine has been accepted throughout the world as being superior to Salk vaccine and has the approval of health authorities in every State in Australia except Victoria. (14.3.1967)

GRAPE THIEVES: A Yelta fruitgrower yesterday chased three men by car for five miles after they had stolen some grapes from his property. The men drove up the driveway of Redgrove tourist attraction, stopped the car, and made several trips from vines to the car with grapes. Owner, Mr Lyal Smith, noticed the men driving away and, calling two of his pickers, chased them in his car and managed to stop. The men had no money so Mr Smith promptly retrieved the grapes which weighed about 30 pounds. (15.3.1967)

25 years ago

POLICE WORK IN THE 30s: A lot of things have changed since Ron Kirk first came to Mildura as a mounted trooper in 1932. Back then, Mr Kirk was the youngest of nine policemen at a police station which had stables at the rear. Mr Kirk retired from the force in 1961. On his return for the first time in 60 years, Mr Kirk, 86, now holds the distinction of being the oldest former officer to have been stationed at Mildura and of being the last mounted trooper in Victoria. Mr Kirk was also gazetted as an honorary officer with the NSW Police force. Motorists wishing to cross the bridge from Victoria into NSW were required to get a permit, from the Mildura police, which lasted six weeks. (12.3.1992)

SENIOR CITIZENS’ WEEK: This week will be launched with a picnic in Henderson Park, on Sunday, April 5. The program includes riverboat trips, a health day and free entry to the Mildura Arts Centre, and the Old Mildura Homestead. The theme for this year’s program is “Take Advantage of Your Age” and involves the City of Mildura, Shire of Mildura, and the Shire of Wentworth. (13.3.1992)

COURT VOLUNTEERS: Attendance in a court of law no longer has to be a nerve-wracking experience – thanks to the initiative of a Merbein woman. Three years ago Mrs Eileen Pica established three Sunraysia branches of the Northern Mallee Victorian Court Information and Welfare Network. They learned about the legal system, court procedure, child abuse, family law, neglect, domestic violence and crisis intervention; and now provide support and information and personalise the legal system to all court users. (13.3.1992)

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