Down the years: Local hospital ‘too small’

100 years ago

AUSTRALIAN SQUADRONS: Amongst others, Australian squadrons have been doing magnificent work photographing and reconnoitring, observing for artillery shooting. One particular German began to visit our trenches daily, flying only 500 feet high and firing at the infantry which, though not very dangerous, was exceedingly irritating. After four or five mornings Australian planes waited for him, six of them tackling him in order to make certain. They brought him down wounded. The airman turned out to be a German baron, who had been undertaking this dangerous expedition day after day. (27.2.1918)

MILDURA DISTRICT HOSPITAL: The monthly meeting of the Hospital Committee of Management was held on Thursday evening. Dr Henderson said that the local hospital was now too small to cope with the requirements. The daily average was nearly 30. During the early part of February there were 51 admissions, and at one time there were 33 patients in a 16-bed hospital. If it had not been for the verandahs it could not be managed at all. He recommended that the committee should set to work to raise a certain sum of money and borrow more and enlarge the hospital. (27.2.1918)

TENNIS: Tennis players desirous of resuscitating the game in Mildura are invited to meet at the Federal Hall on Friday evening, March 8. The St Margaret’s Club is taking steps to re-form. It is hoped there will be a large attendance of tennis enthusiasts. (27.2.1918)

75 years ago

ENEMY PLANE FROM SUB: The Prime Minister (Mr Curtin) said today that it had been established that the enemy plane detected over Sydney and Port Kembla last Friday night came from an enemy sub­marine. Requisite steps had been taken by all Services, and he was entirely satisfied with what had been done. Mr Curtin said ithat he would give a detailed account of what the Services did to the Advisory War Council meeting tomorrow. (25.2.1943)

LETTERS TO BE TYPED: Red Cross authorities have advised that letters to Australian prisoners, particularly those held by the Japanese should be typed. Japanese cannot cope with bad hand-writing in English, and letters, therefore, are often delayed or destroyed. The Mildura Rotary Club has arranged for volunteer typists who have offered to type letters for persons who have no typing facilities. Strictest secrecy will be observed. (26.2.1943)

MILDURA SHOPS OPEN LATE: An order has been issued by the Secretary for Labor, Mr C.H. Beers, under authority of National Security Regulations, allowing shops in the Shire of Mildura to remain open until 8pm each Friday from March 5 to March 26 inclusive, because of the difficulties created by harvesting the fruit crop. Mr Beers said that this was regarded as a special case. (2.3.1943) 

50 years ago

CARWARP REUNION: A reunion of citizens from Carwarp was held in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne on February 25, despite the 106 degree temperature. The meeting was very emotional as old friends shook hands and embraced after being reunited for the first time in years. An exhibition of old photos was on display, depicting Carwarp as it was many years back. The ­organisation of the day was attributed mainly to Mr Wilfred Rowley, to whom the crowd sang “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”. (29.2.1968)

NIGHT CLASSES: Mildura Technical School this year would cater for up to 500 adult pupils in the night classes the school principal (Mr H.R. Watson) said yesterday. This figure represents more than a third of the number of regular pupils who attend the school during the day. This year the school is offering about 50 different subjects for study, including free classes in English for New Australians, and many of the classes have already reached capacity. (1.3.1968)

VIET NAVAL BATTLE: U.S. forces destroyed five Communist supply ships and captured a sixth yesterday in what military officials called the “most important” naval battle of the Vietnam War, United Press International reported. U.S. Navy and coast guard patrols caught three 100-foot steel trawlers carrying munitions trying to break through the allied blockade on the South Vietnam coast. They sank two of the three gun-runners in the pre-dawn battle and drove the third onto the beach where the crew blew the vessel and themselves up to avoid capture. A fourth big trawler turned tail and fled. (2.3.1968)

25 years ago

MA BAKER’S TONIC: Sunraysia’s Theatre Restaurant Production’s new show has been a rousing success according to organisers. Artistic director Peter Allen said the first Saturday night of the show at Scarlet’s Theatre Restaurant in the Mediterranean Motor Inn was a full house, and forward bookings are already coming in. “There is a lot of audience participation and guests can expect to learn the hoedown, Charleston and to be frisked by a gangster,” Mr Allen said. (25.2.1993)

WARBIRDS IN MILDURA: Visitors to Mildura airport went back in time yesterday with the visit of four 1940s rare vintage aircraft touching down to refuel for a trans-Australian race they are competing in. Among the pilots was Judy Pay, the owner of a Trojan, the largest of the four planes. The other planes were Harvards. Judy is the only female pilot of Trojans in Australia. Her aircraft are based at Tyabb airport. She also has a Vampire jet and is restoring a Kittyhawk fighter. (26.2.1993)

DIALYSIS IN MILDURA: The Mildura Base Hospital officially opened its new haemodialysis unit yesterday which will provide dialysis treatment for local patients previously forced to travel outside the district for treatment. The hospital received $27,000 funding from the Victorian Health Department to establish the service which will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At this stage there are four ­machines operational with the facilities able to cater for up to six machines if required. Both patients and staff have visited the Royal Melbourne Hospital for training. (2.3.1993)

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