May 3-9, 2020. Presented by Mildura and District Historical Society. Compiled by Ann Ziguras for Mildura Rural City Council Library.
100 years ago
LOCAL NEWS: Those interested in aviation will know something of Lieut Long's visit to Mildura in connection with the formation of a company to handle aircraft in Australia – particularly the establishment of "aerial taxicabs". Three machines have been purchased by Mildurians, viz., Messrs DeGaris, Hunter Yule, and Sid Nettleton, who will, no doubt, in future travel to Melbourne by air and no longer suffer the agony of the dusty and wearisome railway journey. The children of the Mildura Methodist Sunday School had their picnic on Wednesday, journeying by drag to a nice spot on the river, some four miles upstream. The usual games were indulged in and there was a race for each class, which kept everybody pleasantly employed. The alfresco luncheon and tea were, of course, important features, and it was shown that the children of the present generation have quite as good appetites as those of 20 and 30 years back. The first drag-loads commenced the return journey at about 5.45, and the final loads were landed in town at about a quarter to eight. The picnic was generally voted "a good one". The annual fair arranged by the Methodist Girls Guild, in aid of Foreign Missions will be held in the School Hall on Wednesday, May 12. It will be officially opened by Rev. O.W.S. McCall at 3.30 o'clock and will be continued through the evening. There will be the usual stalls. Judging by previous displays, the fete should be well worth patronising. An exhibition of billiards was given at the Recreation Club last Monday night by George Gray, ex-champion of the world. His opponent was Archie Godkin, who received 300 start in a game of 600 up. The exhibition was poor, Gray being palpably out of form. The Victorian Fruit Growers Central Association will open its conference at 10 o'clock this morning in the Mildura Shire Hall. General Birdwood, accompanied by Lady Birdwood and party, arrived at Brisbane last Friday night, and were accorded a most enthusiastic welcome by a large gathering of soldiers. On completion of his Queensland tour General Birdwood will return to New South Wales and embark for New Zealand, and, after spending a month there, will leave for London. (3-5.5.1920)