THE members of the Kyabram and District Historical Society wish you all the joy and happiness of Christmas and our very best wishes for a happy, healthy and safe 2018.
Postcards were first introduced in Austria in 1869, and by 1870 picture postcards were all the rage.
Postcards became extremely popular and were sent as Christmas, New Year, birthday, valentine and Easter greetings instead of the cards we send today.
They were also sent to keep in touch with family and friends or to let a friend know you would be visiting soon.
This delightful postcard was one of a London and New York Series and was printed in Germany. It was sent in the late 1890s to “Dear Little Bertie with lots of love and kisses”. Bert was a well-known resident of Kyabram.
■Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian.
Please note from last week’s Looking back: The building on the left in the 1950 flood photo in Union Street was the Gaynor Shoe factory, which was built in the late 1940s. (Now units opposite the swimming pool).
40 years ago
KYABRAM High School this week received a citation from a Salvation Army Commissioner, which was presented by the Divisional Commander of this district.
And local Salvation Army Lieutenant Mr Arthur Owen also made a presentation in the presence of school principal Mr W. Kuhne.
For the Salvation Army it was a way of expressing thanks for the facilities of the school, which had been offered for the annual divisional athletics day.
Their appreciation was also extended to High School groundsman Mr Keith Marshall, for the presentation of the playing areas.
‘‘The Salvation Army acknowledges the wonderful co-operation and help given by the headmaster, staff and pupils of the Kyabram High School,’’ the citation read.
‘‘For over many years outstanding service has been given in the provision of all grounds, facilities and equipment needed for the Salvation Army Annual Divisional Athletics Day.’’
20 years ago
‘‘I’m glad it’s over,’’ was Kyabram teenager Damian Heard’s comment after receiving his VCE results.
And that comment came as Damian became aware that he topped the list of scores for Kyabram Secondary College students.
Damian recorded a TER (tertiary entrance rank) of 98.55, which thrust him into the top two per cent of all VCE students.
‘‘I tried really hard, I knew I’d go well,’’ Damian said.
Damian’s mother, Helen, was so happy for her son she admitted ‘‘crying for joy’’ when he told her the good news.