Looking back

March 02, 2018

PRESENT and past firemen of the Kyabram Fire Brigade had no hesitation when called to the reel during the reunion at the fire station last week. As polers (front) are ex-Lt L Evans (the most senior fireman present) and ex-Lt L Slattery. Behind them (from left) ex-fn F Ruler, secretary R Hawking, ex-cpt R Leckie, ex-fn E Billingham, ex-fn L Thompson, ex-fn W Roberts, brigade captain R Watt and ex-fn C Votier.

Old fireys reunite

VISITING firemen, former members living in Kyabram and present members of the Kyabram Fire Brigade were invited to a reunion at the Kyabram Fire Station on Tuesday, March 7, 1967 to renew old friendships.

The reunion was part of the many activities organised during the 10-day Kyabram Waterwheel Festival. Mr R D Watt was captain of the Kyabram Fire Brigade at that time and Mr R Hawking was secretary.

■Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian.

40 years ago

A KYABRAM gem stone collector has won his second major title for a showcase display.

Mr George Robinson exhibited his collection at the Coleraine Victorian Gemstone championships last week.

The 45 items George displayed comprised sample specimens, mounted stones and other polished gemstones. It is the second time he has won a gold medallion in major championships.

In 976 he won the national title in the same section and in 1977 he was runner-up.

He has recently won two gold medallions at an Echuca competition.

His latest win is a feather in his cap because Victoria has a reputation for having a large number of entries for state championships.

George has been working with gemstones for about 10 years, a “long while’’ as he says.

But he says he gets a lot of pleasure out of it as a hobby. George was up against commercial gemstone collectors in the competitions.

20 years ago

GWEN Twyman is impressed.

The veteran Wyuna identity gave the thumbs up to the people who transformed the derelict former Anglican Church at Wyuna, used as a storage shed at her property since 1971, into a modern chapel now situated at the Emerald Bank Heritage Farm in Shepparton.

Gwen handed over the church to the farm late last year and co-ordinator Dianne Scott said the renovations had been completed a lot quicker than anticipated.

The church, now known as the Emerald Bank Chapel, was recently used for its first wedding.

Ms Scott said the chapel would be perfect for people who want to use a church to marry in but aren’t a specific religion or who would just prefer a place that was neutral.

Ms Scott said the building was all original apart from the roof, which had to be replaced because of white ants.

The church was transported from Gwen’s property by a low loader and the building was in a state of disrepair.

The church was originally transported using horses from Echuca to Wyuna in 1906 and was being used as a school for four years before being purchased by the Anglican Church.

It is believed the first services were conducted in the church in 1910 and it was named St Thomas’ Anglican Church.

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