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Ray Carroll’s ‘From the Boundary’: February 20, 2024

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Barista since 13

Since she was a young girl aged 13, Sam has worked as a barista and was well prepared for her busy role at Kilmore’s Old Gaol Café.

Hardworking and conscientious, she loves meeting people and making friends. She enjoys the really busy times especially market days- mostly the last Sunday of a month.

She has high praise for her work colleagues Dianne Holloway and Heidi Walton. Dianne was formerly a valued member of the Free Pree team.

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I asked Sam about her trip “home” in January. She said it was a quite mild season for those parts; but the day after she, Darren and the boys left the temperature reached 49 degrees.

A good story

Menindee is a small village of 500 people situated an hour’s drive east of Broken Hill.

It is nestled between lakes and the Darling River. Famous for its birdlife and fishing it is an historic spot. The great explorers Burke and Wills camped there on their trek to the gulf country.

Wallan resident Samantha, Sam, Brennan has for years spent summer holidays there with partner Darren and two sons, aged 16 and 21. Sam was born in Broken Hill. Her dad Kevin(dec) and mum Susan were well respected in the area.

People who have most influenced her life are her parents and grandparents whom she dearly loved. Sports she enjoyed growing up were netball and softball.

She played both at Menindee Central and Broken Hill Central schools. Sam enjoys living in Wallan. Some aspects of the town and people remind her of Broken Hill.


Good to see the enthusiastic spectators in good numbers at the Kilmore v Broadford cricket clash.

The inter-town rivalry meant there was always a good crowd when the two clubs were in the Seymour and District competitions and the continues with both clubs now in the Gisborne comp.

I spoke briefly to Kilmore CC legend Laurie Boyd the other day. He remains a vital part of the local club he has served for well over half a century as player, captain, coach, groundman, president, treasurer.

He speaks highly of secretary Cath Mogridge’s work with the club. A large crowd attended the Silver Circle and Family Day last Sunday.

ACK tops 300

Assumption First XI stayed well in finals contention with its big win over Yarra Valley.

The dark and light blues posted a massive 5/305 in fifty overs, the highest ACK total for a long time (versus Ivanhoe in 1968, when Peter Ryan hit an unbeaten 188).

Skipper Lucas Signposted a half-century and received strong support from teammates.

Welcome visitors

It was nice to receive a visit from Joseph and Margaret Brida the other day.

They came with daughter Tara who attended ACK with her two sisters Danielle and Natalie. Longtime residents at Tatra Park between Upper Plenty and Whittlesea, they are good and loyal people.

To retain the friendship of such families is one of the bonuses from my five decades at Assumption.

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