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Ray Carroll’s ‘From the Boundary’: April 16, 2024

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I’ve just spent a week in Southwest Victoria mainly visiting places etched in childhood memory.

The years roll by very quickly and the past truly is a foreign country, but not all things thankfully have been erased.

The 600-kilometre round trip in many ways was a reminder of quicker, more gentle times. The drive was not as comfortable as the trips a few years ago.

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Victoria car number plates could now be named “the pothole state”. A garage boss in Camperdown told me the incidence of wrecked wheels and tyres had more than trebled.

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The best way to keep up with what’s happening in a local area is to buy a regional paper. From Colac onwards it was good to note these have survived.

A Lancefield lass, and former ACK student Andrea Graham is owner of the “Colac Herald”, a three-weekly publication.

Further on the “Camperdown Chronicle”, “Cobden Times”, “Terang Express” and “Mortlake Dispatch” remain a constant.

When I was fourteen, I wrote cricket and footy column weekly for the “Dispatch”. I’ve been happy under a line of editors to be able to write in the “Free Press” and now “Review” since I began at Assumption.

Other papers along the way were the “Warrnambool Standard” and “Hamilton Spectator”.

The former is a daily print and a few days ago it featured Mortlake girl Georgia Wareham, a star of Australian women’s cricket.

She has just excelled in India and Bangladesh and is now a genuine all-rounder. Several generations of her family have lived in Mortlake and one member was a shearer mate of my father.

Georgia, like her teammates is now earning big dollars from the sport she began playing with the boys as a little girl.

Lake rescue

On the way to Port Fairy I drove round Tower Hill Lake, near Koroit. The “Warrnambool Standard” record that my grandmother, Catherine Cook, when a teenager saved a young boy from drowning. Many visitors stop to observe the “mystical lake”.

KCC Awards

Kilmore Cricket Club capped off a good summer with their awards night at the Royal Oak Hotel.

Tribute was paid to their much valued major sponsors and patrons of the successful Silver Circle building final.

The club fielded six senior teams (male and female), a record number of junior sides and an ever growing Woolworths Blast participation.

An enthusiastic hard working committee are to be commended for their efforts with special mention to Cath Mogridge.

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Special trophies on shields were awarded in recognition of deceased club “legends” Bill Evans, Joe Zanelli, Ray Jackson, Peter and Judy Terry, Rob Peterson, Ken and Margaret Thomas and Barry Noonan, Fred Baines. Major winners were Josh Butler and Jacob Walton.

Most liveable town

Port Fairy, a beautiful town on the banks of the river Moyne has won awards as the most liveable small town in the nation. It is a busy, bustling centre with many of its heritage buildings a vivid reminder of the early bush settlers in the region. Vintage Postcards are a reminder of past times at the area beaches.

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Nick Wogan of Kilmore is a keen golfer, also a very knowledgeable horse racing enthusiast. He takes special delight in following Tony and Lynn Ottobre’s stable, especially the brilliant “Pride of Jenni”.

Nicks late brother Tom was prominent in golf, not just as a player but he caddied for some of the sports “greats”.

Tom also in the 80’s and 90’s gave detailed analysis, hole by hole illustrations in the “Age” he really enjoyed caddying for Lee Trevino and Peter Mc Whinney.

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