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The North Central Review
The North Central Review
The North Central Review is an independently owned newspaper publishing company based in Kilmore that is responsible for publishing two community newspapers each week, covering communities within the Mitchell Shire

Kilmore’s million man

Mick Clark has just celebrated 60 years of shearing and a tally of well beyond a million. Ever since college days the Kilmore ‘gun’ has plied his trade. He learned quite a lot from his brother who has farmed for decades at Tantaraboo. Both Mick and Pat owe much to great parents who instilled in them family values, faith, and a strong work ethic. From Moree to Wagga Wagga people that Mick has shorn for across the decades made the long trip to Kilmore to celebrate a wonderful career. And while 60 years would be enough for a lot of people, Mick doesn’t have any immediate plans to call it quits just yet. “I like the company, the farmers I work for, and the fellas I work with,” he said. “It keeps you young at heart.”

So, well done Mick, a longtime survivor in a ‘game’ tougher than footy or rugby.

World No 1

The wonderful racehorse ‘Pride of Jenni’ was last week ranked no 1 in the world at this point of time, ahead of champions from UK, Europe, Asia, and USA. After a brilliant period late ’23 and early ’24 this Tony Ottobre (ex ACK) mare is now enjoying a well earned rest ahead of returning to action in the spring. Kilmore racing enthusiast Nick Wogan made the trip last Thursday to Cape Schanck stud on the tip of Mornington Peninsula. He and a friend enjoyed a tour of the property with its state of the art stables, along with an inspection of the magnificent trophy room. Much enjoyed was a great meal provided by Tony’s lovely wife Lynn. The couple met as teenagers and married in late teens – a real love story. They have a son Michael but lost their beautiful daughter Jenni far too young after a very tough cancer fight. I believe the spirit of their daughter may be guiding ‘Pride of Jenni’.

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(Photo) – Kilmore’s Nick Wogan with ‘Pride of Jenni’ left and ‘Jenni Lala’.

(Photo) – Tony Ottobre’s trophy room.

Vale Kevin McLaughlin

Longtime Kilmore resident Kevin McLaughlin was farewelled from this life by family and friends at St. Patricks church. The requiem mass was a fitting tribute to a person of faith and strong family values. Kevin was the beloved husband (and dancing partner) of Mary for 67 years, father of Bernie, Monica, Maureen, Patrick, Louise, and Simone – each of whom inherited the life values of great parents. Simone, a teacher was a much valued staff member at ACK for a number of years. Kevin was also much loved grandfather of sixteen and great grandfather of eleven. He was much loved by all including his children’s spouses. A proud collegian he lived his life observing the motto ‘Quae Supra Quare’ which means ‘Seek the things above’. A really good man, Kevin in a quiet way was a ‘freedom fighter’ for years supporting the ideas of the National Civic Council which for decades has promoted love of Australian traditional family values and faith.


10th Big Freeze

The tenth annual ‘Big Freeze’ at the MCG on King’s Birthday Monday is a continuing tribute to Neale Daniher who has bravely borne M.N.D for the past decade. The ‘Freeze’ and the annual ‘Daniher Drive’ have raised many millions to assist in finding a cure for the insidious disease

supported by his wife Jan, children and brothers and sisters the AFL and other organisations. Neale has stoically been at the helm of the campaign and is a household name right round Australia. Neale and Jan have kept in touch since Neale’s schooldays at ACK where he was a brilliant captain of football and cricket.


Xavier All Class

Xavier Dimasi is an outstanding young man. He was a class act at Assumption as was his sister. Both contributed much to the life and times of the college. Xavier was a valued member of the ACK First XVIII and beyond college days played for Box Hill Hawks the ‘feeder’ VFL team for Hawthorn. He was certainly talented enough to warrant a chance at AFL level. For the past few seasons Xavier has been a key member, and captain of Whittlesea F.C in the top division of the northern league. Many of his schooldays and footballing pals patronage his fine café- coffee lounge situated opposite the “Red Lion” in Kilmore’s main street.

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