Bendigo Life

In the mud of Kokoda
Steve Kendall
Things were different in 1941. Australia had been at war for two years, there was a real threat of invasion from the Japanese and everyone was joining up and going overseas. The promise of excitement was too much for many, and teenagers eager to answer the call made some creative changes..
20-Apr-2012
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Gallery of the stars
Rosemary Sorensen
Made in Hollywood is another coup for the art gallery, but it comes at a cost to contemporary work The timing of this excellent new show, Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, at the Bendigo Art Gallery could have been better. Sandwiched in between the Wedding Dre..
09-Dec-2011
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Swap Meet’s a real classic
Rosemary Sorensen
Ask Neil Athorn why the National Swap Meet in Bendigo has become such a big and successful event and his answer is surprising. First and foremost, according to the president of the Federation of Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Clubs, it’s the undulations. “Th..
04-Nov-2011
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Trading in change
Ben Cameron
Whatcha-got? All of us love to upgrade, trade up and improve at some point in our lives, whether it’s our faces, cars or conversation skills. So much so, divorce is no longer taboo like it was in the good old days and self empowerment companies are sucking in pe..
21-Oct-2011
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Tendering for new school
James Lerk
Even though the Education Act had come into force in the colony of Victoria in 1873, it required a massive amount of organisation for the new Education Department to arrange schooling for the children of the state. The initial option which had been largely adopted by many of t..
20-Oct-2011
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Write on, Leonie
Rosemary Sorensen
Time and her writing group are precious to Eaglehawk author Leonie Hall. It was only when the last of her six children was about to leave home that she finally developed her passion for reading into a serious focus on writing. Then, when she joined a local writing gro..
20-Oct-2011
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Asher turns on the heat
Steve Kendall
IT doesn’t happen often, but I was star-struck on Sunday. I have openly ridiculed the fascination some people have with stars of AFL, fawning around them as if they were gods rather than sportsmen, but I think I can understand the feeling now. There I was tuckin..
13-Oct-2011
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Home of the golden fleece
Rosemary Sorensen
You have probably seen one in a paddock by a road you’ve sped along in your car in the backblocks. Low-slung, rusted iron, sun-bleached timber, steepled like a church, a building of rhythmic functionality. They aren’t beautiful, woolsheds. So how come the..
12-Oct-2011
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Where chooks rule
Rosemary Sorensen
TURN off the Old Calder Highway at Harcourt, up the drive winding between the vineyards, to the heart of Bress, and you pretty much feel like you are visiting Arcadia. Cradled in the granite embrace of Mt Alexander, this cidery and winery is picturesque to the point of cornines..
06-Oct-2011
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In a state over real estate
Steve Kendall
It seems the path to the dream home has many hurdles to cross, with descriptions ranging from the optimistic to downright invention. IN popularity surveys of those most trusted, journalists are pretty much near the bottom of the pile. They alternate with the real estate agents and ..
29-Sep-2011
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St John's school Irishtown
James Lerk
As I have previously mentioned, Irishtown had two denominational schools, one operated by the Church of England, while the other was run by the Wesleyans. St John’s was the first school for Irishtown children. Initially the St John’s building was a rude timber structure which wa..
29-Sep-2011
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In search of art's secrets
Rosemary Sorensen
Call it a magnificent obsession. For 35 years, Graeme Cameron has been slowly compiling evidence he hopes will prove, once and for all, the identity of the most famous portrait ever painted. It is now his belief that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was not, as lon..
22-Sep-2011
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Something to chew over
James Lerk
John Bakewell, the man who owned a store in Irishtown as well as being the water rates collector of the Bendigo Water Works Company, had the good fortune to possess a large garden of vegetables, fruit trees, ornamental shrubs and plants. I have previously mentioned the..
22-Sep-2011
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Space oddity
Bendigo Weekly
The Territory comes alive with amazing music and characters The desert is about space. Big sky, big land and lots and lots of space. I was travelling again to Alice Springs, to work at a music conference that develops and promotes Northern Territory music – with the added bonus of headi..
16-Sep-2011
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New path for old house
Anthony Radford
From adversity, sometimes a new opportunity arises. The historic garden at Buda, the grand old 19th-century home in Castlemaine, took its share of battering from the drought followed by last year’s flooding rains. The huge hedge that runs in a semi-circle outside the front of the ..
12-Aug-2011
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Hotel staff show they care
BENDIGO’S Cambrian Hotel has launched a raffle to raise money for Bendigo Health’s Intensive Care Unit. Tickets to win one of five prizes are $1 each and available from the Cambrian Hotel or Bendigo Health Foundation. The prizes include a Good Guys voucher, meal vouchers for the C..
17-Jun-2011
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Private pool a pipe dream
It seems my wish for peace and quiet was too much to hope for in a tropical resort AFTER being blown around a bit by cyclone Yasi earlier this year, I thought I’d return to Cairns to finish my holiday. There were a few things I wanted to do that high winds and heavy rain had precluded...
10-Jun-2011
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SPECIAL REPORT: Sanctuary in Bendigo's chill out space
A volunteer initiative adds more than safety on the streets For a Saturday night smack bang in the middle of Bendigo’s nightclub district, everything is relatively calm. Night owls patiently queue for taxis, a pair of burly security guards – paid to keep them in an orderly line..
10-Jun-2011
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Finances and furlough
Benjamin Odgers, using his Bendigo School of Mines-gained qualifications, together with a sound sense of administration, leadership, drive and commonsense had successfully brought the Bersawah Gold Mining Company into production. He had been at his post in the Malay States since 1900 and was look..
10-Jun-2011
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Tell ’em they’re dreamin’
Actors should get involved in matters of international importance It’s a bit rich isn’t it? A cashed-up Hollywood star telling all us average Joes to back a tax that could potentially make life harder to endure than Gone With The Wind in French? Especially when the only kind of..
03-Jun-2011
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