Bendigo Life

Enjoy a wine and a bite
They now call Heathcote their “new place of belonging”. Some of the best dishes evolve by serendipity. When Henni and Andreas Greiving chose the Heathcote region to establish their Domaine Asmara vineyard and restaurant, the idea of yabbies was far from their thoughts. But a lit..
03-Jun-2011
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Adopting local customs
How did a company operating in the Malay States, registered and administered from Singapore, using largely British capital, come to head hunt the right personnel to develop their gold mining operations? By means of the electric telegraph, with the use of Morse code, news of political and commerci..
03-Jun-2011
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A birthday to remember?
When you hit 50, being hip usually involves a fall, a replacement and a wheelchair. Steve fills us in ABOUT this time last year I was bemoaning the fact I was ageing. I decided to drop back to age 44 to stall the process that was to happen this year. By this cunning plan, on May 19 I would ..
27-May-2011
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Milking childhood memory
Those who have the same compulsion will understand exactly what Lorraine Marwood means when she says, “I couldn’t hold it at bay”. She kept notebooks even as a child, went on to write poems she sent off far and wide, gradually built up her publication list, and has now not only a..
27-May-2011
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Keep the home fires burning
With the absence of a diary written by Annie Odgers, the long suffering wife of Benjamin Odgers, we can only guess at what she was going through with her husband working in a far off land. Annie Odgers had the good fortune to be able to go to Western Australia once her husband had settled himself..
27-May-2011
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Was Odgers on a winner?
Two weeks ago, I mentioned Bendigonian Charles Henry Corrie who, like a number of his townsfolk, was working in the Malay States. He started there in 1883 and continued as mine manager for a further two years. Corrie lived at Sheepshead here in Bendigo, his home was in Belle Vue Road. He had..
20-May-2011
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Garden has pride of place
Jane Cleary finds sustenance in the public and private gardens of Bendigo There is a simple explanation for Jane Cleary’s commitment to the Bendigo Botanic Gardens. “I’m moved by plants. I know it’s different for other people – my husband, for example, is moved b..
20-May-2011
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Dignity sinks over Osama
The most publicised man-hunt since Richard Kimble went AWOL is over. And with just one squeeze of the trigger, the world’s most wanted man became potentially history’s biggest martyr. Which is odd, because those who die for a cause usually aren’t sitting on their bums watching te..
20-May-2011
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Song to the Siren
ABC presenter Aimee Volkofsky has stepped out of the studio and into the stage spotlight. Recently I went to a fundraiser gig at the Newmarket Hotel, for Bendigo’s local Roller Derby League, the Dragon City Derby Dolls. Billed as an Undead Dress-Up Party, there were roughly 30 undead-ty..
13-May-2011
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Locals in the Far East
Charles Henry Corrie was mentioned last week along with another Bendigonian, Benjamin Odgers, both mine managers who ran operations in the Malay States. British capital was essential in developing the mineral resources of the Malay States, just as it had been important in the launching of many mi..
13-May-2011
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Hot under the collar
I hate ironing. I guess not many people love it, but to me it’s a major burden. Self-inflicted misery I guess, because I always buy cotton shirts... and they need to be ironed. Not for me the easy way out polycotton route. Long ago I asked the long-suffering Mrs Kendall to help out. ..
12-May-2011
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Not my type of media hype
Is there anything more annoying than being unable to avoid the unavoidable? Have a good think about that contradictory sentence for a moment, with a recent over-hyped wedding in mind. Sorry Kate and William, but the past fortnight has been positively unbearable. I like “Wills&..
06-May-2011
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Word is out on high flyer
In a workplace surrounded by words, the temptation is always there to have some fun... IT really pleases me when I have an unexpected laugh. It makes my day finding humour out of an everyday happening. For instance a friend of mine is going out with a helicopter pilot, and she needed to cha..
29-Apr-2011
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Odgers leaves WA
So far I have given an account of the developing career of Ben Odgers, the Bendigo-trained mining manager, who showed a lot of initiative in the development of his career. Being a mine manager in the late-19th century was not as financially rewarding as we would imagine; generally the manager&rsq..
29-Apr-2011
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Bendigo’s history man
ONE of Dennis O’Hoy’s favourite phrases is, "Oh that’s easy". How did the clan come to be in Bendigo? "Oh that’s easy", he says, and unwinds a long thread of family history from Wah Lock Lea in Hong Kong’s Guandong province to the goldfields of Bendigo and on to..
29-Apr-2011
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Saint Nick follows the faith
With his tongue in his cheek, Ben finds the links between AFL and religion... Footy is a religion. It’s hardly an original thought these days, but still enough to make flocks of church goers choke on their muesli. But hear thee out. The intricacies of both Christianity and our great..
21-Apr-2011
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Odgers guides his mine
Just as in Bendigo, a mining manager such as Benjamin Odgers, on the Western Australian goldfields was very frequently referred to as captain, however this use of captain was not confined to these two fields. The term was in common use in Cornwall, and the vast majority of mining managers during ..
21-Apr-2011
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A matter of honour
An honour roll that used to hang in the Beehive Building in central Bendigo is up for sale at a weekend market. “One of our committee members saw it on a table, for sale for a couple of thousand dollars,” curator of the military museum at the Soldiers Memorial Hall Peter Ball said this..
21-Apr-2011
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All about colour
From soft sculpture to crazy patchwork, the many types of embroidery skills will be on glorious show this month, when the Bendigo branch of the Embroiderers Guild celebrates its 20th birthday. “We’re breaking with the tradition of having a biennial show,” guild member Maggie Antr..
15-Apr-2011
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Turners tooled up for the show
By Rosemary Sorensen It just wouldn’t be Easter in Bendigo without the much anticipated Bendigo Woodturners Easter Woodcraft Exhibition. “This is one way we can keep our members’ fees down,” long-time club member Ian Buntin said at their headquarters on Eaglehawk Road. ..
15-Apr-2011
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