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A REMINDER OF OUR NEXT SOCIETY OUTING
This promises to be a really interesting and enjoyable afternoon, learning about one of our earliest settlers on a property that's still in the family. If this weather keeps up it will be fantastic! BYO afternoon tea will be in the woolshed and tea and coffee are supplied.
If you want to join us, PLEASE book with Maree or email us.
See poster below.
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A REMINDER OF OUR NEXT SOCIETY OUTING
This promises to be a really interesting and enjoyable afternoon, learning about one of our earliest settlers on a property thats still in the family. If this weather keeps up it will be fantastic! BYO afternoon tea will be in the woolshed and tea and coffee are supplied.
If you want to join us, PLEASE book with Maree or email us. 
See poster below.

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Jennifer Walters our old stomping ground

A CHRISTMAS TREE ERECTED BY APEX
That seems to be the answer to the question asked in the post below. Thanks to all those who remembered it for us.
The next question is: does anyone have a photo of it? We don't have one in our records and we'd like one if possible. So........let's share this around and see what we can find!
We had 2500 hits on the original post so who knows what will turn up.
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A CHRISTMAS TREE ERECTED BY APEX
That seems to be the answer to the question asked in the post below. Thanks to all those who remembered it for us.
The next question is: does anyone have a photo of it? We dont have one in our records and wed like one if possible. So........lets share this around and see what we can find!
We had 2500 hits on the original post so who knows what will turn up.

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Didn't get to show him, will check tomorrow

Jan Smith Chris Smith did Brian agree with this theory?

HERE'S A PUZZLE
The pics below are of a steel cylinder unearthed by the workers at the clocktower recently. They have asked us at the CDHS if we know what it might be there for.
It had nothing in it when they took the cover off, so probably not a time capsule. It measures about 250mm diameter and is about 1 metre deep. The experts say the lid was made later than 1960 because of the oxy-cutting and the square posts. It's set in concrete and is centred on the clocktower where the road once went through before the Town Square was made.
Any ideas?
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HERES A PUZZLE
The pics below are of a steel cylinder unearthed by the workers at the clocktower recently. They have asked us at the CDHS if we know what it might be there for. 
It had nothing in it when they took the cover off, so probably not a time capsule. It measures about 250mm diameter and is about 1 metre deep. The experts say the lid was made later than 1960 because of the oxy-cutting and the square posts. Its set in concrete and is centred on the clocktower where the road once went through before the Town Square was made.
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Was a hole to erect a giant Christmas tree many years ago. An Apex project.

Large Christmas tree it was for, apex I think

Jan Smith Brian would know ...

Maybe it could be reused for that, Denise.

I don't remember a tree, just the big star on the top and the 4 X strings of the old fashioned coloured lights that ran down each side of the tower.

FRank Aldrington would know

Oxy cutting and the square section steel tubing ( posts ), were around many years before 1960.

Could it be just the bottom of and old light post

Tammy Discher... You remember Christmas tree?

Marty

Ash Lucas

I love the idea of a Christmas tree!

Xmas tree post that usto go there every year back in the day

Keith Donnelly Sue Hollingsworth

John Ryan?

Peter Marriott

The road once went around all sides of the clock tower. (Prior to the town square being built in the early 80’s I think) maybe it’s something to do with the road/drainage.

No idea. But interested in seeing an answer. Maybe someone has an old phone with it in the background.

Matthew Savage?

I reckon it was something to commemorate my birth on 26 dec 60 during the heatwave. Or maybe the christmas tree sounds more likely

Apex had a time capsule somewhere there that was opened ten odd years ago. I think....

Old sewer pipe, maybe? Maybe a time capsule already been opened and had stuff taken out of it??? No idea, could have been for anything..... Will be interesting to find out its real purpose....

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THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
We had an interesting visitor on Sunday - Frank Alderton, (pictured below) Shire Engineer from 1981-1990. He's a man with a lot of interesting stories and we loved the one about getting his driving licence.
It seems he was driving big trucks around northern Victoria for quite a few years before he was old enough to get a licence. When at last he went for his driving test, he was in his mother's small car. With the policeman in the back seat during the test, he managed to stall it a couple of times. Walking back afterwards, the policeman walking behind leaned forward and spoke quietly in his ear. "If you drove the trucks like you drove that car you wouldn't be getting a licence!"
He got the licence!
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THOSE WERE THE DAYS!
We had an interesting visitor on Sunday - Frank Alderton, (pictured below) Shire Engineer from 1981-1990. Hes a man with a lot of interesting stories and we loved the one about getting his driving licence.
It seems he was driving big trucks around northern Victoria for quite a few years before he was old enough to get a licence. When at last he went for his driving test, he was in his mothers small car. With the policeman in the back seat during the test, he managed to stall it a couple of times. Walking back afterwards, the policeman walking behind leaned forward and spoke quietly in his ear. If you drove the trucks like you drove that car you wouldnt be getting a licence!
He got the licence!

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Polar Justin Hov

"PAST MATTERS" April Issue.
The latest edition of our newsletter, "Past Matters" has been sent off to members - emailed and snail-mailed today.
We've taken another leap into the world of technology and recipients can now click on a link to be sent to enlarged photographs. We expect to make good use of this facility in the future for videos as well as pics.
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PAST MATTERS April Issue.
The latest edition of our newsletter, Past Matters has been sent off to members - emailed and snail-mailed today. 
Weve taken another leap into the world of technology and recipients can now click on a link to be sent to enlarged photographs. We expect to make good use of this facility in the future for videos as well as pics.

A HA'PENNY USED TO GO A LONG WAY!
Here's a request you could hardly refuse!
For those who are a bit too young to understand, at the time of change-over to decimal currency, a penny was worth about one cent. There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound (equal to 2 dollars). So a half penny (ha'penny) multiplied by a few hundreds of cans to be emptied, would add up to .....? You work it out!\
We're currently working on a larger article about when sewerage came to Camperdown, so posting this excerpt from 1943, with a request for any memories of the time before. Try to keep it clean!
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A HAPENNY USED TO GO A LONG WAY!
Heres a request you could hardly refuse! 
For those who are a bit too young to understand, at the time of change-over to decimal currency, a penny was worth about one cent. There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound (equal to 2 dollars). So a half penny (hapenny) multiplied by a few hundreds of cans to be emptied, would add up to .....? You work it out!\
Were currently working on a larger article about when sewerage came to Camperdown, so posting this excerpt from 1943, with a request for any memories of the time before. Try to keep it clean!

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My Dad asked Fred one morning on his collection, How's business Fred? He replied a few dropping off Harold.

Graham remembers his Dad telling him the story about Fred taking the corner a bit fast and losing his load. Upon asking if he needed a hand was told by Fred “Nah just doing a stocktake!”

During the war years of the mid 40’s the Hampden Footy League went into recess. A “Terang & District Competition” was formed so the men remaining, mainly youngsters and essential services, could still participate in recreational activity. Fred Jolly coached the Camperdown team to back 2 back Premierships in this make do competition in 1944 and ‘45. After collecting, and hopefully emptying, the night cans he would stear his horse and cart around town and collect his players. They’d jump on the back of the cart and off they would go to Terang, Mortlake, Cobden or wherever their game may be.

Fred also had a saying “the job was dirty but the money was clean”

I remember when we got sewage in pike st in abour 1964

I think Mr Jolly deserved a larger pay increase!

I certainly remember Fred Jolley. He was called the night man I think. I also remember when sewerage came to Camperdown and the home owners were charged by the foot to be connected. My parents were a bit cross because they’d just converted our bathroom/toilet, which was close to the street, into an office and made a nice new bathroom/toilet at the far end of the house . Thus connection to sewerage was much more expensive!

I can remember when Fred was collecting the cans from the high school in I think 1958 and some of the lads were giving him a hard time as they were eating lunch and would you believe he tripped right next to the boxing punch ball and spilt the lot next to them.Never another word when he was around

Many happy memories at Fred & Lil’s , I hope they granted the increase

I remember the sewerage coming to McKinnon Street in 1960/1961. Everyone’s back fences were taken down to allow access to the large trenching machine operated by Mr. Springhall. His son Eddy was in my form while the contractors completed their work. My father Les pleaded successfully to Mr. Springhall for the trenching to only just sufficiently enter our backyard (it was the end of the line) to avoid the removal of our Gravenstene apple tree which provided a prolific crop of delicious apples every year.

My mum (b.1945) grew up in Elliminyt, Camperdown, Colac. I’m not sure which town it was but the sanitary contractor was Mr Thackeray and as kids they used to sing out to him when he came to empty the cans “Here comes Mr Thackeray, carting all the cack away” . Kids will be kids 😂

We also had a thrupence(threepence),a zac(sixpence) and a bob(shilling).

Oh remember my late mother telling me the she saw Fred picking up the contents of a "container" telling her "it's OK Grace just doing a stock take"!!!!!

John Ryan

Yes I remember Fred Jolly doing the rounds wearing a leather apron and gloves . . . we used newspaper squares . . . no toilet paper in those days . . . and the smell! Septic tank came next and then eventually sewerage.

Shannon Jolly hmmm 🤔🤔 fred??

Emily Bissland

Dennis Morgan, we only just spoke of him.

OMG now that brings back memories having ha ha

Poor Fred didn't ask for much!!

Anne Watson

Re the old money. There was also a guinea which was one pound one shilling. Two guineas was two pounds two shillings and so on. It was a clever way for shopkeepers to make the price look cheaper, expecting people would just see the 3 and think it was 3 pounds, much the way we get tricked today with $3.99 which is in fact $4 because we don’t get a penny change. I remember that 10/6 was half a guinea and for many years my doctor father charged 10/6 for a visit to the surgery and I think 3 guineas for a whole prenatal and birth care. Another memory from my childhood was that it cost ninepence each for my brother and me to sit in the dress circle upstairs at the matinee movie on market day. I quickly learned that two ninepences was 1/6.

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BLOCKING RABBIT BURROWS WITH STONES JUST DOESN'T WORK!
Another item from the Chronicle of January 1946. Seems it was a bad time for the rabbit infestation around Derri.
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BLOCKING RABBIT BURROWS WITH STONES JUST DOESNT WORK!
Another item from the Chronicle of January 1946. Seems it was a bad time for the rabbit infestation around Derri.
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