Condobolin RSL

Once in a lifetime experience – free concert on Tuesday – 6.30pm – 25th July at Condo RSL

Roland Amanya one of the Watoto choir. Contr

Media Release.

In January 2017, Watoto launched a whole new Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders that celebrates the joy of salvation. The choir, whose members are orphans and other vulnerable children, will present new worship music from the Watoto Church in Uganda and invite audiences to experience an encounter with God.
“This production is going to challenge preconceived ideas about miracles. It demonstrates that each of our daily lives are signs and wonders of God’s work in us. This is evidenced by the miraculous transformation that Jesus works in people who were once lost, but are now found. We see this through the innocence of the child telling of their transformation from their dark past to the light that God has shown upon them,” says James Skinner, Creative Director: Watoto Choirs.
Roland Amanya (12) is among 18 children who will tour Australia for six months as part of the Watoto Children’s Choir production, Signs & Wonders. During the 6 months of training back home in Uganda, he stood out as a leader who speaks confidently and clearly.
He is already a role model to the other boys on his team.When asked about going on tour, he says, “I look forward to sharing my story with many people so they can know more about God. I hope it will be a blessing to everyone we meet. “Roland loves playing soccer, reading and watching movies. With Science as his favourite subject, he looks forward to becoming a medical doctor one day.He wasn’t always that optimistic about life though. After the death of her husband, Roland’s mother struggled to take care of her five children. When she learned about Watoto through her sister, she felt led to apply to be a housemother. After careful screening and training, Stella became a housemother in 2013. Roland gladly joined her in their beautiful Watoto home. “Since coming to Watoto, we have enjoyed a good life. We were struggling before and my mum didn’t know how we would survive. Now, we have a lovely home, food everyday and I am receiving quality education,” says 12-year-old Roland. Roland quickly adjusted to life in the Watoto villages. He grew to love his new siblings and it didn’t take long for him to make friends either.“I love my brothers and sisters. The gardens surrounding our house are big and beautiful and there are so many children to play with. I love it here.”

Condobolin Physical Culture Awards

Celebrating the Cup in Condo



Condobolin Preschool educators Skye Deeves and Debra Brassnet got into the spirit of Melbounre Cup Day with students Emmaline, Dirk, Zahlee,Chole, Lily and Gemma. MB

Almandin narrowly beat Heartbreak City to win the 2016 Melbourne Cup. Firm favourite Hartnell rounded out the trifecta. This year was the 156th running of the race that stops the nation, and many in Condobolin took the opportunity to head out to venues such as the Royal Hotel and the Condobolin RSL to enjoy the event. The Condobolin Preschool encouraged staff and students to dress in bright racing colours. MB

• Pauleen Mooney, Leanne Hall, Andrea Harris together at the Royal Hotel,  with (seated) Shirley Donnelly. MB

• Debbie Hamilton and Tim McDonald won best dressed at the Condobolin RSL festivities. MB

Local venues are now taking bookings for Christmas.

Wizard of Oz coming to Condo RSL 6th July

By Melissa Blewitt


The’s production of The Wizard of Oz Show is coming to Condobolin.

It will be playing at the Condobolin RSL Club on Wednesday, 6 July at 3.30pm.

Local children will be able to click their heels together and get ready to follow a yellow brick road full of fun, adventure and colourful characters.

They can get ready to rap with the Tinman, roar like a Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy in this interactive, new adaptation of Frank Baum’s evergreen story.

“Our shows are really about inviting kids to get up and move around, to relate to our music and to laugh and have a great time,” director Brian Laul said.

This show is no sit-down-and-watch affair – the kids are even invited to come dressed as their favourite characters to celebrate their visit to the Wizard. Live action comes together with 3D animation on screen, catchy tunes and loads of interactive fun in this ‘toto-ally Oz-some’ treat ideal for  two to eight year olds.

Asked how Oz provided the inspiration for this popular kids interactive show, Brian said, “Besides having all the ideal elements of fascinating entertainment, it also carries a powerful message of hope so necessary for young people today – that somewhere over the rainbow, you can make your fondest dreams realities if only you dare to believe that you have the power within you to do so.”

Residents have the opportunity to win a prize pack containing tickets anf a DVD by filling out the entry form on page 13 of this edition.

• The’s production of The Wizard of Oz Show will be playing at the Condobolin RSL Club on Wednesday, 6 July at 3.30pm. Residents have the opportunity to win a prize pack containing tickets and DVD by filling out the entry form on page 13 of this edition. Cont

Celebrating a century

• Condobolin local Laura Thornton has just celebrated a century of love and laughter, turning 100 on 23 May. Laura was born Laura Jean Oppy to William and Mary Ann Oppy on 23 May, 1916 at Condobolin. She married Charles (Charlie) Thornton on 4 August, 1934 at the Church of England Church, Condobolin. Together they had seven children, Velma, Joyce, Merle, Allan, Colleen, Ann and Barry. Laura now has 42 loving grandchildren, 78 beautiful great grandchildren and 27 caring great great grandchildren (three more are on the way). Laura celebrated with family, enjoying a special party at the Condobolin RSL Club last Saturday, and also had a lovely afternoon tea at the Condobolin Retirement Village on her actual birthday, 23 May (PICTURED). The secret of a long and happy life? “Take life as you get it,” is Laura’s advice. “And make sure you take time to smile.” MB

LAURA (OPPY) THORNTON – As read at her 100th birthday party last Saturday.

Laura was born Laura Jean Oppy to William and Mary Ann Oppy on the 23rd of May 1916 at Condobolin.

William Oppy was born at Chinamans Flat, Timor, Victoria on the 8th of February 1868. Laura’s mother, Mary Ann Jane Agatha Doyle was born on the 17th of August 1872, at Braidwood, New South Wales.

William came to the Condobolin district in 1888. He worked at ‘The Overflow’ Station for some time, then at ‘North Condobolin Station’ where from 1917 he was the Overseer and then the Manager.

William and Jane married on the 13th September 1890 at the Church of England Church, Condobolin. When his wife Jane became ill in 1926, William bought “Maida Vale” on the outskirts of Condobolin, some 40 acres, which he farmed wheat, cows, sheep, pigs, chooks turkeys and horses.

One of the horses, ‘Chess’ went into the Light Horse in World War II with his grandson, Ron Oppy, until he was injured in a stampede and was medically discharged – the horse, not Ron.

Bill died aged 81 years on the 10th November 1949, followed by the death of Jane, aged 77 years on 2nd December 1949, both at “Maida Vale”.

Laura is the second youngest of 12 children, with two sons not living. Laura’s siblings are James, Henry, John, Edmund, Mary, Ellen, George, Fred and Ivy. The two sons not living were William and Thomas.

It is wonderful that Nan’s little sister, Ivy, was able to join with us today to help celebrate such a special birthday.

In her younger years, Laura started school at Mogandale, up until 1926, when her father moved and bought “Maida Vale”. She finished her schooling days at Condobolin Public School.

The family moved a lot in the younger years, living at Derriwong, Yarrabandai and North Condobolin.

As time went on, after leaving school, Nan started working, finding employment at the Railway Hotel.

She enjoyed her work and being with family and friends. Then along came a young good looking lad, by the name of Charles Thornton (who we all know as ‘Charlie), who Laura met at a friend’s place. A romance blossomed and Laura married Charlie on the 4th of August 1934 at the Church of England Church, Condobolin.

Together they had seven children, Velma, Joyce, Merle, Allan, Colleen, Ann and Barry.

Colleen, this is where you belong in the family, and yes, there are 7, not 6 like you think!!!!

Velma made a recent discovery when in Sydney to get a birth certificate. She discovered she was registered as ‘Nelma’ not Velma. After hours and hours and much paperwork, things are sorted, is that right, ‘N’elma, oops I mean Velma.

Joyce and Barry are unfortunately no longer with us, but are here today, in spirit, watching over us, together with Charlie.

Charlie worked as a station hand at Ootha and at Burrawong, before joining the Railway, where he worked as a Fettler. This took them many places, living at Euabalong West, Yarrabandai, Condobolin and Parkes where he joined a gang and travelled to and from jobs. Finally upon retirement from the Railway they moved to Tullamore before settling at Bogan Gate.

Living at Bogan Gate, Laura and Charlie came to see lots of family and friends as this warm, friendly home was the drop in centre for anyone travelling, to rest a while, refresh with a cuppa and a chat.

Laura loved fishing, a great past time she enjoyed very much with her beloved Charlie. Together with Charlie’s brother Keith and wife, Betty, many hours and adventures were spent camping along the river bank. Many a yarn and a tale or two were told to family after their fishing trips. Lots of family joined them on their adventures while fishing, but the stories were still the same, ‘About the ‘one’ that got away’.

After the love of her life passed away on the 27th January 1994, aged 83 years, Laura had to make a decision on whether she should stay at their home in Bogan Gate, which Charlie had built and they had shared for 21 years, or move. After remaining there for a while Laura decided to move into Condobolin and took up residence at the local Retirement Village on the 13th May 2002.

Nan has made herself quite at home at the village, keeping the staff on their toes and telling a yarn or three. The special staff that Nan has such a high regard for are here tonight to join in the celebrations with us.

In her years at the village, Nan’s passion has been reading. She seems to devour books like a book worm.  Her second love would have to be knitting. Keeping herself active in mind and body, those needles are always clicking, having made many rugs for the family over the years. She’s also developed a bit of a passion for watching the footy on the telly as well.

Anyone wanting to know the score would only have to ask and Laura would be able to tell them.

Laura, (Nan, as she is affectionately known), has a total of 7 children, who, by the looks of it, know how to reproduce…

She has 22 grandchildren, (with the outlaws making it 42) plus a total of 78 great grandchildren.

But wait there’s more! We can’t forget the 27 great, great grandchildren, with 3 more to arrive later in the year.

This gives a grand total of 154 + 3.

Remembering, without Laura, who is the head of this family, the rest of us would not be here today. She’s strong, supportive and at times stubborn, and we all love her dearly. She has helped shape us into the people we are today and we are so blessed to have her in our lives.

Family is family, no matter what. Even if we are separated by distance, we are all one, together with special friends; we have all come together to celebrate this very prestigious occasion.

I would like you all to stand and raise your glass, can, bottle or cup and together we will toast to a most wonderful lady, here is to you, Laura Jean Thornton on turning 100.

Laura with her family. MB

Melbourne Cup 2014

From feathered fascinators to suits and ties, the Melbourne Cup was celebrated in style around Condobolin yesterday.

• A toast – United Hospital Auxiliary (UHA) Condobolin branch Patron Dick Gavel, Secretary Jill Broadley, President Kim Jones and Treasurer Francis Gavel at the UHA Melbourne Cup lunch at the Sports Club. LP

By Lara Pearce

From feathered fascinators to suits and ties, the Melbourne Cup was celebrated in style around Condobolin yesterday.

The Condobolin Sports Club was decked out in balloons to play host to the Condobolin branch of the United Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Melbourne Cup luncheon, with a large crowd gathering to share in champagne and a two course luncheon cooked by UHA committee members.

There was a fashion parade put on by Condo Clothing, a raffle and entertainment provided by Tessa Noll from Condobolin High School.

In the Major Sweep, Jackson Hassan won first place with Ryan Goodsell and Jean Piper coming in second and third.

Sue Worthington won the winning jockey colours, coming in closest to jockey Ryan Moore. The raffle was won by Karyn White.

From feathered fascinators to suits and ties, the Melbourne Cup was celebrated in style around Condobolin yesterday.

• All style: Best Dressed Lady Debbie Hamilton, Best Dressed Man Leigh Haworth and Best Hat Susan Coombs in the Melbourne Cup Fashions on the Field at the Condobolin RSL Club yesterday. LP

The luncheon is the Condobolin branch of the UHA’s biggest yearly fundraiser. “This year we’re raising funds specifically for the helipad for the hospital,” said UHA Treasurer, Francis Gavel.

At the Condobolin RSL Club, guests shared in a chicken and seafood buffet luncheon with many staying on to watch the big race. In the Fashions on the Field, Debbie Hamilton won Best Dressed Lady with a stylish white, black and grey outfit and matching red belt and fascinator. Leigh Haworth took out Best Dressed Man, while Susan Coombs’ intricate sheer green hat won the prize for Best Hat.

Even the Condobolin Preschool and Kindergarten children were able to get involved in the day, with homemade fascinators and hats, smart outfits and dresses, party food and games.

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