Helipad on the horizon


A helipad in Condobolin is another step closer to reality.

• The old morgue building will be demolished to make way for a helipad at Condobolin Hospital. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

A helipad in Condobolin is another step closer to reality.

Lachlan Shire Council voted unanimously to approve the Development Application (DA) for the project at an extra ordinary general meeting last Wednesday.

The DA was approved pursuant to the provisions of Section 80 (1)(b) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and is subject to a schedule of 19 separate conditions.

A contentious part of the DA was the proposed demolition of the old morgue building.

Initially Council staff recommended that the morgue be demolished based upon advice from Council’s Heritage Advisor.

The assessment initially recommended a condition requiring the applicant to relocate the morgue at their cost.

The conditions in relation to the relocation of the morgue were removed from the DA, when referred to the Crown for approval, a process that is mandated by legislation, and this path was endorsed by Council.

In the Heritage Conservation section of the assessment report it states that “It is strongly recommended that this building be relocated to elsewhere on this site, however, should demolition be approved, the applicant should undertake a full archival recording of these buildings prior to demolition, with the archival documents being stored at the Lachlan Shire Council for reference purposes.”

Council agreed this was an important part of the process, and the morgue building will be extensively recorded for future reference.

Condition 1 of the development approval states “The Morgue building is to be extensively recorded in its current location, setting, both internally and externally, before any demolition takes place. The archival recording is to be in accordance with NSW Heritage Office Guidelines and endorsed by Council’s Heritage Advisor prior to the commencement of any works.

The archival recording is to be accessible to the Condobolin Library, the Condobolin Historical Society and the Museum.”

A change of pasture for the Sutherlands

Anthea and John Sutherland with their daughter and winner of the 2010 Condobolin Miss Showgirl, Georgie Sutherland. By Olivia McInnes

It was a difficult decision for John and Anthea Sutherland of ‘Borambil’, Condobolin to move out of their family home of 25 years.

The Sutherland family history entwined in this well known local station dates right back to 1914 when John’s great grandfather William George Matchett bought “Borambil”.

The property was originally a 20,000 hectare spread which was later divided into four subsequent properties; “Borambil Park”, “East Borambil”, “West Borambil” and “North Borambil”.

“East Borambil” was inherited by John’s father and after going away to university to study engineering, John married and returned to Condobolin in 1986 to manage the property.

Twenty two years later, in 2008, Paraway Pastoral Company bought “East Borambil” as part of a three property aggregation and John stayed on as manager.

Then, when Paraway offered John the opportunity to manage Pooginook Merino Stud at Jerilderie in May of this year, John and Anthea made the difficult decision to leave behind all that family history and relocate to Pooginook.

“We decided to move down there to take a new direction” John said.

“We are enjoying the change. It was a big decision to move out of our family place, but we are looking forward to the challenges ahead.

“We will miss the community in Condobolin and the local area, but we will be backwards and forwards”.

The Sutherland’s move is not however an absolute end to the families ownership of “Borambil”.

John’s relative Merlyn Wallace of Sydney retains ownership of “Borambil Park”, the 5,600 ha homestead block.

Long lost train ticket journeys home

John Brasnett receives his 1957 train ticket from Malcolm Parnaby.By Dominic Geiger

When John Brasnett (above left) boarded a train from Condobolin to Hawkesbury Agricultural College in the Blue Mountains way back in 1957, the last thing on his mind was his train ticket.

With the pressures and chaos of travel and the beginning of a new school year, it’s no surprise John’s ticket eventually became lost.

What is a surprise, however, is that the ticket managed to find its way back to its original owner, 54 years later.

Early last week, fellow Condobolin resident Malcolm Parnaby (above right) returned the ticket from February 5, 1957 (inset) to John.

“I remember that journey well, because I ended up arriving a day early so I could make the train connection,” John said.

“When I got there, the bloke at the school put me in a room with a dozen pairs of shoes and told me I had to clean every one because it was part of the initiation process for all new students.

“Unfortunately the initiation lasted a week and I got an extra day on top of everyone else since I’d arrived a day early.

“I can’t believe this ticket’s still around.”

Malcolm said he often bought little bits and pieces of memorabilia as a hobby.

“I bought it in Sydney from a fellow who sells old railway tickets,” he said.

“When I saw John’s name on it I thought, you beauty.”

Stories of the past net funding for the future

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, outside Moncrieff Livestock and Property, CondobolinBy Dominic Geiger

A series of recently compiled documentaries showing the history of farming practises in the Bland and Lachlan shires have helped raise an astounding $54,000 for the West Wyalong showgrounds.

Producer of ‘West Wyalong Movies’, Ross Harmer, said the documentaries covered the history of the region from the earliest days of farming in the 1800s right up until the West Wyalong Show in 1973.

“In 2008, I made West Wyalong Movies One [WWM1], which is four little documentaries made up of old home movies, archival footage from the National Film and Sound Archives, and old photographs, combined with interviews with a few locals,” he said.

“The first one is called West Wyalong Wheat, which is the story of the first true Labor Government establishing the homestead farm act to encourage closer settlement to the proposed railway lines in the West Wyalong and Hillston districts.

“The next story is about the eucalypt industry in West Wyalong from 1927 to the present.

“The third story is a cook’s tour in 1930 of the streets of West Wyalong, and the fourth is the West Wyalong Show of 1973; it’s just a very nostalgic look back at shows and times.”

Ross said all the money raised from the selling of the first documentary and a second, called West Wyalong Movies Two [WWM2], have gone back into funding for the West Wyalong Showground.

To date WWM1 has sold 2,500 copies while WWM2, which was released just before Christmas 2010 sold its thousandth copy last week.

“The bulk of the [money raised] has gone into the showground facilities, particularly the yard dog (trial) section,” Ross said.

“WWM2 features five different stories, including scenes of the Trundle harvest in 1932… and we have a little three minute documentary shot in the 1950s about Doctor Young of Forbes.

“Doctor Young used to fly out to places like Tullibigeal and Ungarie, Kikoira and Burcher, in his little aeroplane and service the people out there.”

West Wyalong Movies One and West Wyalong Movies Two are both available in Condobolin from Moncrieffs and on the web at www.westwyalongmovies.com

Condobolin High School Reunion

Condobolin High School year ten class of 1977 at the Railway Hotel last Saturday night. Contributed

Condobolin High School’s year ten class of 1977 held a 34 year reunion at the Railway Hotel last Saturday night.
65 people including guests’ partners attended the evening, which included dinner, speeches and photos from school.
The guests also had brunch at Happy Daze Coffee Lounge on Sunday morning.
School reunion committee member, Gai Brigden, said all the guests got on really well with each other.
“It was a real buzz,” she said.
“A lot of people hadn’t seen each other since year 12.
“There were a lot of people travelling for the first time to a reunion for our year.”
Gai said it had been relatively easy to track people down and invite them to the reunion.
“With e-mail and facebook it wasn’t difficult to find people,” she said. Contributed

Photo exhibition set to shed light on climate change issues

Tony Duff on the Bland Creek, showing Australian National Museum Curator, George Main, the remains of a old punt.By Dominic Geiger

Late last year Australian National Museum Curator, George Main, set out on a walk between Lake Cowal and Temora to better understand how people of the region have historically dealt with changing climatic conditions.
This June 24, George will present photos and information from the expedition in Condobolin.
During the eight day trek, George followed the creeks from Lake Cowal to Combaning, near Temora, in order to find ways to respond to the global issue of climate change “by taking a particularly local perspective.”
George said the walk had been an opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal history of the area and to hear about the difficulties of farming in an increasingly unpredictable climate.
“It was a chance to talk to locals along the way and to find out about the challenges of the drought and then the breaking of the rain,” he said.
“It was about using history to understand what’s happening now.”
George said while in Condobolin, he had been approached by Wiradjuri Elder Evelyn Coe.
“Aunty Evelyn suggested I come back and do a slideshow and presentation on the walk,” he said.
“The show will focus on the different ways people have lived in the area over time and how we might use them as a guide as to respond to [climate change] today.”
George will be presenting photos and a talk about the trek at 11am on Friday, June 24 at the Condobolin Local Aboriginal Land Council office at 18 William Street.

Kiacatoo man exhumed for research

Local Aboriginal representatives conduct a smoking ceremony following the removal of the bones.

By Dominic Geiger

The ancient Aboriginal remains recently found near Kiacatoo in the Lachlan Shire have been exhumed and sent to the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra for DNA analysis.
The bones, which were removed last Wednesday, will remain at the ANU for the next six months before being returned to the site for reburial.
Aboriginal representatives from Murrin Bridge, Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin conducted a smoking ceremony during the removal of the bones.
Archaeologist from the Office of Environment and Heritage in Dubbo, Phillip Purcell, said although it was impossible to speculate on the exact age of the bones, several factors surrounding their discovery meant they could be of incredible archaeological significance.
“Anything’s possible; the bones’ heavily mineralised state indicates they are at least over 8000 years old,” he said.
“It is quite possible they will coincide with the Kow Swamp Murray River remains which range from 6000 to 16,000 years old.
“However the location of the burial next to the ancient former course of the Lachlan River (accompanied) with the dating of individual sand grains indicates the bones could be 25,000 to 30,000 years old.”
Phillip said permission from the relevant Aboriginal groups around Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin had been acquired to perform tests on the bones.
“The permit we have been allocated [to do the tests] includes the provision that the remains must be returned in six months and reburied in exactly the same place,” he said.
“A permanent fence will be constructed around the grave site and the site itself will be capped so it won’t erode and to protect it from stock.”
Phillip said following the DNA analysis, hypotheses could be made in regards to Kiacatoo Man’s diet and whether he was related to Aboriginal people still living in the Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin areas.
“We know he was a massive man, about six foot five, as well as very heavy set,” he said.
“There was also a kind of film of black soil under him, which may have been a bed made for him that has broken down over the years.
“From a community perspective, there has been a sense that the right thing has been done and it has gone very smoothly; there has been a deep sense of respect involved (in the project).”

Potential pedestrian bridge for Memorial Park

By Dominic Geiger

Western Plains Regional Development Incorporated (WPRD) and Lachlan Shire have recently announced plans for a possible footbridge linking the SRA grounds to Memorial Park as part of the ongoing Revege the Sedge Lachlan River beautification project.
The announcement was made last Friday at a meeting held at the WPRD to discuss the project’s progress.
Project coordinator at the WPRD, Heather Blackley, said the dream was to link the pathway currently being constructed on the bank of the river from the road bridge to Memorial Park.
“The footbridge could be used by both pedestrians and bikes,” she said.
“It would be great for tourists though it’s still a long way off.”
Heather said the other aspects of the project have been progressing well.
“The path looks really good how it’s weaving through the trees,” she said.
“The Condobolin Historical Society will be making an application for a number of information signs.
“We’ll be including information on an old brewery that used to be on the banks of the river and [all the school children] who have helped with the project will have their names on a plaque at the site.
Heather said the students who have helped with the project were chosen because they were finding school life difficult.
“The change in the students has been amazing; they are really interested in the project and they come in [to the WPRD] and ask questions about how it’s progressing,” she said.
“We’re there in their faces talking about employment and what the students want to do with their lives.
“At the end of the project we’ll be taking them on a bus trip to Orange to see a movie or go ten pin bowling or something as a reward.”

Photos emerge of 19 year old rail disaster

Condobolin's 1992 train derailment. Contributed by Bryson Deeves.

By Dominic Geiger

Long time resident of the Lachlan Shire, Bryson Deeves, has for the first time released images of the 1992 train derailment that spilled 40 tonnes of cyanide near the airport on the Condobolin-Tullamore Road.
The accident, which involved a semi trailer colliding with a freight train, left the two passengers of the truck dead and remains one of the most significant road incidents in NSW history.
Bryson said he had been going through old photos when he happened to stumble across the images of the disaster.
“I’d heard about the accident on the morning it happened so I went out and took (the pictures) before anyone was allowed out there,” he said.
Keith Willis, retired captain of the NSW Fire Brigade Condobolin Branch, said the accident was one of the most memorable events of his career.
“The train spilled half its load of 80 tonnes of cyanide and that took ten days to clean,” he said.
“We had help from the hazardous materials section of the NSW Fire Brigade as well as from the surrounding towns in the western area.”
“All emergency services from Condobolin were also involved and due to their high level of professionalism we achieved a good outcome during the operation.”
Keith said he had really noticed how his training helped him to deal with the problem on the day.
“We recognised (the substance) was cyanide so we shut the entire operation down including the road, the airport and anything else likely to be affected until the helicopter could come from Sydney,” he said.
“The town was very worried about the threat the cyanide posed but luckily there was a wind keeping it away.
“As a (former colleague) said, you don’t get to smell cyanide because if you smell it you’re dead.
“Our training really kicked in that day and as a result no one from the brigade or (any members of the public) were injured.

Condobolin's 1992 train derailment. Contributed by Bryson Deeves.

Kiacatoo bones could add chapter to Australian pre-history

Compiled by Dominic Geiger

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has announced the Aboriginal bones recently discovered 50 kilometres west of Condobolin could be tens of thousands of years old.
The bones of the person, who has been dubbed locally as ‘Kiacatoo Man’, were discovered in early February this year during a fencing operation.
OEH Executive Director of Culture Country and Heritage, Norman Laing, said above average rainfall in the region had helped expose the remains.
“Judging from what we can see from the exposed remains, the bones are deeply mineralised which indicates that they are of considerable age, as they are essentially fossilised,” he said.
“This discovery will contribute to our further understanding of the life of Aboriginal people in the Lachlan River region and could add another chapter to Australia’s history in the same way the ancient burials at Mungo and the Willandra Lakes captured people’s attention around the world when they were discovered.
“What we know so far is that it is a traditional burial of an Aboriginal male of robust build.
“There is strong evidence to suggest that the man is buried on his left side in a flexed position which has similarities to other prehistoric burials found in NSW.
“He also appears to have been laid to rest in the margins of an ancient watercourse of the Lachlan River.
Mr Laing said the OEH is working closely with local Aboriginal people on research and conservation options for the remains.
“We want to ensure local Aboriginal people are involved in the research and conservation of this special find,” he said.
“It will no doubt contribute to the rich history of the region and assist Aboriginal people to tell the story of their ancient connection with the landscape.”

Condobolin celebrates Major Mitchell’s third expedition

The 175th anniversary of Major Thomas Mitchell's third expedition was recognised with the unveiling of a plaque.By Dominic Geiger

A plaque was recently unveiled at the Lachlan Shire Chambers to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Major Thomas Mitchell’s third expedition to the Murray River.
John Read, Coordinator of the Major Mitchell Commemorative Project said it was important to celebrate Major Mitchell’s third expedition because it proved the Murray and Darling Rivers were connected.
“It also allowed him to find what he called ‘Australia Felix’ or ‘fortunate Australia’, which refers to the fertile pastures of South Eastern Victoria,” he said.
“He followed the Lachlan through what is now Condobolin to the Murrumbidgee and then on to the Murray.”
Despite Major Mitchell’s reputation as a heroic explorer, John said many aspects of Mitchell’s life were also controversial.
“He was pursued by local Aboriginals on the third voyage, so he conducted an ambush in order to save his party,” he said.
“Encountering violence from local people was a hazard of local explorers.
“He was also the last man in Australia to officially challenge another man to a duel.
“He challenged the then Premier of New South Wales due to a dispute over the amount of money being spent in Mitchell’s department.
“Both men survived, though the story goes that Mitchell put a bullet through the other man’s hat.”
Mayor Des Manwaring and the four school captains from Condobolin Public School unveiled the memorial plaque which will eventually be placed in Major Mitchell Park on the corner of Station Road and Molong Street.

Did You Know

Have you ever wondered how the Red Dog Saloon at the Condobolin Hotel Motel got its name?
Well according to a book on the history of Condobolin titled ‘One for the Road’ written by Fay Boys, the story goes something like this.
Among the early regulars of the hotel were a group of ladies who would frequently gather there accompanied by their various breeds of pampered pooches.
One late hot summer evening after carting cattle in a truck all day, two old time regulars came in for a drink only to be greeted by a din of chattering matrons and their yapping poodles. The two old blokes had had enough. After returning to their truck to retrieve two red kelpies, they proceeded to release the dogs in the bar. All hell broke loose.
There were matrons screaming, dogs barking, tables and chairs flying and in the midst of it all was the poor publican armed with a tea towel and broom trying to bring some order to the place.
So there ends the saga of the Red Dog Saloon, and one version of how the place came to get its name.

State Library calls for evidence of traditionally carved trees in Lachlan Valley

By Dominic Geiger

Residents of the Lachlan Valley are being urged to send any photographs of traditional Aboriginal tree carvings they might have to the State Library of NSW as part of a public display to begin on April 18.

Anyone who knows of a still standing carved tree is also encouraged to notify the State Library.
Ronald Briggs, exhibition curator and a Gamilaroi man from Moree said many of the photographs about to be put on display were of carvings from the Condobolin area, though he believed many more to exist.
“We’re calling on communities out west – where a lot of the carvings were photographed by amateur anthropologist Lindsay Black – to send us images of any existing carved trees in their area, and share any information about their history,” he said.
“It was a practise mostly restricted to the area now known as New South Wales; of course there were a few others here and there, but the majority of tree carvings have come from places inside New South Wales.”
Trees with carved patterns on them were generally used as grave markers in the areas Wiradjuri people inhabited, such as around the well known King’s Grave to the west of Condobolin.
Mr Briggs said the exact meaning of the symbols had mostly been lost over time, though people could still appreciate the intricate and carefully carved designs for the skill it would have taken to create them.
“They’re beautiful designs,” he said.
“The photographs we have are among the few surviving records of this forgotten art form.”
Anyone with images of carved trees or who wishes to alert the NSW State Library to the location of a still standing tree should contact the State Library directly or send an e-mail to rbriggs@sl.nsw.gov.au.

News in Brief


Women are invited to a free online health information seminar on the evening of September 1 in the RSL Dining room from 7p.m. -9 p.m.
Titled Making your 40s fabulous: your hormones, your libido, your health, the evening  will feature a Webcast from the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health. Speakers include Jean Hailes gynaecologist; Dr Elizabeth Farrell, Sexual Health Physician; Dr Rosie King and Dr John D’Arcy and will provide women with the latest evidence-based information on some of the health issues that face women in their 40s.
Contact Leonie Parker 68901500 for info and RSVP for numbers.


History week, from 4 to 12 September,  will be recognised in Condobolin next month with the theme ‘Discovering the Faces of the Past’.
Condobolin Historical Society will put the Mary Doyle Wedding albums on display at the Community Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 4 and 10am to 1pm on Sunday 5 September.
There will also be a cemetery walk led by members of the Historical Society on Sunday 12 September from 10.30 to 12.30pm.


Why not just roll out of bed this Sunday morning (29th August) to check out the dog show competitors who have been invited to dress in their pyjamas for this fancy dress and fun competition day. Starts at 9 am at the Gordon McCarron Kennel Club Arena at the Condobolin Caravan Park.


On Wednesday 8th September, Country Women’s Association members in Condobolin and around the state will celebrate the inaugural CWA Awareness Day.  Local branches across the state will hold their own form of celebration including open days and community celebrations to bring attention to the roles played by this community conscious organisation. For more information on your local CWA of NSW branch, go to www.cwaofnsw.org.au or call (02) 9358 2923 for local contacts.


Barellan will host their ‘Good Old Days Weekend’ over 25 and 26 September with visitors encouraged to come along and see the working Clydesdales and heavy horses of yesteryear.
The weekend will begin at 9am at Barellan Showgrounds with two days of displays and working Clydesdale and heavy horse teams.
The grand parade will begin at 1pm on Saturday with an array of entertainment including a cow milking competition, butter churning, damper cooking competition, whip making demo and hay rides. There will also be a country barbecue offering breakfast and lunches and a camp oven dinner.
Gate entry is $5 per adult and $20 for the family. Dinner plate and enteretainment on Saturday night is $20 per head. For a programme of events or enquiries, call Paul Bandy on 0428 631 673 or Bruce Bandy on 6963 9178.


World Suicide Prevention Day – Friday September 10th, aims to reduce the stigma of suicide and promote help seeking behaviour.

The biggest Show ever for Condobolin

In the 125th year of Condobolin PAH & I Association (Show Society), there will indeed be something for everyone at this  year’s Condobolin Show to be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August.
Show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf said, “We have probably never crammed so many wonderful attractions into one show, nor had so many celebratory highlights in the same year.
“For a start, the committee obviously did not have to look far for the person they would like to open this year’s Show.
The 116th Annual Condobolin Show will be officially opened by the 2010 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl, Clare McDonald, who was also the 2009 Condobolin Showgirl.
At the opening ceremony you will be introduced to your 2010 Condobolin Showgirl, Georgina Sutherland and runner-up Amy Watt, who were announced at last Saturday’s Show Ball, and joining them will be the 2010 Young Achievers, a fantastic band of Condobolin youth who involve themselves in various stewarding roles at the Show after facing interviews the previous week.
It won’t be all sashing and speeches for Clare who, as a member of the Condobolin Show committee for the last couple of years, has stewarding duties which include organisation of the Sureway Employment & Training-sponsored Bushman’s Relay with $500 cash for the winning team.
To be staged in front of the bar area on the Show’s second night the challenge of the relay’s various stages causes great entertainment both for competitors and spectators. Entries should be made at the Secretary’s Office at the SRA Ground by 5 p.m. on the first night of the Show.
A major coup for this year’s show will be the staging of The Australian Wool Fashion Awards (TAWFA) parades. Now a major wool industry event the awards are designed to showcase the use of Merino wool by national and international fashion designers and students and TAWFA parades are a major feature of the Sydney Royal Easter Show with the national awards taking place at that venue.
All garments are “one-offs”, both young and innovative, with many created by young designers, secondary school or tertiary college students, all promoting wool to the consumer in a creative way.
“With TAWFA managing director, Liz Foster, a bus-load of models of the New England region and some 75 woollen garments heading for Condobolin, the parades should attract spectators from throughout the Central West,” said show president, Bruce Patton.
A Pied Piper's duck models a pink outfitTHE PIED PIPER SHOW
Fashion parades with a difference will be part of another major attraction, that of the Pied Piper Show.
Based on a reputation of some 25 years of delighting crowds throughout Australia at local and Royal shows, Brian Harrington’s feathered friends will waddle down another catwalk at this year’s Condobolin Show, parading the latest in designer and duck fashion.
Along the way colourful and talented ducks (yes, ducks) play musical chairs with their racing pig friends and when not parading will be wandering around the showground showing off the latest fashion trends. Visits will also be paid to local schools on the day prior to the Show.
Returning to Condobolin due to popular demand is Crocodile Encounters, sponsored by Country Energy, a mobile reptile display presented by recognised reptile expert, Mark Richmond who said, “This is a totally hands-on experience with members of the audience encouraged to handle the animals.
“All animals have been specially conditioned to take part in this kind of performance and will be selected from a range which includes a variety of lizards, pythons, turtles and fresh and saltwater crocodiles.”
The Show Society is also delighted to announce that our own acclaimed Condobolin Auto Sports Club members will be staging a performance following Saturday’s Grand Parade and Presentations. A great crowd favourite, this display will captivate everyone.
Another 2010 Condobolin Show highlight will be the Country Energy Kitchen providing cooking demonstrations throughout the second day, showcasing lamb recipes along with other quick and easy family favourites such as Chocolate Rocky Road and, demonstration chef, Tracey Tullier, will showcase her Chocolate Shots recipe of her well-known former Bathurst restaurant.
Regional general manager, Chas McPhail, said “Country Energy is proud to continue its long standing support of the Condobolin Show.
“We are a big part of the Condobolin community – our employees live and work in the area so investing in the future of the town is good business sense.”
Demonstrations will take place under the Country Energy marquee in the Ray Davis Memorial Skillion hourly during 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
With information available on energy efficiency, Show patrons can enter a draw at the kitchen site to win Energy Efficiency Packs valued at $250, $100 and $50.
Also playing “Pied Piper”, as they have done for over 50 years, Condobolin’s RSL Club Pipe Band supplemented by visiting band members of other centres will start their march in town through to the showground on the second day leading the procession of Show patrons to the ground.
New to the region – Carbon Expo
This year’s Show has been selected to host the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority and Centroc Carbon Expo – an exciting new venture that will deliver climate adaptation advice into the communities of the Lachlan River catchment – to be found to the south of the pavilion along ringside.
As this year we celebrate 125 years since the formation of the Condobolin PAH & I Association, the display of trophies that was mounted for the Celebration of Condobolin last November will be on show in the main Pavilion and anyone who has a treasured trophy in the past is invited to contact the Show Secretary within the next few days if they would like this trophy displayed along with its background.
And there’s still more!
There is just too much happening at this year’s Condobolin Show to go into further detail – you really just have to be there!
However a suggestion is that you visit on Friday to cover the Pavilion and the large range of trade, machinery, agriculture displays and exhibitions, thus allowing time on Saturday to take in the various scheduled performances of our feature attractions as well as visiting those competitions that are only held on the Saturday, such as the Cattle and Poultry classes.
Don’t forget you can dine throughout the day at Bill and Colleen Doyle’s Restaurant off the main pavilion, savouring morning and afternoon tea, lunch and barbecue and wash it all down with a cleansing ale at the Show Bar.
Lachlan Shire Council has been busy for weeks preparing the showground and the Show Society is indebted to them for the genuine care and attention given by administrative and outdoor staff to presenting a spectacular backdrop for the greatest Show in the State.
As well, Heather Blackley and her Work for the Dole participants have again had great input in complementing the work of Council and the Show Committee in preparing the grounds for the many activities that will take place.
Help wanted!!
While the Show Society not only has a small band of willing Committee members and a band of wonderful volunteers (e.g. the stewards of the various classes in the Pavilion) as well as a number of enthusiastic and greatly appreciated High School students, and of course the dedicated Young Achiever entrants, numbers are increasingly lighter to cover all areas required to present your Condobolin Show, such a large and multi-faceted event.
Therefore, further volunteers are sought to help in such areas as showjumping rail-lifting and ground parking stewards. If you think you could spare a few hours to become actively involved, please call at the Showground Office or phone 6895 4025.

Lake Cargelligo Museum open day

Troughs were on display at Lake Cargelligo Museum's open dayJan Johnson and Anne Chambers members of the Lake Cargelligo Historical Society and Museum Inc are pictured right with the recently restored tree trunk water troughs that were revealed and then rescued from the Lake when it dried out in February this year. It took volunteers a whole day to dig out the large yellow box and smaller red gum log troughs.
The troughs were used to water stock from a well in the Lake when the Lake’s supply went dry (for example in 1865 and 1895). This would make the troughs about 108 years old. In dry spells the wells which were sunk into the lake bed, were used to water stock such as milking goats, cattle and horses. All those who had stock took turns at the watering process and the amount of buckets you pulled up depended on the number of mouths you had to water. For domestic use, the water was hand carted in buckets and kerosene tins as the ground was too boggy for wheeled transport.

Book donation

On behalf of the Condobolin and District Historical Society, members Pat Hurley and Kevin Brady donated beautifully illustrated books on trains to the libraries across Condobolin.Condobolin Library receive donation
St Jospeh’s Primary School, Condobolin Primary School, Condobolin High School, the M.E.T School and Condobolin library each received books by renowned railway photographers Ron Selems and Michael Morahan.
“The books are beautifully illustrated of trains throughout the state and we know they will be valued and well-read by the libraries we have donated them to,” said Pat Hurley of the Condobolin and District Historical Society.
Trackside 4 donated to Condobolin library includes a photograph of the Silver City Comet coming into Condobolin Railway Station on page forty-six.

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