Fire captain retires

After more than 10 years in the position, Graham Baines has retired as the Dalton Fire captain. Dalton Brigade president John Boddington recently presented Graham with a plaque to honour his service with the brigade, which included major events such as the Canberra and Wee Jasper fires.

Terry Friend has now taken up the role of captain.

 Diamond anniversary

Keith and Evelyn Brown recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a family lunch at Gunning's Bentley Café. They were married on October 25, 1952. Keith recently delivered a fascinating account of his time as an Australian consular officer. There were tales of a crafty dual-passport holder, accidental death and murder most foul, arrogant military types and hilarious misunderstandings including one concerning a French letter.

Keith's was the first of an occasional series of afternoon tea talks by Gunning Historical Society.

 Greening Barbour Park

Over 220 trees, shrubs and ground covers were planted in a Barbour Park blitz by a mixed group spearheaded by sixteen Gunning Public School students.  They were supported by workers from Greening Australia, Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group, Oolong Bush Fire Brigade, Upper Lachlan Shire Council and local citizens that included nonagenarian, Marjorie Basnett.

The aims of this project is to demonstrate the visual and environmental benefits that strategic plantings of Australian plants can bring to riverine landscapes such as Meadow Creek.

Biological warfare in Dalton

As part of the Dalton Public School Spring Fair, a biological control agent was released to help control an unwelcome weed in the school's grounds.

The target plant is cape broom. 

Elsewhere at the fair, shrieks of laughter came from the slides and jumping castle while older visitors poured over the great selection of photos, three volumes of Dalton history and the big screen display from the local historical society. Cakes, plants and books were popular while the chefs in charge of food and drinks had a steady stream of clientele.

Members of the Upper Lachlan Wood Guild had a selection of simple toys and teddy bear chairs for sale. The raffle for the beautiful quilt and chic shoulder bag was well-supported, with the lady who snagged the bag absolutely delighted, as she claimed to have never won anything in all her 70 years! 

A spirited dance routine was performed by several of the Dalton students to ‘Shout’. 

Coming up


Saturday 10: Uniting Church Flower Show, schedules from Gunning businesses

Sunday 11: Remembrance Day ceremony, Cenotaph, 11am, enquiries 4845 8257

Saturday 17: Temora Aviation Museum visit, GDCHS 4845 1166 or Lyle 4845 1404

John Boddington presents Graham Baines with a plaque to commemorate his years of service.

John Boddington presents Graham Baines with a plaque to commemorate his years of service.


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