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History - The Second Decade

Wauchope Rotary Diamond Jubilee- the 2nd decade


Our President was Ron Hall
Vice Presidents Ian Dunn/Bill Edmonds
The Prime Minister was Robert Menzies
Rotary International President was Karl P. Miller of Hawaii

Plans were made to paint the Rotary rooms. The colour scheme decided on was an olive green feature wall, other walls in fashion grey, with white ceilings. A working bee cut firewood on President Ron’s property, which was raffled off raising £50/10/- which helped fund community projects. The first correspondence began between Canisteo & Wauchope Rotary clubs. Nine nominations were received for RYLA. Lynne Trotter & Kennard Bourne were selected. District 260 in Queensland first introduced RYLA seminars. It is now a worldwide event. The French Rugby League team visited the town to play the North Coast. The Rotary club, together with Apex conducted the car parking, which extended over 40 acres, & catered for 4,ooo cars. The event was a huge success. The town indicator was commissioned at a cost of £43/15/3 for the painting & sign writing. The Changeover was held at the Country Club & catered for by the Church of England Ladies Guild at 13/6d. a head.

The 1st, stage of the Ord River Scheme is completed. British nuclear tests ceased at Maralinga. Indigenous Aborigines could now vote on the same basis as other voters, after an amendment to the Commonwealth Electoral Act became law. The Commonwealth Pacific Cable (COMPAC) made it easier for Australia to connect to the world by direct dialling. The Australian Open won by Gary Player. “Gatum Gatum” won the Melbourne Cup.
“Yakkety Sax” by Boots Randall was the top pop song.

The Shire President was Cr. H. Warlters


Our President was Bob Marchment
Vice President was Norm Drummond
Prime Minister was Robert Menzies
Rotary International President was Charles W. Pettengill of Connecticut

The board decided to outlay £100 on a “duplicator” The money was raised by each member taking out a £5 debenture. The dinner fee was raised from 9/- to 10/- to liquidate all debts. The club campaigned for a home for the aged, with strong community support. The club proposed a Vacation Play Centre for the January school holidays. The Shire Council & the Dept. of Physical Education gave support. 80 children were enrolled on the first day, this figure rose to 108 on the 2nd. The relationship between Canisteo & Wauchope was burgeoning, with Bob Marchment & Bill Edmonds flying to Canisteo. On 26th. May, Bob Marchment, Bill Edmonds, Geoff & Marjorie Smith were guests for Canisteo’s 40th. Anniversary Dinner. The club hosted 120 guests at the changeover.

Australia takes delivery of its’ first 2 Mirage Fighters. The first double decker rail carriages run. The Melbourne/Voyager collision took place with 82 lives lost. Macquarie University is founded. Warrant Officer Kevin Conway (KIA) is our first casualty in Vietnam. The 1st edition of “The Australian” is published. Donald Campbell sets a world land speed record of 429 miles per hour on Lake Eyre. The Tasman Bridge across the Derwent River in Tasmania is opened. Serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke is the last man hanged in WA. National Service is reintroduced. La Trobe University in Melbourne is founded. Donald Campbell sets new world water speed record of 276 miles per hour on Lake Dumbleyung in WA. Sir Percy Spender is appointed President of the International Court of Justice. Dawn Frazer is named Australian of the year. The Gladesville Bridge is opened. Donald Hornes’ “The Lucky Country” is published. “Midget” Farrelly wins the 1st. World Surfing Title at Manly Beach. Ian Healey, Lee Kernigan, Mark Taylor, Eddie Maguire & Georgie Parker are born. “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles is the top pop song.
“Homicide” screens for the 1st. time on TV. “Polo Prince” wins The Melbourne Cup.

The Shire President was Cr. H. Warlters


Our President was Norm Drummond
Vice President was Lex Leight
Prime Minister was Robert Menzies
Rotary International President was C.P.H. Teenstra of The Netherlands

Club membership was a high 43. The club offered full support for a home for the aged. A tender of £232 was accepted to sewer the Youth Centre. The Floral Festival raised £300, & with a 2 for 1 subsidy from the Govt. provided £900 for the Home for the Aged Fund. Lex Leight raised £252 in the Tangle Towns contest to purchase a 2-way radio for the Wauchope Ambulance. President Norm presented newly chartered Laurieton Rotary club with a lectern. Wauchope Rotary was well represented on the night. Sister City Park was cleared for dedication, & Captain Gerry Feeney of the US Army was flown in for the event. The changeover was held on the night after dedicating the park, & was described by The Hastings Gazette as “a brilliant success.”

The first hydrofoil service begins on Sydney Harbour. “The Kinks” & “The Rolling Stones” visit Australia. The vehicular ferry “Empress of Australia” begins service between Sydney & Hobart. Margaret Court wins the Australian women’s title for the sixth consecutive year. “I’ll Never Find Another You” by The Seekers, becomes the first Australian act to reach #1 on the British Charts. Dawn Frazer is banned for 10 years for alleged misbehaviour at the Japanese Games in 1964. Australia announces that a combat force (1 RAR) will be sent to South Vietnam. WO Kevin “Dasher” Wheatley is awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously in Vietnam. The ALP is defeated in NSW after 24 years in office; Liberal leader Robert Askin takes office. The Captain Cook Bridge over the Georges River is opened. Glen Seaton, Glenn Lazarus, Steve Walters, Joe Hockey, & Andrew Ettingshausen are born. H.V. Evatt died. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers was the top pop song. “Light Fingers” won the Melbourne Cup.
The Shire President was Cr. J. R. Andrews


Our President was Peter Merrotsy
Vice President was Lex Leight
Prime Minister was Robert Menzies, then Harold Holt after 26/01/66

Rotary International President was Richard L. Evans of Utah USA

The year was busy with most attention on Sister City Park, which opened on 4th. July. The club hosted a GSE team from California for 6 days. Shirley Kennett & Colin Trotter was selected to attend the RYLA seminar. Ross Andrews, the club’s nominee was selected for a GSE outbound team to California. At the changeover, cheques to the value of $90 were presented to The CWA for the Baby Health Fund, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Home For The Aged, & the Quota club for the Subnormal Children’s School.

Australia’s population was 11,599,498. Harold Holt’s Liberal Party is returned to power with the largest majority in Australia’s history up to that time. The Australian dollar replaces the Australian pound. The Beaumont children are abducted & never seen again. JØRN UTZON resigns as architect of the Opera House. General Motors Holden becomes the first local car manufacturer to fit seat belts. Prince Charles arrives to attend Geelong Grammar School. Australia’s troop commitment to Vietnam increased to 4,500. Hotel hours extended to 10pm, ending the “six o’clock swill.” The battle of Long Tan is fought in Vietnam. 6RAR awarded Presidential Unit Citation for that action. WO. Ray Simpson becomes Australia’s 2nd recipient of The Victoria Cross awarded in Vietnam. A spy satellite base is established at Pine Gap in NT. Australia’s first satellite communications station is opened at Carnarvon in WA. Both Tivoli theatres in Melbourne & Sydney are closed. Bob Dylan makes his first tour to Australia. Gordon Chater wins the “Gold Logie.” “Galilee” wins the Melbourne Cup. St. George wins their 11th. consecutive grand final in rugby league. Anna Burke, Tony Lockett & Alan Langer are born.
“Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra is the top pop song.
The Shire President was Cr. J. R. Andrews


Our President was Len Odd
Vice President was Bill Johnston
Prime Minister was Harold Holt

Rotary International President was Luther H. Rogers of Carolina USA

President Len & Sybil returned to Australia after attending Canisteo Park opening, & extensive touring. A weekly roster was posted for Rotarians to mow & maintain Sister City Park. A disappointing Aquatic Carnival only raised $150 profit, mainly due to the raffle of a kangaroo skin. A joint project of Rotary, Apex, Quota clubs & the CWA, was the erection of two signs on Oxley Highway, on either side of Wauchope showing their emblems & meeting times. Ross Andrews, our GSE awardee kept in touch while touring California. While visiting San Francisco he met with past RI President “Bru” Brunnier, who recalled presenting our club with its charter. Bru was a charter member of San Francisco, the 2nd. Rotary club to be chartered, & in 1967 he was the longest serving Rotarian in the world. Ross Andrews was invited to Los Angeles to accept the first place plaque awarded to Wauchope by the Town Affiliation Association of the USA. This was the only award of its kind to come to Australia. The Christmas meeting was held in Sister City Park, which proved a welcome relief from the stifling confines of the Youth Centre.

The first students are enrolled in Macquarie University. Ronald Ryan is the last man hanged in Australia. “Black Tuesday” bushfires destroyed much of Hobart & surrounding areas. Gough Whitlam becomes the leader of The Australian Labour Party. The Royal Australian Navy replaces the British White Ensign with the Australian White Ensign. La Trobe University is officially opened. Major Peter Badcoe is awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for an action in South Vietnam. In a referendum the majority of The New England voted against the creation of a new state. The new Australian $5 note goes into circulation. The postcode system is introduced to Australia. Qantas Airways drops the word “Empire” from its name. The NSW Parks & Wildlife Service is created. Australia unl inks the dollar from British currency. South Australia’s & Queensland’s Simpson Desert Conservation parks are created. Prime Minister Harold Holt disappears while swimming off Cheviot beach near Portsea. John McEwan is sworn in as interim Prime Minister. General Motor’s exports it’s 100,000th. vehicle, & launches the “Torana.” Federal Cabinet drops the word “British” from Australian passports. Honeysuckle tracking station near Canberra is opened. The first mass immunisations against polio are undertaken using “Salk” vaccine.
Australia’s first satellite, WRESAT is launched. The song “Sadie The Cleaning Lady” is released. “Picnic At Hanging Rock” is published. Graham Kennedy wins his 3rd. Gold Logie. The first current affairs program, “This Day Tonight” premiers on ABC-TV & is hosted by Bill Peach. The ABC participates in the world’s first, live, international satellite production when “Our World” is broadcast. ATVO broadcasts the first colour television programme-a horse race. The first live television broadcast of a Rugby League Grand Final takes place when South Sydney defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 12-10. The Penrith Panthers & The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks are introduced into the rugby league competition. “Red Handed” won The Melbourne Cup. Mark Skaife, Barnaby Joyce, Nicole Kidman, Peter Lonard, James Packer, Keith Urban, Miranda Otto & Guy Pearce are born. Eric Baume of “Beauty & The Beast” fame, Stanley Bruce (Australia’s 8th PM) & Harold Holt die. “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrill is the top pop song.
The Shire President was Cr. J. R. Andrews.


Our President was Ken Mclennan
Vice President was Noel Manderson
Prime Minister was John Gorton

Rotary International President was Kiyoshi Togasaki from Tokyo Japan

One of the first acts of the board was to increase the annual membership fees from $14 to $16. The aims of the club this year were to create a sponsorship scheme for technical study students, a youth exchange programme with the nearer Pacific countries, hosting servicemen from New York state on R&R leave from Vietnam, & support the Q-Robin school. In August the club donated $500 to a Q-Robin appeal to raise $5,000. This attracted a Govt. subsidy at the rate of two for one, which raised the donation to $1,500. A further $156 was donated as the result of a Combined Services Club Ball. A working bee re-lined the kitchen walls, & laid floor coverings in the Youth Centre. In March the club hosted a GSE team from Iowa, & also a GSE team from Israel. A combined Services’ Club theatre night raised $164 profit. A levy of $2 per member raised $84 providing the funds for a motor & pump for the village of Gaulin in Papua New Guinea. In May the club held the first ever career night at Wauchope High School, which was a great success thanks to the organization of Director Bill Russell. At the changeover, donations of $10 were made to the Red Cross, Far West Children’s Health Scheme, Legacy, & the Spastic Centre.

The search for the body of Prime Minister Holt is called off. John Gorton is sworn in as Prime Minister after John McEwan filled that role for only 23 days. American Evangelist Billy Graham tours Australia. Fluoridation of Sydney’ water supply begins. Indian Prime Minister, Indira Ghandi visits Australia. Jim Cairns unsuccessfully challenges Gough Whitlam for leadership of The Labour Party. Simon Townsend is granted exemption from military service in Vietnam on the grounds of conscientious objection after his 5th. appeal. The 1st stage of the Warringah Freeway is opened. British comedian Tony Hancock suicides in his Sydney hotel room. The standard gauge rail between Perth & Kalgoorlie is completed. The National Gallery of Victoria is opened. The Postmaster-General’s Dept. reduces the number of mail deliveries from two a day to one. Ansett-ANA Airlines is re-named ANSETT. A licence is issued to Wrest Point Hotel for Australia’s first gambling casino. A Mac Robertson-Miller aircraft crashes south of Port Hedland in WA, killing 26 people. Australia’s population reaches 12 million. “Sittin’ on the dock of the bay” by Otis Redding was the top pop song.
The Shire President was Cr. J. R. Andrews


Our President was Noel Manderson
Vice President was Bill Edmonds
Prime Minister was John Gorton

Rotary International President was James F. Conway of Arizona USA

Youth Exchange Programme student Christine Wambach from Colorado Springs arrived for twelve months. The clubs nominee for Group Study Exchange (GSE) Rev. Ross Lay was selected to be part of the team visiting Israel. In September a “Learn To Drive” campaign got under way with local dealers, Pearce & Henriksen supplying a Holden car which was officially handed over to the Wauchope High School by the Transport Minister, Mr. Morris. Three of the clubs’ nominees for GSE to USA were selected. Kerry Manderson & Christine Hurditch went to Colorado, & Jennifer Griffith went to Oklahoma. Local girl Kerry Mooney & the clubs’ YEP student, Christine Wambach were selected to attend the RYLA seminar. The District Conference was held in Port Macquarie, with the club picking up an award for “International Service.” During the Conference, the club hosted seven GSE members from District 516 Colorado. The club changeover was held at the Country Club, with visitors from Taree, Laurieton, Kempsey & Port Macquarie.

The Violet Town railway disaster occurs when “The Southern Aurora” collides head on with a freight train on the newly completed Sydney to Melbourne line, killing 9 people. HMAS Melbourne collided with US Navy destroyer, the Frank E. Evans in the South China Sea. The Frank E. Evans was cut in two, sinking with a loss of 74 crewmen. The “Poseidon” bubble began with the discovery of a very large nickel deposit in Laverton WA. The re-building of the Indian Pacific line between Sydney & Perth to standard gauge rail is completed. Prime Minister Gorton announces that Australian troops in Vietnam would begin to withdraw from 1970. NASA switches transmission of the Apollo 11 moon landing to Honeysuckle Creek, then to Parkes Observatory in NSW, which then broadcast the event to the world. The rock musical “Hair” opens in Sydney. The last episode of “Hunter” is aired, & “Division 4” debuts on the 9 network. Johnny Famechon becomes the world featherweight boxing champion. Rod Laver wins the US Open tennis. “Rain Lover” wins the Melbourne Cup. Luc Longley, Ben Mendelsohn, Cate Blanchett, Simon Baker, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Shane Warne, Laurie Daley, & Kostya Tszyu
Are born. Norman Lindsay & May Gibbs die. “Build Me Up Buttercup” by “The Foundations” is the top pop song.
The Shire President was Cr. J. R. Andrews.


Our President was Harold James
Vice President was Lex Leight
Prime Minister was John Gorton

Rotary International President was William E. Walk of California USA

Working bees gave Sister City Park a facelift prior to the planting of new shrubs & trees. Director Bert Robinson worked with the Hastings Council on a programme to encourage new businesses to the area under the slogan “ Decentralise to Wauchope Wonderland.” A levy of $2 per member was set to support Rotary Lodge at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, with $76 raised. In October the club ran a “chocolate wheel” which raised funds to assist the Wauchope Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary for cardiac equipment. The Service Clubs Ball raised $500, which was given to the Wauchope Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary for an Emergency Crash Cart. In October, Jack & Yvonne Parsons ran a very successful “Heartbeat Ball” at Ellenborough for the same appeal. At the end of a successful GSE tour of California, Bill Edmonds met up with Wauchope Rotarians Noel Manderson & Wal Sneddon, & in Canisteo they arranged for 30 of that city’s citizens to descend on Wauchope in 1971, & the Rotarians among them would attend the World Convention of Rotary in Sydney on 16-20 May. President Richard Nixon sent a letter to the President of The Hastings Shire Council, Cr. John Abi-saab acknowledging the great work & co-operation between the sister cities, Wauchope & Canisteo. Director Terry Gilbert along with 40 counsellors dispensed career advice at a well-run career night at Wauchope High School. On 22nd May $10 was donated to the newly chartered Rotary club of Port Macquarie West. On 20th June the incoming office bearers flew to Bourke for the District Assembly, & the chartering of the Rotary Club of Bourke. At the changeover, a crowd of 170 saw PDG Gordon Fisher present the club with the Districts International Services Award for the 2nd. time. Jack Parsons & Norm Drummond were recognised for their outstanding service to Rotary. Donations of $10 were made to the Far West Children’s Health Scheme, the Spastic Centre, and the Red Cross & Legacy.

Cyclone “Ada” hits Central Queensland killing 14. The Hut River Principality Province is established. A new International Terminal is opened at Sydney Airport. Melbourne Airport is officially opened. A portion of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapses killing 35. Pope V11 visits Australia. Queen Elizabeth & members of the Royal Family tour Australia. “The Female Eunuch” by Germaine Greer is published. South Sydney rugby league captain, John Sattler played most of the game with a broken jaw in his sides win over Manly Warringah in the grand final. Margaret Court becomes the 2nd woman to win the Grand Slam of Tennis. John Newcombe wins the Men’s & the Doubles titles at Wimbledon. Johnny Famechon retains his WBC Featherweight Boxing title by defeating “Fighting Harada” of Japan. “Baghdad Note” wins the Melbourne Cup. “Buccaneer” wins the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Rachel Friend, Glenn McGrath, Bradley Clyde, Stephen Renouf, & Tania Zaeta are born. The deaths of William Slim & William Dobell occur. “I’ll Be There” by “The Jackson 5” is the top pop song.
The Shire President was John Abi-Saab.


Our President was Lex Leight
Vice President was “Darb” Olsen
Prime Minister was John Gorton, then William McMahon.

Rotary International President was Ernst G. Briethholtz of Sweden

A decision was made to purchase an honour board for the names of all past Presidents, but this was deferred due to the cost quoted. The practice of applying a $1 per member levy per year for The Rotary Foundation was discontinued, with a voluntary donation put in place. Due to the efforts of Jack Parsons & Bert Robinson, & in conjunction with the Services club, Productivity Group, Chamber of Commerce & the Council, a professional film maker, John Kingsford-Smith (nephew of Charles Kingsford-Smith) was hired to make a film encouraging businesses to Wauchope to stimulate the economy of the town, & halt the drift of young people to the city. The final cost was $3,500 plus $140 per copy, plus expenses for transport, accommodation & aircraft insurance for the film crew. Apex President Frank Harrison, later to become President of Wauchope Rotary, & the Hastings Mayor, was chosen to star in the film, along with wife Kate & the children. The film was titled “This or That” contrasting the smog & congestion of the city with the clean air & space of “the bush.” A major fundraiser was a “walkathon” to support the Q-Robin school in Wauchope. Notable entrants were Eric Doyle & Pipe Major Bill Russell who’s sponsors contributed $200 of the $300 raised. The changeover celebrated 20 years of club service to the community. Over 200 people attended the function, which was held in the RSL Auditorium. Best All Round awards were made to Harold James, Jack Parsons & Ken McLennan. This was prior to the club awarding “Paul Harris” recognition for outstanding service. Donations were made to Q-Robin, Legacy & The Spastic Centre.

Neville Bonner becomes the first aboriginal to sit as a member of parliament. Evonne Goolagong is named Australian Of The Year. Cyclone “Althea” hits Townsville killing 3 people. Joh Bjelke-Peterson declares a state of emergency in response to rioting & protest against the visiting “Springboks.” “Pick-a-Box” airs for the final time. The show started on radio in 1948. More than 200,000 people take part in the largest demonstrations in Australia’s history against the Vietnam War. Day light saving is introduced in NSW, SA, Qld, Vic & the ACT. “Silver Knight” wins the Melbourne Cup. Lisa McCune, Todd Woodbridge, Dannii Minogue, Mathew Hayden & Adam Gilchrist are born. “Chips” Rafferty passes away.
“You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor is the top pop song.

The Shire President was Cr. John Abi-Saab


Our President was Gordon Gray
Vice President was Col Avery
Prime Minister was William McMahon then Gough Whitlam

Rotary International President was Roy D. Hickman of Alabama USA

In July the club welcomed Patti Dew, a student from Canisteo, who stayed for 6 months, & attended the local High School. At a meeting of The Hastings Shire Council, the membership of the management committee for the Youth Hall was changed. The new committee consisted of the Club President & Club Secretary, 2 Wauchope Rotarians, & 3 representatives of groups using the Youth Centre. In May a television crew descended on Wauchope & Canisteo, to investigate the Sister City affiliation. Sequences filmed in Wauchope centred on Sister City Park. The programme was to be aired on ABC-TV’s “Weekend Magazine.” A major event of the year was an invitation from the mayor of Canisteo, John C. Mullen, to the Hastings Mayor, Cr. John Abi-Saab to attend the centenary celebrations of the incorporation of Canisteo as a village on 1-7 July. The invitation was accepted, & in late June, Cr. Abi-Saab & wife Noeline, Joe Andrews, Bill Russel, Bob Marchment, Terry Gilbert, Darb Olsen & wife Dawn, John & Jan O’Neil, Joe & Dawn Terp, Enid Edmonds & Fay Sneddon headed off to Canisteo. At Canisteo they were joined by Gerard & Francois Cassegrain who “Blew in.” The Wauchopeans were well received with hospitality & celebrations. During the week the films “This & That” & the ABC’s “Weekend Magazine” were screened. A number of presentations were made to the Canisteo board, including a letter from Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, Sir Robert Askin, Premier of NSW, James Brown, MLA, Bruce Cowan, MHR & Curly Annabel, the President of the American- Australian Association. The Rotarians in the group presented The Canisteo Rotary club an outsized Bullock bell & whip to “keep order” at meetings. Another gift was made to Mark Meck, a co-founder of the Sister City link & a keen trout fisherman, in the form of the mounted teeth & jaws of a 14-foot whaler shark displayed on a walnut stand. An engraved plate stated that these were from a Wauchope trout caught on 1/0 hook on a 12lb. breaking line. Following a special invitation from the US Government, 10 of the Wauchope visitors travelled to Washington. Some by air, courtesy of the US, the others went with Colonel Gerry Feeney in his car. It was a very hot day, but being a Sunday, there were no liquor outlets open in Pennsylvania, resulting in a very thirsty trip. However, their thirst was partly quenched by a visit to Colonel Feeney’s mess, & full quenching was achieved by a visit to a Washington restaurant where the beer was free. However, this free beer policy was abandoned after this visit. Subsequent to the Canisteo visit, The Reader’s Digest Foundation made an award to Wauchope. At the changeover, Past President Max Thompson, who had an unbroken record of 100% attendance for 19 years was granted honorary membership. Donations made included $100 to Wauchope RSL for air-conditioning, & $100 to the Quota Club.

Douglas Nicholls becomes the first Indigenous Australian to be knighted. Kerry Ann Wells becomes Australia’s first “Miss Universe” In Victoria, 6 pupils & a teacher are kidnapped for $1 million in what became known as “The Faraday School Kidnapping.” The first aircraft hi-jacking took place at Alice Springs airport. On board were 28 passengers & 4 crew. A gun battle took place on the airstrip. Belinda Green is crowned “Miss World” in London. Gough Whitlam becomes Prime Minister. Shane Gould is named Australian of The Year. The health warning, “Smoking is a Health Hazard” is printed on all cigarette packets by law. Australia officially pulls out of the Vietnam War. 1972 was the last time to date, that man walked on the moon. The film “The Adventures Of Barry McKenzie” was screened. Controversial soap opera, “No 96” debuts on 0-10 Network. “Aunty Jack” premiers on ABC-TV. Pat Rafter & Brad Fittler are born. “Piping Lane” wins The Melbourne Cup. Shane Gould wins 3 Gold Medals at the Munich Games. “Rock & Roll part 2” is the top pop song.
The Shire President was Cr. J. Abi-Saab.