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THE Yarram and District Historical So-
ciety had two of its members recognised
with awards for outstanding personal
Jim Kee and Bill Bodman were both “surprised
but honoured” to receive the awards.
Mr Kee said when former president of the so-
ciety Melva James became ill, he was able to step
in and help.
At the time he was elected president, Mr Kee
set out to tackle the running of the society and to
reorganise the archiving of an enormous amount
“From there, we set up a whole new filing sys-
tem to make it easier to find material, including
photos and documents.”
“A lot of people are interested in the records of
their families and like to find out how and where
Mr Kee worked hard to get material from the
Alberton Shire archives before it was consigned
elsewhere and spent hours photographing rate
books and transporting material.
Mr Bodman is a part of the society’s mainte-
nance team and often uses his practical skills to
organise and make display units and to make run-
ning repairs when needed.
He particularly enjoys cataloguing maps and
working in the tool room.
“The Anzac centenary exhibition was one of
the biggest ones we have held. It got a lot of atten-
tion from visitors,” he said.
“I have also done some work on the histori-
cal maps from the area. Recently we have made a
map showing the history of the schools in the old
The map has a brief history of each school,
which Mr Bodman hopes will be published soon.
Mr Bodman has given talks in the district
and to the society on the Bodman Family and its
homes in Trenton Valley, Won Wron.
He has two publications under his belt and is
the consummate historian.
Happy historians: Jim Kee, left and Bill Bodman from the Yarram and District Historical
Society were honoured to receive awards for outstanding personal contributions recently.
Yarram historians awarded
Rehearsal: from left, Larissa, playing Morticia Addams, Drew, Cousin It and Mark, Uncle
Fester are working hard on Mirridong’s latest and exciting musical show The Addams Fam-
ily Busted .
Let the show begin
THE cast of Mirridong’s production, The Addams Family Busted is rehearsing hard
to make sure the show is ready to open on Wednesday, June 22 at 7.30pm at Yarram
Tickets for the show are available in the lead up to the show from Mirridong, or on the night at the
Talented director Darren McCubbin will no doubt have the whole cast as well as the audience sing-
ing and dancing on show night and as usual a top show is guaranteed.
WOODSIDE Wildcats held
a Ladies Night at the Yar-
ram Club Hotel on Friday.
The night was well supported
by the local community with lots
of goodies going under the ham-
mer in the blind auction.
A big thanks from the club
goes out to the many businesses
supporting the fundraiser which
was held to help pay for the re-
marking of the lines on the netball
courts at the Woodside Recreation
Wildcat ladies night a winner
Big night: Jade Ayton, Megan Barnes, Bec Morton and Carly Foat helped make the Ladies
Night fundraiser last Friday a great success.
Theft at Wonyip
YARRAM police have been working
overtime on solving a number of bur-
glaries and thefts in the area.
Sometime between May 28 and June 3 more
than $8,000 worth of farm equipment was stolen
from a property at Wonyip.
Yarram Sergeant Mark Barrett is hoping
someone in that area may have seen a suspicious
vehicle in the area around that time and will come
forward with information for police.
“Person or persons have cut the lock on the
gate to the property to gain entry and proceeded
to a shed where they removed a ride on lawn
mower, whipper snipper, post hole digger, mo-
tor cycle ramps and various electrical tools,” he
Quarry break-in again
STACEY’S Bridge quarry was targeted
by thieves for the second time in three
The first break in occurred on May 19 and the
second, sometime between Friday, June 3 when
the owners locked up for the weekend and Mon-
day morning June 6.
“The owner arrived at the quarry around
10.30 am on Monday morning to find thieves
had gained entry to a fuel shed and stolen four
20 litre drums. They also made off with a quan-
tity of diesel from the bowser, pressure cleaner
and gas bottles,” Sgt Barrett said. Anyone with
any information should call Yarram police on 51
Hunt on for white ute
POLICE are looking for a white four
wheel drive ute in relation to the theft
of a commercial wood splitter in the De-
von North area two weeks ago.
“We believe a ute fitting this description was
seen in the area about the time of the wood split-
ter theft, if anyone has seen a vehicle fitting this
description could they report to us at the Yarram
station,” Sergeant Barrett said
Shark vessel adrift
GIPPSLAND Water Police are investi-
gating a commercial shark fishing ves-
sel which drifted within 75m of an Esso
oil rig “Bream A.” on May 19.
“Attempts to raise the vessel via marine radio
VHF #16 and UHF #40 were unsuccessful. Both
the skipper and the deckhands’ mobile phones were
either out of range or not responding,” Sergeant Jen-
kins Steed said.
“Rig operators used air horns in an attempt to
notify the vessel of its close proximity, but there
was no response. The Esso helicopter launched and
hovered overhead but was unable to raise the atten-
tion of anyone on board. No persons were visible in
wheelhouse during the incident,” he said. Maritime
Safety Victoria and the Australian Maritime Safety
Authority were notified. The Police air-wing and
Gippsland Water Police were also tasked to attend.
Esso considered shutting down production as it was
concerned about the anchor fouling an underwater
pipeline. Around 4 pm, an Esso helicopter made
contact with the crew on board and indicated they
were OK. The vessel had apparently anchored after
shooting a shark net some kilometres to the north
of the rig and despite assurances by the skipper that
he had not been asleep, it appears no one was keep-
ing a watch and the vessel had dragged its anchor in
Drifting: a commercial shark vessel drifted
within metres of the Esso oil rig recently.
The incident is being investigated by the
Gippsland water Police.
ON THE WATER WITH GIPPSLAND
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