Mildura Weekly : Friday January 30 Vol 9 No 12 2015
18 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2015 • From Page 14 Other deaths were the result of people falling from horses, snake bite, stillborn babies (midwives were few and far between), and also at a time when station people and blacks were killing each other over the mat- ter of a few sheep. A lot of the early settlers were buried where they fell, in simple, un- marked graves, and some locations have been lost for ever due to con- stantly shifting ground and erosion. As is the case with Donald Mack- enzie, most of the graves are on high ground, with commanding views of the countryside. Some are un- marked. Others have had headstones stolen or, in the case of Donald, had bars removed from the surrounding fence. Hopefully, that won’t happen again, with Craig and Alan setting the bars into holes in the concrete base, and welding the top of each bar to the thick steel fence supports. “It wasn’t a simple job, bringing in some of the heavier equipment up-river by boat, and Craig driv- ing the long way round so we had a vehicle to take equipment from the riverbank to the grave, but the result has been worth the time, effort and money,” Alan said. “I have been in touch with the editor of Scotland’s Ross-shire Jour- nal (who coincidentally is a Mack- enzie), from the same clan as our Donald,” he said. “Hector Macken- zie was impressed and very appre- ciative of the work we were doing for his namesake, and interestingly, told us that the Mackenzies are still a solid extended Scottish family, with the head of the clan living only a few kilometres from him at the imposing Castle Leod, near Strathpeffer. “Hector has promised to make a few inquiries locally to try to find out more of Donald’s early history. “Regardless of the outcome, the gravesite of Donald Mackenzie is now restored, and his UK descen- dants can be assured that he is finally being treated with the dignity he de- served.” • From Page 14 The rooms, some wood-pan- elled, are decorated with Macken- zie portraits from past centuries, as well as antique furnishings and large antique maps. Leod Castle was passed to John of Killin’s great-grandson Kenneth Mackenzie, First Lord Mackenzie of Kintail, who granted it in 1608 to his brother Sir Roderick ‘Rorie’ Mackenzie. The castle is believed to have been built on the site of an ancient Pictish fort from before the 12th century. The current castle is the 17th century work of Sir Roderick Mackenzie, ancestor of the Earl of Cromartie. In 1746 George Mackenzie, Third Earl of Crommartie, forfeit- ed the estate following his support of the ill-fated 1745 Jacobite upris- ing. The estates, but not the title, were restored to his son in 1784. The castle was reported to be in a run-down state earlier the same century, and badly debt-ridden. By 1814 it was described as “a ruin... deserted except by crows.” In the mid 19th century, Castle Leod was renovated by the Hay- Mackenzie families, descendents of the Earl. In 1851 large extensions were added to the north of the castle, with more work following in 1904. The castle remains the home of the Earl of Cromartie, and is open to the public on set days. The drowned tutor Home of the Mackenzie clan THE Far West Local Health Dis- trict has officially launched its School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships program, with students based at Coomealla High School set to benefit from the initiative. Launched by New South Wales Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, the Hon. Melinda Pavey, the program is a Department of Education and Communities initiative that provides Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification and employment as part of their HSC studies. “This is the first time Far West Local Health District has offered school based apprenticeships and traineeships as an established program,” Far West LHD man- agement trainee, Rebecca Heron- Dowling, said. “The program provides stu- dents with an exceptional op- portunity to gain entry into the workforce, and an industry recog- nised qualification while they are studying.” Ms Heron-Dowling said the scope and depth of the program is a precedent for NSW health. “It will create pathways for young people wanting to go to university and/or pursue careers within the health sector, and builds the future workforce of the Far West LHD and service capac- ity,” she said. The Far West LHD SBATs pro- gram will offer traineeships in business administration (medi- cal), health services assistance, Allied Health assistance and Ab- original primary health care. In 2016 the program will be expanded to include dental as- sisting. Casting a wide net Students from Balranald Cen- tral School, Broken Hill High School, Coomealla High School, Wilcannia Central School and Willyama High School will be appointed to traineeships in busi- ness administration (medical), health services assistance and Al- lied Health assistance, with quali- fications to be taught by TAFE NSW Riverina Institute using the Learning in Networked Commu- nities model that will enable stu- dents and their trainers maintain regular contact using a variety of different technologies. The Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Department of Education and Communities will work closely with schools to ensure students are supported to successfully complete their cho- sen traineeship. “The program results from ac- tion taken by the Far West LHD to develop a resident and cultur- ally-appropriate workforce as en- visioned in the District’s Strategic Plan and the Healthy Commu- nities Implementation Plan, es- tablished under the Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly,” Ms Heron- Dowling said. She said that she was pleased to see the collaboration between the Far West LHD, TAFE NSW Riverina Institute, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, Department of Educa- tion and Communities, the Aus- tralian Business Apprenticeships Centre, and Regional Develop- ment Australia to produce the program. “The launch of the program is a great achievement for these organisations, and I am very pleased that we have been able to provide our communities with this exciting initiative,” she said. Far West Local Health launches student training initiative IT’S a new year, and for Chris- tie’s Emporium on 7th Street that means truckloads of new stock. Staff have been busy for the past couple of days unloading scores of chairs, desks and filing cabinets. The emporium warehouse showroom is overflowing with chairs in a rainbow of colours, and in a plethora of styles...there are even gas-lift chairs for those seek- ing all-day comfort. Then there are the desks. Desks for business, for receptionists, and for students, many of them with an adjustable provision for a com- puter keyboard. There is also a few with a large expanse of desktop that would suit the ‘big boss.’ There is also a wide variety of filing cabinets, from those with a single draw through to those with multiple draws. “We have desks, chairs and fil- ing cabinets to suit everyone,” the Christie Centre’s Manager Corpo- rate Services, Daryl Brown, said. Christie’s Emporium is open six days a week – from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and now from 9am till noon on Saturday’s. “We have been asked by cus- tomers about Saturday trading re- peatedly,” Daryl said. “So we thought it was time to trial it.” “I would also like to mention that as it’s a new year, it is a good time for businesses to clean out their filing cabinets and get rid of unwanted paperwork. “Aroundagain’s document destruction service can help with this.” For more information on chairs, desks or filing cabinets ring the emporium on 5021 3633, or for document destruction contact Aroundagain on 5021 0739. New stock for a new year • HARD YAKKA: Christie Emporium’s Ronald Rogers (in the truck) and Marty Kirby unloading new stock this week.
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