Mildura Weekly : Friday February 7 2014 Vol 8 No 14
www.milduraweekly.com.au 12 Mildura Weekly – 07/02/14 • TENDER MOMENT: Stephen Garlan drives the tender as photographer Shane Strudwick adds to his photo collection. The nearby Minimus was the smallest paddleboat in the parade. PHOTO courtesy Bryan Homann. • From Page 8 “I have never been so amazed and in awe of the activity on the river...paddlesteamers, whistles, PA system, cheering crowds, choppy water, smoke, steam and everyone and every- thing full of energy. “As the boats passed I had a sense of wonder that I was witnessing such a special reunion of riverboats, Murray River and Aus- tralian history. It was simply amazing!” As the atmosphere settled, Shane began photographing the various displays and ac- tivities along the riverfront, from steam en- gines to booking tents and the bands, and found various other vantage points to shoot crowd and riverboat pictures. He said his goal was to try to capture the atmosphere and feeling of the day, to tell the story of a river town and the broader river community coming together to celebrate a wonderful achievement for the PS Melbourne, and also to capture the celebration of the leg- acy started by the late Captain Alby Pointon. “This was certainly recognised by the number of heritage vessels that turned up for the celebration,” he said. “When the formali- ties were over, I headed for the George Chaffey Bridge, where I took advantage of the height to shoot boats passing each other on the river during their short passenger cruises upstream and downstream. “With Mildura providing such a wonder- ful backdrop, it was great seeing the classic river boats cruising alongside each other. Over the years I have seen many single paddle boats and steamers which capture your sense of in- terest, and been involved in several flotillas, but this was by far the biggest event that I have ever seen. It was incredible.” As the main flotilla was preparing for its final cruise, Shane did a further series of mid- river shots from the tender of the PS Marion, and it is some of these stunning pictures that feature prominently in the book, and one that graces the front cover. “At one stage I was looking through the lens at a line of six or seven heritage vessels as they followed the procession,” Shane said. “The images I took that day are forever etched into my memory...just a wonderful and unique visual display.” It was the same when the request came for paddleboat skippers to let off steam - literally - and the sounds of the various whistles could be heard for kilometres. “It was a fitting end to a day filled with excitement, anticipation, adventure and his- tory,” Shane said. “I stayed until last light, managing to get in a few sunset shots. “As the crowds dispersed, I couldn’t help thinking that I had been a part of a magi- cal and historical event, the likes of which I doubt I will ever see again.” It’s full steam ahead Romance writer sets sights on Mildura visit AUSTRALIAN romance author Cathryn Hein will visit Mildura and Red Cliffs libraries on Thursday, February 13, as part of Mildura Ru- ral City Council’s ‘Visiting Author Program.’ Making her name in the literacy world based on tales of tragedy, love and horses, Councillor for Arts and Culture, Jill Joslyn, said the aim of the visiting author program was to give local book lovers and aspiring writers the opportunity to spend time with successful authors like Cathryn. “As I have mentioned in the past we are very fortunate to have such renowned writers visiting our region, and I really encourage res- idents to support these fantastic programs,” she said. “Cathryn’s writing style is beautifully de- scriptive and you will find yourself able to clearly imagine the scenery behind the sto- ries.” All three of Cathryn’s titles – ‘Promises,’ ‘Heart of the Valley’ and ‘Heartland’ – have go on to be finalists in the Australian Romance Reader Awards. Cathryn will conduct an afternoon tea talk at the Red Cliffs Library at 2pm on Thurs- day, February 13, with an evening presenta- tion to take place at 7.30pm at the Mildura Library. Bookings can be made at both the Red Cliffs and Mildura libraries, online via the library services webpage at www.mildura.vic. gov.au/library, or by contacting 5018 8350. By GRANT MAYNARD WHEN Richard Tankard ar- rives in Sunraysia later this month he’ll be toting more luggage than usual. The son of former ADFA head honcho Henry, and Pam Tankard, Richard usually returns to Mildura to visit family and friends with little more than a few extra clothes in a tote bag, but for his upcoming visit he will be accompanied by his beloved keyboard, three fellow members of his band ‘Tank Dilemma’, and years of musical experi- ence, stretching back more than three decades. This time, he tells me, he is here to play – the first time the eclectic, soul and funk-flavoured Tank Di- lemma has graced a Sun- raysia stage. Richard, 43, started learning piano at age 6, first from Fran Gallagher, a long-time music teacher in Mildura and who many readers will be familiar with, and later under Doro- thy Rogers. He attended Mildura High School, and was a keen cast member of Glenn Miller’s much-admired an- nual stage productions. • Continued Page 17 A little bit of funk is Richard’s Dilemma Photograph: MARTINA HOLLAND (Port Fairy Folk Festival 2013) Fire Safety Starts With You. emergency.vic.gov.au CommunityFunDayatRedCliffsSwimmingPoolFriday14thFebruaryUnder12’sfrom4-7pmPoolgames&inflatableSidewalkArtcompetitionBBQdinnerfrom5.30pmMissMollyCoffeeVanFacepaintingmYouthEvening(For12yearolds+)from6.30-9pmLiveBandPoolInflatableGiveAwaysandprizes! $5 per Family $ 2 Single entry All proceeds go to Open Doors Red Cliffs Outdoor Pool Heytsbury Avenue Red Cliffs To find out more call (03) 5024 1566 Privately owned & operated by the Iamarino Family Privately owned & operated by the Iamarino Family Thinking about a 150 Madden Ave, Mildura P (03)5021 2312 F (03) 5021 2302 ~ Elvira Iamarino ~ Pre-Paid Funeral? Saving Your Family The Stress Call in to discuss options that will suit you.
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