Mildura Weekly : Friday April 18 2014 Vol 8 No 24
Mildura Weekly – 18/04/14 13 www.milduraphonebook.com.au A bike ride through shearing history • From previous page The early bicycles (BSA was one of the big- gest manufacturers) were tough. They had to be. Many were made in Syd- ney, and shipped far and wide on demand. They were touted as being simple but strong, with a reinforced frame, some parts made from spring steel, with interchange- able sprockets. They even used American Dunlop roadster tyres, “guaran- teed to carry a man up to 14 stone.” Jim reports that the bike-riding shearers, through necessity, were resourceful. One shearer rode around 100 miles (160 kilometres) between Clare and Hay using ropes for tyres, splicing them onto the rims. One rim was also said to have been used to write an epitaph. Before jump- ing into the river to drown himself, the shearer scratched a ‘note’ onto the inside rim of a bike wheel, ending with the words; “My body will be found sleeping underneath the river.” By the late 1920s, shearers had discovered another means of trans- port, the open truck, do- ing away with the need for bikes, horses, buggies... and foot-slogging. Some later graduated to the car, as is the case today, but Lyle and his mates are determined to make sure the trusty old bicycle gets the recogni- tion it deserves as one of the most reliable means of transport the shearers ever knew. EASTER is celebrated in a variety of ways by Mildura residents, with some enjoying the chance to head camp- ing, while others embrace an oppor- tunity to catch up with family and friends. Easter – Good Friday in particu- lar – is also a special day for support- ers of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, with the annual Good Friday Appeal helping to raise mil- lions of dollars to aid the hospital in its sup- port of seriously-ill chil- dren. Quite a number of the Royal Children’s patients come from Mil- dura, including young Merbein resident Em- meline Scholar, who at just nine-months of age will spend the 2014 Easter long weekend in Melbourne battling Biliary Atresia, after being diagnosed with the condition at six weeks. Biliary Atresia is a liver condition that affects one in 18,000 infants, causing blockages in the liver’s bile ducts. These blockages cause severe ill- ness, with a liver transplant the only hope for survival. “Doctors have no idea what causes it,” Emmeline’s mother Beth- any said. “There is no known cure, with Biliary Atresia the main cause of transplants in infants.” Emmeline has spent almost her entire life travelling to and from the Royal Children’s Hospital for treat- ment, with Bethany and husband Nicholas praising the work of hospi- tal staff. “They are truly amazing,” Betha- ny said. “Emmeline’s chance of sur- vival would be almost non-existent if it wasn’t for the Royal Children’s. “They offer support to parents, and generally understand what you’re going through. “Having been regular visitors of the hospital over the past few months, (completing up to 14 trips so far) you certainly gain an appre- ciation of the work they do, and we would certainly encourage Mildura residents to support the Good Friday Appeal. “We’ve run into quite a number of Mildura-based families at the hos- pital over the past few months, so it’s a certainly an institution important to Mildura.” Bethany and Nicholas said the nature of Emmeline’s Easter visit was centred on preparing her for a liver transplant, with the youngster recent- ly put on the transplant waiting list. “We’re hoping the transplant will happen in the next few months,” Beth- any said. “We’re just waiting for the life changing phone call now.” Nicholas said the while Emme- line’s long-term survival rate would be around 80 percent following the trans- plant, doctors had warned of other po- tential complications. “While the transplant does cure the disease to an extent, Emmeline would remain on medication, with the risk moving more toward how her body reacts to the new organ,” he said. “There’s usually a 60 percent organ survival rate associated with infants and liver transplants, which means that there is a chance that Emmeline may need another liver transplant lat- er in life.” • Continued Page 14 Emmeline prepares for continuing Easter fight By Vinnie Rodi firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY People pital over the past few months, so it’s • A FAMILY UNITED: Nicholas, Emmeline and Bethany Scholar will spend the Easter long weeknd at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne as Emmeline cotinues her fight against Biliary Atresia. 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