East Timorese bakers Herminia Freitas and Abelina da Silva Manus have been learning the tricks to baking from Beechworth Bakery owner Tom O’Toole.RUTH CLAYTON October 1, 2012 4:59am
East Timorese bakers Herminia Freitas (left) and Abelina da Silva Manus with Beechworth Bakery owner Tom O’Toole.
Two hopeful, young East Timorese bakers have had their careers and lives marked by a trip to Australia.
Herminia Freitas, 21 and Abelina da Silva Manus, 23, of Dili, East Timor were invited and sponsored by Beechworth Bakery owner Tom O’Toole.
The two worked at Mr O’Toole’s bakery in Beechworth for close to three weeks and learnt tricks of the trade.
Mr O’Toole helped establish a bakery school in Dili three years ago, which is run by a group of nuns known as the Silesian Sisters.
The girls are two of the hardest workers at the bakery school, which was why they were chosen for the trip, according to Mr O’Toole.
The girls, who are staying with Mr O’Toole and his wife in Beechworth, travelled to visit and work at the Echuca Beechworth Bakery on Friday.
Mr O’Toole said having the girls work at his business was a great experience.
‘‘(They’re) such good workers
Mr O’Toole said the girls had learnt a lot while working with him, but his staff had also learnt a lot from them.
‘‘The staff have loved them,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll drop a pie and throw it in the bin, (which is) just so foreign (to them).
‘‘It’s just been a real joy to have them with us.’’
It was not all work in Echuca on Friday, with the girls taking a trip on a paddlesteamer in the afternoon.
They had never seen a river as big as the Murray.
Miss da Silva Manus said she had learnt a lot of things about baking since she had been in Australia.
She said Australia was ‘‘very different’’.
‘‘But in our country we don’t have as much technology,’’ she said.
Miss Freitas said Australia was ‘‘very good’’ but she was looking forward to going home because she missed her family.
The girls will leave Beechworth tomorrow, staying one night in Darwin before flying back to Dili.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.