Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society has a new display to commemorate the service of dedicated district volunteer Ken Major.ELAINE COONEY June 18, 2014 3:10am
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society president Lorraine Haines and Ken Major with his old St John Ambulance and fire brigade uniforms. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Retired Rochester volunteer Ken Major handed over his old uniforms to the Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society earlier in the month.
‘‘I had outgrown them and left the organisation. They were just taking up room in my cupboard,’’ he said.
‘‘People later on can see what us old buggers had to go through.’’
Mr Major joined the Rochester Fire Brigade in 1951 when he was 15 years old and St John Ambulance in the late 1950s.
He spent 38 years in the fire brigade; 15 in St John Ambulance; 38 in the SES, which he retired from last year; and was a volunteer ambulance driver with the Rural Ambulance Service.
Mr Major said he did not know where he found the time to volunteer because he worked full-time as a builder.
He attended Rochester’s major fires; the Murray Goulburn fire 1983 and the Rochester high school fire in 1982.
He said he had seen decades of change within the fire brigade and believed it was now a better service.
‘‘Before you used to go around the Rochester district now you go anywhere; you could be needed interstate,’’ he said.
He said fire had no boundaries.
‘‘In the olden days we had little equipment.
‘‘We had to fundraise for everything.’’
He remembered the Rochester Apex Club donating the brigade’s first fog nozzle.
The first truck was an army disposal truck with a 200-litre water tank.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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