Tatura RSL is reminding the community of its big Goods and Services Auction to be held at Victory Hall in Hogan St on Saturday, October 19 at 7 pm.
With a host of items to be auctioned on the night, the RSL is hoping a large crowd will be in attendance, to raise much needed funds for the Private Robert Mactier VC Statue and War Memorial Enhancement Project.
Items to be auctioned include a weekend for two in Melbourne, a joy flight, bottles of wine, limo hire for a day (Valley Funerals), a $200 gift voucher (Culture Tree), a romantic drive to a romantic lunch for two, several painting, three trailer loads of wood and not forgetting the big-ticket item, a Fitzroy football jumper signed by legend Kevin Murray.
And it does not stop there, RSL president Robert Mathieson said there would now be 30-40 items up for grabs, ranging from the interesting to the more useful.
If you are interested in politics, Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has offered a visit to Federal Parliament in Canberra, which includes a silver service lunch and a look at question time.
Also on the political theme, State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell has donated a bottle of parliamentary port.
One of the more unusual lots to be auctioned will be 20 units of bovine semen.
Other lots include a $100 meal voucher, medal mounting, hard copy (books) missing images from WW1, two spring lambs (packed), a tanned goat hide, full carpet clean, a hamper, two massages, a full-face motorbike helmet, a $100 fuel voucher, $150 of A1 water, hair voucher, $80 windscreen repair and more.
Mr Mathieson said with the list of items to be auctioned growing daily, it was shaping up to be a big auction and one not to be missed.
‘‘We hope to see the hall packed, for what should be an exciting evening,’’ he said.
Mr Mathieson said the RSL would like to acknowledge and thank the many individuals and businesses who had already donated items to the auction.
Tickets for a two-course meal are $35 and there will be entertainment on the night.
Tickets are available from Geoff Reed Electrical Services, 70 Casey St, Tatura, or Culture Tree, 88 Fryers St, Shepparton. Tables of eight and 10 are available.
Robert Mactier VC
Robert Mactier was the son of Robert and Christina (Ross) Mactier of Reitcam — Mactier reversed — a property near Tatura.
Robert was the seventh child, born on the May 17, 1890, and was educated at Tatura State School, later working on his father’s property, before farming at Caniambo with his younger brother John (Jack), growing crops on the banks of the Broken River.
His siblings were William, Angus, John, David, Robina (Beanie), Mary (Mollie), Jeamil (Jean), Isobel (Belle), Agnes and Margaret (10 children).
Robert was an accurate stone thrower, hence his uncanny skill in hitting enemy targets with such accuracy.
‘‘Bob Mactier was typical of his kind, the country man who became a soldier, a healthy man, well behaved, quiet and unassuming; he had nothing spectacular in his make-up.’’ (From a radio series on V.C. winners broadcast in 1936-37.)
History has proven he did have something special in his make-up.
Robert was keeping company with a girl before he went overseas, but never married and didn’t have any children.
— Phyl Mactier
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