Profiles of local people and businesses


The Good Old Days of Early Television

Our first female Gold Logie Winner reminisces      by Hazel Phillips OAM ‘Write me something nostalgic,’ suggested the Editor on the phone. ‘Nostalgic!’ I replied to my friend Di (Morrissey), at my age, what else is there?’ Funny that. The older you get, the more the past impinges on the mind, and scenes you had forgotten […]


Voices of the Future

The current Captains of Wingham High School, Grace Callaghan and Jai Harrison, share their thoughts on living locally, their future and where the world is going. Politicians please take note! Jai and Grace met when they played music together in their school production of Romeo and Juliet. They teamed up and formed a musical duo […]


T’was ever thus?

John Albert Revitt, known in Wingham as “Jack Revitt” was a great reader which he passed onto his children, and granddaughter, Di Morrissey. Following his harrowing service as a stretcher bearer at the Somme and Flanders in WW1, he escaped with a book on the long voyage home in May 1919 while at sea on the transport ship, “Wyreema.” The book was “The Soul of […]


A Dream to Save our Planet

He’s a gentle man, softly spoken, with warm humorous eyes. Just the sort of person you can imagine as a kid growing up in Armidale who loved bugs, the bush and collected stamps. Now he lives quietly, adores visit from his grandkids, and appears to be enjoying retirement on his property at Bootawa. Yet Jim […]

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Renewing Towns and Cities

Our southern neighbour, Newcastle, has transformed itself from a grungy coal city on the coast to a buzzy, thriving, booming and popular destination. There are many reasons, but there’s one story of man who has played a vital role. Marcus Westbury looked at his home town with fresh eyes and had an idea. The results […]


Further Crowdy Memories

I was very saddened to hear that Crowdy Head School has closed as my father, Kevin Leitch, taught there in the 1940s and early 1950s and he just loved his time there. My father- kevin John Leitch (1928-2004) was a born teacher. He trained at Armidale teachers’ college in the mid 1940s, where he met […]


Just keep dancing!

There are some people you meet who make you laugh and smile. Neville Munro is like that. Maybe it’s the show biz in him. He’s a dancer – Gene Kelly eat your heart out! And dancing is his life. Australia and overseas, Neville settled in the Manning in 1974 to devote himself to teaching dance. […]


Catching the collector’s bug!

  Do you ever wonder what some men keep in their big sheds at the back of the house? You see them as you pass farms and homes and imagine they house machinery, an old car, some stored feed and grain or paraphernalia from an abandoned hobby perhaps. An invitation from Don Schmitzer and his […]


Thoughts from the butcher’s shop

The local butcher can be a place to catch up on news as well as choose something nice for dinner. Craig Shepherd, who runs the Tinonee Family Butchery, can also give you some cooking tips, provide a ready-to-cook meal, and a few tips on how the economy is travelling. Craig was living on a farm […]


Three families share – a home among the gum trees

On peaceful Mitchell’s Island a successful experiment in retirement living is showing a new way for baby boomers to reinvent their post working lives. It’s an experiment that has attracted attention around Australia and overseas where similar shared homes have established a new way to enjoy retirement living – and save money. Three couples – […]


One voice can become many

Occasionally there comes a point in life when you have to stand up and say ‘Enough is enough.’ For Manning local Jennifer Schoelpple it was October 2013. ‘I’ll never forget that morning. The tipping point for me was when the Abbott government gave the green light for the AGL pilot wells at Gloucester. That final […]

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Words of wisdom from Albert Einstein

 In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, Albert Einstein, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one; a father’s letter to his daughter. “When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood […]