Long live the King

August 3 2020

The King of Local History is dead, Long live the King.

Mr. Rhook, the founder of Deniliquin History in Photos passed away recently and it is sad as he has done so much.

Deniliquin History in Photos is a great Facebook page, it is true that we have the Historical Society but DHiP was different, it covered different subjects and was updated frequently.

When we created Deniliquin Quiz II and he tested it for us, it was such a thrill that he didn’t get every question right because it meant that we done great and it was thanks to his work that allowed us to find bits to put down as questions.

We would swap information on topics from movies shown at the Regent to Hotel History, his information helped us write the 10,000 word piece much easier and more detailed.

He was saddened by the demolition of iconic Deniliquin building, the loss of the railway,  the loss of the Peacocks, the deterioration of the Federal Hotel until recent fixes.

He was fired up about the ERC Customer Service Centre and thought it was a waste of money and Deniliquin had plenty of buildings the ERC could of used instead (like the Conargo Shire Chambers).

He covered the local flooding a couple of years ago more detailed than anyone else, you knew what was happening all the time.

He was a big supporter of the Moonacullah vs. Cummeragunga football game in 2017 and helped us learn about the two sides that played and won premierships in the 1930’s as well as learn about the places themselves.

Sadly there was two tasks that we didn’t get to complete, one was trying to figure out how connected the shop cellars are in Cressy and End Street, did certain locals hop from cellar to cellar in order to get a drink during prohibited hours?

The second was the mystery of the Exchange Hotel as in the cellar something caught his eye and tried to figure out.

Exchange

Was this a possible exit that led to places like the Community Centre (then RSL Club) and the Royal Hotel?

The story of the two hotels being connected despite being across the road from each other has been around a long time.

Brick

We may never know if anything was actually behind that wall but it was fun working with him on the tunnel/cellar story.

Just this week we brought a set of postcards and were looking forward to the comment ‘unreal’ whenever something interesting was seen or figured out.

Nobody will do better than Mr. Rhook, the Historical Society can try, others can try but nobody will have the same level of interest or dedication to local history as he did.

Sports Talk (2/8/20)

August 2 2020

Due to the virus, Rovers Seniors and Reserves teams in Football and Rovers A Grade, B Grade, C Grade and C Reserves are unable to play in competition this year.

But kids are able to and so the Rovers taken on Jerilderie at home in Round 2 of competition.

Football

Thirds won 9.9 – 63 to 7.6 – 48
Fourths won 15.14 – 104 to 0.2 – 2

Netball

Under 17’s won 48 to 37
Under 15’s won 44 to 9
Under 13’s won 50 to 2

Conclusion

It was a clean sweep for the Rovers today, their second consecutive sweep.

Here is how the season is going to look for the Rovers sides in this four team competition.

Round 3 – Berrigan (Home)
Round 4 – Blighty  (Home)
Round 5 – Jerilderie (Away)
Round 6 – Berrigan (Away)
Round 7 – Blighty (Away)
Round 8 – Jerilderie (Away)
Round 9 – Berrigan (Home)

We’ll be back next week with a new edition of Sports Talk.

Deniliquin from the Air – 1941

July 27 2020

The Deniliquin & District Historical Society has posted an image from 1941 of the town from the air.


There was no Hardinge St Oval in 1941 and if the Rovers existed back then they wouldn’t of had played at Jubilee Park in 1941 as there are no ovals or netball courts there.

The rail service was still going strong in 1941 and you can see the goods platform etc there, now all that remains is what the Historical Society has in its collection.

Deniliquin High did not exist until 1954 and in its place is where Football was played in town, can you imagine watching Deniliquin Football Club (now Deniliquin Rams) playing in the middle of the week?

South School did not exist in 1941, it’s location appears to be empty on the 1941 image and chances are if you live around the sides of the school, your house doesn’t exist yet.

Tattersall’s Hotel is visible on the 1941 map along with its still standing stables and so is the Royal Hotel as well as the School of Arts building and the Lyceum Theatre which is where the Regent Theatre ended up after a couple of decades at Town Hall.

Regent Theatre of course is now the Baptist Church.

2018

Deniliquin sure has changed in the last seventy-nine years and it will continue to do so though there will always be an element of familiarity in the town as many of the streets are still the same like the curve in Crispe Street and the bend that links Cressy Street and End Street.

Sports Talk (25/7/20)

July 25 2020

Due to the virus, Rovers Seniors and Reserves teams in Football and Rovers A Grade, B Grade, C Grade and C Reserves are unable to play in competition this year.

But kids are able to and so the Rovers taken on Blighty in Blighty in Round 1 of competition.

This year will forever be known as the season that started in July and without any Adults on the court or field.

Football

Thirds won 12.10 – 82 to 2.5 – 17
Fourths won 19.19 – 133 to 2.5 – 17

Netball

Under 17’s won 49 to 30
Under 15’s won 31 to 16
Under 13’s won 53 to 2

Conclusion

It was a clean sweep for the Rovers today, the perfect way to start a season no matter how topsy turvy the world is at the moment.

The Rovers had multiple goal kickers in both of their matches which is always good to see.

Here is how the season is going to look for the Rovers sides in this four team competition.

Round 2 – Jerilderie (Home)
Round 3 – Berrigan (Home)
Round 4 – Blighty  (Home)
Round 5 – Jerilderie (Away)
Round 6 – Berrigan (Away)
Round 7 – Blighty (Away)
Round 8 – Jerilderie (Away)
Round 9 – Berrigan (Home)
We’ll be back next week with a new edition of Sports Talk.

Deniliquin Shop Status (April 4 2020)

Betta – Open

Reject Shop – Open

Browns Rural Supplies is open for deliveries. Call 5881 2433 to order.

Wired Entertainment – Open, their phone number is (03) 5881 3555
and their email is wired@wired-entertainment.com.au

J & K Picture Framing – Closed

Combined Ag Machinery – Open

HQV Bargains – Open

Concept Technology – Open

River & Grain – Closed

All Terrain Automotive is open as normal and has only a few booking left before Easter. If you require they can pick up and drop off your vehicle at your home or work. Feel free to call them on 5881 1789.

Deniliquin NRMA Insurance open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm (closed Saturday) with limited services. Give Judy, Suzy or Kris a call on 5881 1233 for all your insurance needs.

Fleming Partners- office is closed for visitors and most staff are working from home. Documents can still be dropped off during office hours and office/staff can be contacted via phone/email.

Caltex service stations
East end store 03 5881 9050
Cobb highway 03 5881 2162
North Junction 03 5881 1457
All three are open for fuel and take away coffee,drinks and food.
Call to place your takeaway order.

Deniliquin Florist – Shopfront is close but open via phone order

Deniliquin Travel Centre – Open for normal hours
Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm on Phone & Email only.
03 58817744 and travel@deniliquintravel.com.au.
Now closed Saturdays & Sunday’s.

Deniliquin RSL – Closed but open for Takeaway meals

That Pizza is trading as normal. Order online and payment via eftpos, delivery option is preferred. Check out thatpizza.com.au or call them on 03 5881 8480.

Deniliquin Toyota, Rural Ford and Deniliquin Hyundai Sales, Service and Parts open as normal with trading hours of Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday morning 9am to 12pm. Pop in and see their staff for all your motoring needs.

Purtills Petroleum is business as usual but they encourage all customers to contact them via phone or email where possible on 1300 819 000 or accounts@purtills.com.au

McDonalds – Open for Takeaway

Subway – Open for Takeaway

Bimbella Beef – Open including Drive Thru

Deniliquin Stadium – Closed

IGA – Open

Coles – Open

Riverina Cellars – Open

White Lion – Open for Takeaway and Delivery
Edward River Hotel – Phone Order
Globe Hotel – Open for Takeaway and Delivery

Coach House Hotel is open for take away and free delivery.
Lunch 12-2pm Tuesday to Saturday
Dinner 6pm -8:30pm Monday to Saturday (looking at opening Sunday’s)
Bottle shop open all meal trading times
Online ordering coming soon until then call 5881 1011

Elders Insurance Deniliquin & Rich River shop-front is closed, however they are operating as normal via phone and email and *Greenslips/CTP’s can be processed over the phone.

Bennetts Painting Service is still trading as usual until further notice.

Bowling Club – Open for Takeaway (Chinese food)

Cafe Bakery 285 – Open for Takeaway

Brontes Gourmet are open for takeaway and you can order from them by calling 03 5881 5794.

Devour – Open for Takeaway
Scoop n Brew – Closed
Red Rose Diner – Open
Black Cat Cafe – Open for Takeaway

Smoko Shak is open 7.30 to 3pm Monday to Friday and offer homestyle meals & full grill/ burger menu. Phone orders can be made on 03 58818678

Nutrien Ag Solutions, Landmark and Rodwells are still trading merchandise and fertilizer with a skeleton staff with Agros and stockies all working in the field and are contactable by mobile.

Josh’s Bakehouse – Open
Deniliquin Bakery – Open

Laughing Chicken – Open for Takeaway and Delivery (Free Delivery)

Infused Restaurant will be open from Friday 3rd April buy one main meal get one free until this is over, Takeaway and home delivery also delivery to trucks
0457 480 042

Deni InfoTech Solutions are still open for all your InfoTech needs.

Big River are a phone call away on 03 58811755, Office Appointments by Prior Appointment and Inspections still available under certain criteria.

Eric Sim Pharmacy – Open (delivery from 4pm Monday to Friday)

McLean Beach Holiday Park – Closed except for permanent residents and essential travelers

Deniliquin Riverside Caravan Park – Closed except for essential travelers

Deniliquin Veterinary Clinic – Open but with new procedures

Deni Tyre Service is Business as usual, call them on 5881 2261.

Party, Pack & Wrap – Delivery service

Roundabout Tyre and Auto are still business as normal.

Deniliquin Newsagency & Bookstore – Open (also offers delivery)

Deniliquin Travel Centre – Phone appointment only (March 24).

Soul Pattinson Chemist – Open (also offers delivery)

Motiv8 Health & Fitness Centre – Closed

Deniliquin Salvation Army – Closed

Brian McCleary & Co Accountants – Open but done remotely or through phone, email, Zoom and Skype

Rotary Club of Deniliquin – Suspended

Deni Theatre Company – Closed

Evolve Fitness + Wellbeing are closed to 24/7 Gym and group fitness classes but Online / Virtual classes are coming soon, follow them on Instagram & Facebook to stay moving & motivated in this tricky time!