Deni Speaks (27/6/17)

Questions asked

What is your favourite decade of Music?
Have we lost too much of our local history?
Are you happy with the Ute Muster’s music bill?
Does Deniliquin need a EB Games like store?


What is your favourite decade of Music?

1990’s – 43%
1980’s – 33%
All – 19%
1970’s – 5%

Have we lost too much of our local history?

Yes – 73%
No – 27%

Are you happy with the Ute Muster’s music bill?

Waiting on surprise additions – 52%
No – 43%
Yes – 5%

Does Deniliquin need a EB Games like store?

Yes – 36%
No – 45%
Local stores need to bulk up their games supply – 18%


The music from the 1990’s received the bulk of the votes when it comes readers and it was a great decade that popularity swung between genres from Grunge to Pop, almost one in five voters like a wide spread of music.

Almost three out of every four voters believe that we have lost too much of our local history, it is true that we have lost a lot but the town is getting some of its history back day by day thanks to tireless research and private purchases.

Just over half of our voters believe that they’ll wait for surprise announcements from the Ute Muster before deciding if they like or dislike the 2017 line-up, almost everyone else is not happy with the music line-up with just 5% liking it.

Almost half of voters don’t want an EB Games like store in Deniliquin whilst just over a third do want one and almost a fifth of voters want local stores to bulk up their game supplies, this spread of votes could be handy to a shrewd businessman or businesswoman.

Sports Talk (24/6/17)

June 24 2017

The Rams were home against Mulwala whilst the Rovers hosted Yarroweyah.

Results as usual are split into the categories Rams Football Results, Rovers Football Results, Rams Netball Results and Rovers Netball Results followed by our conclusion where we tally up the wins to see if the Rams and the Rovers win the day overall.

Rams Football Results (vs. Mulwala)

Seniors won 8.4 – 52 to 4.16 – 40
Reserves lost 24.13 – 157 to 5.1 – 31
U/17’s won 15.17 – 107 to 3.3 – 21
U/14’s won 13.4 – 82 to 6.0 – 36

Rovers Football Results (vs. Yarroweyah)

Seniors won 35.22 – 232 to 3.3 – 21
U/17’s won 27.6 – 168 to 1.0 – 6
U/14’s won 19.25 – 135 to 0.0 – 0

Rams Netball Results (vs. Mulwala)

A Grade won 67 to 31
B Grade won 46 to 41
C Grade lost 31 to 23
C Reserve won 45 to 23
U/17’s drawn 31 each
U/15’s won 47 to 16
U/13’s lost 33 to 27
U/12’s won 30 to 2

Rovers Netball Results (vs. Yarroweyah)

B Grade won 49 to 48
C Grade lost 51 to 48
C Reserve won 46 to 22
U/17’s won 44 to 25
U/15’s won 46 to 6
U/13’s won 49 to 11


The Rams Football sides won the day by winning three out of the four matches.

The Rams Netball sides won the day with 5 wins, 2 losses and a draw in their eight matches.

The Rovers Football sides won the day by winning all three of todays matches.

The Rovers Netball sides won the day by winning five out of the six matches played.

We’ll be back next Thursday with a roundup on how all the Rams and Rovers sides are going leading up to Round 12.

Locals unhappy with Senator

June 23 2017.

Locals are unhappy with Senator Hanson’s comments that Autistic children should be taken out of classrooms.

Deniliquin like every other city and town has people who are in the autism spectrum and so these comments hit home and have hurt deeply and sparking concern of what could happen if Senator Hanson or her party get to play a role in education policy.

Every child on this planet of ours has a right to get the best possible education, they also have the right to be among children their own age, nobody wants to be placed higher or lower than others in the pursuit of the best quality of life.

It will be interesting to see if the thoughts by Senator Hanson will affect her party’s chances in upcoming State and Federal elections as popularity for her party is currently high with the possibility of changing the outcomes for incumbent and aspiring politicians.

Sports Talk (22/6/17)

June 22 2017.

The Rams are home against Mulwala whilst the Rovers are hosting Yarroweyah.

Below is how all the Rams and Rovers sides are travelling after 10 rounds according to all the online ladders.

Rams Football Season Results So Far

Seniors have 3 wins and 7 losses (9th on the ladder)
Reserves have 0 wins, 9 losses and a forfeit (12th on the ladder)
U/17’s have 8 wins and 2 losses (4th on the ladder)
U/14’s have 7 wins and 3 losses (3rd on the ladder)

Rovers Football Season Results So Far

Seniors have 3 wins and 6 losses (6th on the ladder)
Reserves have 6 wins and 3 losses (3rd on the ladder)
U/17’s have 6 wins and 3 losses (3rd on the ladder)
U/14’s have 7 wins and 2 losses (3rd on the ladder)

Rams Netball Season Results So Far

A Grade have 6 wins and 4 losses (5th on the ladder)
B Grade have 7 wins, 1 loss and two draws (5th on the ladder)
C Grade have 4 wins, 5 losses and a draw (8th on the ladder)
C Reserve have 7 wins and 2 losses (3rd on the ladder)
U/17’s have 5 wins and 4 losses (5th on the ladder)
U/15’s have 8 wins and 2 losses (3rd on the ladder)
U/13’s have 6 wins and 4 losses (6th on the ladder)
U/12’s have 7 wins and 2 losses (3rd on the ladder)

Rovers Netball Season So Far

A Grade have 7 wins and 2 losses (2nd on the ladder)
B Grade have 7 wins, 1 loss and a draw (2nd on the ladder)
C Grade have 5 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws (2nd on the ladder)
C Reserve have 6 wins and 1 loss (2nd on the ladder)
U/17’s have 3 wins and 5 losses (5th on the ladder)
U/15’s have 5 wins and 3 losses (3rd on the ladder)
U/13’s have 4 wins and 5 losses (5th on the ladder)


The weather in Deniliquin is currently projected to be 13 Degrees by 2pm with winds up to 10km/h.

First films at the Regent (1937)

When the Town Hall was christened the Regent Theatre and opened in the first week of February 1937, patrons were treated to an opening night of short films, a Popeye cartoon and two features.

‘Piccadilly Jim’ was the first movie shown, a very small sample of the film is on YouTube and can be seen below, a description of the movie can be found here.

The Popeye Cartoon didn’t have a title listed but several were released in 1936 and may of been sent to Deniliquin in 1937 and so we’ve picked one from 1936 for readers.

The second film was called ‘The Devil Is A Sissy’ and featured three of the greatest talents of perhaps all time in Mickey Rooney (played Andy Hardy in the Andy Hardy series of films), Jackie Cooper (known for playing Perry White in 1970’s – 1980’s Superman movies) and Freddie Bartholomew (starred in Oscar winning movie Captains Courageous with Spencer Tracy), unfortunately there is no clips on YouTube but IMDb has a description of the movie.

The next week had a Clark Gable movie in the form of 1934’s ‘Men in White’ and the Olivia De Havilland movie ‘Alibi Ike’, the trailers of which you can see below.

After this great start, The Regent lived in the Town Hall for another decade and a half before a new cinema was built on the spot of the Lyceum (which in turn moved to Davidson Street) in 1953.

Ironically there was a plan to build a Theatre where the Methodist Church was in Cressy Street but for some currently unknown reason it was never built despite the site changing hands twice.

Deniliquin’s Café’s

Deniliquin has had a lot of Cafe’s over the years and we’re attempting to name them all which will take some time to do as we look over photographs and other images and records.

Broadway Café
Mona Café
Café Bakery 285 (current)
Bronte’s Gourmet (current)
Crossing Café
McDonald’s Café (not the Golden Arches)
Globe Hotel and Café
Scoop n Brew
Primrose Café
Red Rose Diner (current)
Deni Diner
Blue Sea Café
Black Cat Café
Central Café
Old Dublin Café





Tru-Frute label collection

Tru-Frute Cordials was a much loved icon of Deniliquin during its long run of existence as a provider of drinks.

Over time it was called Tru Frute, Maher Bros. Trufrute Cordials, Trufrute Cordials and Tru-Frute and the range of drinks they provided was amazing from Vanilla to Mandarin to Sarsaparilla and the popular flavour of Blue Heaven.

Tru-Frute’s array of drinks were made at 103 Hardinge Street, they may be long gone but the building itself remains and thanks to eBay readers can check out five labels from a variety of eras.

There is still a decent amount of Tru-Frute memorabilia around, aside from the labels two intact bottles with almost perfect labels were found on a property in 2015 and other locals have other items as well.

This entry will continue to be updated as more facts come to hand.


Deniliquin Football Teams

Deniliquin have had a lot of Football clubs over time from junior football to senior football.

This story will be updated over time as more records are looked at and added to the narrative.

Deniliquin Rams (named Rams after name search in 1984)
Deniliquin Rovers
Deniliquin Colts (known as Red and Whites)
Railway Football Club (stopped briefly in 1915)
North Deniliquin
West Deniliquin
East (East End?)

Local Grand Final clashes

Rovers defeated Colts in the 1930 Grand Final 14.14 – 98 to 10.10 – 70
West Deniliquin defeated North Deniliquin in 1953


Murray Football League
Echuca League
Edwards River League
Edward River Junior Football League
Picola & District Football League

The Great Rip Off

June 20 2017

For several weeks we’ve been going through all the historical offerings on eBay wondering what to buy and what to pass on.

Several photographs were seen for sale and interest in them rose until both Deniliquin History in Photos and ourselves realized that the photos selling for $8 and $6.50 apiece (example below) had something wrong.


We discovered that the above as well as several other ones could be looked at for free and even downloaded or printed from the online version of the State Library.

Unfortunately this is a common occurrence across the board as replica photos of events or celebrities are offered across thousands of pages and free applications like GIMP and Blender are sold on eBay for a couple of dollars when people could just download them for free.

So when looking online for historical items, make sure they are either the original item or that you are happy with a replica and check around to see if there is a free, legal version of the same item.

Fog settles in

June 19 2017

Fog season has officially arrived and locals are urged to take precautions to ensure no accidents happen on our roads.

Fog lights and low beam headlights should be on to ensure cars are visible to other cars and pedestrians who are out and about in the mornings and evenings.

Readers who visit the local thumbs up/thumbs down groups may have already noticed a rise in reports of drivers driving without the proper precautions and we hope that no readers end up in the Thumbs Down category as some posters can be very descriptive in what they see.

We wish safe travels to all our of our readers, their families and their friends.