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 time.

Broadway Café
Mona Café
Café Bakery 285 (current)
Bronte’s Gourmet (current)
Crossing Café
McDonald’s Café
Globe Hotel and Café
Scoop n Brew
Primrose Café
Red Rose Diner (current)
Deni’s Diner




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.

Sports Talk (17/6/17)

June 17 2017

The Rams were away against Tongala whilst the Rovers played away against Blighty.

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. Tongala)

Seniors won 11.11 – 77 to 7.8 – 50
Reserves lost 18.13 – 121 to 1.3 – 9
U/17’s won 12.12 – 84 to 2.0 – 12
U/14’s won 9.8 – 62 to 1.0 – 6

Rovers Football Results (vs. Blighty)

Seniors lost 19.11 – 125 to 10.7 – 67
Reserves won 7.10 – 52 to 6.6 – 42
U/17’s won 17.15 – 117 to 3.2 – 20
U/14’s won 21.11 – 137 to 0.1 – 1

Rams Netball Results (vs. Tongala)

A Grade lost 49 to 37
B Grade lost 43 to 32
C Grade lost 48 to 31
C Reserve won 42 to 28
U/17’s won 28 to 19
U/15’s lost 34 to 31
U/13’s lost 38 to 8
U/12’s lost 38 to 24

Rovers Netball Results (vs. Blighty)

A Grade lost 56 to 51
B Grade won 42 to 41
C Grade won 58 to 33
C Reserve won 40 to 31
U/17’s won 26 to 13
U/15’s lost 17 to 14
U/13’s lost 27 to 25


The Rams Football sides had a good day with three wins out of the four matches.

The Rams Netball sides had a tough day after losing six and winning two.

The Rovers Football sides won the day with three wins out of the four matches.

The Rovers Netball sides won the day with four wins out of the seven matches.

We’ll be back next Thursday with a roundup on how all the Rams and Rovers sides are going leading up to Round 11.

Hunting down the Lyceum Theatre

Since finding out about the Lyceum Theatre, we couldn’t stop thinking about it and so we started looking for any detail we could find.

Trove had lots of scanned articles mentioning the Lyceum mostly news about the Regent being established at Town Hall in 1937 and a couple of ads promoting movies and even a story of a dance held by the Basketball Association in 1928 presenting a shield called the Allison Shield to the winning Roman Catholic team.

The Lyceum Theatre was reportedly established in 1910 but there are two pictures dated 1905 with a sign saying Lyceum Pictures and reports that the building was previously named Temperance Hall pre-1910.

It was not uncommon to read Lyceum Pictures in one publication, Lyceum Theatre in another and Lyceum Hall in yet another.

From what we’ve read on the report and what we’ve seen on Trove, The Lyceum Theatre was a place with the lot with Dances, Movies and Skating all taking place on a weekly basis there was even one instance of Boxing and Wrestling.

A past owner of the Lyceum was Lewis Frank Probert who at one stage owned the Lyceum, Globe Hotel and Globe Café all in one go until the late 1930’s.

So after finding out all of the above, We put in ‘Lyceum Theatre Deniliquin’ in Google to learn its ultimate fate and the third result was Ennor Engineering and in their history they tell the story of buying the Lyceum Theatre in 1953 and instead of demolishing it, they dismantled it and moved it north to 133 Davidson Street.

Ennor Engineering’s history detailed report has given us great details for example the building was auctioned in June 1953 and was rebuilt by Hardman Bros. in December that year, the report also has the dimensions of the Lyceum (’40 x ‘110) and reported that the frame was made of Oregon which we believe is also known as Douglas fir.

The report goes on to discuss the changes to the building from the shortening of the columns to having a new brick frontage and changing windows plus more but it is the best report on the Lyceum and we are grateful that Ennor Engineering kept great records.

We want to thank Deniliquin History in Photos for inspiring us to find out more about local history, they have probably given us a very expensive hobby but it sure is a lot of fun.