Tag Archives: Deniliquin

What was the Hartwood Monster?

August 22 2017

Throughout time we’ve heard of various monsters and mysterious creatures yet most are sure that all are fictional creatures for example Dr Frankenstein’s Monster, The Loch Ness Monster, the Bunyip, Bigfoot, The Tasmanian Tiger post 1930’s, Fairies and more.

The Hartwood Monster aka the Murray River Monster was a creature spotted in the 1930’s and was described to be six to seven feet long with two flippers, fur covered skin like a possum and eyes like apricots and when it surfaced it blew water out like a Whale.

A few years later the people of Loxton reported a monster but it was apparently an Alligator.

Records available show nothing further happened until 1949 when a creature was found at Hartwood Billabong in Wakool Creek.

In August 1949, two men saw a creature in the water and it had an estimated 18 inch long neck, was 3ft tall, was fast and it was almost black.

Newspapers were very eager to report that the two witnesses were sober perhaps to justify why this story had taken up inches of column space when monsters are not considered real.

It was also reported that what was spotted may of been a species of Musk Duck or it was a Seal.

The next month, a man named Bill Stewart from the Globe Hotel shot a creature 15 times after a chase that lasted half a mile with the creature surfacing every 80 feet, Mr Stewart was accompanied by three other men who were part of a shooting party trying to track the monster down.

A dog was sent in to retrieve the creature but ran off and reportedly wouldn’t go near a body of water again.

The body of the creature was never recovered, if it was a variant of the Musk Duck the unfortunate creature was a thousand kilometres south from its natural habitat, if it was a Seal it is an odd place to find one and if it was an unknown creature, we’ll never know.

Then again, maybe they didn’t get the Hartwood Monster and it is still out there.

Support Channel4Change

August 11 2017

Over the last month, DNS has reported on the latest programs and actions designed to increase awareness of Mental Health issues.

Earlier this week, Noisy Street Design uploaded onto YouTube a new video titled ‘Channel 4 Change’.

It is a video that goes for 4mins and 42 seconds and the video explains the creation and aims of ‘Channel 4 Change’.

Channel 4 Change was established to raise much-needed funds to develop and implement youth mental health initiatives in Deniliquin, aims that we completely believe in supporting in any way we can.

Channel 4 Change founder Brenda Norman is aiming to swim the English Channel in 2018 to promote the importance of mental health, the English Channel is perhaps one of the toughest swimming challenges on the planet.

The video has been put together really well as everything is explained in great detail backed by excellent quality video and beautiful shots of the area from the river to a 360 look around town from the air.

If you are interested in donating or finding out more, please visit https://channel4change.com.au/


2QN from afar

AM Radio can be wonderful, you can pick up stations hundreds of kilometres away which is nice if you want to see how your old town is doing news and shops wise.

YouTube user dxer22000 tuned in to 2QN from Numeralla which is 403km away from Deniliquin and just 70km from the NSW coast and got a pretty good signal.

The video sample has ads from the Deni Golf Club, C.O.P.S,  Ash Cycles and Deblu’s Adult Warehouse.

The best of the four ads is the Ash Cycles one as it is cleverly acted out though Deblu’s is notable for having lots of sound effects to keep the ad radio friendly.

2QN has been known to get picked up as far as the outskirts of Brisbane on a good night though one has to put their ear close to the speaker to pick out what is being said.

AM Radio, the format that keeps interesting people even if they don’t like their local station format.

Deni Speaks (27/6/17)

June 27 2017

For the last two weeks, we ran four polls on our website with questions on EB Games, Music, History and the Ute Muster.

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.

Pauline comes to town

May 3 2017

Pauline Hanson has visited Deniliquin as part of a tour through NSW and Victoria in a bid to understand what locals need when it comes to the MDBP and learn about the proposed air freight hub and more.

The tour is a chance for the Senator and her party to show that One Nation has more policy and ideas other than the well known one of keeping Muslims and the religion of Islam out of Australia.

Senator Hanson and fellow party members are part of the crossbench that determines whether bills made by the Turnbull Government are either passed or knocked back giving them major leverage in political decisions as the Government needs co-operation from the crossbench in major issues like the Budget.

News of Pauline’s stay in Deniliquin has been mixed with locals either interested, totally disinterested or not really happy that she is among the people due to her personal thoughts and policies.

Time will tell whether the tour has been of any political value to the local area or not.

Ghost Story Busted

We all love a good tale and so last week there was a story about a ghost walking alongside Barham Road.

The story was that a man was travelling from Deniliquin on his way to Victoria when he spotted the woman walking alongside Barham Road and he wrote of his terror of seeing such a sight and included a picture.

The story quickly got attention and made the social media rounds as it was quite a compelling (or humorous) tale and such a ghostly sight would cause most people a fright on a quiet road at night.

Fortunately or unfortunately the story was debunked after a couple of days as it is one of those stories that gets told across the internet with only the place names changed.

The tale was fun while it lasted but there is no doubt it will come up again in the near future ready for a new audience to appreciate and eventually laugh about.


DNS tries out ‘That Pizza’

As written about earlier today, That Pizza is now open for business and so DNS taken the opportunity tonight to go out, buy and then eat one of the Pizzas from the menu.

Our man of many talents Daniel Clark stepped up to the plate to test out how well they can make a BBQ Meatlovers Pizza.

It wasn’t long before the verdict was in, the BBQ Meatlovers Pizza from That Pizza was judged to taste ‘F**king Amazing’.


The only critique that we can offer is that the box was flimsy and the Pizza was missing the Pizza Saver (the white table you see on a Pizza) and so some of the topping ended up on the top of box but overall the experience was everything our Pizza guru hoped for.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, DNS tried and enjoyed the pizza from That Pizza and if you want to buy and try some too, visit their website to take a look at their menu then give them a call on 5881 8480 or go on down to 396 Cressy Street to place your order.

May you the reader encounter an enjoyable experience when you order a Pizza in the future.

Moderate Flooding in effect

The Edward River has risen to moderate flooding levels at a speed that has taken many by surprise.

After a rise of 42cm between 9am yesterday and 9am today, A similar rise of 39cm (9am to 7pm) happened in just ten hours.

The September 30 river peak of 7.06m was surpassed early this afternoon and rises continued on at great speed to reach the moderate flooding level of 7.20m at 7pm this evening.

At this time of writing, the Edward River is rising 4-5cm per hour and if it holds at that pace the 8.4m prediction could be reached in around 26 hours.

We once again remind readers of what is to come between now and the 8.40m prediction;

At 7.16m the Edward River Oval will be flooded
At 7.32m outside the levee of the Riverside Caravan Park will be inundated
At 7.91m water crosses Chippenham Park Road
At 7.94m Memorial Drive will be inundated
At 8.50m McLean Beach Holiday Park levee is overtopped* (closer to 8.2m before sandbagging)

McLean Beach Holiday Park is expected to be closed by Wednesday as the water level forces the closure of the entry road, removal of property and moving of vans etc is already underway.

NSW SES are holding a public meeting tomorrow night to discuss preparedness and answer questions relating to the likely impact of flooding.

The meeting will be taking place at 7pm down at the Deniliquin RSL Club’s Auditorium.

DNS and Deniliquin History in Photos are both following developments and will continue to report as developments as fold as quickly as possible.

Giants need Juniors

The Deniliquin Junior Giants are looking for players to participate in Under 14 Boys and the Under 16 Boys and Girls teams.

That means that boys and girls born between 2002 and 2005 have opportunity to play in the 2016/16 tournament season

Basketball is a great sport as kids and adults get to play one of the biggest sports on the planet, be in a team environment and become friends with many fellow players in a short period of time.

There’s also the incentive that they get to play for a team called the Giants and history has been mostly kind to teams with the Giants nickname.

Some of the teams to be called Giants in sport are for example the Coburg Giants (NBL/Big V), North Melbourne Giants (NBL), New York Giants (NFL), Greater Western Sydney Giants (AFL) and many more.

Visit Deni Junior Giants or contact John Fitzpatrick on 0402 500 182 for more information, expressions of interest must be in be Wednesday August 3.


Target severely damaged by fire

Target has been severely damaged by a fire that erupted in the early hours of this morning.

The fire is believed to have started from the power box and made it’s way across and down causing major damage to the building and it’s contents inside.

Deniliquin History in Photos has photos of the fire in progress and the aftermath, one picture by ‘Big Robbo’ shows the fire raging at ground level just before the RFS and the FRNSW arrived to fight the fire.

Details of the fire can also be found at NSW RFS – Mid Murray Zone‘s page and DNS praises the fire services for their actions in stopping the fire from completely destroying Target and spreading to connecting shops.

Cafe 285 gave the firefighters on scene free coffee in appreciation of the firefighters efforts in fighting, containing and then extinguishing the fire.

DNS is also very pleased that nobody was killed or injured in the fire and hopes the best for the owners of the business.