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TAMWORTH and the country music industry farewelled bush balladeer Brian Young in style on Friday.

EVERYONE’S MATE: Brian Young’s family – at the back: Jack Mount, Linton Young, Aaron Bell, Tamara Bell-Fahey, Mervyn Parker, Dalene Eadie, Vonnie Young, Darren Young, Clinton Bell, Sharon Young and, in front, Calena Young, Abby Young, Kahlia Bell and Taylor Young. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 200516GOC01

About 300 people celebrated his life with a service at Lincoln Grove Memorial Gardens followed by a wake at the Oasis Hotel.

Daughter Dalene Eadie remembered her dad as a “man of the people”.

“Musically, he thought about everyone else’s career before his own,” she said.

“He was a hard taskmaster, though – boys went out on the road with him and came back men.”

Young was highlyrespected in the Indigenous community.

“We received a letter from some Indigenous elders this week and they had given him a replacement name, because once you die, they don’t say your name again, they give you a replacement name,” Mrs Eadie said.

“That showed how respected he was.”

Mrs Eadie said her dad was “a mate to everybody” and didn’t care where you were from, who you were or whether you were rich or poor. She said a highlight of the funeral service was the Welcome to Country by Len Waters.

“It was all about the coming together of well-known country entertainers, including Beccy Cole and an audio tribute from Troy Cassar-Daley, who were joined by the general public,” she said.

“Everyone loved him and Dad was a storyteller. He’ll be remembered for his love of country and the Aboriginal community.

“It was lovely mixing the personal and professional and how everyone put their personal touch.”

Beccy Cole said Youngie had had a huge and significant impact on her career, prompting her to make the trip from Adelaide to Tamworth to say goodbye.

“I couldn’t miss the chance to say goodbye,” she said.

“Doing that tour in 1994 shaped who I became as far as my attitude to touring and the audience. He was a gentleman and everything was to precision, from the banner at the back needing to be straight.

And yet, he would chuckle at me because I put on makeup every night in the outback and he said I was the only woman he knew who put on makeup every night, but I took my lead from him. No matter how far away you were from civilisation, everything had to be right.”

Cole said he did “more for reconciliation than any politician has done because of his approach to the people” and her highlight of the ceremony was also the Welcome to Country.

“That is such an honour for a white fella and he would have just loved that,” she said.

“It was such a pleasure to have come all this way and catch up with old friends and just to see such a beautiful sendoff.”

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GALLERY: Out and about in Orange

GALLERY: Out and about in Orange JASPRIZZA: Family and friends at Brigette Jasprizza’s 18th birthday party. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Joanne Lee, Tash Oakley, Kaylah Itines and Brooke Saunders. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Milly Sonter-Kelso, Reynee Ward, Rachel Shaw and Robyn Mulhalll. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Lucas Kelly and Jasper Wand. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Stephanie Renton, Jeanene Annis-Brown, Debbie Colgan and Letitia Colgan. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Dani Moore, Georgia Fraser, Lilli Phillips, Taylah Allen and Mariah Robinson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Brinley Meyer, Blair Fuller, Lilly Jones and Ben Crosby. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Erin Cooper, Philippa Myers and Jennifer Hanna. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Jeff and Alison Ferguson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Ian Ashcroft and Kaila Knight. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Timothy Lockrey, Melanie Brash and Anna Parker. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Charlotte Jasprizza and Mat Penny. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Greme Eggleston and Kate Kilby. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Brad Campbell and Mel Moore. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Liomani, Ollie, Jonah and Gretel Tulevu. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Trevor Newman, Justin Landers and Ronny Leonard. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Rochelle Ashcroft with Codie aand Mitch Shirvington. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Stacey and Adrian Le Faro. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Marianne Boers, Irene Doherty and Marie Harvey. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Justin Oakes and Mark Jacobs. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Andrew Feneck and Daniel Holley. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Matt and Dee Cook. photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Heather Chapman-Mortimer, Dani Riles, Andrew Riles and John Chapman-Mortimer. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Paul O’Sullivan, Michelle Woodhouse, Darren Braibridge, Scott Smith and Steve Hindmarsh. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Rachel Wise, Natalie Papallo and Gabe Smith. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Patrick Jasprizza and Michaela Stonehouse. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Tammy Ostini and Deb Leonard. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Rex and Bev Fisher. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Andrew Brooking and Joanne Smith. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Sandra and Mark Moore. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Hanna Dunn, Joanne Lee and Patrick Ryan. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Charlotte Jazprissa and Gai Rosser. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Jason, Cheryl and Fox Bennett. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Jacki, Brigette and Mark Jasprizza. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Mark Anthony, Mark Goldfinch and Brenton Anthony. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Nika and Arik Pinhasov. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Anna Waters, Claire Goodall, Emily Burton and Pippy Simmons. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Diane and Alfred Parker. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Lucy Rafferty and May Dodds. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Col and Heather Woodhouse and Lesley Bye. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Liz Gaeta and Rebecca and Evie Lloyd. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Louise Eggleston and Wallace Harris. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Gavin, Savannah, Annmarie and Caleb McNulty and Luke and Kyle Boswell. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Justine Landers and Bec Jones. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Malachi Howarth, Nikita and Kurt Riley and Lucas Jensen. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Brinley, Jahne and Margy Meyer. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Lucy Steward and Ingrid Spinks. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Samantha Linke and Jes Lamrock. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Liz Campbell and Kristine MacLean. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT: Trent Humphrys, Jaden Rapley and Aodhan Kropp. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Karen and Robert Gerke. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Jack Woodhouse and Brigette Jasprizza. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Kristine and Ed MacLean. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Mitchell Shirvington and Tyler Carroll. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Dylan Little, Tina Jones and Hannah Glennon. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Liby Johnson, Alison Ferguson and Justin Johnson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Julie Maqueen and Joy Rangott. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Carlyn Egan and Rachael Brooking. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Daryl Taylor and Cath McGrath. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Jo Pryke and Anita Dawson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Ray Martin, Fred Maw and Lynette Martin. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

VIC MUSIC: Ronny Leonard and Steve Calliat. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Donna Steele and Karl Veitch. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CSU BALL: Tasleem Khan, Neil Sengupta and Aran Ravishanker. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: Tori and Kirsty Evans. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Helen Thurtell and Suellen Young. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MASQUERADE FOR MS: Aletta Howley and Krysty Smith. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Robert, Laurie and Shirley Woods and Janet Cullen. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Amanda Kilby and Prue McCarthy. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Sam Smith and Belle Guthrie. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TRIVIA: Hannah and Cameron Tom. photo: PHIL BLATCH

PERCY’S: Jessie Blizzard and Nicole Whaley. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Geoff Dwight and Chloe Morgan. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: John, Ron and Julie Dunn. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

LOCAL DERBY: John Mullen and Rod Keevil. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MIDNIGHT CAFE: Trent Critchley and Nathan Gray. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Gai Rosser, Robyn Doyle and Jacki Jasprizza. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Megan, Geraldine and Mark Jasprizza. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

MEYER ART: Glenn Hoyle and Jaq Davies. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

JASPRIZZA: Luke Petrie and Holly Gibson. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

BOWLING CLUB: Loretta and Gary Morgan and Graham Bradley. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

TweetFacebookCENTRAL Western Dailyphotographer Phil Blatchwasat the many parties and events held in Orange this weekend.

On Friday he was at the Jahne Meyer exhibition opening at The Corner Store Gallery, the raffles at Orange City Bowling Club, Brigette Jasprizza’s 18th birthday party at the Hotel Canobolas, Percy’s Bar and Kitchen Orange and Midnight Cafe at Wesley uniting Church Hall.

On Saturday he was at Endeavour Oval for the local derby between Orange Emus and Orange City, the Tractor Trek trivia night at the bowling club, Masquerade for MS at the Hotel Canobolas, CSU Orange’s May Ball at the Orange Ex-Services Club and ‘None But Ned’s’ gig at the Victoria Hotel.

This gallery is proudly sponsored by Kelly’s Hotel Bottle Shop.

If you have an event or party you would like to be covered by the Central Western Daily please call journalist Tanya Marschke on 02 63912962.

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Microchip solves mysterious case of Sherlock the cat’s disappearance

Sherlock the missing tabby was reunited with his human sisters Talia and Sasha Walker. Photo: SuppliedThe case of the disappearance of Sherlock the cat from a Brisbane home more than three months ago has been solved – and it’s all thanks to a microchip.

The Walker family of Brisbane left their pet tabby Sherlock with family friends just before Christmas last year while they went on holidays, only to come back early in January and find their beloved pet had gone missing.

Stephen Walker and his family frantically put out flyers and contacted the RSPCA, desperate to find their furry family member. As months rolled by, the family feared the worst.

However, in late March, Mr Walker said he received a call from the pound saying they had found a cat named Sherlock and his contact details after a routine microchip scan.

“Sherlock had lost his collar a few weeks before we went away. He was good at losing his  collar, and I wasn’t terribly concerned because he had a microchip and I didn’t think he would go walkabout,” he said.

“When he disappeared we thought, it’s OK, at least he still has a microchip which is lucky because he didn’t have a collar.”

Animal Welfare League Queensland spokesperson Shan Veivers said Sherlock was a success story that showed how important it was to implant a permanent form of electronic identification known as a microchip into pets.

“It cuts down the stress for the animals. It is quite confronting for them to end up in the pound and then end up with us, especially cats, they get very stressed,” she said.

“It can all be solved with a quick wave of a wand and a phone call.”

Mr Walker said he got a “bit teary” when he picked up Sherlock from the pound, amazed he had been found and identified.

“The thing that disturbed me, she said, ‘It is so nice you are happy to have him,’ and I thought ‘Isn’t everyone?” he said.

“She said most people say, ‘We moved on, we don’t care, send him to the RSPCA.’ There are a lot of people who couldn’t care less.”

Animal Welfare League Queensland will be holding a mobile microchip event on Saturday, May 21, between 1.30pm-3.30pm  at Barrett Street Reserve on the corner of Barrett and Snooker Street, Bracken Ridge.

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Struggle Street: Inala ‘unfairly maligned’

There are concerns about Struggle Street possibly being filmed in Inala. Photo: Bradley KanarisWhen Brisbane City Council knocked back the filmmakers behind Struggle Street from filming in Inala, it did so because it feared residents would be subjected to ridicule on a national scale.

So far, some media coverage has done little to allay those fears.

In his letter sent to the series’ producers on Tuesday, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the residents of Inala did not deserve the national stigma of featuring in such a show.

Citing the perceived hit to the western Sydney suburb of Mount Druitt’s reputation when the first series aired last year, Cr Quirk said the people of Inala were hard working and aspirational.

“I note … that your clear intention when filming in Brisbane is to focus on numerous sites solely in Inala,” he wrote.

“I also not that your intention is to once again follow ‘a number of people facing a range of challenges’.

“I can only conclude that you intend to give Inala the same targeted treatment you gave Mount Druitt.

“Inala is an emerging, aspirational suburb that is overwhelmingly populated by proud and hardworking members of our community.

“They deserve better than this.”

But Australian Bureau of Statistics data, based on the 2011 census, paint a grim picture.

The median weekly income was $349, compared to the Queensland average of $587.

Inala’s unemployment rate of 13.8 per cent was more than twice the state rate of 6.1 per cent.

Despite the economic realities, local Labor councillor Charles Strunk said Inala was unfairly maligned.

“We have struggled to raise the profile of the suburb over the past 20 to 25 years, but as the Lord Mayor said, it’s gradually coming up and it’s now almost a destination for a lot of people, for the simple reason that it’s got big blocks of land and they’re worth quite a lot,” he said.

“You can’t buy a cheap house in Inala anymore.”

Cr Strunk said Inala residents had access to as many services as those in other areas.

“It’s the services that people want and Inala has the services in spades,” he said.

“Honestly, we have some of the best schools that have all been done up through Schools of Tomorrow, with $15 million spent on each one of them.

“That was back in 2007 now, but it’s really paying dividends.”

The Greens’ sole Brisbane councillor, Jonathan Sri (The Gabba), said he hoped the filmmakers would have the chance to film in Inala.

“This looks a lot like excessive censorship to me,” he said.

“The first series of the Struggle Street doco certainly wasn’t perfect, but to completely deny the film-makers permission to film on public land is a crappy way of handling the issue.

“We allow dozens of film companies to make all sorts of movies in Brisbane, but we can’t allow one documentary about the lived experiences of poorer/marginalised residents?

“I hope the film-makers will still be able to make this work even if they can’t film on council land.”

The ABS data shows 47.5 per cent of the suburb’s inhabitants were born overseas.

Given its large Vietnamese community, it was no surprise that 17.6 per cent were born in south-east Asia.

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Qld slowly working to give LGBTIQ community equal rights

Queensland is very slowly moving to correct laws which have left the LGBTIQ out of step with their straight peers under the law Photo: James AlcockSlowly – very slowly – Queensland is working on correcting a raft of legislation which have given it the reputation as one of Australia’s worst jurisdictions for gay rights.

After decades of inaction, which saw the state’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer community ostracised and left at a disadvantage under the law, the last year has seen Queensland inch closer to legislative equality.

State-sanctioned civil partnership ceremonies were reinstated in April, after a conscience vote in the Queensland Parliament saw the vast majority of MPs support the legislation the Newman Government wound back in 2012.

Next is most likely to be the standardisation of age of consent laws, with Queensland still the only state to legislate different ages between vaginal and anal sex.

“Carnal knowledge” is set at 16, while anal sex, referred to as sodomy in legislation, is not legal until 18.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath announced the government was looking into the issue at last year’s estimates hearings. Since then, it has languished in bureaucracy, although an expert panel has been convened to examine the issue and any potential ramifications, with an announcement due “soon”.

The Queensland Law Reform Commission has been asked to look into the best way for the state to expunge the historical criminal convictions for those caught under Queensland’s morality laws, which saw homosexuality remain illegal until the Goss Government pushed through changes in 1990.

But those who had been charged and convicted under the historical laws – some 460 Queenslanders – had those convictions stand, impacting on travel and career choices. That review is due back in August, with Queensland one of the last states to address the issue.

Earlier this month, the government also announced it was taking one of the first steps to removing the gay panic defence from its books, one of the last Australian jurisdictions to do so.

The defence, covered under provocation, allows defendants accused of either deliberately or recklessly having killed some, blame the killing on a “loss of control” due to an unwanted “homosexual advance” and was used in Queensland as recently as 2010.

The Newman Government altered the law so a verbal advance alone was not enough for the homosexual advance defence to be used, but critics and civil rights advocates wanted it completely struck from legislation.

Tasmania, one of the last states to legalise homosexuality, became the first state to remove the defence in 2003.

As of 2016, just Queensland and South Australia still include it in legislation. Ms D’Ath said that would change soon.

But there is still some way to go before the law is equal in Queensland, with the sunshine state still lagging behind in adoption rights. Same-sex couples can foster children, but have been banned from adoption.

A review into the Adoption Act, set down by the Bligh Government in 2009, which failed to equalise the law, is currently underway.

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Police urged to re-investigate Sharron Phillips murder

Believed murdered: Sharron Phillips. Photo: SuppliedPolice are being urged to re-investigate the 1986 disappearance and suspected murder of Brisbane woman Sharron Phillips, as new allegations continue to emerge.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said cost would not impact a decision to reopen a cold-case investigation where life had been lost.

That comes despite comments from a senior cold case officer on Thursday, who said land next to the Phillips’ household might prove too costly to search.

Commissioner Stewart said he would need to consider suspicions raised by members of the Phillips family, and was happy to take their views into account.

He said there was a cold case process, and no decision had yet been made whether to reopen the case.

He would not comment on whether the investigation had been botched, despite suggestions the alibi of Bob Phillips may not have been corroborated.

Bob Phillips’ eldest siblings on Friday questioned his father’s alibi, saying he did not own a truck in 1986.

They did not accuse him of Sharron’s murder but want aspects of the 30-year-case re-examined.

Mr Phillips told police he went to Gilgandra to pick up “one of our trucks”, returning by “4am or 5am”, when Sharron disappeared.

The minimum time to complete the would be 17 hours.

A second retired homicide detective David Danslow, who took over the case from detective Bob Dallow in 1994, said there was nothing on the police file questioning Mr Phillips’ alibi.

“All the statements I read had Bob and Dawn going down to TNT in Brisbane and then going down to New South Wales, Gilgandra or something like that,” Mr Danslow said.

However Mr Danslow – who retired in 2015 – said he had not seen any corroborating statements on the police file about the trip to Gilgandra to collect a truck.

“Look I will keep an open mind about everything, but I would really be surprised if Bob Phillips has killed his daughter.

“Well, it was never done then. Believe me there were a lot of things that should have been done, that probably didn’t happen back then.”

Mr Danslow said there was no reason to suspect Mr Phillips.

“I have never seen anything to implicate the family,” he said.

“The family were the greatest critics of the police and always up the police almost every day.”

Mr Danslow questioned the need to search the block of land near the family house at Riverview without direct evidence.

He doubted the land had ever been searched.

“I would suspect not, because there was never anything to implicate the family,” he said.

The ability to reinvestigate can be impeded by time, Commissioner Stewart said.

“But on the upside, we have a whole raft of technology in our favour.

“Cost is rarely an issue.”

Fairfax Media is aware investigations by detectives into the Sharron Phillips the case are now active.

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Officer kicked in the face during ‘AVO breach’ arrest

VIOLENT ARREST: Extra police from Armidale were called to back up officers during the operation in Glen Innes. Photo: Craig ThomsonA MAN has been refused bail, charged with kicking a police officer in the face during a violent arrest in Glen Innes.

Richard William Fields will remain in custody in Tamworth Correctional Centre on six charges following a police operation earlier this week.

The 33-year-old is accused of threatening police who were investigating an alleged breach of an apprehended violence order in Glen Innes on Tuesday night.

Extra police, including officers from the Dog Squad, highway patrol and detectives, were deployed to Glen Innes on Wednesday to back up general-uties police who moved into arrest Fields in West Ave.

Police allege Fields was armed with a lump of wood when he walked out into the front yard of a home and then allegedly kicked the officer and resisted police, but was eventually subdued and taken to Glen Innes Police Station.

“There was a struggle when he was arrested and he allegedly assaulted a male officer in the face,” New England Inspector Chris McKinnon said.

“The officer suffered lacerations and bruising to his face, and was taken to Glen Innes hospital and later released.”

Following a Telstra outage in Glen Innes, which saw a loss of phone and internet communications, Fields was transported to Armidale Police Station and questioned.

He was charged with breaching an AVO, intimidating police, ass- aulting police causing actual bodily harm, two counts of resisting arrest and being armed with intent.

He appeared in Armidale Local Court on Thursday, but the bail determination was ad- journed following outbursts from the accused and members of the public in the courtroom.

On Friday, Fields appeared via video link from Tamworth prison in court, where he was denied bail by Magistrate Michael Holmes, who found the 33-year-old was an unacceptable risk of committing further serious offences and endangering the safety of victims, individuals and the community.

Fields pleaded not guilty to all six charges and was remanded in custody to reappear in court later this month.

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Memories found in hideaway drawer tell a fascinating story

WAR WORDS: Melinda Gill and Jan Morris with the World War II signed banner cloth discovered in a bottom drawer at the local historical society office in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner 100516GGA01HISTORY often offers up coincidences of a spooky kind, but a search this month through the historical records in Tamworth collided in a happy stroke of luck.

The fluke has resulted in a wonderful windfall for the Tamworth Historical Society and uncovered a piece of our history that really does echo some old stories of the social fabric of the city.

On the same day that the society was reaching out to The Leader to help find anyone with details about a missing war relic, by sheer chance another society member found some unnamed and unknown objects in a hideaway drawer.

When Melinda Gill turned up at the society’s workday office last week, she had with her something she’d uncovered in a bottom drawer.

She didn’t know what it was, but when she handed it to another researcher, Jan Morris, Mrs Morris nearly fainted with surprise.

“It was just the most amazing coincidence,” Mrs Morris said.

THEN: A 2/30th Battalion march down Peel St probably around 1940 and from historical records.

“I didn’t have any inkling but as soon as I saw the wrapped piece in Melinda’s hands, I just knew exactly what it might be. I’d spent since February trying to track down details about it, and just as we’re talking about a story to find anyone with any information about it, Melinda turns up with it.

“I couldn’t stop smiling.”

The Morris search began last February after an old typed sheet referred to a pennant made in June 1940 when the Tamworth showground was commandeered as a training camp for the 2nd Australian Infantry Force.

A battalion was formed there under the command of Colonel William S Forsythe.

SHOW PARADE: Another 2/30th Battalion image and what is most likely taken on the Tamworth showground.

Mrs Morris says her re- search discovered that a Mr AH Daniel of Tamworth, who’d been a veteran of World War I, re-enlisted as pioneer sergeant on the camp staff and his wife embroidered a pennant which centred a beautifully executed large replica of the Australian Army badge and the words “Australian Commonwealth Military Forces”.

“Sergeant Daniel subsequently procured the signatures, on the flag, of a large number of the officers, NCOs, and men who were in camp at the showground, many of whom later served in the Middle East, Malaya, and the south west Pacific area,” Mrs Morris said.

“Later, after the Second World War, Mr and Mrs Daniel presented the pennant to Colonel Forsythe, who decided that its permanent repository should be in the War Memorial Town Hall at Tamworth.”

A subsequent and thorough search of council re- cords and collections fail- ed to find the pennant, or any reference to it.

And an appeal to Tamworth RSL Museum manager Bob Chapman showed he’d never seen it but he had a keen interest in adding it to his collection if it was found.

ATTENTION: This image from The NDL files is believed to have been taken at the showgrounds during the days of the training camp.

So, just as the society was asking The Leader to publicise the lost relic it turned up, but the society is just as keen to find any remaining family members or anyone who knows more about the story of the pennant.

You might also call it a flag or a banner it was, after all, stored with tablecloths in that long lost drawer.

Along with other names are army numbers and in some places, place names. Ten 10 are from Tamworth, but there are many from other North West and Northern Rivers towns, as well as Newcastle, Sydney, interstate and even England and Scotland, which might be birthplaces.

Robert McKenzie Fraser, George Hume Henry, Sergeant Roy Somerville and Thomas Sholto Douglas were among a few who listed Tamworth alongside their names.

The Tamworth Historical Society would love to hear from anyone who has more information or from family members of those involved.

Phone Jan Morris on 6765 9478.

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Shotgun, drugs seized in Dungowan raid

UNDER THE BED: The illegal shotgun which police allegedly found hidden in the Ogunbil Rd home at Dungowan. 200516BCA01AN ILLEGAL shotgun, as well as more than $100,000 worth of drugs, have been seized in a police raid near Tamworth.

A tip-off to Crime Stoppers triggered the search warrant at Ogunbil Rd in Dungowan on Thursday afternoon, which saw a team of officers from Oxley detectives and the Tamworth Target Action Group comb the property, home and surrounding sheds.

During the search, police discovered more than 10kg of what is believed to be cannabis leaf, as well as 14 cannabis plants and Oxley Acting Inspector Geoff Sharpe told The Leader the drugs have an estimated street value of $118,000.

“A 47-year-old male occupant, was spoken to at that address. He then assisted police in relation to that search,” he said.

BUSTED: Fourteen cannabis plants, pictured, along with more than 10kg of what is believed to be cannabis leaf was seized during the Dungowan raid. Photos: Breanna Chillingworth 200516BCA05

“A firearm, an unregistered shotgun, was located underneath the bed inside theresidence.”

The man was arrested and taken to Tamworth Police Station, where he was questioned by investigators and charged with six offences.

“Police allege he made full admissions to the cultivation of the plants, possession of the leaf, and he was charged in relation to supply cannabis and cultivate plants and possession of an unauthorised firearm and ammunition,” Acting Inspector Sharpe said.

The man was released on conditional bail to front court next month.

The firearm – the fourth illegal gun seized since Tuesday in the Oxley Command – will now undergo forensics and ballistics testing.

“It’s a serious matter in so far as people that are engaging in criminal activity through the ongoing supply of prohibited drugs are arming themselves with unregistered firearms, which is a concern,” Acting Inspector Sharpe said.

“Any information in relation to firearms we take very, very seriously and we do everything we can to try and get those firearms off the streets.”

Acting Inspector Sharpe said this particular raid was a result of the public contacting Crime Stoppers.

“Those files do get actioned and, if it wasn’t for Crime Stoppers, we wouldn’t have been able to get this amount of drugs or the firearm off the street,” he said.

“It is a significant quantity of cannabis and this, combined with the raid earlier in the week, shows that if we do get information about crops being cultivated on some of our rural properties, we will respond.”

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Hills street hold-up: safety policy drives council to close Forest Rd as crest gets the cut

TOP SPOT: It’s been an accident waiting to happen, but the hilltop will be shaved off to flatten the crest on Forest Rd next week. ONE of the busiest roads linking the Forest Hills and Hills Plain residential areas with inner Tamworth will be closed for nearly a week – partly so that two metres of dirt can be lopped off a hilly crest and make the roadway safer for motorists.

Tamworth Regional Council will close part of Forest Rd so it can do the final stage of a $2.58 million road upgrade project, this time in the stretch between the Tamworth landfill site and the roundabout at Browns Ln at Forest Hills.

The council said the full road closure decision was made on the basis of safety and cost savings against keeping one lane open while the works were undertaken.

But the gravity of the works – including cutting two metres off the top of the hill where Forest Rd reaches its highest point, and upgrading the length of the roadway – decided TRC engineers to go for the full closure.

TRC director for regional services Peter Resch said keeping part of the road open for such major works would have compromised the safety of workers and motorists, and extended the time it would take to complete the road, adding to the budgeted cost.

He said the saving in monetary terms was well over $100,000 – a saving for ratepayers that could be used elsewhere.

The council has letter dropped over 400 homes in the rural residential subdivision to alert them to the fact the road will be closed to traffic from early next Monday morning for six days until Sunday and will then reopen with one lane of traffic for about another four weeks.

“Forest Rd is a busy road with between 1500 and up to 2750 vehicles using it on any one day, so we know residents will see the impact but we’re asking them to be patient, take a different route so we can finish this road more quickly,” Mr Resch said.

“They’re going to get a you-beaut road and that to me is the issue, it’s a no-brainer. I don’t think the alternate route will be too bad – if they use Johnston St or Piper St.”

“I’d encourage them to use Johnston and Piper from Moore Creek Rd and avoid the Tribe St intersection.”

Mr Resch said the project included reducing the height of the crest and a realignment of the road approaching it to improve the line-of-sight for motorists.

It was the next step in an overall upgrade of Forest Rd, including a $280,000 reconstruction of a 600m section from Monteray St near the MET school to near Reeves Creek Bridge over Spring Creek just below the landfill.

The first stage included the new $1.3 million Reeves Creek bridge and the widening of the road there.

Mr Resch said the priority had been to fix the bridge and widen a once-narrow road, particularly when lots of trucks used the landfill and the road. The works to flatten out the top of the hill – using a scraper and big machinery – get under way Monday.

The project engineer for the job has estimated the material being moved from the two-metre “shaving” equates to digging out a football field, 68 metres by 100 metres to a depth of four metres – creating a pile of 2400 cubic metres of dirt.

Mr Resch said the fill would be used to reinforce the shoulders and batters of the road and the neighbouring mountain bike club had asked for some leftovers to be used on their tracks.

Tamworth mayor Col Murray has added his voice to the project, pleading for patience over the disruption.

In the end, the Hills residents were getting a better, safer road, he said, and that was worth a lot more than a few minutes extra travel for a few days.

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