Doctors Ralph Peters and Micheil Sweet
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Final days for signing of tribute books

THE collecting of messages of thanks for the century of service by two local doctors is nearing its end but there are still several more opportunities to contribute. Initiated by New Norfolk’s Anne Salt late last year, the “tribute books” are a community-based effort to acknowledge the service and support

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Local face in Liberals’ line-up for Lyons

BUSINESSMAN and former Derwent Valley Council citizen of the year Justin Derksen has been named as one of the Liberal Party’s six candidates for Lyons at the May 1 State Election. Mr Derksen, who also serves as an officer in the army cadets, will join sitting members Guy Barnett, Mark

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Stanley Cordwell
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Farewell to Stan Cordwell

LOCAL historian Stanley Cordwell passed away earlier this week, after a long illness. Stan, who recently published his latest book, was aged 87. His final book, Boyer and the Peg Factory, has been a runaway success. A long-time Lachlan resident, Stan also had a long connection with the New Norfolk

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Heather’s story in the News tomorrow

MEDICAL challenges have provided a rough few months for Heather Quarry, but she’s still standing, still laughing, and she shares her story in the March print edition of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News tomorrow (Friday). Now living at Plenty after a full and active life that took her from

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two men walking
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(Not) exclusive breaking news: Mayor’s Liberal tilt

CONFIRMING the Derwent Valley’s worst-kept secret, Premier Peter Gutwein has today announced that Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw will contest the Legislative Council seat of Derwent as an endorsed Liberal Party candidate. This comes several months after Mr Shaw said there was no truth to speculation to that effect. An

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Australia Day honours for Sally Wise and Jason Lawrence

TWO Derwent Valley residents have been named in this year’s Australia Day Honours List, with an OAM to be awarded to Molesworth’s Sally Wise and an Emergency Services Medal for Jason Lawrence, of Lachlan. Mrs Wise will receive the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to the

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Donna Bratt
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Fond farewell to ‘Dazzling Donna’

THE death notice for New Norfolk’s Donna Bratt said it all: “Dazzling Donna the diving damsel, golfer, gardener, cake decorator extraordinaire and a dab hand at poker.” Born at Hobart in 1929, Donna was the daughter of Olive and Keith Anders, and grew up at South Hobart and Sandy Bay.

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Derwent Valley author Robert Moore
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Author’s latest book harks home to Lachlan

A HOUSE pig from Lachlan is the star of the latest work by former Derwent Valley author Robert Moore. The picture book Esmeralda’s Nest is a tribute to life on a local farm where ‘Esmeralda’ was regarded as one of the family. Moore, who grew up on a hop and

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Doctors Ralph Peters and Micheil Sweet
People

Tribute books for messages to our retired medical men

A COMMUNITY-BASED campaign is under way to compile tribute books for two doctors who collectively provided more than a century of service to the people of the Derwent Valley. New Norfolk resident Anne Salt suggested to Derwent MLC Craig Farrell that tribute books might be a way for community members

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Layton Hodgetts and family
People

From farm boy to internationally recognised music educator

THE remarkable life and achievements of New Norfolk’s Layton Hodgetts OAM were celebrated at a special gathering last week. About 200 people attended the function which was hosted by Black Swan, the business operated by Layton’s daughter Sarah and her husband Alexander Okenyo. Sarah said the event was a chance

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Elsie Rayner
People

Elsie Rayner fought the good fight

FAMILY and friends have recently celebrated the life of one of the Derwent Valley’s leading campaigners in the fight against cancer. Elsie Rayner spent several decades raising funds for the Cancer Council, through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and the Relay for Life. She was also a stalwart of the local

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Reg Watson
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New Norfolk woman’s place in Australian history

TASMANIAN historian Reg Watson has produced an engaging YouTube video telling to story of Betty King, who is believed to be the first white woman to set foot in Australia when the First Fleet arrived from England in 1788. Published last week, the video was filmed at the Back River

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