Donna Bratt
People

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
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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
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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
People

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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Tony and Christine Blackwell with Sheila Blackwell
People

Sheila’s century of caring

A CENTURY of caring for her family was reflected in loving tributes for Sheila Blackwell following her death at age 100 on August 1. Mrs Blackwell passed away at her nursing home three weeks after celebrating her 100th birthday and receiving congratulatory letters from the Queen, Governor-General, Prime Minister, Governor

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Wayne Hodge
People

Lions Club news: Meet Wayne Hodge

NEW Norfolk Lions Club member Wayne Hodge has been involved with local volunteer organisations for decades. He was born at the Royal Hobart Hospital and his family lived at Dromedary until his father began working for Australian Newsprint Mills when Wayne was five years old. The family then moved to

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Members of the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team
People

D’FAT welcomes new members and looks ahead

THE Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) is looking forward to big things in the coming year following a successful annual general meeting yesterday. The Derwent Valley Council’s youth advisory group welcomed a number of new members, with one of them being elected to the position of vice chairperson.

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Noel and Julie Browning's wedding
People

Obituary: Noel Browning built for the future

FUTURE generations will have master builder Noel Browning to thank for the preservation of many of the Derwent Valley’s most significant homes and buildings. During his funeral service at historic St Matthew’s Anglican Church in New Norfolk last March, Noel’s daughter Natalie said it was fitting that this had been

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Shirley and Lyle Julin with their three eldest daughters
People

Remembering Shirley, the crystal queen

MEMORIES of the long life of former New Norfolk woman Shirley Julin were shared at her funeral service at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in July. A daughter of Sheila and Gordon Cleaver, Shirley was born on April 2, 1929, and was raised in New Norfolk with her sister Betty and

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Craig Farrell
People

Lions Club news: Meet Craig Farrell

CRAIG Farrell is a well-known member of the Lions Club of New Norfolk and the Derwent Valley community. The club’s Chocolate Wheel would not be the same without his engaging, lively, and often cheeky, spruiking skills. Although Craig has spent most of his adult life in the Derwent Valley, he

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