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TRIBUTE: Kooralbyn writer David Mason with his new book The Soldiers and Nurses of the Beaudesert District in World War I: 1914:1919, which launches in Beaudesert on November 1.AFTER 18months and 3000 hours of sifting through century-old historical records, writerDavid Mason is ready to launch his exhaustive tribute to Beaudesert’s World War IAnzacs.
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Titled The Soldiers and Nurses of the Beaudesert District in World War I: 1914:1919, the book meticulously catalogs the 628 soldiers, seven nurses and 11 indigenous serviceman from Beaudesert who served in World War I.

The book containssoldier’s letters sent from the frontlines, diaries, reports of farewells and welcome home events and recommendations for awards.

The 363-page tome also includes150 photos of service personnel.

Mason will unveil his labour of loveat the Beaudesert Library onNovember 1 from 11am, where dignitaries and the community will gather to celebrate the work.

Though he admits it was a tough and at times overwhelming projectto complete,Mason says his efforts do not hold a candle to those of the soldiers documented in the book.

The initial idea for the book came to the former librarianabout five years ago whilehe was updating the Beaudesert Museum History Catalogue.

While adding names to the log, Mason realised about 70 per cent of the soldiers and nurses from the WWI erahad no locally recorded biographical information.

Distressed at the finding, Masondecided the service men and women deserved to have their efforts recorded in history.

“Telling their stories was my motivation for writing this book,” he said.

“It fills a big black hole in our history. Some people are very well known and have a lot of local history written about them, but for most of them, there was nothing.”

The Beaudesert Historical Society volunteersaid he felt a duty to tell their long-lost stories.

“I did nothing else for 18 months.During the late nights and the dead-ends, that’s what motivated me,” he said.

The project was partially funded by a $6000 state government Anzac centenary grant, as well as a significant contribution from Beaudesert rendering companyAJ Bush and Sons.

In order to complete the book, Mason drew onhistorical records at the National Archives of Australia, editions of theBeaudesert Times from during thewar and letters and documents provided by locals.

Mason said when he first picked up afinished copy of the book, relief washed over him, but he stopped short of admitting pride in his work.

“I’m satisfied their stories are being told, but whenyou consider what they did, a storyteller has nothing to be proud of,” he said.

“They are the ones who havesomething to be proud of.”

To purchase a copy visit the Beaudesert Historical Museum on Brisbane Street in Beaudesert or call 5551 3740.

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Winners to meet

READY. Tom Gibson and his Wandella teammates will host Cohuna United tomorrow.
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THE Northern District Cricket Association’s A Grade opening round winners will meet at Leitchville tomorrow in the match of the round.

Leitchville/Gunbower and Nondies – who both made the finals last season – will meet tomorrow in what shapes to be an entertaining encounter.

The home side sits on top of the ladder thanks to a 149-run win against Barham/Koondrook last weekend, whilst Nondies etched out a six-wicket win against Wandella six days ago.

Leitchville/Gunbower will rely on Kurt Brereton, who showed last weekend he has not lost the touch with the bat during the pre-season, and Brad Windridge to secure consecutive victories.

As for Nondies, Rhys Bradley’s efforts with the ball and Jake Thrum’s all-round talents will be pivotal to the result.

Across at Kerang, Cohuna United will open its season with a clash against Wandella.

United had the bye last weekend following Kerang Fairley Town’s decision to focus on its B Grade efforts, whilst last season’s premiers will look to rebound from last weekend’s loss.

If Tom Gibson bowls like he did last weekend and the Bombers’ batsmen fire, it could be a tough day for United.

As for the visitors, United will be eager to open its year on a positive note.

Top and bottom

THE NDCA’s top three B Grade sides will play the bottom three teams in round two action tomorrow.

The match of the round will be at Cohuna, where United will host Wandella.

The home side recorded a 61-run win against Kerang Fairley Town last weekend, set up by the efforts of Marcus Rogers.

The Bombers, who lost to Nondies by four wickets, will rely on the experience of Russell Bott and batting skills of Nick Whitfield to secure the club’s first win of 2015/16.

Nondies will play at home against Leitchville/Gunbower, with the composite team looking to bounce back from a four-wicket loss to Barham/Koondrook.

The home side will look to Lachie Harbinson to repeat last week’s efforts with the bat, with Matt Hawken a key player for the visitors’ hopes.

In the final match of the round, Barham/Koondrook will host Kerang Fairley Town at Koondrook.

The border side will go into the match as strong favourites, with Wes O’Neill and Steven Farrant set to repeat their round one efforts with the bat and ball.

The Kerang side will look to Ryan Barnes to lead the way with the ball, whilst the team will be aiming to bat out their 40 overs.

Opening round to end

THE first round of the NDCA’s junior encounters will finish tomorrow morning.

Cohuna United will be chasing Wandella’s total of 5/187, set up by 47 runs from Bombers opener, Liam Jardine.

Across at Leitchville, Barham/Koondrook will be looking to surpass Leitchville/Gunbower’s score of 144.

In the under 14s, Wandella will be chasing 215 runs in its match against Cohuna United, with Leitchville/Gunbower Blue needing to score 198 runs to defeat Barham/Koondrook. Nondies and Leitchville/Gunbower Maroon’s match at Cohuna rounds out the first fortnight of matches.

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Grafton to Inverell 2015 | photos @cyrusmonk: Best way to end the NRS season with a great team of quality blokes ??? @aws_cycling #NRS15 #g2i15 #payday #champagneshowers
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@ladiesofuqcc: Congratulations go to Brodie Chapman for a stellar ride at the 2015 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic! This was the first year women were allowed to compete in the 228km race. She was the first woman across the line, 8th overall in C grade, best placed young rider in her field and 2nd over the Gibraltar Range KOM. Her overall time is simply impressive. Great things are ahead for this talented rider. Top chick both on and off the bike. Congratulations also to Rachel Edwards for taking to the startline and finishing this history making race. #ladiesofuqcc ? Mumma Chapman

@mjkeeffe: First #g2i experience done and dusted another thanks going out to #raphaaustralia #rapharcc for your support too! #bosch

@cyclingvictoria: @aws_cycling teammates @seanlake72 & @cyrusmonk take a Victorian 1-2 at the #g2i15

@bitumen_cycling: Tiered bikes and riders at the end of #g2i2015 @cobra9 representing @reynoldscycling #cycling

@cobra9: Mood. Satisfaction blended with incredible fatigue. Well done guys. 22nd by @rowandever and the rest of the chaps coming home 30 mins down. Cobra9 Intebuild is proud of you all. #cobra9racing #attaquer #pocteam #4shaw #bhbikes #velo #outsideisfree #wymtm #igerscycling #cyclingphotos #intebuild #graftontoinverell #blackandwhite #g2i #rekt #hurtlocker @g2irace Photo @lstenner

@g2irace: Local boy in the chase group with Cooper Lake and six others #g2i

@g2irace: Back to Back A grade winner Sean Lake only 47secs off race record and 3rd fastest time in 55 years of Grafton 2 Inverell Race #G2I #g2irace #nrs15

@_leehines_: Win

@bincross: @bvharper83 in the break over the range! Finished 3rd place B Grade. Outstanding race, well done Beau! #G2I #comm2 #17kmclimb #MVCC

@g2irace: Lead group of 17 riders have a five minute lead after 139kk. Avanti have four riders Budget AWS AMR have 2 each. #g2i15 #g2i

@rhyleesha: SO proud of Brodie placing 8th in her grade aswell as first female across the line at G2I race today, 228km! unit #girlpower #g2i

@g2irace: Out of the saddle! #G2I?

@g2irace: Doing a great job!

@g2irace: B Grade Middle Bend #G2I?

@g2irace: The Gibralar Range – B Grade #G2I?

@g2irace: Cattle Creek climb C grade #G2I?

@g2irace: Mann river sprint Sweizer from Ben Hill and Saxon Irvine #g2i

@g2irace: 2015 Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell is a GO!! #G2i

@cobra9: #cobra9racing ready to roll. @g2irace

@g2irace: Nearly ready to go in the 2015 Crowe Horwath Grafton to Inverell!! #G2i15 #G2i

@bincross: Race Day Grafton to Inverell #MVCC #G2I

@bitumen_cycling: @cobra9 in Grafton for the #g2i2015

@finwillride: Grafton to Inverell!! Here we come! 228k and nearly 7 hours of hurt. Bring it. #theoddspoke #wilier #G2I #NRSVirgin

@bitumen_cycling: Race day! Bottles ready, feed bags ready. #sunshinecove #crowehorwath #macdonalds #jakazni #bindare #g2i2015

@brodie_mai: Amped to be lining up for the #g2i This year they have allowed women to race the full 228km. Although they entered me as elite men’s B ?

@dandyfeathers: Managing…… just. #g2i #g2i15

@g2irace: Sign On has Started! Come on down!

@carbonaddiction: Another shot from the 2014 #g2i this was the (ultimately) winning break heading up Gibraltar @seanlake72 in the middle @g2irace

@stinks_b: All of the bridges #g2i

@dandyfeathers: Pre-road trip #roadtrip #g2i #g2i15 #cobra9racing

@g2irace Thirsty Yet? ???????? #G2i #G2i15

@g2irace: Road Closure prep has already begun!!

[email protected]_sean (@AWS_Cycling) has made history with the first ever back-to-back @G2Irace victory. Full results to come #G2I15#NRS15

— Subaru NRS (@Subaru_NRS) October 24, 2015RELATED READING:Grafton to Inverell classic draws A grade 200 entriesMick Sherwood’s test of mettleLargest Port Macquarie contingent for Grafton to Inverell Classic2014 winner Sean Lake is on theentry list for this year’s 228kmCrowe Horwath Grafton to InverellCycle Classic. The question is,can he win again on SaturdayOctober 24 and make it adouble?

To date, Jamie Drew is theonly rider who has won the greatrace twice, but not back-to-back,as Lake will try to. Mal Rudolphhas also won the event beforeand is looking for another win.

So, there are two previouswinners in the field as well as 10National Road Series (NRS)teams and almost 200competitors across the board,and with the event less than aweek away, it is all systems gofor the toughest one-day stagerace in the state, if not thecountry.

[View the story “FairfaxRegional/grafton-to-inverell-2015” on Storify] Mick Sherwood leads out in a Tamworth Cycling Club criterium earlier this year. Pic: Barry Smith

Grafton to Inverell committeespokesman Peter Sunderlandsaid the 2015 edition would beevery bit as exciting andcompetitive as those whichcame before it.

“As defending champion,Lake, who rides for the AfricanWildlife Safari’s team, will bewearing number one for the race.And he will, of course, be amarked man.” Sunderland said.

“Being the final NRS event forthe year means the riders will bepulling out all stops in the Agrade event to grab as manypoints as they can forthemselves and their teams.

“As well, we have two gradesof club level and mastersenthusiasts, which was open towomen for the first time in anumber of years, taking on themountain.”

Lake sits in the top 10 on theNRS aggregate and his team isin third spot. Paddy Bevan fromAvanti racing is leading theindividual standings, and AvantiRacing have a slender 1 pointlead over Charter Mason in theteam’s rankings.

Top conditions expectedWeather forecasts for Saturday’s Grafton toInverell Cycle Classic indicate near perfectconditions for the 55th staging of the race.

With a top temperature of 25 degrees andsunny skies for both Grafton and Inverell, ridersshould relish the ideal race conditions. Along withthe mild temperatures, light winds from NNE willbenefit the riders.

Later the winds are predictedto turn to WNW, but will continue to be light.

Race organisers believe this will result in amuch faster pace than last year, which saw thefield battle strong westerlies and 36 degree heat.

Organising committee member PeterSunderland predicted the A grade National RoadSeries race should complete the course in aroundsix hours and 10 minutes.

“If we have an aggressive race we could seethe field come home in the fastest time sincethe race record of six hours 21seconds thatwas set in 2011.”

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Group 1 spoils in Srikandi’s sights

HIGH class mare Srikandi will attempt to win her third group 1 race for the year when she resumes in the $1 million Manikato Stakes under lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
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BIG TEST: Kerrin McEvoy will ride Srikandi in a $1 million dollar group race on Friday night at Moonee Valley. Picture: Tertius Pickard

Trainer Ciaron Maher is typically upbeat about the chances of Srikandi as she tackles the best sprinters in Australia in the classic over 1200 metres.

“This is Srikandi’s toughest test. She’s running against some crackerjack sprinters,” the Winslow and Caulfield trainersaid.

“We’ve given her two trials at Cranbourne and I’ve been happy how she has progressed.

“She retained some of her fitness from her Queensland runs in the winter with this race in mind.

“We gave her a spell up north after her good Queensland campaign.

“We did some pre-training with her at Hawkesbury before bringing her back home.”

Srikandi’s two group one victories this year were at the Queensland Winter Carnival in the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) and the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).

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Impressive from front to back

59 Howick Street, South Launceston
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AGENT: Key 2 Property, Ananda Cairns and Kate Woods, 0488 448 071

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OFFERING peace, quiet and a prime location, this home is perfect for anyone looking for their own urban retreat. Sitting on Howick Street, this home catches your eye before you even walk through the door.

The classic Georgian facade of this 1900s cottage has been perfectly presented, even down to the front courtyard, which has been perfectly landscaped. From the second you step through the front door of this impressive home, you will be taken aback by its light, airy and fresh atmosphere.

Although it sits close to the road, the most noticeable thing about this property is how quiet it is, you would never know you were in such an urban location.

Walking into the family lounge, you catch a glimpse of the practical, spacious and functional layout of the property.

A feature fireplace has been given a modern twist and fits perfectly into the spacious living room.

Wooden floorboards give this room a luxurious feel and a wall-mounted air-conditioner will keep you feeling comfortable all year round.

A set of stairs wind their way up next to the lounge leading to a parents retreat. With views out onto the city, this room comes with a spacious ensuite and a large, luxurious shower.

Back on the ground floor, you walk through the from the lounge into the kitchen, a large and open plan area with more than enough room for a dining table or even a comfy couch.

What could be a small kitchen area is maximised by plenty of bench space.

A breakfast bar large enough to seat three people also sits in this area, making the most of the space.

If you are looking to take a quick break from your cooking, large windows looking out onto a private courtyard space just large enough for a table and chairs and the perfect space to sit back and relax in the sunshine.

Sitting next to the kitchen is a separate toilet with basin and a tucked away laundry.

Continuing through the property you will reach a second set of stairs, reaching the first landing you will find the property’s two other double bedrooms.

Both come complete with built-in robes and the second opens out onto a private deck looking out into Launceston city.

A second modern bathroom sits close to these bedrooms, perfectly finished and ready for you to personalise.

In addition to all that is included in this property, a garage can be accessed from Charles Street South.

This garage is large enough for two vehicles and includes internal access into the heart of the home.

The property will be open for inspection Friday, October 23 from 5.30pm until 6pm and Saturday, October 24 from 12.15pm until 12.45pm.

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