Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 5

local life Eather family Eather, the daughter of Peter and Sally Eather whose company, Eather Group, is sponsoring the commemoration dinner and a presentation by Ted Books on floods in the Hawkesbury. Now stay with me here! Another special guest will be long- time community-conscious Hawkesbury resident, Dennis Mitchell, the current owner of the rescue boat who bought it off Ted Books whose great-great-grandfather, Alexander Books II and another Pitt Town resident, William Grono, built the boat in 1860. “They built the boat for Richmond Borough Council,” Ted Books explained. “After its many years as a rescue boat it went through a number of owners before I bought it out of a shed at Dundas in 1976 for $250. “It was still in good nick and all I had to do was replace and tighten rivets and re-cork the keel.” Ted put the boat to good use and on two occasions he rowed the old girl from Brooklyn to Windsor to raise more than $6000 for the Red Cross. The boat became the property of Dennis Mitchell in 2004 when lack of space at his home forced Ted to find another abode for the boat. And he found it a kind home at Dennis and Margaret Mitchell’s place. Dennis keeps the old girl up to scratch and loves showing her off at a variety of shows. It is still a matter of contention but the old boat could have been the one which rescued brothers George, William and Thomas Eather and Thomas’ 16-year-old son, Charles, as they clung to the upper branches of a tree while Thomas and William’s wives and ten of their children perished in the 1867 flood. All three brothers were neighbours in Cornwallis and when the flood waters began to rise rapidly, William and Thomas and their families sought some sort of refuge at the home of brothe r George. Eventually they were all forced onto the roof where they clung until the raging torrent eroded the house’s foundations and it was swept away. The 1867 flood was easily the largest recorded since white settlement - and there have been at least 119 of them since records began. Only two other floods have topped the 15-metre mark - in 1799 and 1961 - and they were doozies, reducing the exposed land in the Hawkesbury to small hills at Richmond, Pitt Town and Windsor. Yes, the 1867 flood was the mother of all floods! So far!! Now let’s get to the nitty-gritty about the evening... The cost per ticket is $50 for which attendees receive a three-course meal and the opportunity to be enthralled by tales of heroism, joy and sorrow. To purchase your tickets or to make enquiries, contact Sally Eather at sally@eathergroup.com.au or give her a call on 0414 068 538. Bookings must be finalised by June 15. 1867 FLOOD 150th ANNIVERSARY DINNER and tribute to the 12 Eathers lost Thursday 22 June Windsor Function Centre 2 Dight Street, Windsor 6.30pm for a 7pm start Smart Casual Attire TICKETS & Enquiries Sally-Ann Eather 0414 068 538 sally@eathergroup.com.au Adults $50 Children 2-5 Years $8 6-12 Years $12 Special guest presenters RSVP Monday 12 June Proudly sponsored by Waste 2 Art Competition 2017: Registrations now open! Registrations are now open for The Mayor of Hawkesbury, primary school students to enter the Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett Waste 2 Art Competition. Registrations encourages parents to register their close on Wednesday, 28 June 2017 at children for the competition. 11:59pm. However, artworks do not “This competition has been a need to be submitted until Tuesday, 25 success with some years attracting up July 2017. to 200 students creating wonderful Now in its fourth year, Hawkesbury things out of waste” the Mayor said. City Council’s Waste 2 Art Competition An online registration form with focuses on the REUSE part of the 3Rs all the guidelines for artwork and of the waste hierarchy (reuse, reduce, conditions of entry is available at recycle) to specifically show how https://www.hawkesbury.nsw. students can give waste a new purpose gov.au/media/forms/waste-2-art- by transforming it into a creative competition. piece of artwork. Through Waste 2 Art, All registrations must be Council hopes to encourage students to completed online by the student’s reduce, reuse and recycle waste. parent or guardian. Registrations Students are invited to create close on Wednesday 28 June, 2017 either 2D or 3D artworks, which must at 11:59 pm. Registrations cannot be be individual and unique, and made accepted after this date and every entirely of used or recycled materials. entry must be registered. The creative works will be exhibited For more information on the throughout Local Government Week, Waste 2 Art Competition and Monday, 31 July – Sunday, 6 August exhibition, please visit Council’s 2017 at the Deerubbin Centre, Windsor website www.hawkesbury.nsw. with a ceremony to announce the gov.au or contact Council’s Waste winners to be held on Monday, 31 July Education Officer on 4560 4566 or 2017 at 6pm. Students will be judged as justin.murphy@hawkesbury.nsw. per Stages 1, 2 and 3, with four prizes to gov.au. be awarded per stage: • 1st prize – $200 gift voucher for art supplies • 2nd Prize – $100 gift voucher for art supplies • 3rd Prize – $50 gift voucher for art supplies • Highly Commended – art hamper. A stunning mosaic created from bottle tops. 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