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Bandsmen honoured 100 years on

Monday, 2nd April, 2012

TITANIC SERVICE: BIU band members Carol Nicolson, Dawn Mawby, Major Kelvin Stace, Ross Mawby with City Council’s General Manager Frank Zaknich at the memorial to the Titanic’s bandsmen in Sturt Park. TITANIC SERVICE: BIU band members Carol Nicolson, Dawn Mawby, Major Kelvin Stace, Ross Mawby with City Council’s General Manager Frank Zaknich at the memorial to the Titanic’s bandsmen in Sturt Park.

Broken Hill’s link with the RMS Titanic will be commemorated to mark the 100th anniversary of since the sinking of the grand luxury liner off Newfoundland on April 15, 1912. 

The city is one of only two places in Australia that has a memorial dedicated to the bandsmen who famously continued to play as the ship went down, the other being Ballarat. 

The Broken Hill memorial was officially unveiled on December 21, 1913 but the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic sinking will be recognised with a special service in Sturt Park on Sunday, April 15 at 12.30pm. 

Ladies Night at North Football Club

Saturday, 31st March, 2012

NIGHT FOR THE GIRLS: North’s netball and football women (from left) Amy Higgs, Tegan Gray and Holly Brennan are looking forward to tonight’s Ladies Night. NIGHT FOR THE GIRLS: North’s netball and football women (from left) Amy Higgs, Tegan Gray and Holly Brennan are looking forward to tonight’s Ladies Night.

The North Football Club is holding a night especially for the ladies to launch their women’s football team and celebrate the women who support the club.

The “Ladies Night” will be held tonight after the Lightning Cup.

“We are having a garage sale from 7.30am, the boys will be in action at the Lightning Cup throughout the day, and we will finish the night with the Ladies Night,” said the club’s social co-ordinator Holly Brennan.

Veteran motor expedition reaches city

Thursday, 29th March, 2012

PERTH TO SYDNEY: Expedition director Bob Lamond in his 1910 Brush which he has driven across Australia several times. PERTH TO SYDNEY: Expedition director Bob Lamond in his 1910 Brush which he has driven across Australia several times.

Some very old motorcars arrived in the city yesterday afternoon to relive history.

The 1912 Centenary Expedition “Across Australia - Perth to Sydney” consists of 17 cars and 20 motorcycle, all of which are more than 100 years old.

Expedition director Bob Lamond said the journey, which started on March 17, was in honour of two men, Sid Ferguson and Francis Birtles, who first drove from Perth to Sydney in 1912 in a 1912 Brush. 

Housing work debacle

Friday, 9th March, 2012

DISPUTE: The Eco Village teachers’ housing project is behind schedule amid claims that local contractors and suppliers are owed thousands of dollars. DISPUTE: The Eco Village teachers’ housing project is behind schedule amid claims that local contractors and suppliers are owed thousands of dollars.

Dismay as government wipes its hands

By Andrew Robertson

Broken Hill businesses are owed tens of thousands of dollars in overdue payments from a NSW taxpayer-funded teacher housing project that has fallen months behind schedule.

The 12-unit Eco Village under construction in Sulphide Street has been beset by delays amid claims of non payment levelled at the main subcontractor, Cavalier Homes Brisbane.

Contractors and suppliers contacted by the BDT said they were unsure if they would be paid for materials or work performed at the site dating back to August or September last year.

Kellie’s legacy lives on through her family

Saturday, 25th February, 2012

DOING IT FOR HER: Hayley Shepherd and little Hayden with Kelly Johnston who holds a photo of the late Kellie Shepherd. DOING IT FOR HER: Hayley Shepherd and little Hayden with Kelly Johnston who holds a photo of the late Kellie Shepherd.

Kellie Shepherd died with a plea to do all she could for those touched by cancer.

The 27-year-old registered to shave her locks to raise money for cancer support until her death on February 10 stopped her from achieving the goal.

Kellie left behind a four-week-old son, Hayden, and now her family has decided to do what she now can’t - shave their heads for charity.

“When everything happened I felt pretty useless and I know how much Kellie believed in the cause,” her sister-in-law Kelly Johnston told the BDT. “Because she can’t be there to do it, I know how much it meant to her.”

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