Aid floods in

Generous benefactors are helping a devastated Menzies Creek family to get back on their feet after fire destroyed their home. Friend Tyla Smith started a GoFundMe page for the McGowan-Moore clan following the Friday 15 February blaze. The 19-year-old has already brought in more than $10,000 in donations for Mandy and Danny and kids Isaac, […]

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Fireballs and frantic scenes

The late Bill Snowball used an old typewriter to put down this personal recollection of the Ash Wednesday bushfires hitting Cockatoo. His niece Helen Wood passed on the first-hand account of the 16 February 1983 disaster to mark the 36th anniversary. Margery and I had arranged previously to dine out on that never-to-be-forgotten evening of […]

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Family escapes burning house

A family of four had a lucky escape from their burning Menzies Creek home. Police and emergency services were called to the Menzies Road address just before 12.40am on Friday 15 February. A man and woman aged in their forties and two children were uninjured. An arson chemist will attend the scene to determine the […]

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Meet Wray Crescent’s namesakes

One of the pleasures of local history is the occasional unexpected contact from families of former Mount Evelyn residents. Recently we received information about Hugh and Alice Wray from Ann Nash, Alice’s great-niece. Ann provided photos and extracts from the family history. Hugh Wray and Alice Holt were married in 1927. They had purchased a […]

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Search for Shane

Police are appealing for public help to find Shane Galloway. The 48-year-old was last seen at his Lilydale address about 7.45pm on Monday 11 February. Police and family members hold concerns for Shane’s welfare and have released an image in the hope someone can provide information on his whereabouts. Shane is Caucasian in appearance and […]

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A charity to remember Emary

Sue and Colin Emary have established a charity in memory of their daughter Cassandra, who died while pursuing her dreams in Nepal last November. The Gembrook local was an ‘inspiring’ young kayaker and avid sportswoman and was known as Cassanga to her friends. She succumbed to injuries sustained in a rafting accident in Pokhara, Nepal, […]

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