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                                                                      10th December 2005







Phone No - 5428  2018


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Welcome back Diane Moore




We will be closed from 3 pm Wednesday 21st December until

9 am Wednesday 28th December, 2005.


Next meeting – Saturday – 11th February, 2006








Well, Christmas is almost upon us.  The Group has had a successful year in relation to the acquisition of books, microfiche and compact disks for the library.     

Thanks must go to those members who have been kind enough to donate items ranging from downloaded data to computers. Special thanks also go to those who were involved in the renovation of the old bathroom. The new office will hopefully be operational early in the New Year.


The Anniversary Dinner was very successful and the efforts of the committee were much appreciated.  A delicious meal was had by all and if the conversation level was any indication, then those attending appeared to have enjoyed catching up with friends, old and new.


All members are cordially invited to attend our final meeting for the year on the 10th December after which a Christmas breakup will be held.  All attending are requested to bring a platter of “nibbles”.


Do not forget that the Anniversary Hindsight will be launched on this day so come along to get your copy.


If you require extra copies, remember to place your name and the number of copies required on the list provided to ensure sufficient copies are produced.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may the New Year be all you would wish.


Happy researching,






David Jimmieson

Vice President

Elaine Elms


Janet O’Flaherty


Helen Eaton


Joanne Beeston

Assistant Librarians

Jane O’Brien, Chris Ryder & Glenys Gordon

Publications Editor (Hindsight & Newsletter)

Elaine Elms

Webpage Co-ordinator

Chris Ryder

Cemetery Records

Julie Saunders

Publicity Officer





Thank you to everyone for supporting the Monthly Raffles, the 25th Anniversary Raffle and the Christmas Hamper Raffle.  Raffles are necessary to raise funds to enable the club to buy new resources and to function.


There will be no Monthly Raffle draws until the March meeting.  Tickets will go on sale in January/February.  When you purchase your raffle ticket, there will be a choice of resources for you to select from.




I hope you will collect/have collected your copy of this magazine and that you will enjoy reading the stories submitted by our members.  If you would like extra copies of the magazine, they are for sale @ $10 per copy.  Please see duty person to order your extra copy/copies.


Paint was donated for the repainting of the Office and toilet.


Thank you to Chris Beeston for the many hours spent doing the carpentry work in the new office.


Thank you to Lance Saunders for giving up his Saturday to paint the new office.


Thank you to Bill Kasper for doing the electrical work in the Office.



DON’T FORGET – Videos (3) of “Who do you think you are?” are available for loan….these are quite interesting and well worth watching.



Thank you to Jane for supplying the silver card for the covers of the Hindsight to make it special and for stitching and binding all the books.


Thank you to Chris for proofreading as well as helping with the mammoth task of collating the 25th Anniversary Hindsight, along with Joanne, David, Pat V., Carmen, Betty, Janet & Don.


Thank you to Jeff for taking digital photos of photographs that were brought into the Club, for inclusion in the Hindsight.


Thank you to Phil for allowing me the use of the photos you took at the Celebration Dinner.



Prize winners – 25th Anniversary celebration Raffle


1st prize – D & A. Carr

2nd prize – Mavis Chiverton

3rd prize – Pat Vaughan

4th prize – Barbara Gibson


Lucky Door Prize Winners


1. Trevor Bailey

2. Irene Gibson


Thank you to David, for being such a gracious host at the 25th Anniversary dinner, making sure that everyone was looked after and got plenty to eat, and that we all had a good time





            Christmas itself was until recent times a purely Religious festival and New Year was and still is the main holiday for Scots. Christmas was not traditionally celebrated in Scotland because it was banned for nearly 400 years until the 1950's. Hogmanay was the real traditional celebration.


            The reason Christmas was not celebrated until recently go back to the time of John Knox in the 1580's as it was seen to be papist in origin - the ban was strictly enforced in law.


            Until recently, Christmas was fairly low key. It wasn't even a public holiday until 1958. Up till then, people worked normally on Christmas day, although the children did get presents. Therefore the Christmas 'traditions' in Scotland are pretty much the same modern US version.


            If you wanted to have a real traditional Scottish Christmas, you should go into work on Christmas day! In 1997/98 and 2001/2002 there were strikes at Scottish banks because the bank staff were getting English holidays rather than the Scottish ones, which have more time off at New Year.


            As a result, most if not all Christmas celebrations nowadays have been brought in from other cultures (notable England and the US)


            Presumably both Christmas and New Year are both linked to the ancient midwinter festival; with Christmas being created as a means to make the early Christian church more acceptable to the pagans who already had a festival about that time. The same was done for Easter. Thus there are similarities between the Hallowe'en traditions and the New Year. In many parts of the Highlands there are traditional New Year celebrations, which follow the Julian calendar and fall on Jan 12th. On this night, girls would celebrate "Hallowe'en" whilst boys would celebrate New Year. (From the Internet)


The Twelve Days of Christmas


On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love said to me

“I’m glad we bought a turkey and a proper Christmas tree.”


On the 2nd day of Christmas, much laughter could be heard

As we tucked into our turkey a most delicious bird.


On the 3rd day of Christmas, the people from next door

Said the turkey tasted just as good as it had the day before.


Day four, relations came to stay, poor Granny’s looking old,

we finished up the Christmas pud and ate the turkey cold.


On the 5th day of Christmas, outside the snowflakes flurried,

but we were nice and warm inside and we ate our turkey curried.


On the 6th day of Christmas, the Christmas spirit died,

the children fought and bickered and we ate turkey rissoles – fried.


On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love did she wince,

when she sat down at the table and was offered turkey mince.


Day eight and nerves were getting frayed, the dog had run for shelter,

I served up turkey pancakes with a glass of alka seltzer.


On day nine the cat left home, by lunchtime Dad was blotto

he said he needed lots to drink before facing turkey risotto.


On the 10th day, the booze had gone except the home made brew,

and as if that wasn’t bad enough, we suffered turkey stew.


On the 11th day of Christmas, the Christmas Tree was moulting,

the mince pies were as hard as rock, the turkey was revolting.


On the 12th day my true love had a smile upon her lips,

the guests had gone, the turkey too and we dined on fish and chips!


Leftover Grub


Grub: Aside from the obvious meaning, grub means food or to search or rummage. Fair dinkum cobber! I am sure that you will have no trouble at all finding grub on Boxing Day.  With a Boxing Day house full of people, a need for rest and an even greater need to clear the fridge out, you will find these Leftover Grubs the ideal solution to your day long grazing needs.



Enough soft dinner rolls to satisfy the needs of your invasion and your fridge.

The contents of the fridge.

Mayonnaise, gravy and sauces.

One or more large packs of potato crisps or straws for both taste and decoration.


You will need - One or more large, colourful serving trays



 Break or slice your ham, chicken, turkey, smoked salmon, lamb and/or beef into small pieces keeping each meat separate.

We are aiming for light succulence so you will want appropriate sauces, gravies, mayonnaise etc. You should have heaps left over but it is worth the effort of making some if you don't.

Split each of the rolls and butter/margarine both sides.

Make up the rolls: An example is chicken, egg and mayonnaise - Lay down the mayonnaise and sprinkle with crushed potato crisps. Cover with squished boiled egg.  Add a small serve of broken chicken bits and garnish with any leftover salad bits and put the lid on.

 Cover your colourful tray with lightly crushed potato crisps or straws and lay out your rolls like a wiggly grub.

Make eyes and antennae for the 'front roll' and, if you feel up to it, you can make legs from dill pickles, for the rest of your grub.  If the entire neighbourhood is calling in you can scrap the tray and use the table.  Cover the table with a disposable table cloth/paper, cover the table with crushed chippies and simply make a bigger grub or a number of grubs.

In the event that you have some yummy leftovers that are not suitable for the rolls, simply set them out as a landscape around the grub/s. When the grub is eaten your guests can satisfy themselves with the broken chippy bits.