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Tiger railway Goroke

Thanks for Photos courtesy Anne Nuzum, Goroke


Michael Menzies, President of the Geelong & South Western Rail Heritage Society as asked for help – any photos or information:

The “Tiger” Passenger Mail Motor operated passenger services on the Horsham – Goroke railway between 1937 and 1941. It was a Dodge chassis with a steel service car type body (three doors down each side) mounted on rail wheels. It seated 10 passengers and could carry luggage and mail on a roof rack and in the boot. They also sometimes towed a small luggage trailer.

I have technical details and basic years that they operated, but would  be interested in any recorded memories from people using the car on the Goroke (or Avoca) lines or local photographs of them operating.

The VR had six built and they operated passenger and mail services on the railways between Ararat – Avoca – Maryborough (approx 1936 – 1942), Horsham – Goroke (1937 – 41), Shepparton – Katamatite (approx  1936 – 1942), Murchison East – Rushworth – Colbinabbin – Girgarre  (approx 1937 – 42) and last but not least, Birregurra – Forrest (1937-52). One may also have operated for a short time, probably during the later part of WW2, between Dimboola and Serviceton?

My interest in them was started due to one operating from our restored station at Birregurra to Forrest. They were called the “‘Tiger” due to being painted yellow with black diagonal lines, so that they would be visible at level crossings.

I am  putting together some notes regarding the “Tigers”. I have some photographs of them on the Forrest, Katamatite and Rushworth lines, but so far none between Horsham and Goroke or between Ararat and Maryborough, hence my request.

Michael Menzies
Geelong & South Western Rail Heritage Society Inc.
 P O Box 1953, Geelong 3220
 5221 5342.

 Do you have any information about the Horsham to Goroke  train?   Photos of the “Tiger” rail train sent in by Anne Nuzum of Goroke.





What started out as an A3 page of history in the West Wimmera Advocate about the Edenhope Hospital has now turned into a delightful 66 page coloured book which includes information relating to facilities, services, employees, memoirs and photos. Yvonne McDonnell and her assistant cohorts, Christine Bull (designer) and Norm Robinson (editorial consultant) worked constantly throughout 2012 to create this book, which was launched at the Lions Park, following the annual 2013 Australia Day early morning ceremony.


The book titled “Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital. Celebrating 100 years 1910 – 2010” has been a project that grew from the hospital Centenary Celebrations which were held in November 2010.  The book is available for sale  for $30.00, plus postage if required. Further copies may be obtained by contacting the hospital on (03)55859800.


A 50th anniversary celebration of the opening of the ‘new” hall at Douglas will be held on the 19th August, 2012, at 12 noon.    It will be in the hall and will take the form of a byo lunch to share.  Everyone welcome to attend.  Enquiries please contact  Elizabeth Costello  (03)  9598  9390

This is the “old hall” 1906


This is the “new hall’  1962


Senator Harrie Wade OBE officially opened the ‘new’ hall at a Gala Ball on the 17th August, 1962.   The hall replaced the original hall which was opened on the 24th August, 1906.

The ‘new’ Mt. Gambier stone public hall was built by Kevin Healey of Hamilton for five thousand, six hundred and eighty-seven pounds ($11,374) and the dance floor was made of Australian Ash timber.   It was an occasion to be remembered.   Two of the district’s former residents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bull, who had retired to Portland, were given the honour of being the first couple to dance on the new floor.   Their grand-daughter, Miss Norma Shrive, partnered by Mr. Robert Haddon, was Star of the Ball.   Many hundreds of locals and visitors danced the night away to Stephenson’s Orchestra from Cavendish and Mr. Jack Ross was M.C.   Earlier the same evening about sixty former residents were entertained at a high tea in the supper room.   The Hall Committee President at the time was Mr. Ian McLachlan and the Secretary, Mr. Stan Hobbs.

Monument to our Pioneers

Kevin and Pearl Summerhayes donated this monument to the Edenhope community in recognition of the pioneers of the Edenhope District.  Most Pioneer Settlers in the Edenhope District took up farming, represented by the plough and wheel.  This work was mainly done by horses represented by the water trough.   Edenhope was also the route taken by the Chinese going to the goldfields  near Bendigo. These Chinese were great market gardeners and stonemasons, and are represented by the Chinaman, the stone walls and the water can.  The stone that the plaque is mounted on came from the original Lake Wallace Hotel and would have also been shaped by Chinese Stonemasons.

Most urban dwellers in the town would have drawn their water from a well, represented by the hand pump.  In 1878 the court house  building  was built and officially opened in 1879 to serve the pioneers of the district.  The flag poles represent the great loyalty and patriotism that these pioneers had for their Queen and country that continues to this day.

On 27th November , 2011 and unveiling of the Monument to Our Pioneers took place with local member for the Lowan Electorate, The Hon. Hugh Delahunty, MP,  in attendance.  Descendants of pioneer families were invited and a total of 24 locals participated by ‘sprinkling’ water on the monument.

Some of the families represented were : Bull, Kealy, Edwards, Caldow, Pahl, Ryan,  McDonald, Cranage, Cassidy, Hamiton, Mahoney,  Dixon, Reader, Robertson, Tansey, Whitehead, Sambell, Lampard amongst others.

The Hon. Hugh Delahunty MP, member for Lowan helped Kevin unveil the plaque.  Did you know Edenhope was the Port capital of Australia?  Well that’s  what Hugh said his research told him.  An interesting speech.