Stanley Victoria Community Celebration.

Nine Mile News | Issue 101 | August 2018

100th Issue Celebration Dinner

NMN 100 issues dinner

Maggy Tyrie, Andrew Box and Cate Ferguson August 2018

The pot luck dinner and presentation of Nine Mile News Walkley Awards was a great success on Sat 28 July 2018.  Thirty people sat down to a sumptuous dinner on a long red table at the ‘Stanley Press Club’.

The seven years of Nine Mile News editions were on display in seven bound collections by the ‘Friends of Stanley Athenaeum‘.  Hellebore flowers from Gina’s Florist, Beechworth Floral Designs were presented to our editors for the 2010-2018 periodCate Ferguson, Cos Richards and Maggy Tyrie.

Andrew Box, a former Stanley resident of 35 years, then acknowledged our ‘Printers Over Time’Harry Tews (inaugural 6 mths in 2010), the Stanley PO team (inc. Graham Osborne and Susan Lockwood), Bob Malone and the Stanley Hall and  Athenaeum Committee (3 editions 2017).

Stanley Victoria Community Awards 2018   

Andrew then moved into a hilarious presentation of Walkleys to those who have been writing for Nine Mile Newssince 2010.  Some recipients have written over 100 articles.

The ‘Walkley Award’ comprised a pair of gold embossed Nine Mile Newseditions – the first edition of April 2010 and the 100th edition of Nine Mile News for July 2018.

Andrew also pointed out the significance of the relationship between NINEMile News’ excellence in journalism and the Channel NINEMedia Infotainment takeover of Fairfax Press last week!

Walkley Awards Recipients

Tony McDonald, David McKay (Landcare Award) – Andrew Box

Andrew Box (MC) and Helen McIntyre

Margaret Hinton – Stanley Choir / Chorus Award Recipient August 2018

Sally McKay – Stanley Master Chef Recipes award winner – August 2018

Stanley Landcare articles: David McKay, Tony McDonald, Ian Gray, Chris Baker

 Stanley Social Club articles: Sharon Vincent & Marilla Byrne

Stanley Springditch & Wetlands Comm of M’ment articles: Dave & Helen McIntyre

 ‘Future Focus’ articles:Ed Tyrie

 Friends of Stanley Athenaeum articles: Chris Dormer, Helen McIntyre, Chris Baker

 Cemetery Trust articles: Mary Rinaudo and Gil Malone

 Weather Woman, Chestnut Correspondent & India Post Office bits: Helen McIntyre

 Naturalist Notes: Gwenyth & Ian Smith, Jenny Indian & Helen McIntyre

Choir articles: Margaret Hinton

Photo Journalism: Graham Wilson’s 2017 photo of the Stanley High Plateau Chorus was the Peoples’ Choice Award – by red stickers.


Mr Crossword: Graham Oke (He creates them!)

Interviews With Elders 2011 – 2013: Granddaughter of Mike & Marilla Byrne will receive this Walkley. She has been a volunteer with Beechworth Community Radio.

CFA articles: Chris Brett

Stanley Primary School: Kylie Love (Feb 2014) & Steven Oke

Travel Writing with Stanley family connections:J penny Philpotts (July 2011)

RAV, Music & Mental Health articles: Christopher Leard & Geoffrey Fryer

Poetry: Terry Whitford & Jean Memery

A great community catchup was had by all – Robb and Michelle Sinclair, Cate Ferguson and Graham Parton

Sharyn Vincent, Mary Rinaudo, Ian Vincent and Joe Rinaudo – plenty to talk about

Letters Of Congratulations

Congratulations Maggy on all your hard work in regard to the NMN …. am not sure that there would be a NMN if it wasn’t for you.                                                                    

Kim Thompson.


As readers, each month, of the prestige Nine Mile News we write to wish tonight’s celebration of one hundred editions all the best. Certainly a ‘milestone’ (pardon the pun) for one of Australia’s small but most resilient communities. Our congratulations to all editors and contributors.

We look forward to reading about tonight and many more months of Stanley news.                                                        

Joan Simms and John Hennessy, Beechworth.


Social Group

On 17th of July we visited the Athenaeum at the invitation of the Committee.  Helen and Val gave us a great talk on the current Exhibition “Hearts of Gold, Minds of Mettle”. The women pioneers of Stanley certainly played a big part in business here.

Thank you so much for sharing your research with us and provision of Afternoon Tea.

Next month on the 21st Aug please come to the church at 2pm. Activity yet to be decided. Many are away at present so will be good to catch up with those who have returned from trips.


Stanley Uniting Church

Uniting Church, Stanley VictoriaThe winter months have seen a smaller group continuing to meet twice a month. Once the weather warms up we are planning to have external repairs and painting done. Thanks to all who assist with leading our worship.

Stanley Choir 

Do you hear what I hear? A song, a song, high above the tree, with a voice as big as the sea.  An apt description of the enthusiasm of the Stanley Choir on these cold winter nights to turn out and practice for our Christmas Concert. This is also one of our carols that we will be singing at Christmas.

As usual over winter people are battling coughs and colds, not good for the voice, but some of our members have some more serious health concerns.  Ian Smith is in hospital and we wish him the best. Helen is doing well after her hip operation and we are looking forward to her getting back to full health.  Carol Leary another of our members is also going to have a hip operation and we wish her well with it and a speedy recovery.

Stanley Athenaeum

Launch of Stanley Times and Mining Journal – Geoff Craig 4th edition

Jim Lowden from the Mechanics Institutes’ Victoria will launch the new digitally enhanced and reprinted edition of Geoff Craig’s comprehensive history of Stanley.   This new edition is indexed for easier use. Limited edition copies of the book will be available for sale on the day and afterwards at the Stanley Athenaeum.

Dates: Saturday 25 August 2018 at 10.30am

Stanley Memorial Hall, Main Street. Stanley.

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On July 5th, 2018, Local Government Minister, Marlene Karouz MP, launched the Mechanics’ Institute of Victoria’s Library Directory2018, at the Prahran Mechanics Institute.

The Directory includes the Stanley Athenaeum as one of the 10 featured on the cover and in the directory.  Chris Dormer, Ali Rowe and Helen McIntyre attended the launch. Jim Lowden, a great patron of the Stanley Athenaeum, was the MC.

Ada Cambridge Poetry Readings:
Controversial writer & poet of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Ada Cambridge, was celebrated by Beechworth Arts Council at the Anglican Church on Friday July 6th. Jamie Kronborg and Chris Dormer presented Ada’s history explaining that she lived in Beechworth from 1885 until 1893.

Although married to a church minister, Ada had unconventional views about marriage and women’s roles. Her purpose was to write. Ada’s novels were popular at the Stanley Athenaeum and seven titles are still in the collection. Trish Broome, Valerie Crosse & Helen McIntyre were some of the poetry readers. This will become an annual Arts Council – Anglican Church event in Beechworth.

Stanley Social Club Visits Exhibition C19th Women: Hearts of Gold and Minds of Mettle:

This visit took place on Tuesday July 17th. Eighteen people came along to look at the exhibition and to hear a presentation about it from researchers Valerie Privett and Helen McIntyre. Carol Leary, Betty O’Neill, Patricia Hendriks and Marion Lyon were a great help with sharing local knowledge so that gaps were filled about some of the women’s history. There was a great Q and A session. A delicious afternoon tea from Sharyn, Valerie, Vicki, Joan and Helen was enjoyed.

The next group booked for a presentation about this exhibition is the Beechworth U3A on Thurs September 13th, 2018.




Weekend of Sept 7, 8 & 9, 2018

Australia-wide growers of walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts will be attending the 2018 TRI NUT Conference in Beechworth.

You can register at:

Early Bird registrations by Aug 10th, 2018.


This year Le Tour de France’s Gabriel Gate presented recipes for walnuts, hazelnuts and chestnuts from several regions of France.

His trifecta for Stanley horticultural producers was a dessert from the Ardeche region called Chestnut Creme Surprise with Mendiants.This is made from cherries, chestnut creme, hazelnut and chocolate.

Beef and Guiness Pies


800g gravy beef, cut into 2cm pieces

2 tbs plain flour

1 tbs olive oil

2 brown onions, coarsely chopped

1 carrot, peeled, coarsely chopped

3 celery sticks, coarsely chopped

2 bacon rashers, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

440 can Guinness Draught beer

1 cup beef stock

1 tbs tomato paste

2 sprigs of Rosemary

2 dried bay leaves

2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, just thawed

1 egg

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Preheat oven to 140 degrees Celsius.  Place the beef in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with flour.  Season. Toss to lightly coat the beef.

Heat half the oil in a large flameproof casserole pan over medium to high heat. Add 1/3 of the beef and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until brown all over.  Transfer to a heatproof bowl.  Repeat in 2 more lots with the remaining beef.

Heat the remaining oil in the pan.  Add onion, carrot, celery, bacon and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens.  Return the beef to the pan with the beer, stock, tomato paste, Rosemary and bay leaves. Bring to the boil.  Cover and bake, stirring occasionally, for 2 ½ hours or until beef is very tender. Season to taste.  Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.  Divide mixture evenly among 4 (1½ cup) ramekins or oven proof dishes.  Use an 11cm round pastry cutter to cut 8 discs from the pastry, reserving excess pastry.  Brush half the pastry discs with a little egg.  Top with the remaining discs to make a stack.  Brush with a little more egg.  Use a 1cm star-shaped pastry cutter to cut stars from the excess pastry.  Arrange over the discs and brush with egg.  Top each ramekin with a pastry disc.  Place on a baking tray.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed and the filling is heated through.

Serves 4

If you can’t be bothered to make 4 individual pies, still a delicious casserole for cold winter nights!



2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

2 tbs korma curry paste

500g butternut pumpkin, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces

1 small cauliflower, cut into florets

¼ cup red lentils

400g can diced tomatoes

165ml can coconut milk

½ cup frozen peas

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, halved crossways

1 egg, lightly whisked

Cumin seeds, to sprinkle


Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion softens.  Add the curry paste.  Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.  Add pumpkin, cauliflower, lentils, tomato and coconut milk.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender and mixture thickens slightly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the peas.  Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 200degrees Celsius.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.  Place one pastry half on a clean work surface.  Spoon ¼ of the pumpkin mixture over one short end of pastry, leaving a 1cm border.  Fold over the pastry to enclose the filling.  Use a fork to seal the edges.  Place on lined tray.  Repeat with the remaining pastry halves and pumpkin mixture.

Brush pies with a little egg.  Sprinkle with cumin seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden and puffed.

Serves 4

Dairy Free Choc Tarts



1 ¼ cups hazelnuts

1 ½ tbs rice malt syrup

1 ½ tbs cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla paste

1 orange, rind finely grated, segmented

Pinch salt

¼ cup Coco Quench Coconut Milk

1 egg

Toasted, shaved coconut to serve


1 ¼ cups wholemeal plain flour

Pinch ground cinnamon

80g solid coconut oil

2 tbs rice malt syrup

1 tbs iced water


Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Grease 6 round 8cm base fluted tart tins, with removable bases.

To make the pastry, combine flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Use your fingertips to rub in coconut oil.  Stir in rice malt syrup and water until a crumbly dough forms. Press evenly over the base and side of the tins.  Place on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until light golden and dry to touch. Set aside to cool completely.

Meanwhile, spread the hazelnuts over a baking tray.  Bake for 7-8 minutes or until lightly toasted.  Transfer to a clean tea towel and rub to remove the skins. Coarsely chop ¼ cup of the hazelnuts and reserve.

Reduce oven to 150 degrees C.  Process remaining hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped.  Add rice malt syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla, 2 tsp orange rind and salt.  Process until combined.  With motor running, gradually add coconut milk, then egg until combined.  Pour into pastry cases.  Bake for 15 minutes or until set.

Cool slightly.  Top with coconut, orange segments and reserved hazelnut.

Serves 6

Cumquat Chestnut Muffins



1 cup cumquats – halved & de seeded

1 cup roasted chestnuts

1/2 cup orange juice

1 egg

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup chestnut flour

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup sugar

Marmalade –  for a glaze


Sift chestnut flour, plain flour, salt, soda and baking powder into bowl. Add egg and sugar. Stir in with wooden spoon. Add halved cumquats, chestnuts and orange juice. Mix in with wooden spoon.

Fill muffin tray with mix – 3/4 fill each muffin space. (Makes 12). Put in oven at 200c for 15 mins. Remove and glaze muffins with marmalade.  Serve warm.

from Helen McIntyre | Garden In The Forest

Selling Solar Panels Via Phone

Mid-afternoon in Stanley and the phone rings.
A long pause after it is answered and what follows is invariably heavily accented English.  This has become a constant.

There are scammers wanting to assist by selling improved internet connections, wine merchants aiming to promote a knock out Cabinet Sauvignon, and recently some dodgy power supply agents with some new twist to attract new clients to yet another newly fledged company.  One or two of these calls have proven to be of value, not so much by what they want to sell, but by flagging a benchmark on which to improve.

Five weeks ago, I received calls from two companies offering free quotes for the installation of solar power panels.
One claimed to be amongst the largest in the country and promoted urgency to seal a ‘pre-end of the financial year deal’.  Some days later a company representative from one outfit arrived at Stanley, rapidly scribbled out some back of envelope figures for my place, and sent a formal quote via email the following day.  It was all very quick and efficient, but perhaps by half for me.

More than three years ago I had been talking to a friend in Wangaratta about solar panels. I explained that as soon as I completed the second stage of a renovation I would be keen to get panels.  I also wanted to procure hardware that would offer flexibility to go off the grid as the price of battery technology became more competitive.  He said he had recently met an electrical engineer who could be helpful in discerning the right combination of hardware.

A few years down the track and the renovation is almost complete.
Driven by current power price trends across this country, householders will no doubt also be exploring solar options with greater vigour. Many companies are now plying their business and it is sensible to gather information to inform the right decision.  With the recent quote I had been sent, I made contact with the same engineer named David Leyton, and I offered to pay him to critique the quotes I had received.  This proved to be a positive move as he described some of the shortfalls.

A number of companies are currently keen to sell greater capacity than one can revert to the ‘SP-Ausnet’ grid, their panels are sub-standard and the inverters specified (which is the heart of the system) could be a great deal better in terms of specification and quality.  As a result of this one phone conversation I briefly did more phone work to bounce the feedback from those responsible for the now two quotes received.  While the companies would be happy to improve on some but not all the componentry specified, they fell short in overall quality. They were basically supplying to an attractive price, with no concern regarding neither quality nor future flexibility.

For the uninitiated, there are a number of key variables in the solar power world to get right.
One can be confused and put off by tiresome use of technical jargon along with over confident, and as it turns out, inadequately informed salespeople.  The unnecessary use of jargon does nothing but cloud the facts.  Solar panels are a considerable investment and I was confident that wise buying would secure far greater value for money.

I subsequently had another phone conversation with David and asked what system he would recommend.
I also outlined that I was purposely focused on purchasing Australian made technology. David was keen to share with me that while this country led these fields some 20 years plus back, and that theoretically the University of New South Wales (UNSW) still does, as a nation we unfortunately did not have the investment capacity and foresight to support this technology.  Over this same period our government policies made great noise of supporting what were ultimately American and Japanese car building companies, while our solar research and development momentum foolishly floundered for want of support.  So, as it transpires, I have purchased technology which has its origins in Australia, but which is now produced elsewhere.  It is also clear that a number of overseas graduates from the same UNSW have returned to their home countries and made a Monza out of what they learnt here; obviously a clever country could improve its footwork!  Within the global world of solar technology, there are few areas where Australians have not made significant contributions and basically the entire system I have purchased is Australian technology.  Unfortunately, the lion’s share of solar technology production now has its origins in China.

With guidance from David the specialist and for an outlay of 30% more than the lowest of the quotes, I have procured what are currently the best panels in production (Canadian produced panels using the UNSW distilled ‘PERC’ technology), and by far the superior inverter (German Fronius) which came out of technology forged within the UNSW and the CSIRO.  Even after all this time, the PERC technology which determines the chemistry within the solar panels still proves to be superior.

The installed system also has the flexibility to go off the grid without the need to purchase any different inverter, something which the low budget systems are not concerned with.  The system was installed in just over 5 hours by a no-fuss team from Wangaratta, who also astonishingly and very diligently cleaned up after them.

My advice from this brief tale is to be weary of phone call sales people, and to use sound expertise to guide your purchase.  I thoroughly recommend David the engineer and the electrician I have recently used; they will welcome your calls.  David has previously been based in Bendigo and so has a regional Victoria perspective.  Should anyone in Stanley be keen to consult with them, I am happy to forward details.

Tony McDonald (5728-6579) EM:


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