The Nine Mile News | Issue 100 | July 2018


Letters to the Editor:

Dear Editor.

Congratulations to the Nine Mile News reaching the 100th edition, a feat probably beyond the wildest dreams of the small group of Stanley people who started the newsletter over eight years ago.

I was there at the formation of the newsletter, back in the days when we had just lost our Post Office and the community was mobilising to respond. Part of this response included a meeting in the Memorial Hall to work out whether the community would support a small local newsletter. As it turned out the community was in no doubt about wanting the paper and this was agreed almost immediately, with the rest of the meeting being used up arguing about a name for the paper.

My recollection is that there were dozens of suggestions that fairly quickly narrowed down to three, and then two. When it came to the final vote the numbers were even, and there was no clear resolution. The crowd was becoming restless, so to resolve the matter I loudly declared myself as the adjudicator, and using the power that I had just claimed, selected the name Nine Mile News. To this day I have no idea how I got away with this.

In the first few editions I wrote a regular column describing all of the other towns and cities named Stanley around the world – starting with our own Stanley. Ours was named after a British nobleman and politician Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby, who among other things was the stepfather to King Henry VII. Going back even further the word “Stanley” derives from ancient English and means “stony ground” a totally inappropriate name for an area with deep red soils.

The world has only so many Stanleys, and eventually I ran out of places to write about. My contributions dropped away, to be replaced by far more worthy offerings from others. Most notable among these were the writings of the late Mike Byrne who endeared himself to the community by interviewing local people and using the Nine Mile News to introduce them to Stanley.

I’m sure none of us at that first meeting imagined that there would ever be a 100th edition, now printed and bound in our own local Post Office by some of the same volunteers who have travelled the same journey from those early days to now. Well done to everyone.

Graham Parton

Dear Editor,

The Friends of Stanley Athenaeumwish to congratulate you, and previous editors, on the publication of the 100th edition of Nine Mile News. The newsletter has been a great communication tool for us since its inception in 2010. We know that the Nine Mile News coverage of the Athenaeum’s exhibitions, research projects, biennial Geoff Craig memorial lectures and our other cultural events has had a wide reach. The print copies available around Stanley and Beechworth have brought visitors to the Athenaeum from as far away as Queensland. Many of the visitors have provided us with local history archives including photos. As a result, there have been many research breakthroughs, particularly with the current Stanley C19th Women’s history exhibition about which a book will be published.

Also, the Friends have bound each 12 months of Nine Mile News into a volume collection for 2010 – 2016.  Following the 2017 book-binding workshops with Beechworth’s Mr Middleton, curator, Ali Rowe, is designing dust jackets for these volumes. We look forward to presenting these at the 100th NMN Celebration on July 28th, 2018, at the Stanley Hall.

Best wishes for the next 100 editions of Nine Mile News.

The Friends of Stanley Athenaeum,

Chris Dormer, Helen McIntyre, Valerie Privett, Ali Rowe, Daryl Rowe, Janet Sutherland, Ros Woods, Vicki Knopers, Chris Baker, Leigh Privett, Herman Knopers, Peter Turnbull

Dear Editor,

Congratulations on the 100th edition of Nine Mile News. The Stanley Springditch and Wetlands Committee of Management (DWELP)(which works jointly with Stanley Landcare Group) appreciates the coverage you have given us since 2010. This has enabled us to publicise our projects, milestones, working bees, family activities and philosophy through stories and photos. In effect, Nine Mile News has documented our environmental and social history through 100 editions.

Thank you for that,

Yours sincerely,

Dave McIntyre,


Community News

Stanley Matters

Stanley Rural Community Inc. News

Congratulations to all those who have brought the Nine Mile News to its 100thEdition. The Nine Mile News is significant in bringing local news to the Stanley Community and has been doing that for over 9 years. Over 300 copies are published each month, distributed through the Stanley Post Office, and delivered to a variety of outlets in Beechworth. An electronic version is also available online at the Stanley website, and is sent to a number of persons electronically. Here’s to another 100 editions of our local newspaper keeping Stanley informed.

Township Zoning

The Planning Panel Hearing of the issues concerning re-establishment of the Stanley Township Zoning was conducted at Beechworth on 6 June 2018.

Further matters have to be considered and there is unlikely to be a decision in the near future. The Panel Chair advised those present that one of three decisions would be made:

– Recommend the proposals without change
– Recommend the proposals with modification
– Abandon the proposals.

The outcome will be advised.

Stanley Post Office

You can purchase newspapers and pick up your mail from the post office seven days a week.

Support the post office by calling in and buying a newspaper and browsing the pre-loved merchandise available in the ‘jumble sale’.  All proceeds support the post office.

Located in the Stanley School and open 8.30-10.30 and weekdays, Open Saturday and Sunday 9-11.

Stanley School

The Stanley School is an ideal venue for workshops, seminars, and meetings.

NBN is now available and a good reliable internet service is accessible for presentations and digital linkups. A screen and projector can be provided, Kitchen facilities are accessible and events can be locally catered.

Inquire at the Post Office.



Stanley Group

Stanley Landcare Group (SLG) have had a busy time over the last month, a period which has featured impressive working bees on the long weekend of early June – the Queen’s Birthday.  In the Central Springditch area a large daffodil ring was planted which was planned to add to the existing will in time see a colourful display each year in late Winter / Spring.

The Central Springditch features a large range of exotic deciduous and evergreen specimens, a number of which are envisaged to be very large specimens as they reach maturity.  Along the creek in that area the ferns indigenous to the area have been emerging, a sign that favourable conditions have been fostered after many years of volunteer commitment by Stanley residents.

In the Upper Springditch and around the Wetlands area, locals will have witnessed some remedial works commenced around the ‘Fire Fighters Memorial’ sculpture on the same weekend.  The previous road-base surface at the base of the sculpture has been removed, and a replacement base which will present with a strong colour will be put in place. All the Poa grasses which had previously lined the area have been transplanted to the entrance carpark to the pump house, and soil brought in on which to plant some smaller growing exotic maples.  It is envisaged that the autumn colours of these maples will complement the rusted tones of the sculpture.

Planning for signage for some key plants in the Upper Springditch walk is also well underway.

While the Landmates from the Beechworth Correctional facility have been contributing to the removal of weeds along the creek, by far the most dramatic impact of the last many years has been from the work completed by the massive excavator driven mulcher.  This machine has in the last weeks been carefully maneuverer to munch its way through the gorse, blackberry and Himalayan honeysuckle along the western edge parallel with Little Scotland Road.  The most dramatic impact of this work can be seen at the southern end of the area, where the road intersects with the Six Mile Road.

Like many areas of Stanley, the Upper Springditch and Barge Dam are ex-mining area and the recent clearing work has revealed a number of deep shafts. It is proposed that these shafts be fenced off and made secure. Regular walkers and visitors will be asked to stay on the tracks and avoid these shaft areas using appropriate signage.  SLG aim to support the work of the mulcher with back up spraying and then additional planting, but in the meantime the positive work completed by numerous initiatives including the Ecoblade last year, the Landmates and the Mulcher can be seen by all.

On Saturday 16June’ a Geocaching workshop was held down at the Murmungee Hall. On 15 July, there will also be a follow-up workshop to inform people about what is being done and how they can get involved in ‘Geocaching’.  Notice of this event will be distributed.

Activities planned for the rest of the year include 

– A day dedicated to informing and promoting the use of bird-attracting species in the home garden setting, scheduled for the month of October.
– The National Tree day –which will occur at the end of July will include some tree planting activities (details will follow via emails).
– In mid-late November, a workshop on plant propagation will also be held.

The SLG look forward to continuation of good works around our town.

Stanley Uniting Church

Uniting Church, Stanley VictoriaWe continue to meet twice monthly. As we have no “official” leader we appreciate the time of fellowship together when we are able to share any concerns and always welcome anyone who feels they would like to join us.

Last month saw a collection of warm clothes and blankets taken to Uniting Care in Wodonga. A letter of appreciation was received from them asking us to pass on their thanks to all those in Stanley who generously donated to the cause. The demand is huge at this time of the year.

Stanley Choir

“Winter is here” and so our numbers are reduced as our members set off to find the sun. Despite this a small but enthusiastic group of us continue to meet on a Wednesday evening at the Stanley Uniting Church, and sing to keep warm. We have started to learn some new songs for Christmas, a lot of which seem appropriate for this time of year!

Our leader, Helen, is away for a little while as she is having a hip replacement. The operation went well and she will be moving on to rehab this week. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery. In the meantime, “while the cats away, the mice will play”, and while continuing our Christmas practice we have been doing some different stuff. Unison singing to Geoffrey’s guitar and this week learning about percussion and rhythm.

Stanley Social Group

A cheque for $2140.00 was raised for the Hilltop Patient/Carer accommodation at Albury/Wodonga Cancer Centre with a Stanley High Tea.  A big thank you to Margaret and Graham for opening up their home to us for a “Fun with Ferrets” afternoon.  It was most enjoyable and entertaining.  We learnt about the large number of animals in the weasel family and the many different varieties of coloured ferrets.  We now understand why the intelligent ferret makes such a challenging and loveable pet.

Next month, 17th July, we will meet at the Stanley Athenaeum Museum at 2 p.m. for our own private viewing of the “Hearts of Gold Minds of Mettle” Exhibition, 19th Century Women of Stanley.  The presentation will be given by Helen McIntyre and Valerie Privett who were the researchers for this amazing collection of historical stories telling us of the difficulties and hardships faced by the early women of Stanley.   Our usual “scrummy” afternoon tea will be served in the Athenaeum.

Stanley School, 1893

Stanley's Loveliness

By James Thompson of Stanley, 1920,

as published in The Stanley Times and Mining Journal.

There is a picture in the mountain that is worth your while to see,

Where industry and beauty are combined;

And for a healthy climate I know you will agree

That a better place than Stanley’s hard to find.


For there’s beauty on the main road that leads you on the way,

Through the orchards and the fields on either side,

That points to Stanley’s future, not so far away,

When Stanley will be known both far and wide.


For it’s lovely in the springtime,

When the orchards are in bloom

And the birds fill the air with melody,

It is healthy and refreshing to inhale the sweet perfume

Of the Eucalyptus trees in Stanley.

And to beautify the clear streams the ferns their fronds unfold,

And the sweet Clematis climbs from tree to tree,

And the emblem of Australia has clad itself in gold


To decorate those hills of Stanley.

Down Music Valley where the shrubs have formed a bower,

And the birds build their nest in every tree,

I would make the greatest heathen bow to a higher power,

To see those lovely sights in Stanley.


Post Office News from a Classroom

Post Office play in Yuendumu, Northern Territory, Australia

From Cate Titulaer

June 5th, 2018.: Just reflecting on the simplest things … we introduced a Post Office into our Walker Learning areas, and the kids have gone mad writing letters (with help) and decorating them, putting them into envelopes, getting a stamp and address on them … and so on. It’s been wonderful and tomorrow we have the local lovely from the PO coming to talk to the kids. Exciting times in Yr 1 and 2 in Yuendumu.

* Cate is a former long-time Stanley resident. Her three daughters went to Stanley Primary School. She is now enjoying teaching indigenous children in the NT. Cate is an on-line member of the Stanley Book Club.

 Interesting extract from the ‘Picturesque Atlas of Australia’ 1886 recognising our little village.

(Courtesy of Bob Richards and the Stanley Athenaeum)

The drives out of Beechworth as might be expected from the nature of the country, are all picturesque. The road to Stanley, six miles away, makes an ascent of seven hundred feet before reaching the brow of the hollow in which nestles the little hamlet; It is planted with English trees, and wears the same neat and self-respecting air that characterises its more important neighbour.

Six miles further up the summit of Mt Stanley, three thousand four hundred and forty-four feet high, commands a far spreading outlook over a billowy expanse of wooded hills rolling to the horizon on every side, the vision irresistibly suggesting to the imagination the heaving bosom of the ocean as seen from the deck of some steam leviathan.  There are the blue alps, which become white in winter, the Strathbogie and the Dividing Ranges, the valleys of the Ovens and the King, of the Snowy Creek and the Mitta Mitta, combining to present an impressive panorama of the mountain country, in which such small things as towns are invisible.





2 chicken thighs

4 cups water

1 onion 455 can creamed corn

2 chicken stock cubes

3 shallots

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp grated green ginger

1 egg



Place chicken pieces in small pan, add water and peeled and sliced onion, cover, simmer until chicken is cooked, approx. 20 minutes.  Reserve 3 cups of the strained chicken stock.

Remove meat from bones, discard skin; chop meat into small pieces.

Combine in pan creamed corn, reserved chicken stock, chicken meat, crumbled stock cubes, finely chopped shallots, soy sauce and green ginger.

Bring to the boil stirring constantly, reduce heat, simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove from the heat, whisk in lightly-beaten egg.

Serves 4




6 sheets lasagne pasta

60g cheddar cheese

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

250g packet frozen spinach

1/3 cup cream

Meat Sauce

1 onion

1 clove garlic

125g mushrooms

500g minced steak

Salt & pepper

½ tsp oregano

1 tsp sugar

2 x 440g cans tomato puree

Cheese Sauce

60g butter

4 tbsp flour

Salt & pepper

Pinch nutmeg

2 cups milk

125g cheddar cheese

1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese



Grate cheddar cheese, mix with parmesan cheese.  Place spinach (if using frozen) in strainer to thaw.  Lightly grease a 28cm x 18cm dish, place on oven tray for easier handling.  Spread pasta over base of dish.  Spread evenly with half the meat sauce, top with half the cheese sauce.  Press as much liquid as possible from the thawed spinach, spread evenly over the cheese sauce.  Top with two more pieces of lasagne, spread with meat sauce then cheese sauce, top with remaining trimmed pasta sheets.  Sprinkle top with combined cheeses, bake in moderate oven uncovered for 20 minutes.  Drizzle top evenly with cream, bake further 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Stand 10 minutes before serving.

Meat Sauce:  Peel and finely chop onion, crush garlic, slice mushrooms finely. Place meat in heavy based frying pan, stir with fork until meat is brown, drain off any excess fat.  Add onion, garlic and mushrooms, cook until onion is transparent.  Season with salt and pepper, add oregano, sugar and tomato puree.  Bring to the boil, reduce heat, simmer covered 45 minutes. Uncover, simmer until sauce is thick, about further 15 minutes.

Cheese Sauce:  Melt butter, remove from heat, add flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg, blend until smooth.  Return to heat, stir constantly for a few minutes.  Remove from heat, gradually stir in milk, return to heat, stir constantly until sauce boils and thickens, reduce heat, cook 1 minute.  Remove from heat, stir in grated cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese, stir until cheese melts.

Serve with a simple green salad.

Serves 4





½ cup sugar

¼ cup water

Lemon Delicious

1/3 cup plain flour

½ cup sugar

60g butter

1 tsp lemon rind

3 tbsp lemon juice

4 eggs, separated



Caramel Put sugar and water in saucepan, stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved, brushing down sides of saucepan with a brush dipped in hot water to dissolve any sugar grains.

Increase heat, boil gently uncovered until light golden brown.

Pour caramel evenly into base of 4 individual heat proof dishes; swirl dishes to coat base and a little of the sides.

Lemon Delicious:  Stir flour into bowl, add sugar.  Rub in butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Add lemon rind, lemon juice and egg yolks, beat well.  Beat egg whites until firm peaks form, fold into lemon mixture.

Spoon lemon mixture evenly into dishes, stand dishes in baking dish which is filled with enough water to come halfway up the sides of dishes.

Bake in moderately slow oven 50 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Loosen edges of pudding with knife, turn out, top with whipped cream.

Serves 4








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