Period costume, family reunions and beard competitions to mark sesquicentenary

HISTORY – Port Macquarie, September 10, 1968

Sign of the times: Mrs Allan, wife of the Presbyterian Minister, in period dress at the craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

Sign of the times: Mrs Allan, wife of the Presbyterian Minister, in period dress at the craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

No Patrol for Lighthouse Beach

Port Macquarie Surf Club has decided not to patrol Lighthouse Beach this season. At Wednesday night’s meeting, the club decided to ask the municipal council to erect signs on the beach.

These signs will warn bathers the beach is unpatrolled, and that they swim at their own risk. The club was asked to patrol Lighthouse Beach by a public meeting on August 12. This meeting was called to discuss forming a new surf club at the Lighthouse, but found there were insufficient members.

The public meeting was offered over $800 worth of equipment, including a beach buggy and walkie-talkie sets, for use in patrolling the beach.

Early days: Lighthouse Beach looking north towards Tacking Point Lighthouse, circa 1960s.

Early days: Lighthouse Beach looking north towards Tacking Point Lighthouse, circa 1960s.

Sesquicentenary Craft and Antique Exhibition

Period frock will be worn by the organisers and many others to what promises to be one of the most outstanding afternoon and evenings leading up to Sesquicentenary Week at the Craft and Antique Exhibition at the Presbyterian Hall on Friday, September 13.

Mayoress Mrs Gott will officially open the exhibition. Mrs. Evans and her committee have been working for weeks, and, as a result, the exhibition will be one of the most outstanding ever to be held in Port Macquarie. Costly and valued treasures, so generously loaned by the people of Port Macquarie will include gloriously fine laces, bark pictures, crochet, knitting, hand carvings, tapestries, paintings, hand beaten silver, Australian dried flower arrangements a lightly polished 4ft length tortoise, among many other treasures gathered by local world travellers.

During the afternoon there will be musical items and afternoon tea will be served. There will doubtless be much merriment occasioned by the “beard” competition. If you would like a good laugh, come along and listen to Mr Allan as he does the judging. This competition will again be held during the evening’s session. Trophies have been donated. There is also to be a sketch.

The public are invited to join with the Casey family in the celebration of their reunion. Their memories of music, song and yesteryear will, it is hoped, will revive memories of the past and provide entertainment for all present.

Very refined: Mesdames Kennedy, Frost, Secombe and Dunlop dressed for the occasion of the Sesqui Centenary craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

Very refined: Mesdames Kennedy, Frost, Secombe and Dunlop dressed for the occasion of the Sesqui Centenary craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

Of the era: Mrs Ella Evans looks the part at the Sesqui Centenary craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

Of the era: Mrs Ella Evans looks the part at the Sesqui Centenary craft and antique exhibition, 1968.

Honours won at state titles

An 18-year-old Port Macquarie girl came fourth in dressage at the state horseriding championships held at Moree over the weekend. She is Miss Neroli Alexander, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter Alexander of Hill Street. Neroli competed with 10 other riders in the 18 to 21 years section and gave an excellent display of horsemanship. She demonstrated the proper way to saddle up a horse, as well as the correct care to be given in stabling or leaving a horse to grass. This was the first time she had competed at state championships and officials feel she will be a strong contender for future titles.

Neroli was the only senior rider to represent Zone 9, which extends from Coffs Harbour to Wingham. The junior members were Kevin Corrigan, and Ronnie Campbell (Port Macquarie), Judith Jones (Wauchope) and Gayle Gibson (Wingham). They competed as a team against 10 other teams from all over the State.

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