Over a century, Stella has seen it all

IMAGINE living through some the greatest changes our world has seen.
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Moving from horse and cart to the automobile, living through two world wars and the Great Depression, unbelievable medical advancements, space travel and sending a man to the moon, the huge growth in population and the internet, just to name a few.

The area’s oldest Aboriginal elder Stella Wright has seen it all.

Mrs Wright turned 100 on Monday (February 4).

Born Stella Lonesborough on February 4, 1913 at the Roseby Park Aboriginal Mission, she has links that go right back to the early days of Shoalhaven settlement.

Her great-grandfather was Patrick Caffery, an Irish convict who came to the area in 1832 to work on the Berry Estate in Coolangatta.

He married Anne Gibney and their daughter Margaret Caffery married John Lonesborough.

Their children were John jnr (Stella’s father), Robert (Uncle Bob, who lived to the ripe old age of 99, just one month short of his 100th birthday), Annie, Edward (known as Ned), Margaret, Catherine and Mary.

Margaret, known as Maggie, married Frederick Smith, who was the father of one the area’s great sporting administrators Artie Smith.

Mary married Herbert Cotteral De Mestre, the son of Andre De Mestre.

A daughter of Ned’s (also Margaret and known as Maggie) married Harry Regan, producing another man well known for the promotion of Shoalhaven sport, Bernie Regan, as well as his talented siblings Ted, Jack, Dennis, Kathlene, Margaret, Helen and Joan.

John Lonesborough jnr married Mary Jane Carpenter and had five children: Linda, Stella, Myra, Margaret (known as Maggie) and John (known as Jack).

They moved to the Crookhaven River about five kilometres up a branch of the Shoalhaven River, to where her father was working on the oyster leases, which are still in the family today.

Stella married John Wright, known as Johnnie, and they had four sons: Terry, Barry, Henry (known as Joe) and Trevor.

She was two years older than her husband.

“I didn’t know it at the time,” she joked.

And she admitted that he didn’t make much of an impression when she first met him.

“He was fishing with his father and was trying to get to Goodnight Island and a howling nor easterly was blowing,” she said.

“We were out with Dad in the launch and towed him down to the island.

“To tell the truth, I didn’t think much of him.

“I didn’t see him for a few weeks and then he kept coming around.

“But he was a big man and a good looking fellow.”

They married in 1934 in the Presbyterian Church in Nowra.

They also lived on the southern side of Crookhaven River on the Shoalhaven River.

Stella comes from a family of long livers – her uncle Bob died at 99, one of her own sisters reached 92, another 86, and another 77.

She has lost count of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but does have four great-great-grandchildren.

What’s her secret to longevity?

“No secret, just live a good life and work hard,” she said.

“We were always doing something, and with four sons I always had something to do.”

To this day she still enjoys a feast of oysters at least once a week.

After living at Crookhaven for a few years they moved into town, taking up residence at The Grotto at North Nowra in the 1940s.

They lived there for several years – Johnnie continued to work as a fisherman – and the foundations of the family’s home remain there today.

“Johnnie would fish on the river and the kids would often go out as well,” Stella said.

They then moved to a house in North Nowra, where Sharman Park is located.

“It was all bush back then,” she said.

“There weren’t many people living up there.”

That bushland setting would prove disastrous when the home was destroyed in a bushfire.

Today, two sons – Terry and Trevor – live within minutes of the site of the family home.

There were moves to Culburra Beach and Bomaderry before Johnnie passed away aged 79 in 1995 after more than 60 years of marriage.

Stella then became a resident of the Rose Mumbler Village at North Nowra and, after a bout of severe illness, moved into Clelland Lodge three and a half years ago.

A family celebration was held on Saturday at North Nowra, where the guest of honour took great pride in opening letters of congratulations from the Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, the NSW Premier and the local MPs.

About 60 family members dropped in across the day to help mark the occasion, while she celebrated with a quiet family dinner at Clelland Lodge on Monday.

More photos appear on page 87.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Stella Wright (centre) celebrates her 100th birthday on Saturday surrounded by family.

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Springwood father takes battle for lost son to Canberra

Springwood father Daniel Wass took his ongoing battle to find his missing three-year-old son on the road on Saturday, cycling to Canberra to increase political pressure to find a solution to his parental nightmare.
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Mr Wass’s son, Sean Jukia Wass, has vanished in Japan after being taken from Australia by his former partner, Yuka, when he was just 14-months-old.

Despite numerous court orders, including a Find and Recovery Publication Order from the Family Court of Australia, Mr Wass does not know the location or welfare of his son.

His situation has seemingly been put in the diplomatic ‘too hard basket’ as Japan is not a member of the Hague treaty which deals with abducted children.

“In addition to Japan’s family law, Australia’s policy, procedure and assistance in international parental child abduction cases to non-Hague countries is very poor. It’s almost non existent to the extent there is a preserved reluctance to assist,” said Mr Wass.

He was due to meet with opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop when he arrived in Canberra yesterday (February 5) although the outcome of the meeting was not known at the time of going to press.

He also planned to present a petition supporting his case to Federal Member for Macquarie Louise Markus, who wished him well before he left Springwood early on Saturday morning.

The petition calls on the Australian Government to “take a stance, strengthening domestic policies and developing a bilateral agreement with Japan that facilitates the return of children who have been abducted from Australia until such time as Japan becomes a signatory to the Hague Convention”.

It also requests the government take “immediate action to confirm the location, safety and welfare of Sean Jukia Wass”.

Mr Wass rode part of the journey with Ken Thompson, another dad whose child was abducted.

“I was lucky enough to have Ken join me at the 70km point through to Bowral (120km) and then the next day all the way to Goulburn,” he told the Gazette from the road.

Springwood father Daniel Wass took his ongoing battle to find his missing three-year-old son on the road on Saturday, cycling to Canberra to increase political pressure to find a solution to his parental nightmare.

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Barossa and Light Bowls reports

Tanunda Bowling Club Report
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Following a couple of weeks with only a few matches being played, this round saw all of the Tanunda sides in action, except Division 1.


The ladies began the Club’s round of matches with an excellent win at Lyndoch. Three teams finished the shortened match in front and Margaret Hurst’s team only missed out by the narrowest of margins. The team skippered by Dorothy Light finished a couple of shots ahead, June Farquharson’s team bettered that with a six shot win but ‘Rink of the Day’ went to Clair Altus, Jan Ralston, Margaret Meertens and Kathy Wallace who started well and continued strongly to finish with a comfortable win. This match may well prove to have resulted in a very important win at a crucial stage of the season.


White were away to Nuriootpa Green but despite a determined effort from the ‘Whites’ the Home side proved too strong on the day. Special mentions go to Malcom Paech, Peter Secker and Trevor Ratsch who went down very narrowly after finishing the game strongly and to Grantly Martin who won the Wohlers Award. Midweek Black also took on one of the sides from Tigerland but the ‘Blacks’ recorded an excellent win on the carpet with all teams finishing in front. The teams skippered by Deon Heidenreich and Robert Schneider had good wins but Hedley Rohrlach, Peter Baverstock and Charlie Mahoney played well all afternoon to win the ‘Rink of the Day’ award.

Saturday Pennants

The Saturday pennants sides were brimming with optimism as they were greeted by a lovely sunny day. Division 2 Black travelled to Nuriootpa to play the unbeaten Green side, only to discover why they were unbeaten! The Black side got away to a good start, but could not sustain it for the whole afternoon. Bradley Marshall, Barry Williams, Margaret Hurst and Kevin Bartsch played well but couldn’t quite record a win in a very tight finish.

Division 3

Division 3were at home against the Nuriootpa Gold (yes – them again!) side but found the visitors too strong. Ken Schliebs, Nick Schmidt, Peter Abinett and Don Ralston had a great start to their game but just missed out on a win.

The highlight of the day for the Magpies was a very important one shot victory over the Gold side from (you guessed it!) Nuriootpa. Two of the Tanunda teams lost in close games but a great effort by June Farquharson, Dean Koch, Peter Secker and Alan Price, not only won the match, but also resulted in a well deserved ‘Rink of the Week’ win.

Sunday saw the finals of the Club Championship singles competitions being decided, for both the women and the men. Kathy Wallace and Deon Heidenreich were the winners over Margaret Hurst and Charlie Mahoney with the matches finishing at 25 – 16 and 25 – 7 respectively. Kathy Wallace and Margaret Hurst had won the Ladies Pairs Championship earlier in the week after a closely fought match against Clair Altus and Judy Thompson. Congratulations to all of the players who played off in their respective finals.



Division 1

There was an air of jubilation last Saturday evening after the Nuriootpa bowlers landed five big results on the playing field.

Most notable was the Division One side’s big win over League leaders Freeling by 33 shots.

Rob Grope’s troops continued their relentless form of the previous week with another strong win by 14 shots over a talented opposition. The boys gave their opponents a start but the game was broken open by Rob’s ‘shot of the season’ when he threaded the needle to sit Freeling’s closest bowl through, turning one down into five up!

Stuart Allen’s crew were up against a formidable line-up led by Justin Morris but showed their class to get out of the blocks early and lead throughout to post an eight shot win. Greg Prior continued his brilliant form this season with another inspiring effort to set up the great win.

Ron Turnbull’s team were a little slow to start but shifted into top gear after ‘smoko’ to deliver the Tigers another win. With Chris ‘Hollywood’ Jones hitting his straps the rinks takes on an imposing aura.

Rod Garrett had the radar on early to keep Geoff Langley’s crew in touch of their opponents then after the break, Geoff ‘the Guru’, in a brilliant cameo performance, imposed his authority and single handed he dragged his team up to the line to claim their share of the points.

Division 2

Division Two’s Nuriootpa Green posted another solid win, this time over Tanunda Black at home. Ian Klaebe and Damian Langley both skippered wins for Nuriootpa but the star performance came from Peter Buckley and his squad who put in a rink of the week performance to finish 24 shots up.

Nuriootpa Black claimed a much needed win over Kapunda Red at home with Kevin Harrison and Pam Jones guiding their crews through to strong wins.

Nuriootpa Gold fell short of Tanunda White by just a single shot, but with two rinks up, thanks to Neil Collyer and Dave Wilson the Golds managed to claim four points from the contest.

Division 3

In Division Three, Nuriootpa Black scored an 11 shot win over Freeling at Freeling. Heather Robert’s crew finished 2 shots up over their opposition and Sean Hyland’s gun rink won comfortably by 13.

Nuriootpa Gold enjoyed a day out at Tanunda and posted a big 37 shot win. Jill Chapman’s troops finished 14 shots up while John McIntosh guided his crew through to a 19 shot victory. After the match John was full of praise for his leader Mick Fuller, who is going from strength to strength as a top lawn bowler. Ian Falkenberg and his squad pulled off one of the greatest comebacks since Lazarus, when they recovered from 18 to zip down, after six ends, to finish 30 shots to 26 up!

Only two out of five Midweek Sides enjoyed that winning feeling last Thursday with the Nuriootpa Black line-up returning from their bout with Lyndoch Blue somewhat down hearted while the boys in the under-manned Nuriootpa Gold outfit found themselves no match for Tanunda Black. Nuriootpa Blue fell just short of the mark against, top of the table, Lyndoch Gold, with a small score board hiccup not helping their cause. Ronnie Turnbull claimed the points against a quality opponent.

On the positive side Nuriootpa Green finished 24 shots up over Tanunda White with all three rinks up. Ian Klaebe secured yet another win to his tally while Greg Prior was in top form to guide his team to success. Rod Garrett was elated with Alby Wilkinson’s form and their rink posted another win to complete the clean sweep.

In what was a must win game for Nuriootpa Brown the boys came out firing and put in their best performance of the season to eclipse Kapunda Red by 48 shots. Pat White and Aaron Jones combined brilliantly to give Ron Ellis a great start and the trio enjoyed a big 20 shot win at stumps. Noel Christophersen and his Hamley Bridge brigade pulled away from their opposition to post a strong 18 shot win while Bob Randall, with Kingsley Bullock impressive in the lead, finished 10 shots up.

Nuriootpa Ladies did their best to break out of their slump but fell short on the scoreboard. Up against Angaston at home our girls put in an honest performance but the magic of last Season doesn’t seem to be there this year. Despite the overall loss Natalie Fyfe and her crew went against the tide to post an impressive 14 shot win.

This week’s lucky Wohlers’ award winner is Alan Fyfe. Perhaps he will reward Natalie for her efforts by opening up his wallet for a spot of shopping.

Congratulations are in order to Nuriootpa’s new Ladies Champion Pauline Collyer. In a high standard contest Pauline managed to finish in front of a worthy runner-up in Lois Hahn. All eyes now turn to the Men’s Singles Championship where perennial Champ, Rob Grope will be challenged by, up and coming young gun, Aaron Jones.

Black Caviar

Lyndoch and Districts Bowling Club

Round 15 – 2 February 2013

The Lyndoch Night Owls on Tuesday night were one of the colder nights of the season but it did not affect The Davens from winning the evening.


Lyndoch v Tanunda at Lyndoch

A shortened game through the constant rain [13 ends]. Val Reeves & June Farquharson had a close game until the 10th end when June pulled away to win 14-8. Di Jones & Margaret Hurst had an evenly matched game with Di being the victor 10-9. Gay Mcleod and Dorothy Light also had a tight game with Dorothy by winning the last 2 ends won 9-7. Sue Drummond’s rink had a really bad day losing to Kathy Wallace 7-21.

Lyndoch Gold v Nuriootpa Blue at Nuriootpa

Billy Boyle down early but gradually over took David Wilson to win 18-14. David Hausler after finally getting the scores correct beat Bob Chapman 21-15.Glyn Ayers had one of his rare losses going down to Ron Turnbull 14-21.

Lyndoch 53 Nuriootpa 50

Lyndoch Blue v Nuriootpa Black at the picturesque Lyndoch green

Bob Howell by winning 14 ends had a comfortable win over Lloyd Tscharke 22-11.Alex Gerrard after losing the first end won the next & never looked back to win from Roger Mattschoss 25-17.Tony Drummond & Geoff Langley had a close game but Tony’s rink pipped Geoff’s rink at the post to win 16-14. Lyndoch 63 Nuri 42.

Div 3

Lyndoch v Eudunda at Lyndoch

Dick Filsell after being behind early gradually got the upper hand from Geoff Schulz to win 25-22. Ron Plant after losing 5 shots at the 20th end won the next 4 out of the next 5 ends finally winning 22-19 from Betty Marshall. Eric Smith after being up for the majority of the game finally lost 18-23 to Roy Fiegert. Lyndoch 65 Eudunda 64.

Div 2

Lyndoch v Angaston at Angaston

Bob Allan & Lyn Teakle had a close tussle all day until Lyn won 4 ends in a row late in the game to finally win 29-20.

Alex Gerrard after being down for most of the game clawed back getting a fitting draw with Kevin Renshaw 20 all. Ken Burton by winning the first never let go of the lead all day & won 29-16 from Malcolm Johnston. Lyndoch 69 Angaston 65.

Div 1

Lyndoch v Eudunda at Eudunda

David Hausler & Brett Warner had a game which could have gone either way, but Brett by shifting the kitty with the penultimate bowl won 21-19.Chris Rule after losing the first end took control & won 28-20 from Preston Eva. Peter Woods after not scoring for the first 5 ends came out of his slumber to finally win 24-20 from Andrew Pfitzner . Russell Walker had control of the game for most of the day & won 31-17 from Kym Schultz.

Kapunda Bowls Report Round 16


Showers swept across the greens of Kapunda interrupting the game between the home teams BLACK and COPPER several times on Thursday. Through some great bowling by Mick Butler and Trevor Leslie the Phillips’ rink took Black out to a strong lead, putting the pressure on Copper before finishing 25 shots to 12. Ron Rogers’ Copper rink had a close tussle with Jack Trotta’s rink, before claiming a two shot victory, at 17 -15. However it was the sensational form of Copper’s skipper Geoff Redden and some telling shots from Bryn Cooper and Keith Matthews who responded brilliantly under pressure to win 25 shots to 13 to enable Copper to sneak over the line with a one shot victory. No report for the REDS but they were beaten by Nuriootpa


On a damp drizzly day Kapunda hosted Freeling for the first time this year, with 2 rinks up, one down and one drawn, the score was 63-35 in a shortened game. Christine Doecke’s rink led from the start and were able to maintain this, to establish a 25-5 win. Helen Sexton’s rink began well but could not keep with their opposition, going down 6-16. Ruth Scoot’s team had a shot for shot struggle for 13 ends, with a 13 all result. Carole Holmes’ rink could do no wrong, Carole, with Jim Pitman, Ann Butler and Pat Dobbin won the Rink of the Week in a 24-1 result. Barb Hier won the Wohlers award.


Kapunda travelled to Angaston and almost brought home the bacon. Ian Otterspoor’s rink provided the standout performance, not giving their opposition a look-in until the 12th end, then cruising to a 31-18 win. However this scoreline was reversed for Geoff Redden’s team. After a good start they fell behind and trailed until the 18-31 conclusion. Kim Watters’ rink were in contention early, before also slipping back and finishing on 16-27. Bill Phillips’ rink were the last to finish, and after leading all day could have snatched the victory for the team. However Angaston grabbed the last couple of shots, so the score ended up 26-17 Kapunda’s way, and the overall score 91-93. Did hear that a giraffe had trouble bowling today!


Kapunda RED went to Nuriootpa going down to Nuri Black 85-63. Keith Matthews’ rink won 29-23, Elsa Pitman’s team were level with 3 ends to play, but dropped 10 shots in the latter ends, and Jim Pitman’s side were unable to match their opponents, going down 31-13. BLACK went to Angaston to play Angaston White emerging victors 80-57. Ruth Scoot’s side drew 21 all, after only winning 9 out of 25 ends. Carli Otterspoor won the Wohlers Award. Richard Doecke’s rink had a slow start, but were able to draw level after 23 ends, but to then lose shots and go down by two, 20-22. A Rink of the Week performance by ‘Mousey’ Booth, enabled his team, with Di Sweet, Grant Campbell and Greg Donovan, to score on 19 ends for a 39- 14 shot win.


Kapunda were host to Angaston White in a close encounter which they lost by one, 63-64. Ben Van Gasteren had a quiet beginning but bit by bit were able to rein in the opposition, for a 24-19 win .Ann Petch led all day for a 23-20 win. Brian Sweet’s men were unable to match their counterparts going down 16-25.

Freeling Bowling Club Chatterby the White Ghost

February 2,2013

Friday night bare foot bowls commenced with the evening enjoyed by all.


Ladies travelled to Kapunda on a rainy day and in a rain shortened day, had a lost with only one rink up.

Mid Week Men

The Mid week men travelled to Angaston to play the white team on heavy greens and had a 53 shot win with all rinks up. Chris Kearns rink up by 28 shots with all bowling well, Harry Sykes rink up by 22 shots and George Fergusson coming from behind to win by 3 shots

1st DIV

Ist division travelled to Nuriootpa to play and in a game they would like to forget come home having 3 rinks down and a draw.

2nd DIV

2nd division travelled to Eudunda . The game was played the top green which had good finish and in a game Freeling started slowly and were down by 22 shots after 5 ends . From that point the game changed and Freeling won the game by 20 shots with 2 rinks up. .

3rd DIV

3rd division hosted Nuriootpa Black at Home. The visiting team were to strong and won with 2 rinks up

Rink of the week won by Mid -Week division rink of Chris Kearns, Lyall Ryan and Trevor Secomb

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Winmalee actor stars in powerful POW short film

Actor Adam J. Yeend’s latest role was anything but run of the mill.
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The former Winmalee resident plays an Australian prisoner-of-war in Japan who finds comfort in the piano playing of a teenage girl from a neighbouring home.

Based on a true story, the emotional shoot for the short film was made even more powerful when Mr Yeend, 32, met the real life little girl who inspired it — Youko Koshida is now in her 80s and lives in the same home where her childhood piano lessons provided hope for the World War II POWs.

“She was very gracious. She said she remembers feeling sorry for the soldiers as a little girl and not quite understanding what they’d done wrong.

“She also remembers that some of the soldiers would crawl through a fence to her family’s property to get some of the vegetables from the garden, something her parents never reported,” he said.

“After hearing her story, she actually played on the same piano she did during the war which was incredible and then offered for me and one of the other cast members to play on it. I was shaking a bit — I’ve never been the best piano player although I learnt through school — and I played what I could of Beethoven’s Fur Elise which was met by very enthusiastic and polite applause from Youko and the rest of the cast and crew.”

Director Paul Leeming had worked with Mr Yeend in 2005 and chose him for the role without an audition.

“I worked with Adam back on my first film, Eve, and found him to be an actor without fear, completely dedicated to the character and trusting of my vision when asked to do uncomfortable things,” he said.

He hopes the short film, titled An American Piano, will be seen by as many people as possible — giving recognition to a “real life hero” in the process.

“I was inspired by Mrs Koshida, who as a teenager touched the hearts of so many POWs through the simple act of playing the piano for them even though they were supposedly the enemy to her,” he said.

“The universality of music in overcoming hatred was the most powerful aspect of the story.”

It’s a sentiment Mr Yeend can only agree with.

Although he is now back in his Los Angeles home of the last four years, the memory of the Tokyo film shoot will never be far away.

“Having the chance to meet the real Mrs Youko Koshida was an experience I’ll never forget,” he said.

Adam J. Yeend as an Australian prisoner-of-war in the short film, An American Piano.

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Specialists conduct study on giant cuttlefish

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) is currently undertaking a study on giant cuttlefish.
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A PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture spokesperson said the project was undertaken last year.

“The giant cuttlefish is an elusive species and little is known about its movements and migration patterns,” the spokesperson said.

“During the 2012 season a research project was undertaken by SARDI to develop a standard methodology for on-going integrated monitoring and assessment of the giant cuttlefish population abundance, habitat condition and water quality at the iconic Point Lowly aggregation site.”

The spokesperson said previous preliminary data indicated cuttlefish numbers declined in 2012 when compared to 2011.

However the results were inconclusive in being able to point out what caused the decline in cuttlefish at Point lowly.

The research looked at a variety of factors to identify or eliminate potential causes of species decline.

These included investigating the history of the spawning population, determining the relative effect of the environment such as water temperature and storm events, exploring predator and prey relationships and determining the influence of human activity such as coastal industry and fishing.

“SARDI’s work is still underway and the results of the research are still being collated,” the spokesperson said.

“To date research shows that the species experiences natural variations in population abundance and is highly dependant on environmental conditions such as water temperature.”

The spokesperson said the results of the report would help inform the whole government across agency cuttlefish working group which has been established to look at cuttlefish in the state.

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