Sunday, September 24, 2006

An Official Week-end

Had a couple of official engagements on the weekend of 16th and 17th September.

The first was the unveiling of a memorial to the first burial that took place at Tower Hill Cemetery to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cemetery. The grave marks the resting place of William Duodecimus HALHED the designer of the Cemetery layout who picked his burial place when he did the plan. He died 12 Sep 1856 and his wife, Mary followed him soon after. Ben found his first Cemetery very interesting, as the geometrical layout intrigued him and he wanted us to read all the names as we passed them. Wisely, since it did drag on a bit, Robbie took him wandering and as he decided he was a dinosaur that went about growling loudly, it was a good decision to keep away from the official ceremony.

The second function was the official opening of the Warrnambool synthetic hockey pitch. As a past President and Life Member of the Association I actually rated an invite to this one. A representative Warrnambool side played the Victorian U15 squad in an exhibition match prior to the festivities. Needless to say, the Vics won, but the local team acquitted itself with distinction. The Ceremony was conducted by Warrnambool Mayor, Cr. Glenys Philpott who has a long association with Hockey in Warrnambool. We didn't stay for the free "eats" which looked very appetizing but decided instead to head back home. Ben stuck it out very well, again, even though he must have found the whole thing very boring.

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