Christine and Nelson Early, John Clarkson and Jeff Pascoe set up a film clip.

Another Historical Evening


More than thirty people braved a cold and wet evening to attend the third historical film evening, held in the Greendale Hall on October 7th.

First up was Greendale local Graham Gough who enthralled those present with his film of the Greendale School Centenary.

“There was an extremely good parade with impressive floats, traction engines and horses,” commented one of the organisers. “The highlight was the judging of the ‘Bearded Men’ competition which created a lot of amusement in the preening and measuring of the beards!”

The audience was then entertained and informed by a film lent by Rodney Ridgen, in which there was footage of the early farming days of the Ridgen family; featuring Eddie (senior) and Hilda Ridgen, with Edgar and Frank Ridgen as young boys, along with their favourite pet fox terriers.

It was reported that there was an assortment of farm machinery in the film, including a Sunshine harvester made in Australia. “There were some very woolly Corriedales who looked huge, unlike their today’s streamlined counterparts, while the final clip was of one of Bob Wilson’s champion sheepdogs going through his stealthy paces.”

Those in attendance were then treated to a film of a Mt. White muster taken a decade ago and which depicted some wonderful high country scenery.

“We concluded with clips of 1950’s International Harvester tractors, ploughing, drain cleaning and gorse cutting taken by Ramsay Gibson, and loaned to the event by his son Graham.

“The generous donations from this film evening will be added to what we have already received for this project; the upgrade of the Greendale Church kitchen. On behalf of the Greendale Church community, we thank all those involved in contributing towards an enjoyable evening,” said organisers, Cecilia and Jeff Pascoe, Lorraine and Charles Ridgen.