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WINNER: Rachel Tidbury from Mollymook takes out the top spot at Shoalhaven Unearthed on Friday night and will now have the chance to wow the crowds at the Shoalhaven River Festival later this year.

THOUSANDS will listen to the sweet voice of Rachel Tidbury at the Shoalhaven River Festival later this year.

The 15-year-old Mollymook singer stood out at Friday’s Shoalhaven Unearthed Open Mic Night at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre as part of the National Youth Week celebrations across the South Coast.

Judges were blown away with her acoustic versions of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, Bring Me the Horizon’s Sleepwalking and Sam Smith’s Latch.

Miss Tidbury said she was excited by the prospect of singing in front of a large audience in October.

“It’s a little nerve wracking, but I have a few songs in my repertoire I hope people will enjoy,” she said.

“I’ve been singing pretty much all my life and I started playing guitar about four or five years ago.

“I wanted to be a solo singer and accompany myself which I why I learned the guitar.”

Miss Tidbury said she spent a lot of time performing at school, at ensembles and even local venues.

“I do a lot of Southern Stars and I’m involved in the Illawarra South East ensemble where we go to nine or so schools each term to perform,” she said.

“I’m also part of a local show called the Entertainers with singers, dancers and a band and I’ve also done gigs at the Ulladulla Oyster Bar where there are always people supporting me.

“I also perform at school musicals and at assemblies.”

Miss Tidbury said she draws her musical inspiration from Australia’s own Missy Higgins.

“She’s her own artist, an individual and I really respect that,” she said.

“She has done so well during her career and has become a really big star but she still seems so down to earth.”

The talented singer said her career aim is to pursue music.

“I would like to be involved in musical theatre,” she said.

“Maybe just as far as Sydney, but I’d like to stretch that even further and maybe even go to New York and possibly have a go at Broadway.”

Aden Spencer, 15, was another young artist who had the crowd pumping at Shoalhaven Unearthed with his electric and acoustic guitar and powerful, riveting voice.

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Author Rob Talbot has published his first children’s book ‘The Story of Goldie Owl and The Three Wombats’Picture: JULIE HOUGH WHEN Rob Talbot’s children were young, he spent hours on his typewriter, fashioning stories of owls and wombatsfor his little ones.

He hand-stapled the books and read to them until the pages thinned and the cover was crusted with dirt.

He was determined to read them meaningful stories.

His book The Story of Goldie Owl and the Three Wombatsis based on the Goldilocks story, but traditional Aussie animals takethe parts of the characters.

Now Mr Talbot has published his story to share with other children across the region.

He said it all started with him beingread to as a child – something that has changed his life for the better.

“I still read the books to my grandchildren and I really wanted to make a proper copy for them,” he said.

“In a simple way, I want to promote communication with adults and children and make them laugh along the way.”

While Mr Talbot drew the original illustrations, he has enlisted the help of one of his driving students for this project.

“I taught (Sol Collins) driving and she was going through a lot,” he said.

“She had health problems so couldn’t drive or get to town, so I would help her out and as a token ofthanks, she would draw me a picture.

“I treasured them so much and that’s how we came to do the books together.”

He said ultimately, it was all about education.

“I got into script writingand freelance journalism and all that came from me being read to as a child,” Mr Talbot said.

“That’s what I’m hoping others can now do.”

Mr Talbot will now work on publishing the sequel The Three Little Owls and the Big Bad Dingo.

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Mittagong-based Claude N Lee was a man of many talents. Photos: BDH&FHS

GRACEFUL: Gladys Lee (nee Stokes) playing the organ at St Judes in Bowral, 1920s.

MUSIC MAKERS: Bowral Brass Band at Farm Homes Mittagong, 1908, with young Claude Lee (back, 2nd left).

Part three of a three-part series

BY the late 1870s, stonemason Joseph Lee and his wife Louisa were well established in Mittagong and, with several sons and daughters, lived at Leslie Cottage in Queen St.

It was there in 1886 where youngest son Claude Newton was born. He would live his entire life locally and Leslie Cottage was always his home.

An incredibly energetic and capable man, he took a leading part in social, public and community activities in the district. He was described as having great vision and a love of life, daring to be different.

In 1913 he married Gladys, daughter of Joshua Stokes, a prominent Bowral businessman and alderman.

They raised a son, Robert, and two daughters, Nancy and Aloha, and their union was also incredibly fruitful in other ways.

Both had musical talent and a love of music and theatre and made their gracious home a centre for artistic endeavour.

This talent came in part through Joshua Stokes who had arrived in Bowral in 1882, aged 19, and commenced as a carrier and produce merchant.

He won considerable success in business and was always active in advancing the town.

He was deeply devoted to music, furthering the interests of the Bowral Band and the Choral Society. His talent and love of music flowed on to his children.

Gladys became an assistant organist at St Jude’s and, for some years, was accompanist for the Bowral Choral Society.

Likewise, her husband Claude was an exceptional musician who could play practically every instrument in a brass band and from a young age was a member of both the Mittagong and Bowral town bands under bandmaster George Vincent.

Claude was shire clerk for Nattai Shire Council from its inception in 1906 and from 1939 when it amalgamated with Mittagong Municipal Council, serving for almost 40 years.

He brought to the profession a unique local flair and independence. When Joshua Stokes bought the Bowral Empire Theatre in 1934 he hired son-in-law Claude to be its manager.

After Joshua’s death, Claude continued to manage the theatre until new owners took over in 1958.

It is remembered as being a particularly vibrant and vital meeting place while Claude was manager.

One of Claude’s many other interests was bushwalking and he traversed all parts of the Nattai, lower Wollondilly and Warragamba areas.

He also had a long association with district sport, mainly rugby league, and served in official capacities and as press correspondent – the local paper carried many nitty-gritty articles he wrote.

As well he was a historian and writer of hundreds of poems.

According to Haille Paine, one of his local contemporaries, as a historian Claude had a wide and intimate knowledge of the various inns, buildings and other landmarks of the district including the Fitzroy ironworks.

In 1973, just three months after the death of Gladys, his beloved wife, Claude died peacefully in his sleep at Bowral Hospital.

Their loving musical spirit passed down to their grandchildren as noted in the Southern Highland News in November 1967 under the heading ‘A musical family’.

Three grand-daughters were noted for musical accomplishment, with one, Penny Short, passing 6th grade for the trumpet with honours at the Sydney Conservatorium and Deborah Lee was cited as passing with honours on the piano in musical examinations at Mittagong.

Leslie Cottage had often resounded with music and festivity and served as the venue for family weddings and receptions.

Extracts from press coverage of two of these occasions follow here:

The Robertson Advocate of October 8, 1912:

“A very pretty wedding was celebrated at Leslie Cottage, Mittagong (the residence of the bride’s mother) on Thursday last, when Mr J J Price, of Bowral, and Miss Lulu Lee were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.

The bride was given away by her brother, Leslie Lee, and attended by her niece, little Lulu Lee. After the ceremony the happy couple and guests partook of afternoon tea.”

The Southern Mail of October 3, 1952:

“A pretty wedding was recently celebrated at St Jude’s Church, Bowral, when Betty Anne, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs Merrifield of Bowral, married Robert Stokes Lee, only son of Mr & Mrs C N Lee, of Mittagong.

The bride entered the church on the arm of her father wearing a lovely gown of lace over white satin with long sleeves and a full length train.

The reception was held at Leslie Cottage in Mittagong, the home of the bridegroom, where about 50 guests were received by the parents of the bride and bridegroom.”

This article compiled by PHILIP MORTON is sourced from the archives of Berrima District Historical & Family History Society, Bowral Rd,Mittagong. Phone 4872 2169.Email [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校. Web: berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org419论坛

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Some of the people involved in the sleepout from back to front, right to left: Linda Pobje, Lucy Pobje, Pam Sharken, Lance Murphy, Esther Parker, Tom Gray, Shaun Graham, Jason Yelverton, Sergeant Scott Habgood, Private Jack Whetton, Private Peter Evans, Private Kurt Davenport, Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Weller, Abbey Linnane, Sharika-Marie Howard, Maree Pobje, Charity Mendoza, Austin Heller, Daniel Caton, Mitch Harland, Alisha Parker, Jordan Smith, Rosa Williams-Karam, Mustafa Al-Badre, Tyler Rankmore and Drew Badlock. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEAs the Centenary of Anzac Regional Sleep-out draws closer, the community groups involved are busy working on the final touches.

Organising the even has been a team effort with people from Dubbo City Council to individual volunteers signing on to help out.

Dubbo Youth Council deputy chair Mitch Harland said the youth council had been involved in a range of behind the scenes activities such as folding wristbands and promoting the sleepout.

Publicity officer and treasurer Alisha Parker said youth council volunteers would also be assisting during the event.

“We’re going to be helping out all through the night, even at three or four am.”

Dubbo College Delroy Campus school captain Sharika-Marie Howard said representatives from the school were contributing.

“We volunteered to help during the night. We’re going to have activities they can do. We researched what games they played during the war,” she said.

Advice for the event has been sought from army officers from the 1/19th Battalion Royal NSW Regiment.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Simon Weller said the regiment had supplied equipment, would be helping with the sleepout set up and would be standing guard at the Anzac Day services.

He said Anzac Day was a major event for the defence force.

“For me personally, as a soldier it’s a way to pay respect. They put their life on the line to serve our country,” Warrant Officer Weller said.

“In the seven yers I’ve been in operation overseas I’ve never even seen anything like what they faced when they landed at Gallipoli.”

Mr Harland said the sleep-out was a great way for youth to learn about the Anzacs.

“It’s the Centenary of Anzac and it’s all about engaging the younger generations who don’t really know what Anzac is about.”

The 2015 Centenary of Anzac Regional Sleep-Out will be held at Victoria Park No. 1 Oval in Dubbo from 4pm, Friday 24 April culminating in the Anzac Day Dawn Service at 5.45am on Saturday, April 25.

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A SERVICE station attendant stabbed in the chest during a violent armed robbery at Marks Point can thank his tough sternum for his survival.

The man, 26, suffered the serious wound when he was attacked by a bandit who had stormed the 7-Eleven store on Pacific Highway about 7pm on Saturday.

Police said the attendant was threatened with the knife before being stabbed, the bandit fleeing on foot with a small sum of cash.

The victim was rushed to John Hunter Hospital where he was listed as serious before his condition was reported as stable on Sunday.

A police source said the man appeared to have been lucky, with the knife striking his sternum and not vital organs.

The man with the knife is described as being aged in his 30s, of Caucasian appearance, with a medium build and 176cm tall with short hair.

He was last seen with his face covered by a white top and was wearing dark shorts and a dark coloured shirt.