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Day 3 - Wednesday 2 May 2018

All reports indicate that last night’s Campfire and Karaoke Evening with Gateway resident Hal Perkins was a huge success although I did hear that the over 70s left about an hour before the under 70s.  I’ve even heard the word “brilliant” used.  I was a bit concerned when Hal started his show around 6.00 pm (an hour and a half early) because there was nobody there but by the appointed time there was a large audience. 


Street Breakfasts

Remember last year at Denmark?  We awoke to heavy rain but this year the weather has been very kind to us and for most of us it was T-shirt weather. 

Whether (and there’s also wether) or not you reside with the Plebs in Siberia or the Toffs in Toorak, A’van Street Breakfasts are most enjoyable although I have noticed that over the years our food consumption has dwindled while our laughter and chatter has increased exponentially.

Breakfast with the Plebs in Siberia

Breakfast with the Toorak Toffs

Dave and Jannette Rial on their 20th Wedding Anniversary

A’van Market

Once again the A’van markets were very well attended.  There are so many talented people in our organisation.  And the nearby cafe did a roaring trade along with the local men’s shed where many of us who had already partaken of breakfast backed up for a sausage sandwich just a couple of hours later. (Photographs tomorrow)

Sausage Sizzle and Bowls

Many thanks to Ross and Carol Wylde-Browne for the following report of the Bowls.

A surprisingly large demand for the Barefoot Bowls at registration required a phone call to the Casino RSM Club to see how many they could accommodate, which turned out to be 112 with both greens and all rinks in use. The number of people ended up at 120, so it was decided to hold two Rounds of ten ends so those that didn’t get a game in the first round would be able to get on the green for the second.

The RSM Club Manager Darren was very helpful and agreed to start the Sausage Sizzle at 12.30pm with the aim of getting on to the green about 1.00pm

 After allocating the 28 teams and with some of the organisers offering to stand aside and coach the novice players, we only had four reserves, however with last minute withdrawals we managed to get everybody who wished to play on the greens for the first round, and by about 1.30pm all rinks were under way.

We were very pleased how everybody got into the spirit of the day and animated talk and laughter was heard everywhere.

By the time everyone had completed their ten ends a lot of the players had had sufficient for the day, so Round 2 was a non event, however with a number of the keener players and those who had stood aside to coach we managed to assemble four teams for the last two games, so everybody got their time on the green.

Our thanks go to the RSM Club for their support and especially to Darren for his help in organising the event, and to the Bowling Club volunteers who cooked the sausages for the A’van bowlers. Also to our little committee of Yvonne & Bill Little and my wife Carol from the Mid North Coast Group who were given the task of organizing the event.

Bowls – Photos Yvonne Little

AGM Dinner 1

I’m told that everybody had a great time.  The food was very good and the diners were especially pleased that there was no music while they were eating.  The entertainment (Amber Sounds – 60s Revolution) was excellent whereby the singers dressed in character.    

AGM Dinner 1. Photo – Cliff Hicks

Those who have attended 19 annual gatherings.   Photo – Cliff Hicks


Country Western Singer – Gateway Resident David Saunders

This event was extremely well attended and most enjoyable.  

Country and Western – Photos Carol Brun


Early Casino

In 1828 the explorer Allan Cunningham reached the Richmond River by land.  About the same time a group of cedar cutters entered the lower Richmond Valley.  Henry Clay and George Stapleton hacked a track down to the coast to Tabulam from Glen Innes, purchased some cattle and drove their herd over the range to settle on the Richmond River.  These two men claimed a run of 30,720 acres which they named “Cassino” after Monte Cassino in Italy. 

The early 1840s was a period of a severe financial depression in NSW and many landholders including Clay and Stapleton became insolvent.  Clark Irving purchased the run in 1844 and renamed it TOMKI, a name believed to originate from the Bundjalung word “damjay” meaning greedy.  The first permanent settlement, however, was at The Falls.  This was one of the few places that a bullock dray could cross the river in safety. It retained the name Cassino.

Permanent facilities including banking, educational, religious and law enforcement were provided as the population grew. A bridge across the Richmond River was constructed in 1876 and rail reached the town in 1905.  

The town’s name with a single “s” is believed to be the result of a spelling mistake on official documents. 






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