Mural to recognise our railway history

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Art and history have combined with Mathoura’s latest attraction.

It is a mural of the Mathoura Railway Station in 1876 which has been erected generally on the site of the original building.

It operated in the era of the historic private Deniliquin Moama Railway and was the half-way point between the two centres.

As well as carrying passengers and freight, the Mathoura stop enabled the train to take on red gum blocks to fuel its engine.

The painting is based on a photograph taken by historian, the late Jim Crump. It just goes to show that you don’t have to still be here to have an influence on the town’s appearance.

The mural is the ‘baby’ of the Mathoura Art Group which secured funding for it some years ago.

It is the work of local award winning artist/signwriter, Greg Chalmers, who was commissioned by the group to carry out the work.

Congratulations to all involved in providing the town with yet another great attraction.


Mathoura Public School has welcomed a new staff member from the district community.

Priscilla Jasper has been appointed as student wellbeing officer.

Priscilla will be on board at the school through terms three and four, working on Mondays and Thursdays.

Her role will see her active in both the classroom and in the playground.

Welcome Priscilla, enjoy your stay.


If you enjoy photography, or simply like being a ‘happy snapper’, then the Mathoura Photography Contest 2019 may well interest you.

The rural-themed competition has categories for sheep/shearing, shearing sheds; farming, rural landscape; rural portraits, people, including events; Mathoura and within the surrounding shire.

The competition is open to everyone from smart phone snappers to camera enthusiasts and professional photographers.

For more information, including terms and conditions, contact Anne on 0429843579 or [email protected]


Keeping kids active generally assists in ensuring they are healthy.

The NSW Government is working towards making kids happy and healthy without breaking the bank.

The Office of Sport is making Active Kids Vouchers available to help cover the cost of registration or membership fees for sport and active recreation.

Voucher one is available from January to December while voucher two is available from July to December.


Perfect sunny weather greeted teams from near and far on Saturday when they turned up for Mathoura Bowling Club’s latest tournament, the Mathoura Millewa 2 Bowl Triples.

Twenty-five teams turned out to play on Saturday, with five teams ending the day as three-game winners.

Sunday started out looking more like Melbourne than Mathoura — cold, wet and windy.

Play-offs were needed after three teams finished as five-game winners.

Eventual winners were a Tongala outfit — skip S Usher, P Copper and K Walsh — ahead of a Mathoura’s contingent of M Quor (skip), C Hillier and G Hulm.

Third place went to a combined side comprising skip B Campbell, A Vesty and P Campbell.

Highest winning margin prizes on the last two games went to R Holmfield +16 and K Plattfuss + 21.

Organisers were delighted with the support from players, local bowlers and staff for helping to make the event a great success.


Congratulations to Graham Collett who was recently elected president of the Mathoura District and Servicemen’s Bowling Club.

Graham, who has served on the board for a number of years, will be assisted by Lindsay Vallance as vice president.

The remaining members of the board are Allan Watson, Doug Berryman and Jim Bertram.

Congratulations to all involved in providing our community with a great asset and continually upgrading facilities for both locals and visitors.


Mathoura Public School’s most unusual ‘student’, Winnie the Moo, is about to receive a make-over, with Ryder selected as the design winner for her new outfit.

Winnie, who is assisting the youngsters with their studies on the dairy industry and the importance of healthy food generally, is a Picasso Cow.

You may have seen many of her relatives in Shepparton over the years. We look forward to seeing her new ‘outfit’ in coming weeks.