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“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the
epitaph on its headstone might well be: ‘It seemed
a good idea at the time’.” — Dame Rebecca West,
Irish-born author and journalist (1892-1983).
Robert Burns, Scottish poet (1759-
1796); W Somerset Maugham,
English author (1874-1965); Virginia
Woolf, English author (1882-1941);
Corazon Aquino, former Philippines
President (1933-2009); Etta James,
American blues singer (1938-2012);
Tobe Hooper, US horror film director (1943-
2017); Princess Charlene of Monaco (1978-); Xavi,
Spanish footballer (1980-); Alicia Keys, US singer
1533 - King Henry VIII of England,
defying Rome, marries his second
wife Anne Boleyn.
1878 - Turkish steamer becomes
the first ship to be sunk by a
torpedo, fired from a Russian boat.
1947 - Italian-born gangster Al
Capone dies of syphilis in Miami, aged 48.
1964 - The Beatles hit the top of the US charts
with their single I Want to Hold Your Hand.
1971 - In Uganda, army officers depose Milton
Obote and Idi Amin becomes president.
1971 - Charles Manson is found guilty of
masterminding the killings of actress Sharon Tate
and six others.
1994 - Singer Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit
that alleged he molested a young boy.
1998 - Tourists Thomas and Eileen Lonergan, are
left behind by a scuba diving operator on a reef off
Port Douglas. Their remains are never found.
2016 - A mural by British graffiti artist Banksy
highlighting the alleged use of tear gas on asylum
seekers from a Calais refugee camp appears near
the French embassy in London.
WEST COAST YESTERYEAR
Seven more DJ class diesel electric locomotives
would shortly be sent to the West Coast as part
of the Railways Department’s plan to completely
dieselise the rail system.
In a statement yesterday assistant general
manager, (engineering) Mr H Z Purchase, said
the West Coast, one of the last strongholds of
steam locomotives in the South island, would be
completely dieselised by April.
DJ locomotives were taking over more and more
from steam in the rest of the South Island, and
many of the South Island main trunk daytime
express trains this summer had been hauled by
diesel electric locos between Christchurch and
Dunedin, Mr Purchase said.
A continually increasing number of South Island
goods trains also was now being hauled by these
Japanese built DJ class locomotives.
Built in Japan by Mitsubishi heavy Industries
Ltd, 55 of these locomotives were ordered in
September 1966. The order was later increased by
nine to bring the total of the class to 64.
Each DJ locomotive has a Caterpillar D398
turbocharged and aftercooled diesel engine that
develops 1050hp at 1300 rpm.
With a maximum axle loading of only 10.7 tons,
they are ideally suited for work on light track with
tight curves. Each locomotive weighs 63 tons
ready for service, and can haul goods trains up to
1500 tons in weight on level track.
Due back in New Zealand this week after a
period serving in the New Zealand hospital at
Quin Nhon, South Vietnam, Dr J Presland may not
be able to return to Greymouth for some weeks.
Advice has been received that Dr Presland is
now in hospital at Saigon. It is not known how
long his illness will keep him in hospital, but it
could be many weeks.
A person who visited the Hokitika airport on
Thursday during the arrival of the Friendship
service stole a red plastic-covered chair which was
part of a consignment of 10 new chairs.
They were stacked in a passageway and were to
have been arranged when the Friendship flight
left. However, when airport staff went to arrange
the chairs, one was found to be missing.
Frauke, a mother of three at the time,
moved from Germany with her husband,
Friedrich, to the remote Western
Australian town of Kununurra 37 years
ago to start a new life farming.
After inheriting a farm in Germany,
she says she moved to Australia because
Friedrich, a pioneer, wanted to do
something on his own. He had studied
agriculture for four years and was
passionate about farming and building a
future for his family.
Prior to moving to Australia, Frauke and
Friedrich lived in Africa for a year. But
Frauke said Kununurra was a complete
Her first impressions of the town was
that she “did not like it ”. S he says it was
isolated, dusty and had lots of creepy
However, Friedrich loved the hot
weather, the good soil and the fact that
they had lots of good water.
The pair then bought a home after
looking at some photographs. But when
they arrived at their new home they were
welcomed with dirt, curtains that were
full of spiders, lots of geckos and dust
“It was not very pleasant,” Frauke says,
and her first thought was to move back to
She says she came across many practical
challenges, including getting food home.
She once bought home flour that was full
of weevils. When she went back to the
store to return it they said that was all they
had, she had to sieve through it all to get
all the weevils out.
Another unexpected surprise she came
across was a crocodile when her children
were swimming in a nearby river.
Although despite all the hardships of
adjusting to the new lifestyle she says
she just “had to get through it ” and start
It was their first Christmas in the town
when they managed to plant their first
crop, mung beans. Friedrich was so proud,
Then a heavy storm seared through the
soil and their home.
“ We had french doors which didn’t shut
very well and our living room was full of
water, completely full of water,” Frauke
“It (the storm) seared the soil and the
seed could not go through the storm so
later on we had to do it again.”
Getting a crop established was very
different to how they would do it in
Germany, she says.
She says it also did not help that magpies
and other birds were all trying to get into
With a fourth baby on the way, the
pair had to eventually sell their farm in
Germany to keep afloat.
After three years of hardship and being
in debt her husband Friedrich took his
He was depressed, she says, but she
decided she had to keep going.
“I did not know what my future would
be. I had to be strong and keep us
Frauke’s own mother died when she was
It was at this point that her in-laws and
family in Germany tried to pressure her
to move back with the children. She could
not give it up and her children loved the
life, she says.
So she moved to Perth, leased out
some of the farm and would go back on
In Perth, Frauke met her second husband
who was looking to borrow machinery for
It was then that they learned about
diamonds that had been discovered in
Kimberley, another town in Western
Australia that is bordered on the west by
the Indian Ocean.
Kimberley has one the biggest diamond
mines in the world, the Argyle Diamond
Mine. Not biggest by gemstones but by
volume, Frauke says.
Frauke knew the pink diamonds were
rare and bought into her friend’s shop
which sold the diamonds.
She says she started with showcasing
them on her front porch, she started with
five rings and some chains.
“It was very basic,” she says.
She then saw an opportunity and bought
a second jewellery shop, Kimberley Fine
“I could see how special the pink
diamonds were,” she says.
Frauke was 43 at the time of starting the
business and had a fifth child on the way,
but that did not stop her. “ You can do lots
of things if you love it and put the effort
in,” she said
Business took off and in her first
year selling diamonds she says the tax
department could not believe her figures.
She says she did not do any advertising
but that she did not need to as the movie
Australia was filmed there and brought
people to her store and the town from all
over the world.
Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Hugh
Jackman were among some of the people
who stepped foot into her store at the time
She spills a few secrets and says she
treats the celebrities like normal people
but that they also do want better prices.
The year after the film was released the
town became a tourist destination and
business just kept on booming, she says.
She now has one of the biggest
collections in Australia. She says the
difference between other pink diamonds
and hers are that they are different shades
“There are some from Africa and South
America but they do not have the intense
colour,” she says.
The Argyle Diamond Mine is due to
close in 2020, but Frauke says she is not
She buys for the future and will be
meeting another dealer soon.
“I’m not scared when they close.”
Her tips for what to look for when
buying a diamond is to look for a good
colour, good clarity that does not have
too many inclusions and a good cut too
that it sparkles — she prefers the brilliant
Despite all her success, not so long ago
she was hit with another tragedy — her
son’s death. Her son also suffered from
depression like his father and Frauke said
it is incredibly important to talk to your
She says she still lives in Kununurra
because of the support she got when her
son died, and also because she likes that
the town is a close-knit community.
Frauke now has 11 grandchildren and
continues to run her business in the
Speaking of her success she says, “It
gives you confidence that you have done
something right in life.”
Her advice to others is: “Be bold, try
something new and don’t be scared.”
From outback dust to diamond empire
From our files
1976: Greymouth Club opens
Saturday, November 6, 1976
for one of
were formally opened
last night by the Prime Minister,
Mr R Muldoon.
Mr Muldoon, due to fly in to Greymouth
at 5.30, arrived two hours or so late only
a short time before the function was due
to start, having to alight at Westport and
motor down to Greymouth, due to weather
Opening the club, Mr Muldoon made
reference to the history of the club and one
of its early presidents, Sir Arthur Guinness.
Mr Muldoon said the club was first started
in 1888 as the Greymouth Savage Club,
and it later became the Greymouth Club.
Sir Arthur was the first president of
the club, he said, and was also a Member
of Parliament for this region from
1884 to 1913. He also ser ved on several
government committees, Mr Muldoon
The Mayor of Greymouth, Mr O H
Jackson, also expanded on the history
of the club. He said Greymouth’s first-
born white male, Alfred Grey Ashton,
when elected to the West Ward of the
Greymouth Borough Council, was a
prominent member of the Greymouth
Club. That gave some indication
of the age of the club, Mr Jackson said.
In the Frank Simpson pictures here, Mr Muldoon, with the club’s president, Mr Gordon Barrett, greets Mr Jackson, and unveils the official plaque in the club’s new bar.
As a regular visting local I cannot help
but noticed that the protective rockwall
in front of Jellyman Park is showing signs
There have been big tides of late plus
reasonably heavy seas pounding this area
and the protective works are getting a
With the storm season approaching one
cannot help thinking these defences are
going to be over whelmed if we get a big
storm, and there will be another mess to
While the contractors have done a great
job in fixing the damage from the last
storm, it is obvious more rock protection
is needed in some areas along this
location, as a big storm is going to wash
right over the defences, as it is doing
now, so if we get a tropical cyclone
making it to this area, these defences will
be torn to pieces if the sea gets behind
The evidence is there to see now in
relatively benign conditions.
I W Coates
I learned with great shock and sorrow
recently of the tragic deaths of a 16-year-
old driver Glen McAllister, his 13-year-old
brother Craig, and a 13-year-old friend
Brooklyn Taylor, during a high-speed car
chase with police in central Christchurch.
I was astounded the youngsters were
clocked at 130kph in a 50kph area, running
red lights — incredibly dangerous driving,
to put it mildly.
I was even more shocked to learn today
of two police cars being deliberately
rammed by fleeing drivers in suburban
What young drivers have to understand
is that driving is a privilege and not a right.
In saying that, to ensure everyone’s safety
and well-being on the roads, speed limits
have to be adhered to. The faster a car is
travelling, the longer it takes to stop, and
tragically the greater the damage in the
unfortunate event of an accident.
Driving at a dangerous speed of 130kph
it would be incredibly easy for a driver
to lose control of the car, and a fatality
could easily occur, especially if the tyres
are blown out by road spikes, as tragically
occurred recently in Christchurch.
In my view, the police acted in
accordance with the utmost standards of
professionalism, as the driver had refused
to stop for them. If the road spikes had not
been laid down on the road, in my view, a
far worse tragedy could have unfolded.
Young drivers have to be better educated
on road safety, and the importance of
driving safely and responsibly within the
legal boundaries, in order to keep the road
toll to a minimum, and ensure everyone’s
safety on our roads. Then perhaps many of
these tragic losses of lives could be avoided.
Prevention in my view, is always a better
option than cure.
Open letter to the Prime Minister. I
read in our local paper the Greymouth
Star on Saturday, January 12 ‘Coast
DHB facing shake up’. This should have
happened years ago when Shipley and
English refused to treat my wife via
bottom of the market and go to Australia,
where she received top treatment.
Now we have all the Trump-like
administration speaking in our local
paper daily. Some of these ones are still
holding jobs of administration on our
healthdownward spiral. We also have
West Coast ministers of Parliament
riding this spiral downwards over many
Rob (Muldoon) gave us our Kumara
race meeting back. Now let ’s see you give
us our hospitals back.
These administrators, in my view,
are only protecting themselves and
bank accounts. They do not consider
the workers, doctors, nurses and
other workers; medical leadership
inconsistencies are not being addressed.
Probably only a few of the
administrators will lose their jobs if you
do an independent review of our plight,
but if you leave Trump speakers in
charge, many, many more will be made
redundant. They have already earmarked
14 for the sack, they tell us. While already
telling us they intend to employ 18 of
their chosen ones.
Our health system must only be for the
health of the people. Education, housing,
transport is part of another system. Our
administration people have proven they
can stuff up what they have now, so it is
time for a full review under the control of
you and your minister.
Furthermore, any doctor who uses mesh
in operations, when he knows of its fail
percentage should be struck off your
list and charged with assault to a fellow
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