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May 04, 2018

Hamish Jeffery lays a wreath for his great-grandfather, William Jeffery, who served in both France and Belgium.

Seymour boasts several excellent colleges but none of the younger students attending those colleges have been born in Seymour hospital which, although an otherwise excellent hospital of which we are proud, does not have maternity facilities as it ought to. Those Seymour, Puckapunyal and Tallarook expectant mothers who choose to give birth in a hospital, which is the majority, must travel to another town such as Kilmore, Epping, Euroa or Shepparton — which I would suggest is unacceptable.

This unbalanced situation needs to be rectified.

First-class hospital maternity facilities are just as important to a great town like Seymour as its colleges, for without birth there can be no education.

— John J. Maher, Seymour

Environs need attention

As a visitor from Tasmania to Seymour over the past 10 days, and being a very active walker, I have walked up and down your town.

I was dismayed at the state of the beautiful river, and around your town.

I was dismayed to see the stagnant and dirty water in Whiteheads Creek, this is an eyesore and breeding ground for mosquitoes. I also noticed the creek is completely overgrown and clogged with rubbish, reeds and trees. Also a lot of the tabledrains and culverts are blocked.

What happens when you get heavy rains? The water won’t be able to get away.

— Bruce Scott O.A.M, Scottsdale (Tasmania)

Memory honoured

This wreath (in the picture at right) is being laid by Able Seaman Hamish Jeffery, a clearance diver in the Royal Australian Navy, who travelled from Sydney for the Anzac Day event in Seymour

Hamish is the great-grandson of William Jeffery who joined Seymour’s own battalion, the 37th, in March 1916.

William Jeffery served in France and Belgium. He was seriously wounded in the Battle of Messines Ridge on June 3, 1917, resulting in the loss of his left arm.

This wreath is to honour his memory and the memory of all his comrades of the 37th Battalion.

Rest in peace.

— Robyn Hockley

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