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Vol 16 No. 3 Apr 2011

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ANZAC Biscuits

A group of women during World War 1 decided to make biscuits to send to the soldiers that would provide nutrition and keep for a long time. They were originally called Soldiers biscuits but after Gallipoli the name was changed to ANZAC biscuits.

ANZAC Biscuits are still a favourite treat amongst Australians today and are very easy to make.

Famous Recipe

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 125g (4oz) butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


  • Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
  • Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat in a small saucepan until melted.
  • Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water in a teacup. Add to melted butter mixture. Pour into dry ingredients and stir.
  • Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on oven trays (for easy cleanup place a piece of baking paper on the tray)
  • Cook in a slow oven for 20 minutes. Makes about 35.
  • Try and stop your family eating them while they are still warm and soft.

Once they are cool they will go harder and you can store them in a container.

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It wasn't until 1927 that every state observed a public holiday for the first time for ANZAC Day. By mid 1930's all the rituals we now associate with the day, dawn vigil, marches, memorial services, reunions, and "two up" games were firmly entrenched.

ANZAC Day in Australia is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Australians come together on ANZAC Day and spend time remembering the sacrifices of those who died in war protection our country.

The words to the haunting melody, we know as the "The Last Post" used at military funerals words:

The Last Post

Day is Done, Gone the sun,
From the lakes, From the hills, From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh

Fading light, Dims the sight, And a star.
Gems the sky, Gleaming bright, From afar
Drawing nigh, Falls the night

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars, Neath the sky
As we go, This we know, God is nigh

Lest We Forget

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Flu Injections

Available at Doctors Surgery's "N O W"

With winter comes the "cold and flu" season, both illnesses caused by seasonal viruses. There are many different "cold" viruses and fewer influenza viruses. The viruses change each year, which is why flu vaccines change too, to cover this year's strains.

A flu illness is more severe and can last up to ten days, a high fever 39C above, muscle pains, headache and marked lethargy etc. Once again there is no cure for viral illness. Your immune system eventually fights off the virus and the only role for an antibiotic is if there is an add-on infection such bronchitis or sinus infection. Rest, plenty of fluids, paracetamol taken as directed can help headache and fever.

Vaccination is "F R E E" and recommended for:

  • All adults 65 and over
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people Aged 50 or over


Laughter the Best Medicine

Ernie tells his doctor that he isn't able to do all the things around the house that he used to do.

When the examination was complete, he said, "Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me."
"Well, in plain English," the doctor replied, "you're just lazy."
"Ok," says Ernie. "Now give me the medical terms so I can tell my wife."

Reading Paper

Keeping Up with Local News!!

The "Oracle" (Talking Newspaper) for print impaired persons. News from the Fraser Coast Chronicle is recorded onto CD's by volunteers and posted to clients every Wednesday, courtesy of Australia Post.

If you require any information about this service or know of someone who would benefit Phone: 41 23 15 54 Ann-Maree (Project Coordinator)

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"Practical ways to improve your security"

Seniors like everyone else have the right to feel safe at all times. Research shows that those who appear confident and take security precautions are less likely to be victims of crime.

At Home:

Improve your physical security at home. Doors, lock, grilles etc are your first line of defence. Your home should be clearly visible to the street, neighbours and passers-by. Bushes and trees that obstruct a clear view of windows or doors provide perfect cover for intruders.

A good quality security door on all your external doors helps with ventilation and is a barrier for unknown calls and offenders.

External doors should be of solid-core construction and fitted with deadlocks. When going out, certain deadlocks can be locked in such a way that they can only be unlocked with a key from either side.

Remember, do not open the door to a stranger no matter how urgent it sounds. Check first and ask for identification before opening the door. If someone is seeking help, leave that person outside while you make the emergency call.

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Traffic Camera

My wife was driving when she saw the flash of a traffic camera.

She figured that her picture had been taken for exceeding the limit even though she knew that she was not speeding. Just to be sure, she went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed.

Now she began to think that this was quite funny, so she drove even slower as she passed the area once more, but the traffic camera again flashed. She tried a fourth and fifth time with the same results and was now laughing as the camera flashed while she rolled past at a snail's pace.

Two weeks later, she got five tickets in the mail for driving without a seat belt. You can't help a blonde!

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Coming Events And Date Claimers


Date Claimers

  • Fri 15 April
    Chelsea Retirement Village Bus Trip to Sunshine Plaza

    Shopping Day Cost: $30 (Entertainment and Prizes)
    For further information Phone: 41 21 48 77

  • Thurs 28
    April Brolga Theatre

    Morning Melodies Concert Jackie Love
    Phone: 41 22 6010

  • 14-28 August
    Seniors Week 2011


Maryborough & District Senior Citizens Club Monthly Concert

Venue: Senior Citizens' Centre,
333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Date: Tuesday 19 April 2011
Cost: $3 - Afternoon tea supplied
Concert: 1.30 pm Lucky Door Prize/Raffle


118th Queensland Eisteddfod

The Queensland Eisteddfod is a week-long celebration of the performing arts. Each Easter, the Queensland Eisteddfod is hosted by a major provincial city. As a minimum, each Eisteddfod features a wide programme of Choral, Vocal, Instrumental and Speech & Drama sections. At least 10 adult and junior choirs (comprising in excess of 500 individuals) compete each year.

"J u n i o r"

Date: Mon 11 April - Frid 15 April 2011
Venue: Brolga Theatre

The Queensland Eisteddfod movement has enjoyed a loyal following for more than 100 years of competition. The Eisteddfod provides the means to showcase and grow some of the best amateur talent in Queensland with several past competitors now tenured with professional opera companies throughout Australia and abroad.

"S e n i or"

Date: Thurs 21 April - Sun 24 April 2011
Venue: Brolga Theatre

For further information: Phone: Brolga 41 22 60 10



Thought of the Month

You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities, so that your final goal can be achieved!

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