Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0227 TDT Contents THE electorate of the Barkly were
saddened and angry when our
MLA, Gerry McCarthy, was pre-
vented from attending the Borella
Ceremony in Tennant Creek last
This was caused by the mean-spirited
refusal from the Chief Minister to allow
Mr McCarthy to fly to Tennant Creek on
the taxpayer-funded government charter
flight which brought other ministers to
Not only was Mr McCarthy’s request
for a seat denied, the response was not
given until it was far too late to make
This was a celebration of the centenary
of a significant historical event, and to
use it for political point-scoring on the
part of the Chief Minister was abhorrent.
This is not the behaviour we expect
from our politicians and the Barkly elec-
torate will not forget this insult.
– Sylvia Kendall, Tennant Creek.
4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2015
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I REFER to the letter of Bob Baker (“Town’s
roundabout might be Australia’s most van-
dalised”, TDT 20/2/15) and his self-confessed
campaign against the council.
Me old mate, author Terry Pratchett, once said: “A
lie can run round the world before the truth has got
its boots on.”
Unless Mr Baker has developed supernatural powers
and turned into Louie the Fly, thus gaining access to
private and confidential material on council staff, one
can only presume that Mr Baker is relying on gossip,
half truths and innuendo to make his point.
Community members often talk about the ill effects
of alcohol abuse. Repeating half truths and sharing
ill-informed gossip can be just as pernicious.
We live in a democracy, thank goodness, where
free speech is encouraged and constructive criticism
But as Abraham Lincoln once said: “He has the right
to criticise who has the heart to help.”
As for mini-roundabouts, wherever I have lived they
have polarised communities but the campaign against
them in Tennant Creek is becoming a tad circular.
– Name withheld, Tennant Creek.
A WEEK after Tennant Creek cel-
ebrated one of the most spectacular
and moving WW1 Centenary events,
a relative of Victoria Cross medal re-
cipient Albert Borella will be here to
launch a long awaited book about the
war hero’s remarkable life.
Brad Chalmers says the biography, which
has been 14 years in the making, coincides
with the forthcoming Anzac Centenary
commemorations and the Borella Ride re-
“I was reared on the original Chalmers selec-
tion at Acacia, Mysia, in Northern Victoria,
part of which was selected by Annie Chalm-
ers, the mother of Albert Borella VC in 1874,”
“You might say I have a sound knowledge
of the Borella connection to the old property
which subsequently stayed in the Chalmers
family hands for almost 140 years.”
Brad, his wife Prue and their three sons
moved to Deniliquin, a town in the Riverina
region of New South Wales, close to the Vic-
torian border, in 1976.
In 1983 his family purchased Tuppal Creek,
30 kilometres south-east of Deniliquin, where
he still resides and manages his merino stud,
with a bloodline which has been in the hands
of the Chalmers family since 1874.
In 2001, Brad was invited to give the Anzac
Day address at the Wedderburn/Korong Vale
branch of the RSL, regarding the then-largely
unknown life of former local resident, Borella.
Research for this project led him to fully
realise what a remarkable life his cousin had
“Not content with historical facts alone, I
spent a year in Europe and the Middle-East,
where I visited all of the Australian battlefields
of the Great War, including where Albert
Borella gained his VC at Villers-Brettoneux,”
In the First World War, on 24 April 1918
Villers-Bretonneux, which is situated in the
northern corner of France, was the site of the
world’s first battle between two tank forces:
three British Mark IVs against three German
A7Vs. The Germans took the town, but that
night and the next day it was recaptured by
4th and 5th Division of the First Australian
Imperial Force at a cost of over 1,200 Aus-
The Australian War Memorial in France is
located just outside Villers-Bretonneux and in
front of it lie the graves of over 770 Austra-
lian soldiers, as well as those of other British
Empire soldiers involved in the campaign.
“I actually put the Borella biography aside to
concentrate on several other literary projects
over the years, then at the last minute when
we had to pick up the first run from the print-
ers we discovered a glitch in the placement
of the front page photograph and we could
not leave Melbourne in time for the Tennant
Creek departure of the re-enactment,” he said.
“We hope to meet up with the entourage in
Katherine but I want to get the book out to
all those who I know will be interested in this
Brad will be at the Visitor Information Cen-
tre today (27 February) from 1pm-5pm with
plenty of answers to all the questions anyone
may have about Albert Borella VC.
Borella biography launch in Tennant today
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