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POLARIS has long been the leader in all-ter-
rain utility vehicles and in 2016 more people
have chosen Polaris than any other brand.
The hard-working range now extends to 23
models with certified Roll-Over Protection
Structures (ROPS) to satisfy OHS concerns.
Combined with seat-belts with an interlock
device that limits speed when the seat belt is
unsecured, plus additional occupant restraints,
there is a Polaris for every task and with safety
front of mind.
With this massive range, Polaris dominated
the Side x Side market in 2015 and again in
2016 accounting for around half of all Side x
Seating configurations start with the unique
single-seat ACE which is rated to carry 261kg
and towing capacity 680kg.
The ACE provides a compact and narrow
footprint, for extraordinary access and ma-
neuverability and features ROPS and car like
It really is the starting point for Polaris Safety
Technologies which underpin the entire Polaris
Side x Side range.
The Ranger series of Side x Side utility ve-
hicles provides a vast selection of models to
satisfy virtually every imaginable requirement
with seating from two to six seats, Petrol, Diesel
and Electric, 2 wheel-drive and All-Wheel-Drive
plus un-locking rear diffs for turf friendly per-
With innovations such as All-Wheel-Descent-
Control (ADC), Polaris has eliminated some
of the criticisms from owners operating in
hilly terrain levelled at some other Side x Side
Also a leader in the familiar ATV segment, Po-
laris provides an extensive line-up with Heavy
Duty suspension construction on many models
with grease nipples to extend the working life
of vehicles in the harsher commercial applica-
tions such as dairy.
Accessory choices are abundant and can be
found in the 192-page accessories catalogue or
A truly customisable package with multiple
roof, door and windscreen variations means
the vehicle can be adapted to suit any work en-
vironment and escape from the elements.
The US company has now become the largest
supplier of Side x Side utility vehicles in Aus-
tralia, indeed worldwide.
Full details of specifications and features can
be found at www.polarisindustries.com.au
Not all models have all features so it is a mat-
ter of selecting the model that best satisfies
GEORGE Walmsley made his mark in Aus-
tralia after arriving here from Leeds in Eng-
land, transported to Tasmania as a convict
But he had his main impact on Korum-
burra by dying here, not long after arriving
here with his wife Nora (Honora) early in
The father of 12 children, most of them
born at Yandiot near Castlemaine, the move
re-centred the large family on this region of
the state and some of the children and the
couples’ 60 grandchildren then made this
are their home.
A number of them still live locally.
But, having died here so soon after arriv-
ing, at 60 years of age, his last resting place
at the Korumburra Cemetery, and that of his
wife, was never marked with a tombstone.
That situation was rectified last Saturday,
when 40 descendants witnessed the rededi-
cation of the grave site of their original an-
cestor in Australia, George Walmsley and his
Those present ranged from the third gen-
eration of the family to the sixth generation
born in Australia.
The plaque was unveiled by Colin Walms-
ley, the oldest living descendant present. The
group then enjoyed a family picnic and re-
union at Coal Creek.
Special thanks was passed on to John
Parker who put in a lot of effort organising
George Walmsley was born in Leeds UK in
1817. He was transported to Tasmania as a
convict in 1838 and died in Korumburra in
September 1898, having only arrived in the
town, earlier that year with wife Nora (Hon-
ora) nee O’Shea, who is also buried in the
Korumburra cemetery (died April 1910).
There were 12 children, born predomi-
nantly in Yandiot near Castlemaine, and 60
Son George was the railway guard on the
South Gippsland Railway Line from 1898
to post-WW1. He was also District Grand
Master of (Manchester Unity) Independent
Order of Oddfellows MUIOOF). He had eight
children of which four were born in Korum-
burra. Eldest son Richard (listed on the War
memorial in Coleman Park Korumburra),
was killed in WW1, August 1916 on the Som-
me in France.
Ann Nora Walmsley, who was born in Ko-
rumburra, was the mother of Lt General Sir
Stanley Savige, founder of Legacy. (Memorial
Gates at Coleman Park Korumburra).
Grandson George Walmsley (MBE) was
Secretary of the Engineering Allied Trades
Division of the Victorian Chamber of Man-
ufacturers and Victorian Grand Master of
Another grandson William (Bill) Walms-
ley (MBE) was Victorian Grand Secretary of
The reunion was held on February 4, as
the 200th anniversary of George Walmsley’s
A gathering of about 40 people attended the rededication service for George Walmsley at
the Korumburra Cemetery last Saturday.
Members of the Walmsley family placed
this memorial stone on the grave of their
original ancestor at the Korumburra Cem-
etery last Saturday.
Convict whose legacy
continues to grow
Polaris loaded with
Colby Breeden with the Polaris range at Marriots MPE in Leongatha.
The Korumburra Historical Society has
recently completed a significant local his-
The Great Southern Advocate, an early
local newspaper, has been digitised and
entered onto the Trove website.
This site is available to the public for
students and researchers.
The digitising of local papers provides
valuable research information to people
all over Australia.
The early years of the pioneers in the
coal mining and agriculture industries are
all recorded in these papers.
The Gannon family were the owners and
publishers of this paper for many years.
So far 17 years, 1889 to 1906, have been
digitised, with a grant being sought to digi-
tise 1907 to 1926 considered this year.
The cost of this project has been $10,000
partly funded by the local society.
These projects have been accomplished
with a grant from the Public Records Of-
fice of Victoria and the cooperation of the
State Library of Victoria supplying the film
of the pages to the National Library of Aus-
tralia in Canberra.
The National Library then scans and
digitises the pages for entry onto the Trove
Members of the Korumburra Historical Society looking over the old newspapers of the
Great Southern Advocate. The Trove digitised site saves many hours of research for the
members, who used to have to look page by page for information.
Our history - by Noelene Lyons
I RECENTLY received an email and photo
of a grave that is located at the rear of 20
Shaft on the Bass Highway.
The Grave belongs to a former Wonthaggi
coal miner, Brian Reiffel, Token No 1855
who died January 9, 2005.
I have spoken to Parks Victoria and the
Bass Coast Council but no further informa-
tion was gained, only that they did not know
of the burial (ashes) at 20 Shaft.
Does anybody know of other graves that
are located at other mine shafts in South
This grave will be recorded in our records
at Wonthaggi State Coal Mines.
Please contact Noelene 56724739 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any infor-
Grave located at
Number 20 Shaft
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