THE FLEETING YEAR.
In a little while 1916 will have passed into the unknown. This year, however, will be remembered with poignant memories - memories, perhaps such as no other year has seared into the experience of any people of any period of our country's history. Australia's part in Armageddon has been marked with the blood of some of the noblest sons, and yet Australasia plays her part unshrinkingly. To claim that business memories have been less anxious than in the two years we have just traversed would be an idle boast. To say that the palpitating throng called fellowship (whether in social or business circles) has been as joyous as in pre-war times would be to lie; but here at the fag-end of a year brimful of cares and forebodings of evil on the one hand, and anxious resourcefulness on the other, it is for us to truthfully say that the Newstead and district residents and business people generally, have stood nobly and loyally to "The Echo" and made it possible to keep our establishment going during the strenuous times in which we have lived.
Research courtesy of Janet Trudgeon.