READING the Bendigo Advertiser is an important part of the day for 94-year-old Bendigo resident Ness Morrissey.
Mrs Morrissey shared her love of the publication when she popped into the Bendigo Advertiser office recently.
Mrs Morrissey grew up in Bears Lagoon and remembers eagerly waiting for the newspaper to be delivered each day.
“It came out from Inglewood by mail and you collected it at the little post office at Bears Lagoon,” she said.
“It was a must.
“In those days everybody would be at the post office, at that time, it would be about 3pm in the afternoon.
“The papers would come in plus the mail.
“Everybody was waiting for the news.”
Mrs Morrissey admits her short-term memory is not great but she has no problem remembering specifics from years gone by.
“I can remember there was a childrens’ page in the Addy,” she said.
“It was just once a week and all of us kids would write in with anything special that had happened.
“But one particular thing was if you found the first spring-time flower you wrote in.
“And that was very special.
“You’d go out and search the paddocks to find it and you’d get your name in the paper.”
Mrs Morrissey has lived in Bendigo since 1945.
“I’ve lived in Bendigo since the war years,” she said.
“I was in the army for three-and-a-half years.
“I was with advanced land headquarters.”
Mrs Morrissey spoke fondly of Bendigo and said the city had changed immensely over the years.
“Well it’s grown for one thing,” she said.
Mrs Morrissey said the new-look Bendigo Advertiser was a winner.
“I really enjoy it,” she said.
"If you miss a day you think you've really missed something."
Mrs Morrissey's daughter Leonie said the Bendigo Advertiser was a huge part of her mother's day.
"She wouldn't miss it for the world," she said.