Effervescent and endearing Sigrid Thornton was our back fence neighbour when we lived in Chapman Street, North Melbourne in from 1977 to 1989. We did "babysitting" for her two dogs while she was out and about on film commitments, including her first, "All The Rivers Run" (1982, filmed over 8 months in 1981), shot in Echuca. She sold her home in 1990, and a year earlier we had moved too, to Castlemaine.
The Man from Snowy River was an absolutely beautiful film for me to see. I can recall being rapped by the wickedly energetic downhill horse chases, expecting any minute to be a fatality. It spurred me to research just who the Man from Snowy River really was, and that research took me to Corryong and the grave of Jack Riley, upon which acknowledgement is made of his history each year during the Corryong Festival.
"... and up by Kosziusko
where the pine-clad ridges raise,
their torn and rugged battlements on high
Where the air is clear as crystal
and the white stars fairly blaze
at midnight in the cold and frosty sky.
And where around the Overflow
the reedbeds sweep and sway
to the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,
the Man from Snowy River, is a household word today
and the stockmen tell the story of his ride."