Rochester laneway and mural to celebrate Barry Iddles and family
360Q owner Barry Iddles and his family are set to be celebrated for their various achievements with the opening of Iddles Lane in the Victorian country town of Rochester on March 15.
Rochester, a country town 45 minutes from Shepparton and Bendigo, is where Barry and his famous twin brother Ron Iddles, who became the most successful Detective in the Victorian Police Force (who had a conviction rate of 99 percent) and family grew up.
Iddles Lane will feature a mural that depicts the generations of the Iddles family to celebrate the achievements of the siblings and hopefully attract more tourists to support the region. Ron and Barry will officially open the mural at 11am on Sunday, March 15. A ticketed ‘one-on-one’ event follows from 2.30pm at the CVCC at Rochester Secondary College.
Barry Iddles will prepare dinner for 100 guests in a limited event at Rochester’s Shamrock Hotel on Monday, March 16. You can book a ticket online here.
The decision to depict generations of the Iddles Family was made by The Rochester Business Network due to the impact they have made on the town’s community and throughout Victoria.
Iddles twins Ron and Barry have excelled in their respective careers. Ron is a household name when it comes to Victorian policing and his twin brother Barry has forged a following with his popular catering business and numerous restaurants located in Victoria’s Alpine Resort Falls Creek, Queenscliff and Cranbourne. Their sister Nancye will also feature in the mural.
Ron, Nancy and Barry’s parents were very well respected members of the Rochester community. Bill was a farmer growing wheat and sheep. He switched to dairy farming and when he retired from the land he became a grader driver for the shire.
He passed away two years ago at a remarkable 91 years of age and about 450 people attended his funeral. His wife Phyllis (and mother of twins Ron and Barry who both weighed a massive 8lb 4oz each at birth in 1952) was a bank teller in Rochester after leaving school.
A passionate home cook, creating some amazing dishes, known for her ginger fluff sponge that some said a kangaroo could not jump over! Other treats were jelly cakes, powder puffs and her kisses, and she was a strong influence in Barry’s career in hospitality. Phyllis passed away 40 years ago, at a young age of 54. More than 700 attended her funeral.
Whilst there are silos and other murals around town (that stands as the gateway to the mighty Murray River Region) this latest addition, funded by a grant from the Federal Department of Agriculture, is the most challenging undertaken by the artist Tim Bowtell.
Bowtell said: “This is by far the longest, and most complex designed wall mural I’ve ever painted. The historic overlay of the location and the size of the picture of well-known top cop Ron Iddles at the end of the lane that was selected for this project, will assure visitors to Rochester do not miss it.
“I allocated eight days to complete ‘Iddles Walk’ but the heat and smoke from the bushfires meant I needed nine. This additional mural and the silos around Rochester are bound to entice even more visitation to what is a typical Victorian country town.”