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Through our eyes by KYM TILBROOK


Through our Eyes Published by Country Press SA Inc. 5/198 Greenhill Road Eastwood SA 5063 Telephone (08) 8373 6533 Fax (08) 8373 6544 countrypsa@bigpond.com www.sacountrypress.com.au First published: 2012 © Country Press SA Inc. and Kym Tilbrook

There are a number of people to thank for their support and for providing information. My thanks go to former Country Press SA Inc. executive director, Mary King, for her tireless work in checking copy and facts; Richard Willson for pointing me in the right direction on several occasions, proof-reading and writing on his memories of country press; Denis Hann for his advice, proof-reading and memories of country press; Harry Peake for his memories of country press; Michael Ellis, the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, for his advice on early history of papers on the peninsula and proof-reading; Trevor Ellis for proof-reading and advice on the history of SA country papers; Trevor Channon, president of CPSA Inc. for retrieving archives; Ben Taylor, The Murray Pioneer, who served on the editorial committee and answered many queries; Trevor McAuliffe for assisting with material on Fairfax Media; Marilyn McAuliffe, current administration officer of CPSA Inc., for her assistance and back-up; David Wright, The Northern Argus, for co-ordinating the Fairfax Media papers; Nan Berrett, Chelsea Ashmeade, The Northern Argus; historian and author, Robert Clyne, for his valuable advice and proofing sections of the manuscript; Anthony Laube, of the State Library, for handling my many queries; my mother, Lee Tilbrook, for advice on The Northern Argus and proof-reading; my wife, Julie, for her proof reading and critical assessment; daughters, Rebecca and Kellie, for their proof reading; Deirdre Graham, The Border Times; Beth Marshall, former owner/editor of The Border Times; Christopher Coote, Port Lincoln Times; Brian Barnett, formerly of the Port Lincoln Times; Janet Jones, The Southern Argus; Tony Robinson, The Leader; Ian Osterman, The Courier; Ros White who prepared material on the Yorke Peninsula Country Times; Tony Swan, Graham Fischer, Greg Hunt, Barossa and Light Herald; Shauna Black, Catherine Murphy, Tiffany Bell, Virginia Grant, The Islander; Khama Reid and Sophie McCallum for preparing the history of the Roxby Downs Sun; Seema Sharma, Jo McGrath, Naomi Moore, The Transcontinental; Pam Perre, The Murray Pioneer; editorial staff at The Bunyip; Craig Treloar, The River News; Emma Walter, The Loxton News; Jason Wallace, Luke Duff, The Border Watch; Andrew and Margaret Manuel, The Plains Producer; Michelle Osborn, The Mid-North Broadcaster; Tegan Forder and Duane Job, Katherine Times; Janet Pool, The South Eastern Times; John Casey and Gavin Schmidt, Barrier Daily Truth; Sara Garcia, Nathan Bolam, Whyalla News; Claire Thwaites, Elizabeth Sweetman, The Times; Lee Curnow, Sue Waite, Sam Barnett, Ebony Sanford, Sophie Ford, The Naracoorte Herald; Peri Strathearn, Des Parker, The Recorder; Dylan Smith, The Flinders News; Tracey Poulton, Border Chronicle; Jenni Ling, Coastal Leader; Sharon Hansen, The Murray Valley Standard; Michael Hambidge, former owner, The Murray Valley Standard; Brad Perry, Riverland Weekly. Thanks go also to Sue Dyer and Chris Ball, of Sue Dyer Design, for their great design work. The executive committee thanks Leon Bignell, MP, for his assistance in helping to obtain a State Government grant for the production of Through Our Eyes.

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Through our eyes

100 years of Country Press SA Inc 1912 – 2012 by KY M TILBRO O K


1912 - 2012 COUNTRY PRESS SA

Front cover Provincial Press Association of South Australia members’ meeting in Adelaide, July 29-30, 1912. Standing J.R. Watson (Border Watch, Mount Gambier), L. Henstridge (Stanley Herald, Snowtown), S.W. Osborne (Port Pirie Advertiser), W. Hancock (Areas Express, Gladstone), C. B. O’Reilly (Kapunda Herald), T.H. Wilkinson (Crystal Brook Times), G. Auricht (Kirchen and Mission’s Zeitung, Tanunda). Sitting H.S. Taylor (Renmark Pioneer), C.M.R. Dumas (Mt Barker Courier), J.B. Cant (Barossa News, Angaston, secretary), R.H. Barnet (Gawler Bunyip, president), J.W. Elliott (Southern Argus, Strathalbyn, vice-president), D. Drysdale (West Coast Recorder, Port Lincoln). Front E.J. Farrell (Laura Standard) and W.A. Wade (Western People and Tumby Bay Times). Historic front pages Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory. Port Lincoln Herald, 10 Apr, 1839; The Northern Argus, 3 Dec., 1869; The Bunyip, 5 Sep., 1863; Teetulpa News, 16 Feb., 1887; Crystal Brook Times, 7 Nov., 1913. 2

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About this book Premier’s message Leader of Opposition’s message Message from national president Message from state president Reflections – Harry Peake remembers Reflections – Mary King remembers Reflections – Denis Hann remembers Reflections – Richard Willson remembers The future – Ian Osterman’s predictions The voice of the people – a history of SA country papers The first year 1912-1913

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An insight into the workings of country press 1914-1923 1929-1950 1951-1970 1971-1990 1991-2012 Honor rolls

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History of current Country Press SA Inc. members The Leader The Plains Producer Riverland Weekly Border Chronicle The Mid-North Broadcaster West Coast Sentinel The Northern Argus Eyre Peninsula Tribune The Bunyip Yorke Peninsula Country Times The Islander Coastal Leader The Loxton News The Flinders News The South Eastern Times The Courier The Border Watch The Murray Valley Standard The Naracoorte Herald The Pennant The Border Times The Transcontinental Port Lincoln Times The Recorder The Murray Pioneer Roxby Downs Sun The Southern Argus Barossa and Light Herald The Times The River News Whyalla News

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Interstate members Katherine Times Barrier Daily Truth

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About this book Kym Tilbrook, editor MY TH AN KS go to the Country Press SA Inc. executive committee for asking me to write and edit this book commemorating the 100th anniversary of Country Press SA Inc., originally known as the Provincial Press Association of South Australia. My family is very proud of its association with country newspapers – the Tilbrook family owned The Northern Argus at Clare for 127 years, from 1869 to 1996. The paper was co-founded by my great, great grandfather, Henry Hammond Tilbrook, who had earlier worked on The Register as a printer’s devil at the age of 12 and then edited a paper at Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island. My father, Denis, was president of the Provincial Press Association of SA from 1966 to 1968 and made a life member for his service. Through Our Eyes traces and outlines the history of country newspapers in SA – from 1839 when the Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser was published – to today’s modern papers. More than 1000 hours of work, including extensive research and the reading of more than 2200 pages of Provincial Press Association of South Australia, Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and Country Press SA Inc. minutes and notes of annual general meetings, has allowed the history to be written and key extracts highlighted. The task of pulling the history together was enormous. Firstly, the archives had to be found. There was very little at the Country Press SA Inc. head office on Greenhill Rd. There were some who thought the archives had been dumped many years ago. Fortunately, they were wrong – there were archives, but they were incomplete. They were found in a dusty loft in Mount Barker and delivered to the office of Country Press SA Inc. by president, Trevor Channon. The first job was to dust off all the material that had remained untouched in cardboard boxes and wooden and plastic crates for many years. What Trevor had delivered was a goldmine but, unfortunately, some of the minutes have gone missing over the years. The minutes from 1924 to 1928 could not be found, leaving a gap in the history. The good news is that the available material has allowed some amazing information to be unearthed and it is revealed in the chapter The First Year March 25, 1912 – April 22, 1913. Records of annual general meetings from 1912 to 1923 were excellent. Minutes were recorded by the secretary and later printed in booklets which provide great detail to chronicle those formative years as the Provincial Press Association of South Australia went from strength to strength. In later years, minutes were typed up and then pasted into minute books. The minutes in recent years have not been as colourful and detailed as those up until the 1990s. The meetings setting up the association and its first annual

general meeting are outlined in detail in the book. I thought it was important to show the processes behind the birth of the association because it set the groundwork for what we have today. But space requirements meant it was not possible to continue providing the same level of detail over the next 99 years. Because of this, the book provides extracts of key issues and points of discussion. I hope you find them of interest – I certainly kept flicking the pages of the minute books to learn more. The archives supplied absorbing material to help write the story of country newspapers in SA. No history of the Provincial Press Association of SA, the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and Country Press SA Inc. is complete without tracing the life and times of the newspapers. Through Our Eyes also records the history of the 33 current members of Country Press SA Inc. – 31 in SA plus the Katherine Times in the Northern Territory and the Barrier Daily Truth just across the border at Broken Hill in New South Wales. Life in the country towns and surrounding areas is captured by photographers and journalists from the newspapers. More than 500 pictures, news articles, old-style ads and modern advertisements will bring memories flooding back. The member papers are featured alphabetically by town. In addition, the book reveals the thoughts and experiences of life members Harry Peake OBE, (The Naracoorte Herald), Denis Hann (The Loxton News) and Richard Willson (Whyalla News and SA Regional Media). An interview with Mary King (formerly Townsend) tells how she brought a feminine touch to a “man’s world.” Mary was executive director of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc., from 1975 to 1998, succeeding the legendary Jack Power. She was made a life member for her great service. Ian Osterman, editor of The Courier at Mount Barker, was assigned an extremely difficult task – to gaze into his crystal ball to predict the future of country newspapers. As well as being interviewed for the book, Mary King also provided information on a wide range of areas and issues. Her knowledge was invaluable. Others deserving special mention are Anthony Laube of the State Library of SA, Richard Willson and Denis Hann for their help on the history of papers, and the president of Country Press Australia and managing editor of the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Michael Ellis, for his advice and knowledge of the history of newspapers. The regional manager of Fairfax Media (formerly Rural Press), Trevor McAuliffe, also provided great assistance as did the administration officer of Country Press SA Inc., Marilyn McAuliffe. David Wright, of The Northern Argus, did an amazing job coordinating material from the Fairfax Media papers. Ben Taylor, of the Taylor Group of Newspapers, also provided valuable assistance. I hope you enjoy reading about the history of your industry. May it continue to serve the community for the next 100 years.

Kym Tilbrook has been a journalist for 42 years and held several senior positions during a 37 year career at The Advertiser. Positions included state political reporter, chief-of-staff, features editor, day editor, associate editor (features and news) and group manager (editorial) for The Advertiser and Sunday Mail. Through Our Eyes is his fourth book – he has previously written three best-selling books on bushwalking in SA. Kym has judged Country Press Inc. Awards every year since the 2000 Mount Gambier conference.

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C OU N TR Y N E WS PAPERS have led the way in showcasing the

THE GRE AT expanses of South Australia and the tyranny of distance that it presents can isolate many South Australian communities. For 100 years it has been the country newspaper that has filled the void of that distance.

strong community spirit of the men, women and children who live and work in our regional towns and cities. Stories of struggle and resilience, hope, achievement and sometimes tragedy have been told through images and words reported during more than 100 years of service to our South Australian community. Local newspapers have captured the life and times of generations of country families over the years.

Country newspapers bring news and photos of neighbours, exposing issues, identifying common interests and giving voice to people’s ideas. This is what has underpinned the formation of our strong and vibrant country communities.

Our rural and regional newspapers have kept communities in touch during seasons of good times and hard times. Everything from the local agricultural show to news and achievements by sporting, social and community groups, schools and local business is brought to life by our country newspapers.

Whether it be the light thud of the local paper dropping into the dust or being slotted neatly into the country post office mail box or even the trip into town to buy the paper each week, its arrival unites a community and eases the sense of remoteness. As the troubles and successes of locals jump off the page from the story of local students excelling in the city to the results of Saturday’s nail biting footy match, the sense of community grows.

Country newspapers are fierce advocates for their communities and take the lead in playing a vital role of informing and entertaining people on the land and in regional towns and cities with local news and views.

In tough times through drought, flood and fire or personal tragedy the local paper unites and supports people. It gives them their own voice.

It is a tribute to the people of Country Press SA, past and present, that these newspapers have long kept hundreds of thousands of South Australians in touch every week.

The country press has performed a great service to country and city dwellers alike. It highlights stories that are often picked up by metropolitan media outlets, educates city folk about regional industries that form the very framework of our economy.

While the media landscape is undergoing rapid change in a digital economy, country newspapers remain the lifeblood of towns and regions across our State, from Angaston to Whyalla, Port Lincoln to Naracoorte. I applaud their role in reflecting the world of their communities and share their confidence in the strengths of our South Australian rural regions.

Local country newspapers are the lifeblood of our regional communities and a time capsule of history. I congratulate all involved in producing and supporting their country paper. May the spirit, quality and vibrancy of the country press continue to flourish for another 100 years.

Congratulations to Country Press SA on achieving this centenary milestone. I wish each newspaper and their readers every success in the future.

Isobel Redmond

Jay Weatherill



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Congratulations Country Press SA Michael Ellis, president Country Press Australia

C OU N TR Y P RE S S AUS T RA LIA is the national body with which all state bodies are associated. This national body started life as the Australian Provincial Press Association in 1906 and it changed to Country Press Australia in 1986. It is unclear when Country Press SA Inc. (or, as it was known then, the Provincial Press Association of South Australia) joined the national body. The SA association was formed in 1912, hosted a national conference the next year in 1913 and Mr R. H. Barnet of Gawler became the national president from 1915 – 16, only three years later. Therefore, it would be fair to assume SA joined the national association soon after forming. Since being a member of the national body, SA has supplied nine national presidents, over 10 terms (including myself). Mr C. M. R. Dumas of Mount Barker held the position on two separate occasions. (As a side note, Mr Dumas’ son, Sir Lloyd Dumas, went on to be the managing editor of The Adelaide Advertiser.)

SA has hosted 11 national conferences – in 1913, 19, 27, 39, 54, 62, 77, 83, 94, 98, and the last in 2002. Accompanying this article for your interest is the Programme of Events from the 1939 National Conference hosted in South Australia. As a third generation newspaperman, it fills me with great pride to fill the role of Country Press Australia president, especially in my home state’s centenary year. South Australia can hold its head high as a vibrant association, extremely well respected across Australia. Country Press Australia’s role is to take on jobs with a national perspective for all members across the country – wage and award negotiations, lobbying the Federal Government and to ensure all states are kept abreast of any national developments. As I travel to the different states and attend their annual conferences, I meet a wide range of people in the ever-changing newspaper industry. It is always interesting to hear how they are tackling local issues. Sometimes the issues are similar and sometimes they are very different. The friendships I have made and the lessons I have learned, from all over the country, make it a very rewarding role indeed. Country Press Australia congratulates Country Press SA Inc. on attaining its centenary and truly hopes it continues to serve its members well for many years to come.


RH Barnet 1915 – 1916 CMR Dumas 1918 – 1921 CMR Dumas 1925 – 1929

Michael Ellis Managing editor, Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina Country Press Australia president July 2010 – June 2012

RH Tilbrook 1939 – 1941 HJ Peake 1962 – 1965 BA Kaeshagen 1971 – 1974 RJ Willson 1983 – 1985 PJ Marston 1990 – 1992 P Taylor 2002 – 2004 M Ellis 2010 –

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A truly remarkable record Trevor Channon, president Country Press SA Inc.

I AM V E R Y P ROUD to serve as president of Country Press SA Inc.

The growth accelerated in the early 1900s, with 61 papers servicing a vast area between 1911 and 1915. Country newspapers have always been a valued part of the community and editors have always backed their communities to the hilt – they have not stood back from a fight with governments or councils. The papers are the voice of the country. My thanks go to members of my executive committee and administration officer Marilyn McAuliffe for her work in planning our centenary celebrations. My thanks also to all our member newspapers for their support and to Kym Tilbrook, whose family has a proud heritage in country newspapers, for researching and editing this book which details the history of country newspapers and the association. Predicting the future of country newspapers is no easy task. I doubt whether a crystal ball will give a clear picture. But one thing is sure – our papers will continue to move with the times and be at the forefront of emerging technology and social media. I wish members all the best for the next 100 years in our journey of informing, enlightening and entertaining our loyal readers.

in what is our centenary year. Our long history dates back to 1912 when the Provincial Press Association of South Australia was formed by a group of visionary newspapermen. Since their first meeting on March 25, 1912, in a café in Rundle Street, Adelaide, the association has given great service to its member newspapers. Over the 100 years it has had three names – the Provincial Press Association of South Australia; the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and today’s title of Country Press SA Inc. which now serves 31 newspapers in South Australia, one at Katherine in the Northern Territory and one at Broken Hill in New South Wales from our Greenhill Road, Eastwood, head office. I give special thanks to all the presidents who have served before me. With their executive committees they have ensured that South Australian country newspapers have prospered and fought their way through a myriad of problems. These include newsprint and manpower shortages, threats from bootleg printers, industrial issues and gaining valuable advertising dollars from State and Federal governments. While our association is celebrating its 100th birthday, country newspapers have chronicled the history of the State for 173 years – a truly remarkable record. Our first country newspaper was the Port Lincoln Herald which published its first edition in 1839. Although short-lived, it laid the groundwork for the industry that grew strongly through the 1860s, 1870s and 1890s.

Trevor Channon President Country Press SA Inc.

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Harry Peake Remembers

Mr H J Peake receiving his OBE from Deputy Governor Sir Mellis Napier in 1968

C EL E B RATION of the centenary of Country Press in South

bought The Naracoorte Herald with which I had been associated since 1958. I was president of SA Provincial Press from 1959 to 1962 and president of Australian Provincial Press from 1962 to 1965. In 1977 I became a life member of both bodies. My journeys to Melbourne as a South Australian delegate to executive meetings of Australian Provincial Press Association were always an adventure. My wife Margaret would pack our three small children in the car and drive me 80 kilometres to Bordertown. I had to stop the Melbourne Express which was fine except that it passed through Bordertown at 11pm and was not scheduled to stop. Jack Power would be on board and he would arrange with the train driver and the carriage porter to slow down sufficiently at the platform to allow me to jump aboard. I would return on the Express the next night but would reach Bordertown at 3am. Again we had to arrange for the train to slow and I had to throw my bags off and jump. Margaret would be waiting for me and we would drive home to Naracoorte. I would then have a rest before going to the office at 6am and turning the power on for the linotypes so the metal would be melted when the staff began work at 8am. In 1968, I became the first Country Press member to be honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 in her Honours List. I received the OBE (Officer of the British Empire). The citation which was presented by the then Deputy Governor of SA, Sir Mellis Napier, stated the award was “for service to the Country Press of Australia and to the community.” I also take pride in the manner in which we handled the perceived infiltration of Adelaide’s free press into the country. When I heard the rumours, I immediately called a meeting of all South-East proprietors to deal with any problem and we registered The South East Free Press and established a fund. In addition, because the problem appeared it might go Statewide, we held a meeting of all proprietors at Murray Bridge. As a result Venture was established and I was the first chairman. It served the purpose. At the same time I was chairman of S.A. Country Newspapers Limited for 17 years. During my period of president of Australian Provincial Press Association I was invited to become a member of the Immigration Publicity Council. The Minister of Immigration at the time was Sir Alec Downer from South Australia. I served for six years and had input into the establishment of a newspaper for the migrants most of whom worked on the Snowy Mountain Scheme. The future of country newspapers is assured because country people are interested in their community, the deliberation of their local government and the activities of their neighbours.

Australia is not only significant for the South Australian Association but a tribute to the people who have participated in publication of the many newspapers which have been published in that time. The development and progress of the editorial and printing sections of local country newspapers in 100 years is worthy of high commendation. Use of the unique machine known as the linotype with its hot metal and the flat bed presses or streamfed units was mind boggling. The transition to computers and offset presses together with the revolutionary use of illustrations both in news and advertising has given a new meaning to publishing. Promulgation of the news and general activities in the community has been the strong point of the local paper. Melding the papers into a State Association was a vital step as was its membership of the Australian Provincial Press Association. The late Jack Power played a pivotal role in SA Provincial Press Association when he introduced the Clearing House system for advertisers. His scheme was eventually adopted by all States. Jack was also responsible for SA and WA being given equal voting rights in Australian Provincial Press matters. His service to the Association as secretary was outstanding and he was followed by another staunch employee Mary Townsend-King. My life in Country Press started when I was discharged from the Royal Australian Navy in 1946. I had joined in 1943 from being a telegraph messenger at the GPO Adelaide. I was 17 and needed parental permission to volunteer. On discharge at 20, I returned to the PMG’s Department but found I was not to be promoted, so I resigned and was accepted in a rehabilitation course to study journalism. Two ex-RAAF men from Victoria had purchased the Mount Barker Courier so I asked them if I could work for them. They did not have to pay me. I studied journalism as a correspondence course which included shorthand and typing at the local High School (in an all girls’ class). I worked in general reporting for the Courier during the day and wrote my assignments at night. I later included the accounting work for the Courier at mainly weekends. Meanwhile I married and had three children under two-and-ahalf years (also three jobs for the bread and butter). The Courier changed hands again and over time I did not see eye to eye with the new proprietor. In 1955 I offered to pay him to stay away and I leased the Courier for three years as editor and proprietor. It was in 1955 when I became a member of SA Provincial Press and joined the executive committee. I remained a committee member until 1979 when my son Richard took my place and also 8

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Mary King Remembers

MAR Y KIN G was one of the key trailblazers for women in country newspapers. She joined the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in 1970 as an assistant to the legendary secretary John F. Power who was known throughout the industry as Jack. He was a tough man and Mary was a willing learner in an industry which was dominated by men. Some newspaper proprietors didn’t think she was up to the job but over the five years until Jack retired in 1975 she set about proving them wrong. Her tenacity and ethic of hard work acquired when she nursed injured soldiers from Normandy and Dunkirk during World War II began to win people over and she succeeded Mr Power to the senior management role. The title of the position was changed and Mary (then known as Mary Townsend) became the first executive director of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia and secretary/ manager of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd, set up as an advertising agency and Central Clearing house. Before joining the Provincial Press Association of South Australia (later changed to the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and then Country Press SA Inc.), Mary worked as a secretary to the manager of Haussen Radiators. When she saw an advertisement calling for an assistant to Mr Power she applied but thought she wouldn’t have a chance of success because there were 30 applicants, “some of them from university.” “The rest is history, as they say,” she says. Mary went on to be executive director for 22 years, retiring in 1998 and being made a life member in January, 1998. She was the first woman to hold the honor – the only other woman life member is Margaret Manuel from The Plains Producer. In 1997, she became the first and only woman to be made a life member of the national body, Country Press Australia. Reflecting on her career in an interview for this book, Mary said she really enjoyed her work with country press. “I always got up in the morning looking forward to going to work. There was always a challenge, always something to do, something to work out. It was really very interesting,” she recalls. “The country people I worked with were tremendous people. I did have a few problems in the beginning because I was a woman in a man’s world. “I soon overcame them. They said I did have the same initials as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Mrs Thatcher was known as the Iron Lady.) “I was a person who believed in the law, rules and regulations and I ran it like that.” Mary loved the “interesting and diverse work” and really relished working in the industrial relations area for the association and S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd. “We had a lot of unfair dismissal issues. It took some of the proprietors a long time to do the right thing by employees,”

she said. “They said a lot of what was in the award was crazy and they didn’t want to abide by it. Eventually they did.” Mary’s industrial work also involved dealing with wage cases under two Federal Awards – the Journalists’ Award with the Australian Journalists’ Association and the Federal Country Printing Award. She also remembers being locked in battle over getting a fair share of Federal and State Government advertising for association members. “That was an issue that came up time and time again, even from when the association was formed in 1912,” she said. “The main thing all members were interested in was how much advertising they were going to get. Getting advertising was always first and foremost but it was very, very difficult.” As executive director it was also Mary’s job to organise the annual conferences, a task she loved. Conferences are held in the country every second year and provide an opportunity for plenty of socialising. “After the hard work in the conferences there was always plenty of partying. They played hard and I can remember drinking to all hours of the night,” she says. At her life membership presentation in 1998, the citation noted that Mary had brought “a female touch to what was then very much a man’s world.” It said her appointment thrust her into the throes of country newspapers. “Mary revelled in the demands of the position meeting each challenge with the determination and strength of character that was to give her the respect of all involved in regional newspapers. “She was also an ambassador within the Adelaide community keeping in touch with suppliers, clients and government departments always upholding the position of country newspapers and protecting the interests of members. “Throughout the 70s and 80s in the fast changing world of industrial relations, Mary developed a keen interest in pay rates, hours of work, tea breaks, annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, in fact anything that may or may not be covered in an industrial award.” The citation said her dedication to the interest of country newspaper proprietors was never more evident than when providing industrial advice supporting a proprietor when a problem arose. It also noted Mary was “the hub, the connection,” in contact with members from Katherine to Kangaroo Island, Ceduna to Mount Gambier and all points in between. Asked in 2011what the honors meant to her, Mary said: “They meant everything to me. I felt as though I had been accepted by the country press organisations – not so much by our boys but by those nationally.” Interview by Kym Tilbrook 9

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Denis Hann Remembers

FOR MORE than 30 years I had the privilege of editing The Loxton

News. I was always aware of the responsibility to provide readers with a newspaper they could trust to contain a truthful, accurate record of local news across the spectrum of life in our district. It is worth noting that country newspapers, in general, continue to report on what has happened in their circulation areas, in contrast to the gradual changes that have been evident in city dailies where news reporting has, to a large extent, been replaced by comment and opinion. Not only is the local newspaper the principal, and often the only, source of news and information about community activities, but it is also an historical record of its district. As editor I placed a strong emphasis on reporting local council news, from the major decisions made right down to minor items. I attended council meetings and recorded debates on large and small topics, with the subsequent published reports containing councillors’ comments made during the debates. That kept readers informed about councillors’ views on the variety of issues discussed and decided by the local council. Whenever possible the reports also included voting details. In addition to council news, space was always made available for reports submitted by local clubs such as the RSL, Red Cross, CWA, Senior Citizens, Garden Club and others. These seemingly mundane reports of meetings were important to the respective members and I quickly learned that plenty of people other than members read them. In fact I soon realised that most Loxton News readers read virtually everything published in each issue. I also quickly became aware that an essential aspect of editing a country newspaper was ensuring that people’s names are spelled correctly. Country journalists live among their readers who can be forthright in pointing out factual errors in their local newspaper, including mistakes such as mis-spelling names. On the other hand, many readers had positive comments about their local paper. A comprehensive coverage of sport was always provided because of the wide community participation and interest in local and regional sports, while wide coverage was given to local school activities, social events and primary industry topics. For the first 15 years I was editor of The Loxton News, I wrote all the editorial copy, took most of the photographs – which meant attending all the events covered by the paper, frequently at weekends – sold the advertising (and wrote the copy) and looked after the business affairs of the company. As the financial situation of the business improved I was able to employ a cadet journalist, the first of many young women and men who took their initial steps along the path to a career in journalism at The Loxton News. Having the opportunity to be a mentor for these enthusiastic and (mostly) very capable budding young journalists was a great pleasure – and sometimes an interesting challenge. The technological changes which occurred in the 40 years that

I was actively involved with The Loxton News brought enormous benefits, particularly for journalists. Fax machines made life much easier as a variety of information could be obtained through that facility in place of the often lengthy telephone calls that had previously been necessary. The major change however saw the phasing out of hot metal typesetting with those marvellous clanking linotype/intertype machines replaced initially by photo typesetters and eventually by computers, as newspapers switched to the offset printing process. Computers, with their speed of operation and enormous capabilities, have opened up new horizons for journalists. Much of the content of a country newspaper can be mundane, but it is important to the community within its circulation area. There have been occasions when the major local news was far from mundane. Among those were the explosion and fire which erupted when a fuel tanker overturned in the town; a robbery attempt at the Loxton Hotel when thieves blew the door off a massive safe; a police raid on the first major drug crop found in an isolated Mallee setting; and a dramatic story of a local man who claimed he was kidnapped. Other major news items involved noisy political meetings, in the days when such events were held – and well attended; major local council decisions, some of which were not always well received by the community; and natural disasters within the district (thankfully rare events). Some country newspapers do not have an editorial but I believe it is important that a local paper should be offering comment, particularly, but not exclusively, on local issues. An editorial can lead, or encourage, public debate which may prompt readers to become involved by, for example, writing letters to the editor expressing their views. In this way the local paper is providing a forum for local issues to be discussed. While local and regional topics should be the main subject of editorials, state and national issues can also be addressed, particularly if they impact on country communities. A country newspaper is an asset to the community it serves. Whenever a local paper ceases publication its absence leaves a gap in the fabric of that community. Ultimately, the continued existence of any newspaper depends upon the advertising revenue it receives. A local newspaper needs advertising support from its local businesses and if that diminishes, for whatever reason, the newspaper’s future is under threat. In SA, many local newspapers have been forced to close down and in some instances that masthead has been absorbed into a larger, regional newspaper. While the number of newspapers has fallen in South Australia since I became actively involved, there is still a strong network across the state, although ownership now mainly comprises companies instead of the individual families which owned and produced the papers throughout the long and proud history of country newspapers in South Australia. 10

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Richard Willson Remembers

IF TH E RE is an over-riding impression from a long involvement with country newspapers in this state and others, it is the deepseated commitment of the people who managed and produced those publications. They were fiercely proud of the newspapers they published, intensely involved in the communities they served and acutely aware of their responsibilities to those communities. That commitment was especially evident among family-owned newspapers, most of which had talented and equally enthusiastic employees working side-by-side with the owners. As with many families, the broader country press family generally was united, but not infrequently challenged by selfinterest, personality conflict, commercial competition or interstate rivalry. My introduction to Country Press was as an observer at the annual conference at Castle Motor Inn, Edwardstown, in 1966, followed by attending as a delegate in 1968 at Victor Harbor and almost annually thereafter. Election to the committee at the 1972 Whyalla conference, serving as vice-president to Peter Marston between 1977 and 1979, then president from 1979 to 1981, brought exposure to the workings of Provincial Press associations nationally. The complexities of industrial negotiations, government lobbying, personalities, internal politics and interstate rivalry were all part of the package. The opportunities this provided to gather ideas, accumulate an extensive list of contacts and become involved in broader industry matters were invaluable to our family’s newspapers. Further exposure to the important role of country press at a national level came from periods on the Australian Provincial Press Association committee of management and terms as vicepresident then president between 1983 and 1985. This brought with it meetings of the Media Council of Australia and Advertising Standards Bureau, appearances at the Federal Industrial Relations Court, negotiations with printing and journalist unions, connections with the Australian Press Council, journalism training and much more. Factions, mainly state-based, were to the fore. Quite out-ofthe-blue during a lunch break at APPA’s 1979 conference in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, senior Victorian delegates pressured me strongly to stand for election that afternoon as federal vice-president– for no other reason than the Victorians wanted to block election of the NSW candidate. Memorable Country Press experiences included the expulsion by president Ray Edwards (The Transcontinental) of Hector Henstridge (Balaklava Producer) from a conference session. Hector had refused to remove a “long neck” bottle of beer he’d brought in to help him through the meeting. As often happened on the first night of a three-day conference

program, spirits were high after dinner at American River, Kangaroo Island in 1974. There had been a heavy afternoon business session, described by president Denis Hann as a “baptism of fire”. Advertising catalogues were viewed as a threat to our advertising volumes; some members didn’t want to accept them as inserts into their newspapers and those who did could not agree on a suggested method of charging. The “Tilbrook proposal” accepted by conference next day was thrashed out late into the night in a crowded motel room. That gathering continued into the small hours, with stories, singing and the recital of The Man From Snowy River, in its entirety, by Ampol boss Ivor Poland (Ampol sponsored our “best newspaper” awards). The Willson story in South Australia began when W.J.C. (Jock) Willson arrived by ship from Great Britain on April 1, 1936, aged 21. He had completed his printing apprenticeship in Selkirk, Scotland, and came to join his mother, who’d migrated years earlier and lived in Renmark. He was employed by Gilmore Taylor of The Murray Pioneer and worked for a time at the Pioneer’s Barmera office. That began friendships between the Taylor and Willson families which continue today into a third generation. From Renmark, Jock Willson moved to Whyalla after forming a partnership with J.E. (Jack) Edwards, a writer with The News in Adelaide and part-owner of The Transcontinental, Port Augusta. He began business as sole employee in a humble tin shed in Patterson Street, Whyalla, on Australia Day, January 26, 1940, doing job printing and acting as Whyalla correspondent for The Transcontinental. The Whyalla News was launched on April 5, 1940, and printed in Port Augusta. A new Whyalla building was occupied in July, 1941, and the newspaper was printed there. Jack Edwards was editor until his death in the mid-1950s when Don Winton, a sub-editor at the recently-acquired The Recorder, Port Pirie, transferred to Whyalla. Don was editor for 23 years. In more than 35 years the newspaper had just two editors. At its height as a tri-weekly, the Whyalla News had nine editorial staff plus two photographers. Always keen to embrace progress, Jock Willson was recognised as a leader in adopting new technology in country South Australia. Nothing but the best was acceptable in catering for readers of the Whyalla News and it was a consistent winner of the association’s annual awards. An example: Recognising the huge interest in British soccer among Whyalla’s large migrant population, Jock wanted the weekend UK soccer results in Monday’s Whyalla News – without the aid of today’s electronic communications. He had the News of the World air-mailed to arrive from London on Fridays so the weekend soccer draw could be typed out. On Sunday night the editorial staff tuned to the BBC on short-wave radio to take down the scores as they were read on air. 11

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The future Courier editor, Ian Osterman looks at the future of country newspapers MAN Y N E WSPAPER publishers across the globe are facing

reduced classified advertising revenue while at the same time struggling to maintain circulation levels. When coupled with the meteoric growth in electronic communication alternatives and the savings in printing and distribution costs with on-line publishing, it is little wonder the predicted demise of newspapers in their current form is gaining momentum. Major newspaper players are spending millions to develop electronic models in what could be viewed as a precursor to abandoning their mastheads in their present form. Indeed there are predictions that newspapers as we know them will cease to exist within 20 years. With almost every Australian home having an internet connection and the plethora of smart phones and electronic tablets, major publishers are clearly repositioning their businesses. And caught up in this galloping whirlwind of change are small country newspapers. It is both a confusing and daunting position. Country publishers have, in comparison with their city counterparts, limited time, staff and other resources to educate themselves, develop strategies or implement wholesale changes to be at the cutting edge of what is predicted to be a vastly different news makeup. They are largely on their own and many are taking a wait and see attitude ... a position regarded by some as putting their heads in the sand. So, the big question is: Are country newspapers doing enough to plan for the future or are they asleep at the wheel? Time to learn Due to the unique position enjoyed by country papers, which are often held in high regard by their loyal readers, their publishers have time to become better educated to the challenges. Now is not time to panic. It is a time to learn. It is definitely not the time to abandon more than a century of hard work and brand development in a blind rush to simply move with the times. The current financial and circulation pressures felt by some larger publishers are not as strong among SA country papers and a number have recorded increases since the Global Financial Crisis. This is because they are giving readers what they want. Newspapers have ridden out threats in the past. Once feared competitors such as radio and television have earned a respected place in the media mix and this current electronic trend will, in all likelihood, take its position in the general makeup as well. There is little doubt country newspaper publishers will have to embrace new technology on some level – just as they have done in the past with production-based innovations such as full colour press lines as well as computer to plate and digital technology. Connecting with communities using Twitter and Facebook prior to publication is an effective form engagement, but a total shift to a digital format is a far more complicated question. Will digital win? In times of uncertainty it is wise to stick to the basics, and newspaper proprietors should remember their core business is selling advertising wrapped in a tantalising mix of news and information.People will continue to seek quality news from a source they trust. Publishers must remain steadfast in their commitment to the basics of good journalism. Balanced reporting and accurate information will always attract readers, which, in turn attracts advertisers.Country papers are a brilliant vehicle through which to sell a huge variety of products.

The penetration rates in local areas are astounding and no other electronic alternative available today can sell advertising to a local audience as successfully. Country newspaper will survive and continue to remain relevant because almost every story published is an exclusive. Each edition is filled with stories about local people and local issues not found anywhere else on the planet ... or in cyberspace! Simply transferring newspapers onto the internet won’t replace the printed version. Putting a double page spread onto a relatively small computer screen is unlikely to succeed for the simple reason that advertisers become lost. The adverts are simply not seen unless the reader’s interest in an adjacent headline or photo is great enough to double click and home in on that specific part of the page. Such a scenario does not put the advertiser’s interests first – which is bad for everyone’s business. This electronic form may suit large branding-style ads for major companies such as banks and insurance companies ... but not the local butcher or menswear store – the bread and butter clients for country papers. Smart phones are likely to emerge as people’s personal computers which may place pressure on the tablet – the electronic replacement for newspapers. But phones have a disadvantage in that they are too small to deliver a visual mix of news and advertising. Most country papers publish only once or twice a week which adds further complexity to those watching what the dailies are doing. Placing too much news on websites before publication is a selfdefeating purpose for paid papers. The negative implications of such actions are being felt by major players who are now demanding readers pay for access to an online version which has nowhere near the level of credibility of the printed product. And in the rush for instant news gratification, significant mistakes are sometimes made with fact checking and research being sidelined in the haste. Instant news is not always better for the consumer and the subsequent lack of trust which develops is a disaster for the provider. Newspaper business secure Country newspapers are likely to evolve into multi-pronged media businesses ... but their paper future seems secure for some time. Unless a far superior model is developed that can deliver dozens of messages from advertisers in a way that does not dominate the delivery of the news, then the change to a total electronic base will struggle. The most likely scenario is the printed version will work hand-inhand with an electronic arm. Newspapers must service readers better by providing electronic links on their websites for those who want more information on a story, copies of speeches, full transcripts of interviews, related videos and images or to access archives. But for a snapshot of what is happening in a local community for the past week, the local paper is well ahead of any currently available alternative. And I can’t see that changing in the short term. A quick perusal of newspaper websites (and some newspapers themselves) reveals an alarming trend away from news and into celebrity, gossip and titillation. Such a move is unlikely to maintain a readership or advertising base in the long term. The public’s initial interest in this new medium may well lose its current appeal and be replaced by a desire for something more substantial. Let’s hope so, for all our sakes. 12

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SA Country Newspapers 1839 – 2012

1962 Committee at 50th anniversary celebrations. Back, from left: J. Liddy, V. Starr, R. Watson, R. Warne, R. Edwards, H. Henstridge Front, from left: secretary J. Power, president H. Peake, E. Sprigg, B. Kaesehagen

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The voice of the people SO U TH AU STRALIA has a long and rich history of country

newspapers serving the community. Variously described as the “local rag,” “the egg timer,” “the country bible,” “penny journal” and “my local,” country newspapers have always had a spot in the heart of their loyal country readers. The service and commitment by the papers to their communities over the 173 years since the first country paper – the Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser – was published in 1839, cannot be questioned. Over those years there have been about 150 SA country papers published. In the heyday of country papers, 61 were published between 1911 and 1915. After that, papers declined for a number of factors, including changing population demographics which saw people drift from the country to the city and the amalgamation of mastheads. The papers, which are also the recorders of the history of regional SA, have reported issues without fear or favour, always seeking the best for their towns, residents and surrounding areas. When necessary, editors have not been scared to pen stinging barbs against local Members of Parliament or their local council. They have been there for the good times and the bad times – throughout boom and bust, two World Wars, drought and flooding rain. They have stood with communities as they have counted the cost of the Depression, and they have supported communities as they were forced to rebuild after devastating fires. The publishing of a paper gave a town incredible status and meant that it had “arrived.” It also meant that generally the community was confident and growing with a vibrant future. A country newspaper was a glowing tribute to progress and a very important part of the social fabric as well as the culture of a town. Their importance to communities was succinctly summed up by Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser on April 22, 1977, in an address to the Australian Provincial Press Association in Adelaide. “In many ways, a newspaper is the single most important institution in a country town. It informs, enlightens, entertains; it

often acts as a social conscience; it is always an integral part of a rural community,” he said. “You know better than I that newspapers in rural areas are read as closely and eagerly as a letter from a friend. Their columns touch the personal lives of their readers much more than a large city or national paper could ever hope.” Former Labor Premier, John Bannon, writing in the 1985 Country Press Week paper said: “...the country newspapers in South Australia do a very important job in disseminating news, and in keeping local communities aware of events and happenings in their immediate circulation areas. “They are very much the voice of the people and usually play a major role in promoting local issues. As such they are an important part of the communities they serve, and those communities would be much the poorer if their papers operated in any other way.” In 1987, Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. president, Ken Jeffrey, wrote in the Country Press Week paper that country newspapers had one thing in common: “…that is to give readers the news that blankets the total community. From the local councils to the beetles club, all organisations are given a fair go by their ‘local’. “The local newspaper considers itself very much part of the community as it should be – and wants the community and organisations to do well. “After all, if the community prospers, the paper will prosper.” In 1996, Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. president, Paul Taylor, echoed similar thoughts on why country papers were popular: “News coverage from the biggest story to the footy midgets ensures that readers know everything that happens in their district.”

Janet Laurie – “pioneer for women”

Port Lincoln Herald 10 April, 1839. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

Family dynasties Over the long history, family dynasties played a major role in the expansion of country papers. Names such as Osborne, Dumas, Tilbrook, Taylor, Barnet, Ellis, Bennett, Robinson, Judell, Peake, Hill, Willson, Marston, Milnes, Elliott, Jones, Poulton, Watson and Laurie have had long associations with papers, some dating back to the 1860s. In 1861 in Mount Gambier, Janet Laurie, who was a pioneer for women in newspapers, started The Border Watch, the oldest SA country paper still in circulation. The Laurie family went into partnership with John Watson in 1863 and Watson became editor, serving in that position for 62 years. The Laurie and Watson family association continued until 1958 when Clarrie Laurie died. The Watson family continued with the paper until 1977 when it was sold to the South East Telecasters company. It is now owned by the Scott Group of Companies. The Bunyip, started by the Barnet family in Gawler in 1863 is still published. They ran the paper until 2003 when it was sold to the Renmark-based Taylor Group of Newspapers. 14

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Southern Argus 29 September, 1866. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

In 1866, Ebenezer Ward published The Southern Argus and River Murray Advertiser, and in late 1871 William Fisher and Joseph Elliott became the new owners. Mr Fisher did not stay long, but the Elliott family continued with the paper until it formed a partnership with the Jones family in 1940. That partnership continued until 1969 when the Jones family took over on the death of Cecil Elliott. The Southern Argus is still published at Strathalbyn by the Jones family. The Tilbrook family, of Clare, ran The Northern Argus for 127 years from 1869 to 1996 when it was taken over by Rural Press, now known as Fairfax Media. Co-founded by Henry Hammond Tilbrook, it is still published weekly under the editorship of David Wright. A new era A significant milestone in the history of SA country newspapers was the formation of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in March and April, 1912. Forty years later it changed to the Provincial Press Association of South Australia Inc. In 1979, it changed its name to the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and in 2007 to Country Press SA Inc. with its now familiar logo of a border collie carrying a newspaper. The dog features in the special gold logo created for the centenary. Today, Country Press SA Inc. has 33 member papers – 31 in SA, plus the Katherine Times in the Northern Territory and the Barrier Daily Truth at Broken Hill. With Mr R. H. Barnet of The Bunyip as its first president and Mr J.B. Cant of the Barossa News as its first secretary, the association’s main object was “to watch over and protect the interests, rights and privileges, and to assist in promoting the greater efficiency and influence of the Provincial Press of South Australia.” Another key object was “to place the Metropolitan and general advertising business of country newspapers on a reliable and satisfactory basis.”

Advertising – the lifeblood of the papers - was to be an issue that dominated many general, executive and annual general meetings over the next 100 years In November, 1921, Provincial Press Association of South Australia president, Mr C.M.R. Dumas (Mt Barker Courier), and secretary, Mr C.B. O’Reilly (Maitland Watch), sent a confidential memo to members under the heading: “Proposed Co-operative Trading Company.” It said the plan was to form a company and to raise a capital of at least 1500 pounds in one pound shares to purchase one of the oldest established advertising agencies in South Australia as a going concern. In late January, 1922, a prospectus was issued for the Provincial Press Co-operative Company of South Australia Limited. The capital to be raised was 5000 pounds in 5000 shares of one pound each. One thousand five hundred shares were offered for subscription and 3500 shares were held in reserve for future issue. Under the heading “Objects,” the prospectus said the company was being formed “for the purpose of acquiring and working a General Advertising Agency Business and of establishing a Cooperative Newspaper Trading Office in Adelaide on the lines of similar companies established by Provincial Newspaper Proprietors in the other States of Australia.” It said the intention was to purchase the “well-known and old established general Advertising Agency Business carried on at Davenport Chambers Currie Street Adelaide by Henry Hampson.” It noted that the chance to buy the company should not be allowed to pass. The company continued operations until January, 1957, when it became known as S.A. Country Newspapers Limited. In 1964, S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd “pioneered” in Australia what was known as Central Clearing, a system whereby advertisers, particularly national advertising agencies, could place their order in one clearing house, instead of sending individual orders to every newspaper in SA. One of the driving forces behind Central Clearing was long-serving secretary, Jack Power, a man known for his strong negotiating skills and powers of persuasion. The new system ran for more than 27 years and went through many highs and lows. Minutes of a general committee meeting on August 11, 1967, reveal major problems early in its life. Under the heading of “Whyalla News,” the chairman of directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd, Harry Peake, reported that the directors were very concerned about an alleged letter sent to advertising agents by an executive of the Whyalla News criticising S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd and Central Clearing and inviting the agents to deal direct with the newspaper. 15

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Jack Power

Mr Peake reported that the Whyalla News had been invited to attend a meeting, but for various reasons they had declined. He also warned there appeared to be a possibility that the results of the action by the Whyalla News could affect neighbouring newspapers and “possibly all member newspapers.” Difficulties continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s with minutes of general committee meetings detailing problems. Eventually the industry became fragmented with some papers opting to use the sales group of the Willson family’s SA Regional Media company which included the Whyalla News. Late in 1990 there was a plan for a proposed merger between S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd and SA Regional Media “with the view to providing a full and complete advertising sales, central distribution and accounting service for the Country Newspapers in this State.” The merger did not eventuate and with members leaving Central Clearing it became unviable. In December, 1991, the board of directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd decided to sell the agency to Charterhouse and the final winding up of the company took about 12 months. Long-serving executive director of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc and manager of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd, Mrs Mary King (formerly Townsend), said in an interview for this book that she was “absolutely stunned” when the Clearing House collapsed. “I was very upset. It was a very good operation. The agencies liked it and most of the newspapermen did but they didn’t like having to pay the commission which helped in its downfall,” she said. In his 1992 annual report president John Pick, of The River News, Waikerie, said that the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. had undergone a very difficult year. The biggest change had been the closure of the Clearing House, which had been run for the benefit of members for as long as he could remember “and was the major booking service for many of us.” Mr Pick said that through negotiations with Tom Raggatt of Hastwell Williamson Representation, those who relied on the Clearing House had been able to get the representation they needed “and seem happy with the arrangement.” His report drew the curtain on an advertising venture that had started with the Cooperative Trading Company and had lasted 70 years. Other major issues which have reared their head since 1912 include industrial matters such as pay rates, hours of work and overtime; sales tax; newsprint supply; manpower, especially in the war years; gaining enough state and federal advertising; bootleg printing; and loyalty of members, with several presidents warning that newspapers had to work together for the benefit of all.

Tracing our country newspapers The history of SA’s country newspapers is absorbing. Earlier research by Professor G.J. Hugo (who was assisted by the Provincial Press Association of South Australia), of the School of Social Sciences at Flinders University, reveals that between 1911 and 1915, there were 61 papers being published. Following the First World War, increased motor travel and increasing mechanisation on farms saw rural populations become more mobile and there was a drift of people away from the country, resulting in papers amalgamating or closing. In Professor Hugo’s research paper – South Australian Country Newspapers 1839-1971 A Preliminary List and Survey – it shows that from 1916 to 1920 the number of papers published dropped to 51 and between 1966 and 1970 that number had reduced to 42. The following year – 1971 – saw a very steep drop to 32 papers. Since that time the number of papers has been relatively unchanged. Most of SA was unexplored when the Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser began publishing in 1839 – only three years after the State was Proclaimed at a ceremony at the Old Gum Tree at Glenelg. Famous explorer Edward John Eyre was still planning his 1840 Overland Expedition, to become the first man to cross southern Australia from east to west across the vast and unforgiving Nullarbor Plain, and Burke and Wills were still 21 years off starting their ill-fated expedition to cross Australia from south to north and return. John Ainsworth Horrocks’ ill-fated expedition to search for new agricultural lands near Lake Torrens in the north was still seven years off, and one of Australia’s greatest explorers, Scotsman John McDouall Stuart, who arrived in SA in January, 1839, did not forge his way into the centre of Australia until the 1860s. The Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser was the eighth provincial paper to begin publishing in Australia and the first on the mainland. Interestingly, the first seven provincial papers were published in Tasmania, the first being The Tasmanian which was published in Launceston on January 5, 1825, with its final issue on May 18, 1825. After that, Launceston had two papers in 1829, one in 1831, one in 1835, and two short-lived papers in 1839. The first provincial paper on the mainland outside SA was the Geelong Advertiser, published on November 21, 1840. It is still published today and is a member of the Murdoch family’s stable of News Ltd papers. New South Wales’ first country paper was the Hunter River Gazette published by Thomas Strode at Maitland from December 11, 1841, to June 25, 1842.

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First printed on April 10, 1839, the Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser announced its new venture: “The establishment of the Commercial Emporium of South Australia at Port Lincoln renders the immediate publication of a newspaper imperative. “The object of the proprietors….is to promulgate just accounts of the capabilities of the only safe and commodious harbour yet known within the territories of South Australia, and which from its position must become not merely the principal station for the rich fisheries of our shores, but the centre of all the great important commercial, agricultural, and pastoral operations of our rising province.” Owned by Robert Thomas of the South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register, its first edition was printed in Adelaide and second in a hut at Port Lincoln. The paper was short-lived, with only six editions believed to have been published, the last on May 19, 1840. A co-owner, George Dehane, then took charge to publish his own title, The Adelaide General Advertizer and Port Lincoln Herald. The last edition held by the State Library is Vol 1 No 13 (October 29, 1840) – it is believed the paper closed about this time. The next two country papers in SA came from Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. Both catered to the German population in the region with Deutsche Post published in January, 1848, and the Sued Australische Zeitung in late 1849. At least seven German papers were published at various times at Tanunda up until 1929. The 1860s was a time of growth for country newspapers with at least 12 starting up. Research by Anthony Laube, newspaper librarian with the State Library, shows that The Northern Star, published in 1860, was the first SA country newspaper – published in English – to last more than a handful of issues. Printed at Kapunda by George Massey Allen, it certainly made its mark on the mining town. Mr Allen had a wonderfully colourful turn of phrase which often got him into terrible trouble. In the first weeks of publication he was taken to the Supreme Court for libel over an article in which he described a visiting Italian Opera as “a superlative humbug… (who) should at once amalgamate…with the crocodiles and the singing duck.” His criticism was not restricted to the Italian Opera. He described the Kapunda Institute Committee as having not one “educated man” on it, and later lampooned the local Magistrate in his reports on local court cases. At one stage he dubbed the Magistrate ‘Chief Baron Ball-o-Wax.’ Anthony Laube has recorded on the State Library’s SA Memory website: “Clearly Allen’s newspaper had a diminishing support from the townspeople of Kapunda. Local news coverage was sparse. After weeks of advertisements requesting outstanding subscription payments – ‘many’ of them three years overdue - the newspaper apparently closed down without warning in 1863 when Allen was jailed as a result of the libel case against him by the Italian Opera.” The Border Watch was established at Mount Gambier in 1861 by Janet Laurie and her two teenage sons, Andrew and James. They arrived in Mount Gambier from Portland (Victoria) following the death of Janet’s husband, the Reverend Alexander Laurie, who had started the Portland Herald in 1850. The Border Watch was named after a newspaper – The Border Watchman – from near their birthplace in Scotland. In 1863, they formed a partnership with a fellow Scot, John Watson, who had a colourful career, serving as editor for 62 years until his death at 91 in 1925. For a time he held the world record as the longest-serving newspaper editor. In 1925, John R. Watson took over as editor and continued until 1941. By that time two members of the Watson family had held the editorship for an extraordinary 78 years. Today, the paper is owned by the Scott Group of Companies which also publishes The Pennant at Penola and The South Eastern Times at Millicent.

The year 1863 saw two new papers – the Tanunda Deutsche Zeitung and The Bunyip at Gawler. The Bunyip was first produced as a monthly, then a bi-monthly, but in January, 1866, it became Gawler’s weekly newspaper. It started when a group of local men formed the Gawler Humbug Society and members, Dr George Nott and William Barnet, published a newsletter named The Bunyip. The publication’s aim was to lampoon and deflate perceived forms of humbug, in particular the ‘humbug’ produced in the South Australian Parliament. After its first edition on Saturday, September 5, 1863, a Dr Popham sued for libel and sought 500 pounds. On March 16, 1864, the case was heard, with Dr Popham being awarded only one shilling, without costs. The Barnet family published The Bunyip for almost 140 years before selling to the Taylor Group of Newspapers in April, 2003. Kapunda’s second paper – the Kapunda Herald – began in 1864 under founder Charles Barton of the Tanunda Deutsche Zeitung. It was published for nearly 90 years, and until 1918, when The Leader at Angaston began, the Herald was the only English language newspaper covering the Barossa Valley and Murray Flats. It had several owners, including Mr C. B. O’Reilly, the secretary of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia for more than 30 years. In September, 1923, Leslie Tilbrook, of Clare, took over the paper after working as editor for six years. (Leslie was a nephew of Henry Hammond Tilbrook, co-founder of The Northern Argus at Clare.) In 1951, he sold the Herald and it was combined with the Barossa News to become the Barossa and Light Herald.

The Border Watch in the late 1800s

Yorke Peninsula’s first paper The first of several papers to call the Yorke Peninsula home was established in 1865. The Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal was set up as a result of the discovery of copper in Moonta in 1861. Twin brothers David and Andrew Taylor and George Thompson Clarkson launched the twice weekly paper at the bustling Wallaroo port. Their message to readers was: “When other far less important districts in the colony, such as Tanunda and Kapunda, can support their local newspapers, it would be a disgrace to Yorke’s Peninsula and to South Australia if in this great mining district…a newspaper could not be kept up.” The paper moved to Kadina in 1888 as The Kadina & Wallaroo Times and mostly reported on issues in Kadina and Wallaroo. Matters dear to the hearts of the Taylor brothers (Clarkson left the paper in 1868) were the future of mining, free trade and Australian independence from Britain. 17

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The Southern Argus did not last long in the port and in mid-1868 it shifted to Strathalbyn where it is still published. In 1871, it was published by the Elliott family which continued its association until 1969. Since then it has been run by the Jones family which was in partnership with the Elliott family from 1940 to 1969. The future of the River Murray, railway services, the controversial Hindmarsh Island Bridge announced in 1990, conditions at local Aboriginal communities and tourism have been issues close to the paper. The long-running Hindmarsh Island Bridge saga continued for many years and seven years after it began the Argus editorialised on February 13, 1997: “…this farce will continue and more taxpayers’ money will be wasted on yet another inquiry…All South Australians are heartily sick of this seemingly never-ending saga.”

Wallaroo Times 18 October, 1865. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

The paper was a strong supporter of the infant Liberal Union which upset local Labor MP John Verran, the member for Wallaroo from 1901 to 1918. He was also Premier of SA for one year and 259 days, from June 3, 1910 to February 17, 1912. In a speech to Parliament, Mr Verran described the paper as a “rag” and called its editor, the Reverend R.J. Rose, a “broken-down parson.” The Times had several owners and in 1963 it was sold to C.J.G. (Cecil) and T.F. (Trevor) Ellis of the Moonta-based The People’s Weekly (established 1890) which was merged with the Kadinabased Times by the Ellis family in 1966. The Times was merged with another Kadina-based paper, The South Australian Farmer (owned by the Tossell family and edited by Ben Kaesehagen ), to form the Yorke Peninsula Country Times in 1968. The Times is still run by the Ellis family today. Trevor Ellis and his son, Michael, have both served as president of Country Press SA Inc. and in the centenary year, Michael is also president of Country Press Australia. Mount Gambier had its second paper in 1866 when Theo Carey published The Mount Gambier Standard. Aimed at the farming community of the region, the paper continued until 1874 when Mr Carey answered the “call” to edit the new Methodist Journal. Ebenezer Ward founded The Southern Argus and River Murray Advertiser at Port Elliot in 1866. Mr Ward, an imposing and colourful character, believed that the growing southern port was going to become a major outlet for River Murray trade. Born in London, he came to Australia in 1859 and first worked as the theatre critic for the Melbourne Herald. As well as founding The Southern Argus, he also founded two short-lived papers – the Northern Guardian and City & Country. He ran City & Country while he was MP for Burra District and Minister of Agriculture and Education.

A paper for Clare In 1869, two newspapers were established – one short-lived, and one still publishing today. The Northern Argus at Clare was published by Henry Hammond Tilbrook on February 19, 1869, in partnership with his brother-in-law, Alfred Clode. Alfred Tilbrook, brother of Henry, joined the paper as a partner in July, 1870, and a month later Mr Clode left for Japan where he reportedly worked as an interpreter for the Emperor. At that time local JP, Mr William Kelly, joined the paper as associate editor, a position he held for 10 years. Mr Kelly was also prominent in local government and held the position of Mayor 14 times. Henry had begun his newspaper life as a printer’s devil on The Register at the age of 12. He later edited a paper at Greymouth on New Zealand’s South Island before returning to SA to start The Northern Argus when he was 21. His first editorial was beautifully crafted, a sheer delight to read. In part it said: “We come forward with no flourish of trumpets, we put forth no high-sounding policy; our aim will be to ‘be just and fear not,’ and our convictions we shall maintain with independence of spirit and outspoken candour.” When Henry retired to Adelaide in 1889, he became the official photographer to the SA Government and South Australian Railways. The Tilbrook family also published two other papers – the Port Broughton Echo (1887-1888) and the Blyth Agriculturist (1908-1969). Four editors of The Northern Argus – Reg, Eric, Denis and Ian – served as president of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia (now Country Press SA Inc.), with Denis made a life member for his service. Reg also served as national president. Tudor Tilbrook sold the paper to Fairfax Media in January, 1996, ending 127 years of Tilbrook ownership.

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A major gold strike in the Barossa Valley in 1868 was the catalyst for the founding of The Gawler Times and Goldfields Reporter in 1869. Up against The Bunyip, it wrote: “…we are not activated by a spirit of rivalry, but by a desire to provide the intelligent inhabitants of the second town in the colony with a better class of local periodical literature than they have hitherto possessed.” The gold rush at Spike Gully and Victoria Hill petered out in 1872 and by June, 1873, the paper reported it had been sold to William Barnet of The Bunyip and it ceased to exist. The 1870s The Adelaide Hills had its first paper in 1870 when the Northern Guardian was established to serve the Gumeracha area. Founded by Ebenezer Ward, its first two issues were printed in Adelaide but later the operation was transferred to Gumeracha when Mr Ward became a State MP. The district soon proved unable to support a newspaper and, in 1871, it was transferred to Clare where The Northern Argus had been established in 1869. The Northern Guardian was short-lived in Clare and transferred to Kapunda in 1872. In 1874, it became the Farmers’ Weekly Messenger and Graziers’ Gazette. It was the first newspaper in SA to include a column for children. Called ‘Column for the Young,’ it re-printed short stories from American children’s magazines. Ward closed the paper in 1878. In 1872, The Yorkes Peninsula Advertiser and Miners’ and Farmers’ Journal appeared on the streets of Moonta, publishing twice weekly, with reporting concentrated on the Wallaroo and Moonta copper mines. State Library research reveals that early in its history the paper printed a broad attack on all South Australian politicians. There was uproar in State Parliament with the local MP labelling the newspaper “utter and pointless rubbish.” On one occasion the paper referred to two MPs – one as “a sucking land shark” and the other as a “slimey pig salesman.” Under an early editor, William Wilkinson, the paper supported the formation of the Labor Party. In 1893,

The People’s Weekly 10 September, 1927. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

November 26, 1970

Mr Wilkinson commented on the behaviour of some MPs: “One thing that we are much pleased at is that none of the labor representatives have disgraced their party or their constituents by appearing in the House in a state of intoxication, as some other members have done, nor have they been obliged to remain away from their duties for a fortnight at a time while on the booze.” The paper stopped publication without any warning with its July 28 issue, 1922. Its competitor, The People’s Weekly, printed on August 5: “We regret to learn that our contemporary, the “Y.P.Advertiser” was unable to appear this week due to unforseen circumstances.” Gawler had its third paper in 1875 with the publication of The Gawler Mercury, Farmers Advocate and Mining Journal on November 27. In early July, 1876, it closed. Eighteen months later, on January 11, 1878, The Gawler Standard made an appearance. It was taken over by The Bunyip in February, 1885. In 1875, the rural community of Naracoorte in the South-East had its own paper, The Naracoorte Herald, a subsidiary of the Mount Gambier-based Border Watch. It was briefly put out of business in the late 1800s when it lost a lawsuit which cost it 250 pounds plus expensive legal bills. It was then bought by Archibald Caldwell who continued as proprietor - in partnership with his brother Dugald - until his death in 1942. Jim Thomson, who became manager on the death of Archibald, bought the paper in 1948. In 1958, Harry Peake bought the paper after editing The Courier in Mount Barker. In 1979, his son, Richard, was the new owner. Both Richard and Harry Peake served as president of Country Press SA Inc. and Harry served also as president of the national body. He was also chairman of S.A. Country Newspapers Limited. The Naracoorte Herald was sold to Fairfax Media in 2010. Mount Gambier had another paper in 1875 with the establishment of the South Eastern Ensign on December 10. It lasted seven months, closing on June 30, 1876. 19

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Port Pirie’s first newspaper, the Port Pirie Gazette and Area News, hit the streets in 1876. Established by Tom Anthony and Thomas O’Brien, who were partners in a printing business, the editor noted in the first edition: “The rapid occupation and development of the Northern Areas during the past three or four years have given this new country such a position that its prosperity is important to the whole colony, and its failure would be an immense disaster.” The paper devoted much of its news to the town’s main livelihood of shipping. From March, 1881, Tom Anthony was the sole publisher and on Christmas Day, 1884, the last issue was published. Mr Anthony was angry about what he saw as a lack of support from Port Pirie and he did not hold back from criticism in his last editorial, writing: “The businessmen of Port Pirie have not acted in any way approaching as they should have in supporting our endeavours. The only wonder to ourselves is how, looking back on the past, we have contrived to drag out such a miserable existence so long. We have had no encouragement to progress; on the contrary, when any dirty linen had to be washed we were expected to perform the nauseating operation, as it is tautologically put, free gratis for nothing.” The year 1876 also saw the establishment of The Northern Mail in the mining and pastoral centre of Burra. Founded by Frank Jarman and Henry Pether, the title changed to Burra News and Northern Mail from 1877. In June, 1878, former school teacher Frederick Holder bought the paper and changed it to The Record and later to The Burra Record. Mr Holder went on to become a prominent Statesman and was knighted in 1902. He was twice Premier of SA for brief periods in the 1890s and was the first Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1901. He held the position until 1909 and died after collapsing in the Chair during a stormy 14-hour debate. His last words were reported to be “dreadful, dreadful,” a comment on the raucous debate.

The Areas’ Express 9 May, 1919. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

When the paper ceased publication in March, 1977, it was in the hands of the Angel family. The Burra School Community Newsletter filled the void for some years until the Burra Broadcaster was published by Michael Bradshaw. In July, 1993, the new publishers were Terry and Jill Wilson. Today, “the local” is known as The Mid North Broadcaster, circulating in Burra, Eudunda, Peterborough and districts. It has been owned by the Taylor Group of Newspapers since late 2005. The South Eastern Star at Mount Gambier was founded in October, 1877, and for 53 years it created fierce rivalry with The Border Watch. It closed on October 13, 1930, a victim of the Depression. The first editor was Mr J. F. Jones and later the Star was owned and edited by Mr J. T. Morris who was an MP for six years and Mayor of Mount Gambier for two years. The town clerk of Port Augusta, Thomas Burgoyne, headed a company which founded the Port Augusta Dispatch in 1877. Mr Burgoyne was editor and manager for a short while and was followed by Mr H.J. White. In 1893, Mr J. W. Kirwan took the role. In 1880, the printer of the Dispatch, Mr David Drysdale, who had learnt his trade on newspapers in Melbourne and Castlemaine in country Victoria, became sole owner until 1910 when he sold to Mr R. L. Abbott. In October, 1915, Mr Drysdale purchased the paper again following Mr Abbott’s death. His ownership was again short-lived when he sold to Mr Emrys Rhys-Jones and Mr Sydney Dew three months later. A few weeks later, in February, 1915, the Dispatch folded. The Areas’ Express and Farmers Journal, founded by Mr J.S.J. Pengelley and Mr W.J. Trembath, began publishing at Gladstone in 1877, arguing for the extension of the railway to the districts it served. State Library research reveals that from the start the paper had an outspoken editorial policy regarding political matters. It threw its support behind the formation and activities of the Liberal Union – a conservative political organisation for women. The Express was a weekly for most of its life, but it was successful enough from February, 1878, to July, 1886, to be published twiceweekly. In 1878, there were new proprietors – brothers David and Andrew Taylor and their brother-in-law David Bews of the Wallaroo Times. Ownership changed twice over the next 10 years and, in 1888, William Hancock took control. From 1910 he entered into partnership with the legendary Stan Osborne of the Port Pirie Advertiser and Wooroora Producer who had 65 years in journalism in the United Kingdom and SA. Mr Hancock sold to Lester Judell in 1928 and in August, 1945, Mr Judell retired to the city leaving his three papers – the Express, The Agriculturist and Review (founded in 1878 as the Jamestown Review by Port Pirie builder John Burrough Collins who reportedly wrote with a ‘sarcastic and vitriolic pen’) and the Laura Standard (founded 1889) in the care of managers. Three years later, in 1948, Mr Judell amalgamated the three papers into the Northern Review at Jamestown. New papers for the 1880s Several new papers started in the 1880s, including The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser at Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. The paper, later renamed The Courier, has won numerous newspaper awards under the guidance of the Marston family. It was founded in 1880 by Charles Dumas, a dominant figure in the formation of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in 1912. He also played a prominent role in the Australian Provincial Press Association. The Dumas family ran the paper for 58 years, with Charles holding the position of editor for more than 50 years until his death in 1935. His daughter, Una, ran the paper until 1938, when it was bought by the Monger family who sold it in 1946 to Harry Edmondson and Eric Perry. The Marston family began its long association in 1952 when Frank Teare Marston, who owned papers at Burra and Eudunda, bought Mr Edmondson’s shares. 20

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In April, 1898, Alfred South became sole proprietor and formed a partnership with Charles Meyrick of the Port Pirie Standard. The newspaper closed three months later when the two mastheads were combined to become the Port Pirie Recorder which is still published today under the ownership of Fairfax Media.

In 1954, the Marston family became sole proprietors after purchasing Mr Perry’s shares. On August 28, 1880, Bordertown was the centre for the publication of the Tatiara Mail and West Wimmera Advertiser. In 1888, the owner announced that he was relocating to Nihill, just across the border, where there had been considerable agricultural expansion. In 1884, James O’Loghlin and George Dawson purchased equipment from the defunct North Eastern Times and Terowie News (founded January 1, 1881 and closed December 29, 1882) to open The Terowie Enterprise and North Eastern Advertiser. Mr O’Loghlin, who became a significant figure in South Australia, had an interesting career, first as a farmer, then as a branch manager of the South Australian Carrying Co, a railway goods carrier. Later he was a wheat buyer and then managed Adelaide Milling & Mercantile Co before moving to Terowie as co-founder of the paper. He was its managing editor and later sole proprietor until he sold it in 1887 to Joseph Pengelley. In 1889, he was co-founder of the Catholic Weekly newspaper, the Southern Cross, and its editor until 1896. Mr O’Loghlin was also a Member of the Legislative Council for the Northern District and later the Member for Flinders in the House of Assembly. He was elected to the Senate three times, the first in 1913. The Terowie Enterprise and North Eastern Advertiser unashamedly pushed for the proposed railway link to Broken Hill to pass through Terowie rather than nearby Petersburg, now known as Peterborough. The paper didn’t win the battle and the crippling drought of the 1890s stopped any further plans for the extension of the northern line. The then owner, Joseph Pengelley, who had bought the paper in 1887, moved to Orroroo where he founded The Orroroo Enterprise in 1892. He editorialised: “The prosperous and thriving look of other places has at last induced us to hazard a change.” Terowie also had another paper begin publishing in 1884 – The British Australian Federal Standard and the North Eastern Times which was edited by Frederick Wigney. It had a very short life – its first edition was on April 18 and its last on June 13. Port Pirie had a new paper in 1885. Following the closure of the Port Pirie Gazette, Walter South set up the Port Pirie Advocate and Areas News and was joined by his brother, Alfred, a month later. The paper was outspoken on political issues, reflecting the strong socialist views of the owners. One of the more interesting stories was the fear of Russian invasion in 1885. As a busy shipping and manufacturing town, Port Pirie felt vulnerable and formed a local defence force. On April 29, 1885, the paper stated: “At such a time as the present, when war seems to be inevitable, it is the duty of every citizen to qualify himself….in the event of a Russian fleet coming round to Wallaroo for coaling purposes, a cruiser would probably run into Port Pirie.”

Gold rush paper A gold rush was underway at Teetulpa in the north-east of the State in 1886 with reportedly up to 2000 diggers living in the makeshift town. They got their news from the Teetulpa News and Golden Age, printed by Robert Osborne who had worked previously at the Port Augusta Dispatch. The News closed in mid-1887 and Mr Osborne headed for the city, only to be persuaded to return to the north to found the Petersburg Times. The goal of the Times was to counter attempts to have the Great Northern Railway diverted away from Petersburg (Peterborough) and Port Pirie, through Terowie. In 1895, Mr Osborne expanded his empire with the founding of the Quorn Mercury and in 1903 he started the Jamestown Star and Farmers Journal. His three papers were sold in 1908 to his Peterborough printer, Bill Bennett. In 1922, the Mercury was sold to Frank Pitman who had been working on The Areas’ Express and Farmers Journal at Gladstone. Pitman sold to his nephew, C.J. Stephens, in 1941 and in 1945 it was bought by The Transcontinental at Port Augusta and ceased publication in 1956. At the end of the First World War the Government ruled that German-sounding Petersburg had to undergo a name change to Peterborough, and in 1919, the Petersburg Times became known as The Times and Northern Advertiser. Mr Bennett was an ambitious man and expanded his business, establishing the Booleroo Magnet at Booleroo Centre in 1914 and taking over The Orroroo Enterprise in 1928. The Magnet had a short life, closing in 1915 when the manager absconded with the funds. After Mr Bennett died in 1939, his sons ran the Times until 1970. The Orroroo Enterprise was incorporated into The Review-Times at Jamestown in 1970, as was the Times.

Teetulpa News 16 February, 1887. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

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At that time Northern Review proprietors, R.K. & E. Warnest, announced: “N O FOOLING ! As from April 1, 1970 ….one newspaper to cover all the area north of Clare & Burra and east of the Flinders Ranges in S.A. – The Review-Times – is being created by amalgamating Northern Review (Jamestown), Peterborough Times, Orroroo Enterprise.” Elliston, on the State’s Far West Coast, was very briefly served by the West Coaster in 1888. The one and only edition was published on April 23. In April, 1889, Charles Hussey, MP for Encounter Bay, began publishing The Southern Freeman, a monthly devoted largely as a platform for his political aims including a single chamber of Parliament, supporting Federation and abolishing all pre-nominal titles including Reverend. His paper, which was printed at Port Elliot, ran until March, 1890, when he failed in his bid to be reelected. Mr Hussey continued running his general store at Port Elliot until his death in 1899. The Port Pirie Advocate had some competition in 1889 when James Cowan and Fred Grey set up the Port Pirie Standard. The Standard was right behind workers agitating for better conditions, reporting sympathetically, according to State Library research, on the strike by 250 Port Pirie stevedores in November, 1889. When a local Trades and Labor Council was established, the paper said it marked an “epoch in the history of the town.” When women received the right to vote, editor Berkley Dunn was dead set against the move. He editorialised on Page 2, July 12, 1894: ”Who are the females, who in many respects, have practically unsexed themselves, that are now clamouring for this change?.... We cannot believe the majority of women have anything to gain by securing a franchise.” In July, 1898, then owner Charles Meyrick amalgamated the Standard with the Advocate and both were incorporated in The Port Pirie Recorder. Another Mid-North paper – the Laura Standard and Beetaloo, Wirrabara, Melrose, Booleroo Centre, and Yarrowie Advertiser – was published on April 11, 1889. The Standard said: “For some years past the inhabitants of Laura and surrounding districts have felt the need of a paper which should be devoted to the ventilating of local wants and aspirations.” In December, 1948, three months before its 60th birthday the paper was incorporated into the Northern Review. In May, 1890, The People’s Weekly began publishing at Moonta on Yorke Peninsula, an area it served for nearly 80 years. A year later, it claimed its circulation of 1000 subscribers in Moonta alone was the largest on the peninsula. The paper gave heavy coverage to the copper mining industry and gave its support to workers in the 1891 miners’ strike which lasted for 18 weeks. Agriculture, mining and religion also featured heavily in the paper’s news pages. The Weekly was founded by Thomas Walter Franklin Stratton who sold it to two employees – John Thomas Hicks and R.J. Hughes – in 1890. In 1943, it was owned by Hugh Hughes and C.J.G. (Cecil) Ellis. In 1957, Mr Ellis and his son, T.F. (Trevor) Ellis, ran the paper which, in 1968, became known as the Yorke Peninsula Country Times. Trevor’s son, Michael, now runs the Times at Kadina.

Running his own store, Mr Campbell purchased and repaired an old printing press and his first newspaper was bedded down on July 10, 1891, and a single broadsheet, The Millicent Times, was on the streets the following day. In 1894, his brother, Donald, who eventually became an MP, took over the paper. His left of centre editorials were not appreciated in the rural community and there was a threat to tar and feather him. In 1906, a group of SE businessmen became the new owners, and changed the name to The South Eastern Times. Editor/manager Rueben Mowbray ran the paper until 1952 when he sold it to his staff which created a partnership which included Sidney McRostie and Robert Chewings. In May, 1989, the three McRostie brothers – Michael, John and Paul and their wives – bought the business from their father and Robert Chewings. From December, 1990, until May, 1994, the Times also published the South East Farming News. The Times is now published by the Mount Gambier-based Scott Group of Companies. Serving the Riverland The first edition of The Renmark Pioneer on April 9, 1892, was a chromograph production printed from a hand-written original. (A chromograph is an apparatus for copying documents by the use of a gelatin plate that receives an impression of the master copy). The chromograph was housed in a small tent where co-founders Mr A.P. Gorrie and the Rev J. G.Jenkins printed the paper weekly, just five years after the Renmark irrigation colony was founded. Mr H. S. Taylor, who had worked on the Mildura Cultivator, became editor and proprietor in 1905 and following the establishment of towns at Waikerie, Loxton and Berri the newspaper’s name was changed in 1913 to The Murray Pioneer to reflect the regional coverage of the paper. Since 1905 the Taylor family has been a driving force in newspapers and Country Press SA Inc., and the Taylor Group of Newspapers now owns six newspapers with Ben Taylor as chairman and managing director. Other papers owned are The River News at Waikerie, The Loxton News, The Bunyip at Gawler, The Border Times at Pinnaroo and The Mid-North Broadcaster at Burra. Four members of the Taylor family have served as president of Country Press SA Inc. – W. Gilmore, Darnley, Paul and Ben. W. Gilmore’s son-in-law, Denis Hann, of The Loxton News, also served as president. Paul Taylor also served as national president. The northern areas had a new paper in 1892. Joseph Pengelley who had owned the Terowie Enterprise moved to the more centrally located town of Orroroo and the paper became known as The Orroroo Enterprise.

Tar and feather The Millicent Times at Millicent published its first edition on July 11, 1891. Grocer Roland Campbell was the first owner, printing the paper using a hand-operated, second-hand press bought in a back street of Adelaide. Roland Campbell was a remarkable man. Originally from Robe, his schooling finished when he was 10, and at 11 he was managing the family farm. He then became a farm labourer around Millicent before becoming a builder, news correspondent for The Border Watch and store keeper. Pioneer office early 1900s

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Much of the focus of the paper was on agricultural matters with State Library research revealing that during the drought years of 1896-1902, the paper recorded the loss of stock through starvation, the work of the South Australian Farmers’ Union in distributing seed wheat and the long years of lobbying for a water scheme for the district. In 1893, Thomas Hancock bought the paper and in 1917 he sold it to Mr E. F. Marsden. In 1919, Mr B.A. Clarke became editor and proprietor and in 1930, Keith W. Clarke was listed as proprietor. From March, 1931, John Bennett owned the paper which continued under the Bennett family until its closure in 1970 and incorporation in The Review-Times at Jamestown. The Plain Dealer, a small but outspoken competitor to the Yorke Peninsula’s Kadina and Wallaroo Times was founded in 1894 by John Albert Southwood and George Spring. It had a strong political voice, with Mr Southwood a staunch supporter of the Labor movement. Mr Southwood was elected to Parliament in 1912 and initially copies of his major speeches were printed as supplements to the paper. In 1917, Mr Southwood’s and Mr Spring’s partnership was dissolved and Mr Spring continued publishing until January 26, when the paper closed without warning. For a short time – 1906-1908 – Mr Southwood and Mr Spring published a supplementary paper, The Copper Age, to cover news in the middle of the week. Its masthead revealed that it served Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta and was “The Tuesday Evening Paper of the Populous Places on Yorkes Peninsula.” The paper’s name was the result of a competition run by the Plain Dealer. The name was suggested by Miss Lily Jolly, of Kadina. The Quorn Mercury was started by Robert Osborne in 1895 as an adjunct to his Petersburg Times. Initially a four-page spread with local advertisements on the front page and local news on the back, the Mercury concentrated on reporting news from larger centres in the region. In 1945, the paper was bought by The Transcontinental at Port Augusta, and in 1956 it was incorporated into The Transcontinental. The Barrier Daily Truth, the local newspaper for the remote NSW mining town of Broken Hill, started in 1897 as a weekly news sheet. In 1899, the news sheet format was abandoned in favour of a proper newspaper, and in July of that year the new owners were the Australian Labour Federation. In 1909, it started a Saturday night sporting special paper called Sport. Covering six pages, it was started to blunt the Barrier

Miner having things all its own way with its special Saturday sports edition. The Truth is now owned by the Barrier Industrial Council and is a member of Country Press SA Inc. Port Pirie had its fourth newspaper with the founding of The Port Pirie Advertiser in April, 1898. (The Gazette had closed in 1884 but the Standard and Advocate were still being published. They were incorporated into The Port Pirie Recorder from mid-1898.) Publisher of the Advertiser was Robert Osborne who ran the paper with his printer, William Hancock, and later also his brother, Stan Osborne. State Library research reveals that “when the newspaper expressed a political opinion, it was in support of conservatism and the Liberal Party – unlike the socialist views expressed by the other Port Pirie newspapers.” The last edition of the paper was June 28, 1924. On July 9, 1898, the first edition of The Port Pirie Recorder was published by Alfred South and Charles Meyrick. At first, they published on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but by April 6, 1914, Port Pirie had grown to be a major industrial town and the paper became a daily.

BDT office in early 1900s

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Illustrated News 10 April, 1901. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

Widely-experienced journalist Mr J.E. Davidson purchased the paper in 1919 and changed its name to The Recorder, the masthead it still has today. In 1923, Mr Davidson shifted to Adelaide to found The News and The Recorder was aquired by the company he started, News Ltd. Eight years later he sold it to Mr Horace Yelland. Over its life it has had a number of other owners including R.M. and D. G. Edwards and the Willson family. In 1991, it was bought from the Willson family by Fairfax Media. Yorketown, on Yorke Peninsula, was the home of the Southern Yorke Peninsula Pioneer from January 21, 1898, until 1969. An eightpage tabloid, it was originally owned by Ben L. Wilkinson. It was later owned by F.V. and V. W. Starr. Verne Starr served as president of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia from 1968 to 1970. In 1969, the Pioneer and the Maitland Watch amalgamated to form the Yorke Peninsula News Pictorial and in 1970 the Pictorial was incorporated into the Yorke Peninsula Country Times at Kadina. Turn of century The Port Augusta & Stirling Illustrated News was founded as an illustrated monthly in February, 1901, by Scotsman James Taylor. With his sons, Donald and Frank, and Peter Moran, the paper concentrated on reports of social events, sports, concerts and clubs. Each issue contained several collotypes depicting prominent residents, sporting teams, visiting ships and local works including the building of the smelters. The News closed after seven editions, in August, 1901. Mount Gambier’s Star and The Border Watch had a competitor in November, 1902, when the town’s first free newspaper – The Exchange – was published. It contained little news – its four quarto pages were mainly advertisements. It closed in 1940. Yorketown had a new paper in 1902, with the formation of the Southern Yorke Peninsula Clarion, which served the farming area until 1931. The Western Weekly News began publishing at Port Lincoln in 1902. Founded by local printer, Thomas Borthwick, it covered

the whole of the Eyre Peninsula. State Library research reveals that despite the paper’s title, the numbering suggests it appeared irregularly and possibly at three-week intervals. The paper closed on March 23, 1904. In July, 1902, the Snowtown Star was published by the Snowtown Literary and Debating Society and printed by A. and R.H. Tilbrook of The Northern Argus at Clare. State Library records show only two editions – July 3 and 12. Snowtown had another paper a year later when Mr E.J. Walker published the Snowtown Sentinel. Issues held by the State Library are from October 16 to 30. The rural community of Balaklava had its own paper in 1903 with the founding of The Central Advocate by James Walker. In 1910, it was named The Wooroora Producer, and in 1940 its name again changed, this time to The Producer. In 1983, it became known as The Plains Producer when Roger Manuel bought the paper from the Milnes family of the The Times at Victor Harbor. Roger Manuel died in 1995 and his wife, Margaret, became managing editor. Today, it is published by Andrew and Merridy Manuel and edited by Terry Williams, a former administration officer of Country Press SA Inc. Andrew Manuel also publishes the Two Wells & District Echo, a free monthly tabloid. Margaret Manuel has given great service to Country Press SA Inc., serving as president and administration officer. The Jamestown Star and Farmers’ Journal was first published by Robert Osborne on July 23, 1903, and circulated over a wide area including Belalie, Caltowie, Georgetown and Spalding. Mr Osborne sold it to Bill Bennett in 1909 and in June, 1946, it was absorbed by The Times and Northern Advertiser at Peterborough. In 1904, Mr David Drysdale, owner of the Port Augusta Dispatch, started the Port Lincoln, Tumby and West Coast Recorder. State Library research reveals the paper’s first edition acknowledged the prior existence of the Western Weekly News, to which it offered “the right hand of fellowship.”

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Roger and Margaret Manuel

In April, 1912, Mr Drysdale established a small subsidiary newspaper, the Streaky Bay Standard and West Coast Advertiser, but it lasted only two editions before being absorbed into the Recorder. The Recorder was bought by Mrs R.L. McGregor and her two sons in 1921, when Mr Drysdale died. Mrs McGregor had worked under Mr Drysdale at the Dispatch and it was said she suggested he start the Port Lincoln paper. In 1925, a former Dispatch employee, Maurice Hill, approached her to sell the Recorder but she refused. Mr Hill, with Ken Robertson, then went on to found the Port Lincoln Times in 1927. Mr Hill took over the Recorder in February, 1939, and shortly before Christmas, 1942, the paper announced it was suspending publication “owing to circumstances associated with the war.” Its readers were informed that their subscriptions would be transferred to the Port Lincoln Times. The Adelaide Hills saw a new paper in 1905, when the Southern was published at Woodside to serve the Murray electorate, which included the towns of Woodside, Lobethal, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Gumeracha and Mount Pleasant. The paper closed in 1906 with the editor saying he had made the mistake initially “….in supposing there was sufficient community interests of which Woodside is the geographical, if not the business centre, to foster the feeling that the “Southern” was in every sense a local journal for all of them, while the existence of petty inter-town jealousies influenced the measure of support afforded it.” An island paper Kingscote on Kangaroo Island was the birthplace of the Kangaroo Island Courier in 1907. In Professor Hugo’s research he says: “With the expansion of wheat growing on Kangaroo Island its population increased and as a result the “Kangaroo Island Courier” began publication at Kingscote.” The paper continued to serve the island’s large rural community until 1951 when it was incorporated with the Glenelg Guardian until 1968. In 1967, a new paper, The Islander, was established by Neville Cordes, with its first edition on January 19. Printed in Adelaide, it cost 5c and sold 185 copies. Mr Cordes, who was working out of a small section of the local coffee lounge, soon realised he needed to be printing on the island and stopped the paper briefly to buy equipment. In April, 1967, the paper was reborn and published on a Rotaprint Duplicator. The Islander was bought by Fairfax Media in 1995. The Barossa News was founded by John Birdsey Cant on October 24, 1908, and circulated through towns including Angaston, Tanunda, Truro, Nuriootpa and Greenock. Its aim was to be “the all-seeing eye of the district.” Mr Cant was a driving force behind the setting up of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in 1912 and was its first secretary. The paper’s last edition was May 3, 1951, when it was incorporated, along with the Kapunda Herald, into The Barossa and Light Herald. The South-East town of Bordertown and the Mallee town of Lameroo both established papers in 1908. Bordertown, the birthplace of former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, saw the Border Chronicle and the Tatiara & Lawloit News both begin publishing.

The Chronicle, which has served the Tatiara area for 103 years, was owned by the Poulton family for 55 years – from 1950 to 2005 – when it was sold to the Peake Group headed by Richard Peake of The Naracoorte Herald. In 2010, it was bought by Fairfax Media and is edited by Tracey Poulton. The News said it was going to circulate “throughout the rich agricultural districts of Tatiara (S.A.) and Lawloit (V) … they are virtually one district except that there is a border line running between them which has been practically annihilated by Federation so far as trade and commerce is concerned.” The paper lasted only four years with its final edition on June 15, 1912. The Pinnaroo Country News was first published in Lameroo on June 5, 1908, by James Barclay and William Muir MacFarlane. Mr MacFarlane was a foundation member of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia and when he died in 1922 the paper closed. It was then incorporated into The Lameroo Weekly, a shortlived paper published by Chas Laycock. The town briefly had another paper in February, 1927, when The Lameroo Mail was published by Mr G.W. Veale. Its second edition was printed on February 18 and shortly after that the office was destroyed by fire. National Library of Australia research reveals that the town’s next paper was The Border Guardian, started by A.R. and A.G. Smedley, of Adelaide, in October, 1952. It circulated in the Lameroo, Pinnaroo, Murrayville “and surrounding areas” before it closed in April, 1953. Research by Professor Hugo reveals that a unique paper – the Starter – was published by the local doctor at Denial Bay on the Far West Coast. The first edition on November 14, 1908, was a duplicated hand written sheet of district information and news. Its last edition was on January 29, 1910. The small Lower North town of Hamley Bridge had its first paper for a very brief period in 1908. The Hamley Bridge Express was published between October 3 and 31. The town had better luck between February, 1940, and January, 1969, when The Junction and Gilbert Valley News was printed. Owen, near Hamley Bridge, published Owen’s Weekly and Dalhey District Courier from early October, 1908. It lasted only seven weeks until November 21, 1908.

Neville Cordes – founder of The Islander

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In 1909, the Stanley Herald began publication at Snowtown under the ownership of James Barclay who also had The Broughton Star (1909-1912) at Port Broughton. In 1912, he sold the Herald to Leslie Henstridge who enlisted in the Army three years later. His wife, Amy, became “editoress” and Leslie never returned to the paper. After the war he moved to Melbourne and Amy continued editing the Herald. Mrs Henstridge, who was a committee member of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in the 1920s, relinquished the Herald – which closed in 1948 – to become the first female owner of The Wooroora Producer in July, 1926. The Henstridge family association with the paper continued until 1975. In December, 1909, The Maitland Mail and Central Yorke Peninsula Advocate began publishing. Little is known about the paper and no copies are held by the State Library. In the history of Maitland – Governor Fergusson’s legacy – by Rhonda Heinrich, it says the paper was founded by J. Wilson and contained “biting sarcasm.” Its masthead stated that it aimed to “serve as a Chronicle of all important events concering the Peninsula generally.” The Crystal Brook Times, also founded by James Barclay, began publication in January, 1910, providing news for the farming towns of Crystal Brook, Merriton, Narridy and Wandearah. Other owners over its seven-year life were Mr T.H. Wilkinson and Mr P.J. Critchley. It closed in April, 1917. The Eyre Peninsula Tribune is the longest established newspaper still operating on Eyre Peninsula. Founded in 1910 and first published in Cowell, it was originally known as Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune. Its first numbers were type-written and contained an historical account of the development of the district. Regular printed publications began in March, 1911. It was transferred to Cleve in 1960 and the Areas Express, which was published from September, 1959, to September, 1960, was incorporated with it The Tribune was founded by Charles Wallace who died two years later. His son, George, took over and, in 1920, sold it to Mr E.R. Main. Mr Main died in 1959 and W.J.C. (Jock) Willson and Fred Ogg, who had just established the Cleve Areas Express, tried to buy the Tribune but were unsuccessful. The Tribune was bought by the Port Lincoln Times but only a few months later it was bought by Mr Willson and Mr Ogg. The Areas Express and Tribune merged under the masthead Eyre Peninsula Tribune. The Tribune was then sold to Whyalla News employee Bob Braund (who had joined the Whyalla News from The Murray Pioneer) in 1963 but the Willson family bought it back in 1971. It was sold to Fairfax Media in 1991. Port Wakefield had two papers in the early 1900s. The Wakefield Sun was published from July 17, 1910 until May, 1912. In January, 1915, The Port Wakefield Monitor was founded. It was associated with The Stanley Herald at Snowtown and continued until June, 1941.

The town’s first paper – The Port Wakefield Times and Balaklava, Hoyleton, Blyth and Lochiel Advertiser had lasted only one edition in August, 1876. The year 1911 saw at least four papers established – The Ardrossan News, Maitland Watch, Pinnaroo Border Times and the Wallaroo Wheatsheaf. The News, first published in February, contained mostly Port Wakefield news. However, it did not last long, closing in July, 1911. The Wallaroo Wheatsheaf, published “to preach and teach the two principles of co-operation and social improvement,” continued until mid-June, 1921. The Maitland Watch, which served a large rural community on Yorke Peninsula, was published by Chas O’Reilly, a stalwart of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia. The paper continued until 1969 when it was combined with the Southern Yorke Peninsula Pioneer at Yorketown to form the Yorke Peninsula News Pictorial. A year later the News Pictorial was incorporated into the Yorke Peninsula Country Times. The Pinnaroo Border Times was first published on March 17, 1911, by John Letheby whose stories were always “directed towards the good of the district.” In its 101 years of publishing the paper has only been in the hands of four families – Letheby, Wilson, Marshall and Taylor. The paper’s name was changed to The Border Times by Robert and Beth Marshall who took over in 1985 from the Wilson brothers – Rob, Alan and Reg – who had bought the paper from Mrs Emily Letheby in February, 1953. The Taylor Group of Newspapers took over in late 2005 and began publishing the paper from January, 2006. New Fleurieu paper The Victor Harbor Times and Encounter Bay and Lower Murray Pilot began as an off-shoot of the Strathalbyn Southern Argus in 1912. The founder was Joseph Elliot, with his son, Cecil, appointed first editor. In its early years the paper was handset at Strathalbyn and the pages were sent to Victor Harbor by train for printing on the Dawson flat-bed Wharfdale press. Herbert (Peter) Milnes, a printer from the Argus at Strathalbyn, moved to Victor Harbor to work with the paper in 1917 and became the owner in 1922. His son, Colin, joined the staff in the 1930s and his sons, Paul, Ian and Michael, continued in the business until 1986. Peter Milnes retired in 1978 at the age of 80.

Jock Willson

Peter Milnes checks the press

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The first editorial

The Victor Harbor Times 4 September, 1914. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

The Willson family, through its company name of SA Regional Media, bought the paper in 1986 and a year later it became known as The Times. It changed hands again in 1991 when Fairfax Media took it over. The paper also publishes the free monthly, On the Coast, which serves the former Willunga council district and includes the wine-growing area of McLaren Vale, McLaren Flat, Blewitt Springs and Willunga. The Times also published a free weekly, The Great Southern Star, from November 21, 1995 to June, 1999. The move was made to make sure Fairfax Media did not leave a gap in the market when The Times changed from publication twice-weekly to weekly. In 1912, The West Coast Sentinel was founded at Streaky Bay on the Far West Coast. The editor wrote in his first editorial that he trusted that the advent of the “latest literary youngster” in South Australia would meet with the approval of the people. Obviously it did get the tick of approval, with publication continuing at Streaky Bay until 1977 when it moved farther west to Ceduna. The Thompson family took over the paper in 1932 and continued publication until 1968 when the Hill family, owners of the Port Lincoln Times, took it over. The Sentinel and the Times were added to the Fairfax Media stable in 1990. The West Coast also had another paper in 1912 with the publication, in the small seaside town of Tumby Bay, of the shortlived Western People and Tumby Bay Times. State Library records reveal that the paper was owned by young printer Walter Augustine Wade. There were only three issues before the printery burned down one night while Wade and his partner were sleeping upstairs. The couple managed to get out safely but it was the end of the paper which had published its first issue on June 19 and its last on July 3. Nearly four weeks after the paper was destroyed, Mr Wade attended the meeting of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in Adelaide on July 29 and 30.With his boyish looks, he is pictured on the front cover of Through Our Eyes, sitting on the floor on the right.

The Mannum Mercury and Farmers’ Journal, founded by Lance Thomson in March, 1912, gave wide coverage to news from the myriad of tiny settlements covered by the Murray electorate. During the First World War, its articles reflected patriotic fervour, anti-German sentiment and first-hand experiences of tragedies. In March, 1917, it ceased publication and was taken over by Mr Charles Dumas of the Mount Barker Courier. In 1997, the title was revived as a page of Mannum news in The Murray Valley Standard. The small northern farming community of Wilmington saw the North Western Star and Frome Journal begin publication on August 30, 1912. In late October, 1914, owners Mr and Mrs Reg Barclay transferred the paper to the rapidly expanding town of Port Augusta and renamed the Star as The Transcontinental. After two editions they sold it to Messrs J.E. Edwards and M.H. Hill. The Transcontinental has had a rich history and early on it claimed to be: “The Only Federal Newspaper in Australia.” It is published today by Fairfax Media who bought it from the Willson family’s Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd in 1991. Another northern newspaper, The Booleroo Times, began publishing at Booleroo Centre in February, 1912. By mid-1913 it had closed. Two newspapers began life in the north-eastern town of Peterborough in 1913. Frith’s Bulletin, published by boot maker Frederick Frith, only lasted its first issue of eight pages on April 15, 1913. Printed by Bill Bennett, of the Petersburg Times, the first and only editorial stated: “Now-a-days every man – and paper – is supposed to have a mission in life….we don’t mind whispering in your ear that our ambition is to sell boots and shoes, and we ask ourselves could we have a more worthy object? We think not!”

The Sporting Telegraph 10 May, 1913. Courtesy of the SLSA & SA Memory

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Pritchard Hall started The Sporting Telegraph in May, 1913, to give the sporting results at Petersburg (Peterborough) during the 1913 football season. Printed by Bill Bennett, it was published on Saturday nights. It also included film reviews and advertisements. Its footy season reporting was short – the final issue was on July 26, 1913. The Saturday Times was published in Port Pirie on December 6, 1913, by Roy Harold Butler. National Library of Australia records show it was a weekly paper and published “news of all sorts from all parts.” However, it was mostly a sporting newspaper and its last issue was on August 15, 1914. A new Penny Journal The Leader, established in Angaston in 1918, was referred to as the “new Penny Journal for the Barossa District” by owner Kirkby Robinson. In its first edition on July 24, Mr Robinson wrote: “Once the stranger has seen Angaston he is charmed with the magnificent landscape, and when we found in addition to this that it possessed not a printing office, we decided to establish a new enterprise.” Mr Robinson chose the name The Leader because he wanted it to lead all other newspapers. The Leader is the only surviving familyowned newspaper in SA started under the same family name. The paper has had only three editors in its history, starting with Kirkby (1918-1978), his son, Rae (1978-1990) and Rae’s son, Tony, appointed in 1990. The Robinson family was also involved with The Murray Plains Recorder which was produced at Angaston for Mannum and district residents. With rising costs and a shortage of skilled staff, the weekly was closed down and incorporated with The Leader. The last edition of the Recorder was on September 24, 1964. The Recorder was originally known as The Mannum District Recorder and was published by Mr C.L. Milnes from 1955 to 1960. From April 4, 1957, it incorporated the Sedan and Cambrai Advocate. In 1925, The Loxton Clarion and Murray Lands Advocate was published by Jack Irving who aimed to produce a paper reflecting the concerns of small communities around the cereal farming centre of Loxton. Throughout its life the paper faced financial difficulties, and in June, 1926, the Loxton Clarion Ltd was formed, with Harry Taylor of The Murray Pioneer purchasing a half share and Ben Watson a one-quarter share. Mr Watson was also given the role of business manager to try and help the paper out of its financial problems. A short time later, Mr Irving disposed of his share to the Pioneer and Mr Watson replaced him as editor. The financial situation did not improve, and in October, 1928, it was announced that The Murray Pioneer, which circulated in the region, was closing the Clarion. On the West Coast, the Port Lincoln Times was formed in 1927 in a partnership between Maurice Hill and Ken Robertson who was the first editor, holding the position for 10 years. Since 1927 it has had 11 editors, with Chris Coote the current editor under Fairfax Media ownership. Maurice Hill started his career in newspapers as an apprentice to Mr David Drysdale who owned the Port Augusta Dispatch. In 1904, Mr Drysdale formed the Port Lincoln, Tumby and West Coast Recorder which was printed with plant and type from Port Augusta. When Mr Drysdale decided to print the paper at Port Lincoln he sent Mr Hill by ketch with the plant equipment. In 1914, Mr Hill, with Mr J.E. Edwards, bought The Transcontinental (which was only two editions old) at Port Augusta and in the 1920s bought shares in the Recorder, then owned by Mrs R.L. McGregor. Mr Hill’s love of Port Lincoln saw him establish the Times. The paper became a Hill family affair, with nine members working at the Times in 1955. In September, 1927, Eyre Peninsula was home to another paper, The Kimba Dispatch and Northern Eyre Peninsula Advocate which was incorporated into the Eyre Peninsula Tribune in mid-1941.

The Western Mail started at Ceduna in July, 1928, and was incorporated with the West Coast Sentinel at Streaky Bay in December, 1930. The Mid-North farming community of Riverton had its first paper on January 5, 1928, when Mr H.J. Weckert published the weekly Mid North Courier which ran until June 25, 1942. It was Mr Weckert’s second Mid-North paper – in February, 1922, he published The Eudunda Courier and Murray Flats Advertiser. The Adelaide Hills had a new paper in 1931 when the Adelaide Hills Producer and Gazette was published in Stirling West by Mr J.G.Porteus. Its life was brief, starting in September, 1931, and ending in February, 1932. In 1932, Port Lincoln also had a new paper – The Challenger. It was first published on May 28, 1932, and its last edition was on October 1, 1939. State Library records show that it was the “official organ of the Eyre Peninsula Primary Producers and Taxpayers Association.” However, from issue No. 42 it was referred to as the “official journal of the Peninsula People’s League and Party.” Owner and editor was Mrs R.L. McGregor who started her journalistic career at the Port Augusta Dispatch and later, in 1921, bought the Port Lincoln, Tumby and West Coast Recorder. On November 23, 1934, the first edition of The Murray Valley Standard rolled off the presses at Murray Bridge. By establishing the paper, owner Maurice Parish intended to give the local community a voice. Part of the first editorial said: “So far as we are able to influence readers to regard The Standard as “their” paper and as an organ for the ventilation of “their” problems and “their” doings, so we will have achieved our objective of establishing a proper mirror of the opinions of the Murray people.” In 1950, editor Frank Hambidge, who had been the paper’s first editor from 1934 to 1941 and then worked as a sub-editor at the Burnie Advocate in Tasmania, bought the paper. In 1967, he handed the reins to his son, Michael, who ran the paper for 21 years before selling it to Fairfax Media in 1988. Michael expanded the business in the early 1970s when Bridge Printing Office bought a two-unit Goss Community web offset press. Under his leadership it became a major print contract works producing 40 publications . On May 9, 1972, Michael launched The Southern Review, a supplement to the Standard, The Southern Argus, Victor Harbor Times and the Pinnaroo Border Times. The paper published 13,000 copies weekly, serving readers “From the Mallee to the Sea.” Its last edition was on March 23, 1973. 28

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Willsons to the fore The steel making town of Whyalla had its first paper in 1940 when Mr W.J.C. (Jock) Willson founded the Whyalla News in partnership with Mr J.E. Edwards. Mr Willson continued with the paper until the late 1960s when he shifted to Adelaide. The first issue was printed at The Transcontinental, with the stories and advertisements provided by Mr Willson from a small tin shed in Patterson Street, Whyalla. From July 18, 1941, the paper was printed at Whyalla. Mr Edwards and Mr Willson bought The Recorder at Port Pirie in 1954, followed soon after by the Northern Review at Jamestown. Five years later the Edwards-Willson partnership split and the Edwards family (brothers, Ray, Port Augusta and David, Port Pirie) took ownership of The Recorder and Northern Review, while Mr Willson retained the Whyalla News. The West Coast became a focal point for the Willsons in 1959 when Mr Willson and Mr Fred Ogg founded the Areas Express at Cleve. They tried to buy the Eyre Peninsula Tribune at Cowell but were unsuccessful at their first attempt. They eventually won out and except for a short period between 1963 and 1971 the family owned the paper until it was sold to Fairfax Media in 1991. Between 1963 and 1971 it was owned by a former Whyalla News employee, Bob Braund. The Willsons’ growth path continued to surge and, in October, 1971, they bought The Recorder (Port Pirie) from Ray Edwards. (In the interim David Edwards had sold to his brother and shifted to Perth.) The Northern Review was bought from the Edwards family by

Ray Naulty of the Automatic Printing Company at Port Pirie which also had The Flinders News. When the Willsons bought Mr Naulty’s business in March, 1982, they took over the Review-TimesRecord – an amalgamation of the mastheads of the Northern Review (Jamestown), Peterbough Times and Burra Record. In July, 1974, the Willson family bought The Transcontinental at Port Augusta from Ray Edwards who stayed on for a number of years as managing editor. Mr Willson’s sons – Richard, Donald and Craig – were heavily involved in the newspaper industry and through two companies, Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd, and later, SA Regional Media, they ran an extensive media empire. SA Regional Media, formed in 1985, was a public company with a six-member board – businessman W.A. (Bill) Dawson, the Willson brothers, Paul Clancy, who was managing editor of The Transcontinental, and general manager, Fred Ogg. As well as the papers already mentioned, they also owned The Times at Victor Harbor (bought March, 1986), The Barossa and Light Herald (bought January, 1988) and the Northern Sun which they launched in 1988 to service the Roxby Downs area. The family sold its empire to Rural Press in 1991. In 2003, Fairfax Media changed the masthead of the Northern Sun to the Roxby Downs Sun. The Sun has a journalist based in Roxby Downs, but the paper is produced by The Transcontinental team at Port Augusta. The Sun has competition from The Monitor, a free, weekly, community-owned newspaper edited by Waikerie-based John Pick, one of the most experienced country newspaper editors in SA. In August, 1945, Blackwood, in the Adelaide Hills, saw the founding of The Coromandel owned and edited by Donald N. Flower. Published weekly on Wednesdays, it circulated through areas including Blackwood, Belair, Cherry Gardens, Clarendon, Kangarilla and Meadows. The paper, later known as The Coromandel Times, published its last edition on March 18, 1976. The now saintly town of Penola in the South-East has been home to The Pennant since 1946. Owner Erwin Thiele published his first edition on July 5, 1946 and, in 1950, New Zealander Kenneth Dohnt purchased the paper, which he ran until his death in 1971. The paper was then bought by long-time employee of The Pennant, Lyle Shurdington, who sold it to South East Telecasters in October, 1978. A major shareholder in South East Telecasters was businessman Allan Scott, AO. Today, the paper is owned by the Scott Group of Companies. The Kingston Traders’ Association made a foray in the newspaper publishing business in March, 1946, establishing The Kingston Weekly. The association’s aim was to “record faithfully the growing needs of the district in business as well as pleasure.”

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The paper grew quickly to more than 400 subscribers and in a Page 1 article on July 5, 1946, it said: “The Kingston Weekly has passed three months of existence as a newspaper, and the effort has been very well received by its supporters amongst the public.” However, bad times were ahead and, in 1947, the association sold it to a group of local businessmen under the management of Mr D. Wade. It continued for another four years until “lack of support and continually rising costs” forced its closure in March, 1951. The small farming community of Riverton had its second paper in March, 1949, when local accountant, Harold Du Rieu, published The County Light Times. It lasted only two years, closing on February 22, 1951. Gift of the gab A paper with an intriguing name was first published in the Outback rocket range town of Woomera in 1950 by the Woomera Board. Known as the Gibber Gabber, it is still published today. From 1950 to 1962 it was issued as a foolscap roneoed newsletter. In September, 1962, it became a tabloid newspaper, and in 2003 it changed its format to an A4 publication. The Barossa & Light Herald incorporating The Barossa News and The Kapunda Herald was started by John Liddy in May, 1951. In a Page 1 editorial the paper said: “The publishers are confident that ‘The Barossa and Light Herald’ will prove a worthy successor to its predecessors. The country newspaper has the important task of keeping its readers fully informed of district happenings, and the management will spare no effort to ensure that this journal does not fail in this task.” The editorial also stated that the management would be pleased to receive suggestions from readers for the improvement “of this journal.” It added: “Any such suggestions will receive every consideration and, if practicable and circumstances permit, they will be put into effect.” In April, 1981, the paper announced on Page 1 that it had bought the Eudunda Courier which would be amalgamated with the Herald. The Courier was first published by Mr H.J. Weckert in February, 1922, providing news coverage of Eudunda and the Murray Flats area. In its Page 1 story, the Herald said: “The amalgamation should not be looked as ‘losing’ the Eudunda Courier, but as gaining a larger paper, offering more news and coverage of a wider area.”

In the early 1980s the Herald also published The Barossa Explorer, a tourism paper designed “to be of interest to our thousands of Barossa visitors.” The Herald was bought in January, 1988, by the Willson family, with Donald Willson managing the paper which was taken over by Fairfax Media in 1991. South Australian Countrywoman, incorporating The Rural Review, began on March 6, 1953, and was the official organ of the South Australian Countrywomen’s Association (Inc.). In a page 1 editorial under the heading “Our First Issue,” the proprietors wrote that it was their primary aim “to express the policy, and ideals and record the activities of the Countrywomen’s Association of SA (Inc.).” It noted: “Its columns will, however, be open to general news of vital interest to the man-on-the-land as well as his wife. “The proprietors have been associated with the C.W.A. through the ‘Rural Review’ since 1936, and their decision to publish the ‘S.A. Countrywoman’ is evidence of an unshakable faith in the Association.” SA C.W.A. president, Dorothy Hunt, in a page one article said: “It is my firm belief that no member can get the most out of our great organisation, or give her best to it, without that full knowledge and close touch with our affairs, which can only be gained from our official organ, this weekly publication. “The ideal then, would be for every member to be a subscriber. Let us see how close we can get to that ideal. Will you all help?” The paper continued until September, 1971, when it changed its format to a monthly magazine, with some of the previous coverage being taken on by The Farmer and Grazier. The Riverland fruit and farming centre of Berri was home to Berri Community News from October, 1951, to April, 1962. From May, 1962, until January, 1963, the local was known as Berri News. Waikerie, nestled on the banks of the River Murray, had its first newspaper on July 19, 1956, when The River News was published by Colin and Meg Hetzel who had bought the Waikerie Printing House from Harry Alchin and his family in late 1955. The Hetzel family sold the paper to the Taylor family’s The Murray Pioneer in 1962.

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A former editor, John Pick, was president of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. from 1989 to 1992 and was made a life member for his service. In late 1997 and early 1998, The River News and The Murray Valley Standard (owned by Rural Press) were involved in a dispute over circulation after a change in Mid-Murray Council boundaries. The River News moved into the Mannum area and competed against the Standard, which circulated in the area, for customers and advertising. After pressure from Rural Press The River News withdrew from the Mannum region. The ACCC took action under sections of the Trade Practices Act in relation to misue of market power and entering into an anti-competitive arrangement with a competitor and the eventual outcome after a Federal Court hearing, an appeal to the Full Federal Court and then the High Court was that Rural Press and Waikerie Printing House (River News) had significant penalties imposed – $600,000 on Rural Press and $60,000 on Waikerie Printing House. Two Rural Press group executives were also fined plus a director of Waikerie Printing House. A winning paper Another River Murray newspaper, The Loxton News, had its origins in a monthly newsletter – The Loxton Community Newsletter, published by the Loxton District War Memorial Community Centre Committee. The newsletter’s last edition was in February, 1960. On April 28, 1960, the first edition of The Loxton News was published by J.C. (Jack) Irving, who owned a printing business at Berri. Denis Hann, son-in-law of W. Gilmore Taylor of The Murray Pioneer, edited the paper for nearly 35 years, placing strong emphasis on reporting local council news. He also provided comprehensive coverage of local club and sport news. In its more than 50 year history, the paper, owned by the Taylor family since 1964, has received 24 awards, most for the best newspaper in its circulation category. Whyalla had its second paper in January, 1960, when local businessman and long-time resident, Lindsay McBride, published the Whyalla Times. The quarter-fold paper was a monthly and printed its last edition in October of that year. State Library records reveal that the paper was “wholly set up and published by E.J. McAllister & Co, 21 Blythe St, Adelaide, for the proprietors of the Whyalla Times.” The Willson family, publisher of the Whyalla News, did not see the Times as a significant threat. The South East Kingston Leader was launched on September 19, 1962, by Richard McRostie and his wife, Rhonda. In November, 1978, Noel and Dorothy McRostie took over, and in late 1979, their son, Geoff, began managing the paper. In February, 1987, its title was changed to the SE Kingston Leader. Richard Peake and Judy Barton of The Naracoorte Herald bought the paper in April, 2001, and seven months later it became known as the Coastal Leader. In October, 2010, it was sold to Fairfax Media. In 1965, Riverton had its third newspaper, The Gilbert Valley News, financed by 12 local businessmen. In 1967, it was amalgamated with the Hamley Bridge newspaper to form The Junction and Gilbert Valley News. Two years later the News was taken over by The Bunyip at Gawler. May, 1965, saw a challenge to Barossa valley newspapers by The Salisbury, Elizabeth and Gawler News-Review, a Messenger newspaper. On Page 1 of May 19, the paper announced it would be distributed to homes in towns throughout the Barossa Valley. It also stated that the paper would “provide an unequalled service to all local organisations and business houses.” In his annual report on March 4, 1966, Provincial Press Association of SA Inc. secretary, Jack Power, reported that the move by Messenger was “a surprising development, because Mr Roger Baines, of the Messenger papers, had repeatedly denied any interest in country circulation.”

He also reported that the issue had been sorted out with an agreement on July 2, 1965. A meeting with directors of The Advertiser guaranteed the withdrawal of Messenger papers from the Barossa Valley, “with a further assurance of no future circulation of Messenger papers in country or suburban districts other than those as at 1st May, 1965.” In June, 1965, the bi-monthly South Coast News began publication at Victor Harbor and was printed by Ambrose Press. It claimed a circulation of 2500 to Goolwa, Myponga, Port Elliot, Yankalilla and Victor Harbor. Copies held by the State Library are from Vol 1. No 2. to Vol 1. No 4. on June 25. South Coast Sports News, incorporating South Coast News, was also printed by Ambrose Press, with the first edition published on June 20, 1969. The State Library holds three issues, the last on July 4, 1969. Free papers relying solely on advertising for revenue were to the fore in 1968 and 1970. The Flinders News Pictorial, founded by the small printing firm of Automatic Print in Port Pirie, was first published in September, 1968, saying its aim was to “supplement rather than oppose the function of other news media.” The paper was bought by the Willson family in March, 1982, and sold to Fairfax Media in 1991. The Spencer Gulf Pictorial, also a free paper, was published at Whyalla in May, 1970. It was bought by the Willson family in July, 1974. Professor Hugo noted in his research: “This type of newspaper, long established in the suburbs of Adelaide, represents a new departure for country areas.” A free Southern Fleurieu Peninsula monthly paper, the Yankalilla Regional News, was first published in 1970 and still circulates today. In July, 1971, The Transcontinental, which had bought the Port Pirie Recorder made a bold move that spectacularly backfired. It decided to amalgamate both papers to form one paper, The Northern Observer. It was to appear three times a week but local reaction was overwhelmingly against the new paper and at the end of August it went back to the two papers – The Transcontinental and The Recorder. People power had been a valuable lesson. A free community newspaper, The Bridge Observer, was published at Murray Bridge, in 1971, in competition with the established Murray Valley Standard. The paper announced on Page 1 on August 19, that it aimed “to promote the district, foster local business and support local organisations.” Published by a group of local businessmen in an association named Bridge Investments, it also said it “intended to bring housewives full details of shopping bargains.” It ceased publication in September, 1976, due to “steeply increased production costs.” In 1983, businessman John Potts, who had been involved in the original venture, reissued the paper under its old title which was combined with the old Mannum Mercury title in 1984 to become, for a brief time, The Bridge Mercury.

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A bi-monthly tabloid, the Desert Sun, was published in Port Pirie by Flinders Travel Service in December, 1973/January, 1974. The paper was produced in conjunction with the Commonwealth Railways for travellers aboard the Indian-Pacific, the TransAustralian and The Ghan. It mostly contained articles promoting tourism and it also chronicled the restoration and re-opening of the historic Pich Richi Railway. The last edition held by the State Library is Vol. 1 No. 4 (June/July 1974). Nothing ventured, nothing gained On May 30, 1973, a new venture began for 17 South Australian country newspapers. Venture announced in its first edition that it was “a new publication for country people which is wholly-owned and produced by country people.” It said that as part of their local paper, more than 51,000 homes would receive Venture every week at no extra cost. The editor and owner of The Naracoorte Herald, Harry Peake, was chairman of directors. The other five directors were Peter Marston (Mount Barker), Darnley Taylor (Renmark), Ray Naulty (Port Pirie), Paul Milnes (Victor Harbor) and Michael Hambidge (Murray Bridge). Brian Nelson, who had served a two year stint as editor of the SA Journal of Industry for Stock Journal Publishers Pty Ltd, was appointed general manager. He said Venture had four aims: • To provide an additional service for the readers of country newspapers by producing a publication, which by virtue of its larger circulation, could provide more expensive in-depth features • To provide an effective forum where the views of all country people could be heard • To provide a medium which would attract advertising support to ensure money spent in this direction would find its way back to the country and help the districts concerned • To strongly support any action which was in the common interests of country people Newspapers carrying Venture as an insert were: The Pennant, The Chronicle, The Islander, Pinnaroo Times, Jamestown Review Times, Kingston Leader, Victor Harbor Times, Burra Record, The Naracoorte Herald, The Loxton News, The Murray Pioneer, The River News,

The Murray Valley Standard, The Southern Argus, Mount Barker Courier, Border Watch, The South Eastern Times. Venture proved to be a great success and continued publishing until October, 1992. Its last issue was Vol. 19, No. 382. The 1970s also saw the publishing of Scope magazine which was an insert in the Port Lincoln Times, West Coast Sentinel, Eyre Peninsula Tribune, Whyalla News, The Transcontinental, The Recorder and The Northern Argus. The monthly magazine, first published in May, 1973, was printed at Whyalla and was very successful over a number of years. Its last edition was in December, 1982. A community paper – The Lakelander – was first published at Meningie, on the edge of Lake Albert, on June 25, 1976. The paper is published about 48 weeks a year and covers a large area including Salt Creek, Tailem Bend, Narrung, Coonalpyn and Tintinara. The Coober Pedy Regional Times, a free newspaper established in 1982 by the dedicated volunteer work of local residents in the Far North opal mining town, is published fortnightly, and distributes 4500 copies. Prior to 1982, Coober Pedy was served by a newspaper known as Opal Chips which later became the Coober Pedy Times before being incorporated into the Coober Pedy Regional Times Association Inc. The Mount Lofty Star, published at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills, hit the streets in February, 1983. It was owned and published by Quatre Nominees Pty Ltd., incorporated in Western Australia, for the first 15 editions. In the edition of June 3, it was announced on Page 3 that the new owner was Regional Press Pty Ltd, a new company formed by Star staff members. No records of the paper are kept by the State Library or Country Press SA Inc. and it is not known when it closed. Promoting country papers In 1984, the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. published its first edition of Country Press Week as part of SA Country Newspaper Week. The once a year paper to promote SA’s Country Press has been a great success and is still published today, but under the title of Showcase.

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In the 1984 edition, the chairman of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. promotions sub-committee, Ian Tilbrook, of The Northern Argus, at Clare, said that throughout SA 28 local papers, who were members of the association, would distribute more than 120,000 copies per issue – “from Ceduna to Pinnaroo, from Port Lincoln to Penola.” Association president, Richard Peake, of The Naracoorte Herald, said: “Just as local government often says it’s the tier of government closest to the people, country newspapers believe they’re the closest news and advertising medium to the people in their communities.” Cleve newsagent Phil Hughes joined the ranks of newspaper owners when he published the Rural News on a printing press in his back shed in November, 1984. The stories covering farming news on the Eyre Peninsula were written by David Furniss, the regional sales representative for Boral Cyclone. The News was a free monthly, A4 glossy, sent to every farmer on the peninsula. Mr Furniss, in an interview for the book, said he and Mr Hughes had “seen a gap in the reporting of agricultural news and went for it.” Mr Furniss and his wife, Janette, took over the Rural News in early 1986, and changed its name to Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island Rural News. Its masthead later changed back to the Rural News when Mr Furniss sold 50 per cent to the Willson family who owned the Whyalla News. Its coverage expanded to Yorke Peninsula, the Mid-North and Adelaide Plains, with circulation growing to 8500. The Willsons eventually took control, and when Fairfax Media bought the Willson media empire in 1991, it also took control of the Rural News which later closed. The fishing and rural centre of Port Lincoln had another paper in November, 1987, when the Eyre Peninsula Rural Chronicle was published as a monthly by Peninsula Publishers Pty Ltd. It became a bi-monthly in 1988, and ceased publication in November, 1990. Brian Barnett, a former manager with the Port Lincoln Times, says the move to publish the Chronicle forced the Times to hire specialist farm writer, Brenton Rehn, to do stories for Peninsula Farmer, a supplement of the Times. He says the hiring of Mr Rehn resulted in the Peninsula Farmer becoming a much stronger supplement. The Weekender Herald has been serving the Adelaide Hills and Mt Barker council areas since 1992. Formerly known as The Adelaide Hills Weekender, the Crafers-based, free community newspaper has heavy emphasis on lifestyle stories.

In November, 1992, the first issue of South Australian Country Magazine was inserted into 24 country newspapers. It said the magazine would be published quarterly and would be a “country co-operative effort.” The magazine added: “Country newspapers rarely have the time or space to cover events outside their immediate circulation zones and, generally, the metropolitan press doesn’t bother. “This gap in coverage means that many stories of interest and relevance remain unpublished in regions other than their area of origin. “South Australian Country Magazine will fill this gap – it will be dedicated to covering the ‘best of the country.’” A significant event in the history of Country Press SA Inc. occurred in 1996 when Beryl Price, of The Murray Valley Standard, became the first woman to be elected president. She held the position until 1998. In 2002, Margaret Manuel, of The Plains Producer, became the second woman elected president, holding the position until 2003.

B.D. Price – first woman president

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Rural Press buy-up begins The year 1988 was a landmark in the history of SA country newspapers. It was the year Rural Press (Fairfax Media since May, 2007) began its buy-up of papers across the State. Since then its growth path has been spectacular with 16 papers now in its SA stable. Fairfax Media is by far and away the dominant force in country newspapers in SA. The next biggest player is the Taylor Group of Newspapers which owns six titles. The first title purchased by Fairfax Media was The Murray Valley Standard at Murray Bridge in 1988 followed by the Port Lincoln Times and West Coast Sentinel in 1990. In 1991, the company bought the Willson family papers. Until then, the Willson family, through its companies, Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd and the publicly-listed SA Regional Media, had been the most significant player in the history of country press in SA. In the mid-1990s, the Fairfax Media buy-up continued with The Islander on Kangaroo Island in 1995 and the Tilbrook family-owned Northern Argus at Clare in 1996. Its next foray into country newspapers in SA was not until 2010, when it purchased three South-east papers from The Peake Group – The Naracoorte Herald, The Border Chronicle and The Coastal Leader. Announcing the purchase of the papers, the CEO and Publisher of Australian Regional Publishing – Fairfax Media, Allan Browne, said the company was very pleased that the three “quality newspapers” would join “our existing family” of more than 250 regional papers Australia-wide. In its review of the purchase the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was not opposed. It said it had considered the competitive effects of the acquisition in the context of local markets for the supply of print advertising. In reaching its conclusion not to oppose the acquisition, the ACCC said: “….the ACCC considered amongst other factors that there was limited overlap between existing Fairfax publications and the acquired publications in relation to print advertising. Therefore there was unlikely to be any substantial lessening of competition for print advertising in the local markets of the acquired newspapers.” A new newspaper began in the Adelaide Hills in 1997 and is still publishing. The Lobethal-based, Along the Grapevine, is published fortnightly and covers news and events from the Torrens and Onkaparinga Valleys. In 2003, a monthly paper, Morgan Matters, began in the historic river port and is still published today.

The newest member of Country Press SA Inc. is the Riverland Weekly, published at Berri. The free paper is owned by local businesses including real estate agents, car dealers, beauty salons and dress shops who each hold shares. Ownership by advertisers is a different business model to other country newspapers in the State and is seen as another evolution in the ever-changing face of community newspapers. First published on December 6, 2007, the Riverland Weekly is delivered to houses covering the broader Riverland and Mallee region. In its first edition it said: “As well as news and sport, entertainment and information, the Riverland Weekly’s big real estate and motoring sections will have saturation coverage of the region.” The Riverland Weekly was accepted into Country Press SA Inc. by a committee meeting on July 3, 2009. Over the last 173 years, country newspapers have constantly evolved in the face of a myriad of challenges. These challenges will continue into the future, but what is in store for the papers is hard to determine as changes in the media come at an ever-increasing pace. Social media is the new frontier and country newspapers will have to continue to embrace it as they move forward. However, there will always be one constant with country newspapers – they will always be the voice of the people.

Issue No. 1 – Thursday, December 6, 2007


River story reaches the city Page 3


Graham Charlton joins the Weekly


Learning to love snakes Pages 14 - 15

Pages 40 - 44

InsIde your bIg new free rIverland weekly thIs week ...

Welcome to the Weekly WELCOME to the Riverland Weekly, your new full-colour newspaper circulating free of charge to households throughout the region every Thursday. The Riverland Weekly will bring you all the usual newspaper features in a bright, easy-to-read format. As well as the news and sport, entertainment and information, the Riverland Weekly’s big real estate and motoring sections will have saturation coverage of the region. Watch out for your copy ... every Thursday.

n MAKING A SPLASH: What does the river mean to the Riverland? It’s the lifeblood of the people, the link between diverse communities, the playground of the young and not-soyoung ... it’s what makes the Riverland a great place to live. Here, local residents Kyle Pietrzak, Dean Beer and Nathan Gorman show how it can be enjoyed. Photo: JANE WILSON

Lift in allocation is a lifeline for irrigators


A 10 PER CENT lift in irrigation allocations announced this week has provided a ray of hope for many local growers who can now look forward to at least getting through this harvest. But for others it has come a little too late to save their blocks from near extinction. n Full report, Pages 6 – 7

A.G. Browne

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History of Country Press SA Inc. 1912 – 2012

The association’s first year in detail, plus extracts from more than 2200 pages of minutes – pages 36-64

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The first year

March 25, 1912 – April 22, 1913

A SMAL L café in Adelaide’s Rundle Street was the setting

on Monday, March 25, 1912, to usher in a new era in country newspapers in South Australia. The meeting in Bricknell’s Café at 49 Rundle St was “called by circular emanating from a meeting” of four newspapermen – Messrs, R. H. Barnet (Gawler Bunyip), C.M.R. Dumas (Mount Barker Courier), C. B. O’Reilly (Kapunda Herald) and J. B. Cant (Barossa News) – who believed a Provincial Press Association should be set up in South Australia. In the café run by Balfour, Bricknell & Co Ltd, and advertising that it was “Unequalled for Convenience & Comfort,” were nine men, including Messrs Barnet, Dumas, O’Reilly and Cant, representing 14 papers. Others present were W. H. Bennett (Petersburg Times, Quorn Mercury, Jamestown Star), S. R. Hanley for H. S. Taylor (Renmark Pioneer), L. S. Duncan (Border Chronicle and Lawloit Times), W. Hancock (Wooroora Producer, Area Express, Port Pirie Advertiser), J. W. Elliott (Southern Argus). Letters endorsing the formation of an association were received from Messrs. A. South (Port Pirie Recorder), A. and R.H. Tilbrook (Northern Argus, Blyth Agriculturist), A. Caldwell (Naracoorte Herald), C.C. Neale (Maitland Watch), E.J. Farrell (Laura Standard), Leslie Henstridge (Stanley Herald), D. Drysdale (West Coast Recorder), Ben L. Wilkinson (Southern Yorke’s Peninsula Pioneer), R.L. Abbott (Port Augusta Dispatch), C. Wilkinson (Crystal Brook Times), (Booleroo Times), and “a verbal communication” was received from Mr R.M. Watson (Border Watch). A printed record of “The Inaugural Meeting” details “Opening Remarks” by Mr Cant. These remarks reveal that at the earlier meeting between Messrs Barnet, Dumas, O’Reilly and Cant they had decided “ to suggest the formation of a Provincial Press Association for South Australia.”

Mr Cant said it was generally felt that such an association was necessary, and that the earlier meeting and the correspondence which he had received, certainly endorsed that opinion. The meeting wasted little time getting down to business, with Mr Dumas proposing and Mr O’Reilly seconding that Mr Barnet be chairman. Mr Barnet thanked the meeting, and “hoped that the association would be formed and have a successful career.” The next order of business was to elect an acting secretary. Mr Elliott moved, and Mr Bennett seconded, that Mr Cant be appointed. Minutes of the meeting record: “Mr Cant consented to act.” Mr Cant then read correspondence from various proprietors endorsing the formation of the association and also letters expressing “pleasure at the possibility of the formation of the association” from Mr T.M. Shakespeare (secretary NSW Country Press Association) and Mr W. H. Waddell (secretary Victorian Provincial Press Association). It didn’t take long for the possibility to turn to reality. The next order of business was “Formation of Association.” Mr Elliott, in moving that a Provincial Press Association of South Australia be formed, said that he felt such an association would be of very great value to the country press of the State. There were, he said, a number of matters affecting them which it was impossible for them to deal with individually; but collectively they would be able to take a firm stand. He would do all in his power to forward the movement. Mr Dumas seconded the proposition, and was pleased that steps had been taken to bring the country newspaper proprietors into touch. He was sure such an association would result in their mutual benefit.

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Key points were: • The membership shall be limited to proprietors, managers and publishers of newspapers outside a radius of ten miles from the General Post Office, Adelaide. • As a mark of appreciation for services rendered or other sufficient cause the Annual Conference of members shall be empowered to create life and honorary members of the Association, also to accept donations therefrom. • The association shall be supported by bequests, donations and subscriptions. The subscription shall be one pound one shilling per annum for each newspaper. Clause 5 covered eight main objects of the Association. These were:

C.B. O’Reilly

• To watch over and protect the interests, rights and privileges, and to assist in promoting the greater efficiency and influence of the Provincial Press of South Australia. • To watch legislation and administration of laws affecting the rights and liberties of the Provincial Press. • To promote and safeguard newspaper interests in regard to the operation of the Law of Libel, to initiate such reforms therein as may from time to time appear necessary, and to provide mutual help, legal opinions and advice to members seeking same. • To obtain information upon all topics having a practical interest for newspaper proprietors, and to furnish the same to its members. • To promote co-operation amongst members of the Association in all matters affecting their common interests, and to afford opportunities of personal intercourse by means of occasional meetings, Annual Conferences, and reunions. • To promote the speedy collation and transmission of news and literary matter.

J.B. Cant

• To co-operate with Australian Press Associations and kindred bodies in every endeavour advanced to further the interests of the press, where concerted action might prove beneficial or effectual. • To place the Metropolitan and general advertising business of country newspapers on a reliable and satisfactory basis.

The minutes show: “Messrs. W. H. Hancock, O’Reilly, Bennett, Duncan and others supported. The motion was carried unanimously.” And so the Provincial Press Association of South Australia was born to protect the interests of SA country newspapers. Before the meeting adjourned, Mr Dumas moved that the subscription be one pound one shilling, payable annually in advance. Mr Bennett seconded and the motion was agreed to. But there was still one last thing to discuss – Constitution and Rules. Mr Bennett moved that Messrs Barnet, O’Reilly and Cant be a committee to draft a Constitution and Rules for presentation to the next meeting. Mr Hanley (for H. S. Taylor ) seconded and it was carried. At the adjournment it was resolved that “endeavours be made to secure the attendance of all country newspaper proprietors for another meeting on April 23 at Bricknell’s Café.” At the April 23 meeting orders of business included the Constitution and Rules and election of officers. Also for discussion were “Scales of Rates, Job Printing Prices, Recognizing Agents, Rates of Commission, Government Advertising, Advertisement Writers, and Limiting Alterations.” (Research of minutes reveals some of these were issues that dominated meetings year after year.) The Constitution, Objects and Rules were presented by the committee appointed to draft them, “and were taken clause by clause, and after a few minor amendments were adopted.”

The meeting then moved on to the election of officers and Mr Barnet, who was elected chairman of the March 25 meeting, was “declared elected” to the position of president. He thanked the association for the honor it had conferred upon him.

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The minutes recorded: “It was a great pleasure to him to know that they now had a Provincial Press Association in South Australia. He was sure it would prove of very great benefit, not only from a financial standpoint, but it would be the means of bringing country newspaper proprietors into touch with each other, and be the means of creating a good fellowship amongst them that could not be obtained in any other way. “His endeavour would be to make the Association a real live concern.” Advertising rates were on the agenda and Mr H. S. Taylor (Renmark Pioneer) moved: “That this meeting suggests to the committee that it should prepare model scales of rates, according to circulation, as minimum prices to be charged for advertising, and that they be submitted to members for approval.” Mr W. Hancock (Area Express, Wooroora Producer, Port Pirie Advertiser) seconded, and thought that this was one of the first questions they should take into consideration, “for if some uniformity in price were adopted by members it would be of great value to everyone.” The motion was carried. The only other issue raised was in relation to job printing and a uniformity of prices. The committee undertook to take the matter into consideration and report. The first annual meeting of the PPASA was held at Bricknell’s Café – obviously living up to its reputation for convenience and comfort – on Tuesday, April 22, 1913, with proceedings starting at 10.30am. The published Report of Proceedings showed that even back in 1913 newspaper proprietors were on the lookout for any chances of advertisements. The proceedings contained several full page advertisements including a double-page spread on the Linotype Model No. 10 which it was said had been specially designed to meet the needs of country newspapers. Secretary Cant read president Barnet’s report which commented on the membership: “You will be pleased to note that out of a total of 44 newspapers this Association has as its members 41 of them. Those standing out being The Burra Record, Clarion (Yorketown), and the North Western Star, published at Wilmington.”

Mr Barnet then addressed the meeting and said he would like all members to be loyal. The minutes recorded: “They knew that loyalty meant responsibility. Without the loyalty which should characterise members no Association could be a success, neither could a nation be built up without loyalty. “Such loyalty could only be gained by every member realising his responsibility to his fellow pressmen united with him for the general good. If each individual was sincere in his membership then only could their Association be the help and power to them that they intended it should be. “A number of instances had been brought under his notice where members had acted not in accordance with the intentions of the Association. It could hardly be expected that in the first year they could make their regulations to suit every newspaper, but it was hoped the members would stick together and help to bring things into line so that all would work fairly and that matters affecting papers situated differently to others would not be cramped, nor would the proprietors of smaller papers be placed at a disadvantage to others in the matter of advertising.” Messages of a similar theme were delivered many times over the ensuing years. Following Mr Barnet’s address the first order of business was “Election of officers.” The minutes record Mr Barnet was “unanimously re-elected to this position and his good work during the year was remarked upon.” Mr J. W. Elliott (Southern Argus) was unanimously re-elected vice-president and “the following gentlemen were elected to the Executive” – Messrs. C.M.R. Dumas, C.B. O’Reilly, W. Hancock, W.H. Bennett and J.R. Watson. Mr G. Auricht was appointed auditor. The meeting discussed a “New scale of rates” and it was pointed out that papers having smaller circulations than many old established periodicals had not the same chance of gaining advertisements, and it was considered advisable that more equitable rates should be formulated. Mr L. R. Thomson (Mannum Mercury) moved and Mr R.H. Tilbrook (The Northern Argus) seconded “that the executive be asked to consider the matter of a new scale rate.” 38

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Another advertising issue raised was the question of District Council balance sheets. Mr Barnet said there was a great diversity of opinion as what should be charged for the publication of the balance sheets. Some papers had only charged one pound and sent a paper to every ratepayer in the district whilst others had charged a fair casual advertising rate. A resolution was carried “that a minimum price for District Council Balance Sheets be 2s. 6d., per inch set in Brevier.” The first Annual General Meeting wound up with invitations from Messrs. B. Seppelt and Sons, Ltd, for members to visit the winery at Seppeltsfield. There were also invitations to attend the Tivoli Theatre and to see Tokio Town at the Exhibition Building.

Members who attended the annual general meeting were listed as: Gawler Bunyip, R.H. Barnet Mount Barker Courier, C.M.R. Dumas Kapunda Herald, C.B. O’Reilly, Kapunda Barossa News, J.B. Cant, Angaston Petersburg Times, Quorn Mercury and Jamestown Star, W.H. Bennett Southern Argus, J.W. Elliott Areas Express, Mr W. Hancock West Coast Recorder, Mr D. Drysdale Northern Argus, Mr R.H. Tilbrook Port Augusta Dispatch, Mr R.L. Abbott Jamestown Review, Mr A.W. Gage Southern Yorke’s Peninsula Pioneer, Mr R. Wilkinson The Kirchen and Missions Zietung, Mr G. Auricht Mannum Mercury, Mr L.R. Thomson Apologies were received from The Port Pirie Advertiser, Wooroora Producer, Pinnaroo & Border Times and The Stanley Herald.

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An insight into the workings of country press This is the first of five sections which provide extracts from the minutes of meetings of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia which later became the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. and then Country Press SA Inc. The verbatim extracts, which appear under the headings given in the minutes, provide an insight through the eyes of the proprietors into the workings of the association and the issues facing country newspapers until 2012. The other sections are 1929-1950, 1951-1970, 1971-1990 and 1991-2012. Unfortunately, minutes for the years 1924 to 1928 are missing.

1914 – 1923

Mr H.S Taylor – “shabby treatment”


Government advertising Mr Barnet (President) introduced the question of “Decentralization of Government advertising.” He said the Government made it a practice to advertise everything, whether it was a matter of wide interest to the public or something that only applied to a section which was served by a local paper, in the city dailies and seldom recognized the country papers. He thought it was time the Association took some steps in the matter. Mr H.S Taylor (Murray Pioneer) thought that they received shabby treatment. No other State treated its country papers as the South Australian Government did.

General Mr Osborne (Port Pirie Advertiser) said the President had referred to the matter of loyalty. He wished to mention a personal matter – he did so with diffidence. For years he had been doing a sports book for a certain price and now another member of the Association had tried to secure the work by undercutting. This he thought was unfair. In addition to this another member had gone into his district and started a paper, undoubtedly for the purpose of securing a large amount of printing that was obtainable in the district. In his opinion such actions as these should be discountenanced by the Association. Mr L.S. Duncan (Barossa News) called the attention of the meeting to the publication called the Municipal Journal and suggested it should be taboo. It appeared to be an attempt to draw legitimate business away from country newspapers. Reports of proceedings of second annual meeting, April 27, 1914


District Council Printing An appeal was made to the District Councils of the State asking that full support in regard to job printing should be given by the Councils to the country newspapers which circulate in their respective districts, and we believe the appeal will have beneficial results. Unauthorized Advertisements Since the formation of the Association the number of unauthorized advertisements appearing in some of the country newspapers has been considerably diminished, but there have been cases during the past year where advertisements have been allowed to remain in longer than the period for which they were ordered. This practice depreciates the true value of the country newspaper as an advertising medium, and has also a serious effect upon those offices which adhere strictly to the terms of all contracts. Reports of proceedings of third annual meeting, April 26, 1915

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Annual report The President (Mr C.M.R. Dumas, Mount Barker Courier) read the annual report as follows: Our fourth year closes with the world still at war. The titanic struggle to uphold the case of justice and honour is now much more favourable to the British Empire and its courageous Allies than when we met together twelve months ago. We pray fervently that before our annual gathering in 1917 the blessings of peace may be vouchsafed to us again. Patriotic Resolution Following the lead of the New South Wales and Victorian Associations we adopted a patriotic resolution as under: “That the members of this Association pledge themselves to assist the State War Council to the full extent of their resources (a) by promoting recruiting and (b) by helping the proposed local committees to find employment for and promote the settlement of returned soldiers.” Reports of proceedings of fourth annual meeting, May 15, 1916

1918 Death With deep regret we report the death of Mr R. H. Barnet, one of the foundation members of the Association. From the first, the deceased gentleman recognized the value of combined action among country newspapers, and he never ceased to show the keenest interest and personal devotion to the promotion of the cause. He was our first President, and afterwards he was chosen President of the Australasian P.P. Association. Paper supplies The Australasian Executive waited on the federal Government and put the case for the provincial Press. The outcome has been that the Federal Government has promised to bring 1,000 tons of Canadian paper to Australia for the Provincial Press. This will relieve the position somewhat, but we urge members in their own interests to exercise the strictest economy in the use of paper.


Paper supplies Among the serious problems which have faced members during the year has been the one relating to the shortage of paper. The question of supplies was discussed at the Australasian Conference in Sydney, and the delegates thereto conferred with the Board of Directors of the New South Wales Country Press Co-operative Company on a proposal put forward for the formation of State co-operative concerns acting conjointly as one unit in the matter of paper purchase.

Association canvasser In accordance with the resolution of the last annual meeting, the question of appointing a special canvasser for the city was discussed by the Committee. Leading advertising agencies were approached, and the suggestion put before them. Their negative attitude resulted in the matter being left in abeyance. Reports of proceedings of sixth annual meeting, April 26, 1918

Association canvasser Mr R.H. Barnet (Gawler Bunyip) moved – “That in the best interests of the Association a canvasser be engaged to wait upon the business people of Adelaide and Port Adelaide, mainly with the view of ventilating the possibilities of trade extension through the medium of the Provincial Press, and that it be a recommendation to the Executive to prepare literature in support of this appeal.” He said his experience had proved that the advantages of advertising in the Provincial Press should be brought before the business people of the city, and it was bound to do good to the country newspapers if a smart man were engaged for a few weeks to put before the advertisers the merits of each district, especially if he had statistics and other literature to help him. The motion was amended by the insertion after “engaged” of the words “to work in co-operation with recognized advertising agents and.” With this amendment the motion was carried. Reports of proceedings of fifth annual meeting, April 27, 1917 41 T HROU G H OU R E Y E S > 100 y e a r s o f C ou n t r y P r e s s SA I n c . , 1912 – 2012


Free advertising paragraphs Your Committee regrets that cases have been noted where members have published as paragraphs, without charge and without any accompanying advertisement, items that should be treated solely as advertising matter. This is unfair to the Association which is striving to establish, among other things, the principle that those who desire to use the Provincial Press for their own advantage shall pay the proper rates. Just so long as papers can be found willing to accept anything sent along to fill up will the aim of the Association in this respect be delayed in accomplishment. Medical advertisements The President, according to notice, moved: “That the minimum charge for medical advertisements be 1/- an inch.” He said he had come to the conclusion a long time ago that they were not getting a payable price for their medical advertisements, and that the minimum price should be 1/- an inch. Reports of proceedings of eighth annual meeting, April 30, 1920



The war The note of joy and thanksgiving at the cessation of hostilities in the great war conflict sounds above everything else, and we join in the universal prayer that the stoppage of slaughter and suffering may be followed by a peace that will bring prosperity and contentment to the nations of the earth. To Lieut. Edwards (Edward & Hill, “The Transcontinental,” Port Augusta) we extend congratulations on his safe return to Australia after a period of trial as a prisoner of war. Paper administration and supplies There is every reason for believing that the acute shortage of the paper supply has passed but the year just closed was an anxious one. At one period the position was so serious as to induce the Federal Government to appoint a Paper Administrator to regulate the supplies for the Commonwealth and to enforce a rigid economy in the use of paper. Reports of proceedings of seventh annual meeting, May 3, 1919

Railway freight on paper The attention of your Committee was directed by Mr W. H. Bennett (Peterborough Times) to certain anomalies in the railway tariff by which country newspaper offices were being charged higher rates for the carriage of printing papers, “not in cases or rolls.” Letters were addressed to the Railways Commissioner on the subject, as the result of which the classification has been altered to include carriage of paper whether in rolls, bales or packages, at “B” class rates and conditions. This represents a substantial reduction in freight to country offices, and is another instance of the advantages to be gained from a united body. Printing industry award An application was received from the Printing Industry Employees’ Union for a variation of the existing Wages Award on account of the increased cost of living. The Union asked for an advance of the minimum wage for adult workers from 64/ to 85/, with corresponding increases in the other portions of the award. The Vice-President, Mr R. H. Tilbrook (in absence of the President through imposition), Mr G. R. Brickhill, and the Secretary met representatives of the Union in conference and agreed to a variation for the remaining term of the award – a period of eighteen months – under which the minimum wage for adult workers was set at 78/6. Reports of proceedings of ninth annual meeting, April 29, 1921


Australian Dried Fruits’ Association A new departure in the operations of the Association has been the handling of an advertising campaign among the country papers of South Australia on behalf of the Dried Fruits’ Association. This is the first advertising contract actually carried through by us, and it is satisfactory to know that the flat rate of 1/- an inch was obtained for the 34 participating papers. The benefits thus derived are accentuated by the fact that members at the time the contract was made are being charged only 10 per cent commission – a saving of 10 per cent on the ordinary charge by agents.

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Co-operative Trading Company The annual meeting of our Association in April, 1921, carried the following motion: “That the incoming Committee take into consideration the possibility of establishing an Association office in Adelaide. Steps were taken almost immediately to prepare a scheme which would appeal to members, and the Committee was able to submit for their consideration and adoption the purchase of Mr H. Hampson’s well-known advertising agency on exceptionally favourable terms. A prospectus was drawn up for the formation of a Company, and many excellent responses were received. A small proportion of members have shown an apathy and lack of interest which have resulted in a delay in bringing the scheme to a head, but finality must be reached within the next few weeks to enable the tentative agreement for taking over the business to be carried into effect. We appeal to those who have not yet applied for shares to act without further delay, so that they may become shareholders and co-partners in a trading concern, the profits of which will be distributed to members”. Conclusion Consideration for a few moments will enable members to realize what the Association has meant to them. Ten years ago the country newspapers of the State were practically at the mercy of advertisers. Farming out of space was not unknown, and in very many cases printers took really starvation prices from people who thought they were conferring a benefit on the country newspaper in using its columns at all.


Co-operative company The most important event of the year was the formation of the Provincial Press Co-operative Company…. On Monday, October 23, 1922, a meeting of persons who had agreed to become shareholders in the proposed Provincial Press Co-operative Company of South Australia, Limited, was held at Mr Hampson’s office, and the company was formed at that meeting. Arrangements were made for the transfer of Mr Hampson’s business to the company on January 1, 1923. Membership and changes During the year Mr F. Pitman acquired the Quorn Mercury from Mr W. H. Bennett, and Mr H. Milnes took over the Victor Harbour Times from Mr J. W. Elliott. We regret to record the death of Mr W. M. McFarlane, proprietor of the Pinnaroo Country News, Lameroo, one of the foundation members of the Association. In consequence of Mr McFarlane’s death the paper ceased publication. We note with regret also that the old-established paper, The Yorke Peninsula Advertiser, ceased publication in July last. The membership of the Association is now 41. Reports of proceedings of eleventh annual meeting, May 4, 1923

Reports of proceedings of tenth annual meeting, June 16, 1922

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1929 – 1950 1929

Congratulations to President Congratulations were extended to the President (Mr C.M.R. Dumas) and to his son Mr Lloyd Dumas on the latter’s appointment as managing Editor of The Advertiser with good wishes for his continued success. The President acknowledged the congratulations and said his son also would appreciate the kind words of the Provincial Press. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, June 24, 1929 Cost of living figures Notification from W.H. Waddell, Secretary Victorian PP Association, 25.7.29, that under the adjustment clauses of the Federal award the wages for adult male employees in the printing industry were to be increased by 4/- a week and for female employees by 2/- a week for the next six months. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, August 19, 1929


New Postal Rates and Sales Tax Mr T.M. Shakespeare, President A.P.P.A., sent lettergram on July 24 stating that at the Association’s urgent request, the Prime Minister had decided to recommend to Cabinet to drop the proposed increased bulk postage rates; also advising that newspapers using newsprint were exempt from the sales tax. Position of newspapers printed on other than newsprint & also of job printing was being considered & he would advise later. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, July 28, 1930 Publication of Broadcast News Secretary reported that at the request of the Border Watch proprietary he had written to the New South Wales Association Secretary (Mr E.W. Brander) for information on the question of publication in newspapers of news received over the wireless. Mr Brander had replied that as a result of a deputation to the Director General of the Postal Department the whole matter of publishing broadcast news was being investigated. At present any newspaper which published items received by wireless was liable to prosecution. A few months ago the Bathurst Times had been fined for publishing race results received by wireless.


Women’s Letter Miss J.V. Crawford, 2 Higinbotham St Middle Brighton, Victoria, submitted (21.1.32) sample of a syndicated letter for women for publication in South Australian country newspapers. Reply to be sent that the Association could not see its way to take up the matter, but that the writer might communicate with individual newspapers. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, February 22, 1932 The Premier & Govt. News Secretary reported that the Premier (Hon. L.L. Hill) through his Publicity Officer had asked for the co-operation of country newspapers in publishing items of information relating to Government activities. He had promised to write to members in accordance with the Premier’s wish.

Minutes of general committee meeting, September 22, 1930

Minutes of meeting of executive committee, April 11, 1932



10 per cent wage reduction W. H. Waddell (11.6.31) advised that the Full Arbitration Court had granted the application by the Associations working under the Federal Award for a 10 per cent reduction in wages, the reduction to take effect from midnight of Thursday, June 18. A complete list of wages under the amended award was being prepared.

Annual meeting of members, March 27, 1933

Reports from minutes of executive committee meeting, July 27, 1931

Minutes of meeting of executive committee, November 27, 1933

Country Show Printing Copy of circular letter to the Presidents of all Agricultural Show Societies in South Australia, signed by the President and Secretary, asking that local printers should receive special consideration during the period of financial stress, laid on the table.

Association Anniversary The Secretary reported that the Association was now 21 years of age. The meeting at which the Association was formed was held on Monday March 25, 1912. The President said that members had gained many benefits through the work of the Association.

Empire Press Union Resolved – That the Association withdraw its Associate membership from the Empire Press Union and that the representation through the A.P.P.A. is sufficient.

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Report and Financial Statement The Secretary read his annual report and the financial statement duly audited. The latter shows that the balance in the Savings Bank at December, 31, 1933, was one pound 7/5. The President moved the adoption of the report and financial statement. The disastrous times were lasting longer than he had expected, but he hoped members would enjoy more prosperity in the near future. He was pleased to welcome those who had come to the meeting, as it indicated that they were interested in the Association work. Block Service Mr Robinson (Leader, Angaston) suggested that the Association should give consideration to a scheme for supplying members with a pictorial block service which would brighten the appearance of their papers. His own experience had proved very satisfactory & the cost was only small. Resolved – That Mr Robinson confer with the Executive Committee and submit particulars to the next meeting. Annual meeting of members, March 19, 1934


Death of the President Mr Tilbrook reported the death of the President (Mr C.M.R. Dumas) which had taken place at Mount Barker on Tuesday, February 19. He said that Mr Dumas’ whole heart and soul had been in the work of the Association. Resolved – That the Association places on record its high appreciation of the services of the late Mr Dumas as a foundation member and particularly as President from April, 1915, to the time of his death, and that this resolution be conveyed to Mrs Dumas together with copies of all letters and telegrams received by the Association. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, February 25, 1935 A.J.A. Award Inspector Mr W. H. Waddell forwarded copy of resolution passed by the Executive of the Victoria Provincial Press Association protesting against the appointment of an inspector to police the A.J.A. & other Federal Arbitration Court Awards. Resolved – That the executive enters a strong protest against the appointment…..on the grounds that the appointment imposes unwarranted public expense on the taxpayer & is quite unnecessary as the unions concerned have adequately guarded the operations of the Awards. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, May 20, 1935


Canvasser Secretary reported that the Directors of the Provincial Press Co-operative Company have referred to the members of the Association a proposal to appoint a canvasser to secure advertising for the country papers, the members to provide a retainer of two pounds a week and to authorize the company to deduct their proportions from their advertising accounts. Mr W. F. Taylor moved – That it be recommended to the Directors of the Provincial Press Co-operative Company to make the appointment of Mr B. A. Clarke as the canvasser on the terms laid down.

W.K. Robinson

State Centenary Mr Robinson moved – That this Association views with regret the attitude of the State Centenary Publicity Committee in sending out free publicity matter to the Country newspapers and ignoring the facilities of the Provincial Press office for handling newspaper advertising. Mr Barnet seconded & suggested that a copy of the motion be sent direct to the Minister Controlling the State Centenary Celebrations. Carried. Reports from annual meeting of members, March 31, 1936


Price of Paper Mr Parish (Murray Valley Standard) called attention to the recent inflation of prices for paper. In some lines there had been an increase of 60 per cent. He wondered whether the Association could do something in the matter. The President said that some years ago the New South Wales Association tried a scheme for the States Associations to combine & import their own papers, but it was a failure. Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 16, 1937 Free publicity Mr Taylor (Vice-President, Kadina and Wallaroo Times) reported that railway station masters were being required by the Railways Department to interview newspaper editors to ascertain if they were prepared to publish free paragraphs giving information on railway matters. The Telegraph Department also sent along paragraphs for their special greetings forms for Mother’s Day & other occasions. Resolved – That the Secretary make enquiries on both these matters and write letters to the Railways Commissioner and to the Postmaster General. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, May 25, 1937

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Defence Department Advertising The following correspondence was read: From Border Watch, Mt Gambier, January 11, advising that the Defence Department had passed over the Border Watch & had given The Exchange an advertisement in “Universal Military Training” for which a charge of 2/6 an inch had been made instead of the proper casual rate of 4/From Secretary 17th January to Miss Clark (The Exchange) pointing out that the defence department advertising was not local and therefore the 4/- should have been charged. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, February 20, 1940

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A.J.A. Award Increases W.H. Waddell, Advocate for the Employers, notified that under the cost of living clause of the A.J.A. Award there would be a rise of 2/a week in all salaries except those of cadets from October 18 next. Secretary reported that all members concerned had been notified. Minutes of general committee meeting, September 28, 1938 Recruiting campaign Secretary read and laid on the table telegrams from Hon. E.C. Sommerlad manager Country Press Sydney urging immediate action to secure the placing of Federal recruiting campaign advertising through the Country Press States organizations. Also copies of telegrams he had sent to the Postmaster-General (Mr A.G. Cameron), Senator A.J. McLachlan, and Representative J.L.Price, asking for their support on behalf of the South Australian Provincial Press. Telegram from Senator McLachlan in reply stating that he had done what he could & thought all would be well. Minutes of meeting of general committee, December 9, 1938


Military Censorship Secretary reported that while in Melbourne the representatives of the States Associations had a conference with an officer of the Commonwealth Military Forces on the question of censorship in war times & the appointment of a liaison officer to act between the Chief Censor & the Press. If the occasion warranted, a set of instructions would be issued for the guidance of editors. Minutes of meeting of executive committee, July 25, 1939 Block of Premier Secretary reported that the Liberal and Country League had agreed to the suggestion that all country newspaper offices should be supplied with a photo block of the Premier. The blocks had been received and forwarded to various offices. Minutes of meeting of general committee, December 13, 1939

Membership and Finance Secretary reported that two new papers were being established – The Junction News, at Hamley Bridge, by Mr B. Oakey, and The Whyalla News, for Whyalla by Messrs. Edwards & Willson. The Junction News started on February 15 and The Whyalla News was expected in the first week of April. Annual meeting of members, March 12, 1940 War Pictures for Country Papers Secretary reported having discussed with the Deputy Director of the Department of Information (Mr J. Sincock) the question of distributing war pictures to country newspapers to a larger number than had availed themselves of the service. He had written to the Department on August 8 suggesting that the distribution be taken over by the Association & copies of blocks be made available according to the number of circuits arranged. Minutes of general committee meeting, August 13, 1940


State Censor & Newspapers Secretary reported that on request, he had supplied the State Publicity Censor with a full list of S.A. country papers. Under the National Security regulations all papers published had to be sent regularly to the Censor, whose office had reported all papers were being received. Security of War Information Request from Major P.H. Auld, General Staff 4th Military District, that country papers should publish “scatters” warning readers against talking on war information regarding movements of troops, transport etc. Secretary reported having sent copies of the “scatters” to all papers & they were being used regularly. Reports from minutes of general committee meeting, January 21, 1941


Man Power & War Requirements Secretary reported that following on letters from the Border Watch, Mount Gambier, he had interviewed the Man Power authorities on questions of exemptions for the newspaper and printing staff of country offices. In reply to a request from the Association, Lieut. Col. Darley, District Man Power Officer, had supplied a list of reserved occupations in the printing industry. On the motion of Mr Parish, seconded by Mr Monger the following motion was carried: That we assure the Minister for War Organization of Industry (Mr Derman) of our utmost co-operation in the war effort, but urge that no action be taken under the Man Power 46

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Newsprint Secretary read correspondence from Customs Department advising that all newspapers could purchase newsprint sufficient to cover their needs to December, 1944, but that the quarterly allocation purchases were suspended. regulations which would jeopardize the existence of country newspapers, as the country newspaper industry is a vital element in the life of the rural communities and has rendered out great service to the Government. Minutes of general committee meeting, February 24, 1942 Military Advertisements Mr Watson drew attention to the Defence Department advertisement in the metropolitan papers relating to the call up of rifles, revolvers, etc. Secretary said he had made enquiries at the time, but was unable to get an order for country papers. Mr Robinson said he had written direct to Defence Headquarters. He tabled the reply in which it was stated – “The extremely high charges for advertisements charged by the Provincial Press has discouraged these Headquarters from inserting advertisements in country newspapers. The city papers are very moderate in their charges and publicity over the air is given free. Under these circumstances it must be realized that the remedy lies in your hands.” Minutes of general committee meeting, February 24, 1942


Membership and Finance Membership reduced by 2, owing to the closing of the Mid-North Courier, Riverton, and West Coast Recorder, Port Lincoln. The total membership was 40 – 38 papers and 2 jobbing offices. Newsprint Report from Mr Gordon Ralph (representative of the A.P.P.A. on the Newsprint Pool) read indicating that efforts were being made to have newsprint imported from America. Mr Duncan said the merchants in Adelaide knew nothing of the importation of paper. He had written to Newspaper Supplies Ltd, representatives of the Pool, but had had no acknowledgment.

Northern Argus 75th Anniversary Secretary reported having written to Mr R. H. Tilbrook congratulating him on the 75th anniversary of the establishment of The Northern Argus, Clare, on February 19 & also on the fact that on that day Mr Ian T. Tilbrook, eldest son of Mr and Mrs E.H. Tilbrook, had joined the staff, he representing the fourth generation of the family associated with the paper. Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 28, 1944


Probate Notices F.T. Marston (Burra Record) forwarded copy of advertisement taken from a Victorian country paper notifying application for probate. He asked if something could be done to secure such advts for South Australian papers. Mr Marston to be thanked and to be advised that an Act of Parliament would be needed to make the insertion of such advertisements compulsory. Border Watch and A.J.A. Secretary reported that as the result of the conference with the A.J.A. a claim for 60 pounds for salary short paid to a young woman journalist had been settled by the payment of 15 pounds by Messrs. Laurie & Watson, Border Watch. Minutes of general committee meeting, December 3, 1945


Newsprint Mr Oakey said that newsprint was available for purchase by butchers and other tradesmen, but the newspaper man was not allowed to use more than a set quota. He had been threatened from Canberra with action because he had used 2lb more than his quota although there was apparently plenty of newsprint in Australia.

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Sir Lloyd Dumas President reported that on behalf of the Association he had written to Sir Lloyd Dumas, managing Director of The Advertiser, Adelaide, on the knighthood conferred by the King. Sir Lloyd, in his reply, referred to his father’s early membership of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia and his pride in the fact that his father had done so much in building up the dignity of the country newspapers of this State. Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 26, 1946


Late Delivery of Papers Mr Sprigg referred to the delay in the Postal Department in the delivery of the papers posted to subscribers. His papers were posted on Thursday nights and he had had many complaints that they were not delivered until the following Tuesday. Other members reported having had similar experiences. Resolved – That a letter be written to the deputy P.M.G. asking that deliveries should be expedited. Minutes of general committee meeting, February 25, 1947 Levy Mr W.G. Taylor said that in view of the financial position of the Association they needed more money. He moved – That the Committee be empowered to make a levy on members if deemed necessary. Mr Sprigg seconded. Secretary pointed out that in addition to the industrial conferences the A.P.P.A. at the Melbourne Conference had doubled the contributions from the States Associations. That meant an increase from 15 pounds to 30 pounds for South Australia. The motion was carried.

E.G. Sprigg


Life Membership of Mr C.B. O’Reilly Mr R.J. Watson, Border Watch, Mt Gambier, had pleasure in moving that Mr C.B. O’Reilly be elected Life Member of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia in recognition of the 35 years conscientious and devoted service as Secretary of the Association. Mr O’Reilly had served under six Presidents, he was held in high esteem by all members in South Australia and by members of kindred bodies in all other States. S.A. Farmer A discussion ensued on the methods adopted by the proprietor of the S.A. Farmer to develop circulation in areas thought to be well covered by other country newspapers. The personal allusions made in this paper to other newspapers were thought to be undesirable from the point of view of ethics and good relations between country newspaper proprietors. Reports from minutes of annual meeting of members, April 1, 1949

Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 29, 1947

1950 1948

Opening by Premier The President welcomed the Premier (Hon. T. Playford) and invited him to declare the conference open. The Premier, in a short address, referred to the efforts by his Government for decentralizing the industries of the State and the long range programme to provide water, electricity, and other amenities for country residents. He assured the meeting of the goodwill of the Government toward the country newspapers and their Association and wished them all success in their deliberations. Minutes of annual meeting of members, April 9, 1948 Unions Visit to Offices Mr Watson reported that the secretary to the P.I.E.U. (Mr Frost) had called at the Border Watch on a publication day & had kept his foreman occupied for an hour and a half. This had seriously delayed the work of the office and was most unreasonable. Mr Robinson undertook to discuss with Mr Frost at an early opportunity the question of arranging his interviews at a more favourable time. Minutes of general committee meeting, July 27, 1948

Course for Apprentices Mr K. Frost, secretary, Printing Industry Union, wrote suggesting combined action by the union and the Association with a view to have established a correspondence course at the Adelaide Technical College for apprentices. He suggested approach to the Superintendent of Technical Education on the subject. Mr Robinson moved and Mr Judell seconded that the Association support the proposed plan. Letter to be written to the Education Department asking that a correspondence course for junior printers be established. Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 24, 1950 Job Price Cutting Mr Tilbrook (Northern Argus, Clare) reported that the Southern Argus by quoting low prices had secured the printing for the Clare Trotting Club and others including the Gawler Club tote tickets and race books. Mr Parish said his office had lost the Murray Bridge and Tailem Bend race work in the same way. The Southern Argus prices were substantially below his. Mr Judell supported Mr Tilbrook’s statement. It was definitely a case of price cutting, but whether the Association could do anything was another matter. After further discussion it was resolved to recommend to the next Committee meeting consideration of appointing a Prices Panel to adjudicate in respect of disputes on printing prices. Minutes of general committee meeting, July 14, 1950 48

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Pressmen Pass On Mortality took heavy toll of provincial Pressmen during 1952. In our own State we suffered the loss of Mr L.S. Duncan, MP, and foundation member of this Association; Mr R.J. Hughes of the Peoples Weekly, Moonta; Mr W.A. Thompson, West Coast Sentinel; and Mr L.N. Tilbrook, Mayor of Kapunda and former editor-proprietor of The Kapunda Herald. In the wider field of prominent Provincial Press personalities Mr W.H. Waddell (universally known as The Grand Old Man of the Victorian Country Press) and Mr E.C. Sommerlad, M.L.A. of New South Wales, also crossed the Great Divide since our last annual meeting.


Opening by Minister for Lands The President (Mr W. Gilmore Taylor) invited the Minister of Lands (Hon. C.S. Hincks) to declare the Conference open. Mr Hincks said he was pleased to comply with the invitation. He congratulated the Association on its splendid record of achievement over the years. That spoke well for the work and activities of the Executive who had guided its affairs. One tribute to country newspapers was that many people who came and settled in the metropolitan area continued to take the papers that kept them in touch with their old districts. Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 30, 1951 Commonwealth Advertising Rates The A.P.P.A. Committee decided to approach the Government for an increase in Commonwealth Govt advertising rates. E. Lloyd Sommerlad, 10.8.51, advised that the proposed discussion would probably be held sometime in September. He asked for particulars of any rises in advertising rates for South Australian papers in the past two years. Minutes of general committee meeting, August 24, 1951


Printing for Sports Associations Mr Starr reported that the Football League Umpires’ Association was supplying printing done in Adelaide to the football clubs in Yorketown district. Local printing offices were losing much job printing. He asked if the Association could do something to stop the practice. Mr Robinson said the publicity given by the local papers to the football matches contributed largely to the popularity of the game. He moved that a letter be written to the Umpires’ Association pointing out that fact and that when printing was wanted it should be given to the local office. If that was not done, the newspaper man could curtail his reports of the matches.

Newsprint Supplies and Price Towards the end of 1952 there was an improvement in the newsprint supply position and a timely fall in the price of this vital commodity. There are signs that the position is rapidly changing from a seller’s to a buyer’s market. Even now merchants are quoting sheet newsprint at less than half the price some of our members were called on to pay just over twelve months ago, when it topped 200 pounds a ton – a staggering figure when one recalls that it was down as low as 17 pounds 10 shillings a ton in the early 1930’s. Extracts from president E.G. Sprigg’s report, annual meeting, March 20, 1953


Penal Clauses Incorporated in Constitution As outcome of a letter of complaint from the Australian Association of Advertising Agencies, that members of our Association were committing a breach of the Accreditation Bureau Agreement by allowing commission to unaccredited agents, a special general meeting of members was held on July 31, 1953, when the incorporation into our Constitution of additional conditions of membership, with penal clauses, was approved. This action was taken on the strong recommendation of the A.P.P.A., and now brings our Association into line with N.S.W. and Victoria in regard to penal clauses for specific breaches of conditions of membership. Code of Ethics This record of stewardship of your Committee is not without its sin of omission. I refer to the assignment given it at last annual Conference, that a Code of Ethics be drafted for submission to the next annual meeting. This has not yet been done, but it has not been overlooked, rather it has been considered by the Committee as of lesser priority than a number of other matters and events which, by reason of urgency, have consumed the time of our meetings. Extracts from president E.G. Sprigg’s report, annual meeting, April 2, 1954

Minutes of annual meeting of members, March 28, 1952 Company Office and Secretaryship The President reported that the Directors of the Provincial Press Co-operative Co. had decided to offer the use of the Company’s offices and facilities to the Association for 75 pounds a year. Mr J.F. Power was willing to take the Secretaryship. Mr Liddy moved – That the offer of the Company be accepted and that Mr Power’s offer to take over the Secretaryship be accepted at a remuneration of 50 pounds per annum, the term to begin on October 1st. Minutes of general committee meeting, September 5, 1952 49 T HROU G H OU R E Y E S > 100 y e a r s o f C ou n t r y P r e s s SA I n c . , 1912 – 2012



Public Relations – Free Publicity The time has definitely arrived for a showdown in regard to free public relations publicity. The growth in recent months of consultants is becoming a real problem and a resolution should be enacted today that all country papers agree to throwing the material and free stereos in the waste paper basket. Report of president E.H. Tilbrook to annual meeting, March 25, 1955 Decline in Comm. Govt. Advertising The Secretary reported that the decline in Commonwealth Advertising was serious. The volume of Advertising for the six months ended June 30th, 1955 was 10,715 inches, compared with 16,829 for the same period 1954. The 1955 figure is the lowest for the first six months on record. Minutes of executive meeting, July 8, 1955


P.M.G. Dept Further complaints were listed regarding the long delays in deliveries of country newspapers. Instances were given of newspapers posted from Murray Bridge to Hartley and Woodchester taking 7 and in one instance 8 days to reach the destination. Posted from Tanunda to Truro – 6 days. Posted from Mt. Barker to Nairne, Birdwood – 6 days. Members were very concerned over the long delays, especially considering that publishing times etc. had been arranged to work in with dispatch of mails etc. Complimentary dinner Mr V. Starr moved Mr E.G. Sprigg seconded, in consideration of the many years of outstanding service given to the association a complimentary dinner be given to Mr W.K. Robinson. Reports from minutes of general committee meeting, May 18, 1956


Publicity For some time past your Committee has been cognisant of the need to sell the Provincial Press as an advertising medium... Such projects will, of course, cost money. But if they succeed in counteracting the vigorous campaigns being carried out by the metropolitan press then the money will have been well spent. It is a rather strange thing that we who preach the values of advertising have as yet done nothing in the way of advertising our own wares. Extract from president J. Liddy’s report, annual conference, March 29, 1957 Christmas Xmas On the motion Mr J. Liddy and Mr H. Henstridge the Secretary was instructed to write to members suggesting that they endeavour to adhere to the word “Christmas” and to avoid the abbreviation “Xmas” in Advertising and press matter. Carried. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 1, 1957


President’s report Mr R. Chewings asked for enlightment on the necessity of Country Newspaper Members attending Civil Defence School in Victoria. Mr Gilmore Taylor explained that the Defence Authorities considered it very important that country newspaper proprietors should be briefed on the responsibilities that would be placed on them in the case of an atomic attack. Mr Peake gave further details of the instructions received at the defence school. An attack on the city would almost certainly mean that all public utilities would be put out of commission, with no newspapers or reliable media. It would be easy for enemy agents to cause panic and confusion by issuing misleading news etc. Report of minutes of annual conference, March 28, 1958 Law of Libel Mr F.W. Hambidge reported that with Mr J. R. Watson’s assistance he had gone fully into the matter of bringing out a book dealing with libel laws. Several years ago a book dealing with this matter was produced for the Association by Mr W.K. Robinson. No material legal alterations or amendments had been made since, and the production of a new book was not warranted. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 14, 1958


President’s Report Perhaps we can say for those country newspapers making the necessary investments in time and money it has been a challenging but progressive year. For those relying on old methods and beliefs, the current changes hold disturbing possibilities even if they have not already cut profit margins substantially. Television, with its inroads into press advertising, is right in the offing for South Australia. The national advertisers are becoming more selective in their allocations. City newspapers and weeklies are making a bold bid to convince the big advertisers that they do not need country media. Extract from president F.W. Hambidge’s report, annual conference, March 20, 1959 Central Clearing Office Mr E.G. Sprigg moved, Mr R. Edwards seconded that a subcommittee be appointed to meet the committee of the A.A.A.A. to discuss the matter of a central clearing office. Report from minutes of general committee meeting, November 27, 1959 50

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Agency Service Mr F. Hambidge moved, Mr E.G. Sprigg seconded, This Association accepts the principle of the Central Clearing House for the Association on the understanding that the Newspapers will be called upon to meet part of the cost. Mr R. Wilson supporting the motion, said it was difficult for the average member to be conversant with the problems associated with the placing of advertisements etc. He expressed full confidence on the recommendations of the Committee, who undoubtedly spent a lot of time on the problems. The motion was CARRIED.

Secretary’s Report Unfortunately, in every organisation there are members who do not pull their weight; they are prepared to sit tight and let others do the thinking and the work – Our Association is no exception. It seems strange that the members who really do need the Association most, do little to assist. Some have never attended a meeting. Time and time again, in the history of the State Associations and the Australian Provincial Press Association, the future of smaller newspapers has been threatened by the loss of Commonwealth Advertising and important National Advertising Accounts. Some proprietors give the impression that they “couldn’t care less.”

Bulk Postage Mr B. Kaesehagen moved. Mr J. Bennett seconded. The A.P.P.A. committee of management be asked to again protest about the excessive bulk postage rates. CARRIED.

Extract from secretary J.F. Power’s report, annual conference, March 24, 1961

Reports from minutes of annual conference, April 1, 1960



President’s Report We have survived the initial impact of metropolitan television together with the extraordinary increase in the activities of interstate advertising agencies. There does not appear to be the large scale “slashing” of provincial press allocations by national advertisers which I confess to having believed was a possibility. Good accounts seem to have consolidated. We must not be complacent about the TV question. Extract from president H.J. Peake’s report, annual conference, March 24, 1961

President’s Report (50th anniversary of P.P.A.S.A) There can be no doubt that the Association has proved a worthy organisation over the years and it is impossible to imagine how country newspapers could operate without it today. I feel we owe a debt of gratitude to a number of thinking men who laid the foundations of our organisation so many years ago. Their foresight in moulding the country press of South Australia into a body which could speak as one voice for the outposts of this State on any matters affecting the newspaper world is something of which we can be justly proud. General I congratulate The Border Watch, Mount Gambier, on the celebration of its Centenary last April. This is one of our leading newspapers and with the growth of that district it will undoubtedly make great strides forward in the next century. Extracts from president H.J. Peake’s report to the Jubilee conference, April 7, 1962


Industrial The Secretary reported that representatives of the A.P.P.A. had met the A.J.A. delegates in Melbourne on August 15th, 1963. The A.J.A. had been offered marginal increases ranging from 18/- to one pound 11/6 per week. The A.J.A. claimed amounts from three pounds 17/6 to two pounds. No agreement was reached. Later the A.J.A. had informed the A.P.P.A. that it intended to appeal to the Arbitration Court for higher amounts and additional leave. The A.P.P.A. committee again assembled in Melbourne on Friday, September 6th and agreed to contest the A.J.A. claim. Minutes of general committee meeting, September 19, 1963 Commonwealth Advertising The committee discussed several aspects of Commonwealth Advertising, the recent cut in space and the protests made to the Director and the Treasury Dept. Mr J. Liddy moved, Mr M Hambidge seconded. This committee has every confidence in the Secretary, and fully supports his action in lodging protests to the Director and the Treasury Department. Carried unanimously. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 28, 1963

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Mr H. Peake moved, Mr H. Henstridge seconded that the Decimal Currency Board be advised that in the view of the fact member newspapers of the Provincial Press Association of S.A. have been asked to lecture on the rudiments of Decimal Currency and have also been asked to include in their editorial columns press material issued by the Board, consideration be given to the use of member newspapers as an advertising medium. CARRIED. Suppression of Evidence Act Mr H. Peake moved, Mr H. Henstridge seconded, this Association advises the Attorney-General that it deplores the proposed action of permitting the suppression from publications of evidence in matters before S.A. courts. It is considered that this is an attempt to take away the freedom of the press, which is an integral part of our democracy. CARRIED. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 4-5, 1965



Venue for 1965 Conference Very keen interest was shown by members in suggesting where the Conference should be held. Mr B. Hill nominated Port Lincoln; Mr H. Milnes, Victor Harbour; Mr D. Tilbrook, Clare; Mr R. Chewings, Millicent; Mr F. Hambidge, Adelaide. The nominees addressed conference pointing out the advantages of the localities nominated. A ballot was held, the results being strongly in favour of Port Lincoln. Minutes of 52nd conference, February 28, 1964 Apprentices Mr D. Tilbrook moved, Mr H. Peake seconded, that our A.P.P.A. delegates make every endeavour to obtain the benefits of additional apprentices under the subsidized scheme now operating under other awards, and outlined by the Department of Labour and National Service. Carried. Minutes of general committee meeting, May 14-15, 1964


Central Clearing A look at the Association’s financial position will show that the affairs are in a most satisfactory position. This, in no uncertain manner, is attributed to the introduction of Central Clearing. This all important matter has been debated for hours by your committee and the result is that today there is a recommendation that central Clearing be continued after the trial period of 12 months, which is scheduled to end on June 30. Extract from president Mr R. Edwards’ report to the 53rd conference, March 5, 1965

Newspaper Boundaries On May 19th (1965) Messenger Newspapers extended their area of circulation to Gawler and the Barossa Valley. They advised agents and clients of the coverage of these country areas. It was widely accepted the free papers would extend to other country districts. This was a surprising development, because Mr Roger Baines, of the Messenger papers, had repeatedly denied any interest in country circulation. Secretary’s report to 54th annual conference, March 4, 1966 State Government Depts Job Printing Members reported several cases of State Government Departments undertaking printing jobs for private firms. One particular job was quoted in the South-East. On the motion of Mr R. Edwards and Mr H. Henstridge, the Secretary was asked to approach the Government Departments or the Minister with the view of overcoming the practice. Carried. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 18, 1966


President’s Report

During the year we had occasion to have before us a disagreement between two members over printing prices. This was favourably resolved, but indicated to the committee, that all members should pay more attention to costing, and be very sure that they are getting a reasonable return for material and labour expended. It is highly dangerous to the Industry, and to each and every member, if the correct prices, running in conjunction with the present-day economic trend, are not charged. White-anting of hard-won profits could in some cases lead to the failure of a business, and at the same time make it very difficult for other members of the Association. Extract from president Denis Tilbrook’s report, annual conference, March 10, 1967

Decimal Currency Following the report received from the A.P.P.A. and the Decimal Currency Board, Mr J. Liddy moved, Mr M. Hambidge seconded, members be advised not to insert any further free publicity on decimal currency. CARRIED. 52 T HROU G H OU R E Y E S > 100 y e a r s o f C ou n t r y P r e s s SA I n c . , 1912 – 2012


Whyalla News Mr H. Peake (Chairman of Directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd) reported to the meeting that the directors were very concerned about an alleged letter sent to advertising agents by an executive of the Whyalla News criticizing S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd. and Central Clearing, and inviting the agents to deal direct with the newspaper. Agents had contacted the office expressing concern that they had been quoted as being dissatisfied with Central Clearing and S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd.... The Whyalla News had been invited to attend a meeting, but for various reasons they had declined. There appeared to be a possibility that the results of the above action could affect neighbouring newspapers and possibly all member newspapers. Minutes of general committee meeting, August 11, 1967 D. Tilbrook


President’s Report Serious inroads have been made into our advertising revenue, by the S.A. Government not placing in Provincial Press - two campaigns were the Legislative Council Rolls and the ETSA Loan. Your committee and individual members protested bitterly to Members of Parliament, and as you are aware we received some advertising. At our Annual Social the Premier Mr Don Dunstan attended; he did not try to dodge the issue, and promised to support us in the future. Extract from president Denis Tilbrook’s report, annual conference, March 8, 1968 Mr Tilbrook Mr Tilbrook, who had just returned from South Vietnam with three other Australian provincial press men, described conditions. He said the authorities were concerned with the standard of many reports appearing in the world press, much of it was inaccurate. Troops welcomed the provincial representatives and every facility was given to them to see conditions first hand. Mr Tilbrook said the press releases issued were very good, but far too often reporters cut them to suit their particular newspaper. Mr Tilbrook said he would be very happy to make copy available to all or any member who would use it. Mr Starr thanked Mr Tilbrook for the information and offer. Minutes of general committee meeting, July 5, 1968


President’s Report Some of the events of the year bring problems which we must face today, in relation to finance, arising from a reduction in membership subscriptions coupled with a continuing high level of industrial representation and other costs. Through mergers of newspapers and for other reasons our subscription income for the coming year (if based on our present arrangements) will be reduced by $287, from $5,059 for last year to $4,772 this year. Alice Springs, now owned by News Ltd. and linked with Darwin, is no longer a member, and subscriptions because of mergers will no longer be forthcoming from newspapers at Kadina, Hamley Bridge and Riverton.

Monsanto Chemicals Mr B. Hill moved, Mr D. Tilbrook seconded, in the next bulletin to members, member newspapers be warned that Monsanto Chemicals have approached a member newspaper, threatening that if Press Releases are not used the company would withdraw its advertising; and members be urged to resist this threat and not use any Press Release material from the company concerned, Minutes of committee meeting, October 30, 1969


Private Printers The committee discussed the activities of job printers, one employed by the Public Service Department who it was believed was using equipment owned by the Government for private commercial printing. Resolved the Secretary be asked to make enquiries and to take any necessary action to overcome this problem. Minutes of general committee meeting, February 12, 1970 President’s Report Although the trend towards merging of newspapers in our State will not occur at the same tempo as has been evident in some areas of the eastern States, because of South Australia’s lower country population and greater distance between newspapers, it is reasonable to assume that economic conditions in the country, and possible technological changes, could lead in future to some further lessening of the number of members. On the subject of technological progress I feel that it is not too early to take at least a mild interest in the advances being made overseas in facsimile transmission methods and equipment. Web Offset equipment is at present being installed in two country papers, Whyalla and Port Pirie. Extract from president Verne Starr’s report, annual conference, March 13, 1970

Extract from president Verne Starr’s report, annual conference, March 21, 1969

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1971 – 1990 1973

President’s Report In today’s very competitive world it is only natural that one of the most important aspects of running a business, whether it be a country newspaper or the humble corner shop, is to keep a very careful eye on costs. Main costs nowadays of course are in the field of wages and I have heard from several members – and in this category is my own particular newspaper – that if an employee resigns or retires the attitude is one of doing without another – and, frankly, it is an attitude which I endorse to the hilt. Whether or not it is good for the industry I know not, but in a rapidly changing technological world it could well be that printers, as we know them today will not be required in another decade or two. Extract from president R.M. Edwards’ report, annual conference, March 16, 1973


Free Newspapers I believe that we must, today, decide a firm policy on Free Newspapers. If we are going to fight them as a threat to our livelihood, then let us say so – and let us decide policies which will make it harder for them to prosper in our field. It is very easy to set up a newspaper these days; it is a bit harder to make it pay. If we decide we can accommodate free papers, let us now decide upon what terms. In fairness to everyone we must get this matter settled. The big challenge Country newspapers throughout Australia are surely in their biggest state of crisis ever. More and more media competing for less and less advertising money affects us “tail end Charlies” to a marked extent. In the face of increased competition, those of us who have not done so already must realize that a country newspaper is no longer a rock-solid “institution” in any town or district. It is not enough, any more, just to “get the paper on the streets on time” every week. What appears on the street these days must be worth reading, must be worth buying, if we are to maintain circulation and thus maintain advertising support. Extracts from president Michael Hambidge’s report, annual conference, March 12, 1971


President’s Report No South Australian country newspaper has cause for complacency over the future. Advancing technology and an increasingly bitter fight for every advertising dollar means that we will face more and more competition. As an Association, as well as individuals, we must be geared to compete.

Press Releases – Government Departments A letter to the Minister of Education, the Hon. Hugh Hudson M.P. from Mr N. Cordes of The Islander, Kangaroo Island, was tabled. The contents of the letter were to the effect that the country papers were asked to publish free press releases, whilst city media were getting paid adverts. The recent learn to swim campaign was an example. Some government press releases received were back dated and were of no use anyway. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 16, 1973


President’s Report Despite drops in national advertising, cost increases and other myriad problems that have been encountered, it was pleasing during the year to note that in some areas at least, member newspapers were setting new records. More than one paper announced further circulation gains while the “Mt Barker Courier” produced its biggest issue in its 93 year history. Extract from president Denis Hann’s report, annual conference, March 9, 1974 Northern Newspaper Group A letter had been received from the Northern Newspaper Group comprising of Whyalla News, Port Pirie Recorder, The Transcontinental, Port Augusta and the Eyre Peninsula Tribune, Cleve of their decision to withdraw from Central Clearing as from November 1, 1974.... Disappointment was expressed that arrangements had not been made to discuss any problems or difficulties being experienced in association with Central Clearing. Minutes of general committee meeting, August 23, 1974

Extract from president Michael Hambidge’s report, annual conference, March 10, 1972 Mrs Mary Townsend Mr H. Peake informed the committee that S.A. Country Newspapers Limited had, the previous day, appointed Mrs Townsend as Assistant Manager. He believed this was the first occasion that a woman had been appointed to an executive position in the newspaper industry and suggested the Association Committee should now make the important step by appointing her Assistant-Secretary to the Association. This suggestion was immediately accepted by the Committee. Minutes of general committee meeting, November 17, 1972 54 T HROU G H OU R E Y E S > 100 y e a r s o f C ou n t r y P r e s s SA I n c . , 1912 – 2012



Advertising Rates To keep up with the cost increases, advertising rates were increased during the year by an overall average of 14.3 per cent. Further increases will have to be made this year to cover wage indexation, paper and other cost increases. The percentage discount from our casual rates to the rates for our biggest contracts is much too great and members, as they make rate increases, should make a big effort to lessen the disparity. Bootleg Printing Further concern was expressed during the year about the incidence of printing operations being carried out by Government Departments, principally the Education Department, which were in competition with the general printing or newspaper operations of our members. It was decided to arrange a deputation to meet the Premier (Mr Dunstan) and the Minister of Education (Dr Hopgood) on the matter. A circular was subsequently sent out to all Education Department principals and key personnel in other Government Departments directing them not to take part in any operation which might compete with commercial enterprises. Extracts from president Darnley Taylor’s report, annual conference, March 22, 1977


Parliamentary Salaries Mr Peake moved that telegrams be sent to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Country Party advising them that this conference deplores the decision to increase Parliamentary salaries in view of the present economic climate. Seconded Mr Watson. Carried. Minutes of annual conference, March 7, 1975 ‘Breach of Ethics’ It was moved by Mr Peake, seconded Mr Watson that this Association write to the South East Local Government Association condemning the action of one of its delegates in releasing news from its October Conference at Naracoorte when professional Journalists had been barred from attendance. Carried. Minutes of general meeting, November 7, 1975


Retirement of Secretary What could be termed the passing of an era occurred half way through the year with the retirement of our secretary, Mr Jack Power. Mr Power was secretary for the long term of 28 years, having been appointed to the position in 1947, and during that period gave great service to the association. Not a man to pull his punches, he made his mark not only within our borders but also on the Australian country newspaper scene. Mr Power is continuing to serve the association on a part time basis as our industrial officer and assistant secretary and has again given very valuable service in this sphere during the year. Mrs Mary Townsend has taken over as secretary of the association and manager of S.A. Country Newspapers Limited and has created history by becoming the first woman to hold the position of secretary of a state press association in Australia. She has proved her capabilities as Mr Power’s right hand “man” for the past few years and we look forward to her having a long association with us. Extract from president Darnley Taylor’s report, annual conference, March 19, 1976


Offset Two more papers have installed offset printing plants and orders for presses have been placed by a further two newspapers. Currently in the Association’s membership of 29, there are ten offset installations which print 17 papers. When the two further offset installations are completed it will mean that two out of every three newspapers serving the rural areas of South Australia utilise the offset method of production. When you consider that it was only eight years ago when the first country newspaper made the change in technology, the advance has indeed been rapid. Extract from president Peter Marston’s report, annual conference, March 10, 1978 Future of Central Clearing The Chairman explained that following the joint discussions of the Company and the Association in recent months on the subject of Central Clearing, it had become obvious that there was some dissatisfaction among members and that something needed to be done regarding the situation and that it appeared a possibility that the whole of the Association and Company operations may have to be restructured. He also reported that Messrs. Marston, Hambidge, Peake, Power and the Secretary had met and had off the record discussions on the subject with the object of preparing some guidelines as a starting point for discussions with members. Minutes of general committee meeting, August 17, 1978


Industrial Mr J. Power, Industrial Officer, expressed his concern at the lack of a future industrial officer and, although he anticipated remaining industrial officer for the Association for many years to come, and as it took approximately 7 years to train someone in industrial matters, he strongly recommended that the Association appoint someone as an assistant as a matter of urgency. The Committee agreed with Mr Power’s sentiments. Minutes of committee meeting, February 16, 1979 55

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Newspaper competitions During the year your committee decided to re-structure the annual newspaper competitions. It has been in operation for 18 years and has been most successful in stimulating more interest in each other’s newspapers, the exchange of ideas and techniques and improving the general standard of the papers. In the restructuring the committee has endeavoured to involve and show more recognition to the various skills of newspaper production and the role newspapers play in the community. The Ampol Petroleum Company which has always been most generous in the support of our competition since the outset has agreed to be our major sponsor. Extract from president Peter Marston’s report, annual conference, March 23, 1979


Local Government Week It was moved Mr Willson, seconded Mr L. Poulton that we write to the Local Government Association expressing concern at the lack of press releases prior to and after their Local Government Week and suggest that they included country newspapers in their advertising campaign to accompany the press releases. CARRIED. Minutes of annual conference, March 21, 1980 Correspondence Letters from the Victor Harbor Times and the Strathalbyn Southern Argus in answer to the Committee’s letter regarding the two newspapers encroaching into each other’s territorial boundaries were tabled at the meeting. Following discussions it was moved Mr Hambidge, seconded Mr Hann that we write a letter to both newspapers advising that the Committee feel that it would be a good practice if both newspapers desisted in selling their newspapers in each other’s territories.

President’s Report Experts are constantly talking of renewed business confidence and firm evidence of a strong growth in consumer spending. There is a stake for us in this, if we are geared to take advantage of the opportunities as they arise. This applied particularly to our newspaper members. But while there might be growth in advertising spending, this will be accompanied by increased pressure from our competitors – the electronic media and the catalogue style of advertising now proving popular with major retailers. Extract from president Richard Willson’s report, annual conference, March 20, 1981


Membership Members of the Committee have become aware of the number of printing offices in country areas which are not members of our Association, but which are bound by the Country Printing Award. This same trend is very evident in NSW and Vic. In fact, one A.P.P.A. Executive member is very concerned about the situation and the weakening effect on the various State Country Press Associations and eventually A.P.P.A. Your Committee is endeavouring to come up with a subscription for printers only, and then intends to approach the more than 50 possibles in an endeavour to persuade them to join us and make a stronger Association. Extract from president Trevor Ellis’ report, annual conference, March 19, 1982

Minutes of general committee meeting, September 25, 1980


Press Releases – Commonwealth Employment Service Mr D. Tilbrook reported that following a request by the C.E.S. to country newspapers to publish press releases during the recent “Break Out of the Vicious Circle” campaign, with the knowledge that the metropolitan press had received paid advertising, he had contacted the Secretary. The Secretary had taken the matter up with the Director of the C.E.S. and had received a negative reply. Following discussion that the Director’s reply was the usual attitude taken towards country newspapers by Government and semiGovernment Departments, Mr Tilbrook moved that we write to the relevant Federal Government Ministers and point out the position and our concern that they see fit to realise the value of Country Newspapers for Press Releases, but not for advertising. Seconded Mr Peake. CARRIED. Minutes of general committee meeting, February 27, 1981

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Agency Commission The President advised that the Executive of the Association had attended a joint meeting with the Directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Limited the previous evening. Discussion took place on the effect on S.A. Country Newspapers Limited of the recommendation passed at Annual Conference to reduce Agency Commission. This action would affect the Company’s operations to a marked degree. A proposal had been put forward to assist the situation, which, in effect, would complete the restructure of the operations at 130 Franklin Street.

Commonwealth Government advertising This subject was introduced by Mr Ian Tilbrook, who expressed concern at the decline in Commonwealth Government Advertising to country newspapers, and felt that the Committee should make every endeavour to get some of this advertising back. It was moved Mr I. Tilbrook that we prepare a case to present to the Special Minister of State, Mr Mick Young. Seconded Mr P. Marston. CARRIED.

Minutes of general committee meeting, June 4, 1982

President’s Report Members should feel very pleased with the promotional and financial success of the 28-page Country Press insert. Working against a deadline that even we would find demanding, the association’s staff, the marketing sub-committee and Bridge Print produced a very readable newspaper that not only promoted the virtues of Country Press but also made money for future promotions. The newspaper itself and the co-operation of all members – in inserting it free – were envied by interstate associations.


Industrial I must also draw member’s attention to a new NSW law which requires any firm employing 15 or more staff to advise the respective Union and a State Government office in the event of planned retrenchments. I read a magazine article recently which suggested that similar legislation could come with the S.A. Labor Government in the future. Pretty soon small business owners will merely be conduits to be used by Unions and Governments for employment – with owners and managers taking tremendous responsibility and risks. Our Industrial Sub-Committee is becoming more important than ever and all members should make their views known on those matters so that our delegates know they are firmly backed. Extract from president Trevor Ellis’ report, annual conference, March 10, 1983 President’s Report Our newspapers continue to show signs of being in the vanguard of embracing new technology and making changes to meet the challenges of the modern marketplace...these improvements and promotions are vital to the progress of the country press, and I believe we should all be trying to show our readers and advertisers that we are versatile and imaginative and publish a product with unique appeal and advantages that no other medium can copy. Extract from president Richard Peake’s report to half-yearly meeting, September 30, 1983

Minutes of general committee meeting, June 22, 1984

Extract from president Richard Peake’s report, annual conference, September 28, 1984


State Government Advertising The Secretary advised that the State Government through the State Promotion Adviser was seeking a State Government contract, based on total government usage for all country newspapers. He had advised the Secretary that it had been clear for a while that the media had ‘screwed’ the government for many years now and this was about to cease. He had advised that all other media, apart from the country media, had given special discount rates to the State Government. Mr George Klein, State Promotion Adviser to the Premier, appeared extremely interested in an arrangement on similar lines as the County Press agreement with the Commonwealth Government. It was moved Mr Tilbrook, seconded Mr Hambidge, that it be a recommendation to the Conference that they offer the Commonwealth rate to the State Government. Minutes of general committee meeting, February 15, 1985


Standardisation of Rate Card A request has been received from the Australian Provincial Press Association that South Australia conform with other States, in an endeavour to standardise all Association rate cards. Mr D. Hann was given the brief to investigate this matter and to report to the Conference. Following discussion, Mr C. Willson moved that South Australia adopt a similar size rate card to that of the eastern States, and that this made available with additional information to agencies and other advertisers as a separate rate card. Seconded Mr R. Robinson. CARRIED. Minutes of annual conference, March 9, 1984

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Marketing and Promotions Report The Chairman of the Marketing Sub-Committee tabled his report. Mr Ellis outlined an idea of promoting the country newspapers by means of a “Great Country Press Air Race.” It was moved Mr P. Clancy, seconded D. Taylor that this Conference agrees with the concept of the Air Race, and that the Marketing Sub-Committee investigate and present a submission to the Committee for consideration. CARRIED. Minutes of annual conference, March 5, 1987


APPA Richard Willson has won the confidence and respect of newspaper members throughout Australia during his term of office, which will end in May. South Australia can be proud of his fair, bold and imaginative leadership of the Federal body and his recognition that something had to be done to end negative comments about APPA and to marshall some new ideas to make it more dynamic and more in tune with members’ wishes. Extract from president Richard Peake’s report, annual conference, March 7, 1985


Correspondence A copy of a letter written by Mr R. Peake to his local M.P. in regard to the lack of advertising information from the State Electoral Department in the recent state election. It was moved Mr R. Peake and seconded Mr Ellis that he write to the Premier expressing our concern at the total absence of advertising in country newspapers from the electoral department.

General Competition for the advertising dollar continued to increase. As each year passes country newspapers are finding it more difficult to gain national advertising and local advertising content is also a struggle. Salespeople in all forms of advertising, whether it be direct marketing, catalogues or other forms of media became more professional in their approach to clients in 1987. We must bear this in mind and we, too, must continue on a course of more professionalism in our approach to clients, both nationally and locally. Extract from president Ken Jeffery’s report, annual conference, March 10, 1988 Marketing Report Mr Peake introduced Mr Peter Hoy, Managing Partner of Ball Direct Marketing to the members who outlined a promotional concept. The theme of the promotion is ‘Country Press Explores’ incorporating explorers, Burke & Wills. Peter Hoy presented draft copies using the above theme for a feature/fax sheet, State map, brochure (for local distribution), house advertisements, press advertisements and a four-page supplement as also suggested. For ongoing promotion the agency suggested a radio serial and Country Press post cards using the Burke & Wills exploring Country Press theme. Minutes of annual conference, March 10, 1988

Minutes of general committee meeting, February 7, 1986 Image of Country Press The committee discussed various ways in which Country Press could improve its image. Use of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Association was mooted the cost of joining was currently $1000.00 a year. It was moved Mr Peake seconded Mr Poulton that the President and Secretary approach the Chamber of Commerce & Industry to discuss membership and to seek a possible meeting with the Premier. Minutes of general committee meeting, May 16, 1986


Introduction During the past 12 months the downturn in economic conditions has caused marked advertising loss, particularly in the agricultural machinery and motor vehicle sectors. Most papers however, have maintained a reasonable level of advertising. Increasing use of inserts has seen some firms turn away from direct advertising. Nevertheless, some papers have gained income from insertion fees. Competition from Australia Post in this field is very strong. Extract from president Ian Tilbrook’s report, annual conference, March 5, 1987 58 T HROU G H OU R E Y E S > 100 y e a r s o f C ou n t r y P r e s s SA I n c . , 1912 – 2012



General Last year I mentioned that the national advertising dollar was likely to decline. I believe this has been the case with many papers. Catalogues or “Junk Mail” have developed into strong opposition to our newspapers. We must take up the challenge. If we remain complacent “Junk Mail” will simply get a stronger hold. Extract from president Ken Jeffery’s report, annual conference, March 9, 1989 Marketing Report Mr Richard Peake, Chairman of the Marketing Sub-Committee, reported that Country Press Week had been very successful. The Country Press newspapers had generated gross advertising of $35,772 and after expenses the profit was $13,000, this being the best result ever. Minutes of executive committee, September 15, 1989


Ideas Bank Mr Kym Marston introduced the subject of an idea’s bank and outlined in detail ideas which emanated from sales people and which often were not acted upon or which were filed away and forgotten. It was moved Mr R. Peake, seconded Mr A. Robinson that Conference seeks the co-operation of the Marketing SubCommittee to establish a newspaper ideas bank along the lines which Mr Kym Marston had suggested. CARRIED. Minutes of annual conference, March 16, 1990 Central Clearing The Executive Committee was advised that two newspapers had decided to withdraw from the Clearing House operation and that should too many newspapers make the same decision there was a grave danger that the Clearing House operation will be unable to function due to lack of income. Minutes of executive committee meeting, November 23, 1990

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1991 – 2012 1993

Marketing The Readership Survey had been carried out by Quadrant Research Service Pty Ltd….results were favourable to Country Press newspapers. Highlights of the main results were: * Local newspapers are read by many more people within the Country Press circulation areas than any other newspaper. * 78% of adults read an average issue of the local newspaper. * 85% of adults read at least one issue of the local newspaper in a five day period Monday to Friday. * 85% of adults read at least one issue of the local newspaper in a week (that is a six day period Monday to Saturday). * Corresponding figures for The Advertiser were 34%, 47% and 6% respectively, and for The Australian 2%, 3% and 3% respectively. Minutes of executive committee meeting, July 30, 1993


Correspondence A letter was tabled from the Board of Directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Limited. The letter advised that negotiations for a proposed merger between S.A. Country Newspapers Limited and S.A. Regional Media Ltd. had broken down and that due to the large number of newspapers withdrawing from the Clearing House operations S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd. is no longer able to provide the service. It was also suggested that the forthcoming Annual Conference of the Association may provide the vehicle and the opportunity for the remaining Clearing House members to discuss the matter. Minutes of executive committee meeting, March 21, 1991 S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd The President reported on the demise of the Advertising Agency following the collapse of the Clearing House operations due to the withdrawal of many of the newspaper members. The Agency has been sold to Charterhouse Pty. Ltd. who takes over operations from December 2, 1991. Minutes of executive committee meeting, November 29, 1991


Clearing House Since our last conference at Millicent the association has undergone more major changes in what has been a very difficult year. The biggest change was the closure of the Clearing House, which had been run for the benefit of member newspapers for as long as I can remember and was the major booking service for many of us. S.A. County Newspapers Ltd ran the Clearing House service on our behalf, but it became unviable as more and more members opted to use other services.

Marketing Report The President (Mr A. Browne) reported that everyone had expressed the opinion that this year’s Country Press Week newspaper was the best ever and was indeed a quality product. Advertisers were pleased with the results. Minutes of annual general meeting, September 24, 1993


General Business The executive Director sought the co-operation of the membership to provide School Magazines which are advertising other than school matters in opposition to private enterprise, to enable a submission to be prepared for presentation to the Minister of Education. The meeting RESOLVED that it should also be pointed out that staff time and resources are being used in the reproduction of these articles at Government expense. Minutes of annual general meeting, September 23, 1994 General Business Mr A. Hill had expressed concern at the effect of Poker Machines on newspaper sales – his newspaper had experienced a 2% drop since the onset of these machines. It would also appear the Riverland had experienced a slight downturn. Minutes of executive committee meeting, November 25, 1994

Committee Members It is disappointing to me that several members have not yet served on the committee and it seems it will be a struggle to attract nominations. The Association has served its members well in the past, but it can only be as effective as its committee and it behoves all of us to take our turn and do our bit towards the continued success of our operations. Extracts from president John Pick’s report to the 80th annual conference, March 21, 1992

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Business Arising – Training Disappointment at the lack of training provided by the Associations had been expressed at the Glenelg Conference, and was referred back to the Executive. In discussing the subject of training, the Executive took issue at the fact that training seminars in the area of photography and sales had been arranged, but the support by the membership was dismal. Encouragement had been given by the Committee for independent members to tap into the Rural Press training scheme. Minutes of annual conference, March 24, 1995 Country Press Week Again a very successful Country Press Week newspaper was produced, and although one or two newspapers unfortunately “jumped the gun” by inserting it a week early, the general feedback we have on this state-wide promotion is always encouraging and not only from a money raising perspective. Extract from president Paul Taylor’s report, annual general meeting, September 29, 1995

General Business The Country Press Week newspaper was voted an excellent production, however there had been problems and some confusion experienced as to which week the newspaper should have been inserted in member newspapers. Following discussions it was Moved by Mr A. Hill, seconded Mr K. Marston that future editions of the Country Press Week newspaper display a week commencing date on the front and the membership to be directed to insert into their newspapers that week. CARRIED. Minutes of executive committee meeting, September 18, 1997


Education Department Schools In the matter of Education Department Schools canvassing and producing advertisements for School Magazines, the Executive Director, together with the Divisional Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, eventually managed an audience with the Minister for Education and Children’s Services, Hon. Robert Lucas, MLC. We received a cordial reception, the Minister pointed out the Government’s policy contained in a National Code of Practice (self-sufficiency). He encouraged members of the Country Press Association to talk with School Headmasters about the problem. He would not give a directive to schools. He did however indicate that should the practice increase excessively, he asked that the representative of the Association and the Union go back to him. Minutes of the annual general meeting, September 27, 1996 Advertising Advertising in our just published Country Press Week newspaper was considerably down on the previous year, but despite that, it was still a good looking publication with good editorial support from member papers. Extract from president Paul Taylor’s report, annual general meeting, September 27, 1996


In Memoriam The untimely death of Mr Peter John Marston, Managing Director of the Mount Barker Courier on the 22nd December 1996 deeply shocked all Country Press personnel in South Australia and Interstate. From the time Cancer was diagnosed to his death was a mere two months. Peter Marston was extremely dedicated to the County Press Association of SA Inc, as he was to Country Press Australia, and to other State Associations, many of whom sought his wise counsel on a variety of subjects which affected the newspaper industry from Industrial Relations, Advertising, Printing etc. Extract from president Beryl Price’s report, annual conference, March 14, 1997


The New-Look Country Press Association of SA Administration Officer Terry Williams addressed the meeting and gave a report on his experiences in his first six months as administration officer.(Terry replaced Executive Director, Mary Townsend, who retired on January 31, 1998, after 28 years of service). He called for unification from member newspapers in attempts to attract advertising and the need for standardisation in printing. There was a clear need for more training, particularly in newspaper editorial and advertising design, perhaps by taking the trainer to the office. He called for more interaction between papers by pursuing particular issues and possibly a “generic” reporter or similar to tackle big issues affecting everyone in the bush. Government Advertising Trevor Ellis of the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, presented a wellresearched report on Commonwealth and State Government advertising and how (the lack of it) was affecting member newspapers. Trevor was concerned about the number of press releases flooding into papers and the consequent reduction in advertising. He undertook the in-depth study and generally found country newspapers were treated with absolute disrespect by Government agencies. Extracts from president Beryl Price’s report, annual general meeting, October 2, 1998


Plagiarism Topic raised by committee member Trevor McAuliffe who cited examples of blatant plagiarism by reporters contracted to supply information to metro papers, particularly the Sunday Mail. Often reports were lifted from member newspapers without much change to original. Resolved the committee should seek examples of this. If it was prevalent, then administration officer to contact metro newspapers and seek talks. Minutes of executive committee meeting, May 14, 1999 61

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with a cheaper purchase price. It has also been suggested member newspapers should consider offering a newspaper purchase voucher for people who book to visit SA regional and rural areas through SA Tourism offices or the RAA. These ideas have merit and should be considered by members. Extract from report of administration officer Terry William, annual general meeting, September 21, 2001

2002 T. Williams

SA ShowCase It was disappointing to note how many newspapers failed to adequately promote SA ShowCase (that was the name of the CPW – Country Press Week – insert) in the weeks prior and during its appearance. We must be willing to be part of a concentrated effort; to co-ordinate our promotions…to show we are a strong media presence. Extracts from report of administration officer Terry Williams, annual general meeting, September 24, 1999


Community Chest This year, all members received a “rate holiday” for one quarter of subscriptions (meaning a small deficit in our books) and now, through funding from the SA ShowCase newspaper advertising, the committee is able to set the wheels in motion for a sponsored Country Press SA “Community Chest” to benefit the very people who support us – our readers and advertisers. Government involvement in this has been sought, but I must report that at this stage progress in dealing with the bureaucrats has been slow. It may be necessary to proceed on our own.

Community Newspapers – Report John Pick John Pick reported on concerns over community newspapers and “telecentres” and how these could impact on country newspapers. Morgan community had received a grant of $120,000 from the Federal Government for a telecentre. From this, they had produced a quarterfold newspaper which carried paid display ads and classifieds. Circulation for the 12-page paper was about 480. John had contacted local federal MP, Neil Andrew, suggesting this was not the way funds were meant to be used for telecentres. Should be aligned more to the Internet. Minutes of executive committee Meeting, July 12, 2002 Community Chest Funding has been set aside for newspapers to allow them to help promote various good causes in their communities. Once again, I have been underwhelmed by the interest from members. We have money to donate to good causes, money to help promote your newspaper…yet none seem to want to be bothered. So far, only one newspaper in two years has accessed funding. Two others remain in the pipeline. Extract from report of administration officer Terry Williams, annual general meeting, October 18, 2002


Extracts from report of administration officer Terry Williams, annual general meeting, October 13, 2000

Whinger Campaign I am concerned that, collectively, we seemed to have relaxed on the brilliant Whinger campaign set up by Trevor and Michael Ellis of Kadina some years back. The campaign was to monitor ‘other’ newspapers (mainly metropolitan and national papers), identify advertisements that should be but are not appearing in our papers and ask the advertiser ‘why not’ in country papers. The campaign brought national recognition (and extra dollars to our papers), and in particular the efforts of the Ellis duo were championed, but it seems without their drive, the campaign is perilously at risk of wasting away unless we stand up and make a concerted effort to regain and maintain the ‘Ellis rage.’


Extract from president Kym Marston’s report, annual general meeting, November 7, 2003

PANPA Award The Barossa and Light Herald, at Tanunda, also deserves our congratulations for its award-winning brilliance in the PANPA Awards held in Sydney in July. The Barossa and Light Herald won the “Non Daily Free” category from a star-studded field, with entries from five Australian states and New Zealand….the Herald took the title with the comment that it “appears to be the glue that holds together a diverse community based at Tanunda.”

Field Days Promotion This year for the first time SA Country Press will have a presence at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days from September 25-27. The Yorke Peninsula Country Times has secured a stand which will give all country newspapers the opportunity to have their newspapers on show. Newspapers have been invited to send copies of their paper to be given away over the three days. Extract from president Margaret Manuel’s report, annual general meeting, September 21, 2001 Circulation A recent committee meeting raised the possibility of a special offer for readership subscriptions. This would be one rate set for all member newspapers which would reward a subscriber for loyalty

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Circulation Builder Newspapers ran several different forms of competitions with prizes ranging from petrol to groceries. Most seemed to think the competition was a good public relations exercise and not so much a circulation builder. Extract from report of administration officer Margaret Manuel, annual general meeting, November 7, 2003


Whinger Campaign Denis Hann from Loxton to be approached about watching for adverts in state and national newspapers initially for a three month period by AO (Administration Officer). Offer of $2,500 each year to be made with the Association to pay for newspapers. To be called an Awareness Campaign rather than Whinger campaign. Minutes of executive committee meeting, February 7, 2004 Business Arising Award for Excellence in Journalism. Judge Kym Tilbrook suggested article should not be just a straight report or an interview with someone. Journalist needs to have shown some investigative journalism – be a major news story or breaking news. Some of Kym’s comments from last year’s judgment to be used in conditions of entry.

Newspaper Swap An innovative way for each newspaper to see each other’s newspapers was mooted by Vice-president Michael Ellis. Each newspaper is now put on a roster to post one copy of their newspaper to every other newspaper in the state. This is deemed a good way to find new ideas and to see what other newspapers are doing. Extract from report of administration officer Margaret Manuel, annual general meeting, March 2, 2006


Special Resolution Notice is hereby given that at the Annual General Meeting of the Country Press Association of SA Incorporated to be held on Friday, February 23, 2007. Members will be asked to consider, and if thought fit, pass the resolution which is proposed as a special resolution: “That the Constitution of the Association be amended as follows: That the name of the Association be changed to Country Press SA Incorporated.’ Notice of annual general meeting, February 23, 2007 Other business It was resolved that the Country Press SA logo and a death notice should appear in The Advertiser when a life member dies.

Minutes from meeting October 21, 2004

Minutes of committee meeting, August 3, 2007



Minutes from meeting, February 4, 2005

Minutes of committee meeting, August 8, 2008

Government Departments Letter from Chris Coote suggested some Government departments were hard to get information from and they tended not to respect deadlines. Transport SA and PIRSA some of the worst. Suggested AO send note to editors to ask them to monitor responses from Government departments and which ones they have most trouble with.

Showcase profit and loss All agreed that the result achieved for this year’s publication is excellent. Distribution of dividend to members to be made in January, 2009.

General Business Don Jones from Southern Argus, Strathalbyn, reported he had been approached by a newsagent asking for payment for his newspaper to be displayed in a prominent position on his shelves. Committee all agreed this was not a good practice to have happen – tell him “bloke’s dreaming”!

Press Releases Administration Officer made contact with the Manager of Government and Public Relations, Katherine Lediaev, at the SA branch of the Australian Hotels Association…and has been assured that the Country Press SA members will be included in all future press releases coming from her office.

Minutes of committee meeting, August 8, 2008

Minutes from meeting, June 24, 2005


Ownership Changes The Border Chronicle at Bordertown was purchased by Richard Peake from Naracoorte in September. The Taylor family purchased the Border Times at Pinnaroo in December 2005 and also the Burra Broadcaster in January 2006. Extract from president Trevor McAuliffe’s report, annual general meeting, March 2, 2006

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Volunteer help Tony Robinson addressed CPSA committee members seeking support from our members on behalf of St John for an editoriallybased promotional campaign in order to recruit volunteers. To be run throughout the State between January and April, 2011. He stressed that there was a severe shortage of volunteers in regional areas and that this was of great importance to our communities. It was agreed that Country Press SA would recommend to all members that they take up the initiative and that the AO distribute any information necessary to our members with a message of support for Tony’s efforts. Moved – B. Taylor; Second – Mr T. McAuliffe; Passed. B. Taylor

Minutes of committee meeting, November 26, 2010


Riverland Weekly – Membership application Ben Taylor and John Pick declared their competitive interest in this matter as the Riverland Weekly runs in opposition to The Taylor Group’s Riverland newspapers. Trevor Channon also declared his interest as the Riverland Weekly’s printer. John Pick asked for it to be noted that as an association it should be considered that if we let them gain membership, we would be representing Real Estate Agents and Car Yards….AO to write to the Riverland Weekly requesting proof of Defamation Insurance Policy for the past 12 months and noting that they hadn’t addressed point 5.3.5 on our membership criteria regarding financial viability. Moved – M. Ellis; Second – C. Coote; Passed. Minutes of committee meeting, March 27, 2009 Investment strategy proposal Trevor McAuliffe circulated a proposal for Country Press SA Inc. to invest in the share market by purchasing some media shares. It was agreed that $20,000 seemed to be a reasonable amount to invest. Ben Taylor agreed to seek some professional advice on what the best options would be before the next meeting. Moved – M. Ellis; Second – C. Coote; Passed. Minutes of committee meeting, October 23, 2009

2011 2010

100 year celebrations – February 2012 Some ideas we workshopped included: * Inviting advertising agency representatives to the dinner; dinner to be held at Entertainment Centre – Friday, February 24, 2012; book to be launched at the dinner; invitations for special guests to go out now (Rupert Murdoch, Prime Minister, J.B. Fairfax, John Olsen, Premier of SA, Leader of the Opposition). M. Ellis to organise Minutes of committee meeting, September 10, 2010

Centenary Celebrations – Book update and sub-committee Kym Tilbrook’s proposal to write/bring book together accepted. Magazine/coffee table format chosen. Sub-Committee chosen: B. Taylor, D. Wright, M.McAuliffe. Responsibilities: All decisions and organising of book and book launch (Friday lunch). Business Arising Tom Raggatt’s interest in selling future Showcase publication editions. AO to write to Tom Raggatt and Rural Press Sales seeking for both parties to submit a proposal offering their best deal on commission fees and debt collection in order to sell advertising in future editions of the publication. Moved – B. Taylor; Second – A. Manuel; Passed. Extracts from committee meeting, March 26, 2011


Centenary Dinner 100th anniversary of the formation of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia celebrated at a gala dinner at the Entertainment Centre, Hindmarsh, Friday, February 24.

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Members of the Executive Committee 2011 – 2012

President Mr T.M. Channon Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge Vice president Mr T. Lewis Border Watch, Mount Gambier Immediate past president Mr B.G.D. Taylor Murray Pioneer, Renmark

Administration officer Mrs M. McAuliffe Member Mr T.J. McAuliffe Fairfax Media Limited Member Mr B.N. Marston The Courier, Mount Barker Member Mr M.C. Ellis Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina

Member Mr A.C. Manuel Plains Producer, Balaklava Member Mr D.W. Wright Northern Argus, Clare Member Ms M.A. Betts The Bunyip, Gawler

Rear (standing from left) Bruce Marston, Marilyn McAuliffe, Trevor McAuliffe, Margaret Betts. Middle row (sitting from left) Ben Taylor, Tim Lewis, Trevor Channon, Michael Ellis. Sitting front (from left) David Wright, Andrew Manuel.

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The presidential role T HE HISTOR Y of the presidency of Country Press SA Inc. has

been dominated by a handful of families whose role in country newspapers dates back as far as the 1860s. In the colourful 100-year history of Country Press SA Inc. (formerly the Provincial Press Association of South Australia) there have been 38 presidents. R. H. (Reg) Tilbrook, son of the legendary H. H. (Henry Hammond) Tilbrook who co-founded The Northern Argus at Clare in 1869, was the fourth president, serving from 1935 to 1939. One of four Tilbrooks to hold the presidency, Reg was also president of the national body, known at that time as the Australian Provincial Press Association. His son, E.H. (Eric) Tilbrook, who helped compile the history of Clare, served in 1954-55. Eric’s two sons, D. T. (Denis) and I.T. (Ian) also held the role of president – Denis from 1966 to 1968 and Ian from 1985 to 1987. Denis was made a life member of Country Press SA Inc. – the 11th person to receive the honor. Only 21 people have been made life members over the 100 years. The Renmark-based Taylor family, which owns six country SA newspapers through the Taylor Group of Newspapers, has also provided four presidents. W. Gilmore Taylor was the ninth president when he was appointed in 1950, serving until 1952. Gilmore was made a life member. Gilmore’s sons, D.H.G. (Darnley) and P.H.G. (Paul) followed in their father’s footsteps to also hold the presidency. Darnley served from 1975 to 1977 and Paul from 1994 to 1996. Paul was also president of the national body from 2002 to 2004. Gilmore’s son-in-law, Denis Hann, of The Loxton News, also served as president and was made a life member.

Both Darnley and Paul were made life members – the only brothers to hold the honor. In 2009, B.G.D. (Ben) Taylor, son of Darnley and managing director of the Taylor Group of Newspapers, was appointed president until 2011. Other families to figure prominently in the presidential role have been the Hambidge family, who owned The Murray Valley Standard at Murray Bridge, the Peake family, of Naracoorte, the Marston family, of The Courier at Mount Barker, and the Ellis family of Kadina. F. W. (Frank) Hambidge took over the reins of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. from 1957 to 1959 and his son, M. G. (Michael), held office from 1970 to 1972. Both were awarded life membership for their service. The Peake family, of The Naracoorte Herald, provided two presidents – H.J. (Harry) Peake, OBE, from 1959 to 1962 and his son, R.J. (Richard) from 1983 until 1985. Harry is a life member of Country Press SA Inc. He was president of the national body from 1962 until 1965 and recognised for his service in 1974 when he was made a life member. Two members of the Marston family also served as president – P. J. (Peter) from 1977 to 1979 and K. W. (Kym), a nephew of Peter – from 2002 to 2003. Peter, who also was national president from 1990 to 1992, was made a life member for his work. T. F. (Trevor) Ellis, of the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, was president from 1981 to 1983 and his son, M.C. (Michael), held office from 2007 to 2009. Trevor was made a life member for his service. Michael also holds the honor of being appointed president of Country Press Australia for a two-year term from 2010.

R.H. Barnet

J.W. Elliot

C.M.R. Dumas

R.H. Tilbrook

W.F. Taylor

R.J.R Watson

W.K. Robinson


W. Taylor

E.G. Sprigg

E.H. Tilbrook

J. Liddy

F.W. Hambidge

H.J. Peake

B. Kaesehagen

R.M. Edwards

D.T. Tilbrook

V.W. Starr

M.G. Hambidge

D.B. Hann

D.H.G. Taylor

P.J. Marston

R.J.C. Willson

T.F. Ellis

R.J. Peake

I.T. Tilbrook

J.K. Jeffrey

J.D. Pick

A.G. Browne

P.H.G. Taylor

B.D. Price

A.H. Hill

M.S. Manuel

K.W. Marston

T.J. McAuliffe

M.C. Ellis

B.G.D. Taylor

T.M. Channon

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Presidents * R.H. Barnet Gawler Bunyip, Gawler 1912-1914 * J.W. Elliot Southern Argus, Strathalbyn 1914-1915 * C.M.R. Dumas The Courier, Mount Barker 1915-1935 * R.H. Tilbrook Northern Argus, Clare 1935-1939 * W.F. Taylor Kadina & Wallaroo Times 1939-1942 * R.J.R. Watson Border Watch, Mount Gambier 1942-1945 * W.K. Robinson The Leader, Angaston 1945-1948 * L.Judell Gladstone, Jamestown & Laura paper 1948-1950 * W.Gilmore Taylor Murray Pioneer, Renmark 1950-1952 * E.G. Sprigg Naracoorte Herald & Border Chronicle 1952-1954 * E.H. Tilbrook Northern Argus, Clare 1954-1955

* J.Liddy Barossa & Light Herald, Tanunda 1955-1957

* D.H.G. Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark 1975-1977

A.H. Hill The Border Watch, Mount Gambier 1998-2000

* F.W. Hambidge Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge 1957-1959

* P.J. Marston The Courier, Mount Barker 1977-1979

M.S. Manuel The Plains Producer, Balaklava 2000-2002

H.J. Peake, OBE Naracoorte Herald, Naracoorte 1959-1962

* B.Kaesehagen S.A. Farmer, Kadina 1962-1964 * R.M. Edwards The Transcontinental, Port Augusta 1964-1966 * D.T. Tilbrook Northern Argus, Clare 1966-1968 * V.W. Starr The Pioneer, Yorketown 1968-1970

M.G. Hambidge Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge 1970-1972


R.M. Edwards The Transcontinental, Port Augusta 1972-1973

D.B. Hann The Loxton News, Loxton 1973-1975

R.J.C. Willson Whyalla News, Whyalla 1979-1981

T.F. Ellis Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina 1981-1983

R. J. Peake Naracoorte Herald, Naracoorte 1983-1985

* I.T. Tilbrook Northern Argus, Clare 1985-1987 J.K. Jeffrey The Recorder, Port Pirie 1987-1989 J.D. Pick The River News, Waikerie 1989-1992 A.G. Browne Whyalla News, Whyalla 1992-1994 P.H.G. Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark 1994-1996

B.D. Price Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge 1996-1998

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K.W. Marston The Courier, Mount Barker 2002-2003 T.J. McAuliffe Rural Press Limited 2003-2007

M.C. Ellis Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina 2007-2009

B.G.D. Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark 2009-2011

T. M. Channon Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge 2011(*Deceased)


Those who have served SIN CE ITS inception in 1912, Country Press SA Inc. (formerly the

Provincial Press Association of South Australia) has had only a handful of management officers. The first was J.B. Cant of the Barossa News who agreed to be acting secretary when nominated at the first general meeting held on March 25, 1912. By the first annual meeting on April 22, 1913, he was recorded as secretary for which he received an honorarium of 10 pounds and ten shillings plus an additional five pounds and five shillings “on account of the work entailed by the Australian Prov. Press conferences.” In mid-1914, Chas B. O’Reilly of the Kapunda Herald, who was a member of the Provincial Press Association committee, was appointed acting secretary following the resignation of Mr Cant. He was confirmed as secretary in mid-1915. By 1917 he had moved from the Kapunda Herald to the Maitland Watch on Yorke Peninsula, still retaining his position as secretary. In 1919, the committee voted an honorarium of 17 guineas for Mr O’Reilly. He gave outstanding service to the association and held the position of secretary until 1948. He was awarded life membership in recognition of his valuable work. John F. Power, known throughout the industry as Jack, succeeded Mr O’Reilly. Jack was a larger-than-life character who who served as secretary from 1948 to 1975. He was regarded as a tough negotiator and played major roles in industrial relations and in obtaining both Federal and State Government advertising which

J.B. Cant

was a constant problem for country newspapers. His service also saw him awarded life membership. Mary Townsend (now King), who joined the association in 1970 as an assistant to Jack Power, took over the reins in 1975 and held the position of executive director for just over 22 years when she retired in January, 1998. She was made a life member of Country Press SA Inc. in 1998 for her great service to Country Press and her trailblazing for women in newspapers. Mary, who continues to be a popular figure at annual awards dinners, was also honored in 1997 when she was made a life member of the national body, Country Press Australia (from 1906 to 1986 it was known as the Australian Provincial Press Association. In 1986, the named changed to Country Press Australia). In 1997, the management title changed from executive director to administration officer and T. A. (Terry) Williams, now editor of the Plains Producer at Balaklava in the State’s Mid-North, served in the position until 2002 when Margaret Manuel took over for four years until 2006. Margaret is a life member of Country Press SA Inc. and held the presidency from 2000 until 2002. Her son, Andrew, who owns the Plains Producer, is a member of the CPSA Inc. executive committee. Marilyn McAuliffe, who has previously managed The Recorder and Flinders News at Port Pirie, was appointed administration officer in 2006 and still holds the office in the Centenary year.

C.B. O’Reilly

T.A. Williams

J.F. Power

M. Manuel

M. Townsend

M. McAuliffe

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Life members make their mark T W E N TY-O N E people have been awarded life membership of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia / Country Press SA Inc. The honor has gone to 19 men and two women for their remarkable service to the association and the newspaper industry. The first was C.M.R. Dumas of The Courier at Mount Barker who was one of the driving forces behind setting up the association in 1912. He was the third president, holding the position for 20 years. A remarkable aspect has been the awarding of life membership

to three members of the Taylor family – W. Gilmore Taylor and his two sons, D.H.G. (Darnley) and P.H.G. (Paul) from Renmark’s The Murray Pioneer. Gilmore’s son-in-law, Denis Hann, of The Loxton News, was also made a life member. The two women to receive life membership are Mary King (formerly Townsend) who was executive director from 1975 to 1998 and Margaret Manuel of the Plains Producer. Margaret served as president from 2000 to 2002 and administration officer from 2002 to 2006.

LIFE MEMBERS * C.M.R. Dumas The Courier, Mount Barker * W.K. Robinson The Leader, Angaston * L.M Judell Gladstone, Jamestown, Laura paper * E.G Sprigg Naracoorte Herald & Border Chronicle, Bordertown * C.B. O’Reilly Country Press Association of SA Inc * W. Gilmore Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark * J. Liddy Barossa & Light Herald, Tanunda * F.W. Hambidge Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge

H.J. Peake, OBE Naracoorte Herald, Naracoorte * J.F. Power Country Press Association of SA Inc * D.T. Tilbrook Northern Argus, Clare

M.G. Hambidge Murray Valley Standard, Murray Bridge

D.B. Hann The Loxton News, Loxton * D.H.G Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark

R.J.C Willson Whyalla News, Whyalla * P.J. Marston The Courier, Mount Barker

M.R. Townsend Country Press Association of SA Inc

T.F. Ellis Yorke Peninsula Country Times, Kadina

J.D. Pick The River News, Waikerie

P.H.G. Taylor The Murray Pioneer, Renmark

M.S. Manuel Plains Producer, Balaklava


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Conferences 1912 Inaugural meeting held at Bricknell’s Café, Rundle St, Adelaide 1913-62 Conferences were all held in Adelaide 1963 Renmark 1964 Adelaide 1965 Port Lincoln 1966 Adelaide 1967 Naracoorte 1968 Victor Harbor 1969 Adelaide 1970 Murray Bridge 1971 Christies Beach

1972 Whyalla

1986 Kangaroo Island

2000 Mount Gambier

1973 Christies Beach

1987 Renmark

2001 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

1974 Kangaroo Island

1988 Broken Hill

2002 Clare

1975 Christies Beach

1989 Port Pirie

2003 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

1976 Broken Hill

1990 Wirrina

2004 Victor Harbor

1977 Adelaide

1991 Millicent

2005 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

1978 Lyndoch

1992 Mount Barker, Hahndorf

2006 Kangaroo Island

1979 Mount Gambier

1993 Victor Harbor

2007 Awards Dinner - Adelaide

1980 Loxton

1994 Glenelg

2008 Yorke Peninsula

1981 Kadina, Wallaroo

1995 Tanunda

2009 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

1982 Port Augusta

1996 Alice Springs

2010 Renmark

1983 Port Lincoln

1997 Whyalla

2011 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

1984 Naracoorte

1998 Adelaide

2012 Centenary Dinner – Adelaide

1985 Clare

1999 Awards Dinner – Adelaide

Conference 1968 Victor Harbor From left: Federal Minister Dr Jim Forbes, president Denis Tilbrook and Verne Starr

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History of Country Press SA Inc Members, 2012

Old Border Watch Building

Pages 72-252: The history of 33 member newspapers including photographs and major news events

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Angaston, July 24, 1918

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Vintage further delayed by weather conditions With the 2011 vintage already running up to a month late, current weather conditions have further delayed the harvest. The delay will be greater this week with constant rain leaving some grape growers unable to access their vineyards because tractors cannot be used in the wet soil. President of Wine Barossa, Ms Louisa Rose said with better drained soil, grape growers will produce good, clean fruit. “Better drained soil will also mean you can access the vineyards quicker after rain,” she said. “It is more about the luck of the soil you have and how quickly you can respond to it.” The constant rain this harvest means vineyards will have more disease than previous years and grape growers will have to discard some of the blocks, something that happens rarely in the Barossa. Ms Rose said there was a lot that grape growers were doing and could still do to ensure the quality of the grapes. “If there are only a few bunches with disease you can pick them up and put them on the ground so that the machine harvester only picks up the good fruit.” She said there have been a lot more preventative chemicals that have had to be sprayed to prevent problems in the grape quality this year.


Chair of Wine Barossa, Ms Louisa Rose said there is a silver lining to the weather conditions for this year’s grape growers.

A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”





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“Some grapes have had to be sprayed between six and eight times with a rotation of mild chemicals,” she said. The residue from the chemicals disappears from the grapes within seven days, whereas some of the stronger chemicals had to be sprayed before Christmas. “This is not an easy season for grape growers by any means, but if growers are vigilant with disease control and the work is put in, the potential for the grapes this vintage is good.” Ms Rose said the cool temperature from the rain has given the grapes time to develop flavour in their natural acid that would usually be cooked out of the fruit in the warmer weather. “The flavour development and the natural acid retention in the grapes this season is phenomenal,” she said. “This is especially good in Riesling because the natural acid gives the wine a crisp, fresh taste.” The fruits that are most susceptible to damage such as the thin skinned Barossa Semillon grapes have already been picked and are looking strong, Ms Rose said. “Grapes such as the Grenache variety are affected most by the rain because the berries grow closely together and hold water between them, whereas the Shiraz berries are spaced further apart and drain the water when blown by the wind.” She said many grape growing regions around the world are exposed to rainy weather during vintage and still produce good quality fruit. “People are predicting doom and gloom, and although the weather conditions are not ideal, they don’t spell disaster.”



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newspaper in South Australia started under the same family name. William Kirkby Robinson and his wife, Agnes, started what they termed “The New Penny Journal for the Barossa District” on July 24, 1918. Kirkby Robinson, as he preferred to be known, called his new publication The Leader because he wanted his newspaper to lead all others. Introducing his paper to readers, Mr Robinson wrote on Page 1: “Reader, you now have in your hand No 1 of “The Leader”. What about No 2? Will you receive it as a subscriber, or will you never see it? It will only cost you 4/6 (advance) per annum to have it posted each week. Will you be one of our sought-for 5000 subscribers? “Once the stranger has seen Angaston he is charmed with the magnificent landscape, and when we found in addition to this that it possessed not a printing office, we decided to establish a new enterprise. That such a progressive town, and such a prolific district as this can adequately support a journal we have not the slightest doubt and, had we had any misgivings, they would have been completely dispelled ere this by the enthusiastic support already accorded our office.” Mr Robinson said that by honestly endeavouring to give good service, “we hope to prosper….” His introduction ended: “We are here to push forward the claims of Angaston and district, we want to give a journal that will get right into the hearts of the people in this big district and be regarded as the real home paper, and we want to merit all the support we receive. Reader, see that your name reaches us before our next issue.” Starting out with the clothes he wore and little in his pocket, Kirkby and Agnes worked long hours, often seven days a week to establish their newspaper and general printing operation.

During his time as editor and owner/manager, Kirkby established a number of firsts in the newspaper industry. Under his control The Leader was the first newspaper to introduce a Scanagraver electronic printing block making machine, a get well present from his wife and son after Kirkby suffered a major heart attack. He also installed the first Intertype linecasting machine in SA and was amongst the early newspaper proprietors to introduce web printing. In the 1980’s The Leader was believed to be the first known newspaper in Australia to adopt Apple Macintosh computers as a P.C. based typesetting system. Three generations of Robinsons have served as editor of The Leader, starting with Kirkby who was followed by his son, Rae, and currently the founder’s grandson, Tony. All three Robinsons have served on Country Press SA Inc. committees with Kirkby being awarded life membership. The business has moved into the fourth generation involvement with Peter, Darren and Adam Robinson working on the paper. Wives of the editors have all played a key role in the business, with Agnes, Molly and Angela all being actively involved in helping wherever possible. Today, The Leader is printed at the Angaston print centre on a modern Goss Community press. Platemaking is via the latest computer to plate technology. Current circulation stands at 8100 weekly with an average 84 pages per issue. The newspaper has been honored on several occasions in the Country Press SA Inc. awards, winning best advertising feature in 1994, 1997 and 2005; community involvement in 2004 and best advertisement in 2007.

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1960s – Ken Warnest and Les Schulz beside The Leader Duplex machine

1925 – The Leader office, Angaston

1979 – The seven beautiful finalists for the Barossa Valley Vintage Festival Queen

2002 – The Queen visits the Barossa Valley

January 5, 2002 – Councillor John Angas, president of Angas Recreation Park, Angaston, and Mrs Judith Jones, the Barossa Council CEO, in front of the Angaston Oval grandstand which was destroyed by fire

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November 7, 1960 – Fire in Vaughan’s Cafe, Murray Street, Angaston

February 29, 1992 – Television star Shane Bourne with Tanunda Band president, Malcolm Wyatt, celebrate the rebirth of Chateau Tanunda

Logan Camp operating an Intertype at “The Leader”

September 4, 2010 – Second semi-final at Angaston. In a mud-bath and heavy fog, Tanunda 1-5 defeated Barossa District 0.5

1979 – Anthony Schubert operates a Compugraphic computer which replaced Intertypes at The Leader

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Rae Robinson, editor of “The Leader” from 1976 until his passing in 1990 with his wife, Molly

Working at “The Leader” are Tony and Angela with sons, Darren, Adam and Peter

Kirkby Robinson’s Model T Tourer which was used to deliver “The Leader” in the 1920’s

May 8, 1996

November 22, 1979

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2010 – Flood at Sedan

February 22, 2008 – Truck rollover near Freeling

December, 1998 – Jessica and Natasha Schiller enjoyed Christmas music at the official opening of The Barossa Regional Shopping Centre

September, 1980 – Don and Geoff Mosey, of Anlaby, Kapunda, with an East Bungaree ram bought for $8000 at the Adelaide Ram Sales

March 9, 1983

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2011 – The Leader office, Angaston

June, 2009 – Dean Street was closed for several hours after a tree branch fell and clipped powerlines

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onto the shoulder of the road. “We had to pull the truck up next so cars to people could get out of their car or off the side of the road and into the truck. “There was a lot of chaos for a while.” Captain Prior said water was coming up to the bottom of car windows. He said it was the worst flooding he had seen. Mrs Val Handke from Nuriootpa walked into her back room on last Tuesday evening to find the carpet soaked from a burst gutter. “It came down so quickly that the gutters couldn’t take it,” Mrs Handke said.


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region on last Tuesday afternoon for the third time since December. Eudunda was hit hard, with 49mm recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology in the 24 hours to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Eudunda CFS Captain Thomas Prior said there were 16 official callouts in one hour, with three times as many jobs that weren’t reported. “A lot of houses were flooded. There were 20 houses we’re aware of that had some form of water entering,” Captain Prior said. There were also three rescues in Eudunda, with cars being washed



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IAN Gates leads his father, Murray, through a trail of dust as they harvest clover on the Mount Templeton property of Malcolm and Rick Lamond and, right, taking a break in front of one of the vacuum machines. – PICTURES: Lisa Redpath.

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AS cereal growers venture back from their summer holidays, contract harvesters Murray and Ian Gates continue to do laps of local paddocks, harvesting the clover crops scattered around the district. Murray said the dusty and slow job of clover harvesting sucked. “They work almost like a giant vacuum cleaner in that they suck the clover pods off the ground,” he said. Once in the machine, the pods are sent into a thrasher, enclosed in mesh so the pods break up and continue into a separator. The heavy seed

Les Pearson reports:

stays at the bottom as dust and pod husks are sent blowing out the top. The remaining seed is then finally sent over some sieves and into the bin similar to a conventional harvester. It’s a long, slow process, with the machinery moving around paddocks at 3-3.8km/h. But the pace hasn’t worried Murray, who has been in the clover harvesting game for about 36 years. In that time, he has noted the shift

to continuous cropping, gradually phasing out a majority of clover crops in the district. “There’s not a lot now the style of farming has changed,” he said. “Everyone has gone to continuous cropping and not keeping sheep, so there is not the demand for clover seed. “About 20 years ago there was a big demand for clover seed overseas in the Middle East countries but that fell off in the 90s. n Continued Page 4





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S E P T E M B E R 2 5 , 1903 was an auspicious day for the Lower Mid North District. It was the birth of the newspaper, The Central Advocate, now known as the Plains Producer. Circulating in the towns of Port Wakefield, Balaklava, Owen, Hoyleton, Whitwarta, Mount Templeton, Nantawarra and surrounding districts, the paper boasted that“its columns would be open for the discussion of matters affecting the welfare of the community”. It said: “Our object in chief will be, through the columns of The Central Advocate, to give publicity to all local matters of interest, also those of other towns. “It is our intention to keep before our readers the leading questions of the day, both political and social.” With a front page full of advertisements, news was wedged between more advertisements on pages two, three and four. The paper has had few owners in its 108-year history. Founded by Mr James Walker, it was purchased in 1910 by Mr W. Hancock who went into partnership with Mr S.W. Osborne. In 1923, Mr Osborne became sole proprietor. Mrs Amy Henstridge became proprietress in July, 1926, after relinquishing the Snowtown paper The Stanley Herald. From September, 1932, the Henstridge family took ownership and publication was suspended during World War II. After the war the Henstridge family continued publishing the paper until 1975 when it had new owners, Mrs Dorothy Braunack and Mr Jeff Sutton who sold the newspaper rights to Smedley Press, of Glenelg. The name was changed to the Wooroora Producer in September, 1909, incorporating The Central Advocate and The Hamley Bridge Express and with it news finally made it to the front page of the publication. Another name change in July, 1940, dropped Wooroora and the paper became know as The Producer.

By this time the front page was full of news with minimal advertising. In 1983, the outlook was grim for The Producer. In fact many joked it was an “egg timer read”. At this time it was owned by the Milnes family who also owned the Victor Harbor Times and was a weekly, eight-page paper. This was when Roger Manuel was given the chance to buy the newspaper and, full of faith, set about turning the “egg-timer” paper into a viable business, reflecting the ideas and opinions of the district. A new name was created, The Plains Producer, a perfect way to give the paper a new image. Roger improved the content of the paper and knowing the importance of sport in the district, expanded the coverage of sporting events. When Roger died in 1995, his wife, Margaret, took on the role of managing editor until she sold the business to one of her sons, Andrew Manuel and his wife, Merridy, in 2008. The couple has continued to expand and improve the newspaper to its current format of 32 pages. The Plains Producer is available weekly on Wednesdays after being printed by The Yorke Peninsula Country Times at Kadina on Tuesday evenings. It is available in towns throughout the Adelaide Plains from Virginia in the South to Snowtown in the north and towns in between. It also is circulated at Mallala, Hamley Bridge and the Gilbert Valley to Clare. Andrew Manuel also publishes the Two Wells and Districts Echo, a color tabloid newspaper. The Plains Producer has won many newspaper awards. It won the Country Press SA Inc. award for best newspaper (under 3000 circulation) in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009.

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1997 – Mr Ira Parker (vice chairman) handing silver key to Sir Lyell McEwin at the opening of the hospital maternity wing

Hector Henstridge DSC (third from left) taking part in Lighthorse training between WW1 and WWII. Hector was a Commando in WWII and ran The Plains Producer for many years

June 5, 1930 – Three men were rescued after being entombed in a rock fall while digging a well

Balaklava Race Day to raise money for the hospital’s maternity wing

Premier John Olsen unveiling plaque at the Devils’ Garden

September 17, 1909

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October 17, 1987 – Mini Grand Prix Day

1961 – Watchman Football Club wins premiership

August 31, 2011 – A record crowd of 15,000 people saw Magical Pearl, ridden by Damian Oliver, win the 2011 Balaklava Cup

Caption September 29, 1976

Rare bottle-nose whale washed ashore near Port Wakefield

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Wednesday July 2, 2008


ABOVE: A proud day for Hoyleton’s Tony Zotti (left) and Balaklava’s Doris and Clarrie Wandel. BELOW: Who is a visitor to this area? Some of the crowd at Balaklava’s Australia Day breakfast.


Town shocked as gunman robs ANZ bank

First for town The first ever Australia Day celebrations at Hamley Bridge attracted a crowd of 50, despite temperatures soaring above the 40 degree mark. Free use of the swimming pool certainly helped entice some, with competitions for best bomb and neatest dive/jump. The adults seemed to have as much fun as the children, with the pool full until closing time. The Hamley Bridge Town Management Committee provided food, with committee members and volunteers preparing a barbecue lunch in the institute kitchen. The community were also invited to give suggestions for the future direction of the town, and town committee member Ron Hammat said those in attendance were very forthcoming with ideas. Mr Hammat said the committee received significant help from other committees within the community, making the day run smoothly for all.

Dorothy’s medal FORMER Balaklava resident Dorothy Shields (nee Linke) has made the South Australian Honours list for her services to the Victor Harbor community. Mrs Shields, who is Murray Linke’s sister, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her involvement in the Victor Harbor community though a range of heritage, disability support, tourism and local government organisations.





Clarrie and Doris earn Balaklava’s respect Balaklava’s Citizens of the Year, Clarrie and Doris Wandel, were honoured by the local community at a ceremony in the Triangle on Australia Day morning. About 150 people saw Mayor James Maitland present the Wakefield Regional Council award to the wellknown pair, who have been stalwarts of the Balaklava show. Clarrie, 81, and Doris, 80, were nominated by retired Luthern Pastor, Neil Hampel, who spoke in support of the Wandels. Clarrie said he felt “quite humbled” at receiving the award. “We always enjoyed travelling to the various shows – but it is getting a bit beyond us now,” Clarrie said. “And we volunteered because we got so much out of it.” Clarrie made a passionate appeal for more people – particularly younger volunteers – to help organisations like the Balaklava Show society and other local community groups. “The Lions, CWA and CFS all badly need more volunteers,” Clarrie said. There were no nominations for Young Citizen of the Year. The Lions Club and CWA again provided breakfast for the event.

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n Balaklava lost its innocence as a quiet country town last Friday, when the aNZ Bank was robbed by a masked man brandishing a high-powered weapon. The quiet but busy shopping day was transformed when police, including the elite Star Force squad, descended on the town, ordering shops to lock their doors with customers and staff inside. Police scoured the town in search of the alleged “Bicycle Bandit” who escaped through a rear door

of the bank. REaD our complete reports, with more pictures, Pages 2 and 3. n aBOvE: Pistol drawn, Balakava police officer Steve Harwood enters the aNZ bank, with manager Paul McBride at the door. n BElOW: Freed after their frightening ordeal are (from left) liz Warnes (customer), Sharon allen, Meltom Harvey (customer), Kate Dale, a police officer who led them out, Paul McBride and Brenton Read.

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They became our ‘fab four’ Australia Day became a day to remember and feel proud for four new Australian citizens across our district. Menato (Tony) Zotti, Hoyleton, Jean Riley, Mary Stopp, Port Wakefield, and Steven Cummins, Two Wells, were presented with their Australian Citizenships at local celebrations. Port Wakefield’s Mary Stopp and Jean Riley both became citizens in a special ceremony at their Australia Day celebrations. For JEAN RILEY, Australia holds many special memories. “It was 43 years since the day I left England in ‘63,” she said. Mrs Riley’s son Shaun was also born on Australia Day 36 years ago. Mrs Riley has lived in Port Wakefield since 1983 and loves the coastal town, and it made the citizen-

OUR NEW CITIZENS ship ceremony all the more special being held in the town. “We thought it was lovely having it done in Port Wakefield,” Mrs Riley said. “It’s just my accent that tells people I’m still English,” she said. Mrs Riley said concerns for her mother, who was worried Mrs Riley would not be allowed back into the country to visit, prevented her from gaining her citizenship before now. However it was her husband Thomas’ last wish before he passed away two years ago, and as Mrs Riley says, “It’s about time I got one.” Mrs Riley moved to Australia with her husband when she was just 19, as they were unable to find housing in England.

Although they only planned to stay for two years, Mr and Mrs Riley fell in love with the country, and never returned to England. “I still love it,” Mrs Riley said. Mrs Riley has three children, Shaun, Steven and Sharon. STEVEN CUMMINS is proud to be an Australian citizen. “It feels great,” he said, “Especially having it done on Australia Day.” Mr Cummins said he had been considering it for quite a long time after moving to Australia from England almost 47 years ago. “I got the paper work a couple of times but it looked too hard,” he said. However he admitted when he sat down and did it, it was really quite easy. Mr Cummins has lived in the Two Wells/Lewiston area for 17 years, and enjoys his involvement with the

n BElOW: Star Force officers enter buildings at the rear of the bank on Edith terrace in search of the armed robber.

local community. He has driven Two Wells Primary School bus for six years, is a local Joey leader at Scouts, and is a keen member of Two Wells Mallala and Districts Road Safety Group, as well as being involved with the Two Wells Uniting Church. Hoyleton’s TONY ZOTTI said he could now officially say ‘g’day’ and call people ‘cobber’ after receiving his citizenship last week at the Balaklava Australia Day breakfast. He said Australia had always been his home despite only recently becoming a citizen. Mr Zotti’s fear of flying has prevented him from returning to Italy since he first moved to Australia with his family in 1964, although he said he had little desire to make the trip. He has lived at Hoyleton for the past five years with wife Sharon and her two children.

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February 1, 2006 – New Australian citizen Tony Zotti, of Hoyleton (left) and Balaklava’s Citizens of the Year, Doris and Clarrie Wandel at an Australia Day breakfast on January 26

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TOP from left: local policeman Steve Harwood briefs other officers. Andrew Smith blocks Wallace street and shoppers watch as the drama unfolds.

BALAKLAvA police officer in charge, Brevet Sergeant Steve harwood, convened a debriefing meeting in Balaklava last night (Tuesday) to discuss the impact of the bank hold-up. B/S harwood said the meeting discussed how the drama unfolded and what actions could be taken in any future emergencies. “It was important to meet with those who were more closely involved to get their opinions and advice,” B/S harwood said. The meeting, held at Balaklava Bowling Club, involved CFS, SeS and ambulance personnel, senior regional and local police officers and residents of Balaklava. “It was an open forum to help people. Counselling contact assistance was also available,” B/S harwood said. “My personal thanks go out to various members of the local community who assisted myself and other police officers as the incident developed. “These people were invaluable in setting up road blocks to prevent access to the area and maintaining the safety of the general public. “Members of the CFS and ambulance were a great help. “But the quick reactions of local business people like Marc van Kleef and Andrew Smith, who quickly redirected traffic and cared for the safety of others deserve special mention – along with Jessie Burford, who also helped out.”


BALAKLAVA butcher Marc van Kleef at the intersection of Edith terrace, Wallace and Howe streets, where he assisted in redirecting traffic away from the area.

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leaving a room inside. “he was about (bank manager) Paul McBride’s height,” Meltom said. “I couldn’t see if he had a mask on his face because I couldn’t see his face.” Three days after his ordeal, Meltom said he was feeling much better. visibly shaken as he exited the bank, Meltom, who has had cardiac problems over recent months, was later taken to hospital for a checkup. After exiting the bank, the group was taken to the rear of Balaklava Newsagency for counselling. Meltom’s brother Ray had left Meltom to do his banking while he bought the paper. When he returned to find there had been a robbery, he was concerned for his brother’s health. “I thought to myself I hope he’s okay, I hope they don’t stir him up too much,” Ray said. Both Meltom and Ray thanked ambulance staff, nurses and Sister Gail Olsen at Balaklava Soldiers Memorial hospital, Dr Tom Lemon, and Peter Barnfield for their assistance in making sure Meltom was taken care of. Owen’s Liz Warnes, who was also inside the bank at the time of the robbery, did not wish to comment.

PINeRY local Meltom harvey was one of two customers in the bank at the time of the building. Meltom, known across the district for his passion for ferreting, travelled to Balaklava last Friday to collect his pension but was soon an unwilling victim as the drama unfolded. “I went over to get my money and next minute it all went wrong and they closed the doors and shut me in,” he said. Meltom said after he walked MELTOM Harvey leaves the bank, into the bank, he was standing assisted by staff member Kate Dale by the door and saw the offender

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he town of Balaklava was shut down for several hours after a bank robbery that shocked the community. Businesses were in lockdown last Friday after a man armed with a high powered rifle entered the bank on the corner of Wallace Street and edith Terrace about 11.40am, demanding money from staff. Passing Gawler policeman Steve Schaeffer was first on the scene, racing to the main street on his motorcycle when he heard of the alarm, arriving less than one minute after he received the call. When he entered the bank, the robber demanded he leave, allegedly pointing a gun at him. Balaklava officer-in-charge, Brevet Sergeant Steve harwood, who had been driving near the golf club en route to halbury at the time, arrived almost immediately after the first police officer. The two quickly cordoned off the corners of the bank, ready to confront the thief when he reappeared, however the offender fled through a rear exit with cash. Barossa Yorke Local Service Area acting officer-in-charge, Inspector Steve Kameniar, said the surrounding area was quickly cordoned off and bystanders asked to move inside shops and offices. “There were suspicions he may have been in one of the buildings at the back of the bank,” said Insp. Kameniar. Roadblocks were established both within the town centre and on major exit roads, and eight STAR Force officers called in to search the town. Local schools and the community children’s centre were in lockdown as a precaution, and school buses did not leave until police had given the all-clear at 3.30pm. A police helicopter circled the township searching for the offender, while on the ground, a police dog also joined the hunt. When police were confident the offender had left the area, traffic and pedestrians were allowed back into the main street. Crime Scene investigators from Adelaide, Kadina and Nuriootpa then moved in to search for evidence. Members of Operation Counteract, which targets bank hold-ups and armed robberies, also attended, and police from Crystal Brook, Snowtown, Brinkworth, Clare, Riverton, hamley Bridge, Mallala, Two Wells, and Ardrossan formed road blocks surrounding the town. Insp. Kameniar praised the immediate response of the local CFS and ambulance crews who blocked roads to aid police. “As current acting officer in charge of Barossa Yorke LSA, I would like to sincerely thank the CFS, ambulance and any other people who may have been involved for their assistance,” Insp. Kameniar said. Following the incident, B/S harwood revealed it was only the second time in his career he had needed to draw his gun, despite previously being stationed in hindley Street, Adelaide. The first occurrence was in Whyalla. ANZ Bank policy prevents staff from commenting on the incident. At Australian Growers Direct, in the same building as the bank, Tim Ruddenkau and a staff member were also forced to remain inside while police searched for the offender. Mr Ruddenkau was unable to be contacted before publication.


NRM Quarterly New Board Members The Board’s new and ongoing representatives have been appointed. New members will sit for a term of three years, while existing members will remain on the Board until 2010. They include: 14 April 2008 until 13 April 2010 • New member Jacqueline O’Reilly (Laura) • On going members Helen Thomas (Manoora) Rick Wilkinson (Point Turton) and Neville Wilson (Merriton) 14 April 2008 until 13 April 2011 • New members Alfred Agius (Glenelg North) Jayne Bishop (Peterborough) and Kathleen Bowman (Orroroo) • On-going member Kerry Ward of Clare


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The new members replace Malcolm Byerlee (Carrieton), Marcus Strudwicke (Mallala) and Phyllis Robinson (Wilmington). Helen Weinert, a member of the Australian Government NRM Team based in Canberra, has replaced Anthony Whitford as the Board’s Australian Government representative.

ABOVE: Balaklava police officer Pieter Middleton grabs a bullet-proof vest as he runs towards the bank. TOP LEFT: The police helicopter searches for the bandit.

Creeping knapweed trials Trials are being undertaken by the Lower North Group to control Creeping knapweed on the roadside at Cocky’s Crossing. Signage is being installed at the site and a trial paddock will commence prior to hay time. The trial work will be held on an ongoing basis with a field day in December 2008 incorporating Silverleaf nightshade, Innocent weed and rabbit control promotion. Deer management strategy The Lower North Group has developed a draft deer management strategy in the wake of a survey conducted last year. The strategy includes promotion and engagement activities and will encourage landholders to be involved in control measures. Data will be collected about the number of deer destroyed. Phone 8847 2544.

n REPORTS: Lauren Parker and Karen Petney

Neighbourly fox baiting Landholders are urged to notify all neighbours who may be at risk from off-target damage during fox baiting by: • Notifying neighbours prior to baiting and putting up warning signs. • Keeping dogs and cats restrained while baits are out. • Retrieving all uneaten fox baits at the end of the control campaign. • Disposing of unused baits and containers appropriately.

n PICTURES: Andrew Manuel, Terry Williams, Lisa Redpath and James Manuel


The Board’s Authorised Officers supply fox bait and provide training about fox baiting safety and responsibility. Phone 8847 2544. Gorse control grants Grants are available to help landholders control Gorse (Ulex europaeus L.) on their properties. Gorse, a Weed of National Significance, is highly invasive and has serious environmental impact. For information about the incentive grants and/or to lodge an application, please contact the Board’s Lower North Group on 8847 2544.


Rabbit advice Recent attempts to introduce RHD (Calici virus) into wild rabbit populations, particularly in urban areas, have proven to be unreliable. For information about alternative control options in small localized areas, contact the Board’s Lower North Group on 8847 2544. Winter weed removal Winter has brought with it both welcome rains and unwelcome pest plants. Landowners are encouraged to remove pest plants as early as possible to ensure they don’t spread and cause further damage. Pest plants are among the most serious threat to Australia’s natural environment and primary production industries. They displace native species, contribute significantly to land degradation, and reduce farm and forest productivity. Phone 8847 2544. Pest control on road reserves Landowners are urged to help control declared pests on road reserves to protect against economic and environmental losses. Declared pest plants over-run native grasses and spread into crops, urban gardens and creeks. Pest animals can move unseen through roadside vegetation, damaging crops and destroying stock and native wildlife. Regional Authorised Officers can provide advice about identifying declared animals and plants on road reserves, and about the most effective way of controlling a pest without damaging the surrounding environment. Phone 8847 2544.

POLICE from the Star Force squad leave the bank area after checking various buildings.

They locked the doors, watched and waited

BUSINESS REACTION: Local businesses were in lockdown from 11.45am to about 4 pm with staff and customers locked in. Staff at a neighbouring business heard the offender jump their fence when making his getaway, however they were unaware it was him at the time. “You can see the dent in the fence where he climbed over,” Paul Bubner from MAP Financial Strategies said. “It’s the same spot where one staff

member takes a break, thankfully she was not outside at the time,” he said. Directly opposite ANZ Bank, staff in Balaklava Chemplus were busy trying to prevent pedestrians from walking past the bank. According to Jenny McArdle, staff knew nothing of the robbery until police arrived and they were told to lock their doors and not allow anyone in or out of the building. Jenny said staff were concerned for the safety of bank staff and customers.

New Waterwatch officer The Northern and Yorke region has a new Waterwatch officer. Kim Heynen has been appointed by the Board to help schools and community groups learn about water quality issues, and to undertake water monitoring activities of creeks and estuaries. For more information about the Waterwatch program, contact Kim on 8842 6258.

“We weren’t sure what was going on and just to see the STAR Force walking up the street was a bit of a shock,” she said. “They got here pretty quickly.” Jenny described the robbery as “unnerving”, knowing those in the bank, and also knowing not only are chemists a target for robberies, but the Balaklava chemist also contains the town’s Westpac Bank branch. She was also concerned for the safety of her children when they arrived home. •More comments, page 12

Coastal Council officer The Board has appointed a part-time project officer to support the Coastal Council network. Deb Allen, who will provide information and liaison support to the network, can be contacted on 8648 5177.



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Angus to honour his great grandad TWO WELLS 12-year-old Angus Tapscott took real interest when his Nanna – Di Meaney – was recently looking through boxes of old papers and photos. Nanna Meaney came across a red box, and inside it were the World War II medals of his great grandfather, Allan Reginald Hart, one of the area’s best-known families. This inspired young Angus to learn of his grandfather’s war service – and more.

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THE dashing young man with sabre drawn, third from left in this Lighthorse charge, is none other than Balaklava war hero, Hector Henstridge, DSC. Henstridge, a commando, fought in World War II, but is shown in this family photograph taking part in Lighthorse training, thought to be in this region between World War I and II. The photo at left and another below, believed to be taken on a railway station interstate, were supplied by Hector’s son, Austin, who lives in Balaklava. Hector Henstridge ran the Plains Producer for nearly 50 years, passing away in 1973. Through the pages of the 2001 book, “Stories Behind the Wall,” editor Terry Williams pays special tribute to Hector and a group of other war time heroes on Page 2. And he poses a question which it is hoped will inspire us.

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‘Come clean’ say rural doctors first aid service, and removing obstetric services in many of the rural hospitals providing obstetric care. “How can the Minister say on ABC Radio that he is not reducing emergency and acute care in rural South Australia, when quite clearly he proposes to?” RDASA President, Clare doctor Steve Holmes, said. “We don’t think the rural South Australians who live in the 43 affected communities will believe the Minister when they are forced to travel in many cases hundreds of kilometres to receive the acute care they currently receive locally for serious injuries and conditions. Will they really see this as being an increase in emergency and acute care for their community? “When a pregnant woman is turned away from her local hospital

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at the onset of labour—because that hospital is no longer allowed to provide obstetric care—and told to drive two hours to the next closest hospital, will she really believe health services in her area are better than they were before? “And will rural South Australians really consider they have better access to healthcare in their community when their local doctors and nurses leave town because there is no longer a local hospital enabling them to provide the full range of clinically appropriate services needed by their community? “We don’t think so, Minister. “The Minister may not technically be closing hospitals, but after the Government is finished with them under this Plan they will be nothing


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r Steve Holmes, President. Dr Peter rischbieth, Vice President rural Doctors Association of SA Inc: Thank you for your letter of June 10 about South Australia’s Country Health Care Plan (the Plan). I appreciate you seeking greater clarification on the Plan and want to reassure your members that I am committed to working with country doctors to ensure we get the best possible health outcomes for all country residents. South Australia’s Country Health Care Plan is a blueprint for improving and strengthening the country health system over the next ten years. The 66 country health sites across rural South Australia will be integrated into a single system with four key strategic Country General Hospitals at Berri, Mount Gambier, Whyalla and Port Lincoln. These hospitals will be complemented by community hospitals in the larger regional towns and locations of Barossa, Clare, Ceduna, Clare, Kangaroo Island, Millicent, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Roxby Downs and Wallaroo. In other smaller towns, communities will

We are also committed to repatriating services to the country from the city. Currently, on any given day there are up to 550 country people receiving treatment in metropolitan hospitals. We want to ensure that as many people as possible receive treatment closer to home and avoid the need for patients and their support networks to travel to Adelaide. An important feature of the Plan is the expansion of services such as rehabilitation, palliative care and dialysis and the repatriation of surgical activity currently performed in metropolitan facilities. We know there are significant challenges to delivering safe, high quality and sustainable health care services in the country, including: • the impact of the ageing population • the predicted health and medical workforce shortages and • the increase in chronic disease. We know that the health outcomes for country people compared to city people are not as good. For example, the number of years of life lost prematurely per 1000 people is 64 years in the city compared with 71 years in the country. Diabetes affects one in 11 people in country


• ensuring primary health care services are locally accessible • optimising the use of the health workforce to ensure a balance between primary and specialised services • consolidating and coordinating specialised services to ensure sustainability and high quality care; and • using advanced communication and information technologies. As you would be aware, there are up to 2838 beds available in country South Australia including 1463 acute beds. On any given day only around 677 or 46 per cent of these are occupied. During 2006 – 2007 • six health units or nine per cent had a daily acute occupancy rate of less than one • 29 health units or 41 per cent had a daily acute occupancy rate of between one and six • 11 health units or 17 per cent had a daily occupancy rate between six and 10 and • 20 health units or 33 per cent with a daily acute bed occupancy rate of more than 10. As workforce shortages take effect, clinical work practices change and expectations of care increase it is becoming difficult to sustain under-utilised acute health services. We believe

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more than carcasses of buildings providing little more than aged care, basic first aid and basic primary healthcare—and that’s if there are enough doctors, nurses and other health professionals who choose to stay in the affected communities should the Plan be implemented in its current form! In all reality, the affected hospitals will be more like community halls under this Plan. “Given the Minister is so sure he is not closing hospitals, not reducing emergency care and not reducing acute care in our communities, it will be easy for him to issue a media statement providing a direct ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the following questions. “Under the Health Care Plan: o will all existing acute care beds be retained completely — and continue to be funded at least at the level they are currently, with that funding increased annually in line with medical cost inflation or greater — at all SA rural hospitals currently providing acute care, at least for the entire period the SA Labor Government maintains office? o will all SA rural hospitals currently providing inpatient services for more than 24 hours when required on clinical grounds continue to be able to provide this service, at least for the entire period the SA Labor Government maintains office? o will all existing emergency care capability be retained completely at all SA rural hospitals currently

providing emergency care, at least for the entire period the SA Labor Government maintains office? o will all SA rural hospitals currently providing 24-hour emergency medical services continue to be able to provide these 24-hour services at all these locations, using locallybased doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals, at least for the entire period the SA Labor Government maintains office? o will all existing obstetric care capability be retained completely at all SA rural hospitals currently providing obstetric care, at least for the entire period the SA Labor Government maintains office? o will any rural hospitals across South Australia be downgraded in any way, or have a reduction in the services they provide locally, under this Plan and/or under the SA Labor Government? “We look forward to the Minister coming clean on the SA Country Health Care Plan by providing straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses to these important questions. “At the end of the day, rural doctors and country communities would like to work with Minister Hill and his department in a genuine, transparent and constructive process to ensure a strong future for rural hospitals, rural health services and the rural health workforce in SA. The first step in doing this, however, is for Minister Hill to can this Plan.”

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Angus has entered the Plains Producer’s “Sands of Time” tribute to ANZACS competition, telling his great grandfather’s story. But he’s not stopping there. On Saturday, ANZAC day, he will attend the dawn service for the first time, proudly wearing the medals from “the red box.” ■ You can read the entry from Angus – and those submitted by others on Page 11.

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HE Rural Doctors Association of South Australia (RDASA) has listed yet more questions to the Health Ministrer, Mr Hill, since, his response to the initial queries on June 18 (see Page 3, opposite). The RDASA wants Mr Hill “to come clean” on exactly what the SA Government’s Country Health Care Plan means for the future of rural hospital services across the state,. This follows the Minister’s denials on ABC Radio on Wednesday last week that he will be closing hospitals, reducing emergency care and reducing acute care in the country. RDASA called on Mr Hill to issue a media release with straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to key questions about the future of rural hospital services under the Plan (see the questions at right). Mr Hill was quoted on ABC Radio Online as saying of the groups opposing the Plan: “I haven’t put out the plan that they’re objecting to, I’m not closing hospitals, I’m not reducing emergency care, I’m not reducing acute care in the country, that’s what they’re saying I’m doing, none of those things are true.” This is despite the fact the SA Government’s Country Health Care Plan clearly proposes to downgrade 43 rural hospitals across South Australia, including removing acute care and inpatient capability at these hospitals, downgrading emergency capability to little more than a basic

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prior to transfer to a more appropriate inpatient health service or return home. The Rann Government is absolutely committed to providing health services for country South Australians and is investing heavily in country health for the future. The budget for 2008 – 2009 provides a total operating expenditure for country health of $591 million. This equates to an extra $210 million or 55 per cent more than 2001 – 2002. In 2008-2009 we are also providing: • $58.6 million for capital works in country including $41 million for redevelopment of BerriHospital and $15 million at the Whyalla Hospital, as well as $2.6 million to replace Breast Screen SA country mobile units. • This builds on the $48 million committed last year for capital works at Ceduna and Port Pirie. Importantly, there will be no closures of country hospitals, with the exception of the Barossa Hospital where the community has proposed combining the Tanunda and Angaston Hospitals. As part of the Plan, SA Health will be developing a business case for this proposal. The consultation period for the Plan has

1997 – Best local news photography awarded to Andrew Manuel (second from left) and accepted from Mary Townsend by Margaret Manuel

1990 – Plains Producer staff l-r Margaret Manuel, Kay Wray, Roger Manuel, Jude Ibbot, Leah Manuel, Shirley Bown, Rodric Penna

Plains Producer staff celebrate Best Small Newspaper in 1996. Back l-r Andrew Manuel, Terry Williams. Front l-r Sue Lasslet, Joy Woodroofe, Margaret Manuel, Shirley Brown, Kelly Stone

Margaret Manuel hailed Queen Madge at one of the many staff parties in 1998

Advertising manager David Newsome – has held the position since 2003

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Berri, November, 2007

Riverland business people


Brad Perry


Issue No. 178 – Thursday, May 19, 2011

Issue No. 1 – Thursday, December 6, 2007


River story reaches the city Page 3


Graham Charlton joins the Weekly

Learning to love snakes

Berri’s sunny solution

Pages 14 - 15

Pages 40 - 44

InsIde your bIg new free rIverland weekly thIs week ...

Welcome to the Weekly WELCOME to the Riverland Weekly, your new full-colour newspaper circulating free of charge to households throughout the region every Thursday. The Riverland Weekly will bring you all the usual newspaper features in a bright, easy-to-read format.

Council proposes major solar farm

As well as the news and sport, entertainment and information, the Riverland Weekly’s big real estate and motoring sections will have saturation coverage of the region. Watch out for your copy ... every Thursday.

Distributed free every Thursday throughout the Riverland


n MAKING A SPLASH: What does the river mean to the Riverland? It’s the lifeblood of the people, the link between diverse communities, the playground of the young and not-soyoung ... it’s what makes the Riverland a great place to live. Here, local residents Kyle Pietrzak, Dean Beer and Nathan Gorman show how it can be enjoyed. Photo: JANE WILSON

Lift in allocation is a lifeline for irrigators

n to the future: Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton shields his eyes from the beaming sun which shines down on the former riverland racing Club track (also pictured inset), where a large solar farm is being proposed.


Photo: jane wilson

THE largest solar farm in the Riverland, potentially costing more than $40 million dollars, has been earmarked for Berri and dependent on funding, could go ahead as early as next year. The former Riverland Racing Club land located in Berri is the proposed site for the Berri Barmera Council to construct the large solar farm. The council, which is working closely with Adelaide company May Brothers, has applied to the Riverland Futures Taskforce for part of the $20 million State Government money pool to fund a feasibility study into the project. Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said the project would not only bring income

chance for your of the ths left sy Two mon a car courte eekly. W d to win Riverlan


A 10 PER CENT lift in irrigation allocations announced this week has provided a ray of hope for many local growers who can now look forward to at least getting through this harvest. But for others it has come a little too late to save their blocks from near extinction.

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BRAD PERRY to council but would be another industry option for the Riverland. “The Riverland and north of Port Augusta are the best places in South Australia for solar, so we’re hopeful we might be able to influence the State and Federal government to help to fund it,” he said. “It’s just another source of income for the council but also it could easily start off another industry for the Riverland. “If we have something that proves that people can make money and it’s

not dependent on water, it’s not dependent on a few other things, then it’s another option for people in the community and another option for people to invest. “If it can work in Berri, it can work in Renmark or Loxton.” The idea developed after May Brothers, which has worked on major wind farm projects in the Clare Valley, approached the Riverland Futures Taskforce. “They made contact with the Riverland Taskforce, so I just followed up with them afterwards about the opportunities we might have,” Mr Beaton said. n Continued Page 4



Miracle visitor


Long road to recovery


n Full report, Pages 6 – 7

December 6, 2007

T HE RIV E RL AND WEEK L Y is a relatively fresh face on South

Australia’s rural newspaper scene, having started operations in November, 2007. The free newspaper, which published its first edition on Thursday, December 6, 2007, operates out of the key Riverland town of Berri, nestled on the banks of the River Murray. It has a strong Riverland and Mallee readership that extends from the eastern South Australian border incorporating Renmark to Blanchetown and then across to Lameroo, Pinnaroo and Karoonda. A range of local businesspeople, including real estate agents, car dealers, beauty salons and dress shops, hold shares in the Riverland Weekly In its first edition, the paper said on page one: “Welcome to the Riverland Weekly, your new full-colour newspaper circulating free of charge to households throughout the region every Thursday. “The Riverland Weekly will bring you all the usual newspaper features in a bright, easy-to-read format. “As well as news and sport, entertainment and information, the Riverland Weekly’s big real estate and motoring sections will have saturation coverage of the region.” Its first page one carried a major news story on a 10 per cent lift to water allocations for irrigators. The paper said the lift had provided “a ray of hope for many local growers who can now look forward to at least getting through this harvest.” Since its inception, the Riverland Weekly has been welcomed by the local community, with readers offered a fresh approach to delivering news and views to the region. The Riverland Weekly was accepted as a member of Country Press SA Inc. at a meeting of the committee on July 3, 2009.

May 19, 2011

Riverland Weekly Editor Brad Perry says people enjoy the fact that the Riverland Weekly is free and is easily accessible. It is full colour and features a bright and vibrant layout, which Mr Perry says has proved pleasing to the eye. Many of the major issues covered during the Riverland Weekly’s short history feature water, including the controversial decision to block Lake Bonney, and continual irrigation allocation restrictions. The newspaper has continued to report hard hitting news stories that effect the community, such as the National Foods closure, while also writing about the people who make the Riverland what it is. In 2010, the Riverland Weekly was successful in forcing South Australian Premier, Mike Rann, to visit the Riverland, after a significant time between visits. Many in the community felt that Mr Rann and his government had ignored the region during what was one of its toughest periods. The newspaper has also played a major part in informing local people about mental health issues and where to go if they need help dealing with the effects of drought, the global economic crisis, the grape surplus and water allocations. In 2011, the Riverland Weekly was, for the first time, eligible to enter the Country Press SA Inc. awards and was proud to take home an award at its first attempt. The Riverland Weekly received the best front page award for an edition that featured the break of the locust plague in the region with strong design, photography and journalism. The paper says it is proud of what it has achieved in its short time in the marketplace and looks forward to a long future in its bustling and growing region.

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September 16, 2010 – Berri ruckman Jason Sutherland celebrates winning the 2010 Riverland Football League premiership

August 24, 2009 – Banrock Station conservation and wetlands manager Kate Thorn on the dry wetlands which desperately needed a refill to ensure the future of the trees and ground covers

November 25, 2010 – With the Murray Darling Basin a massive political agenda item, two of the nation’s more outspoken politicians, Bob Katter and Nick Xenophon, visited the region

CaudoVineyard Estate Hogwash Bend The perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams. Unique, romantic and unforgettable not only for the two of you but for your family and friends gathered to celebrate your special day with you.

October 30, 2008 – It was a sad day for the region when the Big Orange failed to find a buyer. Auctioneer Peter Coltman raises his hands in disbelief as the Riverland icon was passed in

Phone for an appointment to view

Zac Caudo: 0427 351 911 • Christine Caudo: 0418 923 184

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February 7, 2009 – Bredl’s Wonderworld of Wildlife owner Rob Bredl tickles an alligator on the chin. Before closing this year, the park was a great asset for the Riverland community

December 9, 2010 – Neighbours on Third Street in Loxton help each other out following a flash flood in the town

October 4, 2010 – Suggestions of a 40 per cent cut in irrigation allocations was a huge blow to the region and growers like Terry Petersen

November 7, 2008 – Locals were involved in a mass clean up of dead fish that washed up on Lake Bonney’s shore. An official diagnosis on the cause of the fish deaths was not released

February 26, 2009 – Visiting the grave of much loved uncle Derek Gerrard proved an emotional moment for British woman Margaret Caufield. Gerrard was a popular figure in the Riverland

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Issue No. 119 – Thursday, March 25, 2010

Circulating 14,500 copies each week

Distributed free every Thursday throughout the Riverland


ONLINE! Visit:


n man on the land: as a grower himself, new member for Chaffey tim Whetstone can identify with the plight of Riverland block owners. Photo: jane wilson


Kerbside recycling delay



08 Canadian honour for Ian

Better Homes and Gardens star Johanna Griggs touched base in the Riverland filming for a show to be released later this month highlighting unique areas of Australia


Pre-season footy carnival

new driving force

Issue No. 141 – Thursday, August 26, 2010

Circulating 14,500 copies each week


ONLINE! Visit:

Whetstone pledges to fight for region


Premier Presence

OVER the next four years, life on the block will be vastly different for the man who Chaffey electors have voted to represent the Riverland. At Saturday’s election, Liberal candidate Tim Whetstone defeated Karlene Maywald as Member for Chaffey, ending the Water Security Minister’s 12 year reign in the electorate. Mr Whetstone, who owns 55

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BRAD PERRY acres of citrus at Renmark, has experienced years of frustration as a grower tackling several major issues, including low water allocations and dwindling commodity prices. With water security his num-

ber one priority, Mr Whetstone has vowed to fight “tooth and nail” for the Riverland in what he believes is the most important seat in South Australia. “Being an irrigator, I have had to deal with the spin and the uncertainty for such a long time and that is something I’d like to see disappear,” he said. n Continued Page 4

March 25, 2010


Secker’s Back




n ViSit: South Australian Premier Mike Rann visited the region this week, meeting with a variety of locals to discuss the Riverland’s future.

Wakeboarding akeboarding & Barefooting


Photo: LeS PearSon

Lighting up



Wildo’s challenge


Rann’s response to region’s call THE South Australian Premier Mike Rann visited the region this week after a lengthy absence. The Premier responded to calls from locals to visit the Riverland to see how the region was coping with the combined impact of irrigation allocation cuts, high commodity prices and the residuals of the global financial crisis. Among those to meet with Mr

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rob mclean Rann were local irrigator groups, the Riverland Future’s Taskforce and the Berri Barmera Council, which had formally invited the Premier to the

region earlier this month. The visit is Mr Rann’s first to the region since January 2009, while it is the first time he has spoken to the media in the region since December 2007. Mr Rann’s presence in the region stopped the Riverland Weekly’s Rannpaign counter at 81 days. n Full story Pages 4 & 5

Saturday February 13, 2010

Wakeboarding competition in front of club from 9am ‘til 4pm Barefooting display in front of the club from 5pm ‘til 10pm MURRAY AVENUE, RENMARK | PH 8586 6611 | FAX 8586 6144 South Australian Premier Mike Rann, with Berri Bridge in the background, visited the Riverland following a lengthy appeal from the Riverland Weekly, named the Rannpaign, encouraging him to return to the region to hear firsthand the concerns of local struggling under the burden of irrigation allocation restrictions. August 26, 2010

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Editor Brad Perry

February 14, 2008 – The Australian Government apologised to the indigenous community and Mark Reynolds, of Barmera, said the government must look at other indigenous issues

January 14, 2010 – After having its grant applications knocked back by both State and Federal Governments, passionate locals pledged to continue their ongoing efforts to rejuvenate Barmera and Lake Bonney

July 2, 2009 – Wild weather hit locals hard and in a very eerie photo, Jedda Morgan, of Loxton, braved the atrocious conditions and experienced first hand the ravages of the storm near the Berri Bridge

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Issue No. 172 – Thursday, April 7, 2011


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One person’s trash, another’s treasure The introduction of hard rubbish pick-up proved a hit in Barmera this week. Story page 3.



Geordie’s record ride n what a load of rubbish: waikerie’s Jacinta bolt amongst hard rubbish left on a kerbside in barmera this week. the service saw plenty of interesting items left kerbside



Photo: jane wilson

loxton wins again

nightshift stays State Government backs down on decision to restrict quarantine at Yamba


THE quarantine roadblock at Yamba will remain open 24 hours a day following a backdown on an earlier decision by the State Government. State Agriculture Minister Michael O’Brien made the shock announcement on Adelaide radio station 5AA yesterday morning, ending a year long debate over the future of nightshifts at the crucial Riverland facility, along with one at Ceduna on the state’s west coast.

The decision comes just days after a critical industry report on biosecurity and plant health was presented to the minister. It also follows a series of fruit fly outbreaks in the eastern states, suggested to be as high as 180, and the decision to remove from sale two major insecticides used to combat the pest. “The original decision to consider closing the nightshift was based on advice that risks had been significantly reduced through the success of various measures,” Minister O’Brien said.

“However, recent fruit fly outbreaks in the eastern states suggest South Australia needs to increase its vigilance.” The original decision, made as part of last year’s controversial state budget, was deferred until June this year to enable industry to consult on potential cost sharing options. Citrus Board of South Australia chief executive Andrew Green was surprised and delighted by the minister’s decision. n Continued Page 3

April 7, 2011

August 27, 2009 – Juice company Charlie’s group operations manager John Evans

June 10, 2010 – Prominent Indian professor Kulbir Singh visited the Riverland Sikh community to discuss the Australia/India relationship which had been recently damaged due to violence against Indian students interstate

February 25, 2010 – It was arguably the most hotly contested seat ever in Chaffey, with several candidates looking to oust incumbent Karlene Maywald who had held the seat for 12 years

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Bordertown, June 13, 1908

Fairfax Media


Tracey Poulton


Incorporating the "Tatiara News"

Servicing the Tatiara community since 1908 Vol. 102 — No. 5166

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

20 Pages


Stuart one year on


A YEAR after a tragic accident almost killed him, Stuart Staude returned home to Bordertown on January 17.

Friday will be a year to the day that he was involved in a workplace accident that left him a tetraplegic, a new term describing someone who has lost the use of their legs, torso and arms. The past 12 months has been an almighty battle for the popular 22-year-old, but his enduring positive spirit and sense of humour has helped him get this far. Parents Trevor and Yvonne and sister Selena have been there every step of the way and after they were told twice that he had died, Stuart has continued to defy doctors. The family was told he would need a respirator for the rest of his life, but Stuart has been breathing on his own for the past eight months. He was also told he would only have his chin to operate his wheelchair, but he regained movement in his right arm. “I just thought no, bugger this, I’m not having that crap and fought like hell to get rid of (the respirator),” Stuart said. “I’m pretty happy with where I’ve come from. I’ve got my right arm to drive (my wheelchair) with.” Trevor said that Stuart’s attitude had been excellent right the way through the ordeal, which had helped his progress. “While mum and dad have been stressing I’ve just been cracking jokes with the nurses and having a great time,” Stuart said. After the accident on February 4, Stuart was put into an induced coma for three weeks. He has no recollection of it or the two days prior. He spent 105 days in the Royal Adelaide Hospital Intensive Care Unit and three weeks in the Spinal Unit, followed by seven months in Hamstead Rehabilitation Centre. Stuart said for two and a half months he couldn’t talk. “That’s not quite right,” Trevor corrected. “He wasn’t supposed to talk (to prevent damage to his vocal chords) but he learnt how to put his head at different angles to talk.” Slowly but surely Stuart has progressed. On March 31 the family was thrilled when Stuart found slight movement in his right arm. He is now able to use it to drive his electric wheelchair.

June 13, 1908

There’s also a possibility down the track of having a tendon transfer into his wrist to give him more strength and grip. “I’ve got nine scars,” Stuart said. “Two of them are the size of a 5 cent piece from the machine (accident). The others are from all the surgery.” By April 14 Stuart was able to breathe on his own, although he had a setback on May 1 when his left lung collapsed and he need the tracheostomy tube reinstalled. At times he becomes short of breath, but Stuart has been breathing on his own for eight months now. By April 30 Stuart was talking quite clearly again. For more than 60 days he couldn’t eat solid food. On June 4 Stuart began feeding himself with a special spoon, fork and plate. When he arrived at the Hamstead Rehabilitation Centre on June 1, Stuart found himself getting more and more hungry because he was doing a lot more. “The first couple of months at Hamstead after doing physio I would have to have a sleep. Now I’m used to sitting up and being active for so long,” he said. In Hamstead, Stuart made some great mates who also have spinal cord injuries, including Naracoorte man Charles Bryce who was injured in a motorbike accident. He found it astonishing the number of young people in the rehab centre. “There’s a lot of young blokes,” Stuart said. “There were 10 of us there at the time I was there, and most of us were 25 and under.” Rehab has involved weights and a lot of passive movement to strengthen his right arm. Since returning home, Stuart said he’d adapted to getting around Bordertown in his wheelchair. Eventually he will have two; one for around the house and another for outdoors which has small quad-bike wheels for getting through rough terrain. “It’ll give him a bit more freedom,” Trevor said. Stuart has been out and about catching up with a few mates, watching local cricket and has spent time at the Mundulla Football Club. Many people have stopped to say hello in the street. “That’s my biggest fear, I don’t want people to be afraid to come up to me,” he said. Stuart is staying at Bordertown Memorial Hospital until renovations at the family home have

been completed. Then he’ll move back home, 21km from Bordertown, with carers supporting him 24/7. The doors of the home have been widened for wheelchair access and the bathroom is wheelchair accessible. Stuart said he was keen to go back to work, but would keep his options open while he settled in at home. The Staude family have been overwhelmed by the support of the community since Stuart’s accident. The Step Out For Stu concert in April last year was a huge success. “Because it happened so early in the piece it was just mind-blowing that the com-

HOME: Stuart Staude back home on the family farm last week. munity rallied behind us,” Yvonne said. The money raised at the concert hasn’t been spent yet. The family will wait until the house has been retted before deciding what is needed. “On behalf of the family we’d like to thank the community for the support they’ve given so far,” Trevor said. “A lot of people have helped on the farm, but we don’t know who they all are. We want to thank them. “We’re very appreciative of it and wouldn’t have got so far without the help of the district. It’s going to change VISITOR: Comedian Adam Hills visits Stuart a month after his accident. our lives forever.”

February 2, 2011

T HE B O RDE R C HR ONICLE was first published in broadsheet

format on Saturday morning, June 13, 1908. It was printed and published by Mr Leslie Samual Duncan in premises at the rear of Bordertown’s first Institute building in Woolshed Street. The first issue announced that the paper aimed to report the news of the district, various markets, state, interstate and world news. In politics, the paper would take a moderate tone, it was stated. Mr Duncan produced the paper until December 1, 1913, when, because of ill-health, he sold the business to Mr Benjamin Lodwick Wilkinson. Ownership changed again on May 28, 1917, with Mr H. B. Whitham becoming the new proprietor. He had previously worked for The Maitland Watch. In 1919, Mr and Mrs Donald Campbell became the proprietors. Mr Campbell took Mr Eric Sprigg into partnership in January, 1924. Mr Sprigg became sole proprietor in January, 1932 and took Mr Harold Howell into partnership from July, 1946, until October, 1949. In January, 1950, Mr Sprigg sold the business to Messrs Roy Poulton and Ross Warne. Mr Poulton purchased Mr Warne’s share in September, 1963, and operated the business in partnership with his wife, Joy, until a company called Border Chronicle Pty Ltd was formed in January, 1972. Mr and Mrs Poulton with sons, Neil and Lindsay, then became the directors. With the passing of Mr Poulton in 1977, business continued with the Poulton family. In 1996, Lindsay lost his life through an unfortunate accident. Neil carried on working the family business, purchasing it outright in 1998. Neil and wife Christine, along with daughter Tracey (now managing the Chronicle) kept producing the paper until October, 2005. The paper was then sold to Richard Peake and

Judith Barton of The Naracoorte Herald, who ran the paper for five years before selling to Fairfax Media in October, 2010. Until 1967, the paper was printed on various presses which used sheet newsprint being hand-fed. These printed four pages at a time and folding was then carried out manually. During the latter part of 1966 and early 1967, a new section was built on to the DeCourcey Street premises, which trebled the floor space available. One of the main reasons for this building was to allow for the installation of a Duplex web-perfecting flat-bed press, which printed and folded up to 16 pages in one operation, using newsprint from a reel. The size of the paper at that stage was reduced, with the number of columns per page being six instead of seven and length of the page reduced from 18” to 151⁄2”. In February, 1979, came the most dramatic change in the paper’s history. After more than 70 years’ production with the familiar “Letterpress” method, new “Offset” equipment was purchased. In October, 2005, the paper was set up in Bordertown and e-mailed off to be printed on a web off-set press, also incorporating pages with full colour. One name that stands out in the history of the Border Chronicle is that of Eric Sprigg. Eric joined the Chronicle staff as an apprentice in 1911, under the papers founder Mr Leslie Samuel Duncan. In 1924, he was taken into partnership by the then proprietor, Mr Donald Campbell, who became the sole proprietor in 1931. Mr Sprigg then took on a wider interest in country newspaper affairs. He was soon appointed to the general committees of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia, now Country Press SA Inc. He served as president of Country Press SA Inc. in 1952 and 1953. He was also awarded life membership. 90

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February 17, 1933

August 13, 1981

1930 advertisement for Mundalla Shopping Centre

November 2, 1967

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2003 – Local boys and Rhodes Scholars. Mr Killicoat was awarded his scholarship in 2003 and Mr Hawke in 1953 November 16, 1972

February 1, 1973

2005 – Willalooka shearer Shannon Warnest wins Golden Shears World Championship

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Incorporating the "Tatiara News"

Servicing the Tatiara community since 1908 Vol. 102 — No. 5164

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


20 Pages

Bordertown streets ood

Areas across the east of the Tatiara experienced ooding last Thursday and across the weekend after a drenching rain of 80-90mm over about six hours. Pictured are volunteers who helped sandbag Gail Kubenk’s Victoria Pde, Bordertown, home. The water ran in from the east into the Tatiara Creek which was at the brim. Full story page, 10-11.

January 19, 2011

Andy Caldecott, Keith's motorcycle hero OBITUARY

1919 advertisement for Woolshed Inn

RACING was in Andy dled with motocross, when Cross Country Rally Cham- lish the Nagle Park race track. he won 17 National Vintage pionship. Andy's parents also travCaldecott's genes.

Andy Caldecott.

His father Ken, a former national racing boat titleholder, eventually traded boats for motorbikes to become a champion rider, encouraging his children to follow suit. From a young age Andy Caldecott became immersed in the motorbike culture, exceeding all expectations while still a junior competitor. Making his racing debut at Broken Hill in the 12-13 year 80cc class he blitzed the eld to take out a 120km gruelling desert endurance race. The success story gained momentum as Andy continued his winning run through to senior, then interstate, national and international competition, and culminated in his 2005 Dakar Rally achievements. After winning two rally stages and nishing in sixth position overall, he was rated the country's greatest ever rally rider. The four-time Australian Safari winner was participating in his third Dakar Rally – following a last minute invitation to represent Spain’s KTM-Repsol Team – when tragedy struck. He had won the third stage of the 2006 event, and was sitting in 10th position overall when he fell from his bike. Andy rst competed in the Dakar in 2004, retiring in sixth position after courageously nishing stage seven with a broken ankle. Motorbike racing was his passion, and he was just eight years old when he gained his rst bike. He started competing in motocross events when 10, winning numerous junior motocross State and national titles. "Sometimes he would be winning by a 5km lap," his father said. Andy won the State junior motocross championship when 15 years old and continued to take out State and Mr Motocross titles for the next 10 years. He then hung up his racing boots for seven years until the passion was rekin-

Motocross Championships and two World Vintage Motocross Championships. The Keith community was ecstatic when he brought back the World Classic Motocross Championship trophy in 1998, throwing a street parade in his honour. By 1999, Andy Caldecott had become interested in long distance rally riding and entered his rst Australian Safari. He was leading the eld when forced to retire due to injury. The following year he won the event outright and went on to enjoy successive wins in 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2002 Andy also won his age class in the classic Finke Desert Race. Recognised as Australia’s biggest name in safari rally events, his reputation soon spread overseas and by 2003 he had received invitations to ride in the Rally Optic in Tunisia, where he nished fourth. He was placed seventh in the Rally Orpi in Morocco, and sixth in the UAE Desert Challenge in Dubai. The impressive nishes resulted in him being ranked equal third in the 2003 World

A year later he realised his longheld dream to compete in Dakar – the world’s toughest rally. Although Andy Caldecott gained an international reputation, his base never moved from Keith. Born at the local hospital on August 10, 1964, he attended the Keith kindergarten and area school. "At that time we had a service station where Roger Hilton is, and ran a garage," Ken said. "He had a great aptitude for mechanics, and at that time was into mini-bikes," Ken described how his youngest son took on machine maintenance responsibilities at an early age. "I made him do his own servicing and anything else to do with bikes. He would be annoyed when he went to mini-bike meetings and said that all the other fathers did the maintenance on their children's bikes." Much of Andy's early riding was done on vacant land adjacent to the family home, but as the interest grew, Ken Caldecott moved to form the Keith and District Motorcycle Club and estab-

elled vast distances with the motorbikes to enable him to compete in increasingly elite competition. From branching out into backyard motorbike repairs, Ken went on to establish Caldecott Motors. After leaving school Andy completed a three-year electrical apprenticeship, and continued to work in the family business. When he started making his name in competition the business became mecca for young riders, hoping that their hero would be on hand to help them select the right bike. The modest champion started out with Suzuki bikes but, as he rose through the competition ranks switched to Yamaha, and then KTM. "The 4-stroke came into being, and Andy started to ride them, and he was a natural and right at home," Ken said. Although best known for his motocross achievements, Andy was also totally committed to his wife Tracey and their daughter Caitlin, and his business interests in Caldecott Motors, and South East Express.

Manager/editor of the Border Chronicle Tracey Poulton 2006 – Local motorcycle champion Andy Caldecott killed in the Dakar Rally

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Burra, November, 2005

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The Mid Nor th

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Burra, Eudunda, Jamestown, Peterborough and Areas

Public voice lost in the wind Changes to the wind farm approval process are expected to significantly hinder public input and limit councils’ decision making powers.


he State Government’s proposed changes to how wind farm applications are assessed will dramatically reduce the required level of public consultation, according to two local councils.

The Regional Council of Goyder and Northern Areas Council are urging residents to get informed on the changes and take the opportunity to make comment. In a joint statement, the councils said some policy changes “significantly reduce the emphasis that council can place on the visual appearance of wind farms when assessing applications”. Goyder CEO John Brak said a

report will be provided to council on the amendments for discussion at a meeting on November 15. “I expect that council will make a submission to the Department of Planning and Local Government that will reflect their views on the Ministerial Development Plan Amendment,” Mr Brak said. According to the amendments, councils are generally the relevant authority charged with assessing the merits of a wind farm application against the principles of their Development Plans. Under the previous framework, all wind farms and most associated developments were processed as Category 3 for public notification purposes. The government (through the

Minister for Urban Development and Planning) has introduced a number of changes to council Development Plans through a ‘Ministerial Development Plan Amendment’. This amendment has introduced a number of policy changes, directly affecting the way in which wind farms and associated development is processed and assessed. Notably, the changes have designated wind farms and associated development as (generally) Category 2 for public notification purposes, which mean only the owner of each adjoining piece of land is given notice of the proposed development. Only the adjoining owners may make written representations

concerning the development to the relevant authority (Council). The Presiding member can choose whether or not to allow people who have made a representation to speak in support of their comments before Council’s Development Assessment Panel and no appeal rights exist to the public or persons that have made a representation. In the case of Category 3: The owner of each adjoining piece of land, the public generally (through a newspaper advertisement) is given notice of the proposed development and any other owner of land that is likely to be affected. CONTINUED PAGE 3 LETTERS - PAGE 2


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he State Government’s shifting of the goal posts in the development assessment process for wind farms has been labelled an “outrage” by the local Stop Industrial Wind Farms (SIWF) group.

SIWD chairperson Ally Fricker said the former assessment process had led to a successful appeal in the Environment, Resources and Development Court against the Allendale wind farm. However, on October 19 the State Government announced a new set of rules for approved windfarm projects through a Ministerial Development Amendment (DPA). “Clearly, the government never had any intention that the appeal process would deliver a satisfactory outcome against a wind farm proponent,” Ms Fricker said, claimed the new DPA rules were designed to ensure continued expansion of the wind industry without the “hindrance” of community opposition through third party appeals. “The government has made these things to provide greater certainty to the wind energy industry,” Ms Fricker said. “But, they will provide greater uncertainty to thousands of people living across rural SA, to wildlife and to already, seriously fragmented natural habitat.” The DPA changes provide buffers of one kilometre between turbines and individual houses and two kilometres to the periphery of towns. “Such setbacks make a mockery of any protection against noise impacts or visual amenity and, of course, do not provide any protection at all to wild life,” Ms Fricker said. “Not only will visual amenity not be protected, but the new regime states that wind farms can be part of the desired character of a region.” Ms Fricker said until now, wind farm projects have been assessed as Category 3 developments, however, this is no longer the case and councils will no longer be obliged to notify the public of such developments. Only adjoining land holders to a proposed wind farm will be notified. “Will the first people know about a wind farm near them be when the bulldozers move in?” “We are supposed to play a part in democracy, but (Mike) Rann and his government have just taken a knife to the democratic process, ensuring that local governments are less responsive than ever to their constituents, less open and less transparent.”

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he discovery of Diprotodon bones near Mt Bryan last week is believed to be the largest find so far and has prompted detailed sampling and mapping of the immediate area.

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Paul and Michelle Cousins and family from Burra first came across the (leg) bones sticking out of the ground on the Collinsville property near Mt Bryan. The family first thought the skeletal remains were that of a large farm

area from the Barossa Valley to the NSW border and the council districts of Goyder, Northern Areas and Peterborough. The paper, based in the historic copper mining town of Burra, is a relatively new masthead, established in November, 2005. It includes three mastheads, The Burra Broadcaster, The Eudunda Observer and The Peterborough Times. The first paper to service Burra and surrounds was The Northern Mail which printed its first edition on June 30, 1876. It was later known as the Burra Record and was owned and edited by William Frederick Holder who became a prominent Statesman and was knighted for his services. When The Record closed in March, 1977, it was owned by the Angel family. Some of the major local issues reported in The Mid North Broadcaster relate to council matters and include controversial matters such as land rates, water allocation and waste management. Other key issues with a strong focus include farming and tourism. Journalist Michelle Osborn says the local communities served by the paper are passionate about their significance in colonial South Australia, with many having played a major role in the growth of the State from industries including mining, transport and farming. “When any councils or any other large body – government or otherwise – cast any manner of threat over the livelihood of these centres, whether it be through mining exploration, wind farm development or industrial zoning, the public voice is heard through the columns of The Mid North Broadcaster,” she says. “There are also individuals and groups who are excited by the prospect of their little towns moving forward and not being solely dependent on tourism or farming. “Conflicting opinions have arisen in the shared council districts when there is one town that pays higher rates than the others, also

Creek, have yielded bits and pieces imentary pans that date from the last whether climate change or human in the past,” he said. interglacial period,” he said. predation caused the extinction of “We have been finding Dipro“Due to the heavy rainfall the more these creatures.” todons in erosion gullies, there’s recent layers have been cut back into Diprotodon, meaning ‘two fornothing new in that. the older sediment exposing extinct ward teeth’ is often referred to as the “What’s important to us is we megafauna.” giant wombat and was the largest know that the carcass has not gone The paleontology team split into known marsupial that ever lived. far; if it’s sitting where it died, we can two groups with one sampling data Along with many other members of assume the soil and the fossils are the at Collinsville, where more bones a group of unusual species collectively same age.” were unearthed, while the other called the A ‘ ustralian Megafauna’, it exMr Wells said the heavy rainfalls group took samplings at Baldina. isted from about 1.6 million years ago experienced in the region in Decem“We will be working on dating the until about 40,000 years ago. ber and February exposed underly- sediments, which can then be used The fossilised remains of extinct ing layers, which will greatly assist in as a global climate model, which will marsupials were first reported from calculating the age of the bones. be very useful,” Mr Wells said. a dam site at Bundey and along the “There are a series of outwash sed“There is still a raging debate Baldina Creek in 1889. The Mid North Broadcaster Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – Page 1

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animal, however, on closer inspection, and after jokingly naming the find as a ‘Paulosaurus’, they contacted the SA Museum. Recognising that the bones were from a Diprotodon, Associate Professor of Biological Science at Flinders University, Rod Wells led a team of paleontology students on a dig of the immediate area last weekend. Mr Wells said while the discovery of Diprotodon bones are nothing new, this new find is important as it will help to ascertain an absolute age. “All the creeks along that line, Widow Creek, Baldina Creek, Newikie

where one town might be receiving more funding attention than the other. “The transparency of council sits at the forefront of most community concerns and a number of public meetings have been facilitated to address hear and address these concerns.” Other issues covered by The Mid North Broadcaster have included maintenance of heritage buildings, the threat of closure to hospitals and, on a lighter note, the prospering merino industry, which has given the area notable international status for growing a premium product. As with many smaller communities, sport is also a major point of interest in the region which supports a number of sporting codes, each with its own claim to fame. Significant events in sporting history are given strong coverage and, are at times, considered to be ‘front page’ news. This is most evident when a local team wins the association grand final or championships such as the Burra Booborowie Hallett (BBH) A-grade football team who won their inaugural premiership flag in 2009. Students and young athletes who have earned selection in elite teams are also featured in news pages. The Mid North Broadcaster has reported many such athletes from all corners of the readership including Robertstown, Booborowie, Burra and Eudunda. The Mid North Broadcaster currently consists of one parttime journalist for Burra and surrounding district along with correspondents located in Eudunda, Peterborough and Yunta. Mr Craig Treloar edits the paper from The River News in Waikerie. The Mid North Broadcaster is owned by the Renmark-based Taylor Group of Newspapers with Mr Ben Taylor as managing director.

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December 18, 2009 – Burra and Community Christmas Fair

October 14, 2009 – Daryl Andriske from Blyth took out the AGL Mid North Merino Open Shearing Championship at the Burra Show May 24, 2010 – Burra Field Days

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October 7, 2009 – Catherine Johns’ bright gypsy wagon made its way through the area after travelling north in a bid to raise awareness for animals

October 21, 2009 – Alan Arthur’s P40 in action at the Jamestown Air Spectacular

May 13, 2009 – Firefighter finally returns home

May 16, 2005 – Miss Popularity winner Jessie Gurunathan of NZ with Burra hosts Maria and Chris Reed

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March 16, 2005 – SA Stud Merino Field Days

Burra sub-branch RSL secretary/treasurer Mike Thomas, vice-president Clive Catchlove and president John Trigg encourage any returned soldiers, Vietnam vets or National Service members to join the local sub-branch and keep the organisation from closing.

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No more services? By Michelle Osborn BURRA


ext week’s ANZAC Day Service could be Burra’s last.

It was revealed at a recent AGM that Burra RSL sub-branch will be forced to close by next March if more members are not found. Without sufficient members, the local organisation will be unable to fill the quorum required for official meetings and to continue officiating local ANZAC and Remembrance Day services. RSL Country Vice President Trevor McKerley was present at the AGM, which saw just five

members from a board of eight in attendance. Burra sub-branch president John Trigg said the local RSL is fearful of closing “because it potentially spells the end of traditional ceremonies being held in the town”. “There have been a lot of RSL’s in small towns that have been forced to close because there are not enough members,” he said. “Places like Booleroo Centre, Melrose, Jamestown and Orroroo no longer have RSL’s so they have to travel to other towns to attend ANZAC and Remembrance Day services.” Sub-branch secretary Mike Thomas said membership inevitably decreases due to a

number of factors including age, mobility and members leaving the district. “We actually have eight on the board, but they can’t all make it to the meetings,” he said. “And because we don’t have service organisations like Rotary, Lions or Apex to take over the running of official RSL activities, we are looking at having to close for good.” Current members encourage any persons living in the district that are returned soldiers, Vietnam vets or National Service members to join the Burra sub-branch and keep the organisation from closing. “We welcome those people that we see each The Mid North Broadcaster

year at the services to come along and join the RSL,” Mr Thomas said. “We only need a few more numbers to keep our RSL from closing.” The community is invited to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Easter Monday, April 25, commencing at 6.30am at the Fallen Soldiers War Memorial in Market Square, Burra. Enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits, catered by the Burra Indoor Bowling Ladies or a tot of rum kindly donated by the Burra Hotel following the service at the Goyder Council Chambers, Burra. Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – Page 1

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March 16, 2005 – Strong interest was show at the SA Stud Merino Field Days

July 29, 2009 – Sunrise weather presenter Fifi Box with Carrie Affolter and Josie Hill visit Booborowie

December 3, 2008 – the end of a great adventure

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Possession limits focus Special: Ceduna is a popular fishing location for locals and visitors, amateurs and professionals, but concerns about fish stockpiling were raised in a public meeting on October 12.

By Gemma Noon A PUBLIC meeting on the State Government’s possession limits options paper was held at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel on Wednesday, October 12. Representatives from PIRSA Fisheries including Andrew Carr, Keith Rowling, Peter Dietman and Alice Fistr were on hand to answer questions and gather feedback on the paper. PIRSA representatives acknowledged the key role of West Coast residents in bringing the issue of fish stockpiling to their


attention. A number of concerns were raised relating to the nature of the proposed possession limits, such as whether the limits should be based around weight or catch numbers. PIRSA have yet to recommend a possession limits model to Fisheries Minister Michael O’Brien, but have outlined five potential strategies in the options paper. PIRSA Fisheries Manager Regional Operations, Peter Dietman, said possession limits would be one tool used in conjunction with existing boat, bagging and size limits.


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species specific. “It’s spreading it out and fishing for different species so they all get a look in and not just one species is targeted.” Another concern raised was how quickly posession limits could be introduced and whether PIRSA would have the resources to enforce them. Mr Dietman said PIRSA is committed to preventing fish stockpiling, and said that fisheries officers will continue to use community intelligence to ensure their presence is felt where it is needed. Ms Fistr said the minister is



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“It’s one of a number of tools we have to work with you to manage our fish stocks for the future,” he said. Mr Dietman said that attitudes need to change if fish stocks are to be preserved. He said that rather than targeting a certain species of fish all the time, anglers should try to catch another species of fish once they’ve reached their limit. “It’s about fishing regularly for what you need rather than stockpiling for a year,” he said. “It’s not about a total number you can have of all fish but it’s

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keen for action on possession limits. “It is a priority and the minister will make an announcement before Christmas,” she said. Ceduna Mayor Allan Suter congratulated PIRSA on their approach to the issue. “Hopefully we will see a sensible result reinforced early next year,” he said. Submissions on the options paper will close at 5pm on Friday, October 28. Copies of the options paper are available at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing.


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L I KE CO U N TR Y PR ES S S A INC. , the West Coast Sentinel is also

celebrating its centenary this year. Established in the West Coast farming and fishing town of Streaky Bay on June 28, 1912, by C.J. Wallace, the paper’s first editorial set a political agenda and outlined a vision for the future. It noted: “….the Sentinel has now arrived, and hopes with confidence to become a fixture on the coast.” The editorial also stated: “Given a strong policy of railway development and water conservation, it does not require a duly qualified prophet to predict that, in comparatively few years’ time, where today there are hundreds of people thousands will be distributed throughout the Promised Land of the Central State. “And we believe that, in the present Government, the West Coast possesses staunch advocates and several men of strong individuality, who will do their best to push forward the interests of those dwelling many miles westwards of Parliament House, and in numbers of instances, working hard day and night, to carve out homes and farms in scrubland.” The first edition of the paper was printed on sateen (cotton fabric woven like satin with a glossy surface). It was sold at auction for three pounds seven shillings and sixpence to Streaky Bay District Council chairman, Jack Speed, and the proceeds donated to the Streaky Bay Hospital. The Sentinel office was originally situated in the W.H. Betts General Store, near the jetty at Streaky Bay. The office and printing facilities were later moved to bigger premises in Alfred Terrace where the Sentinel stayed until 1977. It was then transferred farther west to Ceduna. A major setback to the paper occurred shortly after the launch when its founder, Mr Wallace, died suddenly. Subsequently, the business was taken over by local MP, G.J. Moseley, and Tom Monger was managing editor until 1917 when he and printer Lew Fosdike enlisted for service in the First World War.

Chas Neale became managing editor and, in 1921, he bought the business. In 1928, Neale launched the Western Mail at Ceduna, but the Depression struck and in 1930 the paper amalgamated with the Sentinel. He remained managing editor until 1934 when he transferred to Adelaide and eventually the Times at Millicent. In 1932, the paper was bought by pioneer pastoralist and partowner of Chandada Station, Mr W. A. Thompson, who retained it until his death in 1952. He lived in Adelaide throughout his ownership and was never actively associated with the enterprise. Thompson’s son, Bill, who had joined the staff in 1932, bought the business in 1952 in partnership with his wife, Jean, and continued as managing editor until it was sold to the Hill family of the Port Lincoln Times in 1968. In 1982, Bill Thompson acknowledged changing times when he reflected on the sale to the Port Lincoln Times. “If the Sentinel was to progress with the times, it could only do so by joining in the mainstream of technological change that has taken place in the newspaper and printing industry,” he said. In a message for the paper’s 80th anniversary Governor-General Bill Hayden said: “….country newspapers are vital in maintaining our notions of an open, liberal society. “The West Coast Sentinel, circulating to the people of Eyre Peninsula and the West Coast of South Australia, has played a significant role in that tradition.” The Sentinel was bought by Fairfax Media in 1990 and is one of 16 SA papers owned by the company.

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The first councillors of Murat Bay District Council. The council’s first meeting was held in the Ceduna Memorial Hall on June 20, 1925

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DROPPING the speed limit on opens roads to 100 kilometres an hour will cause a “conga line” of cars from Ceduna to Adelaide, according to Ceduna District Council. The State Government is currently considering changing the speed limit from 110km/h to 100km/h on 49 rural roads, within 100km of Adelaide and on Yorke Peninsula. Road Safety Minister Jennifer Rankine said no decision had been made about any 110km/h roads outside of that area, including those on the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula.


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“Any future decisions on rural road speed limits will be based on crash history and traffic volumes,” Ms Rankine said. But at the Ceduna District Council meeting last month, council moved to make a submission to the state government to advocate retaining current speed limits for the region. Council mayor Allan Suter said under current conditions it took seven hours excluding break stops to travel to Adelaide. Mr Suter said if the speed limit reduction was imposed on the West Coast, it would add an extra 80 minutes of driving time from Ceduna to


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Speed limits: Ceduna District Council deputy mayor Lynton Brown wants to see the speed limit remain at 110km per hour, as the state government plan to introduce a 100km per hour limit.


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Adelaide. “You will effectively end up with a conga line of vehicles stranded behind road trains,” Mr Suter said. “We see it as a very dangerous move.” Mr Suter said there was a lot of concern about the speed limit reduction right through the local government association (LGA). “And I haven’t heard of a local person in favour of reducing the speed limit. “It’s an example of city based people who don’t have any understanding of the issues that country people face.” Council deputy mayor Lynton


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Brown said the speed limit reduction would force drivers to stay on the road for a longer period of time. “And this will increase driver fatigue,” Mr Brown said. Mr Brown said modern cars had so many safety features, that a decrease from 110 to 100km/hr would not make much of a difference. “You’re never going to stop human error, but this will expose drivers to a longer period of time on the road.” The council is encouraging local people concerned about the issue to make a submission to the state government.

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STREAKY Bay residents woke on Saturday, October 22 to discover vandals had targeted trees in the main street of the town causing thousands of dollars damage. Branches were ripped off 11 of the trees that run up the centre of Bay Road while one of the trees was completely destroyed. District Council of Streaky Bay Mayor Rob Stephens said it was very disappointing to see the ‘wilful destruction’ of the trees which were becoming a nice feature of the median strip’.

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Disgusted: District Council of Streaky Bay Mayor Rob Stephens inspects the damage vandals did to trees in the main street of Streaky Bay on the weekend.

Tasty: Tani Irvine, Rochelle Haseldine and Kimberley Stott share a lunch of freshly cooked oysters during the Oysterfest on Saturday.

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OYSTERFEST goers enjoyed a sunkissed weekend filled with food and entertainment in Ceduna last Saturday and Sunday. At 1pm on Saturday 2000 people were counted at the Oysterfest site. Numbers would have increased over the weekend and were definitely up from last year, organiser Kathy Meier said. “We were helped by the weather and security told me that it was one of the best festivals they’ve attended in terms of crowd




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paddle boarding and kayaking. High numbers of international and interstate visitors from the USA, Canada, the UK, Victoria and Western Australia prove that Oysterfest has grown to become a high profile event. “Ten years ago there were more locals attending with their family and friends,” Ms Mier said.

CEDUNA born and bred Terry Milera has finally realised his AFL dream. The 23-year-old has signed a twoyear contract with St Kilda and his family are thrilled that his hard work has finally paid off. Milera, pictured right, comes from a family of skilled footballers; St Kilda scouted his brother, 19-year-old Tim Milera, in 2010. Tim Milera represented South Australia at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships as in 2009.




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He spent the second half of the 2010 season with Port Adelaide. Terry Milera grew up playing for the Koonibba Football Club in the Far West Football League. At 16 he and moved to Adelaide to pursue his football career. His brother Tim came too, and the siblings stayed with their grandparents. Terry made his SANFL debut with the Port Adelaide Magpies in 2009. In 2010, he won the SANFL Reserves Magarey Medal.

Milera was disappointed to miss out on the 2010 AFL draft, but one-onone coaching from legendary footballer Gavin Wanganeen helped him to develop his strength and skills. Milera’s father Joseph Smith is proud of his son’s success. “I’m very proud of him - he’s been battling for years to get into the AFL and the early stages were pretty hard when he moved to Adelaide with his brother Tim,” he said.

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Ceduna’s healthy opening CEDUNA District Hospital’s new GP Plus Health Care Centre has been open to patients since August 29. But Health Minister John Hill officially opened the facility on September 30. A large crowd of Ceduna’s residents and dignitaries packed out the foyer during the official proceedings. Minister Hill said the new facility offers an integrated approach to healthcare. “Acute hospital services and primary health care services are now under the same roof. “Patients will be able to access hospital services, GPs, dentistry, community health, allied health, physiotherapy, mental health, dietetics and a day activity centre, all from a single point of entry,” he said. Minister Hill said the redevelopment of health services at Ceduna is an example of what the state government is trying to achieve in other regional areas. For example work began on a similar project at Berri Hospital in June 2011. Many community members stayed on to take advantage of tours of the building and free health checks. A bush barbecue and entertainment were also provided. Of particular note was the drumming troupe from Ghana, African Soul. They performed at Oysterfest over the weekend and encouraged crowd members to join in their act.

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First aircraft lands at Clare BY NAN BERRETT There was a hum in the sky as a little two-seater single engine airplane circled what was once a farm paddock north of Clare last week. The blue and yellow craft landed with a kiss, making history as the first to taxi on the new airstrip. And although there was no brass band, and only two people to witness the event, it didn’t take away from the importance of the occasion. The airstrip was not officially open, and there was evidence of plenty of earthworks, but the landing area was smooth as silk and ready for allcomers. Pilot Mike Anderson from Bordertown had a lunchtime meeting in Clare on Thursday, April 14, and had originally asked for permission to land at Farrell Flat, when he

was told about the new airstrip. “It took me 71 minutes to get here from Bordertown – in a car, the trip would have taken four hours – and I could see the airstrip from Farrell Flat. It really shows up,” Mr Anderson said. The little American-built RV6 plane cruises at 165 knots (about 300km/hour) and only needs 300 metres to land, so Mr Anderson had plenty of room on Clare’s 1200 metre long runway. The new airstrip has been the culmination of the hard work and passion of a handful of regional residents, after it became glaringly apparent the only usable airstrip in the Clare Valley region, at Farrell Flat, had become less than adequate. As the vision solidified, the Clare Valley Flying Group set about gar-

nering support from the wider community. Land was leased, opposite Anama Lane on the Main North Road, from

“...I could see the airstrip from Farrell Flat. It really shows up.” farmers Michael and Rosemary Chigwidden and work began last year. The in-kind support has been for-

midable and Flying Group chairman Adrian Smith said it was wonderful to see everything come together. “We will have the markers out next week, and the wind sock is already up,” he said. A recent beneficiary of the Clare Rodeo’s fundraising, the Flying Group has received $17,000 towards their terminal building. “And we have two hangars going up soon, subject to council approval. “We will be sowing clover on the bare ground and once that comes up it will look magnificent.” And taking the lead from Mr Anderson’s successful landing last week, a number of local pilots had their own first landing on the strip at the weekend and gave it the thumbs up. – More photos, Page 2


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T HE N ORTHE R N AR GUS made news with its first edition on February 19, 1869, and co-founder Henry Hammond Tilbrook wrote in his first editorial: “We come forward with no flourish of trumpets, we put forth no high-sounding policy; our aim will be to ‘be just and fear not’ and our convictions we shall maintain with independence of spirit and outspoken candour.” The development of The Northern Argus was slow but sure, from the early days of hand-set type until today with the use of state-ofthe-art of computer technology. From the foundation of the paper, type was set by hand into “sticks”, which were handled again after use and “dissed” back into cases for storage until the next time. Frock-coated gentlemen painstakingly went about their work in silence, by the light of flickering candles and carbide lamps, making sure the important news of the day could be transformed into print and sold to the community. From its original site in a shed in Clare’s Victoria Road, the Argus moved to 245 Main North Road in the centre of the town, on the corner of Ness Street, where it stayed for 135 years. A site was also occupied in the Eudunda Farmers building (now IGA supermarket) from 1927 to 1932 where the linotype was set and carried across the street. Meanwhile, Henry continued to make his mark as a newspaperman, reporting on issues of the day, including news from Europe. Following his retirement a succession of his descendants took over the reins. As the district grew, so too did The Northern Argus. The paper, originally printed on a hand-press, was now being produced on an old sheet-fed Wharfdale printing press, driven by a gasoline engine. In 1927, a mechanical revolution took place. A wonder machine – a Model 5 Mergenthaler Linotype – was installed for mechanical composition of body type, which meant a great saving in time and

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labour. In 1953, it was joined by a Model 48 Linotype, capable of setting eight individual type faces and various body sizes and lengths of line, without the operator getting up from the machine. With this new development the “job” printing department grew from two, foot operated, hand-fed platens (rollers), to an automatic platen known as a Heidelberg, which was capable of turning out 5000 sheets of printed paper per hour, as well as having the capability of producing colour work. During these years, the circulation of the paper grew and there came a time when the printing of four pages at a time on a sheet fed press, followed by hand folding, became far too slow. A monster machine, weighing 22 tons, capable of printing 16 pages at a time was purchased from The Murray Pioneer in 1961. After a time the printing was outsourced and for several years, but local printing recurred early in the 1990s when the paper was printed weekly on a Goss Community Webb Offset Press. The Argus office also printed two other papers, the Port Broughton Echo from 1887 to 1888 and the Blyth Agriculturalist, which was published in 1908 and ran for more than 60 years. With a succession of Tilbrooks at the helm, The Northern Argus successfully continued to reflect the news of the day for its basetown Clare and the Mid North Region. In 1996, the newspaper was purchased from the Tilbrook family by Rural Press Ltd, and on April 1, 2005, made its first physical move for 135 years, to new, purpose-built premises about 250 metres south from its old offices. The paper has won several awards including the best newspaper (under 5000 circulation) at the Country Press Association of SA Inc. awards in 2003.

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Maurice (L), Ian and Tudor Tilbrook in the printing room in the 1950s

Henry Hammond Tilbrook, co-founder of The Northern Argus

Editor Eric Tilbrook in the Press Room

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Northern Argus wins state best newspaper award The Northern Argus has been judged as South Australia’s best small country newspaper for 2002. The newspaper has won the Bank SA Award for Best Newspaper with a circulation under 5000. The announcement was made at the Country Press Association of SA–Australia Post “Best Newspaper” awards dinner at the Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg, on Friday night. Northern Argus managing editor David Wright accepted the award from South Australian Premier Mike Rann and BankSA general manager rural banking Darriel Hutchinson. Judge Geoff Williams, who is the travel editor of The Advertiser, said the Northern Argus had a wide news content where it concentrated on reporting, not commenting. “The newspaper could be described as staid, or conservative, in its presentation but it has a good matter-of-fact news content that reads well,” he said. “The district sports coverage is comprehensive.” The other major award of the night, the Bank SA Award for Best Newspaper with a circulation over 5000, was won by the Adelaide Hills newspaper, The Courier. The Northern Argus also received two third places and a “highly commended” in the minor awards. A “clean, well laid feature” about Taylor’s Wines new developments won the Northern

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Northern Argus staff celebrate winning the 2002 Bank SA Award for Best Newspaper with a circulation under 5000. From left are Savannah Kerley, Emma Victor, Lee Burgess, Kylie Wilson, David Wright, Katrina Keain, Nan Berrett, Megan Nolan, Cheryl Calvert and Sue Wurst. Absent: Annette Lloyd, Dennis Green. Argus a third place in the Best Advertising Feature category. The newspaper’s other third place was awarded in the Best Advertising

Supplement category for the Your Home, Your Way feature which offered readers an A-Z guide of home renovating.

The Northern Argus was highly commended in the Best Front Page award for a front page which featured a photograph of a burst water pipe at Yacka.

Tourist plans to go public Clare and Gilbert Valleys councillors concerned about proposed design Wurst was concerned about the overall shape of the building and the materials suggested in its construction. Cr Martin Pynor said he endorsed the comments of other councillors, adding he believed the use of some of the proposed materials inappropriate. “I would like to know who will have the final say as to which design is adopted,” Mr Pynor said. The building’s cost, style functionality and presentation was, however, considered highly appropriate by the regional committee that briefed the architect, council chief executive officer Mark Goldstone said. Mr Goldstone said it was evident some cost cutting would be required and further work was necessary before plans could be finalised. “Individual views on the concept plans are expected to be varied,” Mr Goldstone said. “However, overall the plans have

The design of a proposed new regional visitor information centre to be built on the Clare Caravan Park grounds has been criticised by Clare and Gilbert Valleys Councillors. Councillors at Monday night’s council meeting said they thought the building lacked originality and style. Cr John Koch said he was extremely disappointed in the plan. “In the early stages of the discussion, council said it would be a building of substances and something really significant – and I am really disappointed in what has been presented to us as a concept plan,” he said. Other councillors to voice their opinion at the meeting included Rosemary Dunn who said the building was not welcoming or spectacular. Cr Tom Chapman liked the angled windows and the use of natural light, but agreed the building “did not catch the eye and Cr Sue


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lot about the Argus, and recalled watching his father operating one of the linotypes and running the presses in his younger days. “When he became editor he started writing the paper and editing pieces sent in by correspondents across the region,” Mr Tilbrook said. “When I took holidays after joining The Advertiser as a first-year cadet in 1969, I loved helping Dad out with subbing and he let me write a couple of editorials. “When I became parliamentary reporter for the Advertiser I kept a close eye on questions and speeches about the Clare region and on many occasions would write pieces which Dad was always glad to get. I can remember him using a couple of pieces as the splash to the paper. “It was just as big a thrill getting something published in the Argus as it was in The Advertiser. “The Tilbrook family is very proud of its contribution to the community through the Northern Argus. The paper remains the eyes and ears of a wide region and we wish you continuing success.” The plaque was unveiled by Mrs Lee Tilbrook and Mr Chris Tilbrook. Lee Tilbrook is the mother of Kym and wife of the late Dennis Tilbrook. Mr Chris Tilbrook, who worked at the Northern Argus for 12 years until 1987 and today runs his own printing business in Clare, represented his father Ian, who worked at the Northern Argus for 41 years, including seven years as editor.

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The new Northern Argus office was officially opened at a gala event last Thursday evening, November 10, celebrating its new location and its ties to its heritage. The Old English masthead which appears on the top of the front page each week represents 136 years of history in the Clare Valley and the Mid North, 136 years of continuous trading in the region, as well as 136 years of providing information to the community. Managing editor David Wright spoke about the new building, thanking the newspaper’s staff for their support and enthusiasm, as well as Rural Press Limited general manager SA Group, Trevor McAuliffe, who had been a driving force behind the successful move to new premises. Mr Wright also thanked the board and management of Rural Press Limited for their vision in supporting the establishment of the new office and their vote of confidence in the future of the Clare Valley and the Mid North. Kym Tilbrook, a direct descendant of Northern Argus founder Henry Hammond Tilbrook, spoke on behalf of the Tilbrook family. Kym’s father, the late Dennis Tilbrook, was the editor of the Northern Argus from 1965 to 1987. Kym Tilbrook was one of the first cadet journalists at The Advertiser, 37 years ago, and today holds the position of group manager – editorial with that newspaper. Mr Tilbrook said he remembered a

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Watervale hosts its biggest A Day on the Green The threat of rain did little to dampen the spirits of the 8000 people who flocked to Watervale winery Annies Lane for A Day on the Green on Saturday afternoon. Headline act INXS lived up to expections, starting with a percussion set from the three black-suited Farriss brothers before sliding into the famous harmonica intro of Suicide Blonde. JD Fortune prowled onto the stage wearing sunglasses, a black suit and a diamond-encrusted skull ring, with tattoos on his neck and the back of his hands. What followed was a night of classic INXS with songs including Devil Inside, Mystify and Listen Like Thieves with the crowd singing along to every word. Fortune left the stage and Kirk Pengilly joined Andrew and Jon Farriss on vocals for an acoustic version of Don’t Change. Train’s Pat Monahan stepped in

for a stirring version of Beautiful Girl. The performance was supported by a dazzling light and picture display on five screens mounted on the back wall of the stage. The support acts were just as aweinspiring, with Train from San Francisco starting its act by “driving” a steam train through the venue. Show openers Sean Kelly from The Models and The Baby Animals offered some entertaining blasts from the past. Promoter Michael Newton, of Roundhouse Entertainment, said the attendance of 8000 people made the 2011 A Day on the Green the biggest show hosted by Annies Lane “by a couple of thousand people”. “It was good to see that the venue can handle that number of people and the bands all loved it,” he said. “We were happy with the result and the way the show went, the whole place was pumping.”

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He said the Annies Lane show was “locked in” as an annual event. That news was welcomed by the Watervale community with many local groups using their A Day on the Green duties as their major annual fundraiser for the year. Ray Camerilli, of the Watervale Community Association, said about 550 campers used the bush camping facilities provided at the recreation ground which was only slighter fewer than the year Jimmy Barnes performed. He said a few prospective campers may have decided to drive home instead of braving the rain. Watervale Cricket Club president Troy Camerilli said about 10 members parked hundreds of cars for the afternoon and evening, and the club served more than 200 breakfasts to bush campers on Sunday morning. He said the funds raised would be used to improve facilities for the club. Watervale Bowling Club members

have been getting up early on Sunday mornings since the event started to clean up the grounds after A Day of the Green. Club president Rob Matthias said the clean-up started at 6am on Sunday and, thanks to a fantastic response and the club’s experience, they were back in the clubhouse eating bacon and eggs by midday. “When you get there, you think ‘where are we going to start’ but we’ve got an organized approach to it,” he said. He said the clean-up started by picking up about 5000 wine bottles before people and front end loaders moved in to pick up the rest of the litter. “It was made easy by the weather this year, because the ground was damp there was no dust,” he said. “I think Watervale is very fortunate to have a facility like Annies Lane which can be made available to concert promoters.”

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First edition published when Henry 21 Working in his first job as a “printers devil” and compositor at the South Australian “Register” office when only 13-years-old provided the first injection of newsprint into the veins of Northern Argus founder Henry Hammond Tilbrook. Henry Tilbrook was born in Llandudno, Wales, in 1848 and arrived in South Australia in 1865 on the Albermarle from Shropshire, England with his parents. For a while he worked at the “Register” office and then moved to

the Far North to work at Arkaba Station, where his brother-in-law-tobe was manager, until the 1865 drought forced pastoralists from the land. He had worked on the Paratoo run as a lamb-minder, sharing a oneroomed hut with three other men. He kept extensive diaries and wrote: “It had a doorway, but no door, and a window opening, but no window.” Henry recorded there was one bunk, so the three of them were forced to curl up on the earth floor at

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night where: “Kangaroo rats ran over our prostrate forms and perched upon us …” Attempting to make his fortune Henry travelled to New Zealand’s goldfields, and while trying his hand at gold and mica mining and living in a tent, Henry’s revolver was stolen and used by a bushranger to commit a felony. Unable to strike it rich he took on the job as second editor for the Grey River Argus at Greymouth, where the newspaper was printed in a tent. He was just 18 years old. He returned to South Australia at the age of 20 years, and armed with a wealth of experience, Henry decided to start a newspaper and took a look at Burra as his first choice. He visited the mining town only to discover the copper mine had closed, so he settled on the growing Clare township as the home base for his printing press and office. Henry teamed up with his brother-in-law Alfred J. Clode who became co-proprietors in 1869. They were joined by a third partner, Alfred Tilbrook, in 1870, and a month later Alfred Clode called it a day. Plans for the venture were kept under wraps

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and machinery and type was ordered from J.M. Powell & Son, of London. When it arrived in 1867 it was hidden for eight months, under a shroud of secrecy, in a hay and chaff shed at the Kybunga farm of Henry’s brother-in-law, Joseph Brinkworth. The farm later became known as Woodlands Brae. Finally everything was ready, and the Northern Argus’ first edition went to print by a hand press in a stone and iron shed in Victoria Road, Clare. It was published on February 19, 1869, when Henry was aged 21. Twelve months later the press was moved to Proud supplier of the Clare’s main street at 245 Main North Road, interior & exterior signage of which became the home of the Northern Argus for the next 135 years. the Northern Argus Building. On New Year’s Day, 1870 Henry married Congratulations to the Northern Argus. Marianne Clode at Christ Church, North Phone Brenton & Brenda Adelaide. Mobile: 0418 857 589 Office: 8842 4190 As well as founding the Northern Argus, Henry Email: pfeiffer2@chariot.net.au Tilbrook became an important amateur photograLot 3 Main North Road, Clare pher, leaving a lasting legacy of images of the State, and in particular of the Mid North. He retired from the newspaper industry in 1889 and moved to St Peters, Adelaide to pursue his passion for photography, where he became the SA Government photographer and photographer for the SA Railways. Henry Tilbrook has emerged as one of Australia’s most significant early photographers and his images have been featured in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia. To complement his photographs, Henry kept detailed diaries, writing about his travels, which brought the images to life. His legacy includes an excellent series of South East and Flinders Ranges scenic photographs * Building Supplies taken in the 1890s, many of which were hung in South Australian railway carriages in the early * Tyres * Batteries 1900s. Many of his photographs are doubly interesting * Stock Feed because of Henry’s habit of placing himself in his * Pet Supplies own images, using a series of weights and strings to trip the shutter. * Premix Bread Flour Henry Hammond Tilbrook’s work as a photographer was preserved and recognised for its sigNew showroom NOW OPEN displaying nificance by Clare historian the late Bob Noye, • Tiles • Vanities • Tapware • Door furniture who held a large collection of images given to him by Eric Tilbrook in the 1960s. At the same time Henry Tilbrook’s notebooks were presented to the 182 Main North Road, Clare State Library. Ph 8842 2675 Fax 8842 1130 Many of Henry’s images are featured on a website prepared by Mr Noye on the Photographic History of Clare and now hosted by the Art Gallery of South Australia at: h t t p : / / w w w. a r t gallery.sa.gov.au/content-links.html The website gives a fascinating insight into Mr Tilbrook’s life, with copious notes of his adventures transcribed from his diaries. Henry Tilbrook died on September 9, 1937, after a short illness, aged 89 years and was buried at the Clare Cemetery. His wife Marianne had died 32 years previously. Their surviving children were R.H. Tilbrook and Mrs S.S. Lloyd, 10 grandchildren and 12 david.fawcett.mp@aph.gov.au great grandchildren.

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July 14, 2010 – Both A grade teams will wear special 50th anniversary guernseys for the North Clare-South Clare derby

Shelley international cricketer of the year BY CHELSEA ASHMEADE Clare international women’s cricketer Shelley Nitschke has been named the International Cricket Council’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year. Announced at the International Cricket Council Awards ceremony in Bengaluru, India, Shelley was shocked when she was named the winner. “It’s a bit surreal it’s a massive honour to be invited and short listed, it’s very humbling to win the award,” she said. It’s the second time in the award’s sixyear history it’s been won by an Australian. Shelley was back home last month as the guest speaker at the North Eastern Netball Association presentation night, and she also attended the North Eastern grand finals day, but had to “keep mum” about her trip to India. “When I was up there I knew I was going, but I couldn’t say anything,” she told the Northern Argus. “The four girls who are short listed are invited to the awards, but we don’t know until the night if we have won,” she said. Shelley said all four short-listed play-

Wakefield Regional Council Mayor James Maitland, of Brinkworth, has ruled out publicly debating his challenger, Richard Pain of Port Wakefield. “After considerable consultation and consideration, I strongly believe a public debate would not achieve any positive outcomes, for the Mayoral election,” Mr Maitland said. “The caretaker policy makes it challenging for the encumbent to be confident in what can be said publicly.” This will be the first local government election in history where the Local Government Association must publish all candidate profiles and any candidate electoral statements on the Internet. Postal voting closes at 5pm on Friday, November 12, with counting conducted by a team from the State Electoral Commission.

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“When I was up there (in Clare) I knew I was going, but I couldn’t say anything.” ers, including team mate Ellyse Perry, were in fair contention for the award. “I wasn’t expecting it at all,” she said. During the voting period, August 24, 2009, to August 10, 2010, Shelley played eight One Day Internationals for Australia scoring 342 runs at the top of the order with an average of 57. She claimed 12 wickets and also played in 10 Twenty20 Internationals, making 265 runs and claiming 10 wickets. “To win the World Twenty20 was definitely a highlight for me and the team,” Nitschke told ABC Radio on Friday. The award has taken Shelley to the next level after she won the Australian Women’s International Cricketer Award at the Allan Border Medal presentation early this year.

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“Last year it was pretty obvious who was going to win it, but this year it was pretty close it could have gone to any one of us,” she said. Shelley told ABC Radio that if she inspired one person to take the game up that would be a bonus. “It does get hard in the country areas when you are only playing cricket with boys, it can be hard,” she said. With the summer season about to kick into gear, Shelley said she has a busy year ahead of her. On Boxing Day the team’s off to New Zealand for a Twenty20 before England descends upon Australia. Nitschke told ABC Radio, at 33, her

body is holding up just fine and she would reassess where she is at after England comes out. “...it’s more of a lifestyle thing for me,” she said. Unlike their male counterparts, Australia’s women cricketers still have to hold down a “day job” to pay the bills, and face the challenge of juggling playing and training commitments with work. After receiving the ICC’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year award, Nitschke said she had trouble getting hold of her parents Pauline and Ian, but managed to speak with them when she returned to Australia on the Saturday morning after the awards ceremony.

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BY CHELSEA ASHMEADE Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock is calling for a parliamentary select committee to investigate and report on the cost and effectiveness of the Department of Education and Children’s Services school bus service. Mr Brock moved a motion that the House of Assembly establish the committee, made up of Government, Opposition and individual representatives –including himself. “I am looking for the best way forward in transporting our children,” he said. “This request is made purely

taxpayers and the government to get the best value for money and parents and caregivers getting peace of mind in that children are transported safely to and from their schools.” He raised the issue of the Education Act of 1972 which carries the provision that the Minister may, in such manner and to such extent as he or she thinks fit, provide or arrange for the transportation of children to and from any school, and may pay the whole or any portion of the cost of transporting these school children to and from any school.

investigate if this prescribed method of transporting children is still relevant in 2010, some 38 years later. “In particular, I wish to explore the current transporting arrangements of regional and remote students.” His other concerns raised included the fact that government buses did not have to be shedded during the day, leaving most sitting out in the heat, rain and sunshine – in most cases being hot before children board. “I would rather see all the school buses as private operators,” Mr Brock said.

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European wasps have been spotted in Cleve for the first time ever. Several samples of the insects were collected by a South Terrace resident at the weekend, and delivered to the Cleve office of the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (EPNRM) board this week. The home owner said the wasps were hanging around in his backyard where he was cleaning fish. EPNRM program manager biosecurity Iggy Honan confirmed that this is the first time Europeanwasps have been found in the Cleve region. Iggy said the wasps were very similar to honey bees in size, but less hairy, with yellow legs and distinctive triangular black markings on the thorax. The District Council of Cleve is now calling on the community to help them track the wasps and destroy their nest. Councils are responsible for the destruction of European wasps and their nests, and local residents are warned not to approach a nest as the wasps can be highly aggressive if the nest is threatened. Unlike bees, the European wasp can sting

WASPS...EPNRM program manager biosecurity Iggy Honan with one of the European Wasps found in Cleve this week. RIGHT...If you spot a European Wasp, pictured at right, please report it to the District Council of Cleve who are seeking help to track down the local nest and destroy it.


multiple times and, if the nest is attacked, wasps release a chemical which triggers other wasps to defend the nest. “Control of European wasps is very much a lifestyle thing,” District Council of Cleve manager corporate services Peter Arnold said. “The wasps aren’t normally aggressive away from the nest, but they are attracted to uncovered food and drinks. “One of the things you’re warned about is to not leave cans of open drinks unattended - think about what that means when you’re having a barbecue or playing sport. “European wasps aren’t something we want to see established in our district.” Council is calling on the community to help track the wasps to their local nests, so it can be destroyed by experts. Once a wasp has collected a sample of food it will fly in a direct line to its nest. A wasp may scavenge for food for up to 500m. European wasp nests - which look like grey papier mache balls - can be found underground, or clinging to buildings. If you believe you have found a European wasp nest, please phone Cleve council on 8628 2004.

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February 10, 2011

T HE E YRE PE N INS ULA T RIBUNE started as the Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune in Cowell on Friday, December 2, 1910. The first-ever edition was typewritten, carbon copied and delivered by post on request at a cost of two pence, or eight shillings for a yearly subscription. In a page 1 editorial of the first edition, the editor stated: “The Franklin Harbor district has progressed by leaps and bounds during the past three years and, in accordance with the usual trend of events, it is only natural that the district should have a journal to represent and throw a searchlight over a tract of country the existence of which is only now beginning to be recognised by the people across the gulf.” He also added that “the journal will be directed to the gleaning of general news and a strong effort will be made in the direction of urging on the rapid development of this great tract of country….” By 1911, the Tribune had its own press and a team of printers who “worshipped at the stone” until the early hours every week. These were the ‘hot metal’ days when printers banged together lead letters into huge frameworks on a stone bench, creating each tiny piece of text letter by letter. Throughout the war years the Tribune was the be all and end all of local communications. Whether people were discussing the war abroad or the wool prices at home, or who was travelling, who was visiting or who was unwell – it all showed up in the Tribune’s broadsheet pages. It wasn’t until the 1950s, as towns across the region began to grow and develop distinct identities and regular services, that the Tribune encountered competition in the form of The Kimba Dispatch. Then, around the time The Kimba Dispatch was incorporated into the Tribune, along came Cleve’s own Areas Express.

By the 1970s, the Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune had been renamed the Eyre Peninsula Tribune, incorporating The Kimba Dispatch and Areas Express. Proud of its wide-reaching and varied readership, the Tribune boasted a print run of 1950 copies and was now published on Thursdays – and has been ever since. It was in the 1970s that printing of the Tribune moved to Whyalla and information and photographs were transported back and forth between the Clevebased offices and a compositing team at the Whyalla News. These were the days of black and white film, ‘bromides’ and late nights cutting and pasting adverts and stories on to master pages. In the 1980s, computers and word processors were used to transmit stories to the Whyalla hub, but the final layout was still in the hands of the compositors at Whyalla. In 1991, when the paper became part of the growing Rural Press (now Fairfax Media), new technology was introduced. Suddenly, computers appeared at all desks, not just the editor’s. Advertisements were designed in their entirety at the Cleve office by local staff for the first time and appeared on screen as they would appear in the newspaper. In the early 2000s technology again caught up with newspapers and the local team of the paper now work closely with a team of Whyalla designers, but create the paper at Cleve before it is sent electronically to Murray Bridge for printing. The Tribune has figured prominently in Country Press SA Inc. newspaper awards, winning the Ampol Award for the best newspaper (circulation under 5000) in 1981; best typography 1985; best advertisement of the year award 1993; Rural Press – best feature 2006/2007; best newspaper with circulation under 2500, 2006.

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March 10, 1911 – With the heat of the past week, one of the few pleasurable places to be is the swimming pool. Cleve students made the most of the local pool

December 2, 1910 - Vol 1 No 1 Eyre’s Peninsula Tribune

February 14, 1980

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September 3, 1964 – New service plane calls at Cleve ....Becoming a familiar caller at Cowell, Cleve and Kimba airports is this Airlines of SA nine-seater Piaggio Portofino

February 27, 1964 – Birthday for three – three young men celebrate a triple 21st birthday celebration at Cleve. From left are Barry Elson, Lloyd Elson and Bronte Plane

December 18, 1980 – Warrant Officer Bruce Henderson inspects an undetonated practice bomb at Shoal Point, near Cowell

January 15, 1976 – Inspecting the burnt out shell of a vehicle are Senior Constable Pallant and car owner Gary MacPhie

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Port Neill school winds up for summer ❑ by Janet Shepherd Port Neill Primary School held its annual end of year Celebration on Wednesday December 15, on the school lawns with 70 people in attendance. An old Holden ute and painted kelpie greeted parents, grandparents and community members. The school children sang two Aussie Christmas carols led by Rachel Telfer, school Christian pastoral worker, who teaches the students music. Principal Peta Butler gave a short report of the school year and gave thank you gifts to groundsman Ted Scrase and cleaners Yvonne Clark and Ian Burner. Thanks also to Des and Cheryl Burner who filled in as cleaners while Yvonne and Ian were traveling. Farewells were made to Peta Butler and teacher Amanda Prime, who are both teaching at Tumby Bay Area School in 2011, and welcome made to Lou McDonough who will be teaching next year at Port Neill. A principal is yet to be appointed. Kym Butler and Chris Prime cooked a barbecue tea, salads were provided by parents and everyone joined in the shared tea.

In brief

Free breast cancer screening

Free breast cancer screening services will be available in Cleve from January 6 to 19, and in Wudinna from January 21 to February 1, 2011. The new BreastScreen SA’s mobile unit is primarily recommended for all women aged 50 to 69 without breast symptoms. It is estimated that for individual women in this age group, having a screening mammogram every two years reduces the chance of dying from breast cancer by about 40 per cent. Women aged 40 to 49 and over 70 are also eligible for screening. Call BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50 for appointments and further information.

Rotary funds firefighter tanks

BIG ENTRANCE...The Port Neill Primary School hosted its end-of-term wind-up this month where students Alex Prime, Triton, Max Butler, Maddox Scheisser, Chloe Little, Dani Johnson, Amelia Millard, Lenny McDonough and Sam Prime made a grand entrance in the back of an old Holden ute

The Rotary Club of Port Lincoln has completed a program of sign writing and placing memorial plaques onto seven emergency fire water tanks around the peninsula. The club paid for the tanks to be installed at airstrips at Cummins, Lock, Wudinna, Buckleboo, Kimba, Cowell and Cleve. Funding for the infrastructure was made available through the $500,000 raised by the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln. It was considered top priority to provide these tanks and other infrastructure as an emergency source of water mainly for feeding water bomber aircraft in the event of a fire but also for fire tenders. The club members combined this work with an inspection tour by regional operations commander of the Country Fire Service John Probert.

March 20, 1986 – The Queen unveils a plaque at Whyalla’s foreshore, while Prince Phillip and the Aquaculture Act comments Mayor of Whyalla, Mrs Aileen Ekblom, watch intently The SA Government has proposed

FAREWELL...Students Willow Starr and Chloe Little present teacher Amanda Prime with her farewell gift.

THANKYOU...Volunteer groundsman Ted Scrase receives gift from Port Neill Primary School principal Peta Butler.

amendments to the Aquaculture Act 2001 in an effort to reduce red tape within the aquaculture industry. The proposed amendments in the bill specifically aim to: rationalise the class of aquaculture leases, promote improved management of the aquaculture industry, promote improved commercial value in aquaculture leases; and provide provisions for the smooth transition of interests and processes as a result of the amendments. People can provide comment on the proposed bill, which is available on the PIRSA website.

July 31, 2003 – Leanne Riches, of Cowell, won the SA Under 16 Tennis Championship in Adelaide during the school holidays


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Huge crowd for Cleve show

Miner to build Kimba homes IronClad announces $4.7M housing plan

PUMPKINS ON DISPLAY…Cooper Llewelyn and Bella Smith were impressed with the size of the giant pumpkins on display at the Cleve Show last weekend. ❑ For the Cleve Show round-up, turn to Page 3, or for show results turn over to Pages 12-15 in this weekʼs Eyre Peninsula Tribune.

❑ by Ronnie Gramazio IronClad Mining has announced a $4.7 million contract for the construction of a mine village at Kimba to accommodate the workforce for the Wilcherry Hill iron ore mine, approximately 40km north of the township. Kimba mayor John Schaefer said the proposed village is good news for Kimba. The full plans for the village will be put before the next council meeting and will initially cater for 40 people with a future capacity for 80. “We hope that some of these people will eventually settle in Kimba and bring their families to live here,” said John. “Kimba has the facilities and services and we hope the mine project will attract a new population to the com-

munity, in turn benefiting our local organizations and sporting teams, as well as putting more kids in to school.” IronClad Mining has given assurances that local businesses will be given first opportunity to supply goods and services to the project and provided they are competitive the flow on effects to the town will be positive with increased turnover in the town. “The mine offers Kimba a possible second economic base and our challenge is to offer an attractive place where families decide to stay and settle in the community,” said John. Council is working closely in cooperation with IronClad Mining to ensure the best possible outcome for the project and the community.

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February 28, 1980 – Collecting leaves for a class project at Lock AreaSchool. from left, Peter Lawrie, Damien Fauser, Paula Modra and Joanna Fuss

Local lad Shaun Rehn wins 1994 medal

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September 15, 2005 – Cleve A grade took its second successive premiership at Port Neill. Retiring footballer Paul Jenner holds the cup

September 3, 2009 – Cleve A grader Deb Taheny keeps her eye on the ball as defender Meagan Lienert moves up on the play

March 29, 2001 – Giving the 60s signal of peace at the Cleve Area School Come Out opening are Georgina Young, Tayla Noble, Aisea Raikiwasa, Alex Sampson and Hannah Weiss

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GAWLER, Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Rotary awards excellence in the community – Page 12

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Tigers hold off Bombers in tough clash

No. 8305


Gawler East trees to go

– Sport liftout

– Page 5

Rate rise proposed Ellouise GOODWIN GAWLER GAWLER’S draft budget for 2011/12 was considered at a special council meeting last night, before going out for public consultation today. The draft budget proposes an

average rate rise of eight per cent, and budgets for an increase in rate revenue of 10 per cent, including two per cent new revenue generated from housing developments and land divisions. Residents can expect an 8.54 per cent rise to their rates bill. Under this increase, the annual rates bill (for the average residential property valued at $286,000) would be increased by $104, approximately $2 per week.

The budget provides for a minor reduction in council’s operating deficit from $3.137 million to $3.038 million. Council’s cash deficit is projected to significantly decrease from $4.23 million to $1.43 million. The proposed capital works program for 2011/12 totals $6.73 million, and includes $429,000 towards the replacement/renewal of buildings, $2.08 million towards the replacement/renewal of infra-

structure and almost $2 million on new infrastructure. Proposed initiatives, which have been allocated $258,000, include repairs to public conveniences at $22,000, and increased funding for environmental management programs at $40,000. Following construction of the Evanston Gardens Community Centre and the footpath/bikeway along the Gawler River corridor, council

has budgeted associated maintenance costs at approximately $150,000. The community can have their say on the proposed 2011/12 budget during the public consultation period, which ends on Thursday, June 30. Copies of the document will be available for inspection/purchase at the town hall or can be downloaded from council’s website during the public consultation period.

Pets poisoned GAWLER pet owners are being warned to watch for behavioural changes in pets after an alarming rise in cases of poisoning. In recent months a massive spike in the rodent population around rural properties in the Gawler area has resulted in increased use of rat bait in an effort to control pest numbers. Gawler South Small Animal Hospital veterinarian Dave MacPhail said the alarming number of rodenticide poisoning cases in cats and dogs are a result of the pets catching and eating baited rodents. “Most pet owners would never even consider… secondary rodenticide poisoning,” he said. “Over the last three weeks the veterinarians at Gawler South Small Animal Hospital have treated numerous cases of secondary poisoning. “Four of these have been so severe that the affected dogs have required life-saving blood transfusions.”

Gawler South Small Animal Hospital veterinarians Dave MacPhail and Beck Thompson, with Islay, are warning pet owners of secondary rodenticide poisoning dangers.

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“THE BUNYIP” GAWLER, Wednesday, June 1, 2011 Page 3

June 1, 2011

February 20, 1869

T HE ORIGIN of The Bunyip newspaper was born out of a group that lampooned local Friendly and Provident societies, such as Freemasons, Oddfellows, Rechabites and Foresters. After several years of existence, the Gawler Humbug Society was determined to ‘make a strenuous effort to establish a propaganda for its glorious creed’ and The Bunyip was created, with William Barnet, who had established a printing business in Gawler six years earlier, the founder. The first editor of The Bunyip was Dr. George Nott, who was also Gawler Town Mayor in 1865. In the very first edition of The Bunyip, or Gawler Humbug Society’s Chronicle, (Saturday, September 5, 1863), a clear explanation of its intention, which included 12 ‘rules’ and 12 ‘bythe-bye laws’, was made, which was witty and satirical, through The Arch Flam, The Bouncible Bam and The Surprising Sham. And after that first edition, Dr. Popham sued The Bunyip for libel, which went to court with the plaintiff seeking £500. On March 16, 1864, the case was heard, with Dr. Popham awarded only one shilling, without costs. The Bunyip was originally issued as a monthly until January, 1865, when it became a bi-monthly broadsheet. One year later it became a weekly, with less satire and more orthodox reporting of community matters. Over the first 22 years of the paper, in the Gawler region, three other newspapers challenged The Bunyip for readers – The Gawler Times (March 5, 1869 to June 27, 1873), The Mercury (November 27, 1875 to July 8, 1876) and The Gawler Standard (January 11, 1878 to February 27, 1885), with the first and latter brought out by William Barnet, the last after The Bunyip premises were destroyed by fire. Local news was regularly reported through the 19th century, including community groups activities, the political arena, sports,

and unusual occurrences, but predominantly advertising paved the way for the viability of The Bunyip. Of major significance, three editors of The Bunyip were responsible for the preservation of the history of the town of Gawler, with first, Dr. Nott writing ‘A short sketch of the rise and progress of Gawler,’ in 1861, followed by George Loyau’s ‘The Gawler Handbook’ in 1880, and finally E.H. Coombe’s ‘History of Gawler’ in 1908. Many of Australia’s major historical events, which also touched Gawler such as the two World Wars and the depression, gained prominent news coverage in The Bunyip, while local sport, major development – especially the recent growth in the area over the past 30 years – and local people and what affects them, made up a major part of the Bunyip’s content. The Barnet family played a significant role in the formation of the Provincial Press Association of South Australia, with Mr R. H. Barnet appointed the first president in 1912. In 1915-16 he was president of the national body. After almost 140 years of Barnet family ownership, The Bunyip was sold to the Taylor Group of Newspapers. John Barnet along with brothers, Craig and Paul, handed over the reins to a new editor, Terry Williams, and managing director, Ben Taylor, in April 2003. The annual Gawler Show has always played a prominent part in The Bunyip, with liftouts, coverage and results, while any political or Royal visitor is headline news, as is any major sporting event, such as the Gawler Three Day Equestrian event, the Tour Down Under, and even the Sydney Olympic Torch relay, which went through the town, while history has also proved popular subject matter, and letters to the editor offers the community a voice.

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January 1, 1897 The Bunyip office, Murray Street, Gawler, late 1800s. Photo: Courtesy Town of Gawler: Gawler Heritage Collection

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March, 2010 – Member for Light, Tony Piccolo, celebrates his re-election

1973 – Gawler motorcycle trial enthusiast Con Twist took a dive in the Gawler Road Knights gymkhana held at Willaston

Recalling a great match An early view of Murray Street. Photo: Courtesy Town of Gawler: Gawler Heritage Collection

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August 23, 2006 – Bruce Eastick honored

March 6, 2002

May, 1986 – Special issue for the Three Day Event

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GAWLER, Wednesday, May 25, 2011


HOME Liftout in this edition

– Page 4

88 pages

No. 8304


Students give a youth perspective – Page 10

WOHLSTADT DISMISSED LONG-SERVING Gawler Council employee Michael Wohlstadt (pictured) has been dismissed following what is believed to have been a neartwo-month investigation.

Editor Rob McLean

The Bunyip first learned of the internal investigation in March, and until now the name of the staff member has been suppressed. Mr. Wohlstadt had been suspended from work pending the

investigation. Council’s chief executive officer Stephen Kerrigan yesterday confirmed the investigation was complete, and that Mr. Wohlstadt was dismissed as of 5pm Monday. No detail on the investigation has been released. Mr. Wohlstadt was the council’s director of development and strategic planning, and worked for the Gawler Council for more than 10 years.

Small business strain Jessica MAGLIULO GAWLER RETAILERS are concerned new national employment standards will make it too costly to operate and result in more shop closures in Gawler. There are 122 ‘Modern Awards’ which now apply to employers and employees across Australia, streamlining thousands of federal and state-based awards. While many traders are yet to learn how the sweeping changes will affect them, some are expressing confusion and others are struggling to budget for wage increases. Milton Vadoulis of Vadoulis Garden Centre said changes to the

retail award would cost him an extra $30,000 in increased wages. “Staff deserve a decent rate of pay, but what this award introduces is a 250 per cent loading for what is typically a normal trading day for us (public holiday),” he said. “That’s $55 per hour. It will come to a point where you won’t be able to buy a cup of coffee on a public holiday. “They’ve created a national award, and that might be okay if you’re in Sydney, but it’s cheaper to live in Adelaide than in Sydney. People don’t spend money in Adelaide like they do in Sydney. “A lot of retail shops in Murray street are going to close as a result.” For most awards there is a transitional period for employers to reach the new pay rates. The amended rates, including loadings

and penalties, commenced on July 1, 2010 and must apply in full by July 1, 2014. Fair Work Australia is also currently considering submissions on the national minimum wage, which as of July 1 was $543.78. Northern Adelaide Business Enterprise Centre (NABEC) general manager Larry Cavallaro said small businesses will suffer if they do not become educated on the new regime. “Under the new Fair Work Act, the businesses that are perceived to be more at a disadvantage is the retail sector, healthcare and hospitality, because the majority of their work times is not 9am to 5pm, and they do carry penalties in terms of the pay rate and more importantly due to the engagement conditions,” Mr. Cavallaro said. Continued page 7

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May 25, 2011

2006 – Prime Minister John Howard greets Peter Garvie of the Port Wakefield Courthouse History Group

Member for Light Tony Piccolo with Premier Mike Rann and cast members of McLeod’s Daughters Gawler Racecourse was used as an Army camp in in WW1. Photo: Courtesy Town of Gawler: Gawler Heritage Collection

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September 18, 2002 – Successful opening for Woolworths store

August 20,2008

January 29, 2009 – Gawler swimmer Lynn Lillecrapp inducted into the Swimming SA Hall of Fame

1961 Gawler Cup. Photo: Courtesy Town of Gawler: Gawler Heritage Collection

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Fire crews were called to two separate burn offs which escaped control yesterday (Monday, March 7), the first two such call outs on Yorke Peninsula for the year. At 11.45am Yorke Valley brigades were called to a fire about three kilometres from Maitland on Balgowan Road.

The fire covered about three kilometres of stubble, including the area being burned off, but slowed at a lentil stubble which eased the job for fire crews who had it out by 2.30pm. At 1.34pm, Northern Yorke crews attended a fire about five kilometres north of Kadina on Blackoaks Plain Road.

It took only 10 minutes for firefighters to bring the situation under control but they remained at the site until 3.30pm to fully extinguish the two-kilometre blaze. Both landowners told the CFS conditions were fine when they started burning but winds quickly picked up.

Yorke Valley CFS group officer Andrew Cadd said people must look at the forecast conditions and determine whether it is safe to burn off. “Council issues permits but it is still up to the landowner — conditions may be alright at first but people must know if the wind is supposed to pick up,” Mr Cadd said.

“Almost all of our crews attended the fire and we had a good response from farm firefighting units which was very helpful.” Northern Yorke group officer David Bussenschutt said the landowners were “just a bit unlucky” yesterday. � Continued page 8

Cornish pasty to stay

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� Baker Nick Price, Moonta, with one of his Cornish pasties, which do not have to be renamed because a ruling to ban those outside of Cornwall from using the term does not apply in Australia. � See story page 3

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T HE STOR Y and development of the Yorke Peninsula Country Times

over the last 156 years follows a web of newspapers spun together since the first Yorke Peninsula paper appeared as the Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal in 1865. This newspaper was the product of Andrew and David Taylor who came to Australia from Invercargill in New Zealand that same year. Copper had been discovered near Kadina in 1859 and in Moonta in 1861, and in the mid-1870s both mines employed more than 1000 men. Smelting operations began in Wallaroo in 1861. The paper flourished at Elizabeth Street, Wallaroo, until 1888, when due to pressure from Kadina traders, the business was moved to Taylor Street, Kadina, and became The Kadina and Wallaroo Times. In 1891, Andrew died and David continued until his death when Mrs Clara Furner-Taylor headed the business. In 1910, Andrew’s son, William F. Taylor and James Harry Pengelley, both of Kadina, entered into a partnership which lasted 25 years until 1935 when Mr Pengelley died. His son, Fred, then became a partner. Also in 1910, John Verran became Premier of South Australia, having been elected MP for the District of Wallaroo in 1901. The famous Moonta Mining Co. closed in November, 1923, and an important part of local history ended. When William Taylor died in 1945, Fred Pengelley took control, with Mrs Agnes Taylor maintaining a financial interest until 1962 when the family finally relinquished a 92-year connection with the Times. Fred Pengelley’s association with paper ended in 1963 when Moonta Newspaper proprietors Cecil. J.G. Ellis and Trevor. F. Ellis, who ran The People’s Weekly, purchased the Kadina business. The Ellis family continued to print both papers, one in each

town, until 1966, when the Moonta paper was incorporated into the Times to become the Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta Times. Two years later another change occurred when The South Australian Farmer, another Kadina-based paper, owned by Mr and Mrs H. W. Tossell, of Adelaide, merged with the Times, resulting in a new newspaper, the Yorke Peninsula Country Times, its first edition printed on September 4, 1968. In 1970, the publishers purchased the rights to the YP News Pictorial, published in Yorketown, which was an amalgamation of the Maitland Watch and the SYP Pioneer. In 1979, the paper’s new Goss Web Offset Press was officially commissioned by Member for Goyder, Mr E.K.(Keith) Russack. The Yorke Peninsula Country Times has enjoyed a long and proud history through three generations of the Ellis family, with Trevor’s son, Michael, now the managing editor/owner, after having joined the firm in March, 1982. From 1888, the old Taylor Street office in Kadina, served as the headquarters of the Times, while the newspaper was printed in the firm’s pressroom in George Street, Moonta. The printing press was moved to 31 Goyder Street, Kadina, in 2004. YPCT’s production, editorial and administration staff moved to the paper’s new Goyder Street building in 2008, and the building was officially opened on November 6, 2008, by Senator Alan Ferguson. The Yorke Peninsula Country Times has been a regular winner of prestigious Country Press SA Inc. awards. Awards in recent years include 2003 excellence in journalism; 2004 best advertising feature, best advertisement, best front page; 2005 best front page, excellence in journalism; 2006 best advertising feature; 2010 best advertisement (priced product), best sports photo. The paper circulates throughout the Yorke Peninsula, a rich agricultural area renowned for its quality grain production. Tourism is also a major industry for the peninsula.

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Wallaroo Times office around 1900

1913 – Motorcyclist George Ramsey with officials from his 24-hour record run

1923 – Central Yorke Peninsula Show held at Minlaton

November 11, 1918 – Hundreds of people gathered at the Wallaroo Institute to hear the official announcement the Armistice had been signed to end World War I

1957 advertisement for opening of silo

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1970 – The Jeannie is docked at Port Giles, the State’s newest and deepest seaport, to load 8000 tons of barley

November 4, 1908 – A page 1 advertisement for J. H. Rosewarne

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December 3, 1996 – Local “boy” John Olsen becomes Premier

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$2m million blaze Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the spirit of the Wallaroo Primary School community is on the rise after a devastating, deliberately lit fire gutted the school’s 127year-old stone building — containing the school’s library, classrooms, computer room and special education room — in the early hours of Saturday morning, resulting in a $2 million damage bill.

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On Monday, Principal Brenton Lamshed stood in front of the burnedout shell, surrounded by teachers, parents and students, vowing the new school year would commence on time and every child would have a desk and chair and necessary materials. The outlook for the restoration of the fire-damaged building is relatively optimistic after an early structural assessment. According to Education Minister, Jane Lomax-Smith, “The roof of the


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JOURNALIST: Fiona Rait building has collapsed, but it is believed there is a good chance we can save the stone walls of this magnificent building”. The fire was reported by a passer-by at 4.50 am on Saturday and it took just eight minutes for the Wallaroo MFS to arrive. In addition, Kadina MFS and CFS, and Moonta MFS attended but, according to Jeff Steele, MFS Regional Station Officer, the blaze spread swiftly through the ceiling. Despite the valiant efforts of nearly 38 firefighters, the blaze took an hour to extinguish. Two units from Port Pirie MFS also responded and SES volunteers from Maitland and Port Broughton were called in to help secure the building’s damaged roof. � Continued pages 10 & 11



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Sally Sara wins US Human Rights Fellowship JOURNALIST: Ros White ABC Landline presenter and former Port Broughton girl Sally Sara has won the United States Elizabeth Neuffler Human Rights Fellowship from 96 applicants, on the heels of the release of her book about African women, “Gogo Mama”. Sally is only the third recipient of the annual award which gives a woman journalist working in print, broadcast or other media the opportunity to focus exclusively on human rights journalism. Speaking from Brisbane last week, Sally said she was “pretty surprised to receive the call about the win. It came late at night and I rang my parents and brothers straight away.” She will spend the nine-month fellowship as a research associate in residence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for International Studies, Harvard University, and the practical component with the Boston Globe and New York Times. “I am a broadcast journalist, not a print journalist, so it will be an opportunity to gain new skills, to tag their journalists on stories, spend time at their desks and see how they organise themselves and have a look at different organisations,” Sally explained. “It will be good for my writing skills, as people expect a lot more from a reporter nowadays, to write for the web, for example. “I will be leaving at the end of August to start work at the beginning of September. It means leaving my position at Landline, but I have taken leave and someone will fill in until I get back.”

Gogo Mama Sally, 36, reported from Africa as an ABC foreign correspondent from 2000 to 2005, covering poverty, war, political unrest, ethnic violence and violence against women. She said writing Gogo Mama was a way to say goodbye to Africa whilst giving a sense of what life is really like on this continent through the 12 inspiring women she interviewed, who taught her about hope and what keeps them going — their children, religion and the pursuit of education. “I have always wanted to write, ever since I was a little girl. I used to dream about it and it has always been a strong memory. However, I imagined it would be just another fiction novel.

Michael (left) and Trevor Ellis � Sally Sara, a former ABC foreign correspondent, has won a prestigious human rights fellowship. “Gogo Mama is a journey into the lives of these amazing women whom I really admired and who struck me with their courage, strength and spirituality.” Sally, who grew up in Port Broughton, and has been to faraway and exotic places, was still wondering how the town fared in the gale force winds which lashed the State last Wednesday evening. The ties are still there, although she is often a long way from Cream Puff Corner. “But then cream Puff Corner is a long way from a lot of places,” she laughed.

Gago gagged on environmental issues Steven Griffiths, Member for Goyder, has been in State Parliament for the past two weeks participating in the House of Assembly Estimates Committee sessions after the release of the State Budget on June 7. During Estimates, questions are asked by the Opposition to ensure the State Government is accountable for the decisions made and outlined in the budget. As well as being responsible for the Finance and Employment, Training and Further Education portfolios, Mr Griffiths led the Estimates session on Wednesday, July 4, seeking answers from the Minister for Environment and Conservation, Gail Gago MLC, about a range of impacting issues. “Natural Resources Management levy collections in our electorate of Goyder, which fits in as

part of the Northern and Yorke Integrated Natural Resources Management Region, will increase from $760,402 in 2006/2007 to $2.531 million in 2007/08. This is an increase of 333 per cent, which is being borne through local district councils collecting the levy from property owners,” Mr Griffiths stated. “Such an increase is absolutely outrageous and when asking Minister Gago to justify her decision to inflict these sorts of increases upon people, she was unable to provide a clear-cut explanation. “At the hands of Minister Gago, the levy is based on the principle that those with the highest property values will pay more. This decision was made after the local NRM board believed that the most equitable method of charging was through a fixed charge levy across the region,

but the Minister chose to ignore the submission. “This is a completely unfair system, as the coastal areas of the Yorke Peninsula, Copper Coast, Barunga West and Wakefield Regional Councils are seen by the Government as being financially rich because the capital values of property have increased enormously, but it comes down to the ability of the property owner to pay the bill at the end of the day,” Mr Griffiths said. Mr Griffiths is conscious of the impact an increase in NRM levies will have on average income earners and is appalled that many older people will be affected by the costs. He said in posing a question to Minister Gago relating to the levy increases being 100 times the CPI increase, the Minister again could only come up with “an indistinguishable res-

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Autocrat of the mines ROS WHITE


ining magnates are nothing new. Names that come to mind are Lang Hancock, and more recently, Andrew Forrest. But closer to home on the Copper Coast, in the 1900s, Henry Richard Hancock, or Cap’n’Ancock, was king of the great Moonta Mine, the autocrat of his domain, becoming a legend in his own lifetime. Like many who worked on the mines of South Australia, Henry Richard Hancock had experience of mining in the south of England. Born in Devon, he worked as an assayer and surveyor for a time in local mines before migrating to South Australia to manage the Wheal Ellen mine at Strathalbyn. When that mine closed, he applied to manage the new Moonta Mine. He was not appointed, but was offered the job of assayer at the company’s smaller Yelta Mine. In 1864, when he was appointed superin-

tendent of the Moonta Mining Company’s mines, he was just 28 years old. This 12-month appointment extended to 34 years, before he was succeeded by his son Henry Lipson Hancock until falling prices forced the mines to close in 1923 — a 59-year management dynasty unparalleled in Australia. The king died in January 1919, four years before his kingdom met the same fate. Hancock’s modus operandi Henry impressed everyone with his professional skills and experience. While other mines closed because of exploitation for a quick return with little outlay, Hancock persuaded the company’s directors to invest in a major program of expansion and development. He set about developing the mine in a systematic fashion. On the one hand, he instituted detailed studies of the mine ores and introduced steam power as the motive force and replacement for hand power in the

Henry Richard Hancock, or Cap’n’Ancock major mine operations. On the other hand, he set about recruiting experienced miners to increase the scale and efficiency of production. Miners came from Victoria and Cornwall, the latter forming the basis of a ‘little Cornwall’ where many lived on the mine leases.

Hancock introduced a number of innovations into technical aspects of mining. He designed and patented a compressed air drill that gave great efficiencies over hammer and tap drilling. In 1870 he applied for a patent on a hydraulic jig, the use of which enabled the company to treat lower grade ores profitably. This jig eventually found its way into mineral processing around the world and in the mid-1890s the sophisticated concentrating processes and jig Hancock had helped develop at Wallaroo and Moonta formed part of the initial success Broken Hill companies achieved in dealing with lower grade, sulphide ores. Hancock established a sick leave provision and a medical fund into which workers compulsorily contributed. On his advice, directors set a guaranteed minimum wage in 1873 (which he defended against their plans to reduce when copper prices fell in 1874). He was known for his fairness in dealing with workers and for his recognition of their right to strike.



When the Wallaroo and Moonta companies amalgamated in 1889 they became Australia’s largest mining company. Indeed, in the late 19th century, it was one of the largest copper producing areas in the world. Henry Richard Hancock is generally regarded as one of the most competent mine managers in Australian history. The mine was the first in Australia to pay A31 million pounds in dividends, of which A3,840,000 pounds had been paid in the period 1864 to 1873. The directors of the new company appointed Hancock as general manager, a position he held until he retired in 1898, to lead the life of the landed gentry with his second wife, Loveday, on their country properties in South Australia and Henry’s native Devon.

Rezoning Port Vincent JOURNALIST: Jenny Oldland The District Council of Yorke Peninsula has started the process to rezone about 80 hectares west of Port Vincent to meet growing demand for land in the popular seaside town. “Coastal locations in our council area have always provided a lifestyle appeal to many homebuyers, and the sea change phenomenon in recent years has driven up demand for property,” director development and community services Roger Brooks said.

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� The Copperclub golf course at The Dunes Port Hughes is ready for play with the first nine holes open to members this weekend. Copperclub general manager Barry West said the official opening will be on June 1 ahead of the first tournament on June 4. Last week, journalist Ros White was given an exclusive tour of the golf course; read her story on page 3. PHOTO: Ros White


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“The new zoning is intended to ensure sufficient land is available to meet demand, and that plans can be put in place in plenty of time to provide the infrastructure necessary to service the development.” The rezone would provide about 700 new allotments including some to accommodate light industry, a retirement village, and various reserves. “Council records indicate, on average, 17 new dwellings per annum had approval over the past seven years at Port Vincent, with 31 in 2007-08, a growth rate double that of any other town in the council area,” Mr Brooks said.

“Median house prices also increased from $243,500 in 2004 to $330,000 in 2009. “The Development Plan Amendment (DPA), the document by which council amends its development plan to change the zoning of land, shows there were 34 vacant land sales in Port Vincent in 2009-10 and only 120 vacant allotments available. “Not all the vacant allotments are likely to come onto the market and, even with the development of some of the larger allotments already in the residential zone, we predict there is only about three years of land supply left in the town at current demand rates.”




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time, an area for industrial development within a proposed new industrial zone adjacent to the water dam on the Minlaton Road. “This will allow for approximately 15 new industrial allotments.” Rezoning will require the relocation and expansion of the existing Community Wastewater Management Scheme; management of stormwater from the development; the upgrading of electricity supplies, not just for Port Vincent but also for the region; and the eventual expansion of the water supply infrastructure for the town, predicted to be required by 2025.


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“The developer will be responsible for any costs associated with infrastructure upgrading required for the new development, including the construction of new roads and services within the development,” Mr Brooks said. The DPA is on display at council’s Maitland, Minlaton, Yorketown and Warooka offices with a copy also accessible at www.yorke.sa.gov.au. Submissions for or against the proposed rezoning need to be lodged with council by 5pm, Wednesday, April 27. If required, a public meeting will be held at the Minlaton Council Chambers on Thursday, May 5, at 7pm.

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The proposed rezoning follows recommendations within council’s Port Vincent Urban Design Framework, and includes a master plan that will provide interspersed tree and vegetation belts to maintain an enclosed and sheltered character of the town. “Release of the new land in itself, and the marketing involved with new residential estates, often generates new demand for land, while the development of retirement housing in the town is something that will be welcomed,” Mr Brooks said. “In addition to providing for more residential land, the DPA provides, for the first

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schools turning me onto education.” Dr Rigney’s parents made a tough decision to move from the mission to Adelaide as work on the peninsula was not plentiful. “I completed my education, took on a diesel mechanic apprenticeship, but I had always wanted to go to university; and here I am, four degrees later,” he says.

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Picture: Sean McGowan Police have identified the driver responsible for the hit-and-run of a stobie pole on Cygnet Road last week. The accident happened about 7.30pm on Wednesday and parts of Kingscote were blacked out for more than an hour. ETSA re-routed electricity to homes in the area and later erected a temporary pole. The road was closed and the scene was at-


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accident. He will be reported for leaving the scene of an accident and other driving offences. The same driver was allegedly seen earlier failing to negotiate a corner of Buller Street and Centenary Avenue in Kingscote. Police are concerned by a “culture of recklessness and indifference” developing on the island, fuelled by drugs and alcohol. PAGE 5: Police call for help

by Shauna Black A combination of record prices and early rain is set to make 2011 a “phenomenal” season, according to Elders KI manager Greg Downing. “We seldom see the conditions that we see now. Certainly, the last five or six years have not been very nice,” Mr Downing said. “We’ve had late starts and early finishes to the season.”

He said farmers with 40 and 50 years’ experience were telling him they had not seen such an early break to the season that continued as it has. Record rains in March had built on regular summer rains so that Kangaroo Island was already well placed to receive at least its average annual rainfall. “Prices for lamb, wool and beef are fantastic,” Mr Downing said. He said lamb prices had averaged $3 to $3.50 a kilogram for the past five or six years but were now $6.20 for forward contracts. Continued page 3

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terms. Founder Neville Cordes wrote in his memoirs of the struggle to start the paper in 1967. “In 1966 while on honeymoon in Lorne I noticed a little newspaper called The Lorne News in the shops there. It was only 12 to 16 pages of folded foolscap but a light bulb popped. I could do that on Kangaroo Island,” he writes. “For three or four months I operated out of a small section of the coffee lounge. The news copy was sent to a printer in Adelaide.” The Islander cost 5c and sold 185 copies of its first edition on January 19, 1967. Its competition was the Kangaroo Island Courier, which had been sold to Glenelg interests in 1957 and was printed in Glenelg. Mr Cordes soon realised he needed to be printing on the island and stopped printing while he secured the equipment. The Islander was re-born in April, 1967, and printed on a Rotaprint Duplicator. The business grew to also be a commercial printer and stationer and had several premises around Kingscote. In 1995, the paper was being edited by Ian Turner when it was sold to Rural Press (now Fairfax Media) and journalist Rob Ellson was named managing editor. He recalls the rapid expansion of the paper in the late 1990s under the guidance of Rural Press which invested money in the paper. When Mr Ellson resigned in October, 2005, Shauna Black from The Advertiser in Adelaide became the paper’s fourth managing editor and remains there today. Under her stewardship, the paper has increased circulation and won many awards including at the Country Press SA Inc. awards, SA Media awards and an Adelaide Archbishop’s Citation. In 2003, it won best community newspaper in the Country Press SA Inc. awards.

“I tried not to cut out anything the locals loved but just to add to the paper’s news coverage and features. Updated layouts and a commitment to quality photography and journalism has also helped to make The Islander a classy little paper serving a population that relies on us for its sole source of news and information,” Ms Black said. All editors ranked transport as the biggest ongoing issue for Kangaroo Island, from the days of government-provided sea transport to the advent of privately owned ferries in the 1990s. The costs of transport for farmers, maintenance of the island’s roads and the dozen or more airlines that have come and gone in the paper’s history have also been major issues. The environment and tourism have ranked more highly in the past couple of decades as the island’s tourist numbers doubled over a decade and now number close to 200,000 a year. More recently, marine parks have become a topic of great debate as the island struggles with government plans to create sanctuary zones which may threaten fishing industries. In recent years, the wine, food and art industries have grown their contribution to island life. Bushfires feature prominently in the island’s newspaper history. The great fire of 1975 cut a swathe through the middle of the island from north to south, destroying everything in its path and killing one resident. The death of Sapper Jamie Larcombe, of Parndana, while on active service in Afghanistan in February, 2011, created possibly Kangaroo Island’s most significant national event, a full military funeral in Kingscote with more than 2000 attending. Julia Gillard became the first sitting Prime Minister to visit Kangaroo Island as top military brass mingled with KI locals to honour the young soldier.

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December 10, 1975 – The leased DeHavilland Drover aircraft being loaded with lambs at the Penneshaw Airport

January 18, 2001 – KI hosted a unique visitor last weekend when the tall ship, Bark Endeavour, pulled into Kingscote for two days

Neville Cordes, founder of The Islander

November 7, 2002 – Kangaroo Island’s cat man Barry Green has trapped and skinned hundreds of feral cats around and in American River

October 12, 1977 – Local hobby apiarist, Mr Tom Florance, of Cygnet River, examines a frame of pure Ligurian bees

March 10, 2005 – A $450,000 Kangaroo Island SeaLink coach was destroyed after it burst into flames near Prospect Hill

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March 17, 2007 – MacGillivray’s Tony Nolan makes a lunge for the crease as Western Districts’ Steven Childs attempts a run out

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November 18, 2010 – Kate Stanton was awarded Champion exhibit in the fruit, vegetable and dairy section of the Parndana Show

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March 10, 2011 – Parndana soldier, Sapper Jamie Larcombe, 21, was buried with full military honours in Kingscote after he was killed on active duty in Afghanistan

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May 1, 2008 – Declan Carberry, 4, wears the medals his great-great-grandfather Charles James Guider earned in World War 1

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April 3, 2008 – The $250,000 fishing boat Willie B ran aground at Vivonne Bay. The crew climbed the cliff to safety

January 8, 2009 – Daniel Hawes, of Cygnet River, burns up the road in Kingscote in training for the World Downhill Speed Skating titles

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T HE COASTAL LEADER serves a vast area of the rich farming

lands of the South-East – from Kingston to Robe to Cape Jaffa and the world-renowned Coorong. The first edition of the paper, then called The South East Kingston Leader, was launched on September 19, 1962, by Richard (Dick) McRostie and his wife, Rhonda. Its masthead revealed: “For Robe, Lacepede & Lucindale Local Government Areas.� Published on Wednesdays, it sold for 6d a copy. With the launch of the Mr McRostie’s paper it was the first time the town had had a local paper since March, 1951. In November, 1978, ownership of The South East Kingston Leader changed hands with Noel and Dorothy McRostie taking the reins. They had shifted to Kingston from Pyramid Hill in Victoria in 1966. On Christmas Eve, 1979, illness suddenly struck Noel McRostie and his son, Geoff, took over managing the newspaper. The paper underwent a name change on February 25, 1987, to the SE Kingston Leader, with the masthead featuring a bull, sheep and crayfish – the main produce of the flourishing region. In April, 2001, Richard Peake, owner of The Naracoorte Herald and president of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. from 1983 to 1985, bought the paper. Seven months later he changed the name of the paper to the Coastal Leader. The paper then circulated in the Kingston, Robe and Coorong areas and cost 80c a copy. In October, 2010, a new era at the Coastal Leader began under new owners, SA Regional Media Pty Ltd, part of Fairfax Media. The sale of the Leader by Richard Peake and Judy Barton ended the Peake family’s 52-year association with SE newspapers which began when Harry and Margaret Peake arrived at Naracoorte in 1958. (Mr Harry Peake, OBE, served as president of the then Provincial Press Association of South Australia and president of the Provincial Press Association of Australia.)

Operations of the Coastal Leader are overseen from Naracoorte with the editor of The Naracoorte Herald, Lee Curnow, also editing the Leader. An updated masthead Robe was unveiled by the paper in Friday night is ... Pub Night Hotel June, 2011. Happy Hour The town’s first paper was The Kingston Weekly which stated on its “See you ate� masthead: “Circulating throughout Kingston, theRobe and Lucindale big hous Districts�. Its first edition on March 22, 1946, was published by the Kingston Traders’ Association at the price 2d a copy or 5/- a year. The association’s aim was to “record faithfully the growing needs of the district in business as well as pleasure.� Within three months it had more than 400 subscribers. In a Page 1 article on July 5, 1946, the paper’s editor said: “The Kingston Weekly has passed three months of existence as a newspaper, and the effort has been very well received by its supporters amongst the public.� In 1947, the association sold the paper to a group of local businessmen under the management of Mr D. Wade. At that time the price had risen to 3d a copy and the annual cost had doubled to 10/-. The Weekly continued for another four years until “lack of support and continually rising costs� forced its closure in March, 1951.

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State Liberal leader Isobel Redmond (centre) was the headline act at a party gathering in Robe last weekend. She is pictured with deputy leader Mitch Williams (left), Robe branch secretary Janet Kentish and president Mark Legoe, and Federal Member for Barker Patrick Secker.

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staged on the steps of Parliament House on issues surrounding the forward sale of forestry, the closure of the eating disorder unit at Flinders and the withdrawal of funds for community hospitals. “Every week, we’ve got people coming to protest over this government over many issues,â€? Mrs Redmond said. Speaking to an audience of about 100 party “We expect shortly after Easter people on the members from the electorate of MacKillop steps of Parliament House with their tinnies over almost a year to the day since the last State the marine parks.â€? election, Mrs Redmond earmarked economic Touching on the possible Keith Hospital management and cost of living as the “top two closure, Mrs Redmond was adamant the hospital major issuesâ€? at the next election. should remain open due to its current infrastrucIt’s Mrs Redmond’s second visit to a local ture, which - among other things - allows for party fundraiser. helicopter landings, and proximity to the highway. Last year, she attended the luncheon at Mount Mrs Redmond warned however that the Benson on the same day the Michelle Chantelois- Liberals couldn’t rely solely on the government’s Mike Rann revelations aired on television. unpopularity to win the next election. Although the Liberal leader admitted there She tipped a very likely exit from Premier Mr was no such scandal brewing on the Labor side Rann, who would become the longest serving this time around, she argued that the government premier by the end of the year, and a possible was nevertheless becoming more unpopular with reshue by Labor Party in order for the party voters on many fronts. to “reinvent themselvesâ€?. • CONTINUED – 2 She told her supporters of the weekly protests

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Kathy said the committee could not be happier with the success of this year’s show. “There was something different everywhere and we catered for everyone. “The show committees are grateful to the Coastal Leader as major sponsor and for their support in the lead-up and during the event. “The support for the people was fantastic and made it a wonderful day.â€? • More photos pages 8-9. Full results in next week’s Leader.

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selling it to well-known stock agent Robert Walton, who only owned the boat for a 12-month period. Harry Westlakes from Adelaide bought the vessel in 1973, and was the last to own the Cape Jaffa. The vessel held a lobster and shark endorsement, and because Mr Westlakes did not hold a skipper’s ticket, local fisherman Kevin Reed skippered the boat. One of 35 vessels fishing out of Cape Jaffa and Kingston at the time, the Cape Jaffa was documented to have left Kingston for Adelaide on Monday night, September 10, after unloading a catch of shark.

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The wreck of the 1950s boat Cape Jaffa has been reunited with the Kingston community, after years of uncertainty about where the old wooden vessel rested. While the wreck was discovered some years ago by another party, scuba diver Steve Saville has only just been able to source confirmation through community members identifying the vessel as the The Cape Jaffa (Tamara) at the Kingston Jetty when owned by the Gribbles. Cape Jaffa from recent video documentation he posted on youtube. “Some of the vessel’s fittings were actually fitted “Video footage of the wreck has categorically identified the wreck with the help of the commu- by a local retired fisherman who had previously owned the boat.â€? nity, and the intention to reunite them with the The Cape Jaffa, formerly called the Tamara, lost wreck,â€? he said. was the second of three wooden boats to have been built by local fisherman, the late Jack Lane. Mr Lane built the 42-foot vessel in his backyard shed on Young St with the help of Ron Steele, and it was believed to have been launched in the early 1950s. However, Mr Lane went on to sell to the vessel to local fisherman, the late Ross Gribble, in 1959, and it remained within the family for almost 20 years. Ross’s son, local identity Graham Gribble, 5.30pm to 6.30pm | Bar Snacks started out his fishing career on the vessel at just 14 years of age. BBQ and Roast Pack Rafes The vessel changed from the Tamara to Cape $4 wine and bubbles Jaffa in 1969, after Graham took the boat over from his father. “I required a bank loan to re-modify the motor and undergo some additional work, and to do this I had to register the boat,â€? Graham recalled. “see you at the big houseâ€? “There was already a vessel registered as the The Robe Hotel encourages the responsible consumption of alcohol. Please Gamble responsibly. Tamara so reluctantly I had to change the name the Cape Jaffa, as that was where we were fishFALCON XR6 LIMITED EDITION to ing at the time.â€? The Cape Jaffa (Tamara) in its original form back in the 1950s. with a range of extras Graham fished the vessel up until May 1972,

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Hundreds of people flocked to the showgrounds over the long weekend, with attractions “on showâ€? for the whole family. Gate takings, following on from last year’s extra $400, were well up again, with an extra $2000 in takings, prompting Kingston Show secretary Kathy Wright to rate the success of the 2011 show overwhelming. “I am absolutely flabbergasted, it was such a fantastic day Kaylen Walsh puts on a brave face holding a snake and we were so lucky with the weather,â€? she said. at Sunday’s very successful Kingston Show. “We are getting more and more people every year.â€? With a wide array of activities, events and exhibits for the show goers, there was plenty to do and see. “There were so many fantastic trade sites all around the grounds,â€? Kathy said. “They all had something different and did a fantastic job with having displays that people could both look at and buy. “It was really good to see all the local businesses out and showcasing all their goods.â€? Kathy said the committee was impressed with the increasing number of entries in various areas of the show. “We now have the woodwork display in the Scout Hall as it 5.30pm to 6.30pm | Bar Snacks got so big we had to move it out of the tents. BBQ and Roast Pack Rafes “The cake section was so large we needed two extra trestles $4 wine and bubbles to display everyone’s entries. The cooking sections really went off for both junior and seniors.â€? Kathy said the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, Cool 4 Kids, the Speed Shear and the Agility Dogs were the among the most popular attractions of the day. “see you at the big houseâ€? The Robe Hotel encourages the responsible consumption of alcohol. Please Gamble responsibly. “The Speed Shear is a favourite every year, and the Agility Dogs were absolutely wonderful. I have been trying to get them for the past three years.â€? The speed shear event did prove to be a crowd favourite, showcasing some of the best shearers from around the district. The show committee was rapt with the result of the Granite Ridge Angus Bull which was auctioned and sold for $3600, with all proceeds donated back to the show. The horse section, Kathy said was “magnificentâ€? with plenty of entries. “A local who was involved in this section during 1950-70s said there is more horses now than there was then. The sun stayed out for them again on the Monday which worked out perfectly.â€? Lee Brocky and Outback Overdrive band kept the crowd entertained with a musical atmosphere.








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The review by Robe GP Dr David Senior in December, 2010, using ABS data for population projections and current Commonwea lt h standards for aged care places, shows that Robe is already lagging behind in terms of notional places available for aged care. The review was presented to the Kingston/Robe Health Advisory Council, which sought the information on aged care needs in the area for the next 10 years. The review estimates that Robe currently accesses just one quarter of the number of aged care places set out by the Commonwealth Government and not even one per cent of the total notional places available in the SE. According to the current Commonwealth yardstick, there’s 113 places - in high and low care and in Community Aged Care Packages - per 1000 population aged 70 and over. But the notional places for Robe per 1000 population aged 70 and above was just 29.9, with a total of only 5.2 notional places for 2010. Th is compares to Mount Gambier City and Grant District Council areas, which had total notional places of 358.5 that same year, Wattle Range East 138.6 places and Kingston 42.5 places. Dr Senior estimated there were 802 total notional places for aged care in the SE in 2010, which was 30 more places than the Commonwealth’s yardstick based on total population. He a r g ue d t h at “we therefore currently have the capacity to support our aged people”. He noted however that Mount Gambier dominated the skyline in sheer numbers, thus distorting the picture for the overall Upper SE. Dr Senior referred to ABS estimates which showed that


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the Robe population aged 70 and more would grow by 34 per cent in the next decade while that of Kingston would surge by 50 per cent during that time, thus creating an increasing need for future aged care places. He further pointed to ABS projections which showed that the problem extended to the SE with an estimated shortfall of 93 places - compared to current capacity - by 2016 and a shortfall of 224 places by 2021. Dr Senior added that the shortfall of net available aged care beds for Kingston and Robe combined would increase from 15 to 41 by 2021. H e i d e nt i f i e d o t h e r developing aged care issues facing the region including increasing incidence of dementia, expectations of Baby Boomers, unavailability of trained professional aged care staff and the lack of ownership of the problem.

The major challenge for Robe, according to the GP, was the issue of staffing which accounted for 75 per cent of recurrent cost of a facility. Addressing Robe District Council’s first aged care committee meeting last month, Dr Senior told members that big companies that run aged care facilities would look at a 50-70 bed facility at least in order to be viable and “that’s being really driven by staffing cost”. Dr Senior argued however that “if we found a white knight with money and providing we build carefully, you could attract people from all over the SE. There’s a potential to build something that could be a drawcard.” He added that staffing would nevertheless require registered nurses as well as carers. Registered nurses, he noted, were particularly difficult to find for aged care work due to the Commonwealth

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It has been an encouraging start for fishers with good weather, high prices and decent catches since the season returned on October 1. Catches have proved good for the fishermen sitting between 60-150 kg, and hitting a high right from day one. Robe Professional Fishermen’s AssoMark Davis gets crays ready to take back to the factory. ciation president Paul Regnier was rapt with the start. “It has been a really good start to the season with the fishers being able to fish most days,” he said. “The lobsters have been a bit smaller than normal but hopefully there are bigger ones down there. “We are off to a really encouraging

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to the season with high prices and catches on par.” Lacepede Seafood processor Steve Hyland said prices had varied since the start of the season, keeping above the $60/kg mark. “It was guessed to have been at a high price before the start with $70/kg or better,” he said. “The price hit its highest for the fi rst week sitting at around $80 a kilo, with the prices varying around there for the rest of that week. “It all looks promising at this stage, it is still a bit harder for the exporters with the overseas market but it is still early days yet.”

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Government paying 20 per cent less for aged care than for acute care. He added further that the challenges for staff at an aged care facility in a town without a hospital would be significant.

Highlighting a need that was now “becoming urgent”, the GP deplored the fact that neither the State nor the Federal Government currently were prepared to recognise the problem faced by Robe.

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Loxton Waikerie Councillors have had their say about key factors needed to secure the Riverland tourism industry’s future.

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A special council meeting was held to discuss a concept to develop tourism growth in the region. The Berri Barmera and Renmark Paringa councils also held separate meetings on the issue, with all ideas raised to be presented to the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) this Thursday. A joint presentation will then be made to Regional Development Minister Gail Gago next week in order to access grants from the Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund. Loxton Waikerie Council chief executive officer Peter Ackland said a number of principles were discussed to facilitate and develop growth in Riverland tourism. He said it was important to gauge council’s view on the principles put forth in the report. “We put together a report to try and get some idea of the general concepts (council) would consider which may be appropriate for the future prosperity of Riverland tourism,” Mr Ackland said. “The principles put to the council as part of the report were to look at an industry-led board which was skills-based. “(In addition) a board which would be asked to develop and undertake specific projects and programs to deliver on a key range of (areas) which the council believe need attention.”


An additional role of the industryled board would be to develop and implement strategies for a number of target areas including marketing, product development related to regional packaging, events coordination and management, digital platform development and industry engagement. Mr Ackland said the council needed tourism industry input on how to improve these target areas. “These are not the only things that need to be addressed, but these are things we now need to talk to the industry about and to seek their opinion on,” he said. “More importantly, we need to get their views on how these types of things can be advanced.” According to Mr Ackland, a regional approach was crucial to ensure the prosperity of the Riverland tourism. “The three council CEOs have been talking with the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and Regional Development Australia (RDA) about how tourism can start to make some advancement,” he said. “On this basis, it really needs to be a regional position that’s taken. “My understanding is that the other two councils did meet at the same time, and without looking at their resolutions, I understand they were very similar in content to the one the Loxton Waikerie Council has put (forward).” Mr Ackland said he was hoping to meet with other Riverland councils about the report “sooner rather than later”. continued page 8 TIM’S TOURISM VIEW: PAGE 2

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L OX TON ’ S FIRS T newspaper was The Loxton Clarion. It was first

published in July, 1925, but ceased publication after just three years – a victim of the depression. A monthly newsletter, published by the Loxton District War Memorial Community Centre Committee, was started in the 1950s. Issues usually comprised 12 pages and each contained a variety of local news and information. The final copy of the newsletter on file was published in February, 1960. Soon after, on April 28, 1960, the first edition of The Loxton News was published, proclaiming on the masthead that it incorporated The Loxton Community Newsletter. Published by J.C. (Jack) Irving, who owned a printing business in Berri, The Loxton News was distributed in Loxton and surrounding areas, south of the River Murray. Late in 1964 the newspaper was sold to The Murray Pioneer and relocated from Berri to the East Terrace premises it still occupies in Loxton. At that time Denis Hann joined the family company and took over as editor when ‘Johnny’ Gurr became the ABC regional journalist with 5MV. He retired as editor in 2002, after nearly 35 years in that role, with Paul Mitchell succeeding him. Tess Fisher took over the post in September, 2006, and she was followed by Pat Koopman in March, 2008. Emma Walter has been the editor since June, 2010. From late 1964 until the early 1980s the newspaper was printed at its East Terrace premises. Technological change saw newspapers adopt electronic typesetting and make-up in place of the hot metal process and while The Loxton News is still compiled at its Loxton premises it is now printed at The Murray Pioneer in Renmark. The Loxton News building has undergone some external changes since it was built in the 1920s, but substantial alterations have been made to modernise the interior.

Published weekly, on Wednesdays, The Loxton News has a circulation of 2400 copies, with that figure increasing steadily in line with the gradual growth of the town’s population. The Loxton News has won 24 awards in the annual Country Press SA Inc. competition, with 15 of those for the best newspaper in its circulation category (the first in 1963 and the latest in 2010) and the remainder for excellence in journalism, graphic design, advertising features and outstanding community involvement. The spread of those awards throughout its 50 year history indicates a continuing high standard by staff members. The Loxton News has always been a strong and vocal advocate for the community it serves, with one example being its support for the Loxton Hospital board’s determined efforts to fight a State Government move to reduce the services provided by the hospital. The newspaper’s campaign, supporting the hospital board and the community, played a major role in achieving a satisfactory outcome. The Loxton News circulates through the southern Riverland and northern Mallee where cereal growing, livestock and irrigated horticulture are the major primary industries. Establishment of a major war service irrigation development in 1948 brought new families to Loxton, beginning another phase in the district’s history. Sport plays an important role in community life at Loxton and The Loxton News has recorded the achievements of local stars, including Olympians Sophie Edington (swimming) and Grant Schubert (hockey), Magarey Medallists Russell Ebert and Grantley Fielke, and Crows star Tony Modra who are among the champions to emerge from junior sports ranks at Loxton.

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January 14, 1965 – The River Murray at a low level

September 22, 1976 – Mascot Tony Fielke leads Mick Fitzgerald on to the field for the team’s grand final winning match against Barmera-Monash November 2, 1967 – Bert Eustice and son Ross inspect a wheat crop after receiving only 219 points of rain

January 9, 1969 – Alison Marie, the first baby of Mr and Mrs Barry Bott, was Loxton’s first baby for 1969

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July 9, 1970 – The tugboat Nalta Yuki towing a replacement ferry to Morgan past the Loxton riverfront

February 29, 1984 – Paula Wright crowned Charity Queen and Donna Hammerstein Mardi Gras Queen

March, 1967 – A joint celebration at the annual Country Press SA Inc. newspaper awards for brothers-in-law Denis Hann, left, of The Loxton News and Darnley Taylor, of The Murray Pioneer

Nippy’s Juice Company, led by Jeff Knipsel, has been a key business in the region

September 19, 1973 – Children stand knee deep in water by a sign near the Loxton Caravan Park

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Denis Hann – editor for nearly 35 years

December 10, 2008 – Karen Kilsby, left, John and Ruth Moore and Wendy Mudge at Loxton Hotel 100 year celebrations

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Pure gold ABOVE: Grant Schubert

Schubert, who shot into the side with a string of stunning performances late last year, was attending his first Olympic

1982 – Loxton pennant golf winners (standing from left) – Noel Nitschke, Marj Shiell, Carmel McInnes, Seated – Marlene Beaumont, Claire Wooldridge, Coral Roberts

in the men’s hockey squad. Australia won the gold medal match by defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in extra time.

Schubert, who turned 24 just prior to the games, said the feeling of winning an Olympic Games gold is “just indescribable”. “I’ve had it for a couple of days and I still can’t believe I’m an Olympic gold medallist,” Schubert told The Loxton News. “I can’t believe it’s all over and we’ve come here and done what we came here to do.”

It is the first time an Olympic medal, of any sort, has been won by a Riverland sportsperson. Basketballer Pat Mickan and rower Robert Lang are the only other athletes from the Riverland to have competed at the Olympics. Schubert, who is now based in Perth, said he was especially glad that his family had been there for the big game.

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(right) celebrates after Loxton’s Grant Schubert Australia scored the was part of Australian winning goal in the sporting history on Olympic hockey final. Saturday morning when the national men’s hockey team won its first Olympic Games and was South Australia’s only representative Games gold medal.

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January 31, 1996 – Locals Nick Uren and Andy Sharrad having fun on the river

Our golden girl

Former Loxton swimmer Sophie Edington displays her second Commonwealth Games gold medal, won in the 50 metre backstroke on Monday night. Edington won her first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal on Saturday night, in the 100 metre backstroke.

by Paul Mitchell

in the 50 metre backstroke on Monday, beating fellow Australian and pre-race favourite Giaan

“Me and (team-mate) Tayliah Zimmer just went out there to have fun, but I knew anything could

putting it together on the night.” Edington, 21, described her victory in the 50 metre final as “a bonus”.

inundated with phone calls and messages from Riverlanders since Saturday night.

Loxton born and bred swimmer Sophie Rooney by one hundredth of a second. happen, because 50s are just crazy events,” she Edington won her second individual gold “Saturday night was just unbelievable,” said. “If you stuff one thing up, you’re gone…” medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edington told The Loxton News yesterday. Edington, who grew up in Loxton and began her Melbourne on Monday night. “I knew I could do it, but it was a matter of career at the Loxton Swimming Club, has been

After setting a new Games and Australian record to win the 100 metre backstroke final on Saturday night, Edington made it a golden double

It’s Maywald by a mile In a landslide result, the National Party’s Karlene Maywald retained the seat of Chaffey with an increased margin in last Saturday’s state election. Mrs Maywald, who won a third term in office, dominated the voting, boosting her

primary vote from 49.2 per cent at the 2002 election, to over 53 per cent this year. With around 80 per cent of the votes counted, Mrs Maywald had received approximately 67 per cent of the two candidate preferred vote, against Liberal Party candidate Anna Baric (33 per cent).

Mrs Maywald said she was “overwhelmed” with the result, which comes after a mid-term decision to accept a ministerial position in Mike Rann’s Labor Government. Mrs Maywald believes having the River Murray on her ministerial portfolio swayed Chaffey voters in her favour.

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Unassuming Ebert let aged 19, and went on to play 392 games, which remains the club record. Ebert won the Magarey Medal in 1971, 1974, 1976 and 1980. He was club best and fairest in 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1981 and captained Port Adelaide from 1974 to 1978 and again from 1983 to 1985. He was a member of three premiership teams in 1977, 1980 and 1981 and was a playing coach from 1983 to 1985, before retiring as a player. He continued to coach Port until 1987. “I was coached by Fos Williams until 1973,” Ebert said. “He was tough but good, and very successful as a coach,” Ebert said. “It was a good grounding. John Cahill was my coach from 1974 to 1978 and then again from 1980 to 1982.”

His parents, with his five brothers and sisters, had a property three kilometres from Loxton and he remembers that time fondly. “I remember mum taking us to church and Sunday school, but we rode to town to play footy, cricket, and go to school,” he said. “We did some ‘bird nesting’ along the way. I also remember the Bug House, which was the old picture theatre in the main street where the supermarket is now. “We also went to the drive-in theatre.” Ebert also enjoyed skiing on Sunday afternoons. “We also had lots of farm duties we had to do, it was a busy but enjoyable life,” he said. Ebert started his football with Loxton and played in the junior colts team until he was 12, then senior colts until he was 17. The coach he remembers the most, and stays in contact with, is Robert Fielke. He gained employment in the Loxton branch of the Savings Bank in 1966 at age 16, then was moved to Waikerie in that same year. At Waikerie he played his first A grade game. “It was an interesting year, playing against my old team and school mates and the rivalry between the towns was high as well,” he said. “One game was the hardest. It was a Waikerie versus Loxton match where I stood my brother Bill (and) we got the biggest flogging. “I also met my wife Dian, who lived in Waikerie.” That year Ebert was asked if he would like to try out for Port Adelaide. “In those days there were no zones and there were a lot of good players from the Riverland who came to Adelaide,” Ebert said. “I was lucky, I played in a trial, kicked a few goals and there was a free spot.” He debuted for Port Adelaide in 1968,

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all 25 games and I did enjoy that year.” Ebert also enjoyed coaching SANFL club Woodville from 1988 to 1990. He played 29 games for South Australia and was named in the South Australian team of the century in 2000. In 1996 Ebert was inducted into the Australian Football Hall Of Fame. While playing football, Ebert also had a busy family and business life. He has a daughter, Tamie, who has a PHD in sports science, and two sons, Ben and Brett. Tamie played netball when she was younger, but as an adult concentrated more on her studies. Ben played junior footy and is now in the Adelaide Fire Brigade. He and his wife,

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State Cabinet has approved setting up a Riverland wine industry fund to lift the region’s profile as a quality producer of wine.

State Water Resources Minister Mark Brindal has praised the involvement of the Loxton community in environmental programs.

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All clocks should be wound back an hour at 3am on Sunday when the summer’s daylight saving period ends.

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Rosan, gave Ebert his adored grandson, Albert, who is named after Ebert’s father. Brett started his football in the SANFL before joining AFL club Port Adelaide under the father/son rule in 2002. Brett also won a Magarey Medal in 2003, the first son of a previous winner to do so. “I get to watch him a lot and I get paid – I work in radio commentating footy,” Ebert said. “It’s difficult at times and I try to be credible to him.” In business, Ebert owned his own sporting store for 10 years and also had a transport business for 10 years. In 1999, the Power Youth Program was formed and Ebert is the manager.

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Christmas Supplement, 2006 – Russell Ebert, Loxton’s most decorated football star

Firefighters battled to contain the blaze, when a fuel tanker exploded after rolling over in Loxton early on Tuesday morning.

Fuel tanker explodes by Rob McLean

The notorious mill corner on Bookpurnong Road was the scene of a spectacular accident when a fuel tanker rolled over yesterday morning. An Adelaide truck driver escaped with minor injuries when his vehicle rolled over and caught alight after a collision with another vehicle at approximately 7.30am. SA Ambulance clinical team leader Kerry Santini said the

man, aged in his mid 30s, was negotiating his vehicle around the tight bend when his rig came into contact with the rear of a trailer being towed by a passing four wheel drive. The brief collision caused the fuel tanker, carrying 37,000 litres of petrol and diesel, to tip over, rupturing a fuel tank and setting it alight. The driver of the tanker escaped from the vehicle with the help of an unknown passing motorist. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured in the accident.

Ms Santini said it is believed that sun glare disoriented the tanker driver, resulting in the accident. Local Metropolitan Fire Service crews attended the scene almost immediately but could not prevent the blaze from growing. Burning petrol and tyres caused up to four explosions, sending smoke and flames billowing around 100 metres into the sky. The fire was contained within an hour of the accident but MFS crews continued to monitor

burning fuel until later in the day. The fuel tanker, estimated to be worth $200,000, was completely destroyed by the fire. Loxton man Hamish Roy witnessed the accident and said the tanker just seemed to fall over after the other vehicle passed. “After the tanker fell over it just broke out in flames. Then we saw another bloke banging on the front window trying to get the driver out. The driver finally got out of the passenger side,” Mr Roy said.

Mr Roy expressed surprise that there have not been more accidents on the corner. Four MFS appliances, from Loxton, Berri and Renmark attended the scene, using 300 litres of foam in the battle to contain the blaze. SA Ambulance crews, police and State Emergency Services volunteers were also involved in the incident. An MFS spokesman said late yesterday that emergency services crews, with support from the Loxton Waikerie Council, were mopping up the scene.

The spokesman said that any fuel remaining in the tanker was transferred to another carrier before the vehicle was lifted away from the site by a crane.

The spokesman added that the road should be reopened today, but with repairs needed to the road surface, possible closures may still occur.

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ort Adelaide is known as a very successful club with a lot of history and Ebert remembers the challenges. “We had a lot of All-Australian players, so they had big expectations, they didn’t accept not winning,” he said. “If you didn’t shape up you didn’t last. “There was a winning culture at Port, but the experience of successful players helped lift us to their level. “There were also a lot of country players there and you were made to feel comfortable, and we were keen.” Ebert loved the challenge of bettering himself through high-level football, although he never originally intended to move to the city. “It would have been easy to stay in the country but, for the challenge of the unknown, I needed to move out of my comfort zone,” he said. “My transition was easier though, for mum and dad had moved to the city as well.” In 1979 Ebert also played one season for North Melbourne, in the VFL. “Ron Barrasi was the coach and I flew over and back on Tuesdays and then over on Thursday until Saturday,” he said. “It was hectic and hard with young kids and a business to run, (but) I played



by Sharyn Evans

he most decorated and celebrated football star to come from Loxton is Russell Ebert. Ebert originally lived at Alawoona and came to Loxton when he was in grade 3.






Port Pirie, September 18, 1968

Fairfax Media


Greg Mayfield


September 18, 1968

T HOU SAN DS of names and events have poured through the

pages of The Flinders News in the past 43 years. In this time the communities of Port Pirie, Port Augusta and the Mid-North have flourished - and they are still proud to pick up the paper every Wednesday. Covering a vast agricultural area, a large number of the readers have a keen interest in farming. Between all the farming highlights, residents in the Mid-North have witnessed some sad events in their community. One of the most notorious crimes in Australia’s history, the “bodies in the barrel” left Snowtown residents shaken in May, 1999 when dead bodies were stored in an old bank building in the town. Then in 2006, an explosion killed three people at a Gladstone explosives factory. But in all the tales of glory and sadness, The Flinders News has proudly supported the region. Today, the publication is circulated by Fairfax Media, the biggest Australian-owned media company. But it began on September 18, 1968, in the hands of an enterprising team at the small printing firm of Automatic Print in Port Pirie. Ray Naulty, Eric May and John Doney decided to print the newspaper in the “downtime” that resulted after the yearly rush to print school text books on their presses. Mr Naulty’s son Peter, now of Adelaide, was aged about 12 at the time and recalls the ground-breaking idea of having a free newspaper. “Free newspapers were a relatively new concept in Australia. I think they originated in England,” he said. “It was done with flat-bed printing and the blokes worked around the clock to get it out. “The grocery store Jack the Slasher had expanded to Port Pirie and we had four and eight-page inserts in spot color and then yellow paper. “The newspaper circulated in Port Pirie and Port

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Augusta and across to Orroroo, Peterborough and Gladstone and, in recent years, Clare. “The Clare council once wrote to us saying we were littering the streets with newspapers so Dad and I went down and delivered the newspapers personally in the ute. “We used to have different front-page stories for Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Clare and over the ranges. The circulation was about 20,000. “We were one of the first newspapers that started running fourcolor and we had a color picture on the front page.” He recalled then mayor, the late Bill Jones, who also wore “hats” at the ABC and the smelters, was the editor of the newspaper and wrote many reports. Other material was supplied by contributors. Mr Jones also contributed to the country pages of The Advertiser for many years and the Radio 5AD news service where he gave regular voice reports on issues in the Mid North. The Flinders News was sold to the Willson family, owner of The Recorder, in March, 1982, and in 1991 it was bought by Fairfax Media. The cadet reporter involved in the newspaper war, Greg Mayfield, is now manager of The Flinders News. “As a family we will always be reasonably proud of The Flinders News,” Peter Naulty said. “I guess it has a different strategic place because it fits in a pool of papers. In those days it was head-to-head with the competition.”

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1985 – Dirt bike action at the Crystal Brook Moto Cross

January 22, 1969

Bill Jones, Mayor and editor

May, 1995 – Doll doctor, Kath Dunstan, of Port Broughton

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1995 – The Laura Folk Fair, started by Dick Biles (pictured), was named Best Festival in the tourism awards

Unwanted fame for Snowtown – May, 1999

November, 1994 – Zeshi Fisher, from Laura, took out the top prize in the Young Composers Awards

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September, 2006 – Astronaut Andy Thomas (right) at Balaklava Races with Phil Harris, of Port Broughton

September, 2006 – Southern Flinders Netball Club’s Debbie Palmer notched up 42 years with the club in August

May, 2006 – Mid-North residents were devastated when a blast at an explosion factory near Gladstone killed three people

September, 2008 – One-arm shearer Josh Talbot at Bradke Farm, near Jamestown

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December, 2009 – Luke Tapscott, of Orroroo, joins the AFL

February, 2009 – Konnor Hughes was one of many Quorn residents to dig deep to help the Victorian Bushfire Appeal

November, 2010 – Ruth Whittle re-elected to the District Council. She has served for the past 21 years

May, 2006 – Peterborough soldier Private Sam Williams in East Timor

November, 2010 – Koolunga farmers Shane and Craig Weckert getting ready for harvest

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September, 2010 – Southern Flinders players celebrate their grand final win against BMW

October, 2008 – All the fun of the Melrose Show

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Dick Biles had the vision of holding a fair in Laura with a few street stalls, entertainment and a bush dance. Sadly, this year’s Folk Fair will be the first without Dick, who unfortunately passed away earlier this year. Current chairman of the fair Allan Woolford remembers when Dick approached the then Laura Council, asking them to block off the street for the event. “We said we would do it, we thought there would only be a couple of fairs,” he said. “Dick continued on as chairman of the fair’s committee up until he had had a stroke.” Despite his health problems, Dick was always keen to have some input into the event, up until the end. “When we had the first fair, there were five stalls in the street and a bush dance,” Allan said. “Dick had the vision to start it off and then led the committee along the way.” Allan took over from Dick as chairman, and continued to watch the event grow. “As a chairman, we just lead the committee,” he said. “We would not be able to do it all without our committee members, volunteers and sponsors.” Secretary Irene Scott said she remembered Dick referring to the fair as the “monster he created”. “He would always say that as a joke,” she said. “He never thought it would take-off like it did.” A well-known artist in the region, Dick’s Herbert Street gallery was home to a copper statue of CJ Dennis for many years. Last year, he decided to give the statue to his beloved community, and it can now be seen on the corner of Herbert and Hughes Street.

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Local groups seek to lift profile • Checking the detour plans at Mullins Corner were (L to R) site representative Brian Duncan, Wattle Range Council assets and engineering manager David Mosel and Gambier Earth Movers project manager Darrell Thomas.

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BY J.L. “FRED” SMITH WORK on the $4.8 million Millicent heavy vehicle detour is underway with construction currently focussed on the new link between Mt Burr Road and Mullins Corner on the Princes Highway. Graders and other heavy machinery from Gambier Earth Movers Pty Ltd. arrived at the site last week. Temporary road closures and speed restrictions are now in place and motorists are urged to use caution in the area. The contractors have established a site office and depot for the duration of the project which will take a few months. Wattle Range Council awarded the tender for the lion’s share of the construction work in January.

It had originally been hoped the detour would have been completed by last December. This was not possible and an explanation has been provided in the recently released council annual report. “The planned construction of the detour did not commence in 200708 due to insufficient internal resources needed to progress the development and issue of tenders”. Meanwhile, details of the increased construction cost and funding of the detour have been clarified by council. At the February council meeting Councillor Peter Muller sought clarification of the details of the funding as they appeared in the minutes of the January special council meeting. A response to Cr Muller was

provided by Geoff Moffatt, council’s general manager of business and corporate services. He indicated that while the full details of the funding for the detour were included in his report to the special council meeting not all of this information had not been reproduced in the minutes. Consequently it may be construed from the minutes that there is a short fall of funds for the detour project of $171,695. Mr Moffatt, in clarifying the funding details, advised council that the funding is derived from the original budget of $4,278,000, plus $321,877 being interest earned from the AusLink grant funds provided for this project, $42,416 being unallocated funds from general revenue, and $171,695 allocated within the budget for road capital

expenditure, but not allocated to a specific road project. The original project budget of $4.278 million has increased to $4.814 million following a formal public tender process, which resulted in council accepting the tender of $4.152 million (plus GST) from Gambier Earth Movers Pty Ltd, plus the costs associated with power line relocation, road opening and land acquisition, shoulder reconstruction and project management. Federal Government funding support of $3.1 million under the Strategic Regional AusLink program and $ million from the State Government have been received towards the project. The council’s contribution for the project has now increased to $714,000 from the original estimate of $320,000. 4305g

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IN A DIML Y lit cellar beneath The Central Cash Stores of Millicent in June, 1891, Roland Campbell worked on producing the town’s first newspaper. Originally from Robe, Roland’s schooling ended by the age of 10 when his father went bankrupt then had a serious accident. At just 11, Roland began managing the family farm at Robe, then continued as a farm labourer around Millicent before becoming a builder, news correspondent for The Border Watch and store keeper. Running his own store, in 1886 Mr Campbell purchased and began repairing an old broken printing press. His first newspaper was bedded down by July 10, 1891, and a single broadsheet began selling the next day. Called The Millicent Times, Mr Campbell wrote in his news column: “O U RSELVES – It has often been expressed that Millicent ought to have a paper. An attempt is now made though in a very small way to carry this expression into effect, and it now remains with the residents of our town and district to say whether it shall be continued.” With less than two news columns, most of the first edition was dedicated to advertising, particularly from his own store. A scathing report soon appeared in The Border Watch, referring to the new newspaper as “Campbell’s Price List”. One year on Mr Campbell wrote: “OUR S ELVE S – With this issue we commence the second year of our existence. During the past year we have endeavoured to do our best for the welfare of the community as a whole, leaving individuals to take care of themselves. We have not pleased everybody, and never expect to. Have had some little abuse heaped on us because we have not chosen to allow our pages to be the vehicle for venting personal spleen.” Mr Campbell had a passion for agriculture and belonged to the Millicent Agricultural Bureau where he once produced jam made from a noxious weed, deadly nightshade.

He was considered an astute businessman, aware of the importance of primary industries and value adding for the wealth creation of his community. In June 1894, Mr Campbell sold The Millicent Times to his brother, Donald, to focus on his farming enterprises. Donald changed the paper’s focus to include more politics, national and international news, but its primary content was information and events of Millicent and its outlying districts. He was elected to State Parliament after selling the paper in 1905 to a local consortium called The South Eastern Producers, who employed a Victorian managing editor, Mr J.C. Harper. The Millicent Times was renamed The South Eastern Times in January, 1906, continuing its coverage of local and regional news as well as politics and national affairs, recording a circulation of 2500. In April, 1906, Mr R.C. Mowbray was employed as managing editor, and acquired the paper in March, 1907. An emphasis on reporting local news continued, correspondents were employed in most regional areas, and everything was considered news. The SE Times celebrated 50 years under Mr Mowbray’s ownership before the reins were passed over to the late Mr R.L. (Bob) and Joan Chewings. Under the ownership of managing editor Michael McRostie and his family, the SE Times celebrated 100 years in 1991. Ironically, The Border Watch, which criticised the first publication, purchased the SE Times on October 31, 2006, under the guidance of its owner, the late Allan Scott AO, who also owned the Penola Pennant. The paper circulates through a wide area including Tantanoola, Kalangadoo, Beachport, Southerport and Robe.

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Beachport Miss Regatta competition in 1967

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October 13, 1997 – Local farmer Mitch Williams wins as an Independent. He rejoined the Liberal Party in 1999

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1977 – Extensions to the National Trust Museum opened

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• Students from Millicent North Primary School recently lent a hand to plant trees at the Millicent Rotary Club’s Centennial Park project. (L to R): Rotarian Alan Thompson, Melanie Abbott, Shaye Watson, Ellie Altschwager, Claire Varcoe, Emily Joiner, Sarah Nieuwenhuizen, Grace Keatley, Emma Pretty, Danielle Hann, Robyn Bateman and Emma Clare.

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MILLICENT Rotary Club had an extra 11 pairs of helping hands from Millicent North Primary School, as they worked on their Centennial Park project. Rotary Club members were joined by teacher Robyn Bateman, and 10 year four and five students to plant new trees and shrubs at the site. Ms Bateman said she and the students were inspired to help the Rotary Club with their project. “All volunteered to help ,” she said. “They had to write a reason why they wanted to be involved, and most listed environmental reasons, and to help build a nice place for people to visit.” The Centennial Park project was started by the Rotary Club in 2003, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005. The long term project is still underway, but has come a long way since the club commenced their task of building

a community parkland from an overgrown block of scrub and trees, four years ago. The majority of the park has now been cleared, apart from several trees of significance, and more than 100 new trees and shrubs have been planted to form an R-shaped roadway through the park, symbolizing the club’s name. The central area has also been seeded to eventually provide a lush grassed area. Rotary secretary, John Chalmers said the club was grateful for the school’s help and they were hoping other groups and organisations may also be able to offer help. “There is still a lot of work to be done. The rest of the surrounds need to be cleared of weeds and foreign plants, and we aim to plant around 500 more native trees, along the outer sections of the park,” he said. Any group or organisation able to offer assistance can contact John on 8733 3691.

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THE MILLICENT Gymnastics Club has reclaimed its title as the best country gymnastics club in the state. After dominating the South Australian Gymnastics Country Championships for eight consecutive years, the Millicent Gymnastics Club last year lost the coveted Champion Club of the Year award to Port Pirie. Spurred on by this, the local club of 40 gymnasts travelled to Adelaide last weekend to regain their title, and did so, with a comprehensive 20 point win over arch rivals, Port Pirie. A total of 255 male and female gymnasts, from nine clubs across the state, competed in the two day event, on June 9 and 10, to contest apparatus, overall and team categories across 18 levels of competition. The first day saw level one and two girls compete in B and C divisions, which for many, was their first experience of a major Adelaide competition. The Millicent team performed well across the four hours of competition, with coaches Sarah Ross, Tanya Krammer, Mel Cozzi and Sam Fensom, pleased with their young charges’ performances. Those taking out overall placings included Monika Nieves (1C) and Tia Taylor (1B), both first overall, and Ashleigh Galwey (1B) third overall, with the level 1B team also taking first overall. The level 2C team finished second overall, and level 2B made a clean sweep of the competition, taking out first place in all four apparatus and overall. These results put Millicent in a competitive position at the close of the first day, before competition continued on Sunday with further great performances. Level three coaches Jasmin Georgeson, Sarah Ross and Sam Fensom were pleased with the results of the level 3C team, with Keah Lynch and Annabel Brooks finishing first and second overall, respectively. As a team, they took out first place on vault, and second on bars, beam, floor and overall. The level four state girls finished first on vault and floor, and second on bars, beam and overall, with Emily Hunter placing second overall individually. The level four national girls also had a good day out, placing second in both bars and floor, and taking out first place on vault, beam and overall. Individually, Emily Rayner and Casey Walker placed first and second overall. Continued on page 2



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Mt Barker, October 1, 1880

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Kate in concert Kate Ceberano belts out a song during her Woodside concert.

By Lisa Pahl

she hadn’t had a crowd that size and that much fun.

Australian songstress Kate Ceberano “Then the Saturday night was even better.” Ceberano’s two concerts were the fourth captivated thousands at two sell-out inMs the winery’s new concert series, billed as concerts at a Woodside winery over the a “more upmarket” Day on the Green style weekend. attraction.

The pop, jazz and soul star performed in front of 3600 guests at Bird in Hand in the winery’s biggest event on its concert series list so far. Ms Ceberano, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said the Friday and Saturday night concerts were among her most memorable performances. Bird in Hand winemaker and executive director Andrew Nugent said the events exceeded his expectations. “We had two sell-out crowds and Kate gave absolutely awesome performances,” he said. “The first night (Friday) Kate said it was the best concert she had done in 15 years, that

On both nights about 1000 guests sat down to a VIP dinner, while 800 general admission guests enjoyed a laid-back bite to eat on the winery’s lawns. The winery will donate $5 from every bottle of wine sold during the nights to Novita Children’s Services. Two more concerts are planned for April. Sarah McLeod, formerly of Adelaide band The Superjesus, will give her first SA performance for five years on April 15, while the next evening Melbourne-based musical theatre ensemble Pot-Pourri will join soprano Greta Bradman (Sir Donald Bradman’s granddaughter) in a concert.




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Classic event revived By Caitlin Carey

State Tourism Minister John Rau and Motor Sport Minister Kevin Foley yesterday announced the annual Classic Targa Adelaide would be held on roads through the Hills, Barossa and Fleurieu Peninsula on September 15-18. The event will be run by sports and event marketing group Octagon, which has 22 years of motor sport experience and manages more than 400 events around the world. Regarded as one of the world’s best open-road motoring events, the Classic Adelaide Rally attracted millions of dollars worth of cars from interstate and overseas including Ferraris, Mercedes and Maseratis. The event began in 1997 and was held every year until promoter




Silverstone Events ran into financial difficulties, owing about

The Hills will host a revamped $1.5m to creditors. The new event will be part of the classic car rally this September, classic series, the Australian Targa replacing the internationally Championship, which includes acclaimed Classic Adelaide prestigious rallies in Tasmania Rally which failed to run last and Victoria. year. A course for the rally has yet to be

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finalised but it will only be open to classic cars – 20 years or older. The event will have some similarities to its predecessor, with both touring and competitive stages and likely road closures. There will be lunch stops each day, and organisers are hoping to put on a “street stage” where cars race on a circular course in a town that will host a “festival afternoon” with bands, food and other attractions. The event is also being held a week before the Bay to Birdwood Classic on September 25, and Mr Rau said such events were “a great addition to SA’s tourism offering”. “They provide valuable media coverage, attract participants from interstate and overseas and provide a spectacle for the public.”

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T HE COU RIE R in Mt Barker was first published as The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser in 1880 by Charles Dumas. Mr Dumas was nicknamed “the wily Frenchman” and, after beginning the paper at the age of 30, went on to become a prominent citizen of SA. In his first editorial he wrote: “In Politics, we shall be liberal; but while advocating to the best of our ability every measure likely to be of benefit to the District, we shall carefully avoid making our Paper the organ or any particular party of clique, and shall always endeavour to discuss questions coming under our notice, in an unbiased and strictly impartial manner, striving for the greatest good to the greatest number possible.” He edited the paper for 50 years, was heavily involved in the local community and became a Member of Parliament in 1898. One of his sons was Sir Lloyd Dumas who followed his father into journalism and was knighted for his lifetime of service to the newspaper industry after many prominent roles including being the managing editor of The Advertiser and later its chairman. Curiously, he never worked at The Courier. The Courier changed hands twice after the death of Mr Dumas in 1935 and was sold to the Marston family, its current owner, in 1952. Since that time a member of the Marston family has been at the helm of The Courier and the paper’s adherence to the philosophy espoused in that first editorial of 1880 has not changed. The paper is currently managed by Norman Marston. The Courier prides itself on reporting the happenings of the district in an even handed manner but at the same time is prepared to fight tooth and nail for the betterment of its community. The circulation area of the Adelaide Hills has changed dramatically over the years and the paper has had to keep pace in order to reflect its new readership.

The region was once widely regarded as the ‘food bowl of Adelaide’ with much of the district heavily involved in dairying, fruit and vegetable production or general farming. There was also a solid manufacturing base with a woollen mill at Lobethal, a tannery in Mt Barker, abattoirs at Mt Barker and Nairne and cheese factories dotted about many of the surrounding towns. All are gone today. The region was thrust, along with many areas of SA, into the international spotlight in 1983 when the Ash Wednesday bushfires tore through the district. A total of 75 lives were lost (47 in Victoria, 28 in SA) and hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed. The Courier has continued to grow with its community. In 2011, the paper completed the installation of a new press line capable of delivering full colour to every 24-page run. It employs 30 full and part-time staff and has become an integral part of the Hills community – much as it was in the 1880s. The Courier has won many newspaper awards. On the national front it won the best newspaper in Australia in 1987, 1988 and 2005. It also took out the Shakespeare Award for editorial excellence in 1990, 1995 and 2005. In 1995 and 1999 it won the Coates Award for excellence in the use of color. It has been a regular winner of Country Press SA Inc, awards, claiming best newspaper (large circulation) in 1963, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009. It has won best advertisement/ad feature nine times since 1991; best photography (news/sport) 11 times since 1979 and excellence in journalism three times – in 1984, 1994 and 2010.

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November 18, 1964 – Debutantes at Mylor Ball

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January 26, 1966 – A diving exhibition at the Mount Barker pool

Frank Teare Marston, purchased paper in 1952

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Students given a fire safety spray

Year 2 Scott Creek Primary School student Makita Dove, left, and Mylor CFS cadet Brin Taylor gave onlookers a spray at a CFS education day at the school on Friday.

Bushfire season seems an eternity away at the start of winter, but one Hills school decided the cool weather was no reason to stop educating students about fire safety. Members of the Ironbank and Bradbury CFS brigades headed to Scott Creek Primary School for an education unit visit last Friday. School parent and Bradbury CFS member Kim Lau co-ordinated the visit, which also attracted Scott Creek old scholar and Mylor CFS cadet Brin Taylor. Younger students were given general fire safety information, including what number to ring in case of a fire, while older students were taught about the role played by the CFS in car accidents, fires and storms. Students also got to have a look at both brigades’ trucks and had a go at spraying the 25mm hoses. Student Makita Dove said she liked operating the hose, and the ‘woosh’ sound the water made as it sprayed – unintentionally onto her classmates and The Courier photographer. Teacher Fiona Byfieldt said students had benefitted from the morning and it was relevant given the school’s location in an extreme risk zone. “None of these kids live in areas that are easy to defend so they definitely need to know about fire safety,” she said.








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is planned to start at the Mt Barker hospital in the financial year 2012/13,” he said. “Plans are also in development to expand the chemotherapy services at the hospital.” Planning is also continuing for a GP Plus centre next to the hospital. ETSA Utilities has revealed it will need two new substations built in the area – one at Mt Barker and another at Nairne. Continued page 3



Government (DPLG) highlighted the projects at a forum held by the council for Government agencies and developers in April, with details of the infrastructure needs posted on the council’s website recently. According to the DPLG, planning is also underway for the upgrading of the Mt Barker hospital. Adelaide Hills Health Service director Nino Di Sisto confirmed works were being planned for the hospital. “A $3.5m upgrade to maternity services


authorities as it prepares a plan to manage the expansion’s impact on the towns. They include a $3.3m new preschool at the Nairne Primary School due to open in February 2012, and a $2m redevelopment of the school itself, scheduled for June 2012. A new $1m disability unit is also The proposed projects have been planned for the Mt Barker Primary flagged with the Mt Barker Council by School for January 2012. The Department for Planning and Local Government departments and other

New school facilities, extra power stations and a hospital upgrade are being planned as the State Government and service providers prepare for more growth in Mt Barker and Nairne.


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Schools, health and power head list of priority projects


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July 31, 1996

February, 1983 – CFS volunteers battle Ash Wednesday blaze

June 10, 1998 – John Wamsley at Warrawong Sanctuary with rare red-necked pademelons

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Pool cool beats street heat

April 27, 2011 – Oakbank action in the Great Eastern Steeplechase

Beating the heat was the No.1 priority for everyone on Sunday and Monday as the temperatures soared into the 40s. Some, like Django Scott-Cowling of Nairne, sought respite at the Mt Barker pool while others, including this koala in Bridgewater, relied on the goodwill of locals to give them some relief from the heat.

‘HEAD IN SAND’ Planning Minister launches scathing attack on Mt Barker Council

By Lisa Pahl

Council calls for plan to be changed ... page 4

and Development Committee (ERDC) hearing at Parliament House last Thursday.

incorrect,” Mr Stuart said. “What we are asking for is eminently reasonable.” Mrs Ferguson said Mr Holloway’s remarks “completely misrepresent” the council’s position on the expansion. “The Minister knows very well that our council has from the start accepted that growth in Mt Barker and Nairne,” she said in a written statement. The war of words follows the council’s appearance at the Environment, Resources

avoid planning for the future”. “If they had spent as much time working toward a positive outcome for the majority of their residents as they have trying to frustrate good planning, Mt Barker would be a far better place,” he said in a statement. He accused the council of “seeking to placate the noisy minority” and had “ignored the longterm interests of the thousands of people who have already moved into the district”. Continued page 4

The council told the committee, which is the The Mt Barker Council is “antagonistic” final body to consider the plan, that major and “trying to frustrate good planning” changes were needed to the plan and, if they by objecting to the State Government’s “Any suggestion that the council is sticking were not made, it should be scuttled. rezoning of 1300ha, according to the man its head in the sand or is not prepared to work Mr Holloway said the council’s arguments responsible for the growth plan. with his determination (to rezone the land) is at the hearing were “yet another attempt ... to

Planning Minister Paul Holloway hit out at the council, saying its objections to the plan at a Parliamentary hearing last week were “disappointing but not entirely unexpected”. The council was putting “it’s head in the sand” and that growth in the region was inevitable, he said. The attack provoked an angry response from council chief executive Andrew Stuart and Mayor Ann Ferguson yesterday. Mr Stuart said he was “mystified” at Mr Holloway’s criticism.











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The Courier manager, Norm Marston (left) and editor Ian Osterman

August 31, 2005 – Local and Australian cricket hero Shaun Tait

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November 7, 2001 – Australian Democrats Leader John Coulter announces his resignation

January 24, 2001 – An Aldgate CFS volunteers puts all his weight into trying to open a fire hydrant point. A survey found 25 per cent could not be opened in the district

February, 1983 – A CFS volunteer rescues a goat during the Ash Wednesday blaze

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EXCLUSIVE WOOLWORTHS Limited will begin work this month on its new $80m Mount Gambier shopping complex on the northern gateway.

The company - which is building the largest shopping centre in the history of the region has also renewed its long-term commitment to the city despite forestry-related issues dominating the media. In a sign of optimism for the South East, the company foreshadowed that it planned to operate its Big W store in Mount Gambier for the next “40 to 50 years”. Woolworths senior development manager Nigel Smith said the retail complex would transform Mount Gambier into a

major regional shopping destination and inject millions of dollars into the local economy. He said the Penola Road shopping complex would boast a Big W, supermarket and the company’s new hardware concept store, which would be the three anchor tenants at the sprawling retail complex. Woolworths has begun to roll out the new hardware stores across the country in its attempt to go head to head with market heavyweight Bunnings Warehouse.

Mr Smith said even Warrnambool in Victoria did not have planning approvals for a Big W, which was further evidence of the company’s enthusiasm for the city’s retail landscape. “It is an $80m investment into Mount Gambier and we have a lot of confidence in the region,” said Mr Smith, who explained the company was not deterred by any forestry related issues in the region. Continued page 4

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T HE B O RDE R WATCH was first published April 26, 1861. Its first owner, manager and editor was Janet Laurie who left Portland some months earlier with her two sons, Andrew 17, and James 15, to establish the new Mount Gambier newspaper. They had left Portland by bullock train, carrying a Columbian Press, handset type cases and a will to succeed. The Laurie family hailed from the Scottish counties of Selkirk, Roxburgh and Northumberland, near the Scottish-English border. Because of the similarities between the Mount Gambier region and their former homeland and the fact it was also near a border they decided to call their newspaper The Border Watch. A Scottish newspaper near Janet’s home town was called The Border Watchman and this was shortened to provide the name of The Border Watch. In 1863, John Watson, who also came from Scotland, was working as a school teacher in Naracoorte and was approached by Janet Laurie to become a partner in the paper and its new editor. For the next 116 years the newspaper had the prefix of Laurie and Watson on its masthead. After a short time, Janet returned to live at Bridgewater and her elder son, Andrew, and John Watson became owners. Watson had a colourful and coveted career, serving as editor for 62 years until his death at 91 in 1925. For a time he held the world record, in the Guinness Book of Records, as the longest-serving newspaper editor. He was also Mount Gambier’s first mayor in 1876 when it became a municipality. He also served a second term in 1900. In 1925, John R Watson took over as editor, a position he held until 1941, meaning the two members of the Watson family had held the editorship position for 78 years.

Andrew Laurie’s son, Clarrie, took over as editor in 1941 and held that post until Stewart Kieselbach was appointed in 1955. When Clarrie died in 1958 he ended the 97-year association the Laurie family had with The Border Watch. Reg Watson took over ownership and ran the newspaper until 1977 when he sold it to South East Telecasters, whose major shareholder was Allan Scott. Interestingly the Watson and Laurie families held numerous positions with various organisations in Mount Gambier, including the Chamber of Commerce. Allan Scott took over as sole owner when he sold the television arm of the company to WIN TV in 1999. Following Allan’s death in 2008 the newspaper is now owned by daughter, Zena Winser, and son, Ray Scott. The Border Watch has twice been judged South Australia’s newspaper of the year with a circulation of more than 6000 – the first in 2004 and the second in 2010. As SA’s largest regional newspaper it is the only newspaper to be published four times a week. For 150 years the newspaper can proudly claim it has remained under local ownership throughout that period. Throughout its history The Border Watch has regarded itself as the “community watchdog” and has covered every organisation in Mount Gambier at some point during the last 150 years. Today, under manager Tim Lewis, it remains possibly the fourth oldest business still running under its original name in Mount Gambier. It is understood the Mount Gambier Hotel is the oldest such business (1847), second is the Federal Hotel, formerly the Farmer’s Inn (1856) and third is the South Australian Hotel (1860).

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John Watson – editor for 62 years

Janet Laurie – founded The Border Watch with her two teenage sons

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March 13, 1937 – A car is hauled from the depths of the Blue Lake

April 6, 1968 – Valerie Taylor dives in Piccaninnie Ponds

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August 16, 1960 – John Tremelling aims for the Olympics

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Allan Scott

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Allan Scott, pioneer, truckie, self-made man BY GRAHAM GREENWOOD


LLAN Scott AO, was one of a kind. A self-made man, he was a legend in the trucking industry, a fearless leader and decision-maker who rarely took a backward step. Allan Scott, who died this week aged 85, was a typical knockabout Aussie bloke, who was as much at home watching the footy, having a beer with his friends, telling or listening to a good joke, as he was making decisions for his multi-million dollar business interests. Some say he was one of a kind in the trucking world because of his amazing hands-on approach to business but despite his amazing success and wealth he rated himself simply as a “truckie” and an “ordinary bloke”. On the way to the top, his determined, relentless and tough negotiating style made some enemies. But he also won the respect of many business associates and staff, for his loyalty, honesty and generosity. He was a risk-taker, but an achiever and no matter what

the crisis, no matter what the challenge, Allan Scott was never backward when it came to making the tough decisions. He was a loyal man – loyal to his family, wife Grace, his late wife Margaret, daughters Robyn, Zena, Julie and son Ray, friends and staff, and also to Mount Gambier. It was his home, it was where he started his transport business, where he built his empire, where he brought up his family and lived for more than half a century He ran two transport companies – Scott Group of Companies and K&S Corporation – from headquarters in Mount Gambier. Allan Scott built a trucking and business dynasty and became one of South Australia’s richest men and among the top 100 in Australia. For many years the Scott Group of Companies was South Australia’s largest privately owned company, employing more than 3000 people. Allan Scott and his business entities were the major shareholder in the publicly listed K&S Corporation Limited, with more than a 65pc shareholding and held a major shareholding

❐ Allan Scott with long-time friend Bob Long during their joint presidency of East Gambier Football Club in 1984. The Bulldogs were led by Allan Scott as President in 1967-68-69 and again in 1971-72. in Heggie’s Bulkhaul Ltd (now known as Scott Corporation). Other wide-ranging business interests included transport, motor dealership, media, property holdings in several states, bloodstock (horse racing),

It started in the army ALLAN Scott’s association with trucks and the Australian trucking industry began during his service with the Australian Army in New Guinea. He put up his age from 17 to 18 so he could join the army and later saw active service against the Japanese in New Guinea. On one occasion his regiment was moving trucks, heavy equipment and artillery, through the rough terrain of New Guinea when they came upon a narrow railway bridge, high across a river. After the sergeant called for volunteers to drive the equipment across the bridge – only one stepped forward – Allan Scott.

hotels and restaurants, farm and land development and various shareholding interests, conservatively putting Allan Scott’s worth between $600 and $800 million, depending on the market value of his businesses, at any given time.

He resisted attempts to move his headquarters to capital cities, often saying, “with today’s telecommunication networks, it is just as easy to run the businesses from Mount Gambier. Why would I move?”

to complete the task and on each crossing the tyres of the transports, carrying the heavy equipment, were only inches from the edge of a bridge, 30 metres above the river. His driving efforts won praise from his superiors and it began an association with trucks that continued for more than 60 years.

❐ Portrait of Allan Scott just after he joined the army in 1940.

With amazing skill, one by one he carefully drove the trucks across the narrow bridge of about 50 metres. It took more than half a day

Following the end of the Second World War Allan Scott returned home to Milang in South Australia and started a small transport business. In those early days Allan Scott hauled the famous Hills hoist clothes lines from Adelaide to Sydney, returning with another Australian icon, the Women’s Weekly magazines. It also began a long association he was to have in the fuel business when he took over the agency for Golden Fleece.

❐ A Commer and two International trucks at the Wehl Street depot in the early 1950’s.

When Allan Scott sold his Milang business, it opened up an opportunity to start his longterm association in the trucking business in Mount Gambier.

❐ ABOVE: Scott Group of Companies chief executive officer Bruce Grubb (left) and chairman Allan Scott inspect a fleet of prime movers at Scott Corporation’s newly relocated Wollongong branch. Scott Corporation was formerly known as Heggies Bulkhaul Ltd. ❐ LEFT: Ray Scott sits on the front of one of the Scott fleet in the North Terrace depot in the early 1960s. The Border Watch, Friday, October 31, 2008 - 25

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Tragedy: A 29-year-old Brinkley man has died after a tragic accident near Murray Bridge on Thursday.

2011 Murray Mallee road toll January 13 - 5-year-old girl dies when a car hits a tree on the Princes Highway near Callington January 17 - 57-year-old man dies when a car hits a tree on the Mallee Highway near Sherlock February 19 - 42-year-old female woman dies in a head-on collision on the Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek February 28 - 46-year-old man dies in an accident between a car and a B-double on the Mallee Highway, Peake

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THE death of a 29-year-old Brinkley man in Murray Bridge on Thursday has taken the death toll on South Australian roads to 36. The accident happened at about 6am when the man was thrown from his Kawasaki motorcycle in a collision with a Holden Commodore at the intersection of Martin and Brinkley roads. Police said the 61-year-old male Commodore driver, from Murray Bridge, was not injured in the collision. The death was the fourth in the Murray Mallee since Sunday and the ninth since January. While the State’s road toll has yet to reach last year’s total of 45, police say they will be out in force during the five-day Easter holiday weekend. The RAA has warned people to be aware of the dangers on the road, especially leading into the long weekend. RAA managing director Ian Stone said 30 per cent of all crashes on South Australian roads were caused by fatigue, which, on average, resulted in 18 fatalities and 142 injuries each year. “Make no mistake, tiredness is a killer on our roads,” he said. “Research has shown that being awake for 17 hours straight produces the same level of driving impairment as a blood alcohol level content of 0.05 and doubles your risk of being involved in a crash. “Fatigue severely affects reaction times, concentration and decision making skills that are critical for being able to drive a vehicle safely. “The drive now, sleep later, attitude is incredibly dangerous - not just to the tired driver but to all road users.” Volunteer groups will also be out in force, giving up their holidays to operate 17 Driver Reviver sites across the State during the long weekend. - Details: Major crash investigators are asking for anyone who witnessed the accident in Murray Bridge on Thursday to contact BankSA Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.sa. crimestoppers.com.au.

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Printing Office, in Bridge Street, Murray Bridge, and established The Murray Valley Standard. Mr Parish was a former Member for Murray in State Parliament and served as the first Mayor of the Corporation of Murray Bridge. On November 23, 1934, The Murray Valley Standard first hit the street, giving the region its own voice. The paper was printed using a flatbed hand-fed Wharfdale press, which printed four tabloid pages at a time. The first print run of 400 copies was snapped up by readers, and by the end of the first year circulation had risen to 1000. Mr Parish remained the proprietor until the unexpected sale of the business to the then current editor, Frank Hambidge, in 1950. Mr Hambidge had been the paper’s first editor from 1934 to 1941 before joining the Armed Forces and then the Burnie Advocate in Tasmania. A cylinder Heidelberg press was purchased and installed in 1955, allowing the capability to print 4000 impressions per hour. By 1965, Mr Hambidge realised the business needed larger premises and relocated the newspaper and press to a property on Seventh Street. A couple of years later, following 17 years at the helm, Mr Hambidge handed the reins to his son, Michael, in 1967. Frank and Michael both served as president of Country Press SA Inc. and were also made life members for their work. In 1972, the paper’s popularity and demand grew, leading to The Murray Valley Standard becoming a bi-weekly, printed on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. This lasted only one year because of the threat of a possible shortage of newsprint. The following year, Bridge Printing Office purchased a two-unit Goss Community web offset press that was capable of printing 16 pages at a rate of more than 16,000 copies an hour. About three tonnes of paper was used


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a week, printing the Standard and two other newspapers. In 1981, The Murray Valley Standard went to a bi-weekly for a second time. As the number of printed publications at Bridge Printing Office increased, the press outgrew the Seventh Street factory, forcing a move to larger premises on Mannum Road in 1984. Then, in 1988, Mike Hambidge and his wife, Dorothy, sold the business, with The Murray Valley Standard becoming the first regional newspaper in country South Australia, other than the Stock Journal, to be owned by Rural Press Limited. As more newspapers requested the printing services of Bridge Printing Office, additional web offset units were added to the original press until the company ran out of room again. After much planning, the current Adelaide Road site was opened in 2006 and now, under manager Trevor Channon, who is also president of Country Press SA Inc., prints 90 different mastheads including the Australian Financial Review, five bi-weekly papers, 21 weekly papers and a range of fortnightly and monthly publications. The site is now highly regarded in the print industry for its size, technology and capabilities. In 2006, The Murray Valley Standard also became the first newspaper in the State to print full colour on every page. The Murray Valley Standard has won numerous Country Press SA Inc. awards, including the best newspaper (circulation 2500-6000) seven times since 2004. Over the years The Murray Valley Standard may have undergone literary and cosmetic changes, but in no way has it changed its obligation to the community. It has survived because of the strength of the people and districts it serves.

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community Ben is going ahead in leaps and bounds

By Ben Brennan TWENTY-FIVE years ago a Murray Bridge couple were thrilled at the arrival of a bouncing baby boy. Now, twenty-five years later, their boy is still bouncing. He is Ben Wilden, a trampolinist who has jumped and flipped his way from Murray Bridge to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. And now he’s planning to join the circus. The son of Helen and Barry Wilden, Ben was a keen gymnast from a young age thanks, in the first instance, to his father’s purchase of a trampoline. “Dad was a phys-ed teacher and when he left the school he bought the trampoline,” Ben said. “He taught me and my brother a few basic tricks in the backyard. “When I was around six or seven - or maybe a bit older than that - I did some classes with the Murray Bridge gymnastics club and learnt a few more skills from Geoff Smith out there.” Ben’s love for the trampoline continued to grow after he saw an ad for a trampoline night during a visit to the Blackwood Recreation Centre. “I went along and from there on in I loved it,” he said. “It went from one night a week, to two and before long I was training in town (Adelaide) every day.” His parents diligently ferried the young man back and forth from Adelaide to keep up his training. Nowadays, Ben still lives in Murray Bridge and still makes the daily commute himself. The commute isn’t too bad, he said, but that has not taken away from the appreciation he has for his parents’ efforts in those early years. “Mum and Dad were brilliant,” Ben said. “Their level of support was beyond anything I would expect. “They really spent a crapload of money just for me to jump on a trampoline.” Their dedication paid off though. After years of training, successful campaigns at state, national and world championships, Ben Wilden found himself on a plane bound for Beijing with the rest of the Australian Olympic team. “It was amazing from the moment we first got onto the plane and everyone was wearing the same uniform,” he said. “In the past I’d just travelled with the gynastics team but now there were divers and archers and world famous people there - and now I’m one of them.” The young Olympian’s awe continued all the way into the athlete’s village and, looking back, he thinks it went a bit too far. Struck with a bad case of nerves during his first heat, he failed to live up to his expectations. The lights, the crowd and the noise were like nothing he had experienced before.

Dedicated: Murray Bridge elite athlete Ben Wilden is jumping to new heights in his career as he is set to join Cirque Du Soleil. “The crowd just sent shivers down your spine,” he said. “I was kicking myself in the butt over the first routine. “But I went out the second time with nothing to lose and said to myself “I’m going to do the best routine I’ve ever done or fall off trying”.” He posted a personal best. It was disappointing in a way - Ben said if he had performed in the first routine the way he did in the second he would have made it into the finals. But, he has just chalked it up as a learning experience.

Unfortunately for Murray Bridge gymnastics fans, there is likely to be a long wait before they next see Ben Wilden jumping on the Olympic stage. He has run away to join the circus. Ben said he has written off the 2012 London Olympics as he now devotes all of his time and effort to his new gig with the internationally renowned Cirque Du Soleil. He is currently in training with the troupe and hopes the experience of performing under lights and in front of crowds will help overcome those nerves when he begins working towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

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12 - Murray Bridge and District Historical Society, monthly meeting, 1.30pm, train control building, Railway Reserve, Murray Bridge, new members welcome, contact 8532 2669. 12, 19, 26 - Paint and palette class, bring paints and paper, $5, Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Tce, Murray Bridge, phone 8531 1799. 13, 20, 27 - Alcoholics Anonymous, weekly meetings, Red Cross building, 4 Second St, Murray Bridge, 8pm, contact Roman 8532 4839 or Alan 8572 7075. 13, 20, 27 - Connections Café, tea, coffee, cakes, Salvation Army, Fourth St, Murray Bridge, 10am-1pm, contact Bill or Audrey, 8569 7273, 0418 891 745. 13, 20, 27 - Murray Bridge Social Dance Group, Concordia Hall, Murray Bridge, learners 6.457.30pm, social dancing 7.30-10.30pm, contact Barry 0429 813 556 or Jenny 8531 2290. 13, 20, 27 - Literacy and numeracy class, 1-3pm, $5, Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Tce, Murray Bridge, phone 8531 1799. 14 - Cancer Council Murray Bridge Branch meeting, Murray Mallee Community Health Services complex, next to hospital, meeting room 10, 6.30pm, contact Di Bolt on 8532 5340. 14, 21, 28 - Creative writing group, 10am to 12.30pm, $5, Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Tce, Murray Bridge, phone 8531 1799. 15, 22, 29 - Lower Murray Justice's Group, Justice of the Peace Daily Room Service, witnessing documents, each Friday, Local Government Office, Murray Bridge, 2-4pm, contact 8572 3730 or 0417 837 641. 16 - Mind, Body and Spirit, Tailem Bend town hall, 10am to 4pm, natural therapies, demonstrations, children's activities, entertainment and more, $2 or donate a blanket for homeless, contact Lix on 8572 3513. 16 – Womens and Childrens Hospital Jervois auxiliary dance, Alan Delacey music, Jervois hall, 8pm12am, Lorraine 8572 3335. 16 – Murray Bridge Calisthenics Club sausage sizzle, Bunnings Warehouse, 9am-4pm, contact Nicky 0428 819 125. 17 – Murray Bridge Country Music Club, dancing, lunch, raffle, trading table, band Tiffney Stroh and the Black Hats, $5 members, $7 non-members, Imperial Football Clubrooms 11am-4pm, contact Brian 8569 1698 or 0422 620 819. 18 - Community lunches, 2-course, $4.50, Murray Bridge Community Centre, 18 Beatty Tce, Murray Bridge, phone 8531 1799. 18 - Murray Bridge CWA night branch, 25 Florence St, Murray Bridge, 7pm, craft, skin & hair care, recipes, beading etc, contact Denice on 8532 2991. 19 - Silent Ripples support group for families and friends who are left behind by victims of suicide, 68pm, Centacare office, 55 Adelaide Road, Murray Bridge, contact Cathy or Trevor on 8531 8888. 19, 26 - Bridge Patches and Quilters day patchwork, 9am-3pm, guild rooms, Jose St, Murray Bridge, contact Julie 8572 3716. 20 - Mental Health Week, guest speaker Noelene Brown, MB town hall, 11am-3pm, free, music, dancing, tai chi demo, massages, giveaways etc, contact Cathy Smith, Centacare, 8531 8888. 20 - Murray Bridge Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7.30pm, Our Wellbeing Place, 108 Swanport Rd, Murray Bridge, contact Ron Lehmann 8532 3277. 21 – Carers SA River Murray & Mallee, carers week celebration, luncheon, MB Community Club, Sturt Reserve, 12noon, RSVP 1800 806 580 by Oct 18. 23 - Chapman Bore Centenary Ball, Chapman Bore hall, 8pm-12am, belle, beau and matrol of the ball, 2XL band, pooled supper, $7, contact Peggy Bennett 8532 3429. 24 - Murray Bridge Orchid Club meeting, 1.45pm, Johnstone Park Clubrooms, Adelaide Road, presentation on dendriobiums. To submit your community diary date, e-mail editor.mvstandard@ruralpress.com, fax 8531 3601 or phone 8532 8000. Deadline is 12pm on Thursday prior to publication.


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A BRIGHTLY upgraded children’s ward at the Naracoorte Hospital has been dedicated to much-loved SE community member Dr John Martin.

A feeling of respect and admiration for the late Dr Martin was prominent through the crowd of about 100 people who attended the ward’s official opening at Naracoorte Hospital on Monday. The Dr John Martin Children’s Ward is a fully re-carpeted, refurbished ward with new beds, colourful bed covers, cupboards, bright privacy curtains, new tiled balcony area and an adjoining bath and shower room. The upgrades are worth over $35,000 and took about 12 months to complete. Visiting associate professor for Neonatal Medicine at the

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Ross Haslam said the ward’s dedication to Dr Martin was a “fitting tribute” to the beloved local doctor, colleague and friend to many. “What a fitting way to honour a man so respected and I dare say many among the crowd here today owe your health, if not your life to him,” he said to the crowd of supporters. Dr Haslam spoke about Dr Martin’s dedication as a muchrespected paediatrician who was responsible for the introduction of pioneering technologies in neonatal medicine in SA which today are standard practice. Dr Martin was based as a paediatrician in Naracoorte from 1976 to 2000, servicing the wider SE community. For many years he was the only resident paediatrician outside the metropolitan area.

“How lucky was the SE to have a pioneer in newborn medicine, Naracoorte was the only town in SA with a paediatrician, how fortunate were the babies and children of the SE,” Dr Haslam said. “John Martin was an extraordinary man who will be forever admired, what more fitting a memorial, who more appropriate and deserving and what greater way to preserve his name and work.” Upper SE area health services director Eric Schmerl said before the upgrades, the ward was “quite dilapidated”. Bequests of $2760 were used as the seed funding for the project with other key contributions of about $10,000 of funds raised at the Rural Women’s Gathering held in Naracoorte in 2005, another $8000 from the trustees of the Naracoorte Aquatic and Leisure Centre, and Radio 5SE’s “Give

Me 5 for Kids” contributed $7000. The balance was provided by other smaller but still important donations topped up by hospital funds. The majority of planning for the upgrades were completed through a collaborative effort between NAHAC members Angela Malpas and Georgie McInnes and Naracoorte Health Service director of nursing Pam Schubert. “We’re really happy with the area (and) we’re thrilled that it recognises one of the very accomplished doctors who lived and worked in the SE,” Mr Schmerl said. The plaque to commemorate Dr Martin will be placed at the entrance of the ward. Dr Martin died on August 10, 2008 after an inspirational battle against motor neurone disease. • CONTINUED – 7

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T HE N ARACO ORT E HERA LD was first published in 1875, but had only been up and running for a relatively short time before it was put out of business. The Herald was initially a subsidiary of the Mount Gambier-based Border Watch, and was put together in a former National Bank building facing Ormerod St by Border Watch staff Messers Mather and Caldwell. Before long, Mather went into partnership with George Ash, who was a fearless reporter and became an outspoken editor. His writings were not always appreciated by their subjects – his readers, and in 1889 a sustained editorial attack on Mr Hutchison of Morambro, who remained a JP despite being found guilty of “dummying”, and who erected a fence and gate across the main road to Bordertown – which unfuriated Ash – resulted in a lawsuit against the newspaper. The case, which created an enormous amount of interest in Adelaide and the local press, was decided against the newspaper and damages of 250 pounds plus costs were awarded, which, combined with expensive legal bills, forced the firm to close down. Archibald Caldwell then bought the paper and continued as proprietor, in partnership with his brother Dugald, until his death in 1942 In 1907, new premises were built for the paper on the Smith St site where the paper continues to be produced today. Jim Thomson had been manager since Mr Caldwell’s death, and he bought the Herald in 1948. In 1955 photographs first started to appear in the paper. In 1958, Harry Peake, who had been running the Mount Barker Courier, bought the business and installed machinery which at the time made the Herald the most up-to-date provincial newspaper of the time. He expanded the premises to include a sales department in 1965.

Mr Peake had a distinguished career in newspapers, being made an OBE in 1968 for his “service to the Country Press of Australia and the community.” He received his OBE from the Deputy Governor, Sir Mellis Napier. In an article for Through Our Eyes, Mr Peake says the future of country newspapers is assured because country people are interested in their community, the deliberations of their local government and the activities of their neighbours. In 1979, his son Richard Peake bought the business, and many more major changes happened rapidly in the ensuing years as computers and other technology became more commonplace. Changes included a large-scale renovation of the Smith St premises, the introduction and constant upgrading of computer systems and equipment, out-sourcing of printing operations to Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier, and finally the sale of the Herald – as well as the Kingston-based Coastal Leader and Bordertown-based Border Chronicle, which Richard Peake had also acquired in the years after buying the Herald – to Fairfax Media in September, 2010. Mr Peake spent 31 years as editor and managing director after his father had held the roles for 21 years. Continuing something of a family tradition, Richard Peake’s nephew, Lee Curnow, took the role of Herald editor when Fairfax took ownership of the paper on October 1, 2010. The Naracoorte Herald’s primary circulation area includes Naracoorte town and district, the farming areas of Lucindale and district, the major wine areas of Penola and Coonawarra, Padthaway and surrounds. It also circulates in the Victorian Border districts.

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Padthaway farmer Tony Mackereth in one of his bean crops as the torrential rain halted for a moment yesterday morning. FARMERS are rejoicing in the incredible amount of rain the region has had over the past week - but too much more might turn their mood. Padthaway farmer Tony Mackereth was this week revelling in the rain, despite the wet condi-

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tions holding up his post emergent spraying program and the last mobs ready for lamb marking. With over 40mm already falling by Tuesday this week, another 10mm expected yesterday and more for the rest of the week, Padthaway is well on its way to eclipsing the annual average of 525mm. Tony’s season so far has been very successful due to the amount of rain the region had over the summer and through the autumn months. Fortunately, the unusual weather in May allowed him time to get the seeding started and keep to his timetable. “May was really dry but because of the wet summer it was OK, having that month (May) allowed us get the crops in. If it had been a wet May it would have been really hard to get everything in.”

Tony and his staff have been working long hours over the past few months to get the seeding completed and that hard work has paid off. “All the crops are pretty much all up and looking really good. “We had a few establishing problems with the mice and snails, I’ve had to use mice bait for the first time ever this year. “I hate to think how much has been spent on snail bait as well.” In previous years Tony has relied on the dry heat in summer for the snails to disappear but due to the wet summer the snails haven’t left. “We had to burn stubbles in some crops to get rid of them, we burnt three or four paddocks where I don’t normally burn anything, equivalent of 1500 acres of land. “We just didn’t get our usual opportunities to control them in a

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dry summer like previous years.” Tony also runs about 3000 ewes on his land and is very pleased with the lambing season so far. “It’s been fantastic this season, due to the mild May we had, it has been a good mating season for them.” The rain has also been great for the sheep feed, but although there have been so many positives, it’s getting to the point where it’s enough. Tony is happy with the amount of rain fallen and has concerns that there may be too much coming due to the weather forecast expecting rain in the region over the rest of the week. “The constant rain makes it hard to get out and do things,” he said. The rain is also frustrating for Tony’s new stock manager Pete Mehlhopt from New Zealand, but there is little that can be done

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edition edition of of Penola’s Penola’s newspaper newspaper on on July July 25, 25, 1946. 1946. After lack of communication from Mount After lack of communication from Mount Gambier Gambier and and Naracoorte was evident, Mr W. Erwin Thiele saw Naracoorte was evident, Mr W. Erwin Thiele saw the the opening opening to to start start aa newspaper newspaper to to service service the the town town and and local local areas. areas. The The first first edition edition carried carried aa lead lead on on plans plans to to upgrade upgrade Penola’s Penola’s Memorial Memorial Hospital, Hospital, with with the the heading heading “Proposed “Proposed New New Building Building To To Be Be Modern Modern and and Well Well Appointed.” Appointed.” Unlike Unlike aa lot lot of of papers papers which which carried carried aa Page Page 1 1 editorial editorial or or message for readers in their first edition, The Pennant delivereda a message for readers in their first edition, The Pennant delivered low-key low-key message message on on Page Page 4 4 under under the the heading: heading: “Our “Our First First Issue.” Issue.” The message said: “This copy of ‘The Pennant’ comes The message said: “This copy of ‘The Pennant’ comes to to you you with with the the compliments compliments of of the the Editor. Editor. You You will will notice notice the the spread spread of of district district news news –– all all the the matters matters in in which which you you are are naturally naturally interested. interested. “The “The subscription subscription is is only only 12/12/- aa year, year, posted posted to to any any address address in in Australia…And Australia…And you you feel feel you you have have the the news, news, the the markets markets and and all all announcements announcements of of importance importance when when ‘The ‘The Pennant’ Pennant’ is is coming coming to to you each week. you each week. “It “It is is people people like like you you we we want want on on our our list, list, and and apart apart from from the regular news, there are many items that mean the regular news, there are many items that mean big big savings savings –– the the bargain bargain obtained obtained through through the the columns columns of of little little Cash Cash Advertisements; Advertisements; or or the the fine fine avoided avoided by by your your being being reminded reminded that that some some licence licence is is due due for for renewal. renewal. “You “You receive receive more more than than aa news news service service with with your your ‘Pennant.’” ‘Pennant.’” Mr Mr Thiele’s Thiele’s message message to to readers readers continued continued with with aa strong strong push push for for locals to subscribe. “Assure yourself that this journal will reach locals to subscribe. “Assure yourself that this journal will reach you you regularly, regularly, by by ordering ordering your your copy copy now now –– direct direct from from this this office office or or through your local newsagent,” it said. through your local newsagent,” it said. “Every “Every endeavour endeavour has has been been made made to to ensure ensure aa copy copy entering entering every every home in Penola and district but if, inadvertently someone home in Penola and district but if, inadvertently someone has has been been omitted, omitted, we we would would be be glad glad to to supply supply aa copy copy on on their their advice.” advice.” Mr Thiele’s message concluded: “We regret the delayed

appearance ofmessage this issueconcluded: but thank “We thoseregret who assisted us in helping Mr Thiele’s the delayed to overcome some of the unexpected troubles which are probably appearance of this issue but thank those who assisted us in helping incidental to a debut of this description.” to overcome some of the unexpected troubles which are probably It was as to important then it is now that newspaper editors incidental a debut of thisasdescription.” have the freedom and courage tonow writethat about local matters. It was as important then as it is newspaper editorsNew Zealander Kenneth Victor Dohnt, who took the paper in 1950 have the freedom and courage to write aboutover local matters. New and ran it until his death 1971, was such Zealander Kenneth VictorinDohnt, whoone took overeditor. the paper in 1950 Mrran Dohnt played an important as owner editor - being and it until his death in 1971, role was one such and editor. critical whenplayed necessary, as well as giving theeditor district Mr Dohnt an important role aspraise, owner to and - being council. He was known locally as a man who worked tirelessly critical when necessary, as well as giving praise, to the district for the Penola Club and generally was who a person whotirelessly becamefor council. HeGolf was known locally as a man worked involved in community affairs. the Penola Golf Club and generally was a person who became Long-time employee and local Lyle Shurdington took over involved in community affairs. the paper in 1971, ahead of selling it to South East Telecasters, Long-time employee and local Lyle Shurdington took over publishers of1971, Mount Gambier’s TheitBorder Watch, in October, the paper in ahead of selling to South East Telecasters, 1978. Localofbusinessman, Allan The Scott AO, was a major shareholder publishers Mount Gambier’s Border Watch, in October, 1978. in South East Telecasters. Local businessman, Allan Scott AO, was a major shareholder in Today, under manager, Tim Lewis, and editor, Jason Wallace, South East Telecasters. staff of The Border WatchTim deliver Theand Pennant the Penola Today, under manager, Lewis, editor,toJason Wallace, and district community and an advertising and editorial staff of The Border Watch deliver The Pennant to the Penolaoffice and is maintained in the town. The paper, owned by the Scott Group district community and an advertising and editorial office is of Companies, circulates though the Penola maintained in the town. The paper, owneddistrict, by the Kalangadoo, Scott Group of Nangwarry, Comaum, Monbulla and Kalangadoo, Maaoupe. Companies,Coonawarra, circulates though the Penola district, Over recent years, Penola and theMonbulla neighbouring wine region of Nangwarry, Coonawarra, Comaum, and Maaoupe. Coonawarra has continued generate significant stories, from of the Over recent years, Penolato and the neighbouring wine region celebrations of the canonisation of Mary MacKillop just weeks after Coonawarra has continued to generate significant stories, from the acelebrations tornado ripped the town, through to ongoing successes of thethrough canonisation of Mary MacKillop just weeks after for the wine industry as the area’s reputation grows internationally a tornado ripped through the town, through to ongoing successes as prime producer and other varieties. forathe wine industryof ascabernet the area’ssauvignon reputation grows internationally as a prime producer of cabernet sauvignon and other varieties.

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September 20, 1973 – Prominent citizen Alf Donnelly says farewell

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Teen charged with unlicenced driving A BOY was pulled over and charged in Penola for driving a vehicle while never having held a licence on Monday. Penola police patrols said the 15-year-old youth was charged with two counts and will appear before Mount Gambier Magistrates Court at a later date.

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COMPILING A MUST-SEE LIST: Penola Caravan Park manager Albert Johnson discusses some local attractions and must-see wineries in the Penola/Coonawarra region with visitor Terry Morris from Broken Hill.

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THE holiday season has been hectic, with many tourists venturing through Penola and Coonawarra, soaking up the area’s rich history, unique features, fantastic food and wine and friendly atmosphere. The first stop on the itinerary for many visitors is the Penola Coonawarra Information Centre, which has observed an increased interest in Saint Mary MacKillop, with people travelling to the region to participate in the newlyestablished trail and learn about her life. A spokesperson at the centre said there had been a 52pc increase in visitor numbers in 2010, compared to 2009, marking a great step forward for the township. The Penola Caravan Park has also seen an increase in the amount of visitors it has accommodated this season, however park

manager Albert Johnson does not believe it is entirely due to the hype surrounding the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. “As far as tourism goes, I think it’s picked up slightly, but personally I don’t think it’s been quite as busy as people were expecting it to be with Mary MacKillop,” he said. “I think there are a lot of things to bring people to Penola, including the wineries and nice cafes and now on top of all that we have Mary MacKillop. “A few people have been grabbing brochures about Mary MacKillop though.” Mr Johnson has had a wide variety of colourful characters pass through the caravan park, including people from all over Australia and international visitors. “People often ask about where to eat and about various tourist attractions, but the wineries are by far the most popular attraction asked about,” he said. “We stock a few brochures and I try to encourage people to see there’s a reason to stay in Penola, but I generally refer people to the visitor information centre.”

Rymill Coonawarra’s cellar door has also recorded an increase in its visitor numbers, being about 400 up on last year, with many coming from Victoria and Adelaide, as well as some international visitors. Cellar door manager Anna Skeer said a lot of people stayed at the beach this time of year and she saw a lot of people coming through Coonawarra and Penola on day trips from Beachport, Southend and Robe. “We get a diverse range of people stopping in, from international visitors, families, couples and young people who want to learn about wine to seasoned wine drinkers who make Coonawarra a regular pit stop,” she said. “I would say about a third of our visitors are people who are staying in Penola and travel through Coonawarra visiting the wineries as a day trip. “Another third would be people staying somewhere in the Limestone Coast while the remaining third would be people who are just passing through - often from Melbourne to Adelaide.”

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JULY 31, 2010 - this is a date that will live in the hearts of the people of Penola for the rest of their lives. It was the day the township, as we knew it, was changed and the day when a new chapter in the town’s history was written. At 5.30pm on Saturday evening, Penola endured a period of extreme weather - described as a mini tornado - that caused widespread destruction and millions of dollars worth of damage to businesses, homes and community clubs. Homes, businesses, trees and community buildings along a three kilometre stretch were hit with the full wrath of the wild weather. Although it did not last long, the tornado damaged 60 structures, including 40 homes. The damage ranged from windows and walls being blown out, to partial and total roof collapse. About half of Penola’s business

community was also affected. True Value Hardware had its front windows blown out and most of its roof completely destroyed, the Never Too Old antique shop lost its front windows and back wall, as well as a lot of products, the Mink by K and M hairdressing salon suffered severe damage to its back wall and the Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse lost a large portion of its roof. There was also damage at businesses Chaos Kids, the Prince of Wales Hotel, Toffee and Treats and Cafe 54, while Local Images Art Gallery was spared damage at the front, but had minor damage at the back of the gallery. Away from the main street, the bowling club was virtually unrecognisable after it collapsed and the CWA clubrooms, which were heritage listed, was in such a bad state that tarpaulins were not used to cover the roof. The damage was also felt on Robe Road and many other streets within the town, with many trees losing branches or snapping in half like twigs, while corrugated iron could be found strewn across roads and paddocks.

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IT was 85 years in the making, but on Sunday it took just a few minutes for Mary MacKillop to become Australia’s first Catholic saint. Pope Benedict XVI created excitement in Penola, throughout the country and within the crowd of 50,000 in St Peter’s Square when he ended the determined campaign by many Australian Catholics and declared that Mary would now be known as Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop – the name given to her by Father Tenison Woods when the young nun took her vowels in the 19th century. The broadcast of the announcement was the finale of a packed program of activities in Penola to celebrate the canonisation, which attracted thousands of people to the town. During the official proceedings, Pope Benedict praised Mary for her courage, her work with the poor and unwavering commitment to God. “She dedicated herself as a young woman to the education of the poor in the difficult and demanding terrain of rural Australia, inspiring other women to join her in the first women’s community of religious sisters of that country,” Pope Benedict said. “She attended to the needs of each young person entrusted to her without regard for station or wealth, providing both intellectual and spiritual formation.” The Pope said Mary’s belief in the Catholic Church got her through the challenges she faced. “Despite many challenges, her prayers to St Joseph and her unflagging devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to whom she dedicated her new congregation, gave this holy woman the graces


needed to remain faithful to God and the Church,” he said. Since her death in 1909, prominent Catholics have been calling for Mary to be made a saint. Preliminary discussions about the introduction of the cause for canonisation began in 1925, but the sainthood did not become a reality until this year when two miracles accredited to Mary were accepted by the Pope. Her Postulator, Sister Maria Casey, who with Father Paul Gardiner from Penola have devoted almost 30 years to pursuing her case for sainthood, were given roles in the official ceremony, as was Mary MacKillop Memorial School principal Sister Neisha Allport. Sister Maria exchanged an embrace of peace with the Pope while Fr Gardiner, who had to hand over his duties three years ago because of ill health, celebrated the mass along with the most senior Catholic clerics in Australia, including Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell and Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson. In Penola, where Mary began the order of the Sisters of St Josephs of the Sacred Heart, the celebrations began early in the day and culminated with an open air mass at the Mary MacKillop Memorial School oval and then live coverage of the canonisation celebrations on two big screens. Chairperson of the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre Claire Larkin said witnessing the canonisation was a deeply spiritual event for people of all ages. “For many people it was the highlight of their lives,” Mrs Larkin said. “We had a 98-year-old who was so happy to be there and very moved by the ceremony.” Mrs Larkin said she would never forget being part of Australian history. “So many people in Penola have kept Mary’s memory alive,” she said. “It’s great to know that Mary’s dream is now recognised in Rome.”

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DAY TO REMEMBER: Penola’s Sarah Williams, pictured with a cross that was found on the site where Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop once lived, was part of the huge canonisation celebrations in Penola on Sunday. For more pictures from the historic weekend, see pages 11-14.


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THE State Government has announced $350,000 in assistance to help Penola recover from damage caused by a tornado that hit the town on Saturday evening. Premier Mike Rann toured Penola on Monday as he announced a $100,000 commitment to the Catholic Church for the restoration of the Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse after the building’s roof was torn off during the wild weather. The money came on top of $250,000 the government pledged to Wattle Range Council to respond to damage around Penola. Mr Rann said his visit was not linked with the upcoming celebrations for Mary MacKillop’s canonisation. “I would have come here anyway,” Mr Rann said when he addressed the media at the demolished Penola Bowls Club. “The people of Penola have put such a massive amount of work into getting ready for October, so this is a body blow to them, but the community spirit is still incredibly strong - in fact someone said the community spirit you saw two months ago is even stronger now. “People are really positive and that’s, I think, the mark of Penola.” Mr Rann said the government would provide more financial assistance if it was needed as the clean-up progressed, but it was expected insurance companies would cover the bulk of the bill, which could run into millions of dollars. “I mean what I say and I say what I mean - we are determined to help Penola recover,” he said. “Number one is people, no one was hurt and no one was killed - I imagine if anyone had been here at the bowling club they would have been killed.” Mr Rann said he was struck by how narrow the path of destruction had been. “You can see next to the Mary MacKillop center there’s a house which is totally unscathed in pristine condition and you can see the damage that’s come down this corridor,” he said. Leader of the Opposition Isobel Redmond, speaking from Arkaroola, welcomed Mr Rann’s announcement of funding to assist with the rebuild and clean-up of storm damage. “The South East town of Penola has a reputation as a strong and proud community - the devastation caused by Saturday’s storm has demonstrated the strength of this iconic SA town,” Ms Redmond said. “The tireless efforts of emergency service personnel and other community volunteers deserve the praise and respect of all South Australians - as the community gears up to celebrate the canonisation of Mother Mary McKillop, the support of all South Australians will be behind them”.





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Unveiled: Peake’s memorial The Peake community officially opened its memorial to those who have served in Australia’s conflicts at its Anzac Day service on Monday. About 75 people, ranging in age from one to 70 turned out for the event. Spokesperson Judith Johnson said the memorial, which was the vision of locals Ron Downs and Terry Deer, was completed in November when the honour roll was installed. She said 112 names now grace the roll which covers the Jabuk, Peake, Netherton, Buccleuch and Sherlock areas. It includes people who enlisted in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam conflict. Mrs Johnson said the local names were boosted by a number of men who were working as farm hands in the area at the outbreak of World War II. Monday’s ceremony was overseen by Terry Deer, with Ron Downs removing the ceremonial ribbon from the memorial’s flagpole. State vice-president of the RSL Bob Johnston led the crowd through the Ode, Last Post and Revielle. The Lameroo RSL had two members present while the Karoonda RSL had three. Mrs Johnson said two men who were on the roll were also present at the opening – Ian Johnson (who served in Vietnam) and Geoff Harvey (who also served in Vietnam, and travelled from Goolwa to be present at the service). Others who attended came from as far as Coomandook, Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Williamstown and Gawler and from Geranium through to Sherlock. Two wreaths were laid at the ceremony, one by Coorong District Council councillor Lachlan McKinna who was assisted by Lochie Pickering, and the other on behalf of the local community by Trevor Johnson. Adrian How laid a rose in memory of his uncle, Vern How. The Peake memorial was officially opened on Anzac Day to a crowd of about 75 people who had come to pay tribute. INSET: Veterans at the Lameroo Anzac Day service were, from back left, Lou Nankivell, Mick McAppion, Jack Walker, and front left, Les Hyde and Bob Thurston. STORY: Page 3, MURRAYVILLE: Page 3 and PINNAROO: Page 3.

Fresh plans for baby tribute Plans for a a memorial dedicated to stillborn babies in Pinnaroo has regained momentum. The idea for the memorial was first mooted in July 2007, following a letter former local Judy Coad wrote to The Border Times seeking interest and support for the idea. Mrs Coad’s vigil had a personal note. She tracked down her brother Timothy’s stillborn certificate through the Bureau of

March 17, 1911

Births, Deaths and Marriages. Timothy was stillborn on July 2, 1945 at Pinnaroo. Mrs Coad said in her letter that parents from those days never saw their stillborn children as the belief was it would be too traumatic for them. A group of women in Pinnaroo took up the cause and the project is now back in the public spotlight after some time in the wilderness. Organisers are now asking for people willing to donate time and money towards the

project to contact either Von O’Loughlin on 8577 8165 or Wendy Kirkbright on 8577 8339 ahead of a meeting within a month. The area chosen for the memorial is proposed to be part of a garden area outside a wing of the Pinnaroo Hospital, with a memorial plaque to be placed under the pine trees where several babies are buried. It has also been suggested that the Pinnaroo Cemetery have a plaque/sign directing people to the hospital.

In September 2008 Mrs O’Loughlin said about 13 babies were buried behind the hospital. She said often babies were not registered if they were stillborn, but were registered if they lived a couple a hours. Those people searching for information on the babies have been helped by the hospital’s admissions book that dates back to the early 1920s.

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T HE B O RDE R TIM ES – known as the ‘Voice of the Mallee’ – has been in the hands of only four families since it was founded 101 years ago. Based in Pinnaroo for most of its existence, the paper serves the heart of the Mallee broadacre farming and grazing district. Located 243km east of Adelaide, Pinnaroo is a rural service town to many surrounding areas and is located close to the Victorian border. Industries include wheat, sheep for wool and fat lambs, potato growing, manufacturing and construction. Advances in agriculture, both in farming methods and cereal varieties, and the never ending battle with soil erosion and dust storms, mouse and rabbit plagues, fires, drought, flooding and destructive storms have all been major issues covered in minute detail by the paper. Some key developments covered in the paper’s early history were the first sheep sale at Pinnaroo on January 30, 1914, the first telephone service in Pinnaroo in October, 1916, and the official opening of the Pinnaroo-Murrayville railway on July 30, 1915. The first owner was John Letheby, who died in 1922, just 11 years after founding what was then known as the Pinnaroo & Border Times. In the first edition on March 17, 1911, he wrote “To Settlers of Pinnaroo and the Victorian Border Districts.” His editorial said: “The need of a local paper to give prominence to the interests of these great Wheat growing districts has long been felt and the proprietor of the “Times” trusts that the settlers and townspeople will give the new paper their united support and help in the work undertaken.” The editorial promised: “The policy of the ‘Times’ will be fearless and outspoken when the occasion requires it.” Mr Letheby appointed Mr W. O’Neill as manager from 1917 to 1921 and he was followed by Mr J. O’Dea until 1927. From 1927 until 1941 Mr Colin Letheby was manager. During World War II,

Mr Eric Nilson managed the paper which was changed to a tabloid. It also underwent a subtle name change to the Pinnaroo Border Times. After the death of John Letheby, his wife, Emily, continued to run the paper, covering the growth and expansion of the town and surrounding areas as land was opened up for farming. In February, 1953, Mr Rob Wilson bought the paper which had not been published for eight months. His first edition was published on March 12. The Wilson family involvement with the paper grew in 1959 when Rob’s brothers, Alan and Reg, became business partners. Rob Wilson was a great advocate of buying locally and through the paper kept the issue in the public eye. In 1973 and 1974 the paper was awarded the Conqueror Trophy for the best newspaper under a circulation of 2500. Robert and Beth Marshall became the third owners in October, 1985, when they bought out the Wilson family. However, Mr Reg Wilson continued to work at the paper which underwent another name change to The Border Times. In 1991, the paper received a commendation in the annual Country Press SA Inc. awards for the best example of effective journalism. At the end of 2005, the Marshalls sold the weekly paper, published every Wednesday, to the Taylor Group of Newspapers which began publishing it from January, 2006. The office in Pinnaroo closed at the end of 2006 and operations continued from the office of the Taylor family’s Murray Pioneer newspaper in Renmark. In 2009, The Border Times journalist, Deirdre Graham, won the Country Press SA Inc. award for best community profile.

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September 1, 1938 – Mr F.H. Edwards, Pinnaroo’s first storekeeper in 1905

April 7, 1911

April 22, 1976 – Back to Murrayville celebrations

October, 1923 – Buick cars leaving on a tour of the district

The paper’s founder John Letheby and Mrs Letheby

April 25, 1924 – Pinnaroo cricket team, premiers 1923-24

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December 7, 1975 – Border Musical Society Choir presents The Messiah

June 29, 1978 – Lameroo District Ambulance Service’s new Ford 100 multi-berth ambulance

April 20, 1978 – Wilkawatt tennis team, premiers Lameroo and District Tennis Association

June 20, 1963 – Flooded road and school grounds

June 30, 1993 – Mouse plague on Mark Fischer’s Parilla property

February 3, 1988 – Storm damage being repaired in Murrayville district

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October 26, 1978 – Ngallo football team, premiers Lameroo and District Football League

October 25, 1951 – Mr P.J. Edwards opens the Pinnaroo Jubilee Show

October 24, 1989 – Chain-line scalder in processing shed at Kingdon Chickens

September 21, 2005 – Cowangie (pop. 5) pays tribute to hometown boy Larry Perkins

November 22, 1989 – Locals joined a rally on steps of Parliament House in Adelaide to protest against cuts to rural services

One of the first planes to land in the Murrayville district in the 1920s

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Editor Paul Mitchell and journalist Deirdre Graham The scene outside Pinnaroo on Monday, when a semi-trailer rolled over on the notorious Mallee Highway S-bend. Three people were airlifted to Adelaide.

Three people, including a pregnant woman and a two-year-old girl, were airlifted to Adelaide hospitals following a single vehicle roll-over near Pinnaroo late Monday afternoon.

The accident happened on the Mallee Highway’s notorious S-bend near the Victorian and South Australian border when their semi-trailer failed to negotiate the turn. The young girl was taken to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and is

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Eye on big guns By DANIELLE SCHULZ

A Karoonda farmer’s business venture has successfully taken on the ‘big guns’ to help farmers nation-wide, despite aggressive opposition from competitors. Leighton Huxtable’s company, Direct Farm Inputs, has halved the cost of fertiliser since it began late last year – from $1600 a tonne to $800. Since announcing Direct Farm Inputs’ entry into the fertiliser market, Mr Huxtable received a death threat which he suspects came from a rival company. He says one such company’s shares plummeted 30 per cent in one day. Mr Huxtable says the company, which he runs with Western Australian

businessman John Hurley, is keeping farmers in business rather than lining corporate pockets. “It has turned non-viable farmers to viable farmers overnight,” he said. “That’s the sort of effect (the cheaper prices) have had. “We have put competition in the market.... “We are buying on the world price, the same as everyone else, but we haven’t got overheads like everyone else has. We’re keeping it lean.” The first of three shipments is yet to arrive, but the company has sold approximately 90,000 tonnes of fertiliser to farmers across South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Mr Huxtable said he was “delighted” with the response from farmers. (Continued page 2)

March 4, 2009

December 5, 2007 – Pinnaroo film-maker Kade Richardson’s film – Pinnaroo Surfer – listed as a finalist in Los Angeles My Hero Film Festival

May 23, 2007 – RFDS lands in the Mallee

July 4, 1990 – Checkpoint Charlie – locals protest at a directive from the Victorian Government to ban further enrolments of SA students at neighbouring Murrayville schools

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Doctor services secure

Doctor services in the area of Southern Mallee District Council’s jurisdiction are now probably more secure than that experienced in similar regions, according to chief executive officer of the council, Rod Ralph.

We won: rail freight services returned to Murrayville last Friday, over two years since the rail line from Murrayville to Ouyen was closed.

Back on track By DEIRDRE GRAHAM

An overwhelming feeling of relief accompanied the arrival in Murrayville of its first freight train in three years last Friday. Murrayville Community Inc secretary Kylie Armstrong said locals found it hard to believe until the train pulled in at 8.15am, ahead of schedule. “We are very relieved,” she said. “That’s probably the overwhelming sensation now that the train is actually here. “There was always doubt that someone, somewhere in an office would change their mind, and it wouldn’t arrive.” The fight for rail services began in 2008 when the line was closed due to safety issues. It meant grain along the line could no longer be transported by rail, raising a plethora of possible other problems. In a letter to The Border Times in April 2008 Murrayville Silo Committee secretary Dave Allan expressed his fear that if the line was closed permanently, jobs would be lost,

affecting whole townships. “If the silos shut it will mean many jobs lost, in turn losing many workers, partners and children from the community who at the moment support the local shops, hotel, school, kindergarten, emergency services and sporting clubs,” he said in the letter. “If the railway line closes, the roads will be used a lot more by heavy vehicles carting grain long distances, causing significant damage to the road and the possibility of accidents on our roads will increase.” Murrayville was the second largest receival point on the eastern seaboard for Graincorp in the 2006/07 harvest, taking approximately 90,000 tonnes and received grains from up to 200 kilometres into South Australia. Mrs Armstrong paid tribute to all those who took up the challenge and would not back down when the reopening was deemed impossible. “The advice we got (from consultants) was to put it into our plan, but that it would be highly unlikely we would get what we wanted,” she said. “That was the advice we got but until

we’d given it our best shot we weren’t prepared to accept that.” Those who joined the fight for the rail service included the Mildura Rural City Council and in particular councillors Vernon Knight and John Arnold, consultant Toni Mottram, politicians Peter Crisp and John Forrest, and members of the North West Rail Network including Matthew Parker and Dave Allan. “Their expertise and belief in the need for the line was very, very important,” Mrs Armstrong said. “It’s felt like a very long time (and) it’s really been a battle.” Mrs Armstrong said the line went from closure, to being listed as a silver priority in the Rail Freight Network Review (just missing a ‘gold’ rating), to being earmarked for repair in September last year. “At one stage we had emergency procedures in place but they weren’t necessary because the minister (Lynne Kosky) started listening to us,” she said. “Very slowly things fell into place that the line would be reopened. (Continued page 3)

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Mr Ralph, who is also a member of the Mallee Health Service Health Advisory Council, made the comments last week following an update given to the council at last week’s monthly council meeting. “I think they are probably quite secure in comparison to other regions,” Mr Ralph said. “We have now got two doctors each working part-time to cover five days per week in Lameroo. “We’ve got a Loxton GP consulting at Lameroo on Tuesday. “Pinnaroo currently has consultation available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday by doctors from the Loxton clinic (and) a female GP from Loxton will be consulting in Pinnaroo every three weeks for women’s health issues.” He said the doctors had now established their business in the area, meaning there was no need for locum services. “There would be a preference for a permanent doctor at Pinnaroo but to attract a permanent doctor it would be expected that he/she would want a minimum of five days per week, and numbers at Pinnaroo do not require a doctor for five days per week,” Mr Ralph said.

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June 8, 1988 – Murrayville locals, Andy Auricht and Chris Peers, win off-road racing championship at Mildura

July 18, 2007 – Work underway on the Mindarie Zircon Mine

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School’s out Year 12 students at Caritas College and Port Augusta Secondary School are relaxing after finishing exams and submitting final assessments. Port Augusta Secondary School deputy principal Iain Elliot said the final Year 12 exam took place last Tuesday. “The SACE Board will work through all the results so students can be resulted in mid December,” Mr Elliot said. “I’m sure there will be plenty of anxious students waiting for their results; we wish them well and hope they can enjoy their new found freedom leading up to this time,” he said. Caritas College principal Sister Catherine Mead said the Year 12s this year had been a “terrific” group of people. - Continued page 3

GRADUATES: Caritas graduates Jessie Maule, Michael Falcione, Georgia Irvine, Tessa Reid and Robbie Miller celebrate finishing Year 12.

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A group of local nurses say Port Augusta Hospital is critically understaffed, warning it is only matter of time before someone dies as a result. A veteran ward nurse says her workload has become so great she has no choice but to cut corners, risking patients’ health in the process. “You think, ok, what short cuts can I take?” she said. “You think, well that (patient) had a shower yesterday, I’ll just hand wash them. But if they have a wound on their leg you just don’t get to it. “I’ve learnt to speak up and say I can’t manage this patient load but sometimes they just say ‘well look, just do your best because we haven’t

been able to find anyone else’... The end result is that you’re going to miss something and someone will die.” Morale is at rock bottom at the hospital, according to six nurses who were interviewed by The Transcontinental. While hospital director Ros McRae insists staffing levels “are set to guarantee service and safety”, the nurses say the situation is so bad they have taken the unprecedented step of talking to the media. The Transcontinental asked SA Health how many complaints they have received about inadequate staffing and if graduate nurses had been put in charge of managing wards - but these questions were not directly addressed in their response. - Continued page 2

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T HE TRAN SCONT INENTA L owed its beginning to Mr and Mrs Reg Barclay who printed and published the North Western Star and Frome Journal at Wilmington from 1912 until late October 1914. With Port Augusta growing rapidly, they decided to transfer their operations to the town and produced two weekly editions of their new paper, which they called The Transcontinental, before they sold the business to Messrs. J.E. Edwards and M.H. Hill, both of whom lived in Port Augusta. The first two editions were never sent to the Archives in Adelaide and copies have never been obtained. The first edition recorded by the State Library is November 6, 1914. The Transcontinental carried an endorsement that it was the only Federal newspaper in Australia. This probably alluded to the fact that at that time the Commonwealth Government was purchasing large areas of land, and homes, in Port Augusta in preparation for the advent of the Trans Australian railway. Mr Edwards and Mr Hill were employees of the Port Augusta Dispatch (1877-1916) when they decided to leave to run The Transcontinental. Maurice Hill Jnr, who recorded the history of the paper wrote: “Because of his key position (as printer) Maurice Hill was allowed a ‘dispensation’ for a few weeks to work on both papers but Jack Edwards’ services were dispensed with by the ‘Dispatch’ and he was therefore able to devote his full time energies to the new venture.” Until August, 1917, the North Western Star banner heading was used for the issues sent to Wilmington with The Transcontinental heading used on Page 3. The two headings were exchanged for the Port Augusta issue. In June, 1927, M. H. Hill transferred to Port Lincoln to found the Port Lincoln Times. In the June 24 issue of The Transcontinental it was announced that the paper would be printed and published by Lindsay Gordon Riches.

From March, 1935, the reference on the front page title to the North Western Star disappeared. The new title appeared as the name printed across a map of Australia. Mr Riches was elected to State Parliament in 1935 and the imprint changed to advise that the paper was printed and published by K.E. Miller and F.N. Higginson for Mr Riches. From September 23, 1938, a single sheet, printed both sides, appeared in the paper with the heading “Whyalla News.” The insert discontinued from April 26, 1940 when Jock Willson set up the Whyalla News. In April, 1951, it was announced the paper would be printed by Edwards (one of the early owners) and Riches – but Mr Riches took no active part because he was still an MP. In 1956, The Transcontinental absorbed The Quorn Mercury – elements of which were still seen until the late 1980s with the “country” spread in the paper. For about two years in the early 1960s the newspaper was printed bi-weekly on Tuesday and Friday. However according to Maurice Hill Jnr, this was discontinued due to a nationwide credit tightening for advertisers. Because businesses wanted to access bulk advertising throughout the region, there was a brief amount of time when The Transcontinental and the Port Pirie Recorder merged. The two papers were discarded and replaced with The Northern Observer in July, 1971. This move was extremely unpopular with advertisers and readers and both papers went back to their former production schedules in September of that year. Following this, in March, 1980, The Transcontinental office itself made the news, when a 51-year-old pensioner was charged with maliciously setting fire to the building. The attack caused between $12,000 and $15,000 of damage to the front office area. In 1991, Fairfax Media took control of The Transcontinental when it purchased the interests of the Willson family’s Northern Newspapers Pty. Ltd.

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March 15, 1940

The last coach to leave Port August West in 1914

August 27, 1934

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Local girl Rachel High heading for London December 1, 2011 – Renovations of The Transcontinental opened by Mayor Joy Baluch, left, with Trevor McAuliffe, regional manager Fairfax Media and Transcontinental manager Jo McGrath

October 24, 2001 – Old and the new edge their way into Port Augusta

October 13, 1995 - New editor Michelle Piggott

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September 24, 1996 – Dick Adams, Pauline Hedger and Simon Crean at official opening of the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens February 4, 2004 – The first Ghan to Darwin rolls into Port Augusta

January, 2004 – Christine Morgan with some of the original communications equipment still in use at the RFDS base

January, 2004 – Celebrating 50 years of the SA section, RFDS

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January 22, 2003 – Star Maker finalist Jake Nicholai

February 16, 2009 – Local landmark, the Exchange Hotel, is demolished

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Kevin ‘Mapsy’ McSporran 1949 - 2010 May 26, 2010 – Tribute to local sports star Kevin McSporran

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E URO PE AN S settled Port Lincoln in 1839, the same year the State’s first country paper – the Port Lincoln Herald and South Australian Commercial Advertiser – was published. The Herald’s first edition was printed in Adelaide and the second in a hut at Port Lincoln. The paper was short-lived, and in 1840 a co-owner, George Dehane, started a new title, The Adelaide General Advertizer and Port Lincoln Herald, which is believed to have closed in late October, 1840. In 1904, the first substantial newspaper began when Captain David Drysdale, the proprietor of the Port Augusta Dispatch, formed the West Coast Recorder which was printed with plant and type from Port Augusta. Maurice Henry Hill, who began the Port Lincoln Times, was an apprentice to Captain Drysdale in Port Augusta. Mr Hill travelled to Port Lincoln with the plant equipment for the Recorder, sailing by ketch. During the journey, some of the type cases were roughly handled and the type was pied (the letters for printing became a jumbled mess). The young Maurice Hill, then only 16 years of age, spent a few days at the bar of the Northern Hotel sorting out the type into its correct cases. Mr Hill, together with J.E. Edwards, took over The Transcontinental at Port Augusta in November, 1914 and in the 1920s bought shares in the Recorder, then owned by Mrs Rebecca McGregor. On August 5, 1927, with W.K. (Ken) Robertson, Mr Hill founded the Port Lincoln Times, and in 1939 they bought the West Coast Recorder. The Port Lincoln Times’ first premises were situated on Washington Street, near the current site of TAFE. The original editor of the Port Lincoln Times was Mr Robertson, popularly referred to as Robby.

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There have been only 11 editors of the Port Lincoln Times in its 75 year history. The first was Ken Robertson (1927-1937), Maurice Hill (19371959), Brian Hill (1959-1970), Phil Wynne (1970-1980), Kevin Boyle (1980-1983), Andrew Holman (1983-1986), Gavin Northey (1986-1988), John Dale (1988), Brian Barnett (1988-1997), Jodie Hamilton (1997-2007), and Christopher Coote (2007- ). War-time paper rationing and a labour shortage caused the Recorder to close in 1942. By 1955, the Port Lincoln Times had well and truly transformed into a family-run business with nine members of the Hill family working on site. Brian Barnett, former Port Lincoln Times manager and editor, completed an apprenticeship as a machine compositor at the paper, beginning in 1968. He said the early newspapers used handset letters, which meant each individual letter in each word was painstakingly put onto the page. “The process was automated when Linotypes were introduced,” he said. The Port Lincoln Times used Linotype systems up until 1976, when a Mergenthaler VIP typesetter was introduced. Today, the Port Lincoln Times uses desktop publishing programs, which allow it to produce full pages complete with advertisements, news stories and photographs. In the halcyon days there were 28 full-time staff working on the paper. Now there are 10 full-time and seven casuals. In May, 2009, the paper’s production department closed and all advertisement building was shifted to a production hub in Whyalla. The Times, which was bought by Fairfax Media in 1990, has won numerous Country Press SA Inc. awards. It has covered many major local issues, in particular relating to the substantial farming and fishing industries and several major bushfires in which both property and lives were lost.

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January 27, 1933

May 16, 1974 – Miss Australia, Randy Baker, plays the drums at an official luncheon

September 7, 1928 – Mr T. Raw drove his baby Austin from Brisbane to Adelaide in the record time of 5 days, 1 hour 43 minutes

September 5, 1946

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September 7, 1961 – Johnny O’Keefe is mobbed outside the Civic Hall in Port Lincoln

December 13, 1990 – Local police get the speeding message across with their new radar guns

January 30, 1964 – SAFCOL staff measure and weigh the heaviest tuna (190lb) ever caught by a professional fisherman in Australia

January 15, 1959 – The first house of its type erected in Australia, this 5 roomed timber home at Port Lincoln was built without nails and frames under the Totem system technique

Port Lincoln celebrates Makybe Diva’s third Melbourne Cup win in 2005

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July 31, 1986

December 22, 1988

February 2, 1993 – The SAFCOL World Championship Tuna Tossing champions Lyn Reynolds, left, and Michael Proude February 1, 2000 – Prime Minister John Howard and SA Primary Industries Minister Rob Kerin on a tuna farm inspection

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Times Port Lincoln


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eight pages of community news Page 12

Established 1927

Lucky escape A CRANE operator escaped injury when the crane he was operating tipped forward while lifting nets at Port Lincoln’s wharf on Tuesday afternoon. It appeared the Tony’s Tuna International crane was attempting to lift fishing nets onto a truck but the nets were too heavy, according to MFS station officer John Wise,

causing the crane to tip forward, until the boom hit the ground. Damage was caused to the rear of the crane and the tow truck it was attempting to load the nets on. A 25 tonne and 50 tonne crane and an excavator were used to secure and lower the crane back down and it was deemed safe at about 8.30pm,

about four and half hours after the incident occurred. Mr Wise said MFS attended to secure the scene from leaking fuel and oil, but was not able to until the crane was secured. Safework SA is investigating. A spokesperson from Tony’s Tuna International was not available for comment.

MAIN PICTURE: The crane perched on its boom after tipping over on Tuesday. INSET: Two cranes and an excavator were used to right the crane. Photographs by Andrew DeLaine.

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AN investigation into Port Lincoln High School staff concerns about a possible cancer cluster at the school has found no evidence of such a cluster. A report addressing concerns that mould spores found at the school could have contributed to a cancer cluster has recommended no further action by the school or Department of Education and Children’s Services. “It appears very unlikely that Port Lincoln High School staff members have had meaningful exposure to carcinogens in the course


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material and it was recommended the department arrange inspection on a regular basis of the remaining straw ceilings for signs of damage and contamination, the report said. Australian Education Union sub-branch secretary Greg Fitzgerald said there was still concern about a possible link. “From our perspective, even though the report suggests the risks are minimal and that the findings are inconclusive to the degree there does not appear to be a problem, we are still concerned about the range of cancers that have occurred that have affected people who have worked and work on this site,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

of their work at the school (and) this finding also holds for the school students,” Dr Tim Driscoll said in his report. The report said it appeared highly unlikely the cases of cancer diagnosed in staff members were in any way related to occupational exposures while working at the school. “There is no reason to suspect exposures at Port Lincoln High School have meaningfully increased the risk of breast cancer, or other cancer types developing in Port Lincoln High School staff members,” the report said. Damaged ceilings, where the mould spores were found, were replaced in the Year 11 and Year 12 area last year, which should result in lowering the indoor air level of biological


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Norman flies into town AUSTRALIAN golfing great Greg Norman flew into Port Lincoln on Tuesday afternoon to dive with Great White Sharks and go on a fishing charter. Mr Norman brought his son Gregory on his private jet from Melbourne to Port Lincoln and headed out with Calypso Star Charters. Mr Norman’s jet was parked at the Port Lincoln airport. They dived with the sharks yesterday and are expected to return to Port Lincoln late this afternoon.


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January 13, 2005

October 8, 2010 – The 225m grain ship Grand Rodosi hit and subsequently sank the Port Lincoln tuna boat Apollo S at the Port Lincoln wharf

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Masters def Throwing Stones 9-2 FROM the outset the masters controlled the game with crisp ball movement and steadfast defence. Craig Trotter linked well with his ball playing team mates crossing the line four times. Mick Evenden and David Hall were also among the better players for the Masters. For the Stones Shannon Cornelius scored as did debutant Tate Secker. No game was played on field two due to a forfeit. Rangers def Green Machine 7-1 Rangers were too strong for a gallant Green Machine running away winners in this match. For Rangers Rowan Miegel scored on his way to being one of the better players, along with Alan Jones (two touch downs)

and Brodie Edmonds, who scored once along with Natalie Edmonds and Sarah Owen. For the Green Machine the return of Bob Ford wasn’t enough to spark them even though Reece Gynel and their scorer Anthony Pieck worked hard all game. Tigers def Red Hot 6-4 Tigers had too much class for a valiant Red Hot. Matt Bradbury for Tigers and Red Hot’s Novi Palmer both scored twice and were among the best for their sides respectively. Sally Dennis scored a diving single for Red Hot along with Carl Sanson with great support from second gamer Tennille Rodda. For Tigers Karl Robst was probably the difference between the two sides, assisted by Kelly Bowyer and an omnipresent Robert Stutzer.

CYCLING: Scott McPhee and Kieran Modra on the Sunshine Coast having competed in the road race and time trial in April. They gained first and second place.

World titles for our Modra

FORMER local Kieran Modra is off to Europe to compete in the Paracycling World Titles. Mr Modra, who is visually impaired and is now based at Hallett Cove, left on Sunday to compete with new cycling partner Scott McPhee in Italy, Belgium and Spain. He will compete in Piacenza on May 28 and 29, Belgium from June 2 to 5, and Segovia, Spain from June 10 to 12. Mr Modra has won several gold and

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Eastern Eyre 3-1 10-5 (65) Mid West 6-5 7-5 (47) Goals: Eastern Eyre: J. Fitzgerald 5, E. Hunt, N. Johnson, N. Franklin, B. Seal, T. Davey. Mid West: S. Webb 3, A. Whitford 2, J. Matthews, T. Baldock. Best: Eastern Eyre: N. Franklin, J. Fitzgerald, W. Piggott, R. Montgomerie, S. Larwood. Mid West: T. Baldock, D. Montgomerie, T. Jackson, A. Whitford, S. Webb. Eastern Eyre 2-1 4-6 (30) Far West 3-2 4-3 (27) Goals: Eastern Eyre: J. Fitzgerald 2, B. Clements, N. Johnson. Far West: W. Miller 3, T. Warmington. Best: Eastern Eyre: T. Burton, W. Piggott, T. Davey, N. Franklin, R. Montgomerie. Far West: R. Warmington, D. Hardy, D. Denton, J. Reimann, W. Miller. Mid West 4-4 7-7 (49) Far West 3-0 4-2 (26) Goals: Mid West: J. Bruce 2, A. Whitford, M. Grocke, D. Montgomerie, R. Holmes. Far West: J. Trowbridge 2, L. Brown, W. Johncock. Best: Mid West: S. Webb, A. Whitford, S. Feltus, T. Jackson, J. Bruce. Far West: D. Wright, M. Newchurch, D. Hardy, T. Reimann. Overall best and fairest: Tyler Baldock (Mid West) Best player Mid West FL: Tyler Baldock Best player Far West FL: Drew Hardy Best player Eastern Eyre FL: Nick Franklin

Under 17 Eastern Eyre 2-2 9-9 (63) Mid West 0-0 0-0 (0) Goals: Eastern Eyre: B. Buchanan 3, B. Gray 2, J. Kenny, F. Sampson, R. Beinke, R. Rayson. Best: Eastern Eyre: F. Sampson, B. Gray, J. Villis, R. Rayson, R. Beinke. Mid West: J. Dickson, M. Williams, S. Smith, B. Jericho, R. Rayson.

bronze medals in Paralympic cycling events, as well as bronze in swimming at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona. He competed at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta, 2000 Paralympics in Sydney, the 2004 Paralympics in Athens and the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. At the 2004 Summer Paralympics he set a new Paralympic record, and broke the individual pursuit world record in Bordeaux in August 2007.

He broke his own world record in the preliminary round of the individual pursuit and broke the record again in the final for the 4km pursuit at the Beijing games, where he also won gold. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics Mr Modra represented Australia in the 1km time trial and individual pursuit events, winning a bronze and gold medal respectively. Mr Modra also won gold and silver at the Sunshine Coast trials.

Port Lincoln-born para-cycling champion Kieran Modra, right, with pilot Scott McPhee




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Gray, R. Rayson, J. Kenny 2, F. Sampson. Far West: J. Newchurch. Best: Eastern Eyre: F. Sampson, B. Gray, R. Rayson, T. Gray, J. Villis. Far West: B. Chandler, T. Hoffrichter, J. Newchurch, B. Woods, J. Williams.

Mid West 6-4 7-4 (46) Far West 0-0 4-4 (28) Goals: Mid West: C. Stringer, M. Williams 2, B. Wilkins, L. Johnson, L. Appleby. Far West: J. Williams, J. Newchurch, T. Hoffrichter, B. Woods. Best: Mid West: M. Williams, J. Seal, C. Stringer, L. Johnson, B. Jericho. Far West: J. Williams, J. Newchurch, T. Hoffrichter, B. Woods.

Eastern Eyre 2 2 0 0 64 47 57.66 4 Eastern Eyre 3-5 3-10 (28) Mid West 2 1 0 1 79 58 57.66 2 Mid West 2-0 4-2 (26) 2 0 0 2 51 89 36.43 0 Goals: Eastern Eyre: M. Ramsey, A. Villis, B. Far West McFarlane. Mid West: I. Galliver, B. Forrest, L. Elliot, J. Wilkins. Best: Eastern Eyre: B. McFarlane, A. Villis, M. What’s happening in our community? Ramsey, M. Dewson, C. Ainsworth. Mid West: J. If you have a story or photographs, phone 8682 1055 Wilkins, G. Hutchison, K. Grocke, Z. Montgomerie, L. to find out how you can get them published. McInnis. Port Lincoln soccer


Eastern Eyre 2-0 5-6 (36) Round 4 Far West 2-7 2-9 (21) Knights def Masters 3-1 Goals: Eastern Eyre: B. McFarlane, E. Kwaterski Goals: Knights: J. John, R. Bawden, N. Anderson. 2, M. Wedding. Far West: K. LeBois 2. Masters: P. Gulino. Best: Eastern Eyre: M. Wedding, C. Ainsworth, South Coast def Sharks 3-1 B. McFarlane, E. Kwaterski, C. Duncan. Far West: K. Goals: South Coast: N. Jones, M. Hyland, L. LeBois, G. Bowden, I. Milera, S. Woods, C. Williams, Duns. Sharks: D. Murray. spent1:15pm: a lot of timeSouth with “blackfelThat was when Davis began C. Miller. ThisMrweek’s games: Coast v to realise the potential of the las” in cattle camps when he lived Knights; 3:15pm: v Sharks. family’s station in Alice retirement and leisure sectorMasters in on the Mid West 3-1 8-5 (53) Springs, and he said he had never Port Lincoln. Far West 4-4 4-6 (30) “That’s where the real money intended to hurt people. Fifteen years on a mellower Mr is,” he said, which is also why he is Goals: Mid West: J. Wilkins 4, C. Dowden, M. pursuing the retirement, second Davis regrets the abrasiveness of Gum, L. Elliott, K. Tucker. Far West: K. LeBois 3, home K. market for the future of his comment, which he says was Chandler. Boston Island, with a concept “unreasonably pejorative” but he Port Lincoln hockey maintains his stance that multimodelled on Queensland’s Best: Mid West: J. Wilkins, C. Dowden, G. culturalism does not work. Hutchison, K. Tucker, T. Ryan. Far West: K. LeBois,Magnetic I.“It has aIsland. numbers within a communiholiday sector but the May 27 the people ty “As Milera, C. Miller, T. Montgomerie, J. Shipard, C. Wild. rise quite naturally they want real cash flow is from to stick with their own kind. living there.4pm: Hookin2Hockey “They will but when “Unless it5pm: has that Flinresidential v Mar U18 Girls; Wanmix v Pan U18 presGirls Overall best and fairest: Kym LeBois (Far West) core population to service the sures rise, it’s like a centrifuge.” 6pm: Flinwill v Mar U15 Boys; Wan Panmore U15wideBoys Best player Mid West FL: Jack Wilkins His views gotv him infrastructure, tourism never 7pm: Wan v Pan WAspread publicity when he suggestdo it. Best player Far West FL: Brock McFarlane ed shooting galahs to deal with the “Boston Island will never be as MB 8.15pm: Flin v Mar Best player Eastern Eyre FL: Kym LeBois grand a scale as Magnetic Island growing population in Port May 28 Lincoln attracted by grain trucks. but that’s its potential.” 8.30am: Flina push v Mar U11; Wan v Pan U11 “I said the best thing we could do He said there had been shoot them of thevtrees from the 9.15am: planning Flin minister, v MarisU13 Girls;outWan Panand U13 Premiership ladders merry hell broke loose.” among Boys; others,Wan to gov Pan downU13 the Girls A cull is his answer to excess tourism route but “they were 10am: v Mar U15 Girls; Wan v Pan U15 Girls; populations of almost anything barking up the wrongFlin tree”. A grade Mr Davis housing Flin said v Mar U13developBoys from seagulls to galahs to cape baron geese. ments delivered a better 11am: Flin vreturn Mar U18 Boys; Wan v Pan U18 Boys P W L D F A % Pts for the Port “You only have to shoot a few Lincoln council, Wan Panto WB and it scares the rest off.” revenue, to bevable Eastern Eyre 2 2 0 0 95 74 56.21 4 through rateNoon: 1.15pm: v Mar Despite his sometimes divisive services, whichFlin is why it WB Mid West 2 1 0 1 96 91 51.34 2 provide methods the self-proclaimed “mad should be doing what itWan couldv to 2.30pm: Pan MA Far West 2 0 0 2 53 79 40.15 0 improve the planning process for mayor” always aimed to represent developers. 4pm: Flin v Mar MA the people in the community and, v Mar WA on reflection, the thing he enjoyed “I have 5.30pm: supported Flin strongly Under 17 every well planned rural v subdivi7pm: Wan Pan MBmost about his 40 years in local

An honest and practical man

Overall best and fairest: Reece Rayson (E. Eyre) Best player Mid West FL: Matthew Williams Best player Far West Brody Woods ByFL: Billie Harrison Best player Eastern Eyre FL: Fraser Sampson billie.harrison@ruralpress.com IT wasn’t long after Peter Davis

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took over the Under 15island farm in Boston Bay that his parents had bought for him and his brothers

that he6-7 realised he would need (49) Mid West 7-7 more than keep it (18) Eastern Eyre 0-0just sheep to 3-0 thriving. Goals: Mid West: C. Parker, T. Chapman It was this realisation that ulti- 2, M. mately him to half a lifetimeEyre: in Wendland, C. Cook, S.led Johns. Eastern S. local government in Port Lincoln, Masters 2, J. Larwood. serving the city as its Best: Mid West:ultimately T. Chapman, Appleby, L. Ross, longest standing L. mayor until he S. Johns, C. Parker. Eastern Eyre: R. Mills, S. lost last year’s election. from aS. station in Alice Dennis, R. Maitland, Coming J. Hodgins, Jenner. Springs in the 1950s, where tourism was just taking off, Mr

Eastern Eyre 0-1 it could also5-8 Davis decided be the (38) answer 2-1 for Port Lincoln and Far West 2-1pro- (13) much-needed second Goals: Eastern vide Eyre:aA. 2, S. Masters, J. income for Klinberg Boston Island. Larwood, R. Andrew. He Farstarted West:island N. Wombat 2. accommodation in R. 1962 and in 1964S. bought a Best: Eastern Eyre: Maitland, Masters, R. “flash”, twin engine, offshore Mills, N. Masters, S. Dennis. Far West: L. Woods, N. cruiser, and started generating Wombat, J. Chandler, J.flow, Wombat, R.visitor Rogers. cash but when numbers reached a plateau he turned

to local government. Mid West 6-4 8-7 (55) “To grow my business I had to Far West 0-1 1-1Port (7) get more people coming into Lincoln I decided for Goals: Mid West: C. so Parker 3, to T. stand Chapman, C. council in 1976,” he said. Cook 2, I. Boylan. Far West: J. Wombat. He stood for the Flinders Ward Best: Mid West: Chapman, Boylan, butT.lost, 36 votes toI.48, to sittingT. Kelly, member Whirley Arnold. C. Parker, B. King. Far West: N. Wombat, J. Wombat, However he was elected the folR. Rogers, D. Haynes, L. Woods. lowing year, during an era of twoyear terms when half the

sion around the city as well as try- government was “fixing little peoing to help Dean Lukin (develop ple’s problems“, along with having a flag pole erected on top of the land at Murray’s Point).” He said mining on Eyre Civic Centre. Mr Davis said he had only asked Peninsula was set to lead to further residential growth in Port people to vote for him twice: first Lincoln and surrounding coastal in 1976 when he stood unsuccessfully for the Flinders Ward, and Mid West 2 2 0 0 104 25 80.62 4 towns. “Once we get a family living again in the mid 1980s when he Eastern Eyre 2 1 0 1 56 62 47.46 2 here they spend money every day first stood for mayor he highlightLONGEST Far SERVING Davis 93 said it17.70 was a privilege WestMAYOR:2Former 0 mayor 0 2Peter20 0 of the year For ed what he saw as “fundamental ... it’s a sustainable umpire details and match times please conto serve the Port Lincoln community as mayor for more than 15 years. flaws” in the proposed financing of long-term economy.” clubs. the stadium addition to the leisure Whiletact his individual views on tourism haven’t always been popular, par- centre. same thing for Port Lincoln it had Norway or the Barrier Reef and ticularly in more recent years, he In 2006 he told the Port Lincoln we don’t have something like has never shied away from saying Times that if he was silly enough done for Alice Springs.” PORT LINCOLN TIMES, Thursday, May 26, Page But by the early 1970s he began that.” to re-nominate for2011 the 2010 elec-27 what he thinks across a broad Mr Davis said local furniture spectrum of issues. to understand the high volume, tion the community should throw craftsman Bernie Koker helped low value nature of tourism. His most controversial moment him out and, although he got his “The three fundamentals of him understand what Port was in 1996 when he gained wish, there are still many in the tourism are weather, a unique Lincoln had going for it - a stable national notoriety by describing community who, like Port Lincoln attraction like the great white climate - which is why Mr Koker children of mixed race parents as Times letter writer Kym Torr, will shark and an iconic draw card, had based what could have been a “mongrels”. miss his “refreshingly honest and which must be unique, like the lucrative eastern states furniture Mr Davis understands a bit practical way of viewing local and Grand Canyon, the fjords of business in the city. about aboriginal culture having world events”.

Overall best and fairest: Tylerwere Chapman (Mid West) councillors up for election every which Mr Davis Best player Mid West FL: year, Tyler Chapman believes was “by far” the best sysBest player Far West FL: Normy Wombat tem. Best player Eastern Eyre FL: the Riley Mills “Because state government wanted longer terms of election they’ve progressively pushed out

Eastern Eyre 7-4 11-6 (72) Far West 0-0 1-1 (7) Goals: Eastern Eyre: B. Buchanan 3, J. Villis, T.

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ernment as well under the smokescreen of making life easier for councils. “I don’t think that’s in the best interests of local government. “There’s nothing like holding elected people to account.” Over the years since, Mr Davis’s attitude about tourism in Port Lincoln changed. “For about 10 years I really did push tourism - I felt it was a growth area and it could do the


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What a weekend! Magnificent weather and big Anzac Day crowds

Hundreds of people headed back to work yesterday with great memories of the Easter and Anzac Day five-day long weekend.

VISITING…Travis, right, and Taylor Ramsay were among the many to come home to Port Pirie for Easter. He took part in the Anzac Day march while representing the Royal Australian Navy.

It was packed with nostalgic military salutes, chocolate eggs and barbecues in magnificent sunny weather. Worshippers attended local churches on Good Friday and Easter Sunday to rejoice in the story of of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And on Anzac Day, also Easter Monday, about 800 turned out for the sentimental dawn service at the World War I Memorial Gates. The long weekend, as expected, was busier than usual, both on the highway and in Port Pirie and outlying towns. The number of people on the roads during the break was well up on previous years, according to Driver-Reviver coordinator Vic Knauerhase. He said record numbers had called into the Warnertown stop-over for a cuppa, thanks to Combined Service Club volunteers. The 47 volunteers served about 1205 drivers and passengers at their caravan during the 123-hour operation. “The traffic has just been incredible for the whole weekend,” Mr Knauerhase said. The crowd at the Anzac Day dawn service was much bigger than expected. Numbers also exceeded expectations at the clubrooms after both the dawn and civic service, according to Port Pirie Returned Services League sub-branch president Haydn Madigan. An estimated 1500 people watched the march and civic service – fewer than in 2010 – but on a par with some early years. Continued: P2; More reports, photos: P2, 3, 6, 7

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during more than a century of proud service to the people of Port Pirie; and despite fire and flood, it has unfailingly carried news to its readers. On July 9, 1898, the first edition of The Port Pirie Recorder was published by A.E. South and Charles Meyrick from an office opposite the Family Hotel on Ellen Street. At first they published on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but by April 6, 1914, Port Pirie had grown to a great industrial centre and the time was deemed right to produce a daily. Linotype displaced the old hand compositor, and as the town expanded in size and importance, its paper grew in influence. J.E. Davidson, a widely-experienced journalist and newspaper producer, bought the business in 1919 and shortened its name to the title it still bears today. He hired George Brickhill, notable for having been the first general secretary of the Australian Journalists’ Association, as editor. Disaster struck that year when the office and plant were badly damaged by fire. Valuable war records and local historical files were destroyed, but staff continued to publish a small news sheet from a temporary office across the street. In 1923, Mr Davidson departed for Adelaide to found The News, and The Recorder was acquired by the company he started: News Limited. Change continued when The Recorder shifted to 52 Alexander Street in December, 1927, and its staff worked around the clock to make sure they did not miss an issue. Horace Yelland and his company, Recorder Proprietary Limited, purchased the newspaper on December 1, 1931. Disaster struck again less than three years later when, on August 14, 1934, Port Pirie suffered the worst flood in its history.


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Water swept through The Recorder’s office, and despite a lack of electric power, dauntless staff members still managed to bring out a makeshift news sheet the next day. By the following Monday, four days later, regular production had resumed. A second fire ravaged the premises, destroying a storeroom full of newsprint, shortly after widely-respected journalist C.P. “Cec” Murn became editor in 1941. But his guidance – and his columns “Busy Street, Quiet Corner” and “Mirror of the Years” – helped The Recorder during the following period in which it dropped back to three issues per week. In the 1950s, The Recorder was sold at the gate to most of the smelter’s 2000 workers prior to clocking on every morning. A succession of ownership changes ensued in the following decades. It was taken over by a partnership of R.M. and D.G. Edwards, W.J.C. (Jock) Willson and F.G. Ogg in 1954; the Edwards brothers bought out their partners in 1959; and Ray Edwards gained sole control in 1966. In 1971, it was briefly combined with Port Augusta’s Transcontinental as The Northern Observer; then divided again and sold in 1974 to the Willson family company, Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd, which published the Whyalla News. The Recorder joined Australia’s largest rural media group in 1991 when all three Spencer Gulf newspapers were sold to Rural Press, now a subsidiary of Fairfax Media. At that time it moved again to the premises it now occupies, along with The Flinders News: the old St Mark’s Primary School building at 103 Gertrude Street. The Recorder won the best provincial newspaper in SA in 1968 and the best newspaper with a circulation under 5000 in 1995. In addition to gathering news, The Recorder has always endeavoured to react to the issues and fight for the causes of the community, recently led by managing editor and third-generation Piriean Greg Mayfield. As the paper’s motto says: “You can’t beat a local.” 202

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1900 – Lead wheel workers at the smelters

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1948 – Horses and carts were still used at the wharf to load ore bound for overseas

August 15, 1934 – Locals watch the floodwaters rise

Mr A.E. South, co-founder of The Port Pirie Recorder

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1964 – Brian and John Conden at Moyle’s ice factory 1968 – In November the last of the Goldtop Bakeries horse-drawn baker’s carts disappeared from the streets

1967 – A large crowd watches the last steam train to carry passengers down Ellen St

1950 – Prests’ Ltd with some of their merchandise presented on cars at the front of their store

1969 – BHAS workers loading lead onto ships

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October 28, 1970 – A famous cricket match was played at Memorial Oval between an SA Country team that contained Six Pireans and the English side that won the Ashes

1970 – Beach carnival at Solomontown Beach

Mr Rob Kerin signs on as Premier in October, 2001

February 16, 1953

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July 9, 1998 – The Recorder celebrates its 100th birthday

October 9, 1997 – Local boy Mark Bickley returns home with the AFL Premiership Cup

1990 – Actor Keith Michell, originally from Warnertown, returned to Port Pirie to launch Port Pirie Proud, a promotional video

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WHAT’S UP, DOCS?...University of Adelaide medicine students Hamish Eske, left, Katie Hondow and Michael Cilento are spending time in rural placements with local doctors. Have you met them yet? To read all about the new faces of medicine, simply turn to page 2.

July 13, 2008 – Port Pirie’s new skate park opens with Mike Peake performing a backflip

$33m for smelter

International ‘heavyweights’ put us on track for future The international Nyrstar company’s executives visited the site recently to outline the vision leading to 2020.

The parent company aims to expand its operations and continue the acquisition of mines, but there are significant sign-posts on the road ahead for Nyrstar Port Pirie smelter including: *$17 million being earmarked for maintenance of the smelter and $8 million being pledged for growth projects. *$6.5 million being made available for an environmental project involving the sludge filter for the baghouse. Smelter general manager Glenn Poynter

was happy with the capital spending earmarked for the plant. “We continue to look at what the options are as we move towards 2020,” he said. “Our future is in our hands. We need to operate this plant safely and continue to improve our environmental performance and we need to be profitable.” He said the environmental project approved by the company would use improved technology to replace the centrifuge at the sludge baghouse. On the possible additional extraction of metals from byproducts, he said “complex concentrates” would become available from plants around the world. Not only would the concentrates include zinc, but they would also feature copper, gold

and silver and other metals. Shipping the supplies of concentrates to Port Pirie presents no problem, as other concentrates are already brought here from places such as South America and Mexico. “Nyrstar is a growing organization and Port Pirie is part of that,” Mr Poynter said. “We have an important niche to fill.” The general manager spoke at the Rotary Club of Port Pirie on February 10. He stressed yesterday that children’s blood-lead levels were typically higher in summer, not winter, as was reported in the article, but so far in 2011 results have continued to improve which is a demonstration of the work being done by both the site and the community. ‘Excellent’ goals: P2; editorial: P4



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Renmark, April 9, 1892

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Tuesday, Friday


PAGE 3: Market to riverfront

Friday, March 25, 2011

EXTINCT: Bredl’s Wonderworld of Wildlife



END OF AN ERA: Rob Bredl with two dingoes at Bredl’s Wonderworld of Wildlife yesterday. The park will close after the upcoming school holidays, ending a 50-plus year association with the Riverland, started by Mr Bredl’s father, Joe. PHOTO: David Sickerdick


Lack of patronage will see Bredl’s Wonderworld of Wildlife close after the upcoming school holidays. Owner Rob Bredl said visitor numbers had hit rock bottom, with a survey showing just nine Riverland people as paying customers over the past three weekends.

Mr Bredl said the Renmarkbased park took only $57,000 last year, “drastically short of what is needed to keep it operating”. By comparison, in 1990 – amid the tourist attraction’s heyday – the park took well over $100,000 operating on a $5.50 adult entry fee, versus today’s fee of $15. Mr Bredl, who runs the park entirely with his son, said most visitors were now travelling from

Mildura or Adelaide. “This despite the fact that on several occasions we have let it be known...that we need the local Riverlander patronage of about once every three years to keep us viable,” he said. “Even if every person in just Renmark alone came just once a year we could possibly scrape through. “But it’s like bashing your

head against a brick wall.” B r e d l ’s Wo n d e r wo r l d o f Wildlife park is home to 30 Australian species and up to a dozen other species, including monkeys, alligators and pythons. In total, it houses around 300 animals, all of which will need to be relocated after the facility closes down. The park was established in the 1950s by Mr Bredl’s father

Joe, who eventually became a well known figure via his wildlife exploits. Mr Bredl attributed the park’s demise to a number of lifestyle factors, including weekend shopping, increased use of computers and social networking, and general apathy. (Continued page 8) PAGE 8 Last chance to visit



May 28, 1892

March 25, 2011

T HE MU RRAY PIONEER , first known as The Renmark Pioneer, was

established in 1892, and located in Thirteenth Street. The first copy of The Renmark Pioneer rolled off the machine on April 9, 1892. It was a chromograph production printed from a hand-written original. From that date it was published weekly. The paper was the brainchild of the co-founders A.P. Corrie and the Rev. J.G. Jenkin whose office was a tent in Thirteenth St where they housed their “press.” It was a weekly newspaper until 1982, when it changed to a biweekly, printed on Tuesdays and Fridays. Its current circulation is about 6400 copies. For several years the paper was printed in a new premise in Fifteenth Street and then at a site near the Renmark Hotel. In 1910, it was relocated to Ral Ral Avenue and is still published from there today. Its named changed to The Murray Pioneer in 1913, reflecting the regional coverage of the publication. Greatly accelerated development of the irrigation area following World War I led to an expansion of the paper with the formation of the present company, The Murray Pioneer Pty. Ltd. in 1921, with Mr. H.S. Taylor as governing director and editor – a position he held until his death in 1932. The Taylor family has been prominent in Country Press SA Inc., with four generations serving on the executive and four family members serving as president – W. Gilmore, Darnley, Paul and Ben. Mr Ben Taylor currently holds the position of chairman and managing director of the Taylor Group of Newspapers. The well-equipped offices and outer walls of the present building were built in 1960 and several alterations and additions have been made since that time. In 1978, the Cossar press, which had printed the paper for about 18 years, was replaced by a three-unit Goss Community web-offset

press, capable of printing 24 pages in one run, at a speed of 14,000 copies an hour. The paper became fully paginated with colour and mono pages sent direct to an imagesetter. In 2006, a further expansion of the press took place with the purchase of a Tensor ‘4 High’ unit from Chicago, USA. This required a larger pressroom and a substantial renovation and enlargement of the premises took place. At the same time a computer to plate (CTP) unit was purchased which replaced the imagesetter. An identical unit was purchased at the same time by sister company JC Irving & Co enabling valuable back up for both businesses in times of breakdowns. This further simplified the printing process enabling pages to be built on computer and sent in fours to the CTP unit to produce a press ready plate. A year later another Tensor ‘4 High’ unit was purchased which is today combined with the first Tensor unit and two Goss mono units. With the introduction of the world-wide web and internet service provider (ISP) ‘Riverland Internet’ was established late in 1995. It became the first ISP in the Riverland and The Murray Pioneer became the first paper in South Australia to have an online presence. All six of the Taylor Group of Newspapers are printed on the presses at Renmark along with several other contract print jobs. The Murray Pioneer has won numerous Country Press SA Inc. awards, including best front page four times (1998, 1999, 2006, 2008), and excellence in journalism twice (1999, 2010). It has also won best supplement twice, best sports picture and best editorial writing.

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September 10, 1892

The Renmark Pioneers’s first office was a tent

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March 24, 1966 – Glossop High School prefects

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June, 1960 – Miss Australia, Joan Stanbury, visited Renmark January 16, 2010 – N’Hanced dance party near Barmera. Shaun Holmes, of Berri, makes a spectacular sparkler display

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Weighed down with debts exceeding $22 million, Fletchers closed its doors for the final time in Berri at 5pm yesterday. The company’s remaining staff of approximately 100 people were informed of their fate on Wednesday, when creditors voted to liquidate the iconic Riverland transport business. The scores of unsecured Fletchers creditors are unlikely to recover any of their money, while employees will


need to rely on a Federal Government scheme to recover some of their entitlements. Fletchers’ assets are likely to be auctioned. This week’s outcome follows unsuccessful attempts to sell or restructure the Riverland-based Fletchers Group business, which included Fletchers Freighters, Fletchers Equipment and Fletchers Property. Last week Fletchers’ three interstate depots were shut down and 45 jobs lost, while managing director Barry Fletcher and his three children


were made redundant last Friday. The swift end to one of the Riverland’s most well established businesses came after administrators were voluntarily appointed on March 28. The unsuccessful attempt to sell the business as a going concern ultimately spelt its doom, according to administrator Sam Davies, of McGrathNicol. “(It) leaves us with little alternative other than to close the businesses down,” Mr Davies said. Administrators concluded that


a combination of factors had led to Fletchers’ dire financial state, including the Riverland economy – in particular the downturn in the winegrape industry – and National Foods’ decision to terminate its Berri operations. The 51 creditors and observers at the Chaffey Theatre on Wednesday afternoon heard Mr Davies explain that administrators believed Fletchers had been trading insolvent from January this year through to March 28, when McGrathNicol was appointed. (Continued page 2) PAGES 4-5 More on Fletchers’ demise

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exchange in Belgium. Renmark Paringa Council community services officer Poppy Papageorgiou said the Australia Day message from former councillor Louis Dimou and the acceptance speeches from award recipients were enjoyed by those present. “The speeches were well-presented and I think the award recipients felt honoured and appreciative of the recognition for their service to the community,� she said. Renmark students Bianca Punturiero and Kassie Heuzendroeder sang on several occasions, while Melbournebased Born in a Taxi theatre group and the Riverland Brass Band also provided entertainment.

Winemaker’s Australian honour By PAMELA PERRE

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Winery to close after 90 years

John Angove, of Angove Family Winemakers, based in Renmark, was awarded an AM which is a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Well-known winemaker John Angove received a special honour this Australia Day.

Division of the Order of Australia (AM). He was awarded the honour for his ‘service to the Australian wine industry, to the promotion

of the wine export market, to professional development and research and to a range of arts, conservation and charitable organisations’. Mr Angove said his award nomination came as a surprise. “There are things that I have done over the years that I don’t see as that dramatic,� he said. Mr Angove said his involvement with the wine industry dates back to his father’s involvement in the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia. “We have 38 years of family

involvement in the peak industry body,� he said. “I guess that’s a record that will be tough to beat.� Mr Angove has been involved with several things in the wine industry and the community having been a member and chaired various committees over the past 25 years. “I have enjoyed doing it, I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t enjoy it,� he said. “It’s a great industry and to have been able to contribute is rewarding.�



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Nearly 70 Renmano workers received the shock announcement this week that the Hardy Wine Company’s Renmark winery would be closed. The decision has stunned workers and union representatives, who were given no prior warning before the announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon. The company, formerly BRL Hardy, has indicated it will offer the majority of employees jobs at its Berri Estates winery at Glossop. But at least some of Renmano’s estimated 25 maintenance workers will be made redundant. The Renmano site will continue to be used for cellar door sales and storage purposes but winemaking production will be transferred to Berri Estates before next year’s vintage. The condition of the ageing winery and cost of redeveloping has been attributed to the decision to consolidate the company’s operations at its massive Glossop winery. “The Renmano winery is 90 years old and to continue winemaking operations would have required a multi-million dollar capital outlay to standards,� Hardy Wine Company managing director David Woods said. “The upshot (of moving operations to Berri Estates) will be greater long-term security for our large Riverland workforce.� Berri Estates crushed a record 163,000 tonnes this vintage, consolidating its position as the largest winery in the Southern Hemisphere. It has undergone a $120 million expansion in the past decade. “It is one of the five largest employers in

the Riverland region,� Mr Woods said. “The consolidation and expansion of operations at Berri would involve further planned capital expenditure of more than $30 million over the next three years. “This includes additional crushing facilities, refrigeration and other infrastructure work and the relocation of some storage, cooperage and fermenting equipment from Renmano to Berri Estates.� Australian Workers Union Riverland representative John O’Neill has criticised Hardy’s handling of the Renmano closure.

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Schubert’s Olympic p wish ih granted Loxton hockey star Grant Schubert fulfilled a lifelong dream by being selected for the Australian Olympic hockey team this week. He will be only the third Riverlander to compete at the Olympic games after rower Robert Lang and basketballer Pat Mickan. Schubert was the only South Australian in the national team that was announced on Wednesday. He said from his Perth training base yesterday that news of his selection had not sunk in. Schubert was a star from an early age and won the Riverland under 16 and senior best and fairest awards in the same season. • Full story - Page 40.

Grant Schubert playing for the Adelaide Hotshots in the national league. Photo courtesy The Advertiser

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R e n m a r k ’s A u s t r a l i a D a y celebrations offered a range of entertainment and inspiration for a crowd of more than 500 people at the Jarrett Memorial Gardens on Wednesday. The day began with a free breakfast served by Renmark Paringa Council representatives. Attendees welcomed the eight new Australian citizens taking their oath or affirmation on the day, including Riverland Farmers’ Market manager and American-born Linda Boucher, who now has dual citizenship. Mayor Neil Martinson congratulated Renmark winemaker John Angove for being awarded an Order of Australia before awarding the Citizen of the Year award to Paringa woman Ruth Christie and Community Event of the Year to the Renmark Club for its World Record Tinny Event. Junior Citizen of the Year went to Renmark’s Shaun Crouch. It was accepted by his father David because Shaun was on a Rotary


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Deluge causes widespread flooding PAGES 4-5 RIVERLAND RAVAGED: Paringa footballer Arrod Westley (right) horsing around with team-mates Tristan Jackson (left) and Andrew Lloyd on the flooded Paringa Oval on PHOTOS: David Sickerdick Wednesday. INSET: The trio take a break in the flooded coach’s box.

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Sitting member Karlene Maywald retained the seat of Chaffey with a resounding win in Saturday’s State Election. Mrs Maywald said she was pleased with the support shown to her. “I feel quite overwhelmed at the support I’ve received from the electorate,” she said. “I’m looking forward to getting on with the job.” Mrs Maywald said the result showed

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she still had the support of local constituents, despite claims she had defected to the Labor Party by becoming part of their ministry. “The commentators were suggesting there would be a backlash because I took on the River Murray portfolio,” she said. “I felt that (the portfolio) was more important than party politics.” Mrs Maywald celebrated her win with family and friends at her home on Saturday night. Before the election Mrs Maywald held the River Murray, Regional Development, Small

Business, Consumer Affairs and Science and Information Economy portfolios. Mrs Maywald said she was confident of retaining the River Murray portfolio. “Labour has a process it goes through with the appointment of ministers and I’m not part of that process,” she said. Mrs Maywald said she expects to know the fate of her ministerial positions towards the end of the week. Late yesterday, with 79.4 per cent of the vote counted, Mrs Maywald led comfortably with 8004 first preference votes. Election coverage pages 2 and 3.

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Dozens of Riverlanders were still without power yesterday afternoon, more than 40 hours after Tuesday night’s storm. Moorook emu farmer Wayne Piltz’s property was one of hundreds across the Riverland to suffer the effects of damaged power networks caused by lightning strikes. Without power from about

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6.30pm Tuesday until late yesterday, Mr Piltz described the outage as “very inconvenient”, however he escaped food losses experienced by many Riverland residents. “Luckily I’ve got a couple generators because I farm emus, so I’ve got access to power,” he said. “I’ve just had to run generators to get fridges and freezers going and to get a bit of hot water for the grandkids…to try and give them a bath.” Mr Piltz estimates 125mm of

rain fell on his property on Tuesday night. “The driveway’s just full of water and half the emu paddocks are just lakes,” he said. “We’ve been out on this place for 16 or 17 years and I’ve never seen water like that before.” Between Tuesday night and late yesterday ETSA Utilities crews responded to numerous outages in the region. According to ETSA listings,

about 100 Cooltong residents lost power on Tuesday from 8pm, while hundreds of residents in Bookpurnong, Bugle Hut, Gerard, Winkie, Chaffey, Renmark, Renmark North, Renmark West were in the dark from 5am Wednesday. Customers in Lyrup South, Moorook South, Loxton, Pata, Pata East, Ramco East and Waikerie lost power from Wednesday night, with power returning late yesterday. (Continued page 4)

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How we voted The first preference votes for the seat of Chaffey as at yesterday afternoon were: � Karlene Maywald (Nationals) 47.9 per cent. � Robert Potter (Labor Party) 9.5 per cent. � Anna Baric (Liberal Party) 28.4 per cent. � Graham McNaughton (Democrats) 1.4 per cent. � Rikki Lambert (Family First) 5.0 per cent. � Pam Kelly (The Greens) 2.4 per cent. The total ballot papers counted, as a percentage of electors enrolled, 79.4 per cent.


GLASSES RAISED: Dean Maywald congratulates his wife Karlene on her State Election win. Mrs Maywald saw increased support, PHOTO: ALICE PROKOPEC compared to last election. The Maywalds celebrated with supporters on Saturday night at Waikerie.


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By JUDY TAYLOR THE FIRST CUT Author: Dianne Emley Dianne Emley is a new author who spoke with and researched the Los Angeles Police Department extensively in order to write her crime thriller. The First Cut is the story of Franke Lynde, a blonde, beautiful and very convincing vice detective in Los Angeles. Playing the part of a prostitute in order to arrest men for soliciting was just a part of her job, but some thought that she enjoyed her job a little too much. When Frankie’s body is discovered abused and mutilated on a Pasadena hillside, officer Nan Vining is

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I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME Author: Nigel Smith This is the true story of a traumatic experience, when Nigel Smith was rushed to hospital with a brain lesion so big the radiologist thought the scan had been taken post-mortem. I Think There’s Something Wrong With Me is Smith’s unflinchingly honest, moving, yet hilariously funny account of this terrifying experience. It also covers his recuperation, from his time in hospital and the months in intensive care to the slow journey back to some kind of normality in a rehabilitation unit. Smith had careers

assigned to her case. It is Nan’s first case since returning to work after a vicious knifing by a mysterious and calculated attacker left her barely clinging to life. Her near death experience has stripped her of her old confidence, but it appears that she may have gained a new skill when Frankie’s dead body starts talking to her. Nan starts digging into Frankie’s past, setting her on the

as a journalist (sacked), busker (bottled off ), television producer (sacked twice), television writer (show axed), but was one of those lucky blokes who always got away with it. He’d landed a lovely woman, a nice house and car, and his wife was about to have their first baby when he discovered his medical condition. The road to recovery is long and hard, but Smith discharges himself from the rehab unit to be at the birth of his daughter.

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a killer. Nobody would suspect a model citizen but Nan’s newly realised sixth sense tells her there’s something terribly wrong about him.


ormer Berri Barmera Mayor, Margaret Evans, has moved from the fast track into a more sedate lane since she entered into retirement last year. Mrs Evans (pictured above) immigrated with her parents William, better known as ‘Scottie’, and Helen Benson and her sisters Georgina, Marie and Jean, from the Scottish village of Rento in 1952. “We settled in Renmark six weeks prior to my 16th birthday on October 14,” Mrs Evans said. “When I first arrived, I began work for Wood, Son and Seary as an office clerk, but was only there for six months before I moved to Berri to start nursing training. “I remained in Berri for three years as a nurse and planned to go to the Adelaide Hospital, but when my parents broke up and my mother returned to Scotland, I decided to move back to my family home in Renmark.” Mrs Evans remained in Renmark until her marriage to Vic ‘Blue’ Evans at the Berri Church of Christ in 1956.

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Margaret enjoying the easy life stone for a new senior citizens clubroom,” she said. “I was delighted to be part of the team who organised this building, which is still used today for the Riverland Farmers Market. “I was also pleased when the Berri bridge was built, although this was argued about for years.”

December 21, 2007 – life out of the fast lane for former Mayor Margaret Evans This is a book the author never thought he’d write, partly because he didn’t know he could write comedy, but mainly because he never thought the research would be so personal.

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and part cultural analysis. Siri Agrell didn’t mean to become a bad bridesmaid. It happened when she innocently asked, in a newspaper article, if it was really necessary

he couple moved back to Berri, where Mrs Evans has remained ever since. “Within the first six years of my marriage I had four children, Michele, Paul, Mark and Peter,” Mrs Evans said. Of her four children, three have remained Riverland residents, while Paul moved interstate to work for the Victorian Police. For 13 years, Mr Evans managed the Berri BP service station

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ne of the most controversial issues during her time as mayor was the proposal for the building of the Riverland Central Plaza in Berri. “When the council received a development application for the central plaza, we had to allocate land outside of the town centre to accommodate its size, and thus had to change the land use from horticulture to commercial,” Mrs Evans said. “This caused a long, bitter conflict.” “All of the neighbouring councils were opposed to it and it took four years to resolve, so it was a terrible time for all the councillors.”

Margaret Evans in her nursing days.


ince retiring last year, Mrs Evans has been enjoying her free time. “I enjoy spending time with my four great-grandchildren and 15 grandchildren, and I am also involved with the Berri Lions Club and the Uniting Church, and I am secretary of the Riverland Coral Group,” Mrs Evans said. “I also spent six weeks in






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Andamooka has been left with substantial damage bills after a record 86mm of rain last Thursday caused disastrous flash flooding, while Roxby Downs saw its highest rainfall on record. More than 30 houses were damaged in Roxby and about 15 houses in Andamooka flooded out, forcing an estimated 20 people to relocate. More than five retailers reported significant damage at the mall. “In general the township’s infrastructure managed the downpour fairly well considering the intensity but naturally a few building leaks were

reported,” Roxby Downs Council administrator Bill Boehm said. “The Cultural and Leisure Centre was affected but not to any major extent. “We are also aware of damage at Andamooka and the Roxby shopping centre so certainly this rainfall event shows how damaging thunderstorm events of this type can be. “At this stage we have no idea of cost involved but would anticipate most will be covered within our normal maintenance budgets with any issue that may require further investigation being met in ongoing budgets.”

Flooding at Olympic Dam temporarily stopped underground activities. A BHP spokesperson told the Roxby Downs Sun less than 20 BHP houses reported damage. “We are unsure of the total damage value at this stage,” the spokesperson said. “Immediately after the rain our priority was to deal with immediate safety concerns, we are now beginning to plan repairs where needed.” The spokesperson said damage ranged from water travelling through houses at floor level, to roof leaks and gyprock wall

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T HE RO X B Y DOWNS S UN is a free paper covering Roxby

Downs, the opal mining town of Andamooka, the rocket launching town of Woomera and the remote Far Northern Outback areas of South Australia. The paper was founded as the Northern Sun by the Willson family in 1988 and was purchased by Fairfax Media in 1991. At one stage the Willson family, which started out in 1940 with the Whyalla News, owned nine newspapers across the State. From its beginning right through to today, the newspaper has been produced by The Transcontinental team in the Port Augusta office. It began as an eight to 12 page paper and today has grown to 20 pages a week. On January 24, 2003, the Northern Sun had a change of identity, with the first edition of the year launching its new name of the Roxby Downs Sun. Readers were informed through a front page notice about the changes to their local paper. The statement assured readers that the newspaper would still “provide a strong and consistent community record of the events, the names, faces and achievers in the Roxby Downs region.” For about a decade preceding the relaunch, the paper had been a smaller magazine size. The Roxby Downs Sun returned to the Northern Sun’s original size, which has remained unchanged in the years since. In November of that year, the masthead changed from simple black newsprint to the striking blue and red title with the eyecatching yellow sun behind it. The masthead is still in use today. The paper has a full-time journalist based in Roxby Downs and a full-time sales representative in Rural Press’s Adelaide office on Greenhill Road. Unlike many country regional South Australian newspapers, the Sun is not the sole newspaper in its region. Since 2003, the


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Roxby Downs Sun has run in opposition with the council’s newspaper The Monitor. Despite now both being free to the community, the Sun still thrives with a solid reputation for tackling the big issues facing the expanding region. As the livelihoods of the main readership almost always are connected with mining – Olympic Dam and BHP Billiton have been intensively covered by the paper. As the population in the region is very transient, there has been a constant flow of interesting characters sweeping through the mining town, providing an array of personalities and interesting characters to profile each week. The Roxby Downs Sun has a strong future. With the expansion of Olympic Dam appearing certain to go ahead, the population of Roxby Downs and Andamooka are expected to double. BHP Billiton’s plans to expand the mine will generate thousands of new jobs for the region. The company says up to 6000 new jobs will be created during construction, a further 4000 full-time positions will be created at the expanded open pit mine, and an estimated 15,000 new indirect jobs across the State will be created. The jobs will be in a broad range of professions from construction and engineering to hospitality, transport, small business and more. The Roxby Downs Sun will continue with its strong coverage of the area, providing hard-hitting, in-depth reporting as Olympic Dam expands to become one of the world’s greatest mines and a major economic driver for the State.

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October 17, 1997 – New houses springing up at a rapid rate in Roxby Downs

November 11, 1988

June, 1992 – WMC’s Ian Lawrence, RDRC president David McNamara and John Brazel at Roxby Downs Racecourse opening ceremony

October 22, 1993 – Strike action moves into its seventh day at Olympic Dam mine

Testing transmissions of Roxby Downs’ new country radio station 105.1FM

October 14, 1988 – General manager of Olympic Dam operations, Mr Ian Duncan, in front of the Whenan headframe

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August 5, 1988

November 11, 1988

A top win at the State Tourism Awards

May 16, 2003 – The Olympic Dam mine site

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Roxby Districts have broken their Olympic Dam hoodoo on the biggest stage of all, smashing the Devils 13.7 (85) to 2.6 (18) in Saturday’s grand final. Following six straight years of elimination at the hands of Olympic Dam, including five grand final losses, Roxby Districts finally seized their day, running all over the Devils’ midfield on their way to the 67-point victory. For all the grand final coverage, see pages 19-20. Photo by Jennie Hall.

Cnr Jamieson & Kelly Streets.

January 24, 2003 – First issue of Roxby Downs Sun

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The Southern Argus, Thursday, June 2nd. 2011

Water Allocation Plan discussions continue in Strathalbyn meeting Another ‘water’ meeting in the Strathalbyn Town Hall, Wednesday night of last week brought an interested crowd, but not near as many as the inaugural water meeting back on March 28th this year. Have people got their answers, or have they given up in their fight for water allocation rights? If the lively crowd attending last week’s meeting in Strathalbyn are anything to go by, people are still seeking answers and they are by no means giving up and accepting of what may be forced upon them. With much more information on the table and a ‘draft water allocation plan’ available to peruse, producers and land owners collected as much written information as was available to them and then through the night they demanded to know more. With power point projections and learned people explaining the plans, much time was given to public question and comment from the floor and while some seemed to get irritated by the time taken up with others’ questions, most came away better informed, but not necessarily much happier. While the proposed Water Allocation Plan will set out the rules, give greater security, while protecting the resource, all existing users will have access to water, but environmental flows have to be

taken care of too. With water already felt to be over-allocated, it is expected that no new allocations will be allowed, as the system just can’t support more users - so no new businesses will be able to start up that there’s not water for. Reports show significant trends towards ground water salinity. Monitoring of fresh water fishes show a long term decline in populations. It’s quite clear we need all of our precious water for the growing of produce and the health of the environment. ‘So why are we allowing overseas purchases of our precious commodity, water?’ Still nobody will answer this one! It’s the first time there’s been any water allocation planning in the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges area, but other areas have gone through the process. The community feel they have the right to have input into the development of their own regional plan and are pushing to make this so, but in the mean time some are still struggling to understand exactly what is going to be thrust upon them. To continue, environmental flows, bi-passes

will have to be installed on dams, added cost to the owner, one man attending the meeting warned this would cost between $15 and $20 thousand, ‘Then you’ll have to pay for it, clean it out (the silt) and pay for inspections’ - more on-going costs that many land owners feel they can not afford. While one side talk about environmental flows, the other ask ‘Why aren’t we protecting the sea? There’s too much fresh water going out to see and ruining our sea grasses.’ they say. Already a new list of activities that require permits has arisen and included are new bores and dams, with checks being made to make sure these are built in the right places and constructed properly. Then there’s those dams that are already constructed, one man present spoke of trying to get permission to fix an eroding dam. Neither Natural Resource Management (NRM) or his local council, in this case the District Council of Mt Barker knew who should give permission for this very necessary work. Ariel photographs to assist in deciding the capacity of dams, via an appropriate equation was not taken on board well by dam owners, who explained there were many variables. One woman, an olive grower attending said

she’d ‘never seen so much animosity between land owners and an environmental group before.’ Land owners and food growers are still feeling very uncertain and asking, ‘Where is our security?’ There is much people still want to know and this meeting simply did not have the right people to answer all of the many questions answered. It’s in everyone’s interests to get this right. Sharon Starick, the

SA MDB NRM Board’s Presiding Member said, “We were really pleased to see such a solid turn out by people from the Strathalbyn area and even others from outside the region. In fact one person said they were from Tibooburra in north western NSW. “Those who came along brought with them a wide variety of views and interests, including locals who wanted to find out more in detail about the draft Water Allocation Plan

or had questions about specific aspects of the plan and how they might be affected. Others had questions about the Natural Resources Management Act, which we were happy to take on board and in some cases provide answers following the meeting. “It was clear that there’s a lot of genuine interest from the community about the WAP process. And as a Board we are committed to giving the community

the opportunity to find out about the WAP and how it may affect them. Besides the public meetings, the Board will be holding 10 shed meetings in June which will be more local, allow people to ask questions and discuss issues in a smaller group.” Ms Starick said. “In return we are also keen to get feedback so we can develop the best Water Allocation Plan for the area - one that is fair and meets the needs of landowners and the environment.”

Graham Arthy from Paris Creek and Peter Manuel from Strathalbyn with the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC.

Procrastination on regulator removals Confusion, contradiction and procrasti- remove them, it was ‘During a recent it should happen ‘as And the longer it’s nation are the messages being received by impossible to give funding re-announce- quickly as possible’. there, the greater the ‘Meanwhile, his damage. completion dates ment stunt at Goolwa long-suffering residents about the removal but that’s what they Federal River Murray state counterpart ‘The people of the of regulators around the Goolwa Channel at gave. M i n i s t e r B u r k e Paul Caica is hoping Lower Lakes were Clayton and Currency Creek. ‘Now we learn the expressed his frustra- the Currency Creek h o o d w i n k e d i n t o Local MP Adrian Pederick said it was now clear the state Labor government had made promises about the regulators it could not keep.

‘The written commitment to remove them by May 6 this year was never going to be met,’ he said. ‘Without clear plans on exactly how to

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method of removal of Clayton is still to be approved. ‘Worse still, the government doesn’t know how it will remove the Currency Creek regulator.


tion at how long the Clayton regulator removal is taking. ‘He is reported to have said his government recognises the need to get the regulator out and that

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submission on the construction of these regulators and now they’re being treated with contempt by a state Labor government that doesn’t care.’

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June 27, 1868 June 2, 2011

T HE SO U THE RN AR GUS and River Murray Advertiser first hit the

streets 146 years ago, in March, 1866. Launched by Ebenezer Ward, it was published from The Globe Hotel in Freeling Street, Port Elliot, on SA’s South Coast. The paper continued to be produced at Port Elliot for just over two years before its headquarters moved to Strathalbyn. It was first printed at Strathalbyn on April 18, 1868, and it is still published there today by the Jones family. Being one of the first non-metropolitan newspapers in the state, the paper demanded quite a large circulation area in those early days, with reports of the paper being distributed to towns along the length of the Murray River as far east as Albury. This would probably justify early claims of it being the ‘River Murray Advertiser’. The river in those days was the life-line of commerce for the areas it ran through and was competitively serviced by a large fleet of wood-fired, steam driven paddle boats and barges, some restored and in use today. The Southern Argus has always been independently owned. Mr Joseph Elliott bought the paper in partnership with William Fisher in 1871. Mr Fisher did not stay long and when Mr Elliott died in 1883 the paper was run by his son, Joseph W. Elliott, who was a driving force in the formation of the Provincial Press Association of South Australian in 1912. He was president of the association in 1914-1915. Mr Joseph W. Elliott, with his son, Cecil, was also responsible for starting the Victor Harbor Times in 1912. The Times is now published by Fairfax Media which bought it from the Willson family’s S.A. Regional Media company in March, 1991. The Southern Argus became a partnership when Cecil and Mr George Jones joined forces in September, 1940. Their partnership continued until 1969 when Cecil died. Since that time the paper has been published by the Jones family who have been involved

with printing and the newspaper for four generations. The family members have also been involved in the extensive revolution that has occurred in newspaper production, right through from the handset letterpress days to the present era of digital imaging and high speed offset printing. Early editions of The Southern Argus were only four pages – about half of the paper was advertising, including most of the front page. By mid-June, 1868, the date line of The Southern Argus read ‘Strathalbyn’, indicating that the headquarters of the Southern Argus Printing Works had been relocated to Commercial Road, Strathalbyn, where this beautiful building still stands today as commercial and domestic premises. The Southern Argus carried both local and news from much farther a-field in June, 1868, and interesting news headings of this era included reports from the District Councils of Macclesfield, Yankalilla and Strathalbyn. Correspondence was received from various people on a wide range of subjects, much like today’s ‘Letters to the Editor’ with Murray River trade and the proposed Incorporation of Strathalbyn being issues of those days in mid-1868. The 20th June issue of 1868 included articles titled ‘The Charms of the Trapeze’ and ‘The Transfusion of Blood’, the latter coming from The New York Nation, with a whole column of the issue devoted to the subject, the last paragraph reading: “There are 76 recorded cases of transfusion, notwithstanding the thousands of instances where it might have been serviceable; for wherever death threatens through loss of blood there is a possibility of saving life by this mode of treatment.”

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Southern Argus Printing Works in the late 1800s

An intertype machine used for forming type slugs (lines of type) in the hot metal process

The Globe Hotel – site where first Southern Argus was printed

This advertisement is from mid-1868

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Advertisements from The Southern Argus in 1868

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Strathalbyn not consulted

Jill (Victoria Thaime) the young assistant vet and Gus Howard producer of ‘Rain Shadow’ on the Callington set.

Prior to the release of this document, on Tuesday the Board of the Strathalbyn Racing Club had not been consulted regarding this Strategic Plan. The Chairperson of Strathalbyn Racing Club Mr Keith Pridham has advised due to the lack of consultation with the Clubs it is extremely difficult to take this matter seriously. The Strathalbyn Racing Club’s delegate to SARCC (South Australian Racing Clubs Council) Ms Sharon Cimarosti also advised that at no stage had SARCC had the opportunity to have any input or

to their meetings and their membership drive recently has boosted membership numbers to almost four hundred and not too many clubs can boast that amount of members. He said the support given by various local people and businesses had been great and in turn the club was able to support owners and trainers better than other places.

Report biased

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farming district which is in demise, the result of ten years of drought. The foothills and plains close to Adelaide are

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Keith Pridham, Chairperson of the Strathalbyn Racing Club

Head of the Strathalbyn Trainers Association, Fred Meuring, said the report was disgraceful and so biased and that there will be a hell of of fight if implemented. Fred pointed out that the Strathalbyn track is the second biggest training centre outside of Morphettville in the State with fifty four trainers using the facility, there being only thirty seven utilising the Murray Bridge track. Fred said the redevelopment of the Murray Bridge facility for $50 million was pie in the sky with no concrete figures mentioned and he didn’t believe that too much consultation had gone on with the Strathalbyn club. Fred mentioned that the country tracks were

The Southern Argus, Thursday, September 27th. 2007

The main development decline at Australia’s newest zinc mine has been named the “Rankine Decline” after the family that founded and named the township of Strathalbyn.

Thoroughbred Racing SA has released a five year strategic blueprint for the future of the thoroughbred racing industry in SA, a plan that will reduce Strathalbyn in status as a leading country track in the state, as it is now. of the Thoroughbreds. This merge is seen by all involved parties and the Alexandrina Council as a positive move for the community and the tourism industry in the Fleurieu Peninsula. The committee of the Strathalbyn Racing Club have made considerable comments regarding the futuristic merge and the benefit to Racing in SA. Currently, Cranbourne in Victoria is racing 3 codes with great success. Other clubs in Western Australia and Tasmania are considering the same possibility. Currently TRSA has not considered the merge as a viable option for the survival of the Strathalbyn Racing Club. The Board of the Strathalbyn Racing Club has investigated trainer numbers in provincial South Australia, currently Strathalbyn has 30% more trainer numbers than Murray Bridge. The board questions how TRSA has suggested in the strategic plan to redevelop Murray Bridge when trainers have clearly shown a preference to reside in the Strathalbyn area. Mr John Glaetz (TRSA Board Member) advised Mr Keith Pridham (Chairperson Strathalbyn Racing Club) the strategic plan was not set in concrete and there was still a possibility of alterations. Mr Glaetz also advised Mr Pridham that a meeting will be arranged with the Strathalbyn Racing Club, Alexandrina Council and TRSA to discuss all options for the future of racing at Strathalbyn. With the Alexandrina Council appalled by the

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The plan calls for mergers of country clubs including Strathalbyn to merge with Murray Bridge and potentially the Oakbank and Mindarie-Halidon clubs into one entity based at a redeveloped Murray Bridge facility leaving Strathalbyn to hold four meetings a year. The report was complied by the TRSA Chief Executive Ivan Hart and his management team, who said it would be open to further industry discussion prior to any implementation. Wayne Jackson former Chief Executive Officer of the AFL who acted as facilitator and had strategic input into the plan said “ Although the idea of a merger or venue closure can stir up a lot of emotions, there are plenty of precedents where the clubs and their communities are now enjoying the benefits of some tough but responsible decisions taken in the 1990’s”.

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Introducing the official guests Terramin’s Dr. Kevin Moriarty said “Today marks an important milestone in the growth of Terramin Australia, and one for South Australia’s mining history. This tunnel excavation before us is the entrance to the first significant zinc mine in this State”. “Although this Kanmantoo region is the first metal mining belt in Australia, no zinc was mined here, and there has been only small scale mining or quarrying for zinc elsewhere in South Australia”. “In the nineteenth century, zinc in sulphide form could not be extracted from the ore, so the nearby Wheal Ellen, Strathalbyn and Aclare mines only recovered the lead and silver”. “Here at the Angas Mine, we will mine 400,000 thousand tonnes of ore each year and will also have the first processing plant in South Australia producing zinc and silver-lead-gold concentrates”. “At current metal prices, the mine will produce revenues of over half a billion dollars over its current life”. “On this significant occasion for the region we are pleased to welcome the Honourable the Minister for Mineral Resources, Paul Holloway; Mr Bob Rankine, representative of the founding family of Strathalbyn; Mr Charles Irwin, chair of the Community Consultative Committee; ladies and gentlemen”. “It is traditional to name the entry tunnels to mines, (called declines) and I now invite the

metals mining operation to an Australian capital city, just 60 kilometres from Adelaide. Terramin Australia’s Executive Chairman, Dr Kevin Moriarty, said today that the Rankine Decline was named in recognition of strong contributions to the Strathalbyn community over many years by the various Rankine family groups - including founding and naming the Strathalbyn township. Minister Holloway said the choice of name was appropriate. “The town of Strathalbyn was named by Dr John Rankine. Dr R a n k i n e ’s b r o t h e r, William was the driving force behind the families’ emigration half way around the world from Scotland to Australia. Mr Bob Rankine who joins us here today is the great grandson of William Rankine,” Mr Holloway said. “Dr John Rankine arrived in South Australia in 1839 aboard the Fairfield. Among the ship’s passengers were members of the Rankine family, and a substantial

Janet and Bob Rankine for whose family the ‘Rankine Decline’ was named, talking with the Hon Paul Holloway, Minister for Mineral Resources. Parliament. or Gaelic work meaning, September 27, “While on the topic2007 of so I am told, “an open naming places, the name valley with a river”,

number of other families who followed Dr Rankine and also settled at Strathalbyn. Dr John Rankine became a JP in 1849 and later a member of the South Australian

“Strathalbyn” is also interesting. The name is composed of two words, “Strath” being a Scottish,

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“It is also interesting to note that one of the early industries in the areas and, “Albyn” being taken was the mining of copper from “Albion Iron Mills”, and silver, starting in hence the origin of the 1848 with the formation name. of the Strathalbyn Mining

Company. This was followed two years later by the Glenalbyn mine with Dr John and William Rankine among its directors.”

Strathalbyn Woodshed assists CFS

Members of The Woodshed have recently made and delivered a unique set of lockers for the Strathalbyn CFS. The Woosdshed workers took the CFS’s design and used computer cutting for the

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No time for a picnic in Strathalbyn’s park, that is not until the rubbish from recent oods is cleaned away.

Floods bring good with the bad Across Strathalbyn and districts, floods have been a part of life for as far back as memory goes and will continue to be so for many, many years to come, bringing destruction and lifegiving nourishment at the same time. It has been noticed more and more that people are better observing the River Angas that runs through the heart of Strathalbyn. While the peak of the most recent deluge is said to have occurred around 3am and not too many people saw it, those levels of Tuesday morning, before sun-up were clearly indicated by trash left behind in our parks and gardens determining the high water mark. While Tuesday was not a day for a picnic in the park, with picnic tables and benches covered by trash, many people were out observing the very soggy park from every angle and snapping away with their cameras so as

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to be able to retain these views for history’s sake. Among these observers was a couple from Western Australia who were interested to gain knowledge of Strathalbyn and where its flood waters ended up. They had been to Sugars Beach on Hindmarsh Island the previous day, having heard about the area via their local media and from the beach, viewed the Murray Mouth and surrounds, including the Goolwa Barrage and the working dredge. Most damage is only superficial in the parks and gardens and will be cleared away when the waters recede. •Continued on Page 8

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September 16, 2010

Alexandrina Mayor Kym McHugh welcoming Sydney 2000 Gold Archer Simon Fairweather home to Strathalbyn

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Strathalbyn Rotary are doing what they call Community Service and have provided funds and the man power for the court yard paving job. Work began on stage one from the ground up and those involved say it was quite slow progress. With an 8am start, stage two was completed last Saturday, after stage one, which was very much a learning curve

was completed back in mid January in very hot conditions. Museum chairman, Dave Finnie said that Terry Jarred’s experience in paving has been pivitol to the volunteers learning a new trade in many cases and doing a good job. Last Saturday was cooler and a much better day for paving and it helps that all involved are now much more learned in the

The museum has recently extended its displays to include tributes to two groups in wartime Strathalbyn.

finer arts of the task. The Museum volunteers are very grateful for the support Rotary has given to lay the pavers donated by Littlehampton Bricks. Dave said, “It’s a job that’s needed doing for some time and it’s going to greatly improve the museum’s court yard which will be quite a pleasant place to sit, relax and enjoy the colourful garden plantings, while thinking about what you have seen and what you wish to see next in this wonderful historic collection from our past.

Firstly they have honoured the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in WW1 and WW2 by preparing a slide show with information about each. The slides include names, ranks and service numbers as well as other information such as the unit in which they served. Photographs have been included where they are available. Adjacent is their tribute to the people of Strathalbyn who during the war, like people all over Australia, put a massive effort into fund-raising and support for the fighting forces. One of the major fund raisers, the Red Cross, was involved in a country wide appeal to raise funds to send food and comfort parcels to POWs. Strathalbyn residents not only billeted the soldiers, they provided a range of entertainments as well. This care frequently extended to the families of the servicemen. The museum also has on display army Sister Ada ‘Ruth’ Fischer’s uniform, army Sister Betty Westwood’s nursing cape and army Captain Louis Thring’s

Steamranger operations maintain historic rail links SteamRanger Heritage Railway president Ben Greeneklee presented safety vests last Saturday to six members of a recently initiated Strathalbyn based Volunteer Track and Station Yard Improvement Team. Mr Greeneklee said the group will operate between Strathalbyn and the Goolwa Depot, with responsibility for regular light track/trackside inspections and maintenance. It fulfills an important ongoing need by SteamRanger and compliments existing track teams covering Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and the Goolwa to Victor Harbor sections of the railway. In addition, team members recognise SteamRanger’s operations in maintaining the important historic link rail has with Strathalbyn

as well as future tourist potential and have commenced servicing heritage aspects threatened by vandalism and ongoing effects of the weather within the Station Yard precinct. Volunteers presently meet Monday mornings in the Goods Shed at 9.30am and would greatly appreciate and welcome additional support from residents, male or female, retired or otherwise, prepared to contribute a few hours each week on a variety of identified light tasks.

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Rotary work with volunteers at Strathalbyn Museum Pallets of pavers have become paving in the Strathalbyn National Trust Museum’s court yard, thanks to the generosity and man power of the Strathalbyn Rotary.

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Interest has been shown in forming a Saturday Volunteer Team to assist the Monday group’s track work programme from April/May for the Southern Encounter season. In closing, Mr Greeneklee said “SteamRanger is predominantly operated by volunteers and offers a wide variety of tasks including station staffing, Strathalbyn Rotary and Museum volunteers, Trevor Riches, Warren Doman, John Balajewicz, John ticket and shop sales, True and Ken Knight prepare the site. train operations and passenger service, inspection and maintenance of track and infrastructure and operation, restoration and maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock.” and added, “Volunteers are able to undertake a variety of training options and if interested initial contact may be made by ringing SteamRanger.”

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uniform - all three served in the Pacific region. Captain Thring was mentioned in despatches and his citation is also displayed The Army Museum at Keswick was able to assist the museum in completing the uniforms and with the loan of a large camouflage net. Also of interest, and next to the volunteer display, is an Irvinsuit, kindly donated by a museum volunteer. In the early days of WW2, pilots wore such suits for high altitude flying, since they were said to withstand temperatures as low as 50º Celsius below zero. The museum welcomes all contributions to its collection of Strathalbyn memorabilia. In particular if anyone has an old Strathalbyn High School hat and tie they are willing to part with, the museum will gratefully accept and take good care of them. Old photographs are always sought and at the moment they would appreciate wartime photos of local service men and women.

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that flows to the sea and keeps the Murray Mouth open without the necessity for dredges. The Coalition has again called for more Federal funding for businesses in the Goolwa area affected by the continuing water crisis. The Member for Mayo has previously called for a $50 million assistance package for the people of Goolwa and the Lower Lakes. While 4,800gl was the median flow over the Victorian/South Australian border, Mr Pederick said that 4,000gl is needed to keep and maintain a healthy River, Lakes and Coorong and the Murray Mouth open without dredging. Mr Pederick said presently 350gl passed Wellington and that this was the absolute minimum to retain water quality above Wellington. It was clearly agreed by all present at Goolwa that proper management of the whole Murray Darling system was necessary, with Mr Hockey suggesting more stringent policing of water useage.


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Minister for Water Security Karlene Maywald says a decision on whether or not a temporary weir below Wellington is required will be reassessed at the end of August. “Every month, the South Australian Government analyses seasonal forecasts and advice from the MurrayDarling Basin Authority to take into account the impacts on the Lower Lakes,” she said. “Decisions such as the recent decision to cease pumping into Lake Albert also impact on whether we need to build the weir or not. “A decision to commence construction will depend on local rainfall in South Australia and interstate over the coming months. “Reassessing the situation at the end of August will give us enough time to

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Strathalbyn had unfinished business with Willunga, having gone under to them in the previous two grandfinals but it was a case of job done last Saturday when they won their first A grade flag in ten year in beating the Demons by three points.

determine how the winter season is unfolding and whether rainfall and inflows are going to be sufficient to improve the current critical drought situation. “The State Government is closely monitoring salinity levels in Lake Alexandrina and has also secured 50 gigalitres of freshwater for the Lower Lakes, which will be delivered in 2009-10. “The temporary weir remains an emergency measure in case drinking water supplies are at risk. •Continued on Page 8

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Despite a late move to shift the grand final venue from Langhorne Creek, the Goolwa club had everything in tip top condition to host a nail biting finish which saw the Demons with the last kick of the day a chance to snatch victory but the shot at goal after the siren was off target leaving Strathalbyn three points in front. ISSN 1834-3902

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At the conclusion of the A grade before a grandfinal crow slightly down on last year, Andrew Smith from West End handed out the medal for Best On Ground to Strathalbyn captain Nathan Duffield, while Glen Rosser from the Community Football Board handed out the player premiership medals and president Gordon Tonkin with assistance from Great Southern secretary Kevin Curran handed over the shield and the Faulkner Cup to Rooster coach Peter Simmons and captain Nathan Duffield. Willunga didn’t go home empty handed as they beat Strathalbyn in the Reserves final by fifty three points, while Victor Harbor snared the two colts premierships in beating Langhorne Creek in the Senior Colts by thirty two points and the Junior Colts by fifty seven points over Willunga.

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Standing room only at Water Meeting Around one thousand people attended last Monday night’s Water Meeting in the Strathalbyn Town Hall, many standing inside and out and listened to proceedings through a public address system, while another 200 were turned away.

Graham Fisher was thrilled to meet and talk with John Darley - Independent MLC after Monday night’s water meeting at Strathalbyn.

With producers not in favour of the prospect of metering on their bores, dams and large tanks, the feeling was that it was time to tell the Government of their displeasure of the likelihood of paying for rain water which falls from the sky. Senator Nick Xenophon chaired the meeting and after welcoming all, the proceedings were under way, with introductory speeches and very soon the microphone was passed around for questions from the huge number in attendance. In general, Paul Caica - Minister for the Envoronment and Water answered the many questions, but many feel his answers still did not explain with sufficient satisfaction, what may be ahead for producers. Attending were people from many walks of life, from Kangaroo Island and Parawa in the south, to the South East, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa, almost all areas of the State, Queensland and NSW. While it is said that domestic and stock water will not be charged for, but commercial water will be, people were wanting to know where stock water changes to commercial, with one man from Kangaroo Island explaining that his stock needed water, then added that his business was aquaculture and his stock, fish... Minister Caica impressed on all gathered that the proposed licensing and metering system would bring about a suitable way of managing the precious resources we have and went on to say, ‘this is a process that has to be assisted by the community.’

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but coming to consultative meetings with their minds already made up on which direction the process will take. Food-producers and Landowners Action Group SA (FLAGSA) chairman Norm Goodall and spokesperson Peter Maunel were impressed and quite overwhelmed with the number who turned out for the meeting, they feel just having the people there was enough, without them speaking up and telling the Government ‘We don’t want this!’ Domestic and stock water is exempt, but anyone who grows stock for profit becomes a commercial entity and will ultimately be charged for the water they use. Many look at stock not just being horses, sheep, cattle, pigs and goats, but fruit and vegetables too. Metering bores, dams (over five megalitre or more) and rain water tanks is only the thin edge of the wedge and every property owner, even in the towns is concerned as to how long before metering will be extended to include rain water collection, even in domestic tanks... People spoke of bullying from Natural Resource Management officers and Mr Goodall said “The act needs to be repelled, when the outlaw bikie gangs have more civil rights than the food producers.” Mr Maunel said, “Murderers and rapists have more protection to remain silent than food producers!” Questions were asked about the desalination plant, Torrens River catchment run-off and proposed extensions to Adelaide’s reservoirs,

their water needs. Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire told those gathered that Family First is already acting on the concerns being raised and will take further action where required. “I moved amendments last week in the debate on the NRM (Review) Bill which tackles issues that constituents have raised with us already,” Mr Brokenshire said and added, “I’ve moved strongly on the charging for rainfall because metering of bores in the South East came with a promise not to charge for it, yet here we are years later with them being charged. The ban on levying has to start from the Act to bind all Governments for all time.” A show of hands of people who would not put a meter on their dams was around 70 to 80% of those within eye sight at the water meeting - a good message for the Minister to take back to North Terrace. While ten public consultation meetings have already been held in the Western Mt Lofty Ranges area, producers say that these were held when they were at their busiest time of the year, making it impossible for many of them to attend. Organisers say many questions put to Monday night’s meeting were not satisfactorily answered - not answered in black and white! Mr Manuel has received phone calls from interested people as far away as Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with Queensland especially interested and very very worried about what’s going to happen. Mr Manuel said, “Producers know water is a precious resource, so why are the politicians selling off our water rights to overseas investors, with 30 billion dollars sold so far. Investors are purchasing our water rights, with almost no Government

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confirmed the incidents. “It’s disgusting,” he said. “This sort of thing happened 20-30 years ago but it’s unacceptable today. “It happened two weeks in a row and it’s totally wrong and Joel’s family was in the crowd. “We have three Aboriginal kids at the club and we don’t believe they should have to put up with this.” The Herald understands in both cases no player or club official from Gawler Central or Freeling was involved. When Willaston hosted Gawler Central a Tiger supporter is alleged to have said to Campbell, “go back to your tribe”, a remark which drew disapproving glances from the Central bench. Ironically a Gawler Central player, who had been the beneficiary of a 50metre penalty after a late tackle by Campbell, turned to the supporter and said “that’s crap”. It is understood that the Gawler Central players and football officials offered an apology to Campbell after the game. They also discussed the vilification issue at training the following week and declared the issue unacceptable. At Freeling, Campbell was involved in a football

VILIFIED: Willaston playmaker Joel Campbell in action at Gawler Central ahead of Jake Asher. collision with young Freeling star Max Doherty with the latter coming out worse for wear. Players from both sides were involved in a scuffle and as a result, Freeling’s Shane Schubert, a former teammate of Campbell’s at SANFL club North Adelaide, was sent off. A female spectator, well known to Doherty, allegedly

called out to Campbell that he was a ‘black c..” Freeling playing coach Malcolm Greenwood said he wasn’t aware of the language at the time. “It was brought to my attention afterwards but I don’t know too much about the details,” he said. “As far as I know the matter is being dealt with in the correct manner.

“We have a committee to deal with things like that but as coach I can say absolutely that this is not what our club is about. “I was very surprised to hear that it had come from our crowd. “Every Saturday there’s plenty of things said in the crowd, but when it’s racial we have no tolerance for that.”

Campbell, who was rookie-listed by AFL club Melbourne was recruited to Willaston from SA Amateur League club Gepps Cross. He has been named among the Donnybrooks best in three of the four games played so far and has been pivotal in helping his team compile a 3-1 win-loss record.


WILLASTON footballer Joel Campbell has only played four games for the club but already been racially vilified twice. The unacceptable, offensive language allegedly occurred during the round two clash with Gawler Central and the round three encounter with Freeling. Robin ‘Nobby’ Symes, president of the Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association confirmed a complaint regarding racial vilification had been lodged and would be discussed by the association directors at their next scheduled meeting on Monday. “In fairness to the clubs concerned I am unable to give any further information but a statement will be issued when the matter has been resolved,” he said. “What I can say is that vilification of any sort is unacceptable. Considering the amount of education about the issue any use in society cannot be tolerated and it is most disappointing we have a complaint.” Willaston president Ray Cockshell also declined to speak ahead of the hearing. However Campbell’s coach Justin Irving




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Early issues contained interesting local advertisements as well as many references to post-war issues such as security loans and national service. Obituaries of local identities, church news and weddings received detailed coverage in this period. Like many country newspapers, sport was also given prominence in its columns. Today, the Herald, which is managed by Tony Swan and printed at Murray Bridge, continues to be a community voice for residents of the Barossa Valley, Gawler and surrounding areas. Based in Tanunda, it boasts South Australia’s largest circulation figure for a country newspaper, with 21,400 free copies printed weekly. Each edition is compiled by local employees, making sure the newspaper is available every Wednesday morning. The Herald has covered all major events in the area, including the 2005 North and South Para River floods, the 1994 Nuriootpa siege and the 2010 Kapunda triple murder. It has also documented the many success stories of the region, including homegrown cycling world champion Jack Bobridge. The paper is a strong supporter of the community averaging $20,000 each year in sponsorships, prizes and donations to local charities. It is also one of only a few regional Australian newspapers that can be viewed in its entirety on-line. Through the Real View program, readers are able to keep up-to-date with all that is happening in the Barossa, Gawler and surrounding areas even when outside of the circulation area. The Herald is an award-winning newspaper – it won the Country Press Inc. award for best sports photograph in 2008 and 2009 and excellence in journalism in 2009. It also won the Older People Speak Out National Award in 2009. One of the Herald’s strengths is being part of the national Fairfax Media group, but make no mistake, the Herald is a local newspaper.

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September 30, 1939 – Local cricketer wins top cricket trophy. The record set in the 1938-39 season against Port Adelaide still stands

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October 12, 1988 – Roseworthy’s Gary Heath takes an unscheduled flight at the Marrabel Rodeo

January 10, 1974 – The 1973 Blanchetown Pistol Club trophy winners

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CRASH: Nuriootpa harness trainer-driver Marcus Hearl was counting his good fortune after a spectacular fall at Sunday’s Kapunda harness meeting. Hearl, 66, suffered bruising to a hip and his chest after crashing (pictured above) from his trotter Running Image in the Peter Lehmann Trot. “My mare put in a rough stride and moved in which saw me lock wheels with Tiroroa Glory driven by Danielle Hill,” Hearl said. “As a result Running Image broke and as the wheels came apart my left wheel collapsed tipping me to the track. It was the first fall I’ve had in quite a while and I’m not in a hurry for another.” The Kapunda club reported a crowd in excess of 700 for the eight race meeting. The holdings for both the on-course tote and two bookmakers were up on recent returns. The club’s main Cup meeting will be held on Sunday, March 8.


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gathered from the medical facilities. An inquiry was launched and police met with Mrs Kennedy on May 26. Shortly after this interview Mrs Kennedy admitted herself to the Kapunda Hospital. She was arrested last Wednesday as she was discharged. Money raised on her behalf is now with police.

CAROLINE Miller, Cancer Council SA acting chief executive, was surprised when the Herald requested confirmation about a $7000 donation to a Kapunda woman. “Cancer Council SA is unable to fund cancer treatment for individual patients,” Ms Miller said. “We are only able to provide a single payment per patient, at a maximum of $250. Phone calls were made to other cancer organisations and each group was able to confirm they had not donated money to Shirley Kennedy. For three weeks, the Herald made phone calls to more cancer support groups. At the same time, the paper was in contact with Sydney hospitals. No record of Mrs Kennedy could be found - her name did not appear on any hospital list of future patients. Two Sydney hospitals pointed out the treatment described was “misleading” and one spokesperson advised the paper to treat the information as “serious”. Since Mrs Kennedy’s arrest, the Herald has received feedback from people who are angry and upset with her actions. One Kapunda woman, a cancer patient herself, said she even lent her own wigs to Mrs Kennedy out of sympathy.

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The family was renting a house on Harriet Street after moving to the town earlier this year. Neighbours and a handful of Kapunda residents, who gathered near the home at midday on Monday, described the family as quiet. Kapunda resident Rob, in his early 20s, said he was at the Rowe’s house on Friday night with his best mate who was dating Chantelle Rowe. He said music was played but nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. Next-door neighbour Lisa Naine said she had arrived at her home at about 10pm on Sunday but heard nothing during the night coming from the Rowe’s home. Early Tuesday morning the bodies were removed from the house with post mortem examinations to be conducted in Adelaide. The Rowe’s leave behind their 25-year-old son Chris, who was holidaying in Queensland when news of the tragedy broke. Supt. Moyle said, “Any other information from anyone in the community about anyone acting suspicious in the area or if anyone saw anyone with injuries to themselves or any blood-stained clothing, please contact police immediately.” Crimestoppers can be contacted on 1800 333 000. For tributes turn to Page 4




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UNAWARE: Rebecca Cooke (left) and Leanne Starkey innocently supported alleged cancer conwoman Shirley Kennedy (centre). Kennedy again on May 22 - to work through some of the inaccuracies. She willingly supplied new details, including the names of three doctors who would care for her at the St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. But again, this information proved to be inaccurate. The paper then alerted police and provided records of information

By MICHELLE O’RIELLY & ELIZABETH HENSON THE murder of three Kapunda residents has left the close-knit community in fear as police hunt their killer. Andrew and Rose Rowe, and their 16-year-old daughter Chantelle, were discovered dead in their Harriet Street home on Monday at about 10am. Superintendent Grant Moyle from Major Crime yesterday (Tuesday) confirmed police were treating the discovery as a triplehomicide. “I can certainly confirm that all members of the family have suffered a number of injuries to their body,” he said. “There was certainly one attacker, there may be more, but again further examination of the scene will help confirm that.” Supt. Moyle said the murders occurred between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Police yesterday revealed they did not have any suspects. Supt. Moyle explained, “The offender is still outstanding and I would suggest that the offender or offenders should be considered dangerous. “If anyone does know who they are or have suspicions about individuals please contact police immediately. Don’t try to engage them in conversation or deal with them.”



THE Herald played a major part in alerting police about Shirley Kennedy - the woman who tried to scam her community out of thousands of dollars. Mrs Kennedy claimed to have breast cancer and conducted fundraiser activities to help with expensive treatments. Kapunda and Nuriootpa police now allege she does not have cancer and has stolen money from those who believed her. Last Wednesday, the 41-year-old from Kapunda, was charged with theft by deception and attempt theft by deception. A day later police arrested a 31-year-old Kapunda man on the same two charges. Both have been bailed to appear in the Tanunda Magistrate’s Court in September. The Herald first heard of Mrs Kennedy’s plea in early May. She was seeking funds to support treatment for breast cancer. Mrs Kennedy said the bill for her medical treatment at a Sydney hospital would reach $20,000, as she was to undergo a procedure not available in South Australia. She also claimed the Cancer Council had given her $7000. The Herald, intended to support Mrs Kennedy’s cause and interviewed her at her home on May 7. At the time she was being supported by community members including Leanne Starkey and Rebecca Cooke - who were helping to organise a garage sale where the proceeds would go towards the treatment. Leanne and Rebecca have since expressed their distress over the alleged scam and are too upset to speak publicly. When the Herald sought to validate the claims of treatment and funding, several inaccuracies were found, and a decision was made not to run the story. However, Mrs Kennedy’s call for assistance did lead to stories and photos appearing in The Leader, The Bunyip and The Advertiser. In one case, her bank details were printed. The Herald arranged to interview Mrs


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STRATHALBYN - A Strathalbyn man has been charged with the murder of a 28-year-old woman, believed to be from a Victor Harbor address, following the discovery of her body in a car on Tuesday, April 26. At about 12.45pm, police attended Lowana Road after a Strathalbyn man found the body of a woman wrapped in a blanket or quilt in a dark blue Toyota Camry sedan. The car was parked off the road in bushes, between five and seven kilometres from the town centre. Officer in charge of the Hills/Fleurieu Local Service Area, Superintendent John Bruhn, said the car is owned by the man in custody. He said the man who discovered the body is an associate of the man in custody and travelled to the car to retrieve some property of his. “He had been told where the car was and intended to retrieve his own property, after being told the car had broken down,” Mr Bruhn said.


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“We are not sure how many other people were there at the time of the discovery.” Mr Bruhn said the woman’s identity has not been confirmed. “She is from a Victor Harbor address and had an association with people in Strathalbyn,” he said. “But until we get the results of the forensic examination, we are not in a position to tell of the likely cause of death.” Mr Bruhn confirmed the 31-year-old man was in a domestic relationship with the victim at some stage. He said police are unsure of how long the car was at the location but believe it was most of the Easter break and are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen the car over the weekend. The man was refused police bail and was expected to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 27. Anyone with information is urged to contact BankSA Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au

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T HE TIME S was founded in 1911 and the first edition of The Victor Harbor Times hit the streets in August, 1912, after being printed at a Port Elliot printing office. Victor Harbor’s new newspaper was sited in Railway Terrace, later moving to its existing Coral Street site. It was owned by Mr Joseph W Elliott, who was also the owner of The Southern Argus at Strathalbyn. The first editor of The Victor Harbor Times was Mr Cecil C Elliott, son of Mr J.W. Elliott. In Strathalbyn in 1881, Mr Joseph Milnes started what was to be a 50-year career with the Argus and his son, Mr Herbert (Peter) Milnes, joined the business in 1911. Peter Milnes was transferred to Victor Harbor in 1917 and took over the business in 1922. In the early days of the paper’s history, the newspaper was handset at Strathalbyn and the pages were sent to Victor Harbor by train for printing on the Dawson flat-bed Wharfdale press. But, during the days of World War I, the setting up and printing of the newspaper was started in Victor Harbor. Hand-setting continued through the 1920s, although some copy was being machine set on linotype machines in Adelaide. In the early 1930s, the business acquired and operated a linotype machine and it was during this decade that hand-setting began to be phased out. One of the early staff members of the newspaper was Arch Grosvenor, who joined in 1925, became editor at the age of 18 and left in 1938 to join The Murray Pioneer. He later joined The Advertiser in Adelaide where he worked as country editor. In his later years at The Advertiser he became well-known as its Bowls Writer. Mr Peter Milnes’ son, Colin, joined the staff in the 1930s. During the paper’s 90th anniversary year in 2002, he recalled how, for many years, The Victor Harbor Times was a four-page broadsheet with

few pictures as blocks had to be made in Adelaide and they were expensive. In 1973, the paper made the transition from letter-press to offset production providing broader scope for the production of a brighter newspaper. From that time the paper ceased to be printed at Victor Harbor and was then produced to printing plate stage locally and printed firstly in Adelaide and later in Murray Bridge. Today, it is produced to paper stage and sent electronically to Murray Bridge where it is printed as a negative. Peter Milnes retired in 1978 at the age of 80 and Colin Milnes stood down in August, 1979, after more than 45 years with The Times. His sons, Paul, Ian and Michael Milnes, fourth generation members of the family in the newspaper and printing trade, continued in the business until March 1, 1986, when the paper was purchased by Country Publishers Pty Ltd. In 1986, the Willson family purchased The Times, under the company name of SA Regional Media. The Willson family sold its newspaper interest in Victor Harbor to Rural Press Ltd (now Fairfax Media) in 1991. Today, the paper ranges from 80-120 pages in full colour. The Times has seen strong circulation growth over the years, growing from about 3500 in May, 1996, to more than 7500 now. In 1982, the paper won the Country Press SA Inc. award for the best newspaper (circulation under 5000) and repeated the feat in 1993. In 2007, it won best SA country newspaper over 6000 circulation.

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February 2, 1983 – This 300kg sea turtle was found on Surfer’s Beach, Middleton

October 6, 1967

July 2, 1991 – Whale Watch co-ordinator Ian Milne completes installation of the whale siren

April 25, 1990 – the 75th anniversary of the Anzac’s landing at Gallipoli

December 10, 1998 – Goolwa once again named SA’s Tidiest Town by KESAB

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March 26, 1993 – Greenhills Adventure Park marks its 10th anniversary with a stunt show

February 5, 1988 – An agile Princess Diana springs from the steam locomotive at Victor Harbor Railway Station

November 30, 2000 – Iris Wu, winning artist in the City of Victor Harbor’s logo competition. She is pictured with city manager Graeme Maxwell

September 16, 1988 – Local boy, Greg Whittlesea, winner of the 1988 Magarey Medal in the SANFL

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December 14, 1993 – Local MP Dean Brown is elected Premier

April, 1973 – the first tabloid edition

March 8, 2001 – The Hindmarsh Island Bridge is opened by Dean Brown, MP

July 16, 1998 – Encounter Bay’s Andrew Merret tries to get the ball in front of Victor Harbor’s Jim Lihou

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Night of violence VICTOR HARBOR - It started out as a fun, footy club training weekend, but in the early hours of Sunday morning, Victoria Street was reminiscent of Adelaide’s Hindley Street on a Saturday night. It was littered with violent, brawling adolescents and resulted in the stabbing of a young man. Just before 2am police were called to a disturbance at Harbor Traders Shopping Centre, involving up to 50 people fighting on Victoria Street. SA Ambulance confirmed a 20-yearold man from St Mary’s received “multiple stab wounds” during the fight. “He was treated at South Coast District Hospital and later taken to Flinders Medical Centre,” the spokesperson said. A local onlooker said the situation was “very volatile, very dangerous”. “It was really abusive,” he said. “Residents came out of their houses to see what was going on.” Senior sergeant first class, Adrian Burnett, of Victor Harbor Police, told The Times police arrived at the scene “within a matter of minutes”. “It was just lucky I had two teams on that night,” he said. “There was such a large group, it is hard to say if they were underage but they were at varying levels of intoxication. “It took about 15 to 20 minutes to break it up. “The potential was huge for more injuries than what occured on the night.” Mr Burnett said “the attacker is unknown”. “We have many, many witnesses to

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by giving more support to Natural Resource Management Boards and encouraging cheaper bait production. However, Environment and Conservation Minister Paul Caica said the gover nment is in no position to provide direct support to farmers battling the plague.

“Control of mice is a responsibility of individual landholders or property holders,” he told The River News. “The mouse working party did not support, nor recommend bait subsidies.” While Mr Caica said the government has sourced 200 tonnes

of clean seed-quality grain as a cheaper alternative to sterilised grain for bait production, he made no promise that manufacturers will pass the savings on to farmers. “Bait supplies are provided by commercial manufacturers,” he said. “Farmers will make their own

judgments, as they do with any input purchases, about whether alter native bait options are cheaper. “It’s not the government’s role to have a regulatory oversight of commercial transactions between suppliers and purchasers.”


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Heavy rains and smaller floods in the years preceding 1956 contributed to the size of the historic “once in a lifetime” flood. Along with the flood came the necessity for communities like Waikerie to work closely to save life and infrastructure. The River News became the local voice of widespread communication at a time when everyone needed to know what was happening and what to expect as the flood was about to peak in the weeks and months ahead. The newspaper was established by Colin and Meg Hetzel, who had purchased the Waikerie Printing House from Harry Alchin and his family in late 1955. They originally carried on the traditional printing of work ordered by local business with basic equipment comprising old hand-set type, a hand-fed platen and old ex-News Ltd. Wharfdale press used for larger work, and hand-operated guillotine. Recalling his start at Waikerie, Colin Hetzel said he updated some of the equipment soon after arriving, adding an electric guillotine and a modern Heidelberg platen press. “All went well until there was the 1956 flood – and we could see that this was our opportunity to publish a local newspaper, as the only local paper was The Murray Pioneer (based at Renmark),” Mr Hetzel said. Having got the go-ahead from the Waikerie District Council to produce a newspaper, the first edition hit the streets on July 19, 1956. Mr Hetzel was editor and printer and his wife attended meetings, took shorthand and reported on local events as well as proofreading and office management. “These were busy times, as we were raising a family of four children,” he said.“I had to get help, so I contacted Jack Pick who was a friend and linotype operator with News Ltd. in Adelaide.

“When Jack contributed his talents we enlarged the paper to a 12 pager and sometimes 16 pages and increased the size of the sheet. “All went well, but after seven years I had to return to Adelaide for family reasons and Jack carried on. We sold out (business shares) to The Murray Pioneer in 1962.” Remarkably, The River News has only had four editors in its history – Colin Hetzel, Jack Pick, John Pick and current editor Craig Treloar. For John Pick serving as managing editor for more than 30 years was a rewarding experience, working with many people from all walks of life. During that time he has also served as a committee member of the Country Press Association of S.A. Inc. for 28 years. He served as president and was made a life member in 2003. He was also a past chairman of directors of S.A. Country Newspapers Ltd. and served as an executive member of Country Press Australia. Despite his long and ongoing involvement at State industry level, he said his greatest pride was his local community. One of the standout campaigns in his term was working with the community to retain the Cadell Training Centre. There have been many issues over the years, the growth then roller-coaster ride of the citrus industry, the vine pull in the 1980s, the great years of the Waikerie Co-operative Packing Shed and then its demise, the prospect of a straight-line racing industry and its ultimate demise, development of the inland aquaculture industry, floods in 1956 and 1973 and the elongated drought of the early 2000s. The paper won the best country newspaper (circulation under 2000) in 1971; the Conqueror Trophy for the best newspaper (under 5000 circulation) in 1975; the Ampol Award for best country newspaper (under 5000 circulation) in 1983; and the Country Press SA Inc. best newspaper (circulation under 2500) in 2007.

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1963 – Construction is nearing an end on the Blanchetown Bridge which will cut travel time between river communities

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1956 floods – Two levee banks were needed to save the Waikerie Pumping Station

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1956 floods – A house engulfed by floodwaters 1974 advertisement for Waikerie Foodland

1956 floods – A boat tied up outside the DeVito home Jack Pick – second editor

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2011 – Waikerie boy Brad Helbig makes the big time playing for Richmond

September, 2006 – Country Press SA Inc. Best News Photograph winner. Waikerie CSF Captain Graeme Ward in action

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2000 – Country Press SA Inc. Best News Photograph winner for a fire at Waikerie Primary School

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March, 2006 – Member for Chaffey, Karlene Maywald, celebrates her re-election with husband, Dean

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July 19, 2006 – Waikerie’s “favorite son” joins an elite club 1969 Waikeries High School Class 1A

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Re g i o n a l D eve l o p m e n t Australia (RDA) has committed t o “ h e av i l y e x p l o r i n g ” employment opportunities for Riverland workers in the mining industry from July 1. It is believed a regular fly in/fly out service will allow miners to establish homes in the Riverland while also opening up new employment opportunities f o r d i s p l a c e d f a r m e r s, t h e underemployed and youth. R DA M u r r ay l a n d s a n d Riverland division CEO Brenton Lewis told The River News “it is time to get serious” about growing the Riverland. “I commit now that I will be working with the senior staff and the chair, as part of our community capacity building, to do a project on it,” he said. “We as an RDA...believe there are a lot of reasons why we should look at this as a strategy to reach the 7000 people population increase identified in the Riverland Taskforce’s Prospectus.

“Relationships need to be formed between where the jobs are, the job seekers network, training providers, the RDA and the employers. “They are the key stakeholders in this. “We will also need to explore heavily, opportunities for training locally. “It is about people who may not be going back into citrus or winegrapes, or are underemployed or looking for a new industry, who want to maintain their family and spend their pay packet in the Riverland. “That is a project we will do in the next financial year.” Mr Lewis said the RDA has a solid foundation to begin the new project. “We have already done a lot of work identifying company mining employment options and what they require,” he said. “That has been conducted over the past 12 months.






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Minister Koutsantonis promises to consult community on ammonium plant By Kate BILNEY “If it’s not supported by the Whyalla community, it will not go ahead.” These were the words of Minister for Mineral Resources Development and Industry and Trade Tom Koutsantonis. Mr Koutsantonis said he understood that the development of an ammonium nitrate plant on the Point Lowly Peninsula was a sensitive issue to the community. “We will not put this development out there if it is not supported by the community,” he said. “It is a very emotive issue which is going to cause a lot of grief, and we need the community to understand exactly what we are doing before we move any further. Mr Koutsantonis said Whyalla was highly dependant on its industry, and it needed to continue to support the industry for the town to prosper. “Someone’s got to stand up for Whyalla and ask, does it want to prosper from the industry. “Does Whyalla want to prosper

from the mining boom or die the death that so many other regional towns have?” Mr Koutsantonis said a lot of discussion would be held over the next three years about the proposed development. “We will be holding a number of discussions over the next three years before any decision is made,” he said. Mr Koutsantonis said Whyalla would receive significant economic benefits from this development. “We aren’t just talking about jobs, we are talking about food, accommodation, tourism, schools and shopping. “There will be significant benefits for Whyalla if this plant is to go ahead.” Mr Koutsantonis said after completion of the site, about 100 locals would gain permanent employment. He said a ‘fly in, fly out’ tactic would not be economic for the business. “The way to have long term success is to employ locals,” he said. Continued on page 5

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NOTHING'S CHANGED: Level three water restrictions were lifted on Sunday for the first time in two years. Local resident John Baggs is disappointed that the restrictions have been lifted and will still be water wise in his garden. He hopes others will also be water wise and the state will not find itself in a drought again in a few years’ time. STORY ON PAGE 7

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special Whyalla section being included in the Port Augusta weekly newspaper, The Transcontinental. The first edition of the Whyalla News was printed on April 5, 1940. Volume 1 Number 1 was a four-page broadsheet publication costing two pence and with a circulation of 400. The newspaper was published by the partnership of Edwards and Willson from a small tin shed in Patterson Street, Whyalla, and printed by The Transcontinental. On July 18, 1941 came the first issue of the Whyalla News, printed in Whyalla. With the decision to print the paper in Whyalla, came the first big expansion in staff and facilities. From 18 months of being a one-man business in a tin shed, Mr W. J. C. (Jock) Willson was joined by his partner Mr J. E. Edwards at the new Randall Street address. Developments came quickly with the growth of Whyalla, but the newspaper’s expansion was handicapped by severe war-time restrictions on newsprint. In the mid-1950s, the Whyalla News partnership bought the Port Pirie Recorder. By 1957, the Randall Street premises were no longer able to handle the growth of staff and machines so the business acquired the Forsyth Street property, with the move taking place in March, 1958. In the 1970s and 1980s the Whyalla News expanded its media empire, taking over newspapers in Cleve and Port Augusta and was instrumental in launching the monthly regional magazine, Scope. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Whyalla News expanded its stationery department and launched into the field of office furniture and equipment. The company, Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd, was created in 1979.

In 1981, between the five separate papers, nine issues were printed a week, and combined they had a circulation within the region of 61,500 a week. The company grew to employ more than 90 people and was the largest family-owned provincial organisation in South Australia. Jock Willson’s sons, Craig, Donald and Richard, were key players in the media empire. Don Winton was the longest-serving editor, starting in 1956 and finishing at the newspaper in 1979. In 1991, Rural Press bought Northern Newspapers Pty Ltd, as part of its takeover of SA Regional Media Limited. In 2009, the press at Whyalla was shut down and all printing was moved to Murray Bridge. Instead of a printing hub, the Whyalla News became a design hub with the introduction of Think Design and Print in 2009. The production hub in Whyalla looks after all the pre-press needs for nine newspapers in South Australia. Over its seven-decade history, the Whyalla News has covered many major issues in the city including the launch of the first ship from the Whyalla shipyards in 1941 to the construction of the steelworks between 1958 and 1965. A Royal visit guide was produced and inserted into the Whyalla News for the Queen’s first visit to the city in 1954. The Whyalla News also covered the tragic Whyalla Airlines Crash in 2000 which resulted in the death of all eight people on board. The paper has won numerous SA country newspaper awards. It won the Wiggins Teape Gateway Trophy for the best provincial newspaper in the State in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1970, 1975 and 1981. In 2001, it won the Country Press SA Inc. award for best supplement; in 2009 it won best advertisement and in 2010 it won Basketball Australia best media coverage.

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March, 1968 – Premier Don Dunstan opens Westland Shopping Centre at Whyalla Norrie

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On the campaign trail in 1968 – Premier Don Dunstan and local MP, Mr Loveday, with pilot Mr Vic Crouch at Whyalla Airport

Jock Willson – founder of Whyalla News

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March, 1986 – The Queen and Prince Phillip welcomed to Whyalla by Mayor Aileen Ekblom Australian anti-submarine and mine sweeping vessel, HMAS Whyalla, launched on May 12, 1941

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February 20, 1968 – Carol Irons, one of six female taxi drivers to start duties in Whyalla

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1970 – Magarey Medal winner Barrie Robran returned to Whyalla to watch his old team in the grand final

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By Seema SHARMA An elderly woman and her disabled neighbour were allegedly terrorised for almost an hour fearing for their lives as a drunkard smashed their window, kicked doors and dragged their furniture before leaving. Patricia Thomas and Trent Wood live in Housing Trust units for the aged and disabled. Their ordeal started at 2.15am on Saturday when Mrs Thomas woke up to the noise of someone dragging her outdoor furniture left on the front porch. She said she could hear a man hurling abuses and walking around the front of her unit and her bedroom window. “I froze for a few minutes and thought of the elderly residents who have been killed by intruders in Adelaide recently,” Mrs Thomas said. “I quietly got out of bed and went and sat in my lounge on my favourite chair.

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More police presence has been requested around Housing Trust units for the aged and disabled. Patricia Thomas and Trent Wood who were allegedly traumatised by an intoxicated person early Saturday morning said they do not want to live in fear for the rest of their lives. They said there were other residents around town in a similar situation who could be spending sleepless nights worrying about their safety. Mrs Thomas said it would be good to have extra police patrols in these areas because the residents were vulnerable and easy targets. She said they were lucky the intruder did not get into their units. Her daughter who did

“It was very scary and I thought the intruder might get in anytime soon and that would be the end of me.” Mrs Thomas said the man settled down after a while and she thought he had left. After a few minutes she heard her neighbour, Mr Wood, talking to somebody and realised that the intruder was on his side of the unit. Mrs Thomas said she sat on her chair for a long time until the noise died down and tried to get some sleep. On Saturday morning she saw her bedroom window slightly ajar and her backdoor was damaged. Mr Wood said he woke up after hearing kicks at his front door and knew it was someone out to cause trouble. He said such behaviour was unpredictable and he was worried the man might enter the house if he found his way through. “I had a chat with him from inside the house and

told him to leave if he did not want to get caught by police,” Mr Wood said. “After a while I rang the police helpline and asked for assistance because the man continued to walk around and kick the doors. “He also broke a back window and may have tried to get in but was not successful. “The back door was also kicked and tampered with.” Mr Wood said while he did not know what the man’s intentions were, the experience was frightening considering what had happened in Adelaide recently. He has been living in the unit for 14 months and this was the first time such an incident had occurred. The neighbours believe the man may have gained entry onto the premises through the back gate. Both of them have been having sleepless nights since the alleged incident and are hoping that nothing like this would ever happen again to them or to anyone else.

not wish to be named said the elderly and disabled were being encouraged by the government to live independently but it was situations like these when residents were forced to move into aged care facilities. “Security and a sense of protection is important for these people and they do not deserve to spend sleepless nights with the slightest noise outside their homes,” the concerned daughter said. “We really hope that more police patrol is diverted towards the areas where the elderly are living on their own.” Mr Wood said there were seven elderly and disabled residents living in his area and he was worried about their safety also.

He said most of them were older and had hearing problems which made them more vulnerable. “I understand the police can not be everywhere but organising frequent patrols to these few areas would be really good,” Mr Wood said. “There is very little a disabled or elderly person could do in the early hours of the morning to seek assistance apart from calling the police. “In some instances the elderly get too excited and freeze and may not even think of calling the police quickly.” The SA Police media section in Adelaide is yet to answer other questions in relation to this incident. A media representative said the queries were being looked into.

TRAUMATISED: Recovering from early Saturday morning's experience were Patricia Thomas and her neighbour Trent Wood

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Youth stabbed A 16-year-old is in custody for allegedly stabbing a peer outside a local hotel on Saturday night when a brawl turned ugly. The injured youth was airlifted to Adelaide and is in a stable condition. Eyre and Western Local Service Area Operations Inspector Scott Denny said the youth appeared in court on Monday and has been remanded in custody. He is facing a charge of

aggravated assault cause harm and will re-appear in court at a later date. Whyalla police are continuing investigations. In a separate incident a 12-yearold boy has been reported for allegedly assaulting a student last week. Police located him at 10.30pm on Sunday. A 24-year-old woman also landed herself in trouble with the

law after she allegedly damaged a property at 7.30pm on Sunday. She allegedly punched a hole in a window screen after a disturbance. Yelling and abusing police at 4am on Sunday in Whyalla Stuart led to the arrest of an 18-year-old woman. She was charged with disorderly behaviour and will appear in court at a later date. Meanwhile police are looking for

vandals who allegedly slashed tyres of three cars parked in the Hincks Avenue and Viscount Slim areas on Saturday night. Operations manager Whyalla, Eyre and Western Local Service Area Senior Sergeant Steve Sims said vehicle owners should take extra car while parking their cars in the streets. “Any suspicious behaviour on the streets and around cars should be reported to police,” Senior

Sergeant Sims said. “We do not know what was used to slash the tyres and arrests were yet to be made.” Anyone with information in relation to these incidents should contact BankSA Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. If you need police assistance please call 131444.

Stolen fishing gear rules teen out of snapper competition By Seema SHARMA This time last year 14-year-old Zachary Leigh Irwin was busy practicing his fishing skills to prepare for the snapper competition. This year he is just sitting and wondering about the competition after the theft of his fishing gear worth more than $500. His mother Rechelle Shea said she would not be able to buy all the fishing gear before the competition and pleaded with whoever may have taken the equipment from a shed on Broadbent Terrace to leave it outside the Whyalla Police Station. She said the family was moving homes and had left three fishing rods and tackle in the shed to be collected later. “When we returned the padlock to the shed was broken and the gear was missing,” Ms Shea said. “It was very disappointing because Zachary used his pocket money to buy everything he needed for fishing. “Apart from that he often hung out at the jetty with his mates and at this age this hobby kept him distracted from mischief.” Zachary said after winning a $70 voucher in last year’s snapper competition he was encouraged to participate this year and win a bigger price. He said fishing was the only hobby he enjoyed and he did not know what to do with his spare time now. “I was really looking forward to the competition and was practicing my skills for a while,” Zachary said. “At the moment I don’t have enough savings to buy new gear so I guess I will have to wait until next year’s competition. “I really hope that whoever took the gear would be feeling bad and may try to return it in some way.” Complaints were lodged with Whyalla

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By Anna GREER It was the biggest crowd in years at Monday night’s Whyalla City Council meeting. About 80 residents turned up to hear the council discuss eight motions put forward by Deputy Mayor Eddie Hughes about the industrialisation of the Point Lowly Peninsula. This included a proposal to rezone the area currently zoned for industrial use. But three quarters of the crowd walked out midmeeting, as the discussion was essentially over before it begun. After Deputy Mayor Hughes made his opening remarks councillor Colin Carter put forward a motion to lay the matter on the table, and it was carried by a majority of four to three. Councillors Colin Carter, Natasha Free, Merton Hodge and Bruce Ledo voted for the motion to put the issue temporarily to rest, with Mr Hughes, Gunter Scheide and Joanne Waters voting against. What apparently swayed the councillors to carry this motion was a letter from the Department of Premier and Cabinet, which arrived in the Mayor’s in-tray on the afternoon of the meeting. “I’m not one to make policies on the run and in light of the letter (from the state government) seeking consultation it would be a little bit rough to pass these motions tonight,” councillor Carter said. There was rumbles from the gallery as the motion was passed and a mass exodus ensued. Point Lowly resident Des Chopping said he couldn’t believe the council would stall on this issue and he said was “bitterly disappointed”. “I’m hugely disappointed in Colin Carter,” he said “I think what Eddie Hughes was proposing was a reasonable response to what is happening and what has occurred here today is stalling. “The State Government seems to be acting on the run and in a hell of a hurry and it seems quite reasonable that council makes a stand.” Another Point Lowly resident, Dianne Turner said she was disgusted with the council. “I’m angry and I feel like our council doesn’t have the guts to do anything about it, they’re running scared.” Joy Manners said the state lead industrialisation of the Peninsula would affect the whole community, not just Point Lowly residents. “I can’t believe someone can just come in and do that to us,” she said. “My whole family were brought up there.” continued on page two





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Welcome to the wild, wild wet Bumper wet season predicted as Katherine gets October rain fall average in one week

THE wet season is well and truly in full swing and Katherinites found themselves drenched when 32.2mm of rain bucketed down last week, almost reaching the average rain fall for the entire month of October, 34mm. Climatologist Max Gonzales from the Bureau of Meteorology said the weather was “on the verge” into another La Nina season. “La Ninas usually bring a more vigorous wet season to the region and the monsoonal rains set in earlier,” the climatologist said. Mr Gonzales said the first monsoon could be expected in Katherine in early December and Katherinites should brace themselves for a “wild and wet Wet”. “The weather we are going to see this year will be very similar to the wet season we had last year, which was a La Nina season as well,” the climatologist said. “In the next two months the weather is going to shift to really wet conditions and the rain falls that we can expect for the Katherine region will be over average.” Katherine Times reader Greg Dowling took this striking photo at his Katherine home in the early hours of Thursday.


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T HE FIRST ISSUE of the Katherine Times was 16 pages and 5000

copies were circulated free-of-charge throughout the Northern Territory Outback town of Katherine on June 16, 1983. The operation consisted of four staff, a cutting board and typesetter as the tools of trade. From those small beginnings, the Katherine Times has developed into a 32-page publication occasionally increasing to 40 pages during the busy time – the Dry season in the middle of the year. Today, 4000 copies of the Katherine Times are printed weekly at the NT News in Darwin and make their way across the Territory from the regional hub of Alice Springs in the south to Darwin in the Top End, Timber Creek, Pine Creek, Tennant Creek and Kununurra in Western Australia and stops in between. On the masthead it says that it is “available throughout most other centres in our great Northern Territory.” The Katherine Times was the brainchild of Vince Fardone who felt there was a need to give Katherine and surrounding districts a newspaper which would present local news and views in a matter which would both inform and entertain. “A large factor in the decision was the support and expression of confidence from people in the town and immediate district,” Mr Fardone said. The Katherine Times was started in a partnership of Vince Fardone and John McDonald and the office was located in the centre of Katherine Terrace, opposite the now 5 Star Supermarket. They moved to the current location at Shop 3, South Gate Shopping, Katherine Terrace, in 1987. Vince Fardone and his wife, Jill, were the sole owners of the paper for 23 years when they sold the paper to Fairfax Media on October 21, 2008.

The staff employed by Mr Fardone have been kept on under Fairfax Media, with Duana Job as manager and James Howe as journalist. Two new staff were employed – Sheena Drennan in advertising and Michelle Carpenter as receptionist. The paper also has a new editor, Mark Wilton. The Katherine Times focuses on many local issues including policing, all levels of government from local council to federal, rural matters, community events and much more. The Katherine Times also has many contributors to the paper with a strong following in the sport section. The town of Katherine, nestled on the banks of the Katherine River which turns into a raging torrent in the Wet season, is a major centre for the cattle industry and it is also one of the Territory’s key tourism areas, featuring Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls which form part of the vast Nitmiluk National Park. The gorge area of the park attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year during the Dry season. The biggest event to ever hit the Katherine Times was the 1998 flood which happened on Australia Day. More than two metres of water went through the office of the Katherine Times, destroying the computers, papers, records, photos, negatives – you name it, it was lost. There were even reports of huge crocodiles swimming in the main street. Katherine Times won best newspaper in its circulation category in the Country Press SA Inc. awards in 1991, 1996 and 1998. In 2000, it won best editorial feature/campaign.

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MINISTER for Agriculture Joe Ludwig has committed to ensuring all Australian livestock exported for slaughter will be treated at or above international welfare standards by the end of 2012. Mr Ludwig last week outlined the future of the industry as part of the government's response to the Farmer Review of live exports. He said the Government had accepted all recommendations made by the review and reports from the Cattle and Sheep Industry-Government Working Groups. “The reports recommended adapting and implementing a supply chain assurance framework to all markets for the export of Australian livestock,” he said. Continued Page 2

Damsels in no distress: Morag Bitossi, Kim Fountain, Jocelyn Moir, Shannon Wooldridge, Tilly Todhunter, Vicki Higgins, Jenny Duggan and Sharon Ephgrave weren’t too worried that no horses showed up for the annual Pine Creek race day.

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Public meetings set to be held THE potential re-opening of the MT Todd gold mine would provide an economic boon for the Katherine region. US company Vista Gold, which acquired the unused site for $2.1million in 2006 has signalled its intention to reopen the mine with its feasibility study set to be complete this year. Vista Gold has also engaged independent consultant, GHD Pty Ltd, to undertake an Environmental Impact Statement to identify potential environmental, social, transport, accommodation, cultural and economic impacts associated with reopening and operating the gold mine. Under the planned timeline, production at the mine would be in full swing in about 2.5 years, Vista Gold environmen-

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tal manager Andrew Sawicki told Territory media this week. Mr Sawicki said the mine, which currently employs about 70 people, would employ about 400 by then. Vista Gold has decided to forge ahead with its plan to re-open the mine because of the high price of gold. According to the company the total mineral resource estimate for the MT Todd deposit is now almost 6 million ounces. Vista Gold also believes there are more reserves at other sites close to the mine that could potentially yield better returns. The Mt Todd mine, 50km north of Katherine, was closed over a decade ago and the Territory Government was

September 28, 2011 Katie Golding, Jenny Ryder and Liz Nowack were just three of the teachers who hammed it up for the annual Chalkies Ball on Saturday night. To see who else got into the spirit of the Heaven and Hell themed gala ball go to pages 16 and 17 or to www.katherinetimes.com.au

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will visit Broken Hill in less than two weeks.

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In a major coup for the city, Princess Mary is expected to visit here on Friday November 25. A spokesman for the Danish Embassy in Canberra confirmed Princess Mary would travel to Broken Hill. “We are not able to make any further comment than to confirm that Broken Hill is on the royal itinerary,” the spokesman said.

“All other details relating to the Broken Hill visit by Princess Mary are embargoed until next week because of security matters.” While BH previously hosted Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954 and has entertained Prime Ministers including Kevin Rudd (2010), Bob Hawke (1981) and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher (1970s) this is believed to be the first visit by a princess. Australian-born Crown Princess Mary (39) and her husband Crown Prince Frederik (42) begin their Australian visit in Sydney next

Saturday and will be hosted by Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

family is expected to be in the country for up to four weeks.

There has been speculation that the G-G will join Princess Mary as part of the delegation to BH but it is not known if Prince Frederik will attend.

Older children - Prince Christian, 6, and Princess Isabella, 4 - will remain in Copenhagen because of schooling arrangements but will join the family at a later stage when they stay on in a private capacity - including spending time in Princess Mary’s home town of Hobart.

The royal tour will take in Canberra on Tuesday November 22 and conclude the official duties in Melbourne on Saturday November 26. The royal couple is bringing their 10-month-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine with them to Australia and the

The Danish Royals have made official visits to Australia in 2008 and 2006 and toured as newlyweds in 2005 following their 2004 marriage. The couple met in a

Sydney pub in September 2000 during the Olympic Games. Most recently Princess Mary was in Adelaide in August last year for a private visit to celebrate the 40th birthday of her bridesmaid Amber Petty. On this tour the royals are heading a business delegation promoting Danish green energy and technology, sustainable living and food technologies. “This is a special time for the crown princess. It is their first time there as a whole family,” a spokeswoman for the Danish Royal Court said.

Businesses to provide more customer satisfaction By Paula Doran

Broken Hill businesses are rising to the challenge of improving customer service, according to Chamber of Commerce President, Paul Seager. Mr Seager said although

customer service was not always perfect in the city, businesses were conscious of the improvements needed and were stepping up, particularly as part of the ‘Give the Local a Go’ campaign. “The campaign has already generated plenty of discussion about the

importance of customer service, our changing shopping habits and the challenges faced by local businesses in the coming years,” he said. “A strong and diverse local economy is critical to our future prosperity. As a community we need

to continue to adapt to changing circumstances. “One of these changes is the way we purchase goods and services. Compared to ten years ago, many people now have access to internet shopping. “As a result consumers can now compare items sold locally with similar items

sold elsewhere in Australia or overseas. “However the cheapest price does not guarantee quality, nor does it carry the same level of after-sales service provided by local businesses.” The Chamber of Commerce estimates that between $20 million and

$30 million is spent out of town. “If we could return even 10 per cent of this business to Broken Hill, it would be a great outcome for the local economy,” Mr Seager said. Continued Page 4

November 12, 2011

T HE B ARRIE R DAIL Y TR UT H has been serving the remote

New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill – just across the SA border – for 114 years. The paper, which is a member of Country Press SA Inc, is unique in that it is the only daily Labor Party and trade union movement newspaper in the world. Owned by the powerful Barrier Industrial Council, the Barrier Truth started as a weekly news sheet on January 8, 1898. Ten years later, on November 2, 1908, it became a daily and its masthead changed to the Barrier Daily Truth. Over its remarkable history it has recorded the highs and lows of the mining industry which has been Broken Hill’s lifeblood. When it was first published as a weekly, the paper proclaimed itself “the official organ of the Barrier District Assembly of the PLL” (Political Labor League). In July, 1899, it was labelled the “official organ of the Barrier District Assembly of the ALF” (Australian Labor Federation) because most unions were supporting the paper. At the start of World War I, the Amalgamated Miners’ Association (AMA), which had earlier subsidised Truth, took it over from the Barrier Labor Federation and its local unions, because it was the only organisation that had the funds to sustain the newspaper. In May, 1962, the Barrier Industrial Council (representing all unions) took the Truth over from the Workers’ Industrial Union of Australia (WIU of A), which was derived from the original AMA. When the Barrier Industrial Council took control on May 14, it set up the BDT Board of Control as the managing body of the paper on its behalf. Alan Green, an experienced city journalist, was appointed managing editor and in his first edition he made a strong declaration on behalf of the unionists of Broken Hill.

“Every unionist in Broken Hill today becomes a shareholder of the Barrier Daily Truth,” he wrote. “That is because this issue marks the launching of a carefullyplanned enterprise, which the Barrier Industrial Council has undertaken in partnership with the members of its constituent unions.” Mr Green continued: “In the past, the Barrier Daily Truth has fought the good fight, and has achieved many notable victories for this city and its residents. “In the future, the Barrier Daily Truth, under community ownership, will become an increasingly powerful bulwark against injustice of any description. The paper will strive always to defend and advance the interests of Broken Hill and of the paper’s owners – you, the chap next door, and the man you meet in the street. “With its enlarged circulation, the Barrier Daily Truth is an exceedingly valuable asset to the businessmen of this city. Its circulation penetration cannot be matched, so, as an advertising medium, it stands supreme. “The Barrier Daily Truth is truly a paper of the people, produced by the people, for the people.” The May 14 edition also carried a message from the BDT Board of Control and the Barrier Industrial Council executive. They said they wanted to convey to all affiliated unions “their express desire that the acquisition of BDT as an all-union newspaper will prove a medium for the protection and advancement of the unionists and citizens of Broken Hill.” The Barrier Industrial Council’s message remains the same today.

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Barrier Truth opening 1905. It became the Barrier Daily Truth in 1908

Andrew Noye working at a linotype

Managing editor John Casey

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Super news $7m GP clinic on the way


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Super Clinic looks set Broken Hill’s proposed $7m GP Super Clinic is a step closer to reality with federal MP Catherine King confirming that negotiations with the preferred applicant are underway.

PREDICTION: How the BDT broke the GP Super Clinic news back on August 24.

By John Casey

A key platform to help guarantee the future of Broken Hill has been chartered with news that a new, state of the art $7m GP Super Clinic will opens its doors in a little over 12 months.


As forecast in the BDT seven weeks ago, Outback Family Practice has been awarded the GP Super Clinic licence which will cover two locations, including a facility in South BH. Outback Family Practice (OFP) co-owners Dr Rosalind Menzies and Dr Funmi Komolafe are understandably “very excited” that their organisation has been chosen, but believe the residents of BH will be the big winners. “We can look forward to another five doctors arriving in Broken Hill and this Super Clinic will be something that will endure with this city into the future,” Dr Menzies said. “The clinic will not only motivate doctors to come to the city, but will also have a positive impact on drawing workers and their families here - safe in the knowledge that their medical and health needs can be met. “Looking at the bigger picture, this clinic is a triumph for the people of Broken Hill and they deserve it,” Dr Menzies continued. Those sentiments were echoed by Federal Minister

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BIG PLANS: Outback Family Practice c-owners Ros Menzies and and Funmi Komolafe. based, patient-centered health services in a single location, bringing together GPs, nurses, visiting medical specialists, allied health professionals and other health care providers and

disease management and lifestyle modification programs”. Importantly, both clinic locations plan to bulk bill all Medicare services

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model with its headquarters located at Outback Family Practice in Thomas Street opposite the hospital. “We expect to start construction by next March

uct which will cover 1400square metres. “The South Medical Centre in Paton Street will be the “spoke” for the hub and we will develop that

PICTURE: Darrin Manuel included plans for a radiology unit including X-Ray, CT scan and ultrasound facilities. “The hub will be a onestop shop providing a wide

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