Home' The Bunyip : December 17th 2014 Contents Page 24 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, December 17, 2014
EVERY country town
needs a good quality op
shop and, in Williamstown,
the Abbeyfield Little Shop
of Treasures has provided
the community with just
The not-for-profit organi-
sation has had a successful 18
months since relocating to a
larger building in the town's
main street, and even though
some renovations had to be
made, it is still set to make a
$50,000 profit this year.
All proceeds are donated
to the Abbeyfield aged-care
facility in Williamstown and,
over the years, the funds have
assisted the retirement village
with a number of projects.
Shop manager Jutta
Bradley helped open the shop
"The whole thing came
about when I had to move
my mum out of her family
home and I said to Abbey-
field 'if you find me a space in
Williamstown I can set you
up an op shop'," Mrs Bradley
"They had a little group of
people that used to do fund-
raising for Abbeyfield, so
they found me the space and
I gathered together all those
original fundraising ladies and
that's how we kicked it off."
Abbeyfield Little Shop of
Treasures is the town's only op
shop and currently has a dedi-
cated team of 43 volunteers.
Mrs Bradley said its success
was due to its cheap prices
and a range of quality goods,
which have impressed locals
"Whatever Abbeyfield do
with it (the funds) is their
choice and they put it to good
use," Mrs Bradley said.
"The first thing that was
built from our op-shop funds
was a big rotunda and, since
then, we've paid for a few
things in the home."
Mrs Bradley said while it
was rewarding to help out a
local organisation, volunteer-
ing at the shop also had other
"There have been some re-
ally good friendships formed
through here," she said.
"I personally think, in this
community, there shouldn't
be one person that's either
lonely or bored, or feels like
they don't have friends, be-
cause all they have to do is
join here and you've got all of
once in each
To solve a sudoku puzzle, ﬁll the
empty cells with the numbers 1 to 9
Solution No. 315
Level of Difﬁculty:
50 YEARS AGO
BUSINESS AS USUAL...Mr. F. B.
Whinnen served his customers as usual
in his grocery store last Friday -- his 80th
Mr Whinnen, of Cowan street, has
spent 54 years of business in Gawler
and vividly remembers the early days of
As a boy of 15 he started work in Mur-
ray Street for James Harris & Son, at
the site now occupied by Eudunda Farmers, and so began
his long connecton with the grocery trade.
150 YEARS AGO
COALEROO...Our Township has been the theatre of an
extraordinary military spectacle, resultng from the eloquent
and patriotc speech of our Honorable and gifed Treasurer
relatve to the warlike defences of the Colony, and the means
taken by the Ministry for its protecton from assault.
Scarcely had the words highly ﬂatering to our brave
Coalhole Volunteers, fallen from his lips, were they were
ﬂashed to us through the electric wire, setng all the Coal
cronians in moton.
A meetng of that splendid corps was instantly convened
at the ‘Cow and Coﬀee-pot’, when Host Hazelnut having at
all tmes a superabundance of the delicacies of the season
improvised an unequallable feed.
25 YEARS AGO
MAIN STREET FESTIVAL...Gawler’s annual Christmas
festval will be held tomorrow (Thursday evening) with Mur-
ray Street closed to traﬃc and the area taking on a “Circus”
Arranged and co-ordinated by the Gawler Tourist Associa-
ton, the festval features a variety of entertainment including
clowns, music by Gawler Town Band and Gawler Pipe Band,
the Island Dancers, Buckshot country and western band, a
wandering magician, balloon twister, stlt walker, uni-cyclist
and ﬁre juggler.
The fun will start at 6p.m. and other atractons will include
free rides for children, the Commonwealth Bank robot, sheep
shearing and panning for gold, callisthenics, a children’s fancy
dress competton and various stalls and displays, including
the Gawler Vintage Veteran and Classic Vehicles Club.
through the ﬁles of The Bunyip
10 YEARS AGO
$500,000 SAVES HOSPITAL...Christmas has come
early for Gawler Health Service with the announcement of
$500,000 additonal funding this ﬁnancial year.
The desperately needed funding has allayed fears the hospi-
tal will be forced to reduce services, with board chairperson
Peter Ryan saying there will “absolutely not” be service cuts
In a major coup, Gawler has claimed one third of the $1.5
million state government grant announced by the Premier,
leaving other regional health services in Wakeﬁeld to ﬁght for
the remaining $1 million.
WILLASTON BRIDGE...At one of the Corporaton
meetngs in July the Inspector reported that the Willaston
bridge was in a dangerous conditon for traﬃc and the Roads
and Bridges Department was advised of the fact.
The Council was informed that the Engineer would inspect
the structure and report. Perhaps Mr. T. J. Wilkinson could
inform the public how long he had to wait for that report
and how many tmes the clerk was instructed to write to the
But the next oﬃcial news that was received was by tele-
phone afer the Town Clerk had rung up the Engineer on
It was then ascertained that the Crown Lands Oﬃce had
been advised that something should be done to the bridge.
100 YEARS AGO
Op shop's success
A Williamstown treasure
Showing o some of the dresses for sale at the Abbey eld Little Shop of Treasures is (from left)
manager Jutta Bradley, with volunteers Raelene Jessop, Jenny Stewart and Pat Venning.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
They had a
little group of people that
used to do fundraising
for Abbeyﬁeld, so they
found me the space and
I gathered together
all those original
fundraising ladies and
that's how we kicked it
This horse drawn vehicle was
used by Doctor Mark Dawes of
Gawler to visit patients in the town
around more than 100 years ago.
A Gawler Now and Then column
prompted local man Wayne Clarke
to send in a photo of the vehicle,
built around 1890 and designed
by (as well as named after) Lord
Brougham, which is now among
the prized horse drawn vehicles in
the Millicent Collection.
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