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GAWLER CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION -- c1950s
Viewed from the King Street bridge, the large building is the old horse tram barn on the area now part of the Gawler Central Shopping
Centre car park.
The double set of railway lines confguraton is understood to have enabled wagons to be shunted to where sand was being taken from
further up on the North Para River, thus avoiding hindrance to the Barossa line service.
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lives with Bipolar
A sports commenta-
tor on ABC's weekly
Grandstand, he's a father,
ambassador and speaks
regularly at community
forums, conferences and
This 210-page soft
cover by Allen&Unwin,
available online for
around $30, has a foreword by mental health
champion Professor Patrick McGorry and an en-
dorsement by former politician Jeff Kennett.
The wonderful Gawler bloke who gave me his
copy described Craig Hamilton as 'a mountain of
He was right!
In sharing so publicly his own life and mental
health journey he not only empowers himself, but
every reader as well.
His first bipolar 'liftoff ' came on Platform 1
of Broadmeadow Station on his way to cover the
Suddenly thinking he was Jesus Christ incar-
nate he was 'scheduled to take the podium at the
closing ceremony with Nelson Mandela'.
After abusing a close friend, 'lashing out at the
police like a wild animal', he was unceremonious-
ly bundled into the back of a paddy wagon by 'an
army of men in blue', and spent the next 11 days
in a psychiatric ward.
A similar episode occurred in Sydney in 2010
when he walked out from his hotel onto George
Street at 3.30am wearing nothing but a T-shirt,
totally convinced he was St Francis of Assisi!
Craig may be an ex-coalminer, but his words
are 'pure gold' to all those who live with a mental
health issue, their loved ones and their carers.
"Hand on heart, despite the road I'm travelling
on having potholes the size of the outback, I'm
happier with bipolar than I was without it.
"I'm a more complete, compassionate and un-
derstanding human being.
"I can honestly say that outside marrying
Louise and the three miracles of Josh, Laura and
Amy, mental illness is the greatest thing that's ever
happened to me."
Laced with humour and insightful quotes it's
an easy read, 41 short chapters, including one by
It covers many interesting, relevant topics giv-
ing 'survival tips' with his own special messages of
hope and encouragement!
Read it straight through or, like I did, dive in
But don't miss chapter 4, Craig's 'manila fold-
er'.This is where he keeps 'hundreds of letters and
emails sent to me since I published my first book
Broken Open in 2005'.
This email from Western Australia, simply says
"...because of your honesty, my two boys still
have their father."
-- Tim Barritt
Another year of milestones have gone,
which were nothing short of great,
With our darling young boy of
adventurous age soon to be reaching
the age of eight.
A debut year for his football career,
wearing the number 19 for the
He likes to run and carry the ball like
most under 9s, they all love to become
The Lyndoch Wolves is his basketball
team, there is talent there to pursue,
Showing leadership and blossoming
skills in his favourite jersey 32!
His passport signed, he travelled
overseas to a French colony for the
very rst time,
To New Caledonia including places
like Noumea, Mare and the beautiful
Isle of Pines.
On a three-hour cruise out of the
harbour, and a nine-day voyage on
the Carnival Spirit,
There were water slides, mini golf and
cabarets, also magician shows with
plenty of wit!
At the Clipsal 500 he got to meet the
legendary Bliss n Eso backstage,
Some hard core photos with 'hip hop'
crew, he was the envy of his cousins of
the teen age.
His favourite song is 'My Life' which he
can sing word for word in a rendition,
Also went to Burra to see the Diesel
and Dust front cover, see the photo in
this week's Bunyip edition.
He did the ice bucket challenge thanks
to Daniel, played at Monash on the
He walked on Adelaide Oval as the
19th Man with the ag, the proudest
boy in town!
He loves the books 'Diary of a Wimpy
Kid' and series called the Deadly 60,
An invite he had to a wedding at
Womadelaide and sat in the 'long
room' at the famous MCG.
Xmas was spent in Queensland, with
cousins and theme parks galore,
Wet n' Wild was his choice out of all of
the worlds, we will even go back there
Whether walking around at Dubbo
Zoo or looking up at 'The dish',
We have spoilt Jayden throughout
this last year and now it's time to send
him a birthday boy wish.
This weekend as your Birthday nears,
at the Aquadome with a party, have a
And when you wake up early the very
next morning, it will be your birthday,
Love Mum and Dad. xxxoooxxx
THE Gawler Racehorse Trainers
Association will host a movie night
screening the award-winning film The
Man from Coxs River at the Gawler
Cinema on February 2.
The film has had a dream run with many
sold-out screenings around the country and
was number 14 in the top 20 Australian
films released in 2014.
It won a prestigious National Trust
Heritage award in May and was the first fea-
ture film to receive the honour.
The movie follows the travails of Blue
Mountains family, the Carlons, who have
had a chequered history with the national
The family took tourists on horse-rides
for 40 years along the Coxs River until the
area was declared a wilderness.
A national parks ranger has a job that
only someone like Luke Carlon can do,
locate and capture a mob of brumbies that
live around Sydney's water catchment.
The only problem is there are no roads
and everything has to be done on horse-
back, and so begins a heartwarming jour-
ney, as the two men try and work together
to remove and re-home the brumbies.
The Man from Coxs River was completed
in November 2013 after nearly five years of
filming in the Blue Mountains National
The film crew lived with the stockmen
for up to a week at a time, filming amongst
snakes, 40-degree heat, boggy river cross-
ings and wild brumbies.
The screening will begin at 6.30pm at the
cinema and tickets are $15 per person.
Tickets are available at Sanders Fodder,
Gawler Cinema and at the next race meet-
ing on January 21.
Movie night at Gawler
A Better Life
by Craig Hamilton
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Jayden eight, birthday cake!
RUBEE is the Animal
Welfare League Pet of the
This lovely fve-year-old
Rhodesian Ridgeback cross
is looking for a loving family
of her own.
Having lived in foster
care since October, Rubee
is excited for daily walks
and contnued training
with her new owner as well
as relaxing in a new safe,
vaccinated, health checked
and only $325, meet Rubee
at the AWL at 1-19 Cormack
Road, Wingfeld (8348 1300
Adopton opening tmes
are 10am to 3pm, seven
days a week.
OF THE WEEK
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