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150 YEARS AGO
ALARM OF FIRE AT VICTORIA MILL... Between 10 and
11 o’clock on Wednesday morning a fre broke out in the
exhauster of the Victoria Mill, the property of Messrs. W.
Dufeld & Co.
There was of course abundance of water close at hand in
the tanks, and numerous men to make use of it.
All went to work energetcally and calmly, and in ten or
ffeen minutes the danger was over.
100 YEARS AGO
SPORTING...On Friday evening the Commitee of the
Gawler Jockey Club met at their ofce, Gawler.
The Secretary (Mr. M. F. Othams) read the annual statement
of receipts and expenditure and this will be submited to
the members for adopton at the annual meetng to be held
on Saturday week, January 27.
The programme for the forth-coming race meetng to be
held on Saturday, February 17 was decided upon.
50 YEARS AGO
BUTTER V. MARGARINE...As a major dairy and buter-
producing centre, Gawler has a stake in the current
controversial debate between the Australian dairy and
The South Australian Buter Manufacturers Associaton
decided recently to ask the Minister for Agriculture (Mr.
Bywaters) to support the retenton of the margarine quota
system when the subject is discussed at the February
meetng of the Australian Agricultural Council.
10 YEARS AGO
SENSELESS FIRES... A frebug is believed to be responsible
for a spate of grass fres that occur in the same place at the
same tme each year in the Gawler River region.
Since 2004, Country Fire Service (CFS) brigades have
repeatedly been called to road-side fres on or in the vicinity
of Two Wells and Hayman roads each January or early
CFS Light Group ofcer Ray Bryant said there is no
conclusive evidence to link the fres but the CFS suspects it
is the work of the same person.
PLAN NOW AT 'CRISIS POINT'... Gawler’s development
plan has reached crisis point, according to Deputy Mayor,
Alderman Tony Piccolo.
The development plan controls what can, and what cannot
be developed on a partcular site.
The purpose of the plan is to ensure development occurs in
a way which does not harm the interest of local residents.
According to Ald. Piccolo, the development plan no
longer refects the “wishes and aspiratons” of the local
25 YEARS AGO
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A school photo of the Cunningham siblings John, Stephen, Marie and Anne, just prior to leaving Manchester, UK, in 1966.
A LARGE group of Gawler locals will
make the trip up to Whyalla this March,
to come together and mark the 50th
anniversary of the opening of their former
Gawler resident Marie Davidson (nee
Cunningham) attended Scott Street Primary
School, along with her seven siblings, not
long after emigrating with her family from
Manchester, England, as 'Ten Pound Poms'
Aged eight, she was one of the first to
attend the school, which opened in 1967
and operated for 38 years until dwindling
numbers led to its eventual closure and
demolition in 2005.
"My childhood in Whyalla was a very happy
one," Mrs Davidson, now 59, said.
"It was a beautiful place to grow up in."
Mrs Davidson's parents, Marjorie and
Patrick, made the move to Australia to
give their children better educational
opportunities, and chose the multicultural
and growing community of Whyalla because
of a job availability for Patrick at BHP.
"Everybody was new to the area," Mrs
"In our street, there would have been
probably about 15 different nationalities.
"Houses were going up at a phenomenal rate
and these streets just kept appearing -- it was
"Before the school opened, there was just a
tiny little general store and the roads were
"So in that very short amount of space, from
arriving in Whyalla to three months later, they
had bituminised the roads and they built a
school and were building a shopping centre."
This March, a reunion has been organised
for former pupils, teachers, principals
and staff, that will also mark the 50-year
anniversary since the school opened.
The event, to be held at the Westland Hotel,
on Saturday, March 11, will feature former
deputy headmaster (from 1970 to 1972)
Roger Underwood as guest speaker.
Mrs Davidson said many of her old school
friends or their families have moved to
Gawler in recent years, finding similarities
here with their former home at Whyalla
-- and are looking forward to returning.
"It's absolutely beautiful and I think that's
what attracts a lot of people to Gawler," she
"It's very dry and hot and there is a lot
of saltbush up (in Whyalla), but it's five
minutes to anywhere and it's a small tight-
Anyone needing further information about
the reunion or wanting to secure a place
can contact the reunion's organiser, Anne
com or text 0477 999 347), or follow
'scottstreetpswhyalla' on Facebook.
The organising team is also seeking
memorabilia and photographs for sharing
online and at the event.
Gawler’s Whyalla connection
Current Gawler residents and siblings Marie Davidson (nee cunningham) and John Cunningham,
will be heading to their primary school reunion, in Whyalla.
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