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150 YEARS AGO
SPORTS ON NEW YEARS' DAY...This day was of course
observed as a public holiday in Gawler, and the day being
ﬁne, with a pleasant south breeze blowing, many persons
betook themselves into the scrub, intent on spor�ng.
One party of three brought in about 15 brace of quail as the
result of their labors, but the majority were content with
even smaller bags than this of parrots and other commoner
Sports of a very diversiﬁed character had been adver�sed
by Mr. Goddard, of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, about two
miles from Gawler, on the Lyndoch Valley-road and in the
a�ernoon a number of compe�tors had assembled.
100 YEARS AGO
NATIONAL HUMILITY AND PRAYER...His Majesty, the King
has requested that throughout the Bri�sh Empire his people
should engage in a day of humility and prayer, and has ﬁxed
on the ﬁrst Sunday in the New Year for this observance.
Special services are to be conducted in the several Churches
in Gawler on Sunday evening.
At 8.30pm a Public Mee�ng will take place in the Gawler
Ins�tute Hall, when the Mayor (Mr H. L. Marsh) will preside,
and addresses will be given by the ministers of the town.
50 YEARS AGO
NOT ONE FIRE IN DECEMBER...December 1967 was a
remarkable month for Gawler Fire Brigade.
Despite drought condi�ons which are probably worse than
they have ever been before in the district the Brigade were
not called to a single ﬁre in the whole month.
The ﬁremen enjoyed a quiet Christmas and one member
commented “the people in Gawler are obviously ﬁre
conscious and have taken care to do the right thing”.
FLING TO WASH AWAY MEMORIES...The trauma of recent
ﬂoods for many Two Wells and Lewiston residents was all
but forgo�en in a great family ou�ng at the Two Wells oval
and community centre on New Year’s eve a�ended by about
The Adelaide Plains Flood Group worked with many other
local people to provide a true family occasion as a “thank
you” to those who helped during the ﬂoods as well as to
give a seasonal “li�” to those aﬀected by ﬂooding.
More than 600 adults and about 400 children enjoyed
good food, a relaxed social gathering with fun, prizes and
entertainment led by DJ Rice and the Silver Beats band.
25 YEARS AGO
10 YEARS AGO
CHRISTMAS WISH COMES
TRUE...Angle Vale couple
Jonathon and Renae Kingstone-
Mayne received a Christmas
present earlier than most last
Tuesday, with the birth of their
ﬁrst child, Elsi-Mae, at 12.02am.
Weighing in at seven pounds
eight ounces, the healthy baby
girl was the fes�ve season’s
ﬁrst new arrival at the Gawler
Health Service, and according
to her father, the ﬁrst in the state also.
“I would imagine she is the ﬁrst baby born on Christmas day,
at 12.02am there’s only one more minute in front of them,”
Churches spread Christmas cheer
CHRISTMAS was made a little more
special for many families across the local
region thanks to the kind efforts of two
A combined effort between Salt Care,
Salt Church's community arm, and the
Salvation Army Gawler Corps has seen
around 200 Christmas hampers, and a
number of presents, distributed to strug-
gling families throughout Gawler and the
Salt Care manager Ries Nottle said she
was "overwhelmed" with the communi-
ty's generosity and was excited to see the
positive impact the hampers had on local
"To see people come and just so joyfully
do what they need to do, it's just amazing,"
"Most people tend to think the church is
one-minded, but people forget that we do
this all the time."
Salvation Army Gawler emergency re-
lief manager Andraya Simmonds said the
benefit of working in collaboration with
another church meant more local children
could be catered for, than if the groups
"The fact that we can do so much more
by partnering together is just massive for
us," she said.
"(We provided) gifts for -- we worked it
out -- four-and-a-half times as many chil-
dren as we could've done otherwise, and
that's huge for us."
Sheds me to tears
JUST like that, the shed is up and I have
a happy Matt in my house.
Welcome to 2018 everyone, I trust you
all have had a great new year filled with far
too much food, drink and fun.
For new readers, this is the Weekly Wine
Down, which is my little space to share
some of my grievances about becoming an
adult, and the things I am learning, along-
side my partner Matt, as first-time home
To start the year, I thought I would give
you a snapshot of a few things that have
been going on in our little home over the
last couple of weeks.
Firstly, the biggest news out of Rose-
worthy this week is our new shed.
Regular 'Wine Down' readers will
know that this point was a sore one, with
Matt and my ideas about size and location
Fortunately, we did soon come to an
agreement and after almost a week of
building it is, now, standing.
Before buying a house, the Christmas
and new year period was a time to get
away with friends, or a time to sit and re-
Not this year, though.
Apparently, the festive time is about
using your holidays wisely, so we
booked in some of our very generous
family and friends, who had offered
to help, to get the shed plans off the
Everything came together, eventually,
and despite a very quiet New Year's Eve
to compensate for the long-houred days --
we got there.
I -- who have been hearing the line,
'when I get my shed...', for the past
three years -- was very relieved to see the
structure; although, as I have previously
stated, did not feel it needed to be so mas-
However, surprisingly, this isn't the end.
I thought, now the shed's gone up, I
wouldn't need to hear about it -- but, man,
was I wrong!
Now, I am, instead, hearing about what
shelving, what size bar, and whatever else
Matt wants to go inside the shed.
Don't get me wrong, I am happy that
Matt is happy, but I thought this would be
the end to the shed topic -- already, it is
clear that it is not.
Maybe I just don't get men and their
However, aside from the shed being up,
our Christmas was great.
We spent it with all of our loved ones
and had a fantastic day.
What did you all get up to over the
last fortnight? I would love to hear what
Christmas time in other homes looks like!
Until next week, keep your glasses full.
WITH LAURA COLLINS
The saga continues, with Matt sharing his vision
for the shed's interior now that it has, finally,
Around 200 hampers were organised and
distributed to needy families in time for
Christmas, thanks to the volunteers' efforts.
PHOTOS: Matteo Gagliardi
Grandmother Fay Fischer (centre) took
her two grandsons, Kane (left) and Jorden
Tilbery, to help pack the Christmas
hampers for Salt Care and Salvation Army
Gawler's joint Christmas drive.
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