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SIR -- The Gawler 'grapevine' is a great
During the past week it was brought to my at-
tention (although I had already noticed) that the
Australian flag has been removed from the Gawler
South World War I memorial monument.
At first, the 'larrikins' of Gawler were accused,
but, in truth, I now believe it was the Gawler RSL
that actually had the flag removed.
Could the RSL please explain its reason for such
SIR -- Regarding the SALA art show at the
Gawler Library, much of the work on show
was of a good standard, although some
were quite sombre in tone.
One exhibit, which was featured in The Bunyip,
was an ugly scarecrow figure.
What the picture did not mention was that the
exhibitor meant this crude figure to represent the
Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
A sign was in front saying something to the ef-
fect of 'Tony Abbott should retire' etc.
Now the exhibitor's political views are his own,
but if the sign had read 'Julia Gillard a hopeless
leader', would it have been allowed to go on pub-
I think not.
While artists have traditionally had a lean-
ing to the left, in a public forum their political
views should be their own and not sponsored by
the public purse, especially as many rely on grants
from the taxpayer to do their thing.
Putting a grotesque figure such as this on show
is just a deliberate insult to a public figure who
cannot reply in kind.
Bags of clothes
SIR -- Walking along Perry Road, Rosewor-
thy, Sunday afternoon, I noticed four bags
of rubbish lying in the grass.
I examined the contents to see if I could find
I saw they were full of clothes, so I gathered
them up and took them home.
To my surprise, I found they were full of new-
looking baby clothes.
I have twice laundered it all and will present it
to Gawler or Lyell McEwin Hospital, which des-
perately are in need of such clothes.
To the person who left them on the side of the
road, I say 'shame on you'.
Haven't you heard of op shops or wheelie bins?
By the way, there was a usable amount of nice
ladies' clothes, as well.
I can't believe someone would act in such a
manner. By the same token, I do.
SIR -- We have letters from Playford Coun-
cil and Transport SA that the overpass over
the railway line, Curtis Road, Smithfield is
not going to happen for years to come; like
the Gawler rail-line promise, it is put on
They state that maybe 2018 they will com-
mence works, if more (money) is made available.
These projects were supposed to be completed by
the end of 2013.
The money wasted by councils and govern-
ments would pay for these projects four times over
in the past years.
These projects have been in planning since the
When train timetables are more frequent, the
traffic will bank up for hours.
Time for councils and governments to set the
example and practise what they preach.
Oh yes, people must tighten their belts, while
councils and government open theirs.
Munno Para West.
Dying to know
SIR -- I attended the 'Dying to Know Day'
event last Friday night at Conversations Café.
Dying to Know Day (for those that don't know)
is an annual day of action dedicated to bringing to
life conversations and community actions around
death, dying and bereavement.
I would like to congratulate the organisers,
Abby Davis, Jill Talbot, Shane Buckley and Deb-
bie Grose, for their commitment and efforts on
putting on such an important event.
Talking about loss and grief and challenging us
to think about our own mortality is something we
don't do well as a society.
As a breast cancer nurse, I deal with this sub-
ject daily in my clinical practice and it was really
refreshing to sit in a group and share experiences,
thoughts and fears in a safe and engaging environ-
I encourage people to go to Conversations Café
and write on the 'before I die' blackboard.
People are writing all sorts of statements, rang-
ing from travel to living a long life -- do you know
what mine was? See a cure developed for breast
Elected Member, Town of Gawler.
SIR -- Recently a letter of mine regarding
my family history search was published in
As a result of that letter, I have received emails
and phone calls in relation.
The information has been of great help to me in
both fact and anecdotal.
I have since had the pleasure of meeting Jean
McLean and her son J. Craig McLean, of Freel-
ing. Craig, who is currently from Tasmania, was
visiting his mother and made time for me to meet
them and discuss the family history.
I have also had the pleasure of meeting Joan
McLean, of Gawler East, and learning new facts.
Her son, Peter, has graciously allowed me to
borrow his book on his line.
I received phone calls from Pat Sheahan and
Fred Taylor regarding this and had great informa-
tion from them, as well as interesting anecdotes
from Mr Taylor, who grew up and mixed with the
I have also been in contact with a Darrad
McLean, of Lyndoch, who came into the posses-
sion of a wedding certificate of Sarah Ann McLean
and Charles Hill in 1903.
Sarah was the third child and second daughter
of Alexander McLean's second marriage to Sarah
This certificate was also witnessed by Margaret
McLean, Sarah's sister.
Sarah is buried with her husband Charles Hill
and some family members, at Tailem Bend.
I would like to thank everyone mentioned
here for their time and the information they have
passed on to me.
Darryel R. McLean,
SIR -- The sickening sight of Adelaide's
Tom Lynch being stretchered from the
Gabba in the game against Brisbane was a
direct result of the meddling of the rules
and the interpretation of them in our great
game of AFL.
Fortunately, for Lynch, there is, evidently, no
serious or permanent damage done.
However, and I hope I am never proved correct,
there is going to be a shocking injury and result-
ant paraplegia in the not-too-distant future, if the
rule concerning high tackling and contact are not
All players, Lynch included, (in this case) are
deliberately ducking their heads in search of a free
kick, due to high contact.
One day, the cost of ducking is going to prove
extremely costly and irreversible.
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