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WITH soap and a bucket of
water in hand, young lads were
hanging -- literally -- to give the
James Martin statue a scrub in
A group of local boys re-
ceived permission from Gawler
Council to give the town icon a
clean in 1967, after approaching
The Bunyip with the idea -- the cur-
rent ongoing restoration prompted
strong memories for local man
Neville Hicks, who was 18 at the
"It had mould and black marks
over it, it was streaky, dirty and we
thought, that's not good enough,"
"Everybody was bagging the
young lads at the time hanging
around the streets and we weren't
all that way, we just wanted to do
something for the community and
clean him up."
Mr Hicks, now 65, said council
had supplied them with buckets,
scrubbing brushes and soap and
the boys climbed right onto the
monument, holding on to the
head, shoulders and legs, to com-
plete the task.
"We were hanging on to his arm
and scrubbing his face and scrub-
bing his feet," he said.
"We were all over him, like a
"They wouldn't allow it nowa-
Among the volunteers were also
Warren Dibben, Brian Slann, Joe
Agius and Bob Pirch.
Mr Hicks said James Martin was
very dear to the boys.
the founders of Gawler," he said.
"Some of my grandparents
worked up there for James Mar-
Regarded as the Father of
Gawler, James Martin employed
hundreds of people at his Phoenix
Foundry, where he manufactured
He was also Gawler mayor in the
1860s and a member of state par-
His monument, commissioned
in the early 1900s, was originally
located on the corner of Murray
Street and Calton Road before it
was moved to Whitelaw Terrace
Reserve years ago.
Gawler Council this year set
aside $25,000 in its budget to
clean and restore the statue, which
has lost its nose, two fingers and a
TRINITY College students had
to be evacuated from a school bus
that caught fire at Evanston Park
last Tuesday afternoon.
Metropolitan Fire Service crews
were called to the bus fire on Trinity
Drive at about 1.20pm.
An MFS spokesman said smoke
was spotted coming from the engine
at the back of the bus and that Trin-
ity College students were evacuated.
The flames spread from the back
and the bus then became fully in-
volved in fire before it was eventu-
ally extinguished by firefighters after
about 10 minutes.
The fire caused around $200,000
damage to the Corston Coaches bus,
with no-one reported injured in the
Trinity College acting head Rob-
ert Smedley said, in a letter sent to
parents and guardians, that everyone
was safe and well.
"This afternoon a Corstons coach
caught fire in the bus zone on Trin-
ity Drive (in front of the shops)," the
"The fire was quickly brought un-
der control by the fire brigade and
no-one was injured and all students
are safe and well.
"Our procedures worked very
well and the incident was dealt with
quickly and efficiently."
School bus re
A Trinity College sta member managed to take this snap of the aming bus.
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
Scrubbing up on past
INSET: Photo from 1967 of the young lads cleaning James Martin.
Local man Neville Hicks was
among a handful of young lads
volunteering to clean the James
Martin statue by hand in 1967.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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