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50 YEARS AGO
SHOPS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE...Bright lights, band
music and crowds of people will combine to give Murray
Street a festve air tomorrow night, Christmas Eve.
Shops stll carrying loads of gifs for last-minute
purchasers, will remain open untl 9pm.
The Gawler band's program of marches, waltzes and
general music will change over to carols at about 8:30pm.
25 YEARS AGO
2000 AT OPENING...The grand opening of the Movieland
video store (formerly Video One) in Gawler on Saturday
atracted nearly 2000 people to a huge party at the southern
end of Murray Street.
Humphrey B. Bear was one of the major atractons, as
was Santa Claus who arrived on a horse-drawn vehicle.
The street was closed for the party which was described as
a huge success.
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10 YEARS AGO
$150,000 HOTEL BLAZE...An electrical fault is believed to
be the cause of a devastatng ﬁre at the Two Wells Tavern on
While isolated to a passageway, the ﬁre caused up to
$150,000 damage afer incineratng electrical wiring.
Smoke and water damage throughout the hotel have also
added to the repair bill.
CHRISTMAS...This is the saddest Christmas the poor old
weary world has known. Europe is mourning, and millions of
men are engaged in deadly destructon.
The message of the herald angels --- peace on earth,
goodwill to man — was never more needed, its realisaton
could never be more welcome than now.
And the grim irony of the situaton is that the principal
combatant natons are Christan natons who have hitherto
joyfully observed the Christmas festval.
100 YEARS AGO
JIM Murray has seen Gawler grow,
develop and prosper during his 40 years
in the real estate industry.
The owner of LJ Hooker Gawler is now
somewhat a veteran of his field, although
it seems like only yesterday he started his
career as a fresh-faced teenager.
"I started in real estate when I was 16,
and I am now 56, while that is a long time it
doesn't seem so to me," he said.
In 1983, Jim took the next step in his
career when he and wife Ann, along with
business partner Roy Hayles, purchased a
business known as Gawler Real Estate Pty
"When the opportunity to become LJ
Hooker eventuated we jumped in and that
was 18 to 19 years ago," Jim said.
"Sadly, Roy retired and has passed away
during that time but we still think of him as
part of the business."
Although he has seen Gawler grow
tremendously over the years, Jim said he still
found it "a great place to live" with all local
services and shopping only a stone's throw
"In some ways, Gawler hasn't changed
much, it is still a service and dormitory
town for the surrounding areas and has
that slightly semi-rural and small-town
atmosphere," he said.
"The growth has meant that there is room
now to specialise in real estate areas, ours
are residential, small rural holdings and
commercial, whereas when we originally
came to Gawler the old stock and station
agents did a lot of the work."
It is inevitable the town's growth will
continue, according to Jim.
"South Australia is not exactly a bustling
booming state, probably with the exception
of a couple of areas it never has been and
that is not necessarily a bad thing," he said.
"Our growth is usually slow and steady
and when that happens, atmospheres and
character can adapt to the change and I
think that we will still be saying similar good
things about Gawler 10 years from now."
One of the biggest challenges in today's
business life is meeting and exceeding
people's expectations, Jim believes.
"We need to do our best every time, but
sometimes that is not enough, so it is a
process of discerning where improvements
can be made and implementing new and
innovative solutions," he said.
"I really enjoy trying to create an
environment where not just young people
(but) all our staff can improve their life skills
and see some personal growth, it makes it all
worthwhile and makes me enthusiastic to go
to work each day."
Outside of work, Jim has one particular
hobby that helps him unwind.
"I have always really liked cars, I have
a couple of late '60s and '70s cars that I
have restored and that means ongoing
maintenance, which I enjoy," he said.
Jim and Ann have also always loved
renovating homes, re-doing their own as
well as a couple of investment properties.
Jim said he did not see himself stopping
full-time work any time soon, but still
looked forward to spending more time with
family and friends in the future.
"The future for me is, God willing, more
of the same. Ann and I are surrounded by
our children and grandchildren and one
great-grandchild, there is always something
going on and Ann has semi-retired so as not
to miss a moment of it," he said.
LJ Hooker Gawler owner Jim Murray has seen many changes during his time in the real estate industry.
PHOTO: Carl Pfei er
GAWLER Business Development
Group has welcomed a fresh face
on its board in the lead-up to the
GP Access managing director Lyn
Gill was inducted onto the board at the
group's annual meeting last month.
Chair Louise Drummond was rein-
stated to her position.
In her annual report, Mrs
Drummond said the group had un-
dertaken a number of projects and
initiatives this year to assist local busi-
nesses, including providing retail and
merchandising training and helping a
local bakery apply for a heritage grant
to upgrade its premises.
"We have just enjoyed our second
Gawler Jazz Festival," she said in the
"This was another board initiative
which has proven very successful with
visitors from all over the state coming
for the weekend of jazz.
"Plans are already afoot for an even
bigger event next year with the possi-
bility of some very well-known artists
New face on business board
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