Des 'Nosey' Parker looks at the year 1959 in Port Pirie

SUCCESS: The winning Crystal Brook A2 softball premiers in 1970.
SUCCESS: The winning Crystal Brook A2 softball premiers in 1970.

St Mark’s Debutante Ball; the girls with their partners – Margaret Jones-Trevor Summers, Fay Munro-Bruce Munro, Margaret Murphy-Andrew Munro, Barbara Ganoni-Joseph O’Loughlin, Lynette Mesecke-Len Murray, Marilyn Nagel-John Carn, Colleen Murphy-Don Murphy, Hillary Murdock-John Garnaut, Therese Malycha-Leo Aliffe, Kathleen Noble-Peter Burns, Jennifer Malycha-Anthony Malycha, Judith Carn-Hank van der Water, Mary Hackett-Desmond Hackett, Aileen Murphy-Brian Oxford.

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The Risdon Football first training team for A-grade was John Rowe, Frank Captuo, Graham Nielson, Kevin Diggens, Barry Thompson, Ivan Zubrinich, Bob Thorpe, Sam Pepe, Frank Demarco, Colin Eckert, Stan Warne, Lynton Reeves, Jim Dawson, Roy Mezzino, Speedy Miller, Ben Ramsay, Lance Brewster, Bert Wiskar, Mick Finlay, Ray Turner, Louis Govelli, Reg Johns, Royce Ramsay, Ray Ellis, Eric Pine, Keith Norton, Brian Altman. Mick Finlay was named captain with Kevin Diggens vice captain.

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Six coke ovens were placed at Memorial Oval to keep patrons who attended night football matches warm.

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A total of 162 marching girls attended a meeting to form a marching girls association.

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The Savoy Soccer Club ran a miniature queen competition as a fundraiser for the club. They were Betty Caputo (Queen of the Roses), Frincie Schingalepore (Queen of Orchids), Lucy Angione (Queen of Tulips) and Sabina Caputo (Queen of Camellias).

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Pirie ski-girls will give a colourful display at the Port Pirie Rowing Regatta. The girls will be Nan Taylor, Judith Welch, Betty Summersford, Gloria Connelly, Kath Milne, Helen McDonell, Alison McDonald and Diana Welch.

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Long swim to Ian Nitz who won the swim-through from team-mate W. Sharpe and Pauline Martin.

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The Wandearah Cricket Team won the Broughton Association premiership. The team was P. Joyce, T. Keain, R. Afford, E. Joyce, J. Tregloen, R. Hunt, R. Young, R. Keain, H. Ferme, D. Pettman and L. Hayes.

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The swimming club season champions were, senior men – Max Schebella, Bronte O’Loughlin and Steve Whelan. Senior girls – Kay Schebella, Fay Munro, Rosemary Sly. Junior men – Trevor Sly, Des Edwards, Darryl Barr. Sub junior men – Brian McLaughlin, Ian Nitz and Ron Nicholls.

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Solomontown Football Club coach for the season was the brilliant West Adelaide footballer Stan Costello.

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The B.H.A.S Excelsior Band is in the best six in Australia. The members were D. Peterson, M. Hyde, M. Murphy, L. Williams, W. Black, E. Thompson, R. Hogg, D. Fitzgerald, W. Scott, D. Woodward, G. Bell, R. Kennedy, R. Lavis, H. Johnson, B. Rodgers, A. Johnson, M. Brandford, L. Peterson, T. Haldane, J. Murphy, E.E. Cooper, N. Oaklands, F. Thompson, L. King, L. Oaklands and J. Quinn.

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A new £250,000 men’s and operating theater block at Port Pirie hospital was officially opened by chief secretary and minister of health, Sir Lyell McEwin.

The city council agrees to night baseball after a deputation comprised of the chairman Mr. K. Madigan, secretary Mr. R. Conyers and R. Cole attended the council meeting.

Port Pirie’s new 6000 World War II memorial gates were officially opened by the mayor H.B. Welch. 

PHOTOGRAPH:

Crystal Brook A2 softball premiers. Back row, A. Castledine, H. Lambert, J. Fradd, J. O’Leary, E. Couzner, R. Timms (coach). Front row, K. McDonald, S. Castledine, J. Behenna, B. Lambert, M. Brown and S. Lambert.