Nosey Parker delves into Port Pirie in the year 1944

CELEBRATION: Archdeacon Ian Barlow celebrated 25 years with the Anglican Church in December, 1987.
CELEBRATION: Archdeacon Ian Barlow celebrated 25 years with the Anglican Church in December, 1987.

33 debutantes presented nearly 600 dancers at the Parish Hall. The Debs were: Dawn Anderson, Patricia Thompson, Heather Pillar, Beautrice Reynolds, Iris Searle, Persephone Paskalis, Dorothy Davies, Dorothy Tonkin, Shirley Foster, Aileen Lane, Pam Mortess, Trixie Dowling, Betty Parham, Maureen Parham, Neta Saint, Kath Watts, Peggy Whelan, Beverley Hart, Myrtle Sumersford, Barbara Meyers, Betty Phillips, Roma Heine, Margaret Clarke, Shirley Galliford, Betty Walters, Nita Pryor, Shirley Finlay, Margaret Finlay, Betty Thomas, Gloria Evans, Decima Gray, Joan Dickinson and Lila Sly.

Nosey Parker ... with Des Parker.

Nosey Parker ... with Des Parker.

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J . Firmin Jenkins, architect, former mayor, sportsman and a man of honour passes away. Some of the buildings he designed included Prests Limited Stores (1901), Central Risdon and Solomontown Methodist Churches, St Anthony’s School, H.A. and W. Goode’s store (1900), Family Hotel, Sampson and Close’s shop, Pirie Institute, Howard Smith Limited offices, Adelaide Steamship Company’s offices, Bank of Adelaide, Ozone Theatre (built as Alhambra Theatre for Mr. M. Rasheed in 1914), Barrier Chambers, Memorial Oval grandstand and Memorial Gates, and the Savings Bank.

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The Port Pirie combined football team to play West-Glenelg league side was R. Honniball, J. Watson, G. Rontaunay, T. Bryant, V.J. Sier, B. McPherson, L. Veal, V. Simpson, W. Lumsden, N. Flannagan, J. McDermott, E. Seery, W. Moyle, J. Owens, P. Fawcett, D. Hansberry, F. Stigwood, R. Litchfield, H. Ingham, W. Roesler, F. Stigwood - captain – and V. Simpson vice captain. Port Pirie won by 66 points with Rex Honniball kicking nine goals.

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Mr and Mrs J. Barr take over a milk bar on the Main Road from Mrs M. Price. In later years this milk bar became famous for its icy cold squashes. Mrs Barr went went swimming at the Solomontown beach everyday during the year.

The school’s patriotic fund donates £3,000 towards the New Seamen’s Mission Building.

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Pin-up-girl entrant in the state’s fighting fund was Miss Kathleen Harris, who went on to win the Miss South Australian ideal pin-up-girl title.

Tom and Vene Madigan puts on the first Woolworths Revue raising funds for Fighting Forces Comfort Fund. The Senior Chorus girls were Joyce Clarke, Betty Smith, Maureen Wallace, Eunice Thornton and Val Rodgers.

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The first nurse in Port Pirie hospital passes away. She was Fransiska Perry.

Bill Mackey of Wilkins Street, was ‘the bottle-o of Port Pirie’ and retires after twenty years.

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Jack Baker of 122 The Terrace buys F.B & P. Budd store on the corner of York Road and The Terrace.

Solomontown school playground was officially opened by Mr W.T. Martin, Superintendent of the primary school. The playground was built with a big effort from the Solomontown school committee and the BHAS employees. The playground was designed by Mr Doug Perkins.

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Another modest movement to keep Port Pirie abreast of the times came into being when a group of citizens resolved to go ahead with an attempt to establish a public kindergarten.

Port Pirie soldiers decorated. PTES. O.E.J Dunning and K. Smith each receive the military medal they won in the Middle East in 1942.

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PHOTOGRAPH:

CELEBRATION: Archdeacon Ian Barlow celebrated 25 years with the Anglican Church in December, 1987. At the celebrations were Beth Williams, left, Archdeacon Barlow, Ray Stieg, Essie Smith, Lorna Stieg, Clem Bairstow and Arthur Boucher.

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