Nosey: From the 1946 files

OCTOBER 1977: Cast members John Buttrose, left, Kathy Hoepner, Bill Othams, Margaret Walsh and Colin Bottrall rehearsed for the Port Pirie Repertory Society's production 'The One Day of the Year'.
OCTOBER 1977: Cast members John Buttrose, left, Kathy Hoepner, Bill Othams, Margaret Walsh and Colin Bottrall rehearsed for the Port Pirie Repertory Society's production 'The One Day of the Year'.

Sixty illegal bookmakers estimated in Pirie with betting transactions stated to be in the vicinity of 6000 pounds weekly.  This was stated at a betting control board meeting held in the Port Pirie courthouse on the opening of Pirie bookmakers again in Pirie after the war. 

A goodwill gesture from HMAS Pirie officers and crew – they have donated two refrigerator drinking units to the Port Pirie hospital. 

At the beach carnival, the winners of the baby contest were – Judith Bee, under 6 months girls and Rodney Green, under 6 months boys. 

A decision to revert to green-and-white guernseys, if procurable, was made at the annual meeting of the Port Football Club. There was lively discussion regarding a proposal that the club’s name be changed to Saints, thereby approximating its former designation of St Mark’s. Mr J Lauritsen, newly elected chairman, said having been unable to replace worn-out guernseys in the old colour during the war, they had to fall back on red-and-white stripes. The club coach, Mr M.B Walsh, stated that the green-and-white will be available this year and it will revive the club. 

“This is an auspicious occasion in the progress of Proprietary Football Club,” said Mr C.J Hart, chairman, when opening the annual meeting in a new clubroom at Memorial Oval. 

The swim-through was held with 107 starters, the first race was in 1923. The recorder was in 1934 with 126 starters. This year’s was won by Ethelton swimmer P Davidson from Miss Pat Hutchinson, Port Pirie. 

Nurse Polly Noble, of 37 Tenth Street, who delivered 1000 babies from her nursing home ‘Ellimatta’, celebrated her 86th birthday. 

One of the best known and most efficient country police teams in South Australia, Detective John Slinger and plainclothes Constable Lewis Edwin Wehr after nearly a decade of investigation work together in Pirie at the end of April will leave, and at the end of May will take over the lease at the Flinders Rest Hotel at Warnertown. 

K Davey stars in the Easter Tennis Tourney. He won the singles championship, the doubles title with F Bawden and the mixed doubles with Mrs B Freeman. The women’s singles was won by 18-year-old Miss Helen Crowe. 

The 1946 pacing derby was won by Speedy Princess, driven by Max Lane. Second went to Rivermaid and third to Miss Robina. 

A move to have The Terrace name changed to The Anzac Terrace in honour of servicemen of World War II failed at a council meeting. 

Two streets in the new subdivision of ‘Falmouth’ off Senate Road, the council decided to name them Threadgold Street after the present mayor and Jenkins Street after the late mayor Firmin Jenkins.