Nosey Parker: From the 1931 archives

1968: Superintendent of Port Pirie Methodist Church, Rev I.R Moulton, conducted a Good Friday service at the Bluff.  The service's stark simplicity made an impression.
1968: Superintendent of Port Pirie Methodist Church, Rev I.R Moulton, conducted a Good Friday service at the Bluff. The service's stark simplicity made an impression.

No football was to be played on Memorial Oval for the football season as the oval was to be upgraded. All games were to be played on Globe Oval. 

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Olyvette Fashion House opens in Ellen Street – it is now the site of Meg’s Bookshop. 

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Port Pirie cricket and the Central Cricket Association was amalgamated and became known as the Port Pirie Cricket and Districts Cricket Association. The officials were patron J Hand,  president O/H Woodward, vice presidents J Retchford and E.J Francis, secretary/treasurer F Green. The teams were East, South, West and North. 

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The motor vessel ‘Moonta’ entered the Spencer Gulf tourist trade when it left Port Adelaide on November 28 for its first Spencer Gulf trip it had 125 passengers on board. The Moonta would arrive Monday morning at the dock which is now filled in. 

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The iconic corner store in Ellen Street and Alexander Street was run by A.F Cheek and Co who were boot specialists and exporters. They sold out to Mr F.W Klobe who sold in 1931 to Mr R.A Sandery who ran a men’s store. He later sold it to Mr E.W Pettiman and Sons who ran a menswear and sports store. Then Slye and Les Oaklands turned the site into a gift and stationery shop. It is now the office of our Federal Member for Parliament. 

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The town council put down a new cricket pitch for the ladies’ cricket association on the Drill Hall site in Mary Elie Street and called it the Bradman wicket. 

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A new swimming club was formed in Solomontown. It was opened by the Mayor Mr M.M.B Middleton. The winner of the first swim thru was Mr C Dowling. He also was the fastest swimmer. 

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The Port Pirie Pedestrian Club made a successful debut at Memorial Oval under lights. The meeting, however, marked the end of the Port Pirie Athletic and Cycle Club. 

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The elite skating rink built in Amanda Street by Mr R Bairstow was opened. It became the home to Jean Park Hockey Club which had training grounds behind the skating rink. 

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A record crowd was at the opening of the ‘Open Air Palais’ at Solomontown Beach. It had a dancefloor and miniature golf links. A crowd of 2000 attended. 

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By a majority of seven to five, the Port Pirie Town Council decided to terminate the council’s activities at Weeroona Island Camp by leasing out the whole camp to a suitable tenant to run it as a private concern. 

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During the last 12 months, I have been doing research on Port Pirie from 1802-2018.

This includes major events, residents and others who have had an impact on our city.

I now have seven folders with this history containing 600 pages of handwritten events.

Depending on costs, maybe next year it could be released in book form but if it does not happen I have learnt a lot about our city.

I have found a private letter which detailed the 1934 flood. It was interesting with details of each hour.

Solomontown area was flooded at 9.40 and then 10.30 a tidal wave came across the Pirie West embankment and flooded that area. 

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. 

PHOTO

The service was held for the third time on the property of Mr E Williams. Rev Moulton was the only minister for the service.

He stood alone on a rise above the congregation to lead the service – backed by three roughly-hewn wooden crosses.

Nosey Parker with ... Des Parker OAM

Nosey Parker with ... Des Parker OAM