Nosey Parker: From the 1945 archives

1981: Port Pirie combined football team.
1981: Port Pirie combined football team.

Bill Shepherd wins the 32 mile Illman Memorial round cycle race. John Illman was an enthusiastic young cyclist who died in February 1933.

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Another sports oval planned in Port Pirie. Suggested remodeling of children's playground. B.H.A.S given council blessing, will go ahead with the big scheme.

After having in existence for 27 years, in recent times existing only on reputation. Pirie children's playground is to go and in its place will be constructed a children's sports oval. Completed, grassed and planted with trees.

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The Metcalf Medal for the best cricketer of the year was won by K.Griffen (North) from M.Hutchinson (East) and R.Hart R.A.A.F. The batting ave and agg was won by C.V White, 531 at 66.5. The bowling was won by M.Hutchinson with 35 wickets.

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More playgrounds for children. Solomontown residents plan two new ones each side of the railway crossing on Three Chain Road.

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Port Pirie High School students to play Port Augusta in cricket. J. Grieve captain, I.Davidson vice captain, J.Willis, R.Quirk, C.Warne, A.Merrett, G.Zubrinich, M.Sampson, W.Leane, K.Sullivan, W.Murray and C.Bairstow. Vigoro: Phyllis Pain, Judith Jose, Dora Urban, Pam McLeod, Margaret Impett, Mavis Finlay, Sylvia Warner, Betty Zanker, Thelma Jacobs, Lorna Dew, Shirley Marshall, Mae Hook, Eileen Page and Rosemary Davis.

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Record enrollments at Port Pirie Techinical School, they had 810 enrollments.

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The town council decided to grass the Globe Oval and have a cycle track around it.

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Famous Bombers to visit Port Pirie. The Lancaster Beaufort. Free flights for 100 pounds for those subscribed to the victory loan.

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Leaving certificates gained by W.L Birrell, R.A Dinning, C.W Leske, C.W Marsh, Denise Hine, G.W. Pope and C.Stephanos.

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Pirie Technical School successful in mathematics Raymond Matters (top of state), Philip. J Holdsworth in mechanical drawing, Douglas Cunningham in welding (top of the state), Douglas Martin (top of the state), Keith Button in strength of materials.

Ronald Evans and Laurence Veal equal top of the state. Heat engines: William Drinnen top of the state in mineralogy, Herbert Webster (top of the state) in short hand, Valma Grocke, Heather Pillar in book keeping, Ivan Jewell (top of the state) and Betty Jose.

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The milk vendors of Port Pirie were M.Newman, C.M Hennessey, W.H Nance, A.Creasy and Sons, T.Nance, F.Connor, P.J Fricker, R.S Lane, M.McBride, A.C Key, T.McBride, J.Tobin, J.A Lane, W.H. Wolter, F.Caputo and T.H Burford.

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Under sign of flying angel, the new Missions to Seamen was open by the State Governor. Built and equipped, it cost 5,000 pounds, the schools donated 4000 pounds from the school's patriotic fund.

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Ten debutantes were at the Catholic Annual Ball. They were Helen McNaulty and Walter Monaghan, Cora Walsh and Llyod Williams, Shirley Brennan and James Fitzgerald, Carmel Featherstone and Evan Johns, Patty Franke and Bill Wauchope, Betty Halliday and Peter O'Shea, Joyce Arboit and Martin Connelly, Thelma McBride and Jack Owens, Edna Roberts and Kevin Jordan, Betty Baker and Laurence Shearer.

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Wasteland made good. New Tennyson Playground opened in fine atmosphere. Wonderful result of three and a half month's voluntary labour.

Recognised for many years as one of the menace spots in the town, a lake of stagnant water in winter and a dusty waste in summer, the vacant land adjoining Tennyson Methodist Church was presented to the public of Pirie in its transformed state.

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Photo

Back row, Garry Lemm, Stephen Magor, Chris Turner, Roger Harris, Trevor Wartmier, Robert Patterson, Peter Arnold, Rodney Bain, Gavin Leske, Trevor Talbot, Gus Saunders.

Middle row, Larry Rawlins, Lauren Hellmans, Bruce McDonald, Ray Veal, Rob Bishop, Chris Prior, Bob Clayton, Phil Murdoch, Steve Chenney and Robert Sjostrom.

Front row, Malcolm Fitzgerald, Bob Daws, Brian Graetz, John White, Bob Boston, Lenny Mezzino, David Twilley and Jim Fitzgerald.