Pirie's 36ers notch up another milestone

PARTY TIME: The 36ers celebrated with a meal at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club. There were four new members of the group. Nancy Jaeschke, fourth from right, and Venie Johnson, fifth from left, said the lunches were 'special'.
PARTY TIME: The 36ers celebrated with a meal at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club. There were four new members of the group. Nancy Jaeschke, fourth from right, and Venie Johnson, fifth from left, said the lunches were 'special'.

Eighty-three years after joining South Australia at a special anniversary, a group of residents is still ready to party.

Known as the 36ers, the residents were born in 1936 when our state marked a coming of age with its 100th birthday since settlement.

Later, on their 50th birthdays, they were recognised at the state's 1986 Jubilee, marking 150 years since settlement, when they were rewarded with money boxes and bank accounts.

Recently, a group comprising about 22 people and their partners celebrated the 36ers' yearly lunch at the Port Football and Community Sporting Club.

On display was a commemorative matchbook possibly from the Jubilee grand birthday dinner-dance at Morphettville. "It was one night to remember in our year to remember," said Nancy Jaeschke who displayed the matchbook.

TREASURE: Nancy Jaeschke holds a commemorative matchbook from the Jubilee celebration of the 36ers.

TREASURE: Nancy Jaeschke holds a commemorative matchbook from the Jubilee celebration of the 36ers.

She did not know where she had obtained the matchbook, but said it could have come from an Adelaide reunion. "It is a treasured possession," she said.

"At last year's lunch in Port Pirie, I brought along a money box and my bank book where two pounds three shillings was deposited after my birth by the state government." She said the organisers had stopped holding reunions in Adelaide, but she and Venie Johnson had thought it would be good to keep it going.

"We had four new 36ers this time while one member died," she said. "Next year half of us might not be here," she said.

That got a lot of laughs from the merry bunch.

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