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National Trust to mark 50 years

VINTAGE TOY DISPLAY: Peter Millbank arranges a display at Sampson's Cottage ahead of the National Trust celebration this weekend.
VINTAGE TOY DISPLAY: Peter Millbank arranges a display at Sampson's Cottage ahead of the National Trust celebration this weekend.

Celebrations will mark a unique milestone for Port Pirie National Trust in the city.

A day of free activities has been planned as the organisation celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first public engagement - the unveiling of the John Pirie anchor. The branch itself was formed in 1967 and opened the doors to the Customs House museum in 1970 with the Railway Station soon to follow.

On Saturday, September 21, there will be plenty to see and do at the old Railway Station and across the road at Sampson's Cottage. The festivities will be launched by Frome MP, Geoff Brock, at 11am. The Whyalla Brass Band and Billy Goat Hill Band will perform during the day while Rotary will serve up a barbecue.

In Sampson's Cottage, there will be morning and afternoon teas as well as vintage toy displays and entertainment provided by Brett and Claire Millbank.

A boys' toy display has also been arranged at the cottage.

A boys' toy display has also been arranged at the cottage.

The nostalgic vintage toy display will feature items across a variety of eras.

Vice chair of Port Pirie National Trust, Peter Millbank, paid tribute to the work of Nancy and Ian Wood in making the organisation as successful as it is in Port Pirie. He encouraged people to bring a chair and enjoy their celebratory festivities.

"Nancy and Ian Wood left a legacy for us to maintain and look after," he said, highlighting that the organisation was responsible for the old Railway Station, Customs House, Sampson's Cottage and the two small shops on either side, the denture clinic building and the Barrier Chambers near the wharf.

The museum, which opens every day of the year except Christmas Day and Good Friday and is volunteer run, continues to prove popular with visitors from both interstate and overseas.