Plans to relocate John Pirie anchor to secondary school

HISTORY: John Pirie Secondary School history and geography co-ordinator Aaron Ward, left, with Year 12 students Abbey Sutcliffe and Riley Seidel stand beside the John Pirie anchor at Memorial Park.
HISTORY: John Pirie Secondary School history and geography co-ordinator Aaron Ward, left, with Year 12 students Abbey Sutcliffe and Riley Seidel stand beside the John Pirie anchor at Memorial Park.

Plans have emerged to relocate the John Pirie anchor to John Pirie Secondary School, as part of a wider project aiming to connect people to the town's history.

The project - which has been six years in the making - will be funded by John Pirie Secondary School, the Port Pirie Regional Council and Nyrstar Port Pirie.

The history of the anchor dates back to 1836, when the smallest ship of a fleet of nine called the 'John Pirie' set sail from England, tasked with establishing regional South Australia.

All that remains of the ship is the anchor, which has been in the town at Memorial Park for over 50 years.

RELOCATE: Plans have emerged to relocate the John Pirie anchor to John Pirie Secondary School.

RELOCATE: Plans have emerged to relocate the John Pirie anchor to John Pirie Secondary School.

JPSS principal Roger Nottage said the story of the vessel was one the community should be proud of.

"The story of the John Pirie is not one I have heard anybody talk about and it seems to me like it is a great story for our community to know," he said.

"When I heard about the size of the ship, the challenges it had in sailing and some of the feats it had achieved, I certainly thought it would build a sense of pride, community, persistence and courage."

Mr Nottage said relocating the anchor to the school would enable young people to grow a strong sense of connection with the community and school values.

"For young people to be able to connect to Port Pirie as a community, to have a sense of pride, identity and ownership for the town and be able to make connections is positive," he said.

"As a community we want young people who take an interest in their town and its history."

But, the relocation of the anchor is much more than connecting young people to Port Pirie history.

"This is not a one off .. I am excited that this is the beginning of what is a much bigger project," Mr Nottage said.

"There are some other stories to tell that have national and international significance around people in Port Pirie."

Mayor Leon Stephens said residents can expect to see the move take place later this year.

"It is a fantastic vision for our corner that was once pretty boring," he said.

CONNECTION: The plans relocate the John Pirie anchor will see connections made to the town's history.

CONNECTION: The plans relocate the John Pirie anchor will see connections made to the town's history.

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