The Recorder columnist Des "Nosey" Parker looks at what made news in 1959:
A new sports centre opened by Mayor H.B Welch, Brady's Sports Centre in Ellen Street. It was run by Byk Madigan and Ted Williams. It had a squash court ... the first in town.
Entrants in the 'Miss Crystal Brook' quest was Gillian Venning, Elaine Bhenna, Ann O'Dea, Jillian Lambert, Wilma Giesberts, Pauline Eddy, Lorna Clinton and Maxine Smart. The quest raised eleven hundred pounds. Ann was the winner.
Brian Condon is the only South Australian ever to be awarded a diploma, in an examination conducted by Australian Council of the Soft Drinks Manufacturing.
Northern Areas selectors pick 15 year old Robin Gum to play in the carnival at Port Pirie.
A double for a Port Pirie family when Mariene Veitch captains a northern basketball carnival at Redhill, while her brother captained the Port Pirie football league to play Broughton football league at Redhill.
Port Pirie no.1 team retained the state 25 mile team cycling championship in Adelaide. The team members were B. Rutgers, C. Bairstow, D. Williams and T. Irlam.
More than 200 attended a meeting to form a Port Pirie marching girl association. Those who held positions were J.C Scotcher president, Mrs E.H Tavener vice president, D. McEvoy secretary and Mrs B. White as treasurer.
The Risdon Park Primary School sports day winners was boys championship won by Wayne Krestchmer and the girls Louanne Benton.
Bacchus Club formed in Port Pirie. The committee was K. Gosiwald president, P.A Kumnich secretary, Capt K.M Hobbs treasurer, E.F Symons, L.A Pelton, R. Flanagan were committee men.
Bob Thompson top of the state in the police training at Adelaide Police Barracks. He was a former Proprietary footballer.
Seven debutantes at the St Paul's Church ball. They were with partners Carolyn Chandler - Norman Denny, Helen Brett - Beth Rohrsheim, Dallas Finn - Gavin Mannix, Evlyn Costella - Alex Carter, Coralie May - Sidney Sard, Kay Zubrinich - Charles Mesecke, Marilyn Craigie - Bruce Rohrsheim.
Savoy Soccer Club ran a Queen competition in aid of ground fund. There was four entrants aged betewen 10-12 years old. They were Betty Caputo, Sabina Caputo, Angeline Sciangalepore and Lucy Angione.
Port Pirie Softball Association premiers was Stuart. The members were F. Herzich, L. Brown, J. Winship, B. Moore, G. Burford, J. Jobson, M. Herzich, E. Tavener, D. Boehm and M. Jones.
Milton Scott and Ken Davey win the doubles titles at the Easter Tennis Tournament from Herb Bessen and Laurie Kotz.