The Recorder columnist Des "Nosey" Parker looks at what made news in 1954:
Stan Antonas opens a new meat store in Ellen Street. It was one of the early shops to be refrigerated.
Pirie C.W.A Queens competition raises 1700 hundred pounds. It was won by Marlene Hosken from Judith Welch and Valda Sandery.
Jack Dormer 46 year wheelman who has been racing for 31 years was honoured with a life membership of the Port Pirie Cycle Club.
Popular Pirie Priest farewelled MGR Patrick Coffey appointed in charge of the Minnipa Parish.
The star footballer Jim Deane married Collen Lane at the Central Mission.
There was 7000 at the opening of Phoenix Park. It was the greatest feature in the history of night trotting in Port Pirie. The winner of the race was Brown Norwie driven by R.Clarke.
Crowd overflows at Pirie East Church as the Golden Jubilee was celebrated. A cake was cut by Mrs J. Martens whose father Mr. Lamming gave the plot of land on which the church was built.
C.A. Arbon Butcher of The Terrace sells out to Charlie Hall. It was managed by Garth Lane.
Cycling tour of the North was won by Bruch Reichelt. The fastest time was won by Ern Gant, he rode the course in two hours and 44 minutes.
More bricks soon ... brick manufacturers on Port Davis Road now connected to electricity will produce about 30,000 bricks weekly.
Port Pirie soccer team to play Whyalla, H. Patterson, H. Sydow, G. Richter, S. Pisani, V. Groening, W. Bethume, W. Van Keulen, O. Prill, T. Degioia, G. Balfour, G. Caputo. Reserves T. Annese, H. Klienet, P. Rafanelli.
The combined basketball team to play Whyalla No. 1, B. Baker captain, E. Barr, L. Conlin, P. Fawcett, E. Giles, D. Hutchinson, M. Lemm, J. Grocke, No. 2 D. Inarman captain, H. Dawson, D. Brine, B. Perryman, M. Marsh, A. Grocke, M. McGowran and K. Sellar.
Legs broken at anchorage by Ron Nayda waterside worker. A ore grab rolled against him on a barge while loading the steamer bedford earl.
First building for new Risdon School nearing completion. School to open next year.
Recorder 12 hour trial, 18 motorcycles, six side cars, 39 cars. They will complete ober 306 mile northern course.
Mr F. Hillier was elected as chairman of the B.H.A.S amateur swimming club for the tenth season. He has been a committee man for 33 seasons.
Major move on Pirie phones when new cables were laid to the Risdon Park area.
The Post Master General advised that a new post agency will start on Three Chain Road.
Mr J.L. Grose sells his main road store to Mrs A.M. Branford.
The wood and iron railway station at Warnertown was gutted by fire.