The Recorder columnist Des "Nosey" Parker looks at what made news in 1979:
The Port Germein Post Office celebrates 100 years. The first Post Office was opened in November 1879. Except for a new from being placed on the building and re-bricking of the chimney, it stands as strong as the day it was built. The first ever Post-Master was Mr. Dowdy and the second Mr. S. Laftan.
Gordon and Dorothy Rimmer opens a drive-in bottle shop at the Globe Hotel.
Crystal Brook Sportspersons of the Year was Graeme Frick (cricket), Wendy Broekx (Hockey), Robert Cameron (cricket), Elaine Smart (hockey), Brian Arbon (football), Michael Kerin (junior cricket), Stephen Wohling (golf).
Mini-cyclone hit Port Broughton which caused millions of damage to houses and boats. It looked like a bomb had been dropped on the town.
Phil and Judy opens a new updated electrical store. It was a 'restravision' store.
Director of Nursing Miss Rhonda Gray received the Honor of Member of the Order of Australia Medal.
The cast of Port Pirie Theatre Guild was Trevor Shard, Mery Lewis, Margaret Niehus, Jill Lewis, Heather Naumann, Sally Johnson, Robyn Mullin, Gail Sandow, Rosalie Ottaway, Tracey Martin, Jenni Rees, Lesley Prior, Angela Amato, Elizabeth Tattoli, Kaye Feetham, Leonie Marshland, Charina Pisani, Virginia Ryan, Andy Hern, John Grove, Aileen Hall, Robert Kelly, Joan Coonan, Lyne Kelly, Mart Miller, Elba Piggott, David Wise, Sonia Arnold, John McMahon.
Port Pirie O'Bedience Dog Club awarded the club's life member to Judy Leverington, Abe Leverington and Marg Wilkinson.
Two Pirie landmarks was placed on the state heritage list. They were Carn Brae and the former Customs House.
The Whyalla Credit Union opens its doors in Mary Elie Street.
The Beach Kiosk was put up for sale.
South Cricket Club name the team of the century. Jack Owens, Kevin Smith, Ken Madigan, Myles Fuller, Harris Sharpe, Les Colman, Bill Theologou, Cec White, Trevor Ferme, Doug Pettman, Ray Fisher, Syd Gewar.
The Veteran Softballer Elelyn Tavener was honoured by the state Hockey Association when they made her a life member.
Radio station goes local. It will begin operations at the Ellen Street site with Chris Lodge as manager. It will transmit from the Crystal Brook site.
After 25 years proprietors of the Central Hotel Howard and Joyce West leave Port Pirie to live in Adelaide.
Over 300 attended the opening of the additions to the Lutheran Church on Senate Road. Pastor Ern Heyne performed the opening.
Winners of the second division premiership in the Crystal Brook Tennis Association were Nurom the players were K. Noll, P. Johns (captain), C. Keane, R. Munzer, I. Greig, M. Noll, B. Greig, R. Noll, H. Johns, G. Noll, K. Walsh, M. Frith.
Stalwart honored Jim Greivesen was made a life member of the Port Pirie Cricket Association.
Pictured: Karen Grieve, John Davey, Bronwyn Vanstone, Rosa-lee Cosmai, Michelle Drinnan, Debra Grandsen, Julie Cook, Kent Aughey, Steven Joyce, Reg Parker, Andrew Braun and Darren Wotton.