1961: Tasmanian trip

SEPTEMBER 15, 1961: For a under the stars at the army bivouac at Woodside, men of the Pioneer Platoon draw their blankets and groundsheets.

SEPTEMBER 15, 1961: For a under the stars at the army bivouac at Woodside, men of the Pioneer Platoon draw their blankets and groundsheets.

From the archives of the Murray Valley Standard, September 15 1961.

A party of 33 Karoonda schoolchildren took part in an unusual school project over the recent holiday period when they travelled to Tasmania for a tour with four of their teachers. 

The children flew from Melbourne to Davenport on the island’s north-west coast and, after inspecting the Ovaltine factory there, travelled to the nearby town of Burnie where they spent the night.

The teachers who went with the children were Mr and Mrs Don Webb and Mr and Mrs Colin Styles. 

Bigger play area

The Mannum Memorial Oval Committee has asked the local council to consider the possibility of making more land available for an additional playing area.  

In an application submitted to last Monday’s meeting, the committee suggested that the council consider closing part of the the small road running between the oval and the golf links.

This would make several acres of level land available for use as a playing area. 

The council decided to make an inspection of the site at 9am on the day of the next council meeting (October 9).

We’re labelled

During the past week many Murray Bridge shops have placed an unusual display in their display window. 

The label shows that the business concerned has given its support to the Christmas Parade which is being organised by a special committee for December 9. 

The organising committee is approaching the businessmen of the town with a budget of the expenses for the parade, which should prove to be a great success. 

Jervois or Tailem?

That is the big question exercising the minds of football fans on the eve of the grand final of the River Murray Football League’s major competition. 

It is to be settled on Saturday on Le Messurier Oval, Murray Bridge, which is in perfect order following the gentle mid-week rain.

Both contending teams “like their chances”, which points to an impending tussle of real premiership character. 

Latest reports are that both sides will be at full strength. Final selection of teams was scheduled for Thursday night after training.  

Shack tenants to be evicted

Crown land shack site holders in Mannum District Council area who have persistently failed to pay site rents are to have their leases cancelled.

At Monday’s meeting of the council it was claimed that there was a big demand for shack sites in and around the Mannum area and that there were “hundreds of applicants”, waiting to take the place of those who would be evicted. 

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