Wall Flat's 100 year celebration on Sunday, October 15

CELEBRATION: Local historian Robert Martin examining an old map of the area with Graham Martin, President of the Wall Flat Progress Association.

CELEBRATION: Local historian Robert Martin examining an old map of the area with Graham Martin, President of the Wall Flat Progress Association.

The Murraylands township of Wall Flat will celebrate its centenary of the irrigation area this Sunday, October 15 at the town’s School Hall.

Starting at 11am, guests will enjoy a barbecue lunch, a 100th birthday cake will be cut, and Robert Martin will speak about some of the interesting stories he has uncovered as part of his research of the area.

Mr Martin, who has been a professional historian most of his life, was brought up in Wall Flat and took the opportunity to compile his research on the area over the past six months.

“Wall Flat was populated by returned soldiers in 1917 and it’s been fascinating to see how the land was utilised in so many different ways and how important the community was to the establishment of this area,” he said.

“They had to depend on themselves and each other for entertainment as many didn’t have cars, and they all helped each other out when anyone was in trouble.”

Wall Flat Progress Committee members have been busy researching and working with Mid Murray Council to create historical displays that will be of particular interest to past and present residents.

The group are planning a Centenary Reunion for 2019, when the school has its centenary.

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