Throwback Thursday: April 29, 1971

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, April 29, 1971.

New horizons for Anzac Days of future

New forms of observance at Murray Bridge on April 25 offered reassurance that Anzac memories will survive when the generations directly concerned in the two World Wars have passed on.

There was little daylight when the dawn service was held outside the RSL clubrooms, but 200 who assembled and stood in silent tribute.

For years the dawn service had attracted only a faithful few, but the attendance of Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies, as well as parents, was greater than ever.

The Reverend Father J Honnor led a prayer and Mr Roy Robinson spoke briefly about the significance of the occasion.

The Anzacs still have no doubts

Where are the surviving Anzacs, the men who actually fought on Gallipoli, and what do they think about war and peace, demonstations and the people concerned in them?

The Standard sought out four who live in Murray Bridge.

William “Scotty” Stewart doesn’t set much store by the anti-war demonstrators.

“Now, as then, it was best to rely on the decisions of those in the know,” he said.

Bill Thorne was terse about today’s demonstrators: “they just haven’t grown up”.

Tom Wells said he was proud to have been an Anzac and couldn’t say why so many of today’s young people confused service with a love of wars.

Arden Hilder doesn’t mince words about the folk who want to do away with Anzac Day and who raise money for the Viet Cong.

“If no-one had been ready to fight on our side in the two world wars there wouldn’t be any demonstrations,” he said.

“They would all be under the Nazis or the Japanese.”

‘Eyes down’ here

Bingo is here.

Murray Bridge Golf Club, which obtained a special license, will run the “eyes down” game on Saturday night.

For many English migrants the game will be a touch of home – it has long been entrenched there, and the jokes about the queues at the bingo parlour entrances are legion.

Opinion is divided in South Australia as to the merits of the innovation.

Three teams yet to lose

There were big victories in nearly all grades in River Murray football on Saturday.

The Tailem Bend “machine”, with Cybulka – 41 kicks on the day – the dynamo, proved too much for Meningie at Tailem Bend.

He was well supported by the Connolly brothers; L Ross and J Mills were consistent for the losing side.

This week in history

10 years ago: April 26, 2007

Nineteen-year-old Jack Love said he was honoured to play the Last Post on the bugle at Murray Bridge’s Anzac Day dawn service.

20 years ago: April 29, 1997

Bridge Bag-a-Way proprietor Trevor Binney said he could have to close his doors due to an increase in Murray Bridge council dumping fees.

40 years ago: April 28, 1977

Murray Bridge Lutheran Parish announced plans to build a new primary school and, in the long term, a kindergarten and secondary school.

80 years ago: April 30, 1937

Governor Sir Winston Dugan presented rowing’s King’s Cup to the South Australian team after an eights race at Murray Bridge.


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