Throwback Thursday: February 19, 1981

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, February 19, 1981.

MB in line for ‘boring town’

Murray Bridge is an early front-runner in an Adelaide TV station current affairs program’s quest for South Australia’s most boring town.

That comment was dropped at the end of A State Affair program last Thursday night by compere Guy Blackmore because of the number of letters received.

Main complaint was that there was nothing for young people to do in Murray Bridge, and that little or nothing was being done for unemployed.

$2.1m resort still on

The proposed $2.1 million tourist recreation park planned on the banks of the Murray near Murray Bridge is still a goer.

Rumours have been circulated that the proposal had fallen through.

The planned development was announced jointly by state Premier Tonkin and Murray Bridge Mayor Minge on October 29 last year.

The park is planned to offer a wide range of water and land-based activities, combined with sporting, accommodation and convention facilities, and to incorporate one of Australia’s longest water slides on the 81-hectare site on the eastern bank of the Murray, immediately north of the Swanport Bridge.

Woman minister first in MB

Murray Bridge’s first woman minister, Miss Thelma Holmes, has never had a direct confrontation with those who object to a woman in the ministry, but knows of those who have.

Quietly spoken during an interview, Miss Holmes says she has no trouble “reaching” those in the back row of a church.

“It’s the way you project your voice,” she said.

Three receive Telecom awards

Two retired Murray Bridge Telecom employees received service awards last week for 25 years’ satisfactory service.

They were Messrs FH Button and JP McNamara who, with Mr GE Eden, of Willunga, received their awards from Telecom’s SA chief manager, operations department, Mr Eugene McCann.

Magnificent 188 by Pfeiffer

A magnificent 188 by High School A grade captain Geoff Pfeiffer enabled his team to reach the huge total of 9/335 against Wanderers on Saturday.

Pfeiffer’s 188 is his personal best score, and possibly the highest in this association, eclipsing 177 not out by Mypolonga player Hugh Fidge against Border Downs in 1978.

For sale

  • Kelvinator reverse cycle air conditioner, $8.88 weekly rental at Radio Electrix
  • Kraft cheese singles, $1.35 at Eudunda’s
  • Micro sonic hearing capsule demonstration, free at Mannum Pharmacy

This week in history

10 years ago: February 22, 2008

Galga farmers Kevin and Raelene Heidrich worried an Australian Zircon mining operation would ruin their soil.

20 years ago: February 24, 1998

Clown Clarry Jones gave up on his ambition to jump the River Murray on a motorbike after dislocating his shoulder on his third attempt.

40 years ago: February 23, 1978

Murray Bridge High School’s bell – originally the ship’s bell on the Queen of the South – was installed at the new school site.

80 years ago: February 25, 1938

The Liberal and Country League’s George Morphett, Labor’s John Cassidy and Richard McKenzie and independent Percy Suter prepared to contest the state electorate of Murray.