Throwback Thursday: Stolen clothing in 1939

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, March 3, 1939.

Prompt sequel to local store robbery

There was a sequel to last week’s robbery at Messrs. JR and ML Phillips’ store – the sixth such offence in six years – when two Adelaide men were charged in the Murray Bridge court on Wednesday with complicity in the affair.

The two defendants admitted charges of having received property knowing it to have been stolen, and were committed for sentence.

On a charge of breaking and entering, which he denied, one of the men was committed for trial.

Adelaide detectives told an interesting story of the discovery of some of the stolen articles at a North Adelaide boarding house, and of their interrogation of the men charged.

Paddling pool contract let

At the fortnightly meeting of the Murray Bridge corporation, tenders for construction of a children’s paddling pool at Sturt Reserve were dealt with.

That of WJ Tucker, at £12/15/0, was accepted, this price being for a reinforced concrete pool with a diameter of 12 feet, with sides four inches and base six inches in thickness.

This addition should increase the attractiveness of Sturt Reserve from the viewpoint of holidaymakers.

Rainfall figures

At the Murray Bridge post office the recordings were as follows: the total for February was 240 points, and the progressive aggregate for 1939 is now 343 points.

Official statistics show that Murray Bridge, after experiencing, in 1938, a dry period in which rainfall was lowest, except for 1914, for 40 years or more, has opened 1939 with the wettest January-February period on record.

It is hoped that, while bountiful rains are received, falls will be so spaced as to avert the possibility of washouts and damaged roadways.

Town gardener resigns

Notice of resignation was tendered verbally on behalf of Mr G Riches, town gardener, at Monday night’s meeting of the town council.

The council decided to make representations to Mr Riches, with a view to his altering his decision.

It is understood that Mr Riches, who is transferring to Barmera, is adhering to his decision.

Electric light cricket

The Murray Bridge and District EL Cricket Association will enter upon the final round for the Standard Shield and premiership next Monday night.

Those clubs to remain in the competition are Stragglers, Mypolonga, Royals and Ramblers.

For sale

  • Austin Eight, £229 plus tax at RC Carne and Co
  • Phosphorated Iron Brain and Nerve Tonic, at J Cairns Johnson
  • 80” sheeting, from 2/3 at David Bell and Co

This week in history

10 years ago: February 29, 2008

The federal government would spend $50 million buying back water licences, Senator Penny Wong announced on a visit to the Swanport wetland.

20 years ago: March 3, 1998

Murray Bridge High School teacher Doru Francu returned from Nagano, Japan, where he coached Australia’s bobsled team.

40 years ago: March 2, 1978

Strong winds blew topsoil across the Murraylands, and up to the top of a fence on Don Abraham’s Caloote property.

80 years ago: March 4, 1938

A case of infantile paralysis was reported in a two-and-a-half-year-old Murray Bridge boy, shortly after another case at Caloote.


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