Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, May 17, 1946: Talk of a resort

May 17, 1946: Harmonica virtuoso Bruce Skurray says his is a serious instrument.

May 17, 1946: Harmonica virtuoso Bruce Skurray says his is a serious instrument.

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, May 17, 1946.

Subsidising tourist resorts

At the meeting of the Murray Bridge corporation held on Monday last, members discussed the approach being made to the South Australian Tourist Bureau regarding improvements at Sturt Reserve.

The acting director, Mr AS Brooks, said briefly that the government is prepared to contribute towards the cost of a scheme which might be undertaken with the object of beautifying tourist resorts or of providing amenities such as camping grounds, children’s playgrounds, recreation facilities and the like.

Generally speaking, a subsidy is made available on a pound-for-pound basis.


Friends of the bride had beautifully decorated the Lutheran Church of the Holy Cross with bowls of autumn flowers on the occasion of the marriage of Stella, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs EG Ruchs, of Murray Bridge, to Stanley, only son of Mrs and the late Mr EA Ruge, of Murray Bridge.

The bride wore a frock of white, imported, oyster-finish satin, the bodice of which was gathered into a fitting shaped belt studded with pearl seed beads and gold cornlli.

The maids in attendence were Miss Betty Ruchs, the bride’s sister, and Miss Lorna Ruge, the groom’s sister.

The bridegroom was assisted by Mr Ivor Kowald as best man and Mr Bob Bottroff as groomsman.

During the signing of the register, Miss Joyce Winter sang “Where E’er You Walk” and on leaving the church little Neville Rathjen hung a horseshoe on the bride’s arm.

Welcome social at Rockleigh

The Rockleigh Methodist Church Hall was tastefully decorated on May 1 when a welcome home social was given to returned soldiers of the district.

The guests were Corporal G Shepherd, Lance Corporal AG Downing, Leading Aircraftman Ron Pym, Gunners Len Fountain and LF Rolland and Privates A Talbot and EW Shepherd.

Apologies were received from Sergeant S McKenzie, LACs Laurie Pym and SG Mudge, and Pte Stan Hall.

Local boys show promise at boxing contest

At the Murray Bridge Town Hall on Friday evening, patrons of the boxing tournament were entertained with some of the finest contest of pugilism seen in this town for some time.

The matches had been arranged by Messrs Lohmann and Warner and any proceeds will be devoted to the building of the new soldiers’ hall.

The bout staged by Brice Lexstrom and Jim Morgan, two young lads, proved to be one of the most exciting.

For sale

  • Diamond engagement rings, from 35/- at Offe’s Jewellers
  • Eiders, from 69/6 at Bell’s
  • Cairns chillblain cure, 2/6 at Butcher’s Pharmacy

This week in history

10 years ago: May 16, 2008

Smoking was banned at Monarto Zoo. Education officer Ian Walton said cigarette butts had polluted its grounds.

20 years ago: May 19, 1998

SA Water ruled Callington and Kanmantoo’s supply was safe to drink despite a petition from Linda Marich about its muddiness.

40 years ago: May 18, 1978

The inaugural Murray Bridge Gold Cup was won by Dungarven, owned by Pat Cummings and trained by his brother Bart.

80 years ago: May 20, 1938

A poll was held to decide whether to allow a wine cafe to open in Murray Bridge; some residents argued there was already too much intoxicating liquor in the town.