Throwback Thursday, July 19, 2001: Big Brother fad

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, July 19, 2001.

Big Brother’s legacy

The Big Brother craze has swept across Australia in recent months, and although the show has now finished, Murray Bridge will be left with a permanent legacy of the phenomenon.

Popular contestant Christina will have a forest planted in her memory at Monarto Zoological Park, courtesy of Planet Ark.

Christina chose the environmental group as her preferred charity to receive funds from the auction of a T-shirt following her eviction from the show.

Local tourism need

Murray Bridge is lacking the high-quality accommodation needed to satisfy the increasing demand from tourists and business people, according to regional marketing manager Julie Dreschler.

“Murray Bridge has some excellent bed and breakfast facilities, but not quality accommodation suitable for conference groups,” she said.

“There is a gap in the market.”

World trophy for Wooly Chambermaids

Murray Bridge’s history-making spinners and weavers, the Wooly Chambermaids, were yesterday presented with the world championship trophy for winning this year’s Back to Back Wool Challenge.

The trophy was handed to Lynette Williss and the seven other team members, including shearer David Neuman.

The Wooly Chambermaids became the first Australian team to win the annual event, which includes blade-shearing a sheep, spinning the wool and knitting a jumper in the quickest time possible.

First woman president for Mobilong Rotary Club

The recent changeover dinner of the Rotary Club of Mobilong heralded a new era in the history of the club.

Outgoing president Perrin Kuchel inducted the club’s first female president, Shirley Wilhelm.

Mr Kuchel spoke on the highlights of his year, including involvement in the Olympic torch relay, Tour Down Under, pedal prix, Australia Day breakfast and Tri State Games.

Murray Bridge Redlegs set to go

I’ve heard of VE Day and VJ Day, but Saturday is VC Day – victory over the Crows.

Simmsy, you order the kegs; Lee Tanner, you order the party hats – this is your grand final.

If Ayres, Clayson and Williams crank up, I can’t see the Crows going with the Redlegs.

Mayor Arbon, if you’re fair dinkum about the dynamics of Murray Bridge, hand over the keys of the city to Steven Sims on Monday.

For sale

  • “Comfort top” queen-size mattress, $999 at First Choice Bedding
  • Nokia 3310, $20 per month at Cellular One
  • Bean bags, from $26.95 at Horizon Leisure and Camping World

This week in history

10 years ago: July 22, 2008

Transport businessman Des Gommers worried about the implications of a proposed emissions trading scheme.

20 years ago: July 21, 1998

A 16-year-old Murray Bridge boy was rescued from Mannum Waterfalls by helicopter after suffering a spinal injury.

40 years ago: July 27, 1978

The Karoonda and East Murray councils, under chairmen DJ Fullston an AE Arbon, agreed to amalgamate the following February.

80 years ago: July 22, 1938

Police Sergeant FW Weidenhofer sought a list of intersections in Murray Bridge where new “compulsory stops” might be introduced.