Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, August 16, 1973: ‘Ghetto’ remark

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, August 16, 1973.

Protest march over Pt McLeay publicity

Point McLeay council Chairman Mr Henry Rankine led a vocal, placard-bearing, but amiable and orderly Aboriginal protest march through the Meningie shopping centre yesterday.

Local doctor JR Richards was the target of criticism because he had described the reserve as a “ghetto”.

Dr Richards said he had meant Aborigines at Point McLeay had been left isolated and un-assimilated for too long.

“If Point McLeay is run down it’s the white man’s fault, not ours,” Mr Rankine said.

“We’re not American Negroes, and we don’t live in a ghetto.”

Gun in car, child hurt

Murray Bridge police have begun investigations into a mystery shooting accident which occurred in Bridge Street last Tuesday.

A small child was wounded in one leg while sitting in a car outside the Commercial Bank.

A woman who went to the aid of the small victim, Mrs MW Thiele, of Monarto, said she was still shaken.

“I just can’t understand why a loaded gun would be left in a car with un-supervised little children,” she said.

Hospital celebrates

Sunday will be a day of firsts for Murray Bridge Memorial Hospital when it celebrates its 50 years of existence.

The first hospital board chairman, Mr MW Parish, will attend the open day celebrations; the current board also hopes to have present the first patient and the first baby born there.

Don’t hold your breath for ‘000’

The PMG plans to install the Dial 000 service for emergency calls in several country telephone centres – but not for some time, assistant director of telecommunications Mr MJ Prigent announced this week.

In regard to specific emergency calls from public telephones in areas where the 000 service is not in operation, callers who have no coins can obtain service by calling the trunk call operator.

Double chance the prize

Mypo ran hot and cold last week, but I expect them to do much better on their own ground.

When they were attacking they looked very capable, especially when G Jones had possession and was delivering beautiful stab-passes down either Anderson or David’s throat.

Borders will not want to let him have too much latitude.

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This week in history

10 years ago: August 15, 2008

Murray Bridge’s James McRae prepared to compete in the quad scull rowing at the Beijing Olympics. His crew would ultimately finish fourth.

20 years ago: August 13, 1998

Residents bearing placards protested against a proposal for a landfill at Cambrai at a Mid Murray Council meeting.

40 years ago: August 17, 1978

A public meeting was called at Tailem Bend to discuss rumours Australian National Railways might drastically cut its local workforce.

80 years ago: August 19, 1938

A plan to supply electricity to Lower Murray settlements was well received by Murray Bridge and Mobilong Mayors KCE McLean and JL Cowan.