Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, October 11, 1957: Satellite novelty

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, October 11, 1957.

Satellite seen – and heard

Many Murray Bridge people have watched the Soviet satellite travelling at 18,000 miles per hour across the sky as it has passed over Australia.

Mr R Parasiers, 5MU radio station manager, said yesterday he had heard radio signals from the satellite for several nights.

He added that a good short-wave receiver should pick up the signals if it went to 20 megacycles.

Complaints over flood aid

Disbursements to Lower Murray dairy farmers under the Lord Mayor’s flood relief fund have brought some keen disappointment.

Questions were asked in Parliament this week by Mr Bywaters and the Honourable JL Cowan, both of whom stated there were some serious anomalies.

Some settlers who had lost their dairies and stock and had been forced to increase their mortgages had received little or nothing, while others who had suffered less had received up to £2000.

Green light for pool project

Completion of the hospital drive, and the receipt of detailed plans for the work, means that the Murray Bridge Olympic Swimming Pool committee has the go-ahead for the big undertaking.

The excavation at Centennial Park has been squared up and pegged.

Volunteers are required for work bees on October 16 and 19 for laying of the drainage pipes.

Those willing to help should contact Mr JE McCabe – phone 575.

Town growth will force changes

The Education Department’s request for reservation of space in the Housing Trust’s latest development, south of the hospital, points to Murray Bridge’s second-string primary school being established there.

This is all a part of the town’s southward movement.

The early necessity to provide for shopping facilities in the “suburb in embryo” has highlighted the need for a fresh approach to town planning, including the creation of a zoning system.

The Mayor, Mr Doecke, presided at informal talks on Monday with Cr V Cromwell, Mobilong’s chairman.

Seven races at Tailem

Tailem Bend Race Club continued its busy 1957 program with another successful meeting attended by 2200 last Wednesday.

Favourites won three of the seven races, but the defeat of Lover Boy (6-4 on) by the 9-1 chance Costean was a setback for punters in the Second Improvers.

For sale

  • Omega Seamaster watch, £120 at Offe’s Jewellers
  • Lightweight coats, from £7 at Butlers Emporium
  • Holden Utility, £910 plus tax at Dutton Motors

This week in history

10 years ago: October 10, 2008

Long weekend traffic was diverted away from the Swanport Bridge, which closed after a crash which injured five people.

20 years ago: October 8, 1998

Bridge Tyre Service owner Perrin Kuchel approved of plans for traffic lights at the intersection of Adelaide and Maurice Roads, Murray Bridge.

40 years ago: October 12, 1978

TV personality Lionel Williams and Murray Bridge Mayor R Helps opened the Weerama Festival, after a brief power failure.

80 years ago: October 14, 1938

Miss Murray Bridge, Betty Porteous, flew to Adelaide for a holiday as a guest of the Glenelg Citizens’ League.