Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, February 3, 1977: Empty factory

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, February 3, 1977.

Hopes to develop old factory site

Southern Farmers Pty Ltd are investigating the possibility of developing the old Murray Bridge riverfront dairy factory as a recreational and tourist service facility, the town corporation was told on Tuesday night.

The old dairy factory, at one stage the base for a fleet of river vessels serving Lower Murray dairies, and processing site for local dairy produce for many years after, has fallen into steadily increasing disrepair through vandalism and neglect since the new factory on the western side of Murray Bridge was opened.

Caravan parks overflowed

Murray Bridge’s major caravan parks overflowed with visitors during the Australia Day long weekend.

By far the biggest attraction was the speedway, with the qualifying heats for the Australian Formula 500 championships on Saturday night and the actual championship on Sunday night.

Hundreds of people arrived from all parts of the continent to watch, or compete in, Murray Bridge Rowing Club’s annual regatta on Saturday, and it seems many stayed for the full weekend.

Sunday’s soccer carnival brought with it more visitors.

Keep watch for students

About 200 of the 2500 students who will be going to school in Murray Bridge on Monday will be going for the first time, and it would take time for them to develop road crossing skills, Miss Nancy Mitchell, regional education director, said.

Almost 700 students will be going to school in Mannum, 300 at Karoonda, 300 at Tailem Bend and 400 at Meningie.

The long and shorts of it

Lower Murray bowlers have not shown a ready acceptance of the new Australian Bowls Council’s ruling allowing South Australian members to wear approved shorts in matches played within the state.

The general comment was that if shorts were worn they should be of a standard length and width as the “Bombay bloomer”, or very short look, would soon bring down the wrath of the powers that be, with the subsequent loss of this new privilege.

Mr Ray Stead, president of the Murray Bridge Bowling Club, said it was a retrograde step as far as bowls was concerned, but he did not oppose it.

For sale

  • Colour TVs, from 66c per day at Radio Electrix
  • Pal meat for dogs, 39c at Eudunda’s
  • 1975 Chrysler Centura, $4990 at Mel Woolford Motors

This week in history

10 years ago: January 29, 2009

Mannum Progress Association president Carol Greening was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her dedication to youth and community development.

20 years ago: February 2, 1999

Fourteen-year-old motocross rider Brett Metcalfe was named The Standard’s sports star of the year.

40 years ago: February 1, 1979

About 5000 attended Mannum’s first-ever three-day river festival, featuring a paddle steamer race and appearance by Fat Cat.

80 years ago: February 3, 1939

A Murray Bridge man was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment with hard labour for stealing clothing, a rug, a torch and 30 shillings.