Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, July 7, 1961: Ferryman's escape

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, July 7, 1961.

Narrow escape for Purnong ferryman

A ferryman at Purnong last week saved himself from almost certain drowning by clinging desperately to a small ledge on the side of his River Murray punt, from which he had fallen into deep water.

The man, Laurie Topsfield, was alone when the accident happened.

Although a strong swimmer, his movements were hampered when a heavy greatcoat he was wearing became waterlogged.

Wet and breathless, he was thrown onto the riverbank when his unattended ferry plunged into the landing.

Some family

More than 500 people took part in the Murray Bridge Methodist Circuit "family dinner" which was held in two Murray Bridge halls last Friday night: the John Dohler Hall and the town hall.

The organisation of the evening proved a triumph for the speakers, whose timetable required them to give an address at each hall.

About people

The engagement was announced last weekend of Miss Beverly Harvey, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs JA Harvey, of Burnside, to Mr Barry Winter, only son of Mr and Mrs RC Winter, of Murray Bridge.

Another weekend engagement was that of Miss Glenys Clemens, daughter of Mr and Mrs EJ Clemens, of Loxton, to Mr John Waller, son of Mr and Mrs F Waller, of Murray Bridge.

Big crowd at bright miniature deb ball

Over 200 people were present in Tailem Bend Town Hall on Thursday night for the miniature debutante ball promoted by the mothers' club for St Joseph's Convent School.

The hall was transformed into a garden scene through which the 26 miniature debutantes and their partners proceeded with dignity, poise and charming assistance to make their bow before the distinguished visitor, Mr John Doherty, television personality of Channel Nine, who received the debs with Mrs PD O'Leary.

First match for soccer club

Two Murray Bridge Soccer Club teams will have their first competitive try-out in matches at Tailem Bend on Sunday afternoon.

The Murray Bridge club's temporary home ground is an area which has been mown and prepared at the back of "The Rock", on reclaimed land near Sturt Reserve.

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