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garden recently. Mrs Correll picked it amongst other
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HELLO from New Zealand. I was looking at
different places on Google Earth the other day
and, to my surprise, I noticed television masts and
aerials (on the houses in Kadina).
We lived in West Terrace, Kadina, when we
were children and attended Kadina Memorial
High School. Unfortunately, Mum and Dad
separated and my brothers and little sister moved
to Adelaide with our mother.
Dad lived in Kadina for more years; he was a
carpenter who worked for Mr Tucker who, as I
remember, lived in Hay Street.
Can I also refer to the late Fred Pengelly; as
young kids, a group of us lads would go into the
Graves Street printing shop/factory to have him
cut small work pads from some of the old offcuts.
I must admit he was not always overly impressed,
but he did always oblige.
Our other lunchtime outing after coming back
to school from lunch (at home) was to go to
Russacks the jewellers to get some blotters which
were always available near Christmas time.
My interest is television started in SA in 1958,
or thereabouts, and we knew the engineer who
started building TV masts.
I was surprised when I saw these masts on
Google Earth, are they still in use? I was assuming
the houses would be using a TV dish which
would just connect to the houses as we have them.
I have travelled around Australia for some years
and worked in all types of places.
I came over to NZ in 1970 and have only
returned to Australia once to bring my family
home for a holiday for a fortnight. I worked for
Fisher and Paykel in Auckland for nearly 20 years
and have now retired with ill health.Andy Murray
Carterton Wairarapa, NZ
Value of a swim
THE District Council of the Copper Coast should
be congratulated on the maintenance and annual
shark proof netting of the Wallaroo swimming
Whilst the jetty seems to be in quite reasonable
condition after 150 years, it should last for many
years to come with minimal maintenance.
On this basis, the cost of a swim for free is more
than comparable with the very large operating cost
of an in-ground pool --- aside from the huge
upfront capital cost.
The Wallaroo swimming pool is arguably one of
the best seawater pools in the world.
It is clean, clear, warm in the summer months,
one can jump or dive, it protects swimmers from
sharks and it's free!
Just think, what would it be worth if just one
person received even a scratch from a shark near
Based on documented statistics from local
schools, the Royal Life Saving Society, VACSWIM,
Wallaroo group accommodation, the dawn
swimmers, locals and visitors, the total number of
swimmers for last year was a conservative 18,000.
Using maintenance costs of say $10,000 per
annum every year plus costs of erecting the net
(say one day with four resources including one
diver at say $50 per hour equals $1500 with the
same cost of taking the net out again) then the
overall costs of $13,000 would not be
This equates to 0.72 cents per swim which
seems a good return for ratepayers' money.
With the area near the pool now beautified and
the public delighted to use the newly-grassed
areas, it seems the entrance to the jetty could now
be touched up so swimmers could access the pool
via the older safer entrance and not be forced to
enter the pool via the main working jetty.
I too enjoyed the recent 150th birthday
celebrations for Wallaroo's first jetty and the
Wallaroo Swimming Club reunion.
How valuable is this jetty and also how valuable
will it be in the future for the area as Wallaroo
becomes more recognised and important by
having unique resources available for tourists?
Phillip Goodier, Beaumaris, Victoria
LAST week, I was notified by email I had a refund
from the Australian Tax Office. Everything
appeared okay as it had all of the ATO logos but
when I read I had to insert my driver's licence
number I questioned its authenticity.
I immediately rang my accountant and was told
if I had have given them the information they
were asking for they could have taken out a
substantial loan in my name by the end of the day.
I immediately delete the emails of how I could
become a multi-millionaire but with every bit of
this email appearing as though it had come from
the Australian Tax Office I thought I should
question it. So, please, if you receive a similar
email please delete it. Joan Hill, Paskeville
I READ with interest an article about Bute
Primary School (YPCT 30-10-12).
I lived under the shade of the Hummocks hills
at South Hummocks for 60 years and climbed to
the top from the eastern side many times where it
is quite steep and requires every ounce of energy
to get to the top. However, from the western side
you can drive to within 100 metres and walk that
distance to the trig point.
In 1980, I wrote a book called The South
Hummocks Story and, with my daughter, we sat
in an open clearing at the top (where the Bute
students would have been) with a table and
typewriter, writing what could be seen in a
To the southeast, on a very clear day, you can
see the television towers at Mt Lofty and to the
west, over Spencer Gulf, the hills at Cleve.
Despite extensive research and talking to many
old residents, most of whom have long gone, I
could not find any explanation about the cairn
you mention which I have also seen.
From Matthew Flinders' log book of HMS
Investigator, I quote an entry of March 29, 1802:
"In the morning, land was seen and a hummocky
mount capped with clouds. Early in the morning,
I went into the boat accompanied by the naturalist
to examine more closely the head of the gulph.
We got within a mile off shore and walked to it
upon a bank of mud and sand. We set off in the
afternoon for Hummock Mount, but finding it
could not be reached in time to admit returning
on board the same evening, I ascended a nearer
part of the range to inspect the inlet. From my
point on the western side of the inlet across to
Spencer's Gulph was not more than 30 miles but,
as I did not ascend the highest point of the range
at Hummocks Mount, an elevation of 1500 feet,
would have afforded a view across the peninsula."
It is certain he landed at about Port Arthur and
would have been on the range about three-four
miles south of the present Kulpara quarry.
I congratulate the Bute Primary School for
undertaking such a challenging climb to the top
and hope the climb was interesting and you
learned plenty about the surrounding country.
Rex Penna, Balaklava
SEVERAL of Yorke Peninsula's small
communities have received a battering this
week. Paskeville lost its 130-year-old hotel,
Edithburgh was threatened with the closure
of its primary school and Snowtown is
fighting to retain access to medical services
in the town.
A pub is the hub of a community, it's not
only a place to go for a drink after a hard
day's work, it's a place to meet friends and
catch up with the local happenings, to take
the family for a meal or to celebrate a special
Many people have great memories of
gathering at their local watering hole.
To see the pub go up in flames is
heartbreaking for its patrons but especially
the owners and managers.
Whilst Trevor, Rosalie and their son are
grateful for their lives, they have been left
As is commonplace on Yorke Peninsula,
the community has rallied around the family
to help them rebuild their lives.
Further north, more than 200 people
gathered in the Snowtown Soldiers
Memorial Hall last night (Monday) to voice
their concern about not being able to access
medical services in their community.
Thankfully, this will not have to escalate
into a battle at this point as Country Health
SA is coming to the party and guarantees
residents they will continue to receive high
quality care during the day and after hours.
Again, an example of a spirited
community coming together to make a
stand about something it believes in.
Down south, the Edithburgh community
gathered to vote in favour of keeping its
Enrolment numbers have dwindled and
the school was under threat of closure.
Hopefully, it too can rebuild to continue
to offer education to children in the town for
many years to come. Luckily, YP's small
communities have strong spirits and are able
to work together when times are tough or
their resilience is tested.
Amie Brokenshire, Editor
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