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No101 December 2012

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                                                  ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES


                                                          news     No. 101                                                                           

December 2012                                                                                                          by Dawn Juers




Did anyone notice my slip last month? December should have been November – anyway it saved
me changing it for this month.


This is Volunteers’ Week when the volunteers are recognized and thanked. The Library at Goolwa
gave their volunteers a morning tea on Wednesday which was very much appreciated by those that
attended. Trish our volunteer co-ordinator informed the group that the Library has 92 current active
volunteers (9 of those from the History Room) and in 2011-2012 the volunteer hours were a
massive 6255. Collective years of service came to 212years. I think we should all pat ourselves on
the back!!



V.H. Times, Feb 13, 1985


40 years ago


Death of POW


 An inquest was held at Goolwa on Thursday of last week into the death of an
Italian prisoner of war, before Mr E.H.Dodd in the Goolwa Courthouse.

 The Italian was employed by Mr J.M. Grundy, of Mundoo Island, and was working
with him and another prisoner of war on Reedy Island.


 Mr Grundy gave evidence that the deceased left him without saying where he was
going. Mr Grundy’s boy and another lad were fishing and he surmised that the
deceased must have gone to look for them. As he did not return, a search was made
without result, and Mr Grundy and the other prisoner of war returned home. On the
following day, a further search was made and no trace was found. When the matter
was referred to M.C. Ward, of the Goolwa Police Station, and the military
authorities, a search was made by Mr Ward and Capt. Cross, of the military, and the
body was recovered at 2pm on the second day in Lake Alexandrina.

 Sgt. Ridge of Victor Harbor, and MC Ward, appeared for the police, and Capt
Richards for the military authorities.


 The coroner found that the deceased came to his death at Reedy Island from
drowning, but there was no evidence to show how he got into the water. He further
found that much negligence was shown by the deceased’s employer in not making a
thorough search of the place where he last saw the deceased and in not reporting to
the military authorities and the police on the first evening when he returned home.


[the BDM records show the deceased was Francesco Margri who drowned on 11th January 1945.]

Photo Albums in the History Room


Bill Cox has been busy sorting all the photos into albums of various categories –


Goolwa’s Parks & Plaques

Goolwa Primary School

Goolwa Then & Now

People – Album 1 & 2


Cadell Street/Street Scapes/Aerial


River Murray/Barrage/Murray Mouth


River Craft


Other Towns


The albums are on the shelves in the History Room so do have a look when you’re next in the
Library. A lot of the photos are unnamed so if you are able to identify anyone please let us know or
leave a note.


These albums do not include the Walter Pretty Collection and the Val Lawrence Collection which
are still intact.



What is a nutcracker?


According to German folklore nutcrackers bring good luck to your family and protect your home. A
nutcracker is said to represent power and strength.

Long ago, rare or unusual nutcrackers were part of the social dining tradition, serving as whimsical
conversation pieces. The Nutcracker Ballet greatly popularized the nutcracker. When the ballet
became popular in the United States in the early 1950’s, demand for nutcrackers increased.



Your Family Christmas Tree



                                             2 Parents

                                        4 Grandparents

                                   8 Great Grandparents

                              16 Great-Great Grandparents

                         32 Great-Great-Great Grandparents

                    64 Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents






Season’s Greetings    Dawn



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