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No106 May 2013

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                                             ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES 
                                             GOOLWA HISTORY ROOM NEWS

May 2013                                                                                                               by Dawn Juers 
                                                            No 106

 

As you can see the “News” has a different heading. For some reason after 105 news’ it refuses to behave so
obviously it’s time for a change.

 

Well this has been a very interesting month so far with our ‘About Time’ history program ‘A Peek
Into The Past’ which was a great success with about 50 people attending the large Community
Meeting Room on Thursday 2nd May to view our photograph albums and some of our other
treasures from the History Room, and to hear our interesting speaker Mr Peter Newcombe, who
gave an illustrated talk of the work of his father who specialised in building speed boats, caravans
and model trains.

 

Some readers might remember Mr Newcombe's miniature steam trains operating on Bristow Smith
Reserve for many years. Peter has followed in his father's footsteps and built a speed boat (The
Linda K) in which he drove to a state record and is housed in a glass enclosure at the Goolwa
Aquatic Club.


Our grateful thanks to the Friends of the Goolwa Library who provided afternoon tea.


*Viewing the photographs albums Peter with John Spillane


*Some of the audience at A Peek into the Past


Sometimes it is amazing how information comes about!


About a month or so ago a request for information on Capt William BARBER was posted in the
‘Can You Help?’ column of The Sunday Mail newspaper. I contacted the email address given
explaining that we had considerable information on Capt Barber in our compactus in the History
Room. The inquirer replied thanking me and made an appointment to visit Goolwa. Four members
arrived and were over the moon at the information we held and much photocopying was done on
the day.


One of the group informed me that he had recently received news from the Commonwealth Graves
Commission that his DNA had been a match with the remains found of William BARBER, son of
Captain William Barber and brother of John Ross Barber who also died in France in World War 1.
William (age 47) died in the infamous Fromelles battle of 1916, where remains of the deceased
soldiers were found in recent years and only a few have been identified by DNA.
How uncanny that with so few remains identified, that one was born in Goolwa, a little town at the
mouth of the River Murray.


I do hope that the local Returned Services League will honour this man in a special event.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/
National archives of Australia http://www.naa.gov.au/
Australian War Memorial http://www.awm.gov.au/
History Room News 49 http://alexhistory.pbworks.com

 

This month is Volunteers Month so I thought this appropriate –


There’s a Special Place in Heaven, many may be shocked to find,
When the day of judgement nears, that there’s a special place in
Heaven set aside for VOLUNTEERS.


Furnished with big recliners satin couches and footstools
When there’s no committee chairman ,no group leaders or car pools,
No eager team that needs a coach, no bazaar and no bake sale,
There will be nothing to staple, not one thing to fold or mail.
Telephone lists will be outlawed,
But a finger-snap will bring, cool drinks and gourmet dinners,
And rare treats fit for a king.
You ask, who’ll serve these privileged few and work for all they’re worth?
All those who reaped benefits, and not once volunteered on Earth.


With a big Thank You to our volunteers in the History Room

 

* for photos see pdf file

 

* Back to History Room Newsletters

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