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No107 June 2013

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                         HISTORY ROOM NEWS

June 2013 No 107                                                        by Dawn Juers

Margie and I with the travelling researchers*


It has been an interesting month in the Goolwa History Room with many visitors,
including this wonderful group from Queensland and Victoria – a mother and daughters
group, travelling around in a large motorhome researching their ancestors. What a
wonderful thing to do with your family.


A book was recently released by Country Occupational Therapy Services, named “To
the End They shall Remain” two copies were donated to the History Room by the
Goolwa RSL. This is an interesting book on the memoirs of fifteen South Australian
War Veterans (some from the Goolwa area).


A few years ago in an article under the title “Would you believe?” the correspondent

wrote of the many drownings by fishermen on Lake Alexandrina and the River Murray

“Unfortunately, the Lake has claimed many victims and not only from outsiders but far
too many locals and some experienced fishermen who generally do not wear lifejackets.
Once they don the normal waist high waders they become more susceptible to drowning
as if they happen to fall overboard whilst running their nets, waders full of water are a
recipe for disaster.


One such family near Tolderol many years ago lost a loved one who did not return from
running his nets and because of the winds two coffins were ordered as his remains
could come ashore on either side of the lake.

As it happened he came ashore on the other side and the family tried to obtain a refund
on the unused coffin from the local undertaker.


This was to no avail as it was a special order so what do we do with an unused coffin.

You stand it on end, you attach two hinges, you put a rod inside at the widest section

and you turn it into a wardrobe!” (Southern Argus 27July 2006)

Last year we travelled to Western Australia and came across the historic settlement on Australia

 and came across the historic settlement of Central Greenough, 25 km south of Geraldton and

 380km north of Perth.
For those of you that are travelling west for the spring season it is worth the drive.
Central Greenough developed as the local administration centre, housing the churches,
schools, stores and government and law enforcement offices and is now run by the
National Trust of Australia (WA).

Each of the buildings are in good condition, some set up as museum displays with an
easy walk around the settlement. The original store is set up as the visitor centre and


Headstones at Southern Cross W.A.*


This was something else that we came across in WA at the town of Southern Cross on
the Great Eastern Highway,370kms east of Perth, between the capital and Kalgoorlie.

This cemetery is no longer in use but I thought it was such a good idea how they have
incased the headstones in this concrete wall so they can be viewed and be more or less
safe from the vandals. They have a Memorial plaque which lists those who had been
buried in the original cemetery.

Perhaps this is an idea for the few headstones that remain from the old Goolwa


BAD PREDICTIONS – “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers”
Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943



* for photos see pdf version


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