INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Blast From the Past
Volunteers in Action
Next Month's Meeting
Volunteers’ Week Appreciation Awards.
Just a few of our many volunteers who joined in a special morning tea & received appreciation
certificates for their outstanding efforts on behalf of SAPOL & the Community.
This Month we mourn the passing of three of our members, Joe Morris, Barry Lugg and Kon Reintals. Our condolences to the families concerned.
The Preservation Needs Assessment report has been completed by Anne Dineen from Artlab
and has been presented to the executive. This is a very large report with many recommendations about the conservation of our collection. A sub committee will be considering all the recommendations and will report back to committee in due course. Australia
On Thursday the 14th May our Thursday group was treated to morning tea by courtesy of the Deputy Commissioner Gary Burns.
was unable to attend unfortunately as he had to attend a funeral in Gary but Insp ??? arrived in his place and during the morning presented various volunteers with appreciation certificates signed by the Commissioner. New Zealand
Thanks to the work by Kevin Johnson we launched our special raffle for the year on Friday night’s meeting. There are 300 raffle books with 10 tickets at $2.00ea. We will be sending them to each member hoping they can sell some or all to friends and relatives:
1st PRIZE: Sealink return trip for 2 Adults & 1 car to Kangaroo Island together with 3 night stay at Sunset Retreat, Penneshaw K.I. Value $685
2nd PRIZE: Assortment of Jurlique facial & body cream products. Value $340
3rd PRIZE: Classic Collectibles’ 1966 Mustang car scale, with certificate of
authenticity. Limited numbers collectors item. Value $180
4th PRIZE: 1 Dozen bottles of assorted wine. Value $105
5th PRIZE: Half dozen bottles of assorted wine. Value $45
6th PRIZE: 700ml Hardy’s Black Bottle brandy. Value $30
7th PRIZE: Wallis Cinema voucher. Value $25
Raffle to be drawn on
Friday 4th September 2009
On Friday the 5th June Dr Tony Rogers was the speaker. Tony is very interested in oral history and spoke about some of the members of the weather bureau and their adventures and has written a book “Weather Prophets of South Australia” and was involved in the production of “Floods in South Australia 1836-2005” both books being available for sale on the night. It was a very interesting insight into the men and women of the weather bureau who have been a very important part of various wars requiring them to be in unusual and difficult locations and remote areas. He discussed some members who had been to Antarctica and Giles in WA. I thanked Tony for his presentation and he was presented with a book and certificate of appreciation. The raffle raised $55.00.
Next months meeting will be held on Friday the 3rd July and will feature C/Inspector Paul Barr who will be speaking about DNA and how it is now used in connection with the war on crime. I hope to see you there.
The Adelaide Chronicle - 10/10/1935.
Rites and Ceremonies.
The charge has sometimes been made against the people of South Australia and that they neglected their duty towards the people they displaced. It is said that they drove them from their hunting grounds, and thus depriving them of the means of subsistence; that the treatment, in spite of the stand of protection taken by the Government, was frequently harsh and cruel, and that not uncommonly criminal outrages were perpetrated with impunity upon a very slight provocation.
Such an indictment is too sweeping. While it cannot be denied that the contact of the two races has been stained by many individual acts of wrongdoing on both sides, it is easy to prove that the general policy of the white man in South Australia has been humane and considerate.
At the very earliest period of British occupation, they were, as is well known, considered as under the protection of British law and authority. Their claim of good treatment was recognized and insisted upon from the first. The hope was cherished that they would be raised in the scale of existence, and private efforts were continued in harmony with the principles thus laid down. It is true that widespread public interest in the welfare of the aborigines never existed in this State, orf or that matter in any other Australian State. As colonization progressed the sight of a black in larger areas of settlement became more and more a rare occurrence. The efforts of the missionaries failed to attract large numbers to the mission stations, but beneficent work was, nevertheless, accomplished there. Earnest and persevering endeavours were not lacking, and defeat was not accepted lightly.
Various religious bodies took up the care of the natives from the beginning as part of their work. The Methodists, for example, within a month of the formation of their society, and before they had a minister of their own, set up a lay agent to work principally among the aborigines. When they laid the foundation stone of their Gawler Place Chapel in 1838 they discussed the question of providing a pastor for the natives, and began a fund for the purpose, raising £15 on the spot. Not long afterwards, a school for native children, at a place called the "Location," was established. Within five years the minister composed a native vocabulary of 950 words, visited the Murray to ascertain the prospects of establishing a mission station there, and was so hopeful that he offered to go himself.
Other workers were also in the field. Indeed, the honour of being the first pioneer in the mission field belongs to the Lutheran Church, the missionary society of which, at Dresden, in 1838, sent out Messrs. C. G. Teichelmann and W.C.W. Schurmann, under the auspices of Mr. George Fife Angas, and mainly at his expense. These two men were followed two years later by two other missionaries from the same society, Messrs. H. A. O. Meyer and C. Klose.
Restlessness of the Natives
All the missionaries worked in harmony with the successive Protector's of Aborigines appointed by the Government. The ill success of missionary efforts in this State was commonly ascribed to the invincible restlessness of the natives, as typified in their nomadic habits. It was most disheartening to the missionaries to find their schools scattered, and their congregations dispersed by seemingly aimless migration. They were not alone in the complaints. Mr. H. W. Willshire, the officer in charge of the interior police patrol party, for many years, described this rooted habit as evidence of "selfishness and base ingratitude." He says, "After a residence of seven years among them, and the spending of £300 of his own money in feeding and clothing them over and above what was allowed by the Sub-Protector of Aborigines, the writer had been deserted by all those whom he endeavoured to attach to him. Although both sexes were treated with the greatest kindness at the police camp for years, they all deserted it in one night. These facts are only mentioned to show how entirely devoid of any grateful feelings the aborigines now described invariably show themselves to be."
This migratory habit did indeed prove disastrous to religious and educational work, but it was probably due not only to a wandering tendency in the aboriginal blood, but also to the constraint of tribal law and social customs, the force of which was never fully appreciated by the whites, if ever it were known.
Point MacLeay Mission
The three most important of the early mission establishments were the Point MacLeay Mission, the Point Pierce, and the Kopperamanna. Point MacLeay, situated on the shores of Lake Alexandrina, had the largest number of persons in its charge and was best known, partly because it was the most easily accessible from Adelaide.
This mission was founded in 1859 by the Reverend George Taplin, under the auspices of the Aborigines Friends Society. He personally selected the site of a peninsular formed by the lakes and the Coorong, which was a favourite resort of the natives. To this place he took his family, and there he resided for many years, endeavouring to instruct the natives, to understand their language, to gain an insight into their character, and to win their confidence. The general-purpose in view was to Christianise the blacks and to secure their moral elevation, also to civilize them in the broadest sense of the term.
Mr. Taplin has left a lengthy account of the manners and customs which he found to be in existence. Extracts from his diary clearly show with what diligence and self sacrifice he worked, and the serious disabilities and the discouragements against which he had continually to contend.
At Point MacLeay mission station, the men were taught to do wool washing, road making, fencing, building, carpentry, and blacksmith work. They painted the houses and huts and carried on the farm work in most of its departments. The stock consisted of sheep, cattle and horses, and the cultivation was similar to that of an ordinary farm in a similar locality.
Near Port Victoria, on Yorke peninsula, the Point Pierce mission station was situated. It was managed on the same line as that of Point MacLeay. The men were employed in the neighbourhood, and shearing, wheat harvesting and in general farm labour, some of them showing that they were quite able to earn their living independently of the mission. The only trouble was that of natives obtaining intoxicants in the neighbouring towns.
The self-sacrificing zeal of the German missionaries, Moravian and Lutheran, led them into the arid country to the east of Lake Eyre. There at Kopperamanna, they did their work, very often under a blazing sun, when the temperature reached 120° in the shade. But they made little, if any, real impression on the blacks.
J.W.O. (Joe) Morris
Passed away 25th April, 2009.
Joe was well known from his radio workshop days.
Our sincere condolences to Dulcie & Family.
Passed away 24th May, 2009 after a long illness
Our thoughts are with Diana & Family.
Passed away 27th May, 2009
Esteemed member of SAPHS will be greatly missed
Deepest sympathy to Lola & family.
Tragedy at Gumeracha.
THREE MEN ASPHYXIATED.
EXPLOSION IN A WELL.
RESCUERS SUCCUMB TO FUMES.
An underground explosion, which was heard throughout the township of Gumeracha on Monday morning, resulted in one of the most shocking tragedies which has occurred in the State for many years.
In it, one man lost his life, and the subsequent gallant efforts of would-be rescuers resulted in two more deaths.
Those who lost their lives were:-
MR. GEORGE FARLEY (44) blacksmith & garage proprietor, of Main Street, married man, with three young children.
MR. WILLIAM CROOK (44), assistant to Mr. Farley, married man with two young children.
M.C. GEORGE THOMAS SMITH (37), officer in charge of Gumeracha Police Station, married man with two young children.
The suddenness with which three of the best liked and most useful members of the little rural community came to a frightful end caused a profound shock throughout the township and for the rest of the day business was practically at a standstill as groups stood about the roadway and in the vicinity of the scene of the fatality discussing the tragic events of the morning.
A 60 ft. wall, containing about 20 ft. of water, and scarcely more than 4 ft. across situated immediately at the rear of Mr. Farley’s garage, was the small area in which the village, within a few minutes lost three inhabitants. One of the causes leading up to the mishap was that the electrically driven pump had recently not been working satisfactorily and shortly after 10.00 am on Monday Mr. Farley removed the beams, which had covered the well since about last October and descended by means of a ladder to repair the trouble. His assistant, Mr. W.J. Sparrow lay on his stomach at the mouth of the opening and watched his employer, who said he could see what he was doing without the aid of a light. Presently he called to the top “Fetch a quarter-five-sixteenth spanner. Mr. Sparrow left to obtain the required tool, and had hardly turned his back when a terrific explosion from the well which rattled the window panes of nearby houses.
Mr. Sparrow rushed back to see smoke fumes issuing from the mouth of the well. People hurried from all directions one of the first on the scene being Mrs. Farley from the home next door and Mr. Crook.
PLAYED TOGETHER & DIED TOGETHER
It was only with the greatest difficulty that Mr. Sparrow restrained Mrs. Farley from rushing to the disaster. With Mr. Crook, however, it was different., He and Mr. Farley had been lifelong friends.
Born within 6 months of each other, they had gone to school and played together, learned their trade in that very work shop and now, as Fate willed, they were destined to die together. Down in the depths of the well Mr. Farley was heard calling “Help! Help!” then “I am nearly done”.
Without a thought of the consequences and without taking any precautions Mr Crook plunged down the ladder out of sit and was never seen alive again. After a few moments he could be heard “Where are you George?” and then there was an ominous silence.
Faced with the practical certainty that he men had lost their lives, it needed great heart indeed to venture again into that reeking death trap; but Constable Smith would not be daunted, Taking a rope with him, he disappeared down the ladder, and to the horror-stricken crowd which had gathered above, there came again that ghastly silence from the well.
BAKER BOY’S GALLANT EFFORT.
Still there were volunteers prepared to make the attempt to drag the three men up to the open air. Mr. Donald Norsworthy, a son of the storekeeper nearby, went down with a rope fastened about him, but the fumes speedily overcame him, and he was hauled out again unconscious.
By this time there had arrived at the well mouth Louis Frank Eric Schulze, the 23 year old assistant of the local baker, and a native of Nuriootpa. He was at work peeling potatoes ready for the yeast when Mr. Fred Hector called to him that assistance was needed. Running to the well, which was about 200 yards away, Schulze became a live wire in the operations proceeding there.
To use the words of eyewitnesses, he was “Everywhere at once, in nobody’s road, and knew exactly what to do”. Buckets of water were thrown in, and bushes worked up and down the well in an endeavour to clear out some of the fumes. With only a handkerchief tied around his mouth, young Schulze was then lowered into the well.
“When I hit the water.” he subsequently told a representative of the Register, “I felt myself strike one of the bodies. Then I felt it between my legs and I fastened a rope around it and under the armpits. The water was around my waist, and in bending down it had made the handkerchief wet, and it was hard for me to breathe.”
In the meantime, those above had been calling out regularly to Mr. Schulze, and after a while when he stopped answering they pulled him to the surface, where he was found to be practically unconscious. He speedily revived, however, and told those around him to pull on the other rope . They did so and out of the well came the body of P.C. Smith.
FIREMEN FROM ADELAIDE
Dr. Clarence England, whose premises were almost opposite Farley’s Garage got to work to apply artificial respiration and other stimulative measures, but without avail. Medical opinion was that the big hearted officer was dead when he came from the well.
At that juncture those in the vicinity would well be excused from coming to the realisation that it would be suicidal to attempt further rescue until the arrival of the firemen and appliance, for which Adelaide had been telephoned, This arrived shortly afterwards in charge of Deputy Chief Officer F. Cooper and Station Officer H.T. Sayers, with two firemen. One of these (Fireman H. Patton) donned a smoke helmet, and with oxygen supplied from above descended the well and brought up the body of Mr. Crook.
Station Officer Sayers followed and recovered that of Mr. Farley, which showed signs of the force of the explosion. In the cases of the other two, however, there were no signs of injury, but the faces were cyanosed and Dr. England’s report we that in his opinion, death resulted in all three cases from asphyxiation combined with drowning.
WHAT CAUSED THE EXPLOSION?
One circumstance in connection with the tragedy which will probably never be explained with any degree of certainty, was the cause of the explosion. Whether it was due to foul air, similar to sewer gas, or to fumes from the nearby petrol bowser which had gradually accumulated during the hot weather, must, it seems, remain a matter of conjecture. There were those on the scene who inclined to both beliefs. A further matter for conjecture is—What caused the gas to ignite?. It is stated that when Mr. Farley descended the well he was not smoking, nor did he carry illumination of any kind, there being apparently sufficient light for his purpose penetrating from above. That, after Mr. Sparrow had gone for the spanner Mr. Farley had perhaps struck a match for a more careful scrutiny of some part of the pumping apparatus, was a possibility which must be considered.
On the other hand, it was said that there was an electric wire leading into the well in connection with the mechanism, which actuated the pump, and that a spark of some kind might have emanated from it sufficient to bring about combustion. Certainly there were combustible gases of some sort present, although it seems strange that Mr. Farley should not have remarked upon any peculiarity in the atmosphere when he first went down, and that Mr. Sparrow who was lying on his stomach at the top, with his face overhanging the cavity, should not have noticed anything amiss. Mr. Sparrow stated that the well was entered about every couple of weeks, and that the cover was last removed in About October. That some of the intensely not weather which has been experienced during the last month had an unusually active effect upon the atmosphere down the well may have accounted for the occurrence.
USEFUL LIVES ENDED.
The blacksmith’s shop and garage at the rear of which the tragedy occurred was originally owned by Mr. Norsworthy Snr. And was later bought by Mr. E.J. Powell for Mr. Crook. Subsequently, however, the latter sold it to Mr. Farley, and Mr. Crook worked for him. The lat Mr. Farley was well known and liked in the township, and was a brother in law of Mr. E.H. Hannaford M.P. who motored to the scent on Monday. Mr. Farley was a trustee of the local hall, and a member of the board of management of the Gumeracha Hospital. His family comprises Mr. Beatrice Farley and three children, Neil (6), Basil (4) and Rhonda (3).
Mr. Crook resided at the local hotel, his family living at Tynte Street, North Adelaide. They are Mrs. Susan Jane Crook and four children—Douglas (21), Olive (19), Harold (l6) and Allan (14). He too, was a popular figure in the township’s activities, and news of his death came a s terrible shock to his wife and children, who hurried to Gumeracha immediately upon the receipt of the tragic news, and formed a pathetic group on the outskirts of the helpers at the well mouth.
The greatest praise is given by all the townspeople for the conscientious and pleasant manner with which Constable Smith discharged his duties throughout his period in office in the district, culminating with the laying down of his life in the endeavour to save others. He was born at Eurelia, and joined the police force 16 years ago. He was stationed first at Noarlunga, then in turn at Willunga, Adelaide and Eudunda. He secured his first position of authority when he was placed in charge of the station at Snowtown. Six years ago he was sent to take charge at Caltowie, where he remained for two years until being transferred to Gumeracha. A pathetic feature of his untimely demise that his wife is on her was back from a holiday in Western Australia. The two children are Patricia (5) and Heather (2).
The above photographs show the locality of the well at Gumeracha where three men lost their lives on Monday 31st December. The picture on the left shows the residence of Mr. Farley & the laneway between it and the garage. The galvanised iron tank, which can be seen above the rear of the garage is immediately above the well where the explosion occurred . The picture on the right shows the top of the well as it was sealed up after the recovery of the bodies. The top of the pumping plant, which was the indirect cause of the accident is seen above the beams covering the well mouth.
Next Month: “No pension for Mrs. Smith” Police Association lobbies Government for new pension scheme to cover dependants of officers killed while both on and off duty.
THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM.
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.
The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, ''I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally.............I assumed you had stolen the car.''
Friday 3rd July, 2009 at 8.00 pm
SPEAKER: Detective Chief Inspector Paul Bahr
DCI Paul Bahr is the Operations Inspector in SAPOL’s DNA Management Section. The highly specialised science associated with human DNA has assumed profound importance in recent years. The conduct and successful investigation of major crimes, especially those involving serious personal injury such as murders, manslaughters, rapes and violent robberies have been greatly enhanced as a result of the application of this remarkable analytical process. Paul Bahr will share with us some of the features and aspects of this critical work. His talk should prove to be both fascinating and highly informative.
Please remember to bring your Raffle prize donation.
HELP FROM AN INFORMER. contd.
On another occasion he informed me that the manager of a large electrical store in Gawler Place was selling electrical goods, such as refrigerators, washing machines and vacuum cleaners, at very low prices to patrons at a nearby hotel. I phoned the owner of the store and asked him if any of his stock was missing. He responded readily, saying that the losses had reached epidemic proportions, and that it was as if there was a running tap on the premises and he did not know how to turn it off. He added that property worth thousands of dollars had been disappearing for several months.
I decided to make a surveillance of the premises, and this was done on the afternoon and night shifts for about a week, but nothing suspicious was observed. A further surveillance was carried out, and the manager was seen to arrive at the store approximately an hour before opening time; he removed a refrigerator in his utility. When arrested he admitted his involvement. For a number of years after this the owner sent us messages expressing his gratitude.
In another instance my informant told me that he had agreed to lend a utility to two men who intended to carry out a burglary. We knew that thy intended to break and enter a shop, but we did not know the location. I, therefore, arranged for the informant to accompany me in a non-identifiable police car, so that we could follow the utility when the men left for their target. I remarked that we should not follow the other vehicle too closely, but that at the same time we should be sure not to allow it to get out of sight. The utility happened to have a readily identifiable tail light, which made our job easier. At this stage the informant told me that he had removed the rear vision mirrors from the utility, which made the pursuit much easier. The two offenders were caught breaking into a shop which sold electrical goods.
There was a similar situation when the informant let me know of another intended burglary. I was ready to follow the criminals in a vehicle which he had lent me, but a serious homicide occurred and I was required to go interstate. Two other detectives were briefed and took over. In the event the informant accompanied the offenders, and while the offence was being committed the police felt obliged to use their service pistols to fire on the informant’s vehicle. Again he was lucky to escape.
Shortly after this I was called to investigate a complaint received from a woman about an incident which had occurred when she had been driving along Anzac Highway. She had stopped at traffic lights when my informant stopped alongside. The weather was hot and they both had their car windows open. The informer was in a left hand drive vehicle and was, therefore, quite close to her. He made some crude remarks to her, and she was prompted to abuse him, whereupon he flicked his lighted cigarette butt into her face. The butt lodged in her hair. Following investigation, it was decided that no action would be taken. As a result of their actions both parties were cautioned.
At yet another time the informant reported that a person working for Dunlop’s was systematically stealing from houses under construction. I naturally thought that he was referring to the Dunlop Rubber Company, but it turned out that it was Dunlop Furniture Removalists at Hindmarsh. The offender was subsequently identified and arrested, and a number of truck loads of stolen goods were taken from his property. The stolen items included household appliances, such as electric stoves and refrigerators, and a bath, as well as timber used in the building of the houses.
An interesting aspect of the investigation was that a shed on his property, used to store the stolen goods, was covered with baled hay, to give the appearance of a haystack. Entry to the shed could only be gained by removing bales. The haystack was also used at times as a stable for trotting horses.
The identification and arrest of an abortionist provides another example of a case which could not have been solved without a tip-off from my informant. I was told that a young woman who was employed at Adelaide’s most popular night club was to undergo an abortion the following morning. Abortion was a criminal offence at that time, and there were a number of unqualified persons specializing in the unprofessional and dangerous business, which at times proved fatal.
The young woman was living at an address on the Lower North East Road. Next morning a colleague and I took up a position nearby and kept watch. As she was leaving her home we drove towards her in order to establish her identity, but as we did so she ran towards our car and asked if we were travelling to the city.
She explained that she was running late for an appointment, and asked if we would take her. We immediately agreed, and told here that we were insurance agent. She said that she had an appointment in Halifax Street and we drove to the intersection of that street and King William Street, where she left us. We then followed at a distance keeping her in sight. She turned into St, Helena Place and walked to a house there.
We then called for the assistance of a woman police officer, and raided the premises. They were occupied by an elderly woman who had a criminal background, and was a well-known abortionist.
At the trial in the Supreme Court, the young woman gave evidence for the prosecution, and the abortionist was convicted.
There were many other occasions of a similar kind when I was helped by their particular informer while I was with the C.I.B. When eventually transferred, I introduced him to other detectives, and his voluntary assistance continued for some time.
It also came to my knowledge that some of my contemporaries envied my association with him when they realized the benefits to be gained from a man so dedicated to his cause.
He was well known in the city for unusual behaviour, and because he was a car dealer, he would regularly visit the showrooms of other dealers. If the showroom floors were being hosed down, which was a daily practice and done to remove dust, he would drive onto the floor at speed, and spin his car through a 180° arc. He would then quickly leave. Despite this bizarre display, nothing was done to put a stop to it: his driving skill was greatly admired as was his complete fearlessness. The witnesses would run for their lives when he drove into the restricted manoeuvring area, which was surrounded by display vehicles.
Other aspects of the informant’s behaviour intrigued me, and one was his repeated assertions that he despised thieves. Several years after I had been associated with him, I happened to be in the City Watch House, and saw him in detention there. I asked him why he was there, and he said that he had gone to Yorke Peninsula with a criminal whom he knew, to visit farms with a view to purchasing scrap metal.
At one place there was no one at home, so the associate entered the house and was able to open a security safe in which there was a sum of money amounting to something like ₤2,000. They then shared the proceeds. He said “it was a fair cop, and I will have to suffer the consequences”.
At that time I thought that by the time he was released he would have a good knowledge of more criminals and would undoubtedly continue as an informer. I have not seen him since.
Named Police Officer of the Year.
Andrew Murphy S.A.’S Top Cop.
Article from: The Advertiser
May 12, 2009 02:20pm
There is a bad side to newly crowned SA Police Officer of the Year Andrew 'Spud’ Murphy, according to his wife.
"He never calls to say he's going to be late,'' Lauretta, his wife of 30 years, said.
Senior Constable Murphy was today named as the Rotary Club of Unley's Police Officer of the Year.
The crime scene investigator has been with the Elizabeth Local Service Area for 34 years, starting at Hindley Street general patrols, before moving to Elizabeth patrols. For the past 18 months he has been seconded to crime scene.
Between shifts, Mr Murphy is an active member of the Country Fire Service's Dalkeith Unit, with his CFS colleagues also standing by today to watch him receive his award from Rotary club president Jerry Casburn.
Mr Casburn said Mr Murphy was also very active with the Hillbank Neighbourhood Watch program.
"He epitomises what we'd wish for in a local copper,'' Mr Casburn said.
With our Meeting Room used almost every day for SAPOL Training sessions we have, of necessity limited the number of Museum Tours.
We are endeavouring to open our doors for one Sunday in each month, and any enquiries for tours are now directed to this day.
Sunday 2nd June—19 visitors from the Hillman Car Club, joined Geoff Rawson, Bob Boscence & Max Griffiths for a tour of the Museum & Vehicle Shed.
Friday 8th May— Geoff presented a Power Point assisted talk on the Sundown Murders to 30 very appreciative members of the Ascot Park Bowling Club.
Monday the 11th May—15 people from the Rapier Retirement Group enjoyed Devonshire morning tea and Museum Tour with Max Griffiths, Ray Freak & Geoff Rawson.
Tuesday 12th May—Geoff Rawson was kept busy answering questions from 11 Samaritan College Law Students who travelled from Whyalla to visit the Museum.
Sunday 17th May—Kevin Johnson, Ernie McLeod, Mark Dollman, Dennis Irrgang, Max Griffiths & new member Frank Kovacs participated in International Museum Day at Sunnybrae with a static vehicle display of the Chrysler Royal, VN Commodore & Trailer with BSA Solo, Suzuki & Honda Solo Motor cycles, together with the Bedford Prison Van. A very popular segment of the show. Max has been very busy cleaning & painting the best selling Police horseshoes & his sales on the memorabilia stall, once again boosted our fundraising efforts.
On Sunday 24th May—we opened the Museum as part of the History Week Open Day promotion. It was a very wet & windy day and once again we had almost as many volunteers as we did visitors. We will be seriously considering our participation in this event in the future.
Our sincere thanks to all those who gave up their valuable time to assist during the month your efforts are greatly appreciated.
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