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Post by Scrappy on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:19 am

Hard to imagine in the context of history that SA settlement is not even 200 years old
Lots of highlights in that time
Lots of did you know thats
Lots of remember thats
Lots of reminiscing
Lots of memories
Lots of happenings

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Post by Scrappy on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:28 am

19/1/76
John Nash Day

Good topic to start with , the 39th anniversary
It was the day a clairvoyant , John Nash had a prior vision and announced that Adelaide would be hit by and earthquake and a tidal wave

Some people believed in the John Nash prophecy , and indeed left Adelaide and bolted interstate , some traveled more inland away from the seashores

History shows that Adelaide did not have these natural disasters
Nash said it was gunna happen about this time all those years ago


Where were you that day ?

I was a brickies laborer at the time
The thought never entered my mind this could possibly happen
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Post by Booney on Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:52 am

I was not quite 3 months old.

My Mum tells me she went for a drive along the beach to see what "all the fuss" was about. A man was sitting in a dingy on Tapleys Hill Road out the front of the now long standing Hungry Jacks. He was waiting to ride the wave into the city!

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Post by testy on Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:54 pm


I remember it well I was working at the GPO despatching Telegrams (can you remember them) and still can't believe the level of concern some people had regarding this nonsense.

There were stories of some people even selling up and moving interstate but not sure whether or not these stories were correct.
I remember seeing one guy standing on the corner of King William St. and North Terrace with his surfboard waiting to surf the wave and basically taking the you know what out of the guy who made this silly prediction.
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Post by Scrappy on Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:33 pm

There was another South Australian  at the time 25 year old John Nash
He played Sheffield Shield cricket for South Australia

3 Years after his namesake predicted the non events of 19/1/76 this John Nash played in a Sheffield Shield match in Brisbane played on 19/1/79
On that day John Nash opened the batting
He retired hurt on 0 with the team score of 0, opening the batting
So this is a day the cricketing John Nash prob will never forget as well
The cricketing John Nash also played League Football for the great Norwood Football Club from 1969-1972

The doom saying John Nash left Adelaide  soon after and was reported to have shifted to NSW
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Post by bayman on Mon Jan 19, 2015 6:55 pm

we were down the bay, infact my brother got Don Dunstans' autograph, there were people everywhere, heaps with surfboards, i can remember hearing an ''expert'' on the radio in dads car saying it is an impossibility for this to happen in a gulf of this size......the ''expert'' was right......................................these days if Scrappy & myself jumped off the jetty at the same time there definitely would be a tidal wave
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:09 pm

BEACHES
My favorite as a kid was Grange or HenLee beach
No doubt the more south you go the better the beaches seem to be
Have not been deeper south for a 'look' at places like Maslins and Moana for a while

These days
Semabooneyphore has great amusements
Glenbaymanelg has always been a popular beach



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Take your pick 
Whats the better beach Sema4 or Glenelg for swimming or entertainment ?
What is the best any other beach for swimming these days ?
Whats the best beach for Jetty fishing ?
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Post by bayman on Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:09 pm

Maslins beach is a good beach but a bit dangerous as there are too many white pointers around
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Post by The Emperor on Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:34 pm

Moana is a nice beach
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:20 pm

The Emperor wrote:Moana is a nice beach

MOana
Best to visit in November ?
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Post by testy on Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:47 pm

Scrappy wrote:
The Emperor wrote:Moana is a nice beach

MOana
Best to visit in November ?

Do you mean MOvember Laughing Laughing
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Post by Scrappy on Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:59 pm

19/1/1887
The first express train from Adelaide to Melbourne
Im quite surprised it only took 19 hours
Might have been scary being on trains in that century ?
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:16 pm

RIVER TORRENS

The Brits at one stage were calling River Torrens River Yatala !
Yatala is a derivative from the aborigine word Yertala 
Depending where you 'reed' it, Yertala pertains to a type of water.

The river was eventually named after Colonel Robert Torrens , Chairman of the SA Colonization Committee in England

Ultimately some SA sporting clubs with the names of East Torrens and West Torrens beared the Colonels name
Now lets imagine if Yatala was the vogue and not Torrens
Could we have had a West Yatala Football Club ?
Could we have had an East Yatala Cricket Club ?

One of my earliest recollections of the Torrens was in Primary School
I went for a swim with other students
Not long after we had red bite marks all over
It was said it was  lice that bit everyone , although that was purely speculation

Anyone have memories of the River Torrens ?
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Post by testy on Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:37 pm


The PATAWALONGA at Glenelg

I remember when they had skiing competitions on the PAT many years ago and people even swam in it.
Not now though too filthy, although I do recall not so long ago the authorities were going to clean it up and bring back various amenities in the water, still waiting.
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Post by bayman on Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:32 pm

they actually had the milk carton regatta & the birdman rally at ''The Pat'', the birdman rally moved to the Glenelg Jetty, not sure what happened to the milk carton regatta & how long either lasted
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:37 pm

Glenelg beach and its surroundings is as good as it gets in this state


I did not know of this until very recently
In 1930 an amusement park was built at Glenelg
It was Luna Park
It only lasted until 1934
The irony of its closure is 1934 coincided with the Glenelg football clubs first SANFL premiership 

Some of the rides were taken apart and transported  to Sydney
In 1935 the Sydney version of Luna Park opened with some of the Glenelg equipment

There is an exhibit of the Glenelg Luna Park in the Discovery Centre, located at the beach end of Jetty Road 
There is a large print of the amusement park , showing how it looked at the time
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Post by Scrappy on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:50 am

GLENELG SEASIDE MEMORIAL

Heres a unique innovation , very recently set up
People can now have their ashes scattered at Glenelg beach
Names of those peoples are inscribed on a  memorial near the jetty at a 'current' co$t of $1500

This is an initiative of the Holdfast Bay Council
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Post by bayman on Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:32 pm

Scrappy wrote:Glenelg beach and its surroundings is as good as it gets in this state


I did not know of this until very recently
In 1930 an amusement park was built at Glenelg
It was Luna Park
It only lasted until 1934
The irony of its closure is 1934 coincided with the Glenelg football clubs first SANFL premiership 

Some of the rides were taken apart and transported  to Sydney
In 1935 the Sydney version of Luna Park opened with some of the Glenelg equipment

There is an exhibit of the Glenelg Luna Park in the Discovery Centre, located at the beach end of Jetty Road 
There is a large print of the amusement park , showing how it looked at the time


i always thought it was the 1960's when it left the bay.......the story i remember was a person committed suicide by jumping of the ''rollercoaster'' & then it was moved to Melbourne, funny how the stories you get told aren't quite the same in reality
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Post by Scrappy on Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:28 pm

25/3/1993
Its where it all started
The first pokie machines in SA
Set up in the Eldo Hotel in Woomera
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Post by Scrappy on Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:07 pm

2/7/1915
South Australia started a tradition called Violet Day
On that day, Violets were sold throughout the state to raise $$$ for soldiers who were incapacitated at Gallipoli
Women dressed in white when selling the posies
The mob that started it all was the Cheer Up Society
One posy was sold in Burra in 1915
It was sold for a staggering 384 pounds

The tradition stopped in 1970
Today commemorates  100 years since Violet Day started


There are light and sound shows this week depicting Violet day history
6 shows
From today till Saturday
Times are on at 6:00pm and 8:00pm
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Post by Scrappy on Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:16 am

Happy 39th birthday to Rundle Mall today
The mall was opened by politician Donald Dunstan back in 1976
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Post by Scrappy on Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:15 pm

Back in the 19th century they were naming the the roads in the city precinct
Had Governor Hindmarsh had his way then a couple of streets would have had different names
He wanted Grote street to be Duncan Street
He wanted Wakefield Street to be Howe Street

Duncan and Howe, who are considered naval heroes , did have their names honored elsewhere

Adam Duncan was  British Admiral
They named ships after him
He served in the 18th/19th century

Richard Howe was a British Naval officer
Lord Howe Island , which is east  of  Australia is named after him
He served in the 18th century
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Post by The Emperor on Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:40 pm

Good to see the Red Hens in action today
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Post by Brucetiki on Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:12 pm

The Emperor wrote:Good to see the Red Hens in action today

Agreed. Caught the last return trip yesterday. Trip into the City was jammed packed, but the trip back was largely empty. Was brilliant having a 6 seat berth to myself standing at the window the whole way back.

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Post by Scrappy on Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:31 pm

Are the Red Hens back for good ?
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