Gawler 2018 calendar launched

RELEASED: Showing off the  'Glimpses of Gawler' 2018 calendar is Kim Potger Brian Thom and Marie Louise Lees.
RELEASED: Showing off the 'Glimpses of Gawler' 2018 calendar is Kim Potger Brian Thom and Marie Louise Lees.

The Gawler Rotary Club in association with the Gawler and District Special Events Inc have launched their second ‘Glimpses of Gawler' calendar.

The calendar boasts eye-catching photographs depicting Gawler’s industrial, commercial and European cultural history.

Chair of the Gawler History team Brian Thom helped to officially launched the calendar on Friday evening.

Mr Thom said that in the late 1800s, Gawler was called ‘The Colonial Athens’, emanating from the output from the vast array of activity and cultural events initiated by the members of the Gawler Institute.

“In Gawler’s early days – from the combination of output from: the James Martin’s Phoenix Foundry, the May Bros. foundry near Gawler Railway Station, David Thomson’s Eagle Foundry in King Street, and Robinson’s Britannia Foundry on Barnet Road – Gawler was considered to be ‘the most industrialised town in Australia’,” he said.

Light MP Tony Piccolo, who helped to launch the calendar, said it is excellent value at $15 per copy.

He shared how the piece of history would make an ideal Christmas gift.

“Particularly for family and friends interstate and overseas who may not be familiar with Gawler’s history.” Mr Piccolo said.

The calendar can be purchased from Mr Piccolo’s Electorate Office at 148 Murray Street, and also the Gawler Visitor Centre, plus businesses throughout the town.