Letters to the editor

Williamstown and Districts Historical Society has erected a shelter at the local cemetery.
Williamstown and Districts Historical Society has erected a shelter at the local cemetery.

We need your help

The Williamstown and Districts Historical Society is a small group of volunteers who love to keep the history alive in our town.

Our project for this year was to build a shelter at our cemetery 1876-2017. The first internment was in 1868 and the oldest person was 101 years.

Well, the shelter is up and we have placed in it a map, indicating the rows and plot numbers, a cabinet housing a list of internments and a seat. We have also with the help of the Southern Barossa Men’s Shed, placed row markers indicating section, row and plot number. A chain fence surrounds the shelter. To complete this project, provisions have been made for a rose garden on three sides of the structure. The cost of a rose and irrigation to the rose is $25. If you can help us to complete this project with a donation, it would be appreciated. Thank you.

Jodie Randall, chair, Williamstown and Districts Historical Society.

Melbourne Cup

A big thankyou from Kapunda CWA. to all who attended our Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday, November 27, at the Kapunda Golf Club.

Thanks to Bob on the bar and Lucy who was so helpful in the kitchen. Mr Frank Ware who emceed and Elaine and Lyn who ran the sweep. The ladies and one gentleman in the hat parade were very stylish and inventive. The winner was Monica Belz who wore a hat made from cabbage leaves and paired with cucumber slices for earrings which created a lot of interest.

Also a big thankyou to CWA members for all their hard work preparing the food and setting up the room. All these people combined helped to make the afternoon a great success.

Kath O'Connor, CWA, Kapunda.

Power source

Totally agree with Cory Bernardi and Barnaby Joyce on their intentions to push for nuclear power! It’s clean, efficient, now safe, and we have an abundance of uranium in this country. Of course Labor spokesman Mark Butler says "it’s not a viable option". Must have his head in the sand. There are 40 new nuclear plants now under construction in the world, but oh no let’s not go there as it probably would deliver cheaper power to the people!

Geoff Bowden, Williamstown.

Robertstown rail crane

The Robertstown Community Management Inc has produced a plan and an estimated cost to do the Railway Crane Restoration Project. The committee received comments that the project is too large to be done locally and would sooner see the area cleared and a plaque put there instead. At a recent meeting of Robertstown Community Management Inc it was decided to hold a Public Meeting at the site on Sunday, November 19, commencing at 2pm.

The intended restoration of the Railway Crane has been agreed by Bevan Schutz of Schutz Engineering of Point Pass who will be overseeing the project in making sure that it is done in a safe manner and the co-ordination by Adrian Menzel, a member of the committee. The co-ordination of the project is to seek assistance from the local community members for the use of larger equipment for lifting, plus persons who are prepared to volunteer themselves to do the job in either using their equipment or just themselves to come along at various pre-advertised times to eventually complete the project. Any donations suitable for the project will also be accepted.

Copies of the proposed plan and costs, plus a copy of the original drawing when it was built will be available on the day. This crane is the only one in SA and it would be sad to just see it not restored. The meeting will be held at Goyder Robertstown’s Goyder Interpretive Gardens at the Crane Site (Old Railway Yards). For any further information or if you can assist in any way, contact Adrian Menzel, phone 08 8581 7149, email akmen@bigpond.com.