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Alford is a small rural town located 20km North of Kadina and 25km South of Port Broughton on Yorke Peninsula. The population is approximately 45 within the town “square” and has a similar number living on immediate surrounding farms.
The town was established in 1882 and named after Henry Alford, one of SA’s leading police officers. Numerous businesses were established including blacksmiths, wheelwrights, machinists, engineers, builders, carters, saddlers and shearers. Sadly these businesses today are just memories for Alford....
Alford - In the Hundred of Tickera, 16 km WNW of Bute. The Aborigines knew the district as peelaweela - ‘eagle eyrie’. The town was proclaimed on 24 August 1882, while Alford School opened as ‘Peela Weela’ in 1883....
Alford Hotel 1890 - State Library of South Australia - B 35769
Alford in the Newspapers:-
ALFORD HOTEL. 1910 Trove
Mr Varley, of Adelaide, appeared for the owners of the property, the Executor Trustee, Mortgage and Agency Company. John Penny, junr., licences, deposed that the Alford Hotel was 12 miles from Kadina, 14 from Wallaroo, nine from Tickera, 12 from Bute, nine from Willamulka, 18 from Port Broughton. It was about 100 yards from the Kadina and Broughton, and Wallaroo and Alford main roads. It was kept by the travelling public. Alford was the centre of the Hundred of Tickera. Meals, refreshments, and stabling for horses were provided daily. The hotel consisted of 11 rooms, 5 were bedrooms, 3 were always ready for the public, and there were other rooms which could be used for bedrooms in cases of emergency. Two mail coaches to and from Port Broughton, and three to and from Tickera, called there every week. There was no other place at which travellers could obtain refreshments.
Alford was a town which was making progress. Callers were frequent and and regular. Had ample stable accommodation for 50 head horses, also sheep yards.
James Malcolm, auctioneer, Wallaroo, William Cornelius, livery stable keeper, Kadina, Charles Goodfellow, livery stable keeper. Wallaroo, John Sharples, blacksmith, Alford, gave evidence concerning the need of the hotel for the travelling public, and the accommodation provided of a favourable character.
Mounted Constable Schumann, deposed that the hotel was well conducted, and was a convenience to the surrounding district and travellers.
WALLAROO BOAED OF ADVICE.
The usual monthly meeting of the Wallaroo Board of Advice was held in the Kadina Court House on Thursday morning, March 6.
There were present, the Chairman (Mr Jas. Malcolm, J.P.) and Messrs Warmington, Garner, 4. F. Taylor and Bens, and the School Visitor, (Mr T. S. Naughton).
Minutes of last meeting read and confirmed.
An apology was received from Captain Anthony for non-attendance.
SCHOOLS AT ALFORD AND CUNLIFFE.
The Chairman reported that be had communicated with the Hers. C. T. Newman and J. H. Williams, asking that steps be taken to gain the consent of the trustees, for allowing the Wesleyan Church at Alford, and the Primitive Methodist Church at Cunliffe to be used for school purposes. He bad received word from Mr Newman stating that the trustees of the Alford Church were willing to allow the use of the building, conditionally upon a guarantee being given that the property would, not be destroyed. This would depend greatly on the class of teacher appointed. The Chairman bad since, written to the Inspector-General recommending that steps be taken to rent the building.
From the Inspector-General, stating hat he had sent Miss Florence Tambtyo, late principle teacher at the Kadina school, to take charge of the school at Alford, pending approval of the Minister of Education, from the Inspector-General, stating that the arrangements for erecting school at Oaklands North were now in the hands of the Architect-in-Chief.
From Miss Tamblyn, Alford, asking eave to change the hour of going in in the afternoon from 2 o'clock to 1.30, in order that the school might be dismissed earlier to admit of children from a distance getting home before dark.
CORONER'S INQUEST. SUICIDE NEAR ALFORD.
An inquest was held at the Alford Hotel on Sunday, June 12, by Mr W. Phillips, J. P., on the body of William Beer, which had been found in one of Mr Flint's sections in the Hundred of Tickera.....
DEATH FROM EXCESSIVE DRINKING.
KADINA, February 1.— An enquiry concerning the death of George Henry Gullum, jockey and horsetrainer, which occurred at the Alford Hotel early this morning...
VICTIM OF EXCESSIVE DRINKING. INQUEST AT THE ALFORD HOTEL Trove
On Monday morning a number of rumours were in circulation in Kadina regarding the alleged causes which had brought about the death of George Henry Gullum, at the Alford Hotel, Alford....
ALCOHOLIC POISONING. DEATH OF A JOCKEY.
Mr. W. J. Taylor conducted an inquest at the Alford Hotel on Monday on the body of George Henry Gullum, jockey and trainer, and aged 26 years, who died at an early hour on Monday morning....
ALFORD INSTITUTE HALL.
The weather conditions being favourable for the occasion, there was a large as semblage of parsons present at Alford on Wednesday afternoon to witness the opening ceremony of the Alford Institute Hall, which was performed by the President of the Institute, and Chairman of Trustees, Mr R. Chappell. On Tuesday August 11, 1909, the residents of Alford were honored by a visit from His Excellency Sir George Le Hunte, K.C.M.G,, who after visiting the Public School, performed the ceremony of declaring the foundation stone of the Alford Institute Hall well and truly laid. Owing to unavoidable circumstances delays took place in connection with the building of the Hall, but the Committee net daunted by difficulties, persevered with their task and are to be congratulated upon the success which has attended their efforts, to provide a large assembly hall with rooms suitable for a reading room and library for the residents of Alford and district. The need of a building of this character had long been felt, as the only building in Alford which was available for public meetings was the Methodist Church which is a small structure. The building, which was opened on Wednesday afternoon, is one which is a credit to the township and district, and will compare very favorably with similar buildings which hare been erected in towns which boast of a far larger population than Alford. It is a well and substantially built stone structure admirably suited for the purpose for which it has been erected.
The main hall, which is entered from a roomy porch, on each side of which are rooms 12ft by 14ft, is 30ft by 60ft, and has a roomy stage which will prove useful for dramatic performances, entertainments, and concerts. The work which has been carried out to the entire satisfaction of the Committee by the following contractors : — Messrs Bennett (mason work), W. Milliken (carpentry), and C. Dingle (painting). The Committee who are also the trustees of the property, are Messrs R. Chappell (President), J. Sharples (Vice-president), F. Philby. D. McMahon, J. Penney, Hewett, and C. C. George (Secretary).
About 3 o'clock on Wednesday, Mr D. McMahon, who officiated as chairman of the afternoons proceedings, in a brief speech introduced the Chairman of Trustees, Mr R. Chappell, and asked him to perform the ceremony which Mr Chappell did after making a brief speech. Upon entering the hall, it was seen that the building was gaily decorated with flags and bunting, and on the stalls there was a large and varied assortment of plain and fancy goods, produce, flowers and sweets, which all found a ready sale. The following is a list of stallholders and their assistants, to whom the Committee are much indebted for the success which followed the openings.ceremony::—Fancy goods, Misses - M. Chappell, J. Paynter, A. Sharples; Plain Sewing—Miss Correll, conyener. Mrs Johns, Miss E. Philbey, Mrs C. Pridham; Fruit and lollies, Miss G. Hutchings, Miss M. Sharples ; Produce stall ; Mesdames D. McMahon and A. Roberts ; Flowers, Misses C. Sharples, L. Bennetts, N. Penney ; Christmas Tree, Misses Burfitts (2); Post office, Messrs Baker and Chappell.
After entering the Hall, Messrs McMahon, Chappell, and the Mayor of Wallaroo (Mr J. Brenton), ascended the platform. Mr R. Chappell in thanking the Committee for the honour conferred upon him in being asked to perform the ceremony, said, that he was pleased to be able to say that the funds of the Institute Hall were in a very satisfactory condition. They had that day opened a building the value of which had been fixed by an authority at £700. Of this amount in materials, labor and carting, and subscriptions £400 had been donated. Their present liability was £300 which had been borrowed from the Savings Bank of South Australia at 4 per cent. They had £8 to the credit of the funds of the Institute, and the profits of the Bazaar which was being held that afternoon and evening, would be devoted to the cost of furnishing the Hall with seating accommodation, the purchase of a piano, and the establishment of a library. He was hopeful that the building opened that afternoon would be put to the use for which it was intended, namely for educational purposes and for social gatherings.
The Mayor of Wallaroo (Mr Brenton), in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Chappell for opening the Hall, said that it afforded him much pleasure in being present at Alford that afternoon, and de sired to heartily congratulate the people of Alford on the possession of such a fine building. It was a credit to the Committee, the town and the district. It would afford the young men of the town and district a splendid opportunity of improving their minds, and he hoped that they would avail themselves of those opportunities which the establishment of a reading room and library would provide. In containing upon Mr Chappell the honor of opening the Hall, the Committee in a practical manner revealed their appreciation of the valuable services he had rendered to the Institute. The motion of Mr Brenton was carried with acclamation.The Committee entertained a number of guests at a banquet during the after noon. After justice had been done to the sumptuous spread provided by the ladies, a toast list was carried out.
The toast of the " King", was honored in response to the call of the Chairman, Mr D. McMahon.
The Rev. J. Watson, in proposing the toast of " The Town and Trade of Alford," said that he appreciated the honor of receiving an invitation to be present on the occasion of the "opening of the Hall, which was a step which demonstrated the advance of the town and its trade.
One of the special features of the country towns of South Australia, which appealed to him was the splendid young men who were to be met with, growing up in the homes of their parents, and settling on the land. Throughout the whole of the district, there were marked evidences of prosperity, and even if there came a series of bad seasons it was not likely that the disasters would be so great as those of past years owing to the improved method of farming. He had a great admiration for the splendid heorism which was manifested by the early settlers of the district, who against great odds established homes for themselves and their families. He was pleased to have the opportunity at pro posing the toast allotted to him, and expressed the hope that full advantage would be taken by the young people of the educational advantages that the erection of the Hall and the establishment of an Institute would provide. He was pleased that the honor of opening the Hall had been conferred upon the President (Mr Chappell), and trusted that success would continue to follow the establishment of an Institute at Afford.
Mr Jno. Sharples, in responding to the toast said, that he had been a resident of the town of Alford for the past 28 years, and was pleased with the evidences of advancement of trade of the district. At the start they had a run of bad years, but at present things were in a prosperous condition and he believed that prosperity would continue.
Mr J. Brenton (Mayor of Wallaroo), proposed the toast of the " Alford Institute," which was responded to by Mr R. Chappell who said steps were being taken to have the Institute affiliated with the parent institution in Adelaide. They also intended to make an application for a grant in aid of the building fund as up to the present so assistance had been received from the Government, and inview of what had been done locally he was of the opinion that some assistance should be granted.
The toasts of the "Chairman," the " Press," and the "Ladies" were also honored. The proceeds of the opening ceremony and the bazaar, which was followed by a social and a dance in the evening amounted to over £50.
ALFORD PATRIOTIC SCHOOL CONCERT.
"the most successful concert ever held at Alford." This was the unanimous verdict of the biggest audience that ever gathered in the Alford Institute Hall. The audience itself was a record. Long before 8 o'clock the available seats were filled. Chairs and forms were brought in from he church, neighbouring stores, the school, and yet the sale of tickets had to be stopped, as it was impossible to squeeze any one else into the hall. The occasion of this double record was the concert given on Friday, the 23rd inst., by the pupils of the Alford and Pine forest Schools, one half of the proceeds in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, the balance to be divided between the two schools. For months past Mrs Pocock, wife of the head teacher at Alford and Mrs Cronin, who presided at the piano, devoted all their spare time, and more, to preparing the children for the concert, and to these two ladies the greatest share of the praise for the brilliant success of the concert is due. Others who gave valuable help were Mr and Miss Sharples, Masters G. Prouse and M. Pink. As the programme contained over 30 items, if is not possible, with out taking up to much space, to describe the concert in detail. Among the most successful items were the following:-Miss Viola Prouse, solo, " Please give me a penny"
The financial result of this solo was 10s 5d which was donated to the Belgian Fund " Ten Little Nigger Boys " character songby 10 boys , of the Alford School; solo and chorus, "Rule Britannia," soloist. Miss Nita Cronin, in character; character song, '' Who's dat a callin?" by Masters B. Prouse, Alan Freeling and W. Mc Donald (this character sketch aroused great enthusiasm), and the dramatic sketch, "The Way he Managed," in which the parts were taken by the Misses N. Cronin and Jean Farrow, and Masters G. Prouse and A. Freeling, was received with well deserved acclaim. Adult friends who ably contributed to the success of the I evening were Mesdames Cronin, Pocock, Adams, Miss Sharples, and Mr Manners. During the evening the head teacher of the Alford School, on behalf of the two schools, in a brief speech thanked every body who had helped to make the conceit such an unprecedented success. The net proceeds were £12 10s. of which half, £6 5s, plus 10s 5d contributed to Miss V. Prouse, has been paid to the Belgian Relief Fund. The concert concluded with the National Anthem and cheers for the King and the Allies.
FAREWELLS TO SOLDIERS. ALFORD.
A very successful farewell social was tendered Pvt. Clem. Pridham on Saturday evening, 22nd last, at the Alford Institute Hall by the residents of the district. Mr B. Chappell presided over a large gathering, and explained the object of the meeting....
FAREWELL SOCIAL AT ALFORD.
On Tuesday evening, the 26th inst., a highly successful social was tendered Mr and Mrs W. A. Yonng, who are shortly leaving the district to reside in Kadina, at the Alford Institute Hall. A large number of friends were gathered, and the Rev M. Tresise occupied the chair. Speeches of high appreciation of the good work of the guests were made by the chairman, Mr D. Adams (on behalf of the district), and Mr Geo. Heath (on behalf of the Alford Church). The chairman, in presenting the guests with an illuminated address, voiced the esteem of the residents of the district, and wished Mr and Mrs Young all health and happiness in their future home. Mr Young replied feelingly. Mr and Mrs Young are pioneers of the district, having resided continually at their farm for over thirty one years, and are well known for their fine hospitality and ever ready help. Mr Young has also taken a keen interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of the district, and was the first Councillor for Wiltunga ward in the Minnes District Council. Latterly Mr Young's health has been indifferent, and the change to Kadina is hoped to restore him to his usual vigor. An excellent program was submitted, the following taking part: — Overture, Mrs Pfeiffer and Miss Stimson; action song, school children ; solo, Miss M. Sharpies ; recitation, Mrs A. D. Brnce, and other items. The singing of " God be with you till we meet again" brought a touching function to a close.
ALFORD PATRIOTIC CONCERT.
On Wednesday June 24, a patriotic concert was given by scholars of the Alford school, and great credit is due to Mr Pfeiffer (head teacher) and Mrs Pfeiffer for training the scholars, who despite the many disadvantages which the Alford institute presented were very successful. Greater suc-cess could have been obtained if the piano and light had not been in such a state. A promise that the piano would be turned before the concert was disregarded, and its tone, which resembled that of a broken kettle-drum, was more of a hindrance than a help to the juvenile performers.
The lights, too, were most abominable and as there was pretty coloring in the dresses, the show was ineffective. An understanding had been arrived at that gas would be provided, but when the time for starting arrived, the promoters of the concert were in formed that no gas could be had. This was a most disgraceful act, as neighbors were prepared to supply enough for one night. The lamps installed are minus their globes, and so the ceiling received the light that should have been directed to the floors. The result was that the hall was in semi-darkness and so colors were only slightly visible. The children have, however, the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts were highly appreciated, as also the patient attitude they adopted in the face of many inconveniences.
The first item, the May Pole, was well performed and the children received the approval of the audience, the pole was nine feet high with seat for a queen attached to the top. Four other queens assisted. The little performers went through all the figures admirably, but the light was not strong enough to show the beauty of it all. "Boys will be Boys" was also much appreciated. "My Kitty," which was rendered by Grades one, two and three, was much admired and the little ones enjoyed the applause. "The Japanese Umbrella" was successfully sung by six of the larger girls dressed in Japanese costume. Next came "Jerry Blinkum's Baby" which caused much merriment. Bruce Johns, who was dressed up as a donkey, acted his part very well, and an encore was the result. A short recitation, "Only Seven," was given in a most pleasing manner, by Evelyn Prouse. Then came a chance for 13 boys, who did a pretty flag drill. They all looked tip-top in their sailor suits and performed admirably. The "Anzac Marseillaise" was rendered with fine spirit and the audience assisted by heartily joining in. A dialogue, "Three Smart Girls," was staged and the performers carried it out splendidly. Six of the bigger girls gave a "Darky Song." This item gave an opportunity for a hearty laugh, and an encore was the result. Five boys rendered "The Merry Shoe black" most satisfactorily, and sixteen girls, each with a wheel decorated with red, white and blue satin, gave an item that would have been beauty-ful in an effective light. But the audience nevertheless enjoyed the performance very mcuh. "Ten of Them," sung by the smaller children, and a recitation by Laurel Johns, "Little Miss Ray," were greatly ap-preciated. The "Nurses Song," given by bigger girls dressed in nurses' costumes, was much applaud-ed, and a deal of coin thrown on the stage. "This is the Flag for Me," was sung by the whole school, with a large Union Jack in full view. The audience heartily joined in showing honor to our flag. The dialogue "The Surprise Party" received the ap-plause of the hearers and was a good item to dispel any disappoint-ment previously experienced. At this stage Bruce Johns cordially thanked all who had assisted in the concert. The lost item, the "Good Night Song," a splendid closing song, was sweetly sung by eight little girls who had by this time really become sleepy. A dance and supper followed. The gross receipts were over £20.
VALEDICTORY AT ALFORD.
A farewell social was tendered last week to Mr and Mrs A. Marsland, in the Alford hall, on the eve of their leaving Alford. The chair was oc-cupied by Mr. E. J. Coveney, who stated that although the guests had only resided in the district for a com-paratrvely short time, they had proved themselves good workers and had done their best to advance the interests of the district. Mr R. Pearce, on behalf of the residents of the di-trict, referred to Mr and Mrs Marsland's good work. Mr Marsland had been secretary of the Hundred of Tickera Memorial Fund and he re-gretted that through Mr Marsland's ill-health they were, leaving Alford. Mr A. J. McDonald, on behalf of the coursing club, stated, that Mr .Mars-land had been their secretary since, he had resided In Alford, and had proved, himself a good sport. Mr G. Heath stated that it had been a pleasure to work with their guests, who had put their whole heart into anything for the advancement of the district. On behalf of the residents of the district he had much pleasure in presenting Mr Marsland with a gold medal and Mrs Marsland with a pair of bronze vases.
Mr Marsland cordially thanked the speakers for the kind things they had said of him and also for the presents they has made, which would always remind him of his many friends in Alford. Mrs Marsland also responded suitably. Musical items were rendered by Mr Mildren (overture); Miss D. Sharples. a song; a duet by Misses Jean Sharples and Leila Prouse, and an item by the school children. Mrs S. C. Richardson was the accompanist. A dance and supper followed and concluded a very successful function.
August 18.—There was an excellent attendance at the Alford Hall when a balloon fair was held in aid of the Tickets Methodist Ladies' Guild. The Rev. J. H. Crossley introduced Dr. Harbison, of Wallaroo, who wished the fair on behalf of the guild, thanking Dr. Harbison and also the ladies for judging the cake cam-petition. Dr. Harbison and Rev. E. Crossley were then presented with a buttonhole by little Dorothy Roberts, also Mrs Bruce and Mrs Crossley with a bouquet by little Lila Barker. In the cake competition prizes were awarded as follows.—Light sponge. Miss Eva Pearce; dark sponge, Mrs. J. Hawkes; cream puffs. Mrs. Bertha Thiem; fancy assorted cakes, Mrs Wilfred Harris; sultana cake, Mrs H. Dix; pound cake Mrs J Harris, sen. The Judges were Mesdanes W. Harbison, B. Crosby. F. March. The stall-holders were—Afternoon tea, Mesdames D.Bruce. B. Lee, G. Thiem, H. Lee, Misses R. Barker, L March, R. Bruce. E. Bruce; produce, Mesdames W. Pearce, W. Roberts, G. Hawkes, Miss D. Pearce, plain and fancy, Mesdames P. Cor-nelius. Misses E. Hawkes, G. Colliver, and B. Thiem. In the evening a concert was given by Wallaroo artists. Altogether the fair was a huge success, £70 being taken.
CHILDREN'S CONCERT AT ALFORD.
In the Alford institute recently, the Alford school children, with helpers from neighboring localities, gave a suc-cessful concert before a large audience which completely filled the hall. The items given were enhanced by a profusion of pretty costumes, and Mrs F. A. Pfeiffer, who had charge of the concert, worked extremely hard to make the function the success it proved.
Unfortunately, rather lengthy intervals occurred between the items, but these were inevitable owing to the lack of accommodation for dressing purposes, and the institute committee will do well to get busy about providing suitable dressing rooms, which are a necessary adjunct to any place of entertainment.
The gross proceieds, which; were in aid of school funds, amounted to a little over £21.
The program opened with an overture played by Miss Edna Stimson, now of Kadina, but formerly a pupil at the Alford school, and her contribution was much appreciated. The overture was followed by a song. "Old Roger," given by the smaller children. Mr Morton, from Pine Flat school, then contributed a song, which met with great favor. The children sang "The Goblins," which was followed by an interesting recitation from Miss J. Hopgood. Then the "Coon Song," "Rag Doll Song" and "Who Stole the Rabbit," were rendered by the children. After the interval, three songs, "Gipsies," "Dunces" and "Dutch Fair," were given by the children, "A Quiet Little Boy," given by Garth Ward, assisted by Lorna Chittleborough, Russell Frost, Cardell March and Albert Dohut. The "Wheel Drill," and "The Big Moustache," "The Pig tail and the. Fan," were the next three items, which were followed by a dialogue designated "The Haunted Room." In this item, which provided much mirth, Mr Fried Cronin figured as Sir Harry, Mr W. Davies (of Tickera) as Cotton Goods, Miss J. Hopgood as Angelica Vernon. Miss Eileen Durdin (Pine Forest) as Kitty, the housemaid, Miss Irene Dohnt as Mrs Bell, the housekeeper. Miss Ruby Crosby as Joseph the gardener (ghost); Mr Fred Prouse as John Thomas, Kitty's young man (ghost), Miss Merle Bruce as William the valet, Miss Marcia Pfeiffer as Tommy (buttons), and Miss Flora Pfeiffer as Betsy the cook. The singing of the National Anthem brought the entertainment to a close.
KADINA AND DISTRICT CHURCHES.
[By Our Special Correspondent.]
Alford Methodist Church.
This little church was built about the year 1882. All the land around the district had then been taken up, and the settlers felt the need, of a place where they could worship. It is rather a difficult matter after so long to placed the prime movers, but the late Messrs G. Heath and S. Edyvean, senr., took an active part.
The Alford church was in the old Kadina Wesleyan, circuit, and all the preachers had to, be supplied from Kadina or Wallaroo Mines. Most of these preachers have long since passed away to their rest. Mr J. Glasson, of Kadina, is however still going strong. In a chat with Mr Glasson he had many vivid recollections of going to the outback churches to preach, sometimes leaving home at 8 ,a.m. and getting home at 10 o'clock at night. The roads then were bad, and horses of a kind that would go farther in two days than they would in one.
The church work has been carried on successfully ever since. Today Alford has a good Sunday school, with an attendance of over sixty. Mr W. Phxlbey is superintendent, and Miss Gehan the secretary.
On, the day of our visit, April 12, Mr A. Bottrill took the service. Mr Bottrill gave the young people an interesting story, "A Maori Mother's Love," and a fine talk on the Bible, the hope and the anchor of the world. There was a good congregation present and the service was much enjoyed.
SCHOOL CONCERT AT ALFORD.
A very fine concert was given in the Alford institute on Wednesday evening, August 3rd, in aid of the public (of Kadina) presided over a crowded school funds. The Rev. Edgar Arnold attendance, and at the close heartily congratulated Mr P. Shaw (Head teacher) on the excellence of the items rendered by the school children, which revealed careful training and enunciation. Miss Helen Flint (Kadina) gave several recitals which were loudly applauded, and the popular quartette party, (Messrs Solomon, Bartle, Watson and Hollands) were in great demand and their items were rendered with fine feeling. Little Jean McDonald was a great favourite and her recitations were well done for one so young. The school rendered several songs, including "The Song of Australia," '"The Soldiers' Chorus, "Love's old sweet song," "Little Tommy went a fishing;" "The Maypole Songs," "The oars are splashing lightly," and " Watchman! what of the night?" The action songs were "Peter Rabbit," and "Peter Piper, and "The Mulberry Bush," by grade I,-II, III. "The Ten Little Nigger Boys," in costume and dark faces caused great merriment and Mr J. A. Coles (Kadina) was heartily thanked for his interest in "preparing" the boys. Recitations were given by grades 1, II, III, "When Granny was a little girl," and "Greedy Ned." "During the interval home made sweets were sold. Mrs McConnachie ably presided at the piano and rendered assistance. The National Anthem concluded a splendid evening's entertainment .
Alford Methodist Church Jubilee
A BRIEF HISTORY.
The initial steps towards the erection of a Wesleyan Church at Alford, were taken In 1883, when a meeting of persons interested was held at the residence of Mr G. Bruce, those present including the chairman (Rev. C. T. Newman), and Messrs R. Heath G. Bruce, G. Heath, Jas. Butler. D. Butler, Prouse, Smith, R. Chappell and Groase. The matter was discussed at length, and finally, on the motion of Messrs R. Heath and Butler, it was. resolved "That it is desirable to take immediate steps for the erection of a Wesleyan Church at Alford, and that the chairman take the necessary steps to complete the purchase from Mr. F. W. Gurner of allotment 73, previously bought for the church.
The following were nominated as trustees Messrs R. A. Heath. Jas. Butler, S. R. Smith, Richd. Chappell, Wm. Beer, D. Edyvean, Geo. Heath, G. Bruce, witK the chairman (as supt. of the district) and the president of the conference.
The chairman (Rev. Newman) offered the whole of the materials (except the stone) with furniture and other fittings, all in good order, for £95, and the offer was accepted subject to the approval of Messrs R. Heath and Jas. Buter.
Stone, lime and sand were to be supplied by donation, and the trustees and others , made themselves responsible, while Messrs R. and G. Heath promised to do the plastering free of cost. Plans and specifications were drawn-up by the chairman and Mr R. Heath, and tenders called for the labor only. The meeting also resolved that the foundation stone be laid by Captain Thos. Anthony, and that ex-Mayor John J. Christmas (Kadina) be asked to take the chair at a public meeting.
These functions were duly held, and at a trustee meeting on October 13, 1883, the building committee was able to report that the building was progressing favorably, and that the work under the contract was nearly completed. Mr Been engaged to procure the sand, and Messrs G. Bruce and Butler to burn the lime. It was also decided that the opening service, take place on November 11, to be followed by a tea meeting on the Wednesday. |The Mayor of Kadina (Mr Jas. Martin) presided at the public meeting, which was of an enthusiastic character.
The superintendent (Rev. Newman) conducted the services afternoon and evening.
The church material and fittings had been purchased from Newtown at a cost of £95, labor and material donated came to £61, land and transfer £9 12/, contractor Jenkins £54, and extras to a little over £10, a total of £230 5/. Against this, there was a loan of £87 10/ from Jenkins, £10 10/ from the loan fund, and £46 proceeds of stone laying and opening of the building, with £61 labor donated, a total of £204 18/. The deficiency was more than covered by promised donations of £30. Sittings were let at 1/6, and Mr Geo. Heath was appointed the first church steward. Mr Heath, who was one of the chief mainstays of the church, held at various times times the positions of superintendent of the Sunday school, trustee, secretary and treasurer of the church trust. A useful life came to an end, and a loveable personality passed away, in 1921.
With the completion of the church, the community had an asset, and at the request of the Government of the day, the church was let for school purposes on quarterly payment of 10/ per annum for each child up to 24. This was in 1884,. Rev. Wiliam Reed was chairman at this stage, and a move was made to establish an organ fund; an instrument was procured from Mr Glasson, and a choir came into existence.
Throughout the ensuing years the following names were prominent in church matters—Rev. I. Perry. Sidney Edyvean, Rev. W. Reed, Beare, Rev. Tassie, Blackney, J. Mitchell, W. Symons, Rev. Allen. Rev. Robt. Kelly, Richd. Chappell, R. and G. Heath, G. Bruce, Jas. and D. Butler, T. S. Peters, and many others.
In August, 1896, the matter of union with the Methodist churches was discussed by the trustees, and it was carried by six votes (one being neutral) that the trustees were in favor of the proposal. Renovation of the church building was also undertaken. Well known names come in at this juncture, viz., Rev.. P. C. Thomas (1899), Peter Allen (who gave a lecture), Rev. A. N. Smith (1903), W. Peters, Rev. S. Rossiter, Rev. A. Moyle (1912), W.; T. Correll, F. H. Pearce, C. L. Bruce, J. Spackman, J. Harris. Rev. A.Morris, H. Bruce, Rev S. Forsyth (1913) when the division of the circuit took place, and the Rev. Milton Tresise. Collectors were appointed in 1917 for the raising of funds to purchase an 18-stop Cornish organ; and so the work and activities of the church went on. Anniversaries and tea meetings alternated with harvest thanksgivings, and the Alford church has maintained its fine influence in the little town and district to the present day.
Alford Wesleyan Church.—We beg to direct attention to the preliminary announcement relative to the opening of Alford Wesleyan Church, on November 11.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY AT ALFORD.
The Alford Methodist Sunday School held its anniversary on Sunday April 22, in the local institute hall, the church, being too small for the oc-casion, In the afternoon there was a splendid attendance, and the Sunday scholars, assisted by friends, and under the able conductorship of Mr P. H. Shaw, gave a fine rendering of the hymns. Miss Philbey was the organ ist, and Mrs Johns at the piano. The service was conducted by the. Rev. H. P. Lambert, who spoke to the children on the thought of "The Journey of Life."
In the evening the seating capacity of the hail was taxed to its utmost when the Rev. E. Tregilgas was the preacher. Mr Tregilgas, who has just recently arrived in the circuit, held the rapt attention of the large congregation with his earnest and challenging sermon on the subject "What am I here for?"
On the following Tuesday, the celebrations were continued, when in the afternoon the public tea was held, and a goodly number of folk sat down to the splendid repast provided by the ladies.
The public meeting in the evening was well attended. The Rev. H. P. Lambert presided. A number of the anniversary hymns were again sung. Mrs C. Pearce contributed a solo, and recitations were given by Jean Mc Donald, and a pianoforte duet by the Misses E. and M. Philbey. Mr Reg. Gehan presented the secretary's report, which showed a highly satisfactory condition of things in the school. Mr W. C. Philbey (superintendent) read the report for the treasurer (Miss Bruce), and it showed the school to be in a good financial position. The Rev. E.Tregilgas again delivered an address, which was much enjoyed by all. At the close of the proceedings a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to all who had helped to make the Anniversary such a pronounced success. After the meeting supper was served by the ladies.
Before the commencement of the program on Tuesday evening, Mr W. Philbey extended a most cordial welcome to the Rev. E. Tregilgas on be-half of the Alford church and Sunday school. Mr Tregilgas suitably, responded.
LOOKING BACKWARD. PUPILS RETURN TO ALFORD SCHOOL.
A ''Back to Alford School" was conducted by the local Welfare club on Saturday, July 23. Past teachers to visit the school included Mr Moulds (who was in charge 30 years ago), Mr Pfeiffer ( who spent 13 years here) and Mr Shaw ( who left Alford in September last year, after eight years of service) Proceedings opened at 4 p.m. when assembly was conducted by Messrs Moulds and Pfeiffer. Several old scholars, who attended in the school Costumes of 30 years ago were a source of merriment to onlookers.
The roll call, which was answered by a large number of old scholars, was frequently Interrupted by the arrival of late pupils, whose excuses, were both original and entertaining; and by the pranks of certain scholars who would, persist eating apples and telling tales.
After lessons the school adjourned to the institute, where tea was served by ladies of the "Welfare club and otheir helpers. This was followed by a dance in the evening.
The proceedings were attended by about 250 people, who spent a most enjoyable time in renewing old acquaintanceships and discussing the good old days.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL. AT ALFORD
The Alford School held its annual concert and Christmas tree in the local institute, on Saturday, December 11th. The concert was held in, conjunction witih the farewell of an old scholar of the school, in Pvte. Roy Starks. After the arrival of the guest proceeding opened with the National Anthem and the Song of Australia. The school children then,sweetly rendered two well known Christmas
carols, "Come, all ye faithful'' and "Silent Nigiht," following up with greetings in song to various members of the audience. The girls of the school, attired in costumes of fifty years ago, entertained with an action song, "Old Ladies," the verses being interspersed with a stately old dance. Another very pretty item, with the scholars dressed as gipsies, was the tuneful old melody, "Play to me, Gip-sy." Two of the older girls delight fully rendered an old English folk song, "The Keys of Heaven," the effect being notably enhanced by the realistic manner in which they per formed the actions. The final item, with the girls artistically attired in costumes of pink and blue, was a ballet number, "Alice Blue Gown." The wedding group, composed of three little girls of pre-school age. (Margaret Pitman, bridegroom; Marie Petherick, bride, Gwerithlian Davies, bridesmaid') was most enthusiastically received by the audience. Between items, valedictory speeches, to Pvte. Starks were delivered by Mr C. Pridham, on behalf of the district and the R.S.A.; Mr W. Davies, for the foot-ball club; and Mrs Pitman, for the F.F.C.F. Pvte. Starks suitably responded. Proceedings were also en-livened by numbers from the Alford Patriotic Orchestra, assisted by Mr Kevin Thomas of Wallaroo, with his banjo.
In a brief report on the year's activities, the head teacher mentioned the work being done for the Schools Patriotic Fund and outlined the method to be adopted in awarding the: Progress Certificate, which is to replace the Qualifying Certificate next year.
Prizes were presented as follows:— Top of school, Patty Prouse and Rosemary Larcombe; honor roll, Claire Pitman; improvement, Merilyn Bruce; consistency, Denise Millard; woodwork, Leslie Peters; and highest Marks in Q.C; Norma Philbey.
Father Christmas then appeared and proved, very popular with the younger members of the audience.
The remainder of the evening was devoted to dancing, commencing with the Polonnaise, led by the guest of honor. A stall in the capable hands of several of the mothers did excel-lent business and was completely cleared by the time all joined in singing "Old Lang 'Syne" at midnight. A most successful and enjoyable evening was spent, the estimated attendance being 250, and the total rceeipts £17.
The Cause Is Grave, The Word Is Save—Make your Christmas Gift a War Savings Certificate or 5/ National Savings Stamp.
A public meeting was held in the Alford Hall recently to discuss arrangements for welcoming members of the forces as they return home and also the erection of a suitable War Memorial. It was decided that all discharged personnel be tendered a welcome home social at suitable dates to be arranged, and that arrangements for these functions be left in the hands of a committee consisting of Mesdames L. Larcombe, A. B. Johns, A. D. Freeling, A. J. Rogers, A. V, Prouse R, E. Farrow, Miss V. Prouse and Mr A. B. Johns. A number of suggestions were put to the meeting regarding a War Memorial, and it was finally decided to elect a committee to enquire into these schemes, ascertain costs and to report to a further public meeting. Elected to the committee were Messrs R. S. Pitman (chairman), D. C. Bruce (secretary), K. E. Rogers, L. R. Millard, G. Bruce, C. Bruce and C. Donnell.
The local school was closed for two days last week owing to the illness of the head teacher. Work was resumed as usual this week.
Hay cutting is general throughout the district and some very good cuts have been made, especially on farms to the north of Alford.
Isolated cases of whooping cough have been reported in the district, and it is to be hoped that the outbreak does not assume epidemic proportions as was the case about six years ago. Influenza has also been prevalent re-cently and quite a number of residents have suffered attacks of varying severity.
The School Welfare club held its, monthly business meeting last Satur-day. Nine members were present. The new constitution of the club was discussed and adopted. It was decided to purchase reference books for the school library, some necessary equipment for physical training, timber for making a lunch cupboard which is to be made by the woodwork class, and to pay for the tuning of the school piano. The next meeting of the club will be held in March, next year.
Alford School Break-up.
The Alford School concert which was held on Saturday last, was an outstanding success. The program opened with an effectively rendered song of greeting by the full school. The Christmas carol. "In a Stable Mean and Lowly,'' performed in costume, proved a very popular number. Little Marie Petherick was charming as the Madonna, Merilyn Bruce, an angel, and four of the older boys were shepherds. The number was rendered with admirable restraint and was heartily applauded. A play based on the lower grade geography course was the next item. The chief part in this, Amy, a little Australian girl, was very effectively taken by Denise Millard. Murray Petherick was a piccaninny, Merilyn Bruce, a Swiss girl, Rosemary Larcombe a Dutch girl, Margaret Pitman an Italian maiden, Barry Pridham an Eskimo boy, Gilbert Davies a Red Indian, Murray Bruce an Arab, Mervyn Moyses a Chinese, while Bobby Larcombe proved a star attracttion as a shy little Pygmy. Two choral numbers, one by the school and one by the girls were sung sweetly. The lower grades gave a humorous action song, "The Old Woman." An other playlet based on the Uncle Remus stories was performed by three of the older children, Les Peters taking the part of Brer Fox, Don Crosby was Brer Wolf, and Claire Pitman was Brer Rabbit. As a concluding item, a band, composed of players performing on home-made instruments, rendered two numbers, which were enthusiasti-cally encored. At the conclusion of the concert, the head teacher (Mr R. S. Pitman) delivered his annual re-port and announced the prize winners as follows:—Dux of school, Murray Bruce; highest marks in weekly tests, Rosemary Larcombe. Other prizes were won by Leslie Peters, Gilbert Davies, Merilyn Bruce, Murray Pethe-rick, Barry Pridham, Margaret Pitman and Robert Larcombe.
Father Christmas then made his appearance and distributed gifts to all the children. A dance, music for which was supplied by Mrs Roach and Mr Crosby, brought an enjoyable evenins to a close. A stall providing cool drinks and ice cream did brisk business during the later part of the evening.
The weather has been ideal for harvesting during the past week and good progress is being made. A considerable quantity of barley has already been despatched to the stacks and the wheat carting season opened on Wednesday.
Miss Consie Prouse spent the week end in the City. She made the journey to see her brother, Ken, who is now a student at the Teachers College, per form in the annual end of the year play produced at the college. Ken, who has distinguished himself in the recent University Degree Examinations, is taking the name part in the play "Charlie's Aunt."
Father Christmas has been kept busy visiting various school functions dur ing the week. The following is a list of his engagements: Saturday, at Alford: Monday, at Ward's Hill; Tuesday. at Strathneath; Wednesday, at Pine Forest; Thursday, at Tickera.
The head teacher (Mr R. S. Pitman) made the following report on year's work of the school:—"I have pleasure in delivering my ninth annual report since I assume charge of this school. The year 1945 has been an unusual one in many respects. It has been the first year in which the Chrismas vaca tion was extended to seven weeks, giv ing the children added leisure time during the hottest part of the year. Most important of all, 1945 has seen the cessation of hostilities, first in the European theatre in May, and then in the Pacific in August, thus bringing a world conflict extending over six years to a victorious conclusion. This period of six years is a long one in the life of a child. Even the oldest children who appeared on the platform tonight cannot remember a peacetime Christmas, while the younger ones were not even born when the German invasion of Poland plunged the world into war. It behoves everyone now to hope, pray and work in order that the child of today will not be involved in a further holocaust a few years hence. Four of our old scholars have paid the supreme sracrifiec during the war, and to their relatives we extend our sympathy. Another notable feature of the year was the introduction of the new course of instruction into the primary schools of this State. This was a reform which was many years overdue, and now confers on teachers a great deal of latitude and discretion in both choice of subject matter and methods of teaching; it has obviated the necessity of cramming for external examinations, and permits the teacher, to the best of his ability, to prepare the child to take his proper place in the community. A much greater em phasis is now placed on handwork to foster the creative and artistic ability which previously has usually been al lowed to lie dormant in the child. The change in school life is really a revolu tionary one and it will require some time before the teachers have gained the necessary experience to derive the greatest possible benefit from it. An added difficulty has been the extreme shortage of text books suited to the new course. Most of these have to be obtained from England, where war tune restrictions plus the shortage of shipping space have proved insur mountable obstacles to obtaining necessary supplies.
In March a picnic was held at the North Beach, Wallaroo, in conjunction with the Pine Forest and Strathneath schools. The outing was favored by perfect weather and a highly success ful social function resulted. The ma jority of those attending were strongly in favor of making this combined pic nic an annual function. During June a public meeting of parents with chil dren attending or soon to be enrolled was held in the school to receive a de putation from Bute, which submitted to the meeting a proposition that parerts should agree to the closing of the local school and the formation of an Area school at Bute. After consider able discussion it was decided not to agree to the request. I would like here to reiterate that Area schools, al though still in the experimental stage in this State, are doing a wonderful work in fitting the post primary chil dren effectively to take their places in a rural community, and to urge that should the opportunity ever occur to have such a school in this district, that the parents should use every endea vour to avail themsleves of it. In September the Chairman of the School Committee granted the children a holi day to enable them to inspect the Bri tish submarine H.M.S. Trump while it was at Wallaroo.
The year commenced with an enrolment of 17 children, which has now fallen to 13, an all-time low record for this school. There will be a consider able increase in numbers attending next year, as at present, it appears that seven new scholars will be enrolled. Considering the difficulties encountered during the year in intro ducing the new course and also the lack of suitable text books, the year's work has been highly successful. Examination results were better than for several years and all children have passed into the next grade. The children appear to be interested in the new work and the mental effort on their part has been much better sustained than usual. The School Welfare Club has been revived this year after having been in recess during the war period when patriotic efforts took first place. The ladies have organised several highly successful functions and raised a considerable sum of money to further the interests of the school. An innovation this year has keen the enrolment of members from the Pine Forest and Strathneath districts, and these schools now share in the bene fits conferred by the club I would like to state here that I personally value the assistance given by the mothers in purchasing amenities for tiie school, and that the Minister of Education has just issued a staement expressing the appreciation of the Education Department for the work done by these bodies.
Coming to tonight's function, the "Freak-up" Concert held on December 8. I would like to inform you that preparation of the programme has not been easy, owing to the small number of children available. The assistance of those artists who have helped to fill in what would otherwise have been blanks in the programme is much appreciated, and I take this opportunity of publicly expressing my thanks to Misses Moyses and Peters and to Mr Kevin Thomas for so kindly coming along. Mrs Johns was again at the piano for the eighth succcssive year and her help is the more appreciated when it is realised that she has played under considerable difficulties this year owing to ill-health. Mrs Richardson has again donated a gallon of ice cream for the children and Mr A. H. Bruce the drinks. The kindly inte rest of these people who have no chil dren attending the school is most en couraging and helpful. The fine Christmas tree was obtained by Mr Bill Peters. To all others who have assisted this evening by the sale of tickets, or on the stall, to the mothers who prepared the costumes and to all others who assisted in any way, I extend my sincerest thanks, and to everyone here tonight, the season's compliments.
Further School Break-ups will be published in our next issue.
Rain—A very wintry day with heavy driving showers was experienced on Friday last, and 150 points were gauged generally. This rain will revive the green feed that came through after the flooding three weeks previously. There seems no end to cultivation in seeding preparation and summer growth of weeds are beyond any pre vious season, but most farms now ap pear ready for sowing.
Combined Welfare Birthday.—A good gathering of ladies assembled at Alford on Saturday to celebrate the first birthday of the combined schools Welfare Club (Alford, Pine Forest and Strathneath). Competitions, items and a trading table were arranged by hostess Mesdames A. Freeling, G. Bruce, C. Bruce and Miss Shirley Hewitt. Items were given by Miss C. Rogers (elocution, song and tap dance.) Misses B. and L. Petherick (pianoforte duet). Nedra Bruce (song) A birthday cake was made by Mrs W. Peters, who unfortrnately was not present owing to recent sickness. The cake was cut by Mrs Gehan and the candle was lit by Mrs A. Rogers, two cf the first club members. Afternoon tea concluded a pleasant function. The stallholders were Mesdames R. Bruce and L. Millard.
Cricket—The finals have commenced and Alford met Wokurna on Saturday at Ward's Hill. Port Broughton met Ward's Hill team at Alford. The local players lost the toss and were sent in to bat, and the total of 265 runs was scored before they were dismissed.
Wokurna has 1 down for 24 in reply. For Alford, batting honors went to K. Beaton 70: R. Bruce 41, D. Bruce 39, H. Coveney 32. K. Bruce 21 and R. Richardson 17—this is the best per formance for the season. M. Dolling took six wickets for Wokurna, and all bowlers stuck to their job and bowled well without reward. Full details will be available at the conclusion. The match at Alford is at an interesting stage with Ward's Hill 138 and Ports 3 down for 90. The losers at Alford meet the winners at Ward's Hill in the next match.
Seeding is practically completed in the district and several were fortunate enough to have it finished prior to the opportune rain recently. From 90 to 120 points were gauged. Many tractors have lights attached and are working late into the night. The weather following the rain has been ideal for working on persistent weed growth, so crops should be clean and have a quick germination. There has not been at any time more feed at this period of the season and all stock are in excellent condition and prices at abbattoirs equal anywhere in the State. The new season lambs are a picture as ewes have no check and have been on green feed for months.
Football. After a lapse throughout the war years, Alford club has commenced association matches and the team comprises several colts and recruits with a good force of well tried players. Practice has not been possible so the first match naturally was a run in and a lookover for the new skipper, Ken Beaton and Co. The first match was at Bute.
The Tennis Club has decided to re-organise and is setting out to raise money through the winter months and to put down three new courts at Memorial Park. The memorial committee has work in hand at the Soldiers Memorial and they intend to co-operate and tidy up the grounds and modernise fences etc. There will be a series of key dances, a feature which proved very successful when conducted some years ago, for the Institute. The tennis revival is eagerly awaited and three courts will be an asset to surrounding districts and all tennis enthusiasts, besides making Memorial Park a corner to be proud of in the town.
Personal.—Mr Keith Hewitt, only son of Mr and Mrs L. Hewitt met with a nasty accident, when a limb of a tree gave way. Keith was busy with a school holiday enterprise (rabbit trapping) and when preparing a place to, hang the skins, he fell on a snag of a broken limb and severely gashed the muscle of a leg. He has been an in-mate of the Koonawarra hospital and has now returned home although he will not be able to attend to school for another week or so.
A large crowd gathered at the Alford hall for the Alford school break up concert and Christmas tree last month. The school children, under direction of teacher Mr K. Beaton, performed to an appreciative audience of parents, friends, and visitors from nearby towns. The items presented were a credit to the scholars and tea cher alike. Action songs, yodelling, recitations, plays and songs combined to make an attractive program, Mrs K. Beaton accompanied the musical items on the piano. The program was supplemented by the popular piano accordeonists, Mr Keith Crosby aud Mr Gordon Cowan. Mr K. Crosby also entertained with conjuring tricks. An enjoyable humorous recitation was given by Mrs T. Patrick, of Wallaroo.
An item given by the Hill-Billy trio ; (Miss Roma Moyses. Mr Stan Moyses ; and Cliff Peters.) was well received and encored. A very pretty Hawaiian scene was presented by the local girls. Misses Roma Moyses, Ada Crosby, Betty Petherick, Leila Petherick. Dorothy Peters, Gwen Farrow and little Valerie Flowers who was the highlight of the scene. The girls in their Hawaiian costume, accompanied on the guitar by Misses Moyses and Leila Petherick, delighted the audience.
Mr Len Millard, chairman of the Alford School committee, had charge of the proceedings, and after the con cert presented the following prizes to the scholars:
Progress Certificates—Les Peters, Mervyn Moyses, Don Crosby.
Woodwork Certificates—Les Peters, Don Crosby, Gilbert Davies, dux of school, Jill Freeling; dux grade II, Bobby Larcombe; dux grade III, Barry Pridham; dux grade IV, Rosmary Lar combe; dux grade V, Merilyn Bruce; dux grade VI. Denise Millard; dux grade VII, Les Peters; dux grade I in 2rd term, John Larcombe; dux grade III in 2nd term, Murray Bruce.
For Improvement—John Flowers, Billy Avery, Pauline Flowers, Don Crosby, Mavis Flowers, Lena Johns, Gwenthlianne Davies.
Least errors—Murray Petherick. Neat work—Marie Petherick.
Each scholar also received a basket of sweets. Father Christmas then ar rived with a huge sack ot gifts and called every child in the hall to receive a parcel.
The mothers of the school children conducted a trading table and did well with home-made cakes, ice cream and cool drinks. Programs and baskets of sweets (made by the mothers) were sold earlier in the evening. A cake competition was won by Gwenda Kempster. A dance followed the de parture of Father Christinas, and things were kept moving by the M.C. Mr Harold Young, until midnight, and a very happy evening was brought to a close.
A delightful 1946 "Break-up" party was held in the Strathneath school, where a decorated Christmas tree occupied one corner of the school. Mr. W. Philbey (chairman of the school committee) took charge of the evening, and a clever and entertaining program was given toy the scholars, and the teacher (Miss I. Symes) is to be congratulated on the splendid effort. Father Christmas arrived and presented a gift to each child present, and to the amusement of all demanded a kiss from the terfcher. Cool drinks and ice cream were distributed and supper was provided by the Strathneath ladies.
NEWS FROM ALFORD.
Food For Britain Appeal—An appeal for the "Food for Britain"' fund was made by the members of the AI-ford School Welfare Club. Miss Shirley Hewett sold booklets of stick-ers to the value of £15, and Mrs L. Hewett presented a dressed turkey and Mrs A. Rogers a dressed duck, for competition and were won by Mr A. Prouse and Miss R. Willis, respectively. A social afternoon in the school brought the appeal to a close. The hostesses were Mrs A. Freeling and Mrs R. Bruce and Mrs C. R. Pridham had charge of the stall. A splendid program was presented by Mrs K. Beaton (overture), Miss J. Philbey (solo), Mrs J. Pearce (violin solo), Miss Jill Freeling (recitation), Miss D. Philbey (pianoforte solo), Mrs K. Roach (sold), Misses B. and L. Pttherick (pianoforte duet), Mrs K. Beaton also accompanied the com-munity singing of "Land of Hope and Glory." An amusing song competetion was arranged by Mrs C. Donnell and the prize for this was won by Miss Shirley Hewett, Mrs Pridham won the prize for Mrs R. Bruce's competition. A novel idea was the prize presented by Mrs L. Hewett for the children and this was won by Judy Beaton, Mrs Pridham gave a fruit cake, appropriately iced and Mrs W. Davies was the winner. Afternoon tea brought an enjoyable afternoon to a close. The final amount raised for the appeal was £25 15/.
Football.—Alford has been at home to Port Broughton and Wokurna football teams, for the last two matches. but the visitors proved too strong on both occasions.
Key Dance.—The key dances pro-moted by the Tennis club, continue to be popular and last Saturday night, a record crowd attended. The winners of the keys were Miss Valda Edwards and Mr Kevin McInerney.
NEWS FROM ALFORD.
Travel Talk.—The Alford School Welfare Club held its monthly meet-ing and the president. Mrs L. Larcombe welcomed all present and introduced Mrs Bevan Heinrich, who gave a most interesting talk on the differences that she had observed between the conditions and the way of living in England and that of Australia. At the conclusion of her talk a vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs L. Millard and seconded by Mrs K. Beaton, and Helen Millard presented Mrs Heinrich with a box of fancy cakes. Others who contributed to the programme were Mrs K. Beaton overture), Girls from the lower grades (song) girls from the upper grades (bracket of songs). A mystery grocery parcel was won by Mrs Max Chtttleborough and a lucky cup was held by Mrs Warren. During afternoon tea. Mrs Bawden made an appeal for the "Save the Children Fund." She was supported by Mrs Heinrich. The hostesses for the afternoon were Mrs K. Gehams, Mrs L. Millard. Mrs C. Pridham. Mrs M. Chittleborough and Mrs L. Larcombe.
Social Afternoon.— A pleasant af-ternoon was conducted by the Metho-dist Guild ladies recently. Mr Jack-son had charge of the programme and gave a very interesting address "God in the Army." Miss Joyce Philbey rendered a solo and the upper grade school girls sang two songs. Compe-titions were won by Mrs Farrow and Mrs Larcombe. A dainty afternoon tea was served.
Sport.—The tennis courts have been top dressed and are now ready for play. Alford cricketers have had two matches.
The School Bus.—The school bus now a familiar sight on the road. It travels right around the district, picking up all the children from the farms with the exception of two families.
NEWS FROM ALFORD
The Alford school break-up and Christmas tree was held in the Alford hall on December 13, when a large crowd enjoyed the concert arranged by Mr and Mrs K. Beaton. The pro-gram opened with an overture by Dawn Philbey followed by a welcome by Judy Beaton in fairy costume. the whole school then assembled on the stage and made an impressive sight as they tendered bright changes.. Gwenthlianne Davies in cow girl outfit and accompanied on the guitar by Miss Roma Moyse, delighted the audience with a yodelling song as did Misses Joyce and Dawn Philbey in the duct "Come to the Lord". The lower grades with Billy Avery as "Peter Rabbit" and Barry Pridham as "Mr McGregor" sang Peter Rabbit, "Hey little hen" was also amusing with John Rogers as the cackling hen. Roars of laughter greeted the "Three old maids of Lee" Dawn Philbey, Pauline aud Mavis Flowers) when they turned to become old and grey. "The Wedding of the Painted Doll" was well received. All the characters in the song being taken by the smaller children. Miss Coralie Rogers entertained well with her elo-cutionary item and the school the band was well to the fore with marching tunes. The upper rade girls in Hawaiian costume sang "Drifting and dreaming" and later dressed as Dut-chies sang "Hey Jolly little Dutchies" beautifully. Bright sketches included "The Dentist" "the Magician," "The Melbourne Cup (complete with a dashing hessian "Buraji") and "Catching a Ghost." Mr Keith Crosby's conjuring tricks were enjoyed by all as also were the bright numbers played the piano-accordian by Mr Crosby and Mr Gordon Rowan and Mr Hugo on the cornet. Dressed as Hawaiians. the old scholars. Misses Roma Moyse, Ada Crosby. Gwen Farrow, Betty and Lela Petherick. Consie Prouse and Valerie Bruce rendered Hawaiian melodies. Lullaby songs with Nola Cross as "Christopher Robin" brought a delightful program to a close. Mrs K. Beaton was accompanist for the whole concert.
Mr Bawden the District inspector, congratulated Mr Beaton on the ex-cellent concert that he had presented and also complimented him on the work that he had done in the school during the year. Mr Bawden then presented the prizes ad the Progress Certificates.
Don Crosby. on behalf of the scholars made a presentation to Mr Beaton of a pair of E.P.N.S. salt and pepper shakers. Mr L Millard also spoke and announced that the Welfare club had purchased a cinema for the school.
Father Christinas was then heralded in with "Jingle Bells'' and gave each child a parcel. The Welfare Club conducted a trading table and a cake was won by Mrs D. March. Dancing brought a happy evening to a close. Prizewinners will appear in next issue.
NEWS FROM ALFORD.
School Picnic.—The school picnic was held under ideal conditions at the Wallaroo North beach recently, and a most enjoyable day was spent by all. Dinner arrangements were in the hands of the Strathneath ladies, the tea arrangements were made by the Alford ladies, while the Pine Forest mothers had charge of the ice-cream, which was distributed to young and old. A sports programme was arranged by Mr K. Beaton (head teacher), and he was assisted by Messrs Ross Mills and J. Crosby (starters). C. Pridham, C. Cross, C. Pearce (judges), and L. Larcombe (pay-master). Following are the results of the races :—Boys 0ver 12—1. Gilbert Davies, 2. Kevin Edwards, 3. Robert Hutchings; Girls over 12— M. Bruce, M. Flowers, R. Willis; boys, 9-11—H. Hutchings. M. Petherick, J. Rogers; girls. 9-11—C. Cross, N. Bruce, J. Kennett; boys, 7-8—J. Larcombe, T. Bruce, J. Flowers; girls, 7-8—B. Chynoweth. M. Petherick, L. Johns; boys under 7—L. Richardson, K. McMahon, K. Flowers; girls under 7—J. Millard, J. Beaton, B. Avery; tiny tots—H. Millard. K. Crosby; three-legged race (boys)—B. Avery and H. Hutchings. G. Davies and M. Petherick, B. Larcombe and M. Bruce; three-legged race (girls)— M. Bruce and M. Flowers. R. Lar-combe and P. Flowers. F. Waters and D. Flowers; wheel-barrow race—B. Larcombe and B. Pridham, G. Davies and M. Petherick, J. Rogers and F. Tully: shoe race—F. Waters, M. Flowers. P. Flowers; broad jump (boys)—G. Davies, R. Hutchings, K. Edwards; sack race—G. Kennett, M. Petherick, K. Edwards; broad jump (girls)—D. Philbey, M. Bruce, R. Willis; small boys broad jump—J. Rogers, N. Brucc, B. Larcombe; sack racc (girls)—H. Hutchings, P. Flowers, M. Flowers; small girls sack race —N. Pearce, J. Kennett, C. Cross.
Cricket.— The Alforod schoolboys journeyed to Port Broughton on Friday last, to play the Port Broughton schoolboys. Scores were:—Port Broughton 99, Alford 68. The Alford team consisted of G. Davies, R. Page, D. Crosby, R. Hutchings, M. Petherick, K. Edwards, N. Bruce, B. Larcombe, T. Bruce, J. Rogers, H. Hutchings, M. Bruce (12th). Mr W. J. Davies kindly transported the boys on his lorry.
Tennis.—The Alford team defeated Moonta and Bute in the semi-finals, but were defeated by Wallaroo in the grand-final.
FUNCTION AT ALFORD
For some weeks working bees have been held on the Alford Methodist church block where a fine Sunday school hall is rapidly taking shape. Construction will steady up for several months as harvest activities approach, but a great deal of work has been done. Nine thousand cement bricks have been made and many of them are well laid. The foundation stone is to be laid at a ceremony next Sunday as part of the church anniversary celebrations. Mr George P. Bruce, one of the early Methodist settlers in the district will perform the ceremony.
Alford already has a number of fine achievements which are a credit to the community. The Methodist hall will be another lasting tribute to a fine spirit of community effort voluntarily given.
TICKERA AND ALFORD METHODIST CHURCHES TO AMALGAMATE.
Because of the changed conditions existing at Tickera, very different from the early days when the church was built, it has been decider to close the Tickera church. Those who until recently have attended there will transfer their loyalties to the Alford Church and Sunday school. A service of thanksgiving for the past record of Methodist witness in the community will be held on Sunday, October 25th, at 3 p.m. Rev. P. J. Phillips will be the preacher. Books will be distributed to the children who have been attending Sunday school in recent years.
BRICKS LAID FOR ALFORD SUNDAY SCHOOL
The building of the new Alford Sunday school hall is progressing satisfactorily. Working bees are or-ganised each Wednesday and the first layer of bricks have now been laid. The young people interested in the Sunday school are working very en-thusiastically to help raise funds.
A very successful Cafe Chantant organised by Mrs Ron Crosby was held recently, it proved a novel en-tertainment and was thoroughly en-joyed by the many patrons. The even-ing consisted of cabaret items given entirely by young people while junior waitresses under the guidance of Miss Consie Prouse kept trading very brisk.
A picture night is arranged for August 7, when Mr Keith Crosby has very generously agreed to show his collection of pictures. Much interest and amusement is obtained by seeing local identities on the screen and Mr Crosby is renowned for his good entertaining. A sweet stall will be organised for interval selling.
Rehearsing is in progress by younger members of the Sunday school for presentation of their ten acts to be applauded by penny votes at an Amateur Hour scheduled for August 21. The Alford ladies choir with others will contribute items while voting is completed.
The cake stall conveners of the forthcoming fair will be represented to sell hot pasties and tea to patrons at interval. It is hoped that the building fund will receive bouyant help as a result of these young people's efforts.
Alford Primary School
Date Range: 1883 - 2004 Inventory of Series Description
Alford Primary School was previously known as Peela Weela School. It opened as a provisional school in 1883 with an enrolment of 18 students and an average annual attendance of 13 students. Mr Charles Moseley Snow was the first teacher and he was appointed on 1st June 1883. The first student to be enrolled at the school on 28th May 1883 was Thomas Robert Heath (born 2nd July 1871) whose grandfather Thomas R. Heath and father Robert A. Heath, built the first school building. The building was completed in 1887. The school became a public school in 1889 and during 1890 a school house was built at Alford at a cost of 684 pounds, 17 shillings and 1 pence. The school house was completed by 26 July 1890 and had school and residence accommodation for 56.
In 1891 the Education Gazette (page 66) incorrectly listed Alford Primary school as having a name change to Bews Primary school, but the name remained as Alford. During 1903 permission was given to the Chess Club to use the education premises.
The Alford School Committee, as it was originally known was formed in 1928. It was elected by the parents of the Alford School. The first meeting of the Alford Welfare Club was held on 31st March 1938.
Further changes occurred with the school as follows:
In 1947 Strathneath school closed and the children were transported to the Alford School in 'Joyce Petherick's' bus.
On 31/01/1958 Tickera township closed and consolidated to Alford.
By 1977 Alford's enrolment was 42 students and 2 staff.
The following entries are found in the school journals written by the head teacher:
1 July 1941 - religious instruction by Rev. Wiseman of Methodist Church to 23 children from 3.10 - 3.40 pm.
20 September 1941 - a mild epidemic of German measles has occurred. Four children excluded during the week. Sewing teacher absent.
7 & 10 June 1949 Mr Inspector Bawden spent one and a half days examining the pupils. Comments very favourable on work being done. Spelling 14 errors out of 30 children and 100% for arithmetic for grades 4, 5, 6 & 7.
17 October 1957 - student hit in mouth with cricket ball thrown by another student. Taken to Kadina for treatment.
It can be seen from the School Committee and Mothers' Welfare Club minutes that the school had parental support in the running of non-curriculum activities. These committee members also provided financial support towards such activities as school camps, the purchase of library books and made arrangements for school photographs.
The final newsletter for Alford Primary school dated 7 December 2004, carried the following message from the principal, Bob Scott:
"Looking back over our closure process, I think we have achieved our intention to close the school in a positive way. To be able to feel as though we've celebrated Alford Primary School's many successes and achievements over its impressive 121 year history and and not to dwell too greatly on the inevitable down-side of the school closure. There have been many uplifting moments throughout the year that have helped serve our intention. The Sports Day win, the Celebration Day and the school concert were highlights that not only celebrated the moment but paid due tribute to the many people of the past. I think that evaluating the enormous tasks tackled over the last 6 months serves as a reminder about how hard working and committed this small school community of 16 families has been towards staying 'great to the end'. I'd like to say that it's been a pleasure working with you all and I think you sincerely for your support and collaboration during my time here at Alford Primary School. Goodbye and farewell."
Contents Date Range Series Date Range Number of Units Public Access Series Id Series Title
1883 - 1969 1883 - 1969 1 Part Open GRS/11418 Inspector`s register - Alford Primary School
1903 - 2004 1903 - 2004 1 Part Open GRS/11412 Admission registers - Alford Primary School
1925 - 1941 1925 - 1941 1 Open GRS/11415 Temperance pledge book - Alford Primary School
1928 - 2004 1928 - 2004 1 Part Open GRS/11416 School Council records - Alford Primary School
1938 - 2004 1938 - 2004 1 Part Open GRS/11425 Parent/Welfare Club minutes - Alford Primary School
1941 - 1995 1941 - 1995 1 Part Open GRS/11414 School journal - Alford Primary School
1952 - 1969 1952 - 1969 1 Restricted GRS/11424 Punishment book - Alford Primary School
1982 - 1983 1982 - 1983 1 Open GRS/11417 Centenary celebrations committee records - Alford Primary School
1983 - 2004 1983 - 2004 1 Open GRS/11411 Publications - Alford Primary School
1985 - 2004 1985 - 2004 1 Restricted GRS/11413 Class photographs - Alford Primary School
1991 - 2004 1991 - 2004 2 Restricted GRS/11426 Principal`s diary - Alford Primary School
1995 - 2004 1995 - 2004 1 Open GRS/11420 Register of hazardous substances - Alford Primary School
1997 - 2004 1997 - 2004 1 Open GRS/11419 Annual reports - Alford Primary School