Home' Plains Producer : Plains Producer October 1, 2014 Contents BLANCHE Ivy Gilchrist
was born at Riverton on Octo-
ber 4, 1925, the second child
of Stanley and Beatrice Wait.
She had an older brother,
Ken, and they travelled to
Rhynie school together on
horse and cart.
Blanche’s mother died at
a young age, leaving Stanley
to bring up the children alone.
The family moved to
Balaklava, and after Blanche
left school, she worked first
at the dentist, and then as a
shop assistant at Diekmans
Blanche stayed there for her
whole working life, and was
so good at her job, she knew
everyone’s clothing size, style,
likes and dislikes, the minute
they walked into the shop!
She met Brian Gilchrist,
and they married at the end
They bought a home in
Edith Terrace, Balaklava, and
later had three children, Peter,
Beverley and Carol (now
The family enjoyed
annual holidays to Yorke
Peninsula, and while not a
fisherwoman or swimmer,
Blanche was known as an
excellent fish filleter.
Blanche was introduced
to croquet by her mother-in-
law, Florence, and the sport
became a prominent and
enjoyable part of her life.
She played in competi-
tions and tournament both
locally and at other clubs.
She was awarded
life membership of the
Balaklava Croquet club,
and in 2005, was awarded a
Sports Achievement award
from the Minister of Sport
for 45 years of service to
the croquet club.
Blanche cared for Brian
when he was diagnosed with
cancer, and after he passed
away in 1993, Blanche contin-
ued living in the family home.
She loved having visits
from friends, family, grand-
children and great grand
Being a social butterfly,
Blanche enjoyed travel with
friends on interstate bus trips,
and also enjoyed playing
Bridge, at least twice a week.
She loved cooking, and was
well known for her brandy
snaps, cream puffs and apple
Her grandchildren always
enjoyed raiding the full biscuit
barrel and helped Blanche eat
her favourite sweet - chocolate!
When she could no longer
care for herself, Blanche
moved into Ira Parker nurs-
ing home, where she was well
cared for until she passed away
on September 10, 2014.
Plains Producer, Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Families in Wakefield will be
among the hardest hit by Tony
Abbott’s double hit on the sick. The
combination of Tony Abbott’s new
GP tax and his medicines price hike
mean sick Australians will pay more.
Health Department figures obtained
by Labor have revealed the GP
Tax and medicine price hikes will
cost sick Australians in Wakefield
$39,920,825 more over the next four
Tony Abbott promised the Australian
people ‘no cuts to health’ before the
election. He also promised families in
Wakefield that he was ‘about getting
rid of taxes, not imposing new taxes’.
Tony Abbott broke that promise when
he cut more than $50 billion from
hospitals and hit sick Australians with
Tony Abbott also wants to force
sick Australians to pay an extra $1.2
billion for medicines over the next
four years. For patients in Wakefield,
it will mean paying 15 per cent more
for prescription medicines.
The combination of the new GP tax
and the medicines price hike will cost
every single person in Wakefield an
average of $262 annually. A cruel and
heartless hit on those in Wakefield
that can least afford it; the sick and
The Abbott Government‘s GP Tax will
also put more pressure on Australia’s
hospital system and lead to much
worse health outcomes. The GP
Tax and hospital cuts will increase
emergency department waiting times
and reduce the number of hospital
beds across Wakefield.
The attack on Medicare is yet another
example of the Prime Minister’s
twisted budget priorities.
Families in Wakefield who are already
struggling to make ends meet cannot
afford to pay to take their sick child
or elderly parent to the doctor, or pay
higher prices for essential medicines.
Labor is the only party that can
be trusted with Australia’s health
system and we will fight any attempt
to dismantle universal healthcare in
ON THE SICK IN
SOME very excited local
primary school children took
part in the Festival of Music
program at the Festival Theatre
in Adelaide last week.
Students from Mallala and
Balaklava primary schools had
been rehearsing for months in
the school-based music educa-
tion program, culminating in
performances in the combined
mass choir, dance troupe, or-
chestra, as a soloist or compere.
About 6000 children per-
formed in total, in 12 concerts
each night over the week, to
crowds of about 2000.
Both Balaklava and Mallala
primary schools had students
in the combined mass Festival
Choir last Wednesday, with
some students having some very
special individual roles.
Balaklava’s Kate Heaslip
sang a challenging solo in “Ease
on Down the Road” with the
combined choir, while also skip-
ping onto the middle of the stage.
The children had a great view
from the top row of the stage -
lucky number 13!
After spending a term
writing scripts and attending
rehearsals, Mallala year seven
students, April Schupelius and
Jacinta Cocks, had the experi-
ence of a lifetime, compering
an evening of songs sung by
a choir of 450 children last
The girls introduced each
song and performer, and ensured
the evening went smoothly.
Balaklava High school year
8 student, Olivia McColl also
performed with the orchestra,
playing her clarinet in a number
Students and staff enjoyed
catching up with entrants from
the recent Balaklava Eistedd-
fod, including Leah Harford
vocal,Marco Callisto piano and
the Urbrae Agricultural College
Jazz Combo Band led byAdrian
PICTURED at the recent Festival of Music are Balaklava Primary School’s (back, from left) Bronny Cottle, Tamika,
Kate, Madeleine, Tahneil, Abbey, Tyler (third row) Harry, Sianna, Chloe, Emma, Olivia, Kristine, (second row) Charli,
Emily, Makayla, Charlie, Kathleen and (front) Jasmine.
Blanche Ivy Gilchrist
Oct 4, 1925 to Sep 10, 2014
Blanche a local croquet crusader
Students make a song
and dance at festival
ENJOYING the Festival of Music recently are April
Schupelius and Jacinta Cocks.
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