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PICK UP LINES!
Blame game with names
Get well Robert
find Louise on
with Louise MichaeL
Religious “pick-up line”: Are you religious? Because you’re the answer to all of my prayers.
FORMER Balaklava resident
and musician, Robert Dunn, who
now lives in Sydney, has called me
each year for a couple of years, to
have a chat and reminisce about
his time here.
He was friendly with current
resident, Arthur Diercks’ brother,
so I gave him Arthur’s phone
number and he called him for a
chat. However, as the result of a
fall while going on his daily walk,
Robert, 98, is now seriously ill and
has been placed in care.
His last visit to Balak
was for the High School
reunion some years ago.
As Robert is an avid
reader of the Plains
Producer, as was his late
sister, Vivienne Brown,
who passed away on
November 9, 2013, at
the age of 95, I wish
Robert all the best for
60 YEARS OF MALLALA REUNIONS – WHO DO YOU KNOW?
Like the town of Owen, Port
Parham is also holding a Straw-
berry Fete, to be held on Sunday,
February 23 from 10am to 4pm
in the Port Parham Social Club.
There will be lots of entertain-
ment during the day, and stalls
available where you can buy hand
made crafts, sweets, cakes, plants,
Morning and afternoon teas
and lunch are available, as are of
course, delicious fresh scones,
topped with strawberry jam and
cream, or strawberries with cream
and ice cream. Yum yum.
WE’VE spoken about quirky
family names recently, and another
unique situation has come to my
Balaklava and former Port
Wakefield local and Balco boss,
Rob Lawson, is married to Julie.
The tricky part about this is,
Rob’s older brother, Kym, is also
married to a Julie.
To add to the confusion, at one
stage they even lived in the same
street in Port Wakefield.
Kym and Julie now live in Ad-
elaide, and their two children are
But would you believe this?
Their son Craig, married, yes,
you guessed it, another Julie!
And their daughter Joanne, mar-
ried a Kym.
Rob and Julie’s son, Thomas,
has been instructed NOT to marry
anyone named Julie. Good idea.
Nice one, Butts
It’s almost time for the Speedos
to come out, with Balaklava swim-
ming pool’s triathlon scheduled for
Sunday, March 2, so keep this date
free, and start your fitness regime.
In preparation for this, apparently
Peter Butterfield has been trying on
different styles of bathers while he’s
been on holidays.
There’s a new resident in town!
Former Australian Defence Force
member, Craig Hanson, was dis-
charged from the ADF in November
last year as a result of serious wounds
and other disabilities suffered while
on deployment in Afghanistan.
He was badly wounded when an
armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) in
which he was a passenger was ex-
tensively damaged by an improvised
explosive device (IED).
At the time, Craig was a sergeant,
commanding the battalion sniper
section. Due to his extensive injuries,
Craig will be unable to work at any
time in the future, but is determined
to be as independent and as self-
supporting as possible.
Craig has recently moved to a
small property at Two Wells, and to
help him maintain the grounds, he
requires a ride-on mower.
To assist him with this, a group of
ex-service organisations, including
Vietnam Veteran’s Association, are
currently in the process of raising
funds to enable Craig to purchase
his own ride on mower.
Fundraising and campaigning is
being done by the Vietnam Veteran’s
Association and other ex-service
organisations, with assistance from
Football commentator and Viet-
nam veteran, Graham Cornes, is also
supporting the cause for Craig and
will be a special guest at a fundraiser
at Linden Park RSL tomorrow (Fri-
day) at 4:30pm.
n A local mum was pick-
ing up her son’s tennis racquet
from a sports shop after getting
She asked the shop assistant
for a “vibrator” for the strings.
Initially in “Shell” shock,
then in hysterics, the assistant
said, “We don’t sell those here.”
What mum meant, was a
EVERYONE has a twin, some-
With the Australian Tennis
Open just over, it’s hard not to
notice the similarity of Halbury
lad, James Speissegger, (minus the
headband) and the Spanish tennis
star with a wedgie, Rafael Nadal.
Both great sportsmen, but I’m
not sure if James can play tennis?
THIS year marks the 60th an-
niversary of the annual Mallala
The event will be held on
Sunday, February 9 at 2pm at St
Helen’s Park in Prospect (near
bus stop 9.)
Former Mallala resident and
primary school student, David
Pym, will open the event.
Local’s might remember Da-
vid’s father, Alec, who owned the
Mallala hardware store years ago.
After leaving school, David
joined the ANZ Bank and also
served a tour in Vietnam.
After his tour, he returned to
the bank and had a distinguished
career, but has now retired and
lives in Victoria.
The reunion was the brainchild
of the late Allan Turner, so it was
only fitting his daughter, Effie
Baker, and grandson Paul Baker,
should cut the anniversary cake.
• Just to refresh your memory,
here’s a school photo of students
in Years 5-7 taken around 1953,
with David in the middle row,
second from right.
But can you recognise any other
I’ll help you. Back row – fifth
boy from the right, is Bill Ma-
honey. Middle row – fifth girl from
the left is Bev Reid, now Roney.
And can’t we see the resem-
blance of Bill and his grandson,
former Owen lad, Jared Pratt!
It’s been a bit hot and quiet
in Owen over the holidays, but
locals are preparing for the
Strawberry Fete on Saturday,
They are hoping the hot
weather hasn’t burnt off too
many strawberry plants prior to
the event or it will have to be
renamed Strawberry Fate!
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