Home' The Murray Pioneer : December 5th 2014 Contents 16 NEWS www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, December 5, 2014
Water Traffic Restrictions
Saturday 6 December and
Sunday 7 December 2014
Notice is given that pursuant to Section 26 of the
Harbors and Navigation Act 1993, The Department
of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
has granted an Aquatic Activity Licence to the Berri
Rowing Club Inc. to conduct a rowing regatta on an
area of water at Berri as follows:
From the Berri Bridge, downstream for 2500 metres.
A corridor will be maintained on the south side of the
river for the full length of the licensed area.
For safety reasons, vessels and persons other than
those participating in the events are prohibited from
entering the above area of water between the hours
of 8.00am to 6.15pm on Saturday 6 December and
between the hours of 7.00am to 5.00pm on Sunday
7 December, 2014.
Berri Rowing Club Incorporated
The River Gems Branch of the SA CWA would like to
thank the following businesses and individuals for
their support of our fund raising High Tea held on
Sunday 18 October:
• Malcolm and Lorna Rogers of Renmark for
providing their spectacular garden as our venue for
the second year in a row • Huon Salmon, Tasmania
• Charcoal Chickens, Renmark • Retailink, Adelaide
• Pollys Fruit Juice, Loxton • Café Sia, Gawler
• Such Salon, Renmark • Radio 5RM and Magic 931,
Berri • ABC Radio • Vintage High Tea Hire, Adelaide
• Coles, Berri • Members of the River Gems CWA,
friends and family.
Without your generous support it would not be the
success that it has been. We are very grateful to all
who have supported us.
The Ordinary meeting of Council
scheduled for the
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
will now be held on
Tuesday 16th December 2014
commencing at 7pm.
Items for the Agenda for this
meeting close at 5pm on Monday 8th
Chief Executive Officer
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with Robyn McIntosh
ON Saturday, November 15, it was both
an honour and a privilege to be able to
sit in the studio of OzCMR and 1611AM
to witness Max Thorburn delivering his
special 50th anniversary broadcast.
Included in this nostalgic program
was an interview that Max recorded with
Marty Robbins, a segment from one
of his shows on the pirate station 5BE
Belgrave in 1964, and another from his
1965 Colac morning show Milking with
The variety of songs selected was also
quite special, and it included Marty’s El
Paso, which was – and still is – one of
The January Cap News will have a full
coverage of his story, as it wasn’t possible
to fit it all in this column.
I first met Max at Mildura’s Olympic
Park Speedway, some 30 years ago, when
he was in the pits reporting for his news-
paper, The Mildura Independent, which is
(At that stage I was a speedway pho-
tographer at Olympic Park, spending the
night on the infield. This time in my life
still holding precious memories for me,
with friendships that have remained.)
Winners of the 2014 Gidgee Coal
Awards are Female Vocal: Kylie Castle
A Settler’s Wife; Male Vocal: Reg
Poole – Super 8; Duo: Ashley Cook
& Brian Young – Ships of the Desert;
Comedy: Pete Smith – Smithy & The
Flying Emu; Album: Graham Rodger
Dust & Leather; Instrumental: Terry
Bennetts – Somewhere Along The Track;
Songwriting: /K & M Dixon/Johnny
Greenwood – Old Horsemen Like Me;
New Talent: Rex Baldwin – Oakvale;
Encouragement Award: Bruce Lavender.
Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Legends
Award was presented to Kelly and
After spending the past 20 years as gen-
eral manager of Rural Press Events (RPE),
Barry Harley, a man whose career has
paralleled the history of the Country
Music Festival, has decided to take up a
plum council role.
RPE is not only involved with the pub-
lication of Country Music Capital News
(Cap News), but also with Ag Quip field
days and other events, but Barry has really
made a mark on the country music indus-
try, where he is held in high esteem by all.
The Tamworth 2013 Business Leader of
the Year, Barry began with the festival as a
humble stage design artist for the Golden
Guitar Awards in the mid ’70s, a job he
handled very well.
Barry has been recruited to start as
country music manager at Tamworth
Regional Council, in late January 2015.
First published in 1996 by Pan
Macmillan, the autobiography of Slim
Dusty’s life, Slim: Another Day Another
To w n, has been republished by Hachette
Australia, with a new cover photo.
It is a very interesting read, taking
you through Slim’s life from when he
was a youngster, and would make a good
With so many new releases again this
year, a CD or two makes a great Christmas
present, so why not spoil a loved one, and
help our Aussie artists.
One of my special friends and fellow
scribe, Anna Rose has been busy writing
stories for Tamworth’s Official Gig Guide.
She has also been editing stories that
have been sent in for the publication.
Anna is one of those people who does a
lot for country music, a lot of which the
general public don’t realise. Nothing is too
I am hoping that she gets to relax over
the Christmas/New Year period, as she
goes non-stop during the festival, and will
need time out to recharge her body bat-
Tickets are on sale next week for The
1989 World Tour show that Taylor Swift
is bringing to Australia in 2015 to promote
her new album 1989.
The Adelaide show is on December 7,
with her support act Vance Joy.
Kasey Chambers will headline the
opening concert at the Tamworth festival
in January, after having to take an
enforced break from singing on doctor’s
Radio legend Max Thorburn celebrates 50 years behind the mic
LOOKING BACK - AN IMAGE FROM YESTERYEAR
Canoes and coffins
NORMAN Farmer, born in Kensington,
Adelaide in 1895, was one of eight
children of Thomas Alfred Farmer and
his wife Eliza nee Fyffe.
Thomas was a cabinet maker and
placed his sixth son Norman in an
apprenticeship with furniture makers
Pengilleys in Adelaide. Norman later
specialised in intricate work on pianos at
Wertheims in Melbourne; manufactur-
ers of upright pianos between 1908 and
He was also employed doing fine
cabinet work in the phonograph depart-
ment of Macrows (before television was
invented, phonograph cabinets had pride
of place in the parlour).
David Turnbull, of Paringa, recalls
Norman as being a modest, quiet man
of slight build who in the 1950s lived
on a 30-foot launch moored behind
the Anglican rectory in James Avenue,
David and his friend John Rooney
regarded themselves as privileged to
have been taught by Norman to sail and
row the ‘Titania’ (pictured above).
This craft is 14 feet 3 inches long, 4
feet 3 inches in beam and could carry
Norman built it in 1940, cat rigged
and of carvel design (plank on plank
with oakum corking).
It has copper and brass fittings and
is of Oregon timber, with some work in
maple, oak and white cedar. Its name
was taken from a famous tea clipper
which “like all tea clippers displayed an
abundance of polished brass”.
Norman took a great interest in sea
vessels and in 1936, when the Renmark
Show was revived after a recess of five
years, Norman exhibited an “exquisite”
model of the famous clipper ‘Cutty
Norman was versatile in his work; he
was employed by undertakers Arthur
Matulick and later Frank Trigg to French
polish their coffins and by carpenter
Alfred Pearce on 17th Street who did
In 1938 he designed and completed
the installation of oak panels in St
Augustine’s Church, Renmark, in
memory of Archdeacon Bussell, who
in earlier times had ministered to river
folk from the mission boat ps Etona. In
1938 Norman Farmer was the convenor
of the arts and crafts section of the
In 1931 Norman had exhibited a
12-foot canoe at the Renmark Show.
The canoe was of American design,
made of New Zealand kauri with ribs of
Both ends ‘turned up’ in the style of
North American canoes. It had single
blade paddles made of silver spruce; a
light and strong American timber.
He had also made one for Mr Gibson,
In 2009 Bob Humphries, of Goolwa,
presented the Renmark Paringa
Council with the boat Titania. It was
in pieces and handed to the Renmark
Woodworkers group who completed its
restoration with four men working on it
for one month.
It came with original full sails and
complete rigging. Today Titania is on
display at Olivewood along with another
model which is also the handiwork of
The ps Colonel model was made by
Norman in the early 1950s and in 1954
was presented by Grace Wilkinson, of
Wilkadene, to the new Infant School in
The measurements were calculated in
proportion by visiting the vessel, then a
hulk, lying slightly upriver of the wharf
across the river. On these trips he was
accompanied by Captain William Drage
who was able to provide many details of
the steamer which he had operated on
the Edwards, Murrumbidgee, Darling
and Murray Rivers.
Norman Farmer was unmarried and
died in 1974 in Renmark aged 79 years.
Sailing boat Titania made in 1940,
Olivewood museum, Renmark.
LOCALS may notice planes
flying low and in uncommon
patterns this month as safety
checks are carried out at
The airport is one of 16
flight path checks required
by the Civil Aviation Safety
The checks will be car-
ried out between Wednesday,
December 10 and Monday,
December 15, and include a
series of low-level flights – as
low as several hundred feet –
within an area of up to 35km
from Renmark Airport.
The flights will check that
navigation aids are operational
with no interference, as well as
looking for and marking any
flight path obstacles such as
towers, trees or buildings.
CASA said locals may
notice planes flying in uncom-
mon patterns while potential
obstacles are checked and
A twin-engine Cessna
Conquest aircraft will be used
to carry out the checks, which
will be completed by aviation
service providers Corporate
Air on behalf of CASA.
Safety checks at Renmark Airport
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