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Local sporting couple’s SA legacy
JIM Clucas was an exceptional
sportsman. His sporting abilities
were recognised early when he
attended St Peter’s College: first 18
football team, first XI cricket team
and the athletics team.
James Clucas (Jim) was born in
Adelaide 1895, the son of stockbro-
ker Evan Clucas who had emigrated
to SA in 1882 from the Isle of Man
UK. Jim was a World War I veteran
of the 8th Field Artillery Brigade
enlisting in Adelaide in 1915 and
returning to SA in 1919. In 1920 he
married Edith, born 1896, daughter
of farmer Frank Ifould and wife
Maud, of One Tree Hill.
Soon after marrying, the couple
moved to Renmark and in 1922
their only child Frank was born. Jim
and Edith had become involved in
the community’s sporting activities
and Jim helped establish the first
golf club. He became its first captain
and was the first to win the Upper
Murray Championship. Edith was
also a fine golfer and horsewoman.
However, it was cricket in which
Jim excelled and his became a well-
known name in cricketing circles.
In 1925 it was largely due to Jim
Clucas’s efforts that the Renmark
team took the Meyer Shield during
Country Cricket Week.
The Advertiser reported that
Clucas “made some great scores,
and was easily the best bat of the
carnival. Undoubtedly with more
practice on the turf, he would be
a candidate for state honours, and
what is more, he is an entertaining
man to watch when properly going”.
The Clucas family moved to One
Tree Hill in 1932 but not before
both the local golf club and cricket
club had given Jim presentation din-
ners and handsome gifts.
On this occasion golf club presi-
dent ‘Pat’ Evans said of Jim that he
“had at all times been one of the
foremost, best and most cheerful
of sportsmen. He played the game
as all like to see it played – with a
sporting spirit. At golf and cricket
he excelled, and once at least at
bowls he had vanquished the old
Jim and Edith’s son Frank – who
had attended Renmark West Primary
School – enlisted in World War II
as soon as he was of age and served
as a member of the 428 Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force before
he was shot down – aged 21 – over
Frankfurt, Germany in 1943.
His father Jim, aged 47, had
enlisted in 1942 at Gawler in the
10th Battalion Volunteer Defence
In 1956 The Advertiser reported
on Jim’s retirement from cricket at
the age of 63 and the sports writer
recalled that “fifteen-year-old Jim
Clucas, for One Tree Hill, scored
a glorious 115 in his first A grade
cricket match. Nearly 50 years later
he nonchalantly carried his bat to
end his A grade career with 113 not
Jim and Edith Clucas made a
joint decision to leave most of
their estate to charities and one of
the largest beneficiaries was the
Royal Flying Doctors Service who
received $415,000 in 1992 after
This enabled the RFDS to cover
half the cost of a new aircraft which
was purchased in 1994 to service
areas which included the Riverland.
(Jim had died in 1990 aged 95).
The Renmark and Paringa
Nursing Home was another
beneficiary and received $50,000
which funded upgrades and
extensions to the nursing home.
This couple – who had resided
12 years in the Renmark district
left a lasting legacy to the
Renmark community and to rural
communities in this state.
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Edith and Jim Clucas, pictured in 1953.
Michaela makes her mark in SA
A RENMARK woman is among
those vying for a leadership
award as part of the Channel 9
Young Achiever Awards.
Michaela Geyer was nominat-
ed for the Scouts SA Leadership
Award, one of 10 categories
in the awards.
The awards aim to encourage,
reward and promote the positive
achievements of young South
Australians up to and including
29 years old.
Nominations for the awards
close next Tuesday, January 24.
Judging will take place on
Thursday, March 16, with final-
ists presented and winners
announced at an awards gala
presentation dinner in Adelaide
on Friday, April 28.
Language lessons for local youth
APPROXIMATELY 30,000 preschoolers are
expected to participate in a program designed to
enhance their early language skills, according to the
Member for Barker Tony Pasin has urged local
preschools and childcare centres to register for
the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA)
“Learning a foreign language doesn’t just give
children the gift of the gab, it can boost other vital
skills like problem solving and their literacy in
English,” he said.
“Even where young students may not continue
into school with the language they learned in
preschool, research indicates that they will enjoy
real cognitive and developmental benefits from
learning another language in their earliest years.”
Mr Pasin said languages on offer include Arabic,
French, Indonesian or Italian, as part of the national
program, but warned time was running out.
“We have a range of tools in place to help
services roll out the ELLA program but they need to
register by Sunday, February 26 this year,” he said.
“Parents and families should get in touch with
their preschool or child care service and ask them to
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