Home' The Murray Pioneer : Apr 7th 2017 Contents 16 NEWS www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, April 7, 2017
Telephone 8586 4111
All patients over the age of 65 years will be
provided with a vaccination free of charge from
the Health Commission.
All indigenous patients over 15 years will be
provided with a vaccination free of charge from
the Health Commission.
Clinics for these patients ONLY will commence on
Monday 24th April 2017. Bookings are essential.
Appointments taken from Friday 31st March 2017.
For all other patients aged 64 years and under, clinics
will commence on Monday 8th May 2017. Bookings
are essential and appointments taken from Tuesday
18th April 2017
Consent forms for vaccinations must be collected
prior, completed and brought with you when you
attend the appointment.
PLEASE BRING YOUR MEDICARE CARD
TO THE APPOINTMENT
Breakfast BBQ located out front of building
Saturday 29th April 2017
8am to 2pm
Barwell Ave, Barmera
To book a spot for $25 or for
further details, please call
Tracey on 0439 227 800
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Riverland Youth Theatre
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, 27th April 2017
6.30pm at the Renmark Institute
54 Ral Ral Avenue
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or 85863437
RYT offers children and young people aged
5 -26 across the Riverland relevant and high quality
performing arts experiences
CHANGE OF MEETING DATE
Notice is given that at a meeting of Council
held on March 28th, 2017 the Council Meeting
scheduled to be held in April 2017 was altered
and the following will now apply
Date of Meeting: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Meeting Place: Council Chamber, Wilson
Commencement Time: 5.45pm
- David Beaton
Chief Executive Officer
“ Building a Better Community”
Industry sailing down memory lane
THE Renmark-based ps Industry will
steam to the site of the Woolenook Bend
World War II Internment Camp next
month to commemorate 75 years since it
opened to internees.
The paddle steamer will make the
19km journey to the Woolenook Camp
which housed Japanese internees for three
years during World War II.
Japanese internees from the Loveday
Internment Camp cut wood at Woolenook
for the Renmark number one pump-
ing station. The internment camp at
Woolenook held up to 264 people at one
point in 1945.
The ps Industry will leave Renmark at
10am on Sunday, May 7 to arrive at the
internment camp by midday, when pas-
sengers will be taken on a guided tour of
Trevor Reed will be speaking about the
history of the camp, and his father’s asso-
ciation with the facility through his pad-
dle steamers Milang, Kelvin and Ulonga.
Bookings can be made at the Renmark
Visitor Information Centre from
LOOKING BACK - AN IMAGE FROM YESTERYEAR
MARGARET Ella Chaffey (nee
English) was born into a wealthy family
in Toronto, Canada, in 1860.
She started school at age nine but
could read long before that. At age 11
she attended a school in Lausanne,
Switzerland, with private tutoring in
In her teens she spent summers in
Italy with a consumptive uncle and was
tutored in Italian. She also attended
school in Carlsruhe and became profi-
cient in German.
In 1875 Ella and her sister were at
school in Paris where she hoped to get
her Teachers’ First Matriculation at the
Sorbonne, however was diagnosed with
TB and returned to Canada “to die”.
She recovered and from 1879-80 she
attended a ladies academy which had
been attended by her mother.
This well-travelled, intelligent and
multilingual lady may have appeared
quite daunting to some of the English
women of high status in Renmark who
were only brought up to have needle-
point, painting, some French and social
skills which enabled them to make good
Ella’s family had moved frequently
wintering in Florida and California –
and it was in the latter that they met the
Within 10 days of meeting Ella in
1884, Charles had proposed. Ella was
23 years of age and after an 18-month
engagement the couple married just
before Charles’ brothers departed from
California to their new Australian ven-
Ella and Charles established a lemon
orchard and their first child was born in
In 1887 Charles was summoned
by his brothers to go to Australia. He
returned to California to bring pregnant
Ella and their infant to their new home.
Ella, then aged 28, had her baby in
Adelaide and in January 1888, accom-
panied by servants, travelled by train
and paddle steamer to Renmark.
Her new home (Olivewood) was
unfinished and they stayed in the old
Paringa Station homestead.
Ella had remarkable recall of her
earliest years and at age 79 she wrote
Seven Decades – an unpublished work
of 119 pages – about her entire life,
beginning at age four.
Some of her reminiscences are also
to be found in her brother-in-law’s
biography The Life of George Chaffey.
She was a skilled writer and her writing
brings to life those exciting days of the
new Renmark irrigation settlement as
Ella would have stood out as a tallish
woman, with a foreign accent and high-
ly intelligent, and presumably American
fashions would have been different to
those of Australia.
By all accounts she was liked and
respected. She went through a great
many servants, but not through any fault
of hers. It was rather that they left to get
married, as there was a large imbalance
of the sexes in those early years.
Three of those maids named their
children ‘Ella’ after their mistress. At
Olivewood there is an inscribed bible
from Ella to her nursemaid Jane Burton
on the occasion of her 14th birthday.
Her first shopping was done on
the paddlesteamer Queen – a floating
department store. The butcher called
weekly and she wrote of the pleasure
the family and their friends experienced
eating their first fruit, which was a crop
Ella was mistress of Olivewood
estate and husband Charles was the
manager of the Renmark Company and
as such she would have occupied ‘first
Many important dignitaries, politi-
cians, bishops and venerable archdea-
cons were entertained at Olivewood.
The household had staff of a cook,
two maidservants and a governess until
the children were old enough to go
to boarding school in Adelaide. This
allowed Ella time to spend writing
children’s novels; her first published
in 1896 was titled The Youngsters of
To be continued...
Margaret ‘Ella’ Chaffey, Renmark’s first lady
Ella Chaffey aged 75 in Canada, 1935.
Closing the vaccination gap in South Australia
THE number of South Australian
Aboriginal children who are fully
immunised is growing, recent data has
Released following national Close
the Gap Day recently, the data shows an
improvement of up to almost 20 per cent
of Aboriginal children fully immunised
Close the Gap Day raises awareness
of the life expectancy gap between indig-
enous and non-indigenous communities
in Australia and actions to achieve indig-
enous health equality by 2030.
SA Health’s deputy chief medical
officer Dr Nicola Spurrier said the num-
ber of Aboriginal children who are fully
immunised has steadily improved for all
age groups in recent years.
“Since 2013, we have seen marked
improvement in the number of Aboriginal
children across SA who are fully
immunised according to the National
Immunisation Program Schedule,” Dr
“In 2013 only 77.5 per cent of
Aboriginal children were fully vaccinated
in the 12 to 15 months age group.
“By 2016, that number had significant-
ly increased to 92.3 per cent of Aboriginal
children fully vaccinated in the 12 to 15
months age group, with Aboriginal fami-
lies fully embracing this important pre-
“While ideally we would like to see all
children vaccinated, the increasing immu-
nisation coverage in Aboriginal children
is very encouraging.”
with their mother
soaking up the
on Ral Ral
The Riverland is
heading for a top
of 31C today and
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