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A local RSL
branch is holding a
ner to honour those
who fought in World
War I, which began
100 years ago.
sub branch commit-
tee member Jim Rolfe
invited all community
members to attend the
evening on Friday,
August 1, which would
be a respectful tribute
to the soldiers of the
World War I.
“It is just to respect
what happened and be
thankful that we won,”
“It’s to acknowledge
what those people have
done, both men and
women, in the conflicts
that we’ve had right up
to present day.”
Mr Rolfe said the
Riverland had a strong
connection to veterans.
is fairly steeped in
history,” he said.
“(After World War
I) the (State) Govern-
ment was offering par-
cels of land to returned
soldiers. I think it was
25 acres to set up fruit
blocks (in the River-
“The club house has
a huge picture of the
late Albert Whitmore,
the state’s last surviving
World War I veteran,
who had a state funeral
in Barmera in 2004.”
Mr Rolfe said more
events would be held to
mark upcoming mile-
stones of World War I,
including the landing
“I think the River-
land is very attuned to
this,” he said.
“I’ve gone to the
dawn service for the
last 20 years and
the numbers are just
increasing every year,
including more young
people. Gee, it’s good
Mr Rolfe said the
rative dinner would
include a three-course
meal and speeches
from veterans at the
recently renovated Bar-
mera RSL club.
Tickets are $18. For
more information or
to book a place please
call Val Scobie today
on 8588 1170.
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By HEATHER EVERINGHAM
Daly’s Cutting takes its
name from James Neville
Daly, who lived on Goat
An extension of the Paringa
Paddock, Goat Island is where
Daly lived long before Renmark
came into being.
In 1920 the former member of
the Royal Irish Life Guards was
aged 83, stood six foot in height
and weighed 14 stone. This elder-
ly man with his erect bearing and
long beard was familiarly known
as ‘governor’ and he was present
in 1887 when the survey party
arrived at Renmark.
Hugh Oldham was in charge
and hired Daly, who had done
survey field work in Queensland
and been involved in opening up
towns in northern SA. The first
town peg was driven in by Daly
and a young man named Byron
Who actually held the peg and
who drove it into the ground is
a story which has been printed
many times, though the roles
of the men are interchangeable
depending on who was telling the
For many years Daly was the
town’s oldest identity and had
many friends, but by 1920 he was
quite frail and left the district for
a home for the aged in Adelaide.
In 1922 he returned to Renmark
saying that the “little sisters” had
treated him splendidly but at 84
he was “too old to go to church
in the morning while the stars are
He returned to his camp-
ing spot on Goat Island where
he collapsed in 1923 and after
recovering in the Renmark Hos-
pital made his final journey to the
city. He died in 1927 aged 90 in a
nursing home at Glen Osmond.
The event of Daly’s Cutting
saved riverboats time by not hav-
ing to negotiate the large loop of
the original river course. In the
days before close settlement the
Paringa Paddock was noted for its
excellent water and grasses and
used as a depot for wild horses
caught on Chowilla and Calpe-
Robert Robertson in 1870 put
200 head in this sheltered, tim-
bered bend before driving them
The old Paringa Road ran
through the Paringa Paddock and
was always inundated during
times of flood and high water. It
was not until the early 1960s that
the present causeway road was
constructed from 18th Street to
the Paringa Bridge.
In 1958 The Murray Pioneer
editor reminded readers that the
Paringa Paddock was “an invalu-
able if forgotten asset” which was
“sadly neglected and shockingly
At this time the paddock was
used for grazing stock and the
wonderful regrowth as a result
of the 1956 Flood was being lost
Investigations are currently
under way to test the viability of
rehabilitating areas of the Paringa
Paddock wetland by increasing
water flow to mimic the former
natural flood inundation cycle.
LOOKING BACK - AN IMAGE FROM YESTERYEAR
‘Governor’ of Goat Island
Daly’s Cutting under construction, near Renmark, in 1900.
Dinner to mark WWI milestone
PHOTO: Will Slee
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