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10 - 12 OCTOBER 2014
All former and current residents of the
Brown’s Well District and surrounding towns are invited
to join in for a weekend of celebrations
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From it beginnings as a
few friends talking about
organising a school reunion,
the Brown’s Well Centenary of
Towns celebrations has grown
into an action-packed three-
day event, with people from
across the country taking part.
Organising committee secretary Deb
Petch said the group started planning
the event in February, 2012, and were
“overwhelmed” by the response they
“It was going to be a Paruna
celebration and we then realised
it wasn’t just us, it was the whole
Brown’s Well area,” she said
“We then called a meeting and have
been working as a committee since.”
Mrs Petch said while they were
hearing from people every day,
over 100 people from across South
Australia and interstate had already
registered for the event on October
“We are encouraging people to
preregister and prepay. However, if
they cannot, they can just let us know
that they are coming and that would
be great,” she said.
Mrs Petch said many of the people
arriving for the event had strong
connections and happy memories of
the railway, farming life and schools in
“We have several former
headmasters and council clerks
returning,” she said.
“People who left the area many
years are are also returning, to see
the changes and reacquaint with old
“Some of these had parents on
farms who have passed away and want
to come back to see the towns and
maybe even the farms that they grew
up on, or where their parents and
Mrs Petch is encouraging people to
head along and said she could “almost
guarantee” that there would be a
familiar face at the celebrations.
“For me, there will be former school
friends coming back, with many that I
have not seen for years, which is really
good,” she said.
Mrs Petch said there would be
a large focus on story telling and
memory sharing at the celebrations on
the Saturday night.
“We will be holding interviews on
stage and interviewing people with
age ranges from over 80-years-old to a
12-year-old who presently lives in the
area,” she said.
“We will be asking them to share
their memories of living in the area.”
Mrs Petch said she has fond
memories from her schooling life and
growing up in the Brown’s Well area,
many of which are cherished.
“I remember our lunches coming up
in a Kombi van,” she said.
Mrs Petch said there were also
many memories that were “less than
fond” and would no doubt be shared
by other Mallee residents.
who does not enjoy the taste of plain
milk – a result of drinking milk that
was usually warm, being delivered
to the school from Loxton to Brown’s
Well,” she said.
The event will kick off on Friday,
October 10, with registrations at the
Brown’s Well clubrooms and tea will
Mrs Petch said many people had
elected to camp at the Paruna Golf
Club and would need a “good night’s
sleep” before a big day on Saturday.
Former local Anthony ‘Lehmo’
Lehmann is a special guest for the
Saturday night celebrations and will
recall memories of his time growing up
on the family farm at Peebinga.
Breakfast will be available from the
clubrooms, before the lifting of a time
capsule at Meribah.
The next stop is Butcher’s Soak and
the unveiling of an obelisk, before
travelling back to Paruna after lunch
for the reveal of a second obelisk.
After a night of entertainment
on Saturday, a thanksgiving service
will be held at Alawoona on Sunday
morning, followed by the unveiling of
a commemorative plaque.
There will also be displays set up
at the Brown’s Well Football Club for
viewing throughout the weekend.
Mrs Petch said it was not too
late for people to register by calling
her on 0448 250 368 or emailing
“We are encouraging people to
preregister. We will take pre-orders
and payments up until Wednesday,
October 8,” she added.
Veitch store in
– John Scholz
RIGHT: Brown’s Well district local Merv Gladigau was snapped while
shearing sheep at his family farm in the 1960s. – Joyce Neumann photo
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