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We will remember them
One hundred years ago, three young
men saddled their horses and rode
from Pyap West into Loxton.
The 1914-18 war was in its infancy and
these three lads had decided to answer the
call to arms.
They enlisted in August, 1914. Two came
home and one paid the supreme sacrifice.
Roy Birch, 18, Jack Woon, 19, and Norm
Gates had a short period of training in
They embarked from Albany, Western
Australia, and headed for their various
destinations: Gallipoli, Egypt, Belgium and
These young men lived through four
years of indescribable horror.
Norm was killed early in the campaign.
Jack, in his 9th Light Horse Regiment,
survived Gallipoli and the Middle East.
Roy was awarded the Military Medal
during the Battle of Menin Road on the
Jack and Roy were discharged from the
army in 1919. They returned to Loxton and
got on with their lives, becoming success-
Both lived to a ripe old age.
Jack died at 83 years old and Roy 93,
having earned the respect and love from
family and friends.
As we acknowledge the beginning of
WWI, let us pause for a moment to remem-
ber the young me who participated in that
'war to end all wars'.
About school chaplains
Iwrite in response to people applauding
recent calls for Christan pastoral support
workers to no longer receive government
There is a need for the other side of the
story to be heard, not in an effort to stifle
those with opposing views, but to allow
antagonists an insight into the world of the
people gifted with being Christian pastoral
The first public opposition to the pro-
gram was in August 2011 when a parent
took action against the program in the
With others thinking along similar lines
to the individual taking legal action, the
school chaplains are unable to preach
Christianity, but must ensure that anything
they do or say is in line with secular think-
One of my daughters undertook a chap-
laincy position with a local primary school
for three years.
During that period she was frustrated in
not knowing what her exact job description
was. She was not allowed to preach the
word of God, she was not allowed to coun-
sel children, yet from what I have heard
indirectly, comments about the work of the
school chaplain is an infinitely important
adjunct to some less fortunate children's
Not all children -- through no fault of
their own or their parents -- have been as
lucky as others and seek love and accep-
tance from an impartial individual, as, for
example, the school chaplain.
Those who seek to demonize the school
chaplaincy program have little or no under-
standing of the desires of these children and
the specific role of chaplains.
These children may be seeking accep-
tance where their peers have isolated them,
it may be lack of love missing in their fam-
ily life, or insecurity for various reasons.
These and many other problems are what
the chaplaincy and no doubt all teachers
experience on a daily basis.
I'm sure I'm not the only individual
to notice that some sections of our soci-
ety need an injection of human kindness,
respect and love.
As adults, all of us without exception at
one time or another have been in this situ-
ation with our own children -- where they
have rejected our intent and seek the impar-
tiality of another, be it a family friend, rela-
tive or outsider.
Hence the role of a school chaplain. They
simply offer a sympathetic and impartial
I can only relate to my daughter's previ-
ous role, but one practical duty was the pro-
vision of breakfasts with the appreciative
financial support of local churches.
In most cases the chaplaincy's work
offers far more than what is included in the
The role has the ability to encompass the
love, desire and respect to help these chil-
dren on their future walk in life.
It is an option a child can take or it could
be the gentle intervention by a teacher
should they consider there are benefits
to the child in seeking support from the
It is not an enforcement on any child.
For those individuals who think they are
helping by denigrating the good work of
I hope you may be able to reflect on just
one of the issues mentioned -- and the intent
for which this program was introduced.
Witness that it was brought about not to
cause offence or affront any member of our
society, but to encompass those children
less fortunate than ourselves for their future
walk in life.
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, October 1, 1964
Excellent soaking rains have been seen around
the district this month, with all areas receiving be-
tween 3 and 4 inches.
The Loxton hockey team defeated Renmark 4-1
to take out the grand final at Glossop on Saturday.
40 years ago
Wednesday, October 2, 1974
A plant nursery is being established at Orana,
with a range of plants for sale.
Displays by members of the SA Police on both
Sunday and Monday afternoons will be among fea-
ture attractions at this year's Loxton Show.
30 years ago
Wednesday, October 3, 1984
A record crowd between 3500 and 4000 enjoyed
the once-a-year Mindarie Halidon race.
Attendances have dropped at Blue Light Discos
held in Loxton during the past six months.
20 years ago
Wednesday, October 5, 1994
The Loxton Council will continue to hold day-
time meetings once a month, following a 9-1 vote
against a proposal for night meetings.
The Loxton Council is looking into the possibility
of a roundabout at the Alamein Avenue, Balfour-
Oglivy Avenue and Chowne Road at Loxton North.
10 years ago
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Shane Schubert has won the Loxton Football
Club's A grade best and fairest award, while Andrew
Tullett claimed the honour for Loxton North.
The Country Bakehouse won the best overall
bienenstich at the Royal Adelaide Show recently.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and coura-
geous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you
-- Joshua 1:9 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
The Paruna Show Pavilion in 1946 with Jack Schubert looking in the 'ticket window'.
The Paruna Show Society held one of many big days on the local social calendar.
Their first show was officially opened by Member of Parliament Fred McMillan on
October 15, 1924. Four hundred entries were received for that show. Some were for a
cake competition. In 1925, the society purchased 10.5 acres (4.2 ha) from Guy Davis
(allotment 72) to house stock and show exhibits. Well-known EF 'Tab' Pflaum opened
the second show where the number of entries doubled. The organising team erected
a 54' by 30' (16.5m x 9.1m) marquee for provision of meals. This freed the Institute
for indoor exhibits. In 1926, the third show, with 1200 attending, had 900 entries. The
new show pavilion was ready for the fourth show in 1927. This show and pavilion were
opened by WL Parsons. New cars displayed were Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Essex,
Hudson, Oakland, Willy's Knight, Overland and Cadillac. The final show was held in
1963. The Paruna Community Complex, opened in 1982, was built on this site.
-- Klose family photo
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28. Mature acorn
31. Tartan cloth
33. High and dry
34. Bird song
36. Royal female
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25. Horse seats
27. Soccer shot
28. Spoken exams
29. Girl's name
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