Home' The Loxton News : January 21st 2015 Contents 6 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, January 21, 2015
THE SHOCK WE NEED
Everyone has experienced the moment of
blind panic felt when you lose your wallet, car
keys or phone.
Combine that with the unease knowing that
someone has sneaked into your home and
you'll be close to knowing how Loxton resi-
dents have felt following last week's spate of
Living in a quiet country town, we can be-
I've walked along East Terrace and seen
people leave their car keys in the ignition
-- sometimes even leaving the motor running
-- while they duck out to check the mail or grab
something from the shops.
The fact that we have remained 'unspoiled'
for so long and people have been able to do
that makes the recent break-ins all the more
shocking. But, maybe its the shock we need
as a town.
Maybe it takes something like this to take
heed of the continued warnings to 'lock up'.
So rather than sit there thinking 'thank good-
ness it wasn't me', why don't you speak to
someone who has experienced a break in?
After all, isn't it better to be safe than sorry?
Family tree information
Iam currently researching the Hickman
family tree and am hoping that someone
in the Loxton News readership area may be
able to put me in touch with any descendants
of Lance Hickman (1888-1932) and Priscella
Evelyn Myrtle Keane.
Lance is buried in the Loxton cemetery.
He was my grandmother's cousin.
Please phone 8682 1696 or email (kutinga.
Riverland link to war history
Iam hoping that some readers in your re-
gion can assist me -- I am endeavouring
to research and write a history of the 8th
Division Salvage Unit.
This South Australian-raised unit served in
Australia, Singapore and Malaya in 1941 and
was captured by the Japanese unit upon the
fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942.
Almost half of them died as prisoners of
war. Several soldiers of the unit came from
Although these events occurred some
seven decades ago, I am hoping that some
people amongst your readership, perhaps
descendants, may still have some documen-
tation from those men of the unit.
If so, I would like to hear from them.
I have just completed a similar written and
published history of the 2/4th Reserve Motor
Transport Company, also of the 8th Division.
I am now turning my attention towards the
8th Division Salvage Unit. The unit's history,
like the 2/4th RMTC, has never been docu-
mented formally. I am hoping to do this.
My contacts are: 8562 2257 or 0427 622
257, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
God bless Australia
As we celebrate Australia Day, it's a good
opportunity to look back where we've
come from and look forward to where we
are heading as a nation under the present
We are often called 'the lucky country',
but it's far more than luck that gave us a
country that many others want to make it
their home too.
A careful and honest research of our
nation's heritage proves without doubt that
Australia was founded and established on
Christian beliefs and principles. Politicians,
governors, judges and many people in places
of authority openly acknowledged that for a
nation to succeed, the commands, principles
and values of the Christian Bible need to be
As a result, the reliance on God was
enshrined in the Constitution of Australia
with the words, "we, the people, humbly
relying on the blessing of Almighty God...".
As a result of these morals and values being
the norm during this era, there was respect
for authority, discipline, sound and normal
family structure and in general, a cohesive
Because the Constitution remains
unchanged regarding this preamble, we still
are a Christian nation, regardless of the fact
that fewer people identify with the faith.
One of the biggest threats to our peace and
security is the fact that many politicians and
bureaucrats are unwilling or afraid to protect
our heritage and values in favour of compro-
mising to embrace those ethic cultures who
believe that their values and beliefs need to
be part of our way of life.
The word 'discrimination' has become
a dirty word in this age of 'political cor-
rectness', but if we don't discriminate in
favour of what's best for the nation and its
people we are heading for disaster. There is a
large proportion of Australians who feel very
strongly about this issue, so policy makers
need to take heed of their voices.
This Australia Day can be the start of a
change for the better; for our children and
all who follow to enjoy an Australia that our
forefathers intended it to be.
God bless Australia.
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, January 21, 1965
Cutting sheds in Loxton and surrounds are busy
drying apricots and peaches, while the Riverland
Cannery is also busy.
Nangari scored its first victory for the season
when it defeated St Peter's in the Loxton District
Tennis Association match.
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 15, 1975
Advertisment has begun for tenders for the construc-
tion of new staff accommodation as part of a $1 million
development program at the Loxton District Hospital.
A temporary bridge on the Loxton to Berri road,
near Bookpurnong Hill, has been put in place, after
the bridge was closed for 14 weeks due to flood.
30 years ago
Wednesday, January 16, 1985
Loxton Council will pressure the Highways
Department to improve Bookpurnong Road.
A temperature of 43.2 degrees reached on
Monday was the highest since November 24, 1982,
when a maximum of 43.4 degrees was recorded.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 18, 1995
Members of the Historical Village Society are in
the process of restoring an original pie cart formerly
in operation at the Adelaide railway station.
Loxton and Paruna experienced their third driest
year on record in 1994 with 108.2mm of rain.
10 years ago
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Local growers supplying McGuian Simeon Wines
have been urged to reject the winery's 2005 vin-
tage prices, with chardonnay dropping from $850
to $500 a tonne this vintage.
For the second year in a row, Riverland tennis
fans will not see coverage of the opening week of
the Australian Open tournament.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every-
thing, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
-- Philippians 4:6 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Ladies inspecting cut-peaches in the Loxton Cannery, January, 1965. Many things were
moving: belts, chains, fruit and fingers. There was noise and the hissing of steam as the
workers placed, sorted, cut and packed the fruit. This thriving processing plant relied on
an abundant supply of local labour. The Brookbern Cannery operated for some 13 years
from late 1950. It was established to process the rapidly expanding crop of apricots and
peaches being grown in the then new Loxton Irrigation Settlement. In 1965, the Loxton
Cannery was operated by Riverland Fruit Products Pty Ltd which employed as seasonal
workers some 145 women and 42 men in 'round-the-clock' production. The workers
averaged 12 hours per day, worked seven days a week and earned as much as £36
($72) per week. The cannery began processing apricots in December and clingstone
peaches in February. The workers were no doubt relieved when the season closed in
March. Cans were supplied by Containers Ltd on Trenerry Rd and the fruit was sold
across the Commonwealth. These days there is no cannery, and few apricots and even
fewer peaches are grown in the region.
-- Loxton Historical Collection photo
Friends of The Village
President Melvin Fielke welcomed 10 mem-
bers to the January meeting.
The restoration of the Case Buckboard is
going well and it is nearly ready to be under-
Work is under way to erect the flood tree that
was brought up from the riverbank.
The shop verandah floor has been removed
and is awaiting cement to be laid.
As members could not buy another head
for the windmill, it was decided to repair the
The Fordson tractor that was in the Wunkar
railway yard is now mobile and it was decided
to put the correct sized tyres on to correct the
Members have received some grant money
for more interpretive signs and Member for
Chaffey Tim Whetstone will present the check
to Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky
today, January 21, at 9am at The Village.
The corellas are again a big problem, nearly
stripping the trees bare. Members spoke of
putting wheels underneath The Village's 'horse'
to allow for easier moving.
Local organisations are welcome to submit information for the
Loxton & District Club News column.
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hopes you have all had a
happy Christmas and wishes
you all a great 2015.
If you are like me, you have consumed
too much food and calorie rich beverages
over the festive season and have included
'getting healthier' on your list of New
For many of us, this will involve some
form of diet. So what are you going to
Some of you, for better or for worse,
will have received a diet or 'healthy
alternative' cookbook for Christmas.
Indeed, over recent decades the
number of lifestyle books in the
bestseller list has risen sharply -- such
is our fascination with our health and
what we digest. Many of these books will
seek to convince us that we are riddled
with toxins, dangerously deficient in all
kinds of natural goodness and terribly
Most of them will be keen to sell
you the secrets to rectifying this dire
Actually, we are healthier now as a
species than we have ever been -- not
withstanding the alarming trend to over-
nutrition and obesity we are seeing in
the western world. And we are probably
living longer now than we ever have.
The fact that there is more cancer
and heart disease and dementia around
these days is largely accounted for by our
It is true that cavemen did not get
osteoporosis, despite not milking cows or
eating cheese. But then, they rarely lived
beyond the age of 30.
One of the latest fads, the Paleo diet,
which discourages all dairy product,
might have been okay for Neanderthals,
but I would rather not fracture a hip
before my 60th birthday.
There is a growing body of evidence
confirming that we eat too many carbs
(particularly refined sugars, processed
cereals and starchy foods like potato) and
some emerging data to suggest that fats
are not as dangerous as we once thought.
Fats fill you up and are slow to digest
and there is some doubt now about the
assumption that there is a direct link
between the fat we eat and our blood
levels of cholesterol.
So what do we know with certainty?
On the whole, we eat too much and most
of us drink too little water.
Being overweight and having high
cholesterol are still both strongly
associated with premature death from
stroke and heart disease -- although
the link between dietary fat and serum
cholesterol is less certain.
Fad diets either do not work, or are
very difficult to sustain and rebound
weigh gain is usual once the diet stops.
Weight loss is more likely if any
reduction in calorie intake is associated
with an increase in calorie burning (ie.
exercise) and long term weight loss is
more likely if the eating and exercise
behaviour is enjoyable and easy to
What to eat is not rocket science. Ask
grandma. Meat, fish, fruit, vegies, eggs
and nuts are all good and, in my opinion,
dairy foods are valuable and safe.
For most people, unless they are
'crook' or have a specific deficiency state
(measured on a blood test), vitamin and
mineral supplements are unnecessary,
unhelpful and, indeed, may cause harm.
The good news is that, despite the
plethora of confusing, semi-scientific
misinformation bombarding us from all
angles, the truth is probably simple and
seems to be getting simpler, cheaper and
easier with every new piece of reliable
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
The lowdown on new year diets
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