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John Godden of Brighton SA
has generously responded to
our call for Adelaide memories.
“My earliest memory of Adelaide
was flower day, which was held
in spring. Various organisations
would arrange floral displays along
the gardens on North Terrace and
I also remember swimming at the
Adelaide City Baths, the Gilberton
Club, and in the River Torrens.
Living in lower North Adelaide the
zoo was always calling, the noise
of the birds and animals could be
The caravan parked outside the front
sold ice cream, drinks and nuts.
Once, some smart-alec gave a
mirror to one of the monkeys (and
I know it is politically incorrect but
I had never seen anything funnier
than that monkey with a mirror).
Then there was the koala farm just
up the road – a private zoo of sorts
with camel rides and a big slippery
slide. And the switchback bike tracks
along First Creek where older boys
had dug narrow tracks and would
race up and down ... no helmets no
Then came telephones – what
excitement when somebody in our
area actually got the telephone
Although telegrams was what my
family used when they wanted to
contact a relative or friend and
generally, it was not good news
when the telegram boy came
I sold the News after school at the
Lion and Buckingham Arms hotels
... the cost was twopence and what
a thrill when some sport would give
me a tray bit and say “keep the
I remember the polio epidemics of
the 40s and early 50s, with kids
disappearing from school and taken
to the dreaded Hampstead Hospital,
kids with deformed legs, kids in leg
irons. Then the miracle of the Salk
vaccine and mass inoculation of
I remember the white caravan
arriving at school, and us all filing
in. The kid in front got the jab in the
arm, then they stuck the needle in a
flame and it was your turn.
Footnote: Adelaide’s National
Flower Day was an event unique to
the state and held annually from
1938 to 1975. Organised and
run by a volunteer committee of
women, the aim was to promote
Adelaide, both within Australia and
the British Empire, and germinate
in Adelaideans a desire to beautify
their own suburban streets. National
Flower Day began in April 1938
with the support of Mrs Grace
(Gretta) Margaret Lewis, the woman
responsible for the spectacular
1936 Floral Pageant held during
South Australia’s centenary year
Displays featuring the Union Jack
and the use of flowers that were
predominantly English or European
suggest that Flower Day reflected
South Australia’s British heritage.
And yet, nationalism was evident as
early as the first Flower Day in 1938
with the use of the rising sun in
The rising sun was by then a popular
image that symbolised Australia’s
nationhood, wartime heritage, youth,
opportunity and integrity.
National Flower Day relied heavily on
the volunteer principle. Women gave
freely of their time and through their
school-age children, families donated
flowers which were then arranged at
various locations around Adelaide.
Incorporated into the Adelaide
Festival of Arts in 1960, National
Flower Day ceased after 1975.
ADELAIDE THEN: WHAT WE REMEMBER
Get ready to party
were experienced ‘foodies’ and
travellers, and Tasting Australia was
a perfect opportunity to “see more,
taste more and experience more.”
Hot on the heels of Tasting Australia
is the Adelaide Cabaret Festival –
held between June 8 -23 – which
debut’s celebrated performer Kate
Ceberano as artistic director.
Kate has put together a stellar
program including the USA’s Mary
Wilson in Stormy Weather: The
Lena Horne Project, June 9 -10,
Dunstan Playhouse; Charismatic UK
comedian Lenny Henry in his one
man show Cradle To Rave, June 23,
Festival Theatre; New York based
Australian Kim Smith performing
Misfit in an Australian premiere,
June 8 -10, The Artspace; and
South Australian company Various
People Inc presenting The Velvet
Gentleman: the odd story of Erik
Satie, June 15 -17, Artspace.
The songstress is also working with
renowned Australian artist David
Bromley, who has been engaged as
Festival Designer to enhance some
of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
performance spaces, interiors
and public areas by providing an
overarching aesthetic and visual
texture for the Festival.
The message from festival directors
is clear: let down your hair and enjoy
some of the best music, wine, beer,
food and entertainment the world
has to offer...right here on your own
Tickets for Stormy Weather: The
Lena Horne Project; Lenny Henry,
Misfit and The Velvet Gentlemen
are available at BASS 131 246
or online www.bass.net.au. For
further details about the Adelaide
Cabaret Festival go to www.
A full program and further details
about Tasting Australia can be
found at www.tasting-australia.
Continued from Front Page...
Congratulations to our Competition winners from the Summer 11 issue:
The happy winners of double passes to A Chorus
Line on January 1 at the Festival Theatre were:
Ross Curtis of Kensington Gardens and Lizzie
Hunter of Brighton.
Chris Smith of Edwardstown and Helen Hassold of
Campbelltown were the winners of family passes
to Angelina Ballerina which played at the Dunstan
Playhouse on January 17.
Linda Summers of Adelaide, Julie Thompson of
Salisbury Heights and Heather Wagner of Sturt
were the winners of double passes to Alzheimer’s
the Musical which played at the Arts on Feb 24.
Sue Pearson of Sturt and Gerald McBride of
Adelaide were the lucky winners of double passes
to A Day at the Green on Februar y 11, at Peter
The lucky winners of doubles to see Dicken’s
Women at the Playhouse on February 15 were
Maureen Taylor or North Brighton and Dorothy
Law of Alberton.
Margaret Johns of Coromandel Valley and Paula
Puckridge of South Brighton each won a copy of the
“Little Book of Care” book by Colleen J Atkinson.
The two St Johns “Apply First Aid” prizes were
won by Carol Ebert of Campbelltown, and Melanie
Thredgold of Morphett Vale.
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