Thank you to those who attended our final “History Night” event for 2018 for the 5049 Coastal Community; and “Oh What a Night It Was!”
This one provided the 5049 Coastal Community residents with the opportunity to hear from, both official and unofficial experts on local history of Marino, Kingston Park and Seacliff, both pre- and post-European settlement, in a fun and interactive way. Over a 120 people joined us in the upstairs Function Room of the new Kauri Sports and Community Centre, enjoying complimentary drinks and nibbles, the fabulous view over the coastline, and discussing the many historic photos and maps on display for the evening
Joining residents were Member for Black & Minister for the Environment David Speirs, Marion Mayor Kris Hanna with Marion Councillors Tim Gard & Ian Crossland and Holdfast Bay Councillor Annette Bradshaw; along with our excellent guest speakers and of course members of our community. We had a fund raising raffle with some wonderful prizes donated by two of our sponsors Splashout Studios and Patritti Wines together with very generous local supporters.
5049 Now and Then Slideshow ( click here)
Annual report link
Welcome to Country
Aunty Suzanne Russell, a well credentialed Kaurna Elder conducted a marvelous interactive “Welcome to Country” ceremony, to start the evening.
Kingston Park One Voice Choir
The evening‘s entertainment began on a high note, literally, with a very energetic and inspirational performance by the One Voice Choir , featuring many of our local residents who practice weekly at Kingston House!
Aunty Suzanne Russell - pre-settlement story
Aunty Suzanne Russel is a Kaurna elder, traditional owner and a distinguished teacher/lecturer. Aunty Suzanne shared her story of our pre-settlement community.
Jim Blake - post-settlement story
Jim has lived in our coastal community for over 70 years, living in Glenelg North, Marino, and Brighton. In 2001 he became a volunteer at the Holdfast Bay History Centre. Since then he has been involved in many History Centre projects and events and the author of the book "Sea Change". Jim, a well versed local historian, was most informative despite the power point technical issues that occurred. It was a good opportunity for people to buy his book.
5 local unofficial experts
Not to be outdone by the experts, 5 local residents related their personal historic recollections. Illustrated with old photos of the area, the reminiscences were tinged with charm & humour, they were a thought provoking and moving potted history of our area!
Fran Southern – expertly painted a clear and personal picture of early days in Marino in tents, open spaces and self built homes, Community Hall, trains and buses to school. See full story here.
Beryl Hall – reminder of the successful campaign in Marino by the locals including Beryl and the Residents Association to close the noxious asphalt plant on our door step and bringing Boral to task on Dust…..yes it was much much worse! See full story here.
Helen Ward – On early life in Pine Gully Seacliff and her mother’s (Mary Trott) campaign to clean up the area and mobilise locals and the Girl Guides to plant appropriate indigenous plants and stabilise the gully. Helen also stressed the importance of stormwater management and the generous donation of land to Holdfast Bay Council by her mother for that sole purpose. See full story here.
Inara Powell – Early days in Kingston Park in the house her Dad built. Sun filled days of safe exploration with joy and wonder. See full story here.
Alan Cormack - Growing up in Seacliff, the shops, the schools and the local scallywags borrowing fishing boats and “billycart” races down the gully in front of local crowds
Glen Millar – Deftly stepping in to fill the gap during the technical hitch, Glen recalled his effective campaign on the sand dunes conservation and noted that it is an ongoing issue.
The Wrap up
There were some technical difficulties and with the permission of the crowd, we ran a little over time. We concluded with drawing the raffle prizes and some hurried thankyous. The moneys raised via the raffle ($400), will go towards next year’s community activities and campaigns.
This was a fitting end to a very successful evening, indeed year, for what began as the Marino Residents Association [incorporating Kingston Park], and ended triumphantly as the expanded 5049 Coastal Community!