Thursday, April 27, 2017

Elizabeth Baby Show, 1959

The Perpetual trophy first awarded to Damian Bunyan
The Baby Show was a popular event held each year in conjunction with the Birthday Festival of Elizabeth.

Over 150 babies entered the Elizabeth Birthday celebrations Baby Show for 1959.  About £200 was raised for the Mothers and Babies Health Association (MBHA) clinics in Elizabeth.  The MBHA’s aim was to reduce infant mortality by providing expert advice to mothers.

The Baby show was organised by the Mothers and Babies committees of Elizabeth Grove, Elizabeth East and Elizabeth South.
The State President of the MBHA Lady Bonython came from Adelaide especially to present the prizes.

The prize for the baby raising the most money was won by Damian Bunyan who raised £28.  He received a silver salver and a tricycle while his mother also received a gift.
The judges at the Baby Show were in two teams, the first consisted of Matron Carroll (Queen Victoria Hospital), Mrs Douglas Scott and Mr Blake Brownrigg while the second team had Matron Hurrell (Queen Elizabeth Hospital) Mrs Dansie and Mr Geoffrey Motley.

 Prizes for the baby Show were donated by Mr and Mrs J. Hastwell, Carrig Chemists Ltd, Dreamtime Nestles Ltd and Birks Ltd.  Every mother who entered the competition received a well filled sample bag.  These were made available by generous fits from the Fauldings Ltd, Nyal Products, Glaxo Laboratories, Tongala Milk, Johnson and Johnson and Heinz Baby Food.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Through the lens of Pat Quigley

Patrick Quigley captured the City of Elizabeth through his camera lens. A professional photographer born in Nottingham England, he migrated to Australia since 1952.  Settling in Elizabeth in 1957, he was well known around the district, as proprietor of Windsor Studios.  During his 59 year career he estimated he took over 100,000 photographs.

In addition to running his own photographic studio covering copious local weddings, he contributed to newspapers particularly the Salisbury Elizabeth Times.  He was official photographer for the Elizabeth Council and captured the Royal visits of the Queen to Elizabeth.   At any opening or special occasion, Pat was present with his camera capturing the early years of Elizabeth.  His photographs will remain a legacy of the City and he kindly donated many images to the Council, which now form a significant part of the Local History Collection.
He was an Elizabeth Charter member and has served 50 years with the Elizabeth Rotary Club, as Treasurer, Bulletin Editor and Director of all the Committees.    He represented Ward 3 as Councillor for the City of Elizabeth in 1968.

Pat was named Australia Day Citizen of the Year for the City of Playford in January 2010, recognised for his long time photographic work in the area.

Photography was his professional but also a hobby, along with astronomy. He also has a fascination for numbers, and delights in teaching children a variety of tricks and puzzles.

Pat passed away in late February 2017 having outlived his wife Doris.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Song of Elizabeth

In 1986, Scotsman Bill Paterson summed up his love for Elizabeth in a song. The City of Elizabeth ran a competition as part of the States Jubilee 150 committee, offering a $500 prize.  Bill a marine engineer and avid musician won the competition.

The song was performed by the Caledonian choir at Elizabeth and District Foundation state dinner on 27th September.
Song of Elizabeth
Far from the shore where the land was bare, seed was sown by those who care
To build their homes in the wide open space, folk came from more than one place.
They made a city and started anew, British and Greek just to name a few.
Now we have pride and community strength, here in Elizabeth.

Oft times I hear the magpie cry, down in the glen or flying high
Emotion felt because of this, is heaven on earth, so full of bliss.
I can’t forget that haunting sound, majestic gums stand all round.
And the sun sinks in the west, all nature’s gems will go to rest.
Let us look forward to our future years, working and living, allaying our fears.
With folks a-willing to see it all through, knowing that’s what they must do.
Now join together and sing this refrain, sing it all
Sing it again and again.
This is our city and you must agree, were part of this Jubilee.