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1978: Naval cadets preparing their ensign preparatory to Colours were Brendon Morgan, left, Mark Kinnear, Jamie Glover, Shaun Soden, Greg Hodson and Shaun Kennedy.
1978: Naval cadets preparing their ensign preparatory to Colours were Brendon Morgan, left, Mark Kinnear, Jamie Glover, Shaun Soden, Greg Hodson and Shaun Kennedy.

The Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend in the Far North will probably be remembered as that of the “big floods”.  Heavy rains fell over a vast area commencing Saturday morning, Early Saturday morning there was flooding at Stirling North as well as Saltia Creek coming down, but it was only the beginning.

The rain was wide spread with falls upto the unbelievable figure of 200 millimetres falling in some areas, Port Augusta’s was meagre by the standards with only 34.6mm registered at the official ETSA gauge.

There were many reports of absenteeism on Monday morning reports of with nurses and teachers “sorry can’t make it”.

Births~ HILL (née McKerlie) To Sandra and John, a daughter (Julie Ann) born 8-6-78 Thanking Dr Thompson and all staff.

Sour Grapes (yacht) for sale, 1977 Tripolis winner, 1977/78 Club champion, all the go fast gear. Contact John Edwards.

Year of steady progress for Lions ~ Members of the Port Augusta Lions club could look back on the year 1977-78 as one of steady progress and happy associations and in the the knowledge that they had served the community faithfully and well. Retiring president Mr F.N Higginson passed over to Mr L.W. Gliddon

A.N.R. apprentice of the year ~ Apprentice fitter and turner, Glen Maul.

Giant coal trains envisaged ~ Giant coal trains of up to 160 wagons may be seen in this part of the State next year. The trains pulled by three 1455kw locomotives will up to two kilometres long and will carry 6000 tonnes of coal at a time.

More than $35 million will be spent on manufacturing and erection work in South Australia  under a new contract for the Northern power station. The labour required for the erection of two boilers will give employment for up to 300 men over a period of approximately three years. Details were announced by the Minister of Mines and Energy, Mr  Hugh Hudson.

O’CONNELLS Electrical ~ 18” (44cms) Colour television $565.00.

SANYO LED watches reduced from $129 to $89

Fifty seven craft competed in Jack the Price Slasher’s Blue Water classic conducted on Sunday from Whyalla to Port Augusta. Honours were with the Whyalla boat Selika skippered by J.Clifford, setting a new time record of 6 hours 24 minutes and 50 seconds.

(Photo) A plea for more interest in the activities of the Port Augusta Naval Reserve Cadet Unit has been made by the Commanding Officer A/Liet (NRC) A.A. Blunder

“THE GOOD OLD DAYS” from “THE TRANS” 1958

The Port Augusta Council stuck to its decision to end the sanitation service, despite the fact that about 30 still have not installed septic tanks.

The following girls made their debut at the 1958 High School Ball – Marilyn Messenger, Margaret Novak, Patricia Barry, Rosemary McArtney, Shirley Daw, Pauline Boyce, Beverley Martin, Rosalyn Riches, Patricia McMullen, Judith Lessue, Marlene Rieck, Marion Richards.