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Adelaide Mail (Newspaper) - December 26, 1936, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia Haig s scotland9 s i oldest i whisky 1 grand prix won at 681 . Grand prix race and Winner racing thrills huge crowd �200 first prize and cup to Murphy from the special staff of the mail writers at the course. Victor Harbor saturday. Before the biggest crowd Ever Seniv at an australian Road race the South australian Centenary ? grand prix and Sidecar tourist trophy races on the port Elliot Victor Harbor racing circuit filled the quiet country air with a Thunder of Power. Les Murphy Winner of the victorian Centenary 300 in 1934, the australian grand prix at Cowes Vic in 1935, and one of the Best known motor Speed men in Australia away with the grand prix after 250 Miles of supremely consistent driving while opponents in faster cars failed when the final test of endurance was applied. He averaged 68j Miles an hour to win the first prize of �200 and a �50 sold cup. The first of the Long Stream of cars Char bancs motor cycles and bicycles which conveyed the invading army of 45,000 to 50,000 spectators to the course left Adelaide at Dawn and Long before the Start of the Sidecar tourist trophy Vantage Points on each of the five Cor ners of the circuit were taken up. The crowd seethed with excitement from the moment when the 12 riders ? in the opening race roared away in a massed Start to the fall of the Check ered Flag until the Winner of the grand prix flashed past the finishing line. Paling into comparative insignificance when seen against the sustained thrill of the motor event the motor cycles prepared the onlookers for the motor racing spectacle. An ironic stroke of Fate deprived Bruce Rehn Vica former South australian of the Sidecar event and Badger . Took first place by nearly a Lap from Bill Barker Vic. Rehn taking a Chance entered the final Lap of the event with Only a few w cupful of petrol left in Bis machine. He was speeding Down Brick Kiln straight with Victory Well in sight when the motor coughed and stopped with the petrol tank dry. There were no serious accidents but Many narrow escapes in the grand prix kept the crowd on its toes throughout the Day. At several Points the efforts of police and race officials were unavailing when the spectators broke through the barriers to watch the cars Flash past narrow escapes a thousand people at the grandstand Bend had their hearts in their Mouths when the Bugatti of Hylton Dale Vic went into the Corner too fast skidded wildly round with screaming tyres and regained its course with the Driver fighting for control. Nearly an hour elapsed Between the starting times of the limit men e. M. Winter . And r. S. Uffindell a and the virtual scratch men Lyster Jackson victim Fagan . T. Peters n5.w.and lord Waleran. To make up this leeway the fast men attained speeds of More than 100 . On the straights and made unbelievable speeds on Corners. The demand for Speed sapped the strength of the motors in the fastest cars however and it was a Middle Marker who took the honors of the Day. Each of the virtual scratch men struck trouble while the excitement was at fever pitch but Peters had established the Lap record of 81 Miles an hour before he dropped out of the Ning. There were plenty of thrills but no serious mishaps at the most difficult of Corners. Hell Bend. Many Drivers had narrow escapes but Only one Jack Phillips came to grief there. Taking the turn at too great a Speed he into an embankment and badly buckled the rear off wheel of his car. The crowd became out of hand at hell Bend and it was fortunate that the Drivers showed such skill in re gaining control of their skidding machines. Nearing the end of his race a. Barrett almost turned round just past the Corner but he managed to his car away from the crowd. The thousands of spectators at the Bend spent an exciting afternoon. All eyes turned towards the Chiton straight when roaring engines warned of the approach of cars. As they quickly. Neared the Bend the crowd was on tip toes. Engines were throttled Down and the cars skidded and screamed round the Corner sweeping across the Road and sending up Clouds of dust from the ba5e of the embankment. Then engines roared again and with a deafening noise the machines disappeared. Often spectators scampered for safety As the cars skidded out of control. Determined efforts were made by the police to keep the Corners Clear but soon the crowds took charge and Vhey swarmed everywhere even Over the grounds of a private residence. Nanga Pooka hairpin which was expected to provide Many thrills was surprisingly uneventful. The crowd at the Corner was raised to Heights of expectancy several times As the snarl of hard applied brakes and screaming tyres told of the Drivers fight to get their cars round the Corners safely. But apart from the unfortunate skid by g. C. Martin .c., which put him out of the race when in a Handy Posi Tion and two or three cars which took the escape Road the Bend was singularly free from incident. The Day of Speed was remarkable for the precision and orderliness with which the arrangements for the Dri vers safety and the convenience and Comfort of spectators were carried out. The huge crowd was handled Well by the Large contingent of police and Spe Cial constables who were on duty at the course. With the cars careering into Corners to the very limit of Safe Speed and often just a Little More the highlights of the Day were seen by those who Nad secured Corner positions. Martin had bad Lack when he skidded at the Nanga Pooka hair pin while challenging Murphy for the Lead in the concluding laps. He was driving with the throttle Flat on the floor Bat on this Corner he skidded and straddled the sandbag safety Bank. Immediately dozens of spectators pre pared to go to his help but officials called them Back warning them that Martin would be disqualified if he received any help. After several attempts to free his car Martin gave up and two men helped him away. The spectators cheered sympathetically As he left. Details of racing on Page 12 crowd at Victor biggest in history although in Peak times the estimated floating population of Victor Harbor was about 40,000, never in the history of the town has there been such a crowd As there was tonight. Motor cars were parked everywhere even Down Side lanes and Blind alleys. Nevertheless no accidents were re ported to the police. Streets were Gay tonight and Many of the buildings had coloured lights. The biggest crowd Ever to attend an australian Road race saw the Centenary grand prix won by Les Murphy Victoria Over the Victor Harbor port Elliot circuit this afternoon. These pictures show above the scratch men getting away at the Start. Bottom t left Murphy with his son Gary after his Victory and Bottom right Murphy s . Car crossing the finishing line at the end of the 250-mile Rac e. Drowned off Elwood Beach Melbourne saturday. Duncan Patterson aged 17, of Oakington Street St. Kilda. Was drowned this afternoon at Elwood when a Canoe capsized and he and two other youths were thrown into the Patterson s companions who Man aged to get ashore were Brian Smith of or Rona Road Elsternwick and Wil Liam Gallacher. 17. Of Murru Beena Road Murru Beena. They were in a 14-ft. Sailing Canoe off Elwood. And a gust of wind Cap sized their Craft 150 Yards from the Beach Neville Callanan and his younger brother boy both members of the Elwood life saving club. A Vam to the assistance of the three youths who Clung to the upturned Canoe for a while and then struck out for the Shore Patterson did not get far. After clutching at Gallagher he exclaimed. I m done and Sank. The Ca Lanan Brothers Wam out to where Patterson had disappeared and by divine found i body on the bed in 15 it. Of water. They brought him ashore and called a doctor. Outdoor fixtures attract 100,000 a Delaide was a deserted City this afternoon for the Centen Ary boxing Day. Perfect Holiday weather Drew crowds estimated at More than 100.000 to outdoor fix Tures and the Agi regate was swelled by the crowds at beaches and Hills resorts. Fifty thousand people went to Victor Harbor for the grand prix races. Right through the night and Early this morning there was buy traffic on the Victor Harbor Road and from Daylight there was one continual Stream of mov ing vehicles. Trains took nearly 2.000 persons to Victor Harbor from the Adelaide rail Way station Between 8 and 830, while thousands travelled in excursion trains to other centres. ? ? a crowd estimated at 15,000 saw the Christmas Handicap at Chelten Ham. Five thousand people attended the Sheffield shield match at Adelaide Oval while there were 3.000 spectators at the Highland pipe band contests at Bayville showgrounds. Glenelg Beach was thronged for the australian life saving championships and hundreds of sightseers went to Belair to see the preparations for the Corroboree. Bathed in warmth and Sunshine the casual Holiday appearance of the City today presented a marked contrast to the scenes of Bustle and activity of the last few Days. No untidy traces remained of the thousands who had thronged the streets on tuesday the pageant Day or thurs Day the last of the pre Christmas shop Ping Days. The streets were clean Bright and Gay with their Bunting. Even such people As were about were deliberate and casual in their movements. There was Early Bustle and excite ment at the railway station when thousands of scouts and guiders entrained for the Corroboree and other equally Large crowds left for Victor Harbor. The station seemed a mass of Good Humoured and Seething humanity ? crowds leaving by trains met crowd arriving from the suburbs and both divisions of the express not Only added their Large quotas to the crowds but they seemed to have attracted a greater number of local friends than on an Ordinary occasion. There were All kinds of uniforms from the salvation army Bondsmen to the colourful highlanders in Kilts As Well As the scouts. It seemed that no sooner had All Ade Laide s population disappeared into trains from various platforms than new arrivals thronged the station again to catch the Cheltenham race specials. But by 2 . Everybody had a i patently left the City that is except for j the regular Habi tues of the City betting shops which never seem to empty Noi matter on what Holiday. Fine sunday the weather tomorrow should be Fine and warm to hot recording to the government meteorologist or. Bromley. He said tonight that unsettled conditions were on the Way but of there was Little Energy in the pressure systems no immediate change was Likely. He expects a break in the pre sent burst of Fine weather Early next week. Brisbane journalist Dies new York saturday. Or. Arthur Brisbane aged 72, the world s most noted exponent of personal journalism died yesterday less than two months after the crashing failure of the greatest Campaign the elect Landon crusade undertaken b y the newspapers of Hearst Chain which had made him famous. Or. Brisbane be Gan newspaper work As a reporter on the new York Sunin 1883. By 1920 he was probably the Best known news Paperman in America for his daily comment on american and foreign affairs filed the outside column of the first Page of All Trie Hearst newspapers. His education in France and Ger Many and his work in London apparently did not give him any re Spect or admiration for europeans. Or. A. Brisbane thrills galore in new serial a Story that will grip you from the first moment to the last is the Viper s vengeance the new serial which begins on Page 2 of the Magazine Section. There Are thrills galore and o mystery which you can entertainingly spend some of your Holiday time trying to solve. Begin this serial now at the beginning. With Navy standing by Glenelg to celebrate on monday most historic ceremony in state s 100 years gaiety associated with the state Centenary celebrations will reach its Climax at Glenelg on monday where interest will be centred in the re enactment of the proclamation scenes of 100 years ago. A anchored off Glenelg will be the australian Squadron and the Bri Tish Cruiser Danae sent specially for the celebrations. At night the ships will be outlined in myriads of lights. There will also be a Searchlight and fireworks display. Because of the special nature of the celebrations a greater number of pioneers and old colonists than usual is expected to sign the visitors Book at Glenelg town Hall there about 700 will be entertained by the mayor or. W. Fisk at the official banquet. The Mayoress will entertain nearly As Many women at her luncheon. Or. Fisk will have his Excel Lency the governor on his right and lord Hartington who is parliamentary under Secretary for the dominions on his left. Overseas visitors in the official party will include sir Edward Harding per manent under Secretary of state for Dominion affair the Khan Sahib Nawab Siddique Ali Khan f India. Or. Leslie Blackwell k.c., South Africa or. Kenneth Lindsay civil lord of the British admiralty sir Baron Jayatilaka Leader of the state Council of Ceylo sir Basil Brooke minister for agriculture for Northern Ireland Rev. Clyde Carr . New zealand or. Tom Smith . Labor member in the House of commons capt. L. E. H maund . Danae. Capt. A. G b. Wilson . , Canberra. A crowd of at least 150,000 is expected at Glenelg for the Holiday. Coriey Reserve will be the scene of the most important athletics meeting held in the state and 65 runners will compete in the Shef Field shield of �250. There will be 15 heats in the first round and five Semi finals. Five will Start in the final. The programme will open at 9.30 . For the pageantry associated with the reproduction of the proclamation Day scene a full sized replica of the historic gum tree has been prepared on Glenelg Oval with Shady branches As in life 100 years ago. Players representing governor Hind Marsh and the party from . Buffalo will come ashore in boats from . Yarra at 10.30 an re enact the Landing scene near the Entrance to the Pat Awalona. As this will take Only 10 minutes the vice regal and ministerial party will not go to the Beach but proceed direct to the Oval where his excellency and lady Dugan Are due to arrive at 11.15. In picturesque costumes of a Century ago the Buffalo party and those re presenting the Early settlers who welcomed Hindmarsh on the Beach will form a procession and March to the Oval for the proclamation scene which will open at 11.15. There Are about 200 players and they will make a Gay cavalcade. The route of the proves Rion will be barricaded. Yachtsmen will have a full Day s pro gramme. The j. P. Wedlock memorial race will be sailed at 10 ajn., and in the afternoon the commemoration Day Handicap and invitation races will take p Ace. In add Ion boats from the warships will hold sailing races for which �15 prize Money has been Given by the Glenelg Centenary celebrations committee. A wrestling match arranged by the committee will be an attraction on Coriey Reserve at night the contestants being Meeske and Higgins. The con test will Start at 8 . The Brilliant Searchlight and fireworks display which will com Mence about 8.30 ., Wail be on a scale never before attempted in this state and will be visible for Miles. The pyrotechnic display consisting chiefly of Aerial rockets with several spectacular set pieces will be Given from a lighter anchored off Glenelg and has been arranged by the state Centenary Council. So that the full Beauty might be obtained from the fireworks the naval Squadron which will be Gail lit will Black out at internals. Erected to the memory of the pioneers a memorial near the Entrance to the pier will be unveiled by the i governor tomorrow night at 8.30. A special service has been arranged and singing will be led by the Holdfast Bay Model band. Smile Winner from the smile on the face of the girl at the left of the picture there must have been something Amusin As Well As thrilling at the grand prix at port Elliot today. Her smile won her the mail Guinea for the jollies expression seen by staff photographers today. Facing 100 a dismayed meeting mrs. Curry is rare privilege vital spark of courage by Kamban very occasionally one is privileged to meet a Man or a woman who possesses a spark so enormously vital and so Bright with courage that it puts the possessor in a class apart. / had that privilege the other Day. It was when i met Tor the first time mrs. B. J. Curry who will be 100 next april. To obtain a Goodwill message for readers of the mail i visited her at her tiny Home in North Adelaide where she lives alone. Naturally 1 knew mrs. Curry was a remarkable old lady but i had no in Tention of writing a Story about her. Well the door of her House was ajar and when i knocked a Bird like Little voice said. Come in come in 1 went in and there she sat a tiny figure incredibly slender but in credibly alive in spite of her great age. I explained my Mission while her deep Brown eyes twinkled As she quickly grasped what i wanted. Of you dear boys she said with a laugh throwing up her hands. To glad it in t something about the past you want to know i think i be told everything i know about that but she talked on kindly and shrewdly about people and things then and now. Very soon i realised that Here was one in the class apart and one too with unfailing humanity and an amazingly Strong Faith in god. Mrs. Curry has had an exceptionally Large family. Some have died and of those living All have gone out into the world except one daughter who lives near Adelaide. It was god s will that they should go from me mrs. Curry said simply. But she does t believe in sitting Back and leaving everything to god. She is most Independent and Sel Suffi client. My daughter has asked me to come to live with her scores of times she told me but i like to be in my own Little Home Aren t you lonely 1 asked inca piously. Lonely she was almost indignant. No Why should i be i have lots of friends. And these old women who Are always complaining about being lonely and that they can t do this and Are frightened to do that Well they ought to die and be done with it Home flooded recently of course living alone has its disadvantages. That wednesday when we had the heavy rain there was two feet of water in my House and i got wet through then her sense of humor asserted itself. When i have a Bath she added with a chuckle i like to be pre pared for it. Not to have it in my clothes it just happened that none of my friends called on me at that time she continued. So although i got help later it was three Days before i saw the last of the water. No i did t aet a cold i Only Felt a Little stiff from the extra work mrs. Curry gave me the message i wanted it was a Good message too and i was about to leave when she asked me to have a cup of Tea. I was just going to make one she said quickly As i protested that it would make work for her. She took me into her Little Kitchen and began making the Tea and getting Down cups saucers and plates. With the Aid of a stick she still moves about a Little uncertainly but wonderfully quickly considering that she broke both her legs not so Long ago. Knowing her Independence i was afraid i might offend by offering to help. But i was wrong. Come on Young Man make yourself useful said mrs. Curry briskly you pour out the Tea while i Cut the bread and butter 1 did so while she Cut mouse ear thin slices of bread and butter. We had Tea and i sampled some Jam that mrs. Curry told me she had made Only recently. It was excellent Mere lad of 93 before we had finished one of Ber friends called with a Christmas present or. I camb of Walkerville a Mere lad of 93. He is the Only Friend of mrs. Curry s girlhood who is still living. They were obviously delighted to see one another. Or. Lamb joined the Tea party and with mrs. Curry was soon deep in talk about old times. Both these veterans have Clear memories and the Days when South Australia was Young and struggling was vividly conjured up for me. There were lighter incidents re called too and what enjoyment mrs. Curry got out of them Are you going to Glenelg on Mon Day mrs. Curry i asked jokingly knowing quite Well that she was. Am i going i would t miss it for the world emphatic hardly de scribes the tone in which she said this. I was making my farewells and there is no need to shout when talking to mrs. Curry when she said Well dear i m glad you weren t too proud to Nave a cup of Tea with me like a few people one meets i was very proud to be asked mrs. Curry i said. And i meant it. When i left this Young old lady it was with a much deeper reverence than i Ever had before for the people who builder our state. Picture of mrs. Carry and Ber message Page 17 effect of new q land turf act larger crowds Brisbane saturday. All Emolo sures at Ascot today were crowded for the opening Day of the Queensland turf club s Holiday meeting. Accommodation in the St. Leger Reserve was overtaxed and on the Flat the crowd was the largest for Many years. This is regarded As striking endorse ment of the new racing act in Queens land. It has been operating for Only a few weeks but it is claimed that it has driven Many people who patronised betting shops Back to the courses and the sport is fast returning to Pride pression popularity. Totalisator investments in All enclosures today amounted to �15,130, com pared with �9,394/15/ at the club s last meeting on december 5. Today the admission Price for the St. Leger was reduced to 2/6, and a 2/ totalisator was provided for Flat patrons. Collision on i Illunga Hill two motor cars and a motor Cycle returning from the grand prix were involved in a collision on Illunga Hill tonight a Man and his wife were thrown from a motor Cycle which overturned into a Bank. The woman mrs. Margaret scarce 27, of Pearce Street Underdale received lacerations to a knee and wrist. At Rochester three people travelling North in a car from Adelaide were injured when the steering gear of their machine failed and the car Somer salted into a ditch. Mrs. H. Thomas wife of or. Howard Thomas of Kintore Avenue. Prospect. Is in Clare Hospital in a serious condition with spinal injuries and severe Shock. Two other occupants of the car or. John Stanley Dennis the Driver of Sussex Terrace Westbo ume Park and his wife Ada Dennis were also admitted to the Clare Hospital suffering from Shock. At mount Gambier four people were Hurt after their car came into Colli Sion with a motor bus in the township and swerved into an electric Light Stan Dard. They were hurtle Clifford Little. 40, labourer of Keith concussion and laceration Ronald James Little 16, his son cuts abrasions and shockers. Vera Sutton of mount Gambier. And her two year old daughter both cuts and Shock. Stop press wat Tlle trotting Fulham Handicap. Summer style 1 flying Patch 2 Nepota Mac 3. Iii Yuri ill i ii i Iii ill Iii Tii it or ii s sup Riby designed receiver twp in t i Jit / is an aristocrat of radio. 11jrafljl Daylight Range of 300 Miles v he if i Low noise level plays All aus i1ih8p Jill fralia11 stations including the la a f4 a i receiver for those who live in Viil a or jul i noisy areas roars of yes i p3fjt/-m for a o weekly. His master voice silent circulator refrigeration h by Xii is on of til Memy cart Trcic i a j fat o c to i you buy s5 ? he 51 Rundle Street. Adelaide to Rwei Clipper tobacco targe pings for pipe smoker Light and dark Price and Quality suite everybody sole agents Cornell limited Adelaide

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