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Kym Dean Afford
August 6, 1943 -- April 29, 2015
By Lisa Pahl
Art, family and the
environment were Mt Barker
identity Kym Afford's main
loves and led him through a
varied and adventurous life.
Born in Broken Hill, one of three
children to Dean and Marie Afford,
Mr Afford enjoyed an outback
childhood, first at Millers Creek
Station in SA's Far North, then at
Wirryilka Station near Menindee
and later Martindale Estate at
He once said a two-year stint
at a Broken Hill boarding school
during his early education were
some of the hardest days of his life
when he was homesick for family
and the farming lifestyle.
But life was happier when he and
the family moved to Martindale
and could ride his horse to the
local Mintaro School for lessons.
Mr Afford attended Urrbrae for
his secondary schooling, where he
was a prefect in his final year.
He completed a year at
Roseworthy Agricultural College,
but a crackdown from a new hard-
line headmaster after a student
booze up at the start of his second
year led to his expulsion.
Undaunted, Mr Afford headed
bush and became a jackeroo on
stations near Port Augusta and
in the South East, followed by
a working holiday across NSW
before returning to work with his
father at Manoora, SA.
After marrying wife Carole (nee
Heinrich), the couple managed
Eringa Park Station at Olary and
later bought the property.
They welcomed two children,
Scott and Megan, then after 16
years sold the station and bought a
property at Mt Barker, where they
stayed for 32 years.
Mr Afford enjoyed a varied career,
from fixing windmills to running
a steel business and working at
a timber mill and on the farm
Invercauld at Macclesfield.
His last position was as
groundsman at the polo grounds
on Barker Road, a role he held for
14 years until ill health forced his
retirement. His dogs were a great
love, particularly Annie Laurie
who was by his side at all times.
Art was one of his passions and
he studied at the Central School
of Art and also joined the Hills
Artists' Voice group.
An accomplished painter and
sculptor, he also wrote stories and
His most recent sculpture,
Woman Weeping, was installed in
the Macclesfield Anzac Memorial
Garden to recognise the impact of
war on women.
A passionate conservationist,
Mr Afford advocated on many
issues including against housing
development on farming land, for
action on climate change and for
better care of the environment.
Wife Carole described him as
a larger than life personality,
"gregarious, bon vivant, very
energetic, original, concerned
about people, but didn't suffer
fools very well, loving, kind and a
spiritual person" who loved good
food and was an accomplished
He is survived by Carole,
children Scott and Megan and
their families, including his three
grandsons Thomas, Max and
Kym's wonderful life
One person's trash became another's
treasure at the annual Kersbrook Primary
School Auction on Sunday as lounges,
bikes, fencing and more were sold to the
The event is a fundraiser for the school and
money will go towards a new fence which,
along with two sheds on the school grounds,
were damaged in the Sampson Flat Bushfire
The education department replaced a sports
shed and $20,000 worth of equipment while
the majority of the fencing was also restored.
Principal Mike Walsh said the auction event
had become a school tradition over its 29 years.
He said the school aimed to raise over $5000
"Many people in the community attend and I
see them every year," Mr Walsh said.
"There are families whose children have
been through high school and finished who
come along because they see it as a family and
a community day.
"Decluttering is trendy now, but it has
always been popular in Kersbrook at this time
Funds from previous years have gone
towards playgrounds at the school.
Trash turned into treasure
Books, tools and jewellery
were just some of the
items available at the
10th annual Gumeracha
Antiques Fair over the
The event, held at the
Gumeracha Town Hall, is
the major fundraiser for the
venue and assists with its
up-keep and maintenance.
Stall holders from around
the State filled three sections
of the venue as hundreds of
people visited the fair.
Hall committee member
Brenda Wakefield said stall
holders aimed to provide
"Some people have china,
others glassware ... I think
the venue is particularly good
for the event," she said.
Something for everyone at
Gumeracha Antiques Fair
Paul and Belinda Elliott of Kersbrook, who attend the event every year, try out a punching bag.
Daniel Elliott, 12, of Kersbrook was looking to bid
on a bike.
Jane Biggs, left, of Kersbrook, with her cassette holder and Joe and
Amanda Vella of Lewiston with their paintings.
Isabella Roberts, 7, of Karoonda loved a doll house.
Tracey Finch sold everything
from silver to vintage
cosmetic cases at the event.
Marie Morgan, left, with Beth
Kinson selling bric-a-brac, china
pieces and collectables.
Drip irrigation maintenance
Irrigators are invited to learn about drip irrigation system maintenance and
operation at workshops supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin Natural Resources Management Board (SAMDB) and Neta m.
The workshops will take place across the SAMDB region and will be
delivered by Neta m.
1 June 2015
Renmark Hotel Entertainment Bar
9am -- 1pm
2 June 2015
Loxton Research Centre Conference Room
9am -- 1pm
3 June 2015
Waikerie Hotel Function Room
9am -- 1pm
4 June 2015
Bowhill Tennis Club
9am -- 1pm
5 June 2015
Langhorne Creek Bowling Club
9am -- 1pm
A light lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.
RSVP and more information: Natural Resources Centre, Murray Bridge
08 8532 9100 or email: email@example.com
The project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management
Board, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.
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