Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2016-11-09 Contents PAGE 16 – The Courier Wednesday, November 9, 2016
By Tom Staggard
A sack of letters from school children sent
from Meningie to Adelaide passed through
the Hills earlier this week as part of a mail
re-enactment to celebrate 150 years of the
Students from Goolwa, Meningie and Milang
wrote letters to their peers which were mailed
as part of the re-enactment.
The journey started with 350 letters being
transported by paddle steamer across Lake
Alexandrina to Milang.
From there, the mail travelled to Mt Barker
ready to continue the journey to Adelaide.
This part of the journey re-enacted the regular
mail run of Jack Sheridan, who delivered mail
from Wistow to Adelaide from 1928–49.
Mypolonga man Alan Hagger used his 1929
Graham Paige sedan, a vehicle similar to
that used by Mr Sheridan, to take the letters
through the Hills to Adelaide.
Mr Hagger said he stopped at multiple post
offices in the Hills before arriving in Adelaide
later that afternoon.
“The mail came up from Meningie over the
weekend,” he said.
“We picked it up at 9am Monday in Mt Barker
and headed down towards Adelaide.
“We stopped at post offices in Hahndorf,
Bridgewater, Aldgate, Stirling and Crafers
along the way before we got to Adelaide.”
Mr Hagger said his vintage car was decorated
for the re-enactment to resemble Mr Sheridan’s
“The ‘Sheridan’s Daily Service Mt Barker’
sign fitted above the windscreen was recreated
to match the car to some of the old photos of
Sheridan’s vehicle,” he said.
Once Mr Hagger arrived in Adelaide with the
letters, students were on hand to place them in
the Adelaide post box to send them off to their
Alan Hagger, left, Marlene Hagger and Monty Bunnett, right, on the day of the re-enactment.
Alan Hagger completed the Adelaide Hills leg of
a mail re-enactment as part of the 150 years of
Pupils’ post part of mail re-enactment
The Adelaide Hills Council has endorsed
a Heritage Agreement that will streamline
the process of undertaking minor works at
the old Lobethal Woollen Mill.
The draft document is an agreement between
the council and the Minister for Sustainability,
Environment and Conservation which allows
the council to undertake a range of agreed
minor works at the site without having them
approved by the State Heritage Unit.
The Woollen Mill, now known as the Adelaide
Hills Business and Tourism Centre, is listed
as a State Heritage Place, meaning that under
State legislation any development undertaken
on the property, except that which is in
accordance with a Heritage Agreement, must
have development approval from the State
Works that could be undertaken at the Mill
under the endorsed Heritage Agreement
include roof, gutter and downpipe repairs,
replacement of internal wooden doors,
replacement of electrical lighting, landscaping
and installation of internal directional and
The endorsement of the agreement by council
also involved the approval of the Mill’s Draft
Conservation Management Plan (CMP).
The CMP was presented to the council in June
2015 but has been kept in draft form awaiting
finalisation of the Heritage Agreement.
The State Government is calling on Hills
locals to help count SA’s koalas in the hope
of better understanding how to protect and
conserve the iconic species.
The second Great Koala Count will take
place between November 26–27 and locals
can get involved by downloading the Koala
Counter mobile phone application (app) and
searching for koalas in their backyards, local
parks or schools.
The first Great Koala Count was undertaken
in 2012, locating 1500 koalas, and information
gathered from the second count will be used to
build on information gathered then.
More information about how to download the
app and get involved can be found at www.
By Rhody Gleeson
Carers from across the Hills made
their way to Woodside recently for
a well deserved day of pampering
The Woodside Hall was transformed
into a tranquil day spa as the Carer
Wellness Centre treated around 55
carers to lunch and a day of therapy
and relaxation as part of National
Linda Booth has cared for her
77-year-old mother since she developed
Alzheimer’s five years ago.
She said the pamper day was not
just a chance to relax, but also an
opportunity to speak to other carers
about their experiences.
“As much as you love your family and
friends for their support there are just
some things only a fellow carer can
possibly understand,” she said.
Caring for a mother, who sleeps as
little as an hour each night, takes its
toll and Ms Booth said finding the not-
for-profit Carer Wellness Centre in
Woodside was one of the best days of
“That was a real breakthrough for
us because they were able to point us
to the right services, organise days off
and just provide a helping hand when
we weren’t travelling so well,” she said.
Ms Booth has had to come up with
creative solutions to keep her mother
occupied and earn a moment of respite.
“I found myself sneaking out of bed
in the middle of the night to blow dust
from the vacuum cleaner into the china
cabinet so mum would spend a few
hours dusting away and I could get
some other things done without having
to worry,” she said.
Wendy Thornton from Lobethal has
cared for her adult daughter since she
suffered a brain injury as an infant
and advised other carers to seek out
services to help them cope because “it’s
too much to take on alone”.
“Don’t be afraid to seek support, you
aren’t the only one going through this,”
The mother of five said the hardest
part about being a carer was that the
responsibility never goes away.
“In some ways it is like caring for a
child all over again but the difference
is a child grows up and becomes
independent, it can be a little hard
knowing it will be this way forever.”
A day of relaxation was much appreciated by Linda Booth who cares for her Alzheimer’s affected mother who regularly sleeps for
as little as one hour a night.
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