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  • *HINDMARSH VALLEY SPORTSThe attendance at the Hindmarsh Valley gymkhana on Saturday last was most satisfactory, and a programme of interesting events, including two galloping races, gave the onlookers an attractive afternoon's sport. The proceeds were in aid of the Hindmarsh Valley Memorial Hall fund. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 20-1-1950]*FOUNDATION STONE LAID AT HINDMARSH VALLEYNearly 50 years ago residents of Hindmarsh Valley decided they would build a hall. In those days the Valley consisted of about 18 families, and the late Mr Harry Battye, a prominent Victor Harbour man, was approached to call a meeting, at which Mr F Taylor presided. Land was offered for a building site, and Mr Joseph Kenny offered to cart stone to the site free of charge. Functions were held to raise money for the hall, but during the latter part of World War I the functions ceased.In 1947 it was moved by Messrs A F Parsons and J Pratten that the project be named Hindmarsh Valley Memorial Hall and that efforts be resumed to raise money. At that time nett assets were less than £100, but with the loyal support of residents and hard work by various committees that have functioned, the present credit stands at £3,200. On the recent holiday Monday (June 16) the foundation stone was laid in the presence of some 230 enthusiastic residents and friends of the district, who were welcomed by the president of the Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association. Mr A D Gray.Mr Gray said it was a memorable occasion, because past and present residents had worked for this day for many years. He thanked all those who had assisted with donations, cartage of materials, labour and cash donations. He also paid tribute to the members of past committees. Other speakers were Mr W W Jenkins MP, Member for Stirling, Cr A G Siegert (chairman of Encounter Bay Council), and Cr O B Hutchinson. representative of Hindmarsh Ward. Mr Gray then introduced Mr W V L Virgin to lay the foundation stone. Mr Virgin said the district 50 years ago was sparsely populated, and means of travel was by horse and cart, but since then development of the district had vastly improved. He also mentioned the happy functions held in the schoolroom with local talent.Following the laying of the stone, Mr Gray presented Mr Virgin with the trowel as a momento of the occasion. The committee is indebted to Messrs John Tillett and G Rowlands for donations of engraving and stone. Proceeds from the day amounted to £252. A dance was held at night. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 27-6-1958]*District Council of Encounter Bay meeting - correspondence from -Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association, advising that it will not accept any stone to replace the stone removed from their building site by Council employees.Resolved that the Association be advised that Council will carry out a reasonable amount of work on their building site to recompense them for the removal of stone, and that Council desires good relations between the two bodies: also that Council paid £32/​10/​- for a survey of Part Section 121.Part Section 121: from E J Tucker &​amp; Sons, Agreement Sale and Purchase and Memorandum of Transfer of Part Section 121 for signing and sealing. Resolved that the Memorandum and Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Part Section 121, Hundred of Goolwa, sold to the Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association, be signed and sealed. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 18-7-1958]*OPENING OF NEW HALLHindmarsh Valley's Memorial Hall, which has just been completed, will be officially opened by Dr A J Forbes MHR, on Friday, 3rd October at 2pm. On the following Sunday, Brig T C Eastick will unveil the honour roll and a dedication service will be conducted by Archdeacon J L Bond. The building was erected almost entirely by voluntary labour amounting to 2,000 hours over five months by the Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association. Built of Littlehampton cream bricks, the building is of unusual design and is one of the most modern in the country. It stands almost opposite the old schoolroom that has served the community's needs for the last 40 or 50 years. It includes dance floor with stage, two cloakrooms, foyer and porch, with three 20 ft stone columns representing the three services. All materials were carted free of charge by district residents. Stage curtains will be provided by the local CWA branch. The hall is valued at £8,000, but the actual cost was in the vicinity £4,500. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 26-9-1958]*HINDMARSH VALLEY'S BIG DAYFriday afternoon last at Hindmarsh Valley saw the culmination of many months of hard, voluntary work by local residents brought to fruition when Dr Jim Forbes MHR, officially opened the new memorial hall in the presence of a large attendance of people from all parts of the district. Mr Gray said that the land, materials and furniture cost the committee approximately £5,000. He thanked all who had assisted financially and those who had so willingly given of their time and labour in the building of the hall. He particularly thanked Messrs F Rowlands, W Virgin, R Gursanke. W Henderson and the women of the district. Mr Gray also paid a tribute to the work of the honorary secretary (Mr Rex Isaacson) who, during the two years he had been in office, had travelled many hundreds of miles at his own expense. This fine building is a credit to all concerned. It is of very modern and attractive design both inside and out, and should meet the requirements of the community for many years to come. The stage furnishings are particularly beautiful and were presented to the committee by the members of the Hindmarsh Valley Branch of the Country Women's Association of a cost of almost £200. Dr Forbes said that he felt honoured and privileged in being asked to officially open the hall that day. This project, he said, had been under consideration for many years, but had been interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. He paid a tribute to the work of past presidents of the Progress Association — the late Mr H B Welch, the late Mr A F Parsons, Mr O B Hutchinson and Mr E Gregory. Dr Forbes said that the hall would be a lasting monument to those who gave their lives so that we might live and prosper, and he congratulated all concerned if for no other reason than that. Without the sacrifice of these men in war it would not have been possible for that day's ceremony. The Mayor of Victor Harbour (Mr W W Jenkins MP), who was the guest speaker at the laying of the foundation stone of the hall in June last by Mr W Virgin, referred to the fine architectural design of the hall. The three stone columns in front of the hall, representing the three services, was particularly eyecatching, and the building generally was a fine landmark. Councillor H E Mayfield said the district council which he represented was not unmindful of the work the Progress Association had done for the district. During the past eighteen months the association had bought the land and demolished the old building which was erected on it, and in its place they had erected a very beautiful hall which future generations would come to appreciate. He said that all owed a great debt of gratitude to the old pioneers of the district and he was glad that that spirit still exists today. In proposing a vote of thanks to the speakers, Mr W Virgin said he was pleased to see so many old residents of the district present that day. In view of the fact that the building committee had been formed only 18 months ago, he thought they had done a wonderful job in the time at their disposal. Afternoon tea was served by the ladies of the Valley in the old schoolhouse opposite the new hall. The opening ball at night attracted a record attendance, the takings amounting to £100. Mr Walter Davis, of Victor Harbour, acted as master of ceremonies. On Sunday afternoon, despite the severity of the weather, a large number of people attended the hall when Brig T C Eastick unveiled a roll of honour. Archdeacon J L Bond conducted the dedication service. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 10-10-1958]*OLD RESIDENTS AT HALL OPENINGIt was pleasing to see so many old residents of the district at the opening of the Hindmarsh Valley Memorial Hall last Friday. Oldest of all was Mr Alex Hutchison, who has passed the 97th milepost. Still active for his years, and quite alert, he was seen pointing out places of interest with his walking stick. As a boy he attended the old school opposite the new hall. Next in order of seniority would be Mrs John Brown (88). The Welch family, early settlers in the Hindmarsh Valley district, was represented by Mrs R R Rose, while Miss May Kenny, a former worker for the local Progress Association and a daughter of another pioneer family, was also noticed among the crowd. Hindmarsh Tiers was represented by Mr and Mrs L E Attrill. who have lived in that district all of their lives. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 10-10-1958]*WOMEN GIVE A HANDAt the opening of the Hindmarsh Valley Memorial Hall last Friday afternoon, Mrs J Overall said she was privileged to speak on behalf of the women of the district. She specially commended the women of the Progress Association who had stood firmly behind their men-folk “as women do in all projects their husbands undertake.” Mrs Overall, who is president of the Valley branch of the CWA, said that their organisation were happy to give the furnishings for the stage of the new hall. The curtains, which cost £192, were bought with money from project funds which started soon after the war with war bonds and gradually built up with annual donations from general funds and percentages of functions held. Mrs Overall handed the committee a further cheque for fifty guineas, which will go towards the cost of seating for the hall. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 10-10-1958]*Hindmarsh ValleyMore than 100 district residents attended a social and dance at Hindmarsh Valley last Saturday night. The occasion was to celebrate the memorial hall, which was opened in 1958, becoming debt free.The president of the Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association, Mr W T Henderson, said the organisation began raising money towards this end some years ago by growing a crop on the property of Mr O B Hutchinson. Recently a £500 bequest from the estate of the Fischer family had enabled the hall to become free of debt. The Chairman of the Encounter Bay District Council, Mr W J White, praised the work the HVPA was doing for the district. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 28-8-1964]*HINDMARSH VALLEY CEREMONYAn electric clock mounted in cedar to commemorate the Fischer family was unveiled at the Hindmarsh Valley Memorial Hall recently. The ceremony was performed by Mrs J R Chibnall, descended from the Fischer family who made generous bequests in the district. Among other members of the family present were Mr and Mrs A Sweetman and other guests were Mr McAnaney MP, and Mrs McAnaney. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 2-4-1965]*Hindmarsh Valley Progress AssociationThe president (Mr T Brown) presided at the annual meeting of the Hindmarsh Valley Progress Association on July 10. Reports disclosed a year of great activity which included the erection of a new toilet block and other improvements for the memorial hall. The treasurer's balance sheet, despite expenses amounting to more than $1,000, showed the association to be in a sound position with a credit balance of almost $200. Reports were also tabled on latest developments in connection with re-surfacing the tennis courts. The Encounter Bay District Council will assist with finance, machinery and labour. This gesture is greatly appreciated by the HVPA. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 19-7-1968]*Hindmarsh Valley Progress AssociationThe chairman (Mr T E Brown) reported on the year's activities which included assisting two families in distress in the area due to circumstances beyond their control. The move was well supported and appreciated. The main project was the development of the Hindmarsh Valley reserve which was fenced and planted to native trees and shrubs. The project was initiated by the local branch of the Country Women's Association in conjunction with their 40th anniversary. The Encounter Bay District Council reconstructed the tennis courts during the year, and part of the cost is to be met by the HVPA over the next two years. Also the Association is to help the tennis club finance and erect a piping and mesh surround prior to the 1969–70 tennis season. Mr Brown also expressed concern at instances of vandalism to the hall premises. [Ref: Victor Harbour Times 1-8-1969]
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