Soldier Settlement 70-year reunion revs up at Parndana

The registrations are all in and more than 200 people will attend the events as part of the Parndana Soldier Settlement Museum 70-year reunion.

The Parndana Progress Association will run the ANZAC Service at 8.30am on Wednesday, April 25 at Parndana between the hall and the museum at the ANZAC memorial area.

Behind that area is a new set of stone walls that will become a memorial wall, a fitting structure created by Jamie Boyle for the Soldier Settlement Scheme.

After the service, the Parndana Hotel, Western Districts Lions Club and progress association will provide breakfast. Now that's an awful lot of eggs but Fryar's have been supplying the eggs for this annual event for years and can feed a multitude. 

Thursday and Friday have been left free for visitors to tour the Island and local companies have offered good discounts for everyone.

At 2pm on Friday, the Parndana KICE campus is offering half-hour tours. People need to meet in the quadrangle to be shown around. Visitors can check out the barramundi tanks and other changes.

Friday night there is a sold-out concert, which will pay tribute to the settlers. If you have spare time on Thursday, drop in to the hall at 10am to watch the dress rehearsal, as the students have worked very hard under the direction of settlers' daughter Suzanne Bourke.

The museum will be open from 10am to 3pm each day from Wednesday to Saturday with fresh displays. Those will stay up for the next two weeks as part of SA History Festival.

Saturday morning will be the official opening of the Ken McWhinnie Dozer Shed and then the Dudley Writers new book, which features several stories based on the settlers.

Saturday night there will be an Old Style Dance in the Parndana Hall. Any one interested in dancing, or just listening to old style music, is welcome to attend.

Sunday, Pastor Louise will lead a church service at 10.30am and the the Long Lunch is booked out. The program is in this week’s paper. Any inquiries phone Pat on 0428 842 853.

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