Kangaroo Island Probus Club hears about "Why I chose to live where I do"

Long time resident Margaret Turner, speakers Ivy Wooton and Charles Bell with Kangaroo Island Probus president Erica Barratt.

Long time resident Margaret Turner, speakers Ivy Wooton and Charles Bell with Kangaroo Island Probus president Erica Barratt.

KI Probus, a club for active retirees, ended 2019 with Christmas Lunch and fun at the Kingscote Yatch Club.

To start 2020, eight members gathered at the Bernie Davies Lions Memorial Park in January for BYO tea and social chat.

The theme for the February meeting was "Why I chose to live where I do", and 19 members a two local visitors attended.

Nine people present related interesting and sometimes humorous anecdotes relating to the subject.

The theme was so popular that time didn't allow for more speakers, therefore a similar subject will be included in the new program to be drawn up after our AGM next month.

Below are a few snippets from their stories:

96-year-old Ivy Wooton was the first speaker talking on her life as a Soldier Settler's wife, obtaining their farm in 1967, living and working there until her family took over in 1984 when Ivy and her late husband Tom moved to Kingscote. Ivy stated that she found KI residents the most caring people she has ever met.

Polly Wadsworth's story related to living in the main street of Kingscote under the bakery shop, now Roger's Deli, in the 1940s and the changes that have taken place since. The main street was her playground as was the "Basin", now know as the rock or tidal pool, in the warm weather.

Charles Bell was destined to live on KI with four sets of grandparents paving the way before him. Wisanger was named by the Bell family after estates the family owned in England.

Midge Patterson related a similar story with grandparents here before her.

Pat Cass had a simple living choice downsizing from a large property to a small block in the town while still fit and able to do so.

New members and visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings. Details in this paper's events section and on public notice boards when possible. - Jaffrey Drinkwater

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