In The Courier this week

Mt Barker RSL president Tom Addington, front, is the designated two-up spinner ready to toss two pennies into the air before a gathering of players. The traditional wartime game followed the town’s dawn service, inset, which attracted nearly 4000 people to the Mann Street soldiers memorial.

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Anzac spirit

From the cheers that follow a heart-racing coin toss to the boom of festival beats, there was more than one way to take part in Anzac Day.
Australia’s day of national importance began at dawn services across the region as Hills people gathered to remember those who served and died in war.
As the sun rose, attentions turned to gunfire breakfasts – including rum-laced coffee – and a little Anzac Day fun, as 12,000 revellers prepared to gather at the Oakbank Racecourse to see their favorite artists at the Groovin the Moo music festival.
For others, Anzac traditions continued with an old-fashioned game of chance. The Mt Barker RSL hosted rounds of the Aussie wartime game two-up, replicating the liveliness of soldiers who refined a dice-based game more than 100 years ago.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Painting vanishes: Hills painter Sheila Whittam has lost track of a 1.5m x 1m watercolor titled The Matriarch which she loaned to the Office of Women in 1994 to hang in a public space at Roma Mitchell House on North Terrace.

  • Late break: Farmers are facing a nervous start to the sowing season across the region with no significant rain predicted until June.

  • Mayo defector: A former senior office holder with Hills branches of the Liberal Party claims the Liberals will lose the seat of Mayo by sticking with  sitting Federal MP Jamie Briggs and he has switched allegiances to the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT).

  • Safety stand: A threat by State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers to permanently close their unit in the central Hills is motivated by fears for public safety – not politics – according to a former member.

  • Cultural centre: The Federal Government will commit $1m to help secure the future of the home and studio of legendary artist Hans Heysen in the hope the Hahndorf property will become a MONA-style cultural centre.


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