Posts by David Ward

Generations of Oral History

Posted by on April 19, 2018 at 5:20 am

When it comes to oral history, the members of the Monash University Australian Generations Oral History Project thought big – real big.

The Oral History of TV Journalism

Posted by on April 11, 2018 at 2:05 am

What’s news at the National Film & Sound Archive? Why it’s the Oral History of TV Journalism collection.

E10 – A Liverpudlian Makes His Mark

Posted by on January 30, 2018 at 4:22 am

Ian’s been a sewing machine repairman, and actor, a clown, a stuntman, a radio host, a carer, a husband and father, and a life-long amateur historian. In the first of a two-part interview Rod McKenzie talks to Ian about growing up in Liverpool and his journey to a new life in Australia.

Marilyn Simpson was a teacher, teaching hundreds of children over her career, and giving them a start in life and learning. Host Barry Neylon talks to Marilyn about her journey from a horseradish farm to the classroom, and the lessons she learnt along the way.

The Oral History of Christmas Movies

Posted by on December 22, 2017 at 4:33 am

With Christmas just around the corner, we though it was time to delve into the oral history of Christmas … movies!

Find your Family history this Christmas

Posted by on December 8, 2017 at 4:19 am

Christmas in Australia is a time of sun, fun, and family, and as you get together over the holidays, what better time is there to start exploring your family history?

E08 – Pennington Primary to the Pilbara

Posted by on December 5, 2017 at 3:04 am

Raelene Benier wrote the manual on iron ore invoicing as a Systems Manager for mining giant Rio Tinto, but when she moved to Gawler she found her talents were needed in a different area.

E07 – Life in the Country (Part 2)

Posted by on August 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

Iris Crouch might be in her 90s and have a broken back, but whenever she sits down to play the organ she counts herself as one of the luckiest women alive.

E06 – The Mallee, mice and underground mutton

Posted by on July 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Author, poet, photographer, podcaster, mum – is there anything Janette Menhennet can’t do?

Iris Crouch might be in her 90s and have a broken back, but whenever she sits down to play the organ she counts herself as one of the luckiest women alive.

E04 – the Motocross Mayor

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We might know him better as the former Mayor of Gawler, but Brian Sambell loves motocross, and he’s been riding and racing bikes since the days when he putt-putted behind his dad as a kid.

E03 – To China and back

Posted by on July 21, 2017 at 3:04 pm

From Trinity College to the world’s top engineering school – Tsinghua University – local export Jack Butcher is hoping to help China and Australia better understand each other

E02 – Shirley and George got married

Posted by on July 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

In the early 1930’s South Gawler won 3 premierships in 5 years, you could buy bacon for 1 shilling a pound, and a young Shirley Davidson and her family moved to town.

E01 How Times Change

Posted by on June 28, 2017 at 3:29 am

Graham Tucker is virtually a walking encyclopaedia of knowledge when it comes to the history of Gawler, and we’re lucky enough to have Graham take us on a tour or his life and our town.

The Lore of Law

Posted by on June 21, 2017 at 5:46 am

New South Wales Bar Association is using oral history collect the stories and experiences of some of its most prominent members to preserve their knowledge for the next generation of legal minds

Serious about Oral History? Check out the Biennial Oral History Australia Conference 2017, coming up in Sydney in September.

The Oral History of Aussie Art

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The James Gleeson Oral History Collection held at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) sheds light on the way many of the county’s great artworks were made

To preserve, create, and build

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After 6 months of hard work the Gawler Oral History Project is almost ready to launch – we’re about to make history!

A quick chat with Steve Frinsdorf

Posted by on March 30, 2017 at 12:40 am

Marilyn chats with prolific volunteerer and SA Regional Award winner, Steve Frinsdorf

Happy World Poetry Day

Posted by on March 20, 2017 at 11:01 pm

We celebrate World Poetry Day with Equinox, written by local author and poet Alex Robertson

New Exhibition at the Gallery

Posted by on March 11, 2017 at 12:56 am

Talented artist, Laura Wright, talks with Marilyn about her exhibition currently showing in The Red Hen Room at the Gawler Community Gallery

Artisan Markets and Head Cred

Posted by on March 6, 2017 at 5:33 am

The Gawler Fringe continued on Saturday 4th March with an Artisans’ Market at Apex Park during the day and a film in the evening.  Marilyn talks with Natasha from Head Cred about her jewellery collection made from old tin plates and tea caddies


Posted by on March 3, 2017 at 5:20 am

This week’s listeners’ challenge is to inspired by clean, clear water, or at least Adelaide’s water, which is the same thing isn’t it? Welcome to the Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse monthly podcast Wordsmiths at Work. Recording from “the local”, our enthusiastic little band of wordsmiths discuss local poets and writers, share writing tips, and samples […]


Posted by on February 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

Welcome to the Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse monthly podcast, Wordsmiths at Work. Recording from “the local”, our enthusiastic little band of wordsmiths discuss local poets and writers, share writing tips, and samples of our work. There is also a monthly listener’s challenge, to write a piece of verse or prose inspired by the photo […]

What’s on in the Red Hen Room?

Posted by on February 24, 2017 at 11:12 pm

Three new exhibitions were launched at the Gawler Community Gallery on Sunday 19th February.

The Fringe party begins in Gawler

Posted by on February 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm

The Fringe came to Gawler this weekend. Check out our video gallery of interviews and performances at the 2017 Gawler Fringe Opening!

The Fringe Comes to Town

Posted by on February 17, 2017 at 2:05 am

Gawler gets an early taste of SA’s famous Mad March as the 2017 Fringe hits town this weekend with great food, continuous music, and your chance to make an early start on Adelaide’s Spring of Festivals!

Gawler Community Gallery unveils its latest exhibition

Posted by on February 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm

The Gawler Community Gallery was quick off the mark this year with their first exhibition for 2017 opening on the 5th January.

Merry Christmas from the GBA

Posted by on December 23, 2016 at 6:03 am

Thanks to all our supporters, be they individuals, community groups or local businesses, it’s been a big year for Gawler’s newest media outlet, and with your help we’re looking for an even bigger 2017!

Community House Christmas

Posted by on December 5, 2016 at 4:07 am

Gawler’s Community House is preparing to host their annual Christmas Lunch, but places are filling up fast, so book early

Drums by Peter Thompson The last exhibition for 2016 is now open at The Gawler Community Art Gallery and will run until Sunday 18th December. It is a strong exhibition featuring the watercolours of Lorraine Winchester, with Drum and Shaker  sculpture and abstract paintings in oils and acrylics by Peter Thompson. Join Marilyn as she […]

With Christmas approaching, Marilyn talks with Rod McKenzie, Chair of The Gawler Suicide Prevention Community Group about being present for our loved ones who are suffering over the holiday season

Taiko Drums from Sandy Creek

Posted by on November 8, 2016 at 2:43 am

If you were at the Village Fair on the weekend you might have seen the kids from the Sandy Creek Primary School belting out the rhythms with some Taiko drumming. But what exactly is Taiko Drumming?

Kerry Cleopatra and ekoo

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Gawler local and Publicity Officer at the Gawler Community Gallery, Marie Vonow attended the talk by guest speaker and ekoo founder, Kerry Cleopatra at the Gawler Sustainable Living Festival, and left feeling inspired.

The Jazz Festival about town

Posted by on November 6, 2016 at 8:01 am

There have been heaps of venues all around Gawler participating in the Jazz Festival this year, all combining great food and drinks with all that jazz.

A Sustainable Success

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The Gawler Sustainable Living Festival 2016 was held today at the Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre on Adelaide Road, and with food, music, and all sorts of ideas about sustainability, the festival was a huge success.

The P/A Turns 3

Posted by on November 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

It was all cleansing ales, cupcakes and burgers at the P/A Hotel on Murray St as Mrs Fairweather’s establishment celebrated their 3rd Birthday with a party in the laneway.

The 2016 Gawler Rotary Village Fair is underway with classic cars, community stalls, a bouncy castle, hot food, jumping dogs, the Gawler Town Band and much more

The Gawler Jazz Festival 2016 was officially launched last Friday 4th November with a gala event at the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club.

Gawler's Big Weekend is here

Posted by on November 3, 2016 at 1:54 am

Spring’s here, the sun’s out, and it’s time to shake off those winter blues and head out to a weekend of festivals, fairs, parties and fun because the 4th – 6th of November is Gawler’s Big Weekend!

15 Melbourne Cup Facts you might not know

Posted by on October 31, 2016 at 3:43 am

In celebration of the 155th Melbourne Cup, here’s a few facts you might not know about our country’s most famous horse race

Gawler's Big Weekend is Coming

Posted by on October 27, 2016 at 1:31 am

The first weekend in November promises to be a big one for Gawler, with festivals, fairs, birthday parties and much more


Posted by on September 30, 2016 at 1:14 am

See how Gawler’s coping with the rising water levels

Can you win The Quiz?

Posted by on September 24, 2016 at 3:27 am

The GBA is having a Quiz Night Fundraiser, and you’re all invited!

A Festival of Pedal Power

Posted by on September 21, 2016 at 3:58 am

Pedal power takes prime position with the launch of the inaugural Gawler Cycling Festival


Posted by on September 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

Since 2009, the RUOK organisation has reminded us to ask our friends and family “RUOK?”. 

A History of Dad's Day

Posted by on September 3, 2016 at 1:43 am

Father’s Day has been around in many forms for centuries, but the whole idea of the modern Father’s Day comes from a daughter who just loved her Dad.

Finals Fever has sprung

Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 10:15 pm

it’s coming down to the sharp end of the season for sporting clubs in the Gawler area

SALA Art and Kornacraft

Posted by on August 30, 2016 at 10:29 am

Kornacraft is another venue to join the SALA 2016 Gawler Art Trail, and they have some cheeky pictures to share!

Putting Art in the Frame

Posted by on August 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

The beautiful watercolours of English-born, locally based artist and sculptor Simone Lyon