Gawler Identities

Everyone has a story, and Marilyn Simpson is on a mission to find them all. 

With over a decade of experience in community radio, at both BBBFM in the Barossa, and more recently at PBAFM in Salisbury where she hosts Easy Does It, a mix of music and interviews, and Words Out Loud, a program for writers, Marilyn brings you the stories behind the name, the stories that make up people’s identities, and explores what makes Gawler more than just a town, but also a community.

Production Notes

Host: Marilyn Simpson

Producer: Marilyn Simpson

Audio Editing: Marilyn Simpson

Theme Music: While She Sleeps by Lights Galaxia

Cover Photo: Marilyn Simpson

Rotary Fair 2018

Marilyn talks with a Ladybug and Wendy Randell from Gawler Zonta and discovers a wonderful scheme which helps children build their own libraries. We visited The Community House Stand and discovered some new activities. Helen and Karen, two lovely volunteers filled us in on all things Community House. We stopped by The Suicide Prevention booth. …

Marilyn interviews Kai Pallich-Vega

Kai is a 14 year-old cyclist with a big heart. He is organising a 500km charity ride to support Autism SA. Check this link if you would like to help him. www.EverydayHero.com and visit the “Up North 500” page. Incidental Music by Natentine (https://natentine.com) Marwan Nimra – Attribution 4.0 International …

Gawler Primary School Celebrates 140th Anniversary

On the 19th October 2018, Gawler Primary School will be 140 years old. There will be celebrations from 4-6.30 pm. The Committee is especially looking for multi-generational ex-students of the school. Marilyn talks with John and Amanda Reiman – 3 generations of their family have attended this school. Deidre, her two sons, David and John, …

Interview: Off the Couch with Ethan

While at the Gawler Show this year, we caught up with Ethan White, the host of the Channel 44 TV show Off the Couch with Ethan. We asked him about his new TV show, plus his thoughts on the 2018 Gawler Show.  …

The Gawler Show 2018

The Gawler Show is a testament to the social strength of the Gawler Community. Marilyn spoke with the Show Committee President, Patricia Dent OAM, on the Saturday morning of the show. Incidental music is by Scott Holmes http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Music_For_Media/Scott_Holmes_-_01_-_Arcade_Paradise       License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ …

GBA’s Live And Local with Crafty’s Open Mic at the P/A Sun 11th March

A music loving crowd came and went over 3 hours on Sunday as a large number of local musos and singers performed in the front bar of the P/A. From 3 o ‘çlock until 6, listeners were treated to an amazing selection of songs. GBA put on a raffle which added to the fun. These …

Gawler Fringe 2018

Jack Buckskin, accompanied by his children, brought the Welcome to Country. He did this through song, talk and playing the didgeridoo .I managed to get a few words with him and his children. Jack Buckskin with his children in the Kids Zone. …

Gawler Fringe The Rickety Chicks

Gawler duo Tess and Jan form The Rickety Chicks. Marilyn caught up with them at the 2018 Gawler Fringe. …

Gawler Business celebrates Australia Day

Gawler barbers, Fat Boy Trims, dress for Australia Day and their customers love it. Incidental music from While She Sleeps (Morning Edit)by The Lights Galaxia,  licensed under  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives http://freemusicarchive.org …

Changes at Gawler Health Services

Gerry Lloyd, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Gawler Health Service talks with Pru Hackwell about her career since 2001. She leaves her role at GHS on January 5th 2018 and this podcast is her personal reflection over the years. Incidental Music : The Lights Galaxia – While She Sleeps BY,NC,ND. …

Christmas at The Gawler Hospital

In hospital this Christmas? Pru Blackwell from the Gawler Health Advisory Committee talks with Gerry Lloyd, Director of Nursing and Midwifery about what it’s like to be in hospital over Christmas. Accreditation Incidental music from While She Sleeps (Morning Edit)by The Lights Galaxia,  licensed under  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives http://freemusicarchive.org Photos show a volunteer at the Information Desk, …

The Sustainable Living Festival 2017

The biggest and best yet festival was held this November in Pioneer Park. Lisa chatted with Malcolm Haines who presented a workshop on edible weeds.  …

Event Watch Jazz Festival

Our team attended the Festival Launch at the Nixon Convention Centre and met up with the Foenando Brothers, Mike and Steve. Deb Davidson, a local jazz enthusiast, joined us on the breezy balcony for a chat. Incidental music from While She Sleeps (Morning Edit)by The Lights Galaxia licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives . …

Event Watch: Youth Art Exhibition

Whilst at the2017 Rotary Village Fair, Marilyn looked in on the Youth Art Tent and spoke with President Elect, Jacqui Atyeo,  who curated  the Exhibition. Incidental music is by Scott Holmes http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/Music_For_Media/Scott_Holmes_-_01_-_Arcade_Paradise       License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ …

Event Watch: HAC

Whilst at the Rotary Village Fair, Marilyn stopped by at the GHAC stand and spoke with Martin Gelhert. Incidental music from While She Sleeps (Morning Edit)by The Lights Galaxia,  licensed under  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives http://freemusicarchive.org …

Hewett Community Kitchen

The Hewett Centre has opened their kitchen to the community. Would you like to be a part of this? Marilyn talks with Viviana and Darlene. Incidental Music : The Lights Galaxia – While She Sleeps BY,NC,ND. …

A quick chat with Steve Frinsdorf

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

Artisan Markets and Head Cred

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 …

The Fringe party begins in Gawler

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

The Rotary Gawler Village Fair 2016 Gallery

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 …

Gawler Jazz Festival 2016 Officially Launches

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

Event Watch: Gawler & Districts Disability Sport, Rec and Art Expo

The Gawler & Districts Disability Sport, Rec and Art Expo was officially launched this week, with representatives from Disability, Sports and Recreation SA (DRSSA) attending, as well as staff from the local Starplex and local member Tony Piccolo. We talked to DRSSA President and Paralympian Daryl Taylor about what makes this an important initiative. If …

Life, sustainability and everything

Organic, local, natural, free range, hormone free? How can we get fresh, sustainable food? …

Gawler Boys win Judo Medals

Gawler Judo Club members bring home the medals at the S.K.J.A State Titles …

Gawler Identities – Kimberley Hargrave

Marilyn interviews Kimberley Hargrave about her latest exhibition, “Nature’s Glamour”. For more information about the Gawler Community Gallery, visit their website http://gawlergallery.blogspot.com.au/. …

Event Watch: Gawler Community Gallery Opening – Mental Health Carers

Marilyn went to the launch of the Mental Health Carers Group’s inaugural exhibition at the Gawler Community Gallery, on Sunday, 6th March 2016. The exhibition was organised by Eileen Booth, Peer Support worker at The United Community Group, Smithfield, and opened by Michelle, an Art Therapist. Marilyn met up with the exhibitors, Eileen and Michelle …

Gawler Identities – Hewett Centre

Gawler’s best kept secret is the Hewett Centre. Marilyn chats with Rhonda Smedley, Centre Manager, and discovers what’s going on there. …

Event Watch: Gawler Fringe

Marilyn visits the Gawler Fringe Festival and interviews a few of its participants. Angus and Marilyn chat with Fringe performer, Liam Halford. Marilyn chats with local artisan, Brenda Northeast. Marilyn stops at the Chapter and Verse booth. Street interview with Daniel and Kelly from “I’m from Gawler” Facebook page. Scott Rathman shares his Fringe thoughts …

The Gawler Music Scene: Episode 3 – Celtic Gateway

Celtic Gateway is a five piece Gawler Folk Band who can deliver a variety of musical experiences. They can all play several different instruments and three of them sing. Marilyn dropped by at a rehearsal recently. …

Marilyn Interviews Joanne Hughes

As the Gawler Community Gallery celebrates ten years of service to the community, its vice-president, Joanne Hughes, chats with Marilyn about what the Gallery offers our town, now and in the future. …

The Gawler Music Scene: Episode 2 – Bad Press

In today’s episode, Marilyn interviews Bad Press about their band. …

Marilyn Interviews Rodney McKenzie

Marilyn interviews Rodney McKenzie, the chair of the Gawler Suicide Prevention Group. …

Marilyn Interviews Susannah Emery

Marilyn interviews Susannah Emery, a finalist in the 2015 Winnovation Awards, which showcase innovation by South Australian women, for her work with education in remote Indigenous communities, with a focus on the role gaming can play in the classroom. …

Event Watch: Village Fair Stalls

There were a lot of stalls around the Rotary Village Fair, so we took the chance to talk to some of them! In this episode we talk to the Barossa Light Horse Historical Association, the Gawler and District Children’s Centre, Heartbeat Inc., and Zonta. We also have another interview with the organisers of the event, …

Event Watch: Rotary Village Fair

Another day, another local event! When we arrived at the Gawler Rotary Village Fair it was in full swing, so we asked Kim Potger, one of the organisers, a few questions. We also did a second set of interviews, talking to the people from the stalls around the fair, which you can find here. …

Event Watch: Uniting Family Fair

In today’s episode Cody and Marilyn visit the Uniting Family Fair to get an interview and try out their sausage sizzle. …

Marilyn Interviews Steve Frinsdorf

Marilyn conducts an interview with Steve Frinsdorf, one of the winners of the 2015 South Australian Regional Awards for his services to the Gawler community. …

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