Chronology 1951-1960

Chronology

1951-1960

Many extra ordinary things have happened
since the colony of South Australia became a State on 1 January 1901.
This section will try to highlight some of them.

1951
Transmitter installed at Marree Hospital.
Hospital at Innamincka closed.
South Australian population 743,785.
Police Station at Farina closed.
Angepena Racing Club formed.
1952
Bulk handling facilities for grain opened at Ardrossan.
1953
Aboriginal people removed from their traditional lands in the Maralinga area.
Port Pirie first town to be proclaimed a city.
1954
School at Farina closed.
South Australia's first drive-in, the Blueline, opened at West Beach.
Mannum pipeline provided the first water for the Adelaide reservoirs.
1955
Sunday Mail appeared for the first time.
Mannum to Adelaide pipeline commissioned.
Mable Hill, the summer residence for Governors, destroyed during bushfires in the Adelaide Hills on 'Black Sunday'.
Tom Kruse awarded a MBE.
Adelaide Airport opened.
1956
Severe flooding of River Murray for several months.
1957
H.J. Mortimer bought Myrtle Springs and Witchelina.
Seismometer installed at Umberatana.
1958
New Strzelecki Track made by South Australian Government.
Parachilna school reopened.
Parking meters introduced in Adelaide.
1959
Joyce Steele and Jessie Cooper first women to be elected to SA Parliament.
Hans Heysen Knighted.
Aborigines became eligible for age, invalid and widows pensions.
1960
At Wooltana 29,580 sheep shorn.
First Adelaide Festival held from 12-26 March.

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