Club Notes - News from around the Fleurieu


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Our first meeting for 2018 was held on February 5 at the Goolwa Hotel where Josie Schapel introduced guest speaker Dean Perry who gave an interesting chat about the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum situated at Pt Elliot, which displays unique and unusual item in their collection. 

Dedicated volunteers spend time restoring  farm machinery and equipment that may have been found out in a paddock or stored in an old shed.

The museum, located at 1 Wright St, Port Elliot,  has a wonderful assortment on display – you can wander through the areas where you may see the cottage-style family rooms and a dairy display with a range of milk, butter and cheese equipment.

They are always looking for volunteers, opening times are Thursday and Sunday 10am to 3pm, clubs and groups book by appointment.

Dean was given a gift of  appreciation. 

Probus is friendship, fellowship and fun in retirement, where fellow retirees meet at the Goolwa Hotel at 10am on the first Monday of the month unless it is on a public holiday.

We have interesting guest speakers, regular outings, such as a trip to Mount Barker for lunch at Auchendorrach  then on to visit the extraordinary Tickle Tank.

Margaret Brinsley, activity officer, spends a lot of time searching for places that members will enjoy. 

This month’s outing was to the River Dolls of Goowa situated on Cadell St Goolwa, which is owned by Lyn Clark.

The exhibition is the largest private collection in South Australia, which includes early Australian dolls, dolls in national costumes and a large display of Barbie and Ken dressed in amazing costumes. 

Thee oldest dolls are from 1890s but the majority of the collection covers the modern period from 1920 onwards with over 3000 dolls, toys and teddies in this award-winning display. 

Margaret was thanked for arranging for the members to visit. 

Next meeting will be on March 5 at 10am with visitors and new members always welcomed.


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Lovable: Probus Club member Sandy Stoddart gets cuddly with a baby alpaca.

Lovable: Probus Club member Sandy Stoddart gets cuddly with a baby alpaca.

The Port Victor Combined Probus Club commenced 2018 with an enjoyable barbecue tea at the Bay Village Community Centre with tasty salads and sweets provided by members.

February’s speaker and outing were of great interest, both involving farming enterprises. 

At the monthly meeting Stephen Schmitz subject was “The importance of good farmers on the Fleurieu”.

He spoke passionately about his belief in the importance of small, person-centered farming methods, using co-operatives as teams to support initiatives in natural farming, his own history and adult studies.

He believes the Fleurieu is a natural food bowl with its deep rich alluvial soil.

The following week, 37 members visited the Ambersun Alpaca Farm set in beautiful surroundings south of Mt Compass, owned by Chris, Adrienne and family.

The farm is home to 1500 alpacas of the Huacaya breed and one of the largest in the world outside Peru. 

Mitchell took members into the birthing paddock for a close-up experience with curious young ones, some enjoying a cuddle. Mitchell did a great job answering many questions.

Chris explained the background of Ambersun Alpacas and his involvement with the industry world-wide.

He also talke  on his alpaca shearing skills in Europe for three months each year, running a mobile stud mating service throughout Australia, supplying alpaca meat at the Willunga Farmer’s Market and a retail Alpaca Shop in Hahndorf.

The family have great tourist plans for their farm in the future.

Lunch at the Mt Compass Tavern followed.


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The annual general meeting held on Monday, February 5, was well attended, commencing at 6pm with a finger food dinner. Invited guests from the Victor Harbor Council were Peta Johnson – arts officer, Mark Oliphant as well as renowned local artist Glenn Irvine.

When the formal proceedings were concluded, Jack Condous OAM and president of the Royal South Australian Society of Artists entertained guest and members with a very animated and informative presentation on the various aspects of the RSASA and the role of the society in supporting the arts in South Australia.

Jack was also passionate about how members who volunteer their time in non-profit organisations are the backbone of societies.

The 2018 program was also presented to members and guests, showing an exciting list of workshops, bus excursions and monthly presenters planned for the coming year.

The VHAS first monthly general neeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at 7pm in the Old Schoolhouse on Torrens Road.

Peta Johnson, Victor Harbor Council’s newly appointed officer for the arts will be the first guest speaker of the year to inform us of her role and to answer questions from members.

An exciting bus excursion is planned for May 16, visiting the Jam Factory then the Art Gallery of South Australia for a tour of the Colours of Impressionism exhibition.

Renowned artist Margie Hooper will host the VHAS first workshop titled ‘Generating Ideas Through Drawing ‘on Saturday, March 24.

Further details are available on the website: or go to a council community site. More information from Wendy Jennings 8552 3415 or Ken Harrison 0403 990 965.