Pam Crowhurst is a pioneer of Victor Harbor and turned 90-years-old on October 19

Children: Robyn Baseley (Victor Harbor), Cathy Farnden ( Katherine NT), Helen Atkin (Katherine, NT & Victor Harbor) and Malcolm Crowhurst (Collinsville QLD) with their mother Pam (centre) on her birthday.
Children: Robyn Baseley (Victor Harbor), Cathy Farnden ( Katherine NT), Helen Atkin (Katherine, NT & Victor Harbor) and Malcolm Crowhurst (Collinsville QLD) with their mother Pam (centre) on her birthday.

Pam Crowhurst was born in Victor Harbor on October 19, 1929 and celebrated her 90th birthday with her children, Malcolm, Cathy, Robyn and Helen plus her seven grand and nine great-grandchildren.

The youngest of three children to Ralph and Ruth Rose, (nee Welch) she and her siblings Pat and John lived at 'Corrumbene', a dairy farm (now Morgan Park). Pam remembers those years were full of fun, love and happiness.

To talk to Pam, as she cracks this important milestone is a lesson on the history of many landmarks in the Victor Harbor and Hindmarsh Valley region.

Pam's great-grandfather Boucher Welch and her grandfather Captain George Rose migrated from England in 1853 and 1888. Boucher, along with his wife Emily, Henry (4) and Sarah (2), settled at 'Lincoln Cottage' and Captain G Rose settled in Geelong, Victoria, later marrying Lillian Martin.

Grandfather Boucher with the help of family members built 'Corrumbene, then later 'Nangawooka' and 'Lincoln Park.

Grandfather Captain G Rose piloted the ships through the heads into Port Phillip Bay where it was renowned for treacherous rips. His son's Ralph and Tom married sisters Ruth and Effie Welch.

Ralph in World War I fought in France where he was wounded and suffered the terrible effects of chemical gas.

After returning and marrying Ruth, they settled in Hindmarsh Valley (near the church ruins) and in 1932, his family moved into 'Corrumbene' to help manage the farm after Ruth's father Henry B Welch fractured his hip.

He started the first herd of Friesian cows and Ruth being the first woman in the area to drive a car.

Pam with her brother John Rose got up to all sorts of pranks.

"John and I had so much fun together, such as climbing the 42 feet free light whilst dodging the rotating blades and giving the town kids a challenge to keep the homemade corrugated iron canoe upright on the lagoon (Urimbirra). We would giggle knowing full well not all would be successful," Pam joked.

Pam Crowhurst has lived a great and active life on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Pam Crowhurst has lived a great and active life on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Pam loved the farm and after leaving school remained to help and eventually purchased her own pigs and lambs and took the sheep to market on horseback.

However, on Christmas Day in 1948, her father Ralph at 55 years, passed away from a ruptured stomach ulcer due to being gassed in WWI.

"I helped John with the farm work, driving the old Ford and tractor, also supplementing meals by shooting rabbits and setting traps," she said.

Pam gained her motorbike licence and joined the local motorcycle club and during this time she met Les Crowhurst.

In 1952 they were married at 'Corrumbene' and moved into Victor Harbor. They had five children, but sadly Shane being very premature, only lived for seven hours.

Les and Pam worked together and had many happy times taking the children to sporting venues and helping at the local Yacht Club.

Pam assisted Les in their clothing shops 'Crowhurst Menswear' and 'Ocean Jeanery' (1967 to 1985), as well as volunteering with Meals on Wheels as a driver for 40 years.

Pam has lived and is still living an active, healthy and fun life. Her mind is as sharp as ever and many of her recollections on what happened years ago are as vivid as if it happened yesterday.

"My advice in getting to 90, is to work hard, eat well, don't smoke and keep waking up," she laughed.

Pam has seen Victor Harbor grow and has no desire to leave now.

Pam's family consists of: children - Malcolm Crowhurst ( Collinsville QLD), Cathy Farnden ( Katherine NT), Robyn Baseley (Victor Harbor), Helen Atkin (Katherine, NT and Victor Harbor), grandchildren - Heath Farnden (Adelaide), Heidi Farnden (Darwin), Emily Moules (nee Atkin) ( Katherine NT), Dayna Atkin (Victor Harbor), Shani Atkin (Victor Harbor), great-grandchildren - Harrison Farnden, Zander Horrocks, Zarley Horrocks, Wynter Moules, Huntley Moules.

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