Mylor's Sporting History
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You are invited to a display this Sunday 31 May 2015 from 11am to 4pm at the Mylor Oval Clubrooms on ‘Mylor’s Sporting History’. This display has been put together by the Mylor History Group and is part of South Australia’s History Festival for the month of May. The display of photographs and memorabilia recognises the important role sport has played in our village from its gazettal in 1891 through to the present day. A special feature will be the unveiling at noon of a spectacular 1.2 metre by 4.8 metre montage of the history of the Mylor Oval which has been put together by Stephanie Bettison of Mylor. This montage will be on permanent display at the Clubrooms.
Entry to the display is by gold coin donation. Tea and coffee will be available.
Enquires to Leonie Barker on 8388 5858.”
Unveiling of Sign - Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall
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The first community hall in Mylor was built by the Mylor blockers and opened by the Governor of South Australia on the 13th of February 1896. It was a simple structure of rough sawn logs and galvanised iron.It was named the "Cotton Memorial Hall" in recognition of the contribution by the Hon George Witherage Cotton MLC who developed the concept of the working men's blocks and pushed the required legislation through State Parliament. You can read more about GW Cotton in a comprehensive article by Lesley Ewing on this website.
The hall was replaced by the current stone structure in 1923 and then extended in 1980. The stone building was named the "Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall" but unfortunately the name was covered when the projection room was built on the front of the hall in the 1950s. The old sign was discovered when some of our History Group members climbed a ladder to access the projection room to 'explore' a few years ago. We thought it would be a good idea to reinstate the name on the outside of the hall and fortunately the MCFC Committee agreed and offered to pay for this work to be done. We were fortunate to secure the services of local expert signwriter Steve Coss who went to extraordinary lengths to replicate the original sign. This work has been completed and the new sign unveiled.
The unveiling was done on Sunday 30 November 2014 by Geoff Cotton, the great great grandson of GW Cotton together with Ruth Lange, a great granddaughter. About 60 members of the Cotton family were present on the day. Sadly, since that time Geoff Cotton passed away early this year.
Anzac Day Dawn Service 2014
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A Dawn Service was held at the Mylor War Memorial on Friday 25 April at 6.30am. The Service conducted by Rob Combridge from the Mylor Uniting Church involved a number of people from the local community including children from the Mylor Primary School. Local resident, Christobel Walton, gave a moving acoount of her father's, Stephen Charlton (Tim) Hallam, experiences in both World Wars.
After the Service a 'Tea and Toast' breakfast was served at the Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall where there was a comprehensive display put on by the Mylor History Group on '100 Years of Red Cross in Australia and Mylor'.
Remembrance Day 2014
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2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 - the war that was supposed to end all wars. Sadly that hasn't been the case. It is also the 96th anniversay of the armistice of that war - on the 11th hour of the 11th month in 1918 the guns fell silent on the western front in Europe and that terrible war came to an end. Since that moment services have been held at that time each year to reflect on the sacrifices made in all wars and armed conflicts in the quest for world peace.
A Remembrance Day Service was held at the Mylor War Memorial commencing on Tuesday 11 November. The address was given by Rob Combridge and once again the students from the Mylor Primary School played an important part in the Service. Afterwards morning tea was served at the School.
Mylor History Group Archives
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Our Group has accumulated a lot of information about the history of Mylor and surrounding areas. This information takes many forms including documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, DVDs and CDs. One of our members, Mike Tolley, kindly designed and built a computer-based system which has allowed us to progressively develop an index of this information which can then be readily searched.
This index is almost complete and can now be accessed on-line by clicking on the 'Articles on line' button above. Unfortunately only the index can be viewed - but at least this gives you some idea of what we have. If you would like the details of any particular item please contact us and we can make arrangements to get it to you by email, post or a personal visit to our collection at the Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall.
We look forward to hearing from you.