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Borrika Institutes of 1914 and 1925 with the cement brick kitchen added after World War Two. Murray Mallee South Australia

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The town of Borrika was gazetted 2 April 1914. A site on the corner of the main road and third street was gazetted an Institute site 11 June 1914. The community proceeded with the erection of a corrugated iron building, measuring 30ft x 15ft on the site. The hall was built by local settlers, including four who were carpenters. The hall was used for a variety of community and social functions, including church services, dances, and as a school that opened in 1915. By 1924 a larger hall was required. The original hall was moved back from the main road about 60 feet and a new hall erected in front of it. Foundation stone of new hall was laid 25 March 1925. [According to newspaper reports the hall was opened on the same day-see account in the following text.] The hall was built of locally quarried stone. Masonry contractor was Mr Ellis, while local farmers Charlie and Jack Wardley erected the roof. The old hall continued to be used as a school until 1926. The new hall provided the usual community services. A cement brick kitchen was added to the rear of the old building after the Second World War. [Ref: Heritage of the Murray Mallee] The first Borrika Hall opened October 1914. The opening ceremony in connection with the new institute was performed by Mrs H S Green. Mr Mell, in introducing Mrs Green, said it afforded him great pleasure to see such a building here, and he sincerely hoped it would not be long before a library was opened. [Chronicle (Adelaide) 14 Nov 1914] A successful sports meeting was held on October 12 to raise funds to pay the debt on the Borrika hall. The proceeds were £67/15/4. [Ref: Advertiser (Adelaide) 5-11-1921] A concert in aid of the school funds was held in the hall on September 6, and an excellent programme was carried out by the school children. The hall was tastefully decorated, and much credit is due to Miss D Watt, head teacher, and Miss E Tonkin who assisted as accompanist. A sale of flowers and sweets was followed by a supper and dance. Proceeds were £9/7/2d. [Ref: Chronicle (Adelaide) 23-9-1922] SCHOOL FOR BORRIKA A deputation from residents of Borrika on the Paringa railway line, (Karoonda), waited upon the Minister of Education (Mr L L Hill) on Tuesday, requesting the erection of a stone school building in their district. The deputation was introduced by Mr H McMillan MP. Mr A Hocking said that there were thirty one children on the roll at Borrika, and the present iron building was very trying in summer, and cold in winter. The Minister, replying, said in 1922 the Director had rejected the proposal as the average attendance only 18. Parliament, however, would be asked to vote a larger amount for country schools next session. He was going into the whole matter shortly with the Director before submitting proposals to Cabinet. [Ref: Daily Herald (Adelaide) 7-5-1924] Borrika December 11 The construction of the new hall is now progressing well and the contractor (Mr E W Ellis) expects to have the mason work completed by Christmas. The hall is 35ft. wide and 55ft. long. [Ref: Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark) 19-12-1924] A NEW INSTITUTE 0n March 25 the new Borrika Institute was opened by Mr F M McMillan MP. The building, which is of the most modern architecture, is well lighted. The chairman (Mr H S Green) presented Mr McMillan with an inscribed silver plated trowel, with which to lay the foundation stone. After the stone was laid Mr McMillan declared the hall open. An appeal on behalf of the trustees was well responded to, £77 being placed on the stone. Sports were held afterwards. A concert was held in the hall in the evening. Items were contributed by the Karoonda orchestra. A dance followed. Mr A J Amos was MC and the music was provided by the Karoonda orchestra. The takings for the day amounted to approximately £180. There was a record attendance of about 300 during the afternoon and evening. [Ref: Advertiser (Adelaide) 1-4-1925 & Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark) 3-4-1925] Borrika On Saturday, June 6, a very enjoyable dance was held in the local hall. Supper was served in the supper room. Mr F Wilhelm was MC and the music was performed by Messrs A Box, E O Wilhelm, F Lester, and E S Bonython. [Ref: Register (Adelaide) 11-6-1925] On October 14 the Eight Hours Sports Committee held their annual sports in aid of the Borrika Institute. A concert and dance was held in the institute in the evening. Mr J Wardley was MC for the dance. Supper was served. [Ref: Observer (Adelaide) 31-10-1925] Borrika December 1 A benefit social was recently held in the Borrika Institute to raise funds for Mr Harry Woolcock who was seriously injured in the accident on the night of October 21. He was returning to Lowalde [sic] from Wynarka on a motor tricycle, when he was run down by a special rail motor that was also returning in reverse gear from the final match of the Murray Lands Football Association, which was played at Wynarka. Mr Woolcock was ganger at Lowalde, and had charge of the relaying of the Lowalde station yard. The total takings of the evening amounted to £45, with about £5 expenses. A large number attended to help make the evening a success, some coming from Karoonda, Nunkeri, Lowalde, and Sandalwood. [Ref: Observer (Adelaide) 12-12-1925] December 7 On Saturday evening a successful strawberry fete and ball were held in the institute hall, in aid of the piano fund. Mr J Wardley was MC. [Ref: Observer (Adelaide) 19-12-1925] The Borrika school [state school] came into existence without any opening ceremony, but in spite of that has made good headway. The building is quite a good one and the thirty children attending are taught well by Mr S Alexander. At the wheat competitions social last week, Messrs Maycock, V V Brown, and E H Huxtable handed back their prize money to various deserving district funds. [Ref: Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark) 5-8-1927] With the state school being opened students were no longer taught at the Borrika Institute. Borrika Church News Violet Day was celebrated here last Sunday. Mrs J H Gray, of Lowaldie, brought along a box of beautiful violets, with which the building was decorated. Before the service started, Alison Gray handed around to the congregation a number of small cards, on which violets were painted (the work of the Sunday school). Rev F Timberlake conducted the service, and delivered an inspiring address to a large congregation. We wish to convey our thanks to Mr and Mrs J Gray, of Adelaide, who so kindly collected and sent up the violets. [Ref: Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA) 19-8-1927] May 7 - On Saturday evening a social evening was held in the Borrika Institute for the presentation of the Murray Lands Cricket Association Shield to the Borrika cricket team, which has won it three seasons out of the four in which it has been competed for. The shield becomes the property of the Borrika team. Mr H S Green (president of the club introduced Dr Hussey (president of the Murray Lands Cricket Association, who commented on the ability of the winning club and the keen interest it had taken in cricket. He said the fielding in the final match was well above the standard. Mr C W Jones, on behalf of the Lowalde [sic] Club, congratulated the winners on their fine performance. He read come verse on "How Borrika Won the Shield." Mr J B Tonkin also mentioned the excellent fielding of the sides in the final match. Dr Hussey presented the shield to the captain of Borrika team (A R Dohnt), who thanked the speakers for their congratulations. Dr Hussey also presented to Mr Dohnt “the ashes” and said he would like to see these competed for from year to year. Mr S A Lester was MC and music was supplied by Mrs C S Wardley and Miss Mavis Green. [Observer (Adelaide) 19-5-1928] Borrika June 5 The institute committee held a dance on the opening night of the institute library. Mr H S Green is president of the committee, Mr R Bonython secretary and Miss M M Green is librarian. There were about 30 subscribers joined up on the opening night. There were a large attendance from the surrounding districts and the hall was packed. The MC was Mr Bert Cram. Supper brought the evening to a close. [Ref: Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark) 22-6-1928] Borrika Fire Fund Through their plucky efforts to save their employer's machinery from a burning shed in which drums of petrol were exploding, two English farm apprentice lads, Gordon Farmer and Edward Newell, lost all their belongings, valued at £100. Their employer, (Mr J E Maycock) was himself so hard hit by his losses as to be unable to do much for the lads. We have been asked to open a fund on their behalf. [Ref: Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record (Renmark) 25-4-1930] The Kulkawarra cricket team visited Borrika, and the match resulted in a four point win for the home team. Tea was supplied by the Borrika Tennis Club. In the evening a dance was held in the institute. Music by Mrs Jones’ jazz band. Mr L Attree was MC. Mr Jackson, who relieved Mr R L Pittman as school teacher, has taken over his duties. [Ref: Chronicle (Adelaide) 19-2-1931] Borrika A dance was held in the institute to augment institute funds. Visitors were present from Halidon, Sandalwood, Karoonda, Yurgo, Nunkeri, Perponda, and Wynarka. Music was supplied by Mr C Zuschlag's Murray Bridge Boys. Messrs W Gladwell and L Attree were MCs. On arbor day at the school trees were planted by the children, and Mr D Cunningham gave an address on "Forestry." [Ref: Chronicle 3-8-1933] The annual school concert and Christmas-tree was held in the hall. Father Christmas distributed the presents and sweets off the prettily decorated tree. [Ref: Advertiser (Adelaide) 24-12-1936]

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