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Kongorong Church Mystery (1947)

Kongorong Church Mystery (1947)

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Freak Storm or Poltergeist as suggested in previous clipping [Border Watch 1947 (April 29)]
Freak Storm or Poltergeist as suggested in previous clipping [Border Watch 1947 (April 29)]

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Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), Tuesday 29 April 1947, page 1National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article78608082
This
photograph
showsthe
wreckage
at
the
Kongorong
Church.
Heaps
ofrubbleinthefore
ground
are
511thatremainsofthewallsofthe
structure,
and
portion
ofthe
whole
of
the
southern
-
partjoftheroofis
on
the
left.
Inthe
background
is
thewallofthe
churchnearest
the
road,
behind
|
which
isth$
porch,onlypart
of
thebuildingstanding.
The
undamaged
pewis
near
the
standing
wall,whiletheorgan
is
underneaththe
rubble
and
timber
on
theleftofthe
picture.
Theseschool
boys
were
picking
up
hymn
booksandothertreasuresfromamongtheruins
yesterday
while
theirelders
were
gathering
piecesofthe
wreckage
from
neighbouring
paddocks.
v
Although
Kongosong
residents
are
still
mystified
withthe
disaster
which
occurred
last
Thursday
evening
when
their
church
was
suddenlydemolished,
it
must
be
con
cluded
thatthe
cause
wasa
frealecyclonicstorm.
-
 
of
a
number
of
Methodist
-
Church
properties
in
Adelaide
recently,
itis
not
surprising
thatthere
were
early
thoughts
ofsuspiciouscircumstances,
but
this
theory
cannot
now
be
considered
as
there
is
defin
itely
no
evidence
to
support
it.
Investigations
have
revealed
thatthe
Kongorong
Hall,
a
chain
awayto
the
east,
hadslight
damage
to
a
top
corner
ofthewall
nearest,the
church,
andMr."
L£s.Perkins'wool
.shed,
400
yards
east,
alsosufferedslight
damage
totheroofandwall.A
tall
pine
treealsoto
the
east
hadthe
top
snapped
off.
J
These
buildings
which
were
damaged,
andthe
pine
tree
all
appeared
tpbeinthe
track
of
a
storm.
WORKING
BEE
Yesterday
a
working
bee
was
.
organised
to
gather
upthe
good
ironwhich
was
scattered
overa
wide
area,
and
whichhasbeen
stacked
up
pending
a
meeting
ot
the
trusteesofthechurch.The
Tennis
Clubhadjust
fin
ishedthe
stoneworkof
a
sheltershedbetweenthe
courtand
thechurch
and
this
was
demolished
by
rubble
fromthe.church
structure.The
fence
ofthecourt
was
flattened
also.
The
church
was
apparently
well
builtlimestonestructure,thebest
of
materials
andwork
 
manshipgoing
into
it.
Thefoun
dation
stone
was
laid
by
the
late
J.
C.
Dunning
in
October
1926and
Jt
was
officially
opened
the
following
year
by
Rev.
Samuel
Forsyth.
The
only
churchinthe
district,
there
was
an
-
arrangement
with
the
Ahglican
parish
to
hold
a
service
in
it
once,
a
month.The
last
sermonwas
preached
in
the
church
only
four
days
before
its
destruction
by
the
Anglican
Penola
Minister,Rev.
P.H.
Smith.Few
weddings
were
conducted
in
the
church,
the
last
being
aboutthree
years
ago
whenthe
daugh
terof
a
trustee
was
married.
All
that
remains
is
the
porch
(which
has*
its
walls
damaged),
the
foundations
valid
the
jarrah'
floor.
These.
though
slightly
|
damaged,
could
undoubtedly
be
used
in
anyrebuilding.Theorgan
is
wrecked
and
is
|
underthe
rubble.
_
Only
one
i
at
the
backofthe
Church
re
mains
intact,and
one
pane
ot
glass
in
a
window
sash
issur-"
|
prising'y
not
broken.
It
is
consideredthatmuch
of
i
thestonewould
beagain
ser
I
viceable
and
a
big
percentage
of
theiron
can
be
salvaged
andused
again
after
re-rolling.
WOODWORK
SHATTERED
The
woodwork/intheroof
is

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