Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), Tuesday 29 April 1947, page 1

This

photograph shows
are

the wreckage
of the

at

the

Kongorong

Church.

Heaps

of

rubble

in the

fore
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elders

walls of the structure, and portion of the whole of the southern partj of the roof is on is the wall the left. In the background of the church nearest the road, behind which is th$ porch, only part of the building standing. The is near the standing pew undamaged wall, while is underneath the the rubble and organ timber on the left of the picture. These school books other picking up hymn and treasures from boys were the ruins among their yesterday while

ground

511 that

remains

were

gathering pieces of the wreckage

from

neighbouring paddocks.

v

Although Kongosong residents
the disaster which occurred last
their church was

are

still

mystified with

Thursday
it

evening
must storm.

when
con

suddenly demolished,
cause
was a

be

cluded that the

frealecyclonic

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of

a

number
it is

of Methodist not surprising

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Church properties
that there were

in

Adelaide

recently,

early thoughts of suspicious circumstances,
as

but
itely

this
no

theory cannot now be considered evidence to support it. have

there

is

defin

Investigations

revealed

that the Hall, a Kongorong chain away to the east, had slight damage to a top corner of the wall nearest ,the church, and Mr." L£s. Perkins' wool .shed, 400 yards east, also suffered slight

damage
tall

to the roof and wall. A pine tree also to the east had
J

the

top snapped off. These which were buildings damaged, and the pine tree all appeared tp be in the track of a WORKING
BEE

storm.

Yesterday
.

a

working
gather
up

bee
the
over

was

organised
iron which wide area,
stacked
up

to

good
a

was

and

scattered which has
a

been
ot

pending
of the

meeting

the trustees

church.

!

Tennis The Club had just fin ished the stone work of a shelter shed between and the court the and church this was demolished by rubble from the. church struc ture. The fence of the court was

flattened also.
The
:

church

was

apparently
structure,
and work

well

the

built best of

limestone materials

into it. The foun laid by the late dation stone was J. C. Dunning in October 1926 officially opened and Jt was the Rev. Samuel following year by

manship

going

Forsyth.
The only church in the district, there was an with arrangement the Ahglican parish to hold a service in it once, a month. The
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last sermon was church only four ola

preached in the days before its destruction by the Anglican Pen

Minister, Rev. P. H. Smith. Few weddings were in conducted the church, the last being about three years the daugh ago when
ter of a trustee was married. All that remains is the

(which
the floor.
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has* its foundations

porch

walls
valid

damaged),
the

jarrah'
slightly
be

These.
could

though

damaged,

undoubtedly

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i

j

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the iron can be used again after

used in any rebuilding. is wrecked The is and organ under the rubble. Only one at the back of the Church re mains intact, and one ot pane in a glass window is sur-" sash prising'y not broken. It is considered that much of the stone would be ser again viceable and a big percentage of
_

salvaged
re-rolling.

and

WOODWORK SHATTERED The woodwork/in the roof

is

shattered.

The

hardwood

purlins will mostly be saved but the oregan principles did hot fare ' so well. Those

working
Gordon
and
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bee

the Mr. yesterday were Lightbody (Supervise!*)

who

assisted

at

Messrs. Ray Pasfleld, Dudley Unger, Ian (Wright, Lance Pas
A. D. Atkin. Sheets of iron were quarter of a mile away,
field and

j

found a and one

had embedded a corner eighteen inches into the ground. Others were in the tops of 70 foot

sheet

high pine
The

trees.
men

three
last

who

passed

Church
it

Thursday nieht

the after

had been destroyed have been contacted by the Police. They stated that they smelt explosives. Police, however, found no trace of explosives, and discount this.

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