Your View: South Para anniversary

ON behalf of the South Para Anniversary Committee, I’d like to inform readers about the planned 60th anniversary celebrations of the official opening of the reservoir in October this year.

The dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14. Saturday’s activities begin at 11am with the launch of the book Twenty Houses – an anecdotal history of the building of the South Para Reservoir 1948-1958. This book relates firsthand experiences of former workers and their families who had lived out at the construction site during the period 1948-1958.

The book launch will be held in the Senior Citizens/Williamstown RSL Hall and will be followed by a public barbecue in the car park opposite the post office. The weekend activities will also include tours of the original sites of the Twenty Houses, Seven Houses and Single Men’s Quarters, lookout area of the spillway, dam wall and outlet tower. Sunday’s activities will begin at 11am with a morning tea at the hall where visitors can view the photographic display and purchase a book.

For this to run smoothly, the committee needs an idea of numbers so if you, or your group, wish to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 8522 4268, ideally before the end of August. This event will celebrate a significant period in the social and cultural growth of working-life history in South Australia and is proudly supported by SA Water, Barossa Council, Williamstown Post Office, Williamstown Hotel and Smith Brothers Transport.

We hope to hear from all interested parties from the general public and community groups through to historical societies. If you are seeing this for the first time and you happen to be a former South Para resident or a descendant of one, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Martin Johnson, South Para Anniversary Committee

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