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The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009



The Centralian advocate Fri 7 Aug 2009


Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT




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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs


v. 63 no. 22

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited



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Centralian Advocate, Friday, August 7, 2009 13 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 7 -A U G -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 1 3 C O L O R : C M Y K 5 0 0 6 0 5 / 1 0 The Vegas Legends Show Alice Springs Golf Club 14th - 15th August 2009 Dinner & Show $65 per person With outstanding vocal impressions, over 17 outrageous costume changes and comedic Impersonations, Kerry James (UK) and Daniel Gold (Aust.) have been impressing audiences worldwide with their unique portrayals of the stars that made Las Vegas the international entertainment capital. Imagine Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Bette Midler, Jerry Lewis, Liza Minelli, Elvis Presley..ish, Tina Turner, Frank & Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Dusty Springfi eld, Dolly Parton and Austin Powers all in the one show performed by only two talented impressionists. The Vegas Legend Show Has Everything Bookings: ASGC Administration Offi ce Phone: 89521921 For members and bona-fi de guests in the company of a member. 3 8 0 6 0 5 / 1 0 NEWS affair with the Ghan Wes Carr entertains the travellers in the Red Kangaroo dining car on the commemorative journey of the Ghan celebrating its 80-years service to Alice Springs. INSET: Fine dining in the Gold Class dining car. Pictures: DANIEL BURDON l From Page 12 On the first day a light lunch was pretty hearty to me, with lamb on a bed of garlic polenta, matched with some fantastic wines from the Coonawarra region in South Australia. But the journey is only as good as the people who share it with you. Other media types abounded, from quieter, reserved photographers and writers to boisterous and charming orators. One such orator came from a different background to the media world. Dafydd Roberts was one of three guests of honour aboard the train the others being a young man called Nathan Palmer and Jane Murenu. Mr Roberts was an outstanding character, and by the end of the trip he would donate blood for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for his 400th time. Nathan was also a blood donor. Long talks over a glass of wine and plate of mouth-watering t r e a t s f r o m T h e Ghans Gold Service kitchen ensued, with s e v e r a l d i f f e r e n t people on the trip learning the backgrounds and characters of varied personalities over the soft rocking of the carriages. Then I had a nap. Come on everyone was raving about the trip being a once-in-alifetime experience, which it certainly was but a full stomach and the long stretch of almost flat greenery north of Adelaide was spellbinding. Stopping in Port Augusta, running around with a camera while a fair chunk of the towns population gathered to celebrate the event and see Wes Carr perform was quite liberating, but it was work time of course. Even before that, it was amazing as we rolled in to the town, w i t h t h e s t i l l operational Pichi Richi Railway train cruising parallel to The Ghan for several kilometres. After that, we returned to the train for the final leg of the first day to Alice Springs where I pointed out some landmarks to fellow travellers. Then it was off for a mid-afternoon beer and a chat with mates at the pub. Not too long, mind you. I wasnt going to miss out on the next 1420km to Darwin and a drop into Katherine Gorge on on the way to the end of the line. l Part Two of the Ghan trip in Tuesdays Centralian Advocate. Big day for Alice HERE are some interesting facts and figures about one of the most essential pieces of infrastructure for the growth of Central Australia The Ghan: As an official passenger train, The Ghan first left Adelaide at 10.15am on Sunday, August 4, 1929 carrying some 64 first class passengers and 60 second class passengers in 12 coaches. Some 1559km north of Adelaide, the Ghan rolled into Alice Springs then a small community named Stuart on Tuesday August 6. Today The Ghan travels some 2979km between Adelaide and Darwin a realisation of the more than 100-year-old plan for a rail link through the heart of the nation. It now travels through 41 towns and has carried about 350,000 people in and out of the Northern Territory. The final section of the rail line to Alice Springs was laid two days before the Ghan left Adelaide in 1929. It was reported by a correspondent based in Alice Springs that the entire town about 100 people would be out to greet the train. When it arrived on that first day, The Ghan doubled the population of Alice Springs. On that historic day, the team of drivers included Phil Morris, Lionel Kingston, and JG Carr, accompanied by firemen: Roy Medvin, Bill Twilley and M Smith. When it pulled in to Alice Springs, station master Len McDonald was there waiting. l Information supplied by The Ghan News which hit stands in Adelaide on the very day the Ghan left Adelaide.

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