ONKAPARINGA -- STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSEíS MOUTH

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OPENING SONG: ONKAPARINGA

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† A THOROUGHBRED HORSE APPEARS

SCENE 1††††††††††††††† TORMENTOR:DOBBIN:BARMAN.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Gíday.How yous going tonight?My name is Tormentor.Fastest horse around these parts for many years.I grew up here in Oakbank and I had the privilege of winning the first ever steeplechase at Oakbank, but weíll get to that later.The play youíre here to see tonight is about the history of Oakbank, Woodside and Balhannah.Wellí as much of the history as we could fit into one play.If we did it all weíd be here for a hundred and fifty years, wouldnít we?Now hands up all those people in the audience tonight who reckon they know a lot about local history.Well if you do, youíll know that weíre a funny lot in this part of the hills.Thereís always been lots of divisions, rivalries and jealousy betweens towns up here. The reasons for most of the strife has been lost in the mists of time.But theyíre still there, arenít they?These little niggles between places?And they shouldnít be.Itís just horse sense really, isnít it?Reminds me of a conversation I had with an old draft horse mate of mine, Dobbin.I was standing in the bar of the Oakbank pub having a few quiet ones, when the subsect of local history came up.

Barman††††††††††††††††† Whatíll it be?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Iíll have a Pony.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Draft.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Good day?

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Bugger of a day.Pulling a huge log to replace the fallen log jump at the Oakbank course.Been there for years.Rotted away.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Hard yakka.Glad Iím retired.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Must be good o.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah, though I did enjoy racing.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Won a few, didnít you?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah, won a few.Including the first Great Eastern.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† No kidding?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Ridgey dij.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† You been around this area all your life.Havenít you?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah, all me life and Iím pretty long in the tooth now.Remember all the pioneers around here all right.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Gee, you must be old.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yup!Mind you, Dobbin, them blokes before the white men.Them Aboriginals.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† What?You mean the. Per err Per err ....

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Peramamangk, mate.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Yeah, them ones.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah, they was really wise they were.Trouble is the white fellas wiped them out.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Oh yeah, it all started with them two blokes what climbed Mount Barker.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Morphett and Cock.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† No need to be rude, mate.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Nah, nah, that was his name.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† What?Morphett?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Nah, Cock.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† There you go again.And me a gelding.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† You, mate?

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† (laughs)Yeah, well.

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Tormentor†††††††††††††† I was practically raised on the stuff.Hic.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Doesnít show, mate.Werenít there a few Russians around as well.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah, they were rushin around all over the place.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Didnít one of them discover gold in the upper reaches of the Onkaparinga in 1847?

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Yeah.That was Carl Albrecht.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Yeah, old Carl.He was a real card.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† You said he was a Russian?

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Yeah.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† On the road again (whinny)

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Nah, nah.That was in 1849.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Oh what?You mean when Lorrimer and Orr and those other blokes were elected to the road commission?

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Yeah, yeah, you read my mind, mate.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Nah, I read the Courier.

Dobbin††††††††††††††††††† Course that was the year before Jamie Johnston was laid out in Woodside.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Nah, nah mate.Weíve done that joke before.

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the glorious possibilities there are for this young, vibrant land.Beautiful country, beautiful country as far as the eye can see.

Barton††††††††††††††††††† Through the fog.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† The glorious song of happy birds fills the air.

Wyatt†††††††††††††††††††† (slaps his arm)Not to mention the buzz of mosquitoes.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† The happy noise of the little furry animals aas they scamper between the trees and foliage.

Barton††††††††††††††††††† The hiss of poisonous snakes.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† The wonders of the multi coloured vegetation in this, our new land.

Wyatt†††††††††††††††††††† The stinging nettles that grab you as you pass.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† Great beauty surrounds us all, if we can only look for it.Why, it moves one to poetry.I love a sunburnt country ....

Barton††††††††††††††††††† When itís not raining.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† A land of .... A land of .... No, I canít get the second line.Never mind, it will come to me.

Wyatt†††††††††††††††††††† Or to Dorothy Mackeller 60 or 70 years down the track.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† Behold!The sjheer beauty of a multi-hued Adelaide Hills parrot.Surely one of Godís superb creations.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BARTON SHOOTS IT.

Barton††††††††††††††††††† One for the pot.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† Ah, South Australia.South Australia.A land of wondrous sights, sounds and smells.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THERE IS A LOUD BREAKING OF WIND.

Cock†††††††††††††††††††††† We forgot the loo paper.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE OTHERS REACT TO THE SMELL.THE TREE HOLDS ITS NOSE.FLOWERS WILT.THE POSSUM DIES.A DUNNY FLUSHES.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† And so pastor Finlayson, Wyatt, Barton and stinky Cock as he was hereafter to be known, dismounted from Mount Barker and raced into the Onkaparinga district.It was a trial from start to finish with lots of barriers in the way.After theyíd travelled a few furlongs, they first discovered the Bremmer (spash and yell)and then the Angas (splash and yell)rivers.We wonít tell you what they did in those rivers.Youíd never have another cup of tea.

Cock†††††††††††††††††††††† Excuse me, gentlemen.Itís all that beer you know.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SPLASHING SOUNDS.DUNNY FLUSH.A LOUD BREAKING OF WIND.THE TREE FLEES ACROSS THE STAGE, FOLLOWED BY WALLABIES, POSSUMS, ETC.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† And so, to conclude their part of the race, Cock, Finlayson, Barton and Wyatt pushed on the next day.That morning the Peramangk people came in friendship to greet them.

Finlayson††††††††††††††† Ah, the natives approach to greet us.

Barton††††††††††††††††††† Eat us?(Leaps into Finlaysonís arms)

Finlayson††††††††††††††† No, greet us, you fool.

Wyatt†††††††††††††††††††† I hear they practice circumcision, Mr. Cock.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WYATT IS DROPPED.ALL IN LINE WITH HANDS COVERING GENITALS.

Cock†††††††††††††††††††††† We need someone to parley with them.Volunteer, one pace forward, march!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† EVERYONE TAKES A PACE TO THE REAR EXCEPT COCK.THERE IS A LOUD BREAKING OF WIND.

Cock†††††††††††††††††††††† For some reason the natives have fled.Barton?Wyatt?Pastor Finlayson?Now where did they go?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† COCK EXITS IN SEARCH OF HIS PARTY.

SCENE 6††††††††††††††† HANNAH BELL.HANNAH:BELL:THOMSON

Tormentor†††††††††††††† And so Robert Cock raced toward Adelaide in search of his party.A few years down the track, he bought sections 4017 and 4021 of the Mount Barker special survey in partnership with William Fergusson.Unfortunately Robert Cock was to go broke.James Thomson arrived in the area and bought land. He also built an inn and a hotel.Then he set about naming his new town.

Thomson††††††††††††††† James Thomson, founder of this place.Iíve just laid out the town and established my farm and everythingís looking right rosy.Iíve decided to name the place after my sister, Hannah and my mother, Bell.I hereby name this place Hanna Bell.

Bell†††††††††††††††††††††††† Och!No!Iím Bell

Hannah†††††††††††††††††† And Iím Hannah.

Bell†††††††††††††††††††††††† And we think it sounds better the other way round.Bell ....

Hannah†††††††††††††††††† Hannah

Thomson††††††††††††††† No no no.Hannah Bell.

Bell & Hannah†††††††† Bell Hannah.

Thomson††††††††††††††† Hannah Bell, I tell you.

Bell†††††††††††††††††††††††† Bell

Hannah†††††††††††††††††† Hannah.

Thomson††††††††††††††† What do you lot reckon?Whoís for Hannah Bell?

Bell†††††††††††††††††††††††† And whoís for Bell

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Thomson††††††††††††††† Och, and name me the man who said Iím doing that?

Inspector††††††††††††††† We donít have to tell you anything.

Thomson††††††††††††††† You prove Iím distilling anything you government flunky.Oh, itís not fair.They give licences out to run pubs and grog shanties to people of exceeding low character and hereís a fine upright sort of a Scotsman like myself who canít get a bit of a go.Oh, itís not fair I tell you.No-oneís ever caught me distilling whisky.Whereís my still, you government clown?Whoís ever caught me with one illicit drop?Who dobbed me in?Name me a name and Iíll be around to see him quick smart.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† When James Thompsonís old house was demolished a few years ago, they found the whisky distillery built right into the centre of the house.

Thomson††††††††††††††† But no-one ever caught me.I deserved a licence.Oh, itís not fair.

SCENE 8††††††††††††††† ROTTTEN FARMER.FARMER.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† And so Balhannah was laid out and settled.But no-one wanted to buy land in the town.Meanwhile, people were beginning to farm in the district.The South Australian Company owned most of the land and leased it to tenant farmers.They were pretty cluey the old South Australian Company.Only bought land with good water

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† people.Soon the land the whites took increased and there was less and less for the Peramangk.They got sick in their bodied from the wrong food and from the ever present disease they had never known before.And they got sick in their spirit from losing their lands, their culture, their heritage.And they died.The old and the young.The elders, the younger people, the little children.They died and finally after forty thousand years in the hills they were no more in the hills.And this land is poorer for their passing.The land lost forty thousand years of wisdom when the Peramangk no longer roamed their hills.

SCENE 10††††††††††††† POST MASTER GENERAL.PMG:SMITH: JONES: ORATOR: CLERK: CROWD.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† And so Ladies and Gentlemen, the Peramangk out of South Australia faded just after the beginning of the white race here in South Australia.While this was happening, Inverbrackie became the main centre for farmers in the district.They built a Presbyterian church there in the early 1840s and it was also used as a school.They built a pub, too.Itís still there.Mrs Galeís place, Payneís Inn.The farmers from thereabouts were getting pretty stroppy about having to go all the way to Balhannah to get their mail.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† And I say itís time we put the Post Master General in his place.We must elect a delegation to storm his office and demand that the Post Master Generalís Department establish a post office here in Inverbrackie.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MANY HEAR HEARS ETC.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Inverbrackie is the centre for commerce in the Onkaparinga region.Why do we have to go to Balhannah to get our mail?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MUCH AGREEMENT.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Letís get our deputation together and beard the Post Master General in his office.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LOTS OF AGREEMENT.THEY STORM OFF.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE POST MASTER GENERAL IS ASLEEP IN HIS OFFICE.LOTS OF BANGING ON THE DOOR.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Oh, who the heck is that?

Clerk††††††††††††††††††††† A deputation to se you, sir.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† What do you want?Iím a busy man.Spit it out.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Please sir, we want a post office at Inverbrackie.

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† If you wouldnít mind.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† If itís alright with you.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Inver who ee?

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Brackie, sir.Inverbrackie (spells it)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PMG CHECKS MAP.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Inver .... whereís that?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Near Woodside.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Well, sort of near Woodside.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† In the Balhannah postal district?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† How do you spell it?

Orator††††††††††††††††††† I N V ...

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Err ...

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Brackie.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Oh yes.Here it is.What do you want there?

Orator††††††††††††††††††† A post office.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† A post office?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† A post office, sir.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† If thatís alright.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Oh, very well.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† We can have one?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Absolutely.

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† When?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Soon.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† We have your word on that?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Certainly.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† In writing?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Why not (scribbles and holds it up)You see?My word in writing (it is written verbatim)

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† An honourable man.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† So weíll be getting a post office?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Definitely getting a post office?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Soon?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† YES!

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Weíll be getting a post office?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Yes

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† At Inverbrackie?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Soon

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Weíll be getting a post office?

PMG & Clerk†††††††††† YES!!!!

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BACK TO INVERBRACKIE

Orator††††††††††††††††††† And so, my friends, we went down there to Adelaide and we told the Post Master General in no uncertain terms that we demanded a post office to be built at Inverbrackie and he agreed that we should have one.

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Soon.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Yes, soon.And what has happened, I ask you?What has happened?

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Nothing.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Thatís right.Thatís exactly whatís happened.A big fat nothing.Thatís whatís happened.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CRIES OF SHAME DISGRACE, ETC.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† We must go back down to Adelaide and tell the Post Master General that we cannot be treated like this.Cannot be treated with such contempt.Cannot be treated in this cavalier fashion.Let us, I say, let us storm the citadels of this uncaring bureaucracy.Who is with me?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MUCH CHEERING AS THEY RUSH OFF.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PMG ASLEEP AS BEFORE.MUCH KNOCKING ON DOOR.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† Excuse me, sir.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Eh?Oh, what is it this time?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Begging your pardon your worship.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† You honour.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† We were wondering about our post office.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Your what?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Post office.

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† You promised.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† When?What?Why?

Orator††††††††††††††††††† At Inverbrackie, sir.You remember?We came to see you and you said ....

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Inver what ee?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Brackie.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† I N V

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Err ....

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Brackie.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PMG IS LOOKING AT MAP.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Oh, Balhannah.Yes, thereís already a post office there.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† But you said ...

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Well whatís wrong with Balhannah?Itís near enough isnít it?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Well itís not really that near.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Nearer than Hahndorf?

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Yes.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Well there you are.Good day gentlemen, ladies.

Orator††††††††††††††††††† But you promised.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Did I?

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† Gave us your word.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Did I?

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Yes, you did.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Have you got it?

Orator††††††††††††††††††† What?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† My word.

Smith††††††††††††††††††††† No.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Then I canít have given it to you.Can I?

Jones†††††††††††††††††††† You showed it to us.

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Jones†††††††††††††††††††† Why not?

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† How can I keep my word if I give it to you?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LIGHTS DOWN.WHEN THEY COME UP AGAIN THE POST MASTER GENERAL IS WORKING A TELEPHONE.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, hello.Inverbrackie?Theyíve all moved to Woodside.

SCENE 11††††††††††††† THE MOVE TO WOODSIDEJJ:MINERS.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† Oh yes!Theyíd moved to Woodside alright.And why?Because Carl Albrecht trekked through the rugged Onkaparinga country in 1847 to the upper reaches of the Onkaparinga river and there he found gold.The rush began a couple of years later.

Miners (song†††††††††† Hi ho, Hi ho itís off to dig we go

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† With a dig dig here and a dig dig there

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hi Ho Hi Ho(REPEAT AS THEY MARCH)

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE MINERS MARCH IN A CIRCLE WITH PLASIC SPADES AND HARD HATS.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† James Johnston.My dad, William brewed his first beer at Oakbank in 1842 and we opened our brewery the year after that.We supplied the Reedy Creek Copper Mines as well as all of the surrounding districts.Then in the early 1850s things started to fall apart at the seams.They struck gold in Victoria and everyone headed off to make their fortune.The Reedy Creek mines closed down and the hills were becoming deserted only a few years after settlement.Excuse me, have you heard thereís gold in the Onkaparinga?

Miner 1†††††††††††††††††† Onkaparinga shongaparinga.Iím off to Ballarat.

Miner 2†††††††††††††††††† Aye, thatís where the gold is.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Excuse me.Woodside, lots of gold.

Miner 3†††††††††††††††††† Woodside?Whereís that?Iím off to Victoria.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE MINERS HAVE REFORMED THEIR CIRCLE AND THEY MARCH OFF ONE AT A TIME.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hey, you lot, thereís more gold than you can poke a stick at right here in Woodside.

Miner 4†††††††††††††††††† No kidding?

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ridgey Dij.You donít have to go all the way to Victoria.

Miner 5†††††††††††††††††† Well it is a bit of a walk.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† You can make your fortune right here.Iíll even lay out the town for you.

Miner 6†††††††††††††††††† No kidding?

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Scoutís honour.A town just for you gold miners.

Miner 7†††††††††††††††††† Well, maybe.

Miner 8†††††††††††††††††† Hang on.Ya canít mine at Woodside.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Why not?

Miner 8†††††††††††††††††† Thereís no pub.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Booze is my business.Weíll transfer the pub licence from Inverbrackie to Woodside.

Miner 1†††††††††††††††††† Beauty

Miner 2†††††††††††††††††† Ripper.

Miner 3†††††††††††††††††† Make mine a Johnstonís

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Thatís what I like to hear.

Miner 4†††††††††††††††††† What do you lot say?Will we mine at Woodside?

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SONG;WEíLL MINE THE ONKAPARINGA.

Chorus†††††††††††††††††† Hi Ho Hi Ho Itís off to dig we go

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† With a dig dig here and a dig dig there

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hi Ho Hi Ho

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíre off to Woodside to dig for gold

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Off to Wodside to dig for gold

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíll pan the Onkaparinga

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Off to Woodide to dig for gold

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CHORUS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† At Woodside weíll strike it rich

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† At Woodside weíll make our pile

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíll pan the Onkaparinga

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíre off to Woodside to dig for gold

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† CHORUS.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† and so James Johnston laid out the town of Woodside in 1850 and the centre for the area moved from Inverbrackie.

PMG††††††††††††††††††††† Hello, hello.Inverbrackie.Hello ....

SCENE 12††††††††††††† ST. MARKíS: MINISTER: SCHUTE: PARISHIONERS.

Tormentor†††††††††††††† On the 3rd of October 1850, the Woodside pub opened with Frederick Butterfield in charge.But pubs werenít the only activity in Woodside by a long shot.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HYMN

Minister††††††††††††††††† Brethren, it is becoming apparent that with the large influx of people into the town of Woodside, there is the need for a church of England.I propose we build a large church to the glory of God that the people of our burgeoning town of Woodside can worship in.All in favour of a large church building say amen.

Congregation††††††††† Amen.

Minister††††††††††††††††† The amens have it.And I know just a man to build it.Ladies and gentlemen of the Woodside parish, let me introduce you to the mason,Mr Schute.

Schute††††††††††††††††††† Schuteís the name and church buildingís the game.Iíll build you a church that will knock your eyes out.

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White††††††††††††††††††††† Err.... the main road from Balhannah through Oakbank to Woodside is top priority.

Orr†††††††††††††††††††††††† What about the road to my place?Hasnít been touched for days.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† No you donít Mr. Orr.Youíre always getting yours done up.Itís my turn.I move that we allocate money to fix the road leading to my property.

White††††††††††††††††††††† What about my road.

Orr†††††††††††††††††††††††† Weíll fix mine or thereíll be trouble, Lorrimer.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Oh yeah?

Orr†††††††††††††††††††††††† Yeah.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Get out of the road.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THEY FIGHT.LORRIMER IS GETTING SAVAGELY BEATEN.WHITE SEPARATES THEM.

White††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Lorrimer, Mr. Orr, control yourselves. This is a public meeting.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Just as well you stopped it.Iídíve beaten the shit out of him.

Orr†††††††††††††††††††††††† Well itís my turn to get my roads fixed.

White††††††††††††††††††††† What about my road?

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE CREAKING BECOMES LOUDER STILL.

Minister††††††††††††††††† We acknowledge you, dear Lord, as our spiritual guide in our troubled times and we beseech you to show us the way

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THERE IS A MIGHTY CRASH AND THE MINISTER AND PARISHIONERS DUCK FOR COVER.

Parishioner 3†††††††††† The gable end of the church has collapsed.

Parishioner 4†††††††††† Lucky no - one was hurt.

Parishioner 5†††††††††† What a jerry built church.

Parishioner 6†††††††††† Whoís responsible?

Parishioner 7†††††††††† Whoís to blame?

Parishioner 8†††††††††† Who built the place?

Minister††††††††††††††††† Schute, the Mason

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† GUNSHOT AND SCREAM

Minister††††††††††††††††† No, no.That is his name.

Parishioner 1†††††††††† What is?

Minister††††††††††††††††† Schute

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Duffield†††††††††††††††††† Gentlemen, ladies, control yourselves.We must sort out our problems amicably in this district.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HE THREATENS THEM WITH A FENCE POST.

Whitfield†††††††††††††††† Mr. Duffield, take a look at this map I have sent to the Board of Education.It includes population figures for both Oakbank and Balhannah.You will note that there are fifty children in Oakbank in need of schooling.

Bertha††††††††††††††††††† And you will note that there are fifty eight children in Balhannah.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† All we are saying is that a school should be built to serve both areas.

Whitfield†††††††††††††††† A brand new concept in education.An area school.

Betty††††††††††††††††††††† And we say it is too far for the Balhannah children to travel.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† What about the Oakbank children travelling to Balhannah?

Bertha††††††††††††††††††† Maybe we need two schools.

Duffield†††††††††††††††††† The government will only give one grant for a building

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Youíll be hearing more from us, Mr. Duffield.

Betty††††††††††††††††††††† And from us.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ALL EXIT EXXCEPT DUFFIELD

Dufield††††††††††††††††††† Oh, what to do?Whatever decision council takes will be wrong in the eyes of a significant number of people.James Johnston carries a lot of weight in the district, but then, so does Osmond Gillies in Balhannah.Council elections are coming up.I wonít stand for chairman.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† If you canít stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.Alex Lorrimer and Iím chairman once again. Letís sort this lot out.

Bertha††††††††††††††††††† Weíll subscribe One hundred and eighteen pounds nineteen and six to the building.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Iíll double that.

Whitfield†††††††††††††††† We have one hundred and thirty eight pupils for our new school at Oakbank and we can take all comers from Balhannah as well.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Most of the people who signed the Balhannah petition have no children and some of them live way outside the area.Thereís even someone from Inverbrackie, James Fergusson, what has he to do with our affairs?

Whitfield†††††††††††††††† Oakbank is more central.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† It is common sense to put the school on section 4022 at Oakbank.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Council has decided to support the Balhannah proposal.The school will be on section 4014 .... Gooday gentlemen, ladies.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BALHANNAH CHANT AS THE BALHANNAH MOB EXIT.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† You canít do that.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Weíve done it.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† What about the children of Oakbank?

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† They can attend the Balhannah school

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† I demand that you rescind this decision.

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Itís not just my decision, mister Johnston.Itís the decision of council taken with advice from the Education Board.

JJ†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Yes, and I suppose it has nothing to do with the fact that you come from Balhannah and signed the original Balhannah petition?

Lorrimer††††††††††††††††† Are you insinuating dishonesty on my part, Mister Johnston?