Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2016
Terrible tales from a bygone era The City of Unley Museum is taking visitors on a journey to the dark side with its new exhibition, aptly named Terrible Tales of Unley. The exhibition will give visitors a unique insight into crimes, mysteries, tragedies and human triumphs from Unley’s past. Museum Curator Karen Paris said for a small city Unley has a raft of weird, wonderful stories hidden in its archives. “ We are going to look at everything from floods, mysteries, accidents, robberies and anything that goes bump in the night!” says Karen. “As a museum it is important to connect with our community and its past and present a holistic picture of our heritage. As a Curator I want to tell a story of Unley that has never been told before.” An example of what the exhibition has in store is the strange tale of James Flanagan who was found dead in a factory’s dining room in 1926. The dining room door was locked from the inside as were the windows and a piece of string was tied to the inside knob of the only doorway to the room. Flanagan died of multiple injuries, including an “M” shaped wound on the back of his head. No murder weapon was ever found and while a fellow worker was initially tried for the murder he was later acquitted and the mystery of Flanagan’s death remains unsolved. The exhibition will be housed at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue from October this year. Unley Concert Band is celebrating winning the A Grade Concert Band title at the 2016 National band Championship in Gawler. Musical Director Stephen Boyle says the band worked very hard to prepare for the contest and performed to the highest level. “ The opportunity to be judged by an international expert was a real highlight for everyone involved,” says Stephen. The Band has been performing at a wide variety of community events and competitions since 1997. The band is made up of over 60 members, aged from 17 to 70, all of which are volunteers. “Community banding is a great opportunity to get to play some great music and make friends while at the same time giving something back to the community,” says Stephen. Band President Michaela Scherer says their aim is to reach the best potential of the ensemble and ensure everyone continues to improve their playing musicianship. “In recent years we have run our own concert series of approximately four main concerts a year. Our sit down table cabaret style concerts have been ex tremely popular,” says Michaela. The band is currently looking for additional players on French horn, tuba, trombone and Eb clarinet. While there is no age restriction, a musical level of grade 5 AMEB minimum is expected. For more information about the band and upcoming performances please visit ucb.org.au 16 A-Grade Band “ T he opportunity to be judged by an international expert was a real highlight for everyone involved.” Stephen Boyle Michaela Scherer (left) and Stephen Boyle.
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