Eudunda Celebrations for Colin Thiele 100th & 25th Anniversary of the Unveiling of the Colin Thiele Sculpture

Janne & Jeff Minge with the Colin Thiele Sculpture on Colins 100th Birthday Anniversary

Eudunda and districts residents, joined by visitors from the Barossa, Adelaide and as far away as Brisbane Queensland came together for a double celebration at the Eudunda Centenary Gardens on the 15th November 2020 a day before what would be Colin’s 100th Birthday.

A midday start for the free BBQ had a very hot and extremely windy start, luckily the Eudunda Centenary Gardens affords good protection. This year, even though COVID-19 restrictions were much eased, many things were done differently, to keep everyone COVID-Safe.

To start the official part of the event off Councilor Debbie Hibbert gave a “Welcome to Country”.

Colin Thiele 100th – Debbie Hibbert & Margaret Doecke – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Organiser of the event and MC for the day, Margaret Doecke welcomed 130 guests, including the Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP and his wife Rebecca and Janne & Jeff Minge from Queensland (Janne is Colin Thiele’s daughter). We were very lucky to have had Janne & Jeff attend, as once again, covid restrictions between the states had only just lifted.

The history of the sculpture, from an idea to eventual unveiling 25 years ago on Sunday 5th November 1995 was very interesting, and Margaret was happy to see that many who were involved so long ago were able to make it to celebrate again. The Committee at the time gave sculptor Chris Radford a donation of $600 for his work. Margaret also mentioned the work of the late Myles Schutz who did the stone work that Colin’s sculpture is mounted on.

Samuel Doering, Chairperson of the Eudunda 150th Committee addressed us via Skype from Celle, Germany. To do this Luke Herriman contacted Samuel on Skype with his mobile phone, and he is seen here holding the phone covered by his hat to keep the wind out of the conversation, it worked quite well and everyone could hear Samuel.

Colin Thiele 100th Luke Herriman & Samuel Doering (insert) - Main Photo Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th Luke Herriman & Samuel Doering (insert) – Main Photo Robyn Bradbrook

Samuel welcomed those attending and inspiring us with part of Colin’s Sun on the Stubble story about Marcus and Bruno with the car and he also read a poem and told of how he introduced Colin’s works to his University English Lecturer, who was impressed with Colin’s work.

Janne Minge gave us an interesting talk about her father Colin, of his growing up in the district from early school life in Eudunda, to riding his pushbike to the train at Hampden to study at Kapunda, and return late at night and eventually off to University and his war service.

Colin Thiele 100th (16 of 42) Janne Minge - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Janne Minge – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Local singer song writer Mike Roberts of The Barn at Wombat Flat sang three songs including “Farmer’s Gamble”. A highlight was ‘Hidden Springs’ first written and performed locally 35 years ago for the ‘Eudunda Show’ and Mike encouraged everyone to sing along to this song, with the words in the event programme.

Colin Thiele 100th - Mike Roberts - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Mike Roberts – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Marcus Reseigh, local poet recited 3 poems from Colin’s book ‘Songs for my thongs’ published in 1982, and they were Magpie, Wrong Bait, Return Ticket, the last two were very funny.

Colin Thiele 100th - Marcus Reseigh - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Marcus Reseigh – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Di Bills read a prose poem about Bruno having to go to Adelaide to High School, when really Bruno wants to stay on the farm, an emotional story indeed.

Colin Thiele 100th - Di Bills - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Di Bills – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Eudunda Area School student Jackson Court read Colin’s book ‘Gemma’s Christmas Eve’, published in 1994,

Colin Thiele 100th - Jackson Court - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Jackson Court – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

Jackson was followed by fellow Eudunda Area School student Claire Schiller reading Colin’s book ‘February Dragon’ published in 1965.

Colin Thiele 100th - Claire Schiller - Photo by Robyn Bradbrook
Colin Thiele 100th – Claire Schiller – Photo by Robyn Bradbrook

St John’s Lutheran School house captain Charlie Ross was next to with her reading of Colin’s book ‘Farmer Schultz’s Ducks’, which was published in 1986.

Colin Thiele 100th - Charlie Ross - reading Farmer Schulz's Ducks - photo Peter Herriman
Colin Thiele 100th – Charlie Ross – reading Farmer Schulz’s Ducks – photo Peter Herriman

St John’s Lutheran School house captain Lucy Mosey read the book ‘Storm Boy’, originally published in 1964.

Colin Thiele 100th - Lucy Mosey reading Storm Boy - photo Peter Herriman
Colin Thiele 100th – Lucy Mosey reading Storm Boy – photo Peter Herriman

The twenty girls making up the St John’s Lutheran School Choir did a great job battling the increasing wind to sing four songs under the guidance of Choir Teacher Mandy Verco. The songs were, ‘The Only Name (Yours Will Be)’, ‘When I grow up’, from musical Matilda, ‘Write your Story’, and the most fitting song of the day was the last one of ‘Beautiful Day’. Bravo Girls!! Well Done!. By this time the wind was so strong, it was hard to hear the girls singing, so we are thankful for the borrowed video camera from the Council as this allowed us to capture some reasonable sound to be shared later on.

Colin Thiele 100th - St Johns Lutheran School Choir - Supplied
Colin Thiele 100th – St Johns Lutheran School Choir – Supplied

The St John’s Choir on the day:
Front L-R: Brooke Schaefer, Emma Doering, Grace Jenke, Annabelle Preston, Bridget Williams, Charlotte Nietschke, Caitlin Schutz and Kayley Schutz.
Middle L-R: Mandy Verco – Choir Teacher, Julie IÁnson, Marissa Ross, India Cluse, Zoe Neal, Demi Mosey, Milly Roebuck, Lucy Mosey.
Back L-R: Jaz Williams, Amalie Jenke, Lilly Verco, Ruby Preston, Shayla Scholz.

Debbie Hibbert gave an update on the Silo Art Project and an invitation to look at the proposals to decide which artist and works will work on our local silos next year.

The final celebration of the afternoon was to have delicious country baked scones, jam and cream, a great tradition.

We thank Margaret Doecke, Dot Bonner, Di Whatling, Barb Button, Janne Minge, Samuel Doering, Mike Roberts, Di Bills, Marcus Reseigh, Jackson Court, Claire Schiller, Charlie Ross, Lucy Mosey, Mandy Verco and the St Johns Lutheran School Choir, Debbie Hibbert, Andrew Partington, Robyn Bradbrook. Also the many people helping setup for the event, and with cooking and serving food and drinks. The wonderful Eudunda Gardens Committee who do such a great job of looking after the gardens, and for cleaning the BBQ afterward, and those who cleaned up and packed up afterwards, also Luke, Jenny & Toby Herriman.

We thank everyone that helped make this a great event. The Regional Council of Goyder, Australian Government – Drought Communities Programme, Eudunda Community, Business and Tourism Inc (ECBAT), and the Eudunda 150th Committee who helped fund the event so that it was free.

You can contact the Thiele Family via this website contact page
Eudunda 150th via the website at www.eudunda150.com
Eudunda Community, Business & Tourism Committee (ECBAT) at the website www.ecbat.biz
Eudunda Family Heritage Gallery at the website www.eudundaheritage.com

Header Photo: Janne & Jeff Minge with the Colin Thiele Sculpture on Colin’s 100th Birthday Anniversary – Photo – Peter Herriman

Story by Peter Herriman

Note: A video was taken at the event and the sound was much better. It will be available at a later date for those interested in having a copy.

Colin Thiele 100th Anniversary Today

Janne & Jeff Minge with the Colin Thiele Sculpture on Colins 100th Birthday Anniversary
Janne & Jeff Minge with the Colin Thiele Sculpture on Colins 100th Birthday Anniversary
Janne & Jeff Minge with the Colin Thiele Sculpture the day before Colin Thiele’s 100th Birthday Anniversary

Queensland visitors to Eudunda for the 25th Anniversary of the Unveiling of the Colin Thiele Sculpture and Celebrating Colin Thiele’s 100th Birthday at the Eudunda Centenary Gardens
on Sunday 15th November 2020 were special guests Janne & Jeff Minge.

Janne is one of Colin & Rhonda Thiele’s daughters and they came down especially to celebrate the occasion with everyone at Eudunda.

There was a lovely celebration, with Janne speaking, and others presented items of history, poetry and singing to make a very nice memory of Colin’s 100th and his love for his country and home.

A full report on the event will be coming soon.

Website Released – HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY

We have updated the Colin Thiele website ready for his 100th Birthday.

Beautiful cake decorated by Elfrieda Jenke
Beautiful cake decorated by Elfrieda Jenke

The Cake was for Colin’s 80th Birthday, nearly 20 years ago.

Colin would have celebrated his 100th Birthday this year on the 16th November 2020

It’s been a very strange year for the World, with the Global Pandemic – COVID-19 disrupting the world, and also our district’s plans to celebrate both Eudunda having it’s 150th year of European Settlement and also Colin Thiele’s 100th Birthday.

Fortunately there will be a small celebration, of Colin’s 100th Birthday and also the 25th Anniversary of Unveiling of the Colin Thiele Sculpture in the Eudunda Gardens.

As COVID restrictions have eased we have been able to invite more people, so if you would like to come and celebrate with us – please RSVP so that we can run a COVIDSafe event.

15th Nov 2020 - 25th Anniversary Sculpture Unveiling & Colin Thiele's 100th Birthday
15th Nov 2020 – 25th Anniversary Sculpture Unveiling & Colin Thiele’s 100th Birthday

New website being crafted to remember Colin

Colin Thiele on 85th Birthday

The original website was crafted in the early 2000’s and is in dire need of a refresh. It was built at a time of ‘dial-up’ being the main web access, with speeds so incredibly slow by today’s standards. Because the web was so slow, data was precious, we did fancy things like use smaller photos and reduce quality to help pages load quickly.

How things have changed, people don’t consider doing such things now, and one photo can be 20mb in size – the size of the Colin Thiele whole website back then.

It is now our privilege to be restoring the original website with good quality graphics and some updated text, so that the story of Colin Thiele can live on in this more modern world of Mobile Phones and Tablets and high speed internet.