Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
The Advertiser. Tuesday 30 June 1936. MURAT BAY HOSPITAL Foundation Stone Laid CEDUNA, June 29. In the presence of the largest crowd ever assembled in the district, Mrs. I. J. Warnes, State president of the Country Women’s Association, laid the foundation stone of the Murat Bay Hospital at Ceduna this morning. Preceded by a procession of decorated cars and cycles and a stream of motor cars from the centre of the town to the new hospital building, Mrs. Warnes was received by the chairman of the District Council of Murat Bay (Cr. G. O. Love lock), Mrs. Warnes, who had been handed a bouquet of Sturt peas, carnations and fern by Alison Fairbrother, was presented with a silver trowel by Mr. Lovelock. Mr. R. F. Fairbrother, the clerk of works of the hospital, placed a metal cannister containing newspapers and coins and a CWA badge and a bottle of wine in a cavity behind the stone. Sports and a football match at the oval in the afternoon were part of the celebrations, and at the Ceduna Memorial Hall a handicrafts exhibition by the Ceduna branch of the CWA was opened by the State secretary (Mrs. C. E. Dolling). In the evening a ball was largely attended and the winning queen in a competition in aid of the hospital funds was crowned. With a total of 35,670 votes, Miss Hazel Johnson, queen of the south, was the winner. She will receive a trip to Adelaide by mail plane. Altogether 80,924 penny votes were cast, returning Â£337. A sum of Â£82 was placed on the foundation stone at the time of laying it, and the CWA activities at the hall netted Â£85. The total proceeds will be approximately Â£567.