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The Advertiser. Tuesday 2 February 1937. NEW HOSPITAL AT MURAT BAY. Opening By Chief Secretary CEDUNA. February 1.
The new Murat Bay District Hospital, with accommodation for 20 beds, was opened today by the Chief Secretary (Sir George Ritchie). The town was beflagged by day and illuminated by night. Visitors were present from all parts of the peninsula. Sports were held in the morning. At 2 p.m., when the hospital was opened, there were more than 700 present.
The chairman of the District Council of Murat Bay (Mr. G. O. Lovelock) presided. Sir George Ritchie said that the hospital had been erected by the District Council of Murat Bay at a cost of £4,525, of which £4,000 was raised by loan on the security of the rates. The remaining £525 was contributed by the Government as a special grant. The institution would serve an area 85 miles in length, extending from Streaky Bay to Penong, where the hospitals were situated. There was a small hospital at Ceduna conducted by the Bush Church Aid Society, and it had been arranged for that society to undertake the staffing and general maintenance of the new hospital.
After an inspection of the wards, an adjournment was made to the beach where “The Advertiser” Sandcastle competitions and treasure hunt were conducted. The winners in the senior section were Neil Maytum, Darcy Branford and Jack Giles. Neil Bergmann, Valda Payne and Peggy Giles won the junior prizes. A banquet given by the chairman of the district council followed.
Speakers were Sir George Ritchie, Mr. Lovelock, Mr. P. C. Anderson, the chairman of the Streaky Bay Council (Mr. Fleming), the Rev. T. Jones, Messrs. R P. Fairbrother, H. W. R. Wiese, McBride, M.H.R. Christian, M.P., the Mayor of Pt Lincoln, Messrs F Gregor, C McInerheny and H Selwyn. Then followed a display of fireworks and a dance.