Phillumenist, treasure, collectors memorabilia at Emu Ridge

We are very lucky to have received a collection of match box labels and a very old eucalyptus oil bottle from a very generous man named David from Campbelltown SA. We are lucky that he visited our establishment whilst holidaying on Kangaroo Island.

It had been 35 years since his last visit! David sent us a note quoting –

“I felt your salesroom was the best and most interesting of all the places we visited on the island and a “must see” for visitors. Well done!” How lovely, its so nice to receive feedback! We do have a testimonials page where our visitors or online shoppers can leave reviews.

“We enjoyed a morning tea whilst there and I spotted your display of industry memorabilia.”

“I mentioned that I had a few items which you might like to add to your display so I was given your business card.”

“The two picture postcards are out of my own personal exhibit of old Kangaroo Island postcards”


  • An old bottle of KI Eucalyptus (with some contents) from Cygnet River on a trip I did in 1975
  • Five (5) matchboxes with reproduction advertisements from eucalyptus manufacturers


“Below is three old matchbox labels in my collection pertaining to eucalyptus oil.”“The “Our Jack” was an F.H. Faulding brand and dates from the 1880’s I believe. This was a sticker label attached to imported boxes of matches I believe.”

“Fauldings did it for a lot of their products back then – a cheap form of advertising.”

“The others were imported matches from Belgium & Sweden but I think the brands are Australian? ”

I have been a Phillumenist (collector of matchboxes and labels) for over fifty years and have a large collection, but only a few that advertise eucalyptus.

I hope you enjoy my collections and that they are useful to you. Kind Regards David.”

It’s beautiful when visitors give up their treasures that they have saved for years so that others can admire them in our memorabilia cabinet. Thanks so much for you amazing treasures and thanks to everyone else who has contributed over the years to our memorabilia.


Pink Moon, Full Moon and Feral Plant Species Kangaroo Island

The April 11 full moon is thought to be more special than the rest. The month’s full moon is called a “Pink Moon,” which signifies the blooming period of popular pink flowers called wild ground phlox. Despite the intriguing name, the moon won’t appear in blush shade, it will shine in its usual luminance and color. Sorry to dissapoint you!

The Pink moon is a common phenomenon in the U.S. East Coast and in Canada. During the full moon, it will also be at the opposite side of the Earth as the sun. Due to the difference in geographical orientation, the April pink full moon will be in full display on April 11.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will rise on April 10 at 7:03 p.m., half an hour before sunset, according to  For your locations, residents can check when the full lunar phase will be visible by using the moonrise and moonset calculator.

The pink moon is also known by other names such as Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon and Fish moon — all linked to growth in crops. The names originated from their roots as old as the Native American civilization, according to a report.

In South Australia where we are from we have the Easter Lily, they are a beautiful shade of Pink! They really have spread everywhere, it is a feral species but is beautiful on our property this time of year. I think the first settlers planted these bulbs in there gardens and from there they have multiplied. I like to think that all the beautiful pink flowers flowering all over the world at this time could reflect a pink tinge to the Pink moon on the 11th of April!


Scientific Name: Amaryllis belladonna L.

Family: Amaryllidaceae (New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia)
Liliaceae (Victoria)

Common Names: amaryllis, belladonna, belladonna lily, Easter lily, Jersey lily, Marach lily, naked ladies, naked lady, pink belladonna lily

Origin: Native to south-western Africa (i.e. Cape Province in South Africa).

Naturalised Distribution: Naturalised in many parts of southern Australia (i.e. in the coastal districts of central New South Wales, in some parts of Victoria, in south-eastern and eastern South Australia and in south-western Western Australia). Possibly also naturalised in Tasmania.

Also naturalised overseas in some parts of southern USA (i.e. California and Texas).

Notes: Belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, and as a minor environmental weed or “sleeper weed” in New South Wales and Tasmania.

This species is currently of most concern in Victoria and appears on numerous local environmental weed lists in this state (i.e. as a new and emerging environmental weed in Mitchell Shire, as an environmental weed in Manningham City, the Shire of Yarra Ranges, Colac Otway Shire, the Shire of Nillumbik and Cardinia Shire, and as a common invasive garden escapee in the Mount Alexander Shire). It has also been recorded in Phillip Island Nature Park and Morwell National Park.

In South Australia, belladonna lily (Amaryllis belladonna) is listed as an invasive plant in bushland in the Adelaide Hills Council district. It has also been recorded in several conservation areas in this state (i.e. in Anstey Hill Recreation Park, Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park, Belair National Park, Blackwood Forest Recreation Park, Scott Creek Conservation Park and Ferguson Conservation Park).

Kangaroo Island Feral Plant Species

I think the early settlers had no idea the damage that some of the lovely potted plants and bulbs that they bought to Australia would do to our natural environment over time! Unfortunately feral weeds are a very big problem. The more dangerous one to us on Kangaroo island are the creeping ones that smother the native plants, life Bridal Creeper and Bridal Veil, this link will take you to all the other feral weeds we have on Kangaroo Island if you are interested.

What Do Full Moons Symbolise?

Get ready to freshen up and purify your life – rebirth is just around the corner! Using the symbols of Spring, rebirth, freshness and purification, this Full Moon is time to dust out the corners of your life and make way for more breezy and loving winds of change.

The Easter or Pink Full Moon is still taking on the properties of regeneration, freshness and rebirth.

A full moon occurs every 29.5 days, and depending on where you are in the world, it may look different. I have written about Blood Moons and Monster Moons before. Full Moons can be a time of new beginnings; these can sometimes hurt but they are always changes for the better – in the long run.

What Effect Will the Pink Full Moon Have on Me?

I think you are in for a treat as there are many exciting things in the sky. Some astrologers have called this April Full Moon “Lady Luck” as she’s near Jupiter, so unexpected good fortune might come your way. There is something to always consider when you’re looking at a Full Moon – you shall reap what you sow.

This means that if you have been working hard and laying down good foundations, you will be successful.

I hope you enjoy the full moon 🙂

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German Eucalyptus Oil Interview on Kangaroo Island



German media team Britt and Freddy Dohmen travelled around Australia interviewing a range of people. We were lucky enough they stopped at Emu Ridge and interviewed Bev Turner about our Eucalyptus Oil. This is great for all German speaking people who are interested and want to know more about this wonderful Kangaroo Island/Aussie product. The full interview was translated and by Alexander Tauscher of Radioreise and was broadcast on around 30 German radio stations. Below is the interview – just a snippet from the whole hour interview.

Here is the link to the  story and full interview.


Also follow this link to more information on our Narrow Leaf Mallee Eucalyptus. On our blog you can also search for Eucalyptus Oil and find many blogs about uses and history.

A Brief History – Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil Industry South Australia



Eucalyptus Oil is an important and colourful part of Australia’s history. It was the first truly Australian product and Australia’s first distinctive Export.

The Eucalyptus Oil has been used by the Aboriginals for thousands of years. The first settlers soon realised its potential in documentation by John White in 1788. The first known commercial eucalyptus oil industry began in Tasmania in 1830 but was short lived.

In 1844 a South Australian Company, FH Faulding contracted a studying chemist in England Joseph Bosisto for 3 years to study 30 species of Eucalypt varieties that they sent to England. Fauldings later bought Joseph into Australia to continue their research, he arrived in Adelaide in 1848. After fulfilling his contract with Fauldings he moved to Victoria for the gold boom. After that date little was done in exploiting the oil until 1852 when Count Ferdinard Von Muller a botanist recommended it was made an industry and joined forces with Joseph Bosisto in Victoria.


The Eucalyptus Oil Distilling Industry on Kangaroo Island began in the 1880’s using  Eucalyptus cneorifolia the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, and dozens of stills were established, making it one of Kangaroo Islands major industries.

By the 1900’s Eucalyptus Oil was being exported to the United Kingdom, Germany, U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, India, China, New Zealand and several countries in the Far East.

It reached its peak in the 1930’s when many farmers had a still to supplement their income whilst developing their farms. The traditional process of harvesting was very labour intensive, many back-breaking hours were spent by cutters using razor-sharp sickles to harvest the leaf before it was loaded onto the horse and dray, and later trucks, to transport the leaf to the stills.

Below is footage from FH Fauldings and the Eucalyptus Oil Industry on Kangaroo Island.  A documentary that we believe was filmed around 1927 about the Eucalyptus oil industry on Kangaroo Island. Thanks for the footage FH Faulding and Co


The major commercial outlet for the bulk oil produced on Kangaroo Island was F.H. Faulding & Co. Seeing the potential Fauldings purchased “Windy Ridge” in May, 1923, renaming it “Emu Ridge” after their Emu Brand Oil.

Fauldings established two plantations of Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) on “Emu Ridge” in 1938 for the purpose of systematically harvesting it on a rotational basis.

One plantation was a failure, unfortunately the seeds from a very poor yielding tree were used in establishing this entire plantation. The other plantation was a success and still remains today.

The Narrow Leaf responds well to pruning and can be reharvested every one two years.

The industry was short lived, and virtually ceased around the 1950’s, with the development of agricultural land and a rise in wool prices – the work being much easier.

Fauldings sold the farm in 1952 for the soldier settler scheme and for a time the history was lost. Australia now imports around 90% of its requirements from China and Brazil- we are hoping to turn this around… If only to a small extent.


All few relics remain on Kangaroo Island memories of the once thriving industry, this one is at Western Cove near Kingscote

In the beginning for the Turners

In April 1991 with the down turn in wool prices, starting with nothing but salvaged material and a lot of initiative the business has very humble beginnings. One of the pioneers in new cottage industries Larry and Bev started with an old caravan by the Eucalyptus distillery to a small craft shop in the old MacGillivray Post Office. Later was the expansion into the larger retail shop built from the recycled materials from the shearing shed, which is now a plant nursery.


Bev and Larry Turner with Don Burke for the opening of their shop in 1992.

More recently the cellar door, bar, café, gallery and decking. After being self sufficient for 20 years operating on steam, solar and wind power Larry and Bev succumbed to having mains power connected for their 20th birthday. The business now boasts 30kw’s of Sola continuing on with their self sufficient philosophy.


Larry with steam engine.

This 250 ha farm now employs 16 people in peak season.
Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas, these days Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus Oil Distillery in South Australia with only a handful left in all of Australia, 90% of the worlds Eucalyptus oil comes from China and Brazil!  They use the Tasmanian Blue Gum used for the timber and paper industry and a bye product in Eucalyptus oil.

Bev and Larry are proud to have revived a historical industry that had once thrived on the Island and preserved a major part of KI and Australia’s heritage. Kangaroo Island eucalyptus oil  is known for its pungent aroma, and is distilled from the leaf of the indigenous Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee, Eucalyptus cneorifolia. This unique oil is the only one of its kind in the world. Emu Ridge provide a unique tourist destination on Kangaroo Island. Their vision is to work towards environmental sustainability, land management and re-vegetation. These ideals have created a truly rare and exceptional style of business and the positive response from our customers has further added to developing this philosophy.

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, Celebrating 20 years 1991 – 2011, a lot of hard work! If you have the time this is a photo collage that I put together for our 20th Birthday Celebrations. Its amazing, things have certainly grown. Its nice for people to know how we began! Some great memories. And thanks to all our staff and helpers that have helped make us what we are today.


Kangaroo Island EVENT HIRE & FUNCTIONS at Emu Ridge

Emu Ridge caters for all kinds of events; birthday parties, weddings, school formals, conferences, hens and buck shows, Christmas parties much more. We offer 3 different seating areas and bar facilities which are all fully licensed.

The atmosphere at Emu Ridge is spectacular, whether you are having an event during the day or later at night. We often have wildlife that come up to the back deck and are happy to just sit and nibble on the grass. If you are thinking about using our venue at Emu Ridge, bookings for guided tours and/or meals are essential for groups.

We are fully flexible as to how you want to arrange the evening, ie venue hire only, or combinations of venue hire, additional decorations, wait and bar staff, fully licensed bar, food (including special dietary requirements), caterers, self-catering, music, entertainment, we have had a lot of experience and are happy to help you plan your event.

These are our 3 different dining areas:

The Front Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 150 people:



The Back Deck (outdoor) – Seats up to 50 people:



The Dining Area (indoor) – Seats up to 25 people:



Tiffany’s wedding album, this lovely wedding was  hessian and lace theme. See this link for the full album.



Lucy’s Moroccan themed wedding. Link for the full album.



KICE Year 12 formal 2016; another great event held here at Emu Ridge. Link to the full album.



The Kangaroo Island Netball Association had there annual vote count night here. Each club decorated their own tables. Link to the full album here.



Sealink’s staff Christmas party. Full album here.



We celebrated our 20th anniversary here as well and had a local KI band perform; “The Famous Strangers”. Link to the full album here.



In addition to our function areas at Emu Ridge we also have equipment we hire out for functions in the area of your choice.

Just to give you an idea we have a 12 x 6 marquee, BBQ, stainless steel benches, tables, chairs, tablecloths, cutlery, etc. Enough to cater for 150 guests. Please enquire if you are interested.

Our Marquee hired for a garden wedding. See pics here

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Interesting visitors at Emu Ridge on Kangaroo Island

We get to meet so many wonderful people from near and far at Emu Ridge, all with amazing stories to tell if you would like to listen. This beautiful SA couple Betty and Bob are both 90 years old and traveled to Kangaroo Island in their own car for there 68th Wedding Anniversary, how awesome is that! Good on them, what an achievement, Legends! Something we all aspire to but very few get to achieve!  ? Bobs hobby is building replica trains clever man ?

Here are just a few others that have popped in over the years.

We opened the doors to our new shop in 1997. Our very first customer to walk in the door was Bob Hawke, Blanch and Diedre Morrison from Acacia Apartments, amazing!! We had a great chat and they loved our souvenirs.


Don Burke a TV Garden celebrity officially opened our first shop the MacGillivray Post Office  in April 1992


Kangaroo Island Art Feastival Closing Event 2016 at Emu Ridge


Emu Ridge Eucalytpus are excited to be hosting the  finale to ART FEASTival 2016. For an evening of family fun, food and music. We’ll be entertained by the irrepressible Scott and Tim, there’ll be the latest vintage of Colony Cove ciders to sample, along with island wines. So come along 29 Oct at 5pm or soon thereafter, and join the celebrations!



We will have a simple menu on the night –

Chicken or Beef Kababs $4.00 each

Kababs and Salad $12.00

Desconstructed Apple Pie $6.00

Dip and D’Estree Bakery Turkish bread $7.00


Tim and Scott make a dynamic duo with their myriad of songs and instruments. You can look forward to a varied repertoire from funky jazz standards to enjoyable takes on modern tunes as well as an array of original music. Sit down and relax with a glass of wine or get up and move to their groovy sounds.


Our Art Exhibition is coming to as end finishing on the 28th of October

Opening every day from 9.00am to 2.00pm, extended hours over peak times open or by appointment.

Emu Ridge is a centric destination where you can learn the art of producing a traditional Aussie bush product Eucalyptus oil. We have a great range of local produce, art, pottery and jewellery from a variety of local island artists on display that are guaranteed to delight all of your senses. Our featured artist, Teresa Turner, has a diverse range of art in all mediums including a range of unique crocheted items. We also house the Cellar Door for the award winning Sweet, Dry or Draught Kangaroo Island Ciders. Local wines,light meals, cheese platters and delicious home-made desserts are available in our dining areas.


Emu Ridge is on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, we are proud to Manufacture and Retail many wonderful Australian produced natural products.
691 Willsons Rd
Macgillivray, SA 5223
 (08) 8553 8228
For full story and more information click on this link KANGAROO ISLAND ART FEASTIVAL 2016

Time Warp Travellers on Kangaroo Island

For some people some things never change.

We had the pleasure of Graeme and Christine Gill from Lauriton NSW call in to visit us at Emu Ridge. They are travelling around Australia in “Ruby” a Propert Vintage Caravan and a 1972 LJ Torana. Im partial to Torana’s, my first car was a GTR. They were great people and took the time to proudly show us their van and its contents, it was a pleasure to meet them and have a chat and Im sure”Ruby” has many great products from Kangaroo Island  to take on her continuing journey. Ruby proudly displays an Emu Ridge sticker adding to her collection!

img_3330I did some searching and this couple are quite famous here is a link to a story from 2013 Time to Roam I found if you interested. Im not sure how long they have been traveling for, but at least 3 years. This link also has some interesting history about the Propert Caravan


Tom Propert invented this caravan in 1953- 1960 and a range of Kitchenware. Check out this Swift Wisk! Graeme and Christine still use it pretty amazing invention!

I hope you enjoyed this story. We are so lucky and get to meet and see so many interesting people and things at our business at Emu Ridge


Winston Churchill Fellowship SA – Larry Turner Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island

Larry and I recently caught up with the South Australian Churchill Fellows in Adelaide at the recent Annual Dinner and AGM at the Adelaide Pavilion

Larrys Winston Churchill fellowship (1998), was granted to study “The Production, Marketing and Utilization of Native Flora and Fauna, Particularly Essential Oils, in South Africa and Europe”.

It was great to catch up with Dene and his wife Diana at the dinner. Dene Cordes, Winston Churchill Member and 1985 Fellow

A special thanks goes to Dene for prompting Larry to apply for this prestigious award.  Without his encouragement we would not have the store of fond memories and challenging new dreams to fulfill.


Photo credit David Bacchus 2014 fellow from left to right the Commissioner of Kangaroo Island Wendy Campana, Diane and Dene Cordes and Bev and Larry Turner.

Larry was awarded his Fellowship to study to improve his knowledge of essential oil production and native flora and fauna industries, and to learn from experts in countries already recognized as leaders in these areas. He also wanted to make contacts with potential importers of our specialty products and therefore wanted to make the international market place more aware of our products. He was keen to look at newly emerging industries in these countries, and compare other countries’ native farming strategies. He believed this would improve his own techniques, product quality, tourism opportunities and potential for the sustainable use of our own native flora and fauna.

The fellowship took us both on a journey to South Africa, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Hungary.

Dene’s fellowship was granted to study the use of community volunteer organizations in the operation of national parks – USA. He later went on to found Friends of the Parks, Volunteers working for conservation and much more.


Photo credit David Bacchus 2014 fellow,  Larry and Bev Turner Graeme Adcock President 2002 Fellow and Peter Elder 1896 Fellow

We are also proud to be associated with Peter Elder he has been involved with Emu Ridge since its inception in 1991 when he worked at Business SA he was always helpful and encouraging. Peters Fellowship was awarded in 1986 to examine the production and marketing of training programmes for small business executives and secondary and tertiary students – USA

About the Churchill Fellows Association of SA

The Churchill Fellows Association of South Australia was established in 1970 to promote the Fellowships, provide advice to Fellows preparing for their trips, and create an ongoing network that supports Fellows in their efforts to share the benefits of the awards with the broader community.

The idea of forming the association came jointly from former South Australian Governor, judge and lawyer, the late Dame Roma Mitchell, and former Trust national chairman, Ray Turner, who chaired the original South Australian fundraising appeal committee. Dame Roma served the Churchill Trust from the time of its inception in 1965 as a member of the South Australian Selection Committee, director and national chairman, and was Patron at the time of her death in March 2000. As a result of a generous donation from her Estate, the Trust created a Churchill Fellowship in her name to be awarded in perpetuity.

Regional South Australians urged to realise their finest hour and apply for a Churchill Fellowship

A national award scheme that sends Australians from all walks of life overseas to explore a topic or issue of their choice wants more people from regional South Australia to apply.

As many as twelve South Australians receive a Fellowship every year. Worth an average of $25,000 each, they allow recipients to meet with, observe and learn from their peers and global experts anywhere in the world, and to establish valuable international networks.

“The Fellowships were established to create opportunities for everyday Australians to travel independently and explore a topic or issue they are passionate about, ” says Churchill Fellows Association of South Australia president, Graeme Adcock.

“Importantly, people don’t need any specific qualifications to apply, and the Fellowships are not about formal academic study. In fact, they don’t even have to relate to your career,” Mr Adcock says.

“They can be based around your favourite pastime or your role as a volunteer in a community organisation, and unlike many other scholarship programs, they offer considerable flexibility in terms of timing and duration.

“The key is that the knowledge you are seeking is not readily available in Australia, and that you are willing to share what you learn when you return, to help inspire new ideas, innovation and excellence so that it benefits the broader community.”

The Churchill Trust was established in 1965, to honour the memory of famous British prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Initial funds for the program were raised through an extraordinary national appeal, still rated as the biggest undertaking of its kind in Australian history.

The appeal generated more than $4.4 million in a matter of weeks and became front page news in South Australia when the State raised more than half a million dollars (£262, 595). In an effort unsurpassed by any other State, it was three times the target of £80,000.

A considerable portion of the money came from a doorknock on February 28, 1965, just four weeks after Churchill’s funeral. Organised with military precision, primarily by members of the RSL, it raised about £78,500 in just a few hours.

Almost half that sum (£35,857) came from country areas thanks to an estimated 10,000 volunteers, who targeted every regional town and even the smallest farming communities. Apart from the RSL, volunteers included members of the Country Women’s Association, the Rural Youth Movement and service clubs such as Rotary, Apex and Lions.

The first Churchill Fellows went overseas in 1966. They included Riverland horticulturalist Ian Tolley, who travelled to Asia, Israel and the United States to investigate citrus growing in a trip that not only changed his life but Australia’s citrus industry and the nursery trade.

Mr Tolley went on to initiate and develop techniques for micro-budding citrus and growing citrus in containers, which have been adopted widely around the world. He has received many state, national and international industry honors, including the first International Plant Propagators Society Award of Merit given outside the United States. Patron of the International Society of Citrus Nurserymen, he is still going strong at 86 and working on a much-anticipated book about citrus growing that brings together an extraordinary lifetime of knowledge.

A passionate advocate for the Fellowships, Ian is also featured in a special video that has been prepared by the Churchill Trust and posted on YouTube as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

More than 360 South Australians have followed in Ian’s footsteps since 1966, exploring issues that have benefited rural industries and regional communities on many levels, covering everything from exporting dairy cattle, sheep breeding to developing new crops, soil and water management, rural communications and extension, revitalising rural communities, and cheese, cider and wine making.

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Churchill and the Fellowships

Before Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965, former British Prime Minister and famous war-time leader, Sir Winston Churchill, was asked what type of a memorial he would like so the world would remember him. Sir Winston suggested something like the Rhodes Scholarship, but available to all people and on a much wider basis. This led to the concept of travelling fellowships bearing Churchill’s name and the establishment of a movement to make it happen. Trusts were set up in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand to raise money, and administer the funds and the awards.

In Australia, initial funds for the program were raised through an extraordinary national appeal, including a doorknock that canvassed thousands of homes across regional areas. In South Australia, the appeal became front page news when the State raised more than half a million dollars (£262, 600), more than three times its target of £80,000, an effort unsurpassed by any other State. The doorknock alone raised about £78,500 on a single day, with almost half that sum (£35,900) coming from country South Australia.

Held on February 28, 1965, just four weeks after Churchill’s funeral, the doorknock is believed to be the biggest ever undertaking of its kind in Australian history. Organised with military precision, it involved an estimated 10,000 volunteers in regional South Australia alone. Coordinated largely by the Returned Services League, it also engaged members of the Country Women’s Association, the Rural Youth Movement, the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia, and service clubs such as Rotary, Apex and Lions.

These volunteers targeted every regional town and even the smallest farming communities over a period of just a few hours. Most of the doorknocking happened after 7pm, when it was believed the majority of people would be home. Householders were asked to leave their porch lights on, and then turn them off after the collectors had called to avoid overlaps and to help make sure no-one was missed.

The doorknock raised more than $1.8 million nationally. Additional funds contributed by governments, private businesses and public institutions pushed the overall appeal total to more than $4.4 million. South Australian appeal chairman Ray Turner put the response down to people’s respect for Churchill and ‘acknowledgment of a debt to the man whose courage, determination and inspiring leadership had heartened us all and had taken us onward to victory in the darkest days of our time’.


The First South Australian Fellows

The original 1966 South Australian Churchill Fellows were:

  • David Binks from Brighton, who explored yacht building and design in the US, UK and Europe. David pioneered the use of fibreglass in the construction of many classes of yachts raced in Australia in the 1960s. His innovative construction methods contributed to the success of four of the first five Australian yachts to win world championships, which were built in Adelaide by his business, Binks Yachts. David is a life member of the Boating Industry Association of SA, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013 for his services to sailing.
  • Reverend Father Edward Mulvihill, who visited educational centres of international repute in the UK, Europe and USA. He served as Director of Catholic Education in South Australia from 1958 to 1972, and created the ‘school board’ concept which is today an integral part of school communities. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to education.
  • Dr Maurice Sando, then Director of Anesthesia and Respiratory Resuscitation at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, who travelled to North America and Europe to investigate intensive medical care, particularly in relation to illnesses requiring assisted breathing. Dr Sando served on numerous state and national professional committees over a period of some twenty years, and played a key role in developing education programs and examination systems for his area of specialty. He was made a fellow of the Australian Medical Association in 1974, and the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1982 when he also received an OBE. The inaugural chair of anaesthesia and intensive care at the University of Adelaide was named after him in 1986.
  • Margaret Sinclair, a sculptor and ceramic artist from Adelaide, who explored techniques in bronze-casting and trends in sculpture in Europe, South America and the United States. Born in Adelaide in 1918, Margaret studied at the SA School of Art in the 1930s, and then again in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She taught art and craft in technical high schools in the early 1960s, and sculpture at summer schools for the adult education board and Perth University in WA. Her Fellowship included five months studying and working at the famous Battaglia artists foundry in Milan, Italy. Her work was exhibited by the Royal Society of the Arts in SA, and in public exhibitions and private galleries in SA, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. Margaret received numerous awards and prizes for her work. She died in March 2000.
  • Renmark horticulturalist Ian Tolley, who studied citrus growing in the USA, Asia and Israel. Ian went on to initiate and develop techniques for micro-budding citrus and growing citrus in containers, which have been adopted widely around the world. He has received many state, national and international industry awards and honours, including life membership of the Churchill Fellows Association of SA. He was the first person outside the United States to be awarded the International Plant Propagators Society Award of Merit, for services in disseminating horticultural knowledge. He served as president of the International Plant Propagators Society, and is patron of the International Society of Citrus Nurserymen. Ian was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1995 for his services to the horticulture industry.
  • Lois Wilksch (later Loffler), headmistress of the Thebarton Infant Demonstration School, who went to England to explore infant teaching, particularly in relation to language development. Lois became the youngest person to run an infant school in South Australia when she was appointed head of the Mount Gambier Infant School in 1963. She was required to resign from her position at Thebarton when she married in 1968, because of regulations preventing married women from holding permanent positions in the public service. However she continued to volunteer at the school, implementing many of the recommendations that came from her Fellowship.

A total of 368 South Australians have been awarded Churchill Fellowships since 1966, with more than 4000 being handed out nationally over the past 50 years.

To The Winston Churchill Trust and Qantas – Without the sponsorship this fellowship would not have been possible. Thank you, you have enriched my life for the betterment of many. Larry