Email Louise, Adelaide, South Australia.


The Marvellous Dancing Palais at Port Germein

106 pages

Cost: $17 (Australian) plus $A4.80 postage within Australia or
you are welcome to pick it up from me in Adelaide.

Pay by bank transfer or cheque (within Australia)

This is a personal memoir of my childhood spent in Port Germein and of the beach Palais which my family ran for about 3 years during that time.

It includes some history of the town and news stories of the ships which came to load wheat (1926-1940) during the time of the Palais.

Please Email: Louise to arrange purchase.


Born at Streaky Bay on the West Coast of South Australia I lived first at Cungena as a baby but we moved around a bit so also lived at Yaninee, Prospect, Urania and Booleroo Centre before settling at Port Germein for 8 years. After that the family relocated to Adelaide where I attended Unley High School and Adelaide University doing Arts and a teaching Diploma.
My first teaching appointment was at Eyre High in Whyalla for 5 years and one term. In Whyalla I met my husband who had 'migrated' for 3 years, from Denmark.
Back in Adelaide, I taught at Norwood Project Centre, Plympton High and had 2 sons, then Strathmont HS, Unley High. Among the first to be hit by the 10 year service scheme, when it was quite strict, I was next at Windsor Gardens, Seaton HS, Mitcham GHS and Urrbrae HS before finishing at Seaview HS.
I became interested in computing at Plympton High, where, pre World Wide Web, the Maths senior demonstrated Nexus, the long defunct Electronic Information Service of the SA Education Dept. It was a like an explosion in my head when I saw one database, AAP (Australian Associated Press). There for the English teacher were thousands of news stories continually rolling in, with headlines, updates and different versions of the same story from other News Services, for reading and comprehending, expanding and changing, developing and finishing, comparing and analysing. It was a fabulous writing resource, and even today, I don't think there is anything so powerful and compact available.
With great wisdom, my husband bought our first, very-expensive, second-hand home Macintosh in 1985 and we were off on our trip down the information highway. I did a lot of computing in English and believe that English teachers can use this fabulous tool very creatively if they try, but I'm not sure many do. Just doing a worksheet on computer instead of on the written page isn't necessarily using technology to the best advantage.
Now retired I spend my time writing web pages in much despised but beautifully simple and logical html, studying family history and working on the history of Port Germein, captivated by the amazing resilience and hard work of our ancestors as exemplified in the interesting story of this little town which, like many other small towns in Spencer's Gulf, via the jetty, was visited by beautiful sailing ships from all over the world, including some from Denmark. My Scandinavian spouse has made that a particularly relevant connection.
I also love travel, gardening, craft, cats, reading, TV, family and getting email from anyone who actually looks at my web pages.