Heinz variety

Living with the two Heinz’s was a bit of a cultural shock. The boys shopped at a local European Deli. Consequently, getting used to having black bread and various types of German wurst in my lunch each day was a bit of a challenge.

Big Heinz rode a BSA1 motor bike at the local cinder track. Little Heinz who was a brilliant mechanic, repaired and maintained the machine. I accompanied them on a weekend trip to Port Augusta Speedway where Heinz was riding.

Heinz’s motorbike

We all went out to dance halls twice a week and I started to go out with Joyce, one of the girls that regularly went to Unley Town Hall. One night, Joyce enquired if I was free the next weekend. She had been invited to a school friend’s 21st birthday party.

“Would you like to come with me?” she asked.

“Yes, that would be great,” I answered. “Where will the party be?”

She paused for a while then smiled. “Georgetown,” she announced. “That is where my family live. We’ll have to stay at mum and dad’s for the weekend.”

I discovered that Georgetown was about 200km north of Adelaide, not far from Port Pirie. In 1964 it boasted a population of 320. Joyce was an only child and her father was the district blacksmith. The family, originally from Germany, had lived in Georgetown for generations.

The Dixie Cups – ‘Going to the Chapel’  1964
Spring is here, the sky is blue
Birds all sing as if they knew
Today’s the day we’ll say “I do”
And we’ll never be lonely anymore

We arrived mid-morning and the party was the next night in the old weatherboard Shire Hall. The next morning, Joyce’s father took me on an inspection of the forge. I felt like I was being introduced to the family business.

The Sachse home, Georgetown – Thursday 23 May 1964

The Beatles arrived in Adelaide on June 12th 1964. I must have been one of the few people who didn’t join the crush at the airport or the city to catch a glimpse of the four mop tops.

On 17th July 1964, Donald Campbell broke the world land speed record on Lake Eyre. At the time, flood waters from the North East were emptying into the dry salt lake basin and it was a race against time to complete the attempt. Afterwards, his vehicle, the Bluebird, was on display in the Rundle Mall. I went to have a look and was surprised at how rough and makeshift the vehicle appeared.


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