Eleven speakers, including Governor Hieu Van Le, welcomed the new $100,000 Broughton Plains Community Shed on Sunday.
Topics included the founding of the Nurom Whim Historical Group, the life of 92-year-old Wandearah resident Mary McMahon, old-style farm methods and even the history of the now-defunct Nurom Tennis Club.
About 150 people were enthralled by the stories and applauded the ribbon-cutting by the Governor and the unveiling of the fundraisers’ plaque by Grey MP Rowan Ramsey who arranged a $52,000 grant from the federal government for the project.
The Governor returned to the district – “this most beautiful part of South Australia” – after attending the Anzac Day ceremony at the Wandearah Cemetery last year.
He said the shed would host “an impressive collection of farm machinery”.
“It is a story of hard work, resilience and people so passionate about their land,” he said. “A lot of effort has been put into building this shed.
“It is a symbol of the community coming together. sharing your spirit and promoting a ‘fair go’.”
To resounding applause, he said: “South Australia doesn’t end at Gepps Cross.
“Thank you for your outstanding work.”
The shed is a joint project of the Broughton Plains Heritage Society and the Nurom Whim Historical Group.
Society chairman Jack Keain said he had been “speechless” when Mr Ramsey told him he had heard of the project and wanted to arrange the grant.
He praised contractors Bentleys Building Supplies and Mini-Pave for their work and co-operation with the grant funding.
Other speakers included Mr Ramsey, Independent Frome MP Geoff Brock, who is a former Wandearah boy and member of the society, Elaine Clifford, Kingslee Stanley, Paul Collins, Maureen Carey representing Mary McMahon, Laurence Stanley and Daryle Johns.
Mr Ramsey recalled that it was two years ago to the day on Father’s Day that he had “tried to cut off my finger with a ride-on mower” and praised his micro-surgeon.
On a serious note, he said the shed was “fantastic” and would be a hub of the community.
Mr Brock said his father had been a rabbit-trapper in the district and he had attended primary school there.
“To raise $40,000 in four or five years is absolutely fantastic,” he said of the groups.
Mrs Carey outlined the life of her mother Mary McMahon, 92, of Wandearah
The shed is still to be connected to power. There are plans to set up a workshop inside it and host residents with a cuppa.
Mr Le, in an impromptu comment, said his homeland of Vietnam did not have any rural structures similar to the shed.