Premier John Scadden visited town. Esperance state school children were given half a day off from school. The Premier was present at the morning school sports day which featured a girls’ race and a boys’. The races took place on the road beside the school.

 

John Scadden's Trip - Official Cars - SS Eucla 1915

 

The Premier had his vehicle transported by rail to Norseman, then drove via Dundas, Salmon Gums, Grass Patch, Gibson, Esperance, Ravensthorpe and Kundip. The vehicle was shipped from Hopetoun.

The Premier’s party had an official reception and function held at the Esperance Roads building which was the original government school.

 

Premiers John Scadden's Party - Gibson_Soak_Hotel_1915

THE PREMIERS PARTY WITH MR. & MRS H. J. JENKINS (RIGHT OF CENTRE) MR. AND MRS E.J. MCCARTHY(LEFT),
NELLY MCCARTHY (OLDER GIRL IN WHITE DRESS) AT THE GIBSON SOAK HOTEL. H. JENKINS THE LICENSEE OF THE GIBSON SOAK HOTEL,
HIS FIRST WAYSIDE LICENCE WAS GRANTED IN 1896, OPENED CHRISTMAS DAY 1896.

 

Premiers John Scadden -Turning_the_Sod_Ceremony

TURNING THE SOD CEREMONY. MR THOMAS WALKER, GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE WITH A CROWD, (E. J. MCCARTHY, READING).
MR THOMAS WALKER HAD ANNOUNCED THE RAILWAY LINE WILL GO AHEAD. (PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN- COURTESY ESPERANCE MUSEUM)

 

Premier John Scadden and the government introduced emergency legislation whereby a special authority, known as the Industries Assistance Board was formed to assist or partially assist farmers so that crops could be put in in for the following year. The Board’s operations were administered by the Agricultural Bank.

 

1916_Public_Works_Department

IT WAS HEAVY WORK FOR MAN AND BEAST. THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WERE IN CHARGE OF THE CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING.

 

 

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