Things to do in Murray Bridge: March 26-April 1, 2021

Coming up this week are an historical exhibition opening at Tailem Bend, Sounds by the River, Unity College's formal and more.

In 1884, railway workers building the Adelaide to Melbourne line set up at a spot they simply called Pine Camp.

Almost 140 years later, the town that grew out of that colonial settlement – Tailem Bend – has evolved time and again as industries have come and gone, then come anew.

That winding history will be celebrated from 2.30pm this Friday with an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia, entitled The Life and Times of Tailem Bend, at the Coorong Gallery.

Coorong Mayor Paul Simmons said it was important for country towns to celebrate their histories.

“We are extremely lucky to have groups of dedicated volunteers who commit themselves to preserving our history and heritage, ensuring that it is not lost or forgotten,” he said.

“I commend the Tailem Bend Historians for their efforts in putting together an exhibition 12 months in the making, and I look forward to the opening.”

The exhibition will continue until the end of May and form part of the South Australian History Festival that month.


Stepping Stones into Nature cultural awareness tour: 10am-12pm at Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge. Learn about the connection Ngarrindjeri people have with the land we live on with Trees for Life and Candice Love, for new Australians who want to connect with nature. Registration essential: 8406 0500 or

The Life and Times of Tailem Bend exhibition opening: 2.30-4.30pm at the Coorong Gallery, Tailem Bend. Photographic exhibition and memorabilia display by the Tailem Bend Historians and Coorong District Council. Register: 1300 785 277.

Unity College formal: 6.30-10.30pm at Murray Bridge Town Hall. Arrivals on Bridge Street and Sixth Street from 6.30-7.30pm.


River Murray football and netball: Ramblers v Tailem Bend at Le Messurier Oval, Murray Bridge; Meningie v Mypolonga at Meningie Oval; Imperials v Jervois at Johnstone Park, Murray Bridge.

Sounds by the River: SOLD OUT.

Palmer Hotel open mic: From 2pm. Perform in front of a live and supportive audience, all welcome.

Australian Modlites Championship: From 4pm at Murray Bridge Speedway. Supported by street stocks, late models and junior sedans. Tickets: $27/17/7 at


SA FPV Club show and shine: 7.30-11am at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Cars and coffee on the river at Mannum: From 8.30am at Arnold Park. All welcome.

Jervois Hall car boot sale: 10am-3pm. Stalls inside and out, raffle.

Murray Bridge Country Music Club: 11am-4pm at Imperial Football Club. Feature act Mystic Blue, lunch available, all welcome. Admission: $12/10.


Author talk with Ben Laffra: 2pm at Murray Bridge Library. The author launches his novel Flying Fox Across the Moon as he tells his tale in a humourous, whimsical, self-depracating style with thoroughly engaging candour. Book: 8539 1175.

Thursday – April Fools’ Day

The Secret Garden: 5.30pm at Murray Bridge Library. Thursday night movie about an orphan who discovers a magical hidden garden on her uncle's remote country estate.

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