Mannum’s Main Street during the 1956 Floods

The 1956 floods in Mannum on the River Murray is still fresh on many peoples minds who were there to experience it.

One of our readers of Local Living Magazine, Geoff Hennig from Cambria sent some great photos of the main street of
Mannum for ‘Our History’ section.

The photos were snapped as Geoff and his father rowed up the street to the Pretoria Hotel. They used a 1A Kodak Folding Pocket Camera at the time which Geoff still has to this day.

Family History

Geoff’s Great Grandfather, Julius Hennig, was a stonemason during the Pretoria construction. He also built a house for Captain Arnold at Big Bend.

Geoffs Great Grandmother Louisa also worked on building the house.

The Captain found it to be too quiet in the area and promptly sold it and moved away.

The house was still standing on Don Webster’s property the last time Geoff saw it.

It’s interesting to note that the stone used to construct the home was quarried from the nearby
riverbank.

Julius and Louisa’s children
continued to live in Cambrai.

Carol Carini

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