Parents missing in action
In the past many used the adage "you reap what you sow" when referring to people taking personal responsibility for their actions, those of their children or things which they have control or ownership of.
Previously, when you slipped and fell over on the footpath, you quickly looked around to see if anyone had observed you, got up and dusted yourself off, admonished yourself for being careless and got on with things. Reactions to the same occurrence today are eminently different.
Today the initial reaction of many would be - totally disregard personal responsibility, determine what caused your fall, ascertain whether the surface had been constructed to specifications, contact a lawyer skilled in injury claims, seek counselling for emotional harm, commence a long rehabilitation program and lodge a financial claim for damages.
This abdication of personal responsibility is rife throughout our community and we are constantly seeing behaviours, attitudes and treatment being exhibited, which lack little respect or consideration for others and property.
Incidents and actions, such as the problem of youths in southern Adelaide, which caused damage and raised community concern was followed by: the airing of grievances at a public meeting, handballing responsibility, finger pointing, table thumping, assurance of action and responses to the issue and promises of immediate funding to provide a solution.
Unfortunately, in our over litigious society and with our manic focus on the extreme protection of personal rights, no-one has the intestinal fortitude to approach this matter with common sense and direct action.
With many of these young people being minors, it is blatantly clear who has the greatest responsibility for their conduct and related anti-social behaviour - their parents.
Typically though, we will see the costly involvement of many government agencies and their personnel, the implementation of social diversion programs and a long and drawn out evaluation process when funding is eventually withdrawn.
By not addressing the root cause, pretty poor parenting, issues will continue to fester and grow.
Kimba’s lost servicemen
According to the Eyre Peninsula Tribune published January 28, 1916, M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan and A. Shepley, all of Moseley, had volunteered for service in World War I.
Their names are on the Roll of Honour that was unveiled at the official opening of the Kimba Soldiers’ Memorial Institute in December 1929 but present-day Kimba has no memory of them.
Researching on behalf of the Kimba and Gawler Ranges Historial Society, I want to know ‘who were these men?’
Because their given names are not known, it is difficult to identify these men from military service records, electoral rolls and postal directories.
They were not landholders, nor were they members of the Returned Servicemen’s Association (Kimba Branch 1925-33).
Can anybody on Eyre Peninsula give these men an identity?
Does anyone remember M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan or A. Shepley who worked in Kimba even for a very short time, prior to 1916?
Did they live in your town? Is their name on your town’s WWI memorial? Did they work for your family? Did they marry into your family?
Any recollections, clues or suggestions will be appreciated in order to finish profiling the men from Kimba and District whose names are on the town’s Roll of Honour.
Please phone me any evening on 8627 2066, text me on 0429 014 297 or write to PO Box 49, Kimba 5641.