Rain­ing muddy wa­ters

The Advertiser - - BOOMER COMMENT & NEWS - JILL PENGELLEY

RED mud rained down on Ade­laide 50 years ago this week as the clouds un­leashed on a rolling dust storm.

A pall of dirt blown down from the north turned day to night, pedes­tri­ans ran for cover and driv­ers pulled over.

Ex­actly one month later, on Fe­bru­ary 18, it hap­pened again and was cap­tured by Eliz­a­beth Downs res­i­dent Syd­ney Oats, in a pic­ture taken from his front yard.

In the Jan­uary storm, Ade­laide recorded “12 points of mud-rain” and 100.7F (38.1C) – the city’s first cen­tury in more than 12 months, ac­cord­ing to The Ad­ver­tiser.

“Chil­dren dropped their bi­cy­cles and groped their way into the near­est houses for shel­ter,” the story says.

Ste­wart Un­der­wood was 14 and had moved to Ade­laide from the UK six days be­fore the Jan­uary dust storm.

He and his sis­ter were in Elder Park, near the mi­grant hos­tel. “When it started to rain, we ran for the band­stand but we were lit­er­ally cov­ered in mud,” he re­calls.

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