Paddle Steamers

History of Paddle Steamer Square Dance Group Inc

Zaree Sullivan opened the club in 2008 with the help of Ken Overton. Milton McKenzie took over in 2009. We danced in Chris Hawkins lounge room until we hired a hall at Currency Creek.

In 2011 Milton arranged for our first dressed set at the National in Darwin. He learnt how to sew with his new pink sewing machine, making the entire dress set. We moved to more centrally located Institute at Port Elliot

The club incorporated in 2012 and operated as a tape/CD club (with help from Chris and Allan at Naracoorte) using a household stereo at the hall. Ros Turnbull and Penny Collingwood ran the tapes and began a new learners class (including us learning how to teach). Special thankyou to our music guru Grayham Smith for his help. Don Headon then took over running the tapes for mainstream whilst Ros continued teaching the learners.

2013 - Les Tulloch began calling alternate weeks. Milton McKenzie called monthly. Ivan Cooke called occasionally, whilst Ros continued to teach the learners. John Casey called once per month from May until October 2013 from March to November 2015. We graduated 3 dancers (Don Headon, Chris Hawkins, Jacqueline Baumgartner). We purchased a Hilton and Yak Stack from Bob Looker with the aid of a Local Council grant.

In 2015 we graduated 8 dancers (Charlene Wright, Elizabeth, Elijah & Joshua Shepherd, Deidre Solly, Faye Payne, Darrell Nixon and Pam Ferguson). In 2017 we graduated Peter Jarvis. Chris Browning has offered to call once a month giving our dancers the experience of 3 different callers and tapes rarely. This allows Ros Turnbull more time to concentrate on pursuing her interest in learning to call.

In 2018 We will celebrate our 10th year as a club with guest caller Mike Davey from Victoria.


We have participated in public events such as Goolwa Alive, The Port Elliot Show, Christmas parades. We have demonstrated Square Dancing at Adare Church, Retirement Villages, Nursing Homes and Woolworth Shopping centre Goolwa.

We conduct monthly fun theme nights including a cow milking competition on our cow cup night. Thanks to Anne Smith for the decorations. We have conducted social outings such as a BBQ and lunches and small workshops. Being a tourist area we encourage visitors to watch and have a try.

We have also had numerous dancers from interstate and overseas including Allen Kerr from Canberra calling for us. Thank you to dancers and callers have supported us.

Jeff Seidel has done several workshops. We currently dance at the The Port Elliot Institute 16 The Strand Port Elliot on Friday nights with Learners 7pm-8pm and Mainstream 8pm onwards.

Contact the committee or email us for further information about the South Australian Square Dance Society Inc.
Contact individual clubs to confirm their dance nights and starting times
Constitution of the South Australian Square Dance Society
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