Special day to celebrate 80 years of Tanderra Hostel | News from Whyalla

BACK IN TIME: An aerial view of Tanderra Hostel Accommodation 1942-1982. Photo: Supplied

During the 1940s Whyalla was a booming town with a future in manufacturing where men seeking employment flocked for work.

At the time, there was a need to find accommodation for single men, and that is why the Tanderra Single Men’s Hostel was built.

For 80 years, the Tanderra Inn has hosted so many people, whether as a hostel or now as a craft village.

To celebrate the 80and anniversary, the Tanderra Craft Village will hold a special memorial ceremony at its market this weekend, Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th.

On Saturdays, former residents who lived at the inn are invited to the village at 12:30 p.m. for a special cake-cutting ceremony followed by a site visit at around 1:30 p.m.

Heather Snowden, Publicity Manager at Tanderra Craft Village, said she was looking forward to what is shaping up to be a big event.

“The Tanderra complex was built in the early 1940s and opened in 1942 for steel mill workers, then after years of non-use it became the Tanderra Craft Village in 1992,” said.

“This year is the anniversary of the hostel opening for BHP workers, so what we’re doing is we’re having a special event to commemorate the 80th anniversary.”

Ms Snowden said the guided tour will be led by Steel Cap Gallery curator Peter Atkinson, who will discuss the steelworks, Tanderra and a bit of Whyalla’s history.

Take a look: Tanderra Market is a great place to spend a weekend.  Photo: Carolyn Kittel.

Take a look: Tanderra Market is a great place to spend a weekend. Photo: Carolyn Kittel.

The celebration coincides with the Tanderra Weekend Market, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For the 80sand celebrations there will be all-day entertainment on Saturday, including the Whyalla Classic and Vintage Car Club exhibition, and children’s entertainment with Stanley the Clown and friends.

For two days, the market will feature covered stalls, independent shops, artisan groups, a miniature train and mini-golf course, with food and drink available on site.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/tanderracraftvillage

Linda G. Ibarra