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Mary MacKillop – The Kapunda Connection

A new book by Peter Swann, whose ancestors lived in the St John’s area, is to be launched at St Rose’s Church at 12 noon on Sunday October 3rd. The book outlines details of Mary’s involvement in the local area, especially at St John’s where she spent some time in 1897.
The book will be launched by Peter’s brother, Mgr John Swann, and will be on sale that day priced at $9.95.

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Keenan & Bill

Barossa Herald 18 May, 2010

Kapunda's Bill Adams always has a laugh out loud
Bill Adams is a firm believer that laughter is the world’s best medicine.

At 74, the Kapunda man, is so convinced others should share in this free medicinal remedy; he’s created a book, which includes 340 clean and funny jokes and one-liners.

His choice to print the publication, ‘Laughter is the world’s best medicine’, came about after Bill was involved in meetings he said were literally boring.

“There was no humour and everyone was so serious,” he added.

Always the optimist says his wife Joan, Bill set about pulling together a selection of humorous reading material to spread the cheer. Bill said, “It is widely known that laughter is the best medicine, and it’s free. While Bill is the founder of the book, he is joined by his good friend Keenan Hopkins, of Angaston, who has been instrumental in creating a website, for the public to visit. The book’s front cover was created by Kapunda resident Danny Menzel.

The 40-page read is available for $2.99, and Bill’s goodwill continues as he also encourages community groups looking to raise funds, to sell the book.

Not-for-profit groups can purchase several of the books for $2 each, sell them at the recommended $2.99 and retain $1 to support their cause. “I really would like the idea to go global,” he added.

Bill, who is also the organiser of the Kapunda Farm Fair, said the book is just the first of a line of series. He’s keen to see the laughter continue because he wants people to laugh and be happy.

For more details, email Bill on or visit the website.

Laughter is the Worlds Best Medicine