Peoplescapes return to Cleve

In 2001, the Cleve District Council sent six “peoplescapes” to Canberra has part of the Federation Centenary celebration and now they are on display in Cleve.

The peoplescapes, now located on the fence of the Cleve Post Office were part of local and federal exhibitions in Cleve and Parliament House in Canberra, which also showcased 5000 other peoplescapes.

Cleve and District Future Directions Group (now the Cleve District Tourism and Development Group) went throught the nominations for the peoplescapes for the exhibition before six people were chosen to feature.

One of the criteria was that they had to have significantly affected the life of the nominator, their community or their country.

Merridy Briese nominated her grandfather Guy E. Smith and went onto make his peoplescape.

She said her grandfather was ‘one of the characters’.

“He was very involved in the community, he would play music for the shows out of his car,” Mrs Briese said.

Known as “the man on the mike” for 42 years, Mr Smith was known throughout the Eyre Peninsula for his voice and public address role at community events, particularly the Agricultural Shows.

“He was a pioneer and made speakers himself,” Mrs Briese said.

Mr Smith built a successful electrical business, Guy E. Smith and Co, which is now Mitre 10 but is still in the family, owned by grandson Troy Richardson.

The peoplescapes also included Ilene N. Elson (1901-1991), Sam Jericho (1918-2000), William Henry Pearce OBE (1890-1970) and Laurel Spriggs nee Storer (1914-1979).