Friday, November 16, 2018

Vockins family of One Tree Hill

John Vockins was born around 1810 in England.  He was married twice, but nothing is known of his first marriage.  His second wife was Maryanne Crane nee Sawyer, born in 1819 in Suffolk England. The family lived at Gould creek, One Tree Hill where John worked as a sawyer and farmer.

 Josiah’s was born in 1849 and married  Sarah McConnell.   Their children were;

   James who was born in 1849 and died in 1920
Josiah who was born in 1854 and died in 1927.
Thomas who was born in 1851 and died in 1937.
Amos who was born in 1856 and died in 1935.
Charles who was born in 1864 and died in 1927.

Josiah married again aged 41 years old to Sarah McConnell 20 years old on the 30 May 1895 at the Wesleyan Parsonage, Gawler.  They had the following children;

              John Thomas was born on the 17 August 1896 at One Tree Hill.
              Josiah was born on the 27 January 1899 at One Tree Hill.

              Charles Reginald was born on the 12 August 1903 at One Tree Hill.
              Leonard Raymond was born on the 15 September 1905 at One Tree Hill.

His obituary in the paper states that he was never very robust and suffered from many attacks of pleurisy.  He passed away on the 23rd May 1927 at the age of 72.  Sarah He died at the age of 79 at One Tree Hill on the 4 June 1954.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Charles David (Paddy) TAMBLYN

100 years ago on this day Charles David (Paddy) Tamblyn died of wounds in France.

Charles David was born on 12 August 1894 at Humbug Scrub. His father John worked as a miner and fitter. Paddy as he was known was the youngest of seven children. He enlisted on 26 October 1916 aged 22 years and was assigned to the 10th Infantry 23rd Reinforcements. This was Paddy’s second try and enlisting, the first time he had been rejected for the army for being medically unfit.

Paddy embarked on the Berrima from Outer Harbour on the 16 December 1916 and disembarked at Devonport, England, two months later. He had been in hospital on the ship, suffering from mumps. After some training he sailed to France and joined the Base Depot in Havre.  

Paddy was killed in a small raid on an enemy outpost near Merris. He died at the 1st Australian Field Ambulance at 1.10am on the 30 June 1918 of wounds (a shell perforated his abdomen and right arm). 

He was buried the same day at Boue Military Cemetery. A wooden cross with his name and regimental number was erected.

Photographs of the grave were sent to the family. His personal effects of disc, letters, photo, two combs, purse, YMCA wallet, book of views, metal chain, German cap, pouch, metal wrist watch, pipe, badge, cards, pencil was forwarded home to his family.

Lest we forget!

Red Cross Wounded and Missing file

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Elizabeth Relay Messages

It became a tradition during the annual Elizabeth Birthday celebrations, to read a letter from the Lord Mayor of Adelaide.  The letter was read by the Elizabeth Town crier brought in relay by runners of the Elizabeth Rugby Club.  

On gold embossed letter head from the Lord Mayors room at the Adelaide Town Hall addressed to the President of the Elizabeth Birthday Festival, carried messages of congratulations.  Each letter conveyed Elizabeth greetings and congratulated the Elizabeth Rugby Football Club, while highlighting some aspect of Elizabeth over the past year.
The first letter in 1959mentions the special link between Adelaide and Elizabeth, both named after ruling monarchs of the time.
For the 32nd birthday an hand written calligraphy letter was presented. 
The last letter was in 1989.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Playford's Past vol. 6 out now

The new Playford Local history journal is out.
This edition looks at:

  • The Boer War, Playford Uniting Church
  • Smithfields Blue Ribbon Army
  • Elizabeth Baby Show
  • Paddy Coglin's Horse Stud at Smithfield
  • Elizabeth Roller Skating Rink
  • Zoar Methodist Church and Cemetery
  • Smith's Creek
  • Growing up in Elizabeth
  • Smithfield Recreation Park
Grab a copy for only $5 at the City of Playford Library branches, Elizabeth and Stretton.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

55 Years ago today Queen Elizabeth II visits Elizabeth for the first time


55 years ago

Queen Elizabeth turns on the Windsor Green fountain
HTSA collection
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Elizabeth on February 21st, 1963, 55 years ago, a most momentous occasion in the history of Elizabeth.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, first visited General Motors Holdens factory after which they were welcomed to the district by the Chairman of the South Australian Housing Trust, Mr. J.P. Cartledge at Windsor Green. Thousands of official guests including the Chairman of the Salisbury District Council, Mr. J.L. Lindblom and Mrs. Lindblom, waited to greet the Royal guests.

The festive air provided by flags, bunting and decorated shields on lamp posts around Windsor Green was continued down the Royal route along Philip Highway where thousands more lined each side of the roads to see the Queen.

In his welcoming speech Mr. Cartledge expressed “our appreciation of the honour extended to our town by your visit. The town has previously been favoured when, in November 1955, your Majesty graciously approved of it being distinguished by the name of Elizabeth. The name was the finest gift ever bestowed upon a town.”

 The Queen as presented with a fine lambswool knee rug mad by Mrs. L.L. Mann. Made from eight of the finest quality Australian lamb skins, it took several months to make.

The Queen in her speech said that she had taken an interest in the progress of Elizabeth ever since the Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, had asked that it be given her name. She then unveiled

Mr. G. Shedley’s fountain sculpture and turned a gold tap to start the flow of water.

Queen Elizabeth is greeted by Mr Carledge
HTSA Collection
 The Royal party inspected the dancing figures statue and then were driven to Ridley Road Reserve where all the schoolchildren of the district, 17,000 of them were lined up for her. After the Queen had left Elizabeth, a grand Royal Visit Variety Concert in the evening rounded off the day’s celebrations on Ridley Reserve. Presented by the District Council of Salisbury in association with the Elizabeth Arts Council, admittance was free and those attending were treated to performances by a wide range of well- known performers and including the local groups, the Salisbury & Elizabeth Brass Band, the Vectormen and the Elizabeth Singers.

Dancing until midnight concluded a very successful day.