Monday, January 15, 2018

MEDLOW Family of Smithfield

Samuel Medlow and his wife Charlotte Boston originated from Bedfordshire, England. Samuel born in 1819 was 26 years old when he married Charlotte aged 20 on 29 April 1845.

They came to South Australia on the ship Old Augustus sailed by Captain John Hart.  They arrived in South Australia in October 1845 after a voyage of four months with three servants.
Samuel engaged in shoe making in Sturt Street, Adelaide for seven or eight years, where the Star and Garter Hotel was later built.   He then sold the business and took up land in Smithfield where they farmed until Samuel’s death in December 1891.  Samuel purchased 191 acres of land section 3302, 3303, 3195, off Main North Road, on the way to Gawler.  The stone house of four rooms stands on Medlow Road, just pat the quarry.  After Samuel’s death, the property was transferred to Charlotte and then Thomas who worked the farm.  Charlotte remained on the farm which was worked by her youngest son Thomas.

Samuel and Charlotte had the following children:-
              George was born on the 30 July 1848 at Adelaide
              John was born in 1850 at Adelaide
              Samuel was born in 1852 at Adelaide
              Lucy was born in 1854 at Smithfield.  She died in 1855.
              Charlotte was born in 1856 at Smithfield
              Thomas was born in 1858 at Smithfield.
Charlotte enjoyed good health until six weeks before her death on the 27 may 1917 aged 98 years old when she fell and broke her hip and was taken to Gawler Private Hospital.  She was survived by thirteen grandchildren (two of whom fought in WWI) and 37 great grandchildren.
Samuel Jnr married Sarah Brooks of Watervale. Samuel and Sarah had two children:-

              Aulbury Boston was born in 1878
              Hurtle Howard was born in 1880.
In January 1890 Samuel appeared in the insolvency court.  He was a coachbuilder and he became insolvent because of heavy rent of his workshops, the depression and competition in trade and pressure of creditors.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Growing up in Elizabeth

Philip Fitzpatrick arrived in Australia in 1956 as an eight year old child of migrant parents. He grew up in Elizabeth. In those early years it was a great place to live. It was an entirely new and modern town full to the brim with optimism for the future.

Philip has recorded his memories in the book "Midnight Blue, growing up in Elizabeth in the 1950's and 1960's.  The book tells of the family living first in England before moving to Australia.  Upon arrival in Adelaide the family stayed for a time at the Smithfield Migrant Hostel until his father began working.

Philip describes his neighbours in detail and how time was passed with friends.  He describes the first shops in Elizabeth on Goodman Road and his time spent with scouts.

If you grew up in the Elizabeth at that time this will certainly bring back memories.  If you weren't around at that time, this book will paint a detailed picture of early Elizabeth.

The Playford Library Service has several copies you can borrow to read. Reserve one today.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas in Virginia 1908


A Virginia correspondent writes:—

The early Mass at the Church of the Assumption on Christmas Day was attended by the whole of the Catholics of the district. Some came a distance of 14 miles from Red Banks, Two Wells, Lower Light, and Penfield, and long before the large bell of the church rang forth the glad tidings that a Redeemer had been born, the congregation had assembled. At 6 o'clock Father Aylward commenced mass. He was in the confessional from 5 o'clock.

Everyone present approached Holy Communion. It was most edifying to see such a large number at confession and Communion at such an early hour.
The church was neatly decorated with green boughs. Two artistic arches of pine and other green foliage were erected, one near the communion rail and the other entering the seats. The high altar had been adorned, as also the Virgin's altar, with flowers obtained specially for the Christmas mass.

Miss Sheedy attended to the church decorations, assisted by a few other young ladies.
The choir sang special music. The "Adeste Fideles" and other Christmas hymns were well rendered, and Webb's Mass was sung in unison. Two parts were taken. The choir sang as one voice. The full strength of the choir, with, a lady member of St. Saviour's, Brompton, assisted. Miss Ryan was the organist. Miss Aherne and Miss Maloney's voices were well harmonised, while Mr. Ryan's tenor nicely blended.

Father Aylward after performing his duties at the Virginia Church, had to drive to Gawler, a distance of 13 miles, and say two Masses, with confessions and other sacred duties. It was most trying on the rev. Father, but the weather was nice and cool, and the air very bracing, which added much to the festive and joyous character of Yule tide.
Southern Cross Adelaide 8 Jan 1909

Monday, December 11, 2017

What did people do in Playford in 1865?

What did people do in Playford in 1865?

Accountant     1
Blacksmith     2
Brick maker    1
Butcher          1
Carpenter       4
Carter             1
Farmers          189
Labourer         4
Minister          2
Pound keeper   2
Publican          4
Shoemaker      2
Storekeeper     3
Teacher           6

Friday, December 1, 2017

Edgecombe family of Gawler River

Edwin Bennett Edgecombe Snr. was born in 1819 at St. Georges, London, Middlesex, England (another source gives Shoreness in 1818).

Edwin arrived in South Australia in 1839 on the Hooghly. Edwin married in October 1840 at Holy trinity Church to Elizabeth King who was born in 1820 at Headcom, Kent, England. Elizabeth arrived in South Australia on the same ship as Edwin. 

He became a grocer in Hindley Street, where he was very successful, retiring in 1850. He turned to mining speculation where he invested in the Enterprise, Wheal Maria, Mount Barker Creek and Montacute mines, but lost everything.

Shortly afterwards he turned to farming pursuits on the Gawler River, but in the same year 1852, he went to the Victorian diggings. Unfortunately he wasn’t very successful and turned to farming again. He sold his farm and began business at Kapunda, but the beginnings of Moonta mine took away trade. He was then employed by Wertheim sewing machines as a travelling salesman. 

Edwin Bennet was elected Councillor for Munno Para West in 1859.

He became a draper in Kapunda but the business did not do well and he became insolvent. He was before the court on several occasions as he tried to pay back his creditors. 

An active Methodist, E.B held services in his home (close to where the Angle Vale manse stood) before the Angle Vale Methodist church was constructed. He became a trustee. 

In 1859 a war scare in Europe saw the formation of many Volunteer Rifle Company’s throughout the state for defence. On July 27th 1861 a company known as Gawler River Co. On the first day, 28 men took an oath before J.H Riggs JP and were sworn in; amongst them were E.B Edgecombe, Ebenezer Edgecombe and George Edgecombe.

Edwin Bennett Edgecombe died on the 5 October 1890 at Adelaide aged 71 years old and his wife Elizabeth died on the 29 July 1891 at Unley aged 75 years old. He left behind a widow, three sons, two daughters and 28 grandchildren. 

Image from State Library of South Australia