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 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Coglin Stud at Smithfield

Patrick Boyce Coglin was born on the 5 Jan 1815 in Ballynote, Sligo, Ireland. 

Shortly after his arrival Mr Coglin purchased some land in Hindley Street and opened a timber yard which developed into a flourishing business.  When the Burra mines were opened up the ground he then held became too small for his operations and he purchased the site upon which the Napoleon Hotel and the Royal exchange now stand, where for years he continued his business.  Mr. Coglin built the first Napoleon Hotel, of which he was land lord for many years.  He afterwards turned his attention to pastoral pursuits, in which he was equally successful.
At one time he took considerable interest in municipal matters and was elected mayor of Hindmarsh in December 1880, remaining in office for one year.  About 15 years ago (1865) he purchased a section of land adjoining Brompton and laid it out as a township, giving it the name of Brompton Park, where he has since resided.  He was a thorough sportsman and it was owing to his exertions that the old grand stand was erected in the Adelaide Racecourse.  For years he ran horses and was at one time one of the principal supporters of the turf in this colony.

Coglin owner and breeder of racehorses.  For some years he had a large stud at Smithfield, which a few years back was broken up, the horses being disposed of in Melbourne.  The stud was located close to the Smithfield railway station.  Located close to town his stock could be transported in a few minutes from the farm to the rail.  The farm comprised on 300 acres divided into convenient sized paddocks, stables and a stone cottage where the stud manager Mr J. Johnson and his family resided.  The farm is sheltered from the north east by the hills and is high enough to get sea breezes. The soil is bare and the stock need to be supplemented with hay.  The Stud was there in 1880, 1883 when he desired to sell it due to ill health.  It lay on section numbers 4099, 3164, 3171.
Image from State Library of South Australia

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Truan family of Peachey Belt

In the year 1848 the Truan family, consisting of the father, mother, five sons, and two daughters, arrived in the colony in poor circumstances. 

After spending about two years in Adelaide working at different occupations, and contributing all their earnings to one common fund, John, the eldest of the sons, went to Willunga, where he began a business as a blacksmith.

Andrew and the rest of the family soon followed, and having taken a farm there continued to work it jointly in connection with the blacksmith business until the Victorian diggings turned up. The first of the sons who went were Gabriel and Thomas, and they were soon followed by their brothers John and William.

Upon their return from Victoria, Thomas, on behalf of the rest, purchased two sections of land, numbered 3007 and 3005, at Peachey Belt, for £257, and horses and drays for the purpose of farming it.

Assessment Records show that Gabriel owned section 3055, 3007, 3002, all of 80 acres each).  Andrew owned 3007 and 3055.

Today the area lies corner of Short and Penfield Road, now Trebuchet Wines.

Newspaper accounts detail a law suit between the sons and their father over the family partnership.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Elizabeth Grove Uniting Church

Formerly Elizabeth Grove Methodist Church (until 1977)
114 Harvey Rd & Fairfield Rd, Elizabeth Grove
The Church was the first public building erected in the Elizabeth. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Thomas Playford, Premier of South Australia on 27 November 1956, just eleven days after Elizabeth’s inauguration.  The building was designed as a combined church and hall, providing the community with a place of worship and well as to hold meetings and entertainment. The church was also used for indoor sporting events such as basketball and volleyball.  It was the birthplace of the Elizabeth Tennis Club, and several courts were constructed on the property.  A childcare centre ran from the church.

The building is listed as a local heritage place.  Several additions were added over the years.
For many years the church ran a ‘Spring Festival’ with dunking tanks, sweets, needlework etc.  A huge event for the church and community.  For many years it collected paper and rags for drives that was then sold on. 

In 2000, the church formed a lay ministry team to run the church.  The Lay minister uses a windmill to depict its work. A windmill, a common sight in SA brings water to the surface and gives life to the surrounding land.  The many small blades make up the windmill contribute to the whole. The wind symbolises the Holy Spirit who drives the congregation.  This symbol and meaning was developed by Rev Frank Measday who had been the mentor and minister-in-association since 2000.
The church shares its building with a growing Burundi community who meet in the church several times per week.

The church chose not to join the other Elizabeth Uniting Churches in forming the new Playford church at Munno Para as its congregation was ageing and would be unable to travel to the new church.  In 2016 celebrated its 60th year.