Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Oral History Project on Holden's

Interviewees wanted for oral history project on Holden

Historians at the University of Adelaide and Monash University are searching for former Holden employees to interview about their working experiences for an oral history project to be housed at the National Library of Australia.

Holden ceased manufacturing vehicles in Australia at the end of 2017, ending more than a century of automotive manufacture in this country.

The research team will delve into the memories of those who worked at Holden between 1945 and 2017, in an attempt to unearth the remarkable history of this company and its workers who, for many decades, were so successful in manufacturing vehicles.

Anyone who worked at any of Holden’s Adelaide or Melbourne-based factories, such as Woodville, Elizabeth, Dandenong and Fishermen’s Bend, is eligible to be interviewed as part of the project.

Those with stories to share are urged to contact the researchers via the project website: www.ua.edu.au/holdenhistory, email: holdenproject@adelaide.edu.au or telephone: 08 8313 6352.

The project is supported by Australia Research Council, GM Holden, the National Library of Australia, and the National Motor Museum.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Visit the City of Playford's new history site

The City of Playford has invested in a state of the art history management system, called Recollect.

Recollect is user a friendly, atheistically pleasing site that has excellent searching capabilities, GPS capabilities, tagging, community engagement, hosting of oral histories, documents are searchable and transcribable.

If you haven't visited the site yet, please do so.


Recollect will replace this blog in the near future.

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.