Monday, December 19, 2011

Cemeteries in Playford

Smithfield Honour Roll - WWI

A new project we are working on in Local history is to research the people behind the name on war memorials in the area. We are starting with the Smithfield Honour roll which hangs in the Munno Para bowling club.

There are some names we haven't been able to work out yet, so if you can assist us please contact the library.


ADAMS Arthur Russell
ARNEY Norman Lawrence
ARNEY Reginald Hopetown
BARRITT Francis Earn
BLAKE Joseph William
BUTCHER Alfred Edward
CHIVELL Cromwell
COKER Allan Oswald
CURTIS George Henry
DAVIDSON Edgar Robert
FATCHEN Leonard John
HALLIDAY William Douglas
HOGAN Thomas
HOOLE Harold
JONES Allan Howard
JONES Horace Gerald
KELLY Harvey William
MAGGS John Hughes
McGEE William Lawrence
McSWEENEY Francis William
MOSS Alfred Hubert
MOSS George Howard
MOSS Cyril Edgar
PARHAM Frederick Roy McManus
SMITH William
SMITHAM Charles Gordon
STEWART William James
TIDMARSH Charles Edgar
THOMSON Cyril Reginald
WHITE Ross Andrews

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas break for family history volunteers

Family history volunteers are taking a well earned break over Christmas. They will be back on board, mid January. In the mean time if you are still keen to do your family history, you can always come in and access the free databases, Ancestry and Find My Past in the Library. All our other resources are available as well.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My mothers ways; household hints from the 1900's

Some tips taken from the book, My mothers Ways; Being a book of household hints from the early 1900’s in Australia. Collected by Mary Murray.
You can borrow this book from the Library.

When a pumpkin is too large for one meal, rub bicarb soda into the cut surface and the remaining portion will keep good and fresh until wanted again.

The shell of a hard boiled egg will peel much easier if it is firmly rolled back and forth on the table before you attempt to peel it.

Potatoes put in cold salted water for about fifteen minutes before putting into the oven to bake will cook in half the time, and will be well favoured.

A handful of salt thrown into the oven in which something has been burnt will at once prevent all unpleasant odour.

Spectacles cleaned and polished with ordinary eau de Cologne will not smear when the wearer is cooking over the stove.

To prevent cooking odour from invading the rooms beyond the kitchen, fill a small fruit tin with vinegar and place it on the back of the stove.

If rusty knives are soaked in raw linseed oil for a few hours the rust can be wiped off and the knife polished in the usual way.

Keep your lemon skins when squeezing the fruit and put them in the washing up water with the dishes. The lemon will remove the grease and make the dishes sparkle.

Dip cold meat pies in and out of cold water before reheating them and they will be crisp and juicy as when freshly cooked.

In the absence of oil, wet a cake of soap and apply to squeaking hinges; it acts instantly. Another good oiler is hand cream.

When using candles for table decoration, remember this tip. If they are chilled for at least 24 hours, they will burn only an inch an hour.

In case of arthritis, gently massage the joints with lemon juice and olive oil., This is most benefit when the patient has been made warm.

A lemon cut in halves and placed where small ants are troublesome will usually rid the place of them, and often works with larger ants too. Alternatively dust shelves and cupboards with ground cloves.

Throw your soap suds from washday over the lemon, grapefruit or orange tree. This will help keep the aphids away.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Tomorrow at 10:00am we are holding our last eGen session for the year.

We will recommence on the first Wednesday in February 2012. Next year we will have a slightly different focus, each month there will be a theme with web pages that will focus on the topic. I will provide a differnt over view of the topic before focusing on the web pages.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Strawberry fete at Whyte Bank, Smithfield 1907

SMITHFIELD, November 22.— On Wednesday the Presbyterian Church held a strawberry fete and sale of goods at the residence of Mr. A. Adams, Whyte Bank, Smithfield. The attendance was large. A maypole dance was given by the children, under Mr. H. H. Blackham and graphophone selections by Miss Chesson. The stall holders were:— Fancy and plain goods. Mrs. Hogarth and Miss Phillips: dolls and toys. Misses P. Judd and O. Fradd; strawberries and cream, Mrs. Adams and Miss Bald; sweets, Misses D. Curtis. G. Blake, and I. Moss: cool drinks Messrs. W. Adams and W. Blake; refreshments, Mesdames Judd, Blake, and R. Smith, and Misses Hoole and C Bald: buttonholes and guessing competitions, Sunday school children. A continental was had in the evening, when the Gawler Orchestra gave selections, under the conductorship of Mr. May. Misses Harvey (from Port Adelaide). Mrs. M. G. Smith, Miss B. Harvey, and Mr. Westby also took part in the programme. The proceeds amounted to £30.
The Register Saturday 23 November 1907

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Former Mayor of Elizabeth dies

Alfred (Alf) Thomas Charles passed away on Monday. He was Councillor for the City of Elizabeth from 1978-79, 82-1991 and Mayor of Elizabeth from 1989 to 1995.

Alf worked as a Maintenance inspector with the South Australian Housing Trust, served with the RAF at Edinburgh Air base from 1960-1965, then emigrated to Australia in 1970. He joined the Council as representative for Ward 3 in October 1977. He was Chairman of and Council representative on the Management Committee of the Elizabeth Child Care Centre and also represented Council on the Northern Metropolitan Regional Organisation 1977-79 and 1985-1987.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


The December issue of "Who do you think you are? magazine has just arrived in the Library. A great read if you have mining ancestors or want to put information online. It even has some great suggestions for gifts for family history enthusiasts.

  • Celebrate your family history by making a personalised calendar with your family photos on it.

  • Upgrade your software.

  • Create family history art.

  • Make a photo book

  • Buy a ipad for genealogy on the go (the dream present).

You can borrow it now!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Housing Trust celebrates 75 years

The South Australian Housing Trust is celebrating its 75th year in 2011. Elizabeth was initially established by the SAHT which built not only the houses in the area, but the shops and community facilities. The Elizabeth branch of the SAHT has produced several framed photograph montages representing the history of the area, which is now on display in their Elizabeth offices.

An exhibition is presently on display at the Adelaide Town hall until the 16th December that looks at SAHT over the years.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Post a Memory

What do you do with a box full of blank postcards you can no longer sell? Come up with a history project of course.

Post a memory encourages local residents to record a snippet of the past onto a postcard and then post it back to us. We have been trying this now for several months and have received some great stories.

Here is a recent one.

In the mid 60's in Elizabeth the buses had big hooks on the rear of the bus. Whilst mothers boarded the bus with their baby, the driver would take their pushes and hand them on the back on the hook.

Elizabeth Downs has always been a friendly area, with no shortage of volunteers. The hall in Uley road was the venue for a kids club.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Anglican Archive visit

Last Wednesday I got to visit the Anglican Archives, located at 19 King William Road, North Adelaide SA 5006. It is always good to see what is being held in other collections, so we can refer people to the right places.

Here is some brief information.

Archivist: Robyn Radford (Thursdays only)

What they hold
Recent records, Synod Admin records, Bishop Home Mission & Evangelism, photographs of churches, selection of church newsletters and order of services.
Crockford’s Clerical Directory (Anglican Clergyman from around the world) 1869 to present
Australian Clergy Directory (annual) There is also the book “Anglican Clergymen in SA in the 19th Century) by TT Read. (This is still purchasable from Gould books).
Parish histories

What’s in the State Library of SA
· Parish records
· Pre 1980 at SLSA
· Year books
· Newspapers

St Peters School, Walford and Pulteney have their own Archives
Each Anglican diocese looks after their own records; Willochra records kept at Gladstone, Murray diocese located at Murray Bridge, but send records to SLSA

Book on Anglican church in SA
Godliness & Good order by David Hilliard. The Archives still have copies for sale.
You can find some additional information on their website.

Monday, November 7, 2011

New to the collection

We have just received in a pile of local history books to add to the collection.

  • A different river; river trade and development along the Murray Valley network by Gwenda Painter

  • Fighting ninetenth; History of the 19th Infantry Battalion AIF 1915-1918

  • Ten pound poms; Australia's invisible migrants

  • The Wakefield, its water and its wealth. The story of a winding river

  • Oakbank over the fallen log by Stewart Bessant

  • Australian Military Operations in Vietnam

  • No monument of stone; Elizabeth Woolcock's struggle through life

  • The changing rural landscape of SA

  • The Glandore story; from hulk to haven

  • A dwelling place at Bethany

  • The Orlando Way; a celebration of 150 years

  • Belvedere; Gateway to the lakes and river

  • Greece & Crete; Australians in WWII

  • Parkins Passion; a history of the Parkin Congregational Mission 1882-2007

  • The bushman's directory WA drovers, stockmen, mailmen

Friday, October 28, 2011

Who do you think you are?

The November issue has just arrived with information on how to research Irish family history, the WWI armistice, finding medieval records online and an interesting article on the pencil makers of Keswick.

Reserve the issue today.

William Saint

Farmer, born at Virginia, SA, on the 2nd of Jan, 1861, and is the third son of John Saint, of Balaclava, SA. Mr. Saint was educated under private tuition at his native place, and received his preliminary instructions in the occupation of a farmer under the immediate supervision of his father.

At the age of twenty-three he started farming on his own account, and in conjunction with his brother took up 620 acres of freehold land ; 300 acres of this is under wheat crop, and 40 acres under hay. He has in addition to this five acres of reserve land where he at present resides.

On the 22nd September, 18$6, he married Caroline Louisa Miell, of Crystal Brook, by whom he has one son.

He is an, Oddfellow, and also a member of the Australian Mutual Provident Society. He was educated at Gawler Plains, and followed farming with his parents until his father removed to Virginia.

Aldine history of SA

Smithfield Speedway

The following are the entries for the Smithfield speed meeting on Saturday:— Ernest O. Thomas Handicap. 3 miles.— Vic Berrington. Eric Greene. Jack Newton.
Jack Arthur. Fred Seal, T. C. Burford. H. A. Rayner. Jim Spinks. Laurie Thomas,
Jack Cantlon. Harry Mardon, Bob Med well, Ron Taylor. George Jonas, Ross Schurgott. Alec Durward, Allan Edge comb. Wally Jay. W. R. Anspach, Johnny Moray.

Open Solo Scratch Race. 3 miles.—S. A. Rayner, Allan Edgecombe. Vic Berrington, Laurie Thomas, Jack Cantlon. Harry Maron, Bob Medwell. Johnny Morey.

The Advertiser Tuesday 10 October 1929

Uleybury Museum - Blast into the Past!

Uleybury School Museum Open Day

October school holidays saw Playford Library staff building a time machine to transport library patrons back to 1856! Our annual Uleybury School Museum* Open Day saw families and people from all ages join in the fun by participating in old time school lessons provided by Uleybury’s strict and scary caretaker – Phil Squires. Other events included watching how the old Lady Alice mine worked, writing on slate, playing with marbles, sack races, skipping, hop scotch, hula hoops, and watching a traditional Punch & Judy puppet show provided by the amazingly spectacular Professor Preston!

The day also saw partnerships with OPAL (Obesity Prevention and Active Living initiative) by providing healthy snacks for all participants including using the wondrous apple slinky machine!
Playford Library staff were chuffed with the 70+ participant turn out and already have plans for future directions on the annual event. Check out some of the happy snaps taken on the day via our Library Facebook page

New to the collection

Pride of the Bay: the story of the Glenelg Football Club 1920—2003 by P Cornwall and J. Wood

The messages and its walls and fields: St Peters College 1847-2009

Business Charity and Sentiment Pt II: The history of the Housing Trust of South Australia.

Terra Lasci; Terra trovi from Molinara to Adelaide. The history of the southern Italian community in SA 1927 -2007

Colonial Cousins: A surprising history of connections between India and Australia
Joyce Westrip, Peggy Holroyde

Find My Past UK edition

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