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

WDYTYA?

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.
http://www.adelaide.anglican.com.au/about-us/diocesan-archives

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