Monday, April 23, 2012

Lest we Forget

As ANZAC day approaches, we stop to remember all service men and women who fought and died in wars. The City of Playford will remember ANZAC day at the Smithfield war memorial at sunrise. Playford extends from One Tree Hill to Virginia, there are only two memorials dedicated to WWI, Smithfield and One Tree Hill.

Ninety-three men born in the Playford area enlisted;

Angle Vale 4
Blakeview 1
Edinburgh 8
Gawler River 2
One Tree Hill 19
Penfield 4
Smithfield 25
Virginia 30

Some of these men gave their lives for their country. The local history service has begun researching our fighting men and I have posted some of the research we have uncovered. As we approach the centenary of WWI, we need to ensure that these men are honoured and not forgotten. We also need to remember the impact on the local area, the mothers who had a son's enlist, the wives missing their husbands, the gap they left as the community continued on.

Lest we forget

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Smithfield Football Club

SMITHFIELD, October 7.-A banquet, social, and dance were given in the institute hall last evening, under the auspices of the Smithfield Football Club. Much care had been bestowed upon the decoration of the room and tables. The Vice-President (Mr. E. A. Kelly) occupied the chair. The usual patriotic and other toasts were honoured. 'The Parliament' was proposed by Mr. Pritchard, and responded to by Mr. Deeble. Mr. Clucas was entrusted with the toast. 'The Smithfield Football Club.' He had long noticed how readily the leading people of the Smithfield district had recognised their social obligations in promoting local effort in various directions, and the interest they had taken in the 'newly formed football club had been helpful and wholesome. Mr. A. Butcher (captain) responded. He said the esprit de corps of the players had been splendid, but what he was most proud of was the tribute paid to the quality of their play, generously expressed by opposing clubs and spectators. 'The ladies' was proposed by Mr. Penfold, and a brother of the proposer responded. The secretary of the club submitted 'Kindred organizations, and the compliment was acknowledged by Mr. Harvey Kelly. The Chairman presented trophies to two young members of the club for consistent and improved play— H. Moss and G. Curtis. Misses Blake, Deeble, and B. Harvey contributed musical items, and dancing, followed.

The success of the evening was due largely to the energy and tact of Mesrrs. McGee and Butcher, captain, and secretary respectively, and the hearty, co-operation of the ladies of the district.

The Register Tuesday 10 October 1911

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arney brothers - Smithfield War memorial

ARNEY Reginald Hopetoun & Norman Lawrence

Reginald and Norman are the sons of William Henry. William married Rachel Moore Lindsay in 1891 at Dublin, SA. After his marriage he rented land from the S.A. Company and ran a dairy farm for many years at Woodside. They had ten children.
Rachel died and William married again in 1924 to Louisa Hughes of North Adelaide.

Reginald was 21 when he enlisted on March 15th 1916 in the army. He joined the 4th Division Signal Company of the 50th Battalion. He sailed on the HMAT “Aeneas” on 4th April 1916, but was admitted to hospital in Columbo on 20th April with measles. He was taken back on the strength at the General Base Depot at Etaples, France on 9th October 1916. He was hospitalised again on 27th November 1917 until 4th January 1918 at Havre, France.

On 6th July 1918 he was wounded in the wrist and shoulder. He was invalided to the U.K. and sent to Middlesex War Hospital. After the war ended Sapper Arney was sent from England on “HT Swakepmund” on 15th June 1919 and disembarked on 30th July 1919. Reginald was awarded the British War Medal, Star, and Victory Medals.

On returning to Australia, Reginald married Ida Morphett Tidmarsh at West Adelaide on 1st July 1920. Ida’s brother Charles Edgar also appears on the Smithfield war memorial.

Reginald returned to farming at Wanbi. He also appears on the Prospect Memorial.

Norman, the third child signed up on March 15th 1916. He gave his employment as farm hand. His date of embarkation was 12th July 1916 on HMAT “Seeang Bee”, which arrived at Plymouth on 9th September 1916. He then proceeded to France on the “Prince Henrietta” from Folkstone on 29th September 1916 and then marched to Etaples to join the 50th Battalion. On 19th December 1916 he developed mumps. He reported sick on a few occasions during the war and eventually rejoined his unit on 8th April 1918. After the war he was returned to Australia on the “Lancashire” from England on 7th February 1919. He disembarked on 20th March 1919.
On his return home he married local girl Lyla Madge Fatchen on 12th September 1920 at the Methodist Church Angle Vale. They had four children.

They must have moved to Wanbi later as Norman is listed in the Advertiser as a creditor in the Farmers Relief Act 1931 along with his brother William Hurtle, both at Wanbi. He was still farming sheep there in 1936.

ANZAC Day Blog Challenge

Reposted From Gould Genenalogy blog site.
The ANZAC Day Blog Challenge is on again. This is a great way to remember and honour our military ancestors.
Created by Auckland City Libraries for ANZAC Day in 2011, they’ve decided to run the Blog Challenge again.
The following is from their website:
Australians and New Zealanders know ANZAC Day (25th April), as a national day of remembrance for Australian and New Zealanders who died during armed conflict.
Last year, we ran a
blog challenge that was very successful - we invited Australians and New Zealanders to write about their Anzacs, in celebration of their life and in commemoration of their service and their sacrifice. Not all the stories were of people who died. Sacrifice comes in all forms. Not all of the stories were of family members.
Do you have a story to share about an ANZAC? We’d like to hear about not only their sacrifice, but the way it shaped their family history. Maybe you want to blog from the perspective of those that were left behind?
To participate:
Write a blog post about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman’s family, and the impact war had on their family history
Post a comment with the URL to your blog on the comments section of
this page. Or if you don’t have a blog then email us your story at
Publish your post by 25 April 2012.
After ANZAC Day, all submissions will be listed in a summary posting on Auckland Libraries’ Kintalk blog.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

About time - History festival

The 'About time", SA history festival running from 1-31 May programs are now available. Programs can be collected from the Munno Para or Civic branch of the Playford Libraries. This year features Open house Adelaide, a weekend of buildings opened in the City 19-20 May.

Pick up a program or view them online at and

Playford events on page 33.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

eGen - Military records

This months topic for eGen was "Military history".Fortunately for family historians’ information relating to war is easily available and there is plenty of it.

What type of records can you find for free? This varies, some will be minimal information others may include complete records. The most detailed records are from WWI.
You may find;
War memorials, Photographs, Medals, Newspaper, Attestation records

Some great Australian sites.
Australian War memorial
This is a great starting place for war history in Australia.
First World War Embarkation Roll
Nominal rolls – Embarkation rolls
Honours and Awards
Australian Red Cross Wounded

National Archives of Australia
They hold service records from the Australian defence force from Federation in 1901. Defence service records set out the essentials of a person’s service in the forces. They commonly contain biographical information supplied on enlistment, such as name, address, next of kin and age, as well as service information such as movements, postings, changes in rank, and brief mention of injuries or illness. Although most records contain these basic elements, they do vary in the amount of information they contain.
All WWI records have been digitised and can be viewed online for free.

Mapping our Anzacs
Mapping our Anzacs is linked to the National Archives records, it uses maps and allows you to add information, built your own story add photographs etc. From this site you can search by place.

The AIF project: Australian ANZACS in the great war 1914-1918
Its major activity is the construction of a database that draws on a wide range of sources to provide details on the 330,000 men and women who served overseas in the (First) Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1918.
Provides a list of known alias for personnel.
Ability to search by name, place, serial numbers and even fate.

WWII Nominal Roll
The World War Two Nominal Roll honour s the people who served in Australia’s defence forces and the Merchant Navy during this conflict.
If your ancestors fought and survived I suggest you check this site, as men often re-enlisted, they may not have had an active fighting roll, but acted as trainers or in the volunteer defence corps.

Korea Nominal roll
Vietnam nominal roll

ANZACS online
ANZACs Online is an online military museum which displays photographs, diaries and letters, relating to the many Australians who served in the Australian Imperial Force during WWI.

WWI Pictorial honour rolls Photographs from South Australian who served in the great war.

Lost heroes of the Great War
This website is for people to post photographs of Australians who served in the war in the hope that other members of the public have the same photograph and are able to help with identification.

South Australian War Memorials
This site allows searching by names and or memorials. There are over 4000 photographs linked to over 1500 memorials in the State.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Death at Peachey Belt

The Coroner W.Wyatt Esq held an inquest on the 15th instant at Peachey belt, on the body of Donald Cameron, whose sudden death we reported on Thursday last. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased complained of being ill on his return from town on Wednesday evening. He said he had eaten some peaches and drank a great quantity of water. A messenger was dispatched for medical assistance, but before its arrival the deceased breathed his last. His stepdaughter heard him exclaim a moment before he expired, "Who is to take care of my wife and family?". Verdict, natural death.
SA Register Monday 18th February 1850