Thursday, June 28, 2012

Flower family of Smithfield

Terrible Shooting accident near Smithfield             
Child Killed
Gawler May 19
A sad shooting fatality occurred about two miles from Smithfield on Thursday evening.  Benjamin Last who is employed by Mr Jabez Flowers, farmer was emerging from the house with a loaded gun when Albert Flowers, eight years of age, son of his employer, ran into him, causing the weapon to explode.  The contents entered the boys chest, and h died 20 minutes afterwards.
Mr J.P Swann held an enquiry this afternoon and a verdict of accidental death was returned.  It transpired that Last did not know the gun was loaded until it went off and he was descending some steps leading from one room to the other.  The lad must have been entering the door just as the weapon exploded, as Last did not know he was there till he heard the scream, it being quite dark at the time.
SA Register Saturday 20 May1893
The Flower family migrated to South Australia aboard the David Malcolm and arrived in January 1854.  The family at that time consisted of their five children, Rachel (15), Anne (12), Joseph (10), Elizabeth (7) and Jabez (2).
Jabez was born in 1851 in Timsbury, Somerset, the son of James and Hannah HAMBRY.  He married Elizabeth Ann CARTER on 26 October 1874 in North Adelaide.  Elizabeth was born in 1852 at Roskeer Farm, Highercombe, SA.  Elizabeth was the third daughter of Thomas and Jane TRITHALL.  The Carters had purchased property at Golden Grove.
At that time, Elizabeth and Jabez already had four children.  They made the decision to move back to Golden Grove.  Jabez leased the Carter farm from his brother-in-law Thomas and also leased a number of sections near Smithfield.  Notable among them are sections 4149, 4148 and 4173, all of which he later purchased.
Jabez died in 1906 and is buried at Angle Vale.  Elizabeth and her surviving children moved into a house in Ravenswood Ave, Norwood.  She died in 1932 and is also buried at Angle Vale.  Daughters Ada and Mable lived on in the house for many years.

Monday, June 25, 2012

St Columba School beginings

The Hickinbotham builders began acquiring land at Smithfield in the 1970's, 12 separate land transactions were involved.  By the late 1980's this became known as Andrew's Farm.  The plan incorporated a regional centre, neighbourhood shopping centre and school.  There were actually plans for two schools, a state and Catholic school sharing facilities such as ovals.  The school was hindered by bureaucracy, government and church. Hickinbotham donated 3.5 acres of land and architect Geoff Nairn was commissioned to design the school.  The school became St Columba and shared by the Catholics and Anglicans.  It took eight years from the turning of the first sod to the opening ceremony by Dr Ian George and the Most Reverend Leonard Faulkner.

From the ground up the memories of Alan Hickinbotham

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More Royal visits to Elizabeth

Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip
Tuesday 11 March 1986
Prince Phillip toured Elizabeth and Salisbury during the States 150th celebrations.  He was met by the Elizabeth Mayor, Paul Simpson at Jubilee Park where  Prince Philip planted a tree.  About 800 people mainly students gathered to see the Duke, waving Jubilee flags.  A buffet Luncheon at the Octagon theatre was then held with 100 local and community groups represented. Prince Philip was then driven through the heart of Elizabeth, travelling along Seavington, Seaborough, Midway, Yorktown and Ifould roads.
Duchess of Kent 
April 18th 1995
The Duchess of Kent, visited Elizabeth on April 18th, 1995 for a
outing visit and Civic reception as part of an nine day official visit to South Australia.
Arriving at 9:25am, the Duchess was met at Windsor Green by the official receiving party, which comprised of the Mayor of Elizabeth,  Alf Charles, the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Elizabeth, Graham Foster and the member for Elizabeth,  Lea Stevens MP and her husband.

Students from Fremont High school choir sang as the Duchess stopped to speak with many of the Elizabeth residents lining the pathway.
The Duchess was then escorted to the Council Chambers to attend a Civic Reception, before her departure at 10:10am. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Duke & Duchess visit to Buckland Park

Friday 12 July, 1901

The visit to Australia by the Duke of York in 1901 was the first by a British heir apparent, and it was the occasion of a frenzy of social activity.  During their tour the Duke and Duchess decided to escape the city bustle and attend a shooting excursion to Buckland Park at Virginia.  Buckland Park was once a 22,000 acre estate, a picturesque property that was well known for organised hunts.
The Duke travelled to Buckland Park by a specially decorated train, to Salisbury station, where half the countryside had gathered to catch a glimpse of the Duke. The remainder of the journey was by buggy. The Duchess followed the same route two hours later.  An arch was erected from the Virginia Post Office across the road to the hotel to commemorate the Royal couples arrival.
Once at Buckland Park, the future King and his entourage set about their reason for being there shooting ducks, peacock and peahens.  By special request of the Duke and Duchess, seven peahens shot by his Royal Highness at Buckland Park were sent as a gift to the Adelaide Children's Hospital.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Queen visits again - 1977

Queen Elizabeth & Elizabeth City Mayor,
Joyce Eastland

A blaze of royal colour greeted the Queen’s visit to Elizabeth, as red, white and blue banners, bunting and flags  lined the area around Windsor Green, on Monday 21 March 1977.  The 160 staff of John Martins department store lined the Buttery balcony as the store closed for 30 minutes while the Queen was here.  On sale were scarves featuring the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as flags, silver trays and cups.
The Department of Education invited local schools within a reasonable distance of the Royal route to form groups at certain points along the road.
The Queen’s schedule for the visit was planned in detail. Her Majesty escorted by the  Mayor of the Corporation of the City of Elizabeth, Mrs Joyce  Eastland and Councillor H.W.R Eastland, walked through Windsor Green and then escorted to the Mayor's Parlour where drinks were served.  After mingling with the 60 assembled guests Her majesty was invited  to view Elizabeth from the Balcony of the Council Chamber.
An hour later the Royal couple depart for a tour of the Kaiser Stuhl winery.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Queen visits Elizabeth - 1963

Program for Variety concert
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip first visited Elizabeth on the 21st February 1963.   It was a hot day and over 4000 people gathered at Windsor Green. Guests stood while Her Majesty was escorted to the dais, specifically constructed for this event.  The National Anthem was played which was followed by a  speech made by Mr Cartledge, Chairman of the SA Housing Trust.  Her Majesty replied that she had taken an interest in the progress of Elizabeth, ever since the Premier Sir Thomas Playford, had asked that it be called after her.
Her majesty was  invited to unveil the fountain designed by Geoff Shedley that stood in the centre of Windsor Green.  The Queen turned  a gold tap to start the flow of water.  
Her Majesty and His Royal Highness were escorted by Mr Cartledge and Mr Lindblom to an open car in which they were driven at low speed to Ridley Reserve where 17,000 school children from Elizabeth and further north had assembled to greet them.  The party then travelled to Holden’s factory where they watched some of the work at the plant and spoke to employees.  That concluded their visit.
A Royal visit variety concert was held at Ridley Reserve that evening.  This performance was badged as having outstanding and brilliant talent. 
Her Majesty escorted by Mr Cartledge at Windsor Green, Elizabeth

Friday, June 1, 2012

The future of history in South Australia

The History Council of South Australia hosted a talk on "the future of history in South Australia" on 24 May.  Four speakers shared their views, Margaret Anderson (CEO of HistorySA), Peter Goers (Radio announcer, author), Heidi Ing (Librarian), Paul Sendziuk (Adelaide Uni History lecturer).

Margaret talked about the success of History Month and the inaugural Open House program.  This year we have 513 evens which over 94,000 people will participate in.  History is popular and now has a life in the political arena.  The ANZAC centenary has gained support from the government who are investing large sums of money.

Peter also praised the About Time festival as it is cheap and inclusive.  He was more cynical in that younger generations aren't involved and we often stuff up history (Arts festival with a car race in the middle of it).  ANZAC day is the only 'felt' historical event we have and their has certainly been a revival of late.

Heidi talked of how to engage younger people, that is mainly through digital media.  Younger generations want immediate access and want to see result straight away. People now want indexes that are linked to original documents, and the ability to contribute.

Paul spoke of an increase in interest of Australian history at the University, unlike other states.  We are lucky in SA to still have access to original resources and repositories.

General discussion followed which highlighted some concerns, as the emphasis on military history, and ANZAC day. Will this be all we know about history? 
Another point discussed was whether the government is shirking its responsibilities in regards to heritage?  They have allowed volunteers to do much of the work, and heritage properties are being looked after by the National Trust.  The National Trust is in financial trouble and may have to sell off some of its 43 properties, the government won't step in, and once again heritage buildings may be lost.

In was an interesting talk, and raised several good points.  The good news is that history in South Australia looks healthy, and will prosper into the near future.