Friday, July 27, 2012

Man drops dead in the Virginia Hotel

Virginia, July 2.
At half past 7 o’clock this morning one of the men employed spreading metal on the main road for the district council dropped dead in the bar of the Virginia Hotel while in the act of taking a drink. He fell backwards, and the land lady (Mrs O'Neill), thinking he had been seized with a fit, applied restoratives to bring him to, but in a few minutes he expired.  Lance Corporal Kelly, of Two Wells was communicated with, and had the body removed to a room in an adjoining house.  The deceased is Dennis Gleeson, a blocker, living near Salisbury. He was a hard working man and leaves a widow and five children in rather poor circumstance. After the coroner (Mr J A Ryan) had made enquiries he deemed an inquest unnecessary.  A few days previously the deceased complained of pains near the region of the heart.
The Advertiser Thursday 3 July 1902

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Northern Downs Resident Association

Nissen huts first used as the local hall
Began early 1966.
Council placed a Nissen Hut & Lloyd's house to be used by the community until a more permanent structure is erected.  The Council loaned $20000 for the hall construction.
The hall opened in 21st June 1969 by Chairman of the Munno Para Council E.H.V Riggs.
The hall contained four badminton and one basketball court.  Surrounding this was a kitchen, bar area, two storerooms, toilets and committee room.  The hall could accommodate 400 people for a dance with enough room for dancing.
The halls have been used as children’s club, basketball club, pensioners club, bingo, immunization clinics, with Saturday evening hire booked.
Despite a healthy bank account, vacancies on the Management committee could not be found meant the Association may have to close in 1979.  The lease of the building was taken over in December 1981, after the Association disbanded.

NDRA hall under construction

Friday, July 20, 2012

Angle Vale Bridge

The Angle Vale Bridge is a significant bridge in Australia, as it is one of the best examples of a laminated wooden arch bridge. The bridge is included in the State Heritage Register.

Using technology originally imported from Europe and America, laminated arch bridges were constructed in many Australian colonies from as early as 1853. In South Australia, the first were built in 1856. In these early bridges, the laminations for the arches were laid up horizontally and then bolted at regular intervals. Fabricated from both imported softwood and local hardwood, the arches were cheap but they had a service life of only 12 to 16 years. Water penetrated between the laminations where it was retained and the timber quickly rotted.

You can read more about the bridge from the Timber building in Australia site and from Engineers Australia

Monday, July 16, 2012

Angle Vale Bridge

About five miles from Smithfield and half a mile from the Gawler River there is a small but growing township, which has been known for a little more than a twelve months by the name of Angle Vale, and for 10 months of that time we have had a Post-Office opened, at which we receive the mail twice a week, though this does not meet our necessities as fully as we could wish. Yet it is a great convenience on what existed for the past 10 or 12 years; for during that time the settlers had to travel from four to seven miles to the nearest Post Office.  We have not yet got the principal establishment that contributes to a colonial township —a public-house— but we have the second, a black smith's shop, which we consider an institution of more importance to our prosperity than the former, and this may account to some extent for the absence among our labouring class of that poverty which appears to be so widely spread an evil at the present time. The want of a bridge over the Gawler somewhere near this place is beginning to engage the serious attention of the settlers; the necessity has long been felt, but is now more so, in consequence of the increased traffic arising from many of the settlers having property on both sides of the river, but more particularly so the inhabitants of West Munno Para, who have recently brought a great deal of land in the Mudla Wirra District.   A public meeting was held at Mr. Barnfield's, on July 30, to consider what steps should be taken to carry out this object.  A good many gentlemen were present, some of whom thought that a petition should be got up headed by as many as were willing  subscribe anything towards it, which all were willing to do according to their position, and that the Government should be asked to make up the deficiency, and carry out the work. But this idea was abandoned, as not likely to be successful in the present state of the Treasury, which opinion was strengthened by the advice of the members for the Districts of Yatala and Stanley ; but it was the unanimous opinion of the meeting that this part has a just claim on the Government for a little special help in a matter of this kind, especially so from the danger to life and property attending the crossing of this river during the winter season. A committee from the meeting was therefore appointed to inspect the three places proposed, and report there on to a future meeting, of which due notice would  given.
Angle Vale, August 7, 1867
The three places which were proposed at our last meeting for the site of the bridge over the Gawler, and to which I referred in my last notice from this place, were duly examined on Wednesday after noon (7th).   About 25 of the settlers were present, and after a good deal of party opposition, it was carried by a majority of 18 to 5 that the site for the bridge should be at Burford's, as it was considered that a bridge could be erected for £500 less than at either of the other place It will also meet the convenience of the greatest number of settlers The greatest opposition to this place was given by a few gentlemen who are large landholders on each side of the river. They severally objected to it because it did not immediately connect their farms together, yet these gentlemen expressed them willing to support two bridges, so as if possible to affect the last named object. Each of them would subscribe literally to both bridges, but they would not give anything to the one agreed to by the meeting. We have had some fine seasonable weather lately, which has improved the crops very much, but (the preceding dry weather and the attacks of the grubs give no bright prospect of an abundant harvest.
SA Register Tuesday 17th, 1867

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Moses Garlick

Moses Bendle Garlick born September 10th 1784, died October 1st 1859.  His headstone is inscribed with: He rests from his labours and his works do follow him”.

He served during the whole of the peninsular campaign and was present in six general actions, Vimierria, Corunna, Basaco, Salamanca, Vittoria, St Sebastian.

On the 26th September at Uley, Gawler Hills by the Rev J.P Buttfield, Mr Thomas Garlick of Smithfield, timber merchant, second son of Mr Moses Marlick, to Miss Mary Berjew, fourth daughter of the late Mr. Charles berjew of Hermitage, Dorset.

The late Mr T Garlick – On Wednesday Mr Thomas Garick, one of the early band of pioneers died at Frewville.  He arrived with his father in 1837 on the ship “Katherine Stewart Forbes”.  He was a brother of Mr D Garlick the President of the Architects Association and of Mrs Pitcher, mother of the Rev J.G Piechey, rector of West Adelaide.  The late Mr. Galick married Miss Berjew, daughter of Mr. Charles Berjew, of Sherborne, Dorset, architect – an agnet for Admiral Digby, by whom he had two daughters.  He was for many years engaged in Agricultural and commercial pursuits, and was a captain of volunteers under the old regime.  Successful in viticulture at Gawler Hills. Captain of the Smithfield rifles.

When Moses Bendle garlick returned from the Napoleonic wars he found that weaving machines had made such progress during the war, probably due to demands for uniforms during the war that he and his brothers could no longer sell their hand woven west of England broadcloth.  Mr Garlick decided to immigrate to South Australia seeing a resemblance between our hills and the Cotswold’s hills of Gloucester.  He settled in the district giving it its name of Uley Bury (A Bury in England is a tree covered plateau).

Rachel Garlick died 22April 1832
Moses Bendall Garlick her husband
Born 1oth September 1780
Died Uley South Australia
1st October 1859

(From correspondence of Uley school in UK 1955 to Mr. Walker)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Judd road House

Judd road homestead was built on the site of an old mud cottage, dating to the late 1800’s.  The present stone and brick house was built in the 1920’s by a local builder called Ames for Richard Judd, a grandchild of an early settler also named Richard Judd.
The Judd family has been associated with the Salisbury and Elizabeth districts, since the first Richard Judd came to the area around Cobblers creek (now Salisbury East) in 1851 with his brother Joseph.  One of the first Richards’s sons, George and later son Kevin farmed the site where the Holden’s factory now stands.
Richard and his brother Joseph were among the principal hay farmers in the district at the time.  The Northern Adelaide Plains between Salisbury, Smithfield and Virginia was a noted farming area.  Hay farming was at its peak between 1880’s and 1930’s.  At one stage the crop was expanding and to cut it with sickle took far more labour than was available, even though Governor Grey requested 150 soldier to be brought from New South Wales to help with the harvest.
When hay was the main crop on the farm. It was usually not the only one.  A typical farm close to Elizabeth would grow hay for the Adelaide dairies.  A team of eight horses would cart the hay on trolleys.  Wheat for seed and peas were grown to fatten sheep.
Eileen Judd, granddaughter of Robert stated that “Judd homestead was quite a big farm house, built of brick, stone in the front, a four roomed house, closed in back verandah.  A bathroom and heater that you put paper, wood and what have you in, for hot water, an old chip heater and there was a wooden stove in the kitchen.
During the building of Elizabeth, the house was used by the South Australian Housing Trust as their engineer’s site work office.  Judd road got its name as a result of the Housing Trust giving direction for when supplies came in.  They would say there is a sign up at the house called “Judd”.
Judd Road house is the only building within the Elizabeth district currently on the State Heritage Register.  The property is important historically, representing the farming traditions of the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century in the area.
The City of Playford and the SAHT funded a project to restore the house to commemorate Elizabeth’s 40th year.