Friday, August 31, 2012

Family history prompts

I'm a sucker for challenges and causes.  So its not really a surprise that I love to find challenges that relate to genealogy and history. I have just come across a new one from Alan Tester from Gould Genealogy, the Family History through the alphabet challenge, where you start with A (obviously) relate it to a topic, or someone. 

Other favourites are the 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more.   Then there is

Geneabloggers Daily Blogging Prompts  to help feed you ideas on blogging topics. We offer more than just one blogging prompt per day – there are as many as five per day!

  • Sunday: Black Sheep Sunday, Church Record Sunday, Sentimental Sunday, Sunday Supper, Sunday’s Obituary.
  • Monday: Amanuensis Monday, Madness Monday, Mappy Monday, Maritime Monday, Matrilineal Monday, Military Monday, Mobile Monday, Motivation Monday, Mystery Monday.
  • Tuesday: Talented Tuesday, Tech Tuesday, Tombstone Tuesday, Travel Tuesday, Tuesday’s Tip.
  • Wednesday: Wedding Wednesday, Wednesday’s Child, Wisdom Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Workday Wednesday.
  • Thursday:  Those Places Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, Thriller Thursday, Treasure Chest Thursday.
  • Friday:  Family Recipe Friday, Follow Friday, Friend of Friends Friday, Friday Funny, Funeral Card Friday.
  • Saturday:  Shopping Saturday, Society Saturday, Sorting Saturday, Sports Center Saturday, Surname Saturday, Sympathy Saturday
Then come Christmas there is the Advent Christmas Calendar for the month of December covering all festive things.

If you are more creative you may want to try Dear Photograph where you take a picture of a picture int he past in the present.

If your house was burning what would you take? Burning House  get you to think what is really important that you can't live without.  I wonder how this would have changed over the years if our ancestors did it.

There is no excuse for someone saying, 'but I don't know what to write'.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mrs Bartle - A venerable lady

Mrs. Bartle, who resides at 16, Somerset Cottages, Walkerville, completes her 101st year on Friday, as she was born in St. Hilary parish, in the west of Cornwall, on October 17, 1801, four years before the battle of Trafalgar.  She remembers the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. "Why, that only seems like yesterday to me," she remarked. "I can remember the battle of Waterloo, 22 years earlier. The little children clapped their hands for joy when peace was proclaimed." Whilst in her native country Mrs. Bartle was for several years a school teacher. She is a Methodist, and has done much good work for the Church. In 1847 she embarked for South Australia with her husband and two children, and arrived here in the ship  Aboukir, with Captain Scott in command, in September of that year.  For some years she lived in Carrington street, Adelaide, and in 1853 accompanied her husband to Gould's Creek, where they entered into farming pursuits.  Mr. Peter Bartle, who died about 27 year s ago, was clerk of St. John's Church. He and his son joined in the rush to the Victorian goldfields previous to going into the country.  The family were residents of One Tree Hill for several years. Mr. Bartle helped to build the Wesleyan Church at that place, and with his daughter opened the first Sunday school there.  Mrs. Bartle resides with her daughter, who is nearly 70 years old, and crippled with rheumatic gout.  Mr. James Gartrell, who has taken a kindly interest in the old lady, suggests that it would be an act of philanthropy if, in honour of her birthday some substantial help were given to smooth the course of her later years.  Gifts of a useful kind as birthday presents would be highly appreciated.
The Advertiser Wednesday 15 October 1902

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What no google! History and kids

This morning I spoke to two Grade 3 classes at Blakeview Primary School about local history.  Local history is back in the school curriculum which is fantastic.  I always love speaking to children about history and find it so amusing some of their reactions and comments.

  • Munno Para Shopping centre was not always there, you know.  Stunned silence.
  • What is on your school logo (anvil).  A puzzle piece.
  • In what year did white settlement start in South Australia? 1642, 1723, 1822, even 1990.
  • Where could I find out information on Smithfield?  Google, computers, Internet.  Yes but where did Google get the information from? electricity.
My face bore a smile the whole way through at the children's answers. I was please that the majority seemed to know who Elizabeth was named after, although no one knew Adelaide was named after a Queen.

The concept of a before, is foreign, if its there now it had to always be there.  It was great to tell the kids the original of the suburbs names and I hope that this gives them a more sense of place.  We see history all around us but often are oblivious to it, in street names, logos, suburb names.  I explain to the kids that history is like doing a puzzle, one bit of information at a time and often Chinese whispers gets thrown in, that distorts what gets passed on.

Can't wait till the next talk.

Friday, August 17, 2012

We shall abstain!

The Independent Order of Rechabites (IOR) was a Friendly Society founded in England in 1835 as part of the wider British temperance movement to promote total abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
ONETREE HILL, April 29.-About a year ago a juvenile Rechabite tent was formed at One tree Hill, when 14 names were enrolled. Shortly afterward a branch was established at Smithfield, and the combined strength is now 42. Under the aegis of the officers and members of the adult branch a celebration was held on Saturday. Brothers George Bright, P.D.C.R. (ex-Mayor of Gawler), Ross, D.D.R., and Manning. D.T.. took an active part in the ceremonial. An annual celebration has been decided upon. The Smithfield contingent arrived by drag at the Methodist Church about 2 o'clock. Shortly afterward a procession was formed, and the youthful disciples of Rechab, accompanied by a number of friends and sympathizers, marched to Sampson's Flat, where preparations had been made to give the young people a good time, and a varied programme of sports was success fully carried out.
The following are the results of the racing:— 16 years and under, W. Blake and N. Flower; 14 and under, R. Morris and M. Blackham; 12 and under, ' H. Moss and H. Fradd; 10 and under, ' A. Moss and A. Blackman; 8 and under, K. Bowman and J. Vockens; girls. 10 and   under. Fairy Purdie and Ellen Shillabeer (tie); 8 and under, Vera Purdie and'   Audrey Avery; bootrace, boys, Norman   Flower and John Vockens.
The prizes in   the shape of money and sweets were sub- - scribed for by the adult members, who   with the district officers, managed the   sports. Shortly before 5 o'clock a return was made to the institute, where tea was   provided.  An entertainment was afterward given, and the hall was well filled,  the attraction being, no doubt, the presence of Misses Summerton and Greneklee and Mr Manning, each of whom had won one or more gold medals at public competitions.  
At the invitation of Brother George Bowman Brother Bright occupied the chair. Addresses were delivered by the visiting officers, who in turn made feeling reference to the absence through serious illness of the chief officer in the juvenile department (Brother Hannam). The entertainment programme was sub mitted by Misses Gertie Blake, Summerton, Mercia Greneklee, and Ivy Moss and Messrs. W. T. Manning, P. D. Taylor, and Woodhead. Mrs. W. G. Smith and Mr. R. Jenkins were the accompanists.  A supper followed.
 The Register Wednesday 1 May 1907

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tennis records

The Playford Library has just received records relating to the Elizabeth and Salisbury District Tennis Association & The Grove Tennis Club.
  • Records include;
  • Bicentennial Tennis Centre records
  • Financial records
  • Minutes of Meetings from 1959 - 2009
  • Correspondence 1973-2009
  • Awards and Competition results
  • Match results 1968
History of the Grove Tennis Club
1956  Established as the Elizabeth Methodist tennis club with 17 members. Playing in the Elizabeth/Salisbury & Districts Assoc. The club has had several name changes before settling on The Grove Tennis Club.
1993 Bicentennial Tennis Centre was established and The Grove Club made it home, playing competition tennis in North East Tennis Association (NETA), & Elizabeth, Salisbury & District Assoc.
2009 The Grove Tennis Club took over the lease of the Bicentennial Tennis Centre and employed State Tennis to  provide management of the club and centre.
2011 The  Grove  membership is currently 300 which includes junior and senior players in night and Saturday competitions.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Night farming blitz is on

In dark, chilly fields 20 miles north of Adelaide this week, a night farming blitz has been getting under way.
Lights glow in the paddocks as farmers with tractors tuned to   finest pitch, work furiously to prepare their ground for seeding after the weekend rains. Lack of autumn rains had held up this preparation. In a night tour to see how the farmers were   progressing. I found some of them were   spending up to 18 hours in their tractor seats  with brief breaks only  for hasty meals and refuelling.   In the Smithfield district, brothers Ken and Gordon Andrews were covering 70 acres a day with their two big tractors.  And when we tramped across a fallow paddock at 8 p.m. they were hard at it.  
Bottle of coffee
Said Mr. Gordon Andrews: 'We've got to sow about 375 acres of wheat, oats, barley, and peas. Right now we're discing up ground for peas.   Nestling against the engine of his tractor was a bottle of coffee.   He said: 'Keeps it warmer than a thermos.' In a nearby paddock   Mr. Mervin Griffiths was cultivating with his, big tractor by moonlight.  He said: 'When it gets too black I light a pressure lamp on the front of the tractor. Well rugged up, Mr Griffith added: 'This job reminds me a bit of night flying over in Britain during the war.   There's the same noise of an engine, and it's nearly as cold.'  
Three miles west, by the little hamlet of Angle Vale. Mr. Harold Worden was well on with his seeding.   He pulled up his big tractor and said with a grin: 'I want to get the seeding well over before the Test broadcasts.'   Eighteen miles away on the frigid slopes by Freeling. Mr. Edgar Schuster and his son.   Merv, were working on a timetable from daylight to midnight with their two tractors.   It was 10 p.m. when we found Mr. Schuster, refuelling his tractor from a big overhead tank.   Nearby, Merv — the fifth generation of Schusters to work the land — was preparing a   paddock.  
Mellow soil
After we'd driven up  to the paddock.  Mr.   Schuster said: 'This paddock went 12 bags of peas to the acre last year.' He picked up a handful of earth: 'It’s left   the soil very mellow.   You can feel the goodness in it.'   Mr. Schuster will sow about 400 acres of wheat, peas, and barley.  He will start seedling next week.  And this scene was being repeated in other parts of the State.  Phone calls from Brentwood and Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula told how farmers there were out working their land at night making up that vital leeway.  
The Mail  Saturday 23 May 1953