Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shandon Drive In

Shandon Drive In
The Shandon Drive In cinema opened on 16th May 1958.  It was designed to accommodate 600 cars and at the time of opening it was planned to provide stage seating for 200 people at a later date.  The main building of the theatre is 100 feet long and includes a cafeteria 80 feet in length.  It was built on land purchased from CJ Hayes.  The screen was set up so that patrons would look west, taking advantage of the natural slope of the land.  One session each night was planned with two main films.  On family nights, Mondays to Fridays admission was 10/- a carload; on Saturday nights and holidays 5/- adults, 1/- children.
Some of the films first shown were; ‘Bring your smile along’, ‘Texas rangers’, ‘A bullet is waiting’, ‘Jubal’, ‘Woman’s world’,’ Lure of the wilderness’.  For the October holiday weekend in 1958 the drive in offered the following films; ‘Titanic’,’Don’t bother to knock’, starting Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark, ‘River of no return’ again staring Marilyn Monroe and ‘My Pal Gus’. 

The opening of the drive in gave Elizabeth cinema patrons more choice of films.  At that time the Elizabeth Football Club on Ridley Road also held regular Friday night screenings with a double feature.  Patrons were enticed with advertisements for ‘My Sister Eileen’, ‘The Glass Wall’,’ The ship that died of shame’,’ Simon and Laura’, ‘You know What sailors are’, ‘half past midnight’ and the ‘Benny Goodman Story’.

The Apex Club showed educational films for children at the Elizabeth North and South schools on regular evenings.  The first of these at the Elizabeth South school stretched the accommodation to the limit as 450 children turned up.

The Salisbury pictures held at the Salisbury Institute advertised regularly during these early years.  The choice of programs concentrated on westerns, horror movies and comedies.  Films such as ‘the killing’, ‘Gorilla at large’, ‘The girls in the red velvet swing’, ‘Picnic’, ‘Chief Crazy horse’, ‘Pony Express’,’ the Sharkfighters’,’ Johnny Concho’ and’ the Good die young’ were offered in 1958.  After the opening of the Elizabeth Drive In, the Salisbury Pictures in order to continue getting patronage from Elizabeth residents, offered a bus service from Elizabeth North and Elizabeth South in time for the evening showings.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

A bit of country at Elizabeth

The Elizabeth Country Women’s Association (CWA) began in the Scout Hut, ELizabeth Grove in 1960 and is one of the 11 branches forming the Barossa group.  The Barossa group with the Light group (10 branches), Warne’s group (14 branches) make the lower northern division.
The Branch presidents are usually in office for three years but for Elizabeth it has been two years. The first President was Mrs. J Shannon in 1960-61 with Mrs. Joyce Eastland as secretary.

Branch meetings were held on the second Tuesday of each month.  Business is discussed and there is usually a speaker or demonstrator. Several outings are also organized per year.  Handicraft day is on each fourth Thursday. 
In 1963 the CWA moved to the Navalman's Hall in Elizabeth South.  It then moved to the YMCA Hall for several months in 1966 and then to the Legacy Hall in Elizabeth South.  In 1971-72 it moved locations again to the RAFA 1200 Club rooms on Phillip Highway, then finally to the  Uniting Church Hall, Midway rd, Elizabeth Downs November 1982.

Money was raised by raffles, street stalls and catering.  The money was used to

·       donate a wheelchair to the Cripples Children’s Assoc
·       Wheelchair to Red Cross
·       Barkuma
·       St John Ambulance
·       RDNS
·       Lyell McEwin hospital children’s pajamas and camps
·       To assist disabled child with exercised from Elizabeth North, (expenses).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trove Tuesday - Battalion Drill at Penfield

This weeks Trove Tuesday article is regarding a drill held at Penfield.  I believe  Penfield wanted to establish a volunteer Rifle Brigade but it never eventuated.
SA Register 25 July 1862

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beautiful Elizabeth postcards

Sometimes you come across gems in your collections.  I love this post card set that was produced around the 1960's, featuring images of Beautiful Elizabeth.  If anyone can place the aerial photograph, more specifically than Elizabeth, I would love to know.

Elizabeth town centre

Aerial view of Elizabeth

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trove Tuesday

I learnt about another new Genealogy prompt, "TROVE Tuesday", proposed by blogger Branchesleavespollen.   As a lover I Trove I think it's a great idea.  I wear my "I love trove" badge on my work lanyard and use it almost every day. 

Trove is fantastic for finding out snippets of information that you wouldn't learn anywhere else.  I love the way journalists wrote, the detail of the mundane, items of news that would never make the news nowadays.  The articles breathe life into an area or person.

Playford's Past will post snippets from Trove.  This month, I will post about the small township of Penfield.  Yes people had things to grumble about even back then.

South Australian Register 29 September 1859

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Memories of Tommy the elephant

Memories of Tommy the Elephant described in 'Caleb 1849-1926' by Paul M Hoskins.

I remember back to my 7th birthday in July 1856, and my birthday request was to go and see 'Tommy" the Asian elephant that lived only three miles from us at the Gepps Cross Hotel. 

At the annual Agricultural and Horticultural Show in the Adelaide Parklands during February 1855, Tommy participated in a walking race with a horse, which the elephant won by some two hundred yards.

The first time I saw "Tommy" was when he was sold to the Smith's owners of Smiths Hotel, at Smith's Creek, near Smithfield around May 1855.  The elephant was walked the thirty miles from Adelaide to Smithfield along the Main North Road, and had a great following of hangers on and curious onlookers, including my family as he passed by the Windmill Hotel.

It was with great excitement that the family went to Gepps Cross, using our spring cart and some on horseback to see the marvelous elephant known as 'Tommy'.  The four wheeled carriage that Mr Matthews had made for the elephant was also used to transport some twenty people along the road from Gepps Cross to Enfield.  The whole family climbed aboard the carriage for the return journey down the hill.  A great day was had by all and a very memorable birthday treat.