Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TROVE Tuesday - Butterfly Fete

Butterfly Fete

The Mayoress of Gawler Mrs. E. C. Goodger opened the Butterfly fete conducted by the Angle Vale ladies guild, and was thanked by Mrs. Fatchen and presented with a box of sweets and posy by Joan Dawkins and Ruby Brus.  Prizes for decorated umbrellas went to Valerie Rowland (original); Ruby Brus (prettiest), Allen Brus and Kelvin Stevens. A snap shot contest was won by Mrs. C. Fatchen and Vennetta Brus.

The Advertiser Wednesday 17 December 1952

Friday, October 26, 2012

Significant trees

Native apricot or peach tree,
one of the last in the Peachey Belt area
from which it gets its name.
Often an out of place tree in a new residential area is a reminder of what was there beforehand.  Old fruit trees in odd places, large palm trees or gum trees may be all that remains of an old homestead.  The National Trust have been working on significant tree list and have identified trees, indigenous and non from around the state.  Here is the list for the Playford area.

Location details
Botanical name
Common name
Individual stand row
Angle Vale & Taylors Rd Angle Vale
330 m S from intersection of Angle Vale & Taylors rd, Angle Vale
Pittosporum phylliraeoides
Native apricot, weeing pittosporum
One of the few survivors of the original Peachey Belt dated 200-400 years old
One Tree Hill
Extends 1km E of Para Wirra Rd on southern side of Kersbrook rd, OTH
Eucalyptus camaldulensis & E. leucoxylon
River red gum & SA Blue gum
Row of trees
Seavington Rd, Elizabeth
Seavington rd, Jubillee Park, Elizabeth Park
Platanus hybrid
London plane
Individual tree
Boundary park Elizabeth Vale
In the creek bed of Boundary park of Coppleridge Drive, Elizabeth Vale
Eucalyptus camaldulensis
River red gum
Elizabeth Park
Jubilee Park
Jubilee Park, Seavington st, approx. 300m south of Seavington & Seaborough rds T-junction
Eucalyptus camaldulensis
River Red gum
Stand/ row of trees
Elizabeth Park
Olive Grove, Midway rd & Yorktown rd
Olive grove reserve
Olea europaea
Stand/ row
John Rive Ave
Elizabeth Vales
South side of John Rice Ave, 50m E from the roundabout intersection from Phillip Highway
Eucalyptus camaldulensis
River Red gum
Stand/ row
Indee Cres, Munno Para
On steep slope 150m SE Indee Cres, Craigmore
Allocasuarina verticillata
Drooping sheoak
Individual tree
Elizabeth Vale
Harry Bowie reserve, Salisbury Park
Eucalyptis camaldulensis
River Red Gum
Individual tree
Angle Vale
Heaslip rd
Lauriston winery grounds, Heaslip rd 1.4km south of Angle Vale rd, Heaslip road intersection
Eucalyptus porose E camaldulensis
River red gum, Golden wattle
Original Collins family Collinsville stud in mid north of SA. Later owned by Sir Ellerton Becker – Smithfield Pastoral comp
Angle Vale
Heaslip rd
Western side of Heslip rd, 1.4km south of Angle Vale Heaslip rd interection
Pyrus communis
Believed to be planted by the Collins family. Original home stood in present day Lauriston winery
Smithfield Augusta Square
Augusta Square
Anne & Kirk st
Eucalyptus camaldulensis
River Red Gum
Original site of Smithfield Presbyterian church

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Merging old and new photographs

I love the merging of old and new photographs, photographs that are retaken in the exact spot years later.  This is a fantastic version of that.

SOLDIERS injured and exhausted, traumatised by war reveal the real face of World War II as they are merged with modern-day street views. 
Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse was at a flea maket in 2007 when she found some battered old negatives. The harrowing images depicted a war-ravaged Europe and invited Teeuwisse to learn more about them.

Ghosts of historyThe old and new are seamlessly merged. Cherbourg, avenue de Paris, ancien Poste de Police, jardin Public. http://www.facebook.com/thenandnowghostsofhistory/info

The historical expert took the box of around 300 negatives home and set about trying to find their original locations. Traveling around she managed to locate the scenes of the gruesome episodes of war that each picture depicts. She then compiled the old negatives with new images, taken in the same spots, to bring to life these harrowing tales.

For more images click on the photograph above.

TROVE Tuesday - Fatchen car crash

Car Starts Unexpectedly: Crashes Through Fence

While travelling home on the Old Junction road on Sunday evening, Mr and Mrs. C. W. Fatchen and their son, of Angle vale, narrowly escaped serious injury.
The car developed carburettor trouble. Mr. Fatchen and his son were attending to it when the car, which was in gear ,started, ran across the road and crashed through a fence. Mrs. Fatchen was thrown from the car and severely shaken. The car was slightly damaged.
The Advertiser Tuesday 18 May 1936

Monday, October 22, 2012

Variety Concert at Smithfield Hostel

A variety concert, arrange by Mrs. Muriel Ashworth, was presented by the Elizabeth Singers and guest artists at the Smithfield Hostel last week.

The programme included items from the Singers and also vocal and piano solos and duets.

Hit of the evening was the lively playing of well-known tunes by Messrs. Jack and Graham Dawson on xylophones and piano accordion.

“Uncle Rowley” of Channel 9’s D.A.W.S. Club was a most entertaining compare.
From: The Salisbury-Elizabeth Times 30 September 1960, p. 17
Do you have a story to share about the Smithfield Hostel?
If so the Migration Museum in conjunction with the University of Adelaide would love to hear from you.
In partnership with the University of Adelaide the Migration Museum is investigating South Australia’s migrant hostels, reception centres and camps.

This will include extensive archival research, a significant oral history project, and documentation of resources and material history. Prior to beginning research the Migration Museum held limited information on a small selection of hostels in South Australia. Through this project we will collect more comprehensive information covering all migrant hostels operating in South Australia between 1949 and 1985.

For more information click on the below address.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Our Max

Max and his wife Jean

Anyone who has had lived in Adelaide has surely read Max Fatchen's work, much of which was published in the Advertiser.  Max wrote on major events, the 1956 River Murray floods, the first atomic bomb at Maralinga as well as everyday observations.  It is a sad day as we say goodbye to one of the states most iconic writers.

Max Fatchen was born in 1921,  growing up on the family farm of 200 acre in the Angle Vale area.  Max however had a way with words and instead of tilling the land for a living he became a journalist, writer and poet.  At the age of seven he began to write poems, which he continued throughout his life.  He published 27 books many for children. 

Max was awarded an Order of Australia for literature in 1991, an Advance Australia award for literature and a Walkely award for journalism in 1996.

He said of writing "Writing is living, dreaming, creating new worlds, inventing characters and bringing them to life for other people to enjoy and read.  My pen is always hand.  I watch and listen and my mind brings me rhymes and rhythms and my typewriter beats them out.

He never forgot where he came from and where he lived.  In 1988 he wrote this poem at the opening of the new council office at the City of Munno Para.

My Munno Para

The fields that held their golden crops and knew the patient plough
have changed in times relentless course with houses standing now.
The rolling sound of wagon wheels and dusting, roiling teams
Are ghosts upon the living plain, belonging to its deams.
Yet, in a thousand minutes read on long departed dates,
We hear again old Councillors in windy, wise debates,
With lungs so full of earnest air, it made the listener faint....
Ratepayers lurking everywhere and full of loud complaint.
The dogs were howling in the pound, the sheep and cattle strayed
And would the money go around with half the roads unmade?
They burned indeed the midnight oil and pondered at the cost
And no-one blessed them for their toil, or motions passed or lost.
But, there another road was made and well the tongue might utter
The glory of the bitumen, the beauty of the gutter,
Communal halls for local glee and supper rooms to brew,
And, from the rangers to the sea, our Munno Para grew.
The old trees stood and fresh trees grew with landscapes rearranged,
The blending of the old and new and so our scene has changed.
We've met the challenge of the days and bravely taken chances
Resisting Gawler's winning ways, Elizabeth's bold glances.
The people came from many lands and so each culture blends.
Society has many strands and each its fibre lends
To weave a pattern, a design that makes the fabric whole
So Munno Para, year by year, has found its civic soul.
Let Smithfield Creek in splendour flow through gully and through town
To wear upon its modest bank, fair Munno Para's crown
And may our happiness increase with all that thus entailed...
The municipal masterpiece I now declare unveiled.

Max is survived his three children, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Rest in Peace Max, we will miss your take on life through the words that you write.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Trove Tuesday

Clydesdales on the poperty of Mr W J Dawkins at Angle Vale
The Mail 11 May 1929

Friday, October 5, 2012

The great elephant race of 1963

Jodie and Jumbo
On Sunday August 25th 1963, a crowd of between 2,500 and 3,000 people ignored the cold weather to watch Elizabeth’s most unusual spectacle, the great Elephant race.

The race was run by the Elizabeth Lions Club to raise funds for the Miss Elizabeth Quest.
The participants were Elizabeth jeweller, Phil Zamel riding Jodie and Darryl Squires riding Jumbo.  The elephants were lent by Ashton’s circus and the riders wore genuine Arab garments complete with black beards and pipe.

The race was run over a distance of 150 yards at the record speed of an average 10.5mph. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trove Tuesday - Inquest of Mary Jane Lesly

Not trying to be too morbid, but I do like reading the inquests in the newspapers.  The details are impressive. 

This is a snippet of an inquest held at Penfield in 1862.  Mary Jane Lesly was found dead in her bed.
SA Register 14 August 1862