Tuesday, January 29, 2013

TROVE Tuesday


The final dance of the season for the Smithfield Football Club was held in the Smithfield Institute. The gold medal presented by Mrs. Eime, for the fairest and best player, was won by Ern Saxon. Two trophies, given by Mr. John Smith and Mr. Nietschke, for best player in final and semi-final games, were won Mr. Arch Helps.  Mr. A. Worden made the presentations.
Supper was served by the ladies.
The music for the dance was provided by Rhythm Aces band. A concert was held in the Smithfield Institute in aid of Methodist Church.  Mrs. Menz's Concert Party of Adelaide, gave the programme. The recent heavy rains will be beneficial to late crops. Most farmers are haymaking.
The Bunyip 1 November 1935

Monday, January 28, 2013

Smithfield Institute snippets

Smithfield Institute was destroyed by Fire, on February 8, 1836 the damage estimated at more than £1000 is partly covered by Insurance.  The whole of the 1200 books, a piano and small organ, cricket and football trophies and soldier memorial honour roll were completely destroyed. The charred walls of the building alone are standing.  Residents attempted to save some property but were greatly hampered by an inadequate water supply.  The cause of the fire is unknown.  The institute was opened 53 years ago and was free of debt.

Plans were immediately prepared for rebuilding and extensions; a contract was let, and on Saturday June 20th the Smithfield ‘Phoenix’ was opened by Sir William Sowden, Association President.

The Institute president Mr A. Worden stated that sports trophies had been list, the committee could not replace those, fortunate it had a photographs of the honour roll.  A replica would be made and installed at the Institutes expense.

Sir William congratulated the Committee and appealed to the residents to give greater support to their Institute, which should be intellectual as well as the recreational centre. He also referred to the loss of the Institute during the past 6 years and to the actions of the present Government in partially restoring grants without which the institutes could not be given adequate service.

On the following Wednesday a Ball was held which was attended by about 200 people.  Music by Hannaford’s band, supper again by the ladies.  There is a debt of about £150 incurred in providing much improved facilities.  Special efforts are to be made to raise these funds.

Notes from Local history room

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Smithfield Institute snippets

Established 1874.

Library opened Tuesday and Saturday evenings.
Early secretaries
1874      W.S Bennetts
1877      Gavin A. Scoular
1895      Charles Ball (Station master at Smithfield)
1903      J.S Brooks
1904      R. Bald
1905      W.J Deeble

March 24, 1905
President Mr W. Smith, J.P, Vice President Mr J.S Fribsy, Hon Secretary Mr H.J Deeble, Hon Treasurer Mr R Bald, the committee, the above and Messrs J. Roberts, W, Andrews, J. Flower, W. Adams, J. Hogarth, C. Hoole, A. Kelly, G. McGee. Auditors G. Moss and F. Crittenden.

Number of members:    16
Member subscription    10/- Yearly
Cost of building               £800
Volume in Library           853
Spent on literature in last 12 months      £12 18/-

Three concerts, one lecture held in previous 12 months.

Committee meets once a month.

We have a literary society in the town; the Committee gives them the use of the Reading Room free of cost, with the hope that its members will become subscribers to the Institute.  Illustrated and scientific periodicals are placed on the table for their perusal.

Taken from notes from the Local History room.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

Fire Alarm Siren at One Tree Hill

An electric fire alarm siren has been installed, at Dr. Tostevin's property, One Tree Hill. Powered by a 3 h.p motor, the former air raid warning device purchased from the Department of Civil Defence.  Another siren may be erected by the Munno Para East authorities at Gawler Blocks as a plains area alarm.
The Bunyip 8 Nov 1946

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Bunyip online

The National Library of Australia's website TROVE is a great resource for historians.  The digitised newspapers are a fantastic source of information, everything from birth, death and marriage notices, accidents, stories, social events.  Trove has recently placed copies of the Bunyip newspaper online, starting in 1860 to 1950.   Although a Gawler newspaper you can't help but cover aspects of the Playford area. 

In 1861 a group of local men formed the 'Gawler Humbug Society' and in 1863 one of these, Dr George Nott, with William Barnet, published a newsletter of the group, which was named the 'Bunyip'. The publication, like the group itself, aimed to lampoon and deflate perceived forms of humbug, in particular, the 'humbug' produced in South Australian Parliament. The first issue declared, 'Why the Bunyip? Because the Bunyip is the true type of Australian Humbug!'
Initially published monthly, by January 1866 the title had evolved into Gawler's weekly newspaper. In 1885 the Bunyip became the first country newspaper to sell at the low price of one penny per issue. William Barnet ran the newspaper until his death in 1895, when it passed to his son, Robert Barnet, then in 1917 to another son, Frank Barnet. Ken Barnet became the third generation of the family in the business, and from 1975 John Barnet ran the newspaper.
You can view what years have been digitised by clicking on this link.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Penfield township

The area known as the Penfield district, bordered by the Adelaide long Plains railway, the Northern Railway to Gawler , Angle Vale Road and Penfield road.

Farming began here in a very small way, the settlers, owning small blocks and living off their land, as much as possible.  A few sheep, cows and pigs were kept, but the main source of income was hay farming.

The land was farmed with horses until 1920 when some farmers changed to tractors, and finally horses disappeared completely.

Native grasses were largely dominant until the introduction of super phosphate caused land use to spread rapidly. 

Earliest homesteads were roughly made form readily available materials.  Nails were hand made and roofs were hatched.

Fences were made from native timers until 1880, when the last of this was used up.  Without the trees, the area became quite dusty,

Most homesteads had underground water storage tanks or wells since no reliable rivers ran through the area and settlers had to rely on the rainfall.  Hand pumps were also used.

Roads were scarce and consisted merely of dirt tracks.

Goods were transported to Salisbury, the nearest town, by bullock dray.  The journey took a complete day due to the slowness of the bad roads.

An increase in population , the building of the township of Penfield, which was founded by Mr William Penfold. The tiny township consisted of only a few buildings such as a shop combined with a small post office in a private house, a blacksmith and a school.

 The village site is now within the boundaries of the Edinburgh airfield.  Penfield Road became a perimeter road around the airfield.

From notes in local history collection probably compiled by Historian Gillian Pearson, post 1978.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

From our own Corresnondent.

Gawler Plains, October 11.

The branch of the I.O.O.F, M.U., are agitating the question of building a hall for the use of the brotherhood, and which would also serve the pur pose of entertainments and gotherings.

On the arrival or H.R.H. Prince Alfred the loyalty of the Smithfield and Gawler Hils farmers is to take the form of a huge bonfire, several gen tlemen being now actively engaged collecting materials. I am afraid should we have to wait much longer for the advent of His Royal Highness the loyal feelings of some will be like the courage ot Bob Acres, coming out at their fingers' ends.
SA Register 15 October 1867

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Inside History magazine

The City of Playford has subscribed to the magazine "Australian and New Zealand Inside History" magazine.  A relatively new magazine, just entering its third year, it is one that I quickly fell in love with.  Not only is it beautifully designed, the articles are fantastic.  There is a mix of family history, local history and Australian history. 

They have a blog http://insidehistorymagazine.blogspot.com.au/ and a website http://www.insidehistory.com.au/  The website gives additional features that supplement the magazine, such as surname and ship index from articles that have appeared in the magazine.

Inside History is available from the Local History area at the Elizabeth branch library, or put it on hold today.  You can borrow current copies now, but you will have to be quick.

Playford Library Service also subscribed to Australian Family Tree and Who do you think you are?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

January 10.— Present— Crs. W. B. Sells (chair), Scoular, Clear, and Walter. It was decided that the letter received from Destitute Board, stating that a doctor should be appointed to attend destitute persons within, district be attended to. The consideration of Cr. Walter's proposition, that ten chains of metalling be done on Murdocks-road, was postponed.
South Australian Weekly Chronicle
Saturday 21 January 1882

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Years Genealogy resolutions for 2013

Do you set goals for New Year?  Has genealogy been on your list for numerous years?  Here are some goals you may wan to put on your list.
 1.Get organised. The Library can help you with that.  We can provide charts and forms for you to get started.
 2.Attend some, if not all the exciting eGen sessions, workshops and talks presented by the Library.

 3. Share the information you have gathered with other members of your family.  Write a letter, or book, start a blog, or Facebook page. 

 4.Learn more about genealogy. The Library has fantastic family history book collections for loan, to suit the new and experienced genealogist.

 5.Be inspired. Borrow from the Library and watch sessions of Who Do You Think You Are?  Borrow the family history magazines. 
6. Meet like – minded individuals who share the genealogy bug.

7. Interview someone in your family tree.  Get their story for your records.  Record it on video if possible.
8.  Start a new tradition, one that three generations down the track will continue.

9. Organise those family photographs that you have been putting off for years.  Print off digital photographs from your phone or computer before they disappear to internet heaven.
10.  Honour your ancestors in some way.  Plant a tree, buy a brick in an immigration wall, publish your family history, tell your family about their ancestors.  Ensure that stories live on and are not forgotten.

11.  Start and finish the 52 week genealogy challenge.  You can find out more here.