Tuesday, May 7, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

HOUNDS AT SMITHFIELD

On Saturday last the Adelaide hounds had a day out in the One tree Hill district, Messrs. Jack Harvey and F. L Ifould being responsible for the arranging of the course, which travelled over grasslands principally and away up into the hills. The run was a most delightful one, and claimed by participants as the best they had yet indulged in. As is usual at such gatherings reminiscences play a big part and it was new co, most of the present day hunters chat the hounds made their appearance in the Onetree Hill district 46 years ago, when Mr. Purdie, an old resident, took part in the chase. So enamoured were the party over this old association that the old gentleman was invited to take part in the present run, and he gallantly mounted and covered a few fences, but his mount was too fresh for his years, and he pulled up with safety on his side.
 
The special train from Adelaide carried no fewer than 43 hunters. Upon arrival a move was made for the foot of the hills, and a start was made in Mr. E. C. Thomas' beautiful paddocks. The day was a perfect one for hunting, a gentle breeze from the North East almost directly in a line with the first part of the run carried hounds up wind at a pace that found out the best conditioned horses before they had gone far on the uphill grade. A check was made at the top of the hill, where Sir. Ifould had refreshments, available. Another start led the hounds due east over a large paddock with no jumping for about a mile, when Yattalunga estate was reached, and a large stone wall gave terrors to many of the fainter-hearted. A check was made near the homestead, and then the field swung on along the main road and over several caps, and polled up at Mr. Ifould's. Again the hounds were laid on and after tra versing some scrub, the run was finish ed alongside the Onetree Institute, where a numerous gathering was entertained by Messrs. Jack Harvey and F. L. Ifould at afternoon tea. There were a good many falls, but none of serious nature. The road division was strong and included in the number were many residents of Gawler district.
 
On Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon the hounds- will be in the Roseworthy district, the hunters being detrained at Roseworthy Station. Mr. W. Smith, of Sheaoak Log, is one of the promoters of this visit, and has arranged for afternoon tea in the Roseworthy Memorial Hall where the check will be made. Should the weather be favor able there should be a good number of participating hunters following the dogs, with a very healthy road contingent. 
 
The Bunyip 19 June 1925 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting to read of these events which took place in my "neck of the woods" and only 88years ago. I shudder at the thought of it.
    Many of the names are familiar because they're ensconced in our street names, iconic buildings etc. Thanks for the info.

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