Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sylvan Glade

Angle Vale rd, Angle Vale

The limestone house is believed to have been constructed in 1872, from stone sourced from the Gawler River. Extensions were built in 1994 also out of limestone.   The land on which the house stands was originally granted to Samuel White in 1852 (Section 3878, 4139, 4140). It was subsequently purchased by Benjamin Heaslip  a few weeks later on September 29th. 
Mr. Burford store owner, closed the business when he brought Mr. Benjamin Heaslip's farm on 30 April 1896 for £1050.5.8.  In 1914, Burford was recorded as owning Sections 3878 (63 acres), 4139 (80 acres) and part of 4140 (76 acres).

Rifle practice was carried out at the butts erected at the north end of the road running towards the river from Mr. Benjamin Heaslip’s house (later J Buford’s) an even to this day the road has retained the name of Butt road. 
Burford died on 19 March 1917 and in May 1924 the property was transferred to John Bastow Burford.  John owned the property until 29 March 1956, when it was sold to Leslie George Stevens and his wife Inez Beryl, a farmer.

The property became known as Sylvan Glade around 1964, so named by Inez Stevens.  The name means wooded or groves of trees in a serene place.  Her mother and husbands mother had middle names Sylvia and Gladys, which contributed to the reason for the name.
The Stevens family has long been associated with the district, five generations of the Stevens family has resided in the area.  Brothers BE and JC Stevens purchased property around the turn of the century.

The property is up for sale http://www.domain.com.au/property/for-sale/house/sa/angle-vale/?adid=2010537474 

1852      Land granted to Samuel White1853      Purchased by Benjamin Heaslip1872      Constructed1896      Sold to Burford family1956      Sold by Burford’s to Leslie G Stevens 1964      Named Sylvan Glade
1994      Extensions to house

Monday, November 3, 2014

Snake Gully Bridge, 1873

Snake Gully Bridge 1873

There were diggings at the Barossa,
And the goldfields not far away.
Many settlers north of the River,
With wood to cart each day.

The road was narrow, rough and steep.
When floods came down, the stream was deep,
The crossing very unsafe to make
A bridge is needed, make no mistake.

They organised a picnic promptly,
Invited Parliamentary men,
So they could show them exactly
With what they had to contend.

The Bridge was granted an built of stone,
It was paid from the sale of a Treasury loan,
The contracts with pride and much endeavour,
Said he had built it to last for ever.

What many changes this Bridge has seen,
From horse and buggy and bullock team,
Trucks and transports, cars galore,
Pass on her more and more.

 Now as the Little Para flows slowly by,
Space ships are hurtling in the sky,
Many great men we honour today,
But let us remember our forefathers who paved the way.

Written by Jean Roberts in 1962. 
Jean's husbands grandmother, Cecilia Wilson McEwin laid the foundation stone (pictured above) in 1873.