Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day

Australia Day 1918
Australia Day traditionally marks the anniversary of 26 January, 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet raised the flag on Australia's first European settlement at Sydney Cove. 

Prior to 1888, 26 January was very much a New South Wales affair, as each of the colonies had their own commemorations for their founding. In Tasmania, Regatta Day occurred in December, South Australia had Proclamation Day 28 December, and Western Australia had their own Foundation Day (now
Western Australia Day) on 1 June.

In 1888, all colonial capitals except Adelaide celebrated 'Anniversary Day'. In 1910, South Australia adopted Australia Day, followed by Victoria in 1931.  The day was eventually named Australia Day in 1935, after the states agreed to have a uniform national day

How was Australia Day celebrated locally?

It was originally intended that One Tree Hill should join with Smith field in celebrating Australia Day, but Miss Turner, the local teacher, found that several of her scholars and their parents would be unable to go so far, so she conceived the idea of getting up an 'evening' in the Institute Hall. The unqualified success that followed justified the alteration. A splendid programme of patriotic songs and recitations was given by the scholars, assisted by Misses Stuart, Taylor, Bowman, 
and Walter, and Mr. C. Fiebig. After the concert a market. was held, and every item of a miscellaneous collection of gifts was sold without, difficulty. A supper and dance followed.

The Bunyip 6 August 1916


Australia Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and success. Much praise is due to the energetic Secretary (Miss E Curtis) who worked nobly. The day opened with a fancy dress procession by the school children, arranged and organized by Mrs. A. J. Moulds. Tiny Willie McGee and Aggie McGee were a centre of admiration on account of their representation of "One of our boys" and "Red Cross nurse" respectively, with their ambulance between them, Mia Moulds was lovely as a wee Australian, and Italy, France, Belgium, Khaki girl, Lord Kitchener, sailors, Lord Fauntleroy, killties nurses all went to make up a brilliant scene. The lads provided a fancy dress football match, Messrs. Maggo and E, Cochrane made things lively as Dagoes. Mr A. J; Moulds (school master and Sports
Secretary) kept everything 
going at a brisk rate. The ladies, under Mrs J.Hogarth, were briskly engaged all the afternoon and evening dispensing tea in the institute. A "Paddy's market" and a concert, arranged by Messrs. J. Maggs, E. Cochrane, and Miss E. Curtis brought to a close a remarkably successful day. The net proceeds amounted to £203.

The Observer Saturday 6 August 1915


Penfield had its Australia Day on Saturday and the people turned out in large numbers as though in opposition to the stormy weather prevailing. The takings will reach £11.  A procession was formed of decorated vehicles and fancy costumes, the winners being: — Misses. O. Goodier and M. Broster, and Messrs. C. Fatcher, J. Ridgway, J. Helps, C. Broster, H. Argent ahd H. Griffiths. Numerous fancy cosbsmes were displayed.
Bunyip Friday 19th July

Image courtesy of State Library of SA

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Harvesters on trial at Smithfield

In a history of Smithfield written by the CWA fifty years ago (1965) there is a mention of the an event in Smithfield.  Sounds uninteresting by todays standard, but it made the newspaper.

The first harvester, designed and built by May Brothers who had a machinery factory in Gawler was demonstrated in the Smithfield district on the property owned by Mr Smith.  His son John was presented with a gold watch for driving the machine

Trial of Harvesters

Thes trial of harvesters arranged by the Royal Agricultural Society took place at the farm of Mr. W. Smith, Smithfield on Friday last. The weather was ideal, the crop as even one of Marshall's No.3 averaging upwards of 20 bushells to the acre, there was a large attendance of the public, and eleven machines competed.
Lots were drawn for plots, which bad been cut in sections of about 2 1/2 acres each, and: at 10 minutes to eleven the machines took up their positions in the following order: — Nicholson and Morrow''s The Union. H. V. McKay's, Th eSunshine no.2, May Brothers' The Climax No. 2.

Bunyip (Gawler, SA ) Friday 5 December 1902
You can view a Climax harvester here

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trove Tuesday

ONE TREE HILL, November 12.- The King's Birthday saw the revival of an old custom here. For many years the College Town cricketers had been in the habit of spending that holiday here as the guests of the local team, but for about four years a break had occurred. On Monday the visitors were victors, the scores being:-

College Town, 220; One Tree Hill 102.

Luncheon was provided in the Institute, with the following ladies in charge:- Mesdames J. L. Blackham. Clucas, J. S. Harvey, Ifould, H. McKenzie, Thomas, Taylor and Miss Kelly. A public tea was held in the afternoon. The tables were provided by the local Rechabites "Bachelors," and Institute trustees, and presided over by the following ladies.
Mesdames Adams. F.-Bowman, Hutchens E. A. Kelly and M. G. Smith. Misses Blencowe Harvey, Taylor, and Walter. After the tea an entertainment was held in the Institute, which was crowded. The programme was given by visitors from Adelaide and Gawler. The whole of the takings (£15) are to go to the Institute Funds.

The Advertiser 15 November 1907