Monday, November 30, 2015

Elim Bible Christian Church & Cemetery

A small church, school and cemetery existed for 20 years in the Peachey Belt area.  No visible trace can be seen today and not much information can be found on its history.  Here is what we know.
The Elim Bible Christian Church stood on the corner of Huxtable and Short roads to the immediate west of Direk railway siding, on part section 4264.  The church had a small cemetery and a school functioned here for a short time.
Erected during the time of S. Keen’s residence on Gawler Plains and opened on February 22nd 1857 by Mr James Rowe and Mr T Keen, Bible Christian Ministers. 

It was erected at a cost £360 in 1857 thanks to an interest free loan from George Fife Angas who had encouraged the settlers to come here.  £200 was borrowed from Angas with the promise to repay £100 in two years and £100 three years after date.  No interest charged.
The main family associated with this church was the Taylor family. Other names that have appeared in relation to the church are Joseph Ashton, Hillman, A Burford, T Hatcher, Parr, Andrews, Trewin, Thomas Shutter, H Heaslip, Patterson. Ward trustee of the chapel.
In 1853 Reverend Samuel Keen arrived in Gawler on Bible Christian mission work and within a few years he had opened a dozen Bible Christian churches across the plains. The governance structure of the Primitive Methodist and the Bible Christian churches encouraged this.  Local families could decide they wanted a church, usually with the urging of Rev. Keen, or someone else. Then they donated land and money to erect the church which was usually built by the men in the community. No church hierarchy permission or bishop approval was needed. People just got on and did it.

The church circuit was based at Angle Vale, the other closest church was Zoar on Argent road, Penfield.
The small burial grounds next to the church disappeared over time. Elim had a small school attached. It was a vigorous congregation but land settlement patterns changed and the church declined in numbers and closed in 1879. The land was sold in 1890. One of the Taylor sons, Sam became a lay preacher by the time he was 18 years old and preached for another 77 years until he was 95. Other sons moved on to establish the Bible Christian church in Kulpara, near Port Wakefield. Another family, the Wait family who worshipped at Elim moved north near Redbanks and helped established Eden Bible Christian church there in 1875.

A marriage between Bryan McHugh and Christina McGagnor was recorded in the newspaper in 1866.  Bryan’s father was John a farmer at Peachey Belt.
Only a few burials took place in the cemetery, probably on 5 or 6, as the ground proved to be unsuitable for internments, due to a high water table.

Reference has been found to John Davies buried in the cemetery on 20 August 1866.  John drowned in the Gawler River five days previously trying to cross the high river in a dray that overturned.
A grant received by the Adelaide Cemetery Trust in 1932 allowed a fence to be erected around the graveyard.  One source states that the headstones were placed against the fence at one time when the land was being used as a polo field[i].

Church building was demolished and furniture sold 1879.

Elim school
1857 - 1858        Josiah Rogers
1864 – 1874       Sparkhall Robinson

1863 – 1864       Samuel Davie
Some difficulty in conducting school as it was not supported by its neighbours on account of being disappointed by the teachers.  





























Monday, November 23, 2015

WWI project

When a history project is embarked upon, it can sometimes seem that there is no end.  Three years ago, two City of Playford Local history volunteers began researching WWI soldier that was identified with a connection to the area.  This week, Pam and Dave (husband and wife) finished researching the 165 soldiers and 2 nurses. 

They started with a surname and initial, most were straight forward, but a few Smiths made life difficult.  Some names appeared on local war memorials but didn't seem to have a local connection.  Detective work was needed to establish a connection. 

The main resources used were the digitised WWI soldier records from the National Archives of Australia.  Further research was undertaken through Australian War Memorial, AIF project, WWI pictorial honour roll, SA Red Cross Information Bureau, RSL virtual war memorial, Flickr and from our own history collection. 

Each week a typed family history and war service records was presented with research notes, that will become part of our City's history.

Thankyou Pam & Dave for your wonderful work, it will become an integral part of the City of Playford's history.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Elizabeth turns 60

Elizabeth was officially inaugurated on 16th November 1955 by the Premier Sir Thomas Playford.   Today, Elizabeth turns 60.

The concept, design and implementation of the city that became Elizabeth, was a Housing Trust initiative which included unusual and ground breaking features.  These features included the Housing Trust not only building homes for people, but in addition building the required schools (first-ever Trust built school – Elizabeth South Primary 1956), shops (first Trust built shops at Elizabeth – Elizabeth South Goodman Rd 1954), hospital (Lyell McEwin Hospital, Elizabeth Grove 1959) and even factories (first-ever Trust built factory – Pinnock Manufacturing Co. Ltd. 1957).

 The Housing Trust’s 1950’s concept of creating communities, involved the creation of a community from the ground up – from 3,872 acres of initial farmland, to a thriving post-modern metropolis, Elizabeth, the city of tomorrow.

On the 50th anniversary of the City, Mayor Marilyn Baker read this poem written by well renowned local author Max Fatchen on Elizabeth.

A city grows
At high tea let me raise a cup
I have seen a city growing up
Its’ had its joys its’ had it woes
For that’s the way a city grows.

The farm land which I tried to till
they banished me through lack of skill,
and where the crops grew tall and thick,
a city rose each brick by brick.

The Councillors with furrowed brow,
had wondered what he wanted now.
They made the roads, they set the rates
and cheered the Bulldogs, all our mates.
The migrants came and some forlorn,
then fresh hope and dreams reborn.
For that’s the way a lifestyle goes
and that’s the way a city grows.

The changing times that made us fret,
the mobile phone the internet.

Theatres, churches, people praying,
trees and parks and children playing.
The pattering of little feet
as young life grew in each new street.

Consider then this verse well meant,
penned by a long term resident.
I have my pride, I hope it shows,
for dwelling where this city grows.
I fill my cup and make it strong
to toast the place where I belong.

Max Fatchen

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Vectormen

The Vectormen

Formed in Adelaide, South Australia in 1960, when they played at local dances such as the Matelot Club.  The group consisted of Pete Burrowes, Frank Tarney, Bob Harris & Derek 'Digs' Whitwell. Frank's younger brother Alan Tarney was to later join the band on bass.
The group broke up when Pete Borrows and drummer ‘Digs’ Whitwell left the band.  Although disbanding in 1964.

Mainly playing in Adelaide clubs and backing a vocal trio named "The Twilights".
Alan Tarney went on to become a part of the duo "Tarney and Spencer" with Trevor Spencer in England and would later record & tour with "The Shadows".
He eventually became known as a composer/producer for many but mainly for Cliff Richard with songs such as "We Don't Talk Anymore" and many more.

Members included
David Reekes-Parsons - Vocals
Kevin ‘Wilf ' Steele – Vocals, formerly with the Hurricanes acclaimed as SA top guitarist.
Alan Tarney - Keyboards, Bass Guitar
Frank Tarney - Rhythm Guitar lives in Elizabeth Grove and by day a draughtsman with British Tube Mills.
Bob Harris - Bass Guitar
Peter Burrows - Guitar
Derek "Digs" Whitwell - Drums