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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elizabeth Ladies Revue Group

In 1960 the Elizabeth Ladies Revue Club was born, the brain child of two enterprising mums in an effort to raise funds for the schools.

The first show has a cast of 15 ladies and was well received by parents.  Unfortunately, there were quite a few dead spots whilst scenes and costumes were changed between acts and it was then that a mere male was co-opted to act as compare between acts.

The shows were very popular and brought much needed funds and the group soon extended their activities to the scouts, Girl Guides, Migrant Hostels, Hospitals etc., and any other organisation in need of funds as all proceeds were donated directly to them, thus helping greatly in the establishment of Elizabeth.
From the outset it was decided to keep the shows simple and suitable for the whole family and not to try to be too ‘professional’.  Ladies joining the group were not auditioned, as long as they were prepared to have a go that was good enough.

The Elizabeth Ladies Revue group's aim was to bring a little joy into the lives of elderly people.

Vincent, Tansy.
Reeves, Norah.
Lyon, Phoebe Mrs.
Tatum, Joan.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Waterloo Cup

Greyhound racing was one of the biggest and most anticipated Australian sporting events.  The South Australian Coursing Club’s Waterloo Cup, named after the famous battle of Waterloo attracted spectators from across the country.

Most South Australian country towns had coursing clubs, they were easy to arrange and no infrastructure was required.  Hares would be released, to be chased by greyhounds with men on foot or horseback following the dogs.

First cup run in South Australia was in 1884 at Buckland Park. It was organised by the SA Coursing Clun.  It was for 24 dogs at £10 each and £2 2/ membership.  The winner receiving £80 and a trophy and a portrait in oils, painted by H J Woodhouse.  The runner up received £40, third, £20.   The event was won by T Pritchard’s Lady by Tumbler out of Alice, a bitch bread by J Lindsay of Smithfield.

The cup ran at Buckland Park for seven years until there was a lack of interest and scarce numbers of hares.  It then lapsed for two years and in 1893 ran again at Buckland Park.  It continued until 1897 when there was another break for two years.  Beginning again in 1900, continuing until 1905 when it moved to Hill River Estate at Clare. It has since moved to Burra, Angas Plains and Langhorne Creek.

In 1886 the winner of the South Australian Coursing Club’s principal greyhound race was awarded a trophy donated by the club’s president, Robert Barr Smith, a prominent Adelaide businessman and philanthropist. A keen sportsman, Barr Smith’s own dog was defeated in the 1886 Waterloo Cup.
On 29 July 2014 the Cup was offered to the market by Sotheby’s Australia with an estimate of $15,000-20,000.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gardens of Eden at Virginia

In 1894, between 70 and 8O acres of land north of Virginia was subdivided into nine working men's blocks. The area was originally an Aboriginal reserve, and the Government of the day yielded to a request to cut it up in accordance with a sentiment which was then popular—that of providing small areas for working men upon which they could occupy their time when not in regular employment.
One of the original blockers was Mr. W. G. King, and he and his family have, after much hard work, converted their two blocks of 171 acres into a little Garden of Eden. The principal production is now fruit. Oranges, lemons, peaches, pears, plums, apricots, nectarines, figs, grapes, and almonds.

The blockers built houses, sunk bores, and being close to the railway allowed easy transport to the market. Each allotment was given a milk cow.  As the blocks were small, some were able to purchase additional land.  Others who were not so fortunate sought employment in certain sessions on adjoining farms.