Monday, August 17, 2015

Elizabeth Grove Progress Association

Formed 1958 by a a group pf residents in the Elizabeth Grove neighbourhood unit.  Under the direction of the first chairman, Mr W Pinnock.

In the just a few years, the association assisted in the formation of the Elizabeth Progress Council, the Elizabeth Singers, the Elizabeth Grove Kindergarten, the Elizabeth Grove Darts Club, the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary and the Elizabeth Bowling Club. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Grandpa's papers found again

Edwin's Railway union certificate
In 1997 a battered old brown leather suitcase made its way into the local history collection.  It was found in the ceiling of 21 Idminston st, Elizabeth, left by the previous owners.
The suitcase contained some aged stained letters and documents belonging to a Mr Edwin Evans.  Piecing together the information, Edwin was born in 1876 and originated from Tremorfa Cardiff, England. He worked on the Railways.  He arrived in South Australia in May 1958, then aged 82 years old, having sailed across the sea on the Strathnaver ship.  He came to live with his granddaughter and her family, the Powell’s.
The letter written by his grandaughter
Amongst the letters was one written by Edwin’s granddaughter received on route to Australia, beautifully describing how their life in early Elizabeth was.
Bill and I love it here at Elizabeth, most people seem to think it’s too far away from the city but that doesn’t worry us, it’s nice to take an interest in how this town is growing.  Of course at present there’s a lot to be done.  At present Bill is making me a wardrobe and this afternoon we have been busy laying a cement drive. We want to lay and get it down before the winter really comes in as the roads aren’t done yet and the muck carry’s in if you haven’t got decent paths.  Our next big job is the garden of course, you have to wait for the rains here before you can dig or do anything.  It’s a lot of work at present but we don’t mind because we’re very proud of our little home and enjoy doing the things that make it nice. 

Edwin's certificate as he crossed the Equator

Monday, July 13, 2015

You'll love Lovell's Drinks

Situated at 1 Bayer road, Elizabeth South Lovell’s drinks opened in Elizabeth in 1965.  Owned by Norman Lovell, originally a school teacher who gave up his profession in 1953 to start a soft drink manufacturing company.  Originally from Maitland, the business expanded to the new ultra modern plant at Elizabeth. 

The business employed 14 local people and produced up to 2,000 bottles of drink per day.  Flavours included lemonade, squash, orange, kola, pineapple, lime and sarsaparilla

The company operates on a home delivery basis where customers can purchase bottles from vehicles that drive around the street at regular times.  One could also leave their empty Lovell bottles outside their homes for replacement.  You could place your orders by telephoning them in or hailing one of the trucks.  The factory also had a drive-in bottle department.
News Review Messenger 1965

Monday, July 6, 2015

The HMAS Protector Naval Gun

The gun at Windsor Green
The Department of Navy presented a late 19th Century four inch Naval gun from the HMAS Protector to the City of Elizabeth in 1962.

At this time the Navy, in conjunction with the RSL, were distributing wartime memorabilia to communities around Australia, for safe keeping.

The HMAS Protector was built in 1882 for the province of South Australia and went on to serve in wars overseas. The Hon Sir Thomas Playford GCMC, Premier of South Australia unveiled the commemoration plaque in 1962.  

For many years the gun stood in Windsor Green (now part of the carpark for Elizabeth shopping centre) before it found its new home at the Elizabeth Navy Club, in Chivell St, Elizabeth South.

The gun outside the Navy Club

Monday, June 29, 2015

Evidence of local Indigenous community

This is not the skull referred to in the article. Used
for illustration only
On 28TH April, 1977, a party consisting of Mrs Pearson, Munno Para Public Library; Mr W.J. Richardson former owner of the orangery on the Little Para River; Mr Tom Power and Mr P. Fitzpatrick of the South Australian Museum, Aboriginal and Historical Relics Section, (Department of Environment); visited the Goulds Creek/Little Para River area to seek more evidence of Aboriginal camping grounds and burial sites.  In 1914, Mr W. Richardson and found a skeleton buried sitting up in the creek bank below a gully running into Goulds Creek.  The skull was protruding from the top of the soil which had been washed away by heavy rains.  The area was examined and some digging carried out but no bones were found.  Although many years had passed since the finding of the skeleton, it was felt that it was worth checking the area on the chance that a burial site may be located in view of the fact that the area will shortly be flooded by the reservoir and any evidence which may exist will be destroyed permanently.  Many pieces of quartz chips were found either on the surface or just below it having been disturbed by bulldozers.  These were considered as possible evidence of tool making in the area. One large round pitted stone possibly used as a mallet was collected and taken back to the Museum.

On 22nd July 1977, Mrs Pearson re-visited the orangery site. On the opposite (eastern) side of the Little Para River the alluvial deposits had been carted away. This left the clay beneath the loam exposed, approx. 7ft 3in below ground level.  The area was examined.   Random holes were dug around this at varying distances and ashes and charcoal were also found in them. At aprox. 3 metres from the first hole, a round pitted stone which fitted comfortably in the palm of the hand was found. Several pieces of ochre were also found in this hole.  The area was a known aboriginal camp site and the stone could have been used as a mallet.  The river was known to flood at intervals, resulting in heavy deposits of silt.  The stone and ochre could have been covered in the clay layer where holes were dug and none were visible on the surface.

Mrs G Pearson, Local History Researcher, Munno Para Public Library.