Monday, March 23, 2015

One Tree Hill EFS

The Brigade was formed in December 1960.  Before the area was protected by a unit from the District Council of Munno Para, stationed at Gawler Blocks (now known as Evanston Gardens), about 13 miles away.

There was also a number of private units.  One of these units, owned by Yattalunga Pastoral Company, was bought by the Council and stationed in a shed at the One Tree Hill Methodist Church.

This Unit was a 1944 Ford truck carrying 400 gallons of water and equipped with a Howard Motor and Pump. It was rebuilt mainly by voluntary labour in October 1962, and around that time, the Council built a shed in the centre of the town. This is now the One Tree Hill Fire Station.

The next step forward came three years later when the Council supplied a second unit, a 1964 Bedford Truck carrying 400 gallons of water and fitted with a Magirus Pump and Motor.  This unit was commissioned by the Director of EFS, Mr F.L. Kerr, in September 1965.

Over the next four years members raised about $3,000 by holding various functions.  This money was to be used for the replacement of the Ford with a new four wheel drive unit.

With the generous support of the local residents and the District Council of Munno Para, this project was completed.  In May 1969, members began to make a survey of newly completed appliances.

They then spent several hundred hours designing a most modern and up to date unit. It is an International C1300 HD 4 x 4 chassis carrying 280 gallons of water and fitted with a Davey Pump powered by a 6hp Honda motor.  The unit was built By P.A. Wotton of Uraidla and commissioned by the Director of EFS in February 1970.        


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Smithfield CFS Fire Station

Jane Street, Smithfield.

A voluntary service, the Smithfield Fire Brigade became an official Brigade in 1963 having operated as an unofficial brigade for about 3 years before that.  Present membership is approx 30 men. The average number of calls a year is 150.  Between July 1978 and June 1979 the calls totalled 220 which included an extra 70 calls concerning the activities of a firebug who operated in the Munno Para area in the summer months.

The Smithfield Brigade is the main one in the Munno Para area and sometimes answers calls outside the Council area and works well with the City Fire Brigade in this respect. Most of the Brigade’s firemen live nearby and the call out time from the first sounding of the siren is between 2 and 4 minutes.  The Light Attack Unit is the first unit out, followed almost immediately by the Main Pump Unit with the majority of the firemen. The photo show the Main Pump Unit (Bedford).  This Unit, the only one of its kind in the area was designed and built by the Smithfield Brigade member’s between 1977 and 1978.  It functions as special service and rescue unit and can play a role in Civil Defence, there being no State Emergency Service in the area.  It is used at accident scenes freeing people trapped in vehicles; carries extra men for fire fighting duties if needed; can rescue people and stock in rural fires; carries extra equipment if needed; and is used as refreshment vehicle by the Ladies Auxiliary at the scene of fires.

Reference:- Information given by Senior Fireman David Lamplough of Elizabeth South, 18/5/1979.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Playford's Past History Journal vol 3

The next edition of the journal has just arrived.  This edition features articles on the following.

Greeks in Virginia; the Archagelidis  family story      
Anna Archagelidis
Vol.3, 2014
12,000 miles to home; Memories of Elizabeth           
Marilyn Baker
Vol.3, 2014
Smithfield Farmers Club             
Daina Pocius
Vol.3, 2014
Settling down in Elizabeth
James A Hill
Vol.3, 2014
Sherlock Holmes in Humbug Scrub
Daina Pocius
Vol.3, 2014

You can pick up copies at the City of Playford Libraries for only $2.

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