Wednesday, June 15, 2016

South Australian Housing Trust Nursery

Once farming land, the dusty plains of Elizabeth needed vegetation as the City was grew.  The South Australian Housing Trust nursery was situated on the corner of Judd Road and Philip Highway, Elizabeth in the early 1960's.  Every new householder was given six trees from this nursery stock, hopefully to plant.  Stock from here was used to plant the plantations and trees around the reserves in Elizabeth.  It closed when the Trust no longer needed access to large quantities of trees and shrubs.

In the 1950's many cuttings were grown here from Sir Thomas Playford's own orchard in the Adelaide Hills and planted here in Elizabeth.


Monday, May 30, 2016

One Tree Hill Primary School Newsletter - 1963

One Tree Hill Primary school produced a newsletter entitled 'Picanny Punch' in December 1963.  It contains student works, some sketches, selected compositions and a sheep and pig breeds in England map.

Here is one by Ian Simon (Dux od the school 1963)

 Munno Para District Council SSA
On April 10th we held our annual sports day.  Schools competing were Virginia, Smithfield and One Tree Hill.  The sports were opened by Mr Chapman.  In the morning, team events were held in which our schools won most points.  After this we had lunch.
Some One Tree Hill children must have enjoyed their lunch too well for during the afternoon when the individual events were decided we steadily lost ground.  In the end Virginia was the victorious school.  Still I think our school did very well when you compare the size of the schools.  Anyway we'll be trying just as hard next year.  Finally on behalf on One Tree Hill children I would like to thank Mr O'Brien and his staff for their efforts in preparing the ground for Sports Day.

Swimming by Ian Slater
There is no doubt it. The favourite lesson in our school is swimming.  Every Tuesday afternoon we visit the pool at 'Treegoodwill'.  Here we are instructed by Mrs R. Barritt for an all to brief hour. Near the end of the season we were examined for our various certificates at the Gawler Pool.  We are proud to say that since the same began no child has left the school without being able to swim. 

Thankyou Mr & Mrs J Harvey of 'Treegoodwill'. An aptly named property, I can't image a better or more practical way of spreading 'goodwill' than this.  Thankyou too Mrs Barritt for many hours of understanding and efficient instruction.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Nissen huts

South Australia had a number of migrant settlements during the post war years and the South Australian Housing Trust saw this as a prime opportunity for establishing the purpose built city of ElizabethNissan huts were frequently provided as the accommodation for migrants newly arrived, being constructed of corrugated iron with bare timber flooring, and no lining on the walls or ceilings.

A few Nissen huts were seen around Elizabeth in its early days like the photograph which shows the North Downs Residents Association hall in 1968.
 
A Nissen Hut is made from a sheet of metal bent into half a cylinder and planted in the ground.

They were first developed during the First World War. In April 1916, the then Major Peter Norman Nissen of the 29th Company Royal Engineers began experimenting with hut designs with the final design being put into production in August 1916. At least 100,000 were produced during World War I.
 
Two main factors influenced the design of the hut, first it had to be economic in its use of materials. Secondly, the building had to be portable. Nissen’s design allowed for the hut to be erected by six men in four hours. The world record for erection was 1 hour 27 mins.
 
 
 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Kettering Road Water Tower

A six level water tower of reinforced concrete once was clearly visible around Elizabeth, before trees and buildings have hindered its view.  It is located on Kettering Road along the Adelaide to Peterborough Broad Gauge Railway.

The Tower was built before Elizabeth was constructed and is linked to the explosives and filling factory near Salisbury.  The factory was built in 1940 near the Barossa reservoir pipeline.  The water tower was built soon afterwards to provide water, essential for the manufacture of munitions.  It was in use until the early 1970’s for the Weapons Research Establishment.
It stands 44.2 metres and the tank has a capacity of 250 000 gallons.

From 1981 the Elizabeth Amateur Radio clubrooms were located in the tower.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Precolumb school



John Sampson a settler of One Tree Hill owned Precolumb Farm, which had a large vineyard, wine cellars and house.  He gave a portion of his land for a school to be built, on Paines Road.

The small building was built as a single room school.
The school room was opened on Sunday 28th 1855.  Three sermons were preached on that day, at 11, by Mr J. R Stephens, at 3:30 by the Rev. W. H Coombs, and at 7, by the Rev J. B Buttfield.  The following day a Public tea meeting was held, at which several ministers and friends delivered addresses.   Collections after each service was collected in aid of the building fund.

The school masters were selected to fill the dual post of Minister and teacher.  The first of these was John Stephens.  After him Mr Matthew Wilson filled the position for many years.  In later years after the church was built the widow of Mr Kekwick who was second in command of McDouall Stewart explorations party that crossed the continent.  The school was run privately until 1876 when it was transferred to the Minister of Education.
This school room was the local concert hall, the place for local celebrations of all kinds and the Lodge room.

The school closed in 1938, when numbers fell, the remaining students transferred to the Uleybury school.