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No 27 October, 2006

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No 27                                                                                                 by Frodo

Oh dear! Dawn has temporararily escaped again, and you lot are at my tender(?) mercy.

There are a number of Oral Histories in the pipeline - SYD SMITH of Goolwa, and DAWN LIEBELT of Port Elliot have been recorded, and Syd is most of the way through being transcribed - 't'will be another month or two, but look forward to their books. Meanwhile, we have a couple of other wonderful volunteers doing more interviews, and we are always interested in anyone else who wants to do interviews and/or transcriptions, and/or who has someone special in mind to interview.

The latest COMPLETED INTERVIEW BOOK is a special one, being RON & MARGARET BAKER, who are two-thirds of the people who produced the MURRAY RIVER PILOT  books - very special to anyone with interest in the Murray - but our latest production is even more special, as the interview was done by TRISH STEELE, formerly ALDERMAN, who was of course Goolwa Library's first Chief Librarian (La Head Honcha), and it is wonderful to see her still so involved with us. (Many yays to Trish for also doing the transcription, the harder part). We will have a little ceremony-ette in the History Room on November 2, at 11.00 a.m., when RON & MARGARET will be presented with their copy of the book, which tells how they came to do the 'Pilot' books, and more. Come and meet them, and their work, and us.


This flows, (as it were), almost neatly into reminding youse that the 1956 FLOOD 50th ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION is touring, and will come to Goolwa between the 7th and 18th of November, at Signal Point, and on The Dart, a barge which will be at the Wharf.

The website, www.dwlbc.sa.gov.au/murray/56flood is worth a look. Also, I have made up a very tiny booklet of 5 pages, which can be perused in the History Room for the next few weeks, (right next to the Visitors' Book, which we hope you remember to sign), of quotes about the 1956 floods, gleaned from our Oral History Archive. One that stood out for me was from HELEN SCOTT, who said -

                   "I can remember in the '56 flood, where they got South Lakes now, I rowed a dinghy up there, from the river, from the wharf, right up through South Lakes up to the tea-trees, right up the end of the tea-trees, tied it up to the tea-trees, and walked over to the store at Middleton.                   You could jump into the water off the railway station! The wharf disappeared! It went up the road towards the Post Office!"

(Unfortunately, I didn't think to contribue our quotes to the book that the afore-mentioned website tells us will be available with the exhibition, but I am sure it is a fascinating book, with many personal accounts, that we will have to acquire for our collection.)

Speaking of such, I was lucky enough recently, at a Pt. Elliot National Trust meeting, to hear, and meet, Mr. Geoffrey H. Manning, who has just produced a whizz-bang new extension and revision of MANNING'S PLACE NAMES OF S.A., with 80% more content, and a CD-ROM. This has to be a must-have for a serious collection like ours, and I have already put the hard word on our poor long-suffering current Head Honcha, Jill. We of course have the 1990 edition, that I am sure most of youse know.

Something fascinating I found in The Age a month or so ago, (Sept. 2), was a story of a "study of 20,000 British surnames over five generations (which) has enabled researchers...to track the migration of people with British names and to see where the largest concentration of people of that name lives.           A database of more than 100 million people's names in the U.S., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada was used to track the British migration."  So, particularly for those of you with forebears in the British Isles, but also for anyone with interest in migration flows and names, this University College London website at www.spatial-literacy.org/UCLnames is well-worth a visit.

The Victor Harbor Seniors On-Line Genealogy Group pass on some other useful English websites in their September Newsletter, being the Online Parish Clerks, who  are currently 7 in number, but expected to expand. A Google search of the above phrase was recommended, but the current 7 are: Lancashire http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/  Dorset http://www.dorset-opc.com/  Kent  http://www.kent-opc.org.uk/               Cornwall  http://www.cornwall-opc.org/                                                                  Wiltshire  http://homepage.ntlworld.com/david.brown6666/wiltsopc/                                                      

Sussex  http://www.sussex-opc.org/

Warwickshire  http://www.hunimex.com/warwick/opc/opc.html

I will now return to being Master of the Comma, proof-reading a draft of INLAND SHIPPING REVISITED, by Ronald Parsons. Many of you, no doubt, remember Mr. Parsons well, as being the author of SHIPS OF THE INLAND RIVERS, in either its 1987 or 1996 editions. This work goes even further in exploring the shipping industry of what is now the century before last. Now that I have you drooling for the final work, I shall do my best with commas, etc., and we will hope that Mr. Parsons and his publishers can have it ready for us soon.

Look out, also, for CARRIAGE WHEELS TO AUTOMOBILES - A Short History of the Barton Family of Port Elliot, by Isobel (Barton) Corbally - launched 15/10.  And a Happy 90th to JOE BARTON. (And a recent Happy 80th to DOROTHY JACOBS - we have interviews  with both Joe and Dorothy, of course).

That's it from me, for now, and I am sure we all look forward to Dawn's re-capture and re-chaining-up to the job she does so masterfully, producing this august (or September, etc.) publication.

Happy Researching, y'all!


Genealogy help is available by appointment on Thursdays, to guide you through your research. Please phone the Library on 8555-7000 to make an appointment.

For comments, suggestions or to receive this newsletter – email

historyroom2004@yahoo.com.au or phone Dawn Juers on 8555-2885.

Back copies of this newsletter can be sourced on the Alexandrina Council website - http://www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/site/page/cfm  then Library – Local Family History Room.

                                                           October 2006



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