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No 8 March,2005

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No 8                                                                                                   by Dawn Juers

This is the month of the Wooden Boat Festival. Even though the following excerpt is not about a wooden boat, I thought it interesting enough to feature, and the circumstances by which we came by the diary.

What do you do when you are steering a 26-ton fishing trawler downwind into a lock partially occupied by houseboats, and suddenly your reverse gear fails?

This question is raised in the DIARY OF THE MOTOR VESSEL Shiralee: 1984-87, which has been kindly lent to us by DAVID HOGG and INI PROUD, the widow of BILL PROUD, whose diary it was. The diary tells of the difficulties and joys of raising children on board an offshore single prop banana- shaped hull fishing vessel, while using it to cruise the river Murray, and tells much of the impact of massive increases in river leisure traffic in SA in the 1980s. 


      Nearly as interesting as the diary itself is the story of how David Hogg came upon it, through a chat on a computer with an aged care nurse who had received the diary years earlier from a dying relative of the Prouds. She passed it on to David, who has just sold his house, and intends to live on the Murray, on a houseboat he is building. The really 'spooky' part was when he contacted Ini Proud, (who has graciously agreed to our copying the diary), for it turned out that she was in the midst of building a houseboat, also, and it turned out to be exactly the same design as that David is working on!

David's letter, outlining the above, will be the introduction to the Diary, which Frodo is using computer-magic to produce for us very soon - stay tuned to the History Room, and these News.


Two new booklets in our local collection are ROD HUSSEY, an interview wherein Rod tells us much about Port Elliot history, and his family's part in it - his father was an early aviator, and quite some character, and his grand-father, too, played a significant part in our history. Some wonderful pictures , too - and A GUIDE TO THE PLAQUES IN THE SOLDIERS' MEMORIAL GARDENS, AND ALSO THE WAR MEMORIAL, PORT ELLIOT.

(Thanks Frodo for supplying the above information.)

 Strays Register

The AFFHO (Australian Federation of Family History Organizations) are compiling a Strays Register. A strays’ register is a listing of people and events that seem to be out of order.  Sometimes when researching your family you come across a name that is obviously out of place.  If a record mentions any place beyond SA it is eligible for the Strays register. Information required is:

Stray’s full name, Event, Date, Place, Record, Archive, Stray’s Origin.

More information can be accessed in the ‘SA Genealogist’ Nov 2004 p2/3 held in our Goolwa Library, or the AFFHO website  www.affho.org


Recently I have noticed there has been a spate of cutting down some of our big trees.  It is a pity that we couldn’t follow the lead of Lakes Entrance in Victoria. After the Council cut down their avenue of pines, the residents conducted a successful campaign to preserve the stumps and commissioned chainsaw artist John Brady to carve the stump of one tree, a sea captain (pictured).

This proved so popular that the local businesses commissioned the artist to carve another five stumps.

These carvings are waxed and oiled to preserve them.

If ever you are over in that part of Victoria do have a look.


This last week we had a very nice letter from a customer who we were able to help with research in the History room.  It was gratifying in these days of haste to receive a handwritten letter of thanks. [Thankyou Mr Haynes]


Colonial Definitions –

‘Nobbler’ – a small measure of Brandy or other spirits.

‘Nobblerizer’ – a gentleman, who often partakes the above.

In polite society an invitation to partake a little refreshment at a neighbouring Public House – “Will you nobblerize this morning?”

Colonial Sketches, or Five Years in South Australia with Hints to Capitalists and Emigrants by Robert Harrison [from the W.A. Pretty Collection]


There will be no History Room News for April as I will be on holidays!


Wednesday 25th May at 2pm - We will be celebrating History Week in the History Room.

Jill Statton OAM (Editor of the Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885) will be the main speaker. The W.A. Pretty Collection and Oral Histories will be presented, along with the launch of the Local Archive CD-Rom.

Because of the limited space in the History Room, bookings are required. This can be done at the Library Counter or by phone to 8555-7000.


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.

Happy Researching,    Dawn                                                        March  2005



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