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No 81 April 2011

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                                          ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES

 

                                            History Room News

 

              April 2011                                                                                    by Dawn Juers 
                                                   No. 81

 

Firstly thanks must go to Helen Halm for her excellent ‘News 80’ whilst I was interstate.

 

We have experienced wonderful weather for Easter and for our dawn service at the Goolwa RSL
Garden of Honour. This year was a record attendance with a large group of young people.

 

The week prior to Anzac Day there was an excellent program on television about the Australian
Women’s Land Army in WW2. I wondered if we had a similar division in Goolwa.

 Frank Tuckwell in his book ‘From Saddles to Sea Kings” does mention that the RAAF set up a
volunteer Air Observer group, to act as aircraft spotters in the upper storey balcony of the
Australasian Hotel. According to the duty book they were to observe “Unusual or suspicious
incidents, acts of sabotage, or offending lights at night, noted during any watch should be entered
in this book. If possible, occupiers of premises showing lights should be phoned and asked to
remedy the matter immediately.’

 

Laurel Dennis who accompanied her mother Mrs Robinson during her volunteer duties, remembers
the aircraft identification sheets on display.  The town went into war alert with the Highways Dept removing all directional road signs and town
name signs.  I would love to hear from anyone who knows more of this project or any Women’s Land Army
projects in Goolwa and surrounds.

[Further reading can be found in “From Saddles to Sea Kings pps139-144.]


On 27th February, the Sunday Mail reported where the Payneham Cemetery has started a program
of saving headstones in what has become a headstone graveyard. They have preserved almost 1,000
headstones as part of a re-development. A German pioneer section and children’s headstone
memorials have been built.

 

[So many cemeteries seem anxious to dispose of the headstones of grave sites that are out of leasehold, it is refreshing
to read of Payneham Cemetery’s initiative.]

 

It was revealed in March that British female parole records have been published at Ancestry.co.uk
along with 500 mugshots, including the place and date of conviction, sentence, medical history,
letters or notes from the prisoner and details of previous crimes committed. The oldest convict was
a woman aged 76, and the youngest 11 year old Ann McQuillan, who got four years in gaol for
“theft by housebreaking”.


Alexandrina Libraries, in partnership with the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre and the History Room
Volunteers implemented a mobile tourist adventure pilot which associates geographic locations around Goolwa
with text & images that appear on the screen of a user’s mobile phone or tablet computer. This will create a new
way for visitors and local residents to experience Goolwa, and allow its history to become more visible and
accessible. Goolwa tourist experience will make their perception of Goolwa more personal, interactive and
exciting! Absolutely perfect as a tourist attraction for use during History Month in May and the wider South
Australian 175andrina Libraries, in partnership with the Goolwa Visitor Information Centre and the History Room
Volunteers implemented a mobile tourist adventure pilot which associates geographic locations around Goolwa
with text & images that appear on the screen of a user’s mobile phone or tablet computer. This will create a new
way for visitors and local residents to experience Goolwa, and allow its history to become more visible and
accessible. Goolwa tourist experience will make their perception of Goolwa more personal, interactive and
exciting! Absolutely perfect as a tourist attraction for use during History Month in May and the wider South
Australian 175th birthday celebrations in 2011.
Check it out http://7scenes.com (Click on the markers on the map)


The volunteers in the History Room have worked very hard on this project and the upcoming
‘Goolwa’s Living History Project’ celebrating our early pioneers as well as “Living Legends”.

iTunes App Store has a similar innovation to our 7scenes project. The Melbourne ‘Age’ 7th April
2011, reports that a new app -‘Virtual History-Roma’ is a fascinating excursion through Rome as it
was 2000years ago. As you hold the iPad vertically you turn yourself through 360degrees to see a
street view of the Colosseum, tap again and the view is as it is today. The mind boggles!

 

Another clever piece of technology is what’s happening at Goolwa Wharf. Every few minutes the
view of the wharf changes. View real time images from the webcam mounted on Signal Point
building www.webcams.travel/webcam/1292473985-Weather-Goolwa-Wharf-Goolwa

 

MOTHER’S DAY, the second Sunday in May. Check out Mother’s Day history. The highly
traditional practice of honouring motherhood is firmly based in antiquity, and past rites typically
had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones.

www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/

 

 

 

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