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No 87 October 2011

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                                             ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES


                                                     news  October 2011


                                          No 87                         by  Dawn Juers


I thought you may be interested to know that I have had a reply (from Canberra no less) as
to the identity of some of the ladies in the photograph in the last newsletter. Alan advises
me that second on the left in the photo is Sylvia Milne( nee Ritchie), next is her sister-inlaw
Cora Milne (later Stephenson). The first lady sitting in front may be Ailsie Jane Warren
(nee Ritchie).


Alan advises that the ‘Goolwa Girls Frolic’ was held to make everyone in the community
feel better while the men were away at war.

*This photo of the mock wedding was kindly sent to me by Alan, grandson of Sylvia Ritchie/Milne

who took the part of the groom, with the bride being Cora Milne/Stephenson.

We haven’t been able to identify the name of the lady who took the part of the
minister. She was also in the ‘frolic’ photograph shown last month. Can anyone help in

naming her and the others at the frolic?

Anthony Presgrave has been very busy going through the ‘Inwards Shipping Register’ for Goolwa
and has given me these figures of the stores unloaded.


Copper Ore from Cobar Mines – approx 3000 tons

Wool – 1853 – 1883 185,261 bales
1884 – 1912 54,796 bales

Wheat – 1866 – 1881 57,876 bags

It seems amazing that the copper ore was sent such a long distance, and where was it
shipped from Goolwa? Did you notice the difference in the number of bales in the second
period. It was possible that most of the bales were by then being offloaded at Morgan to
travel by rail to Adelaide. It was the start of the decline in the river trade in Goolwa.

Goolwa is a nice name for a town and we are proud of the name with it’s meaning of
‘elbow on the river’.

We could after all live in Bogan Place in Wahroonga on Sydney’s North Shore, where the
residents have been urging their local council for some time for a name change. They’re
sick of people making fun of their street name and the street sign keeps getting stolen.
is a nice name for a town and we are proud of the name with it’s meaning of
‘elbow on the river’.

Or, we could live in Rotten Bay on Boston Island in Spencer Gulf SA where the local
council want to change the name to Bluefin Bay but the local residents submitted a
protest to the SA Geographical Names Unit opposing any change.


In Victoria, the town of Speed temporarily changed it’s name in February to Speedkills
after being approached by the Transport Accident Commission with a promise of $10,000
to the local Lions Club if the change was made. As yet, no record of any improvement in
the road accident statistics in the area for February, have been noted.

[from ‘Placenames Australia September 2011]

There are a few interesting lectures in the coming weeks:

Mawson’s Aurora Expedition 1911-14 (speaker Mark Pharaoh, manager, SA Museum
Mawson Centre. Monday 24th October 2011 at 7pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition room,
Barr Smith Library, North Tce, Adelaide.

Lectures to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the colonisation of SA. Various guest
speakers from now until November 15 at the Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library,
North Tce.
For details phone History SA on 8203 9888.

“The Missing Diggers of Fromelles” hosted by 9RAR SA Inc, Friday 18th November,
2011, 10am-12noon at Keswick Barracks, Building34A. Speakers Lambis Englezos AM and
Dr Roger Freeman. Further details Adrian Craig 8263 4784.

A reminder for the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry, 28-31 March
2012 at Adelaide Convention Centre.


The arrival of the historic clipper City of Adelaide has been delayed until next year. Stuart
Innes of The Advertiser wrote on 15th October that the Preservation Trust needed luck and
more funding to get the world’s oldest clipper ship here for the state’s 175th Birthday on
December 28th. It is now more likely to arrive around the middle of 2012. Meanwhile, in
Adelaide, work is being done on a 100-tonne steel cradle that will be sent to Scotland and
placed under the ship in the first stage of its transport to Adelaide.


Just when I thought I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.



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