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No109 August 2013

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                                     ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES, GOOLWA

                                                       HISTORY ROOM NEWS

August 2013                                        No 109                                           by Dawn Juers


Friday 9th August marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Goolwa Public
Library. To acknowledge the day a small celebration was held in the library. It was a pleasure to
see so many people attend, many of whom were library volunteers in those earlier years.
Before the advent of the Public Library, Goolwa like so many towns around the State, was a
participant of the Institute Library loan system. We learned that Goolwa was allowed extra
boxes of books because of the paddleboats calling into the town. The library began in a small
room at the front of the present building, then moving to the tiny building on Goolwa Terrace,
where the shop “Adrift” is now, before returning to the Council building in the room which is
now the Community Room**. In 2004 the library moved into the wonderful extensions we have


The History Room started in a small room in the 1990’s (no bigger than a small bathroom)
where Frodo started sorting the collection of papers donated by Mr Walter Pretty. I joined
Frodo in 2002 and we have worked together since then and are now joined by our other
volunteers, in our beautiful History Room, part of the extensions of 2004.


For those of you who have been receiving this newsletter since its inception in July 2004, may
remember issue October 2004 (History Room News No 3), I put in a request for an owner of a
photograph of a soldier named Newman . This photograph (professionally taken) had been
found by Frodo in a picture frame, hidden behind another photo. The request brought no
forthcoming interest – until Wednesday of this week-almost nine years later, when I received

a phone call from someone who thinks the photo may belong to their family. Their mother
died in 2004 and lived in Victor Harbor. A lot of their mother’s unwanted effects were donated
to the op-shop. As luck has it, I never discarded our Newman soldier, so I do hope he has found
his rightful home to their family. Their mother died in 2004 and lived in Victor Harbor. A lot of

their mother’s unwanted effects were donated to the op-shop. As luck has it, I never discarded

our Newman soldier, so I do hope he has found his rightful home.


In ‘History Room News 107’ I mentioned the family group from Queensland and NSW who had
been researching their family. Below is their request for help


Arrived in South Aust. mid 1800’s. Resided Port Elliot, Middleton (Owner of Middleton Mill),
“Viewbank” @ Finniss, Mt Barker. Daughters – Helen Colman, Ann Read, Elizabeth Addison, Janet
Joyner, Agnes Von Doussa, Isabella Hogarth, Susan Barrett -Hine. I am a direct descendant of
only son, James. I am currently researching the family history with view to a novel. Would love to
hear from anyone in the family or those that knew them so I can record oral histories. I also have
some great info to share. gale@gale.net.au or 0488754048


According to ‘Scotlands DNA’ all Scots are immigrants, descendants of pioneers who
repopulated the North following the end of the last ice age. ‘ Scotlands DNA’ is a group who will
find through your DNA which part of Scotland your ancestors came from. My partner Bruce
Scotland, was interested in finding his genetic heritage and has recently received his results. His
marker shows that he comes from the PICTS and his ancestors were amongst the first
inhabitants of these islands to appear in historical records. On his mother’s line he comes from
THE PIONEERS the women who recolonised Europe after the end of the last ice age. It all
sounds interesting . I’m not sure whether that makes him more Scottish or not.

In the June issue of Australian Family Tree Connection (available in the History Room) is
mention of a ‘Family History Lock-in’ an annual family history event where participants are
locked in overnight in the Central Auckland research library. Now that would be a genealogist’s
idea of heaven!!


Happy researching



* For photo's see pdf.version

** The Public Library was opened in the former Town Hall in 1988

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