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No113 December 2013

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                    ALEXANDRINA LIBRARY SERVICES Goolwa
                                     Newsletter  2013 

 

December 2013                                                                           by Dawn Juers                                            


Whilst I was away Dr Peter Barclay and the History Room received a very well deserved
acknowledgement. The Times featured the story of Gordon Woodward who with the help of Dr
Peter Barclay had found his brother Clifford Jupp, who had been adopted c1943. Gordon was
only told of the adoption by his mother three years ago, and this year decided to ask Dr Peter
Barclay for help. Peter says that using Ancestry and using the same Mum he found Gordon’s
birth and a year or so later the birth of Clifford. He then subscribed to 192.com which list
English Electoral Roll information and from this two possible hits. Gordon wrote to both of these
setting out the information Peter had given him.The rest is history – Clifford has just been out to
visit Gordon in Port Elliot. Peter says “ One of those lucky searches helped by the unusual name
Jupp and the fact they did not move very far from their birth area.”
Clifford Jupp, Dr Peter Barclay, Gordon Woodward
* Reference : The Times, Thursday November 7, 2013 p.3; Dr Peter Barclay.

 

Well I am back in Goolwa after three months touring around SA and Victoria..I must thank
Helen and Frodo for producing the History Room News while I was on holiday.
We stayed at too many towns to mention here but my two favourites were Wentworth and
Echuca – possibly because of the riverboats. I always enjoy Wentworth and meeting Leanne
Watmuff , the Local Studies librarian, again. While I was in the Library I mentioned to Leanne
that I had purchased a book “Maud’s Book of Houses – 19th Century Houses of Wentworth” by
Maud Crang. Leanne said “she is here in the library, would you like to meet her?’
What a lovely, alert 98year old she is. Maud was sitting at the computer, working on what I
think was her 4th book on the history of Wentworth, extracting names and information from the
Land Assessment Books. When I mentioned a relative of mine, William Lyle Richardson c1837-
1883, Police Magistrate, Wentworth, she promptly said “I remember that name” and brought out
the relative assessment book. It makes you feel humble when a lady of that age is so alert and
knowledgeable.
Unfortunately, you won’t see a book like that in Goolwa, as our Land Assessment/Rate books
were burned c1934. Such a pity to have lost such a valuable research aid.
On the other end of the scale of age, we have recently had two requests from teenagers regarding
research on Goolwa.
One was a letter I received from a young member of the public, querying the date of the opening
of the Centenary Hall on the memorial inscription concerning Percy M. Wells, in the foyer of the
Hall.
The memorial gives the date of opening as February 1929, when it should be 27th January, 1930.
After the letter we set about proving that the 1929 date was incorrect, even though our records
show 1930.
? “Monday, January 27th, 1930, was an important date in the history of Goolwa, for on that date
the largest and most pretensious (sic) building in the town was opened by one of Goolwa’s
leading citizens, Capt. Hain Dodd………Continuing, Mr Dodd named the hall “The Goolwa
Centenary Hall”, and declared the hall open for the ball. The hall has 5000 feet of dancing floor
of polished jarrah treated with wax, and became very fast before the evening was out..
etc….(Southern Argus, 6th February 1930, p3.)
[I think it augers well for the history of our town, when teenagers take such an interest , and
what’s more do something about it. Good spotting, Lauren! ]
Season’s Greetings
Dawn

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