If you live in an older home in South Australia you may be able to find out about it by following the tips from the State Library and State Records of South Australia, you don’t need to be a historian to find things out.
You will be surprised by what you can find out about the home you live in.
State Records has House or Property History which takes you through how to use their Archives Search, the South Australian Integrated Land Information System (SAILIS), Location SA, Maps of the Surveyor General’s Office, 1808-1946, land tax assessment returns and more.
This is the script of the above video which I made this week. There are still photos of the River Torrens and Torrens Lake in Adelaide, South Australia as well as video footage I took at the river as it is today.
Police report to the coroner 11 August 1900. George Mathews reported to Constable Lucas that his nephew William Hollwell had seen something in the water while working near the weir at Torrens Lake. Mathews took his boat and went to the place and discovered what he thought was the body of a woman. Constable Lucas went with Mathews to the spot and discovered a body of a woman, name unknown, and removed the body. It was lying in about 2 1/2 feet of water about 200 yards from the weir. The body was taken to the morgue at West Tce.
The woman was Mary Hayward. She was 80 years old.
Mary’s daughter Catherine at the inquest said she had last seen her mother, who had been living with her for about 6 months, on Monday 6th August when she left home to get rations. She was not seen for five days. Neither Catherine nor any other members of the family reported Mary missing.
Catherine said she wasn’t anxious because her mother often went away for days at a time. The jury found that Mary died from drowning however there was no evidence to show how she got into the water.
Where was Mary for those 5 days she was missing?
It makes me wonder was there foul play? Did she slip and fall into the river? When did she die? How long had she been in the water for? The coroners reports for this period were pulped during World War 2 so these questions may remain unanswered.
In this day and age we would have so many more answers, my brain keeps asking these questions. What happened to her? Mary Hayward was my great, great grandmother.
When I received this photo it had names written on the back. About 6 years ago I mistakenly identified the woman on the left hand end of the third row from the front Annie Wigley as being Annie Jane Nee Mulholland however it is actually Elizabeth Ann nee Tyrrell. Her husband, as pictured below, isn’t in this group picture. I was looking at my tree on Ancestry.com.au when I saw my mistake.
I don’t have any photos of Annie Jane Wigley nee Mulholland to compare with Elizabeth Ann but I’m confident I have it correct now.
I recently found a listing of state government childrens’ homes in South Australia. Here are all the named homes. Searching Google for any of these names will help you find pictures and info about them. Below the list are links to help with finding records.
Bedford Park Boys Training Centre Boys Reformatory Hulk, Fitzjames Boys Reformatory, Magill Brookway Park Campbell House Farm School, Meningie Central Depot Destitute Asylum
Edwardstown Industrial School Girls Reformatory, Edwardstown Girls Reformatory, Magill Glandore Industrial School/Children’s Home Grace Darling Hotel Ilfracombe, Boys Reformatory Lochiel Park Boys Training Centre Magill Industrial School McNally Training Centre Redruth Girls Reformatory Seaforth Home South Australian Youth Remand and Assessment Centre South Australian Youth Training Centre Struan Farm School, Naracoorte Vaughan House Windana Remand Home
Allambi Girls Hostel Davenport House Kumanka Boys Hostel Luprina Hostel Nindee Hostel Stuart House Boys Hostel Woorabinda Hostel (and Campsite) Cottage Homes Clark Cottage, Clarence Park Colton Cottage, Thorngate Dartmouth Family Home, Port Augusta Family Home, Mount Gambier Fullarton Cottage, Myrtle Bank Glandore Family Home Hay Cottage, Lockleys Kandarik Cottage Klemzig Family Home Largs Bay Cottage Home Malvern Cottage Merrilama Cottage, Glenelg Morada Cottage Port Lincoln Family Home Port Pirie Cottage/Family Home Pybus Family Home, Port Augusta Reception Cottage, Glandore/Somerton Park Slade Cottage, Glandore/Somerton Park Spence Cottage, Kensington Gardens Stirling Cottage, St Peters Tintoo Cottage Unit Living, Marion
This document Government Institutions South Australia gives a description, the history and where to find records for each institution listed above. If you had an ancestor who spent time in one of these homes you may be able to find them in the records.