Trove Tuesday – South Australian Museum

I went to the South Australian Museum with my Mum today.  One of our favourite parts is the Egyptian Room.  Mum remembers the room and the wall paintings from when she was little and we wondered when they were done.

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Egyptian Room SA Museum (my photo)


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Egyptian Room SA Museum (my photo)

Huge colored wall drawings tell the history and mythology of ancient Egypt.  The sky goddess is shown as a woman with a blue body sprinkled with stars, being upheld by a god.  Below this a man representing the earth is shown mourning for the woman the gods have stolen from him.

This is a quote from the below article describing the sky goddess in my photo, so, going by this article, the paintings were done some time in 1940.



This building still exists but it has been built on to at the front

This building still exists and has had little alteration but for an extension on the front.

What Did Hazor Bodger Say? – Trove Tuesday

What did Hazor Humphrey Bodger, my 3x great uncle, say to the judges at the Strathalbyn Show on March 4 1869?  Hazor was a farmer in McHarg’s Creek, South Australia, and from newspaper advertisements and articles I can see that he was breeding and showing draught horses in South Australia for a number of years.


A description of the show and underneath Hazor’s prize win.

1869 ‘THE STRATHALBYN SHOW.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 6 March, p. 6,

On March 4 one of Hazor’s horses came second to that of Mr. W. Rankine.  Now the Rankine name is very well known in Strathalbyn as the town was founded by two Rankine brothers William and John.  I have been unable to ascertain if this is William Rankine the said co-founder or another Rankine however, I feel sure the Mr. W. Rankine listed here if not the man himself is a member of said family.  Did Hazor suspect favoritism or was it simply that he could have charged a higher price for his stallion’s services had he won the competition.

Apology Requested

Apology Requested

1869 ‘THE WEEK’S NEWS.’, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 20 March, p. 5,

I don’t know what Hazor said but the Secretary of the Strathalbyn Agricultural Society was requested to write to him.  He was informed that unless he apologised to the Committee for his conduct towards the Judges at the last show, he would not be allowed to exhibit there again.  I’m guessing he used some fairly strong language.

There are no further newspaper articles showing Hazor entering horses in the Strathalbyn Show again, that I have found, so I don’t know if he gave the apology or not. He later moved to Victoria and entered horses in shows in Victoria and south eastern South Australia and unfortunately died when he was thrown from a horse at only 52 years of age in 1879.


1879 ‘ITEMS BY CABLE.’, The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 – 1954), 11 November, p. 2, viewed 25 May, 2015,

Young Sea Dog Seeking Adventure – Trove Tuesday

I searched Trove for the words Buring tobacconist (my 2x great grandfather Heinrich Franz Rudolph Buring was a tobacconist in Adelaide, South Australia) to see what I might find and the following article resulted.  This is something I never knew about and a totally unexpected result from a search for tobacconists.

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Phillip Rushton Buring is my first cousin twice removed.  I did a Google search on the Lawhill and was surprised to find results including this photo and wikipedia page.

the four masted barque lawhill

The Barque Lawhill, photo courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

It turns out this is a fairly well known ship.

From the SA Memory website

The Lawhill was one of the many ships involved in the Australian grain trade. Before that she had carried jute and then case oil for the Anglo-American Oil Company before being bought by Gustaf Erikson in 1917. After her first voyage for Erikson to South America he placed the ship in the South Australian grain trade and she continued in this right through the Second World War. However in 1941 she was taken over by the South African government and ended her career in 1947 under the South African Blue Ensign. From this we may assume that the date on the photograph is incorrect.

Lawhill was a steel four masted, bald-headed, stump-topgallant barque, a consistent sailer which earned the name the ‘Lucky Lawhill’; between 1921-39 Lawhill made 14 voyages to the Spencer Gulf with an average sailing time of 121 days.


There are terrific pictures of a scale model of the Lawhill on this site

Another Trove article

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I haven’t been able to find Phillip’s apprenticeship records yet or the details of his service on the Lawhill, but I will continue searching.

Phillip Rushton Buring

Phillip Rushton Buring – not sure how old he is in this photo.

I just found this photo which I had forgotten I had.

Phillip and his brother Ralph went into the tobacconist shop following after their father and grandfather.  I’ve also found more articles, with this search, for further Trove Tuesday posts.