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Black Point is situated on the Yorke Peninsula approximately halfway between Ardrossan and Port Vincent and 165 km from Adelaide.
History of Black Point 1855 - 1955
District Council of Yorke Peninsula - History of Black Point
At this location a long narrow peninsula of rock and mud extends out into the water. The natives called it "Koolywurtie" which meant "Dirty Tail." The early settlers preferred to call it "Black Point."*
*Guide to and through Yorke Peninsula, Page 31.
In June of 1877, because of the prevalence of smallpox on incoming ships, a quarantine station was erected here*.
*Colonial Architecture in South Australia, Page 754. Many people were concerned that the quarantine station was not sufficiently isolated and it was eventually shifted to Torrens Island.
YESTERDAY'S GOVERNMENT LAND SALE.
County not named— Black Point, Yorke's Peninsula.
Section 6, Acres 160, S. Goldsworthy, Amount £160 5s. d0.
MINERAL DISCOVERIES NEAR BLACK POINT.
Sir— In your issue of Monday last your Special Correspondent says that mineral sections of great promise have been claimed by Mr. Goldgworthy and Mr. Nottle.
This, However, appears to be a mistake, it being but one section, and is in dispute between Mr. Goldsworthy and Mr. Nottle. It may be well to point out the cause of the dispute.
In August last I visited Yorke's Peninsula for the first time. I landed near Black Point, and discovered copper ores at the same spot as is now called Goldsworthy's Mine. I traced the lodes for several miles, but found no copper except at that one point.
On returning to Adelaide I immediately went to the Surveyor-General's Office to lodge claim for this discovery. On application for the claim, a map of Yorke's Peninsula was placed before me. I was requested to spot the position as near as I could. I did so, which, is near as I could judge, lay abreast of a block of land marked off on the map. I knew no boundaries of this land, neither could I learn wether it was purchased land or a reserve. Relying on the 2nd clause of the Mineral Lease Act, wherein it says that within three months the applicant shall get the land sureyed by a licensed surveyor, and the exact losition fixed— this was done; and on tendering the plan, it was refused by the Surveyor General, stating that I had fixed myself by spotting a certain position in connection with he purchased land at the back— the boundary if which I knew nothing about — and that according to the plans, it was not exactly in he position as spotted on the map.
You will herefore perceive that the success of the mineral explorer will depend on fixing us position on the map in the Government Offices, and not on what he has discovered.
I then sent in an application to allow the position as spotted on the map to be shifted, which was answered in a refusal, it being some 22 chains, or about a quarter of a mile distant.
In the meantime Mr. Goldsworthy made application for a piece of land at the south of mine, and in which, according as is spotted on the map, the deposit of copper lies. Neither he nor myself at the time knew anything of the boundary of the land at the back.
Being the first applicant for any mineral land in that neighbourhood, I consider in all justice the property is mine.
By giving this a place in your valuable columns you will greatly oblige,
J. NOTTLE, Alberton.
AREAS ON THE PENINSULA.
Sir— Will you allow me through the columns of your paper to draw the attention of my fellow settlers on Yorke's Peninsula to the desirability of further accommodation on the road to the new areas of Troubridge, Penton Vale, and Oyster Bay. I would suggest that the Government should form reserves— say a square mile— at Pine Point and Sheaoak Flat, where there is water, as it is impossible to carry sufficient horse or cattle feed for the whole of the distance. I am sure every traveller will deplore with me the miserable state in which the teams have to work. For the last two years the reserve and well at Black Point have been fenced in, and sheep depasturing there. This is a monstrous piece of injustice to every traveller, and if there is no Ranger for the district some one should be appointed to protect the public.
I am, Sir, &c, :.
THE RESERVE AT BLACK POINT.
Sir— In your issue of the 30th ultimo a letter appeared signed ' Farmer,' complaining of the ' monstrous injustice' practised at Black Point, Yorke's Peninsula, by fenciner fn the reserve and well and depasturing sheep there. I quite agree with 'Farmer,' and hoped his notice would have had the desired effect; but it appears not, for the middle of August has passed, and these sheep are still there eating every blade of grass as it grows. If something is not done immediately to stop this dishonest practice every traveller to the new areas will be put to the same trouble, and horses and cattle suffer at they did last season. Perhaps a memorial to the Commissioner of Crown Lands will put a stop to the practice complained of, and confer a great benefit to every traveller on the Peninsula. Hoping my brother settlers will lose no time in taking proceedings to protect their rights.
I am, Sir, &c.,
A SETTLER. Troubridge, August 18, 1872.
THE BLACK. POINT RESERVE. TO THE EDITOR.
Sir—In. passing Black Point, Yorke's Peninsula, I was surprised to see that it was still used, as a sheep paddock, and the feed for the ensuing summer for travellers' horses and cattle is already consumed. After the notices that have appeared in your paper during the last month or two, I. expected that this unjust proceeding would have been stopped. On making enquiries I hear the Ranger had been down and removed part of the fences, but as soon as he returned the fence was repaired. Surely there is some remedy to stop such proceedings, and I hops that not only the fences will be removed, but the sheep prohibited from feeding there for the future.
I am, Sir, &c.,
A FARMER. Penton Vale, September 10,1872.
We find upon enquiry that the Government are taking active steps to put a stop to the practice complained of.—Ed.
THE PROPOSED QUARANTINE STATION AT BLACK POINT.
Sir — ''Taking all things into consideration, we strongly recommend Black Point as the most eligible site,'' is the recommendation of the Commission appointed by the Government.
Now the first (and, I suppose, most important) consideration to guide the Commission is the protection of the community from infection by securing isolation. Now, how this isolation is to be secured by making Black Point a quarantine station is a mystery to me, and I fail to see anything in the report to justify any such conclusion. Black Point is situated a few miles north of Port St. Vincent, and as these two ports are the natural shipping places for the Hundreds of Curramulka, Koolywurtie, Cunningham, and parts of Ramsay and Minlacowie , there will always be a very considerable traffic to these places ; and as the lands in these hundreds have fetched high prices, there is not the shadow of a doubt, but that in the course of a very short time the place will carry a large population. Do the Government think that any wall or fence that ever was made would prevent a man escaping from a place where he believes he is unjustly confined? Do they think the emigrants by the British Enterprise would have hesitated to scale any wall if that were all that were necessary to secure liberty? Let the Government answer, and then say that Black Point is a suitable place for a quarantine station. It seems to me that the gentlemen composing the Commission did not bring a little common sense along with all their knowledge into their deliberations. Why should our fair land be turned into a pest-house and an abomination when so many islands are at the disposal of the Government ? The indignation expressed at the meeting on Saturday is only the beginning of what will be felt over the whole of Southern Yorke's Peninsula, and I think the Government will be wise to consider twice before adopting the recommendation of the Commission, for although we are a quiet people as a rule, we are not going to sit quietly and allow this abomination to be thrust upon us. Southern Yorke's Peninsula is not the immense sheep run it was some few years ago ; it is one large agricultural district, fast taking its place among the finest wheat-producing parts of the colony, and if it goes on as it has gone will rank second to none in a very few years.
I am, Sir, &c.
JAS. CALDER, JUN. Stansbury, May 19, 1877.
Where to find a permanent quarantine ground?
Where to find a permanent quarantine ground seems to be as difficult a question for the Government to solve as any they have been bewildering their brains withal for the last twelve months. The absurd and costly Fitzjames experiment is proved to be utterly insufficient for the purpose. After an outlay of many hundreds of pounds Torrens Island is abandoned to please the prejudice of the Portonians, who affect to be dreadfully frightened at the danger of infection travelling in some mysterious manner a long way up the creek and across the North Arm, while they complacently submit to the far greater risk of a Powder Magazine in their immediate neighbourhood, although they clamoured loudly enough about it some three years ago. Then all the islands in Spencer's Gulf are tabooed for want of landing places. And now that a complacent Commission, setting out with a foregone conclusion against Torrens Island, have pitched upon Black Point, and recommended the cheap and easy plan of enclosing eight square miles thereof with walling and high fencing on the land side, the whole Peninsula is in an uproar. I don't suppose their protests will have any effect, for the Peninsula is used to being snubbed, and always takes it very meekly ; but there is another interest that will be deeply affected. What will the frequenters of the Black Point fishing ground say to the matter? The spot so abounds in finny prey that one may say there is an in-finny-ty of them, and I am told it is for that reason a special favourite with the Commodore of the S. A. Yacht Club. How will he like being banished from his happy fishing grounds? Can his lines fall elsewhere in such pleasant places? I venture to forecast the scene of his farewell visit to a spot where in the past he has so often netted his fish, but whence in future he must "hook it."
THE COMMODORE'S TEAR. :—
Just off Black Point he tacked
To take a last fond look
Of the pleasant beach and fishing-ground
Where oft he's thrown his hook.
He slewed the Zephyr's sail
To let her anchor near,
And Bundey leaned upon the rail
And wiped away a tear.
Beneath the Zephyr's lee
The snapper swam at ease,
All plainly seen in water clear
Scarce ruffled by the breeze.
They gave an upward wink;
They had no cause to fear,
For Bundey baited not his hook,
But wiped away a tear.
He tacked and left the spot ;
Oh, do not deem him weak,
As mournfully he bore away
Fresh fishing grounds to seek.
Go, trace the Zephyr's course
In all her swift career,
Be sure no other spot you'll find
To draw from him a tear.
Query on the Above. — Would the Commodore's last fond look be rudely described by another well-know Fisher (C. B.) as a Bundey-leer?
BLACK POINT AS A QUARANTINE GROUND.
Sir—I observe by the papers the Government officials have recommended. Black Point on this side of the water as a quarantine station for the reception of all infected passengers by sea. Have the gentlemen who recommended the place in question duly considered its proximity to a thickly settled and increasing district, and that the mining towns of the upper Peninsula are not very distant and quite easy of access from thence. One can easily imagine the state of things then if once the smallpox found a lodgment. They speak of running a wall around the quarantine ground. Do they suppose they could confine five or six hundred people weary of confinement after a long voyage, as they would a mob of cattle ? I venture to affirm they would not succeed in localising the infection, unless they placed a cordon of sentinels around the place with loaded arms, who would have to be on guard night and day. I would suggest that the Government buy out the few settlers who are struggling for an existence on Kangaroo Island, which is sufficiently distant to prevent contagion, with good shelter for shipping, and near enough for all requisite purposes, with many other advantages on necessary to mention.
l am, Sir, &c.,
ROBERT R. PALMER, Yorketown, May 30.
THE PROPOSED QUARANTINE STATION.
A public meeting was held at Stansbury on Saturday, June 9, to consider what action should be taken in reference to the proposal for making Black Point a quarantine station. Mr. Jas. Cornish presided, and Mr. Jas. Calder, the Secretary of the Committee, said he had prepared and forwarded memorials to all the principal places on Southern Yorke's Peninsula, and had received replies strongly condemning the proposed site, and promising their warmest support in endeavouring to prevent the recommendation of the Commission appointed by the Government being carried out, and also promising to appoint delegates to form a deputation to wait on the Government. Some of the petitions had been returned, and the rest would all be in by Thursday, June 14. It was suggested the deputation should be formed after that date, and wait upon the Government with the petition. The Chairman suggested, that a deputation from all parts of the district should be formed to wait upon the Chief Secretary to express the strong objection they had against a quarantine station being formed at Black Point. It was a most unsuitable place, and it should not be selected because of its close proximity to the main roads. There would be no security against the epidemic spreading, and if the disease once got outside of the quarantine station the whole Peninsula would probably be proclaimed an infected district. He read a letter on the subject which he had written to the Chief Secretary and also the reply, from which it appeared that the site was not settled and that his letter would receive consideration when the Government dealt with the matter. From this it appeared that nothing had yet been decided, and as it was a matter of vital importance he would recommend immediate action being taken. Mr. F. "Wurm endorsed the remarks made by the Chairman, and said the Commission could not have been aware of the large population on Yorke's Peninsula when they recommended such a place. He would move-" That delegates be appointed to co-operate with the other districts in forming a deputation to wait upon the Chief Secretary to state their case." Mr. J. Hickman suggested Wedge Island as the most suitable place. The Chairman said it was not their place to dictate to the Government, but to explain the danger likely to arise from the injudicious proposition of the Commission. Mr. S. Pitt, in seconding the proposition, stated the population of Yorke's Peninsula was 22,000, and as this comprised more than a tenth of the population of the whole colony, he thought that was sufficient reason why the quarantine station should not be placed at Black Point. Mr. O. Faulkner also spoke in favour of the propositi in and thought the Government ought to select some island where there would be the least possible chance of escape. Mr. James Calder thought the Government would see that it would be a most undesirable thing to have the quarantine station on any part of the mainland, because persons leaving the station could get to Adelaide in 48 hours, and thus the disease might be spread. He was sure that the whole of the colony would be of the same opinion. He had much pleasure in supporting the proposition. The resolution was put and carried unanimously, and Messrs. Faulkner, Wurm, and Pitt were appointed delegates to represent Stansbury in the deputation.
THE QUARANTINE BILL
—The Quarantine Bill was carried through Committee in the Legislative Council on Tuesday. An attempt was made by Mr. Hay to have the name of the Quarantine Station inserted in the Bill. He objected to Wauraltee Island which has been fixed upon by the Government, and advocated Black Point instead as a more suitable locality. The Chief Secretary urged that it was desirable not to name any particular place in the Bill, which gave the power to establish more stations than one should it be found necessary at any time to do so. No other remarks were made on the subject, and Mr. Hay's suggestions were not submitted by him as an amendment. The only alterations made in the measure besides verbal amendments were the addition to the sections fixing the penalties of a clause providing for the imprisonment of offenders who neglected to pay the pecuniar penalities incurred by them. The Bill was reported, and the report of the Committee was adopted.
In Committee. Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 inclusive passed as printed.
Clause 8. Governor in Council to appoint lazarettes and places for performing quarantine.
The CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir H. Ayers) said that although it was not strictly necessary to insert a term of imprisonment in the event of noncompliance with fines, it would be more convenient in this Bill, and for the information of persons who were not aware of provision to that effect in another Act, to have the terms inserted. He would therefore move that the following words be inserted alter the word "pounds" in this clause;—" Or, in default of payment shall be imprisoned for any period not exceeding six months."
The Hon. A. HAY would again suggest to the Chief Secretary the advisableness of taking the sense of both branches of the Legislature with regard to the establishment of a quarantine station at Wauraltee Island in lieu of Black Point. Personally he thought Black Point preferable, as it was easily accessible from Port Adelaide and sufficiently isolated for quarantine purposes.
The CHIEF SECRETARY (Sir H. Ayers) said the Government had had both places under their consideration. Doubtless there were advantages in Black Point, but against these the Government had to consider the remonstrance of the residents in its vicinity. Wauraltee Island, the site the Government had selected, was completely isolated, and was not open to the same objections. Although it was not far from Moonta Bay, he did not think there was any danger of infection. It would be far better to let the clause remain in the elastic form in which it was at the present time, so that the Government might make a quarantine station whenever and wherever it might think best. The amendment was then agreed to, and the clause passed as amended.
Our Curramulka correspondent, writing on September 14, says: — ''A new way of dealing with Crown lands has lately Come to by notice, a ' swop ' having : been made by the Government and Mr. Goldsworthy, late owner of Black Point. The latter has received 447 acres of the Carramulka Reserve for 100 acres of the Black Point Farm. What the Government want with Black Point seems a mystery to every one about here, as it is quite out of the way for a shipping place, and a considerable distance from any agricultural area. The talk here is that 'swopping' Crown lands in the way this has been done is very unjust and unfair to the general public, and we are curious to know if the Commissioner has introduced a clause in the new Land Bill providing for such little eccentricities.''
THE YEARS RETROSPECT.
The Government adopted the recommendation, the hulk Fitzjames being used as a hospital-ship. Attention having been drawn by the circumstances above narrated to the necessity for a quarantine station a Medical Commission was appointed to study the whole subject. They
reported in favor of a station being erected at Black Point, Southern Yorke's Peninsula, but the farmers in that neighborhood raised their voices against a lazarette being located near their holdings, and the Government finally selected Waraultie Island, in Spencer's Gulf. The present Government, we believe, approves of this choice, but so far as we know no steps have been taken towards the erection of the buildings.
NO QUARANTINE STATION AT BLACK POINT.
He would now refer to the misdoings that were charged against the Government. First, there, was the quaratine question. Smallpox was brought here in an immigrant vessel and the mail steamer, and no previous Government had made any arrangement for grappling with it, or keeping it out of the colony, but his Government did grapple with the difficulty, and kept that fell disease out of the country. They were blamed for not establishing a quarantine ground on Torrens Island, but had they done so there was no power to keep the patients there, and they might have carried the smallpox all over the country. They took action to make a quarantine ground, but objections were raised to Black Point, Wauraltie,and other places. They made arrangements for a proper quarantine ground, but their successors had done nothing in the matter up to the present time. With regard to the volunteers, he said he would always set his back up or put his foot down upon any useless expenditure of the public funds, and he did say that if the volunteers system was carried out in the way that it was done in the past; it was a waste of money, and he would not sanction it. (Applause.)
PORT VINCENT, July 3.
The weather this last week has been anything but cheerful, raining and blowing hard. The roads are very heavy.
Mr. Bartlett of Black Point, met with an accident whilst returning home last evening. When abreast of Mr. Nottles farm it seems that the horses attached to his trap stuck up. He got out to lead them, when they rushed on and knocked Mr. Bartlett down, the wheel of the buggy passing over his leg and left side of his body. He was considerably bruised, and all Saturday night was in great pain.
It is really time that our roads were looked after by some one in authority. This part of the Peninsula seems to be ignored by members of Parliament and every one. The farmers who have now finished seeding cannot get the remainder of their wheat down to port on account of the state of the roads.
Our green light at the end of the jetty seems to be of great service to ketches coming in at night. Though it is a private jetty, owned by Messrs. Hart & Co., we think the Marine Board ought to find a light of some sort. But the question asked at present is, who pays for the kerosine ?
Adventure with a Shark,
We have heard of an adventure with a shark at Black Point on Saturday, March 12, which is worth noting, and should operate as a warning to all yachtsmen to be careful in dealing with these gentry. It appears that on the evening in question Mr. Justice Boucaut was fishing in his dingey on the well-known grounds at Black Point, but without much sport save in small sharks and dog sharks, Towards evening Mr, Boucaut started for his yacht, sitting in the stern sheets of the dingey with his yacht master (Mr, H, Harris) rowing. One of the sharks which they had hooked, about 4 or 5 feet long, having got away by breaking the hook, the judge was relating to his man that he ought to have followed the advice given him by Mr, Justice Bundey several years ago, never to fish in a dingey at Black Point without a rifle or a bayonet, and was relating or had just related what led to that advice, namely that he had seen Mr, Justice Bundey's dingey towed about by a shark in that particular spot, when Mr. Boucaut received a very severe blow in tha hollow of the back, which knocked him off the seat over the after thwart of the dingey on to the man who was rowing. The paddles were unshipped from the rowlocks, and the boat sent forward with a sharp spin. Seizing a paddle and turning round Mr. Boucaut just saw a large shark, disappear with a heavy flap of his tail on the surface of the water, which is thereabouts only six or seven feet deep. Mr. Harris says the creature was as long as tha dingey, which is 13 feet in length. Whether the blow which the judge received came directly from the shark, or indirectly through the stern of the dingey, he cannot, we believe, say, but the sound of the blow on the wood, and the splashing in the water, were something to be remembered even without counting the blow actually received by his honor. At the moment Mr. Boucaut thought the blow was given by the tail of the shark in the attempt to sweep him overboard, which would have been certainly done if it had been sideways instead of end on, but Mr, Harris thinks the blow came from the head of the shark while it was attempting to seize either the judge or the dingey with its teeth. This latter is the more probable, as the scratches of three or four of the teeth are visible on tha dingey's stern, The adventure is remarkable not only because of the very strange coincidence that the attack happened just after Mr. Boucaut was relating Mr, Justice Bundey's adventure and advice, but also because it is not often that attacks by a shark on a boat are so wel authenticated. We are informed that Mr. Boucaut's dingey is one of the very best of its size ever built, and the judge and Mr, Harris are both confident that if they had been in a small 5 feet 6 in, dingey, which they sometimes use, she must either have been capsized or stove in-in which case, as remarked by Mr. Morris, of Black Point, the shark would have had a fine picnic. This adventure should be a serious warning to yachtsmen to follow Mr. Justica Bundey's advice, and should also warn them to adopt further advice given by him never to drag, their hands in the water, as they frequently do from their dingies, unless it is daylight and they can see well about them. On one occasion a shark made a snap at Mr. Justice Bundey's hand when in the water. Few persons who have not seen it realise the power of a large shark. It may be mentioned that the yachts Ethel and Desiree were at Black Point at the time of Mr. Justine Boucaut's adventure, and the Desiree reports that she was accompanied into the harbor by some large sharks which had followed her for two or three miles.
Many years ago the Board placed a beacon on the extreme end of Black Point Spit, which proved of infinite service in marking the shoal water. It was, however, only a single pile, which recently disappeared; and was temporarily replaced by a buoy. This is wrongly placed, and it is suggested that the importance of the position warrants the erection of a prominent sea mark, such as could easily be accomplished by a screw-pile structure with a large cage on top.
YACHTING. TRIP TO BLACK POINT.
For a long time it has been the wish of the members ot the S.A. Y.C. to start cruising in company. Mr. W. G. Randall, the late Vice-Commodore, took the matter in hand, and succeeded in persuading the owners oi the Imcbantresp, Pastime, Ethel, Winfreda, Miranda, Trio, Nautilus, and Macumba to join in an excursion to Black Point. Arrangements were made to start from Largs Bay, and November 8 saw most of the yachts at anchor at the place of rendezvous. Vice Comoicdore A. Cunningham took command. Aa the weather looked anything but promising it was decided to start when the wind proved favourable, and not to wait for each other. The first to get under way was tbe Ethel, in charge of the owner, Mr. R. Honey. She headed out, followed shortly after by the Nautilus, and a little later by the Macumba. Tbe others decided to wait till daybreak, as the Edith, in charge of Mr. R. Jagce, with a select and "heavy" party on board did not intend to start till 7 a.m. Vice Commodore Cunningham decided to follow tbe Pastime, which was seen passing the lighthouse at 6 a m. with a strong north-easterly breeze. The Enchantress, with a reefed bowsprit and topmast housed, steered by Captain Benton, soon overhauled the Pastime. When about fifteen miles out the wind suddenly dropped, giving way to a heavy squall from the Southwest, causing the Enchantress to put down two reefs, the Pastime to get all sails on deck, and the Macumba to lose her bowsprit altogether. This decided the Miranda and Trio to give up the trip, and as the Winfreda had taken to the north bank only six boats reached Black Point. I might say here that the amateur crews behaved splendidly. One squall succeeded another, and scarcely had a topsail been set when it was neceesairy to haul it down again, and great care had to be exercised to prevent serious mischief. The Macumba reached Black Point in the midst of a whirlwind, accompanied by thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. The Edith was the last to arrive, nearly taking to the spit on account of the wrong position of the buoy lately placed there by tbe Marine Board. Sunday was begun by the playing of several hymns on the concertina by a Church warden of Christ Church, North Adelaide, and when he thought that the yachstmen could suffer no more he wound up bareheaded with "God Save the Queen." The remainder of the day was passed in bathing, fishing, and dredging, and very good sport it proved all round. Mr. James Cunningham secured some very good photos of the yachts from on board the Enchantress and from shore. The homeward trip was begun on Monday by the Edith early, by Pastime and Ethel in the afternoon, and a very rough trip and beating against a fiery south-easter it turned out to be, enabling the yachts to reach the Port only early on Tuesday morning. The Enchantress started, too, but after carrying away the jib-outhaul and the lacing of the mainsail her owner wisely decided to run back. Tuesday morning another start was made, the Nautilus and Macumba racing home for a dinner. The Enchantress was again unfortunate, breaking her rudder-head, but notwithstanding managed to get across the Gulf as far as the False Arm, when the tiller went completely and caused her to fall back on the services of the Ariel to tow her to her moorings.
ACROSS TO BLACK POINT.
It has been usual of late for yachtsmen to visit Black Point in company at this season of the year, and spend two or three days fishing. Friday evening, last found four yachts ready for a start—Pastime, Miranda, Idler, and Shona crews were aboard. Sails were set and nothing wanting but a fair breeze, or even a breeze of any sort. At last a light air from the south-east tempted Shona to let go her moorings, but after drifting a short distance she brought up (either by accident or design) alongside the Pastime, whose genial skipper at once invited the crew to tea. Needless to say the invitation was accepted. Later on a trickle of air sprang up. The Pastime cast-off, followed by the Shona, the Idler and Miranda getting under weigh together shortly after, but it was slow work getting clear of the shipping. Once clear, the little garfish began to glide along— she is certainly a wonderful little vessel in light winds. The passage down the river was a bit tedious. After clearing the lighthouse the three larger yachts stretched away on their course, but Shona decided to lie in the bight near the lighthouse, and have a quiet night. Wind all the night was very light, and daybreak found the yachts all in sight. Pastime and Miranda together, with Idler to the north. The first-named boats made a close finish as they picked up a breeze, and brought up in the bay followed by the Idler. Fish were very plentiful, and each yacht soon had a supply of schnapper, whiting, garfish; some English mackerel were also taken. During the day the Shona hove in sight, running up before a fresh southerly breeze, and rounding the spit brought up close by. Towards evening a strong south-wester came on, but being off shore the water was smooth. Next day was spent in fishing and visiting. In the afternoon it blew strongly from west and south-west, and a ketch sought shelter in the bay, but the yachtsmen had smooth water, and spent a pleasant day. The Idler's crew rigged out a shark line, and veered it astern with an empty kerosine tin for a buoy. Shortly after the tin was heard sounding an alarm. Running on deck it was discovered scuttling to windward bumping against a short choppy sea. On the line being hauled in it was soon seen that a good-sized shark was at the other end. The buoy was got aboard and tbe shack alongside when it made a rush, and the tin quickly uppset the nearest man, but brought up against the rail. After an exciting struggle the shark was got alongside, knifed, and left, hanging for inspection. He was a good lump of a fish, rather over six feet long. He had not been hanging long when he broke loose and soon sank. A second shack was taken the same evening of smaller size. The glass was falling on Sunday, and on Monday morning the weather looked threatening, with strong puffs from the north-west, west, and south-west, with rain and a little thunder. The Torment came in from Ardrosean, having crossed over the previous day. She had six hands aboard. How on earth they managed to stow away is a mystery. Not liking the look of the weather she soon made a start for home. Miranda also left early, followed by the Shona under double-reefed mainsail. Pactime and Idler got under weigh together, the latter boat leading by a few yards only, until well clear of the Spit, when the Pastime hove round on the port tack. The return passage was somewhat protracted and the weather warm, and as a consequence most of the fish got spoilt. However, this the first cruise of the present season was thoroughly enjoyable. Several of the yachts propose to make a cruise to Kangaroo Island about Christmas time, and there are already signs of a healthy active season in prospective for cruising members of the Royal S.A. Yacht Squadron.
The Late Mr. S. Goldsworthy.
Mr. Stephen Goldsworthy, brother of Mr. William Goldsworthy, of Port Adelaide, who arrived in the colony in the beginning of the year 1848 in the ship, Princess Royal, died at his residence, Golden Grove, Curramulka, on September 6, at the age of 71 years. For several years after his arrival he was employed by the South Australian Company, with whom he remained until the discovery of the Victorian gold diggings. He went to the diggings on three occasions, finally taking up land at Black Point, Yorke's Peninsula, and starting sheep farming. Some time after settling there he purchased the cutter Zanthe, which won many prizes in the Port Adelaide regattas. During the time he lived at Black Point he sustained a serious loss through a fire breaking out on the run, destroying 1,750 sheep, together with the shepherd and the shepherd's son, who perished in the flames, and Mr. Goldsworthy and his son only escaped with their lives by jumping, from a cliff 16 ft. high into tho sea. At the time of the land boom he left Black Point and took up a large area of land at Curramulka, 12 miles inland from Black Point, and there carried on wheat farming until the time of his death. He leaves a widow, five sons, and one daughter (Mrs. John Gregor).
GUN ACCIDENT AT ARDROSSAN.
A sad gun accident occurred a few miles from the township yesterday evening resulting in the death of the youngest son of Mr. E.H. Cadd, postmaster, Black Point, and the and the serious wounding of an elder brother of the deceased lad. It is stated that the brothers with some friends had been out shooting, having several dogs with them, and then quarrel arose between the dogs. Exekiel Cadd, having his loaded gun in his hands, began to ? the dogs with the bottom end in order to separata them. The gun discharged with the concussion. The result was a severe wound in the outer part of Cadd's thjgh and a quantity of shot being lodged in the thighs and abdomen of the younger brother John. Dr. Dickenson, of Maitland was sent for and dressed the wounds, ordering the elder brother to the Wallaroo Hospital and leaving the younger, who was abont 16 years of age, with his parents, but he succumbed to his injuries at about 3 o'clock to-day. Much sympathy is expressed for the bereaved parents.
June 22. — Mrs. Goldsworthy, sen., died recently at the age of 79. She arrived in the State with her husband in 1847, and resided for some years at Port Adelaide, afterwards settling at Black Point on the Peninsula for 20 years, finally coming to Curramulka, where she resided up to the time of her death. She was held in high esteem. The homestead at Black Point was a favorite place of call to all travelling over the southern portion of the Peninsula. Mrs. Goldsworthy has left a family of five sons and one daughter, namely, Messrs. John Goldsworthy (Exeter), Thomas Goldsworthy (Bute), Stephen, William, and Henry Goldsworthy (of Curramulka), and Mrs. John Gregor. There are also 24 grandchildren.
MULOOWURTIE, April 17-The members of the South Australian Royal Yacht Squadron gave an enjoyable concert in aid of the Pine Point Institute on Easter Saturday evening."A marquee was provided by the entertainers, and erected on ground kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. W. G. F. Wheare, of Black Point. A large and enthusiastic audience was entertained by Messrs Mayne, Saunders, Crosby and others. A vote of thanks was accorded to the members of the yacht squadron, whose Chairman, in responding, spoke of Mr. Whear's kindness in offering a cup annually to be competed for by the yacht squadron. The proceeds of the concert amounted to over 9 pounds.
A SENSELESS JOKE.
Mr. Sam Goode, a fisherman of Port Vincent, had the misfortune to suffer a severe loss as the result of a practical joke—or otherwise. Mr. Goode had left his dinghy, which was a valuable one, on the beach at Black Point (where he had been overhauling and painting it) whilst he returned to Port Vincent, for a load of "sports'' for the annual day's outing at Black Point on Easter Sunday. On returning for his dinghy it was found that some miserrent had lighted a fire in each end of the boat and had burnt a large hole right through the bottom, rendering tbe dinghy useless.
LATE OBITUARY. Mrs. W. G. F. Wheare.
Mrs. W. G. F. Wheare, whose death was announced recently, was born in January, 1855, at Strathalbyn, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G. Thompson, of Kapunda and Renmark. She was married in July, 1878, to George, second son of the late Henry Wheare of Kapunda, and they resided there for some years. In 1889 they went to Black Point, Yorke's Peninsula, where she lived until 1918. After a few years spent in Adelaide they returned to Ardrossan, where she lived up to the time of her death. Mrs. Wheare was a member of the Methodist Church, and took keen interest in all church work. She has left a husband, four sons—Messrs. H. G. (Mylor), E. T. (Ardrossan), F. C. (Black Point), V. B. (Kooringa)—two daughters —Mesdames M. B. Davey (Black Point) and L. L. Davey (Ardrossan)—and 28 grandchildren.
A Fishing Ground.
Black Point, piscatorial paradise, and harbour of refuge for many who seek solitude and seclusion in holiday times, far removed from the busy haunts of men -the late Sir Henry Bundey frequently fished there— showed up after a, fresh hand at the bellows had sent the yacht a little faster through the water. Black Point, which lies midway between Ardrossan on the north, and Port Vincent on the south, distant about 42 miles from Port Adelaide across the gulf, and 42 miles from the lighthouse, is no region of happy hills and pleasing shades, nor of ocean caves and rugged rocks where waves have hung dark, and dripping weeds to the stern god of the eea. A long, low, sandy shore backed by sandhills, the tops of which are covered with dismal looking scrub like the unkempt crown of a country cowboy, is all that meets the eye of the searcher after the grand or the beautiful. It runs out into the water for a mile and a half, is quite dry, to the great joy of the cockles which gape in wide-mouthed wonder and good-humoured jollity. At the north-eastern corner a beacon stands out, showing the depth of water. So far Black Point is not a place whose alluring beauty might shake the saintship of an anchorite, but it is a regular rendezvous for fish. The waters at certain seasons abound with the soft, slippery whiting, the slender, scanty scaled garfish, the impudent little Tommy rough, which the Glenelg youths are so fond of torturing and dangling on their line at the end of the jetty, the stout, strong-headed schnapper, by which our fisherman chiefly obtain their livelihood, and other denizens of the deep, not forgetting that free and easy forager, the treacherous shark, whose particular weakness, if he had a choice, would be his natural enemy the sailor. Solemn looking shags sit on the solitary beacon, musing over a meal; Screeching seagulls circle around, or assemble on the bench chattering like a lot of children at a tea fight: and what with the silent life below and the busy bustle above water. Black Point is on the whole not so desolate a region after all. The yacht by this time has her sails tolded, and has swung to her anchor; the dinghy is got out, and we pull away to the fishing grounds, where hooks are baited, lines arranged, and measures adopted for taking advantages of the mistaken confidence reposed in us by innocent finny ones. They bite like a hungry boy at a Banbury cake, and we haul them up as fast as they will let us. They favour one of the party (as they generally do), with base and palpable flattery, and his operations get positively monotonous, hauling up whiting after whiting with a tedious regularity, while we in the bows only have an occasional nibble from a vulgar little Tommy rough. The favoured one had such an insinuating way with him that no fish could resist, while ours would bite, allow themselves to be pulled up to the surface of the water, give us one long look of disgust, and wriggle off. Schnapper came up to look at us, and remained: other fish followed suit and stayed too, till we had a splendid lot of fine fresh fish. (To be continued.)
MR. W. G. WHEARE.
Mr. W. G. Wheare whose death was announced recently, was the second son of Mr. Henry Wheare, of Kapunda. He was born in 1851, and married the eldest daughter, of Mr. George Thompson, of the same town. In 1887 he went to Black Point, Yorke Peninsula, where he took up land, which he held until 1918. He sold out and went to live at Payneham. Later he moved to Gawler, and finally settled at Ardrossan. Mr. Wheare's chief sport was yachting, and when residing at Black Point he contributed several cups to the South Australian Yacht Squadron as prizes for the Easter race in Black Point Bay. Mr. Wheare had been a Freemason since 1897.
Grounds Becoming Exhausted
Complaints have been made in the press by fishermen of Mooloowurtie, on Yorke's Peninsula, that fishing has, been poor in that locality during the past year.
They state, that large fleets of Greek and Italian fishing boats had made it difficult for the local fishermen to obtain a livinig, as the fishing grounds were becoming exhausted.
Officials of the Fisheries Department state, however, that it is not likely that large fleets of Greek and Italian fishermen visit Mooloowurtie, as there are only 35 Italian fishermen and one Green fisherman registered in the whole of the Port Adelaide district. Only a few of those go so far afield as Mooloowurtie.
In addition, the whole of the fishing grounds from Port Vincent to Rogue's Point, were closed to net fishing some time ago, with a highly beneficial result to the whiting fishing along the coast. The local fishermen, however, were not satisfied until that restriction was removed.
Memories of Black Point.
FRED Wurm. Port Pirie, writes:— Dear Vox— I note there have been several comments on my item re old time ketches and their masters. 'Elizabeth' mentions the great fire and other matters. I knew Stephen Goldsworthy, of Black Point. He had a very nice daughter, named Elizabeth. They grew fine black mulberries, which I enjoyed with cream. Black Point, called 'Moo-lawurtee' by the blacks, meaning Big Point, was held by Mr. Stephen Goldsworthy for many years. He exchanged with the Government, about 1877, for land at the 12-mile Hut, in the hundred of Curramulka. The Government intended to put the quarantine station there, but Torrens Island was retained, and Black Point was leased by Mr. Harry Bartlett, who for several years was in the House of Assembly, and was known as the member for Nullarbor Plains, because of his persistent advocacy of the cutting up of the lands on the West Coast from Port Lincoln to the Nularbor (no trees) Plains. Harry Bartlett established a pig farm at Black Point. He had an idea that they would go on the beach and eat cockles. The pigs did not thrive, but fleas did. The place was swarming with them; they would hop on the table at meal time, and often drown themselves in your cup of tea. Mr. Bartlett sold out to Morris Brothers, from Anlaby, and they were still farming there when I left the district.
Ron Harvey, of Muloowurtie, tells me that the fishing has improved right along from Ardrossan to Pt. Vincent. Of course you need a boat, with engine to get the best results. The fish are all of nice size, whiting up to 2 lb. and small snapper about 2 to 3 lb. are there in numbers, providing you can jet on the right grounds. I remember my first visit to Muloowurtie and Black Point. Fishing on my own I could only manage an odd whiting, but when I had with me "Pop" Gill, the local fisherman, and was right on the spot, the catch was eight to ten dozen large whiting every day.
Private Casualty Advices.
Mrs. A. D. Harvey, of Black Point, Yorke Peninsula, has been notified that her husband. Lt. G. N. Harvey. R.A.N.V.R., is missing, presumed killed. The action took place on October ll in the Mediterranean. As a sub-lieutenant, Lt. Norman Harvey left for England in May. 1941, and served with the British Navy in the North Sea and Arctic for about 18 months before being transferred to the Mediterranean. Lt. Harvey was formerly connected with a grain business land farming interests at Pine Point
36 FOXES KILLED IN TWO NIGHTS
Thursday 3 February 1949, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove with photo
In two nights recently on the properly of Mr. Reg Wheare at Black Point, near Ardrossan, YP, 36 foxes were killed by rifle spotlight and dogs. Mr. H. Harwood surrounded by one night's catch. He was assisted by Messrs. Wheare, D. Robertson. John and David Timperon.
Governor Postpones Shark Hunt.
The Governor (Sir Willoughby Norrie) has decided to postpone his shark-fishing trip because of difficulty in obtaining suitable bait. He had planned to start yesterday on a three-day expedition in Dr. A. L. Tostevin's yacht Nyroca in search of a 20-ft. white pointer shark, last seen near Black Point north of Port Vincent but rough weather prevented the catching of suitable bait. The Governor's ADC (Capt Gosling) said last night that the trip would not be made now before the Royal visit.
Polo Crosse Match at Black Point
If the weather permits, there is going to be a polo crosse match between Minlaton and Ardrossan teams played next Sunday filth) in Mrs. Harvey's paddock at Black Point. The game is due to start at 2.30 pm. and it's an exciting game to watch.