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Muloowurtie Centenary 1874-1974 (1974)
Sandilands - A post office, 19 km South-East of Maitland, opened in March 1886 by J.W. Paech on section 80, Hundred of Muloowurtie. It closed on 5 August 1977 and recalls Robert H. Sandilands, a district pioneer, who was born circa 1849 and arrived in the Oaklands in 1879. The Sandilands School opened in 1914 and closed in 1945.
Mr. Robert Hamilton Sandilands, of Myall avenue, Kensington Gardens, who died recently, was born at Stonehouse, Lanarkshire, in 1841. He came to South Australia in the ship Oaklands 43 years ago. and first worked on the estate of the late Mr. W. H. Grey at Reedbeds. Later on Yorke's Peninsula he followed farming pursuits at Mullowurtie, being one of the first settlers in that district. The place was named after him Sandilands. On account of dry seasons he moved to Port Victoria, where he resided 30 years, took a keen interest in the wel-fare of the town, and carried on a successful business. He left the locality eight years ago on account of ill health. He has left a widow and five daughters — Mesdames Lovelock and Harrison (Smoky Bay), Dunstone (Payneham), and Bray Parkside), and Miss Sandilands (Kensington Gardens). There are 13 grandchildren.
The back view of a house at Sandilands near Maitland, Yorke Peninsula, where 17 year old Eleanor Louise Bockmann was murdered on 8 September 1922 by Herbert Cyril Curnow. The Observer newspaper reported "The home of the Bockmann's. The girl ran from the house and fell close to the galvanised-iron tank where she died in the arms of her father."
State Library of South Australia - PRG 280/1/32/167
Holt tractor (caterpillar) being refuelled at 'Rockleigh', at Sandilands on the Yorke Peninsula. To see a selection of photographs in this collection, search on Archival number PRG 1642/57. 1928 - State Library of South Australia -