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A Glossary of South Australian Place Names

Agery - The name, taken from the local Agery Swamp, is a corruption of the Aboriginal word ngadjali meaning ‘pipe clay’. The Agery Post Office, on section 19, Hundred of Tiparra, 16 km South-East of Moonta, was opened in December 1890, and Agery School in 1880 with Elisha Williams as teacher; it closed in 1982.

District Council of Yorke Peninsula -History of Agery

Agery is believed to be a corruption of the aboriginal word for "pipe clay", "Ngadjali"* and probably refers to a white silt found here**. *Place Names of South Australia **The Geology of Yorke Peninsula. Page 30

On the 8th September, 1945, the Agery Memorial park was dedicated to the men and women of the district who served in the Armed Forces during the Second World War*. *A History of Agery. Page 30

The park surrounds a lake which was once the Agery swamp. In its early years the swamp was fresh water and was used to supplement domestic supplies, however, after it was deepened it turned salty. Agery Centenary 1875-1975. Pg 3


Photo taken at the opening of the Agery Memorial Park. Dedicated Saturday 8th September 1945. Held in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of the Methodist Church. Foundation stone of Church laid Sept. 23 1885. Vestry added about 1910.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Friday 5 October 1945, page 4

Meeting held at Arthurton, Monday, October 1. Present The Chairman Cr. J. A. Phelps), Crs. C H. Martin, F. R. Ferguson, A. R. Rose, T. H. Allen, E. W. Clasohm, W. Curnow, J. A. Kelly, and the Overseer and District Clerk (Mr C H. Gardner).

Chairman's Report.

The Chairman, in his opening remarks, said that with other Councillors he had attended the dedication of the Agery Soldiers Memorial Park, in honor of the boys from that district who had gone to the front and made it possible for others to live in security and safety. Other places would probably follow the lead so fittingly given by the people of Agery, which would stand for a lasting memorial to the brave men who were not afraid to fall for their country's sake, One or two ratepayers had asked to have the loan of the grader to assist them in accomplishing some necessary work. Speaking of the nuisance occasioned by straying cows, he said they would have to do something definite about it. Complaints were constantly being made to him by ratepayers. It was thought that a good idea was to insist on their being kept in at night. The committee appointed to go into the matter of a weighbridge for Price had made the necessary arrangements. Two firms directly interested had agreed to guarantee £75 for two years. He with other Councillors had attended the funeral of Mrs Martin, the esteemed wife of their fellow Councillor, C. H. Martin. On behalf of Council he extended to him and the members of his family their sincere sympathy in their bereavement-Received.

Cr. Martin feelingly responded. He felt that the Council had done him a distinct honor in attending the funeral as they had done.

Agery Memorial Park Friday 10th August 1945.

Cr. Bowden reported that they had commenced planting trees, etc., in the Agery Memorial Park. Over 100 were planted out last week. Procuring fencing wire was their greatest difficulty, but they hoped to complete the work by October, and were arranging a dedication ceremony, to take place on the afternoon of the Agery Church Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He had seen the Rev. C. W. G. Smith concerning the matter, and he quite fell in with the idea. Cr. Martin, in moving that the report he received, congratulated the Agery folk on their effort and enterprise. The park promised to be a fitting memorial to the soldiers who had made the supreme sacrifice in the war, and to those who had also rendered service.

It would be an object of admiration in years to come.


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Leo Lamshed's old truck. 1942. SPF Group bones, bags, rubber etc

Don Browning, Murray Lamshed, Barry Hicks, Kelvin Lamshed, Glen Eden, Alwyn Eden, Nita Lamshed, Valma Gregory, Lila Lamshed, Mary Fuss, Peggy Cadd.


The following details of contributions by scholars to the S.A. Schools'

The Patriotic Fund, whicth include the purchase of War Savings Certificates, Waste Products Service, and cash contributions, are taken from the Education Gazette of October 15, 1941, and include amounts of local and adjacent district schools (round figures only) :—

Agery . £28 war saving certificates — Waste products value — Cash contributions 37

The totals for the State to the end of September were Contributions, waste products, etc., £43,944; while War Savings Certificates rose to £23,521 (with returns incomplete).


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Saturday 6 September 1941, page 2


To aid the funds of the "Queen of Navy" (Miss Margaret - McKee),: the, Agery School Juvenile Concert Party provided -excellent entertainment at the town hall, Wallaroo, on Tuesday, September 2nd. Greeted by a big audience, the members' were in good, form, and each item received well merited applause. The, party was in charge of the head teacher (Mr R. Couch), and during, the evening it was announced that since its inception about £60 had been raised for patriotic funds. A feature of the program was the School Fife Band. All fife players were girls, the conductor Maurice Bowden, and the drummers Brian Eden and Allan Donaldson. The playettes "The Towel," "Railway Station," "The Bears," "The Quaker Girl's Wedding," and others, were pretty and effective,, and rendered in costume. Action songs, tableaux with vocal chorus, pretty ballet girls, etc., were most entertaining. A humorous sketchy "Schoolboy Howlers", with Mr R. Couch in the title role of "teacher" was both amusing and instructive. Other, items were Flute , solo, B. Coad; . pianoforte solo, B. Hallo; songs,: K. and B, Lodge, B; Donaldson; vocal duets, K. Lodge and V. Donaldson. N. Masters and B. Lamshed. Mrs A. Eden was the pianist for the party. Local artists who assisted were: Tap dance, R. Bradley; solo, Miss E. Hughes; euphonium solo, Mr. Max Hughes; pianoforte duet, Mrs J. D. Phillips and Miss. R. Elford. Accompanists were Mrs Phillips,. Miss Elford and Miss A. Palmer. Mr A. Donaldson was a bright and cheery announcer on the amplifier. The visitors, were entertained a supper by the "Queen of Navy" committee.


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Agery in the Newspapers:-

Country Correspondence.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878), Friday 27 April 1877, page 3

AGERY. April 25.

After the splendid rains the farmers here are all busy ploughing, scarifying, and sowing, we are thankful for the abundant supply of water and grass ; it has put new life in the poor cattle which sometime ago where almost dead. We are also glad to note that the worst places on the road from Moonta too Agery are being macadamized, which will be regarded as a great improvement.

For the last six months, the settlers in this neighbourhood have had the advantage of a public religious service every Sunday. Messrs. Matters and Wearne have been kind enough to allow the use of one of their rooms for the purpose. We hope by and by to have a Sunday School, as there are a good many children in the neighbourhood and the possibility is that we have not yet reached our limit.

Tue 23 Dec 1879, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

December 20 1879. Reaping is now in order of the day all round this part of the district, and the farmers are at it early and late, so that there is not much time to think about the markets, especially whilst the price offered is so low as at present. Most of us think the margin between the prices here and those now ruling in England, is too great, and are of opinion that a little more money should fall into the producer's hands.

As a rule, I think about 15 bushels to the acre will be the average about here, but we can scarcely tell until we have finished reaping. The wheat is of good sample, the earn being well filled out, and the grain plump and sound, weighing from 4.25d. to 4.5d. bushels per bag.

Most of the farmers will be rather late before they finish reaping this season, as we have had several cool days, and harvesting operations did not commence quite so early as usual.

Mr. Chamberlain, surveyor, has been here recently and I observe some trial holes have been sunk for the purpose of fixing on a site for a dam. From what I can gather the spot fixed on as the most favorable is a little to the east of the Agery tank, where probably, some of the sections will be reserved, as a water reserve.

The Wesleyans still hold services every Sunday at Mr. Wearne's, but I understand the place is getting rather too strait for them, and the intention is to start building a chapel as soon as the harvest is fairiy over, when most of the farmers will be able.

Agery. September 11.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 14 September 1880, page 3

The crops in this district are looking very healthy ; they are not, perhaps, quite so forward as they were last year this time, but we do not consider that a bad sign, and most of the farmers are in good spirits. They say the season is like that which we had five years ago when the yield was a very good one. The splendid rains that we have had have filled all the tanks, and dams with water. The swamp is now full, and cattle may obtain water almost anywhere.

I hear that the contract for constructing the dam here has been let to Mr. Renfry, and he has commenced the work.

Mr. Williams, the schoolmaster, is getting on the children under his charge very well, and has now obtained the government grant. Some of the people here think it would be a wise plan to have the school half way between here and Penang, so as to accommodate both places. They are of opinion that by doing this the number of scholars secured would make one good school, which would be better than two schools with a limited attendance at each.

I have heard some talk about pleuro being in this part of the district, but as yet have seen no sign of it. There are plenty of cattle about, all of which appear healthy and in fair condition.

I see that an attempt is being made to get some of the land in various parts of the colony brought under the Scrub Lands Act. Now, as there Is a good deal of poor land in the Hundred of Tipara, I should think something alight be done in the way of asking the Commissioner to Include it in those portions that will be thrown open for selection on easy terms. Could not our farmers get up a public meeting or send in a petition, or something of the kind.

I see the Wesleyans are going to hold their anniversary on Sunday next, and the Wednesday after will have a tea meeting. They expect a crowd of people out from Moonta, for whom full provision will be made.


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Penang School. Miss Talbot Teacher. Centre middle row Horace Nankivell born 1885. Mabel's father Dux of school. 5 years at school 7-11 years. End front row Arthur Nankivell

Agery. December 18.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 21 December 1880, page 3

<Some of the farmers here commenced reaping and crops are turning out quite as well as expected, some of the farmers reaping from 14 to 18 bushels per acre. What the average for this part of this district will be I can scarcely say, but I think it will be far above the avenge of the colony. The kind of wheat that turns out the best, and appears to be least affected with the rust is tbe large purple (New Zealand). In a number ef cases I have seen this kind of wheat foil of rust, and the yield has been very good and the grain plump.

The new dam is finished, and the fences are now being put up around it so if we can get over the present summer we shall in future well provided with water. The water in the swamp is now all done, so as soon as the supplies in private tanks is done we shall have to commence carting again.

From what I can gather we are likely to have a wooden school erected half-way between here and Penang; thus providing accommodation for the children in both places.

Agery. May 30.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 31 May 1881, page 3

A good many of the farmers have got their seed in, and some of it is up and looking well. The mullinizer has been used by some of the farmers this year. It works well, and is a splendid acquisition to all who have scrub lands to deal with.

Another invention his been brought into use, and is a first rate thing. It is intended to go over the land, after the timber has been burnt, and gather up all sticks and stones and other rubbish that accumulate. It has bean tried and woks well. What with one thing and another I think we are a go ahead community, and axe fast approaching perfection in land culture. We hope soon to be able to supersede crowbars, picks, &c.. for the purpose of claring, our farms, and think that the time will soon arrive when the sound of the grubbing-axe shall be heard no more, but shall be supplanted by some more useful implement that will be far less laborious, and not so snail-like in its progress.

The Surveyors have been at work for the past three weeks in our neighborhood, surveying the Crown Lands. They have some six thousand acres to svrvey and I hear that there will be a plenty of selectors ready to take the land up immediately on its being thrown open for selection. From time to time we hear of so many men being out of work, and a great cry has been raised against immigration. But the fact is we shall soon have to go in for it. Some of the farmers here cannot get men to do their work, although a good wage has been offered, and twelve months' work guaranteed. If some of the men who are out of work in your way, for weeks at a stretch, would move on in this direction they would find employent at a remunerative wage. Our church continues to be fairly attended, but I am sorry to say the Sunday School has collapsed.


Sat 26 Sep 1885, Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Trove

The people at Agery, for several years have been content to meet for divine worship in a wooden building, have decided on the erection of a more commodious and suitable structure, which is being erected by Hague and Co., at a cost of £300, which will give sitting accommodation for about 150, measuring 36 feet by 25. The site is on a piece of land given by Mr B. Bowden, one of the trustees, and is about a mile nearer to the Agery swamp, being more central. On Wednesday Sept. 23, the afternoon being a half-holiday, the business people and others were afforded an opportunity not only in witnessing the somewhat novel ceremony, in the laying of four memorial stones but of seeing the beautiful country, the fields of green corn stretching out on both sides of the road and greeting the eye in every direction. A paddock of 200 acres, belonging to Mr Stacey, and which was not sown until late in July was looking well, and promises from present appearances to return a good yield. Further on about two miles we noticed another large paddock, said to contain 400 acres, and owned by Mr Tiddy of Maitland was fine sight, being from 9 to 12 inches high, this is considered the best in the neighborhood, and is mullenized land, from which three bags per acre were reaped last harvest. The crops generally although short are looking healthy and strong, and will with genial weather the next four or five weeks give an average crop. The Agery dam is half full, but at Kalkabury there is little caught, rain having ceased when a fine stream commenced to run. On arrival at new building, around which three or four hundred people were assembled, the Rev. C. Lane, the circuit minister, who conducted the ceremony, gave out a hymn, which was sung by the audience, the 100th Psalm was then read by Mr Glasson, after which Mr T. L. Brown offered up a short prayer. Before the ceremony commenced Mr Lane announced that Mrs Hancock was to have been present and laid one of the stones, but that through illness it was impossible for her to be present on that occasion a telegram to that effect being received from her husband, Captain Hancock, Wallaroo Mines, but, that Mrs Lane would act as proxy on her behalf. A copy of the memorial was then read, which with copies of the S. A. Advertiser, Y. P. Advertiser, and Wallaroo Times were placed under one of the stones, as follows" The Memorial Stones of this Church were laid by Mesdames Lane, Roach, Wearne and Miss Holman, on Wednesday, September 23, 1885, in the 48th year of the reign of Her Most Gracious, Majesty, Queen Victoria; the Governor of the Colony, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, K.C.M.G., President of the Conference, Rev. C. T. Newman ; Chairman of the Yorke's Peninsula District and Superintendent of the Moonta Circuit, Rev. C. Lane; Trustees of the Church, Rev. C. Lane, W. B. Wearne, Thomas Matters, William Matters, Benjamin Bowden, H. R,. Hancock, J. Butterfield and H. Howlett; Architect, Thomas Jones, C.E.; Contractor, firm of the late T. Hague, (represented by John Snell), at a total cost of about £300 ; Plan of Local Preacher's ; also copies of the above papers. Mr Jones C.E., then called upon the ladies Mesdames Lane, Wearne, Roach, and Miss Holman, to each whom of were presented a beautifully chased silver trowel with their respective names, engraved thereon and occasion of presentation, when each in order laid the stones allotted them under the supervision of Mr Jones, who pronounced them well and duly laid. Mr Lane said it was always customary on occasions like the present to make some remarks as to the doctrine of the church in whose interests they had that afternoon assembled, but would only briefly observe that there were similar to those of the church of England, from which they (the Methodists) had sprung. That the house which they were about to erect was to prepare spiritual stones for the temple of Christ. It would he said be superfluous for him to eulogise the ladies on that occasion, who in no small degree contributed to the happiness and comfort of man, and were always ready in every undertaking to give a helping hand. The proceedings terminated with an invitation to all present to place their donation on the stones. A move was then made for the old chapel, where tea was being prepared, on the road to which one was reminded of the fairs in the old country by the number of horses and vehicles that lined each side of the paddocks, from the handsome wagonette down to the four wheeled farmers waggon were to be found : we attempted to count them but when eighty was reached we gave it up. There could not have been less than 500 people around the old chapel impatiently waiting their turn to sit down and partake of the tempting danties of the small but well protect ad tables, which could only accommodate with a booth at the side 25 at a sitting, so that nearly three hours elapsed before the last batch could be seated. A public meeting subsequently held and presided over by Mr Brown of Moonta Mines, was largely attended, when addresses were delivered by Rev. C. Lane, Mr Glasson and others. The proceeds amounted in all to £64 odd, exclusive of donations promised which, when collected will be over £70. A tea meeting by the Primitives at the Bald Hills the same day, somewhat detracted from the number that attended last year.



Fri 25 Sep 1885, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

Wednesday last was the day fixed for the laying of the foundation stones of the new Agery Wesleyan Church and the usual tea meeting combined. The site commands a very pretty view of the surrounding district, and the church, which will seat about 150 will prove of great value in this thickly populated district. In spite of the threatening clouds that were continually passing over during the morning, the day turned out bright and clear. From noon vehicles of every description, from the handsome four-wheeler down to the farmer's humble market cart, were seen wending their way through the picturesque scrub to the scene of action which was thronged long before the time specified for commencement. It was nearly an hour after the appointed time before the ceremony commenced, owing to some of the ladies being late. After singing a hymn, Mr. Glasson read an appropriate chapter from the Bible, which was followed by prayer by Mr. Brown. The Rev. C. Lane, before asking the ladies to perform the ceremony of laying the stone apologized for the absence of Mrs. Hancock, who was so indisposed that she could not be with them, Mrs. Lane would therefore take her place. He then read the document that was to be placed under the stone, which was as follows :—

"The Memorial Stones of this Church were laid by Mesdames Hancock, Roach, Wearne and Miss Holman, on Wednesday, September 28, 1885, in the 48th year of the reign of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria; the Governor of the Colony, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, K.C.M.G., &c.; President of the Conference, Rev. C. T. Newman ; Chairman of the Yorke's Peninsula District and Superintendent of the Moonta Circuit, Rev. C. Lane; Trustees of the Church, Rev. C. Lane, W. B. Wearne, Thomas Matters, William Matters, Benjamin Bowden, H. R. Hancock, J. Butterfield and H. Howlett; Architect, Thomas Jones C.E.; Contractor, firm of the late T. Hague, (represented by John Snell), at a total cost of about £300; Plan of Local Preachers; also copies of the South Australian Advertiser, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Wallaroo Times.

Mr. T. Jones then called upon the ladies to lay the four stones, which was done in the following order :—No. 1 stone, Mrs. Lane (for Mrs. Hancock,); No. 2 Mrs. Wearne; No. 3, Mrs. Roach; No. 4, Miss Holman, each being presented with a handsome and splendidly engraved silver trowel, bearing the name and the occasion. After the above had declared the stones well and truly laid.

The REV. CHARLES LANE then said it was customary at such occasions as the present to make a brief statement of the doctrines and discipline of the church. The doctrines, in brief, were those of the Church of England, of which the Methodist Church was a daughter. Her ecclesiastical constitution was, so to speak, a combination of the monarchial idea of the English Church, the aristocrisy of Congregationalism and the democracy of the Presbyterians wielded into one grand whole. The object for which the building was being erected was that of preparing of spiritual stones for the Heavenly Temple, and he prayed many souls would be born for glory within these walls. At the close he returned thanks for the ladies who had laid the memorial stones, after which several handsome donations were laid on the stones, to which the proceeds of the tea being added, the handsome sum of over £60 was realized. An adjournment was then made to the old chapel, where a good tea had been provided, to which many who were able to gain admittance did justice after a long drive. This might be termed a "tea fight" in reality, for to gain admittance one had to properly fight his way in, and then wait his turn to get a seat. The arrangements were not all that could be desired, the room being so small, and the consequence being tea had to be laid upwards of a dozen times, and so the ladies were busily engaged the whole of the afternoon. The usual out door amusements were indulged in by many, while others preferred a stroll round the country. In the evening a public meeting was held, large numbers staying behind, when the ordinary speechifying was indulged in.


Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 9 March 1886, page 3

A public meeting was held at the blacksmith's shop, Agery, on Friday evening, March 5, and was well attended, Mr. B. Bowden presiding. The business of the evening was to consider the advisability of requesting the Postmaster-General to establish a post office in the locality ; also the establishment of a day school. The defective postal arrangements for the Hundred of Tiparra are a great inconvenience, as many settlers are obliged to go to Moonta whenever they want to post a letter, which means a distance of something like ten miles or more, it was resolved that the Postmaster-General be made acquainted with the circumstances and shown that the extra cost would be only trifling, as the mail from Maitland to Moonta could be made to pass through Agerv on the return journey, the increase in distance being only five miles. This would ensure three mails per week ; the alternative proposal being a request for two mails per week frani Moonta, viz., one on Tuesday, and one on Friday. Mr. Gillispie was recommended as being a suitable person for postmaster if the petition should be granted. Relative to the school question, Messrs. Bowden and Butterfield were deputed to wait upon the district inspector in order to obtain full information as to the mode of proceeding in the matter. The need of a school is a serious draw back to the rising generation, which, owing to the fruitfulness of the neighbourhood in that particular, is becoming numerous. It was pointed out that one of the most important subjects which can engage the attention of a country is the proper education of its people, and therefore the sympathy of all may well be solicited for any locality without the necessary means. A flaw in any part of a machine renders it imperfect as a whole, and unless particular attention is given to the requirements of any community, which is a factor in another, the whole must likewise in some degree suffer. The district around Agery is becoming populous as a farming centre, and if the two needs above mentioned are supplied will benefit the country at large. A vote of thanks to the chairman closed the proceedings.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 30 May 1902, page 2

OBITUARY—On Saturday last, Mr Benjamin Bowden, a well known and highly respected farmer, of Agery, passed away at his residence after a long and painful illness, at the age of 61 years, leaving a widow, and grown-up family of four sons and two daughters to morn their, loss. Deceased, who was a colonist of 38 years, was among the first settlers to start farming pursuits at Agery. He was a staunch supporter of the Methodist Church and it was mainly through his energy and devotion that the chapel at Agery was erected. The respect and esteem its which deceased was held was manifested by the long line of vehicles comprising the cortege, and the large number of people who had assembled round the entrance to tbe Moonta Cemetery on arrival of the funeral on Sunday afternoon. The service at the grave was conducted by the Rev W. T. Wiltshire, the undertaking arrangements being in the hands of Mr W. Cowling.


Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 26 November 1904, page 39

Green's Plains, November 20. The death of Mr. H. Freeman, of Agery, has removed one of our best known and most successful farmers. Mr. Freeman, with his partner (Mr. Lomman) was among the first settlers on the back blocks, and was prominent among the pioneers of scrub farming. With the late Mr. C. H. Smith, of Ardrossan, he assisted largely in improving and perfecting the stump-jumping plough, seed and fertiliser attachment, and other implements, which have done so much to reduce the cost of wheat-growing, and which have brought thousands of acres of land under cultivation that must otherwise have remained utterly valueless. By hard work and careful management the partners succeeded in converting a dense scrub into one of the best improved and most up-to-date farms in the State. Mr. Freeman always took an active part in any movement for the benefit of the district,' and was known far and wide for his kindness of heart and liberality. His death, the result of an accident, is a decided loss to the Peninsula, where the sincerest sympathy is felt for the bereaved family.

Agery. September 14.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 15 September 1905, page 3

The anniversary of the Agery Methodist Church was celebrated on Sunday last, when the Rev D. C. Harris preached afternoon and evening to good congrega tions. The annual tea and public meeting followed on Wednesday, when, despite the unfavorable climatic conditions, the outing tempted a large gathering of visitors from outlying centres. The tea was a pronounced success. The tables were laden with choice and tempting viands to which full justice was done by the large company present, the fair waitresses being kept busy froih 4 to 7.30 p.m. The public meeting commenced just before 8 o'clock, and with Mr W. Cowling, of Moonta, as chairman, the function proved to be one of the most successful held at Agery. The chairman, after expressing his pleasure in being present and hoping they would have a pleasant and profitable evening, he delivered a splendid address which was listened to with rapt attention. Stirring, practical and appreciative ad dresses were also given by Mr T. R. Bawden, of Moonta, and the Rev R. J. Daddow. Several numbers were excel lentiy rendered by the choir, which added to the enjoyment of the evening. The Treasurer (Mr Howlett) read the finanoial report, in which the hope was expressed that the coming year might see the debt (£70) on the church building completely liquidated. As an incentive to this end the chairman gave a substantial donation. On the motion of the Rev R. J. Daddow, seconded by Mr J. Eden, a comprehensive vote of thanks was passed to all who had assisted to make the anniversary a success.

It may be mentioned that the chairman's address occupied fully 20 minutes in delivery. What he termed in his opening remarks, "a brief character sketch of John Wesley, his life and work," was in point of fact a masterly exposition of a subject with which he has made himself familiar, and it contained a wealth of intensely interesting information in a condensed form. It was eloquent and bracing, and, as one of the other speakers remarked, the address in itself was a sufficient treat without any further contributions for one evening. Mr Cowling was heartily thanked for his services and congratulated on his effort, fit has been suggested that if Mr Cowling could be prevailed apon to repeat his address at the function to be held on the Show Grounds next Sunday afternoon it would prove an acceptable item in connection with the Sunday Schools demonstration. —ED.

During the afternoon a cricket match waa played between the Agery Club and a team from Moonta The game ended in a draw. At the conclusion of the match the visitors partook of tea, and several remained to attend the public meeting.

Agery August 4.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 10 August 1906, page 3

PICNIC.—The first picnic in connection with the Agery Methodist Sunday School was held at Silver Hill on Wednesday last, and proved a great success. The whole of the children attending the school with most of the parents and friends, assembled before noon. After a few preliminaries the company sat down to a sumptuous spread, which was done full justice to. The Superintendent (Mr J Bowden) then briefly addressed the gathering, congratulating the successful scholars on gaining their prizes, and tendering tome sound advice. The Secretary's report (presented by Mr H. J, Cadd) showed the school to be in a very fair position, and after defraying all expenses in connection with the picnio there was found to be a balance in band. The prizes won during the year were then distributed. These consisted of a lot of valuable and interesting books. Special prizes were also presented by Mrs H. Cadd and Mr T. Howlett. A programme of sports , was afterwards got through and much enjoyed Cricket end other games having been indulged in, tea was partaken of, after which a merry party atarted for home thoroughly satisfied with themselves and with the day's outing.

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR.—The members of the local O.E. Society have elected officers for the ensuing year. The important position of President has been entrusted to Mr J. Gersch, an enthusiastic worker in the cause, under whose leadership it is believed the sooiety will make more progress than in the year just passed.

CRICKET.—The return matoh with the of spectators. The game, like the previous one, resulted in a draw. Scores :—Agery 172 for 9 wickets (declared) ; Sunny Yale 75 for 5 wickets. Of the Agery total A. Pedlar contributed 103 not out by hard hitting. This is the first century scored for the club, whilst none has been recorded against the local bowlers, the nearest being P. Murnane's 99 at Arthurton and F. Hawke's 89 not out. The Agerys' total is also a record for the club and also for the oval. On the previous Saturday (28th ult) a match was played between a team from Moonta and the local club. Scores : —Agery, 49 (T. Pedlar 33) ; Moonta. 47 for 7 wickets (Shields 14, Batson 12 n.o., Spry 11). Tonkin captured 4 of the homo teams' wicketa for 25, whilst C. W. Bowden (5 for 25) and A. Pedlar (2 for 17) acoounted for the visitors'.


Fri 21 May 1909, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

Mr C. W. Bowden's Farm quarantined. Two Horses Dead. Following on the recent outbreak of anthrax on Mr Queale'a farm, which has resulted in the loss of 17 head of stock, the discovery of two cases on Mr C. W. Bowden's farm at Agery has caused some concern and uneasiness amongst the stock owners of the district.

The scene of the fresh outbreak is about 10 miles from Moonta and 15 from Queale's farm. .A horse died on Thursday last week, and another on Monday. Deeming the cases to be suspicious Mr Bowden wired the Chief Inspector of Stock, and in response Deputy Chief Inspector (Mr T. H. Williams) was sent to investigate. On arrival he found that the first animal had been buried, but from the description of the symptoms he bad little doubt but that it had died from anthrax. He was able however, to make a post-mortem examination of the second horse, and his examination revealed the presence of the disease. The microscopical examination of the blood also revealed bacteria of anthrax. The body of this horse was burnt to a cinder on the spot, and the farm quarantined.

So far none of the other horses (which are to be inoculated), or the sheep and cattle have shown any symptoms, of the disease.

Inspector Williams, who considers this to be a distinct outbreak from that at Queale's farm, and is hopefal that it will not spread, gave some valuable advice and information respecting the disease during his visit.

The disease, for which there is no known cure, said Mr Williams, destroys the constituent of the blood. He had no idea as to the cause of the disease, but it was possible that the land contained the spores, which very often caused an outbreak. There bad been many suspicious cases in the state, and be was afraid that anthrax was more prevalent than was supposed.

The general symptoms in the early at ages of the disease were :—The animal first goes off its feed, appears dull and lies about, showing colic pains. There might be a slight swelling of a puffy nature about the throat and neck. One of the chief things to notice was the temperature, which often ran up to 106 degrees. On noticing an animal under suspicious conditions owners would do well to seek advice by wiring the Chief-Inspector, who would render every assistance. The Act made it compulsory for owners to report to the Chief-Inspector immediately on noticing any such cases.

It was necessary that caution be exercised by persons handling animals that had died from anthrax as the disease was easily acquired by man. A dead animal should not be dragged away, but burnt on the spot. If the skin was worn through iroin dragging the soil would become contaminated with the bacteria.

During the evening several gentlemen, including the members of the Town Council, at the invitation of Inspector Williams availed themselves of the opportunity of viewing under a powerful microscope specimens of ths germs of anthrax, bubonic plague, and consumption. The Mayor (Mr W. Cowling), on behalf of those present, thanked Mr Williams for the privilege he had afforded them of viewing the specimens, and, In response, the inspector stated that he considered it to be his duty as a Government officer to give the public every Information on such subjects.

Agery October 6.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 8 October 1909, page 3

PICNIC,—The annual picnic in connection with the Agery Sunday School was held on Saturday, when, with lovely weather, there was a large attendance of scholars, teachers, parents and friends. Various sports was held and luncheon and tea provided.

BIRTHDAY.—The coming of age of Mr L. Lodge was celebrated on Tuesday last week by a large gathering of friends at his parents' residence. Amusements and dancing occupied the hours until earlydawn. Mr Lodge wag the recipient of some nice presents.

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR.—The members of the Agery; Sunnyvale and Arthurton C. E. societies held a combined meeting at Arthurton on Tuesday last, each being well represented- Mr C. W. Bewden was the leader, papers were read by Miss Rowe and Mr Mahar (Sunnyvale), Miss Howlett and Messrs C. W. and J. S. Bow den (Agery), and musical items contributed by Miss Rose Howlett and Mr C. W. Bowden (duet) and Mr Rowe (solo) A pleasant and profitable time was spent.

THE programme for a sports meeting to be held on the Moonta Recreation Ground on Monday, November 15, in connection with the local football club, is to issued shortly.



Fri 6 Sep 1912, Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954) Trove

Sincere regret was expressed when it became known that Mr. Robert Carroll, a highly respected resident of Agery, had passed away suddenly on Friday morning, August 2, at the age of 67 years. Deceased was born in County Galway, Ireland, and was a colonist of 55 years; he leaves a widow and three sons and two daughters. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic portion of the Moonta cemetery on Sunday, August 4, with those of his beloved mother, who died 13 years ago. Despite the inclement weather, the large procession of vehicles, which numbered about 50, testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The burial service was read bv the Very Rev. Father Blake, of Kadina.


Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924), Saturday 22 March 1913, page 5


Tha little church at Agery was crowded to the doors on March 12 when Mr. Spencer Stephens, son of Mr. Silas Stephens, of Wallaroo, was married to Niss Emily Elisabeth Howlett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Howlett, of Moonta. The marriage was solemnised by the Rev. W. Shaw, assisted by the Rev. D. I. Keddin. The church was decorated with almond blossom and asparagus ferns, and two floral arches, from which were suspended wedding bells were formed and silver horseshoes adorned the rostrum and the entrance to the aisle. Miss Rose Howlett (sister of the bride) and Miss Elsie Stephens (sister of the bridegroom) were the bridesmaids, and Pearl Eden and Effie Butler were the trainbearers. Mr. W. Chapman, of Wallaroo, carried out the duties of best man, and Mr. L. Howlett those of the groomsman. The bride, who was given away by her father, was dressed in a robe of ivory charmouse trimmed with ivory silk lace and silk applique with court train trimmed with Spanish lace, and true lovers knots of chiffon and orange blossom. She carried a beautiful bouquet of white carnations and hyacinths and asparagus ferns. The bridesmaids were dressed in keeping with the bride, and carried lovely bouquets. The trainbearers carried baskets of white carnations, roses, and ferns. The bridegroom's gifts were:—To the bride, a fancy necklet, set with aquarmarines and pearls; to the first bridesmaid, a pendant and chain set with pearls and rubies; to the second bridesmaid, a scrol pend dant, set with pearls; and to the train-bearers gold scrooI brooches set with pearls. Miss Davies, of Wallaroo, played the "Wedding March" . The reception was held at Oak Farm, Agery, where about 250 guests were received from all parts. The usual toasts were honored at the breakfast, and musical and elocutionary items followed. The bride and bridegroom left by motor for Kadina, en route to Victor Harbour. where the honeymoon was spent. Mr. and Mrs. Stephens will reside at Wallaroo. The bride's travelling dress was of grey resilda, with guipure yoke and medallions, and hat of pan velvet en euite. The presents were numerous.



Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 26 March 1915, page 2

The death of Mr Henry Howlett, which, occurred at his late residence, the Pines Agery, on Saturday last, after a short illness, removes another of the pioneers of the district. The deceased, who was born at Macelesfield, was 73 years of age, and had engaged in farming pursuits at Agery for a very lengthened period. He leaves a widow, and family of seven sons and three daughters. The funeral, which took place on Sunday afternoon, when his remains were interred in the Moonta cemetery, was largely attended and the cortege consisted of about fifty vehicles. The Revs W. H. Hanton and E. Miller officiated at the graveside, the Agery choir, with others, rendering hymns appropriate to the occasion. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr E. Major, jun.


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Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Thursday 17 July 1952, page 4

Mr Brice Russell, formerly head teacher at the school for over 7 years, and now at Owen, gave the Red Cross Circle a weaving loom he had made. This was forwarded to Adelaide, and following was received by the president, Mrs L. Lodge: ''Thank you for sending the loom to our handicraft centre, it will prove most useful to our ex-servicemen. Mr Russell is to be congratulated on his workmanship. He is surely a master-craftsman to turn out sucli a loom. None of ours can compete with it, although most of them were made by professionals. We appreciate the work done by your Circle at Agery."—Elsie Armitage, Director of Handicrafts, Red Cross House, Adelaide.

Rain falls regularly. Farmers hoping to work wet patches use two tractors on one machine. Some have completed sowing.

The Ladies' Guild meeting was held on July 3. Twelve members were present and Mrs Bowden (president) presided. Two readings on the lives of "Elizabeth Fry" and "Geraldine Cadbury," were given by Mrs A. Eden The secretary (Mrs Browning) read letters from the Hackney and Port Adelaide missions for parcels received. Gifts for the Temperance Alliance fair to be held in Adelaide were brought by members. An appeal was made to members to make rugs for missions in time for the August meeting. Two parcels of clothing will be sent to Port Pirie and Brompton missions. A food for Britain collection realised £1 8/, and for Sister Langsford 11/. A competition arranged by Mrs A Eden, was won by Mrs Mitchell. Hostesses for afternoon tea were Mesdames A. and F. Eden.—"People's Weekly."


Fri 25 Aug 1916, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

In the assembly on Wednesday Mr Allen asked whether it was intended to build a school at Agery in accordance with a petition from the residents. The Premier stated that a resident had offered to surrender 2.5 acres of his leasehold, and when the land was secured the Government would consider the question of building a school at an early date.


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Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Friday 10 September 1943, page 2

A farewell social was tendered Mr and Mrs Ray Couch and family, at the local hall on August 26. Mr Couch, who has been in charge of the Agery school during the past nine years, has been transferred to Adelaide. During the evening Mr C. W. Bowden presented tokens of esteem to Mr and Mrs Couch, and Ruth Lodge presented Christine with a doll, and Alwyn Eden a gift to John' from-his school-mates. Mr Hurtle Bagshaw represented the V.D.C., of which Mr Couch was a N.C.O. Messrs Bowden and F. Eden extended to the guests the best wishes of all present. Mr Couch responded.

Pvte. Ray Eden was presented with a fountain pen at his home by Mr C. W. Bowden on behalf of friends at Agery. It was intended to tender him a social evening, but this had to be cancelled on account of bereavement.

Cpl. and Mrs Herbert Hocking and infant son, of Adelaide, have paid a visit to Mr and Mrs Les Lodge. Mrs Hocking, formerly Miss Mary Semmens, is a niece of Mrs Lodge.". Cpl. Hocking has been organist of the Madge Memorial church Adelaide, for 15 years. He was tendered an evening, when reference was made to the service in the church. The visitors attended tihe service at the Agery church and rendered a duet, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." The Rev. C. W. G. Smith, who conducted the service, sincerely thankedj them for tiheir help. Cpl. Hocking will leave for Victoria in a few days.

The sum of £1 13/9 was collected, at the Agery polling booth on election day for the F.F.C.F.


Sat 15 Sep 1917, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

On Thursday on the estate of Mr. John Welch, at Agery, Yorkes Peninsula, a substantial farmhouse, with the whole of its contents, was destroyed by fire. The dwelling had been tenanted for several years by Messrs. R. H. and A: G. Burns, young share farmers. Since October, 1914, the younger partner has been on war service with the 9th Light Horse Regiment, and has regularly remitted the bulk of his pay to his brother to provide assistance on the farm during his absence. On Saturday last, owing to a brother (Pt. A. J. Moar) of Mrs. R. H. Burns having recently been killed in action in France, Mr. Burns journeyed to Milang with his wife and their family to condole with the bereaved parents. They were on their way back to Agery when they learned of the total destruction of their home and furniture. The fire was accidentally caused by a lighted match. The house was the property of Mr. Welch. Nothing was in sured.


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Mr. William Trethowan

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 17 November 1923, page 57

Mr. William Trethowan, who died in Adelaide on November 2, at the age of 85, was a colonist for over 60 years, having arrived in South Australia, in February, 1863, in the ship Mary Stepherd. He first settled at Glen Osmond, where he remained for four years, after which he worked for a short time on the old Callington mine. Subsequently he went to Moonta, and worked as a tributer in Moonta mines until he met with an accident. On recovering he took up land in the Agery district and engaged in farming. About 23 years ago he retired from active farming pursuits. He was one of the founders of the Agery Church, and had been con-nected with the Methodist Church for about 50 years. He was twice married his first wife dying 22 years ago, and his second wife five years ago. There are three daughters (Mrs J. B. Roberts, East Moonta; Mrs A. A. King, Temora, N.S.W.; and Mrs. W. J. Norman, Kadina), 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


Agery School 1921/1922

Back: - Charlie Redding, Ira Mills, Ern Gregory, Bill McAdam Alf Coote, Lawrence Coote, Frank Redding

Centre: - Kath Nankivell, Eva Hicks, Doris Bowden, Bell Burns, Phyllis Mills, Owen Nankivell, Mary Bowden, Jean Eden, Edith Hicks

Front: - Charles Hicks, Edmund Hicks, Ted Lodge, Howard Woodward, Jack Lodge, Bob Burns, Arthur Burns

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Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 17 March 1926, page 2


A largely attended gathering was held at Agery on Thursday evening, to say farewell to Mr and Mrs R. Burns and family. Rev. A. A. Smith presided. Eulogistic speeches were made by Rev. E. A. Pederick (in behalf of the church). Mr. Wesley Bowden and Mr. Les; Lodge (Sunday school), Messrs Wes. Bowden and H. Coote (public school committee) :Cr Henschke (Clinton District Council), and Messrs H. Cadd H.D. Noble A. Eden and Tonkin. Reference was made of Mr and Mrs. Burns service to the church as worshippers, active workers and supporters of their valuable assistance to the Sunday school as super intendant and teacher, and of Miss Bell Burns as secretary. Mr Burns had shown a most praiseworthy public spirit. As chairman of the school committee he had done much to secure the erection of the new school and to beautify and improve the grounds, and he had done splendid service as councillor for Agery ward with the Clinton District Council. Sincere regret was expressed at their departure and best wishes were expressed for their future. On behalf of the adherents of the church and residents of the district, the chairman presented Mr and Mrs. Burns with two handsome easy chairs.

Mr Burns thanked the donors for their useful gifts to himself and Mrs Burns, and said that his associations with the church and his work for the district had been a great joy. He held that every man should give a contribution of service to the general good. If there was anything worthy of emulation in his character he owed it ti his mother. He and his would not forget the happy time they had spent at Agery.

During the evening songs were contributed by Miss Andrewartha and Mr. Alf. Eden, a duet by Mrs Les. Lodge and Mr. Wes. Bowden, and elocutionary items by Misses Doris Bowden and Gwen Nankivell. At the close refreshments were served by the ladies.

OBITUARY NOTICES. Mr. Joseph Edmond Hicks.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 24 March 1928, page 50

The death occurred suddenly at his homestead, Agery, on March 14, of Mr. Joseph Edmond Hicks (writes our local correspondent). Deceased had a severe illness some time ago, but recovered, only to collapse on Wednesday. Mr. Hicks, who was 51 years of age, was born at Cross Roads. Moonta, and was the eldest son of the late George Hicks. With the exception of a few years at Broken Hill and Western Australia, he had spent practically the whole of his life in Moonta and district. About 23 years ago he married Miss E. A. Hooper, daughter of Mrs. Hooper, of Ryan street. Moonta, and sister to ex-Mayor Mr. T. H. Hooper. The late Mr Hicks had been associated with the mining industry for a long period. When a young man he worked in Moonta Mines as a tributer, and later was appointed on the underground staff of the Wallaroo and Moonta Company. Subsequently he was appointed underground manager at the Yelta Mine, under Count de Venancourte, who was the general manager, for the French company which owned the property, at that time. In later years, in conjunction with Mr. T. H. Hooper (who was his partner in the firm of Hicks & Hooper), he was largely responsible for the development of the Wild Hog Mine on the Yelta section. He also carried on active farm work at the homestead at Agery, where he resided; and he was also interested in the Moonta prospecting syndicate, and in every way sought to advance the mining interests of the district. In the death of Mr. Hicks Moonta is the poorer. The surviving family is a widow, four sons (George Thomas J E., Charles, and Bruce) and two daughters (Misses E. A. and Eva Hicks), all of Agery. Messrs. Thomas. A. G and J. F. Hicks (North Yelta). 33. J. (Ardrossanl. and F. H. (Wallaroo) ore brothers, and Mesdames 0. Northey (W.A.), W. Tolmer (Cunliffe). James \Vhennam (Cross Roads), and L. Fuss (Adelaide) are sisters. Mr. Richard Stanton.


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Agery 1926

Teacher Miss Hilda Barbary

Back: - Gwen Lamshed, Bessie Burns, Doris Mills, Kathy Nankivell, Muriel Keen, Gwen Nankivell, Vina Coote, Mary Bowden

Centre: - Edmund Hicks, Jack Lodge, Char Hicks, Arthur Burns, Ted Lodge, Maurice Keen, Jim Bowden, Howard Woodward

Front: - Eileen Carol, Edna Woodward, Lina Keen, Lewis Woodward, Vic Mills, Wes Bowden, Bruce Hicks


Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Monday 10 September 1928, page 7

MOONTA, September 7.— A butterfly fair, pro moted by the Agery ladies in conjunction with the local school committee, tool place on Wednesday, and was a huge success. Takings exceeded £90, and the net proceeds will be utilised mainly for construction of tennis courts on tho school grounds. The committee of ladies, guided by Mrs. H. Cadd, sen. (President) and Miss. Hooper (secretary); were untiring in their Church, and the seven stalls 'artistically decorated', presented an attractive display, and good business resulted. Mr. C. W. Bowden (chairman of the school committee), introduced the mayor of Moonta (Mr. L. Bennett), who formally declared the fair open. Inspector W. T. Martin gave an interesting address on 'Education Week,' and congratulated Agcry on having a live school committee. Miss Mary Bowden sang 'Come, to the Fair,'' after, which Miss Owen Lamshed presented Mr. and Mrs. Bennett with bouquets. A fancy dress parade of children followed. The adjudicators were Mrs. H. J. Cadd and Miss M. Martin. Much amusement was derived from the sideshows. In the evening the following contributed to the concert programme: — Overture, Misses D. and M. Bowden; songs. Mr. H. W. Hendeli, Mrs. Len Lodge, Missu Doley (3), McDonough, and Mary Bowden; re citations, Jean Wellington and Elaine Cadd (2); Cornish stories, Mr. Dick Allen: On the motion ot Mr. H. A. Cadd and Mr. Fred Eden, thanks were accorded to all who had helped. Stallholders: — Afternoon tea, Mesdames L. R. Howlett and Hicks (conveners). Misses M. Ped Ier, Mills, Kankivell, and D. Smith; baby, Mes dames H. A. Cadd and S. Allen (conveners); cake, Mrs. C. W. Bowden and Miss Mary Bowden; produce, Mesdaraes H. Cadd, sen., and A. G. Eden, jun. (conveners), Mrs. Mills and Miss F. Pedler; flowers, Mrs. H. J Nankivell (convener) and Miss L Rowe; work; Mrs. Coote (convener),. Mr., Hichen. Misses Hooper and Mills; sweets. Misses Hicks and Coote; tulip garden. Mrs. Browning and Miss Doris Bowden; drinks. Messrs. Coote, Cadd, sen., and Nankivell; cocoa nut shy, Messrs. Mills, sen., Carroll, and A. Eden; sports. Mr. Fred Eden. Fancy dresa competitions: — Best-sustained character (Father Christmas), Miss Jessie Mellen; original (bow ler), Ronnie Cadd; humorous (Chinaman), Ted Lodge; daintiest (Early Victorian). Miss Jeanett Cadd. Special prizes given by Mrs. H. J. Cadd: — Spring, Miss Elaine Allen; rose. Joy Olds; best pair, Jean and Ted Nankivell; nursery rhymes, Valda Olds flower, Annie Bowden. Prizes for cookery (Judged by Madames. Clayton and Bennett); — Over 18 years of age (sponge), Mrs. L. K. Howlett; under 18 years. Miss Doris Bowden. Guessing weight — Cake. Miss Si. Frisk; doll, Mrs. Cecil Browning; duck, Mr. Ted Tily.


Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 1 August 1929, page 54

The death occurred suddenly at her residence, George-street, Moonta, on Friday evening, July 19, of Mrs. Emma Bowden, in her 85th year. She was born in Constantine, Cornwall, in 1844, and arrived in South Australia with her husband (the late Mr. Benjamin Bowden) on June 22, 1864, in the ship Eastern Empire, the voyage taking 14 weeks. They first settled at Mitcham, and then removed to Glen Osmond, where Mr. Bowden was engaged in the quarries. He was later in the employ of the late Sir William Milne. In 1869 they moved to Moonta, where Mr. Bowden followed mining activities. In 1875 he took up land at Agery, where Mrs. Bowden had since resided, with the exception of a few weeks at Moonta. She was one of the first pioneers of the district, and endured many hardships, but displayed commendable fortitude. She was a most ardent and diligent member of the Methodist Church, was a fine type of Christian woman, and was untiring in her efforts to assist in any good cause. Of a family of ten, five sons and two daughters survive, viz.:— Richard Bowdon, Kadina; William T. Bowden, Moonta Bay; Lloyd Herbert Bowden, Agery; C. Wesley Bowden, Agery; Arnold H. Bowden, New South Wales; Mrs. E. A. Mahar, Moonta and Mrs. S. Edwards, Hilton. There are also 27 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.


Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, SA : 1931), Saturday 22 August 1931, page 19

The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. E. Lodge was celebrated at the residence of their son, Mr. L. T. Lodge, Agery. About 70 relatives end friends sat down to bssekfast In a room decorated with Iceland poppies and maiden hair fern by and lemon streamers hanging from the centre. The tables were decorated with Iceland poppies and gum leaves, orange Miss Martin, of Moonta. A three-tier wedding cake, iced by Mrs. J. Andrewartha, adorned the bridal table. The following toasts were submitted:— 'The King,' by the Rev. B. J. Weeding; 'The Bride and Bridegroom,' by Mr. J. W. Jones, of Adelaide, responded to by Mr. Les Lodge; 'The Bridesmaids' (Mrs. Humphries, sister of the bridegroom), Mr. A. Eden, and Mr. Lodge, in the absence of Mr. Paternoster, of Adelaide (best man): 'The Family,' the Rev. B. J. Weeding and Mr. Len Lodge; 'The Friends,' Mr. B. Bowden,- and Mr. G. Baldock. both of Kadlna. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a diamond cluster ring; that of the bride to the bridegroom, a pair or gold sleeve links. The children's gifts were armchairs, and those of the grandchildren two cushions. Many other presents were received from relatives and friends, and bridal bouquets were sent by Mr. and Mrs. Cook, of Kadlna. Telegrams and letters of congratulation were also received. A surprise party of tinkettlers, representing friends of the district, appeared, and on then behalf Mr. T. Hewlett extended good wishes to the old couple. Mr. and Mrs. Lodge were married at St. George's Church of England, Gawler by the late Canon Coombes. on August 15, 1881. Mr. Lodge was bom at Essex, England, and came to South Australia with his parents In 1859, In the ship James Jordan, landing on June 30. His parents first worked for the Hon W. Duffleld, at Gawler, for eight years and afterwards took up land on their own account. Mr. Lodge was educated at the Gawler River public school (now called Loos school). On leaving school be worked In Adelaide for two years, then for the 'South Australian Carrying Company for five years, in 1877 he went to Dowlingville. Yorke Peninsula, and started fanning with his elder brother (the late Mr. John Lodge), and continued until 1896, when he took up land at Agery, where he has since resided. Mrs. Lodge was the third daughter of the late Mr. and. Mrs. Thomas Barrett, farmers of Gawler, and was bora on July 14. 1859. She was educated at Miss Finch's private school, and continued to reside at Gawler until her marriage. There are five children. Mrs. R. R. Bowden (Kadlna). Mrs. D. J. Bedding (Kadlna). Mrs. A. Eden, and Messrs. L. T. Lodge and L. c. Lodge, of Agery. There are 17 grandchildren.


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Agery School Picnic. Moonta Bay late 1940's


Wed 26 Sep 1934, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

A very successful fair, which was organised by the ladies of the local Methodist church to raise funds for the purchase of a piano for the Sunday school, was held on Wednesday last. Mr J. H. Colliver, of Arthurton, after a very fine address, reminiscent of the pioneering days of Agery, congratulated the women folk on their enterprise and declared the fair open. Little Ruth Lodge and Maureen Bowden presented Rev. Offler (chairman) and' Mr Colliver with a pretty buttonhole each . Brisk business was transacted at the various stalls and every article was sold, the total takings amounting to between £18 and £19. Afternoon and high tea were served, and patrons were treated to a delightfully sumptuous feast. The tables were daintily and tastefully decorated and laden with such edibles that reflected great credit on the ladies who prepared them. Everything went with a swing and not a single hitch occurred to mar the whole proceedings. In the evening a concert was given and the items were well received, and grateful thanks are extended to all who contributed to the entertainment. The ladies who worked on the stalls under the supervision of Mrs Alf. Eden were untiring in their efforts to make the venture a success and they must feel gratified (writh the splendid results. Also the ladies who provided the wants of the "inner man" are to be specially commended for the excellent spread. Those who took part in the concert were Mr and Mrs Len. Lodge, Mrs C. White, Mrs Hartley Cadd, Mr Dan Pedler, Master Hugh Mutton and Rev. A. Hemmings.

Back to Agery.

During the afternoon a meeting of trustees was held, to discuss the "Back to Agery" jubilee celebrations, and a committee was formed, comprising the whole of the trustees, to make preliminary arrangements. Mr Alf. Eden was appointed secretary and Mr C. W.

Bowden chairman. It was resolved to fix the event for September, 1935 the definite date to be determined later. There are to be renovations to the church and fence, and prices are to be obtained for the erection of a porch at the front entrance. It is considered that the celebrations will develop into a big affair.

Glorious rains have fallen during the week and crops are making a good recovery after the severe north winds.

Flu is very prevalent in the district, and several families are down with it.

Mr S. Tunkin, who is 91 years of age, : had the misfortune to fall last week and injure his hip, consequently he is confined to his bed and is suffering great pain.


Wed 10 Jul 1935, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Mr and Mrs C. W. Bowden, of Agery, celebrated the silver jubilee of their wedding:. They were married at Balaklava in 1910 by Pastor Day. Mr Bowden is a son of the late Mr and Mrs Benjamin Bowden, who were among the pioneers of the Agery district, and original members of the Agery church. Mrs Bowden was Eleanor B. Tunkin, daughter of Mr Samuel and the late Mrs Tunkin, and was born at Mintaro. She is president of the Women's Guild at Agery. Mr Bowden has represented Agery ward in the Clinton District Council for nine years, and has been chairman of the school committee for the same period. He is also an active member of the Moonta Glee Club. There are four children. About 100 friends joined in the celebration. Decorations to the wedding cake were done by Mr Len Lodge. Toasts were honored by the Rev. G. B. Tucker, the Mayor of Moonta (Mr R. J. Hughes), and Mr . Lloyd Howlett. Mr Bowden proposed : the toast of the bridesmaids, two of whom (Mesdames W. T. Bowden and A. Eden) were present. Others who spoke were Messrs L. H. Bowden, A. Eden, and E. H. Hancock, and R. R. Bowden. Mrs Hartley Cadd, Misses Clarice Edwards; Winnie Allen, Doris and Mary Bowden, and Mr Dan Pedler contributed to a musical program.


Wed 18 Sep 1935, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

These celebrations, which commenced on Saturday, September 7th, and terminated on Monday night 9th, mark an epoch in the history of Agery. The attendant successn exceeded expectations.

The church building, the land for which was donated by the late Mr Benjamin Bowden, cost £230 according to an old balance-sheet. The late Mr John Snell, of Moonta, was the contractor for the carpentry work, and the masonry, work was done by the late Mr Thos. Prisk, who was assisted by the late Mr H. Breaker. The vestry was built about the year 1912. The original trustees were Messrs H. Howlett, B. Bowden, T. Matters, C. T. Newman, Wm. Matters, John Butterfield, H. R. Hancock, Wm. Wearne, and Rev. Charles Lane. The foundation stones were laid by Messrs H. R. Hancock, J. Roach, W. Wearne, and Miss Holman. The present trustees are Messrs C. W. Bowden, L. H. Bowden, L. R. Howlett, L. T. Lodge, L. C. Lodge, E. Lodge, F. J. Eden, T. Howlett, and A. Eden (secretary and treasurer).

There was never a dull moment, and the '"reunion" spirit was most marked. The Agery folk have every reason to be delighted with the results from every angle. Visitors were present from all parts of the State, and every-body espressed their satisfaction at the manner in which they were catered for. The committees that were appointed to carry out their respective duties were hard worked, and the ladies especially had a herculean task in providing sufficient edibles for such a large number of people. This they performed with that efficiency which has characterised the Agery ladies for the past half century. Although the final figures are not yet available, the takings for the three days, including donations, amounted to just over £200. The takings for Saturday and Sunday, which were in aid of the church, amounted to £45 17/, and the trustees are gratified to know that after allowing for the costs of renovations, they will have a substantial credit balance. The Public Hall trustees are also jubilant with the results of Monday's proceedings. It is believed that the takings, includings £106 for the queen competitions, are in the vicinity of £160.

It is estimated that the cost of the new hall, including the piano, and furnishings is about £360. The liability should not now prove a burden to the trustees, and if the unanimity of the people of the district which now exists can be maintained, it should not be many years before the debt will be wiped off.

The weather on Saturday proved glorious for the occasion, and at 3 p.m. the church, which presented a hand-some appearance (having been renovated for the occasion), was filled to its utmost capacity, and many could not gain admission. The Rev. A. Hemmings, superintendent of the Moonta circuit, welcomed the visitors, and expressed the hope that the Jubilee would be a blessing to all and that the reunion would bring back many happy recollections of bygone days. He especially mentioned the enterprise of the worthy pioneers of Methodism in the district and gave an interesting history of the early church at Agery, which he had gleaned from records that he had obtained. He commended the present church body for their efforts in beautifying and making the church a place of worship worthy of the highest traditions of Methodism. He thanked the Howlett family, and the Bowden family for the presentation of a handsome hymn board and communion table, and a pulpit chair respectively, in memory of their beloved parents, who had passed to the greater beyond; to the Sunday school, for two pedestals; the Ladies Guild, two brass vases ; Mrs Hallo,brass vase; Mr and Mrs Lodge, sen., two polished wood collection plates and pulpit cushion; and Mrs Spencer Stevens, a hand-embroidered cushion cover.

The Rev. G. B. Tucker occupied the chair, and introduced Mr Thomas Matters, the only surviving member of the original trust, who very ably performed the ceremony of unveiling the tablet (which is placed in the interior of the church) in honour of the first trustees, acting trustees, and pioneer members of the church. Mr Matters' kindly references to the sacrifices of those early stalwarts was a revelation to many. He brought along and displayed a silver trowel which was used by the late Mrs Wearne in the laying of the memorial stones of the present building, the inscription thereon bearing the date September 23, 1885.

'The Rev. H. A. Gunter also expressed his gratitude at being, able to attend the function, and thanked the Agery people for their invitation to conduct the services on the Sunday.

At the conclusion of this service, which included hymns and prayer,a sumptuous tea was served in the new hall, where over 300 partook of the good things provided. The Jubilee cake, which was iced and decorated by Mr Len Lodge, was an object of admiration, and was cut by Mr T. Matters.

The evening's entertainment was also held in the hall as the large crowd could not be accommodated in the church. Mr Hemmings was chairman. A lengthy program of speeches interspersed with musical items, was submitted, and was well received. The children's choir, under the baton of Miss Mary Bowden, gave three items, the rendition of which was very plea-sing, the musical ability of the conductor, being reflected in the performance of these children. It is hoped that the choir will continue. Mrs Buchanan, Miss Audrey Brown, Miss Hughes, Mrs Sweet (Wallaroo) and Mr K. Weaver (Kadina) contributed solos, duetts, and trios, and Miss Effie Butler (Willamulka) rendered a solo. Each item was very nicely rendered and gained hearty applause. The Revs. A. Hemmings and H. A. Gunter, Messrs T. Howlett and R. R. Bowden were the speakers, and Mr. Alf Eden submitted a financial statement.

On Sunday afternoon the church was again crowded, and the Rev. Mr Gunter preached a delightful sermon. Miss Mary Bowden rendered with great effect the solo "Rock of Ages." Owing to the large crowd that was outside, it was decided to hold, the evening service in the hall, which also proved inadequate to accommodate the large attendance. The Rev. Mr Gunter again preached land a most enjoyable time resulted. The choir under Mr Len. Lodge rendered the anthem "Across the Bar" Everybody expressed themselves as being particularly pleased with the whole of the services.

The following special donations were received:—Mrs M Kendall, Victoria, £2; Mrs T. Matters, Unley, £2 2/, Mrs W. Matters West Australia, Mrs G, Matters, Parkside, each £1 1/ ; Messrs. T. Jacka, Adelaide, and S. S. Woodward, Agery, £1; Mrs M. Mellen, East Moonta, 10/.

Back to School.

Ideal picnic weather again prevailed on the Monday, and the sports committee felt assured of great success. At 10.30 people began to arrive, and at 11 o'clock assembled at the school. Mrs C. W. Bowden, who was a former teacher at Agery in 1906-1909, had charge of the proceedings and after falling the scholars into line and marching them into school, the roll was called, and also the name of every teacher who had labored at Agery. There were scholars present who attended school under the first teacher (Mr Elisha Williams), some scholars for every subsequent teacher. Mrs A. Mahar, of Moonta, was the oldest scholar present, and, with Messrs R. R. Bowden and T. Howlett, and Miss A, Howlett, attended Mr Williams' school. The proceedings proved quite successful and created a lot of fun and amusement. Mrs Squires (nee Stacey), Mrs Bosley (nee Florrie Pedler), Mr Dan Pedler, and Messrs Dan and Jim Philips, dressed in school clothes, provoked great hilarity. Florrie Pedler presented the teacher with a bouquet of dandelions and billy buttons picked by the roadside. The excuses from absent scholars caused much merriment. Apologies were read from Mrs Will Honnor (nee Ellen Moloney), New South Wales, and Miss Laura Starrs, former teachers. At the conclusion three cheers were given for the teacher.


Prior to the commencement of the sports an official luncheon took place in the hall. Mr C. W. Bowden presided and extended a cordial welcome to the officials which included two of the patrons, Messrs B. Pattinson and D. M. S. Davies, M's.P., and Mr J. J. Henschke, chairman of the District Council of Clinton. Mr Hartley Cadd, in an excellent speech, submitted the toast of "The Parliament," which was responded to by the members for the district. Apologies were received from Messrs McBride, M.H.R., and the Hon. Walter Duncan, M.L.C., both of whom contributed to the funds.

The sports proved a great success, The lengthy program was put through in good time, and some good racing was witnessed in several events. The committee has been requested to make the event an annual affair. Mr Les. Fielder, of Moonta, rendered valuable assistance to the sports, having erected amplifiers on the ground. Besides contributing selections, he assisted, greatly by announcing each event as it came on, also the result of each race.

The Kadina Cycling Club sent a large squad of riders, and the cycling events were very interesting.

After the sports Mr Leslie Woodward presented the cup annexed by Mr Glasson Andrewartha, in the 1.5 miles trot, and, on behalf of Messrs Emerson & Davey, the president presented their cup for the two miles trot to the same owner, who won the event with the same horse, Rough Passage. Mr. Andrewartha replied and generously offered a similar trophy if the committee made the sports, an annual event. Mr Laurence Goote presented his cup for girls under 14 years to Miss Betty Keen, Miss Keen was indisposed and her father received and acknowledged the prize.

The afternoon tea was well patronised for about "three hours, also the counter lunch and cool drinks.

Official Opening of Hall.

At 8.30 the official opening of the hall was performed by Mr Leslie Bennett, of Moonta, who in an excellent address, congratulated the folk of Agery on their enterprise. It was indeed an eye-opener to him and he was proud to be present, and to think that the people realised their responsibility as to the social requirements of the district. The structure they had erected had proved them worthy successors of those great hearted pioneers who had blazed the trail 50 years ago. Mr Henschke supported.

The dance commenced with the polanaise led by Mr Bennett and Miss Doris Bowden, and, owing to the huge crowd, had to be relayed.

At 9.30 the queen competition closed, and the pageant arranged by Mesdames Hartley and Clarrie Cadd presented a most charming and spectacular scene as they marched on to the stage. The honor of crowning the winning queen fell to the popular Mr Henschke, who in a happy and appropriate speech crowned Miss Nellie Masters the "Jubilee Queen of the Hall," and also presented each queen with a box of chocolates. The attendants were also charmingly attired and each received a present.

Dancing continued till 2 a.m., and thus ended the most successful function ever held at Agery.


Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940), Friday 1 November 1935, page 13

The Agery Church Golden Jubilee celebrations were held on September 7 and 8. Quite a number of old residents now living in various parts of the State returned for the function. The official opening of the Jubilee took place in the Church at 3 p.m ; on Saturday, September 7. Such a large number of people had gathered that all were not able to get a seat in the building. Rev. A. Hemmings, superintendent minister of the circuit, welcomed the visitors and expressed ..the hope that the jubilee would be a blessing to all. He gave an interesting summary of the history of the early Church at Agery, and made special mention of the vision and enterprise of the pioneers of Methodism in the District. He-commended the present Trustees for their efforts in beautifying the Church. He thanked the Hewlett family for the presentation of a hymnboard and a communion table in memory of their parents; the Bowden family for the gift of a pulpit chair, which was also presented in memory of their parents; the Sunday school for two pedestals; the Ladies' Guild for two brass vases; Mrs. Hallo for brass vase; Mr. and Mrs. Lodge, senr., for two polished wood collection plates and a pulpit cushion; and Mrs. Spencer Stephens for a hand embroidered cushion cover. Rev. G. B. Tucker, who occupied the chair, introduced Mr. Thomas Matters, the only surviving member of the original trust, who unveiled the tablet in honour of the -first trustees, acting trustees and pioneer members of the Church. ' Rev, H. A. Gunter also expressed his gratitude at being able to attend , the function, and thanked the Agery people for their invitation to conduct the service on the Sunday. The service concluded with a hymnand benediction. Tea was served in the adjoining new hall, at which 300 were present. The evening entertainment was held in the hall, the church being too small to accommodate the people. Rev. A. Hemmings presided. Rev. H. A. Gunter was the chief speaker. Other speakers recalled past experiences of the Church life. During the evening —' musical and '"elocutionary items were rendered. Special services were held on Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Rev. H. A. Gunter being the preacher p.t both services. Mr. Gunter's services were greatly appreciated, and it was a delight to both Mr. and Mrs. Gunter to renew old friendships. Throughout the celebrations a fine spirit prevailed.

Mr. T. J. Jacka

10 Oct 1935, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Thomas J. Jacka, who died suddenly on September 9, at Agery, Yorke Peninsula, during the Agery Methodist jubilee celebrations, was born at Redruth, Cornwall, on July 27, 1868 His parents arrived at Moonta in 1871. He was educated at Moonta, and later entered the nrintine trade. aobrenUced to Mr. E. H. Derrington, who was proprietor of 'Yorke Peninsula Advertiser. At the age of 18 years he left for Broken Hill, and spent some time with the 'Sliver Age' and 'Broken Hill Times' offices. In 1895 he and the late Mr. J. Herman entered into partnership as commercial printers. Mr. Harman died In 1919, and the business was managed by Mr. Jacka until his late partner's son and his own son were taken into partnership. Later they formed a limited company, of which he was managing director, which position he held till his death. At Broken Hill he was a member of the local Freemasons' Lodge. He was very fond of sport, particularly cricket. He went to England last year to witness the Tests. In 1893 he married Emily Susan Phillips, a daughter of Mr. Joe Phillips, manager of the Junction North mine. He left two sons and one daughter, C. R. (St. Peters), O. L. (Enfield), and Mrs. W. B. Southcott (Rosefleld).


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 22 July 1936, page 4

Arbor Day - was celebrated by the Agery school on Wednesday week, and passed off successfully. The chairman of the school committee (Mr C. W. Bowden) welcomed the visitors, "and the following items were rendered" by the scholar. "The Little Bakers," lower grades; piccolo solo, Blair Cadd; "Cowboys," boys; pianoforte duet, Ray and Rhonda Eden; "Indians" boys; "Home on the Range" choir; "Abide with Me," "Vesper Hymn," and "When I grow too old to Dream" band. An address was given by the Rev. O. B. Tucker. A vote of thanks was accorded all who had assisted, on the motion of Messrs H. A. Cadd and Les Lodge. Lunch was then partaken after which 50 trees were planted. A dance was held in the hall at night, the proceeds being devoted to the school funds.

Preliminary operations for the erection of the new school house of five rooms and appointments have been carried out by the contractor (Mt E. F. Marshall), of Welland.

During the week 83 points of rain have been recorded, which were very acceptable and have relieved the anxiety felt by the primary producers, occasioned by the negligible rainfall recorded since their seeding operations began, and the consequent lack of feed.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 18 November 1936, page 4

The Agery Sunday school anniversary held on Sunday, November 1, was a successful one. The scholars rendered hymns under the direction of

Mrs Clem Woodward, with Mrs A. Eden as pianist and Mr Len Lodge at the organ. The afternoon service was taken by Rev. G. B. Tucker, and that of the evening by the Rev. P. H. Chennell. Good congregations, assembled at both services. The floral decorations were yellow broom and Iceland poppies. The following took prominent parts:—Solo, Miss Elaine Allen; quartette, Mesdames Les and Len Lodge and Messrs Wes. and Bert Bowden; trio, little Betty and Ruth Lodge and Maureen Bowden (this item was repeated at the evening service) ; six little girls, Beryl Lamshed, Claire Eden, Phillis Woodward. Nellie Masters, Molly and Kathleen Lodge, sang sweetly. Mrs Woodward was very highly congratulated on the part singing of the younger children.

Over 100 friends of Mr Lionel Bowden (elder son of Mr and Mrs C. W. Bowden) assembled at the Agery public hall on Thursday, November 5, to celebrate his 21st birthday. Dancing was the order of the evening. Mr Alf Eden, on behalf of those present, in an appropriate speech, presented Lionel with a shaving outfit. His remarks were endorsed by Mr Hartley Cadd and Mr Max King, of Maitland. Mr Bowden presented his son with a gold key, which was autographed by those present. A beautiful cake, made by the guest's mother and iced by Mr Len Lodge, was cut by the guest of the evening. Supper was served, and the singing of "For he's a jolly good fellow" terminated a very happy evening. Music was supplied by Miss Win Allen, Doris Bowden, Mrs Wodward, Cyril Allan, and Les Williams. Mr Lionel Bowden thanked his parents and those who had arranged the even ing for him.


Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), Tuesday 24 January 1939, page 3

Death of Mrs. E. E. Eden

Mrs. Elizabeth Ellen Eden, who passed away at Henley Beach Private hospital, was 67 years of age and the widow of Mr. Alf Eden, one of the pioneer farmers of Agery district. Mrs. Eden was born in Adelaide and went to the peninsula at the age of 12. She had resided there until five months ago. when she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. L. V. Fiedler, of Henley Beach. Her husband died about 27 years ago. Two sons and seven daughters survive. They are Messrs. Alf and Frederick Eden, Mesdames H. D. Magor, J. P. Coombe, Ri Beckman, T. Thomas, J. Sims, J. Day, and Fiedler. The remains were taken to Moonta and interred in the cemetery. Rev. P. H. Chennell, assisted by Rev. H. H. Forder, conducted the service.



Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 23 July 1941, page 2

Agery's baby competition for Red Cross purposes was brought to a finale at an evening held at the hall on Saturday, July 12. There were 300 people present, and Mrs C. W. Bowden (president) took the chair. At 9 o'clock, following a musical and elocutionary program, Mr Maurice Williams, who had acted, as auditor, came on to the stage, where Mesdanies Browning, Fuss, Hicks, and Eden, with their babies, were seated, and announced the results, which were as follows:—Kevin Browning, £46; Janet Eden, £29; Jennifer Hicks, £28; Philip Fuss, £22; a total of £125. The evening's proceedings increased that amount to over £140. The effort was considered excellent, especially in view of the fact tthat the Agery circle raised £40 as its quota in the Red Cross drive in March last. Each baby contestant was presented by the president with a mulga wood inkstand with its name inscribed thereon.


Wed 20 Sep 1944, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Elijah Lodge of Agery, who died at the Moonta Jubilee Hospital after a long illness, was born in England, and came to South Australia in 1859 with his parents in the ship James Jordan. He was educated at Gawler River public school (now called Loos school). and went to Yorke Peninsula in 1877 to begin farming at Dowlingville with his brother John. He remained there until 1896, when he went to Agery and secured the farm off the late E. T. Sprigg. and resided there continuously for 48 years. His wife (nee Miss Barrett, of Gawler) died in 1940. There are three daughters and two sons who survlve—Mesdames R. B. Bowden and Mrs. D. J. Redding. Kadina: Mrs. Alf Eden, Agery, Messrs. L. T. Lodge, Agery, and L C. Lodge, Moonta. There are also 17 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.


Fri 10 Aug 1945, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Included in awards to five South Australians for bravery in the S.W. Pacific was Lt. Lionel Frank Bowden A.I.F., son of Mr and Mrs C. W. Bowden, of Agery, and husband of Mrs Rita Bowden, of Fullarton. He was awarded the Military Cross.

The citation reads:

During the attack on Apunga, New Guinea, Lt. Bowden, commanding a platoon when under fire, made personal reconnaissance of enemy defensive positions, the outcome enabled the company to be manoeuvred, thus attaining the element of surprise. The platoon then attacked the position and gained the dominating ground. During the attack on Maprik which followed, the company made several attempts via different approaches to gain the objective. After considerable crawling through the undergrowth, Lt. Bowden brought his platoon on the edge of the enemy perimeter, from where they captured the whole feature.

Lieut Bowden enlisted with the , A.I.F. in 1940, and served in the Middle East and also in New Guinea, This is the second award to an Agery boy—the late Sgt Ted Lodge having been awarded the Military Medal for skilful leadership in carrier patrol work. Agery folk were delighted to learn of the latest award.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Friday 25 June 1948, page 2

The following lias been forwarded of the Council and district duties accomplished by Cr. Charles Wesley Bowden who is seeking re-election in the Clinton Council for a further term:—

He has served 22 years in the District Council of Clinton: elected unopposed in 1926, following ex Cr. R H. Burns' retirement. Chairman : Council for three years during the war period, which entailed consider able extra duties, including chairman of the Clinton Red Cross circle, many of which he attended at their formation. There were 266 meeting of the Council held during the years, of which he attended 245, being absent on 19 occasions.

Other public offices held by him :— Chairman of the Y.P. Local Government Association: member of the Agery School Committee for 28 years —whilst secretary of that body he played a prominent part in connection with representation to the S.A Government for the erection of the present modern school house. Was chairman from 1926 to 1940 and from 1942 to 1946, when he retired. Chairman of "Back to Agery" celebration, in 1935; chairman of Agery Memorial Park Committee; president of the Moonta Veterinary Ciub for a very long period, until the club ceased to function when the veterinary surgeon (the late Mr W. H. Collins) became indisposed. Was chairman of the local committee in connection with the District War Agricultural Committee through the war period. Has been associated with all kinds of sport in the district, but has not taken an active part in the games since the outbreak of the war owing to pressure of public duties.

Is at present chairman of the Agery branch of the S.A. Wheat and Wool growers' Association, member of the State Executive, and member of the Barley Committee of that organisation. For the past three seasons has represented the S.A. Barley Growers on the Classification Committee of the Australian Barley Board. Foundation member of the Moonta subbranch of the Fathers' Association, and is keenly interested in the welfare of ex-servicemen.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Thursday 12 April 1951, page 3

The Agery hall was beautifully decorated with bowls of pink and white aster, cottoneasty dahlias, gladioli and bamboo grass by Mesdames A. Eden, Les and Alan Lodge and Ruth Lodge, on Saturday, March. 31, for the farewell evening arranged .for Mr and Mrs Bert Bowden and daughters Dulcie and Maureen. Mr Fred Eden was M.C. Mr Les Lodge presented Mr and Mrs Bowden with a fireside chair each and thanked them, for their loyal support to the church and Sunday School. Mr Fred Eden supported Mr Lodge's remarks, stating that Mr and Mrs Bowden had been connected with the hall and all activities in Agery. Mrs Alf Eden presented Dulcie and Maureen with a wall vase each on behalf of the Sunday school, Ladies' Guild and Red Cross and wished Mr and Mrs Bowden and daughters every happiness in their new home and sincerely thanked them for their loyal support. Mr Bowden, who has greatly improved in health, responded, as did also Dulcie and Maureen. Mr Alf Eden presented Mr and Mrs Jim Bowden with a pottery vase as a token of the respect from their Agery friends, wishing them every happiness in their new home at Kangaroo Island. Miss Gwenda Browning and Mr Dan Pedler rendered solos. Competitions, arranged by Mrs C. Browning and Mrs A. Eden, were thoroughly enjoyed, the winners being Mesdames Alan Lodge and Koss Bowden. Community singing and dancing were engaged in the pianist being Miss Ruth Lodge and Brian Eden (drums). A delicious supper was served. Mr and Mrs Bowden are residing at Moonta Bay. They will be greatly missed at Agery, where Mr Bowden had spent, the whole of his life. His sons, Ross and Maurice, are residing on the farm at Agery. Mr Lodge read a telegram from Mr and Mrs Lloyd Howlett, of Adelaide (late of Agery), conveying to the Bowden family every good wish. Apologies were received from Mr and Mrs Tom Howlett (Agery) and Miss A Howlett (Moonta).

At the close of the church service on Sunday, April 1st, Mrs C. W. Bowden (president of the Ladies' Guild) presented Rev. and Mrs Kilmartin with a book for their interest and practical help in the Guild, and wished them Godspeed in their circuit at Salisbury. Rev. and Mrs Kilmartin suitably responded.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Thursday 10 May 1951, page 1

Splendid rain has fallen during the month of April, although not in abundance, nevertheless very timely. Some-thing like 230 points have been regis tered up-to-date. Grass and pastures present a cheerful outlook, where a month ago conditions were of a dry nature. Rain water for domestic purposes is well supplied, stock feed is growing very rapidly, and provided another good downpour follows on shortly, this should be an excellent season for fat lambs, and, incidentally conditions for seeding operations show bright prospects.

Landowners have co-operated very well in their attempts to combat the rabbit nuisance, and have obtained satisfactory results from gassing and poisoning. In addition, Mr Jim Whitford, of Moonta, an erstwhile Agery fanner, has been responsible for trap-ping many hundreds of pairs of the pest; consequently there are not many rabbits to be seen on the farms around the district. It is to be hoped, however, that every landowner will diligently continue to keep the vermin down, otherwise in twelve months time the position would become as serious as before.

All are naturally elated with the successful progress in the education sphere of one of Agery's boys, Mr Owen Eden, B.Sc., who is at present a teacher in the Riverton High School. Owen is the second son of Mr and Mrs Fred Eden, and received his early education at the Agery school and later at the Moonta High School and the Teachers' College in Adelaide. Recently, Owen received the Diploma of Education, and all heartily congratulate him on his worthy effort and wish that continued success may attend his future pursuits.

Glen Eden, a younger son of Mr and Mrs Eden, who has been connected with the firm of Elder, Smith & Co. (Kadina branch), has been transferred to the Yorketown branch of the firm. We feel confident he will be success-ful in his new sphere.

Mr Lionel Bowden, who recently left this district to take up a soldiers' block on Kangaroo Island, is very impressed with the country there for grazing and barley production. He is working with the Land Development Executive, preparing land and seeding pastures, and later will acquire his block in order of priority. His wife and family, who are at present domiciled at Fullarton, S.A., will join him on the island in a few weeks.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Friday 10 September 1943, page 2

A farewell social was tendered Mr and Mrs Ray Couch and family, at the local hall on August 26. Mr Couch, who has been in charge of the Agery school during the past nine years, has been transferred to Adelaide. During the evening Mr C. W. Bowden presented tokens of esteem to Mr and Mrs Couch, and Ruth Lodge presented Christine with a doll, and Alwyn Eden a gift to John' from-his school-mates. Mr Hurtle Bagshaw represented the V.D.C., of which Mr Couch was a N.C.O. Messrs Bowden and F. Eden extended to the guests the best wishes of all present. Mr Couch responded.

Pvte. Ray Eden was presented with a fountain pen at his home by Mr C. W. Bowden on behalf of friends at Agery. It was intended to tender him a social evening, but this had to be cancelled on account of bereavement.

Cpl. and Mrs Herbert Hocking and infant son, of Adelaide, have paid a visit to Mr and Mrs Les Lodge. Mrs Hocking, formerly Miss Mary Semmens, is a niece of Mrs Lodge. Cpl. Hocking has been organist of the Madge Memorial church Adelaide, for 15 years. He was tendered an evening, when reference was made to the service in the church. The visitors attended tihe service at the Agery church and rendered a duet, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." The Rev. C. W. G. Smith, who conducted the service, sincerely thanked them for tiheir help. Cpl. Hocking will leave for Victoria in a few days.

The sum of £1 13/9 was collected, at the Agery polling booth on election day for the F.F.C.F.


Thu 8 Nov 1951, The Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Successful "Back to Agery" celebrations were held on October 27 and 28. A social evening and dance was held on Saturday. Mr Fred Eden was the M.C., Miss Browning sang a solo and community singing was enjoyed. During the evening, Mr Eden read greetings from old Ageryites who were unable tu be present, and also made an appeal, as a Jubilee gesture, for hall funds. As a result, £75 was subscribed by those present; the target is for £150, Supper was served. The ball was decorated with streamers and beautiful flowers, those responsible being Mrs Alan Lodge, Ruth Lodge, Janet Eden and Claire Russell. Music for the dancing was supplied by Ruth Lodge, Mrs jack Braley (piano), aud Brian Eden (drums).

On Sunday, services were held in the church at 3 and 7 p.m., conducted respectively by the Rev, H. P. Lambert and the Rev, F. Albury, both sermons being appropriate for the occasion.

Visitors and old residents were present from Adelaide, Wallaroo, Kadina, Arthurton, Sunnyvale and Moonta. Solos were rendered by Mrs Bowden (Adelaide), Misses Butter (Kadina), Bowden (Moonta Bay), and Browning (Agery), a duet by the Rev. Mrs Albury (Moonta), and a recitation by Miss Howlett (Moonta). A song service held prior to the evening service was inspiring to all. Mr Len Lodge was organist for the services.

The floral decorations were outstanding, the Communion table being adorned with roses grown by Mr A Eden. The decorations were in the hands of Mesdames Alf Eden and Les Lodge and Miss Hazel Nankivell, The trustees of the church are to make arrangements to hare renovations made to the exterior of the church early next year. Tea was served to 80 in the hall.


Agery School. Arbor Day June 22nd 1951. Browning


Yorke Peninsula Combined Team. Adelaide Aug 1923


Card's House - Agery

Bill Mitchell