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District Council of Yorke Peninsula - History of Dowlingville

The first settlers in this area were the Whittaker brothers who named it in honour of their mother who was the daughter of the Reverend G. P. Dowling Somerset, in England. The Methodist Church here was built in 1879.

William Whittaker & his wife Maria Ann Dowling with photos

Dowlingville in the Newspapers :-

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 27 December 1878, page 4

Country Post-Office.— On and after the 1st of January next the Post-Office at Ediowlie will be reopened ; and offices will be opened at Brentwood, near Minlaton, and Dowlingville, near Ardrossan, both on Yorke's Peninsula.

The following tenders for the conveyance of Her Majesty's mails for three years commencing 1st April, 1880, have been accepted by the Government:—
Yorke's Peninsula route. Ardrossan and Dowlingville, J. T. Whittaker. £29 0 0

Thu 23 Jan 1879, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922)

LOCAL TELEGRAMS. MAITLAND, January 23. The general store and post-office of Messrs. Whittaker Bros., at Dowlingville, about eight miles north of Ardrossan, were totally destroyed by fire about 1 o'clock this morning. Mr. G. P. D. Whittaker was awakened with the smoke entering his bedroom adjoining the shop. He with great difficulty escaped, having to smash down the wall made of weatherboard. The stock was insured for £300. All the letters and newspapers on hand were burnt.

Fri 31 Jan 1879, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)


A Coroner's inquest was held before J. Smith, Esq., J.P., at the Ardrossan Hotel, Ardrossan, on the 25th January to enquire into the origin of the fire by which Mr. Whittaker's store was burned down. The following gentlemen were empanelled as a jury—Messrs. Hogarth (foreman). Young, Roberts junr., Roberts senr., Arnold, Bowe, Davis, Porter, Woodman, Martin, West, W. Smith, Francis, D. Smith and Sampson. G. Whittaker deposed that on the morning of the 22nd inst., he was awoke by heat striking on his face, looked up and saw a light shining on the back wall of the house. He slept in a room adjoining the store which was partitioned off with bags and papers. The store was 32 by 12 feet, and was built of weather-board, stone and iron, As soon as he saw the fire, be jumped out of bed and rushed for the books, but could not get them. Then tried to break open the window. By the Coroner— The window was not so hot as the door. I threw my box at the window, and followed it out. Then ran to my brother's for assistance. Have no idea as to the origin of the fire. The building was worth about £75 and there was £300 worth of stock in it. It was insured in the Australian Felix Company for £375, By Sergeant Cockran —The shed was used for my dray, but the dray had been left at Mr. Crowle's. Only customers were in the shop on the day previous to the fire, one of them was smoking. The stove had been lighted during the day, but I put the fire out before I went to bed. I had a large quantity of matches on the premises. The last lot got was 30 dozen. I kept a Post Office and there were some letters destroyed; two for Mr. Short, two for Mr. Pudney and one for Mr. Adams. By a juror—I can tell every letter in the office as the number received was very small. By Sergeant Cockran—I had no time to save much, but managed to save my insurance policy and a few other things. My principal creditors are, Messrs. Colton and Co., Morgan and Co. and D. and W. Murray. By the Coroner—I am frequently away. I go to Mr. Crowle's occasionally. By a juror—I bad no safe: There are no dogs or cats about the premises. The grass was burned by a spark from my anvil on one occasion. I insured the premises in October 1878. I was tiring wheels on the day previous to the fire, but the fire was perfectly put out. By the Coroner—There was no valuation before the insurance was effected. I was insured in a Melbourne office. I lost my ledger. Don't know if it is usual to copy the accounts in ones pocketbook. By Sergeant Cockran—The last entry in my pocket-bock was made about a fortnight ago, I have a list of my debtors up to the end of last year. My pocketbook was in the box which I threw out of the window. By a juror—The box containing the matches was about ten feet from the store. J. T. Whittaker, farmer, deposed that he was called by his brother about two o'clock on the morning of the 25nd, and on getting up saw the store and Post Office on fire. Tried to break into the store but could not do anything. By the Coroner My brother and I are on good terms. When I came the fire was too far advanced to do any good. After a short consultation the jury returned the following verdict—" That Mr. Whittaker's store was burned on the 22nd inst., but there is no evidence to show how the fire originated.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 11 April 1879, page 4

ARTESIAN WELLS. Meeting at Dowlingville. — An influential meeting was held at the Dowlingville Post-Office on Friday, April 4, with the object of asking the Government to make twelve chains of road leading from Tiddywiddy Wells. Mr. F. Roberts, who occupied the chair, called the attention of the meeting to the great importance of the wells, as they afforded the only permanent supply for the northern part of the Hundred of Cunningham and the southern portion of the Hundred of Clinton. He thought that steps should be taken to get the road made as soon as possible, as at the present time it was almost impassable. Mr. John Lock said the road was in a very bad state, and it took five horses to do one horse's work, the consequence being that the farmers suffered a great loss. Mr. J. Magor said a road was required, and the Government ought to have made it when requested to do so by a deputation sixteen mouths ago. Mr. J. Whittaker mentioned that at the present time there were 500 people depending on the wells for their daily supply of water. He thought a dam was greatly required at Dowlingville, as that was the most central part of the hundred. Mr. J. Phelps thought a dam at Dowlingville would be a great boon to travellers and others. Mr. G. Whittaker endorsed tho foregoing remarks.

The following resolution was proposed by Mr. J. T. Whittaker, seconded by Mr. Lock, and carried unanimously : — ' That the Government be requested to make twelve chains of road leading from the wells ; also to put the wells in repair, and that a dam be made at Dowlingville in time for the coming winter's rains; also that J. Packer, G. Whittaker, and J. T. Whittaker be appointed to draw up a memorial, and forward the same as soon as possible to the Hon. Commissioner of Crown Lands.'

South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881), Saturday 31 May 1879, page 22

DOWLINGVILLE. May 22. We had several heavy thunderstorms here on the 17th. The lightning was terrific. One of Mr. Packer's men while going through a wire fence was struck senseless. — The farmers have nearly all finished seeding, and after the late genial rains the country is beginning to look quite green again.

Sat 16 Aug 1879, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881)

DOWLINGVILLE, August 9. The foundation-stone of the new Wesleyan Chapel here was laid on Monday, the 4th. inst., by Mrs. Waterman, of Ardrossan. On the Sunday previous two sermons were preached by the Rev. T. E. Thorn, of Maitland, to large congregations. On Monday a tea-meeting took place in a large tent, at which about 200 persons Were present. A public meeting was afterwards held. Mr. P. Howard presided. Addresses were delivered by Mesesrs. Waterman, W. and T. James, and the Rev. T. E. Thormis. The Wesleyan choir sang several pieces during the evening. The collection proved very satisfactory.

South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Wednesday 29 October 1879, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE October 21. The wheat crops about here are looking well, and it is generally believed that we will have a good harvest.— The Wesleyan chapel is finished. It is to be utilised as a day school.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 12 December 1879, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. December 8th, 1879. Reaping has just commenced, and I am glad to say the crops are turning out very satisfactorily. Better, I think, than farmers expected, as we hear of nothing less than ten bushels to the acre, and some farmers are talking about 24. The samples, I don't think, could be better.

The contractor has commenced clearing the road from the boundary of Clinton to Ardrossan, and the farmers feel very thankful to the Surveyor-General for the promptitude he has displayed in getting the work commenced, and hope the Commissioner of Crown Lands will lose no time in getting the short piece of road leading to the Tiddy Widde well attended to, as some of our farmers will shortly have to cart water.

Mr. Parker has just commenced building a large store which will be a great convenience to the neighborhood. It is about time the Government surveyed a township here. I think the allotments would sell, as we must have some business people in the Hundred.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 26 December 1879, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. Dec. 22. We had very warm weather last week, which enabled the farmers to make good progress with their reaping. Farmers are very well satisfied with their yields, though not many of them are able to know their average as but few clear after the stripper.

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a meeting was held at Mr. Parkes store. Dowiingville, (kindly lent for tor that purpose) to consider the best way of getting a short piece of very sandy road metalled, from 10 to 15 chains, between Dowiingville and Ardrossan. It was proposed by Mr. J. Whittaker and seconded by Mr. Lock. " that a petition be drawn up and signatures procured, and sent to the Commissioner of Public Works, requesting him to have the work done as early as possible." Mr. J. Lock, Mr. Parkes, and Mr. J. Parkes consented to get the petition drawn up and signed.

I think the inhabitants of Maitland and Cunningham should take steps to get the road cleared from Maitland to Dowlingville, as persons wishing to go from Dowlingville to Maitland have now to go round by Ardrossan, which is nearly double the distance. This is the straight road between the two places, and the people at Cunningham have to go to Maitland for a medical man if required. It is also our nearest Court House and Police Station, and it is the shortest road to Clinton and Port Wakefield.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 16 January 1880, page 4

DOWLINGVILLE. January 5th. We have got over our holidays, not a very hard thing to do among farmers, as Christmas day is the only holiday farmers seem to recognise. Most of the farmers here spent Christmas day at the sea-side, whilst some few, anxious to know the yield of their wheat fields, spent the day riding round round their own estates in their three wheeled carriages. There was a picnic held on the Beach, where tilting, running, jumping and all sorts of amusements seemed to be fully enjoyed. C. Inkerston won the running match; G. Newman, the tilting match; W. Inkerston the high jump, and H. Edwards the egg and spoon race. One of our Dowlingville young men being very anxious to win the egg and spoon race, forgot to take care of the egg and allowed it to drop and break, and spill the contents on the front of his shirt, which caused him to be the subject of a good deal of chaff for the remainder of the day. Some little amusement was caused by a gentleman all the way from Moonta qualifying himself for the tilting match, and then failing to get his horse to go the required pace, name'y eight miles an hour, our friend being more accustomed to underground driving that driving a horse. After the day's sports about fifty or sixty of the settlers meet at Mr. Packer's new store and spent, a pleasant night in singing dancing and reciting &c. Most of our farmers will finish reaping and cleaning this week. I think I shall be able to let you know some-where near on our average in my next.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 30 January 1880, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. January 26th. Most of our farmers have got their wheat cleaned up, and I am sorry to state that the yield is not so good as was expected. I don't think the average of Cunningham will be more than nine bushels.

About thirty farmers met at Mr. James Burken's farm to witness the trial of a stamp jumping plough made by Mr G. Whittaker, our local blacksmith. But as Mr. Whittaker announced that the trial was only a private one, and that your humble servant and most of the gentlemen present were trespassers, I don't think it would be quite fair to make any remarks at present. No doubt Mr. Whittaker will shortly give a public trial of the plough and duly advertise the same.

After Mr. Wittaker had tried his plough, James Burken kindly allowed us to witness a plough work that he had bought from Mr. Scott; of Alma Plain, which worked very satisfactory. But most of the farmers present thought it was not made sufficiently strong to stand the work.

A number of Settlers, not wishing to bother the Government met last Thursday with horses and carts and macadamised about three chains of very sandy road between Dowlingville and Ardrossan, and others have promised to make about two chains more. We shall then have a very good road to our Port. If our farmer's would unite and attend to any little jobs like the above, I think we could do without the expense of a District Council, but if some few have to do the whole of the work I think the sooner we have a District Council the better, as all will then have to contribute towards keeping the roads in order.

Tue 17 Feb 1880, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)

The Dowlingville Stump Plough Trial.

To the Editor of the T. P. Advertiser.
Sir.—I have had my attention called to some very impertinent remarks made by your Dowlingville correspondent about the plough trial, and I must say that I think him more capable of judging a sausage machine than a plough. If he wants a public trial let him stake as much money as I have wasted, say, £20, and I will compete with pleasure. Yours, &c.,
Dowlingville, Feb. 10.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 24 February 1880, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. February 12. Your subscribers down here are very much annoyed in having to wait till Thursday for your Saturday's paper. I suppose it is caused by alteration in the departure of the mail.

I am glad to inform you, that the contractor has at last commenced the road to the Tiddey Widdey Wells. The farmers will be very glad to get it done, as a great many have to cart water already.

We are likely to have a day-school shortly, as the Inspector General has promised to send a teacher as soon as accommodation can be found for one, and the Trustees of the Wesleyan Church have kindly promised to lend the chapel for school purposes till such time as other accommodation can be provided.

Farmers are busy stubble-burning getting land ready for mullinising. I don't think there will be much mallee, left standing between this and Moonta if the "mullinising" answers as well as it has the last two years The average yield from land mullinzied this year will be quite thirteen bushels to the acre in the Hundred of Cunningham.

Our farmers feel very much disappointed with prices offered for their wheat. 4s 1d per bushel, which our Ardrossan miller is offering. And if you want a bag of flour the charge is at the rate of £14 per ton. Bran and pollard are 1s. 4d, per bushel. I should think the miller might supply this end of the district much cheaper.

Tue 9 Mar 1880, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)

DOWLINGVILLE. March 5th. A very heavy storm passed over a portion of this district on the 25th February, and a regular downpour of rain fell, softening the ground for ploughing, filling a great many tanks, and making the young grass grow beautifully.

I am very sorry that Mr. G. Wittaker thought that my remarks in reference to his stump-plough were impertinent. I can assure him, I never meant to be insulting, am also sorry that he has lost so much in trying to make a stump-plough. I hope he will profit by his experience and exercise a little more care. It has been raining steadily nearly all day to-day.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 16 April 1880, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. April 16 There is a great dearth of news at present as nothing is stirring in this quiet neighborhood. Farmers have commenced sowing, the weather being very favorable. I am happy to inform you that we are approaching nearer to civilisation.

The Inspector-General of schools has sent as a schoolmaster, who has opened a day school in the Wesleyan Chapel and he seems to be getting on very well, having nearly thirty scholars with the promise of a good many more.

Our Wesleyan friends have started a Sunday School, which I think will be the means of doing a great deal of good.

I am also glad to inform you that the deputation appointed to interview the Hon. the Treasurer in reference to the road and wharf at Well's Creek received a very favorable reply.

Dowlingville. July 2

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 2 July 1880, page 3

We are having some beautiful showery weather, which is bringing the wheat on well so that the fields are beginning to look quite green. SEEDING is nearly finished ....

Dowlingville. July 12

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 16 July 1880, page 3

I am sorry to inform you that pleura pneumonia has broken out in this end of the district....

Dowlingville. August 3

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

We have been having some very fine weather plenty of rain, and the crops are coming on well....

Dowlingville. August 31.

South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881), Saturday 4 September 1880, page 24

Saturday last was quite a red letter day for tilts place....

Dowlingville September 2.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 7 September 1880, page 3

The weather has been very favorable so far, and the crops look very promising at present, and the farmers are hoping too have a good harvest this year,.. Our schoolmaster has left us... Wesleyan Church have allowed the school to be held in their church... Our cricketers are in full swing....

Hundred of Cunningham September 14

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

The farmers in that part of the Hundred of Cunningham about five miles north of Dowlingville, are greatly indebted to Mr. Pudney for having placed a large room at the disposal of the Council of Education, for school purposes....

Dowlingville September 21.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 28 September 1880, page 3

We have had some very fine rain-down here, and the crops are looking well.... On Saturday last our Dowlingville cricketers played their second match against the Kalkabury team....

Dowlingville October 7.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 12 October 1880, page 3

I am sorry to say that red rust is almost destroying same few of the early crops in Clinton and Cunningham.... Mr Patterson's to take steps to form a branch of the S A F. Mutual Association.... A letter was read from the Minister of Education in answer to a request.... Mr J. Mills offered to give a portion of land for school site....

Dowlingville. October 18.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 22 October 1880, page 3

I am glad to inform you that the red rust has not as yet become general in this end of the district... On Saturday last our cricketers played a return match with the Kainton Club... Our usual quiet district was slightly disturbed last Sunday night with the report that one of our much respected residents had lost himself in the scrub....

Dowlingville November 13

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 19 November 1880, page 3

I am glad to inform you that the crops are looking very well in this district.... The Clinton branch of the Farmer's Association held their meeting on Wednesday...

Dowlingville December 18

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

Farmers are busy reaping. I am sorry to say that rust has badly affected some of the crops....

Dowlingville. December 27.

South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889), Thursday 30 December 1880, page 7

Dowlingville, the quietest and most picturesque inland town on the Peninsula, was unusually gay on Christmas Day.... A trooper is badly wanted in this part of the country...

Dowlingville. December 29.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 7 January 1881, page 3

All the farmers are very busy reaping, think our average will be about seven bushels.... Christmas was observed as a general holiday down here... A more suitable place for a picnic could hardly be found... The Committee wisely decided to prohibit the sale of intoxicating drink... The following is a list of the sports....

Public Meeting, at Dowlingville

Tue 13 Jul 1880, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922)

An influential meeting of residents of North Cunningham, was held on Saturday night, July 3rd. to. urge the Inspector General of Schools to send desks and forms for the use of the Dowlingville School, and to recommend the Minister of Education to build a School-room and teacher's residence.

Mr, A. J. Packer occupied the chair. He said the object of the meeting was one of great importance to the parents of the children attending the school. In fact to all the residents of North Cunningham, for nothing was more essential than the training of the young for the due performance of their part in the duties of lives. It was conceded by all that learning would improve the mind and want of eduction would degrade a man and lead to much individual suffering. For "if just as the twig is bent the tree is inclined." It was clear to every candid person, that the refinement and expansion of mind obtained from intellectual culture was favorable to moral culture. They all knew the value of education, and they also knew that to impart knowledge to children it was necessary that facilities be given for that purpose. He 'hoped' they would all join heartily in urging on the Inspector General the necessity of providing them with as little delay as possible, with, the forms and desks that were much required, for the school. And he thought it would be advisable to request, the Inspector General to recommend the Minister of Education to have a school room and teacher's residence erected as quickly as possible. He stated that the Inspector promised to recommend that a school and teachers residence should be built, if the attendance of the Dowlingville school would justify the expenditure. The school had been opened about four months and during the worst months in the year the average attendance had amounted to mere than the required number. He had ho doubt that double the number would attend now that the seeding was over, and the weather finer. The teacher had done his best to provide tables for the children, but, the numbers having increased, he found it impossible to continue with the present arrangements. The Inspector of schools for the District had promised to write to the Inspector General recommending that some of the desks and forms not required at Moonta, might be sent to Dowlingville, but as yet no tidings of them had been received. The building now used as a school-room was kept closed until the teacher arrived, and in rainy weather the children were obliged to remain all day in their wet clothes, much of this inconvenience and with dagger to the their health.

Mr. JOHN LOCK proposed, and Mr, Greig seconded—That the object of this meeting should be made known to the Inspector General of Schools, requesting at the same time that desks and forms be sent to the Dowlingville school as soon as convenient."

Mr. JOHN CROWELL thought it was a matter, of impossibility for anyone to teach writing on the clumsy boards now used in the school room. It was a question of great importance for the children who would hereafter have some calling, when their handwriting might be taken into consideration. He knew from experience that in many cases some candidates for good positions had been more successful than others on account of their writing. He would direct the attention of this meeting to a report of Mr. Borgan's the Inspector for Yorke's Peninsula, who stated that the want of suitable desks and furniture would account for the inferiority of some of the writing.

Mr. GREIG wished to bring before the notice of the meeting the disadvantages under which the teacher labored. His residence was some distance from the school, for one room he had to pay a rental of 10s. per week, and it was used by him as a bed room and kitchen. If he was at any time, expected to lecture to his pupils on " Health in the house," he certainly should be placed in a position to be able to appreciate it himself. He would therefore propose—"That the Inspector General be requested to recommend that a teachers residence be provided.

Mr. ROCHFORD in seconding the motion was glad to testify personally to the efficiency of the teacher, and added that if his services were approved of by the majority of the parents be should be made comfortable as to induce him to remain.

A vote of confidence in the teacher was proposed by MB. LOCK and carried unanimously.

It was then resolved that the minutes of the meeting be forwarded to the Inspector General of Schools, requesting him to send desks and forms forthwith, and to recommend that a school and residence be built.

Thu 23 Sep 1880, The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889)

TRIAL OF STUMP-JUMPING PLOUGHS. Ardrossan, September 22.

About one thousand persons attended the stump-jumping ploughing match, held this morning on Mr. Freeman's farm, about five miles from Ardrossan. Ten ploughs started but after a few rounds five had to withdraw from various causes, arising from partial and total breakdowns. Mr. G. P. Whittaker, machinist, of Dowlingville, took the first prize of £20 with a double furrow plough, and also the third prize of £5 for a triple furrow plough. Mr. C. H. Smith, machinist, of Ardrossan, took the second prize of £10 for a triple furrow plough. The work done by these several ploughs astonished and pleased almost every one who saw them working. Altogether the match is considered a great success. The people gathered from all parts of the Peninsula and there were many present from the North and from Adelaide. This match was considered such a novelty, and of such importance to the farming community and others, that several hundred ladies attended.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 24 September 1880, page 2


Sat 25 Sep 1880, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)

The trial of stump-jumping ploughs, which may be said to be the inauguration of another branch of agriculture, inasmuch as it will hold out great inducements to tillers of the soil to take up and cultivate what has hitherto been considered almost useless land, took place on Wednesday, September 22, on Mr. G. W. Freeman's selection, about six miles from Ardrossan. To those who perhaps may not understand the modus operandi of these stump jumping ploughs it may be as well to mention that the land is first of all prepared so as to bring the stumps on a level with the soil, and the ploughs are so constructed that immediately on the coulter, either revolving or reversed, coming in contact with a stump it goes round or glides over the obstruction. Yesterday ten of these stump-jumpers competed, comprising double, treble, and five furrowed ploughs. As regards the work done it is only justice to the makers to say that with one exception the ploughs did all that was required of them. The Judges, however, were unanimous in their opinion that a double-furrow plough, manufactured by Mr. G. P. Whitaker, of Dowlingville, did its work best and in the most satisfactory manner, and awarded him the first prize of £20. This plough is made with the ordinary coulter reversed, otherwise in every other respect it is similar to an ordinary double-furrow plough. The plough was worked with three horses. The second prize was awarded to Mr. C. H. Smith, of Ardrossan, who competed with a treble-furrowed plough constructed on the same principle as the double furrow, and worked with four horses. The third prize was taken by Mr. J. Phelps with a treble-furrowed plough, also constructed by Mr. Whitaker. All the other ploughs that competed appeared to answer the purpose for which they were meant, and most noticeable amongst them was a fivefurrowed plough belonging to Mr. F. W. Cottrell, and manufactured by Mr. J. Murdock, of Maitland. Taking it as a whole the trial may be said to have been most successful in every way, and very great credit is due to the committee and their indefatigable Secretary (Mr. C. Davis) for the way in which the arrangements were carried out. It was computed that fully 1,000 persons were present, coming from all parts of the Peninsula. The popular host of the Ardrossan Hotel, Mr. W. W. Smith, had a booth on the ground. The Wesleyans had a booth and dispersed savoury viands. They were deservedly well patronised, and their takings amounted to somewhere about £14— not so bad in a scrub country. Altogether it may be said to have been a glorious day for the cockies. The Judges were Messrs. J. Smith, J.P., T. Bowman, R. Triplett, J. Cowled, and Young.


was held at Host Smith's Ardrossan Hotel, and certainly could hardly be surpassed in Adelaide for style and bill of fare provided. Mr. T. Hogarth presided. After the usual loyal toasts had been drunk and responded to, Mr. A. J. Packer proposed The Parliament of South Australia. He said that he considered that the present Parliament was a very fair specimen, and that very little fault could be found with them. (Cheers ) Mr. J. Henderson, in responding, said that he thought the three members for the Peninsula — Messrs. Ross, Furner, and Hare — were well fitted to fill the position they held ; more particularly Messrs. Ross and Furner, who had done more for their constituency than any other members in the colony. (Cheers.) Mr. C. A. Moody, in proposing the Ministry, said he thought that as a whole they would bear comparison with any Ministry in the colonies. He hoped they would still retain their position at the forthcoming election (Cheers ) Mr. J. Siuth, J P., responded for the Ministry. He fully endorsed Mr. Moody's remarks. Mr. Lousada, in proposing ''The Agricultural, Pastoral, and Mining Pursuits,' said that quite a new era had been opened to the colony that day by the success of the plough they had seen working. A great difficulty had been overcome, and, no doubt, all the scrubland, not only about Ardrossan, but of the whole colony, would shortly be under cultivation. After touching lightly on the pastoral pursuits, he said that as regards mineral pursuits lie was glad to find that, generally speaking, a more healthy tone pervaded the copper market, and that, in his opinion, the price was bound to rise again. (Cheers.) Mr. G. W. Freeman, in returning thanks, fully endorsed Mr. Loosada's remarks. Nothing like what they had seen that day had ever been witnessed in the colony before. The pastoral interests were flourishing, and be hoped that the mining interests would improve. The prizes were then distributed.

Mr. G. P. Whitaker, first prizetaker, said that it was the first public money he had ever received, and he hoped to be able in time to produce a still better article. (Cheers )

Second prize, Mr. C. H. Smith, who briefly returned thanks.

Third prize, Mr. J. Phelps's plough, manufactured by Whitaker.

Mr. Phelps proposed the health of 'The Successful Competitors.' He hoped the successful ones that day would try again. Mr. Whitaker, in responding, said that he hoped to be able to carry off first prize in the next match, wherever it was held. He proposed the health of 'The Unsuccessful Competitors.' Mr. A. J. Packer, for Mr. Ramsay, said that they partly owed their non-success that day to an accident, and that in consequence they were unable to show what their plough could do. He said that a new era had been opened to them that day. He did not altogether agree as to the squatters being the pioneers of the colony, and instanced the Murray Flats as being first tenanted by farmers. He also thought that the Peninsula instead of being a vast scrub would be turned into a corn-field. If the Government only gave them better shipping facilities they might compete with the whole world. Mr. R. B. Smith claimed to be the first inventor of the stump plough, and in support read a paragraph which appeared in the Advertiser in 1877 relating to some work done by a stump jump plough made by the speaker. Mr. Moody said that if Mr. Smith was — and he believed that he was— the inventor of the stump jump plough, then he deserved a bonus from the Government. He did not see why a bonus should not be given for a plough of that description that answered the purpose as well as to the best reaper and bidder, or any other class of agricultural implement. (Cheers ) Mr. T. Hooahth, in proposing ' The Judges,' said that they had intended to give a prize for rolling, but were unable to do so. He fully endorsed the remarks of the Vice-Chairman (Mr. Packer) with regard to the success of the day. The Judges had given their decisions fairly and with impartiality. He congratulated them on having fulfilled their arduous duties to successfully. (Cheers.) Mr. Cowled, in returning thanks for the Judges, said that they had found it somewhat a difficult matter to adjudicate that day, as it was a new matter. He hoped the Judges had given satisfaction; at any rate, they had done their best. (Cheers.) The Chairman said he had much pleasure in moving a comprehensive vote of thanks to all concerned who assisted in getting up the match. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. Freeman, and thanked him for his kindness in granting the use of his land. He thought they could not have found a more suitable piece in the hundred. (Cheers.) He also begged to move a vote of thanks to their energetic Secretary (Mr. C. Davis). He hoped that they would have a Show as well as a ploughing match next year. (Cheers.) Mr. C. Davis, who was loudly cheered on rising, said he thanked them heartily for proposing his health. He said that with the efficient committee he had to work with he had really had very little trouble. He should always be very glad to assist in any public matters like the present. (Cheers.) The toasts of 'The Press,' 'Visitors,' 'Ladies,' and 'Host and Hostess' were duly given and responded to. Messrs. Moody, Hogarth, West, Loosada, Davis, Jones, and other gentlemen enlivened the proceedings with some excellent singing. Festivities in the shape of a dinner and a bail were also held at Mr. P. Francis's Royal Hotel. On the whole the proceedings of the day were very orderly, and the arrangements excellently carried out by the Committee of Management.


Dowlingville February 8.

South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881), Saturday 12 February 1881, page 25

The weather has been very cold for the last ten days with a little rain....

Dowlingville May 2.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 6 May 1881, page 3

The weather is fearfully dry down here... Our new circuit minister preached here for the first time last Sunday.....

Dowlingville May 14.

South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889), Saturday 21 May 1881, page 21

The weather here for the last ten days has been rather stormy....

Dowlingvile. May 19.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 24 May 1881, page 3

We have had some very fine showers and farmers are very busy sowing....

Dowlingville, June 4.

South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889), Saturday 11 June 1881, page 22

The weather here for the last week has been very cold, accompanied by showers of rain up to Wednesday, when it came down rather heavy, and lasted until this morning. About three inches of rain have fallen and this has placed the farmers on a better footing, as their tanks and dams were nearly dry.

Dowlingville. June 3rd.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 14 June 1881, page 3

We are having some splendid rains to day.... I am sorry to say that farmers are losing valuable horses down here, no less than eight having died this last week...

Dowlingville August 17.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 23 August 1881, page 3

We have had some very fine rain this week.... The opening meeting of the Dowlingville Cricket Club was held on Saturday.... Mr. Kirby's Dowlingville School has been recently examined and the result is very favorable....

Dowlingville. November 21.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 29 November 1881, page 3

Farmers at present are very busy down here cutting and carting their hay.... We are having very cold and damp weather but very little rain. Some of our farmers are carting water already.... Reaping will commence about the end of this month..... The Rev. T. Raston gave a very interesting and instructive lecture in the Wesleyan Church....

Dowlingville December 8.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 16 December 1881, page 3

We have had some hot and windy weather down here, and some of the wheat has been shaken out.... The anniversary services of the North Cunningham Wesleyan Church were held on Sunday... I don't think our Post-Master General could have arranged our arrival and departure of mails more awkward y if he had tried....


THU 16 FEB 1882, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)

By Telegraph.

A representative meeting of the farmers of Dowlingville and neighbourhood was held on Wednesday, February 15, at Mr. Whittaker's house. Mr. Albert Waterman, J.P. Ardrossan, presided. A number or farmers testified to the pressure upon them resulting from five bad seasons in succession, the average of which had been about 4 bushels. They declared they were unable to meet their engagements with the Government unless some concessions were made, and unless relief were speedily afforded many of them would be forced to abandon their selections, and would be completely ruined. They had spent all the money they brought with them on the land, and were thoroughly discouraged at the failure of their efforts. The Chairman placed the following facts before the meeting :— During the last two years 250 farmers had been forced into the Insolvency Court, of whom 200 had availed themselves of the provisions of the Mortgage Credit Selections Act. During the same period 1,000 bills of sale had been executed by farmers for small amounts varying from £40 and £50 to £100, and 800 transfers under the provisions of the Land Act had been effected. Then there were £61,000 arrears overdue as purchase-money, and £27,000 in arrears as interest, also overdue, to be paid this month, and with poor prospects of payment. It was proposed by Mr. Freeman (Ardrossan), and seconded by Mr. C. Dinham — ' That in view of the low average yield of the wheat harvests in South Australia during the last six years it is, in the opinion of this meeting, necessary that the Government should alter the land laws, so as to allow of all past payments of interest by selectors who have not completed their agreements, together with all future payments of the some, to go towards the purchase money.' After an animated discussion an amendment was moved by Mr. Lock and seconded by Mr. Montgomery— ' That in view of the distress arising from the last fire bad seasons on Yorke's Peninsula, it is the opinion of this meeting that all arrears of interest when paid and all future payments of the same be credited to the selectors as part of the purchase-money.' The amendment was carried. Mr. Young moved, and Mr. Wansborough seconded— ' That in the opinion of this meeting it is necessary that in all cases up to date where any selector feels that he has agreed to pay a higher sum for his land than it was worth that he should be allowed to surrender his holding, and also to compete for the same at public auction, when should he be the successful purchaser the valuation of his improvements should be allowed him.' A long discussion ensued, ending in the adoption of the following resolution, which was moved by Mr. Wilkinson, and seconded by Mr. Lamshed— ' That in an cases where any selector up to date has agreed to pay a higher price for the land than he is able to pay or that the land is worth, relief should be granted by haying the land valued by an arbitration committee, to consist of two practical farmers and the Government officer. A third resolution was' moved by Mr. Wilkinson, Mr. Wansborough seconding, — ' That in the opinion of this meeting selectors should only be expected to pay one year's interest in advance when selecting land instead of three years.' This was carried unanimously. A fourth resolution was carried unanimously — ' That in the opinion of this meeting a lessee of land under the Scrub Land Act should only be allowed to hold two square miles of such land, instead of five square miles, as the law at present allows, and that in future the cultivation and residence clauses of the Selectors Act should become law.' It was proposed to withdraw the residence clause, but the motion was carried as above.


Dowlingville. February 16.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 21 February 1882, page 3

We are having fearfully hot weather, and no sign of the much wanted rain. Almost every farmer has to cart water... I am sorry to say the wheat crops did not turn out so well as was expected.... What was advertised as a monster meeting was held at Dowlingville on Wednesday last...

Dowlingville. March 13.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 17 March 1882, page 3

The weather is still very dry, no sign of rain, and the water question is becoming very serious.... I have seen teams waiting from eight o'clock in the morning till the same time at night before they got their turn to get water. Ten thousand gallons was taken to day.... Our new school master is getting a good school. He has nearly forty children attending at present... He and his son were taking a quiet walk around their selections when suddenly they spied a very large wombat....

Dowlingvllle. April 11.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 21 April 1882, page 3

I am glad to inform you that the contractor has begun our new wharf.... Our energetic School-master Mr. J. Stevens has opened a night school.... Our store-keeper removed to his new business site to day, shifting his shop, a building about 30 by 20 on rollers, without taking it down.... We have had no rain yet. Water-carting is the order of the day....

Dowlingvllle September

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 8 September 1882, page 3

I am glad to be able to inform you that the crops down here are looking very promising at present... Mr. J. Whittaker with commendable pluck is making a vigorous attempt to find water. He has put a well down 120 feet.... Our Band of Hope is going on successfully.... I am glad to notice that our day school is going on very favorable....

Dowlingville October 4.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 10 October 1882, page 3

A public meeting was recently held here to consider the wants of the district...


Dowlingville. March 8.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 16 March 1883, page 3

I am sorry to say that water is very scarce, almost all the farmers are carting from Tiddy Widdy. The Commissioner of Crown Lands promised when he visited the district last year that he would have a road made to the wells.... A public meeting was held on Thursday last in the Wesleyan church, to consider the best steps to take, to get a public school and teacher's residence erected.... I think something should be done with our postal arrangements....

Dowlingville. April 16.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 27 April 1883, page 3

A public meeting was held at Dowlingville on Saturday 14th April, to consider the further amendments of the land laws....

Dowlingville August

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 4 September 1883, page 3

We are getting any amount of rain this year, almost every week there large downpour, and the crops and grass are looking very promising....

Dowlingville October 12.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 19 October 1883, page 3

The Cunningham, Clinton and Tipara people held their annual picnic in a paddock kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. W. Short..... There was a good audience the large tent being quite full. Hay making will shortly commence...

Dowlingville December 22.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 28 December 1883, page 3

Farmers are trying to reap what promises to be a good average crop.... There has been a meeting held recently at the Clinton schoolroom to consider the best means of getting large ships to load off Wells Creek and Clinton.... A very serious and it is feared fatal accident happened to a young man named John Holmes...

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 18 June 1884, page 6

DAM AT DOWLINGVILLE. On Tuesday morning Mr. W. H. Beaglehole, M.P., waited upon the Commissioner of Crown Lands and presented a petition from several residents of Dowlingville, asking that a dam might be made on the Government reserve there as soon as possible. The petition urged that the site proposed was central ; but as the nearest dam was dry when most required, and permanent water was six miles distant, the growing requirements of the township demanded a better supply. The Commissioner promised to look into the question and forward a reply.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 12 August 1884, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. On Friday 8th August, a well attended meeting was held it the chapel at Dowlingville for the purpose of making a presentation to Mr A J. Packer. During the afternoon most of the residents of the locality assembled a witness a game of cricket between the single and married members of the club. When the stumps were drawn it was found that the bachelors were too much for their married brethren. Refreshments were then served in a pleasant and homely manner by the principal ladies of the neighborhood, after which Mr J Paterson of Clinton occupied the chair. The chairman said the object of the gathering was to present Mr Packer with the address which had been prepared and nicely engrossed. He need scarcely, tell them to what extent they were indebted to Mr Packer. In all public matters he was always ready to help to secure anything they required. They had Mr Packer to thank for having a school in their district so early as they had, and if they know as much about getting a school established in a new district as he did, they would know that it was no easy task to get the Government officials set in motion. In old and thickly populated districts the Government spent a great deal in compelling the attendance at the schools, while in thinly and newly settled places they seemed to throw all the difficulties they could in the way of education.

He had pleasure in presenting the address to Mr Packer, although he was sorry that gentleman was leaving the neighborhood and he felt he would be very much missed as he was able as well as willing to agitate for any public benefit. Mr Packer thanked them for the address, what he had at any time done was only what he considered to be the duty of any person he quite concurred with the chairman's remarks in regard to the way the Government acted towards country schools, a good proof of it was in the fact that although there had been a good attendance at the Dowlingville school for six years they were still under an obligation to the trustees of that chapel for a schoolroom while they ought to have had both a schoolroom and teacher's residence before this—(cheers.) Circumstances over which he had no control had caused him to leave the neighborhood, but still it seemed like home to him. He had spent some of the happiest time of his life in that district and felt that they were all his friends. The evening's proceedings was enlivened by some good songs by Miss Montgomery and Mr Willing, and recitations and readings by Messrs Crowell, Lodge, Burford, Inkater and Packer.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 9 July 1885, page 7

ACCIDENT WHILE INTOXICATED. Mr. R. Palmer, J.P., held an inquest at the house of Mr. John Koch, Dowlingville, on Tuesday, June 30, on the body of Richard Stone, a farm labourer in the employ of Mr John Koch, who was killed, through a fall from his horse on Sunday, June 28. Mr R. A. Montgomery was foreman. The evidence showed that the deceased, who was 22 years of age, left his employer's place on the afternoon of the day in question with the intention of going to Church. He arrived at Port Price, and went into the hotel with a friend. He left the township to return home about 6 o'clock, being in a fit condition to look after his horse. He was seen a few miles from Port Price at 9 o'clock quite drunk. About 300 yards from the hotel he fell off. He mounted a second time, and again fell off and hurt himself a little. He got on the horse a third time, and again lost his seat, receiving injuries which resulted fatally. Dr. Elphick, who made a post-mortem examination, deposed that death was caused by an extensive rupture of the liver. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death through a fall from his horse whilst intoxicated, and added a rider censuring the publican at Port Price for supplying the deceased with so much drink.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 21 August 1885, page 3

MEETING AT DOWLINGVILLE. A public meeting was held in Mr. H. Richardson's house, Dowlingville, on Wednesday, August 12, at 7-30. p.m., to consider the advisability or otherwise of forming a district council for the hundred of Cunningham. Between 30 and 40 persons attended. Mr. J. T. Whittaker presided.

MR. MONTGOMERY spoke at some length on the Vermin Act; also on forming a district council. He proposed that a council be formed

MR. ILLMAN seconded the motion, and spoke on the good done to some districts through having a council

MR. G. P. O. WHITTAKER said that a council was not required, and referred to the state of our next, hundred, Clinton, how much it was in debt, and how much better off were they by having a district council. He thought our roads quite good enough and the Vermin Act would not last long, the unjustness cf the Act would not carry it through. He moved an amendment that a vigilance committee be formed to watch the Act, which Mr. Caldwell was preparing, and get him to consider the hundred of Cunningham , because there were no vermin in the district. He finished by saying that we did not want a vermin tax or a district council

MR. C. WILLING seconded, and said it Was time enough to form a council when they came to collect the tax.

A voice— ' Too late then.'

MR. W. SHORT—We do not want a council unless the Act was enforced in the hundred of Cunningham. The voice of the meeting was taken by a show of hands at the close, which showed that the majority were in favor of a district council by 2.

MR. MONTGOMERY proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, Mr. J. T. Whittaker, and Mr. Richardson for the use of his room, who both replied in the usual way.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 20 October 1885, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. October, 14. Within the last few days we have been favored with splendid rains, which have improved the prospects of the farmers in this district. The crops are looking very well, considering what a peculiar season we have had. Unless we get more rain I am afraid water carting will commence early. The Government dam, which was completed early in the winter is almost empty.

—On Saturday, 17th, The Dowlingville School Cricket Club will play a match against a pick team from the Clinton Centre and Price Schools. The match will be played at Price.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 27 November 1885, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. Nov. 23th. Reaping will be in full swing in the course of a few days, although a number of farmers are still carting in their hay, and even to day, I heard a mowing machine buzzing away. Most people believe they have sufficient water to carry them through the harvest. A few are carting water now the dam has been empty for some week's past. To day we had some nice rain, but not sufficient to make the water run. The red rust has destroyed a good deal of the wheat crops. I saw a sample of wheat reaped last week. The grain is about the size of a bad sample of rice. I am told that several farmer's will not-take the trouble to run their machines over portions of their crop. On Sunday the 19th inst the Rev W A Langsford of Maitland, preached at the Dowlingville Wesleyan Church to a large congregation. A collection was made in aid of the circuit debt which is considerably in arrears.—The Mutual Improvement Association have decided to hold their meeting once a month, instead of once a fortnight; the next meeting will be on the 16th December.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Tuesday 11 May 1886, page 2

DOWLINGVILLE. Seeding, I might say, is in full swing although it is somewhat retarded owing to the farmers having to stop their teams two and three times a week to carry water. The greater number have been getting their supply of the precious element from the wells at Tiddy Widdy. The supply at these wells is a little better than a few weeks since, when it took a considerable time to fill a tank. Some farmers are carting from great distances. A few were fortunate enough to catch a little during the rain a fortnight since, but this was inadequate to replenish their tanks. It scarcely did more than put a few feet of water in the house tanks. The prospects of the next harvest are somewhat gloomy, and will continue so until we are favored with a good downpour.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Saturday 14 January 1888, page 3

MAITLAND, January 13. A brutal and cowardly assault upon a farmer named Lange, of Dowlingville, took place near Price last night. An old laboring hand named Thorgersen, in the employ of Lange, met him on the road, and some few words were exchanged in regard to an old unpleasantness. The farmer then drove on, but he was followed by the laborer, who attacked him from behind, scalping him severely with a mallee stick. Dr. Coir attended Mr. Lange as soon as he reached town, and the matter is in the hands of the police, who have arrested Thorgersen.

There is a prospect of a good day's racing here on Easter Monday, a liberal programme having been prepared.

The weather is sultry and gloomy, and we are having a little rain.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 6 April 1888, page 3

MEETING AT MAITLAND. A meeting convened by Mr. G. P. D. Whittaker of Dowlingville, was held in the Maitland Institute on Saturday after noon. There was a large attendance. Mr. Bowman was voted to the chair, and in opening the meeting said he was not well posted up in Mr. Whittaker's scheme for liberalising the land laws, but he was quite certain that some thing was necessary to keep the people on the land. Mr. Whittaker said, the first time that the importance of the subject occurred to him, was when he saw by the public press that seventeen teams had passed through Maitland in one day enroute for Victoria. The scheme to keep our present population and to induce others to come here was briefly set out in a petition that he had prepared for presentation to Parliament. It was that the Government give to every male over the age of 18 years the fee simple of 640 acres of land, on the condition that they reside upon it for six months out of twelve for ten years, and to forgive all overdue payments and payments becoming due on account of selected land. He said the idea of giving away the land might seem to some people a most unjust and foolish one, but in the States of America, in South America, and in Canada the same idea was carried out, and it was hardly likely that people from the old world would come here and buy land when they could get it given to them for nothing, and not so far to travel either. In South America they gave 250 acres of land to each settler, and they also gave him a bounty on the produce he raised. He had about 100 signatures to the petition, and he might say that 37 of these had said that unless something of the sort was adopted they would not be here another twelve months. He confidently asserted that the Government would be gainers by adopting his proposal. Mr Harman supported. He would like to stay in the colony, but the stringency of the land laws made it impossible to make ends meet. It was nothing but work and worry, and the very life was being pressed out of the unfortunate farmer. Mr. Wundersitz also supported. The auction system of selling land was chargeable with a good deal of the distress that prevailed among the farmers. Small areas of land had been put into the market, and as many as seven and eight applicants had been in for the same section, and then the price was run up to a fictitious figure. Thousands of acres would be dear at a gift, but still if the people had the land given to them they would be able to get along. Mr. Bowden thought the Land ought to be classified.' He did not approve of giving the land away, but it most certainly ought to be classified. He thought such land as the Hundred of Muloowurtie contained was : not worth more than 5s. per acre. The Parliament had made a great mistake in keeping to the uniform price of £1 per acre, irrespective of quality. Mr. Treasure agreed that the price paid for the land was altogether too high, but he did not favor the idea of giving the fee simple of the land away. He was quite opposed to the State alienating the lands at all, but favored perpetual leasing. Mr. John Hill supported Mr. Whittaker's proposal, and hoped to see it carried into effect. Other persons spoke similarly. Mr. Whittaker replied and pointed out that the leasing system or any other system would not meet the case as well as his own, because it did good to every one and harm to none. He asked all those who favored the idea to put their names on the list and help to carry out the principle. A proposition was carried favoring the proposal, and the meeting broke up.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 28 September 1888, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. September 17.—The Anniversary services in connection with the Wesleyan church of this place, was held on Sunday 16th inst.. when Mr. W. H. Wilkinson of Moonta, preached two sermons, in the afternoon and evening to crowded congregations. On Monday the usual tea was held in the church, when about 180 people partook of the good things provided by Mesdames Inkster, Montgomery, and Whitaker, in the evening a public meeting was held, Mr. Broadbent the circuit Minister presiding. Mr. Frank Lock read the annual report, and Messers Colliver and Mills addressed the meeting; During the evening several anthems were rendered by the choir. Votes of thanks to the ladies who had provided and assisted at the tea were given. After the meeting supper was provided to which a goodly number remained. The proceeds amounted to £11 4s. Id., being £2 2s. 7d. in excess of similar services last year.— During the day a cricket match took place between the Winulta and the Dowlingville clubs. The result, after a very exciting game, was a win for the visitors, by 5 runs.—Rain is badly wanted for the crops.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 1 December 1888, page 16

DOWLINGVILLE. November 26. The Dowlingville Band of Hope held their annual picnic on Wednesday. During the day sports were held, and the principal events were won by G. Inkster, H. L. Roberts, and W. Phelps. In the evening a very successful entertainment was given in the chapel, when a good programme was rendered, consisting of songs, duets, &o., by the Band of Hope Choir, Mesaames Andrews, Pudney, and Woodman, the Misses Wharton, and Messrs. Frubister, Skewes, Willis, and others. Miss Gray accompanied the choir in the choruses, and Mr. W. H. Skewes noted as accompanist to the songs, &c. The house was crowded in spite of the very close weather.

The neighbourhood is mourning the sudden death of Mr. Albert Koch. His interment took place to-day in the Clinton Cemetery, Mr. Broadbent officiating. The procession consisted of 44 vehicles and 14 horsemen; fully 200 persons were assembled at the grave, Mr. Koch leaves a widow and two children.

South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889), Saturday 1 December 1888, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE. November 26. A successful demonstration in connection with the Dowlingville Band of Hope took place on Wednesday, November 21. Sports were held during the afternoon in a paddock opposite the church, and in the evening an entertainment was given, songs, glees, duets, and other items being rendered by Mesdames Andrews, Pudney, Woodman, Miss Wharton, and Messrs. Willis, Frubister Skewes, and others. Miss Greig presided at the organ for the band of hope choruses, Mr. W. H. Skewes acting as pianist. Although the evening was very hot the house was crowded.— The weather has been very hot during the past few days. Reaping has been commenced, but in most cases the yield will be light.

Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912), Tuesday 10 June 1890, page 3

A CHILD LOST FROM ARDROSSAN. Ardrossan, June 9. Information is just to hand that a little child twenty months old, belonging to Mr. Rountree, a farmer about five miles from here, wandered away in the scrub yesterday morning, and has not been found yet. About forty to fifty people, including the trooper from Maitland, are searching the country around. The little child which was lost in the scrub has just been found alive and well, having wandered away from home about two miles. It was found by Mr. Whitaker, farmer, of Dowlingville.

Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 13 August 1890, page 2

SUDDEN DEATH. A correspondent from Ardrossan sends us the following:- Quite a gloom was cast over this township and the surrounding district by the almost sudden death of Mrs Chas. Koch, daughter of Mr R. A. Montgomery, of Dowlingville, which occurred on Friday last, August 8, after an illness of only three days. The deceased lady's funeral which took place on Sunday last, was one of the largest known in this part of the Peninsula, no less then 67 vehicles and 29 horsemen followed the remains to their last resting place, in the Clinton cemetery, and fully 400 people were assembled at the grave. A very impressive ceremony was conducted by the Rev. W. A. Millikan. The coffin was completely covered with wreaths of flowers placed there by loving hands, Mrs Koch was only 22 years of age at the time of her death, and is well known in the district, and it is only some three months since her marriage took place. Great sympathy is felt for the deceased's relatives, who are highly respected and well known in this part of the Peninsula.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 15 August 1890, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. August 6.—On Friday 1st August, Arbor Day was celebrated at Dowlingville About 150 persons were in attendance the school children were mustered and briefly addressed by Mr J. T. Whittaker, after which 34 trees were planted in the school grounds by the children, assisted by their teacher, Mr E. S. A. Willis, and their parents. When this was completed, a good tea was provided for all by the parents and friends, and before the children were dismissed, Mr James Birkin presented the successful children at the annual examination, with certificates given by the teacher. Although the day was rather cold, sports of all kinds were freely indulged in, and apparently all enjoyed their day's outing.—Mr C. F-.Bassett who has been a resident of Price for about four years is now leaving the district. On Monday he met some friends at the Dowlingville chapel who wished to bid him farewell. Eulogistic speeches were given by the Rev W. Millikan, Messers J Phelps, C C. Thomas, Thos Illman and others, all regretting Mr Bassett's departure. A supper brought a pleasant evening to a close.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 10 October 1890, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. September 26.—On Sunday, September 21st, the anniversary services in connection with the Dowlingville Wesleyan Church were held. Two services were, conducted by Mr. F. Leek, city missionary the congregations being very large and the services enjoyable. On Monday the usual tea and public meeting were held, The chair was occupied by Mr. Mills and Mr. Leek addressed the meeting, taking as his subject, "City Mission work " which was listened to attentively by all. The usual votes of thanks were given to ladies and gentleman who had assisted and to Mesdames Inkstet, lllman, and Crowell for providing the trays. Some excellent music was rendered by the choir during the evening. The proceeds were in aid of the trust funds.

September 29—To-day a very sad accident occurred to a young man named Albert Morris. He was striking out a land when the swingle-tree broke and struck his leg, breaking it below the knee. He was taken to Maitland for assistance but was afterwards taken on to Moonta for the necessary medical treatment.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 11 October 1890, page 16

ARDROSSAN, OCTOBER 6. The Flux Company are turning out some excellent stuff, and three vessels loaded for Port Adelaide left here last week.

A sad accident happened last week to a young man named Albert Moms, son of Mr. James Birken, of Dowlingville, while in the employ of Mr. Tee, of the same place. The young fellow was striking out some land for his neighbour, when through some mishap the swingletree snapped and broke the poor fellows leg. The sufferer was at once conveyed to Maitland for medical attendance, and under the rate of Dr. Canney is progressing favourably.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 5 December 1890, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. November 24.—On Thursday evening, November 20, a social was given in the Dowlingville church to Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Skewis who are leaving the district. About eighty persons were present, Mr. E. S. A. Willis presiding. During the evening several songs, recitations, etc., were given by Messrs. Illmann, F. Vandepeer, H. Vandepeer, E. Lodge and Willis. A supper and and singing of "Auld Lang Syne" brought the proceedings to a close, all apparently having spent a very enjoyable evening.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 27 February 1891, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. February 23—On Thursday, the 19th inst the annual harvest picnic in connection with the Dowlingville Wesleyan Church took place on the Recreation ground at Dowlingville, and was largely attended. Various kinds of sport were indulged in. A splendid tea was provided by the ladies attending the church, and the large number gave ample testimony to the fact; a fruit stall was also provided. In the evening an entertainment was given in the church and a very good programme was submitted to a large and applicative audience: The programme consisted of a question box lecture by the Rev, W. A. Millikan, songs and recitations by several ladies and gentlemen. Mr C. C. Thomas, of Ardrossan, presided. On Sunday 22nd, two harvest thanksgiving services were conducted by the Rev. W. A. Millikan. The services were very enjoyable and the attendance very large both afternoon and evening. The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The proceeds of the whole are to liquidate the circuit debt.

South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895), Saturday 11 July 1891, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE. July 4. On the evening of July 3 a social was tendered Miss H. E. Lock, who for the past nine years has rendered valuable services as honorary organist in the Wesleyan Church. After the company had partaken of refreshments various songs, duets, and recitations were contributed. During the evening a very beautiful Miss Lock on behalf of her many friends by Miss F. Morris, to which the recipient readied in appropriate terms.

Rain has at last come. The young wheat is looking well and with seasonable rains later on we may reasonably expect an average harvest notwithstanding the lateness of the rains.

Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Wednesday 17 August 1892, page 2

DOWLINGVILLE. August 12. Mr Thos. Illman, who has acted as choirmaster in the Dowlingville Church for 14 years, was on Monday evening last presented with a purse of sovereigns in recognition of his services rendered to the Church. Mr Longmore presided, Mr John Phelps made the presentation. Mr Illman briefly replied, and thanked those who had subscribed to the present. He at the same time was more gratified to know he had the good wishes of attendants at the Church. Several ladies and gentlemen enlivened the meeting with songs and recitations. A supper brought the evening's proceedings to a close.

Feed is very scarce, and stock is looking very poor. The wheat, though late, appears healthy. A heavy downfall of rain is greatly needed, as the tanks and dams have very little water in them.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 8 September 1892, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. September 5. During last night and to-day splendid rains have again fallen. Quite an inch must have been registered, which has filled a number of dams that were almost empty. The crops will benefit considerably by this downpour, and it will brighten the prospects of the coming season.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 8 September 1892, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. September 5. On Thursday evening last Sir. Horace Mildred, who is staying with his uncle, Mr. R. A. Montgomery, was taking some horses to a paddock, when one kicked him in the face. A young man working on the farm was attracted to the spot by moans, when he found young Mildred lying on his face, with his lip cut open and his face much bruised. Dr. Souttar, of Maitland, was sent for and stitched the lip. The unfortunate young man is in an unconscious state.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 10 October 1892, page 5

DOWLINGVILLE. October 4. The crops have improved wonderfully during the past ten days. A little rain would, however, be beneficial.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 10 October 1892, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. October 4. On Sunday, September 25, two anniversary services in connection with the Dowlingville Wesleyan Church were held. The attendance was large in both instances, the services being conducted by Mr. Longmore, the minister of the Circuit. On Wednesday, September 28, the usual tea took place in the Church, and was well patronised, numbers having come from a long distance. During the evening the service of song, 'Little Abe,' was successfully rendered by the choir under Mr. T. Illman. Mr. Longmore read the connective passages. A supper brought the proceedings to a close. The proceeds were devoted to the Church funds. During the day a cricked match was played between the Ardrossan C.C. and the Dowlingville CO., and resulted in a victory for the home team by 13 runs.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 5 November 1892, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE. October 26. Quite 2 inches of rain must have fallen since Monday evening. Dams are now replenished. Haymaking is a little checked on account of the rain, but in all probability it will become general next week. The crops are on the whole good, and promise a good return.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 5 November 1892, page 37

DOWLINGVILLE. October 26. The trees planted this season are growing splendidly.

DOWLINGVILLE. October 31. On Saturday last, on Mr. J. Burton's farm, at Price, a Walter A. Wood binder was started, and a number of farmers attended. The work done by the machine could not be considered satisfactory, but no fault can be attributed to the binder, which was probably faultily put together, and rather new.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 14 November 1892, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. November 11. At a public meeting held on November 5 it was decided to petition the District Council, asking them to construct a road through to the beach from Dowlingville, at MacLachlan's. On Thursday, November 10, the cantata, 'Glad Tidings,' was given in the Dowlingville Wesleyan Church by the choir to a very fair and appreciative audience. The proceeds were in aid of the building debt. A supper brought the proceedings to a close.

Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Saturday 3 December 1892, page 4

DOWLINGVILLE. November 17. A meeting was held here the other evening for the purpose of requesting the Yorke's Peninsula District Council to metal a road to the sea opposite Mr Maclachlan's house as an outlet for shipping stumps. A large number of rate-payers were present, Mr J. Whitaker was elected to the chair and in opening the meeting he said, as Ardrossan and Port Clinton were too far to cart stumps they must request the Council to make a nearer port. He pointed out that a large trade could be done in stumps between the above beach and Port Adelaide if the road was metalled. After a lengthy discussion on the above subject in which several gentlemen spoke of the necessity of a nearer port for stumps, Mr Wm. Short moved and Mr Robert Foggo seconded that the Council be petitioned to metal 12 1/2 chains of road between Mr Maclachlan's house and the beach, also 3 chains on the sandhill at the corner. Carried unanimously. After the ratepayers had signed the memorial Mr Montgomery was requested to present it at the next meeting of the Council.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 31 December 1892, page 29

DOWLINGVILLE. December 28. An entertainment was held in the Dowlingville Chapel, Yorke's Peninsula, on Boxing Night, by the pupils of the day school, conducted by their head teacher (Mr. Eli S. A. Willis). The programme consisted of choruses, recitations, songs, rounds, &c, and was excellently rendered. "The village minstrels" was encored. "The little black dolly" was also well rendered, while "Listen to my tale of woe" by Mr. Willis and the business of the children supporting him in the chorus was heartily received. The prizes given were costly and useful, and the fund (for which the entertainment was held) was considerably augmented by a full house. Mr. C. C. Thomas officiated as Chairman, and congratulated Mr. Willis on his success with the children. Miss Montgomery presided at the organ, and greatly assisted the soloists and choristers by her tasteful accompaniments.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 9 February 1893, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. on 3 Friday last, 3rd iust. A good programme of sports was well arranged by Mr. S. Burford. The following are the winners of the principal events : — Sheffield handicap, W. Graves, P. Phelps; maiden race, P. Phelps; tilting, E. A. Willis, H. L. Roberts ; croquet event, Miss M. Inkster, Miss Phelps. A booth was on the ground, and apparently did a good business. In the evening an enjoyable entertainment was given in the Chapel, Mr. Longmore officiating as Chairman. During the interval Mrs. R. Burford presented the prizes to the successful competitors. There was a good attendance. The programme consisted of songs and recitations, Miss Turode being given a very hearty encore for 'The song that reached my heart.' and in response she sang 'Carissima.' A number of day-school children sang several choruses in a very pleasing manner. The proceeds were in aid of tho Wesleyan Circuit funds.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 21 April 1893, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. April 19. Yesterday a very heavy shower of rain fell here. Quiet 1 3/4 in. must have been recorded in the space of 45 min. This has filled the Government Dam. One of the blind creeks came down, doing considerable damage to the new piece of road at Powell's Creek and carrying away sundry fences. The creek ran for three miles.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 31 May 1893, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. May 29. Heavy rains have fallen here, nothing like the downpour having occurred for years. All the creeks are running, and in some places the water is very deep and wide. At Dowlingville the creek is about five chains across. It is still raining.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 12 June 1893, page 6

OUTBREAK OF DIPHTHERIA. Maitland. June 11. A serious outbreak of diphtheria has occurred at Dowlingville in the family of Mr. John Whittaker. One case has proved fatal, and it is reported that seven are now suffering. Dr. Souter is in attendance.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 15 June 1893, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. June 12. The late splendid rainfall has proved beneficial. Farmers are pushing on seeding operations. Some have finished ; others are taking advantage of the beautiful season, and ploughing and cropping old land which had become dirty. Rain is threatening.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 23 June 1893, page 7

CENTRAL BOARD OF HEALTH. Wednesday. June 21. A resident of Dowlingville wrote stating that two of his children had died from croapat diphtheria during the past week. The water supply was from a galvanized iron tank tilled from an iron roof. Being doubtful of its purity he forwarded in a bottle (which had apparently previously contained scent or hair oil) a small quantity of the water for analysis. A reply had been sent that the board does not undertake the analysis of water, that the sample forwarded was useless for analytical purposes, and that the local board of health is the proper authority to communicate with.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 4 August 1893, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. August 2. Nice rains have again fallen. The farmers in this district, having finished seeding, are carting roots to Ardrossan and Price for shipment. The crops are all looking well, the earlier sowing especially. Feed is abundant and good. A large number of vines, which have been procured from the Forest Department through the Bureau, are to be planted this month.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 22 September 1893, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. September 16.—The stormy weather that has prevailed so much of late, has settled into calm and sunshine once more, and the crops are looking well and promising, but some of the old land has been again taken possession of by that enemy of the farmer "Takeall," and in some sections it appears to well merit its name, as if it does not take all, it threatens to take a good slice.—We have just lost, by removal from the district, our respected late residents, Mr and Mrs T. H Spalding. About a year and a half ago Mr Spalding was appointed manager of the farm of Messrs G. and J. Downer, better known as Pudney's, and under his care this farm shows great improvement, and under ordinary circumstances with such management, should soon become a paying concern, and in the removal of Mr Spalding, the owners have lost a painstaking and conscientious servant, and one not easily replaced. Their removal will be felt by the local Wesleyan Church, as both Mr and Mrs Spalding were very active in the various branches of the church work, especially in the Christian Endeavour Society, and in this they will be very much missed. They have won the general esteem of the neighborhood since they have been with us, and they carry the best wishes of all with them.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Thursday 23 August 1894, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. August 20. On Friday Arbor Day was observed at the school. Eighteen trees were planted under the supervision of the teacher (Mr. E. S. A. Willis). The trees consisted of maritime pines, Aleppo pines, and tooart gums.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 14 September 1894, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. September 7. On Wednesday, September 5, an interesting and instructive lecture was delivered in the Dowlingville Wesleyan Chapel by Mr C. C. Thomas, J.P., under the auspices of the Dowlingville Band of Hope. Subject, "Man's physiology, and the influence of Alcohol thereon." Rev B. Crump presided. The lecturer, by the help of diagrams, described the action or work of the stomach, heart, liver, and brain, and by experiments explained how that alcohol very seriously injured the various human organs, and through them often had a demoralizing effect upon the human character. Various anecdotes, some amusing, and others of a pathetic nature, were introduced in illustration of the subject under consideration, and the audience was held in wrapt attention from beginning to end. At the close of the lecture a very hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Thomas, and a desire expressed that the lecture would be repeated. Grand weather is being experienced in this district, and although the crops are backward and feed short, there may now be expected a fairly bountiful harvest, notwithstanding the ravages of the mice plague.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 29 September 1894, page 10

ARDROSSAN, September 24. An interesting cricket match was played on the Oval on September 22 between Ardrossan and Dowlingville. The latter, winning the toss, sent their opponents in, which proved to be disastrous, for with several chances of bowling they could not dismiss the batsmen until 132 runs were scored for Ardrossan. J. Banks, 57, played a splendid game, only giving one chance. J. Hill (14) and H. Trevorah (11) were the only other double figure scorers. Dowlingville, although strengthened by players from Maitland and Price, only reached 89, E. Graves, of Port Price team, and H. Thomas, of Maitland, being the principal contributors with 29 and 17 respectively. G. Hill bowled 6 for 20 for Ardrossan.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 19 August 1895, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. August 13. On Wednesday last a social was tendered to Mr. M. Tee, who has been the Superintendent of tho Dowlingvilie Wesleyan Sunday-school for the past seventeen years. Old age and sickness were the cause of his retirement. Many eulogistic speeches were delivered. The weather has been very boisterous of late, but at present it is all that could be desired. The crops are looking well considering that the rain held off for so long a time.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 30 December 1895, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. December 27. On Christmas Day the annual Band of Hope picnic took place at McLachlan's beach. The attendance was very good, and all apparently enjoyed themselves in spite of the tides. In the evening a successful entertainment was given in the Dowlingville Chapel. Reaping is general. The crops are light, but the sample of wheat is good.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 24 January 1896, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. January 20. A Cowardly Attack.— An assault of a rather cowardly nature took place here on the 16th. Mr John Whittaker, a resident farmer, and one of his men, an Irishman, had some little misunderstanding, when some words passed between them which must have annoyed the man, for while Mr Whittaker was pumping water for the stock he dealt him a blow which for a little time quite dazed Mr Whittaker. He then picked up a big mallee stick, but as Mr Whittaker did not attempt to retaliate he did not use it. Shortly after he asked for money to leave for the City, but on Mr. Whittaker informing him that, his account was already overdrawn, he waited for an opportunity and struck him again, throwing Mr Whitaker to the ground, and would, no doubt, have done some serious injury had not help arrived. The wonder of the neighborhood is that Mr Whittaker has not had him arrested, but his having a wife and two little children dependant upon him is probably the reason.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Saturday 22 February 1896, page 2

DOWLINGVILLE. February 16,1896.

Dear Aunt Dorothy—As I have not seen many letters from here. I thought I would like to write to you. I am sending ls. Id. for the weak-minded children that I have collected. I hope you will get the sum you require. Our school picnic is on the 28th of this month. It is held on the beach, and we have games and lots of fun. I have three miles' to walk to school, and I like going very much and like my teacher. I am in the fourth class. I am going to tell you about my pets. I have two lambs, a magpie, a cow, a pony, and a puppy, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I must conclude now. With love for yourself and Uncle George, I remain your loving niece.

Rebecca Isabella Tee. I am aged 13 years and 8 months.

Thank you, my dear Rebecca, for having taken the trouble to collect something for the weak-minded children. I hope you will enjoy your picnic on the 28th. You ought to do so as games on the beach, are very pleasant at this time of the year. That is a good distance you have to walk to school, but as you like school I suppose you do not think the walk any great hardship. You appear to have a fair share of pets. Thank you for your good wishes about Christmas and New Year. I hope you will have a prosperous New Year.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Saturday 28 March 1896, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. March 22,1896.

Dear Aunt Dorothy—With this I am sending 5s. 6d. for.the weak-minded children. An aunt of mine saw by the paper I had been collecting and sent me 5s: Was it not kind of her? My brother Kingsly gave 3d. and I send 3d. I like reading the stories you tell us and the children's letters. I was glad to see my letter in print. I enjoyed myself at the beach and I think everyone else did too. There were races; I won one shilling and sixpence. Nearly everyone about is carting water. I wish it would rain.—With love to Uncle George and yourself, I am your loving niece.

Isabella Tee. I am 13 years and 9 months.

It was, indeed, very kind of your aunt, my dear Isabella, to send you that 5s. and I hope you will give her my best thanks for her goodness. I also, wish to thank you and your brother. I am glad you enjoyed yourself at the beach and that you were successful at the races. Like you and, I suppose, like almost everyone else I should indeed be glad if it would rain, and I suppose I should wish for the rain much more if I had to cart water till it came.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 1 February 1897, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. JANUARY 26 Last evening a thunderstorm passed over this district but as usual left us little of the much-needed rain. Farmers have, in some cases, been carting water for the last six months. The Tiddy Widdy. wells have been very low several times, but a drain has been sunk and the wells cleaned out by the Committee, which has augmented the supply greatly. Young men are leaving for the West daily. Farmers who keep a few sheep are endeavouring to breed a suitable class of lambs for the freezing works. They are also talking of following the example of the south end of the Peninsula by using the drill and manuring.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 20 February 1897, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, February 11. For three days we have had very hot weather. To-day it was close and sultry. The thermometer registered 96° in the shade and 123° in the sun at noon. The stock in many cases almost refuse to drink the local water because of its saltness.

Farm horses are fetching a good price, in spite of the water-carting and the bad season.

The school hall will need enlarging if the attendance keeps increasing as it has been of late. Sitting room at times is out of the question, and during the hot weather the children find the close quarters very oppressive.

DOWLINGVILLE. February 25. The hot weather has given place to a strong, sold, south wind.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 10 April 1897, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, APRIL 5. The weather here is very sultry. It has been threatening for rain for some time, but it still holds off. Water-carting is still the great drawback to farmers. The supply at Tiddy Widdy is inadequate. It is very disheartening to drive a team seven or eight miles for water, and then be compelled to travel eighteen more because of its scarcity. On Friday night last no less than six teams, whose drivers expected to be the first at the wells, arrived before 2 o'clock in the morning, and then those unfortunates who were last had to drive on to Price Dam, which was filled about two months ago. Farmers, wherever possible, are getting on with their tilling as fast as they can because of the scarcity of food. Drills will be given a good trial here this year, six having been procured.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 15 May 1897, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE. MAY 10. Water-carting is still the great drawback to seeding. Owing to the scarcity of water farmers race to the wells, and in the dark hours of night it is none too safe driving a team among the wells.

Pigeons are a great nuisance to the farmers. There is a large flock flying around here, and one that was shot the other day had 866 grains in its crop.

Rain is anxiously looked for, and farmers who prefer to sow after the rain are afraid to hold off any longer.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Tuesday 8 June 1897, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. JUNE 4. We are having lovely weather at present, and are anxiously looking for rain. Water-carting has not yet finished. Seeding operations are being hurried on fast.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 12 July 1897, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. July 9. Last night rain sat in from the north-west, and it has been raining nearly, all day lightly. The crops around here are growing fairly well. The difference on those where artificial manures wore drilled in is astounding. Already the manured crops are twice as good as the others.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 17 July 1897, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, July 9. Horses are still very weak, and some are in a dying condition. A considerable number have succumbed.

Stumps are demanding a good price, but the unfortunate farmers' horses are too weak to cart them to port, and horse feed is hardly procurable.

Most of the seeding is done, but a few farmers are still at work.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 19 July 1897, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. Friday. We are having beautiful warm weather, and the crops and feed are coming on wonderfully. The last rains were by far the best for the season. Everybody has caught a good supply of water, but more heavy rain is needed to fill up the dams. It is no rare thing to see dams with only a few inches in them. Seeding is finished at last, and all who are able are carting stumps, which are at a good price.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 2 October 1897, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE, Monday. On Saturday morning a lovely rain set in, and continued steadily all day. Such a soaking is just what was needed after the hot, dry winds of the past fortnight. Last evening a thunderstorm passed over, but little rain fell.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Tuesday 12 October 1897, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. Friday. To-day a strong northerly wind has been blowing. At present it looks like rain and is sprinkling a little. But for the last rains the crops would have been poor even now should we get much of this dry north wind the harvest will not be good. In any case, hay will be a high price again, as there will be little cut in the district. Stock are picking up fast, but the feed is turning colour. Water will be the great drawback to farming again. By the present outlook it seems as if it will be scarcer than last year. Price dam, the mainstay last year, has caught little or no water, and throughout the district most of the dams are empty.

Shearing is being hurried on fast, and several lots have been shipped. The clip is light.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 15 October 1897, page 5

DOWLINGVILLE. Wednesday. Anniversary services in connection with the Wesleyan Church wore held yesterday. The Church is now free of debt much to the joy of all. Mr. Philips occupied the chair at the public meeting, and addresses were given by Mr. J. Rowe of Tipara, and the Rev. Cramp. The choir rendered choice selections.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 16 October 1897, page 29

DOWLINGVILLE, Wednesday. Rain fell on Saturday night and Sunday, and the wheat crops have been considerably revived.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 27 November 1897, page 29

DOWLINGVILLE, Wednesday. For the last month there has been little or no growth in the crops. They have ripened off very quickly. Tho hot winds have cut them considerably. Though there has been terribly hot weather and no rain the crops are looking well. In most of them there are fairly good heads, and the yield should be above recent expectations. The sample is good. Oats are turning out much better than was expected. The yield cannot yet be estimated, as little cleaning has been done. Some farmers have started to reap wheat, and most of them will be hard at work within a week.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 4 December 1897, page 4

DOWLINGVILLE. November 6. Present—Messrs. It. A. Montgomery (Chairman), T. Illman, T. Kenny, G. lnkster, T. Lee, F. Roberts, J. Phelps, II. Crowell, G. Mason, J. L. Broad bent (Hon. Secretary), and one visitor. Mr. Illman tabled samples of King's Jubilee and Early Para wheats, both being very forward and well headed. Mr. Roberts tabled several samples of Big Purple Straw wheat, showing the effect of manuring. No 1, manured with superphosphate, was 3 ft. 3 in. high and splendidly headed; without manure, 2 ft. high, thin small head; lime. 2 ft. 3 in. high, good head. Mr. Kenny tabled several samples of Big Purple Straw from see 1 drilled in at same time, and under similar conditions. That manured with Melbourne hone manure was 3 ft. high, with good head; lime, 2 ft. 6 in. high, fair head; English superphosphate, 3 ft. high, good head; chemical works bonodust, 3 ft. high, fair head ; chemical works supur-guano, 3 ft. 9 in. high, splendid head; bono-phosphate, 3 ft. high, very well he-dod, In reporting results of such experiments the quantity of manure per acre used and the cost should he stated.—General Secretary. Mr. Montgomery tabled two samples of wheat from same area of ground, one being put in with drill and manure, and the other broadcasted. The former gave twice the quantity of hay, and was far superior in sample to the latter.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 15 December 1897, page 10

On Friday, the 10th inst., a very successful school concert was given by the Dowlingville school children before a crowded house. The cantata " Up-to-date" was much appreciated, The item of the evening was a duet, "No, sir," rendered by Master Stan. Illman, eight years, and Miss Beatrice Lodge, nine years. The performance was singularly good, and the children were compelled to reappear. Mr. Harper, of Ardrossan, rendered excellent service at the piano. Prizes were awarded to Miss Eliza Powell, Miss Bella Lee, Miss Martha Major, Miss Polly Douglass, and Miss Mabel Fullston.

DOWLINGVILLE, Monday. Reaping is being pushed on fast. The sample is good, and the stuff reaped is fairly wheaty.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 29 January 1898, page 19

DOWLINGVILLE. January 21. A largely attended meeting was held here yesterday to consider the water difficulty. Mr. W. Shannon, M.P., was appointed to the chair. It was proposed to petition the Government asking them to put down three bores across the Peninsula in an easterly and westerly direction, and to put such bores down to a depth of 1,000 ft. in the event of water or the bedrock not being struck before that depth is attained. The motion was carried unanimously. A second proposition was carried asking the member for this district to introduce a Bill during the next session of Parliament to empower the Government to advance sums of money up to 75 per cent, on the amount expended by any farmer in attaining any permanent supply of water, or permanent water conservation at a reasonable rate of interest.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 24 February 1898, page 7

WATER ON YORKE'S PENINSULA. Messrs. W. Copley and J. Shannon, members for Yorke's Peninsula, presented to the Commissioner of Public Works on Tuesday a petition from a number of farmers and other residents in the hundreds of Cunningham, Clinton, and Tipara, praying that three bores may be put down on Yorke's Peninsula, within five miles of the boundary line of the hundreds of Cunningham and Clinton in an east and west direction to a depth of 1,000 ft., if water or bedrock is not struck before that depth, so as to thoroughly test the existence of an undercurrent of water. The localities of Dowlingville and Winulta Plain were stated to be likely places to strike water because of the formation of rock, and they asked that the Government Geologist might be sent over at once to report on the places for boring operations. Mr. Jenkins promised to refer the matter to the Engineer-in-Chief for report.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 8 April 1898, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. Monday. One and a half inches of rain has been recorded since Saturday. This has been the best rain for the last two years. Farmers are making every effort to store as much as possible. Seeding operations are being pushed on, artificial manures being generally used.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 30 May 1898, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. Friday, May 27. The weather is bitterly cold. Several frosts of late have checked the growth of crops. Despite the fact that we have had splendid rains we can still do with much more, as the ground dries up quickly.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 22 July 1898, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. Wednesday, July 20. —The weather is extremely cold. Rain is falling in light showers. This evening we had several hailstorms.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 10 August 1898, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. Saturday, August 6. —A cricket match was played yesterday between Dowlingville and Ardrossan. Dowingville won the day, R. Montgomery doing great execution with the ball. In the evening a cricket concert was held, and there was a fair attendance.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 16 September 1898, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. Wednesday, September 14.—The Dowlingville school children gave a very successful school concert yesterday evening, when the cantata ''The White Garland" was presented, the parts being taken by the Misses Broadbent, Mabel and Elsie Fullarton, M. Lodge, A. Lombladt, P. Douglas, M. Magor, M. Illman, B. Foggo, V. Douglas, and B. Lodge, and the Masters V. Illman, J. Foggo, and V. Whittaker. The decorations, which consisted of white everlasting daisies, were arranged by the school children, who deserve great credit for their artistic work.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 8 October 1898, page 38

DOWLINGVILLE. October 3, ]SOS. Dear Aunt Dorothy— You will think I have quite forgotten you, as I promised you I would not be so long in writing again. I would have written sooner, but when my Aunt Pollie and friends sent a postal note I could not get it changed out here, so I had to send it back to my aunt, and she sent a post-office order. I have got it changed this time. I have been collecting as well. I enclose list and postal note to the amount of 15s. We have only got one pet cat we call him Sandy. Whenever we go for a walk he always goes with us, and he has fine fun in jumping about amongst the grass. We had a nice dog, but he is dead now. We were all very sorry to lose him. I am glad to tell you that the crops are looking splendid. My father is going to start, haymaking soon. I am very glad that the Home has been opened. I hope that it will be successful, and get plenty of subscriptions. With love to you and Uncle George.

— I remain your loving niece, Ethel Douglas. I was 13 last July.

First of all, my dear Ethel, let me thank you for the money you have, sent for the Home. It was very good, indeed, of you to collect subscriptions to help on the institution, and I was very glad to get your letter. I can understand your cat enjoying jumping about amongst the grass, as I at one time had a cat which whenever I went for a walk would run on before me and roll over and over in the grass and thoroughly enjoy it. I am glad to hear that the crops are looking so well up your way, and hope sincerely that they may continue to flourish. I have no doubt, my dear Ethel, that subscriptions will be freely given to keep the Home going. They certainly will be needed.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 5 November 1898, page 4

DOWLINGVILLE. October 25. The season opened wonderfully well, and continued all that could be desired until September. Crops made splendid progress until the hot winds of September nipped off the tops of many heads. The quarter of an inch of rain which fell in September just kept them going with the moisture then in the ground. The rain of October a little over quarter of an inch has only partially supplied them. The crops now look well, and we expect some three-bag crops and perhaps more, but they are few and far between, and are all early crops. Late crops will not go more than 1 1/2 bags generally. To all appearances the sample will be good, but smut is appearing. Harvesting in some very early crops has begun, but it will not be general until the second week in November. Writing on the 28th our correspondent informed us that the effect of three-quarters of an inch of rain last week would increase the yield, though in some cases crops had been badly blown down by the storm.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 28 November 1898, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. Thursday, Nov. 24.— We have to-day been favoured with a few nice showers. One heavy hailstorm passed over. There are some crops which this will benefit, but as a rule the wheat has enough moisture to carry it through. Stripping is not in full swing, but on most farms the stripper is to be heard. It is quite a pleasure this year to hear a little more than hum in the machine. One notable difference this year is the colour of the ripening crops. They have quite a golden look about them. Last year they were rather white. The hot winds have not done much damage this year, but we get too many strong winds. Steinwedel has in many cases blown out badly, and in cases which but for the wind would have yielded well the result will now only be fair.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 3 December 1898, page 4

DOWLINGVILLE. Thursday, Nov. 24.We have to-day been favoured with a few nice showers. One heavy hailstorm passed over. There are some crops which this will benefit, but as a rule the wheat has enough moisture to carry it through. Stripping is not -in full swing, but on most farms the stripper is to be heard. It is quite a pleasure this year to hear a little more than hum in the machine. One notable difference this year is the colour of the ripening crops. They have quite a 'golden look about them.' Last year they were rather white. The hot winds have not done much damage this year, but we get too many strong winds. Stainwedel has in many cases blown out badly, and in cases which but for the wind would have yielded well the result will now only be fair.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 7 April 1899, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. April 5. THE ANNIVERSARY of the Wesleyan Sunday School was celebrated on Sunday, March 26th, and Good Friday. On the Sunday two sermons were preached by Mr Tucker, of Maitland. On Good Friday tea was held in the church, followed by a service of song "The Californian Nugget " by the children under the leadership of Mr T. Illman, Miss E. Crowell presiding at the organ. The proceeds from the tea and service of song were satisfactory.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 12 June 1899, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. June 9. More rain fell again last night. Still, we want heavy showers to fill the tanks and stop carting.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Friday 7 July 1899, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE. July 5. As a rule seeding has been finished, and farmers are fallowing, but some farmers will go on for another fortnight. Broadcast crops are coming on very slowly. In the near future broadcast sowing will probably be a thing of the past here, it has not proved profitable. We still want heavy showers to fill up tanks for water conservation. Hardly any water has been caught yet.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 July 1899, page 41

DOWLINGVILLE. June. 23.— Present— Messrs, R. A. Montgomery (chairman),. T. Kenny, T. Illman, Theo. Lombladt, F. W, Roberts (hon. sec), and three visitors. A discussion took place on seed-drills, members being of opinion that the wheat-feeders were not as near perfect as they might be, as they often caused damage to the drill or crushed the wheat. Mr. Lombladt said some years ago one of his paddocks was very hard, consequently he ploughed it deep and got a good crop, but since then he had never been able to grow a crop on it. The hon. Secretary, said he ploughed some grey land about 4 in. deep, and had not grown a crop of wheat since, though grey oats did fairly well.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 26 July 1899, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. July 24. Measles are prevalent in the district, several families being debarred from attending the day school.— The young people are trying to reorganize the cricket club.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 4 October 1899, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. September 30. The first rain of the season, which came about February 20, was very light, and only gave as 30 points. There was no more to speak of till April 3, when 25 points was registered. The remainder of the month gave us 30 points. It was not until May that the ground could be properly broken up, and the crops sown during that month are looking best. The rainfall up to the end of May last was 4.77, and this year only 2.05. June saw the crops looking well and seeding operations being hurried on, but July and August proved very disappointing, especially July. With all the frost and dry weather, it was gratifying to see how well the crops held out. On September 9 splendid showers fell, which had the effect of pushing ahead all wheat sown, especially the very late sown, which at this time was just commencing to stool. At the present time we seem likely to have a fair yield, but by no means a heavy one. The mice have done great damage. The use of the drill and artificial manure has been general.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Monday 16 October 1899, page 2

DOWLINGVILLE. October 12. A north wind has been blowing all day. Crops have suffered considerably. Rain is again wanted badly. Water carting is becoming general. Haymaking and shearing are in full swing.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 1 December 1899, page 3

DOWLINGVILLE. November 27. AN IMPROVED STRIPPER.—On Saturday afternoon last a number of farmers, in response to an invitation, visited Mr Thomas Illman's farm to witness a trial of an improved stripper. Mr Illman, who is also a wheelwright by trade, had himself remodelled an ordinary stripper. The machine takes a width of 6 feet 5 inches, and has beaters 14 inches in diameter, with four beaters instead of three. The comb-teeth are stamped instead of being drawn so as not to cause vibration. The machine is well stayed, and the expressions of the farmers present were that it was well finished. The machine which was drawn by three ordinary farm horses, did very good work. At the close of the trial Mr Thomas Hogarth, in proposing a vote of thanks to Mr Illman, congratulated him on his success.

Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), Saturday 16 December 1899, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE. December 8. On Wednesday the eldest son of Mr. A. Allison fell off a haystack, and dislocated one of his arms at the elbow. Miss Broadbent, who has lately passed the first-aid ambulance examination at Blackwood, and who happened to be here on a visit, after some difficulty replaced the bone.

Sat 24 Nov 1900, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904)

DOWLINGVILLE, November 14. On Tuesday evening Mr. J. T. Whittaker had a fine cattle-dog bitten by a snake, which was afterwards killed by a little boy. The dog has killed several snakes this season. Snakes are very numerous this season, 30 being killed on one farm. Rabbits are also becoming a great nuisance, one family killing 160 in eight nights with the aid of bicycle gas lamps and sticks. The lamps seem to stupefy the little rodents, who hide and become an easy prey.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 25 January 1910, page 8

DOWLINGVILLE, January 21. The hall was crowded on Tuesday evening when a farewell social was tendered to Mrs. and Misses Lucas. Mrs. Lucas has been school-mistress here for the past eight years, and has been transferred to Myponga. Mr. G. Mason occupied the chair. Speeches were delivered by Mr. R. Montgomery, sen.. C. Cane, J. T. Whittaker, and R. Burford, who spoke of Mrs. Lucas proficiency and kindness as a teacher, and expressed regret at her removal. Mrs. J. Powell, on behalf of the parents and residents, presented Mrs. Lucas with a marble clock. Musical items were rendered by Misses Rooney. Heenan, and Huckvale; song. Miss Hylda Lucas; recitations, Misses MeLeay and Heenan.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 29 January 1910, page 9

DOWLINGVILLE, January 21. Reaping is finished, and cleaning and carting are the order of the day.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 12 March 1910, page 17

DOWLINGVILLE, February 28. A fruit social was held in the local hall on Thursday evening. The attendance was good and the business satisfactory. The stall-holders were: — Needlework, Misses Morgan and Tee; lollies, Misses Rooney and B. Lodge; fruit and produce, Mrs. W. Lombladt, Misses McKenzie and I. Tee; cool drinks; Messrs. H. Mason and 1. Whittaker; vegetables, Messrs. L. Whittaker and F. Mason. A promenade concert was held. Songs were given by Misses Rooney and Warne, and musical items by Misses Rooney. Mr. T. Powell contributed a recitation.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 19 April 1910, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE, April 13. Several farmers have started drilling in oats. Rain is anxiously looked, for to enable them to commence drilling wheat on the fallow. The continued dry weather is checking the feed started by the late rain. Strangles have made their appearance among the horses.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Tuesday 26 April 1910, page 3

DOWLrXGVILLE, April 23. An enjoyable social was given in the Dowlingville Hall recently. The gueste were Mr. and Mrs. J. Rooney aaid their four daughters, who are leaving to reside near to the city. General regret was expressed at their departure. Reference was made to the valuable service at all times rendered by them. The Misses Rooney are excellent musicians, and will be greatly missed by the young people. Dancing was held and songs were given. Tiie large attendance was proof of the high esteem in which Mr. Rooney and his family are held in the district. Mr. H. A. Montgomery and Mr. G. Whitaker spoke in high terms of Mr. Rooney and his family. Mr. Rooney responded suitably.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 7 May 1910, page 22


DOWLINGVILLE, May 4. What might have been a serious accident was narrowly averted yesterday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. G. Mason and one of the children were driving home from Ardrossan, and when opposite Mr. J. Smith's residence a dog took after some cattle, which gallops towards the horses. One of the pair took fright and plunged, and jumped clean out of the harness, pulling the harness over its head and nearly upsetting the buggy. Mr. Mason jumped out and secured the horse, which was only held by the reins, before any further damage was done.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 17 May 1910, page 9

DOWLINGVILLE, May 13. The continued dry weather is causing anxiety among farmers who are starting to sow wheat. Water supplies are getting low in many cases, and the green feed is dying. What self-sown wheat is on the stubble paddocks is coming out in blade. It is feared there will be trouble with the early lambs, as there will be no feed for the ewes.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 1 June 1910, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, May. 29. The rain has caused seeding operations to be gogpgadgd fora &g fis. ^^a, .Oatg are all up, and so is some of the wheat. Feed is growing rapidly, and thflä has greatly improved tibe aspect of $« lambing season. A few lambs are getting about, and in some instances: foxes are, proving destructive. Yesterday morning Mr. Rowntree found one of his lambs killed and the liver eaten out. What remained was poisoned with - ai^chnine, and this morning two large vixens were found dead close by. Unfortunately a good greyhound dog, which had been out when the poison was laid, and had evidently returned for a feed during the night, waa also found dead.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Tuesday 14 June 1910, page 5


Dowlingville. Rose Montgoraery Vere and Tina Whittaker, Leslie, Hazel, and Adelina Mason, Edward, Arthur, and Ruby Duncan, Jack Morony, Clement and Leonard Koch, each 6; Lola Claude and Keith Barford, each 4; Oliver, Grace, and Mavis Koch, Fred, Felix, Carl, and Thelma Barford, each 3. Total, 102.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 9 July 1910, page 8


DOWLINGVILLE, June 29— Seeding is finished and fallowing is being pushed on. Owing to absence of frost and the warm days the wheat is crowing rapidly and looking splendid. Self-sown wheat, wild oats, and silver grass are out in head, so that there is abundance of feed. There is a good percentage of lambs and many are in a forward condition, but a lot have been killed by foxes. Mr. W. Harmer has poisoned five full-grown foxes within a month on Mr. Rowntree's property.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 16 July 1910, page 6


A most enjoyable dance was held in the local hall on Friday, July 8. The hall was prettily decorated with flags, and the front of the hall was festooned with, asparagus fern. Mr. W. Wilson proved an efficient M.C., and as secretary Mr. J. J. Wittaker did his work well. Delightful music was supplied by Mr. B. Mead (Adelaide).

Among those present were Mesdamee W. Barton, in black, R. Montgoraery, muslin frock trimmed with lace; A. Montgomery white silk frock; Moroney, black voile; Mrs. Jones, navy frock; E. Barton, black Birt, black silk; Miss Huckvale looked well in pale-blue chiffon taffeta, with touches of gold; Miss I. Huckvale, while silk; Miss Lodge, pink silk muslin; Miss H. Lodge, heliotrope; Miss M. Lodge, blue silk muslin: Miss Lombladt, white muslin; Miss Foley, white silk; Miss R. Foley, white muslin; Miss Morgan, biscuit shantung and silk lace; Miss Rusk (Adelaide), pink voile; Miss Graham (Adelaide), white crepe tafe feta; Miss Pavy, blue silk- Miss Jones, white muslin; Miss McLellan, white silk; Miss McKenzie, heliotrope silk; Miss Lee white muslin; Miss Miller, pink voile with touches of black; Miss Wilson, while silk; Miss Maher, white silk and lace; Miss Cane, white voile; Miss Jarrett, dainty frock or pale blue; Miss Wittaker, cream voile and Miss V. Wittaker, Miss Polkinghorne, Misses Gray, Misses Hogan.

Among the gentlemen were Mesers. Wittaker (4), Wilson (3), Foley (2), McDonald, Henderson (2), Polkinghorne, Lodge. Kenny, (2), Montgomery (2), Mitchell (Kadina), and Rundle.

Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940), Friday 26 August 1910, page 6



August 13.—Ardrossau, forty miles across St. Vincent Gulf. A fairly smooth trip in s.s. "Kooringa," taking about five hours from port to port. This peninsula town has grown very much of late. The principal industry is plough-making, carried on in Mr. C. H. Smith's implement factory, which is one of the largest and best-equipped of its kind in the Commonwealth. Upwards of 110 men are employed, and ploughs are being turned out at the rate of twenty per week. The premises and plant have recently been largely increased, with every prospect of further development. The town is spreading out in all directions. A few years ago our Church property was practically outside of the town, Out now it is well towards the centre and splendidly situated. Since my last visit a comfortable six-roomed parsonage, with front and enclosed back verandah, has been erected, a lecture hall built, the church renovated and beautified, acetylene installed, and altogether the property has been greatly improved. A new fence is badly needed, and when this is accomplished Brother Yeoman will rest in peace. After being for many years a claimant upon the Home Mission Fund the circuit has become self-supporting. It is, however, widespread, including nine places, some of which are many miles away, and to work it efficiently taxes very severely the energy of the minister. Indeed, there is work enough to keep two men going full time, and money enough in the district to pay them if it could only be tapped, but that's another matter. Sunday morning.-—Ardrossan. The Sabbath does not begin with most of the Ardrossanians until sometime after dinner, so we had only a small gathering. Afternoon.--Dowlingville, seven miles to the north. Here we have a nest of Methodists of the right sort—hearty, appreciative, and generous. The congregation filled the church, and people and preacher had a good time together. Evening.—Ardrossan. Capital congregation, the oncers being present in large numbers, many of them being young men from the factory. The ordinary evening congregation averages about 170. Moonta was well represented at the service, many artisans from the Mines having come to work in the town. The meeting at Dowlingville on Monday -was one of the best I have had for the. year. Splendid congregation and very good collection. The appeal to the trust on behalf of the Relief Fund was sympathetically received and a promise of £40 made. So far this is proportionately the largest donation made by any trust to this fund. Several trusts have voted larger amounts, but they represent much larger concerns and greater resources. The action of the Dowlingville trustees is worthy of hearty commendation and general imitation. There are places in connection with our Church where the friends could do as much to meet the urgent need of the Conference as the trustees at Dowlingville,' but unfortunately the connexional spirit is lacking, and so long as the parish wheelbarrow can be trundled the connexional chariot must shift for itself. This applies to places like—but, perhaps, it will be wiser not to give names. There is such a thing as repentance in connection with Church trusts, and it may be tbat further consideration may lead to a more sympathetic attitude towards connexional needs, especially when it is remembered that in years gone by connexional help has been sought, and not in vain. Tuesday.—Ard rossan. •. "Wednesday,— Petersville. A good meeting at each place. Thursday.—Home.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 5 October 1910, page 8

DOWLINGVILLE, October 1. Shearing is becoming general, but has been retarded on account of a scarcity of shearers and damp weather. The sheep and lambs are in good condition, owing to the abundance of feed. The crops are looking well, but in several instances farmers are complaining of "takeall" in the wheat, which seems to be worse this year" than it was last. Some farmers purpose sowing more oats in future, even if they have to feed it off with stock. This seems the only way of coping with "takeall."

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 2 November 1910, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, October 29. A new room has been erected at the back of the local hall, to be used as a supper-room; &c.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 8 December 1910, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE. December 3 Haycarting is being hurried on. Wheat is ripening and the early varieties are nearly ready to reap. Mr. W. J. Whittaker has already reaped a little. Takeall is affecting the green wheat. This will reduce the average yield below that of last year, though wheat that is left is filling splendidly. Mr. J. Lodge has harvested a few acres of barley, which yielded 60 bushels to the acre.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 21 January 1911, page 46


DOWLINGVILLE, January 14.— Mr. N. K. Rowntree lost one of his working horses, which broke through the fence during the night into the paddock, where the harvester had been at work. The animal tore and capsized several bags of wheat. Four of the horses were affected and one died, while another was very bad. It was bled at the feet and is now recovering.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 9 March 1911, page 14

DOWLINGVILLE, March 4. This afternoon the balloon ascent at Maitland, 15 miles away, was observed here. The balloon ascent and parachutist's descent were both seen.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 14 March 1911, page 8

DOWLINGVILLE, March 11. The local hall was well filled on Thursday evening, when a farewell social was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. W. Foggo. Mr. Foggo has not enjoyed good health for some time, and intends taking a twelve months' tour. He settled in this district about 34 years ago, and was one of the first settlers in the second survey of the hundred of Cunningham. When he took up his farm there were no roads, and he and his brother had to cut the road from the farm known as Allison's (now owned by Mr. J. Smith) to his camp to get through from Maitland via Ardrossan with a load of hay. He also cleared the road from Mr. J. Lodge's at Dowlingville to his place. Mr. R. Montgomery occupied the chair, and spoke in highly complimentary terms of Mr, and Mrs. Foggo. Others who spoke and endorsed Mr. Montgomery's remarks were Messrs. R. Willing. J. Phelps, J. Birkin, J. Powell, J. T. Whittaker, and J. Gray. Mr. Montgomery, on behalf of the residents of Dowlingville and the surrounding districts, presented Mr. Foggo with a travelling bag. Mrs. J. Powell handed to Mrs. Foggo a handsome silver teapot. Songs were rendered by Mr. C. C. Stobie, Misses X. and L. Jones, and Mr. S. lllman; recitations were given by Mr. T. Powell, Misses Taylor, G. Sharrad, and V. Whittaker. A dance followed.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 19 March 1910, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, March 7.— During the recent storm boats were broken and washed on the rocks at Ardrossan. The steamer Kooringa was knocked about somewhat against the jetty. The rain is too early for seeding. The benefits will be in replenishing tanks and dams, and in starting weeds in the fallow paddocks.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 18 May 1912, page 18

DOWLINGVILLE. May 8.— The dry weather is causing anxiety to the farmers, who are waiting to start sowing. They are afraid of the grain malting if sown before the rain comes. Feed is suffering, and there will be a shortage of green feed for the lambs. Water supplies are getting short. Several settlers are already carting.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 1 June 1911, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, May 30. After the recent rains farmers are making all haste with wheat-sowing, and a fair amount is already in. Most of the young men are recovered enough from measles to be able to get to work again. Never before has there been such an outbreak of sickness through the whole district. First whooping cough, mumps, then measles, and two cases of pneumonia.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 26 June 1911, page 8


Dowlingville. June 23.

Mr. and Mrs. Birkin were returning from Arthurton on Tuesday afternoon, and while coming down a hill the buggy ran on a steep siding, with the result that Mrs. Birkin was thrown out over the front wheel on her forehead. Mrs. Birkin is over 70 years of age, and is now seriously ill.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 1 July 1911, page 16


D0WL1NGVILLE, June 22— Several farmers have finished seeding, and are starting their fallowing. The wheat is coming up splendidly, although the mice have eaten a lot of the seed in places, and are still digging ud the young shoots and eatine the grain off the bottom. It is hoped the good soaking rain will destroy the pests. There is a good percentage of lambs this season.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 1 July 1911, page 20


Dowlingville, June 2S.

On Tuesday night Mr. Edward Montgomery, who has resided with his nephew, Mr. A. Montgomery, for some time, was found dead in his bed this morning. He was suffering from cold, but otherwise retired last night in his usual health, taking with him a bucket of hot coals. It is presumed he was poisoned by the fumes. A brother (Mr. R. Montgomery) and a sister (Mrs. S. W. Tee) reside in this district, and are highly respected.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Tuesday 8 August 1911, page 3


Dowlingvflle, August 4.

The hunt club held their first meet at Petersville to-day. The weather was ideal and 56 persons followed-the dogs. Fourteen foxes were seen and seven caught. A painfnl accident befel Mr. James Harmer. A fox had been caught, and a rush was made to get it from the dogs. He was attempting to do this when a dog ran against the heels of one of the horses, which kicked Mr. Harmer on the face, rendering him unconscious and inflicting a nasty cut on his eye. He was conveyed by Mr. E. Wilson to the doctor. At the suggestion of Mr. Vandepeer. a collection was made to defray the medical expenses. 21/6 being raised and more promised. Several minor accidents occurred. but nobody else was hurt. The membership has risen to 46.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 12 August 1911, page 13


DOWLINGVTLLE, August 4.— Mr. W. Whittaker was out in the paddock yesterday when a cattle dog turned up a fox, which ran towards the bouse. In his endeavor to escape, or in quest of a breakfast, the fox entered the kitchen, where the meal was being prepared. He made he dash for the window, but was beaten off. He next jumped upon the stove, which proved too warm, and he upset a saucepan of porridge and a pan of bacon on to the floor. Mr. Whittaker eventually killed him with a stick. The fox's jawbone was broken.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 28 October 1911, page 62

A fancy dress ball in aid of the Children's Hospital was arranged by Mr. and .Mrs. E. Hurt and held in the Dowlingville Hall on Wednesday, October 18. The weather was all that could be desired, and the affair was a huge success, a good sum being netted for the institution. Mrs. Burt, and Mr. H. G. Crisp supplied the dance music. Messrs. H. Mason and Leo Whittaker shared the duties of M.C. Among those in fancy dress were:— Miss B. H. Lodge, 'Sailor Girl;' Miss A. Williams. 'Sailor Girl;'' Miss Holland, Folly;' Miss N. Gray, ''Gipsy;' Miss G. Burt, 'Chateau Tanunda Brandy; Miss .M. Lodge, 'Stars and Stripes;' Miss Giles, 'Japanese Lady; ' Miss N. Buckley, 'Spanish Lady; ' Mrs. H. Birkin. ''Erin;' Miss H. Pyirott, 'Starlight;' Miss Mason, 'Forget-me-not;' Mr. H. Mason, 'Sailor;' Mr. E. Lodge, 'Captain Starlight;' Mr. F. Mason. 'Jester;' Mr. O. Beard, 'Pierrot;' Mr. J, Kenny, 'Footballer' Mr. F. Bannerman, 'Footballer;' Mr. W. Francis, 'Footballer;' Mr. Roy Barton, 'Christy Minstrel.'

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 28 October 1911, page 46


Dowlingville: October 23.

On Saturday afternoon Miss. Vandeneer, sen. of Petersville, was being driven home from Ardrossan by her grandson, when the horse took fright and capsized the phaeton, pinning Mrs. Vandepeer underneath. She was not seriously hurt, but is suffering from bruises and shock.

Mr. John Harmer was catching a young horse on Saturday when the rope became entangled round one of his own legs, with, the result that he was thrown and received an injury to his ankle.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 9 December 1911, page 15

DOWLINGVILLE, November 27.—A strawberry fete in aid of the Methodist Church was held on Thursday. The fair was opened by Mr. Stevenson from Kainton. There was a good attendance and the takings were satisfactory.

Stallholders:— Strawberries and cream, Mrs. E. Powell and the Misses A. Powell and E. Powell. Fruit and salads, Mrs. Hudge and Miss Williams. Fancy goods, Mrs. T. Powell and Miss Burford. Flowers, Misses Lodge and Burford. Lollies, Misses Mason and Crowell. Cool drinks, Miss Sampson and Messrs. Illman and Powell. Prizes for ladies' wood-sawing were carried off by Mrs. Duncan, Miss Lombladt, and Mrs. A. Montgomery. Nail driving, Miss T. Lombladt and A. Lombladt. Gentlemen darning, H. Saunders.—

Haycutting is general. The oat crops are ripe. The hot weather has ripened the wheat rapidly, and reaping will be general in about a week. Several farmers have already reaped some of the early varieties.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 1 January 1912, page 10


Dowlingville, December 28.

Mr. G.P.D. Whittaker in endeavoring to take a choke out of his harvester had the fore finger of his right hand drawn into the beaters and smashed. He was taken to Maitland, where Dr. Betts amputated the finger at the middle joint.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 20 January 1912, page 13

DOWLINGVILLE, January 13.— Mrs. G. P. D Whittaker lost a number of sheep recently. A fiock ot sheep got down to the beach, where they drunk aome seawater with the result that between 50 and 60 have died.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Saturday 17 February 1912, page 11

DOWLINGVILLE, February 12.-On Thursday evening a large number of friends of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Montgomery assembled at the hall to bid them farewell on leaving the district for Blyth. Mr. Montgomery has spent a number of years here, and he and his wife have made many friends. They were prominently identified with the hall, and will be greatly missed generally. Speeches were made by Messrs. R. Willing, C. Cane (Chairman, of the Yorke's Peninsula District Council), J. T. Whittaker, and G. Mason. On behalf of the residents of Dowlingville Mr; R. Willing presented Mr. Montgomery with a dressing case, and Mrs. J. T. Whittaker handed Mrs. Montgomery a silver-backed brush, comb, and mirror. The following contributed to an entertainment:— Overture, Miss Morgan (Ardrossan); songs, Misses Daniels, Polkinghorne, and Whittaker; recitations, Masses McLcay and Sharrad; duet, Mrs. G. Smith and Miss Garrett; musical selection, Miss Cane. The catering was done by Mr. Kerrison of Ardrossan.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 9 March 1912, page 14

DOWLINGVILLE, March 6. On Wednesday last the pupils and teacher of the Dowlingville school presented Miss Rose Montgomery, who is leaving the district, with a handsome silver serviette ring. Speeches were made by the teacher (Miss Tapp), Master Leonard Koch, and Miss Hazel Mason, who made the presentation. The recipient returned thanks.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 7 September 1912, page 18

DOWLINGVILLE. August 28.-Fallowing is finished. a good area having been treated. The crops are looking well, but rather dirty. The occasional showers and warm days are keeping them growing well. Supplies will run out be fore summer is over unless there is rain —The Petersville Hunt Club held a fox hunt on Thurs day. and five foxes were caught. One man has poisoned over 30 foxes.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Friday 27 September 1912, page 6


Dowlingville, September 25.

Mdville Harmer, the 3-year-old son of Mr. James Harmer was severely mauled by a monkey yesterday morning. He was on a visit to his uncle's place, where a pet monkey was kept on a chain. The little boy unfortunately got within reach of the animal, which seized him. The monkey inflicted, a severe gash in the child's head, and tore the flesh of one arm, laying bare the bone. But for the timely arrival on the scene of a dog, which attacked the monkey with considerable vigor, the boy, no doubt, would have been killed. The child was taken to Dr. Browning, who attended to his injuries. Mr. Harmer later shot the monkey dead.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 10 October 1912, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE, October 4. A stone wall has been built in front of the church, and on Tuesday 28 men met and erected a fence on the other three sides. The ladies provided dinner, and tea. Shearing is in full swing, but has been retarded for a day or two by the rain.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 25 October 1912, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE October 21 -Rain to badly needed as the crops are just coming out in head and are suffering from the dry weather. Hay will be scarce unless a good fall of rain comes soon. Some of the hay is out in head and is not a foot high. Along the beach towards Ardrossan some of the oats are burning of for the want of moisture.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Saturday 26 October 1912, page 11


The annual social in connection with the Price, Dowlingville, and Ardrossan, branches was held at Dowlingville on October 24. The arrangements for the meeting were in the hands of Mr. C. Crisp (Secretary of the Price branch), and a large number of people attended. Messrs. C. H. Lehmann and J. B. Butler gave addresses on local and Federal politics, and were well received. A spirit of enthushism was manifested by those present. An excellent programme, consisting of songs and recitations was presented by the Misses Francis. V. Francis, Whittaker, Cane, and Jarrett, and Mr. Vandapur. Refreshments and a dance, in which a large number of young people engaged, concluded a successful evening.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 2 November 1912, page 46


The annual social in connection with the Price, Dowlingville, and Ardrossan branches was held at Dowlingville on October 24. The arrangements for the meeting were in the hands of Mr. C. Crisp (Secretary of the Price branch), and a large number of peopie attended. Messrs G. H. Behmann and J. B. Butler gave addresses on local and Federal, politics, and were well received. A spirit of enthusiasm was manifested by those present. An excellent programme, consisting of songs and recitations, was presented by the Misses Francis. V. Francis. Whittaker, Cane, and Jarrett, and Mr. Vandapur. Refreshments and a dance, in which a large number of young people engaged, concluded a successful evening.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 30 November 1912, page 48

Ardrossan Methodist Church.— A fete in aid of the above church was on November 21 opened in the church hall, Dowlingville, by the Rev. C. B. Holmes, strawberries were unprocurable, on account of the recent rains having seriously affected the crops. Hot circumstance, however, did not mar the success of the festival which yielded £38.

Stallholders:—Flowers, Misses C. Wtiittaker, E. Lomulaut, and C. buriorj; fancy, Misses Powell and Burford; sweets, Misses G. CrowelI and O. Wheatcroft, and Mr. R. Watkins; .refreshments, Mesdames, W. J. Crowell, R. Burford, Williams, and Duncan, and Misses Marsh and Burnuey; competitions, Mr. E. Powell; fruit salads, Mesdames Mudge, Watkins, and H. P. Croweil, and Misses Williams and E. Crowell; cool drinks. Misses Mason and Wheatcroft, and Messrs. Mudge andd Burford; Secretary, Mr. R. Burford.

Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923), Tuesday 12 November 1912, page 4


DOWLINGVTLLE, November 9 —Ivy Burford was riding her pony today when the animal, a spirited one, took the bit bolted, and threw her. The victim had her right collarbone badly broken. Dr. Browning, of Ardrossan attended the sufferer.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 16 November 1912, page 17

DOWLINGVILLE. November 4.— A good soaking rain fell during Saturday nieht and Sunday, which will tr.sterially assist the late wheat and greatly improve the heading and yield. If this rain had fallen a fortnight ago it would have improved the hay crops wonderfully. Farmers Kive ptarlcd hayouttintr. Shcarine is finished, the clip in most cases being fairly good.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Tuesday 4 February 1913, page 9

PRICE (V.P.). February 2.— A sucwssful fni:t foehl was held in the Dowlingville Ma!) on Fri(J.iy niefit. Sfcallholdcrs:— Fruits, fruit ralid.--, strawberries ami cream. Misses n. Ma?on, X. firar, *n-l F. rombbtit: fancy pontfc, Mrs', k! Montsotrcrv. iHssw; Powell, ar?d Ti'np; nvects. Mi--5C5 B. I.od», Glartrs Burt, and Dnn Kfnny; ' branpie, Mis?re Ivy nurfonl an'! Klva Hordinir: ! biittorJip7-«. - Linda HiTt and F3.«ic ! Cook :' cool i drink?. Most*. ' L. Whittakpr ami FVink Ma«on. The supper tables, which were bcnutifiilijt rtoeora- ' tod. were rnifler, the msreicement nf Mf^'nmrs : Ma=on,.nurforrt. land Jfontcromwy, MifFCs'Lodeo, Lombladt, and Barker. The. compelitiofis /Were in. charse- of JMnmrs Bnrt and -'Moiitiomery. j and Mr. tTamld \fifm. A (Versed eboep wa« wop tiy Mr. V. McDonald, for inio»:iiir the exiet ?nr'cht: ard_ an ieH weddine enke,' bv 'Mr. James Foley. Prizes for other, competitions wrre.n ,riridlp-frienient Korh). nn alnminitim ? stewpan (3. ??Willinir'l.- ciwhion Oliss Van Kenny). ' awl-twd dolV-flfr. W. Biirton.aml Mi=« Williami-), Soiieb. music, and elociitionarv items vwre coiitri- ; Imteci bv Mis-(«- Coonan. Williams. Viw WTiittnker, Elra HnTdinir, and E!sie Coot The pro- 1 cecds omoontcd to £22,

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 17 May 1913, page 45


The annua] social in connection with the combined branches of Price and Dowlihgville was held in the Dowlingville Hall on May 5. Mr. W. Cowell occupied tlie chair. Miss Avis Chapman delivered an instructive address. Songs, instrumental items, and recitations were contributed by Mesdames Waters, Nichol. Curt, and Peter, Misses Chapman and Sharrad, and Mr, Vanderpeer. Mr. Stephenson, and Mr. Cowell thanked Miss Chapman and the various helpers. Supper was provided, and a dance concluded a successful gathering.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 17 June 1913, page 10


Dowlingville, June 13.

Mr. A. Mills, as old resident of Arthurton, was going for a load of water on Monday with five horses in a waggon, when the horses became frightened and bolted with the result that Mr. Mills was thrown out and rendered unconscious. He was taken home, and died on Tuesday night without regaining consciousness. Mr. Mills was well advanced in years and had been an assistant local preacher in this district for many years.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 12 July 1913, page 18


D0WLINGV1LLE, July 4. The continued dry weather and severe frosts are causing great anxiety to farmers, most of whom have finished seeding and are busy fallowing. Some have stopped drilling and have gone on fallowing, as they are afraid of the seed malting. Most of the wheat sown is coming up very patchy. Feed is very scarce, and there is every appearance of a very small hay yield. Nearly everyone is carting water. Foxes are troublesome among the lambs.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Thursday 21 August 1913, page 19

DOWLINGVILLE, August 16. The pipe track for the Beetaloo waterworks, which was, abandoned for some months, is now being proceeded with, and when completed will be a great boon to the district.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 23 August 1913, page 19

DOWLINGVILLE, August 18.— Rain fell yesterday, and was the heaviest fall for the year. The rain has replenished dams and tanks. The crops though somewhat patchy are growing rapidly. It is to be hoped the feed will come on now, as it is rather scarce. There is a fair percentage of lambs this year.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 23 September 1913, page 9


Dowlingville. September 20. Mrs. G. P. D. Whittaker was proceeding home from Dowlingville last night, and when near Mr. Lodge's residence her horses shied and swerved to the side of the road, with the result that one horse and the wheels of the trap wen; down a drain excavated for the laying of waterpipes. Mrs. Whittaker was thrown out and dragged for about a chain. Mr. E. Lodge lent assistance and drove Mrs. Whittaker home. She escaped with slight bruises and shock. Ibis drain is very dangerous to traffic, being 3 ft. deep, and open for about four miles, being in some places perilously near the edge of the road.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 11 October 1913, page 38


A combined meeting and serial of the' Ardrossan, Dowlingville, and Port Price branches of the Liberal Union was held at Dowlingville on Tuesday evening, September 30. Mr. Locke presided over a large attendance of members and friends from all parts of the district. Addresses were delivered bv Miss Chapman and Mr. D. J. Gordon. At the conclusion of the meeting a motion was carried supporting the redistribution scheme of the Government. A song by Miss Whittaker, and a band selection by four members of the Ardrossan Band added to the enjoyment of a successful gathering. A social and dance followed the meeting.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 5 November 1913, page 6

DOWLINGVILLE, October 31. The school picnic was held yesterday at the recreation ground under idea weather conditions. After dinner had been served in the hall races and sports of various kinds were held. Great credit was due to the teacher (Miss Tapp) for the success of the outing. A dance was held in the evening.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 13 December 1913, page 8

DOWLINGVILLE. December 9. A strawberry fete was held in the hill on Friday night. There was a dood attendance, and about £23 was taken. The stallholders were--Strawberries and cream, Misses A. Lodge and A. Powell; fruit salads. Misses N. Gray and H Mason; lollies, Misses B. Lodge dnd Vina Whittaker; fancy goods, Mrs. A. Montgomery and Miss Tapp; cool drinks, Mr. A. Montgomery Various prizes were won Miss Lily Willing securing a goose. Mr. R. Willing a teddy bear. A set of tins was won by Mr. .Jas. Allen, and a Christmas pudding by Mr. J. Allen.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 27 December 1913, page 41


Dowlingville, December 16.

At Ardrossan yesterday morning the infant son (one year and ten months old) of Mrs. M. Illman, lost his life. Mrs. Illman was nursing a lady, and while she was attending to her duties inside the house the little fellow must have fallen through the hole of a large galvanized tank built underground. His mother missed him, and being unable to find him alarmed the neighbors, who assisted in the search. Eventually his body was found floating in the tank, the lid of which had been left off. His mother had previously looked in he tank, but could see nothing. One of the neighbors took the body out while another ran to the township about a mile away for assistance. Dr. Browning was soon in attendance, and pronounced life extinct. Efforts to restore animation proved futile. Mrs.Illman lost her husband by a gun accident only two years ago.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 22 April 1914, page 16


Dowlingville, April l8.

Whilst playing in a cricket match, Petersville versus Agery, to-day, Mr. Jas. Harmer was hit on the face by the ball, which broke his nose. He was conveyed to Ardrossan, where it was set by the doctor.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Friday 29 May 1914, page 6

THE SOUTH AUSTRALUX FARMERS' COOPERITIVE UNION LIMITED, report the fnllowing private sales:- sheep.-:-- 807, for J.T. Whittaker. &. Sons, Dowlingville; 538, for Barton brothers, port Clinton; 451; for T. Kenny, Winulta; 325. for P. C. L. Hood, Sedan;. 245, :for, W. Barton. Ardmssan; 304, for L. D. Moloney, Maitland; 150, for Barton Brothers, Cllnton Centre; 105, for J. Lodge, Dowlingville; 128, for T. Kenny, WinuItt; 100, for Barton Brothers, Clinton Centre 98, for J. Sinclair, Nantawana; 80, for W. Watson, Murray Bridge;- 92. for A. D. Matheson, Angas Plains; 99, for B. T. E.. Jarnsoh, Murray Bridge; 27, for Braetide Estate; Cooke's Plains; 45,. for northern graxier; 20. J. Richardson. Angas Pank, Strathalbyn; 55, for Charles Lee, Paskeville; 51, for F. W. Fischer, Finniss; 123. for J. Michelmore, Macclesfleld; 103, for R. Welling, Witulta; 120, for G. Mason, Dowlingville; 122. to; James Birking, Dowlingville; 171; R. C. Kitto, Moonta; 1,113, for C. H. Manuel, Cooke's Plains; 203, for J. S. Leslie. TanUnooIa; 91. for H. B. Kelch, Victor Harbour; 100, for P. J. Baylies. Kainton; 44, for W. Curcow. Kainton; 50. for J. S. Leonard, Finniss; 30, H. Watkins, Dowlingville; 66; J. E. Hood, Wellington West. Cattle.— 50 head, for various owners. Horses.— 22, for various owners. Also, on account of Mr. Joseph Timms, one steam navvy, for £1,500.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 21 November 1914, page 11

DOWLINGVILLE, November 9.— Mr. W. Powell was riding a horse yesterday when the animal fell with him, and he dislocated his ankle. He was taken to the Ardrossan Hospital, where the injury was attended to by Dr. Browning.— Farmers have finished hay-cutting, the cut being very poor, and most of them had to be cut off the fallow crop, as what had been sown for hay did not get to head. The hay has not all been carted as the wheat was ready for reaping, and the returns are not expected to average more than three or four bushels per acre. There are hundreds of acres absolutely a failure. Feed it scarce, and stock will have a hard time.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 5 December 1914, page 15

DOWLINGVILLE, November 25.— A nice rain fell last night, about an inch having fallen. This is the heaviest fall for the year, and coming after the steady showers of last week should start some feed on the fallow. Fallowing operations which had to be abandoned on account of hard ground are being continued again, harvesting having to be suspended for a while.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 19 December 1914, page 39


DOWLINGVILLE, December 9. A serious accident befell Mr. C. Dinham, of Ardrossan on Monday. When unharnessing a horse from a sulky be forgot to unfasten one of the breeching straps. The horse plunged forward, knocking Mr. Dinham down. He was bruised considerably, and is confined to bed. Mr. W. Waters jun., of Petersville. on Sunday, partook of a bun, and shortly afterwards became very ill. A doctor was summouned, and pronounced it a can of ptomaine poisoning.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 May 1915, page 16

Dowlingville, May 13. Mr. C. Cane was yesterday riding a young horse, when the saddle slipped, causing him to fall. His face was bruised and ecratched considerably.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 17 July 1915, page 14

DOwU.NRVILJ.iE, July 6.— Seeding operations have been finished, and an increased area has been put under crop. Owing to lack of frost, the crops and feed are growing luxuriantly, and stock are beginning to improve. Fallowing operations are now being pushed on with.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 18 September 1915, page 11

DOWLINGVILLE, September 4.— On Friday evening a patriotic concert was given here in aid of the Wounded Soldiers' Fund by the scholars of tha Port Clinton School. Action songs with flags were creditably rendered. Master Len. Warren and Misa Lulu Dingle and little Misses Jean and Doreen Barton danced. Jean Barton and Lulu Dingle, dressed as Red Cross nurses, sang 'What would you give for our wounded' amid a shower of coins from the audience. Other items were given by Mr. and Mrs. Henderson, Misses V. Whittaker, Warhurst, McLeay, and Kelly. A supper and dance followed. About £15 was realised. The teacher (Miss Coonan) is to be congratulated on the efficient way in which the small scholars performed.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 18 October 1915, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE, October 14. Visiting day, vvhich also took the form of a gift afternoon for the Wounded Soldiers' Fund, was held in the schoolroom on Friday afternoon, when a large number of parents and friends assembled. The Rev. E. E. Schneider and Mr. Bosch addressed the children. The teacher, Miss Tapp, gave a satisfactory report on the general work of the school Songs and recitations were given by the scholars, physical exercise and organised games were given outside, after which Mr. Schneider called for three cheers for the King and the soldiers, which were heartily responded to. A beautiful collection of manual work reflected credit, on both teacher and scholars. Afternoon tea was partaken of. An enjoyable concert was given on Wednesday evening. The hall was beautifully decorated with festoons of everlastings, red, white, and blue, and flags of the Allies. The fallowing contributed to the programme:- Songs, Mr. S. Illman, Messrs. Middleton, Kelly, and H. Lodge, and Miss F. Lodge; recitations, Mr. Sheppard and Miss Williams, musical selection, Misses Williams and Mr. Wundersitz; overture, Miss Tapp. Mr. Schneider occupied the chair, and sweets were sold during the evening. A supper and dance followed. The takings, which amounted to £14, were intended to assist the Christmas Pudding Fund, but as that was closed, it has been devoted to the Wounded Soldiers' Fund. 1915

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 23 October 1915, page 53

On Friday afternoon about 80 persons assembled at the Dowlingville school to observe visiting day and to help our soldiers. The Rev. C. Schneider presided and, after an address by the teacher (Miss Tapp), the school children submitted a programme of patriotic songs, recitations, physical exercises, and organised games. Cheers were given for the King and the soldiers. In response to the recitation, 'A Plea of the Red Cross Nurse,' by Miss Grace Koch, the sum of £1 3/1 was contributed. A fine parcel of goods, including 120 gifts, has been forwarded to Adelaide. Afternoon tea was provided.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 30 October 1915, page 13


nOWLlXGVILiiaj. October IS.— Shearing is just about finished and haycutting will soon be general. Some good cuts are being obtained. The wheat crops are looking well, but are needing another rain to fill out the heads. Rust has appeared in some of the early crops, and in others the wheat seems to be dying off.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 January 1916, page 10


DOWLIXGVJLLE, January 15. A disastrous fire occurred on Mr. Gratwick's farm, near Arthurton (known as Tilley's). His haystack, containing about 70 tons of hay, the chaff shed and chaffcutter were destroyed. The engine, which was removed from the building, was not damaged.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 24 March 1916, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, March 21-On Friday evening a farewell social was tendered to Mr. and Mrs Lodge, who are leaving the district to reside at Cheltenham. Mr. Lodge has lived here for over 30 years. The hall was well filled. Items were given by Mrs. F. Sanders. Misses V. Whittaker, E. Somerville, M. and E. Edwards. Speeches were given by Messrs. J. T. Whittaker, G. Mason, and A. Phelps. Mrs. Lodge was presented with a travelling bag and a cake basket was handed to Miss Lodge who has had charge of the post-office here for several years.

Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940), Friday 5 May 1916, page 11

Dowlingville. The Sunday-school anniversary was celebrated on April 16, wlien two sermons were preached by the Rev. C. E. Schneider. The afternoon service took the form of an address to the children and short sermon to the adults afterwards, which was much appreciated. The evening service was a patriotic one, in which all those that have gone to the war and those that have enlisted were each mentioned by name in prayer. On Good Friday tlie usual tea and public meetings were held and largely attended. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Morris and the Rev. C. E. Schneider. The chair was occupied by the superintendent, and special singing by the scholars and others helped to make the anniversary a success. Miss G. Crowell presided at the organ. The financial position of the school is very good; after paying £10 to the Belgian Relief Fund and current expenses it had a balance in hand. Proceeds of the anniversary were a little over £15.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 3 June 1916, page 16


Dowlingville, May 31.

Mr. E. Burford had the misfortune to lose nine of his horses this week, through the animals eating wheat. Owing to the prevalence of weevil in his shed last year, he had stacked his seed wheat in the paddock, and fenced it round. During the night about twenty of his horses broke in, and ate the wheat. Nine have since died. Mr. Burford estimated his loss at about £200.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 13 September 1916, page 11

DOWLINGVILLE, September 9. Australia Day celebrations were held here on Thursday. The weather was fine, and a large crowd assembled. At 11 o'clock the school children, joined also by the Clinton and Price schools, marched from the school to the hall. They were followed by a number of parents and friends. A good programme of sports was carried out.

Results : Boys under 9, H. Koch; girls, Frances Ryan; stepping the distance. W. Grave; 'maiden rio, T. Linnean: bojf oxer 12. Coulter; egg and spoon, A. I. Rowntrec; bovs' rooster. Keith B-irford. I'ick-a-lnck, C*. Grav and T. McDonald; tilting, A. Phelps; boys under 12, Owen Baker: girls, Mvia Davis; standing long jump, T. McDonald; Indies" rooster nee. Miss D. Wheatcr-oft: bowlinpc | at .tump, Vi. Powell; flag raise. Clinton Centre school; ladies' nail-driving, Mrs. Koch (first'). Miss I'owqll (second): three-legged rare, T. Duncan I snd T. Bowntrec; kicking football, U. 1'. Crowd!,

old buffers' race. G. B. Woods: throwing the "icaf with fork. McKenzie; pillow light. F. Mason guessing weight of sheep, dressed, L. Short; cured ing. G. Shand (firs-, .1. Allen (second); weigit of bag of wheet, J. Allen (given in and sold), pean in bottle, Giles: number of d'oyley, J. Tim peron; cushion, Mrs. Montgomery: weight of cake,

¿Ais. Fisher; doll's name. .1. Page. Several "articles were «¡old by auction and realised good pricts. Dinner and tea were provided by the ladies. Those assting were Mesdames *tV.' Cr»

nell.-P. Phelp*. -. Burford, AV. Lombladt. ;F.' Saunders. Davey, .T. J. Whittaker,- E. Bromley, T" Powell. W. Powell, Duncan, and WV J. Walker. Vi_.c» Crowell. Uownti-C (2), "Ahcatcroft (2). Powell, Mason, Sampson, pnd V. Whittaker. Mess-. Dairv and IT. Illman had charge of the fruti and cool drinks, and Misses Lola Burford, V". li Whittaker, and G. Crowell the lojlic stall. Iii the evening an cnjovalile concert was gnon. Th" following contributed items:-Miss '.-Burt, Mr.-» F. »»ander.. Mist Whittaker, Mr. V_idcpctr, M'.

Hannv. Mr. rowell, the Ardrossan company, the Ardrossan Pierrots. A dance and supper fallowed. The day's takings, together with donitions previously given by the residents, amounted to about £215. Mr. H. A. Montgomery acted auctioneer.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Tuesday 3 October 1916, page 6


Mrs. A. B. Edwards, of Napier street, Exeter, has received word that her brother, Pte. E. Birkin, was killed in action in France on Auguet 23. Pte. Birkin was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Birkin, Dowlingville, Yorke's Peninsula, and a grandson of the late Mr. Ebenezer Berkin, of Parkside. He was of a quiet and kindly disposition and respected by all who knew him. He enlisted on August 11, 1915, and left Australia on December 2.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 21 October 1916, page 11

WUNQVILLE, Octobe.7.— A patriotic demonstration was held recently. The school children marched from the school to the recreation ground, where sports were held and competitions conducted. The cool drink and fruit stall was under the control of Messrs. H,. Illman and B. Davey and the ladies had control of the loliie stall. Every one worked hard to make the day enjoyable. In the evening a concert was given by local and Ardrossan performers. The sum d £10 8/ was taken at the door. Mr. H. A. Montgomery sold a bag of wheat under the Bugler system, and realised a good sum. The total proceeds, including donations from Dowlingville (£61 8/6), Price (£14), Clinton Centre (£9 10/6), amounted to £218 6/7, which is to be sent to the Wounded Soldiers' Fund.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 28 October 1916, page 45


Deep regret was felt in the Dowling-ville district wihen it became known that Private E. Birkin had been killed in ac-tion in France. He was the first soldier from the district to be killed, and was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Birkin, old and highly respected reeidents, for whom much sympathy is felt.

Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), Saturday 2 December 1916, page 13


rrhe -first annmarteport ol the DowUngvffle Brf Cross Borietr shows that the income for the year was £3B */*, and the enrapture £58 8/8, leaving a. balance in. hand of «4 lOflO. Th& articles forwarded to Government House were:— 8S pairs socks, 15 pans mittens, 16 scarves, 4 fteewisheni, 2 cholera belts, 1 BalskUT* cap, 1 Xacetrafter and ««p, 59 JB*an*5s, «ojy *nr*5 7 pyjanu snits, 28 pyjamrlegs, 6 bungi, eaa

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Tuesday 5 December 1916, page 3


Dowlingville, December 2.

An accident happened at Arilrossan yesterday to Mrs. \V. II.' Powell, who had dliven in to tho town in company ivith Miss A. Powell and Mrs. E. Bromley. The buggy stopped at one of the business premises, «nd_ Miss-Powell .was. in the act of tying up the horse when, -it threw up. its head. The winkers,<- of which; she -had hold,. broke "and came off, and the horse then bolted and dragged Miss Powell dowhj cutting her hand and giving her a severe shaking. The. horse, galloped do «vn" the street and the buggy capsized, throwing Mrs. Powell and Mrs.. Bromley ,out. The hood, of the trap was broken and other, damage done, and eggs and . hi)tier. " w'.ere" scattered all over the road. Mrs. Powell was considerably bruised and cut about the head and-face, but the other lady escaped with a few bruises and shock.. Mr, M. Tiddy took the ladies in his motor car to the hospital, where. Dr. Platanow, of Maitland, was in-attendance. Subsequently they proceeded home.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 9 December 1916, page 18


Dowlingrille, December 2.

An accident happened at Ardrossan yesterday to Mrs. W. H. Powell, who had driven in to the town in company with Miss A. Powell and Mrs. E. Bromley. The buggy stopped at one of the business premises, and Miss Powell was in the act of tying up the horse when it threw up its head. The winkers, of which she had hold, broke and came off, and the horse then bolted and dragged Miss Powell down, cutting her hand and giving her a severe shaking. The horse galloped down the street and the buggy capsized, throwing Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Bromley out. The hood of the trap was broken and other damage done, and eggs and butter were scattered all over the road. Mrs. Powell was considerably bruised and cut about the head and face, but the other lady escaped with a few bruises and shock. Mr. M. Tiddy took the ladies in his motor car to the hospital, where Dr. Platanow, of Maitland, was in attendance. Subsequently they proceeded home.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 12 December 1916, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, December 7 -On Tuesday Mr D F Laurie, the poultxj expert, delivered an interesting lecture. There was a large and ap preciative attendance Scierai, questions »ere rea« ii} answered by Mr Laurie, vvhd emphasi ed tt e fact that poultry raising wa« a valuable and paving side line prowding well bred biro* were mel \ftir the lecture «upper was provided, for whieh a small uiargc via» nude \ good sum was realised m aid of the Red Cross Funds. -Binding is practically finished but some ->t the hay will have to remain in th" paddocks tilt harvest is ov,er as tlie wheat crops, are .fast ripening off Some splendid .Yields should be bagged

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 13 March 1917, page 7


DOwT/IVGAILLE March 9-Harvesting is aboat completed, the crops in most cases turning out remarkably well The average yield 15 oiti¡mated at about 15 or 10 bushels. Mr J Mlet» had i good lot which jiclded 39 bushels an acre.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 17 March 1917, page 13


Dowlinivifle. March 10.

Harvey Rowntree was, helping to chaff, hay yesterday when he got his fingers caught. The thumb and two fingers of his right hand were severely cut and bruised.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 7 April 1917, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE, April 4. The school ground presented a busy appearance on Saturday, when the school committee, headed by the chairman (Mr. G. Mason), and assisted by the bigger boys if the school, met to effect sundry improvements. Miss Tapp provided afternoon tea.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Friday 18 May 1917, page 4


Dowlingville, May 15th

Miss Gracie Koch, eldest daugnter of Mr. F Koch, on Friday morning was preparing to do some ironing, when her skirt caught fire. Her two younger sisters helped her to extinguish the flames and rolled the hearthrug round her. Miss Koch then ran outside and rolled in the mud, putting the flames out. Her back, legs, and arms were considerably burned. She was taken to the Maitland Hospital.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Monday 28 May 1917, page 2


uiiui reierence to the shooting accident at DowLinjgville last week, Mv. 13. Harding, Belarir, wiutes:—"The report from your Maitland correspondent that my brothel", Charles Harding, was shot through the mouth is not correct. The bullet went through the bone above the right eye and came out at the back of the head. A report received on Saturday stated that the patient is conscious, but his condition is critical.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 2 June 1917, page 12


Maitland, May 27.

A shooting accident occurred at Dowlingville on Tuesday, vhen the 18-year-old son of Mr. J. S. Harding, of Belair, was very seriously hurt. The lad had been spending a holiday with his cousins, and intended returning home yesterday. He and a companion were going shooting, when the accident occurred. The bullet entered the lad's mouth. He now lies in the Maitland Hospital, where little hope is entertained of his recovery.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 2 June 1917, page 17


MA1TLANJ1, May 24—A serious shooting accident occurred on Tuesday to a lad of 18 years, son of Mr. C. J. S. Harding, ntationnrasUr at Bel air. The boy was to . have gone home to-day, after spending a holiday with his cousins at Dowlingville. He and his cousin were going out shooting, when young Howell had reason to go hack to the house. On' returning lie found Harding seriously -shot through the head. The boy now lies unconscious in the MaitJand Hospital, and his condition is critical. Much .sympathy is felt for Ills parents, who have arrived here since the accident.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 2 June 1917, page 17


KADINA, May 25.—An unfortunate accident happened to Charlie Harding, aged 10 years, son of Mr. Harding, stationmaster Belair, during his holidays at Dowlingville. It is understood that he went out rabbit shooting with a friend. They got separated, and upon hearing a gunshot, the friend went in the direction of the report and found Harding, who had been wounded. The sufferer was at once conveyed to a house. Dr. C. E. C. Wilson, of performed a successful operation. The rifle ball entered the forehead just above the right eye and came oux; at the back of the head, having paused through the brain in its icourae. The patient is progressing satisfactorily.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 20 June 1917, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, June 18. Seeding is being proceeded with, but the mice are doing a lot of damage hy eating the seed, and in some earea they are digging down and eating the grain off the bottom of wheat that is up. Some paddocks will need resowing.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Friday 29 June 1917, page 4


A flood was caused about four miles from this town on the DowlingviUe road by what is supposed to have been a cloud burst. Two inches of rain fell in a very short time, and so heavy was the downpour that a fallow paddock was washed away and a culvert made in the sand. The driver of a pair of horses in a trap tried to pass, and found the water up to the horses' bodies.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 15 September 1917, page 38


DOWLINGVILLE, September 1.—The Australia Day celebrations were held on Wednesday. A good programme of sports was gone through. The events were:— Egg and Spoon Race. — E. Powell. Tossing Sheaf.— W. Rowntree. Boys Race.— Hurtle Coulter. Pillow Fight — W. Rowntree. Three-legged Race. — T. Rowntree and Douglas. Ob-stacle Base. — Mason. Several guessing competi-tions for various prizes were carried on. The day ended in a supper and dance. The proceeds were £210.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Saturday 8 September 1917, page 10



Lce.-GpL Laurence B. IW_itta_er, fouri-. son of Jtfcn T. W_itta_er, DowIingvxUe, YJ?., was killed in action in France on August H. fie enlisted in January 1916, sailed for England with tbe 4Sth Battalion in -July, and crossed to ifraoce in JJovember a! the 'same year, where be remained'uirtilttie tune of his death. Jost prior to this sad event he received his first stripe; He was born' at Dovrlingrille ' on January 24, 1893, tras educated at the local public acbool, and followed agricultural pursuits on his father's and until be enlisted. He ?was an enthusiastic member of the local cricket oral tennis . dubs, and was alwars to the fare in every (p-btic movement.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 September 1917, page 42


Lance-Corporal L. B. Whittaker, the fourth son of John S. Whittaker, Dowing ville, was killed in action in France on August 11. He enlisted in January, 1916, sailed for England with the 48th Battalion iu July and crossed to France iu November, whore he remained till his death. Just prior to this sad event he received his first stripe. He waa born at Dowlingville on January 24, 1893, was educated at the local public school, and followed agricultural pursuits on his father's land till he enlisted. He was an enthusiastic mem. her of the cricket and tennis clubs, and always to the fore in every public movement. He is mourned by a large circle of friends, for he was beloved by all with whom he came in contact.

Pioneer (Yorketown, SA : 1898 - 1954), Saturday 29 September 1917, page 3

A Yorke's Peninsula Hero.

The following is an extract of a letter received by Mrs J. Whittaker of Dowlingville Yorke's Peninsula, from her son. Lance Corporal Lawrence Whittaker, who at the time of writing was in the firing line in France. The letter was sent about three months ago:— "And now, mum dear, I have a request to make. It is this: If anything should happen to me (which of course is very unlikely) will you give half of the money you have drawn on my behalf to the Y. M.C. A. because they are our very best friends. They follow up close as possible behind the lines, and are doing splendid work for the troops, just when they most need comfort and cheer. . . A cup c f hot tea cocoa and a packet cf biscuits when thfey come out of the lines weary and tired—it is THEIR cup that cheers and helps the tired, weary men on their march into peace and quiet for a spell." A cable was received by this tad's parents on Saturday September 1st. reporting his death on August iit 191? : "Killed in Action." He was a nephew of Sergt. J. Shanks, of Kadina and left Australia in company with his cousin (R. R. Shanks) at present in Belgium.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 8 December 1917, page 24


Tin' little girl, Hllie (iraw, j.i.^1 .'- years, is t'ne most youthful patriot of the Dowlingville school. Tin.' others, Kose and Flora (Jiuve, aged S and 10 years, have knitted many comforts for the soldiers, collected money, given their own money, and worked to cam money to give to the soldiers. Flora 'was the first in ihe sc'iool to earn a war medal.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 4 January 1918, page 8


At Dowlingville on New Year's Eve a welcome home was tendered to Private Harold Mason, who has returned after 14 months' service. The hall was well filled Mr. W. Crowell occupied the chair and delivered an address. Messrs. F. Lock and H. A. Montgomery expressed the pleasure of the residents in having Private Mason amongst them again. Songs were rendered by Misses Burgess, Ada Burt, and Francis. Supper and games followed.

Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), Friday 19 April 1918, page 5

ARDROSSAN. April 16.—The children's patriotic effort in connection with the local school, in which were combined the Cunningham, Petersville, and Dowlingville Sohools, was arranged on Friday. The weather was favourable, and the streets were thronged at an early hour. A procession started from the front of the institute, and paraded the main streets of the town. First came a motor car with "Queen of the Harvest" (Miss Tiddy). The comeyance was prettily decorated with palms, and was driven by Mr. W. Barton. Attendants were W. Giles, Queenie Pavy, Gladys Young, and Phyllis Polkinghorne, and Elva Thomas. Next followed ''Queen of Flowers" (Alias Audrey Watson) in an artistically adorned car, driven bv Mr. Vandepeer. Attendants comprised Petersville School girls. "The Queen of Sport" (Miss Iris Lodge), with Cunningham scholars as attendants, as seated in a car driven by Mr. H. Peterson; and the "Queen of Children" (Miss Gladys Cussion) was next with her attendants.

Sports were provided, and a concert was given in the evening by the children. Stallholders:—Refreshments, Mesdamus D. Wilson and J. Lovell and Misses Edith Anderson and L. Ryan and Mrs. Thompson; jumble, Miss B. Boss and helpers; plain and fancy, Mesdames Giles and Cane and helpers; fish pond. Miss Fisher and helpers; fruit salad and cool drinks, Mesdames Pitcher, Vardepeer, and Adams; flowers, Misses Hilda Johnstone, N. Montgomery, and Elsie Johnstone; produce and streets, Misses Crowel and Mason; pet show, Mr. Wilson; Aunt Sally, Mr. Gueire; post office, Messrs. Clarence Smith and Stewart Lange.

Excitement ensued in connection with the voting for the queens. Finally Miss Audrey Watson, of Petersville ("Queen of Flowers") won, and was "crowned" and presented with a bouquet. The takings totalled £130.— A social afternoon in connection with the local Red Cross branch was arranged in the Institute hall this afternoon, and there was a large attendance. Mrs. C. Cane presided, and Miss Ethel Roberts (Hon. Secetary) enrolled new members. A case of woollen goods for soldiers was packed. Mesdames David Wilson, Walter Barton, and Weare were the hostesses. A programme of entertainment was supplied by Mrs. Fisher, Miss Jacket, Mrs. Sanderson, Miss Gwen Thomas, Miss Ryan, and Miss B. Boss.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 31 August 1918, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE, August, 20.— The rain will greatly benefit the late crop and the feed, which should grow rapidly with the warm days. Fallowing is now finished;— Mrs. S. W. Tee, who died at Maitland last week, had lived here for many years. She was the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Montgomery, of Happy Valley, and was a sister of the late Mr. H. Montgomery, of Dowllngville. Two sons and two daughters survive. Mr. W. Rowntree. who died at Mooluwurtie, was also an old resident of this district.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 13 September 1918, page 12

DOWLINGVILLE, September S.-Australia T).iy «as celebrated on Thursday under favorable weather conditions. Tile attendance was not so large a« on previous occasions, but a Rood day'= sport was provided. Resultsi-SheflieM-J. J. Whittaker. .Maiden Itaee-I). Noble. Cigarette Race-R. Starling. Tlireading the Needle»-!). .Noble. Three-legged Race-T. Rowntree and 1?. Duncan. Girl*' Race, under 9-Vera Whittaker. .Pillow Fight-K. Rowntree. Tilting on Horseback, -A. Phelp1:. Obstacle Race on llor.-ehack-G. . Whittaker's team. Egg and Spoon Race-E.' PowelL Stepping^ the Distance-IL Ma_on. I/idics* Rooster Cha_c-MisSampson. Boy*' Rooster día.--Gordon Maso-i. Tea was served in the hall. In the evening the Ardrossan,Emerald FoLies gave a concert, which was followed by a «upper and dance. The Lik-ings for the day amounted to _5S.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 18 September 1918, page 8


Dowlingville, September 15.

Yesterday morning as Miss A. Burt, music teacher, was on her way to Ardros-san, her horses bolted and ran into Mr. H. Hosking's motor shed, knocking in one end of it and damaging the buggy consider-ably. Miss Burt was much bruised.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 23 December 1918, page 8


Dowlingville, December li).

MclviHc narmor, the third »»on of Mr. Janies Harmer, of PeterviUe, met with a painful accident yestei*day. His father liad finished harvesting and was about- to tike the pinion off the harvester, and bad to move the horsen to turn. it. .Tust as he did so the boy put out ita hand to c-itfcli if. His right hand was drawn into the cogs and badly hurt. Dr. Browning found it necessary to amputate a finger.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 21 February 1919, page 10

DOWLINGVILLE. Fcbruury 18.-0n Saturday night and Sunday nbout 2 in. of rain fell. Tlie

loiv-l.VInt; land near the beach was swamped- for . a day or. two. The rain will greatly-rrvlcnisl» household1* supplies of water. Some early fectj should sprint- among the stubble. -

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 18 November 1919, page 7


Dowlingville, November 14.

Mr. E. Wilson on Wednesday evening left home with a number of bags of hay chaff on his sulky. He was taking them to his mother in Ardrossan. Just after passing Mrs. Young's residence a sudden bump displaced some of the bags, which fell, taking Mr. Wilson with them. He landed on his head and was rendered un-conscious. The horse bolted with the sulky and the remainder of the chaff. The animal turned corners and took the road past Mr. Hosking's and their old farm to Dowlingville without breaking anything but the reins, which were dragging. Mr. Wilson walked into Ardrossan and, to avoid giving his mother a fright, went to the home of Mr. Cane, who called a doc-tor. Both lips were cut, and there were severe abrasions on Mr. Wilson's nose and head. After receiving attention he was taken home.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 November 1919, page 39


Mr. E. Wilson, of Dowlingville, left home wii.h . a num'b-er of bags of hay chaff on his sulky. He was taking them to his mother in Ardrossan. Just after : passing Mrs. Young's residence a sudden i bump displaced some of the 'bags, which \ fell, taking Mr. Wilson with them. Ha \ landed on his head and was rendered un- j conscious. The horse bolted with the j sulky and the remainder of the chaff. The animal turned corners and took the road past Mr. Hosking's and their old farm to Dowlingville without, breaking anything but the reins, which were dragging. Mr. Wilson walked into Ardrossan and, to avoid giving his mother a fright, went to the home of Mr. Cane, who called a doctor. Both lips twere cut, and there -were severe abrasions on Mr. Wilson's noae and head After receiving attention he was taken home.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 24 December 1919, page 9

DOWLINGVILLE, December 20 — A strawberry fete was held in the hall on Wednesday evening in aid of the fund to pay for the gold medals presented to returned soldiers from Dowlingville. There was a good attendance. The stallholders were:— Fruit salads, Mrs. Duncan, Misses E. Crowel, N. Rowntree and P. Duncan; fruit, Misses L. and D. Wheatcroft and G. Crowell; lollies Misses P. Rowntree, Hazel Mason, and A. Powell; ice cream, Dell Mason and D. Crowell; fancy stall, Mrs. J. Whittaker and Mrs. Bert Davey. Mr. A. Montgomery, who opened the fair, presented Messrs. Harrold Mason, John Rowntree, Stanley Illman, and Ern Duncan with their gold medals. Misses Grayson, Doris Phelps and Gladys Phelps assisted in the programme. A dance and supper followed. Mr. Arch Wilson was M.C., and the Misses Kenny supplied the music.

Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922), Tuesday 30 March 1920, page 1


Dowlingville, March 28.

George Roads, aged about 8, eldest son of Mr. G. Roads, of Ardrossan, on the beach this morning stepped in a heap of hot ashes. His feet were severely burned, and he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 6 April 1920, page 4


Dowlingville, April 1.

Mr. J. J. Rowntree on Monday was ploughing when the horses bolted and threw him off. As a result his leg was broken. He was conveyed to the Ardrossan Hospital, where the limb was set and put into plaster of paris. Mr. Rowntree returned about 12 months ago from the front, where he had this leg broken and splintered by gunfire. While is England he had the misfortune to fall and break it again. He travelled home with it in plaster of paris. He was married a few weeks ago to an English bride.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 17 February 1923, page 16


Maitland, February 15.

James Allen (about 14), son of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, of Dowlingville, met with a pa'nful accident on Wednesday, the end of a pick entering his head. The lad was working with a shovel too near another person, who was using a pick. He was treated at tho Maitland Hospital, by Dr. Browning.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 15 April 1925, page 10


[?] April 13.

A motor accident, occurred on Easter Monday near the Ardrossan school. Mr. Mason, of Dowlingville, was driving from the recreation ground with a number of tennis players who had been engaged in the tennis tournament. Another car, driven by Mr. Davey. of Muloonurtie, was proceeding at right angles along ihc terrace, hut being obscured i>y a. iieu- fence, it reached the crossing at the same time as the first car, and there was a collision. Mr. r. Young sustained severe ruts near the eye and on the chin, and was much shaken. Considerable, damage was done to Mr. Davey'* raj-. Both cxles were barfly bent, and other parts were broken. Mr. MasonV car nat also knocked about. A third car, travelling in the same direction as Mf. Davey's oar, was turned in time to avoid the collision.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 30 July 1927, page 48


Ardrossan, July 25.

On Sunday afternoon Sir. F. Lock, of Dowlingville, was proceeding to Pine Point in a motor car to conduct a church service, and was crossing over the Maitland-road near Ardrossan when a motor cycle, ridden by Mr. Eric Rowntree, collided with his vehicle, the cyclist being pinned under the car. Both cycle and car were badly damaged. Mr. Lock motored Mr. Rowntree to the Ardrossan Private Hospital, where be was attended by Dr. N. Mathews. No bones were broken, but his legs were badly bruised, and he was also suffering from shock.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 22 October 1927, page 50


DowlinsviUe. October 15.

Yesterday evening. Mr. A. Birkin was killing a sheep when the knife slipped, cutting an artery. Mrs. Birkin was away at a. neighbor's, and Mr. Birkin had to wait till she returned and bound it up. He then motored to his neighbor, Mr. J Allen's residence, who took him to Aidrossan, where Dr. Mathews attended to the injury, and ordered his stay at the hospital for a day or two.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Friday 5 October 1928, page 14


Dowlingville, October 3.

Douglas Birkin, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Birkin. was seriously injured yesterday during the heavy gale which blew all day. The boy, who is 13 years old, was evidently in the stable when the stone wall collapsed and fell on him. He was discovered toy his parents and taken immediately to the Ardrossan Hospital, where little hopes are entertained for his recovery, owin^ to a weak heart as well as his injuries! His legs and head were severely cut and had to be stitched up. It is also feared that his wrist is dislocated and one arm broken, but his heart is so weak from shock that it is impossible to administer an anaesthetic so that they may be set. Much sympathy is expressed with his parents in their trouble. The gales of the last week-end and yesterday were the worst ever experienced here. Several sheds have been unroofed.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 23 February 1929, page 13


Irene Whittaker, the daughter of Mr. J. J. H. Whittaker, of Dowlingville, is a member of the school club. Irene tells of her project as follows: — The project which I chose was poultry keeping. One June 11 I purchased 7 young fowls from my mother for 7/6; and on July 20 I bought 12 fowls for

iv/o irom a neignuor, malting tne total number of birds 19. Since then I have lost 3 birds from unknown causes. One rooster I sold, and now I have 15 fowls left, including 2 roosters. The fowls began to lay on July 10, and since then I have received 42 dozen eggs. The house in which they live is built of logs placed closely together. It faces the south-west, and is sheltered by a haystack. This house was given to me free of charge by my father. In it I have (Tiiests, three composed of kerosine boxes, one is a kerosine tin, and two are in an old bath. All the nests contain straw. The fowls are allowed to run free during the day and find feed, water, and exercise in the hay yard. From December 4 my father is charging me 3d. per week rent. I

in one corner of the house I have placed chipped china. This is to aid the digestion of their food. The fowl roosts are made of 1 in. iron piping and timber. I am purchasing 20 kerosine tins from my father at Id. each, and 3 lb. of nails to line the house, which is 15 ft. long by 9 ft. wide. The size of the eggs laid is in some cases 2 oz. Probably some of the eggs are small because the birds are young, but will increase in size and weight as the birds grow older. My expenses to date are £1 10/, and my receipts £2 6/7. Another worker is Douglas P. Birkin, who has undertaken the rearing of pigeons. Douglas, however, is rather young, yet to write an informative account of his work; he merely details how he acquired his birds, &c. We hope that Douglas will tell us some details of management and of feeding, nesting, and housing this coming year.

Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 - 1931), Wednesday 29 May 1929, page 19


Knitted Stockings For Queen Victoria

MRS. John Powell the oldest living resident of Dowlingville, Yorke Peninsula, was 89 on Monday. She was born in Northfell, Shetland Islands. and

arrived in South Australia by the Adamant in 1865. Mrs. Powell retains all her faculties, and is an ardent knitter. Among the many in teresting incidents of her life, she tells how as a girl of 14 years, she sheared a sheep, spun the wool, and knitted Queen Victoria a pair of stockings. She re-ceived an auto graphed note and a testament in ack-

nowledgment from Her Majesty. Mrs. Powell lives in the homestead on the original holding which was taken up in 1877.

Mrs. J. Powell

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 29 May 1929, page 15


The oldest living resident of Dowling-vllle. Yorke Peninsula. Mrs. John Powell, celebrated her 89th birthday on Monday last. There was a large gathering of relatives and friends, and many tokens of esteem were received by the guest ?? honor. Mrs. Powell, who was born at North Yell, in the Shetland Isles, came to Australia in the Adamant in 1865. In

1877 Mr and Mrs Powell started farming at Dowllngville. The family consists of six sons and two daughters. The sons are all on the land, one daughter married Mr L. Short, of Winulta. Miss Agnes Powell is a devoted nurse and companion to her mother. Mrs. Powell retains all her faculties and recalls many lnterest-ing events of early days on Yorke Penin-pula. She is a keen reader and knitter and keeps her sons supplied with socks. Mr Powell died in 1925 and Mrs. and Miss Powell reside at the homestead on the original holding.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Tuesday 16 July 1929, page 15


On Wednes4»y. July IB,' a pUUn end H'rr mftEQucrade hail wm n^JH in thfi lowf Uatiitafer TbU was slso 'the occasiSp of opening the new supper room and UtcheneUe recentlybuilfon the 'back ot the haU Bupper was suppued py the ladles. Mr. Claudfc Harris of Malt|an4, supplied the music Costumes were judged by Mr. w. Whtpp and Sister Burns, of Ardros

6?n. and Mrs. J. F. Harvey, of Pine Po|nt. The prizes were awarded to tbe f o\ lowing: ^-Most original. Miss O'Connor (super&tf-tfpn): Mr. Arthur Bourne (mpnkey); best sustained lady. Eby Walters (Handy Jane); Jack Beynplos idown); beet odver146einent ' (C H. fty^fyJi's Austcallanrmade goods). Miss Bourne? best dressed. 'Miss Sharrad (butterfly): J. Allen (Mandarin); most humorous, Miss ' Eileen ' Short (a match for any man); special. Miss A. lasky (Old KnglRnd). Some of tile ott|er costumes woi-UAVis Allen (Spanisb dancer). Beht Mason -Cossack). Vera VtSbtaker (Christmas cracker). Gordon Mason (tennis 13811). Lance Whlttaker (racquet), Lionel Phelps and OUce Crosby (Jesters). Miss Lange -sllk pafches). Dcrls^ Phelps and Lome Phelps (bride and bridegroom). Lellle Short (sailpr). Annie Graham (Bosella). Mrs. Lionel and Miss Edna Phelps (harem ladles), Alice Graham (waitress). Gladys Phelps (Periotte). 'Mona Mania Hawaiian). Owen Fry (What is It), Min. BIttmer (art student). Mr. Sjoberg (Pnidencp). G. Cushion (Jester) E. Windham (Paint Blots). Tot Hewitt (Night). K. Bourne (QoIIIwob). H. Lombladt (Perrlot). 8. Srown (Scotch lassie). T. Brown (6helk), H. Webb (Perriot). C. Edwards and MfB T. Cain (Gypsies). A. Jackson {Wandering Minstrel). M. Brown and H. ffljiriB'jisn (Nautical Ttrins). G. Wlndbant (Adverte.), Miss G. Suns (Perriot). A. T. jtoBtam (BjMtnlsb Senor), Mr. Balrd (A Trump Hand)7 G. Wright (Sailor). C. HarJjls and E. Harris (Doll Dance). Mr. McPherson (Baxsoc). B. Francis {A. Mystery). Mrs. E. wming (BerrlPt).


Fri 18 Oct 1929, Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940)

The jubilee services of the Dowlingville Methodist Church were held on October 6 and 7. They will long be remembered by those who attended, as the outstanding event in the history of this thriving church.

The first religious service in the Dowlingville district was held in the home of Mr. J. Arnold, in close proximity to the present church site. The Rev. R. Kelly was the pioneer preacher. Regular Sunday afternoon services were continued, in which local preachers from Maitland and Ardrossan tended devoted help. The names of Messers. T. and W. James, Harvey, Hill, Symons, Mills Pascoe, Colliver and Beck live in the fateful recollection of our oldest worshippers.

After the lapsed about 12 months, at a meeting held on February 12, 1879, over which the Rev. T. E. Thomas presided, it was decided to erect a church. The trustees elected were Messrs. P. Inkster, T. llman, E. Fidge, H. Packer, J. Packer, J. Arnold, J. Powell and J. Lock. Mr. Higginson gave an acre of land as the first donation towards the work in hand.

The task was undertaken with generous enthusiasm. Stone, sand and lime were placed on the site free of charge. A rebate was secured nn the freightage of some of the material which had to be brought from Adelaide. A local farmer, a carpenter by trade, placed the roof in position for the sum of 5 pounds.

Foundation services were held on the first Sunday and Monday of August, 1879. Services were conducted by Rev.T. E. Thomas. Mr. A. Waterman, of Ardrossan, laid the foundation stone.

Within unflustered walls, and with nature's floor, the opening services were held, on November 23 and 24. On Sunday the rev. J. B. Stephenson officiated. A well-attended tea meeting, at which the Revs. J. B. Stephenson and T. E. Thomas and Mr. Waterman were the speakers. The first seats used were the gift of Mr. Tee, From an old church at Harrogate, and the first library was donated by Mr. Mason.

From time to time necessary improvements have been added, and the property is now the pride of a loyal, devoted people. About thirty ministers and home missionaries have held an official relationship with the church, and through five decades-four Sunday-school superintendents have carried on their essential work. Mr. W. J. Crowell is a worthy successor of those who preceded him, and in Trust matters the treasurer, Mr. F. Lock has earned more than a good report. Amongst the lady workers none is more highly esteemed than Mrs. Lombladt.

The jubilee celebrations began on Sunday afternoon with the unveiling of a handsome memorial tablet in honoured memory of the original trustees, whose names are engraved thereon. The duty was entrusted to Mrs. Potter, in whose father's home the first service was held, and who, herself, was the first Sunday-school teacher. Afternoon and evening services were conducted by the Rev. W. H. Robinson, whose messages were a delight to the congregations which filled church, porch and the Sunday School Hall at, the rear. The choir was augmented by the addition of performers from Clinton Centre and Price. It was pleasing to know that every Dowlingville church organist of the past was present at the jubilee services. The high tea was a tribute to the toil and taste of the lady workers, and continued from 4.45 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. The honour of cutting the cake, which was the finished product of Miss D. Crowell's art, was rightly bestowed upon Mrs. J. Powell, the oldest surviving member of the church. At the first sitting the minister, the Rev. J. Mcintosh, extended a hearty welcome to all who were present to share in the spirit of thanksgiving for fifty years of Divine blessing upon His work at Dowlingville.

The public meeting crowned chair the effort Mr. J. Day was chairman. He and his devoted partner who were present, were the first couple to be married in the church. The proceedings began and ended with the Doxology. With the packed and happy audience it seemed to express the feelings of all. Mrs Glen Smith and the Misses J Tiddy, A. and J. McIntosh and Mrs. R. Powell and Grave contributed vocal, musical and elocutionary items, which were much appreciated. The minister provided a resume of church history. Mr H. J. Crowell, secretary, read a number of messages from old friends who could not attend. One was worthy of special remembrance. It paid tribute to the character of the people, and the Sunday school and the church work of the past, when it recorded the satisfactory fact that not a son had fallen into paths of dishonour. Mr. F. Lock, as treasurer, presented the financial report, and carried his hearers in thought, back to the day of small but devoted beginnings up to the day of big returns.

The Rev. W. H. Robinson offered his warmest congratulations, upon the splendid enthusiasm of the people, and the outstanding success of the celebratious Visitors had returned from different States, and it was a striking idea to link up East and West, as Messrs A. Arnold from Sydney and A. W. Powell, from Western Australia, stood before the platform and clasped hands.

The chairman very happily prepared the way with a brief reminiscent address. With genuine pleasure the assembled gathering listened to Mrs. J. Day, Mr. A. W. Powell, A. Arnold and W. Whittaker, who made helpful contributions. At a late hour the proceedings found a fitting termination. Supper was served, and the most memorable event in the history of Dowlingville passed into the region of happy memories. The financial proceeds were over £50.

A special visitors' book was prepared, and with, its well-filled page, will remain a valued church document. A concluding note of thankfulness may well be sounded over the fact that, after fifty years, the Dowlingville church, is at the high water mark of its prosperity.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Thursday 8 May 1930, page 7


"I 'have watched with Interest the activities of our school project clubs, and think their formation an excellent step. I heartily commend the movement to tha favourable consideration of all teachers and parents."—The late Director of Educa* tion (Mr. W. T. McCoy. B.A.). .


"RICHARD Birkin, eon of- Mr. A. Birkin,

of Dowlingville, is a keen gardener, aud sends a report "on his venture:—

"I began my project on March 14 by planting radishes, cabbages, cauliflowers, and parsley. The radishes came up, and I was soon able to sell some to mother and to school boys. The cabbages did very well until they became blighted." Cauliflowers suffered the same fate. I have learned since what to do to save the cabbages and cauliflowers, The parsley seed, failed to grow.

"When I transplanted my seedlings I watered them every day. 1 rented the ground from my father, and dug and raked it myself.

Richard Birkin in his Vegetable Garden

I have learnt a lot about gardening, and I am going to carry on with a garden next year."

You should plant cauliflower seed in January. Richard, if you wish to escape the pests. These plants require unusually rich soil. They are the gluttons of the vegetable garden. From time to time scatter over the plants a mixture of slaked lime and sulphur. This acts as a tonic to the plants, and helps to keep them free 'from pests.


"p*OR generations Australians have cut down

trees without replanting. Now we hear the refreshing news that Janet Whittaker has reversed Uie order of things, and is rais

ing trees for planting on neighbourfg farmat Her efforts were not rewarded with the success that they deserved, but we hope that the next attempt will be successful.

"I startde my project in June when I planted seeds of the Tooart Gum (Eucalyptus gompliocephalus) in jam tins. For purposes of drainage I drilled holes in the bottoms of the tins. The soil, which consisted of ordinary garden soil and sand, was placed in the tins, and the seeds were planted and watered three times a week. The 6eeds did not grow, as they were planted too late. Altogether my expenses for labour, water, and seeds amounted to 5/3, and as the plants did not grow I showed a complete loss of 5/3.

"I wrote to the Woods and Forests Department, and discovered that the seeds should have been planted earlier and kept in a shady place. I hope to contine my project next year, when I shall follow out the instructions contained in the pamphlet which I received. There is a great demand for Tooart gums in our district, becau&e the wood is remarkable for its strength and hardness. It succeeds well in limestone soil near the



WEN Birkin took up cookery as her pro

ject. Lois Crosby tried vegetable growing, but had the season against her. Harold Allen tried his hand at poultry raising with some small degree of success. I think that Harold started with the wrong sort of fowls. He paid 2/G each for his pullets. Good nullets cost anything up to a guinea each, Harold, and I suggest that you get a setting of wliita Leghorn or black Orpington eggs from reputed layers, and rear some chickens under one of your fluffy old hens either in August or in September, not later.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Monday 6 March 1933, page 7

DOWLINGVILLE The annual school picnic was held on McLachlan's beach. A sports programme was carried out for the children. — Mr. K. Koch was returning from caving carted a load of vrheat to Ardrossan when his tenhorse team took fright and bolted As be was trying to hold them the reins broke. Mr. Koch Jumped off the trollyAfter the team had gone come distance one of thi shelters fell and was dragged under the trolly, being so badly injured that It had to be destroyed. Mr. F. Mason, seeing the bolt, picked up Mr. Koch and took after the horses in his motor car. He overtook them some distance farther on, where they had run Into a fence.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 7 July 1938, page 46



Mr. H. T. B. Lombladt recently took delivery of a Model 'C' PneumaticTyred CASE Tractor. During the delivery trial, a 17-hoe combine was handled with ease in the intermediate gear at 4* m.p.h. Mr. Lombladt was well satisfied with the; Model 'C's' performance, and after its running-in period is considering using a 20-hoe combine.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Thursday 19 October 1939, page 13

Methodist Church Jubilee At Dowlingville

The diamond jubilee of the Dowling- ville Methodist church was celebrated recently. The church was opened in November 1879, the preacher being the Rev. J. B. Stephenson. At the jubi- lee celebrations there were seven people who attended the laying of the foun- dation stone, and 13 who were present at the opening ceremony. At a public meeting the Rev. B. H Phillips presided. Mrs. Gwen Sanders played an over ture and Misses K. Sanders and A. Polkinghorne and Mr Phillips sang. Items were also given by Mr. J. Rowmree and Miss Ruth Powell. Mr. F Lock read a report. Speeches were made by the Rev C. B Holmes and old pioneers Mrs L Day (Gawler) and Mrs. L. Lombladlt Messrs. W. Whittaker (Port Broughton). H. Illman and P. Roberts, of Adelaide. Presentations were made to the church of a strip of carpet for the aisle from the Dowlingville Sunday School, brass ends for it from Mrs C. Phelps. an oak pedestal, with a christen- ing font, from the family of the late Mrs. S. A. Whittaker in memory of their mother; and a pedestal from Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Rown- tree. A two-tiered cake was made and presented by Mrs. C Phelps. It was iced by Miss Dorrie Crowell and decorated with 60 candles, which were lit by Mesdames L Day, Wurfel, Hayter and R Burford. On top of the cake was a small model of the church, complete in every detail, made by Mr Joffree Rowntree. It was presented to the Rev C B. Holmes as a memento. Two addresses were delivered on the Sunday afternoon and evening by the Rev C B Holmes, who was in charge of the circuit 29 years ago. An amplifier was installed in the church and those unable to find seating in- side listened to the service outside. Special singing was given by the choir and solos were sung by Mrs Daniels of Kulpara and Mrs Woodward of Winulta. Two of the first resi-dents of the district, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Lodge of Ageryy, with their family, attended the gatherings. The total proceeds were 49 pounds.

Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940), Friday 27 October 1939, page 13

Dowlingville Diamond Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee of the Dowlingville Church was celebrated on Saturday, 30th September, and Sunday, 1st October. A very large and representative number gathered at the sports grounds on the Saturday afternoon, where a full sports programme was enjoyed. The feature of the celebrations was the fact that between 70 and 80 old residents returned. Most of the pioneers sat down to the first sitting at the High Tea held in the" Public Hall. At the public meeting in the evening the hall was packed to the door, and a large number were unable to gain admittance. The circuit minister (Rev. B. H. Phillips) presided. Addresses of reminiscence^ were given by Rev. C. B. Holmes (past minister), Mesdames L. Day (now of Gawler) and L. Lombladt, Messrs. W. Whittaker (Port Broughton), H. Illman and P. Roberts (Adelaide). Those who contributed to the programme were: Mrs. Gwen Sanders (overture), and Misses Kath. Sanders and Avis Polkinghorne, Messrs. Phillips and Joffre Rowntree (present choirmaster) (solos), also Miss Ruth Powell (recital). A report on the history of the Church was read by Mr. F. Lock (treasurer). The Church was opened in November, 1879, the preacher being Rev. J. B. Stephenson. It was found that there were present at the Jubilee seven people who attended the laying of the foundation stone, and thirteen who were present at the opening ceremony. Greetings were sent from this meeting to Mr. W. Crowell (past secretary and treasurer of the Church), who was

unable, through declining health, to be present. A two-tiered cake was made and presented by Mrs. Niel Phelps. It was iced by Mrs. D. Crowell, and decorated with 60 candles, which were lit by Mesdames L. Day, Wurfel, Hayter and R. Burford. On top of the cake was a small model of the Church,, complete in every detail, made by Mr. Joffre Rowntree. It was presented to Rev. C. B. Holmes as a memento. For the two services on the Sunday the church, the porch and the hall were crowded, with people sitting in cars outside, and all were able to hear through use of loud speakers. Rev. C. B. Holmes conducted both services, and delivered two most inspiring and helpful addresses. Special singing was given by the choir, and solos were sung by Mrs. Daniels of Kulpara and Mrs. Woodward of Winulta. The church was thoroughly redecor-- ated for the Jubilee. Presentations were as follows: Strip of carpet for the aisle from the Sunday School; brass ends for the carpet, Mrs. N. Phelps; an oak pedestal with a christening font, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Rowntree; a pedestal from the family of the late Mrs. S. A. Whittacker in memory of their mother; a table from Mr. and Mrs. L. Whittaker; also collection plates. The proceeds of the celebrations totalled about £50. The Jubilee was a time of very definite inspiration to all who were able to attend. We pray that the coming decades may be even richer in spiritual things than ever before.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Monday 1 January 1940, page 5

DOWLINGVILLE A strawberry fete in aid of the Dowling-ville Red Cross Circle realised about £16 of' which £9 is net profit. The stallholders were —Strawberries and cream. Mesdames H. Mason and L. Whittaker and Miss G Phelps.: sweets. Mesdames J. Whittaker and E. Brumlev jumble. Mesdames J. Allen. G. Whittaker and W. Whittaker: cool drinks. Mr. C. Phelps; icecream, Mrs. O. Koch and Miss E. Phelps. In charge of the competitions was Mrs. R. Rown-tree. Winners. Miss L. Allen and Mr. Bert Cook, and Miss Nell Allen. A dance followed Music was supplied by Mesdames K Bur-! ford and Reg Phelps and Misses N Allen and Barbara Mason. Mr. S. Crowell was M.C The officers and committee of the local Red Cross Circle are—President. Mrs. O. Koch- vice-! president. Mrs. J. Whittaker; and committee ! Mesdames Cook and Brumlev and Misses D. CrowelL Gwen Birkin, and G. Phelps^ secretary. Miss L. Allen; treasurer. Miss Janet Whittaker.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 18 April 1940, page 15

Farmers in the Dowlingville district have started working on the land, preparing for seeding, which will give an early start should the rain be followed by some more falls. March this year was the hottest in the memory of most local residents on nine or ten days during the month. the temperature registered over the century. A floral day in aid of the Moonta Jubilee Hospital was held at Memorial Park. More than £70 was raised. The procedings were opened by the mayor (Dr. A. R. Clayton). A large floral carpet, made by a women's committee, with Mrs. L. Bennett as convener, was on view. Twenty-three miniature floral carpets were entered in a competition. Thirty-eight points of rain fell at Lochiel in the month of March, more than 30 points have fallen this month. This will aid farmers considerably. Most of them have finished burning stubble and grass land. The lake is a huge sheet of water and salt scraping has been abandoned. Large stacks of crude salt are on the bank waiting manufacture. Recently the Dowlingville Methodist Sunday school celebrated its diamond jubilee with special services. A number of former teachers and scholars were present. Among the early teachers were:— Mesdames L. Lombladt, Gawler; c. Hyde, ArdrossanMiss A. Powell, W.A.; Messrs. H Crowell, Price; F. Lock, price; H. 111man, Adelaide.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 4 July 1940, page 39

A.B.C. Poem

UERE is another of our ABC poems of writers' pen-names. This time it is the composition of Mrs. Gr. A. AVliittaker, Dowlingville, Yorke Peninsula, A for 'Always Busy'- — she must have a lot to do, B it for 'Blue Stork' — she is always busy, (oo! m C is for ''Coralie,' who has inany a

care, D is for 'Day Dreamer,' ivith castles in the air. E is for ''Elisabeth George,' 'who lives in W.A., F is for ''Flower Lover' — lias she a garden qay?G G is for 'Girlies 2.' She tells us now they're three, H is for ''Happy Sal,' who is always full of (/lee. I is for ' 1 H-a-H urry' — more haste, less speed, beware.1 J for the 'Joker' — has she never « care? K for the Knowledge Ruth All man m List possess, L for Lapping. Yes! ice lap it up with zest. M is for 'Magpie,'' whose recipes are good. N for 'Never, Never Mrs.' Oh, did you, m' touch wood? O is E.B.'s 'office,' where she gets no repose, P for this 'poem' we are out to compose. Q is for 'Quack Quack,' a duck without down, R is for 'River Queen' — docs she wear a crown? S for 'Sally Saltbush,' wlio writes of 'Granny Srnithers,' T is for 'Thelma,' whone cows give lier the dithers. V for 'Up-Againstit'—try not to droop. V 'A Voice from the Bush' are you a spook? W for 'Western Mum,' whose letters are loo few. X is for the 'km' I send across to you. V is for the 'yeU' I'd give if this won me a prize. Z is for 'zero,' where my spirits will be otherwise. (But I know your spirits will not really be at ziro. Mrs. Whittaker.— 646

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 1 May 1941, page 13

A social was recently tendered at Dowlingville to Private H. R. Allen and Private S. J. Crowell, who have enlisted in the A.I.F. Each were presented with a wallet from the district and a parcel of useful gifts from the Welfare Club. Other members of the forces present were Private E. Harmer, Private R. Harrison, Tpr. T. Carty and Tpr. C. Petersen. These boys were also presented with a parcel.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 10 February 1949, page 25

TENNIS players from all over South Australia took part in the country tennis tournament at Memorial Drive, Adelaide, last week.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Saturday 12 February 1949, page 8

Sisters win DOWLINGVILLE SISTERS, Misses Joyce (left) and Valma Rowntree, won the final of the women's doubles handicap at the country tennis tournament at Memorial Drive yesterday afternoon. Valma also won the final of the girls' singles championship.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Friday 5 February 1954, page 9

Joffre Rowntree

He'l have an inifial worry By RAY BARBER, The News cricket writer When the Dowlingville Ramblers bat in the country cricket carnival in Adelaide on March 8, the scorer will have to watch the initials-because all members of the team are named Rowntree. . *

And if the. team wants to make changes, that's all right, for 17 of them are coming down. Mr. Harvey Rowntree, 51-year-old organiser and captain of the team. told me all about it today from his farm, six miles from Ardrossan on Yorke Peninsula. He listed the. team and

I thought it was never going to end. There are Joffre, Darrell, Doug, Lance, and Lindsay, sons of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Rowntree of Dowlingville; Bob, Dick, Lawrence, and Alf, sons of Mrs. and the late Mr. J. J. Rowntree, of Dowlingvlle; Stan and Ken, sons of Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Rowntree; Reg son of Mr. and Mrs. M. K. Rowntree; Donald, son of Mr.' and Mrs. Harvey

Rowntree; and Mr. KIrk Rowntree, Reg's father. Messrs. W. G. and P. R. complete the 17. .If the combination lacks team spirit-that's hardly likely-Joffre, 34 (pictured here), can help. As. a yodeller he was the State winner in the ABC Radio- Eisteddfod in 1948. That was after his Army days, when he was in a concert party. Captafn Harvey Rowntree- as problems working out strategy for the cranival. Only six of the team play cricket regularly these days. But he thinks Bob and Darrell will be. opening batsmen, and Donald and

Lance will.. opben the attack. C) ,Doug and "Stan will share the wicketkeeping All the team except Alf. a, mechaime, rarm wheat, barley, or sheep. "We'll have -fun" Harvey, who thinks the Rowntrees may outdo the prewar Pillers of Balaklava in family .team numbers, is not confident of taking the carnival title. But he says: "We'll have a lot of fun." * He should do all righL He made a century in the varnival a few years ago.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Monday 8 March 1954, page 28

THE ROWNTREE . FAMILY. From left: Kirk,L ~aDick, Lindsay, Bob, Darre1l Doug, Lance, Ken, 'Joffre, Bill, Don, Reg, and Harvey. .

T is ila-.. By RAY BABER, The News cricket writer' - . S arvey Rowntree, 5i, lost hee the s at Alberton Oval today, and sthe Row.tree fa Omlly tenam filed out to field against Wandearah in the opening series of: the Country Cric?et Asso'ciation's annual carnivall.

There are 42 teams ;ompeting on 21 suburban ovals today... The Rowntrees, who came down by car from Dowlingville, six miles from Ardrossan on Yorke _Peninsula, have no -bother in fielding a side. Fourteen.. players .-are down already,: and three teserves will join them in a day or.:two.: - -: There will be no selection worries, -either, for all owill have a.game duiring the foitnight carnival..

Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912), Tuesday 5 October 1886, page 2

Death of Mr. W Whittaker.

A Remarkable Career.

We quote the following from the Kapunda Herald of October 5" Mr. William Whittaker died at his son's farm, Dowlingville, Y.P., on Thursday, September 30. The deceased gentleman s career was one of those rarely met with outside the covers of a novel, and its connection with the town of Kapunda, apart from Mr. Whittaker's residence here for some years, savours of sufficient local interest for reference thereto. To early settlers in this neighbourhood the name of Whittaker will be familiar, it will be remembered that an old townsman of that name acquired a competence here, and invested some of his savings in Main street and othertownship properties. He was unmarried, and so far as known had no relative in the colonies. His health failing he resolved to take a trip to the other colonies, and whilst en route to Melbourne in the Admella in 1859 he was amongst those who were drowned in the ill-fated vessel. It is said that a belt containing 800 sovereigns encircled his waist. Mr. Whittaker not having left his cabin his body was never recovered. He died intestate. For years no claimant aDpeared in the estate, which was ad ministered by the Public Trustee. In the meantime the Kapunda properties rose in value, and £14,000 had accumulated from rents. &c., when eome enterprising lawyers discovered Mr. William Whittaker, who has just died, and was then a farmer in America, and coming to South Australia his claim to the estate as next of kin was after some difficulty established. The most important properties belonging to the estate in Kapunda are the block of buudinga and land extending from the Post-Office to the corner of Franklinstreet, the Franklin-street stores (in one of which the Salvation Army hold their meetings). and the land known as the market acre, the Sir John Franklin Hotel property, and the block of buildings and the land at the corner of Main and Brown streets. The annual rental at one time amounted to about £900, but it is now considerably less. When Mr. Whittaker came to live at Kapunda a few years ago he was not in robust health owing to advancing age. After two or tbree years'residence here he left to reside with his sons, who are landowners on Yorke's Peninsula. He derived no permanent benefit in health by the change, and died as already stated on Thursday last. The body was brought to Kapunda for interment in (Christ G'huroh Cemetery. Arriving by the midday train on Saturday it was followed to its last resting-plaoe by the near relatives and a number of tenants and other townspeople. The Kev. J, M. Donaldson conducted the burial service. The deoeased owing to bodily weakness took no active interest in anything, bat he was kind-hearted and affable. He leaves a widow and three aonB, amongst whom the Kapunda property is divided, the Franklin Hotel going to the eldest."

The case referred to in the foregoing paragraph was a most peculiar one. The late Mr. James Whittaker died intestate, and the Curator of Intestate Estates was authorized toguardthepropertyforanypossibleclaimant. In 1861 Mr. William Wnittaker, a first cousin, arrived from America, and made an application for the realty. The Court, however, could not hear the case, and for some years the claim was held in abeyance. On March 25, 1874, the deceased filed a petition for an order to convey to him the estate and accumulated rents. This was heard before the late Chief Justice Hanson and Judges Owynne and Wearing. It was dismissed on the ground that the Court had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition. This view was taken by Judges Gwynne and Wearing, while the late Chief Justice held that the Court had power to hear and grant the prayer of the petition. The petitioner decided to appeal, and Chief Justice Hanson ana Judge Gwynne gave detailed rulings on the case. On December 6, 1875, the appeal wan heard before the Local Court ot Appeals, who revoked the order of the Supreme Court, holding that the petitioner was substantially entitled to the order prayed, provided that he gave security for £5,000, and undertook to hand over the accumulated rents and profits and the estate to any one proving to have a better title within six years. No claimant appeared within Bix years, and consequently in 1881, or seventeen years after landing in the colony, the deceased took possession of the property, which he obtained only after wearisome and expensive litigation, His law coBts amounted in all, we are informed, to £5,300, and this he paid away to obtain a property which is at present valued at £5,100. For this property he, at the age of 56, broke up his home in Kansas, United States, and came with his wife and children to the colony with the expectation of stepping into a fortune. Instead of this he had to work for his living until a few years ago. It was only two days before his death that bis sons paid the' last of the expenses incurred through the lawsuit and left the property clear, and one of the last things the deceased knew was that his wife and children would at last obtain that for which he had undergone so much trouble.

Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922), Friday 15 August 1890, page 3


Aug. 11.—The death of Mrs. Charles Koch, on Friday, August 8, cast quite t gloom over the whole district The de ceased lady, who was a general favorite, was the eldest daughter of Mr. R. A Montgomery, of Dowlingville, and had only been ill for a few days when Bhe succumbed to a severe attack of bronchitis and pleurisy. The best medical aid was procured but all to no purpose. The circumstances connected with her death are of a sorrowful nature, considering that she was only 22 years old and had only been married about three months. On Sunday her remains were followed for interment to the Clinton Cemetery by over 300 people. Great sympathy is ex pressed for the bereaved.

KOCH.— On the 8th.August, at Dowlingville, of acute bronchitis and pneumonia, Annie Isabella, the dearly beloved wife of C. W. U. Koch, and eldest daughter of Richard A. and Susanna Montgomery, aged 22 years-. Asleep in Jesus. Deeply regretted by a large: circle of friends.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), Wednesday 14 June 1893, page 6

Mrs. M. Tee

Dowlingville, June 12. Mrs. M. Tee, one of the oldest residents in this district, died this morning at her residence of senile desay. The deceased had been ailing for some time, aud her death was not unexpected. Yesterday she was takan for a drive by her daughter, Mrs. Tt. A. Montgomery, and apparently waa none the worse for the exertion. Mrs. Tee was eeventy-six years of a;;e at the time of her death. She arrived in South Australia in 1S53. She leaves three sons, two daughters, and fourteen grandchildren. Great sympathy is felt for the relatives, who are old residents and greatly respected here. The remains will be interred in tho Clinton Cemetery.

Mainland. June 13.

Malignant diphtheria prevails atliowlingville. Another death occurred yesterday in the family of Mr. John Whittaker. There are six others, includinc the mother, still suffering rom the disease. Dr. oouther does not anticipate any more fatal results.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 28 August 1897, page 6


Dowlincville. August 17.

Mr. Michael Tee, an old and respected resident, died at his residence, Dowlingville, early on Thursday morning-, Augii3t 12, at the age of 78 years. The late Mr. Tee was a native of Hampshire, England, and came to Adelaide by the ship Buckinghamshire in March, 1839. His first occupation after landing was with a survey party on tho Bull's Creek and Mount Torrens surveys, and after having' been with the partr for come time he started farming and contracting on the Adelaide plains in 1858. He then removed to Harrogate, where he was engaged in farming and dairying for some some years. Upon disposing of his dairy 3tock he engaged in sheep farming, but in 1878 sold his property at Harrogate and took up land in the hundred of Cunningham, Yorke s Peninsula, where he continued to live up till the time of his death. He always took a deep interest in Sundayschool work. Shortly after he came to the Peninsula he opened a Sunday-school at his own house, and when the Wesleyan church was built at Dowlingville in 1879, a Sunday* i chool was opened there, Mr. Tee being made superintendent, which office ho filled till two years ago, when he retired through ill-heaith. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon, when a large number of friends followed his remains to the Clinton Cemetery, where they were interred beside those of his wife, who died four years ago.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 21 October 1911, page 46

DOWLINGVILLE. October 9. —Regret was expressed here at the death of Mr. T. Illman, which occurred at Balaklava last Thursday. Mr. Illman was an old resident of this district for about 30 years. For a number of years he acted as conductor of the church choir. He removed to Balaklava two years ago to carry on his business as a blacksmith and wheelwright. A widow, eight sons, and five daughters survive. Two sons (Messrs. H. and S. Ill man) and four daughters (Mesdames R. Mudge, W. Grave, H. P. Crowell, and E. A. Powell) still reside in the district.

Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), Saturday 4 April 1914, page 39

Mr. R. A. Montgomery.

Mr. Richard A. Montgomery, of Dowlingville. Yorke's Peninsula, who was a son of the late, Dr, Montgomery; of Happy Valley, died at the age of 75, at Miss Hill's Private Hospital, on Sunday evening. Mr. Montgomery was for some time overseer of the station on the Bremer, owned by His late brother-in-law. Dr. Herbert, and he then engaged in farming at Harrogate, hear Woodside. Later he proceeded to Yorke's Peninsula, and as one of the first settlers at Dowlingville he participated in the hardships of those pioneering days. He has left three sons and a daughter.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Saturday 7 December 1918, page 19

Mrs. G. W. Mason, an old resident, of the Dowlingville district, died at the residence of her sister (Mrs. G. Bridgeman), Findon. She was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. George Foggo, of Dowlingville, and was 56 years old. She had resided in the distrct for 30 years. She leaves five sons and three daughters. Mrs. H. P. Myles (Alberton) and Mrs. G. Bridgeman (Findon) are sisters, and Messrs. W. Fog go (Koonibba), G. Foggo (Kilkenny), and R. Foggo (New South Walee), are brothers.


Sat 10 Dec 1927, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954)

Mrs. Whittaker, who died recently at her residence, Hope Royal, Firle, at the age of 68 years, was an old and respected resident of the Dowlingville district. She was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs, John Crowell, and was born at Charleston. With her parents she went to Yorke Peninsula, and settled near Port Price. In March 1880, she married Mr. G. P. D. Whittaker, and went to live at Dowlingville, where her husband carried on farming for many years until his death. Mrs. Whittaker had a family of 16 children, 14 of whom survive, namely, Mesdames C. Hyde (Ardrossan), H. Simmons (Bowmans), A. Mudge (Port Wakefield), Messrs. W. J. Whittaker (Dowlingville), J. F. Whit-taker (Sandilands), G. P. D. Whittaker (Blyth), H. P. C. Whittaker (Sandilands), Rex Whittaker (Cummins), and Lance Whittaker (Dowlingville), Mesdames W. H. Wilson (Moonta), G. Hand (Curra-mulka), F. P. Waters (Maitland) and W. Rowntree (Dowlingville), and Miss C. Whittaker (Firle). There are 49 grandchildren.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Wednesday 12 September 1928, page 21


Mr. William Foggo, who died at Ar- drossan recently, at the age of 79 was a pioneer of the Dowling- ville and Ardrossan districts, having selected land at Dowlingville in 1877, and carried on farming pursuits there for 34 years. The block and district was then all scrub, and when taking a load of hay to his farm from Maitland via Ardrossan he had to cut the road wide enough along the surveyors line for the waggon to get through from the farm, now occupied by Mr. T. Kenny, jun., near Ardrossan, to his camp five miles farther on. He also drove along the survey line from his farm towards Maitland for a distance of seven or eight miles, with an outrigger on a dray and an axe, and made a road wide enough to travel. This road runs past the farm, now known as Bur- netts. For working his farm Mr., Foggo bought and used one of the first stump-jump ploughs (three fur-row) made by Mr. Clarence H. Smith, who was then a blacksmith at Arthurton. Mr. Smith used to go down on Saturday afternoon to watch the plough work, and Mr. Foggo would point out any alterations he wanted made. It was at his suggestion that the bowed axle was made to hold the plough to its work. The pioneers had hard times clearing scrub for mullenising and carting water before they had dams made. Mr. Foggo was the first farmer to introduce the seed drill and superphosphate in the district. He was born at Garvald. Scotland, on May 14, 1849, and was brought to Australia by his parents in the ship Queen of the Seas, arriving in Melbourne in September, 1854. The family went to Port Adelaide shortly afterwards, and later settled at Morphett Vale, where Mr. Foggo's father conducted a school for some ysars. In the early seventies he went to Yorke Peninsula, and with his team broke up a lot of new land at Maitland. Urania, and Curramulka. He also carted most of the material for the building of the Methodist Church at Maitland. and carted wheat from Maitland to Parara, where the boats used to lie out. and the wheat was carted out to them from the shore in drays, there being then no houses or jetty at Ardrossan. When the main road to Maitiand from Ardrossan was grubbed. Mr. Foggo made the first waggonwheel tracks on it. from where the road branched off to Parara into Ardrosssn. On March 29, 1880, he married Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. James Smith, of Brockside, Yankaliila. He was always of a jovial and kindly disposition. In 1911 he let his farm to his son-in-law (Mr. Jas. Allen) and retired from active work, spending most of his time with his sons at Koonibba. West Coast, till failing health icompejled him to go nearer medical aio, when he sold his farm and settled in Ardrossan. A widow and all his family survive—Mr. George Foggo, Koonibba, West-Coast; Mrs. W. Harmer. Ardrossan; Mrs. J. Allen, Dow lingville: and Mr. James S. Fosgo, Koonibba. There are 19 grandchildren. Mr. Walter Rohde, of Stockraort. died recently in Perth. With "his wife he left Stockport for the western State last April, and It was hoped that a holiday would benefit his health, which had been unsatisfactory for some time. Ee was born at linwood, near Stockport, in 1893, and was the youngest son of the late Mr. Adolpli Rohde, Linwood, and Mrs. Rohde, Hilton. He lived at the place of his birth until 1324, and worked tha farm with his father. After his father's death he removed with his mother to the city, selling his interest in the farm to liis brother (Mr. J.-Rohde). He was educated at the lanwood school. He married Miss Clarice Tlireadgold on December 17. 1927. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, and was a playing member of the Stoekport cricket and football clubs. He had a genial disposition, and was a general favorite. Mr. Henry Mills died at his residence at Carlisle-street, Glanviile, on Sunday, at the age of £2. He had been a resident of South Australia for more than SO years. Born at Batterses.. London, toe went to sea at an early age. and was a seaman for 13 years. He afterwards settled in South Australia He took much interest in the Labor movement, and was a member of the Port Adelaide branch of the Labor Party. He was also a delegate to the Port Adelaide Trades and Labor Council. He was a delegate to tlis annual State conference of the Australian Labor Party on many occasions. A member of the Australian Government Workers' Association, he was for a time on the committee of management of the local branch.. He was also a member of the Manchester Unity oddfellows. He was, before going to live at Glanviile, a resident of Carey's Gully. He left a widow, five sons:— Messrs. H. C. Mills, Port Augusta; W., E, and P. Mills, Western Australia; and C. Mills, Rose Trater; and five daughters—Mesdames E. Bonython. Bumside; s. Cutchin, Mitcham: H. Neville. MarryatviUe; E. Kewel, Ethel -ton; and F. Pstarsou. Beverley. There are 57 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.

Mr. W. Poggo.

Mr. W. Hohde.

Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), Thursday 6 February 1930, page 55


Mrs. Margaret Powell, who died at her residence, Dowlingville, at the age of 90, yesterday, was the oldest living resident of that town. She was born in Northfell, Shetland Islands, and arrived in South Australia by the Adamant in 1865. When Mrs. Powell was 14 she sheared a sheep, spun the wool, and knitted Queen Victoria a pair of stockings. She received an autographed note and a Testament in acknowledgement from her Majesty.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Monday 10 February 1930, page 17


Mrs. M. Powell (relict of Mr. John Powell), who died an January 30 In her 90th year, was the oldest resident of Dowlingville. She was born in the Shetland Islands, and came to Australia in 1864 in The Adamant. In 1877 Mr. and Mrs. Powell took up land at Dowlingville and lived on the same section for 50 years. There were eight children, all of whom are married the six sons being Messrs. J. M. PowelL of Beulah (Victoria). E. A. Powell (Kadina), T. C. Powell (West Coast), W. H. Powell (Dowlingville). G. J Powell (Quandaring. W.A,). and A. W. Powell (Aldersyde. W.A.). The two daughters are Mrs. L. Short (Wlnulta), and Miss A. PowelL Mrs. A. S. Harvey, of Salisbury, died on Monday last, at the age of 81. She was the fifth daughter of Mr. John Winzor, and was bom at Deal Court, Burton. England. She married Mr. John Harvey, of Salisbury, and in 1927 the diamond jubilee of their wedding was celebrated. Practically all her life was spent in the Salisbury district, where she was prominently connected with charitable institutions. She leaves four sons and one daughter—Messrs. Allan Herbert. Percival Wilfred, Rpginald Shirley, and Bruce Harvey, and Mrs. W. Milne, of Medindie. There are 18 grandchildren.

Death of Mr. J. Lodge

Fri 15 Aug 1930, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)

Mr. John Lodge, who died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. S. G.Bridgeman, of Cheltenham, was an old resident of the Dowlingville district. Born in Essex on February 5, 1851, he was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lodge, and came to Australia with his parents in 1859. Having selected land at Dowlingville in 1877 he settled here with his brother, Elijah, and carried on farming for many years. In March, 1881, he married Miss Susie Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, of Truro. His wife died in 1907. Three daughters— Mrs. George Bridgeman (Cheltenham). Mrs. W. Francis 2nd Mrs. S. M. Gardiner (Price — and one son, Mr. John Lodge (Cheltenham), survive. Mr. E. Brumley, of Dowlingville, is an adopted son.


Mon 28 Jul 1930, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954)

Fri 17 Jun 1932, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)

Mrs. Hannah Crowell, who died recently, was an old pioneer of the Dowlingville district, having lived there for 55 years. She was the only daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lock, and was born at Gawler River on November 26, 1865. She went to the Dowlingville district in 1877 with her parents, who settled between Dowlingville and Price. On July 6. 1891, She married Mr. William Croweil, elder son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Croweil, of Price. She was an ardent supporter of the Methodist Church, and before her marriage was organist for 12 years. She leaves a husband, one son, Mr. F. Crowell, of Price; and three daughters. Miss E. Croweil, Mrs. L. H. Mason, and Miss D. Croweil, of Dowlingville.


Fri 8 Dec 1933, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954)

Mrs. Mary Neil Foggo, a pioneer of the Dowlingville district, died at Ardrossan recently. She was born at Yankalilla on March 4, 1852, and was the eldest, daughter of James Smith, J.P. Early in 1877 she went to the Peninsula with her father and brothers who had taken up land at Yorke Valley. The trip was made by sailing vessel. On arrival at Parara, the passengers were transferred to a small boat and rowed as closely to the shore as possible. The women were then carried to the shore by the captain. On March 29, 1830, Mary Smith was married to Mr. William Foggo and removed to Dowlingville, where they resided for 31 years. In 1911 Mr. Foggo sold his farm to his son-in-law, Mr. James Allen, and relinquished farming. In 1923 Mr. and Mrs. Foggo settled in Ardrossan. For over 30 years Mrs. Foggo was a member of the Methodist Church. Her husband died five years ago. Her family comprises Mr. G. W. Foggo, Koonibba, Mrs. W. Harmer, Ardrossan, Mrs. Jas. Allen, Dowlingville, and Mr. J. S. Foggo, Koonibba, Mr. H. F. Smith, of Malvern, is a brother.

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Saturday 17 August 1935, page 21


Mrs. J. T. Whittaker, formerly of Dowlingville, Yorke Peninsula, died on August 8. Mrs. Whittaker, who was Miss Sarah Ann Headland before her marriage to Mr. Whittaker in 1880 was born at Charleston on May 3, 1860. She and her hus'aand settled at Dowlingville immediately after their marriage. They retired in 1922 when they came to live at Fullarton. Mr. Whittaker died in 1927. The family comprises: — Messrs. George Whittaker, Jack Whittaker and Vere Wliittaker, all of (Dowlingville), Leo Whittaker (Ardrassan) and Mesdames Athol Hill (Corney Point), J. Timperon (Ardros-san) and E. Daniels (Kulpara).

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Thursday 15 February 1951, page 10


Mrs. Rachel Rowntree, who died at Dowlingville at her daughter's residence (Mrs. Frank Mason), was one of the

oldest pioneers in the Ardrossan district, having arrived in Adelaide in May 1886 in the SS Orient. Mrs. Rowntree, whose husband died 20 years ago, was born in Brampton, Carlisle. England, and was married there in 1886, and with her husband sailed for Australia shortly afterwards. On arrival in Australia Mr. anc Mrs. Rowntree settled on land six miles north of Ardrossan. Their youngest son (Harvey) now owns the land. Mrs. Rowntree is survived by five sons and four daughters, namely. Marion, William, John, Tom, Mary. Isabel, Nellie, Kirk and Harvey. The eldest son, Alfred, was killed in World War I. The late Mrs. Rowntree has also left 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), Friday 11 September 1953, page 4


Mr. W. R. Whittaker Had Family Of 15

Mr. William Richard Whittaker, who died in Crystal Brook Hospital on Sunday in his ninetyfourth year, was engaged actively in farming in Port Broughton district until he was 82. He and his wife, who died 19 years ago, raised a fine family o£ 15— 11 of whom survive.

Mr. Whittaker was a South Australian pioneer in the truest sense of the word. Born at Wisconsin (United States), he and his two brothers were brought out to Australia by their parents when William was two years old. They settled at Kapunda, and later moved to the young metropolitan area, where the father became hostler at Government House. One of his tasks was to carry official messages between Glenelg and Adelaide on horse hack.

When William Whittaker was 16 lie and his brothers George and John ventured north in charge of bullock teams, working among graziers beyond Broken Hill as far as Wilcannia and Parroo. When they returned to Adelaide the family linked up again, and became agricultural pioneers at Dowlingville (Yorke Peninsula) when that part of the State was opened up.

In "Double Harness" William Whittaker round 1880 took up land in his own right at Tiparra, on the Peninsula, where later some of the best agricultural tracts in the State were developed. Having made a start "and broken through the virgin country he decided that "double harness" was the way to success, and in 1883 he married Miss Siisaii Coote, an Agery girl, at Kadina.

In 1886 the couple shifted to Port Broughton district to extend their farming operations. But wanderlust attacked him again, and with three companions —the two Victory brothers and a man named Baker—he went West. The quartette were prospecting round Kalgoorlie sometime before Patrick Hannan made the discovery that was to open up the fabulous Golden Mile.

M'r. Whittaker made no fortune, and returned to Port Broughton and his farm. The family was growing, and he had plenty of male help. And he stayed on there until his fatal illness—an ablebodied man long after many men of his age would have settled back in the arm chair.

50 Years A J.P.

He was a justice for more than 50 years, and while in Port Broughton district he took an active interest in practically everything that spelt progress to the town. Mrs. Whittaiker died at Port Broughton 19 years ago, after which he dropped out of most public movements. He was in the early days a member of Union Lodge of Freemasons, Kadina, and was a foundation member of Port Broughton Lodge, filling all offices, and also of Oddfellows' Lodge. He gave valuable help over a long period to the hospitalisation movement of his town and for the Church of England, and he was the main mover in having a permanent doctor come to the town.

In his day Mr. Whittaker was a leading rifle shot on the ranges of the State, and once missed: the King's Prize by one point. He shot many times on Pirie ranges, and was associated with another noted Pirie marksman, Mr. John Hoar, who is still here.

Surviving Family

Of the 15 children who came of the marriage 11 are left. They are:—Messr's. William (Port Lincoln)) Robert (Lipson), Walter (Pirie), James (Snowtown), Cecil (Edwardstowii), and Stanlev (Bradbury); Susan (Mrs. H. A" Gebert, Adelaide), Gertrude ((Mrs. E. C. Wall, Port Broughton), Edith (Mrs. V. F-vans, Port Broughton), Myrtle (Mrs. H. _H. Stephenson, Prospect). and Olive (Mrs. R. Burgess, Clare). Deceased are Richard and Pike (First World War), Violet, and Mabel.

The remains were interred in Port Broughton Cemetery. Rev. G. W. Scholefield, of Pirie, an old friend of the family, conducted the obsequies, and pallbearers were (Messris. E. W. Bannear, J. Casey, F. Whalin, and C. Routley.

Dowlingville- Named after G.P. Dowling Whittaker, an early resident in the district; born in Wisconsin, USA in 1853, he died at Dowlingville on 7 March 1901, aged 48; his mother was the daughter of Reverend G.P. Dowling of Somerset, England. Dowlingville Post Office, about 25 km North-East of Maitland, operated from January 1879 until 28 January 1972 on section 129, Hundred of Cunningham.

The Dowlingville School was opened by Richard Kirby in 1880; it closed in 1949.

In February 1882, a number of farmers testified to the pressure upon them resulting from five bad seasons in succession:

They declared they were unable to meet their engagements with the government unless some concessions were made... During the past two years 250 farmers had been forced into the Insolvency Court... During the same period some 1,000 Bills of sale had been executed...

This is essentially a farming district, so that it is not surprising to find only a few houses, a store, a post office conducted by Mr Whittaker, a State school, in charge of Mrs Lewis and a church. Only a few years ago this country was covered with scrub. Industry and manures have transformed the district considerably...

A photograph and article on T. Illman & Sons’ patent stripper and thrasher is in the Observer, 21 September 1907, page 27.

Admission registers - Dowlingville School GA1296 - State Records of South Australia

Dowlingville School Date Range: 1880 - 1949 Inventory of Series Description

Dowlingville School opened as a Provisional School in 1880. A total of 40 children attended the school in its first year with an average attendance of 20.5. The first teacher was Richard Kirby.

In 1884 a contract was let for the erection of a school building to accommodate 40 pupils and a teacher's residence for a total cost of 575 pounds, and was completed in 1885.

Many school excursions and picnics were held at Mac's Beach over the years. Pupils participated in gardening as well as Empire Day and Arbor Day celebrations annually.

The school was closed on November 19th 1949 with an average attendance of 6.7. with Mr Jesse Palmer as the last teacher.

For a full list of teachers at the school and some reminiscences of old scholars, see the publication below:


GRS 10437/1/P - Published histories of schools - "No Stronger Bond: Price, Dowlingville, Port Clinton, Clinton Centre, Clinton - Primary Schools", 1985

Contents Date Range Series Date Range Number of Units Public Access Series Id Series Title

1922 - 1949 1922 - 1949 1 Open GRS/8985 Admission registers - Dowlingville School