History of South Kilkerran


Friday 21 June 1872, South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) Trove


In County Ferguson, Hundreds of Maitland, Kilkerran, Dalrymple, and Ramsay.

Wednesday 18 Sep 1972, Wallaroo Times and Mining Journal (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1865 - 1881) Trove

We observe that portions of Crown Lands situated in the Hundreds of Maitland and Kilkerran, County Fergusson have been gazetted as open for selection, on and after October 7, at £2 per acre, the price be reduced weekly 2s 6d per acre;


Friday 17 March 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

March 13. New settlers are daily making their appearance hereabouts, and the new survey of Kilkerran is beginning to wear an animated appearance. In some cases the new-comers have commenced to plough, and dam making is talked of. Therein a party of men sinking a well in the new survey. This is the second, and if is to be hoped they may meet with good luck, and get a good supply of water for their trouble.

But, Mr. Editor, the worst I have heard of is that there has been a ranger in the neighborhood, and that gentleman has visited Victoria Bay, and has used threatenings—if he has not actually laid an information--against persons having wheat lying on the beach for shipment.

Now, I think it is a bad policy of the Government to take such a mean advantage of the people ; for in my opinion, the Government should be inclined to aid and assist any place, rather than throw any obstacle in the way of development. Seeing there has been two miles of land reserved for a township, and that a jetty is part of the policy of the Government, I hope you will use your influence in this matter, and have the information stayed. I feel sure, if the Commissioner knew the circumstances of the case, that such a shabby thing would never be allowed.

Victoria Bay at this time has the appearance of a place of business. The Eclipse is lying in the bay at, a less distance than a quarter of a mile, and at low tide she has 3?fms of water. So you will see the new place will be of some importance, and as Dauralle will open for selection on the 28th and the land, no doubt, will all be taken up.

Victoria will be a place of no small note, as soon as the township is laid out.


Tuesday 11 April 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

April 7.1876. The contractor (Mr. S. Taylor) for the Point Pierce road has finished the grubbing and clearing, and the effect it gives is great, besides the comfort in travelling over the road. Then there is the great use it will be to the new selectors for carrying water.

I am sorry to say that water has become very scarce, both in Maitland and Kilkerran; but the weather has changed, and I hope before it settles we may have a good downpour, to re-fill the now dry dams.

I understand there is to be a tea-meeting in Kilkerran in connection with the Wesleyan Methodists, on Good Friday. I think this is the first attempt at anything of the kind out of Maitland. I hear that numbers intend to be present on the occasion.

The new Wesleyan Church in Maitland is nearly finished, and when it is it will be quite a set-off to this young and fast-growing town. The Eclipse has arrived on her second trip to Victoria Bay, to load wheat for Mr. Denham. She had on board a lot of iron poles for the telegraph line.


Friday 21 April 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

April 17th, 1876. On Good Friday, tea and public meetings were held at Mr. Hyde's, Kilkerran, in aid of a fund for the purchase of seats, &c., for use in connection with the services conducted by the Wesleyan body in that locality. A large number assembled in the afternoon of the day named, including many visitors from Maitland. The tables were attended to by Mesdames Hyde and Kelly, assisted by Mrs. and Miss Miller and other ladies.

The public meeting was ably presided over by Mr. C. Miller. Addresses were given by Messrs. Lamsbed and Tiddy, and Revs. Messrs. Rowe and Kelly. Messrs. Braddock and Symons rendered recitations in masterly style, and the choir, with Miss Hyde, at the harmonium, pleasingly entertained the assembly. The Rev. T. M. Rowe in moving a vote of thanks made special mention of the interest and energy shown by Mr. and Mrs. Hyde and family in providing for the day's enjoyment. The proceeds amounted to something over £8.

The late rains were of great service here as many dams were dry and others nearly so, but now all have got sufficient to carry them into the winter. Some of the farmers have commenced sowing, whilst others prefer to wait for more rain. The schooner "Lily" is busy loading wheat at Port Vicforia; and as a large quantity of produce will be sent to this Port next harvest, it is hoped the Government will make an effort to construct a jetty in time to be of service. There is a good depth of water so that a long and expensive structure would not be needed.


Friday 9 June 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

June 5, 1876. We have had a splendid rain lately, which will cause the wheat to come up well. A few farmers have finised, but a great many intend tilling to the end of the month. The roads have been almost impassable since the rain. The Ardrossan road is a bog the whole length from Maitland. I think this would be a good time for our members to visit us, and travel over the said road.

[Our correspondent here gives particulars of the Maitland meeting respecting the telegraph office, and also the lecture of the Rev. R. Kelly, already just previously reported by our Maitland correspondent.]

I am informed that Mr. Strangways is surveying the Victoria township, in the Hundred of Wauraltie. As soon as this place is sold I hope Mr. Drew, or some one else, will secure a site for a mill. It will be a fine stand for one, as there will be a large area of land cultivated all along the west coast from Tipara to the south end of Cooliewortie.

I believe there will be a meeting to consider the advisability of getting the Government to place jetty accommodation at Victoria for the next wheat season, as there is sure to be a large quantity of wheat shipped at that place, now that growers and shippers see the easy means the place has for transport of cereals.

But what surprises me most is why there is not a mill in Maitland before this time. Surely millers and capitalists know the large amount of wheat which has been produced here, and the much larger quantity that will be grown all through the district. I do not think the water supply need stop intending speculators, and I am quite sure fuel need not.

I am sorry to see by the papers the downfall of the Government. Still I cannot say I thought a great deal of them, simply because Mr. Boucaut took into his team some of his bitterest opponents, and now I do not think the matter is at all made better by the last formed team. While there was a bad mixture in the former, I think this still worse. But allow me one suggestion to the late Minister, that is, had he taken two of his late supporters to have filled up the break, men who had always gone with him, instead of taking his enemies, then I should have thought his defeat an honor, but to be turned out with the very men he most dreaded ! The worst is, the great works that were to be pushed on ! It will throw a severe damp on the progress of the colony.


Tuesday 13 June 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

June 3, 1876. On Tuesday last we were visited with a fine fall of rain, which was much needed both to refresh the wheat and to fill the tanks of the new settlers, to whom water-carting was a great delay in getting in the crops.

The want of a flour mill is much felt in this district, and it is hoped that ere long one will be erected at Maitland. At present our wheat has to be sent to Port Adelaide, and thence back again in the shape of flour, at an enhanced price to the consumer of about £3 per ton for carriage ; surely a sufficient "protection" to enable a local miller to hold his own.

At the meeting at Maitland anent telegraphic communication, as you are aware, it was resolved that the inhabitants should find an office, the Telegraph Department providing an operator; and a subscription list was opened to make up the necessary rent. When accomplished, this will be a great boon to the district.


Tuesday 8 August 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

July 21. We had a splendid fall of rain here on Tuesday, the 25 th. It rained steadily all the night and part of Wednesday, and if we have some warm weather the crops and feed will no doubt improve rapidly.

The answer of the Government to Mr. Duncan's question in the House of Assembly respecting the jetty at Port Victoria, has has given great dissatisfaction, as there is ample time for its construction, while the want of it will be productive of loss and inconvenience to the settles, as now that the capabilities of the place have been practically demonstrated, a very large quantity of wheat will be shipped there after the coming harvest. There, is some talk of a public meeting, and a memorial to Government to reconsider the matter. If one is held, I will send you particulars.


Sat 16 Sep 1876, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

Sir- The timely removal of stock from lands intended for cultivation and commonage is of vital importance to farmers who go into new districts.

To pay a high price for horsefeed and cart it a long distance, is ruinous, and without honefeed of some sort farmers cannot fulfil their agreements. I think, therefore, it should be the duty of the Government to see that all squatters' stock are permanently removed before land is sold or let to farmers.

Under present circumstances it is almost impotable for a farmer who goes to the front to protect the grass upon his own land, and it is folly for him to pay for commonage rights. As an illustration I will state a case with which I am familiar. Last September I selected a block of land in the Hundred of Kilkerran, but was not aware at the time that an annual lease of some unsurveyed land adjoining mine had been granted to Mr. Samuel Rogers, of Yorke Valley, in June. However, I hoped that the sheep would be removed at the end of the lease. To make sure of this (as we thought) two others and myself paid for all the commonage rights. It seems, however, Mr. Rogers is determined to have all the grass, let who will pay for it. Although his lease expired in June he did not remove his sheep till the 3rd of August, having trampled the place to dust. Still we hoped to be able to put a few sheep on after shearing, but there is no chance of this now, Mr. Rogers having only kept his sheep away about three weeks. I went to-day to speak to a man who is in charge of one of Mr. Rogers's flocks at present upon the commonage. He told me he came yesterday, that he would remain 24 hours before starting to travel the sheep, and that he would travel the same flock over the commonage again before shearing. I suppose the law gives Mr. Rogers power to act in this way; if so the Government should return the money received from farmers for commonage rights. This is the first time that I have paid for commonage rights, and it will be the last unless some alteration is made in the law respecting travelling sheep. It seems a mockery to charge a farmer for commonage rights when there's a squatter in the neighbourhood who may drive his flocks over the commonage land as often as he pleases. I hope this case may help the authorities to form some idea of the way such men manage when allowed to have a lawful claim in the neighbourhood of farmers. Without any claim (except the right to travel his sheep) in this hundred he has done sufficient damage to make the commonage valueless for this season to those who have paid for it.

I hope this subject will be dealt with In the new Land Bill. Instead of letting lands that are unfit for cultivation for commonage it would be better to have them surveyed in large blocks and sold to farmers at a cheap rate for grazing. The land would then be fenced and taken care of. At present such pieces of country are spoiled through overstocking.

I am, Sir, sc.,

SOLOMON MOODY. Kilkerran, September 6,1876.


Tuesday 26 September 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

Sept. 20. We had some five rain here on Friday and Saturday last, which came just, in time to save the crops in the newly broken-up land, as they were beginning to wither. Those on old land are looking fair, but very backward in growth, and the hay crop is certain to be light.

Colds are very prevalent just now, but I have not heard of any more serious ailments .

I am informed that there is a small vessel stranded on the beach, north of Point Pearce. It was driven in by the gale on Friday night, which was very severe here. All I have been able to learn is that she was bound to Port Adelaide from Port Pirie, and that she will have to be unloaded before she can be got off. The captain and crew were kindly cared for by Mr. Kuln at the Mission Station.

Lutheran Church Opening

Saturday 21 October 1876, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

The Kilkerran Lutheran Church was opened last Sunday week. Sermons were preached by the Revs. Mr. Reichtner (Lutheran), from Light's Pass, and B. G. Bayly (Congregationalist), to large audiences. The building is unpretending, but substantial in appearance. The proceeds amounted to £11 5s.


Friday 27 October 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

October 23. We had a splendid fall of rain here on Friday night and part of Saturday, amounting to nearly half an inch. This with what fell on the 17th. will work wonders with the crops, as it was a critical time with them, they being just in bloom. Even the hay crops will benefit greatly, as they have not yet done growing. The crops on the old land are looking astonishingly well for the season, and some of them, though not so tall as last season, promise to yield as much corn as the ear is good, and after this rain will no doubt be well filled. The crops on new land are very backward, and from most of them little more than the seed can be expected.

The settlers in this hundred are very badlv off for water, the number resorting to the wells at Point Pearce being so great that they are constantly empty, and much time is lost in waiting for them to refill. A memorial has been sent to Government, asking them to sink a few more wells. It is hoped they will see the justice of expending a little of the large amount they received from the selectors here, in assisting them as requested.


Friday 22 December 1876, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

December 18. Reaping is general here now. The sample is good and the yield on old land will be perhaps 11 or 12 bushels per acre, and on th newly-broken up about five, while about one half the total quantity sown will not be reaped.

The heat on Wednesday and Thursday was something to be remembered, even continuing all night—a rare thing on the Peninsula. Numbers of birds entered the houses quite exhausted, and many died. Many people say it was the hottest weather ever felt by them in this colony.

A great number of settlers resort to Point Pearce for water, and the supply being altogether inadequate to their wants, Government was applied to to sink a few more wells but declined, and even refused to allow an old sheep trough, which was lying there rotting, to be used for timbering by the settlers themselves. The farmers are subscribing a sum of money to have the work done, though some of them whose crops are a total failure think it hard that they should have to put their hands in their pockets for work done on Government land.

Our road leading to Moonta and Port Victoria has been grubbed, and will be found a great convenience by the settlers.


Friday 26 January 1877, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

January 20. Reaping and winnowing are nearly finished in this district, but the yield is rather disappointing, some who were expecting five bushels to the acre getting only half that, while nearly all have got less than they expected. I think the hot weather in November and the early part of December must have done more mischief than was apparent, as the general complaint is that there is too much chaff.

Horse-feed of all kinds is very dear and scarce, even the wheat chaff being eagerly sought after by those who have not much hay; and as "nothing for nothing" seems to be the motto of the Maitland farmers, it is sold by them at the famine price of six. pence per bag.

Rain-water with us—as with you in the Peninsula metropolis—is a precious fluid, as nearly all the dams for miles around are dry, and the Point Pearce water, though very good for other purposes, is not thought, highly of by the "laundress ;" however, it is well to be able to get even that. While speaking of water, I should like to mention an idea of one of our settlers, Mr. R. Hyde and that is, the possibility of supplying Moonta with water from Tipara by means of pumps and pipes. I should think if the supply was sufficient, the feasibility and cost of this plan is worth enquiring into.


Friday 30 March 1877, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

March 24. We had a splendid downpour of rain here on Thursday and Friday, no less than 3-250 having fallen, making, with 1-200 which fell on Tuesday, nearly 4.5 inches during the week. All the tanks and dams are filled to overflowing, and the ground is thoroughly saturated, and in excellent condition for sowing.

The settlers here are getting anxious regarding the jetty at Wauraltie, as, allowing for the delays that usually attend works of this nature, the time from now to harvest is none too long to make sure of its being ready.

There is very little interest taken here in the coming elections for the Legislative Council, nor do I think there will be until the colony is divided into Districts, as it is considered that Adelaide and its suburbs have too great an influence while it is undivided.


Friday 25 May 1877, South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) Trove

MAY 16. Seeding is nearly finished. - Most of the farmers got their crops in very early, and with the fine showery season they are advancing splendidly. Most of the crops on this area last year were a total failure, owing partly to the dry season; and it being nearly all new land that was put in, but the difference in the season and the land having been allowed make the prospects all that could be desired.—As there is a large area of land under cultivation here and in the adjoining area—Wauraltee—the jetty at Port Victoria ought to be commenced at once, and I am surprised the farmers have not let their voice be heard ere this on a point which directly affects their interests. Port Victoria is the only outlet for the produce of three or four hundreds. As the money is voted for the jetty, it shows a great lack of unity amongst the settlers that they are not in possession of the reason why it is not being proceeded with. I hope some of our energetic men will take the matter up, and see if we cannot get the jetty in time for next season.


Saturday 8 September 1877, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881) Trove

September 1. The crops are doing well and look very promising ; the late-sown wheat is backward, but healthy, and with some more good showers may yet do very well. We had a steady fall of rain last Monday, also on Thursday night and Friday morning, which must do a great deal of good.


Friday 31 May 1878, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' and Farmers' Journal (SA : 1875 - 1878) Trove

May 27th. Sowing is nearly finished here, and owing to the favorable nature of the season, there will be a large increase in the quantity under crop. There are some thousands of acres of wheat over ground looking well, and giving quite a pleasing appearance to the country. The lately sown is not coming up as well as could he wished ; but a fall of rain soon will I think make it all right.

Those of our farmers who have children of a school-going age are getting anxious as to how to educate them. There being no township here, and the farms large, it will be difficult to find such a number of children within a reasonable radius as would justify the Council of Education in erecting the usual substantial building. Perhaps half-time schools may meet the difficulty. I believe a move will be made in the matter shortly.

May 28th. We had some find rain last night, nearly half-an-inch having fallen.


Saturday 15 June 1878, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

June 12. The weather since last Thursday has been more like the good old winters of eight or ten years ago than any we have experienced here for the last few years. It commenced raining on Thursday, and continued with slight intervals ever since, and the land is now completely saturated. Last night it blew quite a hurricane, and some of those farmers who were their own architects and builders will I daresay feel quite proud of their handiwork having stood so severe a test. This morning we had a severe hailstorm, which did a good deal of mischief in the gardens by stripping vegetation generally. A little fine weather soon will be quite welcome. Sowing is nearly completed, and most of the wheat is out of the ground. Some that was sown in the beginning of May has come up rather thin, but I have not heard of any one having to sow again.


Tuesday 25 June 1878, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

June 13, 1878. Permit me, Mr. Editor, to forward you a few lines from this part of the country. Kilkerran is the name of the Hundred in which I am located. It is Situated on the western coast of Spencer's Gulf, and opposite Wauraltee Island and Point Pearce. We therefore command a most magnificent view of the Gulf, from the Tiparra lighthouse, and far on below Wauraltee Islands The far-distant land of the Port Lincoln District is also discernible on a clear evening, looming in the distance in the western horizon. The area of the Hundred comprises nearly eighty square miles, of which about two-thirds are available for agricultural purposes. The eastern, portion of Kilkerran was thrown open for selection about four or five years ago, and the western division has since been surveyed and taken up, mostly by farmers from the vicinity of your town. Amongst these well-known farmers I notice the Messrs. Moody, Inglis, Kelly, Jackson, Gordon, Phillips, Small, Hyde, Dutchkey, and your old Kapunda and Hansborough mail-contractor, Mr. Pollok.

It is estimated that we have in this Hundred twelve or fifteen thousand acres under crop this year ; so that if we are favored with a good harvest there will be a good deal of business transacted In our little town of Port Victoria. The crops at present are all that could be desired ; some of the early-sown id quite three or four inches high. We have has an abundant supply of rain—these last six days it has rained almost incessantly. On the night of Tuesday, the 11th, we had a most terrific storm of rain, hail, thunder, and lightning—everything in the way of vegetables was literally riddled and cut to pieces with the hail. The storm -only lasted about ten minutes.


Tuesday 16 July 1878, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

July 9, 1878. Since my last we have had almost a continuance of dry weather, so that the farmers are again anxiously awaiting a steady soaking rain for the nourishment and sustenance of the young crop, which at present is promising all that could be desired.

There is very little of importance occurring in this quiet place. The farmers are mostly busy making tanks and dams to increase their, water supply for the coming summer. Great hardships were experienced in this respect last year, the laborious work of hauling water from Port Pearce being a great drawback to the settlers last summer during the harvest months, so they are determined to avert this difficulty for the coming season.

The selectors in our Hundred and the adjoining ones are speaking in very strong terms against the Commissioner of Crown Lands in reference to his remarks in Parliament upon the extension of time for the next instalment of interest on their land selections. His remarks on this matter has greatly lowered him in the estimation of the farmers of this and the adjoining Hundreds.

Public Meeting at Kilkerran.

Friday 23 August 1878, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

DISTRICT COUNCIL. A public meeting of the farmers in the Hundred of Kilkerran, was held in Mr. J. Moody's barn on Wednesday the 21st inst., for the purpose of taking into consideration the advisability or otherwise of forming a District Council for the above Hundred. Mr. J. Jackson was voted to the chair.

The CHAIRMAN after reading the notice convening the meeting called on one of the conveners to state why action had been taken in the matter.

S. MOODY Esq., J.P., responded to the call, as his name was first on the list. He stated that at a meeting held for another purpose a short time previously the subject of a District Council for the Hundred had been mooted, and a few of them had thought that perhaps it would be wise to call a public meeting to have the matter fully discussed, that it might be set to rest one way or other. He was glad to see so many present, and thought that the meeting was a thoroughly representative one, whatever decision might be arrived at. He was sorry to hear that at the meeting which was held at Maitland last Saturday, an attempt had been made to get a District Council, and to tack on a part of the Hundreds of Kilkerran and Waraultee to it. He was glad that a I majority of the meeting had objected to such a proceeding, and he thought that they had a right to object to any part of the Hundred of Kilkerran being included in the proposed Maitland District Council. He hoped if they were to form themselves into a Council that they would not follow such a bad example by trying to include a part of the Hundred of Maitland. It would not be a good thing to do as far as Kilkerran was concerned: for they had a good Hundred, and if they should decide to have a Council he thought they could work well together without having any outside assistance. But as far as he was concerned he questioned if the time had arrived for forming themselves into a Council. He thought they could get on quite as well if they were to wait a little while longer. They had no programme for the meeting, and every one would have an opportunity to speak, but he would propose—" That in the opinion of this meeting any action towards forming a District Council for the Hundred of Kilkerran was as yet premature, and that at any future time when a District Council should be formed that the boundary of the Hundred should be the boundary of the Council."

Mr. J. INGISS briefly seconded the resolution.

Mr. W. H. KELLY fully agreed with the resolution, and would cordially support it. He thought that it was altogether premature to take action in the matter as yet, and was wishful that the Maitland people would leave thein alone. The fact was that they did not want a Council yet, for they would not know what to do with the rates if they collected them, as their roads were very good, and they would not have anything to expend the money on. Then again their interests were in no wise identical with the interests of Maitland and he was sure they did not want to be attached to any District Council that might be formed by the Maitland people.

Mr. G. WARD also supported the resolution. He thought it would be wise to leave the formation of a District Council until the farmers had paid for their land and made it their own ; but he was of opinion that if a Council were formed at Maitland, they should also have one in Kilkerran or they would get the part which they appeared anxious to obtain.

MR. LAMSHED would by permission say a few words on the matter though he did not live in the Hundred of Kilkerran. He would like to inform them that the Maitland people had no desire to take in a portion of the Hundred of Kilkerran. He would also state that the Maitland meeting had been duly advertised in the Register in the and Y. P. Advertiser, therefore due publicity was given to it. Personally he was not in favor of taking in the new country in the Hundred of Kilkerran, but he thought that the portion which was mentioned in the resolution at the Maitland meeting, had interests that were identical with those of Maitland. Mr. Miller was an instance. But finding that the general tone of public feeling was against them in this they did want to come into collision one with another. The proposition was them put and carried, and a vote of thanks to the Chairman closed the proceedings.


S. MOODY, Esq., J.P. thought that as there were a good number of farmers present, they might discuss some matters that were required in the district. For instance they required a post office, or two, as at present it was a great tax on their time to have to go to Maitland for their letters. He then moved that Mr. W. H. Kelly take tbe chair. Mr. Kelly being elected, Mr. Moody proposed " That a memorial be prepared and sent in to the Post-master General requesting that two post offices be granted to the Hundred of Kilkerran, one for the Southern and one for the Northern part of the Hundred. He thought that there would be no difficulty in getting this matter attended to, if they could get some one to attend to the delivery, and he thought this could be done.

Mr. K. MCLEOD did not think that there would be much difficulty in getting the matter attended to, as they could get the same person who now carried the mail to Port Victoria to come around through the Hundred of Kilkerran as it would only be a detour of some two or three miles. He certainly thought they had a good case, especially as there were no fewer than three post offices in the Hundred of Waraultee.

The CHAIRMAN thought that there might be some little difficulty in getting some one to attend to the delivery, as generally it had to be done without any remuneration for the first year.

Mr. GORDON proposed that for the southern portion of the Hundred, section 100 would be a convenient place and he thought Mrs. W. Moody would most probably be willing to attend to it. This section was on the road to Maitland and would only require a slight detour to be made by the mail from Maitland to Port Victoria.

Mr. J. HYDE seconded and the motion was carried.

Mr. JONES proposed that for the Northern end of the Hundred, section 90 or its vicinity be named, as it was a central position.

Mr. HENSCHKE seconded and the motion was carried.

Messrs. Kelly, Inglis and Gordon were appointed to take charge of the memorial for the Southern end, and Messrs. Jones, Henschke, Stone, Koch, Tilley, Bell and Gregory for the Northern end of the Hundred.

After some discussion it was also resolved to petition the Government to proclaim that unsurveyed scrub lands in the Northern portion of the Hundred, a public reserve, as it was of but little use for any purpose than that of obtaing timber from, and was moreover, the only place from whence the settlers could obtain timber.

A vote of thanks was presented to the Chairman and a most orderly meeting was brought to a close.


Tuesday 3 September 1878, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

August 24. A rather painful accident occurred to Mr. E. Hyde, jun., on Tuesday last. It seems that he ran with great force against a wire fastened across a panel, which he had failed to notice, and dislocated his right breast bone. Dr. Brown, of Maitland, attended to the injury, and Mr. Hyde is progressing favourably.

The members of the Church of England are about to erect a small place of worship here, and it is said that the Independent are about to build another.

ACCIDENT.—Mr. Robert Hyde, junr. of Kilkerran was the subject of a nasty accident on Tuesday last. Being in attendance at Mr. Gebhert's sale he and his brother were going into the garden, and seeing the gate open they thought they would have a short race. Unfortunately a wire was stretched across the top of the gate posts and not seeing it Mr. Hyde ran against it and his right breastbone was displaced. He was brought on to Mr. Pearce's Hotel at Maitland where he is doing well under the care of Dr. Ross-Brown.


Friday 22 November 1878, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

November 16, 1878. Since my last we have had several thunderstorms, but with little rain ; in fact, we have not had any rain of any consequence for months, but notwithstanding this the crops are very good indeed, except where affected with rust. The western division of the Hundred is almost free from rust, whilst the eastern portion and the greater part of Maitland district is very badly affected. Numbers of farmers in Maitland are cutting down the whole of their crops for hay.

A meeting was held at our township on the 21th ult., to take into consideration the necessary steps in reference to the erection of an Episcopalian church. The Rev. Mr. Corban presided, and several very handsome offers were and different sites proposed. The business matters were then postponed for a fortnight to enable the site to be definitely settled.

The constructors of the telegraph party are now busy at work, and anticipate completing the line from Maitland to Port Victoria in about a month.

We have had some very hot weather lately, last Wednesday being the hottest day we have had this season.


Friday 13 December 1878, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

December 9, 1878. Reaping is now general in this Hundred, and I am sorry to say tbe crops are not turning out anything like the farmers anticipated. Six or seven bushels will be about tbe average or even less, while some of the fine heavy looking crops about Maitland are almost a complete failure; one crop in particular, about 300 acres, stood as high as the fence, and judging from appearance, one might think it would average 15 or 18 bushels per acre, but the greater portion is now reaped, and the yield, to the disappointment of the owner, is only three and a half bushels per acre. The wheat buyers at Port Victoria are beginning to exercise a good deal of activity in the way of preparations for the busy time. I hear there is a vessel chartered to be loaded for England from this Port. We have no less than five or six buyers this year. I think the principal buyers will be Mr. H. Hincks and Messrs. Darling & Co's. agent, as they have the best accommodation.

On Saturday, the 8th inst., we were visited by a most severe thunderstorm—the heaviest that has been in this neighbourhood for years. It lasted about half an hour accompanied by little rain.


Monday 30 December 1878, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

December 16. The reaping machines are now at work in every direction, and should the weather continue fine many farmers will have nearly finished by the end of the year. I am sorry to say that the yield is very disappointing, and it is now ascertained that the rust did much more damage than was generally supposed. Some crops that expected to yield nine or ten bushels have when cleaned given only six, and in one case even much less. The example generally is good, but the price is low, and those farmers who are able to hold will do so, as at the present price many crops would not pay expenses.

December 19. Every one is busy reaping ; but I am sorry to say the yield is not so good as was anticipated, the most likely-looking crops turning out worst.

The folks in the northern portion of Kilkerran are very anxious to have a school. The authorities were spoken to some time ago, but the matter has been shelved from time to time. A memorial has been sent in to the Government requesting it as a matter of right and justice. The memorial sets forth that within three miles there are forty-four children of a school-going age growing up absolutely without any means of education, and the memorialists request that a fair proportion of the public funds sufficient to erect a plain suitable building be devoted to this work. Land in a central position has been offered, and it is to be hoped that the Minister of Education will bestir himself in the matter speedily and have the building ready for the autumn.

There are many complaints about the Wakefield not reaching Port Adelaide in time for the North train. The delays at Maitland and Ardrossan could be obviated if the captain and driver of the conveyance chose.


Tuesday 14 January 1879, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

January 4, 1879. On New Year's Day a public tea meeting took place at the farm of Messrs. Gordon and Phillips in connection with the Congregational Church of this place, but owing to the excessive heat in the afternoon the attendance was not nearly as large as was expected. The people about the town did not much care driving out in the heat and dust, whilst fanners took advantage of securing such a fine reaping day. The tea was held in a large booth erected expressly for the purpose. The trays were provided by Mesdames Moody, Gordon, Pillips, Jackson, and the display of eatables was a credit to the ladies. In the evening a meeting took place, presided over by the Rev. J. J. Kuhn, when a suitable address and the proceeds of the tea were handed to the pastor, the Rer. R. W. Bayley, as a new year's gift.

The farmers are still busy pushing ahead with their reaping. Many of the crops to the disappointment of the owners are proving almost a complete failure. I hear of several crops only averaging two bushels, while a few average but little more. If the Hundred averages four bushels it will be the outside. Although the yield is small this year the sample is really first-class.

The water supply is again running short, and the farmers have to leave their work and commence the old tedious and laborious water hauling from Port Pearce.


Saturday 8 February 1879, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1868 - 1881) Trove

January 30. Kilkerran is situated on the western coast of Spencer's Gulf, commanding a beautiful view of the gulf from the Tipara Reefs to Wauraltie Island. The distant ranges on the Port Lincoln coasts are also discernible to the eye on a clear evening, and at sunset they present a magnificent picture. As far as prospect and situation are concerned the selectors of Kilkerran cannot complain. — Again the harvest operations have drawn to a close, and I am sorry to say with almost as little success as the previous harvest. The farmers anticipated a very fair average during the spring months, when the crops wore the appearance of an abundant and prosperous yield ; but that much-dreaded and almost invisible enemy, red rust, stepped in and destroyed right and left. The average of the hundred this year will be something like five bushels an acre, and the quality is excellent— in fact, the finest I have seen this year. Large quantities of wheat have already arrived at Port Victoria, where we have no less than six or seven wheatbuyers. Seventeen or eighteen thousand bags have already been bought at this pprt, and I understand two vessels are chartered to be loaded from here direct for England. The scarcity of water is again being experienced. Almost every drop of water which was preserved either for private or public use is quite exhausted, and the laborious work of water-hauling from Point Pearce has commenced. For the last four or five days several large bush fires have been raging in this neighborhood. The largest is somewhere near the Urania Plains, and the others are in the Kalkabury and Maitland scrubs. I have heard of no serious damage excepting the destruction of some few miles of fencing.— The weather for the last few days has been something dreadful ; excessively hot, accompanied by hot winds. On Wednesday, at half past 2 in the afternoon, the thermometer reached as high as 125° in the shade.


Tuesday 10 June 1879, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

June 3, 1879. Again is the busy time or tilling operations drawing to a close. The greater number of farmers in this Hundred have already finished, and the first sown fields are now beginning to wear their beautiful green appearance. We have had abundance of rain this year; the land has been thoroughly saturated, so that the young plant has every chance so far.

It is with regret I have to record the death of the wife of Mr. S. Moody, J.P., who died very suddenly early on Sunday morning last. Mrs. Moody, who has for two years been in a weak state of health, was recommended a change of air, consequently Mr. Moody left his residence at Two Wells and came to Kilkerran, but unfortunately now all hopes are gone, although the deceased lady had often spoke of feeling much stronger and in better health since she settled here. Although she only arrived amongst us last November she had won the friendship of all who had pleasure of her acquaintance. On Thursday and Friday symptoms set in for the worse and rapidly increased until 6 o'clock on Sunday morning when she expired. The funeral procession was very large. The remains were interred in the Maitland cemetery, the burial service being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Bayley assisted by the Rev. J. J. Kuhn. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family in the severe loss they have sustained. It is also painful to have to record a second death this week, that of Mr. Hofferichter, sen., one of the first residents in this neighbourhood. His death occurred about the same time as Mrs. Moody's, but I am unable to furnish you with particulars.


Tuesday 1 July 1879, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

Juno 23. Sowing is nearly completed, the majority or farmers having finished some time. The early-sown crops are looking very well. Owing to the great loss of time through watcr-carting there is not a large increase In the acreage sown.

Our new township, Balgowan, was offered for sale lately, but the land will not largely (peculated in, money, I suppose, being too scarce.

The proposal of the Government to give selectors the option of taking a perpetual lease of their holdings finds favour with a good many farmers, who consider that the present system of purchasing the freehold makes too great a demand upon them ; the proposed rate of interest is, however, looked upon as too high, 4 per cent, being thought enough, considering how the profits on farming have dwindled down of late years.


Saturday 28 August 1880, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

August 20. The crops in this hundred are loob'ng exceedingly well this season. We have been favoured with abundance of rain, and the tanks and dams are overflowing with water. The area of this hundred comprises up wards of one hundred square miles, the greater portion of which is good arable land. It has been taken up in two separate portions: the western portion was taken up about five years ago, and the eastern a few years previously. The selectors had great hardships to contend with in making provisions for water supply. In fact, the first two years was almost en tirely devoted to that task; however, that difliculty is now overcome, and farmers find that their time and money is not lost, for everywhere throughout the hundred they have now a plentiful supply. The market for disposing of our produce is Port Victoria, a beautiful little port at the lower end of the hundred, where wheat is exported direct for England. Upwards of 65,000 bags of wheat have been delivered at Port Victoria this year, and nine vessels have left here with cargoes for the English market.

A Farmers' Association has been established at Port Victoria with upwards of thirty members, and another in the northern end of Kilkerran has just been formed. Mr. Solomon Moody, J. P., was appointed Chairman, Mr. Phelps Vice-chairman, Mr. John Kelly Secretary, and Mr. Gregory Treasurer.


Tue 7 Sep 1880, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A correspondent writes from KiIkerran as follows.—In fifteen weeks we shall be in a position to ship wheat from our port Balgowan, but alas for Governmental promises the tenders for the jetty are not even yet out. ... I notice some person writing to you about the school here, says that the teacher, a rumour reports is to fill the position of Head Master, is a farmer who has to manage a farm of between 2000 and 3000 acres. The facts of the case are, that the teacher is a highly certificated teacher for 11 years under the Education Department and although he, like many other teachers, has invested his savings in land, the farms have of course been managed by other people, so that his presence is not absolutely necessary at all. He amuses himself in cultivating a small piece near his residence, this year the large extent of 20 acres has been sown, so the absurdity lies in the statement of your informant, who if he lives in the neighborhood must be aware of the real state of the case. I merely trouble you with these particulars as such a statement uncontradicted would lead to an erroneus impression.


Sat 18 Jun 1881, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

A meeting of this branch was held on June 9, Mr. W. H. Kelly (President) being in the chair. It was unanimously resolved that a deputation wait on the Commissioner of Public Works for the purpose of pointing out the absolute necessity of having Balgowan Jetty lengthened to such an extent as will render it of use to the surrounding farmers for shipping their wheat, as at present it was next to useless for that purpose. It was considered that the Hundred of Kilkerran had a perfect right to this small expenditure at the hands of the Government, as tbe jetty at present was the only work there of any consequence, hitherto comparatively nothing having been done for that hundred. Certainly there was a miniature schoolhouse, which, had the "powers that be" extended their liberality so far, might have been furnished with a set of wheels, and then the teacher when he felt so disposed could hitch on a horse and obtain fresh scenery, to the mutual enjoyment of himself and family. It was also resolved, on the motion of Mr. S. Moody, J.P., that necessary steps be taken to get the parent Society, in conjunction with the various branches, to make their wishes known as to the manner in which the future disposal of Crown lands should take place. Mr. Moody considered the present system of disposing by auction ruinous to the farming interests of the colony, and that the system of disposing by lot was more equitable, the main thing aimed at being to let the elector get the land for the upset price.


Thu 8 Sep 1881, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

Meeting held on September 1, Mr. W. H. Kelly in the chair. The question from the Central Committee — 'Are you in favour of the interest on purchase money of credit selections going towards the principal'?— was brought forward. The proposition on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. The Chairman suggested that as takeall was appearing in the crops it would be well to ascertain if Professor Custance would analyze samples of soil taken from some of the diseased places and ascertain the cause and perhaps suggest a cure. The suggestion was approved of, and the Secretary was desired to write accordingly.


Sat 21 Jan 1882, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889)

January 7. Reaping is now in full swing here, and the results are rather discouraging. Although on some of the more clayey soils towards Maitland the farmers have received a fair reward for their labor, the calcareous soils towards the coast have yielded but scanty crops, from 3 to 5 bushels being the general run. The early mullenised land as usual turned out well, Mr. Greenslade getting 16 bushels, Mr. Small 15, and Mr. Miller 15, and several others from 9 to 12. There was little or no rain after July, so that the late mullenised was almost as bad as the plains. The wheat has still to go down to Port Victoria, the jetty at Balgowan being much too short to be of use. — A few cases of whooping cough having occurred amongst the children caused the school to be closed somewhat earlier than usual, but the health of the neighborhood on the whole is good. — The school under Mr. C. W. Wood gives great satisfaction, and it is to be hoped that the little wooden erection where at present the master, mistress, and family, and from thirty to forty children are ' cribbed, cabined, and confined' in this sultry weather will give place to a roomy stone structure. — The want of water is much felt here. A Government dam at North Kilkerran would be a boon.


Fri 3 Feb 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

Feb. 1—Reaping in this district is now completed and as many farmers have finished winnowing also the results of the harvest can now be told with tolerable accuracy, and may be described as the worst we have had since our first settlement. The disappointment felt at the miserable returns for a years labor is great, as until the winnowers go to work the crops were expected to yield much better than they have done. As far as I have been able to ascertain the majority of farmers have, obtained about a bag to the acre, while some have less. Of course there are a few who have had a good crop, chiefly in 'Mullinlzed' land. One farmer who had nearly two hundred acres of scrub land treated in that way reaped from it twelve bushels per acre, but as these cases are very few. I think they will not much increase the general average, which may be set down at from four to four and a half bushels per acre.

Farmers' supplies of water are just exhausted and we are apparently on the eve of a water famine.


Sat 8 Apr 1882, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

Meeting held on March 22, in the Kilkerran Schoolhouse. It was considered that holding future meetings in the above mentioned place or in that locality, being a more central position, would in all probability command a much better attendance. Mr. W. H. Kelly, Chairman for the past year, presided. After a brief explanation by the Secretary of the position of the branch financially and otherwise, which was considered satisfactory, Mr. W. H. Kelly was reelected Chairman for the present year. Messrs. H. Elliott and J. M. Henschke were elected Vice-Chairman, and Mr. John Kelly was re-elected Secretary. It was thought advisable, as the duties of the Treasurer for the past had not proved onerous, that the Secretary should act in that capacity; also, it was resolved, after taking into consideration the depressed state of the times, that the subscription-fee to be paid by members for the ensuing year should be only such as would meet the Central Committee's demands and clear the working expenses of the branch, which had hitherto proved very light.


Tue 13 Jun 1882, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)

June 5. The present is one of the best seeding seasons we have had on the Peninsula, there being abundance of rain to bring the seed up quickly, and the weather at the same time being mild, so that the young crops are looking remarkably well. Sowing will generally be completed in about a week, and although farmers lost much time by water carting, most of them seem to have made up for it somehow, and I think there will be quite as much land under crop this season as there was in the past one. The Government are taking steps to provide a water supply against future droughts, and tenders have been called for the excavation of a large dam, which if completed in time for the winter rains will be a great boon. The Episcopalians have lately commenced holding divine service in the schoolhouse, under the ministry of the Rev. F. Richmond. There is a good attendance. The Wesleyans and Congregationalists also hold services at other places, so that with two schools our religious and educational wants are well provided for.


Wed 23 Aug 1882, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

August 14. we have had splendid soaking rains during the last few weeks, and the crops could hardly look better, the early-sown quite covering the ground, and giving promise, if the season continues favourable, of a much better crop than we have had for the last few years. There is a good supply of water in dams and tanks, so that except on the score of feed, which is very backward, farmers hare little to grumble at. A memorial has been numerously signed in favour of extending the jetty at Balgowan, the natural outlet for a portion of this and the adjoining hundreds, and I understand it is to be presented shortly by a deputation of settlers from the districts interested..........


Fri 1 Sep 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

Like all Englishmen I commence with the weather. We have no reason to complain, for we have been favored with bountiful showers of rain so far. which have had a beneficial effect upon the crops in the hundred......

Meanwhile time waits for no man. 1. observe that steps have also been taken to get a main line of road from North Western Kilkerran through the unsurveyed land in the hundred of Tipara direct to Moonta, which I consider an excellent idea, and if declared and constructed will be a great boon to this neighbourhood.......


Fri 15 Sep 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

September 11 —The warm weather we have had lately has made a great improvement in the crops, and those on mullenized land are almost too rank, a good fault however, as they will make heavy hay-crops. Feed is still rather backward....

On Saturday the 9th. the Kilkerrans tried conclusion with a team of the natives at Port Pearce, but owing to the excellent howling and fielding of their dusky opponents were defeated by runs. The natives at Point Peirce Mission Nation seem much disturbed at the prospect of being removed from the Peninsula announced by the Commissioner of Crown Lands. They say they will not leave....


Fri 22 Sep 1882, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

September 14,1882.

Just dow we ate having a visit of Mr. Mathew Burnett, the great temperance advocate. Yesterday afternoon he conducted a religious meeting at the Point Pearce Aboriginal Mission Station. Numbers of the settlers living near the station attended the meeting, the large school-room was quite crowded. In the evening Mr. Burnett went on to Port Victoria (six miles distant), and was well received there. The meeting was held in Mr. Henry Hincks wheat store. Again this afternoon at the mission Mr. Burnett held a thorough temperance meeting, as also yesterday afternoon; many of the friends and neighbours were present; the natives sang several temperance songs. Mr. Burnett was quite surprised and delighted with the conduct of the aborigines. At the close of the meeting no less than sixty signed and took the red ribband badge. Tonight again Port Victoria is to be visited, and on Friday at Maitland there is to be a grand demonstration and torch-light procession, which concludes Mr. Burnett's work on the Peninsula, which indeed, has been without a doubt a work of great success.

Fears are being entertained that there is a probability of the Point Pearce Mission property being disposed of by the Government. According to the speeches by some of our members of Parliament in the Assembly the other day, they speak very lightly on this subject. Should the Government decide to dispose of this, their last few paltry acres of all their own natural free and vast Australian lands, it will not only reflect an unfeeling spirit shown to the poor submissive natives, but be a disgrace to the country. Great credit is due to.Mr. Sutton, the present missionary and manager, who has endeavoured to do all in his power to make the estate profitable and successful.

Last Saturday week a cricket match was played between the Port Victoria and Kilkerran clubs, which resulted in a victory for the latter; and on Saturday last a grand match was played between the Aboriginal Mission club and the Kilkerran club. The natives who have really a first-class club, totally defeated the Kilkerranitea.

The crops are looking first rate, and the weather is all that could be desired at present.


Sat 4 Nov 1882, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889)

October 23. Last Sunday and Monday we were blest with a copious fall of rain, which penetrated the ground beyond plough depth, and our dams and tanks are once more overflowing. This rain will do a deal of good to the late crops. — On Sunday and Monday last the anniversary services and tea meeting in connection with the Kilkerran Congregational Church were held, and notwithstanding the bad state of the weatner were well attended. The church was tastefully dressed with flowers and evergreens, and the tables were florally decorated. In the evening a public meeting was held, over which Mr. Jones presided. The Maitland choir rendered a service of song, and various speakers addressed the meeting. A comprehensive vote of thanks brought the meeting to a close. — Whilst Mr. Stone and Mr. Whitelaw were returning from the meeting in the buggy of the former they were run into by a cart. The buggy was turned round and thrown on its side, but its occupants received no hurt. The buggy was less fortunate, one axle being very much bent or broken. — Haymaking will soon commence. A good deal of black rust has shown itself in the early-sown crops. Fallowing is in full swing, — It is a pity nothing is being done to make the Balgowan jetty available for the shipment of wheat. Meeting after meeting has been held, and a deputation has waited on the proper persons, but all to no apparent purpose. This is a great hardship to the inhabitants of Kilkerran, Tipara, and Maitland.


Fri 24 Nov 1882, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

November 20. Harvest is fast approaching, the hot winds having hastened the ripening of the crops without, I am happy to say, doing much harm, as they, were soon followed by refreshing rain. Hay cutting is completed, the yield being moderate, about 16 or 17 cwt. to the acre being the average, which is much better than many other districts. Reading the gloomy accounts which appear in your columns from so many of the Northern districts makes farmers here feel thankful, for although the crops undoubtedly suffered from the drought during September, yet they never lost their greenness, and but few blighted patches are to be seen, and those only on scrub land where there had been a strong fire. Some of the 'mullesized' crops are looking splendid, several promising 18 to 20 bushels. I think the general average of the district will bo about 3 bushels of a first-class sample. A large reservoir has been made by the Government, but too late for the winter rains. Ths settlers generally have a good supply of water. A District Council has been suggested, but the idea meets with little favour, our roads being naturally good.

The Crops at Kilkerran.

Tue 5 Dec 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

We have been informed that reaping has commenced at Kilkerran. Mr. Moody reaped a portion of one of his paddocks last week from which he obtained 13 bushels. The land was mullenised. We understand the crops throughout the hundreds of Kilkerrau and Maitland promise to yield far larger returns than have been realised duriug either of the past three or four years. As this district has been favored with copious rains during the season, and all the tanks and dams are full, the farmers will be able to give the whole of their attention to harvest operations, without being troubled with carting water from long distances.

Road, from Moonta to Kilkerran.

Fri 8 Dec 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

The Secretary to the Commissioner of Crown Lands writes to the Moonta Corporation :—I am desired by the Commissioner to inform you in reply to your letter of the 14th ultimo, that the road from Moonta to the Hundred of Kilkerran has now been surveyed and tenders are invited for clearing.


Tue 12 Dec 1882, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

December 9.—Reaping commenced here more than a week ago, but as the weather has been unfavorable there has not been much progress made. What has been reaped has yielded well, in some instances as high as 16 or 17 bushels per acre.....


Sat 2 Jun 1883, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

May 29. This is the moss promising season we have bad since the settlement of tho hundred, and all the crops that were put in early look well. The dams are all overflowing. The Balgowan jetty and road from Maitland to it are still in status quo, a hindrance to the sale of the Government land in the neighborhood, and a reproach to the Government which have received so many thousands of pounds from the settlers in the neighborhood to whom they have given as good as nothing for their money. I suppose we shall have to take our wheat all the way to Port Victoria again next harvest. — The health of the settlers is good.


Sat 11 Aug 1883, Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Trove

The Kilkerran Athletic Sports were held last Wednesday. The weather was all that could be desired. The spectators were not so numerous this year as last, no doubt owing to the late season. But over a hundred were present and a good sprinkling of the fair sex. The proceedings were enlivened by the Maitland Brass Band. A refreshment booth was on the ground, kept by Mr A. C. Miller, and was fairly patronized. No accident happened excepting the loss of a few pies by a young gentleman whose horse requiring refreshment took a short cut for the stables clearing the fence. Every event was well contested as will be seen by the numerous entries; and one thing worthy of remark was that there were no disputes, excepting that in the three legged race: a dog interfered and tried to liberate two of the men, and in so doing took away half the pants off one of the competitors. The 150 yards handicap was a quick race—16 seconds. The committee would do well to roll or clear some of the tussocks, in future. Another suggestion might be given that the events when advertised should state whether competitors may use weights; whether the football kicking be 'drop' or 'place', and other similar conditions which materially affect the results to many who may compete. Some grand jumping was done in the standing high jump. 1st Event, Maidens, 100 yards, 6 entries, concertins, 15s, M. Meilan ; 7s 6d, T. Miller. Trial Handicap, 150 yards, 7 entries, 25s and 10s, won by H. Jury and M. Maloney. 3 legged Race, 100 yards, 5 entries, 19s and 5s, won by A. and J. Meyerhoff, and W. Moody and W. Muddke. Handicap, 150 yards, 11 entries, 20s, and pipes J. Meyerhoff and Budich. Boys Race, 100. yards, 11 entries, 5s, 4s, 3s, 2s 6d, S. Moody, P. Meilan, G. Moody and W. O'Grady. Sack Race, 100 yards, 4 entries,. 10s and 5s, P. Meilan and J. Meyerhoff. 220 yards Handicap, 7 entries, 20s and 10s, M. Maloney and E. W. Moody. Halfhour Go-as-you please, 4 entries, 30s 20s and 10s, J. Maloney (4| miles) E. Maloney and M Maloney. Throwing' cricket ball, prize, a cricket ball, B. Moody, 93 yards 6 inches. Tilting,, 19 entries, prize, stock-whip, H. Jury; pair spurs, J. Maloney. Kicking the Football, 4 entries, J. Meyerhoff, 10s. Obstacle Race, A. Meyerhoff," a pig; J. Meyerhoff, a stock-whip handle, F. Cleft, 5s. Standing High Jump, 8 entries, A. Meyerhoff, 10s. 4ft. 7.5 inches, J. Meyerhoff, 5s ; Hurdle Race, 20s. and 10s. A. Meyerhoff and J. Meyerhoff. Messrs J. Maloney, W. Jury and J. Whitelaw, as judges, gave every satisfaction, Mr A. Clift ably earned out the duties of Secretary.


Tue 23 Oct 1883, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

October 19 The Anniversary Services in connect with the lately completed Congregational Church at Kilkerran were conducted on Sunday last by the Rev. Webber. The attendances were good. On Monday evening there was a large tea meeting followed by a public meeting at which addresses were delivered by the Rev, Chapman and Webster and Messrs McCaulay, and Cornish. The chair was occupied by Mr W. H. Hussey. The building has been erected at a cost of £200 It is a stone edifice 26 by 16ft., with a seating capacity for 70. The proceeds of tea and collections amounted to £12. In addition to this £30 more have been gathered by the Misses Moody and Mr Inglis. There only now remains a trust debt of £21 on the building. The Maitland Congregational choir rendered valuable assistance towards the carrying out of a very successful anniversary services.

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 1884.

Sat 16 Feb 1884, Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888) Trove

(Before His Worship the Major and H. Lamahed J. P.)

Frederick Wilhelm Heinrich was charged by Ranger Noble with lighting stubble on his land in the Hundred of Kilkerran on the 2nd day of February, 1884, and not taking the necessary precaution to guard against the same, contrary to the Bush Fires' Act of 1864 and 1882.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

Fined £3 and costs £1.


Sat 1 Nov 1884, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

October 18. The old saying of "Accidents do not come singly" has been exemplified in this township lately. No sooner had the poor man Sanders (who was killed through being thrown from a trap) been consigned to his last resting place than a man working for a farmer named Jury, of Kilkerran, had the misfortune while cutting down scrub to let the axe slip, cutting his foot terribly, with the result that four of his toes have had to be amputated, Dr. Elphick successfully performing the operation. The third misfortune happened to a man name Lofting, ostler at the Yorke Valley Hotel, who by some means fell out of one of the windows of the hotel, breaking the small bones of his shoulder.


Sat 17 Jan 1885, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

The following selections were surrendered in terms of Act 518 of 1984:—

Hundred Kilkerran, County Fergusson—Sees. lBBN, 360 acres, Samuel Butler Moody, Kilkerran, farmer.

Hundred Kilkerran, County Fergusson—Sees. 164E, 165,372 acres, Israel Joseph Moody, Kilkerran, farmer; sec 167,168E, 639 acres, William Alexander, Kilkerran, farmer.

Hundred Kilkerran, County Fergusson— Sections 67w, 56, containing 523 acres, H. C. Lucz, £1 0s. 6d. per acre ; original price, £1 2s.



Fri 13 Feb 1885, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A public trial of the Damp Thresher, invented by Mr Jno. Kelly of Kilkerran, took place on February 4. As the day turned out excessively hot, a trial of such an invention was not deemed a fair test, consequently there was not a large attendance, but those who were present spoke in complimentary terms of the invention, and were of an opinion that the principle and mode of construction were such as to render it next to impossible for the wheat to escape being threshed. The Thresher is placed in a position about midway immediately under the roof of the stripper to which place the neck of the machine is extended for the wheat to pass up. The following will be found a correct description of the invention :—First there is an iron spindle about 1 inch and a quarter thick, into which are riveted spikes five inches long of square steel five 16ths of an inch thick, placed cornerwise 7/8 of an inch apart in a straight line to a distance of half way along the spindle, the same is continued on the other half but on the opposite side. Then a comb is placed in the roof of the machine pointing downwards. the teeth of which are of a similar length and distance apart to exactly correspond with the spikes on the spindle through which the latter revolves. The teeth of the so called comb are made of strong hoop iron placed on edge, presenting a sharp front to the revolving spikes. These parts are enclosed in a sort of semicircular cage made of No 5 fencing wire or spring steel of a like thickness placed in a perpendicular position half an inch apart, starting at the comb above, encircling the spikes when in motion, as closely as possible terminating at a fixture underneath the spindle forming a true half circle. The spiked spindle is driven by a pulley worked by the ordinary belt of the stripper, so second belt being needed (being so light of draught) and revolves in the same direction as the beaters, and to prevent the wheat from getting in contact with the spikes in their forward motions above, a protection is placed in front with a gradual incline to the level of the spindle. The wheat is threshed in the following manner:—The heads passing from the beaters into the cage above are retained by the closely fixed wires, their progress being then stopped are carried upwards by the revolving spikes, and with lightening rapidity are torn to pieces by the comb over head, effectually separating the wheat from the chaff, which the wires then allow of a free exit. The inventor states that there is not the remotest possibility of the wheat and chaff accumulating in the cage as the threshing power within is so great, and is of opinion that the cage will admit of free egress of any crop that the beaters of the ordinary stripper will take in. He also asserts that when the wheat and chaff rise to the level of the cage it packs nicely round it outside, the machine continuing to fill until the wheat reaches the roof. The simplicity of the invention, lightness of draught, coupled with the comparatively small cost with which it can be attached to the ordinary strippers now in use, may fairly recommend it to public notice.


Sat 14 Feb 1885, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

An inquest on the fire that occurred at Kilkerran on Wednesday, February 4, and destroyed several hundreds of pounds' worth of valuable timber, fencing, feed, &c,, principally belonging to Hastings Brothers, was held at Kilkerran on Monday, February 9. Mr. H. Lamshed, J.P., acted as Coroner, and Mr. Phelps was foreman of the Jury. Evidence was adduced, and the Jury returned the following verdict:—"That the said fire started in Section 111 in the Hundred of Kilkerran South, bnt that there is not sufficient evidence to show how it originated. We would add that we are unanimously of opinion that the fire was lit by some person or persons unknown."


Sat 14 Feb 1885, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

Road from Balgowan.—On Thursday, February 5, Mr. W. H. Beaglehole, M.P., presented to the Commissioner of Crown Lands (Hon. T. Playford) a petition signed by twelve residents in the Hundreds of Tipara and Kilkerran,praying that the road between Sections 85, 86, 87, 145, 146, and 143, Hundred of Kilkerran, might be cleared, so as to allow them to cart their produce to Balgowan or Port Victoria. By the present route the distance is four or five miles more than it would be if the work asked were done. Mr. Playford promised to give the matter his earliest consideration.

MOODY.—On the 9th October, at his residence, Kilkerran (Y.P.), John, the dearly beloved husband of Mary Moody, in his 70th year. A colonist of 34 years. His end was peace.


Fri 6 Nov 1885, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A very sudden death occurred on the road between. Kilkerran and Port Victoria on Monday. It appears that Mr. C. F. Dutschke, a much respected farmer, was proceeding to the Port with his son, when he complained of feeling unwell, and on the horse being pulled up got out of the cart and falling down became almost immediately insensible, breathing stentoriously for about three minutes, when life was observed to be extinct. His son then drove away for help. Mr. Arthur Short, J.P., accompanied by Lance Corporal Noble, proceeded to the spat, and having made careful enquiries in the neighbourhood, an inquest was not deemed neccessary, the deceased having complained frequently of late of being unwell. The funeral took place at the pretty little cemetery, South Kilkerran, a large concourse of friends and neighbours attending, evincing the very great respect in which the deceased was held. The Rev. Hopman from Yorketown, conducted the funeral service and the scene was made the more impressive through the rendering of the Dead March in Saul by the Kilkerran Brass Band, which also assisted in the singing at the grave. — The funeral arrangements were under the charge of Messrs. Swam & Son of this town.—The German Sunday School Examination Picnic was held on the morning of the same day on the ground opposite the school, many having attended from a considerable distance, but it is needless to say the sudden demise and funeral of so prominent a neighbor referred to above, leavened the joyous feeling usual on such occasions.—In connection with the Congregational Church, an exhibition of flowers and plants cultivated by children will take place on Saturday next, 7th inst., on the grounds of the A. H. and F. Society, and will be open to the public at 12 noon. The Rev. J. R. Fergusson, late of Golden Grove will conduct three services in the church on Sunday, the afternoon service partaking of a floral nature.—Mr. Hincks, of Port Victoria, gives his annual pic-nic to the Church of England Sunday School children on Monday, 9th inst., and has extended his invitation to the teachers and scholars of the same denomination in Maitland. The pic-nic takes place at Point Pearce and is certain to be a greatsuccess.


November 2.Mr. C. F. Dutchke, farmer, of Kilkerran, and an old resident, died suddenly this afternoon. Yesterday morning be had a fit, but felt better this morning. He was being driven to Victoria, and when about half way there he got out, saying he was not well. He then laid down and expired quietly. The cause of death is supposed to be apoplexy. The weather is very warm.


Fri 8 Jan 1886, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

Mr. Solomon Moody, farmer, of Kilkerran. brother of Mr. D. Moody, M.P., suffered heavy loss by fire on Tuesday evening, when by some unknown cause his haystack containing about 70 tons, together with stable and shed, were totally destroyed. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. Moody, who was uninsured.


Sat 13 Mar 1886, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

March 6. A hired-out boy from the Destitute Asylum, employed by Mr. Alfred Ward, farmer, of Kilkerran, met with a painful accident this morning. A tank of water fell from a dray on to his leg, causing a compound fracture above the ankle. The lad was attended to by Dr. Elphick, who ordered his removal to the Wallaroo Hospital.


Sat 29 May 1886, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

Ardrosaan. May 28. A sad accident happenea here on Wednesday afternoon to Mr. Ulrich, a redient of Kilkerran. Whilst watering his horse attached to a spring-dray, the animal became suddenly frightened, and bolted. Mr. Ulrich tried to hold the animal, but he eventually fell. The wheel of the loaded dray passed over his thigh and fractured it. He was at once taken to Maitland by Messrs. Rice and Petersen to Dr. Elphick, where he was quickly attended to. He is 67 years of age.


An accident of a very serious nature happened here to-day to Mr. Ulrich, of Kilkerran. The old gentleman, who is nearly seventy year of age, came here with a spring dray for a load of stuff, that came for him by one of the steamers from Adelaide. After loading he fed his horse and was leading it to Mr. Rice's tank to water it. The winkers were off, but the animal was still attached to the cart, and when near the tank it made a bolt. Mr. Ulrich pluckily held on to a rope which was round the horse's neck, until he was knocked off his feet. When he fell the wheel of the cart went over his thigh and broke it. He was speedily conveyed to the doctor at Maitland in Mr. Thomas' van in charge of Messrs F. B. Peterson and H. Rice. Every assistance was rendered to the poor old gentleman by those who witnessed the accident.


The man Ulrich, of Kilkerran South, who unfortunately met with such a serious accident a week or so ago at Ardrossan through his horse bolting with a loaded dray, which knocked him down, the wheel passing over him and breaking his thigh, is progressing as well as can be expected under the doctor's care for an old man over 70 years of age. Strange to say, about fifteen years ago he unfortunately broke his other leg.

ELLIOTT—On the 30th May, at his son's residence. Port-road, Bowden, Matthew Elliott, late of Henley Beach, and father of Thos. Elliott, builder and undertaker, Bowden, and Henry Elliott, farmer, Kilkerran Y.P., age 78 years. Colonist of 48 years.


Wed 6 Apr 1887, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

April 5. A painful accident happened yesterday to a son of Mr. August Hoffrichter, of Kilkerran. While riding a horse over a fence the animal fell on his rider, breaking the unfortunate lad's wrist, besides inflicting other injuries. He was immediately brought to Maitland, and under the doctor's care is progressing satisfactorily.


Mon 14 Nov 1887, The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) Trove

Maitland, November 13. A youth named August Ruge, who was on a visit to some friends, met with a sad death this afternoon at South Kilkerran, Whilst bathing in a dam be dived, got out of his depth, and sank. Two friends brought his body out, and tried to restore animation, but without success. Dr. Can was in attendance as soon as possible, and pronounced life extinct. The deceased was deaf and dumb. An inquest will be held to morrow. His father was seized with a fit at about 7 o'clock tonight, and is not expected to recover.


Wed 16 Nov 1887, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Trove

An inquest was held on November 14 by Mr. A. Short, J.P., at Kilkerran South, on the body of Frederick Augustus Ruge, aged 19, son of Mr. John Frederick Ruge, of Yorketown, farmer. The evidence adduced showed that deceased with his father and brother were visiting Mr. H. C. J. Lutze. On Sunday afternoon about 2 deceased, who was deaf and dumb, went in company with A. Lutze and John Pitman to work some horses at a large dam on Mr. Lutze's farm. Deceased made signs to them that he would like to have a bathe. He then stripped and plunged into the water, floundered, and sank. His brother at once stripped, dived in, brought the body to the surface, and used measures to restore life, but all efforts failed. He immediately sent to Maitland for a doctor, who arrived in about an hour, and pronounced life extinct. Deceased was known to be an expert swimmer, and it is supposed that he either got stuck in the clay at the bottom of the dam, or else bad a fit, or got cramped. The Jury returned a verdict " That the deceased was accidently drowned, and that no blame is attachable to any one."

SHANNON.—On the 27th May, at Ynoo, near Maitland, Grace, wife of J. W. Shannon, and second daughter of S. Moody, Kilkerran, in her 26th year.


Tue 28 Apr 1891, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

April 27. Yesterday afternoon a little boy, the son of Mr. J. W, Shannon, met with a serious accident while driving with his parents to Mr.
Solomon Moody's, of Kilkerran. When close to the house the boy overbalanced himself and fell out of the buggy, causing a compound
fracture of the thigh. The little sufferer is getting on as well as possible.


Sat 5 Sep 1891, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

MAITLAND September 4. Another old resident of this district, Mr. Robert Whitelaw, farmer, of Kilkerran, passed away last night rafter, a week's illness from pleurisy. The funeral took place this afternoon and was largely attended, the cortege being about a mile long, arid including several Oddfellows, of which body the deceased was a member.


Sat 19 Sep 1891, South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895) Trove

September 13. Another death occurred in this district this afternoon, when Mr. John Edwards, farmer, Kilkerran, succumbed to an attach of pleurisy and influenza. The deceased had only been ill for nine days. He was highly respected throughout the district. Mr. Edwards had been assisting to nurse the late Mr. Robert) Whitelaw, his neighbor, when he took ill himself. He leaves a large family.

EDWARDS.—On the 13th September, at his residence. Kilkerran, Y.P., after a short illness, John, beloved husband of Emma Edwards, and third son of William Edwards, Brighton, in the 47 th year of his age.

May 11 1892, Mr. Stephen Kanalley, farmer, of Kilkerran, a resident of over 16 years, died this morning after a short illness, at the age of 41. Deceased, who was highly respected thronghont the district, leaves a wife and young family of six.


Thu 23 Feb 1893, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

A meeting of the creditors of F. H. Edwards, John N. Edwards, and Emma Edwards, trading as Edwards &. Co., of South Kilkerran. storekeepers, was held at the offices of Mr. J. E. Thomas on Wednesday, the 22nd inst Mr. C. M. Muirhead was elected Chairman, and it was decided that Edwards & Co. assign their estate to Messrs. William Longbottom, William Bickford, and Theodor Scherk, all of Adelaide, as trustees.


Sat 6 May 1893, South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895) Trove

Maitland, May 1. A painful accident happened to Mr. August Heilmann, farmer, of South Kilkerran, yesterday. He was out mustering horses when the girth broke, and he was thrown over the head of the horse he was riding and sustained a dislocated shoulder. The injured limb was set by Mr. LeCouteur, chemist, of Maitland. Nice showers of rain fell last night and today.


Tue 4 Jul 1893, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Trove

An Air-Tight Bedroom. Maitland, July 4. A narrow escape from suffocation occurred at Kilkerran on Saturday night to two young ladies, daughters of Mr. Samuel Moody. Before retiring they put a tin of hot coals in the bedroom, which had no fireplace. The girls were discovered early next morning in an unconscious and apparently dying state. Prompt restorative remedies were used, and they are now all right.


Fri 14 Jul 1893, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

July 3.—A sensational inquest has been very narroly avoided here lately. It appears that on Saturday last two daughters of Mr Samuel Moody of Kilkerran, feeling the effect of the cold weather decided to try a little warming process on going to bed. As there was no chimney in the room they got a tin of hot coals and without preparing for fresh air left it burning after they went into the land of dreams and forgetfulnness. The result was, that next morning they were in a dangerous condition and were only restored by the prompt attention of their friends.


Sat 12 Aug 1893, South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895) Trove

Maitland— July 29. Present— Messrs. A. Jarrett (chairman), H. R. Wundersitz, J. Smith, H. Bawden, Thos. Bowman, F. Pearce, and C. W. Wood (hon. sec.) The hon. sec. reported the destruction of portion of wheat crops at Kilkerran by a caterpillar which eats out the centre of the plant and buries by day in the soil. So far only crops on land left out of cultivation for two years or more were attacked. Messrs. Bawden and Bowman advised rolling as a remedy, and that a furrow should be ploughed around the affected spots. If that is not effectual mix 1 lb. Paris green, 3 lb. sugar, and 10 lb. bran or pollard with water to a paste, and drop pieces about the size of a nut at short intervals when the caterpillars are at work.

MOODY.— On the 17th November, at his father's home, Kilkerran, Solomon, fourth son of S. Moody, aged 22 years.


Fri 20 Dec 1895, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

As Mr. Kelly (of Kelly Bros. of Kilkerran), was removing his reaper from Messrs E. Major & Sons. shop, Moonta, on tuesday afternoon, the horses became restive and Mr Kelly was thrown down and one of the wheels of the machine passed over his legs breaking the small bone of one of his ankles. He was at once taken to Dr James who attended to him, and then was removed to the Globe Hotel. There seems to be cosiderable shock to the system, and it will be a while before he is able to get about his work again.


Fri 22 Jul 1898, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

The above match was played last Saturday on the Kilkerran Oval, the teams being selected from the Tipara and Kil -kerran Clubs. J. W. Moody was elected to captain the Smokers and G. Wood the Nonsmokers. The former won the toss and decided to bat. :— The scores are as follows:—

SMOKERS. W. Edwards .. 0 J. Bell 15, J. Mood 16, H. Lamshed 3, R. Hilton 4, R. Kitto 6, H. Edwards 0, H. Ormsby 4, Hoffrichter 0, O. Druinmoad .. 5, B. Kitto 7, Byes 2 Total ...65

NONSMOKERS. J. Kelly .. 0, E. Gregory 9, G. Wood 11, A. Moody, n.o. ... S. Edwards 4, B. Gregory 31, A. Wearing ... 15, A. Ferguson 0, J. Winderbank...11, B. Moody 0, G. Bell 0, Byes 10, Total ...164


Thu 5 Jan 1899, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Trove

MAITLAND, January-3.—A chapter of accidents occurred lately. Mr. Henry Lamshed, of Maitland, was thrown from his trap at Ardrossan and sustained a fracture of the collar-bone as well as a severe shaking. Mr. W. Kanaley, of Kilkerran, met with a painful accident whilst on his way from Port Victoria with a load of wheat. Mr. Kanaley was throwing water on the wheel of the wagon to prevent the tire coming loose whilst the team was in motion, when a young horse in the shafts made a plunge forward, and the team being fresh quickly started into a trot. Mr. Kanaley made an effort to get on the shafts of the wagon to get possession of the reins, but slipped, and the hind wheel passed ever a portion of his foot. Fortunately other teams were at hand, and came quickly to Mr. Kanaley's assistance, and coveved him to Maitland, where Drs. Dickenson and James attended to the sufferer. He is now doing as well as can be expected. Mr. R. Boncey whilst removing a winnowing-machine was struck by the lever and received a fracture of the collarbone.


Sat 11 Nov 1899, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Eudunda, November 9. On Friday morning last Messrs. A. and E. Lutz, of this town, received news of the death of their father, Mr. H. C. Lutz, at South Kilkerran. The deceased gentleman, who was about 70 years of age, was born at Harz Mountains, Germany, on May 10, 1830, and arrived in Port Adelaide in 1848. Mr. Lutz first settled at the Burra, and worked in the old Burra mine for some years. . He also visited the Victorian goldfields in the early fifties and was fairly successful. Returning to South Australia, he again visited the Burra, where he married Miss J. A. C. Lutze, after which he took up a farm near Hamilton, where he resided for 20 years. From there he went to South Kilkerran, where he carried on farming for about 25 years. He leaves a widow, seven sons, and two daughters, 37 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The cause of death was paralysis, from which he had suffered for ten weeks. The funeral, which took place at South Kilkerran, was largely attended, there being some 80 vehicles in the cortege. Pastor Hoopmann, Lutheran, officiated at the grave.



Fri 3 Aug 1900, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

The above teams met for the first time this season on the ground of the latter club on Saturday last. The Ports had a weak team out, and consequently Kilkerran scored an easy win. The following are the scores ;—


G. Hillier .. 0

T. Adams .. 50

F. Harris ... 62

W. Crocker ... 1

L. Adams ... 0

H. Newton ... 0

H. Hincks ... 9

L. McArthur ... 3

A. Hardy ... 2

J. Edmonds ...0

A. Hincks, n.o....

A. Bray ... 1


J. Moody ... 5

F. Harris ... 62

J. Milera ... 7

J. Bell ... 18

G. Wood, n.o. ... 50

J. Windebank ... 1

A. Moody, n.o.... 34

Sundries ... 2

Total ... 75 Bowling — Milera, 3 for 4 ; Gregory, 3 for 17.

Sundries ... 5

Total for 5...182 Bowling — Hardy, 4 for 80.


Sat 15 Mar 1902, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

March 6. The opening of the new Lutheran St. Paul's Church here took place on Sunday. A large number of people assembled. The service began by singing a choral in front of the church door. Miss Hoffrichter handed the key to Pastor Hoonmann of Yorketown, pastor of the St. Paul's congregation, who opened the door in the name of the Holy Trinity. The North Kilkerran choir, under the leadership of Mr. A. Zimmermann, teacher of the Kilkerran school, rendered songs in capital style. After the place of worship with all its contents had been sanctified by prayer three children were baptized at the new staurolite, and one little girl was named Pauline, after the new church. Pastor Hoopmann then held a short but touching service before the altar, and was followed by Pastor Harms, of Blumberg, who for the first time mounted the new pulpit and delivered an excellent address. In the afternoon the Rev. H. Kempe, of Balaklava preached. The ceremony was concluded by, elocution by the Rev. G. A. Heidenreich, jun., of Tanunda. The new edifice was erected by Mr. Traeger. It cost about £320 cash, but the members of the church delivered all the building material, such as stone, lime, sand, and water, and carried all other goods used from the nearest port free of charge. The interior is well furnished, and includes a good American organ and splendid silverplated candlesticks, crucifix, chalice, plate, and jug, and christening font. The collection on behalf of the building reached £18 7s. 6d.—The following day all the members of the St. Paul's Church and many other friends from far and near were invited to the residence of Mr. H. Koch, at North Kilkerran, who ceremonally celebrated the opening of his fine new house. The builder, Mr. W. Wehr, handed the key after a short address to the mistress of the house, who opened the door. Pastors Hoopmann and Harms addressed the gathering, and the choir sang several selections. The host and hostess looked after their guests admirably. In the afternoon Pastor Harms read an interesting report from the Lutheran missionary, Mr. Wiebush, who has started his work among the natives at the newly founded mission station on the west coast. A collection was raised for this work, and £6 10s. was given. There are at present 54 aboriginals at the Station.


Sat 12 Apr 1902, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

MAITLAND. April 5. A drowning accident occurred on the farm of Mr. Robert Dutschke, South Kilkerran, on Friday evening, the victim being Miss Bertha Louisa Koch, second daughter of Mr. H. Koch, farmer, of North Kilkerran. Miss Koch was engaged in pumping from a tank containing about 18 ft. of water, when she was seen by two little girls aged 7 and 9, daughters of Mr. Dutschke, to fall in. The elder one at once ran to the nearest neighbour, Mr. John Schrapel, Mr, and Mrs. Dutschke being away at the time. An hour or more elapsed before Mr. Schrapel reached the scene of the accident, and after some difficulty he got the lifeless body out of the tank. Dr. Nichols and P. T. Hiler were communicated with. No inquest was deemed necessary. The tank was covered over, excepting a small opening of 1 ft. 6 in. by"2 ft. close to where the pump was fixed. The deceased was 23 years of age. Much sympathy is felt for the parents and friends.


Sat 19 Apr 1902, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

MAITLAND. April 10. Mr, F. W. Heinrich, farmer, of South Kilkerran, met with an accident yesterday. He was driving quiet horses in a spring cart, and was visiting his son's residence, when the near horse took fright, shied, and upset the vehicle. Mr. Heinrich. was thrown out and sustained a fracture of the shoulders and was badly bruised. Dr. Nicholl is in attendance.


Sat 26 Jul 1902, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

July 24. Mr. F. W. Heinrich, an old and respected resident of South Kilkerran, passed, away this afternoon from the effects of an accident which occurred 15 weeks ago. Deceased was 69 years of age, and has left a widow, four sons, and two daughters. He had been farming for 47 years— 23 years on the Peninsula. Previously he was engaged in agricultural pursuits near Tanunda. Fortune had favoured him in his undertakings. He was noted for many kind acts to the poor in deserving cases.


Sat 9 Apr 1904, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mainland, March 30. Mr. H. Koch, of North Kilkerran, met with a serious accident yesterday while returning from Port Victoria. He slipped off his waggon, which was loaded with 1,000 bricks, and the wheels went over both legs. One leg was severely torn and had to be stitched. The ankle of the other leg is so swollen that at present the extent of the injury cannot be ascertained.


Fri 5 Aug 1904, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

Crushed in a tank. Melbourne, August 5. A man named Thomas Llyod, agea 34 years, met with a fatal accident last evening. In company of another man he was digging a tank for Mr. William Kanaley, of North Kilkerran, and was at work on a circular trench. When the trench was down 10 ft. the centre part gave way and crushed Lloyd against the outer part in a standing position. Death was instantaneous. His mate was on the surface at the time or he also must have been killed. An inquest was considered unnecessary. Lloyd was a single man and of steady habits. He was respected in the district. His father is unfortunately lying seriously ill.

LLOYD.—On the 4th August, at Kilkerran, accidentally killed,, Thomas Henry, second son of Josiah Lloyd, late of Yorke Valley, aged 36 years. No one knows how soon death may come.


Sat 8 Apr 1905, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Maitland. April 3. An old resident of Yorke Peninsula, Mrs. Quahnann, of South Kilkerran, died yesterday. The deceased lady was born at Tarneritz, in Germany, on January 28, 1806, and was therefore in her 100th year at the time of her death. Her maiden name was SopJiie Maria Margaretha Bannoh. She arrived in South Australia with her husband in the year 1842, and so was a colonist of 63 years. After a brief stay in Adelaide they settled at Tanunda, where they were engaged in farming for about 30 years. Their next move was to this district, where Mr. Qualmann died in 1892. For some years the deceased resided with her daughter, the late Mrs. Heinrich of Kilkerran but, since Mrs. Heinrich's death she had lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. F. W. Schrapel, at whose residence she died. For some time the old lady had been the centre of considerable interest owing to her great age. The Advertiser correspondent called to see her quite recently, and found her reading, without glasses, an old German book. ' Although, so long a resident of South Australia the deceased never mastered the English language, and was able to use her native tongue only. Her family was a small one, comprising only one son and two daughters — a son and a daughter are still living. Her descendants, however, are numerous, there being 20 grandchildren, 69 greatgrandchildren, and three greatgreatgrandchildren. Messrs. C, H. and G. Heinrich, W., and J. Qualmann, of this district, are grandsons, and Mesdames Schrapel. Clasohm, J. Whitelaw, J. Baldock, and Kehlhagen are granddaughters.


Sat 10 Jun 1905, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND, June 3.—A serious accident befell Mr. Sam Kronck on Friday while he was riding a young horse for Messrs. Moody Bros., of Kilkerran. The animal bucked for a considerable time, and then fell and rolled on the rider, who has been unconscious since. Dr. Carr and Dr. James are in attendance. The case is considered critical.

MAITLAND, June 16.— Mr. Samuel Kronke, wlho met with an accident while riding a horse for Messrs. Moody Brothers, of Kilkerran, succumbed to his injuries on Monday last.


Sat 18 Nov 1905, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

As an example of what can be achieved in the direction of homestead improvement by men of limited means, but possessed of energy and fair mechanical knowledge, the illustrations published in this week's issue of The Observer will prove of interest to readers. The buildings pictured are situated at North Kilkerran, Y.P., about 11 miles south-west from Maitland. The property is only one of many on the Peninsula where notable improvements have been effected. Mr. H. Koch, the owner of this property, is an old Peninsula resident, and for many years he, in common with many other farmers, had a hard struggle, but since the introduction of new method in farming success has rewarded his efforts, and consequently Mr. Koch decided to spend some of his income on improvements. After devoting considerable money and labour on his land and fences be decided to rebuild and extend his homestead.........photos


Sat 9 Dec 1905, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

December 3.— A farewell social -was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Zimmerman on Wednesday' evening. Mr. Zimmerman lias held the position of schoolmaster to the Lutheran denominational school for the past nine years. Mr. F. G. Hasting, on behalf of parents and scholars, presented Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman with a silver tea service and salver, and a purse of sovereigns. He spoke of the good work they had accomplished during their stay here. Supper was provided, and musical items enlivened the proceedings.


Fri 17 Aug 1906, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A cricket match was arranged for Saturday, 4th inst, between the Kilkerran Clmb and eleven at the Point Pierce Mission Station. The morning proved an ideal one for an outing of this kind, and during the bike ride to the station, occupying an hour and five minutes, we could not help noticing the promising appearance of the country which already seemed to be putting off its winter garb, while the twitter of the songbirds seemed to indicate the anticipation of spring........


Fri 30 Aug 1907, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND, August 27. Alfred Moody aged 8, the eldest son of Mr. A. H. Moody, of Gortmore, Kilkerran, was thrown fror his pony on Monday afternoon, and had his leg broken by the fall. He was riding home from school when a dog frightened the animal. Dr. Kennedy was sent for and set the limb. The sufferer is progressing satisfactorily.

MOODY.—On the 35th December, Constance Emily, beloved wife of Abraham J. H. Moody. Gortmore, Kilkerran, in her 34th year.


Mon 10 Aug 1908, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

MAITLAND, August 8.— Paul Albert Hasting, aged 22, third, son of Mr. Franz George Hasting, South Kilkerran, was found dead beside his plough in a paddock on Friday evening. It is supposed that he fell through the reins breaking and that his head came in contact with the wheel. Dr. Kennedy and Trooper Dwyer made enquiries. No inquest will be held.


Sat 6 Mar 1909, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND. Februarv 26.—An interesting exhibit, illustrating the disastrous methods of the hot fly is on view at the establishment of Mr. Chapman, chemist. It is a portion of the stomach of a home which suffered from this pest. Mr. R. Edwards. farmer, of Kilkerran, lost a young animal a day or two ago from an unknown cause. Another horse showing similar symptoms was killed and opened. A large number of the bot larvae were found attached to tbe walls of the stomach. The first death was evidently a result of the same cause. Quite a large number of the larvae are attached to the portion now in Mr. Chapman's care. Although immersed in spirits tbe creatures had not succumbed to the influence of the liquid. Mr. Chapman tried the effect of several liquids upon them, but they defy everything. Even chloroform only put them out of action for a short period. Several other horees in the district are showing symptoms of the same trouble.


Thu 29 Apr 1909, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

April 27. Mr. Hoffman, a farmer of this district, died on Friday last, after, a long illness, He was born in Germany in 1833, and landed in this State from the ship Gellert in 1847 During his first eight years in South Australia he was engaged by a farmer of Tanunda. Mr. Hoffman then took a farm at Lyndoch, and was married in 1857. After a period of 20 years there he came to South Kilkerran, gained much success, and was popular among neighbouring farmers. He has left a widow; 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-granchildren. The surviving children are:— Mrs. Schumacher, of Snowtown; Mr. R. Hoffman, of South Kilkerran: Miss M. and Mr. W. Hoffman, school teachers in Adelaide. Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman celebrated their golden wedding about 15 months ago.


Fri 30 Apr 1909, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

April 26. Two old and highly-respected colonists, who were neighbors and intimate friends, passed away within a week. Mrs. A. Dutschke, aged 73, who was a colonist of 59 years, died on April 17 at her son's residence. She was born in Germany. Her husband died four years ago. She left two sorts (Mesars. R. and E. Dutschke) and a daughter (Mrs. Arnold), all of South Kilkerran. On the 22hd inst. Mr. J. H. Hoffmann died in his 76th year. He was born at Reichenau, in Germany, in 1833, and carne to South Australia with his parents in 1847 in the ship Gellert. He first settled at Tanunda. He carried on farming at Lyndoch for 19 years, and for the last 32 years had lived here. He celebrated his golden wedding a year , ago. He left a widow and two sons (Mr. R. Hoffmann, farmer, of South Kilkerran, and Mr. W. Hoffmann, teacher, of Flinders street, Adelaide), and two daughters (Mrs. , Schumacher, of Snowtown, and Miss Hoffmann, assistant teacher at Flinders street, J Adelaide).


Fri 8 Oct 1909, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

—Mr and Mrs C. F. G. Heinricb, of "Wahroonga", Kilkerran, celebrated their silver wedding on Mornday. There was a very large number of friends present from all parts of the Peninsula, and a thoroughly enjoyable gathering terminated in the early hours of the morning.


Fri 25 Mar 1910, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

—Another old resident of the Peniusula passed away on Tuesday after noon in the person of Mr John Gregory of Kilkerran, aged 69 years and 4 months. The deceased, who was born at Thebarton came to the Peninsula in 1878 and settled at Kilkerran, where he very successfully carried on farming operations. He leaves five sons and five daughters, his wife having predeceased him by five years.


Sat 16 Jul 1910, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND, July 9—Mr. H. B. Moody, of Gertmore, Kilkerran, was leading a pair of horses yoked to a trolly on Thursday afternoon, when he became jammed between the point of the pole and a post. He is suffering from severe internal injuries, and narrowly escape with his life.

MOODY.—On the 14th August; at Moonta, as the result of accident, Henry Bruce, eldest son of Israel J. Moody, of Gortmore, Kilkerran, in his
51st year.

August 14.— Mr. H. B. Moody, of Kilkerran, died at Moonta this morning. The deceased met with a severe accident nbout five weeks ago, having been crushed between the point of a trolly pole and a post. So soon as possible he was conveyed to Moonta, where an operation took place last Wednesday, but from the first his medical attendants held out but httle hope of his recovery. The deceased was in his fifty-first year, and unmarried. He was highly respected throughout the district.


Sat 6 Aug 1910, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

MAITLAND.July 30.— Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Wundersitz celebrated their golden wedding last Tuesday. After a short thanksgiving service, led by the Rev. J. H. Hoopmann, congratulations and good wishes were showered on the old couple by the children and grandchildren and a number of friends. They received two illuminated addresses, one from the children and one from the congregation of St. Pauls Church, South Kilkerran, of which Mr. and Mrs. Wundersitz have been members from its inception. The Rev. J. H. Hoopmann Hoopmann proposed the health of the jubilee pair, which was heartily responded to. Mr. and Mrs. Wundersitz, who are in fairly good health, were married at Salem, near the River Bremer, by the late Rev. A. Strempel, in the year 1860, and have been living on the Peninsula for the last 37 years. 'They have had 14 children, of whom 12 are living. All with one exception, were present at the celebration.


Sat 27 Aug 1910, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND. August 20.—Nelson Moody, a nine-years'-old son of Mr. A. H. Moody, of Gortuwie, Kilkerrau, died in Maitland this morning from tetanus. The lad, while on the way to church three weeks ago fell out of a trap. His arm became jammed between the skid and wheel, and was cut to the bone. His thigh was also severely cut, but the wounds appeared to be healing satisfactorily. On Tuesday morning signs of lockjaw appeared. Although everything was done for his relief the patient died this morning.


Fri 23 Dec 1910, Pinnaroo Country News (Lameroo, SA : 1908 - 1922) Trove

South Australian machinists and implement manufacturers have established an enviable reputation for ability to meet the requirements of the farmer. The stripper, the stumpjump plough, the damp - weather stripper, all stand to the credit of, this State. The need for a combined harvester was first publicly noted by the South Australian Government, which, upwards of 30 years ago, offered a prize of £4,000 for a satisfactory machine. Although that did not bear fruit immediately, the offer was a powerful incentive to inventor’s, and to-day the complete harvester is in general use on Australian farms. It is gratifying to know that in the race for supremacy in the harvest field the Gawler firm of May Brothers and Cos., Limited, is well to the front. This year it has turned out nearly 1,000 machines, and SO per cent, of these are harvesters.. The orders numbered approximately 1200, but the firm was unable to execute all of them.

—The Latest Machine.—

The latest machine made by the firm is a complete harvester, with a 7ft. comb. A few years ago the standard comb width of a stripper was 4ft. 6in., but latterly there has been a tendency to extend the measurement and increase the attack on the crop. Until this year the Gawler West Company had not gone beyond 6ft., but Mr. F. H. Koch, jun,, of North Kilkerran, Yorke’s Peninsula, ordered a “seven-footer,” confident that it would do its work equally as well as a “ six-footer” and therefore dispose of the crop in less time. Accordingly Messrs. May Brothers and Cos. supplied the machine, and it is now at work on the farm of the gentleman named, about seven miles west of Maitland.

—A Great Success.—

To say that the new harvester is a great success is to use mild language. Mr. Koch is delighted with it, and he has further widened the comb by adding a couple of guides or “ whiskers.” Within these the measurement is 7ft. 7in. Not a hitch of any kind has occurred. The draught is light, the balance admirable, and the separation perfect. The mechanism is simple, the adjustments easy, and the workmanship excellent. A few days ago Mr. Alfred May (Chairman of Directors of May Brothers & Cos. » Limited), and Mr. Thomas Latter (representative of the Australian Implement Company), with a pressman, motored to the farm from Gawler. They covered the 110 miles or more in hours. This, in itself, was a triumph of modern engineering. The weather was so cool and overcast that topcoats were appreciated, but when Mr. Koch’s fai m was reached the harvester was at work as though the day was one of the warmest. The straw was tough, certainly, but the machine was quite equal to the task, and hence annoying delay was avoided. How the eyes of the pioneer farmers would have glistened upon seeing this beautiful crop of 400 acres, averaging 25 bushels to the acre, and being taken off with such marvellous expedition and little expenditure for labor. The grain as It is bagged is carted daily to Balgowan Jetty, six miles distant, and the only hands engaged, beside Mr. Koch, are a man and a boy!

—Harvest Wages’ Bill Under £20.—

Thus the harvest wages’ bill, spread over 10,000 bushels, will be under £2O, or less than |d. a bushel! In the pre-stripper days the cost of harvesting a 20-bushel crop was 2s. a bushel! When Mr, Ridley invented the reaping machine the expendituie was reduced to 3fd. a bushel! How, with a South Australian-made complete harvester, including allowance for wear and tear and interest on capital outlay, the cost is considerably under Id.! Mr. May was personally proud of his machine’s triumph. He tested the draught with a dynamometer, an cl in a heavy part of the crop, with the straw tough, the indicator showed only a pull of 7cwt. to 7.5 cwt. The six horses attached made easy work of it.

—Mr. Koch’s Verdict.—

“ I am well satisfied with the machine,” remarked the owner. “It runs smoothly and easily.., I, had. every confidence in the harvester when I ordered a wider comb, and I would like Mr. May to make me an 8-ft. comb machine for next year.” Asked how much ground the harvester would cover in a day Mr. Koch said that with everything favorable for a record he was certain he could do 30 acres. Mr. Koch’s father (Mr. F, H. Koch, sen.) took a round with the machine. ' He had not seen it before. When he returned he remarked on the smoothness and sweetness of its working, and compared it with another harvester on his own farm to the great advantage of the Crawler article. , Mr. F. H. Koch, jun., may be said to be a model farmer. He began on his own account two years ago, and has 800 acres freehold and 200 acres on halves. He believes in thorough cultivation, the liberal use of manure (he applied 1201b. of super this year) and in growing only the best wheats. The two varieties he is now harvesting are Federation and Yandilla King. That Mr. Koch is a grafter will bo readily understood when it it said that with only the assistance of a boy he put in 450 acres last seeding and fallowed 500 acres ready for next season !


Thu 20 Apr 1911, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

On Saturday afternoon Mr. T. E. Yelland (Secretary of the S.A. Farmers' Cooperative Union) visited Maitland to inspect the proposed telephone route to Balgowan, with a view to erect a private wire to the union wheat depot. The Government estimate for constructing a line and erecting a telephone at Balgowan is about £500 (says a correspondent), while the union's supporters think it can be done for about one-quarter of that amount. Mr. Yelland has a scheme which he will place before his directors at the next meeting. About 100,000 bags of wheat have been shipped annually from this port for a number of years, yet the only communication with Maitland is a mail service to Kilkerran several miles away. Some time ago a largely signed petition was presented to the Government requesting a direct mail and telephone service; but the request was not granted. There is an outcry for better telephonic communication in the district generally. Last week a person was taken ill late at night at Muloowurtie, 20 miles away, and a drive of this distance had to be made to summon Dr. Betts. There are over 60 farmers in this hundred, and a population of between 300 and 400 people, and (although only 40 to 50 miles from the city) one mail a week.


Sat 14 Oct 1911, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove



Sat 8 Jul 1911, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954)


The golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Fichtner, sen., was celebrated at South Kilkerran on June 24.


Sat 14 Oct 1911, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

SOUTH KILKERRAN October I2. A roadmaker, Mr. Pat Leonard, had his tent burnt down last night. Mr. R. Smith, of Port Victoria, was passing when he noticed the blaze. He had just dragged the man out when the tent fell in.


Fri 1 Dec 1911, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

During a recent stay on Yorke's Penineula the writer visited Mr F. H. Koch, juns, farm, at North Kilkerran, where an 8ft. comb harvester was in use. A number of local farmers and visitors also watched the working of the machine with great interest.......


Sat 16 Dec 1911, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

MAITLAND, December. 9;—An accident occurred to-day to Mrs. A. A. Field. With her husband and their little girl she went out to South Kilkerran in a buggy and pair. Mr. Field having some business with Mr. C. Heinrich, left his wife and child in the trap some distance from the house. On coming out of the house Mr. Field and Mr. Heinrich were surprised, to see the vehicle capsized some distance away, and a man carrying Mrs. Field in an unconscious state. The horses had taken fright at something passing, and bolted towards a dam a little distance off. Apparently Mrs. Field managed to turn the horsea on the crest of the bank of the dam, but in descending the slope the vehicle was upset. Mrs. Field was unconscious when picked up. She received a severe shaking and a number of bruises. The sufferer passed a bad night on Friday, and is still under medical attention. The child was unhurt.


Sat 6 Jan 1912, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran, December 23. An accident happened recently on the farm of Mr. A. E. Obst. A young man, Charles Obst, had his foot severely crushed. He was turning a corner with a harvester when a bolt broke on the steering gear, causing the machine to become unmanageable. The harvester was considerably damaged. Considerable excitement was caused here to-day when a team of eight horses attached to a trolly belonging to Mr. E. G. Heinrieh bolted. While going down an incline the horses shied and started off. The driver, Harry Isaacson, pluckily stuck to the reins. After going some distance one of the horses fell underneath the trolly, with the result that two of its legs were broken. The animal had to be destroyed. The horse was a valuable one.


Fri 20 Jun 1913, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A colonist of 58 years and an old and respected resident of Kilkerran passed over to the great majority on Saturday last in the person of Mrs Charlotte Jones, relict of the late Mr John Jones, aged 90 years. The deceased lady leaves two sons and two daughters. The funeral on Sunday was largely attended, from 30 to 40 vehicles following the hearse to the cemetery. The service was conducted by the Rev Stacey, of Maitland, and the undertaking arrangements were carried out by Mr E. Major, jun.


Sat 4 Oct 1913, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

SOUTH KILKERRAN. September 29.— The annual examination of St. Paul's School was held on Wednesday. A large number of people assembled in the school ground. St. Paul's School is situated on the Maitland to Port Victoria road, about 6 miles from Maitland. Punctually at 9 a.m. the children were lined up and marched into the church. Pastor J. Hoopmann opened the proceedings with a hymn, Bible reading, and prayer. The children were then examined in the following subjects:—German — Kateehismus, Biblische geschichte, kirehengeschichte, liederverse, lesen, grammatik, and uebersetzen; and in the following subjects in English:—Mental arithmetic; reading, poetry, grammar, history, and geography. Several songs and recitations were rendered by the children. The teacher's report showed that there was an excellent attendance throughout the year. Six pupils—Asta Gerschwitz, Coecilie Schrapel, Magdalene Oster, Alfred Gerschwitz, Edmund Dutschke, and Johnnie Gerschwitz—did not miss a single day. The average attendance was 32.6; showing 97.66 per cent, on the whole year. This is an excellent record, especially as some children have upwards of four and five miles to walk. Johnnie Dutschke, who missed only one day, walked a distance of 2,134 miles. Truant inspectors are not necessary with such records. Members of the School Board made a few eulogistic remarks, and the proceedings were closed with the singing of the National Anthem. Tables had been spread by the ladies in the school, and the children, parents, and visitors soon did justice to the dainties before them. A programme of sports was entered into. The South Kilkerran Brass Band contributed selections.


Thu 27 Nov 1913, Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA : 1910 - 1924) Trove

A number of subscribers attended at the South Kilkerran Post Office yesterday to celebrate the opening ot the telephone exchange. Messrs. Hubner, Wher, and Oster, on behalf of the subscribers, rang up the Deputy Postmaster-General (Mr. E. W. Bramble), and thanked him for the facilities provided. They expressed the hope that the present number of subscriber—eight—with which the exchange was started, would rapidly increase. They also complimented the department upon the good standard of line construction in establishing the lines. The Deputy Postmaster-General reciprocated the good wishes, and expresses the desire that the locality would continue to prosper, and that the facilities provided would be an aid to the residents in their business and other relations. At the conclusion of the Deputy Postmaster-General's remarks, three cheers given by the residents of South Kilkerran were distinctly heard at the Adelaide end of the wire.


Mon 26 Jan 1914, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Maitland, January 23. A motor car accident happened this afternoon. Mr. H. G. Kelly, of Kilkerran, had cause to visit Ardrossan, and was accompanied in his car by Mrs. T. Taylor, Messrs. W. Gillis and W. O. Mullner. Mr. Kelly, in trying to escape a deep rut in the road, went off on to the side and struck some loose sand. In trying to avoid a collision with a tree he immediately steered towards the road again, with the result that the car was over-turned.....

Fatal Accident at South Kilkerran.

Fri 6 Mar 1914, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

On Thursday last week, Mr Alf Hasting, son of Mr F. G. Hasting lost his life whilst attempting to put a belt on a chaffcutter which was to have been run from an engine for the first time. The mechanic (Mr S. F. Mealor) who had just completed the erection of the engine, started it, and was oiling up, when he heard a shout. He looked up and saw the unfortunate victim wheel round the fly wheel, one leg torn off and thrown in a different direction to his body. Death must have been instantaneous. Mr Mealor was the only eye witness to the affair, and stated that the accident was very simply caused by the deceased trying to push the belt on to the fast pulley with a piece of wood. Both knees were broken, one leg completely severed from the body and the head badly smashed. We extend our sympathy to Mr and Mrs Hasting and family in their sad bereavement. This is the second fatal accident that has occurred in the family. It will be remembered that four or five years ago Mr Albert Hasting was killed in a plough accident in the paddock.


A telegram received from Constable Dwyer of Maitland, on Friday, stated that Herman Alfred Hasting, a farmer, aged 30, of South Kilkerran, had been killed instantly on the previous day by being caught in the belting of an engine attached to a chaffcutter.


Maitland, February 27. At about 5.30 yesterday afternoon Mr. Alfred Hasting, son of Mr. F. G. Hasting, farmer, of South Kilkerran, lost his life whilst attempting to put the belt on a chaffcutter, which was to have been run from an engine for the first time. He visited this town yesterday morning with the belt to have it repaired. The mechanic, Mr. S. F. Mealor, who had just completed the erection of the engine, started it. He was oiling the various parts, when he heard a shout. He looked up and saw Mr. Hasting whirled round the flywheel. One leg was torn off close to the hip and thrown in a different direction to the body, which was hurled against the roof of the engine-room. One arm and both knees were broken, and the skull badly fractured. Death must have been instantaneous. Mr. Mealor was the only witness of the sad affair, and states that the accident was very simply caused by Mr. Hasting's endeavor to push the belt on to the fast pulley with a piece of wood. Unfortunately only Mrs. Hasting and one daughter were at home at the time. Mr. Halting was away on a visit to a married daughter. He was at once telegraphed for and returned at 5 a.m. today. The family have resided at South Kilkerran for a number of years and are highly respected. This is the second fatal accident that has occurred in the family. About four or five years ago Mr. Albert Hasting, another son, was killed by a plough accident.


Fri 15 May 1914, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

Mr C. H. Clasohm, of Kilkerran, has just suffered a serious loss by mortality among a flock of young sheep. About 400 were paddocked, on a block that had "stink-wert" growing on it. The young sheep must have eaten the blossom of the weed just after the recent rains—with the result that 116 died. It is generally considered that older sheep only are affected by this weed, but Mr Clasohm's experience is to the contrary.—"Maitland Watch 4"

South Kilkerran.

Sat 15 Aug 1914, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

On August 7 Messrs. Peter Allen and. H. G. Tossell addressed a crowded meeting in the big schoolroom at South Kilkerran. Mr. Otto Huliner (President) occupied the chair. At the instance of the Chairman the follcoing motion was carried by acclamation—"That this public meeting of Australian residents at South Kilkerran expresses its unswerving loyalty to His Majesty King George, and the British Empire, which represents the freest and best form of Government in the whole world." The response was spontaneous, the audience rose as one and with full voice sang the National Anthem. Three cheers for the King and three more for the British Empire were given.


Sat 20 Feb 1915, The Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923) Trove

The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Clasohm, of North Kilkerran, Yorke's Peninsula, was celebrated at their home on Wednesday, February 10, and 200 guests assembled to participate in the festivity. Mr. Clasohm had one of his large sheds tastefully converted into a dining room capable of seating over 70......


Sat 11 Dec 1915, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

December 9.- Mr. C. B. Hasting, a member of the district council, was stricken down by a painful internal complaint about a fortnight ago, which necessitated his removal from his home to the Maitland Hospital. It was found necessary to perform an operation which proved successful. Mr. Hasting is now convalescent. Miss H. Heinrich, daughter of Mrs C. F. G. Heinrich, North Kilkerran, was thrown from a sulky recently. She received a severe shock, and was unconscious for over a day. Her face was cove-red with abrasions. Until Tuesday she was an inmate of the Maitland Hos-pital.-On Sunday, Edmund Dutschkc, youngest son of Mr. C. A. R. Dutschke, was playing with other boys on a wheatstack at Mr. C. H. Lutz's residence, when he fell, striking the sharp edge of a piece of galvanized iron. The iron cut right through the kneecap, severing the sinews. His parents immediately removed him to the Maitland Hospital, where Dr. Thomas attended the injury, which is of a serious nature. Strange to say the boy did not worry so much about his injured limb as about the fact that he would have to be absent from school. He was one of two pupils, who since their enrolment at St. Paul's school, had not missed a day for 3 years. --Mr. and Mrs. O. J. A. Hubner and their infant had a wonderful escape from serious injury on Tuesday evening. They were returning from Maitland. Mr. Hubner pulled up and intended to jump down to tie up his horse, when the animal took fright and bolted. The right side wheel first struck the school flagpole, and then a post. All the occupants were thrown out, and Mrs. Hubner received a severe blow across the face, which fractured a small bone of the nose. Her body was bruised severely. The baby was still in her arms when she was picked up, and escaped without a scratch. Mr. Hubner received a deep gash under the left eye, and an ugly wound over the eye. His body, too, was bruised. Kind neighbours were soon on the scene and assisted the injured persons, taking them to Dr. Thomas in Maitland, who dressed the wounds. They were able to return to their homes. The accident was witnessed by the elder children, who had come out to greet their parents.

The Songvaar Wheat.

Sat 14 Dec 1915, The Pioneer (Yorketown, SA : 1898 - 1954) Trove

An authority in Adelaide says the South Kilkerran correspondent to the Advertiser, doubts the correctness of the report about the Songvaar wheat. The ship went down early in 1912 with a full cargo of wheat, over 30,000 bags. The greater part of this wheat remained in the submerged hold of the ship until early this year. Mr E. G. Lodder, of Port Victoria, made the first experiment to test if the wheat might still have some commercial value. He dried it in the sun and then boiled it and found that it possessed nutritive powers. Mr Edwardes of Port Victoria and Mr Buckerfield, miller, of the same town, also made experiments. These having been successful, the wheat was salved in large quantities and sold to the public at 8 ( 6 per bag, at which price it found ready buyers, owing to the high price of good wheat. Fowls thrive on it. One Hock from the day they were fed on this wheat gave more eggs per day. It must be boiled for about an hour in rainwater, and the refuse that gathers on top skimmed off. When treated in this way the wheat swells up, and is very much like good boiled wheat. The theory is that as no air could get at the wheat and no insects, the salt water acted on the grain as a preservative. In fresh water it would have been destroyed. It was asserted here during the drought that people need not starve if they could get " Songvaar wheat" with milk and sugar.

Mrs. Maria Busch.

Sat 22 Jan 1916, The death occurred at her residence, Kilkerran, on Saturday week, at the age of 82 years, of Mrs. Maria Busch, relict of the late Mr. D. H. C. Busch. The deceased lady had raided in South Australia for 72 years.


Fri 4 Feb 1916, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

On Thursday afternoon at the invitation of Mr A. E. Trezise, butcher, Moonta, we inspected two splendid specimen's of Peninsula bred and fattened cows. The beasts, which were purchased from Mr H. Kelly, of North Kilkerran, are estimated to weigh l,5001bs when dressed. The larger of the two, is an exceptionally fat beast, and when killed is expected to turn the scales at 850 lbs. It is said to be the fattest cow raised on the Peninsula.


Fri 25 Feb 1916, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

MAITLAND. February 23.— An accident which eventually proved fatal befell Mr. Gustav Robert Paul Bittner on Wednesday last. Mr.. Bittner was riding an old farm horse bareback after some other horses when the animal stumbled to its knees. On recovering it threw Mr. Bittner on to its wither and caused severe internal injuries. Dr. Platonow attended the sufferer, who on his advice was removed to the Maitland Hospital on Thursday night. There he suddenly collapsed and died on Tuesday morning. Mr. Bittner was a son of the late Mr. F. J. R. Bittner and Mrs. M. A. W. Bittner, and was born at South Kilkerran on August 15, 1874. He was educated at St. John's School, South Kilkerran. For two years deceased had been working Mr. A. H. Gersch's farm at Sandilands on shares. He has left a widow and three little daughters.


Fri 25 Feb 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931)

Maitland, February 23. Mr. Gustav Robert Paul Bittner was riding an old farm horse bareback after some other horses when the horse stumbled on to its knees and on recovering itself threw Mr. Bittner on to its wither. He sustained severe internal injuries. Dr. Platonow attended the sufferer, who was removed to the Maitland Hospital on Thursday. Although it was thought he was processing favorably, he collapsed and died at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Mr. Bittner was a son of the late Mr. F. J. R. Bittner and was born at South Kilkerran. He was 41 years of age. In 1904 he married Miss. E. Gersch, of Urania. For the past two years he had been working on Mr. A. H. Gersch's farm at Sandilands on shares. A widow and three daughters are left.


Tue 14 Mar 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

March 11. A successful juvenile fair was held on Friday. It was arranged by Miss Mary Mills (teacher), and well supported by the children of the school and their parents. Mr. C. F. G. Heinrich placed a large shed at the promoters disposai. Mr. J. O. Tiddy, who was introduced by the Rer. H. C. Noll, performed the opening ceremony. Mr. Tiddy explained that part of the money was required for school requirements, and the balance for the Wounded Soldiers Fund. Items were given by the scholars and friends. The following were the stall conveners:, Miscellaneous, Miss Jones; produce, Mrs. J. W. Moody; sweets, Miss E. Heinrich; refreshment., Mrs. A. J. H. Moody. The takings amounted to about £41: £30 was donated, to the Wounded Soldiers Fund, the balance, after expenses are paid, being retained for providing wire doors and widows, books, pictures, &c., for the school.


Sat 18 Mar 1916, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

At South Kilkerran, on Thursday, February 24, Mr. W. Harten was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Esther Koch. The church had been very tastefully decorated by Miss Esther Schmidt and Mr. B. Koch. The ceremony was celebrated at 5 p.m., and Mr. Hubner officiated at the organ and played the bridal march rom "Lohengrin." Pastor J. H. Hoopmann conducted the service, Mr. B. Koch acting as best man, and Miss E. Schmidt as first bridesmaid. They were assisted by Mr. J. Koch and Miss Clara Harten and Mr. B. Harten and Miss Maria Hoffmann. On leaving the church the happy couple were accompanied by the strains of Mendelssohn's "Wedding march." A reception waa held at the residence of Mr. F. E. Geue (the bride's brother-in-law). Pastor Hoopmann and Mr. E. Koch proposed the health of the young couple, to which Mr. B. Koch responded on behalf of the recipients. Mrs. A. A. Koch (the mother of the bride) was honoured in a toast by Pastor Hoopmann. honoured in a toast by Pastor C. Hoopmann.


Thu 6 Apr 1916, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

South, Kilkerran, April 4. Mr. Oscar John left his horse and gig standing whilst he closed a gate. The horse took fiight and bolted, smashing the gig.


Sat 8 Apr 1916, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran. April 1. Mr. C. H. Lute's, farm on Saturday was the scene of a serious fire. It appears that a small boy obtained some matches, and in playing with them set fire to a strawstack. Before help arrived the stack was a mass of flames. A large quantity of straw was consumed and a waggon was damaged. Some of the fences also began to burn. The haystack and sheds were saved. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Lutze were absent from home. Mr. Oscar John left his horse and gig etanding whilst he closed a gate.. The horse took frigat and bolted smashing the gig.


Thu 20 Apr 1916, The Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

A very successful field trial, arranged by Mr A. W. Lutze, of Maitland, was held at Kilkerran on the farm of Mr C. F. G. Heinrich, on Wednesday, April 12, when several of the well-known implements manufactured by Mr A. E. Middieton, at the Dreadnought Implement Works, Balaklava, S.A , were given a severe testing in different classes of land....


Sat 29 Apr 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

South Kilkerran. April 27. Leonhard Dutschke, son of Mr. Hermann Dutschke got a foot under a waggon loaded with tanks The foot was severely injured. Dr. Platonow attended the patient, who is now doing well.


Sat 6 May 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

South Kilkerran May 2. Two horses atttached to a waggon belonging to Mr F G Hasting took fright and bolted just as he was getting into the vechicle. Mr. Hasting was helping to control the runaways, and in jumping from the waggon sustained a fracture of his ankle. Mr Edgar Hastings followed the horses on his motor cycle, and after a two miles chase was able to stop them. There was no serious damage done to horses or waggon.


Thu 1 Jun 1916, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

May 2. Seeding operations are in if full swing. Some fields are becoming green, although such are not plentiful. A heavy downpour is much needed, as it is feared the seed rmy.maJt unless it receives more moisture soon. Present atmospheric conditions look somewhat promising. Scarcity of water is nowhere being felt yet, as last year's heavy rains resulted in the storing of an abundant supply on all farms.


Sat 17 Jun 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

June 15. Button Day was celebrated yesterday On the premises of St. Paul's Lutheran School. The Lutheran Red Cross Society had arranged a programe, but owing to the stormy weather the outdoor programme had to be curtailed. Over 100 people were present. Mr. J. A. H. Gersch marched his pupils from St. John's School, the two leading boys carrying large flags. Both schools were drawn up before the flagpole, on which the Union Jack had been hoisted. Mr. O. J. A. Hubner gave a brief history of the Red Cross movement. The pupils of both schools saluted the flag. The sale of Red Cross buttons, which has been entrusted to Mrs. H. F. P. Kumnick, Miss. L. Hasting, Mrs. O. J. A, Hubner and Mr. J. A. H. Gersch, together with a collection, realised over £11. Pastor Hoopmann thanked the hostess, on behalf of the members of the Red Cross Society. The next meeting is to be held at the residence of Mrs. W. H. J. Wher. The committee of the Australia Day celebritions- Messer. F. G. Hasting (president), B. J. Kleemann (secretary). C. H. Clasohm, J. M. R. Hoffmann, J. T. Schrapel, and O. J. A. Hubner met on Monday afternoon. A preliminary programe was drawn up, which is to be discussed and finalised at a public meeting to be held shortly.

HOFFMANN.—On the l2th July, at South Kilkerran, Paul Gerhardt, beloved son of R. and O. Hoffmann, aged 7 years and 4 months.


Sat 5 Aug 1916, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

Australia Day was successfully celebrated on Friday. The weather, although wet for several days previously, turned out favourably. At 10.30 the local school children, headed by the brass band, under the able baton of Mr. C. Elies, marched in processional order from St. John's School to Mr. F. G. Hasting's paddock, an ideal spot for outdoor amusements, where the day's programme was carried out......


Sat 9 Sep 1916, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

September 2.— The crops sit growing rapidly in consequence of the bright days, excepting where the water has lodged too long. Yellow patches are common In almost every paddock and in the low-lying ones with clay subsoil, veritable lakes have taken the place of green. Seagulls and waterfowl may be seen sporting where, in ordinary seasons, the' hare and rabbit roamed. Every dam and tank far and wide is full.


Sat 25 Nov 1916, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Kilkerran, November 22. Mr Abraham J. H. Moody, farmer, and Mr. A. J. Bridgman were watering a horse attached to a springcart in a dam close to the house to-day. Mr. Moody was holding the wheel to stop the cart pushing the horse too far. When the horse turned round to come up the bank Mr Moody who was a big man, jumped on the back of the animal, and, his weight proving too much, horse and cart backed into the dam throwing both men into the water. Mr Bridgman struggled out, but Mr. Moody who was probably impeded in his movements by a heavy coat, sank almost at once and did not rise again. The horse too, was drowned. It was about 15 minutes before Mr. Moody's body was recovered and life was then extinct. Deep regret was felt in the district when news became known, as Mr. Moody was one of the best known men on tho north of the peninsula. His father, who is still alive, took up land here about 40 years ago, the late Mr Moody Mr. Moody being then about 12 years old. After many, fluctuations in fortune they acquired a large holding, and Mr Moody was about the largest landowner here at the time of his death. In his younger days he was well known as a cricketer. His widow and seven children survive. His only surviving brother is Mr. Howard Moody of Kapunda.


Sat 25 Nov 1916, The Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923) Trove

SOUTH KILKERRAN, November 23.— A drowning fatality happened at Kilkerran yesterday about 5 p.m., of which Mr. A. Moody, a well-known farming resident of this district for many years, was the victim. Mr. Moody, in company with Mr. Bridgeman, a neighbour, had been adjusting a binder during the afternoon. Having finished that, they intended to proceed to the latter's property to continue the same work. Before leaving they were going to water their horse, attached to a spring dray. As a large dam was the nearest water. Mr. Bridgeman drove up to the edge of it for the purpose, while Mr. Moody held the wheel to prevent the cart from pushing the horse beyond the edge. The horse having been satisfied, Mr. Bridgeman turned it round, while Mr. Moody jumped into the cart from the back. The bank of the dam being steep, the horse refused to pull, and backed into the water. The two occupants of the cart, realizing the danger, both jumped off into the water, and Mr. Bridgeman had great difficulty in saving himself. Mr. Moody, it is thought, was seized by cramp, and sank. Mr. Bridgeman saw him come to the surface once, and heard him say, "I am done for." As the dam is close to the house, the catastrophe was witnessed by the family, who quickly ran to assist the unfortunate men, but were unable to do anything. After a brief interval the body was recovered from the water by Mr. Moody's son Alfred and a workman. Mr. Moody had been married twice. He was about 50 years of age. He has left four children of the first family, of whom Alfred, the eldest, is only 17, and three children of the second marriage, and also his aged father, who is 87.


Fri 1 Dec 1916, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

The following particulars concerning the death of Mr A. J. H. (Abe) Moody, which was reported in our issue of Friday last, appeared in the last issue of the "Maitland Watch." " On Wednesday afternoon about 5 p.m., Mr Moody, of Kilkerran, met a most untimely end through drowning. He, in company with Mr A. Bridgman, was preparing to go to the hay paddock in a spring dray. Before doing so they decided to water the horse and drove down the side of the dam to enable it to drink. The horse was rather inclined to jib, and after drinking would not start up the side of the dam. Mr Moody therefore got out and gave assistance by lifting on the spokes of the dray. As soon as the horse started up the side of the dam Mr Moody jumped in. The extra weight apparently caused the horse to again back towards the dam, but this time went right into the water. Both men got out and were in water about up to their waist. The struggling of the horse, combined with the slippery nature of the bank, made it difficult to make the side. Mr Moody evidently made for the other bank swimming on his back. Mr Bridgman, after great efforts, made the bank near the horse, reaching it in an utterly exhausted condition. He last saw the deceased making for the other bank, and remembered having heard him call out that he was done. When Mr Bridgman was able to collect himself and assistance had arrived, Mr Moody had sunk out of sight. The deceased was a powerful man and a strong swimmer, and must haye been attacked by cramp otherwise he would easily have made the bank. The death is particularly painful, for Mr Moody leaves a wife and young family. The family have suffered much from death by accident, Mr Moody's brother and sen having met their death in that manner. The deceased was one of the biggest landholders in the district and his family are amongst the earliest pioneers of the Peninsula. He was well and widely known, and his death will come as a regrettable shock to the whole district. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, at 5 p.m. The time was short but a very large number of people from the surrounding districts assembled to pay their last respects to the departed. The Rev H. C. Noll conducted the service at the Maitland cemeteiy, Mr K. Eichele beirg the undertaker.


Sat 25 Nov 1916, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Private J. M. Oatey and Corporal A. E. Bray, of South Kilkerran, have paid the supreme sacrifice for their country in France. Private Oatey for a time drove the motor mail coach from Moonta to Port Victoria. Corporal A. E. Bray was a regular visitor at South Kilkerran, supplying local customers with meat from his butchery business in Port Victoria. The late Private J. Oatey. photo


Sat 3 Dec 1916, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran, December 26. Mr. G. Neumann had a narrow escape from death on Christmas Day. Turning from the main road into St. Paul's church grounds on his motor cycle, he tried to avoid a little girl in the gateway. In doing so he collided with the gatepost and was thrown heavily to the ground. He received severe wounds on the face and a cut on the lower lip. His left shoulder and side were also severely bruised. The front wheel of the motor cycle was bent and buckled. Mr. Neumann will not be able to work for a time.


Fri 8 Dec 1916, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

The first load of new wheat at Port Victoria was delivered at Messrs. E. Buckerfield & Sons' mill on Monday by Mr. J. A. Arnold, of South Kilkerran. The sample was a good one of Nepmann's Early, and weighed from 64 to 65 lb to the bushel. The first load of the new wheat delivered at Sutherlands was brought in on Wednesday by Mr. J. Schiller. The crop from which it was taken is estimated to yield 6ix bags to the acre. Some of the local crops are looking excellent, and should return considerably more than 18 bushels. The district yield promises to be a record. Wilmington's initial load of new wheat was delivered on Tuesday by Messrs. Kromer Brothers. The sample was an exceedingly good one of the Bunyip variety. It was grown on Mr. E. Linklater's Mitta. Farm, and was secured by Mr. E. P. Dignan (agent for Messrs. W. R. Cave and Co.)


Sat 6 Jan 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

December 26.— Heavy crops are being reaped here. There is a general scarcity of bags. Farmers anticipated a certain yield, and ordered bags accordingly, but after a few rounds discovered that the crops yielded 50 per cent, or more than was expected. Some paddocks go 11 and 12 bags to the acre. The present harvest is reckoned to be one of the heaviest on record for this district. Some crops were beaten down a little by the heavy winds that raged early this month. There is no trace of rust. The samples, too, are magnificent.


Tue 20 Feb 1917, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

February 18.—A terrific thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy rain, burst over this district early on Wednesday morning. Soon a wide stream of water came rushing down Mr. A. Heilmenn's hill, submerging everything on its way. Rivers are usually non-existent on Yorke Peninsula, but on Wednesday they suddenly appeared in every direction. St. Paul's School and Church and St. John's Church were surrounded by a broad stream of water. After the storm hundreds of sparrows were found lying dead under the trees. Great stretches of fallow paddocks were washed away. No one remembers so severe a storm occurring here before. In some places over 2 in. of rain was registered in a short time.


Fri 23 Feb 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

A very pretty wedding was witnessed at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 15th inst., in St Paul's Church, South Kilkerran, the happy couple united into the bands of holy matrimony were Mr Walter Wehr and Miss G. Jericho, both residents of South Kilkerran.

South Kilkerran.

Fri 23 Feb 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

February 17. Master Erwin Heinrich, of St John's Lutheran School, has been successful in winning a scholarship at Bradshaw's Commercial Business College. This entitles the lad to a six month's free course in short hand. Very violent thunderstorms were experienced here last week. On Wednesday morning about 3.45 the whole sky seemed to be illuminated by one electric flash, then followed very severe claps of thunder and shortly after rain came down as in torrents. It was not very long before small obstacles on lower ground were submerged. Hailstones were also of terrific size and sounded like small stones rolling off the roofs. In some instances sparrows have been found dead under the trees, and it is believed that the birds fell victims when being struck by some of these icicles. For the week 1.79 inches have been registered. It is reported that a large quantity of water was caught in lake Gersch at Urania. Fortunately, nearly all the farmers have completed harvesting operations and did therefore not suffer any loss caused by the storm. Only in a few instances bags were still out in the paddocks and had to be immediately removed out of the water. The yield of the harvest has been a record one, the average being above all expectations. No wonder the farmer looks pleased.

South Kilkerran.

Fri 30 Mar 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

March 24. The monthly assembly of the local Red Cross Society was held at the home of Mr and Mrs A. L. A. Wehr on Wednesday, when there was a full rally of members and visitors....

St John's Lutheran School was on Tuesday morning again favored with a visit from Inspector J. C. Noack, of the Education Department.
The weather is continuing to be fine after over 4 inches of rain having fallen since 1st January....

That the present year's harvest has been, in most cases, a record, can be noted in many instances when one sees farmers coming out in new motor cars, and agents of all makes and brands of motor vehicles travelling through the district....

Also the building trade is not neglected. Mr F. H. Koch, of Kilkerran, is building a very fine residence for himself and his wife between the homes of the two teachers and the minister......


Sat 19 May 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran. May 12. Mr. J. T. Schrapel, coming home from Mr. W. Harten'a farm recently in the dark, rode into a wire fence. The horse fell, and Mr. Schrapel was severely bruised and could not get up for some time. He was discovered by Mrs. W. Harten, who helped him to reach her house. He suffered great pain, for some time, but is now on the mend.


Sat 2 Jun 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran, May 29. Mr. Corner, of Kadina, was driving a motor lorry on Monday morning, and when between Maitland and South Kilkerran something went wrong with the steering gear. The lorry swerved from the road and crashed into a small tree. As a result of the impact the tree was snapped off near the ground. The radiator of the engine was damaged.


Thu 21 Jun 1917, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

From 0. J. A. HUBNER, St. Paul's School, South Kilkerran.:— The Premier said recently— 'There can be no doubt that until the Education Act of 1815 was passed the teaching in the bulk of these (Lutheran) schools was through the medium of the German language.' I 'give this statement a flat denial. When the 1915 Act became law I had to make but a few minor adjustments to meet the new requirements. Prior to this about four-fifths of my timetable was done through the, medium of the English language........


Fri 13 Jul 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

At about half-past nine on Monday night, of last week, M.C. Wright, stationed at Maitland, was informed by telephone from Mr Heinrich's house at Kilkerran that a room in the house of Mr R. H. Bell, of Kilkerran, had been broken into during Monday afternoon and about £90 of money had been stolen. The constable lost no time in getting to work and his smartness resulted in an arrest on the Adelaide train before it moved out of the Moonta station on Tuesday morning.....

South Kilkerran.

Fri 3 Aug 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

July 1. Australia Day was celebrated here on Friday last. Despite boisterous weather conditions prevailing, there was a very large attendance of visitors to participate in the celebrations. At 10 a.m. the local brass band, under the able baton of Mr Wehr, played several selections at the No. 2 school......


Sat 4 Aug 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Sonth Kilkerran, July 26. When Miss Hulda Grersch was returning from Maitland in a sulky yesterday the horse stumbled and she was thrown heavily to the ground. The shafts of the sulky snapped, and the horse galloped away with them. Miss Gersch was picked up by Mr. F. E. Gene, who took her home in his motor car. Fortunately, her injuries are not serious. The sulky, which belongs to Mr. J. A. H. Gersch, was badly wrecked.

South Kilkerran.

Wed 12 Aug 1917, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

May 8. After a long spall rain has set in, and up to the present 1.59 has been gauged since Friday last. Apparently this is the break-up of the dry weather for the season. Up to the present the season has been everything that could be desired, and it is gratifying to report that over seven inches of rain have already been recorded for this year. The feed which has especially in stubble paddocks, made a good headway, will thrive now. A substantial area of ground is already under crop with oats, aad now, after this beautiful downpour, every farmer will be busy tilling wheat. According to estimates, a very large area will be cropped this year. But as mostly fallowed ground is the land used for this purpose, and with latent improved implements and favourable weather, it is expected that not a very long period of time will elapse for seeding operations. The mice are still causing considerable damage in the haystacks, and every other place they can penetrate. It is hoped that this rough and cold weather will be a longed for factor instrumental in diminishing their number.

Mr Oscar Dutschke, who has been in the Kapunda Hospital for several weeks, is to bo home shortly.


Sat 18 Aug 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran, August 12, Mr. Solanders, the mail contractor, of South Kilkerran, was driving the motor lorry when one of the back axles broke near the Wheel. The accident happened on level road, and there were no serious consequences.

HOFFMANN. On the 7th September, at her residence, South Kilkerran, Pauline Renata, relict of Johann Heinrich Hoffmann, aged 80 years one day. A colonist of 70 years.

The death is announced of Mrs. Hoffmann, of South Kilkerran. She was born at Metz, Alsace, in 1837. Alsace at that time belonged to France. Later her parents emigrated to Posen. In consequence of the Prussian persecution of Lutherans her father left for Australia. He died on the voyage, and the deceased, who was 10 years of age, landed with her mother, sister, and brother. In 1857 she married Mr. J. H. Hoffmann, and lived 19 years with him in Lyndoch valley. In 1876 they settled in South Kilkerran. Mr. Hoffmann died some years ago, but two years before his death the couple were able to celebrate their golden wedding. Two sons, two daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren survive.

KOHLHAGEN. On the 2nd September, Moonta, of Bright, disease, Carl H. C, the youngest son of the late Mr. J. C. and Mrs. Kolhagen, of Kilkerran, Yorke Peninsula, aged 83 years 5 months.


Sat 15 Sep 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

South Kilkerran. September 10. Whilst Mr. Koch, employed by Mr. W. Geue, was driving to church a loaded gun in the vehicle went off, taking away the middle finger of his right hand to the joint. Mr Koch had a remarkable escape from death or serious injury.


Fri 21 Sep 1917, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

September 4. The local Red Cross Socicty held its annual meeting on Wednesday afternoon last at the home of Mr ard Mrs J. T. Schrapel. There was a very large number of ladies and gentlemen present. Mrs H. Kumnick presided, and Miss L. Hasting read the annual report. The following officers were elected —President, Mrs H. Kumnick ; vice president', Mre A. S. A. Wehr ; secretary, Miss L. Hasting; auditor, Miss E. A. Henrich ; committee, Missis E. E Heinrich, A. B. Jericho, Mesdames J. T. Schrapel, E. Datschke and president and secretary. Button Day will be held shortly. Afternoon tea was provided by Mrs Schrapel. After a very successful meeting the gathering dispersed.

On Sunday last Mr George Koch, whilst driving along tha road, had an accident with a gun which was lying in the bottom of the cart. The gun accidently exploded and the charge penetrated the middle finger of one hand. Medical aid was sought and it was found necessary to amputate the injured limb. He is now progressing favourably.


Sat 22 Sep 1917, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Soutb Kilkerran. September 17. Mr. Otto Lutze, second, son of Mr. C. H. Lutze, was riding his motor cycle when he met several drays, which obscured a crossing he was approaching. A motor car suddenly appeared from the crossing and struck his front wheel. Mr. Lutze was thrown clear of the car, but his cycle was badly smashed, he sustained little injury.


Mon 14 Jan 1918, The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Trove

Maitland, January 12. Mr. Isaacson, of South Kilkerran, had his harvester badly damaged as the result of the bolting of his team of six horses. The animals made off down the paddock and upset the harvester, several of the parts of which were broken.

South Kilkerran.

Fri 8 Mar 1818, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

March 5. Over an inch of fain has fallen since last night. Everyone welcomes this downpour, as drinking water is in many instances becoming short, It is generally believed that much cleaer atmosphere will results after this, than has been the case since weeks of continuous dry and hot sulky weather. The roads have been terrible cut up during the long dry spell, but will surely improve from having the fallen rain on them. Seeding has not yet commenced, but it is believed that oats will soon be drilled. Several farmers complain about having rats in their barn, &c. In one instance eleven of these ravages have been caught in a short time and others were seen to get away. Mice are also plentiful again but everybody is hopeful that last year's plague will not be repeated. Most of the stubble intentionally disposed to the distruclion by fire has now been burned, and paddocks so cleared are ready for further operations.


Tue 26 Mar 1918, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

March 24th. Erik Louis Lutz, aged 2 years 11 months, was found dead by an older brother in a horseyard near the father's house at South Kilkerran. Dr. Browning declined to give a certificate, and the circumstances were investigated by Mr. John Tiddy and a jury at the Courthouse. The evidence showed that the little fellow had been playing about, but was misted when the family assembled for tea. The search resulted in the finding of the body face downwards a few yards from a windmill. The doctor expressed the opinion that the condition of the brain and the top of the head was consistent with a fall and the jury returned a verdict to that effect.


Sat 4 May 1918, The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) Trove

Motor Sales Record. In one week last month Mr. J. W. Mills, country wholesale and retail sales representative for the South Australian branch of the Studebaker Corporation, placed four new Studebaker cars in to tbe central part of hie Peninsula district. Mr. J. W. Mills now holds the sales record for the branch, having closed three of these four orders in one day, the cars being sold to Mr. C. A. R. Dutechke. of North Kilkerran,. and Messrs. Koch, sen., and Koch, jun., of South Kilkerran. The same week the delivery of a new car was made to Mr. L. M. Gilbert, of Maitland, who will in the future look out for Studebaker interests in Central Peninsula district as agent and service station for Studebaker cars. With the full confidence of the business that will result from the Studebaker agency Mr. Gilbert has recently made extensive alterations to hie already very complete garage in Maitland in the way of adding a showroom for the diaplay of the 18 series car just purchased.


Sat 20 Jul 1918, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Louis Dutschke, while riding a horse near his home at South Kilkerran on July 12, was thrown through the horse slipping. His left leg was broken above the ankle. Dr. Collins attended to the sufferer, who on Saturday morning was brought to the hospital, where the leg was set.


Thu 19 Sep 1918, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

South Kilkerran, September 16. Mrs. E. Vogt and Mrs. Modista were driving along the Maitland-Port Victoria road on Sunday evening, when the horse shied at a circus tent. Both ladies were thrown on to the road. Mrs. Modista received injuries to the head, and a wheel passed over her body. Mrs. Vogt suffered from shock and bruises.


Tue 8 Oct 1918, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

South Kilkerran October 6. When playing with a knife on Monday Leonhard Lutz, third son of Mr. J. H. H. Lutz, injured his eye. Little notice was taken of the mishap at first, but serious symptoms developed later. Mr. Lutz hired a motor car and took his son to an eye specialist in Adelaide.


Sat 14 Dec 1918, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. E. Linke, youngest son of Mrs. A. Linke, South Kilkerran, fell from a horse and his foot was caught in the stirrup. The horse took fright and galloped round the yard, and before he was released Mr. Linke waa seriously injured. The doctor was summoned from Maitland to attend him. Mr. Linke is still in a serious condition, but his recovery is expected.


Fri 4 Apr 1919, Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser (SA : 1878 - 1922) Trove

i It will be hard to find a record to surpass that accomplished by Otto Edward Zacher, the 14-year-old son of Mr J. H. J. Zacher, of Kilkerran, who finished his schooling on December 19, 1918. He started as a pupil of the South Kilkerran school on September 18, 1911, and had to walk five miles each way, a total of 50 miles a week. During the seven years and three months of his schooling he never missed a day's attendance. On one occasion he met with a burning accident at home, but he trudged along cheerfully with his face in bandages. The scholastic year in those days consisted of 44 weeks, and on this basis young Zacher walked 2,200 miles a year to receive his education That works out at more than 16,000 miles for the total school period.—


Tue 22 Jul 1919, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

South Kilkerran, July 19. Over twenty cases of influenza have occurred here since Tuesday, several serious. Dr. D. Browning,, who has had a busy time during the past few days is now suffering from the disease. Through the departure of Mr. O. Schmidt, chemist, from Maitland, medicine has to be procured from Moonta, 27 miles away.


Sat 9 Aug 1919, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Roy Williams, a returned soldier, was riding on a motor cycle into St. Paul's Church ground, South Kilkerran, when he collided with a post. He was very much bruised and shaken, but fortunately escaped serious injury. The footboard and lamp on the motor were smashed.


Wednesday 5 May 1920, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

Mr. F. W. Schrapel, of South Kilkerran, one of the victims of the motoring accident near Port Wakefield at the end of last week, died at his home on Monday evening. After his arrival at his residence on Saturday he first appeared to be progressing very well, but on Sunday morning symptoms of cerebral haemorrhage supervened, and he failed to rally. Mrs. Schrapel and the little boy Mickan, who were also injured in the accident, are progressing favourably.


Saturday 8 May 1920, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

PORT WAKEFIELD, April 30.—A serious motor accident occurred about four miles from here this evening. Mr. and Mrs. Schrapel, with their daughter and son-in-law and boy and a friend, were travelling to their home at South Kilkerran (Yorke's Peninsula). A front tire blew out, and the car turned completely over, and the occupants were thrown out. Mr. and Mrs. Schrapel and the boy were injured. The son-in-law was driving. Misters. John Fraser and Harry McDonald, who were motoring from the city, witnessed the occurrence, and were quickly on the secene, and they rendered all aid possible, and conveyed the sufferers to the surgery of Dr. Gribble, who attended to them. The boy seems to have been seriously injured.

Mr. F. VV. Schrapel.

Saturday 15 May 1920, Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931) Trove

Mr. P. W. Schrapel of South Kilkerran, who died as the result of injuries received in a motoring accident near Port Wakefield, was a native of Tanunda, where he was born on May 30, 1852. After his marriage with Miss Heinrich he took, up land as one of the pioneers of Kilkerran, about 44 years ago, and in due time success rewarded his careful system of farming. He was a man of kindly disposition, ever ready with practical support to any movement for the advancement, of the district. He has left a widow, and a family of five—Meedames J. Mickan (Port Victoria), B. Dutschke (Maitland), and Gogler (Broken Hill), and Messrs. J. and E. B. Schrapel (Souith Kilkerran).


Wednesday 20 October 1920, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

MAITLAND, October 18.— On Tuesday last- Cordia Linke, aged 11 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Linke, South Kilkerran, was run over by a motor car. She was driving a cow across the road near her borne, and Mr. H. Vogt, who was just arriving from Bethel, near Kapunda in his car, in trying to avoid the animal, collided with the little girl, whose left-leg was broken at the ankle. Dr. Browning was in the neighbourhood at the time, and he set the limb.


Tuesday 31 January 1922, Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1923) Trove

The Port Victoria correspondent The Register writes as follows of a most regrettable occurrence which took piece there on Sunday afternoon. Port Victoria may proudly lay claim to having displayed loyalty in a markedly high degree during the recent tragic years of warfare. Practically every house whose men folk were eligible was represented. Of the 37 names on the honour roll 13 bear the little star of glory showing they were called upon to give their all. Donations to all funds were liberal. Tangible proof of the support to the various loans is in evidence in the the institute, where a captured machine gun and tablet lie beneath the roIl of honour (installed by the townsfolk). On the walls of the reading room at the rear of the hall, a room which witnessed the farewells and presentations accorded to each volunteer, and the welcome home to those who were spared to return, and in which were held tha Red Cross meetings and peace thanksgiving services, hang the photos of the heroic dead. And in this room it was suggested that the lutherans should hold their services. To the residents of Port Victoria the Lutheran Church is solely a German organization. At a sparsely attended meeting of the institute committee a letter was received asking permission to rent the hall once a month for the purpose of conducting religions services. This was accorded without it being realised by any of those, present that it. might cause friction. When the knowledge of that had been done was made known indignation was expressed, especially by returned soldiers and their families. On the Friday previous to the Sunday arranged for the holding of the service it was reported, on what was sent to be good authority, that the idea had been abandoned. In justice it must be said that word was sent advising this, but, unfortunately, Paster Hoopman was away, and on his return it is understood that, as it was too late to cancel advertisements which had appeared, he considered it only right to keep faith and come down. The mistake would appear to be in not yielding tactfully to the clearly expressed desire that no service should be held. Returned soldiers from miles around came into the port on Sunday afternoon and gathered in the vicinity of the institute, the doors of which were closed. The secretary was warned not to give up the keys. Subsequently a door leading to the reading room was burst open, and the pastor and his small band of followers the majority of whom came from South Kilkerran entered the building. Some of the returned men then filed in, interrupting the service by singing "God Save the King." A spokesman was appointed, and he stated that the service might be concluded, but in event of its being repeated there would be "something doing.'' For the pastor and his followers it must be conceded that, having been granted the use of the hall, they were within their rights in coming down. On the other hand, local residents claimed that, with two Protestant churches in the town, it was not necessary for the sake of the few Lutherans, to hold a service when the two locally called "German'' churches at South Kilkerran are only eight miles distant. The question raised by the Lutherans was, whether the Roman Catholics, who have recently purchased the old school house, should have their service disturbed. They do not realize that in this district, at any rate, no matter what may be claimed for the Lutheran Church, it will always be looked upon as the "German" Church. It is hoped that the matter will now be allowed to drop.


Monday 9 June 1924, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

While Miss Esther Jericho, of South Kilkerran, near Maitland, was walking along King William street, Adelaide, on Sunday afternoon, she fell, apparently in a fit. She was conveyed to the Hospital in the police ambulance. Her condition is not regarded as serious.


Saturday 29 November 1924, Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

Mrs. and Mr. A Ross, of South Kilkerran on November 23, gave a social to celebrate the birthday of their only daughter, Dorothy. The room was beautifully decorated with colored paper streamers, forming a square and draped to the centre with butterflies. The doors and vases were decorated with hand made waxed roses of all colors, sent by Mrs. C. Goodall, of Eastwood. The ladies wore paper aprons, and the gentlemen caps of colored paper. Prizes were won by Hisses C. Linke and Clara Lutze. A cake of three tiers was on the table. Music was supplied by Mr. Butcher Dutchke. Supper was served.


Saturday 13 December 1924, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Maitland.— While working a harvester last week on the farm of Mr. A. Hastings, Mr. W. Langford was thrown to the ground through the horses moving suddenly and dislocated his shoulder.

On Tuesday Mr. H. Raethel, while attempting to remove thistles from a harvester in motion on the farm of Mr. H. O. Linke, South Kilkerran, got his right arm caught in the beaters of the machine. He was taken to the Maitland Hospital, where Dr. Fletcher amputated the third finger of his right hand.

Schools Reopening

Thursday 12 November 1925, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Trove

According to Pastor W. Jauzow (pastor of the Flinders Street Lutheran Evangelical Church and general president of the Angelical Lutheran Synod of Australasia) the Lutheran Church in South Australia is making great headway. During the past year new churches had been opened at Monarto, Waikerie, Myrla, New Residence, Saddleworth, and Hectorville, an another church would be dedicated at Murray Bridge this month. The member ship for the State was more than 12,000. Owing to an Act of Parliament, said Pastor Janzow, the Lutheran day schools were closed, but now that the Act had been repealed they had the right to reopen them. Up to the present schools had been opened at Eudunda, where there were 70 students, and at South Kilkerran (Yorke Peninsula), where there were 30 students. Previously there were more than 1,000 children attending day schools conducted by the church. In connection with the church an educational society had been formed, he said. Its objective was the establishment of a high school for the training of young girls who could later serve as teachers in the day schools or as deaconesses in the churches. It was expected that the school building would be begun in February. Pastor Janzow said that it would depend on the support received from the people in the districts where the church previous conducted schools whether such places were reopened for training.


Saturday 27 February 1926, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

A new branch of the Agricultural Bureau has been formed at South Kilkerran, with membership of 34. The first meeting took place on February 4, when the election of officers was held, Mr. H. Richards, assistant secretary to the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia, attended the meeting.


Saturday 4 December 1926, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

Another example of high-class farming was on Mr. B. A. Koch's property at Kilkerran, a few miles from the shores of Spencer's Gulf. His crops were looking well, although he said a dry spell in September had brought down the average. However, we saw a splendid 75 acre crop of Ford, in which the auto-header was accounting for seven bags to the acre. Adjoining this was a lovely stretch, of Currawa. 140 acres in all. Mr. Koch was delighted with his power-driven machine. 'There is no doubt about it,' he remarked, 'it is ideal for getting into a crop.' I did not take the binder out of the shed this Year to cut tracks.' Fine buildings excellently arranged are seen at the headquarters of Mr. B. J. Koch's farm, which upon approach looks like a miniature village. It is the essence of neatness, and one shed resembles a pavilion at the Royal Showground. He has between 700 and 800 acres under wheat and barley, and has already taken off 350 with the auto-header. Wheat is turning out fairly well, and barley is not as good as usual — only about six bags to the acre.

14-year-old Boy or Header.

A beautiful sample of Ford, going six or seven bags to the acre, was seen at Mr. J. W. Moody's place at Kilkerran. His 14-year-old son pilots the auto-header sometimes. Another great sight confronted is at the property of Messrs. F. B. Smith and Sons, of Maitland. They rank among the biggest farmers on Yorke's Peninsula, and have about 1,400 acres in crop. Already 300 acres have been taken off, and we saw an auto-header at work in a fine field of 100 acres of Federation bordered by Daphne. The sons reported that this crop should return 30 bushels to the acre. It was on this farm that 900 bags' of wheat were reaped in a day, and the progressive producers are anxious to reach the 1,000 mark. So much for scientific farming! There was more to interest us at the farm of a neighbour, Mr. J. Bell, of Maitland, who has taken off more than 300 acres of barley with his auto-header and other machines. He will shortly start on the wheat, which is just ripening. Mr. Bell was in the midst of putting barley on a motor lorry by means of a 'one real horsepower' bad loader. He has taken away more than 1,000 bags of barley this season, the lorry does six trips a day with a 55 bag load to Pine Point, 12 miles away.

More Splendid Object Lessons.

We had covered 100 miles that day round and about the peninsula by the time we returned to our hotel at Maitland for dinner, and there was yet one more place to see. At nightfall we went out to Mr. F. H. Koch's fine property, at North Kilkerran. It filled us with admimtion for this farmer to see the clean level fallows, and the businesslike manner in which he conducts his operations. Mr. and Mrs. Koch were absent when we arrived at the homestead, but they was ably represented by his 14.5 year old son — a healthy looking, intelligent youngster, whose home training and upbringing reflects great credit upon his parents. He told the writer that he had attended school at North and South Kilkerran, now he is helping on the farm, and the ready way he answered questions without the slightest semblance of cheeky precocity was refreshing indeed. That boy will also be one of the world's best farmers some day. 'Does you father suggest any improvement on the autoheader?' the boy was asked. The quick answer was, 'He thinks the grain box might be a bit higher, so that he can dump the bags better.' Alongside the header were arranged in neat rows of five, 130 bags of wheat, which had been harvested since 3 o'clock that afternoon. Mr. Koch believes in working under the most comfortable conditions. He has made a cover for the auto-header out of two motor car hoods, so that the work can be done in the shade, and the dust minimised. It was a real 'Rolls Royce' of the farming field! There is only one horse on Mr. Koch's farm, and this animal is used to take the children to and from school. He cultivates with a tractor, drawing a dozen sets of harrows. Two motor lorries, carrying 75 bags of grain each, make five trips daily to Port Balgowan, seven or eight miles away. Those who wish to gain a good insight into ideal agricultural methods should take a motoring trip through Yorke's Peninsula, and call in at some of the farms. They will learn much, and will always be accorded a welcome by these quiet speaking, modest, practical men, who are doing great service to their country.


Thursday 9 December 1926, Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

On December 4 the relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Henrich to the number of about 300, assembled at their residence, South Kilkerran, to celebrate their silver wedding. Pastor Dochler, sen., of Yorketown, held a short service, after which the company partook of the wedding breakfast. After the toast of 'The King' by Mr. Western, Adelaide, Mr. range proposed "The Silver Bride and Bridegroom'' He was supported by Messrs. Tiddy, Wehr, and Graefe. Mr. Heinrich made a happy response. Mr. C. Gersch was M.C. A programme of musical and elocutionary items was given.


Sat 28 May 1927, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Maitland. May 21. When motoring back to Maitland from Balgowan on Friday night, at about 7 o'clock, Messrs. E. F. Moloney and W. S. Allen saw an upturned sulky and horse on the side of the road. On investigation they found Mr. J. W. Moody lying in a semi-conscious condition near by. Having freed the animal and paddocked him, they brought Mr. Moody to Dr. Wells, who found him suffering from severe concussion and ordered his removal to the hospital. Death from hemorrhage of the brain supervened two hours later. It is surmised that Mr. Moody was driving too close to the fence, and that the nearside wheel of the sulky struck a post and overturned, throwing him onto his head. Mr. Moody was a son of Mr. Solomon Moody, and was born at Two Wells in 1873. In partnership with his brother, Mr. E. W. Moody, he took over his father's estate, 'Gowrie,' Kilkerran, in 1893, and carried on agricultural and pastorai pursuits. Some years later he acquired, the property and continued in occupation until his death. He has left a widow (a daughter of Mr. R. Whitelaw, Kilkerra), three sons, and one daughter.

Settlement Reached.

Thursday 2 August 1934, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

In the action in the Maitland Local Court, in which Alfred Julius Thiele of South Kilkerran, sued Carl Heinrich Clasohm, farmer, of South Kilkerran, for £500 damages arising out of a collision, a settlement was reached between the parties.


Wednesday 22 November 1939, Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

The following are the results of the Mid Yorke Peninsula District Wheat Crop and the South Kilkerran Barley Crop Competitions. The crops, in each instance were judged by Mr O. Bowden, District Agricultural Adviser:

Mid Y.P. District:—E. F. Heinrich, South Kilkerran (Dundee), 97.5 points; S. W. A. Heinrich, Maitland (Ford), 93; R. E. Hasting, South Kilkerran (Dundee), 91.5; S. W. A. Heinrich, Maitland (Geeralying), 91; R. W. Humphrys, Maitland (Robin), 90; \V. A. Heinrich, South Kilkerran (Dan), 89; A. A. Bittncr, Maitland (Dan), 89; E. F. Heinrich, South Kilkerran (Dan), 88; H. O. Linke, South Kilkerran (Dan), 86J; E. H. R. Dutschke, South Kilkerran (Merredin), 85.5

South Kilkerran District:—S. W. A. Heinrich, Maitland, 95i points; R. E. Hasting, South Kilkerran, 94A; E. F. Heinrich, South Kilkerran, 93; W. A. : Heinrich, South Kilkerrr.n, 93; O. H. Heinrich, South Kilkerran, 90; H. O. Linke, South Kilkerran, 90; xS. W. A, Heinrich, Maitland. 88; R. W. Humphrys, Maitland, 86.5; A. Bittner, Maitland, 80; E. H. R. Dutschke, South Kilkerran. 80.

x Recommended for seed.