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Saturday 17 August 1878, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Trove

A public meeting was held at Richardson's Room on Tuesday, August 13, to consider the reply of the Government Engineer, Mr. Lovell, respecting the removal of the proposed site for a railway station for South Hummocks. Considering the short notice of the meeting—only three or four hours— there was an excellent and representative attendance. Mr. Paul Daniel was unanimously elected to preside.

The Chairman said that according to arrangement the deputation had met Mr, Lovell, who was appointed to visit the proposed site to see if any thing could be done for the good of those likely to use South Hummocks Station, but it seemed to him and all present that he had decided what course he would adopt before he came on the ground irrespective of anything the deputation might point out. Several urged that it would be of great advantage to have it moved one and a quarter miles nearer the Hummocks; but the engineer did not seem inclined to listen to their statements, and would insist on carrying out what he had already planned. He said that to erect the station on the site proposed by the inhabitants the gradient of the line would have to be altered at a cost of £3,000, as about 15,000 yards of earth would have to be removed. It was well known that the proposed site was on the lowest and worst place in the whole swamp. The water ran over the place from either site, and there was no foundation under the clay excepting one of water about two feet under the surface. (Hear, hear.)

Mr. Gbobgb Daniel fully endorsed the remarks regarding the foundation. It was a perfect quagmire, and roads could not be formed as an approach without going a long way round and expending an enormous sum of money. Besides that, any one from the north or north-west would have to make a detour of an extra mile in order to meet the road, in addition to the station being a mile and a quarter further than was needed. Xt should not be forgotten that last winter the whole place was under water for a couple of miles for four or five months. Several horses were stuck there and drowned, and could not possibly be got out, so bad was the bog. They had a good case, and these were indisputable facts. (Hear, hear.) It was said that to alter the proposed site would cost at least £3,000.

The Chairman—Yes, it was so stated, but it is a very doubtful matter. From enquiries I have made I am inclined to think it would not cost nearly that amount.

Mr. G. Daniel -Even if it did, he believed it would be cheaper to pay that amount for the alteration; for in his opinion it would cost more than the sum stated to make foundations for the station and then form an approach to it through the bog. If the station was erected a mile and a quarter nearer the Hummocks good solid ground could be had, and the money required to be spent in the bog would pay for the alteration of the gradient of the railroad.

The Chairman said if the site was altered as proposed by the deputation it would be brought one and a quarter miles nearer the whole of those likely to use it, while the interest of not a single individual would be served if it was erected on the site proposed by the engineer.

(Hear, hear.}

Mr. James Daniel stated that if the station was erected in the swamp he would not take his produce there. He would have to go through the worst of the swamp to get there, and that being done he would just as soon take his load on to the port as unload at the station.

Mr. G. Daniel fully endorsed every remark he had heard made by the speakers, and would propose—" That this meeting, having heard the results of the interview of the deputation with the engineer respecting the alteration of the site cf the South Hummocks Station, desire to record their extreme dissatisfaction with the decision arrived at by that gentleman, and resolve to make another application on the subject to the Hon. the Commissioner of Public Works." (Hear, hear.)

Mr. John Dubbin seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimonsly.

Mr. R. Stephens proposed—"That in the opinion of this meeting the expenses saved through the water-pumping itself would be more than counterbalanced by the loss of tariff that would be sustained through the stationbeing a mile and a quarter further away from the whole of the settlers and nearer Port Wakefield, and having to cross the swamp in order to reach it." (Hear, hear.) He felt strongly, as he believed they all did, on the question. He believed the engineer did not care to alter the site of the station for the convenience of those interested, and had made what he considered strong objections on technical grounds. As for instance, he alleged that the engines might be supplied with water from the reservoir by gravitation, so saving the labour of pumping, which if the site were altered would be a lasting thing; but it must also be remembered that the tariff from the mile and a quarter would also be for ever lost to the Government, and he felt positive the farmers would much rather pay the extra tariff than have to take their produce through the swamps to the proposed station, because if the station was a mile and a quarter nearer than proposed by Mr. Lovell they could then make two journeys a day to it, but if they had to cross the swamp with their loads they could only go with one load a day; and that being the case he very mnch questioned whether the station or line would be used at all, as the farmer having his load on his wagon, and having managed to cross the really rotten ground, would say to himself after this manner:— " Well, I've managed the worst part of the road, and if I unload at the station I cannot make another trip to-day; I'll drive on to the port." He really believed any sensible man wonld come to that conclusion. (Hear, hear.) Consequently the traffic would be wholly lost to the line; but if the station was erected on the western side of the swamp in all likelihood the farmers would readily avail themselves of the use of the line, as they could then make two journeys to the station daily. He firmly believed that the Government would lose more than they would gain if they yielded to Mr. Lovells view of the case. Probably Mr. Lovell had planned the station, and he would not like to acknowledge that he had made a mistake by advising an alteration.

Mr. W. Spby seconded the motion, which was unanimously carried.

Mr. J. McDonald moved, and Mr. George Daniel seconded—" That a memorial be signed by the Chairman of this meeting on behalf of the inhabitants and forwarded to the Hon. G. O. Hawker, the Commissioner of Pnblic Works, through the members for the district, and asking those gentlemen to earnestly support its prayer."

Carried unanimously.

Mr. J. Prisk was elected Honorary Corresponding Secretary.

The residents of South Hummocks have recently erected a stone building to be used as a day school and a chapel. I believe Miss Cousins has been appointed teacher of the day school and opened it last week with a fair number of children.


Wednesday 29 June 1881, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Trove

A sad accident has happened here. A man named August Gillem, living at the South Hummocks, in firing at a dog yesterday accidentally killed his child.


Tuesday 21 March 1882, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Trove

A deputation, consisting of Messrs. R. Forrest, William Young, and J. F. Mills, waited on the Attorney-General (Hon. J. W. Downer) on Tuesday morning with reference to the provisional school erected at South Hummocks. They represented that they had arranged with Mr. C. A. Schultz, the owner of some land in the district, to convey to them half an acre of land on which to erect a schooL

He could not hand over the land at the time the agreement was made, as he held it under selection, but in spite of that the school was erected at a cost ol £80. Since then, however, a dispute had arisen between Mr. Schultz and themselves, in which he had threatened to appropriate the school, and not carry out the agreement. The deputation wished to know whether the Government would prevent this being done. The Attorney-General, in reply, promised to represent the matter to the Commissioner of Crown Lands, but stated that it appeared to him entirely a private matter between themselves and the owner of the land, in which they ought to pursue their own remedy.


Saturday 28 August 1886, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

South Hummocks, August 19. We are having in this neighborhood glorious rains. Steady rain began to fall at 4 p.m. on the 17th, and continued till 2 a.m. on the 18th, It began again at 6.30 on the same day and kept steady until noon when it again ceased. Again at sundown rain commenced and went on till nearly daybreak. To-day we have had bright sunny weather with two smart showers. This splendid rain has again given the ground a good soaking as it had become dry and dusty owing to the late high winds. Several of the dams have received a good supply of water, and all have got some, in some cases the dams would have had much more, but their drainage is faulty. Streams and large pools of water are lying in every direction in the paddocks and on the roads. There is every prospect of more rain. Feed has once more made a fresh start, and the crops are looking splendid. The feed I have been informed will be plentiful this season, and the farmers are jubilant. A sheepfarmer informed me that on the night of the 17th wild dogs attacked his sheep and drove the whole mob, which numbered 500 (except three they killed and two they bit badly) out of the paddock, the animals escaping between the top wires. The bulk of the mob was found in a settler's paddock two miles from their own. On counting of them 40 were found to be missing, but 20 have since been recovered. The rains have caused mushrooms to grow in great abundance in old sheepyards.

SOUTH HUMMOCKS, September 27.

Saturday 2 October 1886, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

Shearing is now in full swing at Messrs. Forest & Brooks, South Hummocks. The clip at present is not very good, the wool of many of the sheep being short and dirty from, the effects of the hardships the animals went through during the late drought. The clip may turn out better as the snearing progresses. — Owing to the sheep of Messrs. Forrest and Brooks being yarded at night, and a lot of the sheep from the former having been sent elsewhere, the wild dogs have shifted to the neighborhood of Port Wakefield, where they mule a raid on the sheep of a farmer, causingsed havoc among the flock. I am informed that they are destroying the pigs of some of the settlers.


Saturday 6 November 1886, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

October 22. The settlers will be pleased to learn that the drains leading to the South Hummocks dam have been well-cleaned and made fit to receive the storm waters from heavy rains. There is but a very small supply of water in the dam, a quantity having been blown out by high winds and dried up. — On the evening of the 21st a whirlwind swept over the homestead of Mr. T. Forrest, in its course unroofing part of the cowshed, lifting large and heavy posts of wood, and hurling them into the cowyard, where Mrs. Forrest and her maid servant were milking. Fortunately neither were injured, nor were the cows hurt.— The gold fever has reached this vicinity, and has caused some excitement among the residents.— Shearing is over at Mr. T. Forrest's station, the clip not being so good as the previous one, owing to the effect the drought had upon the sheep. — Hay-making has commenced here.


Saturday 27 November 1886, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

November 22. On the morning of November 7, about 5 a.m., a hut occupied by a shepherd in the employ of Mr. G. Forrest, situated close under the South Hummocks range, and known as the Crow's Nest, caught fire and was burnt to the ground. The shepherd was only a short distance from the hut when the fire broke out, but before he could rush to the spot the flames had got such a hold that he was only able to save a few articles of clothing and bedding, and his trunk. In endeavoring to do so he burnt his hands badly. He estimates his loss at about £12. Wild dogs are still ravaging the sheep in this vicinity.


Saturday 5 February 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

January 31. On Saturday, January 29, a Blue Ribbon meeting was held at South Hummocks, Mr. H. Film presiding. Mr. James Fountain, of Charleston, delivered a very interesting lecture on 'Total Abstinence,' giving instances of the terrible evils of strong drink that had come under his own notice. Melodies and recitations were given at intervals by Messrs. H. Film and J. Fountain. Twelve persons signed the pledge and donned the blue. On Sunday the same gentleman preached in South Hummocks chapel to a large congregation.


Saturday 9 April 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

April 2. A terrific duststorm raged nearly the whole of today in this vicinity. At intervals the wind blew with great fury, while the surrounding country was enveloped in dense clouds of dust, the likes of which has not been witnessed for years. Between 2 and 3 o'clock rain commenced to fall, and in the space of 20 minutes one of the neaviest falls that has occurred in this vicinity for many years was experienced. Many tanks and dams received a grand supply of water. Streams of water flowed in every direction, and soon gave the Country the appearance of a vast swamp. It is estimated that as much rain fell in that short period (20 minutes) as fell all last winter. Shortly after this storm of rain had passed over it began to thunder and lightning, accompanied with short heavy showers of rain at intervals, till sunset, when it became fine. Where the rain fell water carting has stopped. The farmers will be enabled to push on with ploughing and seeding operations.— Sheep in this vicinity are worth a shilling a head more than before the rain, and there ia every prospect of early feed for the young lambs. Pastoral pursuits will take a fresh start for the best.


Saturday 21 May 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

Heavy rain fell here on May 11, only lasting for a short time. A succession of light rains fell on May 13, and during the afternoon of May 14, about 4.30 p.m., a tremendous shower of rain mingled with hail stones fell and it is estimated that from 1 to 2 inches of rain fell. The water ran down the dopes and gullies of the South Hummocks Range, and in a short time the plain country had the appearance of a swamp. Many dams and tanks were filled to overflowing. This weather, which is to beneficial to the soil, is proving very disastrous to the young lambs, and numbers continue to die from the wet and cold, especially during the night. On May 16 light showers passed over here. —The wild dogs are killing all the ewes and lambs they come across. It is now fine growing weather, and feed is making rapid progress.


Saturday 16 July 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

July 15. Wild ducks and turkeys have put in an appearance, several of the former having been shot. On June 27 a party of settlers met and bad a day's wallaby shooting ; the party numbered 13 guns, and bagged 40 wallaby, two hares, and one rabbit— not a bad day's shooting, as it was very difficult to get a good shot at them on account of the excellent cover the wallabies had to hide themselves in. The district council (Port Wakefield) have given orders that new drains are to be shortly made and the old ones cleaned out and enlarged to convey the storm waters to the Beaufort dam, which has a good supply of water in it.


Saturday 6 August 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

July 27. A settler recently lost a horse from the effects of eating too much green wheat. — Wild turkeys and ducks are still to be got in this neighborhood though eagerly sought after by sportsmen. The former are very shy and difficult to get at, only here and there an odd one falling a prize to the sportsmen, while the latter are rather plentiful. The wild dogs still continue their depredations among the paddocked sheep, I have been informed that it is the intention of some gentlemen to hunt and, if possible, destroy the wild dogs by means of fox and deerhounds.


Saturday 20 August 1887, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

August 11. It is a fact that six children have been born in this quiet neighborhood lately, and no small amount of excitement has been caused thereby. —Several wild dogs have come to grief lately. Four, of these brutes we're seen to attack a flock of sheep soon after the latter were turned out to feed. — Eaglehawkes are killing the young Iambs. — Wild turkeys are to be seen daily in groups of from two to seven in number, although the birds are very shy. — The weather is now beautifully fine.


Saturday 13 October 1888, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

October 9. The usual quiet of this place was somewhat enlivened by a kangaroo hunt, which took place on Saturday, October 6. Although the day was fine for sport the attendance was not large, but those who were present had no cause to complain of want of game. At about 12 o'clock the first kangaroo was started, and after a most spirited run of about three miles he was brought to grass. Two others were sighted at the same time, and led a few of the party a merry chase, but they also were placed hors de combat. Nine kangaroos were killed up to 2 o'clock, and in such a wooded part of the country this speaks well for the horsemanship of the hunters. The afternoon's tally was not large, however, the kangaroos taking to the heavy timber. There was some stiffish work done, the pace being fast, and the want of dogs made the riding harder than it otherwise would have been. — The few showers of rain have again raised the hopes of the tillers of the soft, and the cool days which have followed will greatly benefit the crops.— The wool clip also is much beyond the average of hut season.


Saturday 20 October 1888, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1881 - 1889) Trove

October 15. The second meet of the members of the Hunt Club took place this afternoon, the first kangaroo being killed at about 2 o'clock, which was followed in quick succession by another kill. There was a lot of hard riding, the kangaroos being very shy. An accident occurred to one of the huntsmen through the creepers, which in places were almost impregnable, but fortunately the consequences were not serious. Kills after this became more general, and in the mallee a fair-sized kangaroo was taken alive and will be sent to the Adelaide Zoo. — Hay-making is now in full swing, but the yield will be light.— The heat is very great.


Friday 5 February 1904, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

About 3,000 acres of country, a large proportion of which was originally covered with mallee, and which is principally reddish loam, constitutes the holding of Mr T Forrest. The homeestead is situated on rising ground several miles from Port Wakefield and five or six from the South Hatnmocls, which rising up in the westwards, block the view. Sir Forrest is a colonial, and started farming in this district for himself about 21 years ago. At that time kangaroos and emus were numerous and provided some exciting sport. Their day is gone, their race is run, and they have vanished almost entirely from these parts. Their once-frequented haunts are now the grazing grounds of the sturdy merino and the propagation of cereals. On the South Hummocks farm sheep-raising and the growing of wheat are combined and excellent results produced thereby. The season as looked at from a wheat growers' point of view has been a treacherous one and much loss and inconvenience were caused by a combination of unpropitious circumstances. In the first instance the weather proved favorable for the dissemination of rust, which ment the cutting of more hay than was necessary, and in some cases, bad samples of grain. Unpropitious harvesting weather then knocked down a proportion of the crops, blenched the wheat and rendered harvesting slow and aggravating. However, in a great many instances crops have been splendid, some varieties of wheats especially proving their merits. Marshall's No 3 and Gluyas's Early turned out well, both averaging from 2 to 4 bags. The other varieties grown by Mr Forrest were fair, but results would have been much greater in a normal season.


Friday 5 May 1905, Central Advocate (Balaklava, SA : 1903 - 1909) Trove

After holding services in the South Hammocks day school for some years, the Methodists of that district have decided to erect a church. The foundation stone was laid on Wednesday, May 3rd. A fairly large company assembled on the site of the new building at 8 p.m. The proceedings were opened by Rev. A. J. Finch (Superintendent of the Kulpara Circuit). The hymn for the occasion was sung, after which the Rev. W. A. Bainger, of Port Wakefield, read Psalm 84, and offered a prayer. Mr. finch then gave a history of the Methodist cause at South Hummocks, and the steps which had led to the formation of a trust and the resolve to build. The people had given most generously, and he was able to report abont £86 in hand besides the promise of material and labour, and it was expected that the church, which is to cost about £140, will be opened free from debt. The church stands on land given by Mr. John Penns. A bottle containing copies of the "Christian Commonwealth" and Adelaide and other papers, a copy of the circuit plan, and other documents, with coins of the realm, were placed in a cavity under the stone. Mr, John Penns, the Treasarer, then presented Mr. Black, of Balaklava, with a suitably inscribed silver trowel, and asked him, on behalf of the Trustees, to lay the foundations stone. In a few suitable words Mr. Black declared the stone to be well and truly laid, and called upon the people to lay their offerings on the stone. Addresses were given by the Revs. Geo. Hall, Balaklava, and W. A. Bainger, Port Wakefield, after which Messrs. Forrest and Taylor thanked Mr. Black end the visiting ministers for their survices. The company then adjourned to the public school to partake or an excellent tea provided by the ladies of the congregation, The event passed off very pleasantly, and the numeroua visitors from Balaklava and Port Wakefield and elsewhere had a most enjoyable time. The photographer was busy preparing pictures which are to appear in the Kapunda paper.


Friday 12 May 1905, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

Since 1880 the South Hummocks Methodists have worshipped in a small building, which latterly has become inadequate for the purpose. They decided to build a church, and on Wednesday May 3, the foundationstone was laid by Mr. J. Black, of Balaklava . The building is being erected on ground donated by Mr. J. Penna. and will be 18 ft. by 30 ft inside measurement, with 13 feet walls and 8 feet gable. It will be fitted with Gothic doors and windows, and a Winderlich ceiling, so that when finished it will be a substantial, convenient, and neatly-furnished building. The estimated cost is £130, and of this the sum of almost £100 had been secured at the end of the day's, proceedings, which terminated in a public tea. The trustees are Messrs. G. E. Hamdorf, T. Forrest, J. Penna, and W. H. Taylor. Mr. M. Clements of Balaklava, is the contractor, while Mr. W. Hamdorf has the contract for iron and roofing work.

There was a large attendance at 3 p.m. when the Rev. A. J. Finch opened the proceedings In an address he stated that the people of South Hummocks had been worshipping God in the building used also as a school, which was too small and unworthy. About a year ago it had been suggested that a church be built. The ladies worked hard, and the people responded nobly, so that they saw before them a growing edifice, the estimated cost of which was £130, of which £84 9s. was already on the subscription list. It was stated at the last general conference that the number of Methodists in the state approximately amounted to 15,636, and of these South Hummocks numbered only 16, so that they deserved praise for their energy. He would place a bottle containing subscription list (which showed items of penerous donations—E. E. Hamdorf £20. J. Penna £15, T. Forrest £10, and A. McLeay £5, and many others), circuit plan, names of trustees, circuit stewards and ministers, copies of the Commonwealth and secular papers, and some current coins in the crypt behind the stone. Mr. J. Penna said there was supposed to be a Judas in every family, and it seemed as though he were the Judas among the trustees since he had been asked to make Mr. Blanks presentation on behalf of all. Mr. Black had been unanimously elected by the committee to lay the stone, and both he and Mrs. Black deserved their thanks for driving over in the rain on Easter Monday, true to their promise, and for being present that day, when the deferred function was to be carried out. Mr. Black suitably responded, and proceeded to lay the stone, declaring it to be well and truly laid to the honor and glory of God and in the name of the Trinity. Rev. Mr. Hatt, ot Balaklava, congratulated them on the day's business, and eulogised their action, a small community, as noble and brave, in building a church, which had every prospect of being opened free from debt. He was glad they were not like some people at a certain place in the north, who called a meeting to debate the advisability of building a church, and before breaking up decided to erect a dancing hall, in which they would have no objections to religious services being held on Sabbaths. He wished them success.

Rev. M. Bainger, of Port Wakefield, said it was one of the pleasures of his life to be present as not only did he see them progressing, but he met Mr. Hall on the same platform for the first time after a lapse of years. He was pleased to see them erecting a substantial church which could never afford its ministers the same trouble which overtook a Canadian pastor. He labored in the far north of that country, and with infinite pains had constructed a church of the only material available, whales ribs for the frame, and hides for the walls. He prospered for a time, but hard times came when food was scarce. Dogs ravenously set upon the church, assimulated the walls, and gnawed the bones, providing a striking exemplification of the old phrase, " Gone to the dogs." Mr. T. Forrest said that if people could build houses for themselves, they could not do otherwise than build for the worship and glorification of God. He proposed a vote, of thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Black and the ministers. Mr. W. H. Taylor seconded and the a vote was carried with acclamation. An adjournment was made to the school, where the ladles had prepared an excellent tea.


Friday 6 April 1906, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

The advent of superphosphates has had a farreaching effect in increasing cereal production. It has also tended to the improvement of farm dweilings and the beautification theredf, since the lesson taught by the supers was to the effect that thhe soil, judiciously treated, will for years and years continue to produce good crops of golden, grain for the use of man. Assured of this fact, and no longer at the mercy of what sick land, many farmers have put their hearts into their properly, and are reaping the greatest pleasure, which according to Cowley, mankind can reap, in the improvment of something we can call our own. "Hacienda'' is the homestead of Mr. L. Hamdorf who has been farming in the South Hummocks district for a number of years, the wheat crops about ranged from 3 to 11 bags to the acre, the average should put out a little over 4 bags. Some farmers average close on 20 bushels. A load of wheat is shown in our illustration leaving Hacienda for the Hummocks, whence the wheat is trucked to Port Wakefield and shipped over the wharf.


Wednesday 5 June 1907, Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Trove

SOUTH HUMMOCKS, June 3.-The Royal mail met with a sensational accident last Friday. When about two miles from the South Hummocks post-office a bolt holding the pole broke, and one side of the pole dropping down suddenly struck one of the horses on the fetlock, causing it to kick violently. The other steed seeing her mate kicking thought it was only right that she should kick too. Both horses were kicking furiously when they suddenly whirled round short and capsized the mail, leaving it lying on top of the fence. Miss Cowley, the mail driver, held on to the kicking horses as lone as possible, but fainted just before the mail capsized, and when she came round again to her astonishment the horses were gone with the pole swings, and harness, leaving the mail and the driver behind. The horses came at full gallop towards the post-office, and half a dozen willing men stood on the road armed with sticks and stones to try and stop the frightened animals, but they were unsuccessful. The horses turned and headed west for about two miles, when they turned again, making back toward the Hummocks siding. They travelled in all about eight miles. A young man coming on horseback to the post-office for his mail then caught them, and brought them to the post-office. The pole, swings, and harness were broken to pieces, and the horses were much cut about the hind legs. In the meanwhile Mr. R. Schulz and Miss Gilles had gone down to the scene of the accident, and had just arrived there when Miss Cowley came round. She escaped with a few cuts about the head and a bruised back.


Friday 18 June 1909, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

Mr. Hamdorf was born at South Hummocks, and Lived on a farm until when he commenced business at Bute, which proved a great success, but owing to ill health he was forcer to give it up. He then went to Adelaide, took charge of one of the leading motor car repair shops for two years, but the town seemed different to the fine open country life which he had been used to. So he came to Port Wakefield in March 19?? and built the splendid workshop which we show in our photo, everything is new and up-to-date, and only the most skilled workmen are employed, while the machinery is of the latest type, and is driven by a J6.5, hp. Allan oil engine.

From the start, Mr. Hamdorf met with success, and the business is rapidly increasing, many orders for cultivators having to be refused on account of so much work in hand. Mr. Hamdorf is a specialist with motor cars, motor cycles, oil engines, and an expert mechanic.

Mr. W. A. Hamdorf MACHINERY SHOP. photo


Friday 10 September 1909, Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Trove

August 30. Silver Wedding. On August 25 Mr. and Mrs. J. Penna celebrated their silver wedding, about 50 relatives and friends assembling at their homestead to express their good wishes. After a substantial "breakfast," the health of Mr and Mrs. Penna was honored at the instance of the Rev. Mr. Rush, the toast being supported by Misses W. Taylor, J. Lovell, and others. Mr. Penna feelingly responded. The health of the bride's mother (Mrs. Forrest), who is in her 90th year, was proposed by Mr. J. Sampson, and responded to by Mr. T. Forrest. Various games assisted in passing a very pleasant afternoon. A large number of handsome present were given by relatives and friends.

COUNTRY NEWS. South Hummocks, Feb. 17.

Wednesday 22 February 1911, Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

South Hummocks Methodist Church was the scene of a very quiet but ex ceedingly pretty wedding on Thursday last, when Mr Arthur D. Morrell, of Peakes, was united to Miss Lottie Penna. The church looked very attractive with decorations of white flowers, asparagus fern, arches and bells. The bride was in a beautiful dress of white cliiffon taffetta, with cushioned bouquet, and the bridesmaids, Misses Maggie Penna, Edith Morrell, and Bessie Williams wore cream fancy silk, striped with heliotrope, pink and blue respectively, hats and bouquets to match Mr C. Morrell acted as best man. Rev. H. T. Rush performed the ceremony, and, following a time honored custom, handed to the bride a Bible and hymn book to mark the 6rst wedding in the church. Miss Tear played the Wedding March. After the service the immediate friends of the married couple adjourned )o the residence of the parents of the bride, Mr and Mrs Penna, where the breakfast was held and the usual toasts honored, The presents were varied, tasteful and appropriate The young couple are to reside at the Peake, and are followed by a host of good wishes.


Saturday 2 October 1915, Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954) Trove

Our Melton correspondent writes as under:—"Mr T. C. Millard, farmer, of Hillside, Kulpara, met with a very serious accident on the farm of Mr P. Stevens, South Hummocks. Mr Millard has more than a passing knowledge of veterinary affairs, and his services have been in much requisition by farmers. On this occasion "Mr Millard was filing the teeth of one of Mr Stevens' horses, with the ssaistance of his brother, Mr J. P. Millard, and Mr Stevens. The operation was all but finished when the horee suddenly reared, knocking Mr T. Millard down. None of those present can give a succint account of how the horse struck the operator, it being so sudden and unexpected. However, Mr Millard was rendered unconscious, and it was evident that he was seriously injured. After consciousness returned he was at once motored to Port Wakefield for the attention of Dr Grioble. The latest news is not very comforting, but we hope that a complete recovery will ensue, for we all love Tom."


Tuesday 1 August 1916, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

The late Pte. R. J. Sinclair, who. died in a hospital in Melbourne, tn July 15, was born at Myponga in Marcli, 1897. He was educated at the South Hummocks School, in which district he spent the principal' part of his life. He lived for a few years in the Franklin Harbour district. The deceased was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, and made many friends. He enlisted in February. Two of his brothers are at the front. One was recently wounded, and is at present in a hospital in England. The deceased's father lives at Myponga.


Friday 29 March 1918, Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Trove

FATAL ACCIDENT AT SOUTH HUMMOCKS. PORT WAKEFIELD, March 28. Harry Henderson, aged about. 65 years, who bad been in the employ of the Locomotive Department at Port Wakefield for some months, was run over by a railway engine during shunting operations at South Hummocks this evening, and was instantly killed. The body was brought to Port Wakefield, where an inquest will beheld on Tuesday. Henderson has left a widow, who lives in Gouger street, Adelaide.



Saturday 29 December 1928, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

A strawberry fete arranged by the South Hummocks Methodist Ladies' Guild was held on December 14 in the Sunday-school Hall. Mrs. H. White performed the opening ceremony. Shirley Forrest presented Mrs. White with a large rose full of sweets. Mr. C. Hamdorf was in charge of the competitions. The stall-holders were: — Work, Mesdames 0. Wallis, A. Penna; jumble, Misses Maxwell, D. Forrest, and Mrs. J. C. Forrest; strawberries and cream, Mesdames B Penna and H. White; sweets, Mrs. and Miss Taylor; cool drinks and ice-cream, Misses 0. Wallis F. Taylor, R. Forrest, A. Taylor; tea, Mesdames J. Forrest, P. Taylor, and M:sses E. Maxwell and E. Ceams. The Christmas tree was in charge of Miss Thelma Hissey. The chocolate cake competition was won by Mrs. C. Wallie, with Mrs. L. Pridham second. The King competition was won by Mr. Ray Forrest as King of Cricket. The total takings were £ 46.


Tuesday 11 February 1930, Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 - 1931) Trove

Would Never Pay, Is Works Committee's Verdict. THE Public Works Committee consider that Hummocks Estate, west of Snowtown and Lochiel, and certain lands in the hundreds of Kumara. Ninnes and Cameron could better be served with water by private efforts, than by an expensive Government water scheme, which, under the existing rating scheme, would never pay. We cannot recommend an expenditure of more than £20,000 to assist a comparatively small number of settlers (30) for such a poor revenue return.' the Committee adds, 'We suggest to settlers that they should attempt to provide their own supplies by means of artificial catchments.'

South Hummocks.

Thursday 5 January 1933, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

The New Year ushered itself in with a beautiful eool and sunshiny day. The majority of the residents of this district spent the day at the beaches in a very pleasant way.

The harvest is being pushed on with; on most farms it is nearing completion, and several were finished reaping before Christmas.

Crops are, in a general way, very disappointing. Crops that one would have thought would have gone ten bags or so are only returning three or four to the acre. Nabawa is probably the best yielding wheat this season; Gluyas is very disappointing, and the grain is pinched. We have heard rumours that some wheat is unsaleable being so light.

We are sorry to report that Mr W. N. Starkey has been confined to the Wallaroo Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

South Hummocks.

Thursday 13 April 1933, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

The weather has been fine and warm for the week just passed, with a decided tendency towards humidity. The weather shows signs of rain at present. Most farmers are not ready for rain at present, as it will probably mean another working of fallows before seeding.

Thirty-one residents used their right of franchise on election day in this district.

The annual meeting of the Football Club was held on Saturday 8th. April. The president's, secretary's, and treasurer's reports were read, and found very satisfactory. The Club was reformed, and it was decided to join the North Western Football Association for this year. It was also decided to put a concrete floor in the dressing shed. The following were elected as life members of the Club-Messrs. J Penna, W Starkey, G Henderson, B Penna, E Hamdorf, J P Taylor, J W and J C Forrest, and J T Kildea. These are the first life members in this Club, which has been in existence for only twelve years.

South Hummocks.

Thursday 20 April 1933, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

The weather for the past week has been very changeable. The begin-ning of the week was marked by a fall of sixty three points of rain, which was followed by very showery weather for three days, succeeded by fine and warm weather.

This rain has been considered rather early by most farmers. One or two are starting drilling at the beginning of next week, but generally farmers will not be ready for a fortnight or so.

This year is remarkable for the number of early lambs. Some farmers are complaining of shortage of feed and are hind feeding their stock.

The Literary Society held its meeting on Tuesday, April 11th. A debate with a team from Kulpara took place. The teams were:—Messrs Perry and L Daniel and Miss Hissy (Kulpara); Messrs B Penna and R Forrest and Miss D Forrest (South Hummocks). Mr R P Uppill, of Nantawarra, who was adjudicator, gave his decision in favor of Kulpara.

The cricket team has ceased playing until next season.

Fatal Fall From Horse.

Saturday 27 January 1934, Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Trove

SOUTH HUMMOCKS, January 25. While Mr. Gordon Whyett, an employe of Mr. George Henderson, was riding after a cow around a dam the horse stumbled and fell, throwing the rider heavily to the ground, his head striking a sharp-edged ironstone, and lacerating the skull. Dr. Borachy, who was summoned from Port Wakefield ordered the removal of the injured man to Balaklava Hospital, where he did a few hours later.

School Picnic.

Thursday 29 March 1934, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

The annual picnic of the South Hummocks school was held at Port Arthur on Friday, March 16th. As the weathar was cool and pleasant, a large number of parents and friends gathered to enjoy the day. The Grant's Hill school also held their picnic there on the same day; but the small beach was found large enough to accommodate both parties.

The afternoon was taken up by a very good programme of sports, the winners of the various events being as follows: All comers, girls -Elsie Hanks 1, Shirley Forrest 2, Joan Hanks 3. Allcomers, boys - Ellis Baker, Ray Hanks, Hex Treloar. Upper grades girls Una Forrest Elsie Hanks, Grace Schulz. Upper grades boys-Desmond Hosking Waldemar Schulz, Rex Treloar. Lower grades girls -Arline Forrest, Beth Penna, June "Penna. Lower grades boys-Ray Hanks, Murray Forrest, Ellis Baker. Championship race-Elsie Hanks, Rex Treloar. Valdemar Schulz. Toddlers-Daphne Penna, Bruce Hosking, Rex Penna. Flag race-Waldemar Schul/.'s team. Girls high jump-Shirley Forrest (3ft 5ins), Grace Schuls, Una Forrest. Boys high jump -Waldemar Scbuls (3ft 4ins), Ellis Baker, Rex Treloar, Three legged race-Joan Hanks and Una Forrest. Dorothy Baker and Ruth Hanks, Elsie Hanks and Shirley Forrest. Skipping-Una Forrest (674), Emily Schuls, Shirley Forrest. Boy3 sack race-Rex Treloar and Waldemar Schuls (tied), Murray Forrest. Girls sack race-Hasel Hanks, Elsie Hanks, Emily Schuls. Ladies race-Miss L Gullichsan, Miss G Forrest. Mens race-R Taylor, A Penna, A Schuls.

After the races the children were given lollies and fruit.


Thursday 19 April 1934, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

A thunderstorm which broke over the district on the night of April 11 yielded 80 points of rain. This has brought up weeds on tallow, and is very opportune, allowing farmers to work their land before commencing seeding.

Grasshoppers, which were reported before, are still numerous.

All big stock is being hand fed now.


The annual meeting of the local football club was held on April 13, when the following were elected to office: president--Mr J Kiidea; secretary—R Taylor; patrons—E Hamdorf, J Penna and R Taylor; captain —R Forrest; vice captain-R Taylor; delegates to the association—R and K Forrest. It was decided to again join the North Western Football Association.

Mr A Penna was elected a life member for services rendered to the club. He was one of the inaugurators.

All sport will be at a standstill until after seeding.

South Hummocks visited the Kulpara cricket club on Saturday, but the scores are not yet to hand.


Thursday 12 July 1934, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

South Hummocks journeyed to Lochiel on Saturday in perfect weather. South Hummocks, who were represented by a full team, ran out easy winners, the game being fairly fast and rugged. South Hummocks players were in fine form and displayed plenty of dash and vigor.

It is doubtful which was the more entertaining the play of the two teams, or the barracking of Lochiel's "super barrackers," Maybe it was just a little of their exuberant spirits being aired; anyway they were very much in earnest in their advice to both players and umpire. Scores were:

Sth Hummocks-10 goals 10 behinds

Lochiel-4 goals 7 behinds

Goalkickers: G Sinclair and B Higgins 3, for the visitors. Best players; South Hummocks-R and K Forrest, B Higgins, G Taylor and G Sinclair (who played a promising first game for Hummocks, showing plenty ot dash). C Young and H Hamdorf; Lochiel-B Pridham, A Dohnt and M Hupfeld.

Umpire Darmody gave a good display.

South Hummocks.

Thursday 2 August 1934, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

Arbor Day was held on Friday, when eight Acacia trees were planted in the school yard. The morning lessons consisted of special subjects referring to trees, while addresses were given by members of the school committee and Mr J Penna. Mr Penna senr. planted the first tree, and gave the children instructions to plant the others. Quite a number of parents and friends attended. Before going home the children were given fruit and lollies, kindly presented by some ot the parents. A half holiday was granted.


Thursday 11 October 1934, Eyre's Peninsula Tribune (Cowell, SA : 1910 - 1950) Trove

By the death after a short illness, of Mr John Penna, South Hummocks lost one of its oldest and most respected residents. Born at Kersbrook 75 years ago, he spent his earlier life in gardening and in his father's fruit shop at Gawler. At 25 he married Miss Ellen Frost, of Wasleys, and went to live at Port Augusta. After several years there they returned to Kersbrook for a time.

In 1892 they came to South Hummocks to live. Mr Penna took an active part in the welfare of his district, being a local preacher in the Methodist Church for 50 years, Justice of the Peace over 20 years, patron of the cricket and football clubs, secretary of the Church trust, returning officer at all elections, one time councillor in Kulpara Council, prime mover in the district telephone service, and in any move useful to his district.

Mrs Penna survives him and five sons and five daughters,

The surviving children are : — Messrs J. Penna, Colton ; W. Penna, Cleve; G Penna, Macclesfield ; B. and A. Penna, South Hummocks; Mrs E. Tavlor, Mrs J, Smith, Adelaide ; Mrs A. Morrell, Gawler ; Mrs S. W. Higgs, Goyder ; Mrs J. G. Dohse, Beaufort. . Mr and Mrs Penna celebrated their golden wedding on July 10, when the family were present.

Mr. E. E. Hamdorf.

Thursday 7 February 1935, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Ernest Edward Hamdorf, who died at Balaklava Hospital recently after a long illness, was born at South Hummocks, a short distance from the place where his homestead is situated 64 years ago and had lived there all his life. He conducted farming with much success, as he was foremost in the district to embrace and new method of improving agricultural pursuits. He provided himself with a commodious, up-to-date homestead, a fine stable, and showed great keenness and enthusiasm in selecting his plant. He grew good crops of wheat and hay even in the dry years. Mr. Hamdorf was a member of the Rechabite lodge, Kulpara Rifle Club, at one time a member of the school committee, patron of the football and cricket clubs in their early stages, and once a — of the Methodist Church. He was associated with the Northern Yorke Peninsula field trials, and obtained a certificate for ploughing at one of the society's shows in 1895. He was pound keeper for many years. He erected a sheep dip when dipping became compulsory, and some 17,000 or 18,000 sheep passed through it every year belonging to owners in the immediate vicinity. He married Miss Emily Katherine Sinclair, of Myponga. There are seven members of the family alive — Messrs. C. Hamdorf, of Lameroo; V. Hamdorf, of Porakeit; Wilfred, Eric, Hurtle, Mervyn C. Boyce. of South Hummocks. A girl and a boy died in their youth. Mr. Hamdorf in conjunction with his brothers, carried on business as a blacksmith for some years.


Thursday 2 April 1936, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

The weather has been fine and mild since our last report, and has been fairly congenial for the hundred arid one odd jobs that are to be found about the farm at this time. Nearly all the people who have had holidays are home again, although a few are away at the Centennial Exhibition. Everything is practically ready for a good start at seeding when rain makes the time opportune.


The literary society held a debate at its fortnightly meeting, the subject under discussion being "That Government control of industry is preferable to private control." The adjudicator, Mr P Stevens, gave a decision in favour of the negative, which was debated by Messrs M Hamdorf, R Taylor and W Hammond. The aflirmative was defended by Messrs K and R Forrest and H Hamdorf.

Mr. I. Grigg:

Thursday 4 March 1937, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

Mr. Isaac Grigg, 70, an old resident of South Hummocks, who died recently, was born at Eden Valley. He was educated at South Rhynie and Eden Valley Schools, He was the seventh son of Jacob and Caroline Grigg (nee Parkyn), who arrived from Cornwall in 1838 and 1840 respectively, and were married in 1846. When Mr. Grigg was 15 his parents moved to South Hummocks, where he lived practically the whole of his life. He married the eldest daughter of the late Thomas Prouse, of South. Hummocks, in 1889, who survives, and the members of the family comprised Isaacs, of Kulpara (deceased), R. S. Albert (who made the supreme sacrifice), Bernice and Eric, of South Hummocks, Mrs. G. Cowley (whose husband was a victim of the war). Elizabeth (deceased), Mrs. A. Girto, of Clare, and Mrs. F. Edwards, of Melbourne. Mr. Grigg was a cricketer all his life, and was one of the first members of South Hummocks' team. He was an industrious shearer and fencer.

Tennis Concert at South Hummocks Presentation of Prises.

Thursday 13 May 1937, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

A successful concert was held at South Hummocks on Wednesday, April 21st, in aid of the local tennis club, the proceeds going towards a fund to construct a new tennis court.

A large crowd attended from the i surrounding districts, and those contributing to the programme were: overture-Miss K Stevens; solos Mrs R Drake, Misses L Bears and C Woodhouse, Messrs W Hammond and W Beasley; elocution-Mrs H Forbes, Misses D Forrest, D Stephens, G Barber, O Frazer, and Mr C Barber; guitar solos Miss E Taylor and Mr K Squire; pianoforte duets Misses O and J Frazer and Misses C and J Forrest; pianoforte solo-Mr,T. Taylor; violin solo-Rev C Dadds; instrumental duet-Rev Dadds and Mr Squire; duet-Misses J and P Atkinson; comic items __Messrs R Drake, H Scrivener and W Beasley.

The success of the concert was due to the members of the tennis club, and particularly Mr J Taylor, who organised the programme.

At the conclusion of the concert Mr Greenshields presented trophies won during the season. Results of the tennis tournament: men's doubles E Hamdorf & S Houston, ladies' doubles--Misses C Forrest & P Atkinson, mixed doubles-E Hamdorf & Miss 3 Forrest, men's singles -W Hamdorf, ladies singles-Miss J Forrest.

A dainty home made supper was served by ladies of the tennis club.


Thursday 30 March 1939, Wooroora Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1909 - 1940) Trove

First Innings - 174 Second Innngs

A. Penna c Lucas b Daniel 34. R. Millard c Rankine b Bogisch 49, M. Ridgwav c Lucas b Daniel 41. Ron Taylor c Daniel b Davis 27. K. Forrest retired 40, Rex Taylor b Cutting 19. A. Millard not out 12, R. Forrest not out 19: sundries 12. Total (for 6) - 253.

Bowling : W. Everett 0/22. R. Brown 0/11, R. Hazel 0/20, R. Lucas 0/7. J. Bogisch 1/57, E. Peter 0/17, K. Daniel 2/42, O. Lucas 0/11. C. Davis 1/22, R. Cutting 1/32.


Thursday 17 October 1940, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

Trained by their superintendent, Mr W. H. Taylor, children of Sth. Hummocks Methodist Sunday School, assisted by older adherents and teachers, provided a good deal of pleasure with their joyous and tuneful singing at anniversary services on Sunday and Monday.

REV. F. BRASHER led Sunday afternoon and evening services, Mr Taylor presiding at Monday's meeting. Miss C. Forrest was organist, Mr J. Taylor pianist; with solos by Janet Atkinson of Adelaide and Kevin Taylor in the afternoon. At night, Janet sang again, also Mrs C. Taylor.

Church ladies provided a high tea on Monday, when Rev C. J. Davis, Circuit minister, attended; Rev Brasher is from Balaklava. Prizes were handed the children by Mr C. H. G. Atkinson of Adelaide; scholars' singing and solos by Janet Atkinson, Kevin Taylor and Mr L. Henstridge and addresses by Mr Taylor and Rev Davis made up the programme. Mr B. Penna, in moving vote of thanks, paid particular tribute to Mr Taylor's long association with the school — forty years, thirty as superintendent.


Thursday 27 February 1941, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

Methodist Churches at Hoyleton, Mount Templeton and Sth. Hummocks observed their annual Harvest Festival services on Sunday.

DESPITE the intense heat, there was an average attendance at all meetings.

Rev Gunter of Riverton conducted afternoon service at,. Hoyleton and Mr Hedley Chapman the evening. The church was tastefully decorated by Mesdames W. Catford, H. Newman and C. W. Dorman. A solo was rendered by Mrs J. H. Redpath, its title being "I shall not pass again this way." Mrs J. H. Catford was organist.

Mr Lloyd Caust led both services at Mount Templeton, where Mrs Adams, "Senr., is organist. On the evening following, Monday, a social was addressed by Rev F W. Brasher, who told of boyhood days in London. Mr Caust recited and Mr L. Henstridge sang to Mrs Brasher's accompaniment. Appreciation of the address and items was expressed by Mr B. Moldenhauer. Supper was provided.

Rev C. J. Davis, Circuit minister, was preacher at Sth. Hummocks, where afternoon and evening services were held.


Thursday 17 October 1946, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

Friday, October 11 was a big day in the history of the South Hummocks Football Club, this being the day chosen for the club's victory celebrations. It proved to be an outstanding success with a dinner at five followed by a ball at night. Convened by Mrs: Hosking and Mrs. Tydeman, and with the wholehearted support of the ladies of Nantawarra and South Hummocks, - the dinner was a brilliant affair and voted by all as one of the best ever. No praise could be too high for this efficient band of ladies, to whom credit must go.

The following toasts were honoured after the loyal toast: "The Associated Clubs" proposed by Mr. Ken Forrest, response, Mr. P. Stevens (Association President), and Mr. Ellis Daniel (Melton). "The Club" proposed by Mr. A. Penna, response" Mr. T. A. Hosking (Club President). Tre Supporters" proposed by Mr. Ray Forrest, response Mr. W. Greenshields. "The Ladies" proposed by Mr. Albert Baum (vice captain), response Mrs. J. A. Atkinson. "The Association Secretary" proposed by Mr. P. Stevens, response Mr. Ray Forrest.

During the dinner, songs were rendered by Mr. Ralph Mitchell and Miss Una Forrest.

For the ball, the hall was very effectively decorated with the colours of the competing clubs and looked a credit to those concerned. The highlight was a miniature oval complete with numbered players as for the grand final, correct in detail, even to a missing shoe. This was done by Miss Patty Nicholls. A very large crowd were present to see the presentation of the "Millard" shield to the captain (Mr. Ray Forrest) by Mr. P. Stevens. Mr. A. Penna was M.C.

Thus ends the 1946 football season, the above mentioned functions being quite in keeping with a most successful year. The South Hummocks team proved to be a team of sportsmen both on and off the field, and it would be difficult to find a more harmonious and pleasant team with which to be associated.


Thursday 29 January 1948, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

A fire which started in a 5,000-bag stack of wheat at the South Hummocks railway siding on Thursday last, burnt about one-fifth of the stack before it was taken under control.

Following the alarm, fire fighters worked frantically to shift a large portion of the stack. Altogether about 60 volunteers tackled the job and finally succeeded in moving about 4,000 bags of wheat but not before the four corners of the stack had fallen out.

Mr. C. H. Taylor of South Hummocks, one of the fire fighters, said on Thursday night that the fire started underneath the stack and the cause of the blaze was unknown. Although about 1,000 bags were burnt he thought that the wheat could be rebagged and sold for stock feed.

Fire controllers A. Penna of Port Wakefield District Council and B. Penna from Bute, took charge of operations.


Thursday 3 June 1948, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

Property Still Worked By Family. The death of Mrs. Emily Catherine Hamdorf at Port Wakefield on February 18 last severed another link in the family's long connection with South Hummocks which began in 1867 when Hermann Hamdorf arrived to be one of the district's first settlers.

Hermann Hamdorf was born in Germany and came to the State during his early years settling with his parents near Tanunda where he later engaged in brickmaking.

First Mail Contractor

After marrying and moving to South Hummocks he became the first mail contractor in the area and mails were then carried from Port Wakefield as far North as Condowie. The first blacksmith shop was also established on his property and, when only seventeen years of age, his son built the first buggy used in the district .

Mr. Hamdorf was a foundation member of the Kulpara District Council and was also prominent in the St. Vincent No. 20 Lodge of Freemasons. On his death on June 19, 1890, his son, Ernest, managed the property until his mother's death when he took it over.

Ernest Edward Hamdorf was born at South Hummocks on January 23, 1871, and later joined his father in the farming activities. He married Emily Catherine Sinclair, daughter of Archibald Sinclair who had arrived in Australia from Scotland in the 1850's.

The following children of Ernest Edward Hamdorf's family of nine still survive: Vernon Clifton, Cyril Ernest, Boycie Allan, Wilfred James, Eric Victor, Hurtle Walter and Mervin Percy.

On his mother's death, Ernest Hamdorf took over the family property of 2,600 acres. A feature of the property is the fact that the horses are all bred from descendants of the original stock established by H. R. Hamdorf, The breed has been kept pure right throughout this period.

Record Crop 15 Bags Per Acre

Some very fine crops of wheat have been harvested since the farm has been established with the record being 15 bags per acre. However, an average of the period is about 15 bushels per acre. The property was the first to be settled for agriculture and was won from virgin scrub.

E. E. Hamdorf took an active interest in the district, was a trustee of the Methodist Church and a prominent Rechabite. At his death on January 19, 1935, at the age of 63, his four sons and their mother continued to run the property. The four sons are, like their father and grandfather, all connected with local, activities.

Their father was a particularly progressive man and brought the first, motor car into the district.

Of the sons. Vernon of Parrakie, married Henrietta Sutton of Murray Bridge and has two sons—Clifton John and Neil; Cyril married Miss Amy Hughes of Unley and has one son. Raymond John.

The sons of E. E. and E. C. Hamdorf have been keenly interested in many kinds of sport, and particularly football, tennis, golf and rifle shooting. In the latter sport their father was a noted performer.


Thursday 22 December 1949, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

Friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. N. R. R. Schulz, of South Hummocks, last Saturday celebrated the 100th anniversary of the arrival in Australia of Mr. Schulz's late father, Mr. C. D. J. Schulz.

The late Mr. Schulz was born at Teerstegel, Poland, on September 2, 1833, and at the age of 16 boarded the 320 ton boat, Pauline, bound for Australia. The trip took four months to the day and he disembarked on December 14, 1849.

On 20th May, 1858 he married Pauline Carolina Grossman who was also a passenger of the same migrant ship. There were 9 children of whom the only two surviving are Mr Nathanal Reinhold Robert Schulz, of South Hummocks, and Johanna Marie Augusta, now Mrs. Zilm, of Loxton. Mrs. Zilm was unable to attend the celebrations.

South Hummocks Diamond Jubilee Bureau Meeting

Thursday 20 July 1950, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

BALAKLAVA. — Australian agriculturists had never been able to look forward to such an assured future, as they do at the present, said Sir Robert Nicholls in his address at the 60th anniversary of the South Hummocks Agricultural bureau last week.

Scientific agriculture has made great strides, he said, and this knowledge should be used to get as much from the land as possible without exploitation. A lot was said about effects of the atom bomb, but the damage it might cause could never be as great as unchecked soil erosion.

Other visitors, who included the chairman of the Advisory Board of Agriculture (Mr. C. R. Kelly), the vice chairman (Mr. O. H. Heinrich), the Director of Agriculture (Dr. A. R. Callaghan) and the general secretary of the bureau (Mr. F. C. Richards) were welcomed by the president of the branch (Mr. A. Penna).


Thursday 14 September 1950, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

The largest local football crowd for many years watched South Hummocks defeat Port Wakefield by the margin of only 1 goal in the grand final of the North-Western Football Association played on the Balaklava showgrounds last Saturday. Final scores were 13/11 to 12/11. Gate takings were over £32.

Prospects of a draw were very bright as the final minutes ticked away, until South Hummocks rallied with a chain of short passes down the ground to Murray Forrest whose decisive action won the premiership for his team, and took them through the season undefeated.

Port Wakefield won the toss and took advantage of the slight southwesterly breeze favouring the north goal. Play started with plenty of vim from both teams, and after several futile attempts Wakefield broke through and Hissey raised the first two flags.

Weight was being exchanged freely but Umpire Martin had the game under control throughout. Back men of both sides were kept very busy as the ball passed quickly from one end of the ground to the other. Players were being troubled in drop kicking,and turning sharply by the long slft>pery coconut grass on the field.

First quarter scores were Port Wakefield 3/5, South Hummocks 1/3. South Hummocks were particularly unlucky to hit the post in one shot for goal from a very acute angle.

Neglected the Breeze

In the second quarter South Hummocks made more use of "the breeze than their opponents had and scored 6/4. Both sides were proving too eager on many occasions and often ran under the ball when flying for marks.

It was again noticeable at this stage that both teams were failing to make full use of the breeze. Like Wakefield, Hummocks took the ball along the wrong wing to the goal thus making shooting for goal difficult, and being handicapped by not getting the full benefit offered by the wind.

At half time South Hummocks led 7/7, to Wakefield's 6/5.

The third quarter began with plenty of pace and good deal of hard bumping. It was obvious that Wakefield wanted to make a bid for a good score this quarter but their opponents were in the way.

Every player on the field seemed to be throwing everything in to a hard fought game but Umpire Martin still had complete control and gave some very quick decisions to keep rough play to a minimum.

Ruckmen of both sides were playing a very hard game with Hissey and Nicholls having some splendid duels in this position.

Port Wakefield were 10/10 and Sth Hummocks 9/9 at three-quarter time.

Wakefield in Good Position '

On the play of this quarter it seemed that Wakefield would be the 1950 premiers. Even though their opponents also scored 2/2 they were on top most of the time.

The last quarter proved to be one of thrills with the pressure on right from the bounce and Hummocks seemed to be up against it for some time with Wakefield turning back attack after attack only to have their own drives stopped in front of goals.

South Hummocks then seemed to rally for a while and added a few j goals, but not sufficient to prevent them from being outscored. Splen' did football by Wakefield player, Terry Woon, kept the opposition from scoring and turned back many attacks in true football manner. Hissey also put the ball out of danger on several occasions while out of ruck.

Eventually Hummocks evened the score and after much exciting seesawing play Murray Forrest goaled to give victory to his team. 13/11 to 12/11.


Thursday 9 November 1950, Producer (Balaklava, SA : 1940 - 1950) Trove

This year's Melbourne Cup day will long remain in the memory of Mr. and Mrs. A. Penna, of South Hummocks.

Tuesday morning at 4.30 a.m. they left their home by car, transferred to ANA Skymaster at Parafield and were in Melbourne at 9.30 a.m. Mr. Penna backed the Cup winner, Comic Court, with a saver on the second place-getter Chicquita. They left Essendon at 7.30 p.m. and were back at South Hummocks at 11 o'clock.

It was Mr. and Mrs. Penna's first Melbourne Cup visit.

In the morning stormy weather en route made flying very bumpy and uncomfortable and many of the passengers suffered from airsickness.

Rain fell during most of the morning at Flemington, but although conditions were sultry it became fine again before the first race.

Essendon airoort was the scene of great activity, savs Mr. Penna and about 220 planes arrived and departed during the day with passengers from all over the Commonwealth. After the races were over planes left at the rate of one every 3 minutes.

500 Acres Burnt At South Hummocks.

Thursday 5 February 1953, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Trove

BUTE.— A fire that started at South Hummocks on Friday destroyed approximately 500 acres of stubble and feed. It is thought that the fire was started from a spark from a tractor working in a nearby paddock.

The fire spread over the Hummock hills and was eventually put out toy burning a break. The Bute fire unit was in attendance. Many local people also helped.


Admission registers - South Hummocks Primary School

GRS/3819 - State Records of South Australia

Date Range 1924 - 1944

1924 - 1944 South Hummocks Primary School GA632

Public Access Contents Date Range Quantity (Boxes) Consignment Id Description

Open 1924 - 1944 1 00001