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News of the Churches.

Australian Christian Commonwealth (SA : 1901 - 1940), Friday 6 December 1901, page 7

Willamulka church anniversary was celebrated on the 17th and 18th. The Rev. A. J. Finch conducted the services. The church was too small to accommodate all the people who came. Tea meetings are not out of date at Willamulka. We were unable to commence the public meeting before 9 p.m. Mr. S. March occupied the chair. The Revs. R. Jackson and A. J. Finch addressed the meeting, which was of a most interesting and spiritual character. The choir, with Mr. J. Hore as leader and Miss Paterson as organist, rendered excellent service.

Willamulka Methodist Church Jubilee

Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Friday 28 September 1934, page 30

The Jubilee celebrations of the Willamulka Methodist Church were held on three fallowing days. The secretary was Mr. S. R. Ramsey. The gathering included former residents, who came from all parts of the State.

Picnic sports were held on the property of Mr. M. McPherson. The sports committee consisted of Messrs. A. J. McKay. B. S. Spry. D. G. Harris, M. McPherson, with Mr. Allan Paterson as convener, and Mr. R. C. Hore secretary. Results: — Willamulka championship, Bob Hoare. W. Gehan. Married men's race, J. Hore. Single men's race. Bob Hoare, W. Gehan. Old buffers' race. David Harris. S. Ramsey. Boys' race, 12 to 16. Maurice Ramsey. Kelvin Spry; 8 to 12. Kevin Hore, Ian Spry, Ross Hore. Girls' race. 12 to 16, N. Spry, Patty Harris; 8 to 12, Connie Hore, Jean Chase, Rhonda Langmead. Belay race. Bob Hoare. w. Gehan. High Jump. W. Gehan. J. Crosby. Boys, M. Paterson, K. Spry. Putting the weight, G. Butler, J. Hore. Bowling at stump, N. Jones. Stepping the distance, T. Brinkworth. D. Bruce. Driving the nail, women. Mrs. W. Hore. Mrs. W. Wearne.

The tea was held in Mr. D. G. Harris' barn. Mrs. A. Paterson was the convener. In the evening a concert was arranged by Mr. A. Chase. The Rev. G. R. Parrott was in the chair. The following gave items: — Vocal solos, Messrs. A. Ebsary. Keith Hore, and A. Chase. Mrs. H. Chase and Miss E. Butler; duet. Messrs. H. Chase and 3£. Campbell; recitals. Mr. A. Jordan, Misses Alison Stirling and Joan Reid; plantation chorus, choir, and Mr. A. Chase -soloist); violin solo, Mr. Odium. The takings were over £13.

On the following day about 400 people attended an open-air service, which was in charge of the Revs. G. R. Parrott and P. Bullock. A solo was given by Mrs. Odium, with violin accompaniment by Mr. Odium, and a recital by Mr. Arnold Jordan. Mrs. A. J. McKay was the organist, and Messrs. H. Simpson and Odium assisted with violins. At the evening service in the Willamulka Church, the Rev. F. Bullock preached. A recital was given by Mr. Arnold Jordan, and the choir rendered anthems. with Mrs. H. Chase as soloist. Next day, after motor tours throughout the country in the morning (arranged by Mr. W. J. Butler), a memorial service was held on the site of the late Mr. Joseph Hore's first home, where the first services were held 50 years ago. The service was conducted by the Rev. E. Lawson. assisted by the Revs. F. Bullock and G. R- Parrott. At tea Mr. Parrot I welcomed the visitors. Including two of the original trustees. Messrs. J: Rothwell and G. Middleton. Addresses of reminiscence were given by the Rev. Bullock. Councillor A. Rodda - chairman of the District Council of Kadina. Mr. Joseph Rodda. and Messrs. Lawson and Bullock. Items were given by the choir, vocal solos by Mrs. S. Ramsey and Mr. Keith Hore, and recitals by Mr. W. Heinrich and Mrs. J. Westlake. The takings at the combined functions were £82 10/.

In connection with the jubilee, the following former residents returned for the occasion:. — Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Bruce. Adelaide; Miss F. March. Mallala; Mrs. G. Roe and Messrs. W. and G. Roe. Port Lincoln; Mr. and Mrs. J. Westlake. Clare; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lasscock. Mr. P. McEntee. Mrs. G. Eden, Moonta: Mr. and Mrs. J Gill. Moonta: Mrs. Anderson, Adelaide: Mr. R. Spry. Kadina: Mr. Geo. Middleton. Miss Middleton. and Mr. E. Middleton. Salisbury: Mr. F. Pearce. Rudall; Mr. H. White. Kadina: Mr. G. E. Ramsey. Glenelg; Mr. and Mrs. W. Warren. Fullarton: Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Rodda, Malvern: Mrs. M. March, sen, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Monks. Henley Beach: Mrs. D. Adams. Mr. John Hall, Owen: Mrs. Odium and Mr. Odium, jun.. Grange: Mr. and Mrs. G. Fulwood. Bute: Mr. and Mrs. H. Babbage, Adelaide: Mrs. Langmead and Miss I, Langmead, Adelaide: Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. Adelaide: Mrs. A. Critt«nden. Blyth: Mr. and Mrs. J. Baker. Bute: Mr. A. J. Hammat. Lameroo: Mr. and Mrs. T. Roberts. Blyth: Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Hore. Balaklava: Mr. and Mrs. W Manuel. Kadina: Mr. and Mrs. Price, Wallaroo: Miss M. Paterson Malvern: Mrs. T. Cowling, Mr. Allan March Owen: Mrs. R. Jone, Alford: Mr. and Mrs. Lawson and Miss Beryl Lawson. Saddleworth: Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Grigg and Mr. Grigg jur. North Unley. Mrs E. Nelson and family. Baws: Mr. and Mrs T. R. Brinkworth Rose Park: Mr. and Mrs. C. Lucas. Bute: Mrs. H. Dew. Torrensville; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Hore Prospect: Mr. and Mrs. J. Sloop. Lochiel.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Friday 10 May 1946, page 2

The Willamulka church was packed to capacity on Thursday, May 2, when sixteen returned personnel were given a very enthusiastic welcome or-ganised by the local Red Cross branch. The church and hall were beautifully decorated with flowers and flags by Mesdames T. H. Allen, H. Ayles, H. Loveridge, Misses C Hore and E. Morris.

Mr S. Ramsey was chairman, and introduced the guests, who were escorted into the church by Messrs A. Ramsey and E. Gill, (Bute), and took their seats on the platform amidst, much applause. They were Gilbert Paterson, Bevan Heinrich, Douglas Spry, Mrs Sue Spry (nee Sister Ferguson, R.A.A.F.), Lloyd Harris, Ron Cocks, M.B.E., Ron Hore, Doug Cocks, Morris Ramsey, Kelvin Spry, Malcolm Paterson, Les Edwards, Reg McPherson, Eric Matthews, Len Loveridge, Cliff Ramsey, Mrs T. H. Allen (president of the Red Cross), Mr E. Bettess (chairman Bute District Council), Mr A. Ramsey (Returned Soldiers' Branch Bute), Rev. H. White (Methodist church), and Mr J. D. Morris (Willamulka people) welcomed the guests. Mr Morris also welcomed wives of returned men. The audience stood for two minutes silence in memory of those who had paid the supreme sacrifice, when Mr E. Gill, (Bute), recited the "Ode of Remembrance."

Mr Gilbert Paterson responded on behalf of the army, Mr Bevan Heinrich the air force, Mr Don Gill, Kadina for the Navy, and Mrs Doug Spry for the R.A.A.F. Nursing services. Mr Eric Mathews and W/O Ron Cocks, MBE also spoke. Items were rendered by Misses E. Butler, G. Paterson, V. Ayles, E. Crosby, M. Paull, Messrs K. Crosby and M. Ramsey, with Misses C. Hore and E. Morris as accompanists. A sumptuous supper was served by the general committee of the Red Cross branch.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Wednesday 21 September 1892, page 2

In consequence of the Education Department having accepted tenders for an iron building the members of the deputation visited the Education Office with the object of asking that a stone building might be substituted for the iron one. The oppressiveness of the one class of building over the other was pointed out, also that the difference in the cost of these buildings was very little. The reply to this was that a stone building would cost just about double as much as one of iron. At a subsequent meeting at the office of the Minister of Education the Hon. J. H. Gordon said that he would not feel justified in dissenting from the report furnished by the Inspector General and approved by his predecessor, the Hon. W. Copley, he further stated that Mr Owen Smythe intended to have this school put up on a new principle; and he guaranteed that it would be perfectly cool. Of course it would be an experiment, but if it proved from experience not to be what Mr Smythe expected he would see that it was lined inside with matchboard. The Government, seemed more disposed to erect iron, schoolrooms in country district for the reason that they could be removed at any time to suit the requirements of the residents.

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Willamulka School. photo G. French

Teacher - ID Teacher - Record - Number - Teacher Name - (listed in Name order)
6173 103 BAIL, Gertrude
7411 CANNING, Evelyne Esther
6335 194 DONNELLY, Jessie Horsfall
6797 FRENCH, Gertrude
6807 FUSS, Rhoda Vera
6485 297 GANSON, Sinclair
4569 342 JAMES, Cecilia Elizabeth [nee HART]
7721 MARRETT, Maud May
3741 2072A MIDDLETON, Eliza Jane
8289 STARRS [STARR?], Mary Ellen
8557 ZIEGELER, Muriel Ruby [nee TIPPETT]


WILLAMULKA. August 28.

Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Saturday 29 August 1896, page 2

Miss Ellie Paterson, aged 11 years, youngest daughter of Mr W. H. B. Paterson of this place, was accidently run over by a wagon yesterday at noon, and killed instantaneously, near the local Public School about three miles from Mr Paterson's residence. The little girl sprang up on the shafts of her brother's wagon on passing the school in the dinner hour and in getting off fell backwards and the wheels passed over her forehead. All was done that could possibly be done afterwards, Mr Ganson, the teacher, Messrs Hore and Roe being on the spot almost immediately and decided to remove the body home. Profound sympathy is felt throughout the district for Mr and Mrs Paterson and family in their sad bereavement Mr France, J.P., who happened to be at Bute yesterday conducting a sale, was apprised of the occurrence by the Mounted Constable from the Mines last night and decided to hold an inquest at 10 a.m. to-day. The funeral takes place tomorrow (Saturday) (An account of the inquest appears in another column.)

Unfortunately for this district there is no local J.P within a dozen miles not even at an important place like Bute only six miles distant.

We bad some heavy showers of rain here fast night which will do immense good to the crops.

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Willamulka School 1896. photo G. French

WILLA.MULKA. August 31.

Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Wednesday 2 September 1896, page 2

The funeral of the late Miss Elsie Beatrice Peterson took place on Saturday, 39 vehicles and several horsemen following the hearse to the Kadina Cemetery. Mr and Mrs Paterson being as well known brought sympathizing friends from all parts of this and adjacent districts to join the monrnful procession. On arriral at the Cemetery gates Mr Ganson (head teacher of our public school) had all his scholars who attended the funeral marshalled in front of the corpse, and they marched in order to the last resting place of their schoolmate. They were to have sang, but having been eye-witnesses of her accidental and sudden death were too much overcome with grief to attempt the hymn. The deceased was one of Mr Ganson's brightest scholars, and he will miss her very much from her place in the class at school. The Rev. J Tiller conducted the burial service at the grave, which was very impressive, and before concluding it be called on the friends around to sing one of Elsie's favourite hymns, " Safe in the arms of Jesus," which was very effectively rendered. Much regret was expressed by all classes for Mr and Mrs Paterson and family in their sad bereavement. Besides friends from Baruaga, Bute, Tickera, and Kadina attending the Ninnes District Council (of whom Mr Paterson is Chairman) was represented by Messrs McCormack and Watson. The coffin was covered with floral emblems. The funeral arrangements were successfully carried out by Messrs Pauh Bros, undertakers of Kadina.

The pipetrack started here on Thursday near the chapel, and with all the tents up makes this quite a canvas town at present.

Some of our young folks have availed themselves of the cheap exclusion to the city and have gone thither, joining the train either at Kadina or Paskeville.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Saturday 26 June 1897, page 2

Since the timely rains of last week quite a general improvement is visible in the growth of tbe wheat plant, and green feed, the latter has come on wonderfully and in a week or two there will be enough for all the requirements.

The Queens Diamond Jubilee will ever be remembered by the rising generation here. On Tuesday last 43 children of our Public School with their teacher Mr Ganson, and Mr A March (Iocal member of tbe Snowtown Board of Advice) were conveyed to Snowtown by train. Ringing cheers could be heard issuing from tbe carriage windows as the train passed the outskirts of the village, and the journey up was delightful to the youngsters. On reaching the rendezvous an ample supply of eatables was to hand, and the children took an active part in the proceedings throughout. I am informed that Mr Barr Smith gratuitously provided the refreshments and paid the railway fares for all the children. A number of parents and mothers also went at excursion rates snd appeared to enjoy the celebration as well only wishing the Jubilee had come off when they were at school. Her Majesty and Mr Smith were duly cheered, and the return journey was completed without any mishap shortly after dark, the ordinary train having been delayed about two hours for their benefit.


Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Trove

Wednesday 28 July 1926, page 20

From G. E. MIDDLETON, Salisbury:— In "The Advertiser" of the 19th inst. a paragraph appears relating to the death of Mrs. S. White, of Kadina, relict of Mr. David White, of Willamulka, and mention is made of the fact, that in 1880 Mr. and Mrs. White, at their own expense, with the help of neighbors, built the first Willamulka school on their property. This is an inaccurate statement as far as the first school and teacher is concerned. The first Willamulka school was opened in August, I885, in the Bible Christian Church, at the 12½ mile railway crossing, which building was put up on an acre of land presented to the trustees by the late Mr. W. H. B. Paterson, I being one of the trustees. Soon after the church was established the trustees carried a resolution to let the building at an annual rental to the Education Department as a day school. My sister, (now Mrs. T. Cowling, of Norwood) was the first teacher sent there by the department to take charge of the school, and remained till 1893, when the trustees decided to repair the church and not renew the lease for a day school. Therefore my sister sent in her resignation to the Minister of Education. Subsequently the residents petitioned the Minister of Education for a State school, and the Inspector-General of School, Mr. S. A. Hartley, granted them a galvanized iron shed and residence, which was built on an acre of land given by the late Mr. Joseph Hore. It was soon constructed and the school was started in January, 1893, by Mr. C. E. James, followed by Mr. S. Ganson and Miss Bails as teachers. The school after-wards was removed to another locality owing to the small attendance, the children being conveyed by train to Bute later on for their education. The late gentleman had a private school erected at his homestead some three and a half miles west of the church at the time mentioned, but there was no residence attached, as the tutors resided with the family, but owing to the new school being closer to the railway siding and to Mrs. White's farm the private school was abandoned, the building eventually being used by the owners as a barn.

Wallaroo Times (Port Wallaroo, SA : 1882 - 1888), Trove

Saturday 5 September 1885, page 2

From Miss Eliza Middletdnre forms of application fot a permanent appointment to the Willamulka school.

The Chairman in reporting tbat he had replied to Miss Middleton's note remarked that he was pleased to state that that school was likely to turn out the best provisional' school under the control of the Board.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Wednesday 17 September 1890, page 2

ACCIDENT. A few days ago Miss Dora Sweetapple (who is relieving her sister at Mr Geo. White's private school, Willamulka), met with a nasty accident while riding home in company with a son of Mr White's. The young lad rode in front, and took down the slip panels, so as to allow the horses to pass through. The one ridden by Miss Sweetapple made a rush after passing, causing her to come in contact with a large ti-tree, which threw her out of the saddle. Unfortunately, one of her feet got caught in the stirrup, and she was dragged some thirty yards before she was rescued by Mr White, who picked her up and conveyed her to Dr. Robinson's, Kadina, where she was attended to by Dr. Leitch, who found that she had broken her left arm just above the elbow. We are informed that the young woman is progressing as well as can be expected.

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Willamulka School 1904. photo G.French

New School at Willamulka.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), Trove

Thursday 7 March 1929, page 19

The Hon. l. McIntosh (Minister of Education) has approved a school being established on Section 586, Wilamulka. Hundred of Kadina.

Sixteen children will attend the proposed new school, a number of whom are at present attending schools at Macsfield and Thomas Plains, which are each five and a half miles distant.

The Minister has further approved a temporary school building being provided for the residents in this district.

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Willamulka Church 1896. photo G. French


Christian Colonist (SA : 1878 - 1894), Trove

Friday 8 May 1885, page 3

Was opened at Willamulka Bible Christian Chapel on Sunday, April 19, when twenty-six scholars attended. On Wednesday, April 29, a very successful entertainment was held, the chapel being crowded ; the Rev. E. Hill presided. A goodly number of friends from Kadina attended, and with local talent got through a capital programme of songs, reciations, and dialogue. Proceeds of collection in aid of the Sundayschool fund amounted to £3 5s. 7d.

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Willamulka Homestead. photo G. French


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Wednesday 5 November 1890, page 2

We are sorry to announce the death of Mr David White, farmer, which took place at his residence, Willamulka, on Tuesday, Nor. 4 after a short and painful illness. The deceased it appears caught a chill while " shearing " a little over a week ago, which settled on his lungs and caused his death. The deceased who was a most successful and enterprising farmer, took a deep interest in educational matters, and erected at his own expense a school room, at Willamulka, for the use of his own and neighbour's children. He was highly respected by all who knew him. His funeral will take place on Thursday next at Kadina.


Kadina and Wallaroo Times (SA : 1888 - 1954), Trove

Saturday 17 July 1926, page 2


Mrs Sarah Ann White, relict of the late David White, died suddenly from heart failure, at Kadina, on Tuesday, July 13, at the age of 75 years. She was born at Tam o Shanter Belt, now Yatala, in 1850, a daughter of the late Mr John Dicker. Her girlhood days were spent at Gumeracha. The gold rush at Ballarat attracted her father, and during his absence her mother would drive to Port Adelaide for the necessaries of life in a bullock dray with the young family. She was educated by Mr F. J. Lewis, and was an ardent member of the Wesleyan church and Sunday school. In her young womanhood she kept a private school at Belalie, and was married to Mr David White from there by the Rev. W. H. Rofe. The young couple first settled at Condowie as agriculturists and later at Willamulka. In 1889 the first school and residence at Willamulka was built on Mr and Mrs White's property and at their expense, and with the neighbors' help engaged Mr J. I. Newcombe, M.A., as first master with 26 scholars on the roll, and later the blisses Amy and Dora Sweetapple (sisters of Dr. Swedtapple) were the teachers. In 1890 Mr White died, leaving his widow with, nine young children. She farmed successfully and retired to Kadina five years ago. She retained all her faculties with the exception of her eyesight. The surviving family, comprise Mrs B. B. Crosby (Cleve), Mr H, D. A. White (Kadina), Mr S. W. White (St. Peters), Miss I. E. White (Kadina), Mr E. H. White (Willamulka), Mrs S. H. Pearce (Toorak Gardens), Mrs H. J. Ayles (Willamulka), Mrs F. H. Pearce (Rudall Centre), and Mrs G. . E. Ramsey (Cleve). There are twenty-six grandchildren and one gT'eat grand-child. Mrs John White, of Goomalling, W.A, and Mrs E. White, of Kadina, are the surviving sisters.

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Talbot War Procession. 1915. photo G. French