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Searching for Gold!

the front

the front of Frederick ‘Bert’ Butler’s Miner’s Licence in 1933

the back

the back of the same document, showing how worn and coloured it got

DESCRIPTION: Frederick ‘Bert’ Butler’s miner’s licence for the goldmines at Laverton, Western Australia
DATE: 3 February 1932, and valid until 2 May 1933
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  While I don’t know anything of Bert Butler’s life in Western Australia other than the odd documents such as this, I do know that he married my great aunt Daisy ‘May’ Randell, and they lived in ”Spring Vale” at Gumeracha, which is the house my parents live in at Gumeracha.
I had to scan the back of this document even though there’s nothing written on it, just to show you the used, aged look to it, as I’m sure that this piece of paper was carried around by Bert for quite some time while he was on the goldfields.

The Best in the State

South Australian State Football Team - 1948

the South Australian State Football Team 1948 – SA vs Vic
Top row L-R: D.W. Olds, G.R. Langley, J.A. Mehaffey, C.W. MacKenzie
2nd row: R.L. Russell, K.J. Gallagher, R.G. Hunt, F.N. Williams, H.R. Phillips
3rd row: A. Noble (head trainer), A.C. Donaldson, C.J. Churchett, A.D. Hickinbotham, R.C. Schumann, D.H. Yeo, C.G. Smith, F.J. McCallum (manager)
Front row: F.B. O’Leary, M.S. Agars, N.E. Betson (vice captain), R.W. Hank (captain), B.L. Burke, B.K. Faehse, L.H. Schober

South Australian State Football Team - 1949

South Australian State Football Team 1949 – SA vs WA
Top row L-R: B. Slattery, H.R. Phillips, F. Crouch, N.J. Way, J.G. Deane, F. Lewis, Ray Hank
2nd row: J. Coverlid, B. McGregor (coach), A.J. Crabb, J.E. Marriott, P.A. Dalwood, K.W. Growden, O.B. Beatty (trainer), M. Agars
3rd row: K.J. Gallagher, E.G. Tilley, R.W. Hank (captain), W.G. Noal (manager), I. McKay (vice captain), R.C. Schumann, D.E. Boyd
Front row: F. Williams, R.L. Russell, C. Pyatt, J. Mehaffey

South Australian State Football Team - 1949

South Australian State Football Team 1951 – SA vs Vic
Top row L-R: J.A. Lynch, Ray Hank, R.L. Russell
2nd row: C.J. Churchett, L. Fitzgerald, P.H. Bennett, R.J. Oates, A.D. Taylor, J.G. Deane
3rd row: R.J. Noble (trainer), F.N. Davies, B.K. Faehse, J.E. Marriott, A.J. Crabb, A.J. A’Court, I.L. McKay, H.E. Clamp (manager)
Front row: L.C. Griffen, R.D. Whitaker, F.N. Williams (vice captain), RW. Hank (captain), D.E. Boyd, A.S. Greer, H.R. Phillips

DESCRIPTION: original photos of three State South Australian Football Team photos
DATE:
1948, 1948 and 1951
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
H.R. (Ron) Phillips was my grandpa, and he was one of South Australia’s best footballers of the time. Playing for the North Adelaide Football Club in the 1940s and 1950s, he was also selected to be on the South Australian State Team numerous times.

Pictures from Another Era

a photograph of the framed print, Caught in the act by Arthur J. Elsley

a photograph of the framed newspaper page, Caught in the act by Arthur J. Elsley

a scan of the framed print, Caught in the act by Arthur J. Elsley

a scan of the framed newspaper page, Caught in the act by Arthur J. Elsley

a photograph of the framed newspaper page by Agnes Gardner King

a photograph of the framed newspaper page by Agnes Gardner King

a scan of the newspaper print by Agnes Gardner King

a scan of the newspaper print by Agnes Gardner King

DESCRIPTION: Two pictures from ‘The Australasian’ newspaper
DATE: Undated, but most likely in the 1890s. As I’ve been unable to find out details about ‘The Australasian’ newspaper itself, I’ve relied on finding out details about the artists.
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:  These were items that I have inherited from my Randell relatives. These are images that were printed on the old-style big newspaper pages that have been framed.
The top picture titled ”Caught in the act” is one that was painted by Arthur J. Elsley in 1894, while the lower one was one done by  Agnes Gardner King before 1902.

A Message From Across the Seas

Edvin Winter postcard to his brother Otto Winter - front

Edvin Winter postcard to his brother Otto Winter - back

DESCRIPTION: a postcard from Edvin Winter in Stockholm, Sweden, to his brother Otto Rafael Winter, in Adelaide, South Australia
DATE: 17 June 1938
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Valda Phillips (nee Winter)
STORY/ABOUT:  As this postcard is written partly in English and partly in Finnish, we’ve had it been translated into English (not by me):

Stockholm, 17 June 1938
My dear brother! I thanking your all for the very very welcoming letters and good wishes of you and Irene and the Girls. The latest [vas?] date 11/12 37[?] and next foregoing ” 26/9 37. Many – many thanks for all!
Yes, dear brother, soon we will celebrate midsummer here in our northern countries. I cannot wish you there in Australia a happy midsummer, even if I am always thinking of you and wishing you the very best. Please forgive my long delay in writing to you. Here I am sending you a winter picture showing how it was here in the North, when you had midsummer in Australia. No I am enclosing 2 notes of one pounds as a small encouragement to all of you suffering of the problems of the rainy season. With many, many good wishes and the most devoted regards to all of you.
Brother Edvin

All is well for me! I hope the same to your everyone.

So while Otto never ever made it back Scandinavia after leaving in the early 1900s, it’s really nice to know that he and his family did keep in touch.

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