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No Need For a Doctor!

Homeopatic kit

Homeopatic kit

Homeopatic bottles

Homeopathic bottles

Homeopathic bottles

Homeopathic bottles

Homeopathic bottles

Homeopathic bottles box

DESCRIPTION: a gorgeous wooden box, made to fit 84 tiny homeopathic bottles
DATE: possibly early 1900s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford)
STORY/ABOUT:  This box of homoepathic remedies belonged to my great grandpa (John Beavis ‘JB’ Randell). He self-taught himself homeopathy, and had quite a stash. Apart from the box shown above, there is a second container on more bottles. Petroleum, Digitalis, Arsenic … they’re all there.

I have vivid memories of my grandma being reluctant to go to the doctor, and figure that this might have stemmed from never having to go, since her dad would have just gone and got something from his medicine box.

 

History in a Birthday Book

Minnie Northworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

DESCRIPTION: a small black leather covered birthday book that was given to Amelia “Minnie” Norsworthy (who later married a Hannaford) from her sister
DATE: 25 December 1900
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  This small birthday book is amazing. It mostly contains the names of when peoples’ birthday was (as you’d expect) but there are also a few names noted on dates of when someone died, or another other event happened. Also there’s is also a vast array of handwriting styles, which makes me wonder if at some stage she didn’t get people to write their own details in.
Reading through page by page I recognise so many of the surnames as being early residents of the Gumeracha region. There’s Norsworthy’s (or course), and then there’s also Hannaford, Manning, Taylor, Bond, Kelly, Poole, Huppatz, Pitt, McNicol, Cornish, Bray, Dohnt, Videon, Hanna, Dobson, Lee and Neumann just to name a few.
Listing 3 days to a page, there is a bible verse and space to write names next to each day. Some entries have a date in it like ’32  written next to someone’s name (meaning 1832 was when someone was born). There are also other dated in the 1920s and 1930s, so I would say that this book has been handed down and used for a number of years, which is no doubt why it is totally falling to bits now.

Bert and May Tie the Knot on a Tuesday!

Bert Butler & May Randell wedding

the notice in the Approaching Marriages column in the Chronicles Family Notices. (1935, July 18). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 25. Retrieved August 11, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92325571

the notice in the Approaching Marriages column in the Chronicle, 18 July 1935, p 25.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92325571

DESCRIPTION: the official wedding portrait of Frederick “Bert” Butler, and Daisy May (known as May) Randell
DATE: 23 July 1935
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  This large (50.5cm x 60cm) cardboard backed (unframed) portrait is of my great aunt and uncle on their wedding day. Actually technically it was some time after their wedding day as they got married at the Salem Baptist Church at Gumeracha, South Australia, but the photograph was taken at the Dimond Studio, 150 Rundle Street, in Adelaide.

Most Certainly a Matriarch

Mary Ann Holland funeral card

Mary Ann Holland's (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

Mary Ann Holland’s (nee Robbins) death notice in The Register, 14 February 1906, page 8 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55648941

DESCRIPTION: funeral card for Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins)
DATE:
6 January 1906
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:
In the family ephemera I discovered this funeral card for Mary Ann Holland, but didn’t even know where the Holland’s fitted into the family. So after some research, I found out that Mary Ann Holland (nee Robbins) was a sister to my great great grandma Phebe Randell (nee Robbins), both of who emigrated from England to South Australia with their parents (and other siblings) on the “Rajah” in 1849. I did find out that Richard Holland was also a passenger on the Rajah on that same voyage, but I haven’t found out if he came out with the Robbins family, or if he and Mary Ann met on the ship, so there’s still more research to do there. I did find out that Richard and Mary Ann married about a month after arriving in South Australia.
And judging by the death notice Mary Ann would have certainly been a matriarch of this family, having had 8 children, 53 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren. If they all got together, that would be an impressive gathering.

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