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A Town Needs A Map!

Gum Map 1860

an image showing the whole map of Gumeracha

Gumeracha Map 1860

a close-up of the main streets of the town

a close up of a few of the block on Victoria Street (commonly known as "Top Street")

a closer view of a few of the blocks on Victoria Street (commonly known as “Top Street”), note the names or businesses written in them

a close up of the title on the map

a close up of the title on the map

a close-up of the name presumably of the map creator and date made: Geo Warren[?] 22/9/60

a close-up of the name presumably of the map creator and date made: Geo Warren[?] 22/9/60

a note in the top corner says that A.G. Randell presented this map to the Gumeracha District Council on the 19th March 1966

a note in the top corner on the map says that A.G. Randell presented this map to the Gumeracha District Council on the 30th March 1966

to give you a sense of the size of this thing, here's me holding the map

and to give you a sense of the size of this thing, here’s me holding the map

DESCRIPTION: a large (130cm x 100cm) hand drawn map of town of Gumeracha, showing blocks that were already taken, with others still available. This map is on paper that has been glued on to linen, and then has wooden panels on the top and bottom.
DATE: 22 September 1860
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips. Originally in possession of the Randell family, but passed on to the Gumeracha District Council and then “rescued” by Alan
STORY/ABOUT: To anyone with an interest in Gumeracha’s history this is gold! Not only is the map over 150 years old, it shows where businesses were, and it has names of who owned what blocks back at that time.

From Wikipedia  … “Gumeracha is one of South Australia’s oldest settled areas. In 1839, the South Australia Company took up a parcel of land, on which the settlements of Gumeracha, Kenton Valley and Forreston developed. The Company established a district headquarters and opened it up for sheep grazing.
In 1839, William Beavis Randell built his home, at Kenton Park and built a flour mill in the 1840s
In 1855, Randell allocated land for a township and prior to 1860 the town was laid out. Commercial businesses sprang up on the main street (Albert Street), and many fine buildings were erected.”

A Letter of Thanks from the Military

envelope front

envelope back

letter 1916

DESCRIPTION: a letter written to my great grandpa John Beavis “JB” Randell from Lieutenant Colonel Hanson at the Keswick Barracks in South Australia
DATE: 19 December 1916
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: This is one of those small ephemera items that was still in it’s original envelope just waiting to be discovered. As I’m nosey, I had to have a look to see what it was all about.
It was a thankyou letter from the Australian Military thanking JB Randell for arranging for the mother of a WW1 solider to who died whilst a Prisoner of War to be advised.
That WW1 soldier was Raymond Holstein Pflaum from Blumberg (now Birdwood), and no doubt my great grandpa knew the family through the Baptist church amongst other things.
It is so sad as Raymond signed up in 1915 when he was only 18, and was reported missing-in-action while fighting in France only a year later. A few months after that it was confirmed that he died in a POW camp in Germany. That would have been heartbreaking news for any family to receive, but I have do believe the ‘not knowing’ would have been worse.
You can view Raymond Pflaum’s military records from the National Archives of Australia online here.

He Built a Ship … All by Himself!

ship 1

ship 2

ship 3

ship 4

ship 5

ship 6

ship 7

DESCRIPTION: a handmade wooden ship, which measures about 60cm long
DATE: approx late 1800s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Stephen and Alison Phillips (nee Edwards)
STORY/ABOUT: According to my dad, his understanding is that this ship was made by James John (yes the surname is John) (1860-1938) who he believes had been at sea and made these models as a hobby.  Now James John married Clara Phillips (1870-c1957), who was a daughter of George Phillips (1845-1895) and Mary Ann, nee Kemp (1846-1929), my emigrating Phillips family.

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Now to put it into some family type context here’s a little chart :

George Phillips m. Mary Ann Kemp (emigrated to Australia in 1865)
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daughter Clara Phillips b. 1870 m. James John (he’s the one who made the ship)
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ship handed down to James’ nephew Horace Norman “Horrie” Phillips (my great grandpa)
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ship handed down to Alan Phillips (Horrie’s grandson, my dad)
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ship handed down to Stephen Phillips (Alan’s son, my brother)
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Another relative, Ken Phillips also had a similar ship.

[photographs by Jonathan Phillips http://www.justjono.net/]

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