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Licence Plate Number 21-419

 

front of registration licence

front of registration licence

and the back

and the back

and the really cute envelope it came in. Note the O.H.M.S (On Her Majesty's Service), meaning it was important

the really cute envelope it came in. Note the O.H.M.S. (On Her Majesty’s Service), that means it was important

John Beavis Randell's lorry in 1938, at "Kenton Park", Gumeracha loaded for vegetables going to market with his son Glen, and grandson Lyndsey

John Beavis Randell’s lorry in 1938, at “Kenton Park”, Gumeracha loaded for vegetables going to market with his son Glen, and grandson Lyndsey

Licence plate number 21-419 on the truck

Licence plate number 21-419 on the truck


DESCRIPTION: Registration issued to John Beavis Randell to drive a truck (lorry), Licence Plate Number 21-419. Measuring 21.5cm x 17cm the registration document is double sided with information only filled in on one side, and all neatly folded into a little envelope that measures 14.5cm x 9cm.
DATE: 24 September 1949
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: This is one of the many ‘pieces of ephemera’ that was found in a book (as all Randell’s used to do), I mean who would think of finding your great grandpa’s truck registration in the middle of a medical book (Comprehensive System of Matera Medica and Therapeutics)? No me, but I did.
John Beavis Randell was a man of many facets. He was a farmer, he was a Baptist minister. He taught himself homeopathy, and sewing, and music as well.
And this registration contains not only his name, but also gives his occupation (dairy farmer etc), his address (Gumeracha), the type of vehicle (lorry), and the Licence plate number (21-419). I never would have guessed that you’d get all that information from this document.
This was obviously a renewal of this registration for the lorry, as I have found a photo from my grandma’s collection, which shows the truck in 1938 (and enlarged I can see the licence plate is indeed 21-419), so to see an image of the actual vehicle is simply a BONUS!

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Australian WW2 Identity Card and wallet

Australian WW2 Identity Card and wallet

front of Dorothy Randell's WW2 ID card

front of Dorothy Randell’s WW2 ID card

and the back, which is also signed by her sister E.P. Randell

… and the back, which is also signed by her sister E.P. Randell

 

DESCRIPTION: Identity card issued to Dorothy Alice Randell of “Kenton Park”, Gumeracha, South Australia
DATE:
May 1942
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
During World War 2 everyone in Australia who was classed as a “British subject” was issued with a personal identity card. These cards were particularly important in the identification and monitoring of Aliens (non-citizen residents), particularly non-Europeans and Asian residents.
Postcard size, this particular ID card was issued from Gawler in South Australia and belonged to Dorothy Alice Randell (my great aunt), and gives her address (“Kenton Park”, Gumeracha), together with her signature, and sister’s signature (Evelyn Phebe Randell) as a witness.
The card says “Keep this Identity Card in a cover. It will fit into an ordinary envelope. Carry it with you when away from home”. She kept it in this brown alligator leather wallet.

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A Discovery in the Fireplace

 

that's me cleaning out the inside of the fireplace, since I was the only one that could fit, and I found the fireback in there

that’s me cleaning out the inside of the fireplace, since I was the only one that could fit, and I found the fireback in there

somehow we got it out - this is as it was in 1986 when we discovered it

somehow we got it out – this is as it was in 1986 when we discovered it

a ose up of the details: J.G. Ramsay, Mt Barker & Clare"

a close up of the details:  J.G. Ramsay, Mt Barker & Clare”

as it is today, 2016

as it is today, 2016

DESCRIPTION: a solid cast iron fireback, meauring probably a metre wide, and 80cm high – something like that anyway, with leaves and grapevines in the top corners, a saddled up horse in the middle, and J.G. Ramsay, Mt Barker & Clare written on it.
DATE:
unknown, but approx 1860s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
Ahh the joys of growing up in an old house … there is history literally all around you. Inside and out. This fireback was discovered in the back of a bricked up fireplace in the house my parents bought at Gumeracha, South Australia. When the time came to get a proper slow combustion fireplace installed, that required knocking out the bricks to rediscover the original fireplace, and it was then that the incredible find was made of the cast iron fireback was made.

Weighing a tonne … ok that’s a slight exaggeration. I admit I’ve never actually weighted it as I’m not sure how to, but I’d love to know what it does just for interest sake – my guess is something like 60-80kg. What I do know is that it requires at 2-3 guys to carry it, as it truly is THAT heavy.

Anyway the inscription on it says J.G. Ramsay, Mount Barker and Clare. After doing some digging on Trove I found that J.G. (James Garden) Ramsay was heavily into politics, and into selling agricultural machinery, branching out into numerous areas of the state and interstate, and became one of the biggest around. I have found a detailed description of his factory at Mount Barker, which does mention that he made “fire-plates” as well as fireirons and all sorts of machinery. You can read this article from The South Australian Register, dated 21 July 1868 here on Trove.

I’m not sure when main part of the house at Gumeracha was built, but it was easily before 1900. You can read more about this house (“Springvale”) here. The Randell’s owned the land from when Gumeracha was founded, then Green’s were in the house and may have built it (still yet to be determined), then the Butler’s, and then my family the Phillips’!

advert in the Norther Argus, 27 August 1869

advert in the Norther Argus, 27 August 1869

advert in The West Australian, 8 October 1880

advert in The West Australian, 8 October 1880

 You can read about the life and death of the Hon J.G. Ramsay in the long obituary titled “Fatal Accident in a Railway Carriage” in the Brisbane Courier, 21 January 1890 on Trove.

And of course Wikipedia has an article on James Garden Ramsay too, you can check that out here.

 

That’s a Whole Lot ‘o’ Snuff

 

the middle jar is a snuff jar from Taddy & Co. The end one is unmarked.

the middle jar is a snuff jar from Taddy & Co. The end one is unmarked.

Taddy & Co snuff tobacco jar

Taddy & Co tobacco snuff jar
Inscribed with Taddy & Co., manufacturers of tobacco snuff and segars. Minories, London

 

DESCRIPTION: Ceramic stoneware jar from Taddy and Co. made for tobacco snuff.
Measures about 25cm high, and no longer has the cork stopper.
DATE:
undated, but possibly 1850s-1860s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
I don’t have a really interesting family story for this one, as it was a ‘house inherited heirloom’. By that I mean that it was one of the many items that came with the house my parents bought in the Adelaide Hills. Whether it was the Butler’s, who owned the house immediately before them, and are relatives, or the Green’s who owned the house from when it was built – we’ll never know. I do believe that my Uncle Bert (Fred Butler), did smoke a pipe, though not when I knew him.
But it could well have been the Green’s judging by the age of the jar.

For information on the long history of Taddy & Co. tobacco company, have a read of A Tobacco Story.

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