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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!

ID Please?

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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The Randell Family Bible

the giant Randell Family Bible

the giant Randell Family Bible

photographing the photos in the Randell Family Bible

photographing the photos in the Randell Family Bible – see it really is HUGE!

the Birth entries

the Birth entries

the Marriage entries

the Marriage entries

the Death entries

the Death entries

here's just one of the photo pages in the bible

here’s just one of the photo pages in the bible

DESCRIPTION: This was a bible that was owned by my great grandparents Ella Alice Sinkinson and John Beavis Randell who married in 1899. It is huge, it is heavy (I’d guess about 15kgs), and is starting to fall apart … so great care is needed when handling it.
DATE:
the publication date of the bible is 1881, but going by the handwriting I’d say the bible was either obtained in the 1910s-1920s, or else they had it earlier, and just didn’t write it it until later
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:
A family bible is an jewel of an heirloom to have – particularly if they have inscriptions and/or photos included. With this, my family hist the jackpot, as this family bible has both.

The inscriptions in the Bible begin with John Beavis Randell and Ella Alice Sinkinson, and then details the birth of all of their children, their marriages and a few deaths are filled in as well. it’s been through a few owners, as you’ll see different handwriting.

I hope one day that I’ll be the keeper of this treasure before passing it on to the next generation.

From the Old Medicine Cabinet

Doan's Ointment

Doan’s Ointment

Fama Korn-Solv

Fama Korn-Solv

Salt of Lemons

Salt of Lemons

Zam-Buk Herbal Balm

Zam-Buk Herbal Balm

Zam-Buk Suppositories top of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories top of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories bottom of tin

Zam-Buk Suppositories bottom of tin

 

DESCRIPTION: old tins of Doan’s Ointment, Fama Korn-Solv, Salt of Lemons, Zam-Buk Herbal Balm, and Zam-Buk Suppositories
DATE: unknown, but maybe 1920s-1940s
CURRENT KEEPER OF THE ITEMS: Alan and Anthea Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: My family has inherited an old family bureau, you know the kind that has a stack of little drawers and pidegonholes in it (maybe I should document that one … another day). Along with the bureau came a bunch of stuff from its past owners. Items from a past era. In one of those little drawers I found a bunch of tins of ointment and so on, as photographed above.

While the photos above are ok in general, I thought I’d transcribe the details on them, as they are probably a little hard to read.

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DOAN’S OINTMENT for all itchiness of the skin. For piles, itching, bleeding or protruding. For eczema, and itching skin diorders.
Foster McClellan Co.
Sydney, N.S.W.
Directions for using Doan’s Ointment. For Piles, whether Itching, Protruding, Inward or Bleeding, Salt Rheum, Eczema, Pimples, Boils, Hives, Running Sores, and all Itching Skin Diseases.

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FAMA KORN-SOLV
Dissolves Corns and Callouses
The Friendly Societies Medical Association (Inc.)
King William Street, Adelaide
Easily Applied
One Shilling

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Essential SALT OF LEMONS. Poison. For removing iron mould, ink spots, fruit stains&c. from linen.
F.H. Faulding & Co.
54 Great Tower Street, London E.C.
Adelaide, Perth, and Sydney, Australia

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The great herbal balm ZAM-BUK for cuts, bruises, burns, scalds, sprains, piles, pimples, eczema, bad legs, ulcers, ringworm, chapped hands, rashes, sores, insect bites, chafings, chilblains, rheumatism, cold sores. Unequalled for Sportsmen. “Rub it in” as an embrocation.
Healing Soothing Antiseptic.

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Novel, sure and safe ZAM-BUK Suppositories
Prepared for the direct application to internal or blind piles, these Suppositories contain a large proportion for the invaluable Zam-Buk healing balm. Most soothing and curative.
Manufactured by C.E. Fulford (Australasia) Ltd.
Incorporated in England
Box 21, Crown Street, Sydney 1/6 per box

 

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