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A Soldier Needs His Hat

Australian army slouch hat

William Harry Green in his army uniform, WW1

William Harry Green in his army uniform, WW1
photo courtesy of Glenis Reid

DESCRIPTION: Australian army slouch hat, without the rising sun brooch that was sometimes on the side
DATE: most likey WW1
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT:  This was another item that was left at “Spring Vale” at Gumeracha, and found when my family moved in, so no doubt would have belonged to one of the earlier occupants. Now the most likely person is William Harry Green who fought in WW1 in the Light Horse.

Well I Didn’t Inherit that Trait!

DA Randell School CertificateDESCRIPTION: this is not just ‘a’ School Certificate, but rather one giving an ‘Honourable Mention’ to Dorothy Alice Randell in Grade 8
DATE: 19 December 1919
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  I love certificates as they can give a little more of an insight into someones life, and this one is no different. Having only known my great auntie (Dorothy Alice Randell) late in her life, I can’t image what she was like at school, but it is fabulous to know that she was worthy of this certificate for “Excellent Conduct and General Progress” at least in 1919 when she was in year 8 at Gumeracha School.

This is a Key to …

old key

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DESCRIPTION: old style vintage key
DATE: at least the early 1900s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEMS: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT: This is the one remaining ‘jailhouse key’ that I have from the old house I grew up in … ‘Spring Vale’ at Gumeracha, South Australia. And yes, all the beautiful old doors in that house had keys like this that were on a big ring – hence the term ‘Jailhouse Keys’! As the main part of the old house was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s I would say that that’s when the key dates from. And I believe it was the Green family that lived in the house at the time (and maybe built that part of it) – I do have more house history research to be on that though.

Will You Marry Me?

grandma's engagement ring grandma's engagement ring

Evelyn Randell and Cecil Hannaford's engagement notice in The Advertiser, 15 May 1940

Evelyn Randell and Cecil Hannaford’s engagement notice in The Advertiser,
15 May 1940
Family Notices. (1940, May 15). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), p. 12. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47192418

Family Notices. (1941, May 28). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved April 6, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45006592

Evelyn Randell and Cecil Hannaford’s approaching marriage notice in The Advertiser, 28 May 1941
Family Notices. (1941, May 28). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), p. 8. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45006592

 

DESCRIPTION: Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell)’s engagement ring
DATE: May 1940
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEMS: Alona Tester (nee Phillips)
STORY/ABOUT: This beautiful white gold and diamond ring was the one that she was given by my grandpa when he proposed, isn’t it gorgeous? I feel honoured to be the current caretaker of this precious heirloom.

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