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An Afternoon in the Park

Valda Winter c1940

Valda Winter c1940

Valda Winter Mar 1940

Valda Winter, March 1940

DESCRIPTION: two photographs of my grandma, Valda Winter (before she married and become Valda Phillips)
DATE: aged about 19, the top one is around 1940, the bottom one March 1940
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  both of these were actually the thick old-style slides, and were taken by Valda’s brother, Harold Roy Winter in Adelaide, South Australia. The bottom one was in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. And as Valda was a dressmaker, it should be mentioned that she made the dress that she’s wearing in the bottom photo.

A Remnant from the Past

William Green - old wooden name sign

William Green - old wooden name sign

DESCRIPTION: the top half of a piece of wood with William Green painted on it
DATE: could be anything from the late 1800s to the 1930s or so
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  I have mentioned ‘Springvale’ at Gumeracha before, as that is the house I grew up in. This wooded name is another one of those heirlooms that my family inherited with the house. The Green family first lived in ‘Springvale’ back in the late 1880s, followed by the Butler family (I’m unsure of when they bought the house), and my family (the Phillips’) bought it in the 1980s.

A Family Outing in the Adelaide Hills

JB Randell Snr, with wife Ella & 1st child Annie - front

JB Randell Snr, with wife Ella & 1st child Annie - enlarged

JB Randell Snr, with wife Ella & 1st child Annie - back

DESCRIPTION: This is a family portrait of John Beavis Randell, together with his wife Ella Alice Randell (nee Sinkinson), and their first child Ella Annie Randell
DATE: late 1900
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  John Beavis Randell was the only child from William Beavis Randell’s second marriage, and was born at Gumeracha, South Australia, and spent his life there. So it makes sense that this beautiful photograph was taken by local photographer H.C. Ives of Gumeracha.
Unfortunately I do not know the occasion as to why why photograph was taken, but they do look dressed up, so I’m sure there was an occasion.

A Real Puzzle!

Back to Cudlee Creek 1932 badge

Back to Cudlee Creek 1932 badge

DESCRIPTION: large badge (about 15cm in diameter) with “Back to Cudlee Creek 1932” printed on it
DATE: presumably 1932
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  I’ve titled this post “A real puzzle” because it is. When I first found this badge I assumed that it was a souvenir of a celebration (50 years, 75 years or 100 years of the town or a family from the area) – but after Googling, and traipsing through Trove, I am still none the wiser. So I don’t know what was “Back to Cudlee Creek” in 1932. If anyone who is reading this does, PLEASE let me know, as I’d love to know more.
I do know that the photograph image on the badge was taken from on top of Mount Bera looking down on to the Methodist Church which is on top of Gould Place. On the right hand side you can see the road that goes to Gumeracha, and on the left is the road that heads to Lobethal.

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