The Holiday To-Do List

holiday list

DESCRIPTION: this is a to-do list I wrote when I was 6, which was a list of activities that I’d do when my friend Faye came over
DATE: December 1979
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford)
STORY/ABOUT: I discovered this little gem in a pile of old paperwork that my mum has kept. You know the type of paperwork that has old school reports, the cards you make for your parents when you’re in primary school, the drawings that need interpretation and so on. Just as well my dad wrote translation notes on it – otherwise it may not have made sense. Still I love it, and wanted to share.

It Wasn’t Any of This Digital Stuff Back Then

scales 1

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Pete Randell in his Rundle Street shop

Pete Randell in his Rundle Street shop

Advertising. (1946, September 5). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from

advert for Pete Randell’s shop in the News newspaper, 5 September 1946, p.7

DESCRIPTION: made of cast iron this “Salter’s Family Scale” No. 45 was made by Salter & Co., and was made to weigh item in 1oz increments up to 14lb. This item came from Pete Randell’s shop in Rundle Street, Adelaide
DATE: unknown, but maybe 1900-1940
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alison Phillips (nee Edwards)
STORY/ABOUT: Shortly after leaving the military in WW2, Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell set up a shop in Rundle Street, in the city of Adelaide. He ran this right up until he died in 1983. His shop sold a range of goods from fruit to candy, from general supplies to milkshakes. It was a well-known place to grab something to eat or drink during the day, or late evening.

As a side note, the Salter Company who made the scales started business in 1760 in England and continues making scales to this day. For more about their history click here.

[photos of the scales taken by Jonathan Phillips]

A Memorable Moment

Ron Phillips on TV

Ron Phillips on TV


DESCRIPTION: This is actually the image from a slide that was taken by Alan Phillips
DATE: early to mid 1960s
STORY/ABOUT: My grandpa (Ron Phillips) was interviewed at his workplace (the farm at Cudlee Creek) as a past Magarey Medal winner for a TV show. When it aired, my grandpa and his family went to another family members place to watch it as they didn’t have a TV. The photo (actually slide) was taken by my dad (Alan Phillips) on his very first camera.

A Gift From the Queen

Coronation Bible 1

Coronation Bible 2

Coronation Gift To Children. (1953, June 10). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved September 6, 2014, from

Coronation Gift To Children, The Advertiser, 10 June 1953, p.4

NEWS IN BRIEF, The Advertiser, 20 June 1953 p. 4.

News in Brief section, The Advertiser, 20 June 1953, p.4


DESCRIPTION: This a small bible with the New Testament in it
DATE: 2 June 1953
STORY/ABOUT: This small bible was a given to Alan Phillips. It was a gift that was given to every school aged student at a government school in South Australia from the South Australian Government to honour the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, on 2 June 1953.
(OK, it wasn’t actually a gift from the queen herself).

If you’d like to see some pictures of the coronation, click here to check out the front page of the Adelaide Advertiser, from Saturday 6 June 1953 issue.