Category Archives: History

Lakes Hub # 219

Hello! After a couple of short months, where we were firmly buried in planning, funding applications and working out fun events for the rest of this year, we seem almost ready to come up for air. I spent two days … Continue reading

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Rankine’s Ferry and Dodd Landing

HISTORY SPOT RANKINES FERRY Rankine’s Ferry, a cluster of old stone buildings on the slope of Hindmarsh Island is a crossing no longer. Here Dr. John Rankine took his cattle to and from his Strathalbyn property. The Rankines, John and … Continue reading

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COORONG: Home of Australias first oil rush

The Coorong was the birthplace of the Australian Oil Industry. Even before the great American oil rush early settlers were reporting natural oil springs in the Coorong District. In 1852 while looking for stray horses, troopers from a gold transport … Continue reading

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Lake Alexandrina Nomenclature

The History Spot – Alexandrina, Lake -Nomenclature Did you know?……….. Discovered by sealers in 1828, Lake Alexandrina was named by Captain Charles Sturt on 9 February 1830. At a later date he said: “Considering this lake to be of sufficient … Continue reading

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Chinaman’s Well, Coorong National Park

A stone well between the main road and the Coorong 14 kms south of Salt Creek. This well was situated on the eastern side of the old mail track. The origins of the well are a little unclear but the … Continue reading

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Telling Our Stories

The SA Community History Website is now hosting the first five short films from the “Telling Our Stories” Project. From preserving the Ngarrindjeri language through song and dance, to the first Jersey in Mt Compass and the Dairy industry in … Continue reading

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The History Spot… The Barrages

The SA Life web site is an amazing treasure trove of history, and this segment on the Barrages contains some great footage from the time of construction. Take a look at the video here: SA Life “Our Barrages” If your … Continue reading

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