Sunday, 21 February 2016


October 1869 for first shop to be built

J Condon 1879

Hamley Bridge Hotel 1879

F W Grossett 1879

Walter Reincke 1879

Land Sale May 1871

Hamley Bridge Hotel 1877

Hotel for sale 1871

Hotel to be built 1877

They Play Hard

The News - Wednesday, February 18, 1953
The game’s the thing at Hamley Bridge on Saturdays. One enthusiast says that about a sixth of the town's population takes an active part in sports there.

In Adelaide that would mean about 70,000 people.

In Hamley Bridge, says Mr. Pat Oakey, it means more than 100 men and women playing cricket, bowls (the women play that, too), basketball, rifle shooting, golf, football, whichever are in season. There’s also swimming in the Light, and pigeon flying.

Mr. Oakey, who with his father, Mr. Bar Oakey, runs the local paper, the Junction News, is a keen sportsman himself. He plays cricket.

One of the town’s two cricket teams last season took the premiership of the Lower Gilbert Cricket Association.

Last year too, one of the three men’s bowls teams was top in the Wooroora Association. The football team scored in the Adelaide Plains Association. And there’s a story about that which shows how keen the townsfolk are on their football.

The grand final was played at Mallala, so for those unable to be present, it was decided to send scores straight from the oval.

At half-time the scores were sent off by carrier pigeon! At the finish, supporters raced home with the glad tidings that Hamley had won by four points.

The name Bell has familiar ring in local rifle shooting. No less than six Bells are members – J. H. and three sons, Les, Clarrie and Ron, and A. P. ansd son, Syd. There is also a son-in-law of J. H. who shoots.

Pat Oakey says the turf cricket pitch is believed to be the first laid down in a town outside of Adelaide.

“Last year was a good one for sport,” he said, “but we still talk of one pre-war season – 1938, I think it was – when Hamley Bridge cleaned up everything. Cricket, tennis, bowls, football. We’ll do that again.”

Hamley Bridge Courthouse

The Register - Thursday 16 March 1911


From the statements of Sir Jenkin Coles and his colleague (Mr. Young), two of the representatives for Wooroora, Hamley Bridge is sadly in need of a Courthouse.The morals of the district are no worse than those of any other rural quarter, as the figures quoted by the Attorney-General (Hon. W. J. Denny), when replying to a deputation on Wednesday, indicated that the neighbourhood has been particularly free from crime. The existing conditions, however, according to the deputationists, are impossible. For some time it has been the practice to conduct all the Court work in the institute buildings, situated on one side of the town, while the police station is about as far distant as the limitations of the settlement will admit. This involves the officials and justices in a considerable amount of unnecessary work. The Government is paying 5/ per week for the use of the institute for Court purposes, and this amount would go a Iong way towards paying interest on the outlay required in providing the necessary additions to the present police station. It was also shown that the local constable works under serious disadvantages as regards his accommodation. As one of the speakers pointed out, it was all right when they had a single man stationed in the town, but when a married man with five children was transferred to Hamley Bridge the maid he employed had to sleep in the cells. In addition to a Courthouse, the deputation asked that two small retiring rooms for the use of witnesses and justices should be provided, and it was estimated that the whole of the work could be done for £250. Mr. Denny said he would make enquiries into the circumstances of the case. The request seemed reasonable, but it was evident from the figures placed before him that little business was transacted in the Hamley Bridge Court. In 1910 only two actions had been tried there, and this spoke well for the district. The fines inflicted in connection with Police Court matters amounted to only £9, so that the needs of the district could not be serious.

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The Advertiser - Thursday 14 September 1911


Mr. Young said the plans of the additions to Hamley Bridge police-station only provide a room suitable for minor cases, and more important cases would still be held in the local institute at extra cost. Would the Attorney-General enquire whether a larger room could not be built to provide for all cases?

Annie Street

South Australian Register - Thursday 24 July 1884

Mr. Castine, M.P ., waited on the Commissioner of Public Works (Hon. T. Playford) at Parliament House on Wednesday to present a memorial from the inhabitants of Hamley Bridge, requesting the Commissioner to sanction the construction of a footway under the railway line from Hamley Bridge proper to Duffieldtown by way of Annie-street. The memorialists pointed out that this had been a long-felt want, and that the construction of such a footway as that asked for would most likely avert an accident, as children were continually crossing the line on their way to the public school. The attention of the Commissioner was also called to the necessity of a turnstile being placed at the north-east side of the general crossing. In presenting the memorial Mr. Castine explained that the town was cut in two by the railway, one portion being called Hamley Bridge and the other Duffieldtown. The flatter was the better building site of the two, and contained a considerable part of the population. The children of the residents at either place had to attend the Government school, which was situated at Hamley Bridge proper, and as the township of Duffield lay on a hill, while that of Hamley Bridge was in a hollow, the residents thought the best way to meet the difficulty would be to get a footpath dug under the railway according as the road ran, an improvement which would considerably lessen the inconvenience, as also the danger. The Commissioner promised to refer the matter to the Engineer-in Chief for his report, and to do what he could in the matter to meet the wishes of the memorialists.

South Australian Register - Friday 24 September 1886
HAMLEY BRIDGE, September 20.

A largely attended meeting was held in the Institute to-night to take steps to get the Government to furnish some means of communication between Hamley Bridge and Duffield Town. Mr. Joseph Black, who was voted to the chair, stated that some two years ago a move was made with the same object, out dropped. Since then the inconvenience had greatly increased. A deputation had waited on the Alma District Council, and that Council had consented to purchase a road from Duffield Town to the railway line. Mr. Joseph Bell moved— 'That this meeting is of opinion that a footway should be provided underneath the railway from Annie-street to Duffield Town. Mr. A. Wilson seconded. Carried. Mr. G. Rhodes proposed that a memorial be presented through the members. Mr. T. Griffin seconded. Other speakers supported, and pointed out the great danger children were exposed to in crossing the railway-yard, where shunting is constantly being done. Proposed by Mr. Joseph Bell, seconded by Mr. Jefferies, and carried— ' That should the memorial fail another meeting be called, and a deputation be appointed to wait on the Commissioner of Public Works.' The memorial was numerously signed.

The South Australian Advertiser - Tuesday 24 May 1887

May 14. —Present—Chairman, and Crs. Ridgway and Griffin. Circulars re Imperial Institute received. Cr. Griffin reported that ratepayer who had previously offered to allow pathway through his property, Duffield Town, leading, from underway railway crossing, now wanted £15 instead of £10 as was originally premised by him; clerk to obtain legal advice. Payments, £50 8s. 11d.

Hamley Bridge in 1903

A list of residents in 1903

Abbott Wm. A. rly. porter
Ayliffe E. dealer
Backer Herman F. frmr. Corcondo
Baldwin James, farmer
Barclay Jno. frmr. Corcondo
Barclay W. Y. agt. (Jas. Bell & Co)
Barry Peter, farmer
Barry Thomas, farmer
Barry William, contractor
Bartlett Arthur E. laborer,Corcondo
Bartlett Thomas, frmr. Corcondo
Bell & Co. Jas. mchts
Bell James J.r. farmer
Bell Jos. agent
Black Henry, station master
Black Joseph (Deland & Black)
Bohnsack F. clerk, Alma Plains d. c. & p. m. Concondo
Bohnsack F. W. Charles J.P. store
Brock Alfd. rly. porter
Buckerfield Albert P. postmaster
Buckerfield Mrs. E. bdg. house
Cant Charles, farmer
Carrig James, farmer
Carruthers Alfd. rly. ref. rms
Casaretto John, farmer
Chenoweth F. fruitr
Coffey Thomas, farmer
Dalgleish Mrs. L. nurse
Dawkins Sydney, med. pract
Deland & Black, millers
Deland Benj. E. J.F. (Deland & Black)
Doyle & Sons (Mrs. Jas.), frmrs. Corcondo
Doyle James J.r. farmer
Doyle John, farmer
Doyle Mrs. Cath. frmr. (Corcondo)
Doyle P. farmer
Emslie E. farmer
Everitt Arthur, loco, employee
Excell H. packer
Excell M. confr
Farmer S. hairdresser
Fergusson James, laborer, Corcondo
Fidge F. farmer
Finey Mrs. M. S. store
Finey M. J .P
Forest John
Foster Alfd.carptr
Gardner S. farmer
Gillies D. loco, mgr
Goldsworthy T. G. Hamley Bridge htl
Gordon Jos. bootmkr
Graham Jos. porter
Grossett Frederick W. store
Hall F. J. baker
Harris James, farmer
Hawke Charles 0. farmer
Hill Frederick J. butcher
Hoepner Robert, frmr. & machine agt
Hoskin Wm. J. blksmths'. asst. Corcondo
Humphreys William T. farmer
Jefferies A. A. engineer
Jordan John, farmer
Kain Coleman, farmer
Kain Martin, farmer
Keam Mrs. A. Dublin htl
Kearns M. jr. contr
Kearns M. S. engr
Kelly Patrick, packer
Kruger J. Andreas, farmer
Liddell W. loco, fireman
Lucas & Co. (Edward), store
McCann Jas. fruiterer
McDonnell Martin, farmer
McEHister Edward, farmer
McMahon James, store
McNeil G. A. clerk
Martin George, tinsmith
Menhennett A. saddler
Murphy Timothy J.r. farmer
Norgren Edwd. laborer (Corcondo)
O'Dea John, farmer
O'Kiley William, wheelwright
Patterson Philip, farmer
Pillar R. saddler
Pipe Eliz. fruiterer
Pollok Jno. rly. ganger
Purser Chas. C. laborer, Corcondo
Quinn & Co. (J. T.),builders & contrs
Quinn Jno. senr
Riches Edward, farmer
Riches Wm. A. laborer, Corcondo
Richmond Jas. loco, engr
RIDGWAY & CO. C. hay, chaff, fodder & grain merchants;
Exporters of chaff, dumped hay &c. (A. E. J. Ridgway, local mgr); & at 107 Currie st. Adelaide. Tel. 626
Ridgway A. E. J. mgr. (Ridgway & Co)
Robertson A. saddler
Ronan Patrick, farmer
Rose Rev. R. J. (Cong)
Ryan Lawrence, tailor
Ryan Thomas, farmer
Schulze Albert, farmer
Searson S. G. police officer
Sheehan Michael, farmer
Smith H. F. station owner
Smith Robert, fanner
S. A. Farmers' Co-op. Union Ltd. J. Lawrie, agt
Strempel Rudolph, carter (Corcondo)
Tamblyn John, teacher
Thomas S. packer
Traeger John G. machinist
Virgo T. G. blacksmith
Waltke L. contr
Watts Thos. frmr. Corcondo
Wheeler Benjamin, farmer
Wilson & Rowley, solrs
Winchester Wm. mason
Wishart H. butcher
Woods C. E. draper
Yon Wm. loco, engr

Hamley Bridge in 1910

The Advertiser - Wednesday 9 February 1910 pg 12


The introduction of superphosphates in farming is the prime cause of the solid success that has been, and still is, so marked in the progress of Hamley Bridge and the surrounding district. The present season is far away the best known. The plains that surround the town have proved themselves to be among the best wheat-growing land in the State. In days gone by isolated farmers could boast of big crops, but this season it is necessary for one to look round, and sharply, too, in order to find a bad one. One farmer purchased his holding rather late in the seeding season, but pushed on and put in a good acreage. Being so late, he expected a light crop. The late rains, however, favored him, and he reaped an average of 20 bushels per acre. The late-sown this year has given the best results. It is evident, too, that farmers believe in the district. During the year farms have changed hands at £11 and £9 5/ per acre. About a fortnight ago 10 guineas was refused for a farm. Almost any of this land could have been purchased a few years ago at £2 per acre. During the year the district council has made some excellent improvements to cope with the floodwaters by taking them through large wrought iron pipes under the street, thus carrying the water to a lower level and emptying them in the river. It has also erected acetylene lamps at the street corners, and footpaths have received attention. Among the business places of the town deserving special notice is that of Mr. J. G. Traeger. A few years ago Mr. Traeger's shop, situated in another part of the town, was a small lean-to building, and he employed a wheel- wright and a boy or two. The premises are now in a central position, and extensive improvements have been carried out during the year. Recently the implement factory was lengthened, and is now 200 ft. long and about 80 it. wide. This shop is fitted up with, all the latest improved machinery Mr. Traeger's business has increased so much that he found that the engine he had was not powerful enough to drive all the machinery. He has now erected a 50-h.p. engine, which is doing the work admirably. The engine, generator, and tanks are enclosed in a strong stone building. At the rear of the engine-room is the chaffmill, for Mr. Traeger is also engaged in the chaff trade. The engine also works a wood saw. During the year a roomy paint and carriage shop has been erected, and a fine office has been built. New iron racks have been erected. Mr. Traeger employs about 35 hands. The Newcastle strike, if prolonged, will have a serious effect upon his business, as coal is running short. As a consequence the works will be almost, if not quite, closed down. Mr. Traeger, has large orders on hand, and is anxious to complete his contracts. Mr. J. T. Quinn, carpenter and builder, has made extensive additions to his business premises. He has lengthened his shop in the main street 54 ft., and it is now over 100 ft. long by 30, ft. wide. He has also erected a commodious stone stable, coach house, chaffmiil, and engine-room, in which he has an 18 or 20 horsepower gas engine. This engine is erected solely for cutting chaff and firewood. At the present time Mr. Quinn employs masons, carpenters, plumbers, in all about 40 hands. During the year Mr. Quinn has built a new dome brick kiln, in which 30,000 bricks can be burnt at once.

Messrs. Kleinig & Branston, of Freeling, took over the chaff mills known as Wilson's. They had been idle for some time. At present they have on their premises 1,000 tons of hay, and are still carting. They send away about 10 tons of chaff per day. There is a novel machine in the shed, a straw rope-making machine. When- ever chaff cutting is going on the machine is kept at work.

A little over a year ago the Railway Department installed an acetylene gas plant at the station. There are about 27 lamps erected along the whole length of the yard. The men who do the shunting declare after a year's experience that the light is a priceless boon. So clear is it that objects of quite a small size may be distinguished from one end of the yard to the other. The season has been an unprecedented one for wheat, and the railway staff work night and day. To show that the Hamley Bridge yard is capable of coping with the traffic there was not on Saturday last a single loaded truck in the yard that had been there two days.

The building trade has been fairly brisk. The houses that have been completed are all of a substantial character. During the year eight residences have been completed, each having from four to six rooms. All the houses have a pleasing appearance, the stone being almost white. Other buildings are being erected. Owing to scarcity of houses, rents are high. About a fortnight ago 9/ per week was offered for two rooms, but the offer was not accepted. Of course, this was an exception. The rents of small dwellings vary, however, from 8/ to 12/ per week. The Methodist connexion have begun to build a new church. Mr. J. T. Quinn is the contractor.

All the business places of the town share in the prosperity. Trade seems to be very active. Just now it may be said that an air of contentment pervades the whole district. The public school has benefited too. Last year was the record year for attendance. January this year was the record opening month after the Christmas holidays. During the year a school band has been appointed. There is a serious drawback to the greater progress of the town, and that is the delay in providing better railway accommodation at the station yard.

Hospitals in Hamley Bridge

I have been looking into the history of the Hospitals in Hamley Bridge. So far, I have found reference to several different names. Three or four of the former hospital sites are now houses, and, the current hospital was a former house! Quite confusing!!!
If you can help with more information, please, please let me know.

Some of the facts/mentions I have found so far :
1906 - 1911 ... Mrs. Taylor's (or Nurse Taylor’s) Hospital

1907 & 1913 ... Hamley Bridge Cottage Hospital mentioned – Nurse Taylor matron of the hospital
1914- 1946 ... Hamley Bridge Private Hospital
1914 – 1919 ... Nurse (or Sister) Whitford’s Private Hospital
1918 – 1919 ... Nurse Gibson's Private Hospital
1920 ... Sister Stacey's Hospital
1925 ... Sister Bray’s Hospital
1931 ... Sister Harris’s Private Hospital

Opening of the current hospital
Hospital - Barry Street

Hospital - Hill Street

Hospital - Stockport Road
Hospital 1913

The Register - Tuesday 14 August 1906

The cottage hospital, Hamley Bridge, which has proved such a convenience to the district under the management of Nurse Taylor, has been considerably enlarged by the addition of two large rooms, which can be used for infections cases. Nurse Nash, late of the Adelaide Hospital, has joined Nurse Taylor in the management. The growth of this institution is phenomenal, as it is not more than two and a half years since the idea was first thought of.

The Advertiser – Tuesday 7 January 1913

Mrs. Taylor, matron of the Hamley Bridge Cottage Hospital, having retired, has been succeeded by Nurse Whitford, of Adelaide, who will be assisted by Nurse Baillie.

The Register – Tuesday 6 July 1920
HAMLEY BRIDGE, June 29.— The new Cottage Hospital conducted by Sister Stacey was formally opened at a public gathering held yesterday afternoon. More than 100 people were present when Dr. Alan Pryde called upon Cr. H. J. E. Branson to formally declare the hospital open. Messrs. J. Barclay, James Bell, and Rev. H. T. Rush conveyed the congratulations of the public, and expressed satisfaction that such excellent and up-to-date hospital accommodation had been provided for town and district. The Rev. S. Roberts replied on behalf of Sister Stacey. After an inspection of the premises afternoon tea was served. The owner of the building, Mr. S. Nairne, and the lessee, Sister Stacey, were commended for their enterprise, and the builder (Mr. W. H. Durdin) is also deserving of credit.

The Advertiser – Tuesday 2 June 1925

HAMLEY BRIDGE HOSPITAL. The Hamley Bridge Hospital, Limited, has been registered, with a capital of £2,000, in shares of £1 each, of which 1,400 are to be issued to subscribers on payment of 1 per share, payable on allotment, and 600 are to be held in reserve. Objects: To take over the assets and liabilities of the Hamley Bridge Hospital Committee and to control and maintain and carry on a hospital at or near Hamley Bridge. Shareholders, Messrs. H. J. E. Branson, Hamley Bridge, farmer, 5; H. M. Bohnsack, Hamley Bridge, storekeeper, 5; A. Harkness, Hamley Bridge, farmer, 5; C. R. S. Hutton, Hamley Bridge, chaff merchant, 5; F. J. Hill, Hamley Bridge, butcher, 5. First Directors Messrs. H. J. E. Branson, H. H. Bohnsack, A. Harkness, C. R. S. Hutton, James Patrick Carrigg, F. J. Hill, and William Henry Durdin.

The Advertiser - Friday 6 July 1951

NEW HAMLEY BRIDGE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. The Hamley Bridge Memorial Hospital, a converted and extended private home,which will be opened by the Chief Secretary (Mr. McEwin) on Sunday, July 15. After the opening, the State president of the RSL (Mr. T. C. Eastick) will unveil a plaque commemorating the services of Hamley Bridge men and women in both wars.