Place Names of South Australia - S
Swanport - Symon, Hundred of
Swanport(See Place Names - Thompson Crossing..)
The launching of a river steamer is reported in the Register,
31 July 1868, page 2h.
Also see Murray River.
The Observer of
17 June 1911 at page 50a has a report on a local aboriginal burial ground; also see
11 and 12 April 1911, pages 6f and 8c,
3 and 4 May 1911, pages 9b and 4g,
3 June 1911, page 42e.
Also see South Australia - Aboriginal Australians.
It is described in the Advertiser,
14 December 1876, page 1a (supp.),
10 February 1887, page 6a.
19 February 1887, page 43a.
- Swanport is chiefly known and used as a crossing place, the government having established a ferry there. Foot passengers are conveyed in a boat across the river at one penny each and the punt is used, on very easy terms, to transfer horses, cattle, sheep and other stores either way. The place has a small post office, a few cottages, two wine shops and a depot (Mr A. Tonkin's) for storing goods for the up-river steamboats. The butcher, who supplies the residents, lives at Nairne... On our visit there was an abundance of duck and teal on what is called the lagoon... Fish is also obtainable in the vicinity...
19 January 1921, page 3h.
Also see South Australia - World War I - Repatriation.
Its school opened in 1923 and closed in 1932.
Nomenclature A subdivision of section 234, Hundred of Caltowie by Charles Burney Young in 1875; now included in Caltowie. He married Nora C. Bacon in Swanscombe, England in 1851.
General Notes Also see Place Names - Templeton, Mount.
An obituary of Mr C.B. Young is in the Express,
30 September 1904, page 2c;
reminiscences of his wife are in the Advertiser,
8 June 1925, page 13b.
An obituary of E. Burney Young is in the Register,
30 October 1922, page 6g,
of Mrs C.B. Young on 8 and 10 June 1925, pages 11h and 11c.
The sale of the subdivision and the home is reported in the Register,
24 September 1925, page 5d.
Nomenclature In 1867, Alfred France, auctioneer and David Bower, timber merchant, cut up section 17, Hundred of Wallaroo, naming it after its namesake in Wales; it derives from swinesea - from the number of porpoises with which this part of the channel abounded. The same name was given to a subdivision of section 1047, Hundred of Port Adelaide and was made by George D. Green, W. Peirce, J.C. Lovely, H.H. Mildred and H.C. Swan, in 1875; now included in Port Adelaide.
Colonel J.C. Lovely's obituary is in the Observer,
20 November 1915, page 46d.
"A Sunday 'School' - Two-Up at Swansea" is in the Register,
9 January 1923, page 3g.
- The eleven men arrested at the Swansea sandhills on Sunday afternoon appeared before Mr G.W. Halcombe, SM,... charged on the information of Sub-Inspector J.E. Noblet, with having been on an open paddock near to Swansea on January 7th where the unlawful game of "two up" was in progress. John S. Garrick, carrier of Port Adelaide, Edward Hall, labourer, Adelaide, Percy Douglas Dean, traveller, Adelaide, George Goodwin, John Davis, George Nelson, labourers, Robert Norrie, painter and Charles Clarke, barman, all of Port Adelaide, pleaded guilty... A fine of £5, with 15 shillings costs, in default 14 days imprisonment, was ordered. A charge against Ross Bonnington, labourer, of Exeter, was heard ex parte. Mr Noblet said defendant had telephoned to him that morning, stated he admitted his guilt, but he was too "crook" to attend court after the long run he had on Sunday .(Laughter.)... An order was made for the confiscation of the tarpaulin and kips.
Nomenclature At the southern extremity of Lake Torrens. Charles Swinden (c.1827-1865) who, with Murdoch Campbell and D. Thomson, explored the area in mid-1857.
The Register of 24 August 1857, page 3 reproduces his journal and a preface by the editor says:
The party consisted of Mr D. Thompson of the Tatiara, Mr Murdoch Campbell of Mount Remarkable and Mr Charles Swinden of the Gilbert. During a portion of the route they were accompanied by Mr Edwin Stocks.
Information on Charles Swinden is in the Register,
17 July 1899, page 5c;
an obituary of his wife is in the Register,
30 July 1907, page 5c, 1 August 1907, page 7c,
3 August 1907, page 40d.
Nomenclature Laid out in 1879 by Edward Swinden (c.1851-1920) on part sections 925-26, Hundred of Woolundunga on the plains near Horrocks Pass. Its main building was the 'Pass Hotel' which today is crumbling masonry on the roadside.
"The Swinden Lunatic" is in the Chronicle,
8 September 1894, page 7c.
31 August 1894, page 7d,
3 September 1894, pages 4h-5c.
Reminiscences of "The Swinden Town Siege" are in the Chronicle,
30 August 1934, page 8a.
- A hotel was erected there when there were a great many teams on the road carting to and from Wilmington to Port Augusta. During Sub-Inspector Field's term at the Port a tragic occurrence took place between the Swinden Hotel and Lillywhite's Garden, close under the Flinders Range (A lengthy tale follows surrounding a rabbit trapper named Leech who held a posse of police at bay for many days before committing suicide.)
Swinden School opened in 1912 and closed in 1920.
Nomenclature John Edwin Gameau (c.1802-1872), a solicitor in London, came to South Australia with his wife and family circa 1850 and in 1874 his sons, Thomas Edwin and Victor, purchased sections 311 and 333, Hundred of Adelaide and in the following year they built a house on the property which they called 'Sydenham', no doubt after their parents' association with a place of that name in London which first came into prominence in the 1600s on account of a mineral spring supposed to possess peculiar medicinal virtues.
Mr E.B. Heyne's Nursery is described in the Advertiser,
22 May 1880, page 1f (supp.) and
Gameau Brothers Nursery in the Register,
6 June 1903, page 8g.
- In noticing Mr E.B. Heyne's Sydenham Road nursery it would be well to state, first, that unlike the establishments we have spoken of previously, it is simply an adjunct to the proprietor's seed business and cannot be reckoned as a prime factor in his source of income... At his seed shop in Rundle Street he keeps up a good display of window plants... Jumping on the Norwood and Kensington tram car we were soon conveyed to the Old Colonist Inn, where we alighted within a few yards of the residence and garden of Mr Heyne... [He] is not only known as a seedsman and plant merchant, but also as the author of a valuable little work on gardening entitled the Amateur Gardener in South Australia... As secretary of the Vignerons' Association he has done excellent service in conducting their correspondence in French...
2 September 1912, page 6h,
of Victor Gameau in the Observer,
15 April 1916, page 19b.
Sydney ParkSee Allan Park and Jordan Park.
Symon, Hundred of
Nomenclature Sir Josiah H. Symon (1846-1934), MP (1881-1887).
General Notes Also see South Australia - Politics.
A poem titled "The Song of Symon" is in The Critic,
16 April 1898, page 4.
The Song of Symon
I'm a patriot bold
Like the heroes of old,
Though you thought them all buried, or nearly,
And though strange it may be
For a doughty QC,
Yet I love it - my country - yes, dearly.
Not an axe, bear in mind,
Do I carry to grind;
And I'm not a pen-pecked politician;
Just a barrister cit,
Having not the least bit
Of Premier's perky ambition.
What, to me, is a name
Or the weathercock's fame?
These can never my doctrine determine,
Though it's true that I may,
On some possible day,
Wear the Federal judicial ermine.
Let us calmly unite,
Ere we're forced to, by fight;
It's worth living for, aye, even dying.
Yet, to take guineas three
Every day for one's fee,
Half a year, I admit, is less trying.
With the bug-bear away;
That's for Kingston, and Reid, and for Turner,
While the crown dynamo
Gives their arc lights a glow,
I am only a private gas burner.
I'm a patriot bold,
Caring nothing for gold;
(That's the man that the country is needing!)
For her weal I would live
And my blood I would give,
(Phew! it's she that is in danger of bleeding).
(The Critic, 16 April 1898, page 4.)
7 February 1903, page 23,
The Herald, 23 May 1903, page 7a,
Advertiser, 23 November 1921, page 6i;
his obituary appears on 30 March 1934, page 7c and details of his will on 8 August 1934, page 14h.