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Reminiscences of F.A. Oschar of Yorke Peninsula
Title : Reminiscences of F.A. Oschar of Yorke Peninsula Reminiscences of F.A. Oschar of Yorke Peninsula
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Creator : Oschar, Francis Allan
Source : D 5491(L)
Date of creation : 1967
Format : Manuscript
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Reminiscences of Francis Allan Oschar of life on Southern Yorke Peninsula, ca.1866-1920, including references to the salt industry and to farming.

Oschar also remembers the following information about the town of Warooka and its people:

"My name is Francis Allan Oschar. I was born at Warooka on York [sic] Peninsula on September 1st 1886. Warooka in those days was a very small town we lived some nine miles from Warooka at a place called Para Wurlie, there was only a few families living there, scattered farmers. There was a very small school at the time. There had to be an attendance of not less than twelve children to keep it open, that was how I went to school at five years of age. The school was two and a half miles from our home thus the round trip was five miles for five days a week not bad for a five year old. We lived on what was known as Harwood Station in those days. That has all been altered many years since Harwood Station was owned by Mr. Henry R Fuller a former mayor of Adelaide, who has the distinction of being the first mayor of Adelaide to entertain a member of the Royal Family a former Duke of Edinburg [sic]. Ebenezer Ward was also interested in the property. Ebenezer Ward was a very well known politician of those days. The Station Home where we lived was a very large house. Twelve large and lofty rooms it had very high foundation with a verandah right around the whole building. It also had a very large Hall or Banquet room for Entertainment a stage for a piano. The families of the district would gather for parties, dances and other social events. Mr. William Fuller son of the owner was living in another large house about one and half miles away at the head Station. Bert Fuller another son was living there also. There was some grand old families living in the district such as the Players, Hammills, Geaters (?), Youngs, Grabias (?), Cadds, Barretts and so on. I will always remember Mr. Trehearne storekeeper from Minlaton who used to go around to all the farmers driving his old two horse van. Also the little town of Warooka with its little Post Office kept by the Misses Crofts, the Chemist kept by Mr. Keightley the hotel kept by the one and only David Ramsay. Mrs. Baker also kept a store. Albert Koop was the Village blacksmith, all very worthy people...." page 1-2.

Image is from the State Library of South Australia collections, B 32265 Baker Bros. Warooka, c.1910.

Related names :

Oschar, Francis Allan, (1866-1920)

Coverage year : ca.1866-1920
Period : 1884-1913,1914-1918
Place : Warooka
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Warooka Historical Committee West of the Peesey: an account of a community : Warooka, Corny Point, Stenhouse Bay Warooka, S. Aust.: Warooka Historical Committee, 1976

Carmichael, E The ill-shaped leg : a story of the development of Yorke Peninsula [Fullarton, S. Aust.]: E.J. Carmichael, 1973

One hundred and twenty views of southern Yorke Peninsula Yorketown S. Aust.: R. Wilkinson, 1925

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