Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Celebrating South Australian's – Yett Soo War Way Lee



Celebrating South Australian's – Yett Soo War Way Lee


 Yett Soo War Way Lee was born in Tungkun near Canton in China in 1853. The son of a rice-miller, Way Lee married early and had a son with his wife, named Yett King Sum.
By 1874, Yett Soo had made his way to Sydney Australia. He had traveled alone, and whilst in Sydney lived with his uncle Way Kee. He traveled the eastern states seeking an education in schools in Sydney and Brisbane, before making his way to Adelaide.

  In Adelaide he studied the English language at the Adelaide City Mission and founded his own company “Way Lee Co.” an import company bringing in Tea, china and other imported goods and fireworks.
Way Lee's business was hugely successful in an era when the rise of racism against the Chinese in Australia was steadily on the rise (which would eventually lead to the anti-Chinese riots in gold mining towns like Ararat in Victoria )

 Way Lee's business was incredibly successful he opened stores right across the South Australian colony and in the Northern Territory and New South Wales. In South Australia his main store was located in Rundle Street, but he also had a store in Currie Street. Stores could also be found in South Australia at Quorn, Hawker, Millicent. In New South Wales at Beltana, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Wentworth and Menindie and in the Northern Territory at Daly River.

Way Lee was a supporter of his community often giving money to local charities, and supporting local events. He always supported Chinese New Year, offering dinners for Adelaide's dignitaries and politicians and supplying fire works for for celebrations.

Way Lee was the first Australian to really open the way for trade between China and Australia. A fighter for the rights of Chinese immigrants, he fought for Chinese settlers to be offered a district solely for Chinese use.
 Way Lee also offered to bring to Australia, Chinese labourers to work at the Daly River Plantation in the Northern Territory.
 Way Lee was a great promoter of education to the  Chinese community, and worked hard to improve the working conditions and rights of his Chinese compatriots in Australia. He also worked to stop the import of Opium into the colony.
 Way Lee also raised money, and donated much of his won money, to be sent back to China to help feed people after chronic flooding, then droughts that were decimating the people of his homelands.

Way Lee was a Freemason and a respected member and leader of the local Chinese Community. He offered homes for many Chinese immigrants in Adelaide, way houses until they could afford better homes themselves.
 In 1889 Way Lee married Margaret McDonald, and together they had 4 children, Vera, Pretoria, Lily and Jack.
He spoke openly in the public about the treatment of his fellow country men in Australia by the Government, law and people and is quoted as saying “The Australian people are always very kind to me, but the law worse than the people”.
Way Lee died in 1909 of chronic nephritis and amyloid disease on August 21st 1909. Many of Adelaide's population travelled to West Terrace cemetery to witness the funeral of Way Lee, expecting odd Chinese death rites, but they were bitterly disappointed, as Way Lee was buried under common Presbyterian funeral rights.

For more on Yett Soo War Way Lee, please visit the following links:

adb.anu.edu.au/biography/way-lee-yet-soo-war-9015
www.chia.chinesemuseum.com.au/biogs/CH00005b.htm
migration.historysa.com.au/biography/yett-soo-war-way-lee




Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Extreme Emergency Causing Notice – Kapunda – South Australia

Extreme Emergency Causing Notice – Kapunda – South Australia





Lord Palmerston Hotel - Main Street Kapunda
During World War Two, the Japanese military had spread it's army across Asia, marching towards Australia with a ferocity never before witnessed in modern warfare. city after city fell to the Empire as they moved ever southwards. Singapore fell, and soon Australian soldiers were fighting even closer to their Island, and the threat of coastal invasion became much more real and terrifying.
 By 1942 however, the tide was beginning to turn, and it was now the Japanese who were beginning to worry, so much so in fact that they began to evacuate their own people from possible invasion points by moving them to their furthest north Island of Hokkaido.

 If the Japanese had of made it ashore and invaded Australia, the South Australian Government had devised a plan that would come into action if an “extreme emergency causing notice” had to be served, which would demand all banks in South Australia  in metropolitan areas would have to transfer their head office, or State headquarters, if the banks head office was interstate, into country regional areas as a means of isolating them and making them harder to capture before important documents could be destroyed.

Bank of Adelaide - 1907 - Kapunda
 The clearing house for Associated Banks in South Australia was to find its new home in Burra, where several of the States banks were already represented, these being the Bank of Australia, The National Bank of Australasia Ltd, and the Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd.
 Banks that were choosing to station their headquarters in other towns, would also have to have a representative stationed in Burra to change their cheques through the clearing house.
  Other banks were choosing other regional areas, the Bank of Adelaide made plans for its administration to work from Saddleworth whilst the Adelaide office would be moved to Kapunda, the headquarters to Balaklava and its Port Adelaide, Hindmarsh and Rundle Street branches would all be moved to Angaston in the Barossa Valley.
English, Scottish and Australia Chartered Bank - Kapunda 1871
 The Bank Of Adelaide also made plans to move its Enfield, Keswick and Unley branches to Freeling, whilst its Hindley Street, Pultney Street and Gouger Street branches were to go even further north to Spalding, and the office on North Terrace to Booborowie!

 The English, Scottish and Australian Bank Ltd was looking towards Clare, while the Head Office of Sydney based bank the Commercial Banking company of Sydney Ltd, was looking to go south to Naracoorte. The Commonwealth Bank made moves for Waikerie, and our very own State Bank had chosen Yacka as its escape plan.

The Savings Bank of South Australia chose Kapunda, and made moves to secure buildings in the town, one being the former Baptist Church on Hill street (now the Kapunda Museum) of which the basement, measuring 60ft by 40ft, and having two stair wells was considered extremely valuable to the bank, but they also needed somewhere to use as accommodation for the staff they would need to move the former copper mining town.
 The bank also purchased the once grand Lord Palmerston Hotel which was situated in the main street of the town, and after service as a hotel, and horse sales yards, became the Kapunda Coffee Palace before falling into a state of disuse and neglect.
Kapunda's Main Street circa 1880
 The Hotel, on the ground floor had a bar, dining room, four other rooms and a kitchen, and on the first floor another 11 rooms that could be used as bedrooms, more than ample for the staffs requirements if ever the move had to take place.

 Fortunately for South Australia the Japanese never got this far, and an “extreme emergency causing notice” never had to be served.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Riverland UFO Sighting South Australia 2012

Riverland UFO Sighting South Australia 2012
 
 One night while sitting in my office I received a phone call from a gentlemen who seemed somewhat distressed and a little perplexed.
 Said Gentleman had been flying a small plane on Monday the 16th of January 2012 on a late night training exercise in the Riverland of South Australia, whilst in the air, he noticed a strangely lit object acting erratically in the night sky, his co-pilot also noted the object. The pair called Air traffic control and asked if any planes where in the nearby vicinity of their location. They received an emphatic “no!” from the traffic controller, and decided to shadow the object from a distance,
 They flew watching the plane from the region in Lake Bonney in Barmera to Peterborough in the lower Flinders Rangers, and only decided to turn back after realising they would soon not be able to return to their landing strip due to fuel.
 
The Gentleman described the object as the following:
 “.Small bright object with many lights, every few minutes would stop, dip onto its side, then spin around like a “Hurdy Gurdy” (merry-go-round). Travelling at approx. 150 knots at one point. Object seemed to keep same speed as plane and same distance constantly. Radio interference was also present during sighting, on a warm clear night.”
 
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Northfield Crop Circle 1994


The Northfield Crop Circle 1994


 December 1994, the suburb of Northfield had its own encounter with Aliens after a large crop circle was spotted when Alison Light flew into the city on December 9th.
 Using a street directory, Alison was able to track down the wheat crop by the street patterns of the area, and found it in a field owned by the Department of Agriculture.

The Crop Circle measured 15.3 metres wide, with the wheat flattened in an anticlockwise direction
all the stalks were unbroken, with no human tracks in or out of the shape. It's outer appendages had all the stalks facing back to the main shape, and the entire pattern was perfectly aligned to the Earth’s own magnetic fields in a north-south direction.

 A friend of mine, Mr Good, who I met through a site we both worked at, actually experienced this crop circle for himself first hand, being offered the chance to step inside it when he was working in the areas as a security guard
 Mr Good said, that when he stood inside it you could feel a very weird electrical vibration. Government tests conducted to measure for radioactivity and magnetic charge disputed this evidence, but one has to wonder, as in all UFO related cases, is the Government telling the truth, as it is well known Governments worldwide will cover up any kind of UFO contact wherever possible– (One only has to site the recent release of UFO related material released by the New Zealand and UK Governments over previous years)

 This particular crop circle drew the attention of Mr Colin Norris (known locally as “Mr UFO”) who described the circle as “Marvellous” and stated to the Advertiser Newspaper when asked if it could be a hoax
“It’s ‘it’ as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing about this that’s a hoax. It’s perfect”.

Local radio station SAFM claimed they had made the crop circle as a joke, but retracted their statement of involvement when a Government Official said charges could possibly be laid over the incident.

A few days later, the wheat was harvested and the circle removed by the blades of a combine harvester.

 The land is now entirely covered by homes

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988

Nullarbor UFO Sighting 1988


January 1988, the Knowles family, Mother Faye, Patrick, 24, Sean, 21, and Wayne, 18, were travelling from Melbourne Victoria, across South Australia, heading for a new life in Perth Western Australia.
 The family of four were traveling in their Ford Telstar across the Nullarbor Plains, when, approximately 40kms east of the Western Australian border, near Mundrabilla they had an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
 The family claim at around 5am, as they were driving along the flat, straight stretch of road, they swerved to avoid a large glowing object on the road.. The object appeared to the Knowles family to resemble an “egg in an eggcup” about a metre wide, and glowing brightly.
 The family stopped and went back to look at the strange object, but got scared and ran back to their car and started to drive off.
 As they did so the object suddenly took off and started following them, Sean, who was driving, put his foot down, and claimed to have reached speeds of 200 KM/H. The object, which resonated with a low hum not unlike an electrical transformer, suddenly came down hard on the roof of the car and lifted it off the road.
 At this point, Mrs Knowles put her hand out the window and touched the weird object, describing it as being hot, and feeling like a “rubber suction cup” - with the window now open, smoke began to fill the car, which the family described as smelling like dead bodies...
The family reported, that whilst in the air, it seemed like everything was in slow motion and their voices became distorted.
 
 The car suddenly dropped to the ground, bursting a tire, making it impossible to continue driving, so the family escaped in the bushes nearby and waited for the object to leave, which it eventually did. They changed the burst tire, then drove to Mundrabilla Roadhouse and told their story, of which a truck driver, Graham Henley, reported that he had seen a bright light in the vicinity in his rear view mirror,

 The Ceduna Police were called to inspect the car and take statements from the Knowles family. Sergeant Fred Longley said the family were in a state of shock and distress when he encountered them.
“They were in a terrible state — even though it was five hours after the incident. Something happened out there. Their car, even after being driven all that way, still had black ash — or dust — over it. Even on the inside. Where did that come from? There’s no soil like that out there, only sand.”

Another police officer Sergeant Jim Furnell described the dents in the roof of the car “as if something had landed on top “

So what did happen to the Knowles family that fateful day in 1988?

Plenty of theories have been put forward, but only the family themselves will ever really know.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sandy Creek UFO Sighting 1963

Sandy Creek UFO Sighting 1963


In 1963, a man from Willaston who was traveling on Lyndoch road between Gawler and Sandy Creek (heading towards Gawler) rounded a corner and came across a blood-red coloured object spanning the width of the road, he braked, and the vehicle pulled up within 3 metres of the mysterious object, which suddenly rose about 100 metres into the air, turned on its side and shot off into the night, leaving behind it a vapour trail.

 The Willaston man got a very good look at the object and described it as being about 8 metres across, and four metres tall, with a concave top and flat bottom. It glowed blood-red when close to the ground, but changed colour, to a light red yellow as it flew up in the air, then took off west towards Two Wells.

 The story was reported in The Advertiser Newspaper, as taking place, very close to the Sandy Creek Hotel, but no-one from the popular country pub came forward at the time that could confirm the incident.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

UFO's over Woomera 1952

UFO's over Woomera 1952


 Woomera located in the remote outback of South Australia has for many decades been a military testing ground. Some UFO researchers believe, due to the military facilities based there, that UFO activity is higher in the area as aliens could be monitoring the activity of tests, especially so because Woomera was once used to test atomic weapons, whatever the case may be, the military itself was keeping record of unusual sightings in the area.
 In 1952 from April to October there were numerous sightings and unexplained incidents by workers in the area.
 In April 1952 3 men noticed an unidentified light moving north west parallel to the ground at 45 degrees SE – it's emitted a light source bright enough to light up clouds around it and the land underneath it
Later the same year in September,  five people witnessed a cigar shaped “airship” with a rear exhaust The craft was moving silently through the air, and seemed to have internal lighting, as was viewed through side portholes – A possible military test ship perhaps?

 In October of the same year an object was tracked by radar, but no visual sighting of the object could be made.
 The object came within one mile of the radar tower and it was noted by the operator  that during the tracking of the object, smaller objects appeared to detach from the larger object and drift away

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Resources:
Ufologist: Beyond Information Lies the Truth – Magazine Vol 13 Issue 6

National Archives of Australia