Tuesday, 26 November 2013

John Hill



John Hill 
Mr Hill served as boatswain (The Foreman of the “unlicensed” crew) in His Majesty, King William's Ship, The Buffalo. [1]

John Hill was born on the 3rd of June 1808 in Cheshurst, Hertfordshire England. Mr Hill was a skilled thatcher before serving for his King in the English Navy.



John Hill's most notable mark in South Australian history, other than coming to our fine shores aboard the Buffalo, under the soon to be Governor of South Australia, Captain John Hindmarsh, was to unfurl the flag at proclamation day ceremonies at Glenelg.



As the proclamation, declaring South Australia a British colony was read aloud to the gathered sailors and dignitaries, John Hill raised the British Flag, thus marking his place in South Australian history for all time. He was aged 29 at the time.

Mr Hill was soon engaged to thatch roofs for the newly colonised State, the only skilled Roof thatcher available he was very busy and was summoned to thatch the roof of the Governors house.


Mr Hill lived much of his middle years in Wilpena before settling in Kapunda with his family, where he died at the age of 77, after fighting an illness for four months. Mr Hill died on the 2nd of April 1885 and was interred in The Clare Road Cemetery. 



Mr Hill's Wife and Family were very proud of the fact that their Husband, and Father hoisted the flag on proclamation day and marked the significance upon his tombstone.

His grave also feature a very distinct and different marking. It features as the centre piece the “British Standard” with Gum tree carved into Headstone.




Mr Hills obituary appears in the South Australian Register on page 2, April 11th 1885 and reads:


Deaths of Pioneers.— Our Kapunda correspondent mentions that bluff, hearty old John Hill the boatswain of the Buffalo,who hoisted the flag at Glenelg when the colony was proclaimed, died on Thursday evening, after an illness of four months. He was 77 years of age, and during his life enjoyed the very best of health until recently,when he was attacked by bronchitis. Daring his illness he suffered a great deal. He leaves  a widow, who is somewhat older than himself 


[1] The “Buffalo” was originally named “The Hindostand” in 1813 when it was built it was sold in that same year to the United Kingdom Navy and renamed “The Buffalo” where it began to ship mast timbers across the globe. It eventually was used to ship English female prisoners to Sydney (187) then travelled to South Africa. The ship was recommissioned in 1835 where it was fitted to house emigrants for transport to Australian Colonies.


Please note, this post was originally made on a short lived blog I wrote about Kapunda, due to the amount of time spent researching the paranormal, the Kapunda blog suffered a severe lack of posts - rather than lose the blog into the depths of Internet obscurity, I am reposting some of the research back onto this blog as much of it contains, History, Mystery and the Paranormal.

© 2013 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013


All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.


Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Macksad Murders



Adelaide municipal golf links, a serene location, low rolling hills, trees and flower beds, but in May 1933, the links became home to a homicide crime scene when the body of 38 year old, an unemployed fitter of Adelaide, Mr Richard Joseph Supple was found on the grounds. He had been shot three times and badly beaten around his head with a large blunt object.
Mr Supples death remained one of Adelaide’s great mysteries of the time, Police searched relentlessly for clues and evidence. But his whereabouts after 3:30pm on Wednesday the 16th of May eluded them.

The absences of facts in their enquiries baffled them, how can a man disappear so thoroughly, surely someone must have seen this moderately well known man about Adelaide.
Detectives Corell, McGrath and Strangways, and a plain clothes Constable, Sharoe, covered large areas of ground in their enquiries after the finding of Mr Supples body on the Thursday morning, they visited all his known hangouts, his home, his family and his friends, and eventually some luck came there way and a car with blood on the running boards was found.
The blood was sampled and taken away to pathology for the long wait to see if it was human or animal blood.
Good detective work gave an unusual breakthrough, the three holes, thought to be gun shot wounds in Mr Supples body, may have indeed been holes caused by a garden rake, swung at Mr Supple after an argument that involved his wife and their next door neighbour, Mr Macksad.
Not long after blood was also found on the lino flooring in the Gilbert street shop belonging to the Syrian born shopkeeper, Salem Macksad.
Mr Macksad was taken into custody, and the police revealed they had a motive for the murder, but would not lay charges until the blood test result confirmed their suspicions, they did not have to wait too long, and on very soon Mr Macksad was charged with the first degree of Murder of Richard Supple.



Mrs Supple had begun an affair with her neighbour, and often they would stop under the trees on Memorial drive to engage in their carnal desires, sometimes in botanic park as well, but always after she finished her shift working on North Terrace at around 6:30pm – her husband had no knowledge of the affair.
Richard had come home one night and found his wife in the kitchen of Mr Macksad, which angered him greatly, that night he fought with his wife and struck her, causing her a black eye, and from that time on, knowing his wife was cheating on him, he began to drink heavily and make a nuisance of himself upon her.
It would seem during a heated exchange with Mr Macksad one evening, Macksad grabbed a three pronged hoerake and struck Supple in the head, causing three bullet like puncture wounds, which the police would later think were bullet holes.
Mr Macksad who had a shop right next door to the Supple family home on Gilbert street, and Mrs Supple were in the trists of a secret affair that Richard had stumbled upon...and within a couple of weeks, would lead to his death




Salem Macksad was duly sentenced to twelve years hard labour in Adelaide Gaol


© 2013 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net



All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013


All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.


Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Remembrance Day


Today is Remembrance Day (Also known as Armistice Day), a day that marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,".

Each year Australians (and most countries of the Commonwealth) observe one minute silence at 11 am on 11 November, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

I thought, as my Great Grandfather fought in this war that I would honour him by offering this weeks blog a day early and devoting it to him, a man I never met, but a man I will always respected, like so many other Australians who go to war, to give us the freedoms we have today.

Sadly, I only have two photos of my Grandfather.

The man on the left with the "X" marked on him is my Great Grandfather Harold James Buckingham Tremaine. He is pictured here with the 6th Cavalry Brigade (Adelaide): , 9th, Light Horse Regiment

This picture was taken in Cairo as far as I am aware, There is no story attached to it that I know of, unfortunately my Grandmother, had past-on before she could relay the story too me.

Harold James Buckingham Tremaine
Born in Kapunda 1882 - died in Kapunda 1967
(enrolment register)
                                     Service Number: 1613

Rank: Private
Roll title: 9 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] - 11 to 14 Reinforcements (October 1915 - February 1916)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 18 November 1915
Place of embarkation: Adelaide
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong A2

(Discharge Register)
http://cedunaworldwar1.weebly.com/t.html



© 2013 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net



All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013

All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

A Mysterious Letter




A Mysterious Letter

Mysterious letters began to turn up at the local Adelaide police station in December 1931 and the home of the Lawson family in Hilton, after the body of 17 year old James Charles Lawson was found at the bottom of the Torrens Weir in Adelaide.
The letters, sent anonymously, appeared to be made by someone lacking in literacy, or trying to disguise themselves as appearing so.
The letter received by James' Mother, was signed “ I am one who knows” and contained a number of insinuations toward the Mother that she may have had a hand in the boys death. The letter also alluded to the boy running away from home of a frequent basis, and that the reason for this was known by the letter writer, insinuating it was caused by harsh treatment of James by his Mother.
One line in the letter stated “ If an inquest is going to be held, I am going to make myself known”, a thinly veiled threat that this anonymous writer knew something more about the boys death and would come forward as a witness to provide possible evidence that could lead to a murder trial – the letter was signed by “A Mother”.



Of course the Police issued a statement in the media urging this Mother to come forward and state the facts she knew, they assigned an officer, one they thought would be approachable, for the anonymous writer to come forward too, Constable E. J. Davis, a plain clothes officer of the law. Of course, The Mother did not show
AS is law, an inquest was held into the death of young James, and hoping that the anonymous writer would be brave enough to come forth, A young court orderly was sent into the hallway and doorways of the building and told to announce in his loudest voice “ That if anyone wished to give further evidence, he, or she, should come forward now and be heard!”
No-one stepped forward.
It was found by the inquest that James died from drowning, Dr. A F Lynch, who conducted the post mortem examination added to the testimony stating that James had eaten a very heavy meal shortly before he entered the water and that, due to this, it was probable that a sudden a chill on top of a full stomach had resulted in his losing consciousness and drowning.

Do you believe the inquests verdict, or so you think something more sinister happened to young James?

© 2013 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net



All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013


All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.


Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.