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The Catholics of Tarlee - After many years

This article appeared in the Southern Cross newspaper in 1922. It is possible that the author was one of the O'Learys of Salisbury mentioned at the conclusion of the post as David Joseph O'Leary, brother to Hanora Horgan had lived at Stockport for nearly thirty years until his departure for Salisbury in 1896. (1)
AFTER MANY YEARS.SOME OLD IDENTITIES.(From an Old Contributor.)A short while back it was my good fortune to obtain a brief holiday, which I elected to spend where in my youthful days I spent some pleasant times. In the days when Kapunda was the terminus of the railways to the north, Cobb and Co.'s coaches ran from there north to Clare and beyond it, and the fertile valley from Hamley Bridge (then the junction) to Manoora was commonly known as "the Valley of the Gilbert." Riverton and Saddleworth and Rhynie, or "Baker's Springs," then called, were existing and busy, as the roads, such as they were were well lined by teams carting to the towns…
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Silver Wedding at Tarlee 1908

 A very interesting and successful function took, place on September 9, when Mr. and Mrs. David G. Stribing, of Fairview Farm, near Tarlee. celebrated their silver wedding. On September 5, 1883, Mr. D. G. Stribling was married to Miss Priscilla Keyworth at Salisbury, by Rev. T. Douding, now of Mannum. They settled on the farm where they now reside, and have had a prosperous and happy life. 
A large number of relatives and friends assembled, including Mr. Keyworth, of Salisbury, father of Mrs. Stribling, whose venerable presence was much appreciated by the guests. Their present pastor (Rev. Henry Coombs, of Kapunda Baptist circuit) and his wife were also present. 
The wedding breakfast was spread in the barn, which had been beautifully decorated. About eighty friends sat down—a number which would have been even larger had it not been Adelaide Show day. Many letters and telegrams of congratulation were received. The Rev. T. Douding proposed the health of the bride…

Tarlee Kapunda Road 1907

TARLEE KAPUNDA ROAD. This view of the Clare road is known as the Kapunda-Tarlee portion. The photograph was taken from the foot of the hill known as Bond's which is west and east boundary respectively of the district councils of Kapunda and Gilbert. The view is looking east.
1907 'TARLEE-KAPUNDA ROAD.', Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), 7 June, p. 2. (Kapunda Herald Illustrated Supplement.),

Tarlee Bluestone

The quarry at Tarlee
From 1929 onwards a chatty column entitled Out among the People was established at first in the The Register News-Pictorial (Adelaide, SA : 1929 - 1931) A similar heading and style of writing was carried through to several other newspapers including the Observer, the Advertiser and the Chronicle. This article from 1954 provides a brief outline of the uses of  bluestone quarried just north of Tarlee.
Tarlee Bluestone Talking of bluestone reminds us that this product of a Tarlee quarry has found favor in Adelaide. Even the little railway station building up there is a fine bit of work, as you will have noted when the north train passes through there.

This bluestone has been used in the old Adelaide railway and many other stations, foundations for big Adelaide public buildings and kerbing stones in Adelaide streets.

I have since learnt that it can be seen in the wall round Whinham College, North Adelaide.

Mr. Buckley told me that 100 men worked in the Tarlee quarry. …

1908 Fisher's Implement Factory

A factory and a house Illustrations from Trove help tell the story of Tarlee, a small rural town in South Australia in the early 1900s. In 1908, the year my father Edward John Horgan was born, the local Kapunda Herald newspaper published this story about a new factory built in Tarlee.

Throughout the years since its establishment, this prominent building has had several owners and a variety of businesses have made it their home.


For many years Tarlee, though never a town of pretension, was practically at a standstill. During the last two or three years, with the increased agricultural prosperity of the district, business has improved, and there are signs of expansion in the town. The most conspicuous of these signs is the extension of the agricultural implement industry under the management of Mr. L. Fisher.

Mr. Fisher is well-known in the Mid North as a manufacturer of ploughs, cultivators, and other farm implements, and since hi…

Sheaf tossing at Tarlee picnics

This article appeared in 1947 with the reporter and John McInerney reminiscing about the Tarlee picnics of days gone by. Like so many Trove articles it opens up more lines of enquiry so Tarlee sheaf tossing led me to the history of a mill in Gawler and an Italian musician who composed “The Cat’s Polka” and “The Canary Waltz.”

But first the sheaf tossing.  In the picture above you see sheafs of wheat being tossed by pitchfork from cart up to the man responsible for building the haystack. (1)

Tarlee Sheaf Tossing OUR esteemed old Riverton friend John Mclnerney confirms what Mr. Herb. Gray suggested about the origin of sheaf-tossing. 'Yes, it was my late brother Jim who first suggested a prize for sheaf-tossing at the Tarlee picnic more than 50 years ago. The method was to place a bar about as high as a load of hay, and competitors had to pitch the sheaf over this; the distance it went after was the deciding factor, As Mr. Gray stated, the sheaves were just as they came off the bind…

The Tarlee Institute

The power of a book club.

Three men wanted more books to read, others followed their lead.

In 1888 in Tarlee, in the mid-north of South Australia, an institute was established and subscribers paid for the privilege of reading. Money was raised to erect a building to house books, provide reading and other public space. The Public Library Board offered affiliation and supplied books to local institutes as well as purchases being made by the local community.

The Institute was used as a polling booth, a room was let to a bank, and a multitude of community functions were held. Each year the exhibits for the local show were housed in the building.
In 1905 the Tarlee institute incurred the displeasure of the Public Library Board by their disposal of 44 dilapidated volumes.(1)  After this incident, regulations were changed to allow for more local decision making.

Fundraising efforts towards completion of the building continued as exemplified by this short article where participants enjoyed s…