Place Names of South Australia - P
Providence - Pygery
ProvidenceThe Register of 11 August 1860, page 3f says:
The small chapel at Providence belonging to the Bible Christian denomination, prettily situated in a valley in the Barossa Ranges, was reopened for divine service...
Near Goolwa, named by Governor Gawler on 15 September 1840 after W.J.S. Pullen (c.1813-1887), the Colonial Marine Surveyor.
W.J.S. Pullen's experiences in South Australia are discussed in the Observer of
27 March 1875, page 12d; also see
30 October 1875, page 3f and
22, 23 and 24 January 1883, pages 6f, 6d and 6c.
"Portrait of Admiral Pullen" is in the Observer,
7 April 1883, page 38a; also see
19 April 1883, page 3c.
His obituary is in the Register,
20 January 1887, page 6f; also see
19 January 1887, page 5f.
An Aboriginal name applied to a local rockhole.
The school opened in 1937 and closed in 1955.
Takes its name from a local homestead on section 113, Hundred of Fisher.
The Punyeroo [sic] caves "60 miles upstream from Mannum" are described in the Register,
27 May 1881,
4 June 1892, page 6b; also see
2 February 1894, page 6e,
3 April 1925, page 12g.
Photographs are in the Observer,
16 July 1921, page 24.
Biographical details of Mrs Catherine Roy, "one of the four oldest living pioneers of the River Murray", are in the Register,
21 March 1912, page 6g, 31 May 1926, page 9d (obit.).
An Aboriginal legend surrounding the cave is discussed in The Mail,
10 December 1927, page 12f.
- The first time I [T.P. Bellchambers] visited the cave was through the kindness of the late Mr J. Brown, of Silver Lea, near Swan Reach. On two other occasions while a guest of Murray whalers I, with several others, explored its depths. The entrance is picturesque and imposing. The walls and roof are thickly studded with fossil shells and the cliff stone, which underlies a vast area of the mallee lands on both sides of the Murray, is a sediment deposit, and lies on the black ooze of an ancient sea floor, a dead page of a wonderful past...
The name was taken from a "garden estate" in England.
Information on its nomenclature and a sketch of the subdivision are in the Register,
16 March 1914, page 4.
The 'Purnong Run' was apparently named by T.W. and H. Scott (lease no. 2037C); the land was originally held by G. Dunn from 1853. Aboriginal for 'at the wide place'.
The school opened in 1902 and closed in 1983.
A sports day is reported in the Chronicle,
7 January 1905, page 39c.
- The annual sports day were held on December 26 and it is estimated that over 200 people attended [a prize list follows]. A dance, interspersed with songs, was well attended in the evening.
15 September 1924, page 8g.
Photographs of baptismal ceremonies conducted by members of the Plymouth Brethren are in the Chronicle,
7 April 1928; also see Observer,
3 July 1926, page 31.
Near Copley, 'Puttapa Bob' an Aborigine accused of murder of a white man in 1856. There is a railway station of the same name in the area, while Mount Puttapa is also known as 'Mount Bayley'. The 'Puttapa Run' was established by J.G.I. Kerr in 1864.
Photographs of Puttapa station are in the Observer,
16 October 1920, page 26.
An Aboriginal name applied to a Murray River fish which is edible but full of bones.
The Pyap Village School opened in 1895 and closed in 1944;
the Hundred of Pyap School which stood on Pyap West Road, south-west of Loxton, was opened in 1918 by Constance Polle in a hall erected by local citizens - it closed in 1944;
Pyap West School opened in 1913 and closed in 1949.
Information on the communal settlement is in the Register,
8 and 30 March 1894, pages 7d and 7e,
17 and 24 April 1894, pages 7e and 7g,
14, 16, and 22 May 1894, pages 7c, 6f and 6d,
11 and 16 June 1894, pages 6d and 7b,
7 and 28 July 1894, pages 7e and 6c,
24 September 1894, page 6g,
1 October 1894, page 6b,
17 October 1894, page 6a.
- A large meeting of people interested in the projected village settlement at Pyap Reach was held at the Selbourne Hotel for the purpose of subscribing to the rules of the Settlement Association. Mr A.J. Brocklehurst occupied the chair and announced that two capable men were dispatched on the previous day to Pyap Reach to select the ground that was to prove the field for the operations of the Association...
21 February 1895, page 6f,
3, 26 and 30 September 1895, pages 5a, 6g and 6g,
6 February 1896, page 6a,
14 May 1896, page 7b,
1 September 1896, page 6h,
23 September 1899, page 10d,
5 November 1896, page 3b,
9 December 1903, page 8a,
2 August 1904, page 4h,
29 August 1905, page 4f.
"Improving a Village Settlement" is in the Register,
14 March 1907, page 9f;
also see 10 December 1910, page 15a.
An obituary of H.A. Hoffmeister is in the Register, 17 May 1927, page 12f.
Derived from the Aboriginal paitjariti - 'fighting place'.
Its school opened in 1919 and became "Pinbong" in 1923 at which time the "Pygery Siding" School became "Pygery" - it closed in 1942.
See Place Names - Pinbong. in an attempt to solve this puzzle.
A photograph of lambing time on Mr E.H. Edmonds' farm is in the Chronicle,
4 July 1935, page 35.