Norton Family

July 4  is a milestone for the Norton family of Forest Range. Over 125 years ago Charles Norton and his wife Jane leased and then purchased section 83 at Forest Range.  Charles was the son of Robert Norton of Norton Summit.  They were the first to own that land and over the years the land (or part…

Sam and Lenny Watts

COLOURFUL LOCAL CHARACTERS I suppose that most districts have some colourful local characters, and ours is no different, as we have had Sam and Len. They were certainly different, and were two bachelors living together, and obviously felt no need to move with the times, as my story will reveal, and thought that maybe I…

Childhood memories of Archibald Rowley

POSSUMS AND PROFIT Archibald Rowley was the eldest child of Job and Mary Rowley.  On April 17, 1946 he wrote a letter reminiscing about his young life.  Part of this letter is currently held in the South Australian State Library. Archibald wrote that when he was young the family lived in a two room slab…

Tuck Schultz plays a joke on Archie Green

PLOUGHING ON REGARDLESS My brother and a neighbor’s son, Tuck Schultz, were walking to school one morning.  Orchards were ploughed back in those days, there was no irrigation, and to conserve enough moisture to grow the crop during the year, the grass had to be killed.  Archie Green was ploughing close to the road as…

William James Henry Pye – known locally as Billy Pye

A  COLOURFUL  LOCAL  CHARACTER  OF  LONG  AGO He arrived in the colony during the eighteen sixties and apparently, as was sometimes the case, in those days, was a “remittance” man.  Obviously, he was from a good family, and well educated, but maybe, had caused the family some problem so they sent him away out to…