Miss Priscilla Swift : an enigma

One of the dictionary definitions of the word “enigma” is “a person of puzzling or contradictory character“.  Miss Priscilla Swift was an enigma to the people of Forest Range and Lenswood.  For over forty years she lived in her small hut on the top of what is now known as Collins Hill Road.  Only her closest…

Florence Valerie Marshall : Pollard, Waters

HER STORY Florence Valerie Marshall was born in Charleston on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1896.  When she was young her family moved to what is now known as Marshall Road, Forest Range when her father purchased the lease on one of the “closer settlement” blocks.  At the same time the Waters family and the Pollard…

Isabelle Moreen Mason : Memories

MEMORIES : TRANSCRIBED IN 1988 BY KAREN BELL Isabelle Moreen Mason was born on 2 December 1924 and died on 19 March 1993.  In 1988 Karen Bell (now Karen Mason) transcribed Isabelle’s story.  This document details life in Forest Range and shares the household and farming life of Isabelle and her family. Click here to…

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…