to Redhill and the Pepper Trees
wife and I visited Redhill, South Australia as my mother's family
came from the area many years ago. My mother's name is Eileen
Gertrude Green (1914-1991).
arrived in Redhill in early autumn after a long, hot, dry summer.
The effects of the drought were to be seen throughout the district.
I had done some internet research and found that many Greens were
interred at the local Catholic Cemetery of St Martins so that
was to be our first point of call.
cemetery is old but well maintained. We later found out that the
local primary school had undertaken a research project about the
cemetery records and their report is in the local museum. There
was a conglomeration of Greens and Hayes. My grandfather, William
Ambrose Green (1883 - 1960) lived in the area up until 1925. His
farm was named "Brooklyn" and his paternal family came
from "Collinsfield" which is also in the district. He
married a Hayes girl, Margaret Monica. My aunt wrote a story about
this part of our family history and I have written a tribute to
my mother. To learn more about this, please click on these links
Phil's Story and My
was sad to see the graves of so many babies
and young children. Life was hard and cruel in the early days.
then called into the local grocery store and started chatting
with the local storekeeper. I explained I was related to the Green
family and that my mother went to the local primary school in
the 1920's. She then showed us a report taken from the original
school records and I found references to my mother's and her sisters'
hospitality and generosity continued. The storekeeper offered
us the keys to the local museum which was closed at time. We spent
an incredible few hours at our leisure looking, learning, feeling,
The original local council records of meetings from the 1880's
onward provided interesting reading. As did, the land rates records
in which I was able to identify my grandfather's property.
I recall when I was very young her telling me that she lost a
cousin in the war. It was at the museum where I found the references
to Thomas Alexander
Green, my mother's cousin. I always though that it was World
War I to which she referred and was surprised to discover her
cousin's records relate to World War II.
we drove up Torr's
Gap Road. I had last visited Redhill with my parents some
42 years before in 1967 and recall Mum pointing out her father's
farm and the old pepper trees. The trees are still there but the
house is an abandoned ruin. While taking a photo we were approached
by a farmer on his way into town to the local bowling club (it
was a Saturday, a day to rest and socialize). He was interested
to know why I was photographing his land so I explained why. It
turns out that he is Greg Hayes and a relative of some nature.
Greg was very helpful and despite the fact he was running late
to meet his wife, he took the time to explain and direct us to
other areas of family interest.
we only spent a long half day in Redhill and will have to revisit
the town. Here is a slideshow
of our visit