Brian Thom

Guest speaker Geoff Watson provided an enlightening talk during the Gawler History Team's recent meeting. Photo: Supplied

Guest speaker Geoff Watson provided an enlightening talk during the Gawler History Team's recent meeting. Photo: Supplied

At the Gawler History Team's recent gathering, Geoff Watson shared with 40 members and guests how one of the town's oldest houses 'Yenda' had experienced much intrigue in the 1800’s.

Those present also heard of the existence of many bakeries operating within its Blanch Street outbuilding.

A very enlightening address with much research was evident.

The video of Mr Watson's address is now available at www.gawlerhistory.com on the website’s front page by scrolling down to the button marked 'Videos'. This includes nearly 40 video addresses that the team have captured for posterity.

In addition, Gawler History Team Inc. has successfully created gawlerhistory.com from the content of gawler.nowandthen.net.au and the website is now up for the world to see.

"I am so pleased how simple it is to access it through one’s mobile phone. We will officially launch the website in May – History Month," Brian Thom explained.

The Gawler History Team Inc. executive also agreed to purchase two original historic maps of Australia (c1811 and c1830); beautifully framed and very impressive.

"We believe that having these maps available for display in Gawler is appropriate recognition of how important and influential the Gawler Institute was as a place of learning in the mid to late 1800’s," Mr Thom shared.

The unique opportunity to purchase them was very timely.

The team intend lending the maps to be part of the Gawler Collection for display in the new Gawler Civic Centre. More details to come.

Next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 7.30pm, in the Zion Lutheran Hall and guest speaker will be Craig Brown.

Mr Brown will enlighten members and visitors of the fascinating history of 'Trevu' house in Gawler East and he will explain how he established the Trevu Nursing Home about 40 years ago.

Please don’t hesitate to invite your friends to attend.

Seats can be secured by phoning Mr Thom on 0412 015 990.