Martin Johnson seeks more answers for his book 'From Rabbit Traps to Cellar Doors'

Cundy's bridge, circa 1867. Photograph provided by Pat Scholefield (nee Cundy).
Cundy's bridge, circa 1867. Photograph provided by Pat Scholefield (nee Cundy).

Who was Hattam? And who was Foster?

These are two questions Gawler poet, writer and musician Martin Johnson is hoping to have answered as his latest publication 'From Rabbit Traps to Cellar Doors' is launched in October.

Filled with stories, poems and photographs, the book centres on Williamstown, one of South Australia's early villages, which he says is very near printing stage.

"During the course of my research, I discovered that the bridge that leads into Mount Crawford Road from Queen Street is called, Cundy's bridge," Mr Johnson who grew up in Williamstown shared.

Foster's Bridge, circa 1900. Photograph courtesy State Library of South Australia.

Foster's Bridge, circa 1900. Photograph courtesy State Library of South Australia.

"It was named after the Cundy brothers, John, William and Edwin who established the bridge in 1867 due to the winter floods preventing many customers from being able to get to their blacksmith shop on the corner of Queen Street and Kersbrook Road."

"Further along the road to Kersbrook you cross a bridge near Smith Bros. and opposite Buckley's dairy farm. This bridge is called, Fosters Bridge. But who was Foster?," he asks.

And can anyone out there also shed light on the name Hattam because Mr Johnson would like to add these details to his book.

If you have information that could help Mr Johnson with his investigations, please email: youngandjohnson@bigpond.com or chat by phone on 0467 449 292.

Book launch

The banner promoting Martin Johnson's book launch in October. Image: Supplied

The banner promoting Martin Johnson's book launch in October. Image: Supplied

Mr Johnson's book launch will be made by The Barossa Council Mayor Bim' Lange on Sunday, October 20, in the beer garden of the Williamstown Hotel at 11am.

From 12pm the hotel will provide a barbecue lunch for visitors to enjoy and from 2pm the hotel opens to live music 'Bands in the Back Yard'.

Raffles will be hosted across the afternoon, as will a car show and free entertainment.

"This is an event to mark the social and historical significance of the town - one of the state's early villages," he added.