Barossa History continues Federation to the Fifties

The Barossa Heritage Network and the Barossa Valley Archives and Historical Trust are celebrating 175 years of settlement with the publication of the book, The Barossa: Federation to the Fifties 1901-1950.

This second major history of the Barossa is a companion to The Barossa: a Vision Realised, that was first published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of settlement to 1900.

Last Wednesday Mr Stephan Knoll MP and Cr Bim Lange officially launched The Barossa: Federation to the Fifties along with 90 guests at The Barossa Council Chambers.

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The book records the stories of 18 Barossa townships from 1901-1950, the working and social life and war years.

The era revealed many changes with increasing technology, the telephone, railway, motor transport, reticulated water, electricity, improved roads and bridges, tractors, films and radio, sporting achievements and natural

On launching the book Mr Knoll said, “Knowing our history adds so much to the understanding of the Barossa and retelling our stories keeps us connected.

“The book recreates the daily life from the time of Federation, as my own family has discovered by restoring the delivery box from Schulz’s Butchers,
when door to door deliveries where a daily occurrence.” 

Angela Heuzenroeder spoke of the cultural life of the times and recalled “The highlight of many of our childhoods was the fun of the annual train ride to the beach picnic at Semaphore, along with the memories of the trauma of two World Wars and also the Great Depression, that have had tremendous effects on the lives of Barossa residents, particularly those of German descent.” 

On thanking the contributors, Cr Bim Lange recalled, “The story is often told of the overnight escape of a train carriage that rushed down the hill from Angaston, through Tanunda and finally came to rest at Rowland Flat.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.