Our Long Weekend Adventure started when we met the Williams at Roseworthy to travel in convoy. A short coffee stop at Spalding and then met our fellow Club Members at the Caravan Park.
We drove in convoy to the airfield where our guide Merv Robinson opened up the Sir Hubert Wilkins Display. This locally born man was indeed a great Australian, a Polar Explorer, Pilot, Scientist, Writer and Photographer, recognized world wide for his achievements.
From here we followed Merv to his home to view his Jamestown car collection and enjoy a delicious lunch that he and wife Aileen had arranged. Merv’s shed housed a 1923 Model T Ford Tourer, a rare Flint Tourer, Falcon Knight Tourer and an enormous Stutz Sedan, one of the largest cars I have seen. The feature vehicle was a beautifully restored Auburn Roadster.
After lunch we assembled at Penn Cottage and viewed a very large collection of pressed glass, about eight rooms and passages full of coloured glass perfectly displayed. Some very rare items. We had a tasty home made afternoon tea on the verandah.
At the next location, the home of Jack and Elaine Flower, we explored a collection of model tractors and other vehicles that have motors and are radio controlled. Jack drove his model tank out of the shed and Bruce found out that the cannon fired a stream of water, at him as he was taking a photo. The shed and garden had many of Jack’s inventive projects on show. We all admired his creative skills.
Dinner that night was at Café 47. We were all seated at a long table and the garlic bread, the most tasty pizzas and cakes just kept on arriving until we could eat no more.
On Sunday morning we visited Paul Redden’s Gallery to view a large shed housing an excellent collection of artwork, some historic, some from current artists. Our Devonshire morning tea was enjoyed by all. We made our way to the old Jamestown Railway Station and walked to the nearby Memorial Park to view the Krupp Cannon and 40mm anti-aircraft gun. Across the road the R.M. Williams Interpretive Centre created interest. Back at the railway station we inspected the many rooms of the National Trust Museum and local railway history.
While seated under the verandah enjoying our bakery supplied lunch we noticed a brown snake moving along the fence line. My trigger finger began to twitch and I eyed off the half brick next to me but let it go on its way.
After lunch we made our way about 20 kms east to the Robinson Farm where there was a lifetime of collections to view. One large shed was like a museum of everything with one half filled with old farm tractors, a couple perfectly restored. The next large shed featured a large collection of tractors, steam traction engines, huge metal signs, tank engines and a fully operational 28 ton General Grant Tank which I have seen in action at Jamestown Airshows. Merv’s paddock collection included around a hundred old tractors, trucks, a few more cars in sheds and hundreds of tons of wheels, chassis, etc, etc. There were more old traction steam engines and tractors dotted around the farm. Back to Jamestown for dinner at the Commercial Hotel.
On Monday morning we drove to the Jamestown Show Grounds and displayed our cars on the oval with quite an assembly of local cars. The car display created a lot of interest. We spent a relaxing day enjoying the opportunity to relax and enjoy the show. While we were having a morning coffee, Catriona Rowntree, a TV personality and presenter, stopped for a chat to our group and sat on Fred’s knee for a photo… made his day.
Mid afternoon we headed for home and decided to go home via Burra though some picturesque country. Coffee in Burra then home.
Sincere thanks to Fred and Noeline Chapman for organizing a great weekend, a programme to interest everyone and great weather.
Trevor & Lyn Bellchambers
Pictures by Brewan