After Emigrant Square
Posted at 3:29 pm by heneker52, on March 22, 2014
It is known that some time after the family of Thomas and Jemima Henniker arrived in South Australia in 1839, and camped at Emigrant Square, they moved on to Magill. Magill is located approximately 7 km from Adelaide in the eastern suburbs. Magill was first established as the 524-acre (2.12 km2) Makgill Estate, owned by two Scots, Robert Cock and William Ferguson, who met on the Buffalo en route to the newly founded colony of South Australia in 1836. It was named after Cock’s trustee, David M. Makgill. The estate’s homestead was built in 1838 by Ferguson, who was charged with farming the estate. Soon after farming commenced the two were short of cash, and thus Magill became the first foothill village to be subdivided. According to sources, Thomas Henniker was a “lime-burner” there. He then apparently moved his family further out to “First Creek”. This creates some mystery, as First Creek is not a “place” as such. First Creek is a tributary of the Torrens River, and runs Eastward towards the foothills. The suburb of Waterfall Gully has First Creek running alongside, and if one drives up into the hills at the end of the Eastern Suburb of Magill you will travel along a winding road, with many signs pointing toward the fact you are crossing over “First Creek”. First Creek then ends it journey as a “fall” at Glen Osmond. So it seems difficult at this stage to locate exactly where the family may have lived. BDM records show a number of the Henniker children being born at “First Creek” One can only wonder what sort of conditions they were living in, how cold, how damp and wet, and in summer how hot, how many snakes there were to fight off! At this time, the colony was only 3 years old, housing would have been few and far between, especially the further out the settlers went. Did they live in some sort of lean to?, a tent, or did Thomas build his family a cottage? His family was increasing, and he would have had many mouth’s to feed. While the Adelaide foothills are beautiful and green much of the year, during long hot summers, grass dries off, snakes make their home in the undergrowth, and many creeks dry out. Bushfires would also have been a frightening part of life in the summer, as they still are today.
Image: pinterest.com – Bushman inside a slab hut circa 1870, pinned from home.iprimus.com.au onto pinterest.com
I previously worked as a Library Technician at the State Library of South Australia and then Noarlunga Library Services. I was lucky enough to work at the State Library in the Archives department, which is now a separate entity and housed at a suburban site. I've always loved English and Australian history, and began my Heneker family history in about 1980, before the advent of the internet, and now o with so many digitised records online there is a treasure chest of information out there, and it just keeps growing. One of the most wonderful treasures we have here in Australia is the Trove website, the free digitised newspapers of nearly every place in Australia, provided for free by the National Library of Australia. This has opened up so much day to day information for people searching for further information about their ancestors. I chose to write a blog as a way for me to put down a lot of information I had that wasn't necessarily easy to slot into a "family tree" as such. And I wanted to record some of the stories of the Heneker clan, and especially James Heneker (1826-1917) who arrived in South Australia as a 12 year old boy with his family. Like most of us in the genealogy community I have become obsessed and this is a never ending story. The community of bloggers, and also Facebook specialist pages has allowed me and many of us to learn from each other, and to use some of the many amazing tools that are out there now for us to use and enhance our research. My one wish?? dad Neville Laurence Heneker 1929 - 1987, this is for you, for all the things you told me, and the stories you related, often when we were up north in the Flinders Ranges, at Beltana, Hawker, Blinman and many other amazing places. I wish you were here, so I could share all this new information that has come to light. And of course for you Pa (Laurence Douglas Heneker), your stories were incredible and watching you sleep out under the stars at Arkaroola with a rock for your pillow is an image I will never forget. Oh if only we had digital cameras back then...I think of you both every time I write my words and read my books. I love you both.
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Tagged Buffolo (ship), Emigrant Square Adelaide, Family History, First Creek South Australia, Genealogy, Glen Osmond South Australia, Limeburners, Magill, Makgill Estate, Robert Cock, Thomas Henniker 1799 - 1867, Torrens River South Australia, Waterfall Gully South Australia, William Ferguson