Bennett’s Pottery and the Magill Cemetery–a link with the past

Monday 16 April 2012

Bennett’s Pottery and the Magill Cemetery–a link with the past

Presented by Meredith Ide and Sandra Lachlan

Bennett’s Magill Pottery, is the last small hands – on industry in the City of Burnside. As early as 1854 Charles Bennett became the first apprentice-potter in the colony and after honing the art at several local potteries Bennetts developed their own enterprise towards the end of the 19th century. While celebrating successes, they also faced challenges, including two disasters. Nevertheless, the pottery survives, the same type of product having been produced on the same section of land for one hundred and twenty years.

The Magill Cemetery, located in Jackson Street, Magill, contains headstones and memorials that commemorate family names closely linked with the early history of Burnside and Magill. Notable citizens interred in the Cemetery include Alexander Cock, Joseph Crompton, Charles Bennett, Joseph Gillard and Thomas Pitman.

Meredith has a long interest in history. A founding member of our Society, she served on the Committee 1986-89, as Newsletter Editor 1988-91, Vice President 2009-11 and is currently President. While she is delivering this presentation by default because of the unavailability of John Bennett, she has a long-standing interest in the subject matter and the continuity of the Bennett’s history.

Sandra is a fifth generation descendant of early South Australian pioneer settlers, and maintains a keen interest in both local and family history. A BHS member, she is actively involved in promoting and interpreting the historical interest and importance of the Magill Cemetery.

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Bennett’s Pottery and the Magill Cemetery–a link with the past

Presented by Meredith Ide and Sandra Lachlan

Bennett’s Magill Pottery, is the last small hands – on industry in the City of Burnside. As early as 1854…

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