The Barossa

Left Adelaide 8.30 Saturday and travelled via One Tree Hill to the short lived Barossa goldfields. Then to the whispering wall of the Barossa reservoir and to Springton where the Herbig family started life in a hollow tree. A tour and lunch at Collingrove homestead, and then to the English settlement of Angaston and the Cornish Penrice where our visit was organised by Dr Bill Gransbury. Finally a visit to the old German cottage lived in by the Luhr’s family in Light Pass. For an exciting change our overnight accommodation and dinner were in the converted railway carriages of the Tanunda Junction Motel. On Sunday we had a German history day with bus tours and walks, concentrating on Langmeil, Tanunda and Bethany with its strip system (Hufendorf) of land allocation. In the morning we were guided by Walter Stiller and Don Ross. Picnic lunch at Richmond Grove Winery. Also visited the keg factory. Walk through Bethany after lunch led by Walter Stiller. On the way back to Adelaide we visited the site of Hoffnungsthal, a settlement which only lasted five years before it was flooded and had to be abandoned. Back in Adelaide by 6.30 pm. Totally researched, organised and led by Richard House (Treasurer, Burnside Historical Society).