Personal Stories of the Coorong
E. Leta Padman
My earliest memories are of living with two of my fathers single brothers in their house at Cape Jaffa. Dad was the youngest of seven boys in his family and two of them left their home, Wattle Park, a large property between Kingston and Robe in the South East.
Peter Eric Mansfield-Cameron
The Milmiendjerar and the Temperumindjerar are two tribes (lakalinyeri) of the language group, extending from Meningie to south of Salt Creek called Tanganikald consisting of 33 family groups. Kald means language, so that name tells you that the 33 tribes spoke the Tangani language.
My grandfather went across to New Zealand with a chap when gold was discovered. He didn’t make a fortune but he must have made a few bob. Later my grandfather bought a big boat and he was fishing the lake at Meningie. There was a lot of fish in the lake then, cod and the like. My father, the eldest, born in 1880, remembered he was about four when grandfather sold the boat across the lake and bought a lot of the land alongside the lakeshore in Meningie.
I used to live at Parnka on the other side of the Coorong – the Hummocks side. I was born here in Meningie at Wadmore House. Mum and dad shifted to the Coorong in 1934 when Elliot Bascome had sheep and cattle up there on the Hummocks. Bascombe wanted someone there to make sure there was fresh water for the stock. Dad was there for 17 years all up
When I was about six years old and living with my grandparents Fred and Maud Applekamp, their eldest som Melville and Jack jones, a Welshman, would visit us. I pestered Uncle Melville to take me with him to Jack’s camp to go fishing.
…in 1933 or 1934. The Gall family owned the Cantara property and Dad managed it. I remember seeing Joe Gall but I was very young then. Old Joe Gall gave Dad his Scots kilt. Dad was a Cameron so he used to wear it. He gave it to the Kingston History Group.