I just want to make mention of my mates wife who passed away last week after her battle with cancer, rest in peace Kirsty and you will ever be in our memories.
Born in Australia on 16 April 1974
Passed away on 6 November 2012
Aged 38 years.
After the funeral on Tuesday everything was kind of surreal, when I woke on Wednesday morning it really didn’t feel too much like my birthday but I decided the best thing for me would be to get my work out-of-the-way quickly and go for a nice quiet Adelaide parklands hunt. I was enjoying the sunshine as my thoughts ebbed and flowed and to be honest I really didn’t care if I found anything or not, it was just so peaceful. The targets did start to flow and although there weren’t many they were certainly quite interesting. I found a small square plate that was too dirty to read, but considering that it had two small fastening holes there was a good chance that there would be something written on it. I found the usual coins and bits then an interesting plate surfaced with a jockey’s cap at the top and a horseshoe around the edge, with the words Perry & Co written on it. Turns out this is what was left of a A good luck brass paperclip by Perry & Co London.
The second picture is what it should look like on the back but unfortunately the back was missing and I didn’t find it. My favorite find for the day was the small plate which after cleaning revealed the words John Stephenson Co, Patent Oct 17 18??, New York and after a bit of Google magic and a brief but interesting history lesson it really shed some light on the area that I was detecting. When I had researched this area it often made obscure references to a tram line and also I did know of an area only a few hundred metres away where the first horse-drawn trams used to run through the Adelaide Parklands. You see John Stephenson was a coach builder in New York and it was decided around 1876 that Adelaide’s first 20 horse-drawn trams were to be imported from John Stephenson instead of continuing to allow a couple of local coachbuilder Duncan & Fraser carriage builders the opportunity to continue building Adelaide’s coaches, this proved to be a costly mistake. The link below has the full story.
This was another great piece of South Australia’s early history unearthed, so I am now wondering if a plate I found a couple of weeks back was part of a tram as well, I have had no luck identifying it as yet.
Happy hunting all and until my next blog stay positive, swing low and always be hopeful that your next target is something amazing. Here’s a thought for when you are wrong next time (because there’s always a next time), blaming is a recipe for disaster as it is a vote for things to stay the same, so stop blaming others and allow yourself to grow.