The namesake of Scottsdale’s streets
 
 
• Bonnie Heazlewood-Foster, the great granddaughter of early settler to Scottsdale Thomas Diprose Heazlewood.

• Bonnie Heazlewood-Foster, the great granddaughter of early settler to Scottsdale Thomas Diprose Heazlewood.

 

By Daisy Baker
09 January, 2019

DRIVING through the streets of Scottsdale, Ellenor, Christopher, William and Mary are all names you see on street signs daily but what you may not know is the history behind them.
Prior to the railway being built in Scottsdale, early settler Thomas Diprose Heazlewood owned half of the town, and his sister Mrs Jane Tucker owned the other half.
Mr Heazlewood lived with his wife Mary and their nine children opposite the RSL Museum, where the wooden carving of Simpson and his donkey now stands.
TD Heazlewood and his sister eventually sold off their land so the railway could go through, naming the streets after their family members.
Bonnie Heazlewood-Foster, the great granddaughter of TD Heazlewood, has been collecting family history for much of her life.
“I’ll take you on a journey through Scottsdale… you’re coming down George Street, you go into Alfred Street that was named after Uncle Alf, then you come into Christopher Street, that’s Uncle Chris, then you come into Charles St, that’s Uncle Charlie,” she said.
“Ellenor Street was named after the eldest of the family, who was their only daughter. Aunty Ellenor, she was Mrs Gregory and she lived in a big house just near the Mechanics’ Hall in King Street where the new post office is.
“From what I’ve been told, when she died her will stated that her daughter ‘Lenie’ (Ella) could live at the house until she died or got married (after which she would have to vacate the premises), and the building would then be held in trust for the new post office to be built for the people of Scottsdale and that’s what they did.”
Ms Heazlewood-Foster said King and George street were named after King George.
“I stand to be corrected on this but I’ve always been told that Mary street was after my great grandmother,” she said.
“However it could also be named after King George’s wife Queen Mary, although there is no Queen Street.
“On the other side of Scottsdale, Jane Tucker built the big homestead called Beulah, and when she sold her part she named that section after her kids.”
When TD Heazlewood sold his portion of Scottsdale, he bought four 100-acre blocks at Springfield.
“He gave them to four of his sons: Arthur John, which is Grandpa, got one, then up the back was Uncle Charlie’s and that is now Robert and Belinda Hall’s private home,” Ms Heazlewood Foster said.
“Then you go next door and that was Uncle Alf’s then in the front was Uncle Chris.
“Two are still in the Heazlewood name and the other two are in the Hall name.”
The farm that was once owned by Arthur John Heazlewood has been in the family for four generations and is now owned by Ms Heazlewood-Foster’s cousin Terry.
Ms Heazlewood-Foster is concerned that when she passes on, this will be the end of the Heazlewood name in the area, so she is making sure the history is preserved.
Ms Heazlewood-Foster recently unveiled a plaque at the Cenotaph in Scottsdale, in memory of her uncle Jim, her dad’s brother, who was killed in the Middle East in 1941.
“By having that there, it’s keeping the family name in Scottsdale and I’ve done a similar one at St Paul’s church in Springfield where they’ve got a cenotaph and I donated the flagpole and another lovely plaque.”
She said TD Heazlewood’s family, who the streets are named after, formed the first orchestra on the North-East Coast of Tasmania and they played many local events and dances.
Ms Heazlewood-Foster is in the process of having her family history digitised so it can be accessed by members of the public.
“I want it to be out there, not shut in the back room where no one can read it. It’s got to be shared,” she said.
“Same with photos – I get six copies at a time and send them to whoever wants them because it must be shared and kept alive.
“I’ve been collecting family history for most of my life and I suppose it’s because my dad kept things of my mother’s (she died when I was just 15 months old) for my brother and I so we had things to remember her by.”
Ms Heazlewood-Forster said her advice to people who don’t know much about their family history is to start with writing down what they know.
“We’ve all got a history and a story to tell. You can start to write details from your lifetime: when you were born, who your parents, grandparents and great grandparents were.
“Start with that and then you can write what your first memories are of your family members, what you did at school, who your school teachers were, and you document all that and you go through life keeping note of what you do, where you travel and so forth, by the time if you get to 80 or 90 if you’re lucky enough, you have got a wonderful document of family history.”

 
 Springfield’s light lady
 

Merry memories made in lights

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• Joanne Bowen has been creating Christmas memories in the Dorset community for 30 years.

• Joanne Bowen has been creating Christmas memories in the Dorset community for 30 years.

Special Christmas Edition Story
By Taylor Clyne

TUCKED away in the back hills of Springfield on an unassuming country road is every child’s Christmas dream.
By daylight you’d never know what festive wonderland awaits you but come nightfall during December the Bowen’s house is lit up in a dazzling and detailed display of Christmas spirit.
What started close to three decades ago as a bit of decorating for the children has grown into the most iconic light display in the North-East.
The lady behind it all, Joanne Bowen said her addiction to Christmas started with just one set of lights and some plastic Santas on the front of the house.
“Christmas comes first in our household, it’s the best time of the year. I do it because I like to and I love seeing the lights, I used to sit over at the neighbour’s house and watch my own lights,” she laughed.
Joanne said it was the year 2000 when her display kicked up a gear,
“They had a competition in Scottsdale, so I decided to go big and I covered the whole roof in lights.”
Joanne of course won the competition and with it a $500 voucher to Woolworths which she kept to buy more lights and make her display even larger.
And that she did. During the past thirty years Joanne and her three daughters, Aleta, Simone and Deyarna have created a wonderland of Christmas for the entire community to enjoy.
“I’d hate to put a figure on how much we’ve spent, definitely over $20,000, it’s not cheap but I’m not silly about it. Some years I spend a lot and others I don’t but each year I try to buy one or two new things,” Joanne said.
The process of installing the display begins on Scottsdale Show weekend in November every year and takes roughly three weeks to complete.
“I bash nails and screws into anywhere, I used to get up on the roof and screw every row where you see lights.
“The shed is like a Christmas light supermarket, we have every box numbered and we number the transformer, so I know which plug goes where.”
“The girls help me, it’s a big job. We’ve learnt to secure them down really well after having a few years where the weather's blown everything over.
“In about September, October people start asking what I’ll create, and I think 'oh god,' then you get to bed and all of a sudden all this stuff goes through your head of ideas and the next thing you wake up and you’re putting them up.”
At last count there were more than 20,000 light globes in the display covering the entire roof of the house, each window, the whole front fence and every spare space in the backyard.
Joanne said in terms of the power cost, they don’t notice the difference.
“It cost more to buy the lights than it does to run them,” she said.
“I did once get a letter in the mail with $10 in it to go towards the power and a note that said, ‘thank you for the enjoyment that you bring.’ I’ve still got it.”
The light show is not the only attraction at the Bowen household during December. During Christmas week Joanne’s daughter Aleta dresses as Santa and greets visitors up until the big day.
“The last 18 years we’ve dressed up as Santa for the five days before Christmas to hand out lollies; some nights Aleta will sit out there until midnight or until I drag her inside.
“Christmas week is always very busy; one Christmas Eve we had more than 300 people visit. “The backyard gets so full you can barely move and the traffic banks up,” Joanne said.
Joanne had Aleta’s Santa suit custom made, it cost $400 and it is the real deal.
“Mum had it made because we are quite short, we did it for a bit of a joke to begin with and then it became a bit of a tradition,” Aleta said.
Over the years Joanne has even dressed up the family cat.
“I used to put a bell around her neck and dress her up, people tried to steal her,” she laughed. Talking decorations this year, Mrs Cox’s Scottsdale Primary School class have contributed to one of Joanne’s window displays with handmade letters to Santa.
“The kids decorated the letters and I have them in the window all flowing out of a box so that when the kids come to look, they will see their letter – I might need to pop a milkcrate under there so they can actually see them.”
Joanne said lights had come a long way in thirty years,
“I’ve still got my very first original lights in their box, I think they were about $70.”
“Some years I’ve bought every store in Tasmania out of a certain decoration, if I see something I like I’ve got to act fast or it’s gone.”
Joanne explained that the beauty of the display is that there is something for everyone,
“It’s not just for kids, it’s for everyone. We had Aminya come for a visit the other night and once I had a lady say to me, ‘I need to steal a child to come and have a look’, I said you don’t, just come.”
Reflecting on three decades worth of festive cheer, Joanne extended a sincere thanks to everyone who has come to have a look.
“20 years ago, it wouldn’t have mattered if nobody came to look because I used to do it for myself but now, I think I’m doing it for the community.
“I still like it but it’s definitely getting harder.”
Daughter Aleta said she would take it on,
“I tell her she can’t give up, that’s why I help because lots of people love it and, in our house, Christmas will always come first,” Aleta said.
The amazing light display will remain until January 10, 2019 before the Bowen’s begin the annual process of packing up.
“If we all work together to get them down it takes three full days,” Joanne said.
“All of it is worth it if the community get some joy out of the display – it just makes you feel like Christmas and there is not enough of it about.”
On behalf of the community, thank you for creating a special place for everyone to revel the true meaning of Christmas – joy.

 
End of an era for Anabel’s
 

• Outgoing owners of Anabel’s Sean and Andrea Blake reflect on almost 40 years in the business.

• Vera Clarice ‘Clarissa’ Dinham standing outside her home, which is now a National Trust-listed house and garden, known as Anabel’s of Scottsdale.

By Daisy Baker
12 December, 2018

LONG-TIME owners of Anabel’s of Scottsdale, Andrea and Sean Blake, who turned the historical family home into a successful restaurant and accommodation service, have sold the property.
The National Trust-listed home and garden and was built by Mrs Blake’s grandparents, the Dinhams, at the turn of the century when they got engaged.
George Melvin Dinham and his wife Vera Clarice, better known as Clarissa, raised their three children in the house.
Mrs Blake said her grandfather was considered to have “keen business acumen”, with several shops in Scottsdale, including a produce store, a grocery and drapery store in King Street, and a hardware store.
“He virtually kept the whole town in groceries – he had groceries downstairs and women’s clothing upstairs,” she said.
“However after the war when the Depression came, he went into receivership as he had lots of unpaid accounts from people around town at his various stores.
“Then my grandmother ended up with no money to live on so she decided to rent out two or three of the rooms to school teachers and that’s how she kept going.”
Mr Blake moved to Tasmania in the mid 1960s, coming to Scottsdale in 1966.
“My first memory [of Anabel’s] was when I came here looking for accommodation, and that was when Andrea’s grandmother had it, after hearing she had rooms up for rent,” Mr Blake said.
“[Clarissa] was a real lady – she would always get dressed up to go up the street and do her shopping with her basket.”
Years later when Mrs Dinham passed away, the property was left to Mrs Blake and her mother June.
Neither of them wanted to live there, but Mr and Mrs Blake felt they had a duty to preserve it as a part of local history.
“We decided we had to do something with it and I suggested an a la carte restaurant and function centre, as there wasn't anything like that here at the time,” he said.
“It was a huge commitment financially, physically and mentally.
“We both had full time jobs, and had three women’s clothing stores, Andrea’s Boutique in Scottsdale, Bridport and St Helens, so we needed it to be self-sustaining.”
The Blakes took over in 1981, and they named it Clarissa’s in memory of Mrs Blake’s grandmother.
The premises needed substantial renovations and maintenance, which were done over six months by the late Scott Dobson.
Mrs Blake said after advertising in the Sydney Morning Herald, they attracted a number of applications for someone to run Clarissa’s, among them a German and Dutch couple that moved to Tasmania and managed the business for five years.
When the managers departed the business, it was renamed Anabel’s after Sean and Andrea’s daughter.
The restaurant was frequented by Simplot employees who suggested the Blakes build accommodation, as they wanted not only first-class dining but also somewhere to stay.
“So we built on accommodation in early 90s and the units were very successful and were booked out most of the time from when they opened,” Mrs Blake said.
“Both the accommodation and restaurant have been really successful and we are very fortunate to have had many great staff, some of them with us for most of our time.
“We’ve both got to the age where we need a rest so decided to sell the business, and while we didn’t have anyone in our family who really wanted to take it on so we’re really happy that Nadine and Stephen, a couple who love gardens and old houses have bought it and will be able to continue it for years to come.”
She said they have made some fond memories over the years and have been part of many people’s special occasions.
“Over the years we helped several people propose, hiding rings under napkins,” Mrs Blake said.
“We had a couple come and visit recently who got engaged at Anabel’s and came back to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, which was really lovely.”
Reflecting on almost 40 years in business, Mr Blake said: “We met a lot of interesting people and had good times but it was also lots of hard work.”
The couple are planning a trip to Paris in 2019, to visit their son Patrick who works in the embassy.

 
Patrick's love of Legerwood
 

• Patrick Oldham has lived in Legerwood for the past 80 years, and says he’s never thought about leaving.

By Daisy Baker
28 November, 2018

MUCH has changed in Legerwood since Patrick Oldham moved there as a child 80 years ago with his family.
He remembers a time before power, when Carisbrook Lane was a gravel road frequented by traction engines.
The train came through Legerwood three times a day carrying goods, and the town supported a pub, several shops, a blackwood mill, and a school, where Mr Oldham began his education.
He says he never thought about leaving the North-East because he loved the region and the lifestyle it offered.
Mr Oldham says he remembers when the train bought the circus through Legerwood when he was a child.
“They stopped for a rest in our paddock and they had elephants and monkeys,” he remembers.
“At the time there were two rows of gooseberries and the monkeys got out and ate them all!”
He says there have been many great events held in Legerwood over the years.
“We used to have great big celebrations here…one of the big ones I remember was the Queen’s coronation day, where we had dress ups, sports and all sorts of things going on in town,” he says.
“In later years we had other great events like the Back to Legerwood races, which happened once a year for six or so years. They were just marvelous.
“Another one we had was Day at Bartletts where there was machinery on display and a ploughing display.”
From his warm Legerwood home, Mr Oldham recounts many successful years as a sportsman, in darts, eight ball, golf, football, tennis, cricket and wood chopping.
He spent more than fifty years in the North-East Axemen’s group, which used to have many well-attended events in the region.
“On Easter Monday we would always have a chop at Branxholm with at least 60 axemen and that always drew a crowd,” he says.
“The competition has really changed now though with all the automation – it’s certainly not what it used to be.”
Mr Oldham spent the last 33 years of his working life as a truck driver for the butter factory but also previously worked at a sawmill and as a bulldozer driver.
He recalls when the Legerwood pub burned down in 1967.
“I found out the next day as I was doing my round in the truck, someone told me and I couldn’t believe it,” he says.
“It was a real shame because it then left all the locals with nowhere to go and have a beer after work.
“It really divided the community, with half going to Ringarooma and others going to Branxholm.”
He says in the future he would like to see more employment opportunities in the North-East to draw more young families to the region.

 
Peggy’s Kendalls legacy
 

• Peggy Kendall took on orchid growing as a hobby while running Kendall’s Hotel.

By Daisy Baker
31 October, 2018

PEGGY Kendall says she spent 47 “good years” running Kendall’s Hotel, which she and her husband Merv bought in the mid-1950s.
They transformed it from the rundown Scottsdale Hotel into a venue that drew a roaring tourist trade.
Within the first few years of owning the hotel, the Kendalls built on 12 new rooms, a foyer, a new dining room, loungeroom, kitchen, and function room.
“I was the first one on the North-East coast to have a smorgasbord and we were the first ones on the North-East to have motel units,” she says.
“I could seat three busloads of tourists, which is about 90 people.
“Each year when show time came, the Governor used to come up and open the show and I had the privilege of serving several governors a luncheon at my hotel.”
She juggled running the hotel around raising their three children, David, Judy and Helen.
Running a hotel was not new to Peggy, who had previously worked at the Scamander and St Marys hotels from the age of 16.
While working at the St Marys Hotel she developed an interest in travel and a thirst for adventure.
“In those days, they didn’t have the big tourist buses, it was just five passengers and a driver and they were the tourists,” she says.
“I listened to the stories of the tourists, what they’d done and seen and that really gave me something to look forward to in the future.
“I saved up and decided it was time I go and see the other half of the world.”
She and a friend from Burnie spent some time in Melbourne, and then worked at a nursing home in Adelaide but then Peggy became homesick and very ill.
The doctors sent her home to “good old Tassie”, back to St Marys.
“And that’s where I met by beloved Merv, my husband to be,” she smiles.
“He was an engine driver who drove the train from Launceston to St Marys, a goods train.”
Before long, the pair became great friends.
She says Merv was not just a companion, but also an older brother and father figure all at the same time.
“He was the person to guide me and put me on the right track,” she says.
“He got transferred by the railway to Scottsdale and he left little Peggy behind. I was 16 and really in love.
“So I got transferred to Scottsdale and got a position at Lord’s Hotel and shortly after took a job at the old Scottsdale Hotel, working for Mr and Mrs Steele.”
Before Merv and Peggy bought this and turned it into Kendall’s, they spent several years as milk vendors.
It had always been a dream of Merv’s to run a hotel, so when it came on the market, they looked into it and the rest is history.
Over the years the pair had several pacers, including champion pacer, Star of Broadway.
Peggy also became a keen orchid grower, joining the local orchid club, which she says was one of the best orchid clubs in the state for a small area.
“I won quite a few prizes for my orchids,” she says.
“We held the 13th Tasmanian Orchid Show here in Scottsdale.
“I then went to all the capital cities in Australia, following orchid conferences and orchid shows.”
Peggy still grows orchids today, and the trick, she says pointing at some in a vase in her kitchen, is to grow them in horse manure.