quarterly meeting of the
North Rhine Band of Hope was held on Tuesday evening,
August 29, in the Congregational Chapel, which was completely filled.
hour appointed for the meeting, the Rev. R. L. Coward having, been called to
the chair, apologised for the absence of Mr. S. Kealley, of Angaston, who had
been expected to preside on the occasion.
The programme was as
Dialogue, by the Misses E. and E. Dansie, "The Beer Jug;"
song, by Misses Marsh, Jackman, and Roberts, "Try, Try Again;" Recitation;
Miss Emily Dansie, "King Alcohol;" song, Misses G. and S. Leeder, "The
Children's Jubilee;" recitation, Miss Denholm, "Be ye Sober;" duet,
by Mrs. A. Evans and Miss Keynes, "Hearts and Homes;" recitation,
Master George Mullighan, ''The Barrel is a Mighty Foe;" recitation, Mr.
Lyon, "The Demon Drink;" dialogue, Messrs. Marsh and Partridge,
Mr. R. Marsh next gave an address on the importance of
the temperance cause, and was followed by a song by Miss M. Leeder, "Never
Forget the Dear Ones;" dialogue, Masters Jackman and Cummings, ''What's
the News;" reading, Mr. P. Howard, "The Power of Habit;" song,
Misses Jackman and Marsh, "The Cooling Spring;" recitation, Mr. Wm.
Player, "Hodge and the Vicar." Next came an election scene by Messrs.
Lyon, Partridge, Barrett, and others; song, Miss Keynes, "Say a Kind Word
When You Can;" recitation, Miss P. Finn; recitation, Master Wm. Smith,
"Oh, the Times are Bad;" solo, Mr. P. Howard, "The Bridge of
Sighs;" reading, Miss Dansie, "Are You a Backsliding
Teetotaller." A vote of thanks was then accorded to the Chairman and Mr.
Howard, of South Rhine, for their kindness in coming to assist, which being
duly acknowledged, the meeting was brought to a close by singing "The
Eden Above." Several persons signed the pledge as members of the Band of
Hope, which, now numbers 200. South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail
26.- On Wednesday, October 25, the beautiful grounds and gardens of
presented a most animated appearance, for on that day, the long-talked-of
of Hope Festival was celebrated, and the weather being all that could be
desired, it was numerously attended.
At about 3 o'clock the company began
to arrive, and groups were seen wending their way about the beautiful walks and
avenues of the nursery grounds.
At 4.30 a most bountiful repast was spread in a
large building, which in former years was used for a far different object [wine
cellar]. The building was most tastefully decorated with flags, flowers,
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North Rhine Band of Hope and Total Abstinence Society, which was
formed about two years ago, have had many difficulties to encounter, but on
Monday, November 11, which will long be remembered as a red letter day for the
North Rhine, the members rose to the height of their ambition, for on that day
the new Temperance Hall was opened. Early In the morning several person could
be seen erecting floral arches and fixing other decorations.
A flag was flying at each corner in
front of the Hall - one a large Union Jack, and the other was kindly lent by the
German friends, with the inscription, "Keyneton, North Rhine,
Evandale," upon it, and by the time the people began to arrive the place
presented a gay and animated appearance.
The weather was not all that could be
desired, for several showers of rain fell during the day, which kept many from
attending. It was estimated that from 800 to 1,000 persons were on the ground.
The first thing on the programme was the bazaar, which was held in the Hall.
The stalls were presided over by Mesdames H. Evans, H. A. Evans, Lyon, and Miss
Partridge. The goods were tastefully arranged and shown off to the best
advantage. At about 2 o'clock the Hall was crowded to excess. One of the
principal features of the day was the disposing by lottery of several juvenile
grunters [pigs]. They were several times won by persons who had no means
to take them home, and were consequently given back again to the bazaar. By
this means they were made to bring in more than four times their value. The fun
caused by this traffic was immense. The rain very much interfered with the
outdoor sports, but I think all managed to enjoy themselves. Mr. Lyon and his
assistants did a good trade in the refreshment line, in a booth erected
outside. The North Rhine Brass Band was present during the day, and greatly
enlivened the proceedings with their music. A public tea meeting was provided
at 4 o'clock, at which the seats were filled four different times.
Great praise is due to those who had
so successfully managed the whole affair. The meeting in the evening commenced
at about 7 o'clock, the hall being crowded until there was not standing room
for a child. Mr. J. H. Angas occupied the chair. After a temperance melody had
been sung, and prayer offered by the Rev. B. Edwards, the Chairman made a few
remarks as to the origin of the building of the Hall, and of the use it would
be to the neighbourhood. The programme was gone through in the following
A prologue, written expressly for the occasion, was read by the Rev. Mr.
Coward, for which he was much applauded; overture on the harmonium, Mrs. J. H.
Angas; solo, Mr. P. Howard, in his usual good style; recitation, Miss Stewart;
song, Misses Leeder, "Lulu," encored, but the Chairman said as the
programme was so long he could not allow any encores; reading, Mr. K. Hague;
song, Miss Keynes, "Come home, Father," encored so long and so loudly
that Miss Keynes had to come forward again, when she played a fantasia on the
piano; duet, Mrs. Angas and Miss Hotham; dialogue, Miss T. and Master March,
calling forth applause; a recitation composed expressly for the occasion, and
recited in a style that took every one by surprise, and much applauded. Miss M.
A. Lyons, a little girl, 8 years of age; address, Rev. Mr. Hannay. Mrs. Angas
next sang in an affecting style "Too Late;" address, Rev. B. Edwards.
Hymn, written for the occasion, was sung by members of Band of Hope; dialogue,
Messrs. Wilkinson and Jackman; song, Miss Keynes, "Far Away;"
address, Mr. Kealley; dialogue, Wilkinson and Jackman, applauded; song, Mrs. H.
A. Evans; Misses Marsh, Roberts, and Jackman, "The Band of Hope;"
reading, Miss E. Marsh, "Mr. Candle's Visit to Greenwich Fair;"
reading, Mr, Jackman, "Walk into the Auction,'' applauded. The Rev. Mr.
Coward here made a short speech, and invited all those who were not teetotallers
to come and sign, to which several responded. Mr. Lyon, in a short but
appropriate speech, proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, the ladies,
those who had assisted that evening, the Brass Band for their gratuitous
services, and also to all that had assisted in any way to the erection of the
Hall. This was ably seconded by Mr. Dansie; carried by acclamation. The
Chairman returned thanks, and the meeting was brought to a close by the Band
playing the National Anthem. South
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Opening of the North Rhine
two years ago a
Band of Hope and Total Abstinence Society, which were formed at
North Rhine, held their meetings in the Independent Chapel, and to make these
gatherings attractive a little of the comic and sensational elements were
sometimes introduced, but these were considered out of keeping with the
building, consequently the members had to shift their quarters. The only place
then available was an empty wine cellar, which was offered by Mrs. H. Evans, of
Evandale. But this being required occasionally as a fruit store was not always
at the disposal of the Societies; they therefore resolved on erecting a
structure with the assistance of some influential friends, among whom might be
mentioned Messrs. G. F. Angas, J. H. Angas, M.P., and Mrs. Evans, of
The members have reached the height of their ambition by completing a
Temperance Hall, which was duly opened on Monday. Early
in the morning several persons worked vigorously in planting trees, forming
triumphal arches, erecting a booth for refreshments, and making general
preparations. By 11 o'clock the place presented a gay and festive appearance,
when the programme commenced with a bazaar. The stalls, which were presided
over by Mesdames H. Evans, Lyon, H. A. Evans, and Miss Partridge, were arranged
to the best advantage,
there being a display of useful and ornamental articles,
which presented great attractions, especially to the fair sex. Slight showers
prevented many persons who otherwise would have been present and interfered
with the sports. One of the chief features of the proceedings was the disposal
of sundry pigs by lottery, the winners in several instances giving them back
until the animals realized about four times their value. The North Rhine Brass
Band attended gratuitously, and enlivened the affair. From 2 to 4 o'clock the
Hall was crowded, and it is estimated that about 1,000 people were on the
ground, such a gathering never having been seen before on the North Rhine. Tea
was laid out in the chapel adjoining, and most of the tables were filled three
times. At the evening entertainment in the
Hall Mr. J. H. Angas, M.P., presided. Prayer was offered by the Rev. B.
Edwards, and the Chairman having briefly referred to the origin of the Hall,
with its intended use, the Rev. R. L. Coward read a printed prologue. The
musical portion of the programme was carried out by Mrs. J. H. Angas at the
harmonium; Mrs. H. A. Evans and the Misses Hotham and Keynes at the piano; the
Misses Leeder, Jackman, Roberts, and Marsh, with Mr. P. Howard, contributing
The length of the list prevented encores, but 'Father, come Home,"
by Miss Keynes, was redemanded so long that she was obliged to appear,
and played a fantasia on the piano in fine style. Addresses were delivered by
the Revs. B. Edwards, J. Hannay, and R. L. Coward, and Mr. Kealley; readings
were given by Messrs. Hague, Jackman, and Miss Marsh; recitations by Misses Stewart,
Evans, and Lyon; dialogues by Misses S. and H. Marsh, Messrs. Wilkinson and
Total proceeds, about 90 pounds [sterling].
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The Keyneton Hall with Soldiers' Memorial porch (1914-18)
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the Winter 2011 edition Barossa Living magazine
North Rhine, December 5.-The first anniversary of the Temperance Hall was
celebrated on the 3rd.
A large number of
people congregated at tea, after which some amused themselves in croquet,
cricket, and quoits, whilst others sought the shady nooks of the
pleasure grounds, near the building.
In the evening an entertainment was
presided over by the Rev. P. C. Thomas.
The programme opened with an overture by Mrs. J. H.
Angas, who also sang 'Once again' and 'The Peri's Pardon'. Mr. C. Marsh recited 'Josh Billings's Experience',
Miss Dansie gave 'None but a total abstainer for me', Messrs. Greig and Howard
presented a scene; and an original dialogue was rendered by Miss Sophie and Mr.
alphabetical piece was performed by 26 boys and girls, each representing a
letter. Misses Thyer and Greig, with Messrs. Howard and Greig, gave a chorus,
and recitations were contributed by Messrs. Dansie, Lyvies, Fairclough, and
Masters Jackman, Fairclough, and Marshall. A short humorous speech from the
Rev. R. L. Coward and the report of the Band of Hope concluded the first part
of the programme.
second portion commenced by children singing ' The Crystal Spring,' accompanied
on the piano by Mrs. H. A. Evans. A few words of encouragement to those engaged
in the temperance cause from the Rev. J. Hannay followed. A song by Miss
Leeder, and the scene 'Hard Times,' by Messrs. Wilkinson, Atkinson, and
Jackman, came next. A few other pieces were given, and the total proceeds of
the affair were 14 pounds [sterling]. The number of abstainers on the books is 292.
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Keyneton, April 19.-
The annual picnic of the Crystal Spring Rechabite Tent took place on Easter
Monday in a paddock lent by Mr. H. A. Evans, adjoining the Temperance Hall.
Notwithstanding attractions elsewhere, the fete was well attended. The
ment booth did a brisk trade, and the Penrice Band enlivened the
proceedings during the day and evening. The sports attracted a good deal of
attention, especially the one mile walking match and the novel race, which
caused much merriment. The course for the latter contest was 200 yards long,
divided as follows:-Walking the first 50 yards, running 50 yards, hopping 50
yards, and running on all fours the last quarter of the distance. A public tea meeting
in the Temperance Hall was numerously attended, and in the evening a lecture
was delivered by the Rev. R. L. Coward on 'John Ploughman's Talk.' Mr. C.
Dansie occupied the chair. The speaker ably dealt with the subject, and showed
how unreasonably some people talked and relied on imaginary luck and hope. In
the second part of the lecture reference was made to the various tempers of
man, and chat about work and good wives. The ladies could certainly compliment
the speaker for the illustration he gave of the hardships some of the fair sex
are suffering from their husbands. Recitations given by Mr. W. Coward were
greatly applauded, as was a reading by Mr. J. Jackman. The Secretary of the
Tent, Mr. W. Bock, stated that there were 35 members and one honorary member.
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Burra Record 9 December
Matthew Burnett.-This gentleman has again returned to Burra after a very
successful work in Adelaide, and at some other places... On Monday reached
Evandale, where he was the guest of Mrs. Evans, sister of Mr. J. H. Angas,
during his stay in that district. On Tuesday evening he took part in the
eleventh anniversary of the North Rhine Band of Hope which numbers upwards 500
members. Converts gathered from near and far to the tea and public meeting,
which was held in the Temperance Hall under the presidency of Mr. J. H. Angas,
J.P, Mrs. J. Angas, and Miss Angas, and a number of their friends sustained the
musical and vocal part of the programme. Mr. Burnett spoke on "Annals of
the Rescued." The greatest enthusiasm prevailed throughout the meeting,
notwithstanding that the majority of the people had taken the pledge, mainly
through the indefatigable efforts of Mrs. Evans. Fifty additional names were added
to the roll of abstainers. The following night several additional names were
handed in, and a number of family cards were distributed. Perhaps there is no
district in South Australia so largely permeated with Temperance principles and
temperance literature than the North and South Rhine. Mrs. Evans has laboured in
the good cause with an enthusiasm and zeal never surpassed in the history of
November 30.-During this week Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Burnett have been the
guests of Mrs. Evans, of Evandale. On Tuesday evening Mr. Burnett took part in
the anniversary of the North
Rhine Band of
Hope, which from its commencement has had over 600 members on its roll. On Wednesday he held a torchlight
demonstration and temperance meeting at Angaston. The utmost enthusiasm
prevailed, and forty-four joined the crusade. On Thursday he conducted evangelistic service
at Keyneton, and visited the new Temperance Hotel at North
It is on
the point of completion, and will prove a great boon to the district... South Australian Register 2 December