Events, Field Work

Old Plympton Railway Station: Timeline of Major Events

By Angeline Buckler




Holdfast Bay Railway Company  opens its train-line to Glenelg (24th May)


Tom Dunn joins the Holdfast Bay Railway Company

(15th December)

Holdfast Bay RC and Adelaide Suburban RC merge to form the Glenelg Railway Company


Collisions between a goods train and a passenger train occurs at Plympton Station (4th July)


Tom Dunn recalls Judge Boucaut and the Bo ‘sun of the Buffalo as regular patrons of the Adelaide to Glenelg train service throughout his time with the companies.

Adelaide Hunt Club meets at Plympton Station for steeplechase (1st July)


Warden F.W. Vasey knocked down by train at Plympton Station (9th October)


Shelter at Plympton Station being constructed due for completion in 3 weeks (25th November)


Rally to Bronzewing Poultry Farm leaves from Plympton Station

(6th September)


Break-in at Plympton Station, door forced with pick, nothing taken (16th August)


Postmaster General advises that the installation of a post-box and phone is under consideration (10th December)


John Alfred O’Donohoe (junior porter) saves Mary White from being hit by train (2nd June)


Tom Dunn retires from the railway company after 43 years of service (5th January)

John Alfred O’Donohoe awarded Humane Society Bronze Medal for his bravery (24th October)


Last train from Adelaide to Glenelg runs on the North Terrace line (November)


Thomas Stockley drives the last train to Glenelg along the North Terrace line (November)

Events, Field Work

Old Plympton Railway Station: Historical Background

The historical background of the Old Plympton Railway Station has been prepared by Flinders archaeology student, Angeline Buckler:


The historic Plympton Railway Station was one of the platforms along the North Terrace Line that originally connected the City of Glenelg to the City of Adelaide. The South Terrace Line is now known as the Adelaide to Glenelg tram-line; the North Terrace Line was abandoned in 1929 and the rails have since been removed. During this time period there were two Plympton railway stations, one on each line. The station in this report was most often referred to as the North Plympton Train Station as it was located on the North Terrace Line.

While the South Terrace Line, owned and operated by the Adelaide Suburban Railway Company, had been operating since 1871; the North Terrace Line did not commence operations until May of 1880 (Blake 2010:77). The new line was initiated by the Holdfast Bay Railway Company who opened the line in competition with Suburban Company hoping to draw business from the other line by offering a shorter trip and more efficient service (South Australian Advertiser 1880:1-2). After approximately 12 months it became evident that despite the popularity of the trains there was not enough business to support two separate companies and in 1881 the two companies merged to become the Glenelg Railway Company. The Glenelg Railway Company took over management of both the South and North Terrace lines. Continue reading “Old Plympton Railway Station: Historical Background”

Events, Field Work

Old Plympton Railway Station: Aims of the Survey


Today, the Flinders Archaeological Society kicks off National Archaeology Week with our first About Time: SA History Festival event: Community Archaeology Day at the Old Plympton Railway Station, corner of Marion Road and Mooringe Avenue.

The removal of the train line has altered the contemporary landscape of the area as one can see from the existence of the multiple reserves and parklands located on the original train line site.

We are holding archaeological site survey demonstrations and a BBQ, so come down today between noon and 4pm to meet us and join in. Continue reading “Old Plympton Railway Station: Aims of the Survey”

Events, Meet the Archaeologists Night

ArchSoc Presents – About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week

ArchSoc’s events for the 2012 About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week are coming up in the next few weeks.

We kick off NAW with the Community Archaeology Day at the Plympton Railway Station on Sunday 20th May, where we will have a sausage sizzle and demonstrate site survey techniques to the public. Find the flyer for this event here: CommArchDay. On Tuesday 22nd May in the Plaza at Flinders, we will be having a sausage sizzle from 11am. We end National Archaeology Week with the Meet the Archaeologists! Night at the Flinders Victoria Square building. See the flyer here: MTAN. And the program here: MTANProgram.

Since the launch of the About Time website, our events have consistently been in the most popular events listing, often as first and second most popular out of over 500 events. Continue reading “ArchSoc Presents – About Time: South Australia’s History Festival and National Archaeology Week”


February 2012 Update

Uni is starting up for another year and we have recruited our first batch of members during ‘o’ week. The archaeology department here at Flinders held their annual awards ceremony and ‘Meet the New Graduates’ BBQ. ArchSoc helped with catering this event; it was very enjoyable. We were able to recruit 26 members at this event (not including our life-member, Vincent Megaw!).

Membership is open to everybody, undergraduates, graduates, staff, industry, affiliates and other interested individuals. Join ArchSoc by contacting one of the executive or attending an event. To increase our member base from as early as possible, ArchSoc decided to lower the membership fee to $10 for the first two weeks of uni. The regular price will apply after the 2nd of March.

During week 1, ArchSoc will have a stall in the Humanities Courtyard outside of RM 112 at Flinders between 9am and 3pm.

By 3pm Tuesday 28th February, we had 50 members; our goal for 2012 is 100 members! So a big thank you to all those that have already signed up and for those that are thinking of doing so, please come and meet us.

We have just approved and finalised two events that coincide with National Archaeology Week and About Time: SA History Month in May 2012. Details of these events will be advertised on this site as well as here: closer to the date

Look out for us in the SA History Month Magazine!!

Regards, Jordan Ralph

On behalf of the Flinders Archaeological Society Committee.