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“Hills Hoist” history trashed again.

December 5, 2014

hills hoistimages (6)Repeat something often enough and you can change history…like the real site of  Colonel Light’s grave and the farce of “Proclamation Day”. And the spelling of the Barossa. And “Play it again, Sam”.


Yesterday’s “Advertiser” story about  Woolworths’ takeover of the making of the “Hills Hoist” makes only a passing reference to the fact that Hills began the manufacture of the garden icon “following prototypes made in the 192os by Gilbert Toyne”

What needs to be added to that bald statement that is the fact those Toyne… “prototypes” were  on sale (albeit in small numbers) in the Twenties in Toyne’s home city of  Adelaide and were virtually identical to the “icon” manufactured and  first marketed by Hills as recently 1945…two decades later!

It’s not the first time that “Grumpy” has tried to set the record straight. And it’s a pity that the Toyne’s model he rescued from a neighbour’s garden a year or so ago (it was headed for the tip) was  in too poor a shape to find a place on the Village Green, outside Unley’s museum.

Sorry if I am repeating myself, but if statements are not true they ain’t history. Wouldn’t it be nice(and highly improbable) if the Tiser were to give full credit where credit is due?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 5, 2014 3:10 pm

    So….is Colonel Light not buried in Light Square?


    • cllrmikehudson permalink*
      December 5, 2014 5:43 pm

      Yes, but a considerable distance from the plinth which allegedly marks the spot. A late friend’s father was employed as a gardener by Adelaide City Council way back in the early 1900s and his gang was ordered to clean up Light Square and get rid of some sheds, etc. They uncovered a lead coffin to the far north of the square…and quickly re-interred it, without letting on to anyone.
      As an aside, the Colonel is NOT the only person buried in the square mile. But that’s another story.


      • December 10, 2014 3:53 pm

        Thanks, an interesting tale. The original monument, designed by Kingston, fell apart and had to be replaced, so perhaps it once marked the correct site of Light’s grave.


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