Some historical snow photos taken in South Australia.

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This is a work in progress at present and currently contains eleven photos and links to some others. I'll be adding more as time goes by.

The above photo was taken on or about July 19th 1951 during what was undoubtedly one of the most widespread and heaviest snowfall events in our recorded history. As far as I know there has not been a snowfall event of anywhere near its magnitude since then. It is sometimes said that this was the biggest snow event since a blockbuster snowfall in 1901.

The caption for the above photo published in a newspaper article of the time is "WIND-BORNE snow created an unusual pattern in black and white on tree trunks and branches near the Mt. Lofty summit. The Lord Mayor's car, driven by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Rymill, and bearing a snow man mascot, is approaching the camera."

The photo is in the State Library of South Australia. The date with the photo entry is July 1951. I deduce it was most probably taken on July 19th.

TITLE Snow on Mount Lofty

DESCRIPTION MOUNT LOFTY: The road to Mount Lofty summit after fall of snow, July 1951

DATE 1951

State Library of South Australia Pictorial Collection B 56020

Image page: http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/56250/B56020.htm

Permanent link: http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:80/record=b2078097~S1

The photograph was published in the following newspaper article on 26th July 1951 along with some other photos from the snowfalls.
Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 26 July 1951 Page 22
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/93859952
MT. LOFTY RANGES
Article identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93859952
Page identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page8687623
APA citation
MT. LOFTY RANGES. (1951, July 26). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 22. Retrieved September 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article93859952

For anyone doing research relating to this photo, the following article in The Advertiser mentions "A photographer visited the Mount Lofty Ranges at the height of the fall and took a series of pictures for "The Chronicle."" The name of the photographer is not mentioned. As the photo was published in the Chronicle on Thursday 26 July 1951, it presumably was one of the photos taken by this photographer. Here's the relevant Advertiser article:
The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tuesday 24 July 1951 Page 3
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/45726684
"Two Pages Of Snow Pictures
Last week's heavy fall of snow in South Australia is still a topic of conversation. A photographer visited the Mount Lofty Ranges at the height of the fall and took a series of pictures for "The Chronicle." These will fill two pages in the popular illustrated weekly, which will be published on Thursday. Orders for this issue should be placed without delay."
Article identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45726684
Page identifier http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3198053
APA citation
Two Pages of Snow Pictures. (1951, July 24). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved September 3, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45726684

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Above: This 1905 photo of snow at Mount Lofty was posted along with explanatory text onto Adelaide Hills Magazine's Facebook page on July 25, 2014.

Here's Adelaide Hills Magazine's accompanying text:

"Feeling chilly? Check out this 1905 photo of snow at Mount Lofty shared by @CommunityHistSA
People still flock to the peek to see this rare sighting. This photograph shows one of these rare moments as children enjoy the snow and fun.
This photo is taken on Summit Road in Crafers. In the background is Mount Lofty House and its outbuildings, most of which are still present in 2013, having either survived the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983 or since rebuilt."

Comments posted under the photo included these:

Poster: Annabel Douglas-Hill.
"Miles, yes thats the Grand Mercure Mt Lofty Hotel in the background. It's taken from the north side on the Summit Road towards the TV towers. The road has been widened since this picture was taken. There was never a tower built at the house. You may be mistaking a tall redwood or a chimney for a tower. There were several magnificent redwoods on the property that survived the 1982 bush fires. I took some photos in 1970 of snow at Mt Lofty House and it was an occasional surprise to get a snowfall in the 30 years my family lived there." Posted July 27, 2014.

Poster: Annabel Douglas-Hill.
"Miles Peachfield I grew up there and kept a horse in the paddock o the left - wonderful childhood." Posted July 27.

Poster: Annabel Douglas-Hill.
"I grew up there as a child and nothing much had changed in 1950-1980 from this picture. The road was a little wider and the wooden fence was either overgrown with blackberries or else replaced with wire. Thats the chook house on the bottom left and the stables on the top right. The Mt Lofty Girl Guides and Scouts used the stables as a meeting place for a while." Posted July 25, 2014.

Poster: Briony Sommers.
"Cool. I remember snow in burra when on a school camp in around 1981. It was so cool for the us kids at the time to see. If only it happened again every now and again at mt.lofty." Posted July 25, 2014.

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Mt Lofty August 29th 1905.

Above photo: Snowballing at Mt Lofty. Photographed August 29th, 1905.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 47608
Permanent link: Permanent link B 47608

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Mt Lofty August 29th 1905.

Above photo: Snow scene at foot of Mt Lofty August 29th 1905.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-16393-18
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 24335

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Mount Lofty 1905.

Above photo: The information accompanying the photo on the SLSA website indicates this is a snow scene Mt Lofty 1905, so it's very likely to be 29th August as I could find no records of any other falls of comparable magnitude in that year.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-37101
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 24335

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Mount Lofty 29th August 1905.

Above photo: Wording on photo is "Snow scene at Mr. J.W. Bakewell's. Aug 29th, '05."
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-39566
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-39566

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Above photo: TITLE Walkers enjoying snow in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia
DESCRIPTION A group of adults and a child enjoying recent snow in the Mount Lofty Ranges, South Australia
DATE ca.1918
Source: State Library of South Australia, Pictorial Collection PRG 280/1/15/419
Image page: http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/PRG+280/1/15/419

Permanent Link: http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:80/record=b2136167~S3

Above photo: TITLE "Snow at Nairne"
DESCRIPTION: NAIRNE: General view of Nairne after a snow storm
DATE ca.1910
Source: State Library of South Australia, Image Number B 61496
Image page: http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/61500/B61496.htm

Permanent link: http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:80/record=b2083449~S1

Above photo: TITLE: Crafers
DESCRIPTION: Snow scene at the Junction Mt. Lofty & Crafer's Road - August 29th 1905
DATE 1905
Source: State Library of South Australia, Image Number B 17750
http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+17750

Permanent Link: http://www.catalog.slsa.sa.gov.au:80/record=b2022126~S1 .

Angaston 1901.

Above photo: Angaston after a snowstorm, 1901, very likely on or about July 28th.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 26923
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 26923

Saddleworth1901.

Above photo: Snowstorm Saddleworth 1901, very likely on or about July 28th.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
PUBL/DATES 1901.
NAME Grewar, B. J., photographer.
NUMBER B 42903.
HISTORY Snowstorm, Saddleworth taken from Spur Street.
Permanent link B 42903

Lobethal 28th July 1901.

Above photo: After a snowstorm at Lobethal, 28 July 1901.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 35518
Permanent link: Permanent link B 35518

Lobethal 28 July 1901.

Above photo: After a snowstorm at Lobethal, 28 July 1901.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 35516
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 35516

Lobethal 28 July 1901.

Above photo:After a snowstorm at Lobethal, 28 July 1901.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 35515
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 35515

Lobethal 28 July 1901.

Above photo: After a snowstorm at Lobethal 28 July 1901.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 35517
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 35517

Mt Lofty August 29th 1905.

Above photo: "Snow Fall, Mount Lofty, Lady Milne's House, Aug. 29th, 1905."
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 33591
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 33591
This snowfall may been the most voluminous in the Mt Lofty district from the time records began to the present day, perhaps even eclipsing the 1901 blockbuster fall.

Crafers August 29th 1905.

Above photo: Snowing at Crafers August 29th 1905.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B 24335
Permanent link: Permanent link B 24335

Melrose with snow on Mt Remarkable approx 1890.

Above photo: View of Melrose township showing snow on Mt. Remarkable.
Photographer: Curnow, H. L
Dates / Publication details: Approximately 1890
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-12669
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-12669

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Snow scene at Burra "Approximately 1889" - likely 13th July 1888.

Above photo: Source: State Library of South Australia.
SLSA info includes: "Summary BURRA: Snow scene at Burra; Dates / Publication details Approximately 1889; Photographer Bentley, William.
Photo B 62408
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 62408
I haven't done a detailed investigation relating to the date, but I think it likely the photo was taken on 13th July 1888. Newspaper articles of the time report a heavy fall of snow in the Burra district on that date, perhaps the biggest fall in recorded history til then. So far I've not been able to find any report of a fall of anywhere near the magnitude indicated by the photo in 1889.

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Mount Lofty approx 1951 - very likely to be 19-20th July 1951.

Above photo: MOUNT LOFTY: A view of the Piccadilly Valley from Mount Lofty after snow.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-56021
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-56021
The information accompanying the photo on the SLSA website says: "Summary MOUNT LOFTY: A view of the Piccadilly Valley from Mount Lofty after snow" and "Dates / Publication details Approximately 1951". It's very likely to be of the 19-20th July 1951 fall, one of the biggest snowfalls in SA's recorded history. This a snow view I've never seen and I've looked from the Mt Lofty summit across to Picadilly Valley numerous times over the past few years and wondered what it would look like after a heavy snowstorm. Now I know! The photographer is not named on the SLSA page. My guess is it was taken by a photographer working for one of the newspapers of the day.

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Crafers approx 1941.

Above photo: Source: State Library of South Australia.
The information accompanying the photo on the SLSA website includes:
Photo B 70390/16
Summary Atkinson's Paddock, Crafers after a snowfall, looking west
Dates / Publication details Approximately 1941
Photographer Bailey, Erica Bews
Permanent SLSA link permanent link

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Snow scene at Burra 28th July 1901.

Above photo: Source: State Library of South Australia.
SLSA info includes: "Summary BURRA: Snow scene at Burra; Dates / Publication details Approximately 1889; Photographer Bentley, William.
Photo B 62408"
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B 62408
I posted the photo onto the Burra History Group Facebook page naming a likely date as "13th July 1888" (nearest substantial snowfall at Burra I found to the approx 1989 date in a quick search on Trove) and The Burra History Group replied saying "We believe this photograph was taken on 28 August 1901 as we have a copy of the original with caption attached." They posted their image which includes the date 28th July 1901 written on it. So unless someone incorrectly wrote that date onto the photo after the 1901 fall, that stands as the likely date for the photo and the "Approximately 1889" date for the State Library copy is likely incorrect.

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Snow storm at Peterborough on 23rd June 1908.

Above photo: Snow storm at Peterborough on 23rd June 1908.
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-27183
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-27183

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Snow storm at Peterborough, 23 June 1908.

Above photo: Snow storm at Peterborough on 23rd June 1908
Source: State Library of South Australia.
Photo B-27343
Permanent SLSA link: Permanent link B-27343

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Below: Snow at Spring Farm, Clare. Approximately 1909.

Source: State Library of South Australia.
Summary: Snow at Spring Farm
Date: Approximately 1909
Collection: Part of Clare Collection
Permanent link B-19302.

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Jamestown 1908.

The above photo was posted onto the Weatherzone forums by Vikki Glasson on 01/12/2013, with the message "I found a photo of my husbands family during a large snowfall in Jamestown in the mid-north in 1908". It's titled "Snow Scene Jamestown 1908". The names on the photo are J. Glasson, W. Glasson, H. Glasson, N. Penna (on snowball), A Gage. She told me the original framed copy along with several others can be found in the Jamestown Railway Museum.

In a Chronicle newspaper article of the time it says: "JAMESTOWN, June 22. — The residents of this town on Monday morning had a lovely view on rising from their slumber, for during the early hours a record fall of snow had taken place. In the town the fall was about 3 in. deep, while at Canowie, Mount Lock, and Bundaleer the fall was reckoned to be fully a foot deep. Snowballing was indulged, in. At the district council office there were six large balls heaped upon one another, standing fully 6 ft. high. ... ". Source: Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 27 June 1908 Page 42 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/88382861.

The snowballs in this photo are so similar to those in the Chronicle newspaper description I'd be surprised if they aren't one and the same set of snowballs :-)

Speaking of Jamestown, an article was published in "The Flinders News" on 15 Jul 2015 titled "Snow in Jamestown, 1981" by Sarah Maunder.

The article says: "Port Pirie resident, Errol Shepherd, dropped by the Flinders News office today to share with us some stunning photos he took of snowfall in 1981.
These photos were captured in Jamestown on June 23, 1981. Errol remembers there being at least six inches of snow.
Errol submitted the photos to the local Jamestown-Peterborough paper, the Review-Times-Record for a ‘Snap the Snow competition’.
The Review-Times-Record would later merge with other papers and become the Flinders News.
Errol managed to take out a prize for two of these photos, which were then published in the paper on July 16, 1981."

This is the link to the article and the photos.

Dr Phil Bagust some years ago collected about 12 historical snow photos mainly of Mid-North scenes, and posted them onto a small website, and I've copied them with Phil's permission onto sasnows.com at this location. The link should take you to the start of the photos, but if it takes you only to the top of the page just scroll down to find them. You can use your back button to return here.

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