Almanac Sporting Publications: Krondorf appears in ‘The Sport’







These days I do a little bit of research on the history of Krondorf which is the area along Krondorf Road, home to Rockford Wines at 131, in the Barossa Valley. It’s not really a village – it has no square, no shops, no signposts. The old Lutheran church is now a B & B connected to Charlie Melton Wines.


This research takes me to Trove, the digitised newspaper collection of the National Library of Australia, with which many Almanac writers are familiar. Trove takes me here, there and everywhere, and it’s pretty easy to let one thing lead to another as items capture your interest.


In recent times I stumbled across a South Australian sports paper which I’d never heard of. First published in 1911, ‘The Sport’ also seems to be ‘The Adelaide Truth’ or its antecedent. (I’m in the process of finding out a little more from the newspaper collections specialist at the state library – thanks for the tip Bernard Whimpress.)


The weekly included a gossip column known as ‘They Say’ which was full of news from around South Australia – which may have been based on fact, but maybe not. It could be that the writer, ‘Sporty’ himself, did have a source in each town and village, although I’m guessing he was happy to speculate. ‘They Say’ was compilation of snippets with names like ‘Hahndorf Hints’, ‘Port Augusta Pickings’, ‘Eden Valley Echoes’, ‘Quorn Quips’, ‘Tanunda Ticklers’ and so on.





The intention seems to have been to attract a wide audience of readers, interested in the goss, who might eventually engage with the principal purpose of the publication: the promotion of racing, punting and drinking (as there are a lot of ads for pubs).


Krondorf features which, given it was home to a dozen or so families, was somewhat surprising. I’m not sure whether Sporty had a sense of the absurd, but it seems rather ambitious that he thought he could convince the good German Lutherans of Bethany and Krondorf to spend their nights at the pub or their Saturdays at the races. Nonetheless, he did purport to be in the know. Here is the transcript of a piece from October, 1915





There was great excitement in Fowl St., Bethany, and Cow St., Krondorf, on Saturday last, when the ‘Sport’ came to hand. Everyone seemed to know who Sport was, but I’m blessed if they did.


Wanted to buy. – A new set of brains, as mine are completely worn. Apply Victor G., H. Valley.


“He, Ho, Hum!” What you call that? It’s Harry H., flash kid when he rides that chestnut mare. Look out, Henke, Sporty is watching you.


Harry H. told Sport he loves Martha D., but she loves someone else.


Wanted to Exchange. – A secondhand motor-bike for a double bed-stead. – Apply Herbert L.


Mrs. L. should mind her own business, and not talk about other boys so much.



And another from the following week…





Wanted – A photographer to take my photo.


Must have a strong camera, with an extra strong lens. Have damaged all the local cameras.

– Edie S.


With Krondorf Wireless I can’t find a fault,
in carrying news she can’t make a halt.
She’s not inquisitive at all,
but if not careful, over her tongue will fall.



Sport thinks Albert H. was slightly gone in his head on Sunday night week. The way he yelled about the streets was disgusting.


Gerry I. and Alma K. (the baby lovers) are a good match.

Janie says Harry H. makes himself useful in many ways.


This Sporty heard on Sunday night,
when Gilly was spooning with all his might.
“I love you, Ida.” Gilly says.
“I like your smoodging. hugging ways.
You squeeze as well as any bear –
in fact, you’ve nearly pressed me square.
In kissing you are hard to beat, and,
let me tell you, they are sweet.
You are a little old, I know,
but all the same, you still have go.


I’m twenty-two, but let me see,
you’re twenty-eight, but will that gee?
Your face is rather wrinkled, too,
but never mind. I do love you.


The powder you’ll not need to-morrow,
therefore I’ve licked out every furrow.
Now, sweetheart, will you be my spouse?
I’ll marry you, and build a house.


Well live in joy and comfort there


What others say I do not care.”


It seems there was always something going on in Krondorf and, about a mile away, at Bethany.





Here’s the link to the page on Trove. It’s worth having a look at other pages and editions.



Read more from John Harms HERE.




To return to our Footy Almanac home page click HERE.



Our writers are independent contributors. The opinions expressed in their articles are their own. They are not the views, nor do they reflect the views, of Malarkey Publications.


Do you enjoy the Almanac concept?

And want to ensure it continues in its current form, and better? To help things keep ticking over please consider making your own contribution.


Become an Almanac (annual) member – CLICK HERE.




About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Peter Crossing says

    Thanks for these nuggets John. You are correct. Trove is a wonderful resource.
    Preparing for a holiday at Swan Reach last year I did some digging into early cricket and football matches in the area. The local newspapers contain many gems.

    From the Leader, Angaston, 20 March, 1919, p3
    Cricket Notes by “slip”
    The local team visited Swan Reach last Saturday to return the match with the River team. …We had a good game. The locals batted first, and scored only 140 runs in just
    under 3 hours. The top score being “Sundries” due mainly to the bumpy nature of the ground. … Angaston went into bat at 5 o’clock but disaster started early. Beeton was stumped for 2 and almost immediately K. Thamm was run out … (The) innings closed 40 short of the opponent’s score. We left the River at 7.30. The good road the other side of Sedan tempted the local agent to test the powers of the Ford against the Studebaker, and although the former put up a good fight, after getting a flying start of a mile, the “Study” overhauled his midget opponent after a delightful sprint – the electric bulb near the speedometer failing at the time.

    And from the Murray Pioneer and Australian River Record, 9 Mar 1916 p6
    A well-known Blanchetown farmer who has taken on the duties of health inspector is causing a little friction by his overbearing manner. However, when he has had a few bilious attacks, or been knighted, he may improve.

  2. Classic Peter.

    I’ve just added the link to the actual page if anyone is interested in having a bit of a play in and around the pages and editions.

Leave a Comment