Such is the folklore of the Oakbank Easter Race Meeting - for more than a century a sporting and social institution - and still with a log as one of the jumps. The Dorset brewery site now produces hand-woven textiles. The distinctive brewery tower is a landmark and the attached building is filled with the cottage crafts of Oakbank weavers. Please e-mail webmaster adhills. In the main street is a venerable oak tree reportedly brought as an acorn in James Johnston's pocket.
By morning the wind had blown it down - across a road, through telephone wires and tangled in power lines. Obviously not short of money, it is recorded that they brought an English stonemason out to build grand homes for the two brothers who are principally remembered as the brewery's leading lights. This title was changed in to Oakbank Area School. When it rotted away a new tree replaced what had become a symbol of the Great Eastern Steeplechase. The selected tree was left overnight, partly cut through. The Johnstons had come out to South Australia on the East Indiaman Buckinghamshire in , and by the following year were opening up the country in the Onkaparinga Valley near the present site of the township. Held over two days during the Easter weekend, thousands of visitors come to see the premiere event, the Great Eastern Steeplechase. Oakbank's Easter Racing Carnival - one of the best of its type in the world - began during the s. The Dorset brewery site now produces hand-woven textiles. Johnston brewery in , tapping an underground spring fed by the Onkaparinga River. In Elizabeth Street are memories of Oakbank's second brewery. The prospect of a steeplechase came about when the committee examined the proposed course and found that a large gum tree had fallen across it; the fallen tree promptly became one of the jumps. Apart from hand-woven fabrics from wool, cotton, linen and silk, there are the mellow surroundings of Pike's Brewery, a few relics of the brewery days and photographs which help tell its story. Put on a more formal footing in with the creation of the Onkaparinga Racing Club, the following year saw the first official race. Sales are available on site, so you can walk through the courtyard and savour the character of one of South Australia's most venerable drink manufacturers. The grandstand was 'a brewery wagon owned by Johnstons, and the judge stood on an upturned butter box'. There is more to see of Oakbank's absorbing past - a heritage walk leaflet is available locally. As a hobby he made a few gallons of ale by a process learned, apparently, from his mother. A large oak tree that still stands in the main street of the town was reportedly grown from an acorn carried to Australia by one of the brothers   James and Andrew Johnston founded the J. Both houses are still landmarks. A comprehensive History of the school "Under the Gums" was published in The family hailed from the Oak Bank district of Glasgow, and this was a perfect way to transplant the name. James and his father, William, created a brewery by the riverbank - the start of a family influence which spread far beyond the valley. Oakbank House was built for James and his family at the edge of the brewery complex, while Dalintober is perched above Elizabeth Street and was originally owned by Andrew Galbraith Johnston. Both breweries were forced to shut down in due to a virus in the yeast, and therefore both turned to making soft drinks and cordials instead. Please e-mail webmaster adhills. Oakbank is well known for the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival.
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