Since my last blog post, I have been busy searching various South Australian repositories, trying to narrow down the ten oldest buildings of Melrose Park. So far, I haven’t been having a great deal of luck, however, the search continues.
I visited the Lands Titles Office, and a staff member recommended I return to the Mitcham Local Council to obtain the information I was searching for. I also visited the State Archives, on Leigh Street, to find information about the Edwardstown Primary School. The State Archives records relate to the School’s Centenary, roll books, punishment records, Mother’s club committee books etc. This information is not really what I am looking for at the moment. I was instructed to return to the Mitcham Local Council once again. So, I did, I went to the Mitcham Local Council Planning Desk, and asked if they hold records relating to the date of construction of the buildings I was researching. The Local Council staff informed me that they only hold records of the past 10 years on their computer database, and then their records only reach back as far as the 1960s. I was told that the records I was looking for, probably never existed, or have been destroyed.
I have had to re-assess my research process, and have been advised to use the architectural traits of each building to provide rough dates for construction. On Friday, I will try searching the historical documents again, and will then identify ages using architectural traits.