Our family (Peg & Bill Chartres'), on Peg's side, is descended from the Banks family from Hollands Creek in the Cudlee Creek
The following is dedicated to our sons Nicholas, Wayne, Graham and Jason (who were sixth generation to reside in Cudlee Creek) and their children all of whom have maintained a close association with the Cudlee Creek District.
Peg's great-great grandfather, George Banks, arrived in Adelaide, South Australia with his parents Abraham (1807 -
1860 born in Pevensey, Sussex, England),and Elizabeth (nee Pilbean) and his siblings Naomi,
William H., and James in 1839 aboard the sailing vessel "Summersetshire".
After a short time in Adelaide they moved to Fifth Creek and later to Marble Hill, before heading north where Abraham carted ore from the Burra Copper Mines. Finally they took up farming at Anstey's Hill where another son (Edward in 1846) was born. Abraham died at Anstey's Hill in 1860 aged 53.
Three of Abraham's sons, (George, William and Edward) all acquired land in the Cudlee Creek District. George and William at Hollands Creek, and Edward at Fox's Creek.
(Peg's g-g-grandfather), (1836 - 1899 - Abraham's second son), worked with his father carting ore from the Burra Mines before establishing his own business carting wool from the northern stations. He later carted wood in the Hope Valley and Anstey’s Hill area before engaging in farming and dairying at The Prairie, Cudlee Creek.
He later rented, and subsequently purchased (in 1857) 158 acres, known as "Walnut Grove", (on what is now known as Hollands Creek Road) Cudlee Creek, which he later added to.
He married Mary Ann Farnham (in 1857), the daughter of Giles Farnham of Fox's Creek; they had seven children
(Caroline 13/11/1858, Harriett, 29/02/1860, George 11/07/1861, Cain Thomas 22/07/1863, Louisa Georgina 08/10/1865, Edith Eliza 20/07/1867, Hannah Moisella 18/07/1869).
George said that "Walnut Grove" had been completely isolated, due to the flooding of the River Torrens.
Cain Thomas Banks,
(Peg's g-grandfather) (known as Thomas - the spelling of Cain varies on different documents - I have chosen Cain as that is what appears on his Head Stone in the Cudlee Creek Cemetery) , purchased Alfred Hoad's property, "Woodlands" (on what is now Banks Road), Cudlee Creek, in 1891 where he established an orchard and nursery.
Thomas married Harriett Mount Gambier Phoebe Westphal (known as Phoebe) on 9th November 1893 and they had two daughters, Phyllis (27th September 1894) and Olive, (Peg's Grandmother) (16th December 1898).
Following Thomas' death, in 1904, Phoebe farmed the property until she leased it to her son-in-law W. (Bill) Menz in the 1920's.
When Phoebe died in 1951, the property passed to Bill Menz, who continued to farmed it (with his son, Keith, Peg's father), until his death in 1965, it then passed to his wife Olive.
Abraham's eldest son, acquired "Sheepcot Farm", Hollands Creek, (103 acres) at Cudlee Creek in 1857, he later added 129 acres and established it as an orchard growing mainly apples and plums, combining it with dairying and grazing.
In 1857 he married Bridget O'Sullivan and they had two sons and three daughters.
He served two years as a member of the Talunga District Council beginning in 1899, he is buried in the Cudlee Creek cemetery.
Abraham’s youngest son, purchased a block of land at Fox's Creek from Giles Farnham where he planted an orchard and established a dairy. He Married Morella, Giles Farnham's daughter, and they had three children, Thomas, Abraham and Elsie.
GEORGE BANKS, gardener and grazier, "Walnut Grove," Millbrook (actually located in Cudlee Creek
but, since Cudlee Creek had no Post Office, his address was Millbrook, the nearest Post Office), was born in 1836,
in the County of Sussex, England, and embarked for South Australia with his parents in 1839.
His father, after remaining in Adelaide for a time, removed to Fifth Creek, and subsequently to Marble Hill, then known as "The Company's Tiers," where he was engaged in splitting timber, etc. At a later date he proceeded northwards and was employed in carting ore from the Burra Copper-mines, and ultimately entered upon the farming industry at Dry Creek (the farm was located at Anstey’s Hill, but since there was no Post Office there, his address was Dry Creek), where he died at the age of fifty-three years.
Mr. George Banks found his first employment with Sir Arthur Blyth, and later on assisted his father in carting on the Burra Road, which industry he continued on his own account, purchasing a team of bullocks and undertaking the transport of wool from the northern stations. Returning to the South he engaged in wood-carting at Hope Valley and Anstey Hill, and afterwards turned his attention to farming and dairying at "Prairie," near Millbrook (actually at Cudlee Creek).
In 1857 Mr. Banks came to "Walnut Grove" (Hollands Creek, Cudlee Creek) and rented property which he later on decided to purchase, and acquired 158 acres of freehold, which he has since added to, and carries on farming and grazing operations with excellent results. Though enjoying prosperity at the present time, Mr. Banks has at various periods experienced great hardships, and recalls one instance when his homestead was completely isolated owing to the overflow of the River Torrens, which runs near his property.
In 1857 he married Mary Ann, second daughter of the late Mr. Giles Farnham, of Fox Creek, and one son and four daughters survive of a family of seven children.
Mr. GEORGE BANKS, whose death occurred recently at his residence, Walnut Grove, Holland's Creek, was born in England in
1836, and arrived in South Australia with his parents in 1839.
In his early days he worked for the late Sir Arthur Blythe, and later with his father carting copper ore from the Burra Mines to Port Adelaide.
In 1857 deceased married Miss M. A. Farnham, who predeceased him 11 years ago, and eventually bought some land at Holland's Creek, and engaged largely in the fruit growing and dairying industries.
There were seven children, five of' whom are living—Mrs. J. Hood (Murray Bridge), Mrs. A. Roepke (Holland's Creek), Mrs. J. Redden (Prairie), Mrs. C. Ludwigs. (Prairie), Mr. George Banks (Mannum), 33 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
(Peg's grandfather), was the son of George and Annie Menz, of Chain of Ponds.
He married Olive Banks (Thomas and Phoebe Banks' daughter) on 8th August 1923.
Bill and Olive Menz had two children, Keith Thomas, (Peg's father), (7th February 1925) and Joyce Olive (14th January 1930).
When Bill Menz died (1965) the property passed to his wife, Olive
Keith Thomas Menz,
Peg's father, was the son of Bill & Olive Menz.
After Olive's death, in 1970, the property was managed by Keith, who farmed it until the late 1970's when it was sold and subsequently subdivided. Keith Menz married Irene Olive Parbs (29th October 1946) they had four Children. His 2nd daughter, Peg, married Bill Chartres 2nd September 1967.
( born 1818, Yorkshire, England, the son of William and Mary (nee Houghton)) arrived in Melbourne, Australia in September 1856, with his wife Ruth (nee Smith) and children (Mary R., Charlotte, Thomas (Bill's g-grandfather) and a nephew (Richard Smith) , on the "Golden Era" and continued on to Adelaide aboard the coastal steamer "White Swan" arriving 20th September. The family finally settled in the Enfield area.
His grandson, Walter Robert Chartres (Bill's father), married Edna Jean Tyrrell (22nd April 1930), and they settled in their new home at Prospect, where they raise their family.
They had six children, Allan, Kevin, Bill, Jill, Lynette, and Glen.
Wal ("Jinks") Chartres
(photo left) had established a Wholesale Fruit business (Chartres & Eitzen Pty Ltd>) in the Adelaide East End Markets in 1948 and he later added a fruit packing shed to the business which was located next to his home at Prospect.
The Packing side of the business rapidly expanded so he decided to move to Cudlee Creek (1960) where he built a new home and packing shed. The fruit packing venture continued to grow and so a new larger shed and coldstore was built a couple of years later.
Three of Wal's sons, Allan Kevin and Bill, had joined him in the family business, however following his death (1966), firstly Kevin and later Allan, retired from the business to follow other interests, and Bill continued to manage it until the packing shed was destroyed during the Ash Wednesday Bushfires (February 1983). (photo right Jean Wife of Wal)
Peg (Phyllis Irene) Menz
(photo left) (The second daughter of Keith and Irene Menz, of Banks Road, Cudlee Creek)
married Bill (Graham Brian) Chartres (photo right) (The third son of Walter and Jean Chartres, of Redden Drive, Cudlee Creek) on 2nd September 1967 in the Cudlee Creek Methodist Church, she was the third generation of the Menz family to be married in the church
(Bill Menz (1923), Keith Menz (1946) and Peggy Menz 1967)).
Peg and Bill have four sons Nicholas James (11th August 1968), Wayne Robert (13th February 1971), Graham Brian (27th April 1973), Jason Mark (9th September 1976).
Nick, Wayne and Graham were the fifth generation of the Banks family to attend the Millbrook School, which opened in 1879, when Cain Thomas Banks (their g-g-grandfather) was a first day student.
(photo left) managed a fruit packing shed at Cudlee Creek with a wholesale fruit business in the old East End Produce Markets in Adelaide (Chartres & Eitzen Pty. Ltd.), however, following the disastrous bush fires of Ash Wednesday (16th February 1983) that destroyed the Cudlee Creek Packing Shed, he sold up and moved to Lobethal with Peg and their family.
Following the fire Bill managed Sunshine Fruit Pty Ltd in Adelaide's wholesale fruit markets, firstly in the East End and later at the new Pooraka Market.