• Saddington Plush

Army / Flying Corps
  • 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Lance Corporal

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  • Birth - Angas Park, South Australia

    Wednesday, 14 June 1865

  • Married - Laura Josephine Warnecke

    Wednesday, 16 May 1894

  • Enlistment WW1 - Adelaide, South Australia

    Wednesday, 1 September 1915

  • Invalided - To Australia

    Wednesday, 29 November 1916

  • Discharged - Medically unfit

    Saturday, 30 December 1916

  • Death - Angaston, South Australia

    Thursday, 14 April 1949

  • Burial - Angaston Cemetery, Angaston, South Australia

    Saturday, 16 April 1949

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    • Biography of Sadington Plush
    • Posted by nevillerowland, Wednesday, 7 April 2021

    The new property purchased on the 17th March 1889 at Light Pass. Part Section 178 Hundred of Moorooroo, consisted of 40 acres. Three farmers previously worked the land, the first being Mr Christian HAENKE, who leased it from G.F. ANGAS Esq. in 1852 for a rental of twelve pounds. He attempted farming, had a paddock for grazing and a household vegetable and fruit garden. The second farmer like Mr Haenke also went broke. Saddington PLUSH purchased the land from a Mr. GERLACH, who had attempted to improve his income by introducing a few acres of vines, but finally sold it. The whole property had been cleared with the exception of two acres along the North Para River, which being overgrown with red gums, had been reserved for depasturing and still remains today. The vines on the Light Pass property were pulled out as the family considered the producing of wine was not exactly the best solution to the social problems of excessive drinking in the Colony. Many years before, they closed the winery and pulled out the vineyard on the property at Siegersdorf and had replanted it with fruit trees. Saddington's interest was also in growing fruit trees. He planted the lighter soils with stone fruits---- apricots, peaches, prunes and on the heavier black soils of the North Para River Flood Plain, planted pome fruit trees, apples and pears. While the 38 acres of planted trees were coming into production he managed his own tree nursery--- Paradise Orchards ---supplying young trees and rooted vines to other growers. Kalimna Vineyards (D.J. Fowler-- Lion Products) and Yalumba Vineyards at Stockwell, received rooted vines from his nursery. On 16th March 1894, Saddington married Laura Josephine WARNECKE, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ludewig WARNECKE of Nuriootpa. Ludewig had studied Medicine at the University of BONN, Germany, before migrating to Victoria, and arrived in Nuriootpa in 1852, at the age of 23 years. He was able to take a room at the corner of a store owned by a Mr William STROTHER, on the site of the present Community Store Building, and eventually established himself at Nuriootpa's first Chemist. Laura Plush’s elder sister Mary - Anne WARNECKE married Seaward PLUSH, Saddington's elder brother. Saddington and Laura PLUSH worked the Light Pass orchard for many years. As fruit production increased, he gradually had to give up the tree nursery work, as he was too busy at harvest time to propagate the young nursery stock. Over the years he employed many permanent workmen to help with the growing orchard, among them being Charley Geysler, Adolf Mader, Emil Polst, Philip Spanagel, Paul Spanagel, Hans Lange, Wally John, Ben Kraft and Max Doecke, together with many others from the district who worked at harvest time. Many of the permanent workmen eventually established their own orchards and vineyards in the Light Pass area. The orchard was added to in 1929, when 6 and half acres were bought from the Kruschel Estate and a further 1 and half acres from Alfred Waechter, when the Stockwell - Truro rail-line was built.