Heather’s History Portland Estate South Australia combines records and references to a community that, although, was within close proximity to Port Adelaide, and surrounded by Alberton, Queenstown and Rosewater, forged its own identity.
Portland suffered similar consequences as the Port Adelaide area itself with continuous issues of flooding and the building of embankments to contain the area. The book covers Council vs Citizens issues comprehensively.
The post war boom saw the rise of Messenger Newspapers in 1951 and A& E LeMessurier, a large timber firm, established, bringing a more industrial focus to the area. Heather’s portrayal of how these effected the community, is a clear insight of their reactions and the lifestyles of those that remained, adopted and lived.
Part 3 of the book covers schools, recreational and everyday life of the small community. Living, working and the challenges faced by a small village from its infancy until the 1990’s, Heather’s book is a must have for fellow history enthusiasts. It is well-indexed and has a Portland Chronology and Bibliography lists for further exploration.