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1949 Sunday 17th and Monday 18th July: widespread snowfall in Mid-North and Flinders Ranges and southern Mt Lofty Ranges.

Based on the reports I found in South Australian newspapers on the Trove database, this was one of the heaviest and most extensive snowfalls in the Mid-North and Flinders Ranges and Mt Lofty Ranges in the four decade period 1910 to 1949.

However I think the Advertiser was decidedly over-enthusiastic when it claimed in a headline that it was the "HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IN S.A. HISTORY". This was published only one day after the fall and doesn't quote any sources for the opinion, nor does it attempt a comparison with other contenders to the title. A Northern Argus article made similar claims. Nevertheless it may well be in the top twenty falls in South Australia's recorded history from 1836 to the present for the Flinders Ranges - Mid-North - Mt Lofty Ranges area combined.

It's interesting that I've heard and red numerous references to the epic 1951 snowfall but I wasn't even aware there was a big fall in 1949 till I came across it recently, on Trove I think it was. I suppose the 1951 blockbuster fall, which has not been rivalled since then, put the lesser 1949 fall permanently into the shade in public memory and folklore.

It's one of the very few snow events where I've found a reference to snow falling in the Gammon Ranges. In an Advertiser article it says "Mr. K. Lillecrapp, owner of Yankaninna station, 56 miles north of Copley, reported that snow had fallen in the Gammon Ranges."

Another rare report refers to snow on the West Coast but doesn't give any details. The Narracoorte Herald said: "Snow fell in several places in the Adelaide Hills last night and this morning. Clare, the Burra, and parts of the West Coast reported varying falls of snow ranging from a very light cover up to six inches."

There's also a rare report of snow falling in Adelaide. In as Advertiser article it says "Adelaide had a very light fall of snow near midday yesterday, but the tiny flakes melted before they reached the ground. Men who ventured on rooftops to watch the snow returned with their clothes lightly touched with flakes - enough to prove that the city had had snow.

Sleet was reported from Mt. Gambier on the 18th and 19th but I didn't come across any mention of snow falling in the South-East.

Below: two Weather maps - first one confidently dated 830am Monday 18th, and second one clearly dated 830am Tuesday 19th July 1949. They are presumably pretty much as supplied by the Weather Bureau, and published in the News newspaper. The date on the first map is difficult to read but is consistent with 18, and also the clearly legible date on the second map is 19 and it was published by the News on 19th so that would independently suggest the second map's date is 18 because it was published by the News on 18th.

News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Mon 18 Jul 1949 Page 14.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130264135



News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tue 19 Jul 1949 Page 14.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/130271147



Here are the most relevant articles I found in the South Australian newspapers in the database on Trove.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36676683

"HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IN S.A. HISTORY"

"A stream of Polar air associated with a vigorous anti-cyclone brought with it to South Australia yesterday: -
A general rain which saved the season.
The heaviest and most extensive snowfall in the State's history.
The coldest Adelaide day for 18 years.
Very rough seas which damaged the Beachport fishing fleet and necessitated storm warnings to coastal shipping.
High winds which disrupted airline services.
After a general snowfall of from three to five inches since 2 a.m., Mount Lofty summit yesterday morning was deeply snowclad.
Heavily-laden tree branches snapped under their burden, and the snow banked up a foot deep in some places.
"It was a beautiful sight, and the best fall I have seen." the proprietor of the Mount Lofty Summit kiosk (Mr. T. Lewis) said.
By yesterday afternoon rain had washed most of the snow away, but not before thousands of visitors had seen it.
The Weather Bureau predicts further snow this morning.

Adelaide had a very light fall of snow near midday yesterday, but the tiny flakes melted before they reached the ground.
Men who ventured on rooftops to watch the snow returned with their clothes lightly touched with flakes - enough to prove that the city had had snow.
A city snowfall is not unprecedented.
Heavy falls throughout the hills included Lobethal, Gumeracha, Mount Torrens, Lenswood, Woodside, Crafers, Stirling West and Mount Pleasant.
It is believed to be the first fall of snow in the Lobethal district for about 20 years.
A couple of inches of snow crowned the hilltops around Mt. Barker at daybreak yesterday morning, but the rain soon washed it away.
The road between Littlehampton and Balhannah is virtually impassable. A carrier who was bogged there with 400 cases of oranges all day Sunday, spent the day extricating motor cars with his horse team.

CARPET 4 IN DEEP
Jamestown residents awoke yesterday to find the district carpeted four inches deep in the heaviest snowfall for more than 20 years.
Snow began to fall at about 2 a.m. yesterday and by daybreak the trees of Bundaleer forest resembled a "white Christmas" postcard scene. Lock and Belalie North were covered thickly.
Snow was a foot deep in the Bundaleer forest, and heavier falls were reported further north at Yongala and Hallett.
Shop assistants and school children at Jamestown indulged in snowball fights and built figures and animals which were still preserved in the afternoon.
There was a light fall of snow at Clare and the high ground round Sevenhill was covered with snow at 9 a.m. yesterday.
A traveller who came through from Pekina said there was snow on each side of the road for 47 miles between Pekina and Spalding.
After a wild night at Peterborough, during which the air temperature fell to 36 degrees, snow fell for four hours until 6 a.m.
Chilled early risers were rewarded with the sight of the whole town's roofs, hedges and lawns blanketed two inches deep in snow.
Mannahill yesterday had its first snowfall since 1917. It came down for half an hour, but melted soon after it reached the ground. Surrounding hills were lightly covered. The hills around Burra were inches deep in snowdrifts yesterday morning, and township roofs and trees were thickly mantled in white.
The snowfall began on Sunday night and continued until the early hours of yesterday morning.
Snow fell throughout the Flinders Ranges, the snowline stretching for 25 miles from Mt. Remarkable to Mt. Brown.
Mr. K. Lillecrapp, owner of Yankaninna station, 56 miles north of Copley, reported that snow had fallen in the Gammon Ranges.
Yesterday was the coldest day in Adelaide for 18 years, and the fifth coldest on record.
The maximum temperature of 49.7 deg. was the lowest since July 11, 1931, when the maximum was 47.7.
Only 10 times in the State's history has the July maximum temperature gone below 50 degrees.
The secretary of the SA Stockowners' Association (Mr. C. Sinclair Wood) said that losses among newly-born lambs exposed to the cold could be expected.
A storm warning to SA coastal shipping was issued by the Weather Bureau at 1030 a.m. and repeated at 330 p.m. and 9 p.m."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36676683
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2653897
APA citation
HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IN S.A. HISTORY. (1949, July 19). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 8, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36676683

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Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 3.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/97821547

"SNOW! SNOW! SNOW !

CLARE, SEVENHILL, WATERVALE, POLISH HILL RIVER, MINTARO, THE HILL RIVER RANGES, EMU FLAT, ARMAGH, AND SPALDING HAVE FALLS OF SNOW.

"RECORD Snowfalls for South Australia were experienced last Sunday night, July 10, ranging from Lower North Central at Peterborough and Jamestown to Burra, Spalding, Hill River Ranges, Mintaro, Sevenhill, Penwortham and Watervale down to Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills. Many hundreds of miles in extent was the record feature. [The image of the newspaper article clearly says "Sunday night, July 10" but I presume that's an unintended error by the newspaper as the snowfall referred to was on Sunday night, July 17 and this article was published on Thursday 21 July- Miles.]

Local excitement prevailed as snow started to fall while the Sunday night train was on its way from Riverton to Clare and Spalding, between 9.30 and 10 p.m.. The windscreen of the rail bus had to be cleared of snowflakes at Sevenhill. Motorists met with snow at Tarlee en route to Clare and had to slow down through Watervale and Sevenhill.

Farmers early astir at Spalding, Hilltown and Andrews could see the top of the Camel's Hump (near Burra and Mt. Bryan) white with snow and along the Mount Lofty Ranges through Hill River, Farrell Flat to Mintaro.

Jamestown, Peterborough, Burra and other lower north centres had large falls several inches deep, but around Clare and Hill River it was not so heavy, because rain at 3 a.m. dispersed a lot of snow drifts. At South Clare, near Green's Bridge, the children of one man were awake early and made a snow man in a shed that did not melt until mid-day.

The hills round Sevenhill; at Watervale, Penwortham and Polish Hill River were also fairly thickly covered in places.

On the Western side of Clare in the hills at Bumburnie, Armagh, the Blyth Hills, down to the back of Penwortham and Spring Gully, also received good falls."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97821547
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9626904
APA citation
SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!. (1949, July 21). Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97821547

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Monday 18 July 1949 Page 14.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130264135

"HAIL AND HIGHLAND SNOW STATE WEATHER FORECAST (issued at noon).-Further showers, with occasional hail and highland snow in the settled areas and adjacent parts of the interiors. Cold squally south-west to south winds: gales on south-east coast. CITY.-Frequent showers. Cold squally south-west winds. OCEAN.-Moderate northerly winds in western approaches of Bass Strait and Tasmanian waters. Strong to gale south to south-west winds South Australian waters east from long. 135 deg. E.( with very rough seas. Moderating winds to westward, becoming east to north-east west of the Bight and slight to moderate seas. NORTHERN BIGHT WATERS.-Moderate to fresh south-west to south winds. Moderate seas."

The day of the date on this weather map accompanying the above text is hard to read with confidence but looks to me like 18 ie Monday 18th. Saturday 16th's weather map is here http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74644434 .

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130264135
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11111634
APA citation
HAIL AND HIGHLAND SNOW. (1949, July 18). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 14. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130264135

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 4.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74646756

GENERAL NEWS
WEATHER NOTES

The Deputy Director of Meteorological Services reported last night: - Rainfall registrations during the 48 hours ended 8.30 a.m.. were almost general in South Australia except in the far north interior, where registrations were confined to the extreme south. In the pastoral country the gaugings were only very light to light but elsewhere the totals were light to moderate with scattered heavy amounts in western, central, northern and lower South-East districts. The best registrations reported were Jamestown 144 points. Melrose 135, and Wilmington 130. Further rain was reported fairly generally in settled areas in the period from 830 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on Monday. best gauging being a further 46 points at Melrose. Sunday night temperatures were mainly below 35 and 45 degrees, with the lowest minimum 31 degrees at Yongala. Day temperatures on Monday were cold throughout and ranged from 43 degrees at Stirling West to 58 degrees at Oodnadatta. Snow was reported from scattered places in the highlands. The outbreak of polar air has resulted in the development of a vigorous anticyclone 1032 mbs. over the Western Bight, while a very deep depression of limited extent has formed this morning near Mt. Gambler. This is causing gales on the south and south-east coast of this State. This depression is expected to weaken slowly and move northeast, but further frequent showers are expected over settled areas and adjacent interiors, with hail and snow on highlands.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74646756
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7316074
APA citation
GENERAL MEWS. (1949, July 19). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 4. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74646756

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The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/148085226

"WINTRY BLAST BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED RAIN

On Sunday last high winds brought
rain to the Mount Barker district thus
breaking an unusually dry period.

Effect of the dry winter was particularly noticeable on stock and feed. Even the ground had hardened to such an extent that some local golfers claimed dusty conditions were interfering with play. Dust on district roads was as thick as it would be in midsummer.

This timely rain which has so far been recorded as 2.38 inches (to Wednesday, 8 a.m.) is expected to relieve the grave situation which was developing due to lack of water, particularly in township areas.

On Monday, light falls of snow were reported throughout the district. Although snow fell at Windmill Hill and near Littlehampton and Nairne none was noticed in Mount Barker.

Since the rain began together with a bitterly cold wind which reached gale force at times the temperature has remained consistently in the 30's. Monday was the coldest day for the week with a reading of 34.5 and over an inch of rain fell.

In the Onkaparinga District

Woodside and surrounding districts, along with most other parts of the State, felt the full blast of winter during last week-end and on Monday and Tuesday.

In addition to the much needed rain-over an inch fell-snow, hail and sleet, accompanied by strong cold winds lashed the district.

The falls of snow ware believed to have been the heaviest for 17 years. Localities at which heavy snowfalls were reported were:-Mount Torrens, Springhead, Murdoch Hill, Lenswood and Careys Gully.

Schoolchildren were observed making snowballs in the main street of Mount Torrens. The general rains will do immeasurable good in promoting pastures, as well as replenishing the much depleted tank water supplies.

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148085226
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17357878
APA citation
WINTRY BLAST BRINGS MUCH-NEEDED RAIN. (1949, July 21). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148085226

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The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950) Friday 22 July 1949 Page 7.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/110550648

"JAMESTOWN NEWS
Main item of news this week is the fall of snow that fell in the early hours of Monday morning. The heaviest fall Jamestown has had for a number of years it formed a thick coating on all grass, and was the first experience of snow to a surprising number of people. Despite the slushiness caused by rain there were quite a few snowmen (several very good ones being in the Memorial Park) and the younger generation had lots of fun indulging in snow fights. The snow was a big help in supplementing the extremely welcome rain of the week-end-Jamestown's registration on Monday morning was 144 points which came at a most opportune moment to save crops in this and other districts."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110550648
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10717179
APA citation
JAMESTOWN NEWS. (1949, July 22). The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950), p. 7. Retrieved October 6, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110550648

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The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950) Friday 22 July 1949 Page 5.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/110550655

"Good Fall Of Snow Follows Blustery Day

BENEFICIAL TO CROPS AND
FEED

Following a cold blustery day, by seven o'clock on Sunday evening the air temperature had dropped to 36 degrees. Twenty-eight points of rain were registered on Sunday morning and further showers during the day brought the total to 62 points on Monday at 8.30 a.m. It was a wild night and at 2 a.m. snow began to fall without rain and continued until 6 a.m. The whole town roofs, hedges and lawns were blanketed with more than two inches of snow and presented a very pretty sight to early risers. A thick fog came over the town from the west about i.45 which allowed the snow to remain longer than usual and gave the children an opportunity to get out and build snowmen and pelt each other with snowballs. Several early photographers were also out getting snaps to send friends who never see such a sight. Light falls with rain were also reported before midnight and a fairly heavy fall just after 7 a.m. covered Mannanarie Hills, whose glittering whiteness was an eye-arresting sight when the sun came out shortly after 9.15. A cold southerly wind sprang up soon after the snow had gone about 9.45 and the air temperature at midday was 40 degrees.

This is the second successive year that snow has fallen at Peterborough. The last fall was recorded on August 23 1948. This also fell during the night and the residents woke to find about two inches of snow covering the town.

The snow which represents a considerable amount of rain shold do an immense amount of good in our district and freshen up the feed and crops which were feeling the bad effects if heavy frosts and strong winds which have prevailed over the last month or so."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110550655
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10717177
APA citation
Good Fall Of Snow Follows Blustery Day. (1949, July 22). The Times and Northern Advertiser, Peterborough, South Australia (SA : 1919 - 1950), p. 5. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article110550655

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Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 9.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/97821566

"SNOW at Watervale
[From Our Own Correspondent.]
Watervale, Wed., July 20/49.

About 9.20 p.m. on Sunday a light fall of snow was witnessed. After the noise of a heavy downpour its approach was heralded by an erie silence. The fall lasted for about 20 minutes but was soon washed away by a light drizzle of rain.

A similar fall accompanied by a hail storm was seen about 4 years ago. In 1941 Watervale really did experience snow when a very heavy fall was recorded everything being blanketed with snow. At daylight this morning snow was still visible on Mt. Horrocks. Another fall was reported at midnight."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97821566
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9626910
APA citation
SNOW at Watervale. (1949, July 21). Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954), p. 9. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97821566

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Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/124558921

"The weather has been bitterly cold, and snow has fallen in quite a number of centres, although none fell at Kapunda."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124558921
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page10671433
APA citation
The Kapunda Herald. (1949, July 21). Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), p. 2. Retrieved October 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124558921

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Monday 18 July 1949 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130264087

Below is the caption to a photo.

"Snow scene near city
A GENERAL VIEW of the snowfall near Mt. Lofty summit. It was the heaviest fall for 20 years. Not far from here the weight of snow broke branches off trees. In places snow was 12 in. deep."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130264087
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11111622
APA citation
Snow scene near city. (1949, July 18). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130264087

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The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954) Monday 18 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/147144786

Re "... and parts of the West Coast ..." I have not seen in any newspaper article I found on Trove any report of snow falling at any specific location on the West Coast. My search for snow-related articles was not exhaustive so maybe there's a report in an article I didn't find.

"General Rain Will Benefit Most of S.A.
HEAVY SNOW FALLS IN
SEVERAL PARTS OF STATE

"Last night several places in this State reported falls of snow." ...

"Snow fell in several places in the Adelaide Hills last night and this morning. Clare, the Burra, and parts of the West Coast reported varying falls of snow ranging from a very light cover up to six inches."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147144786
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17521386
APA citation
General Rain Will Benefit Most of S.A. (1949, July 18). The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article147144786

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Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954) Monday 18 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/96217727

"SNOW TWO INCHES DEEP AT
BURRA LAST NIGHT
32 PTS. OF RAIN IN PIRIE TO 12.30
THIS MORNING

Snow which began falling at Burra at 10.45 last night covered roads to a
depth of 2 ins., "The Recorder" was advised by telephone from Adelaide last night.

Burra residents said that the fall of snow, which had not ceased after midnight, was the heaviest in their memory.

Mount Lofty reported snow and hail, Watervale and Hallett had light snowfalls, and Mount Bryan was lightly capped.

Pirie shivered yesterday. After a minimum reading of 51 the thermometer at the post office recorded an increase of only 5.2 degs. in temperature.

... ."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96217727
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page9177444
APA citation
SNOW TWO INCHES DEEP AT BURRA LAST NIGHT. (1949, July 18). Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96217727

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The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 8.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/148085240

"CHERRYVILLE
-WEATHER-
Great satisfaction was felt here at the week-end over the heavy rainfall, both fruit trees and household tanks having been in need of rain. Extremely cold weather has prevailed owing to showers of hail and a light fall of snow on Sunday night. On Monday morning snow had settled on hillsides in some sections of the district, also around Marble Hill residence."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148085240
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page17357881
APA citation
CHERRYVILLE. (1949, July 21). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 8. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article148085240

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Northern Argus (Clare, SA : 1869 - 1954) Thursday 21 July 1949 Page 11.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/97821556

"Lucy Webb's Diary
[By Lucy Webb.]
Victor Harbor, Thurs., July 20, 1949 Record Snowfall At Clare in 1901.

WHO remembers "Snow Sunday" July 28th,1901, when Clare was wrapped in a covering of white. When I looked out in the early morning, the town looked like a Christmas card. I ran round the family and told them to get up and see the snow; I was not well received or believed, till they saw for themselves, and then there were exclamations of delight at the beautiful sight. Everyone went mad over the snow. Elderly buffers snowballed each other like schoolboys, and snow men stood at every street corner, complete with hat, pipe, and black coals for eyes. The animals floundered about in the unaccustomed elements, and the birds being light of build, hopped about on the surface, and only left light tracks. The snow slipped over the leaves of eucalypts and other native trees, but the firs branches bore their burden bravely as to the manner born. It was bitterly cold, and church goers froze to the boards. Next morning there were only patches of snow in corners to remind one of the beautiful fall of yesterday."

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130268267

"Snow again at Mt. Lofty
Snow fell again at Mount Lofty early today, but rain at 7 a.m. melted the thin layer covering the ground. Mr. Tom Lewis, proprietor of the Summit Kiosk, Mount Lofty, said snow was falling at 5 a.m."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130268267
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11111653
APA citation
Snow again at Mt. Lofty. (1949, July 20). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130268267

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1949 Page 16.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130268302

Headline reads "Record snowfalls in N.S.W., Victoria".

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The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Wednesday 20 July 1949 Page 2.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36676898

"Light Showers And Some Snow Yesterday"

"More snow fell on the hills between Melrose and Murraytown yesterday morning, and Mount Remarkable was blanketed by the falls of the previous day. Pekina had a covering of four inches of snow, and the hills were mantled in white for miles. Other centres reported that snow which had fallen on Monday melted in a few hours yes- terday, leaving only traces on tbe highest peaks."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36676898
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page2653910
APA citation
Light Showers And Some Snow Yesterday. (1949, July 20). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36676898

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Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/78632507

"Main topic of conversation since the week end has been the weather. In other parts of the State snow has fallen, principally in the Adelaide Hills, at Burra and on the West Coast. Snow also fell for half an hour at Hamilton yesterday morning, and at Dunkeld and Willaura this morning."

"Sleet fell at Mount Gambler yesterday and today."

"Canberra is having one of its heaviest falls of snow today."

"Yesterday was the coldest in Adelaide's history for 18 years."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article78632507
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page7725954
APA citation
INCH AND HALF RAIN: COLDEST DAY FOR YEAR. (1949, July 19). Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article78632507

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 16.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130271139

"The Deputy Director of Meterological Services (Mr. Banfleld) forecast occasional showers in the settled areas chiefly in the eastern half of "the State, contracting to the coast and hills. Cold southerly winds, squally at times, in the eastern half."
"No snow was recorded today. Car loads of people continued to visit Mount Lofty Summit until 10 p.m. to see snow, but they were unlucky after 3 p.m."
"Record snowfall Canberra. - A record fall of snow was recorded today in Canberra."

Article identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130271139
Page identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page11111652
APA citation
More rain over wide area. (1949, July 19). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130271139

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News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 16.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130271139

" ... No snow was recorded today. Car loads of people continued to visit Mount Lofty Summit until 10 p.m. to see snow, but they were unlucky after 3 p.m. ... "
"... Record snowfall Canberra. - A record fall of snow was recorded today in Canberra. ..."

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More rain over wide area. (1949, July 19). News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130271139

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Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954) Tuesday 19 July 1949 Page 1.
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/37316897

"Heavy Fall of Snow in District

Snow fell heavily in Burra and district during Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning. It commenced to fall at about 9.30 p.m. and when day broke in the morning the town of Burra and surrounding hills presented a scene reminiscent of English Christmas cards. One could just about hear the sleigh bells ringing and imagine the children hauling their taboggans up the nearest hill.
Snow drifts were inches thick in the hills and trees and roofs in the township wore their mantels of pure white.
The thaw set in at about 8.30 a.m. on the Monday and welcome water began to run into the tanks and soak into the dry fields. In fact some farmers say that a a heavy rain. When snow melts all water soaks into the ground and none or very little runs off into the creeks.
Thermometer readings inside houses averaged about 40 degrees and until the wind sprang up weather conditions out of doors were not particularly cold. Not like they were on one particular day on the pervious week when the glass fell to 27 degrees which is five degrees below freezing point. There was no snow on that occasion - some said it was too cold for snow. This snow fell all over the district and one party of motorists coming from Adelaide encountered it just after leaving Marrabel. They had quite an experience getting home to Burra. Visibility was worse than bad. Snowflakes reflected in the head lighftjlBfc only a few square yards of road could be seen. Passengers had the sensation of the car standing still whilst the road travelled underneath it. Snow banked up on the windscreen and windows to a depth of an inch or more, and the only peephole was where the wind screen wiper kept moving back and forth.
On arrival at Burra the car was snow covered. Snow had caught between the mudguards and bonnet, there were heaps of it on the top of the radiator grill and bumper bars were well flaked. The trip from Marrabel to Burra took about two hours and twenty minutes.
Burra or some part of the district has had some snowfalls at least once a year for quite a time now."

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Heavy Fall of Snow in District. (1949, July 19). Burra Record (SA : 1878 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved October 10, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37316897

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