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Atkinson, David George

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1916
Place of birth Milang, SA
Date of arrival 1912
Principal occupation Dairyman
Date of death 2006
Place of decease Willunga

David George Atkinson was born on 29 May 1916 at Milang. He was the second son of John Aldam Atkinson (1884-1966) and Elizabeth Ellen Jackson (1881-1942). Elizabeth was the only daughter of George Jackson (1801-1859) and Elizabeth (née Lewsey) (1851-1947).

David’s father, John, was a baker. He was the eldest son of Robert Fish Atkinson (1857-1922) and Susan Atkinson (nee Whitelaw 1862-1918) who ran the Atkinson Brother’s bakery and general store at 44 High Street in Willunga.

As a boy, David was a member of the Home Project Club. In 1929, aged 13 years, he was listed as a “project worker at Willunga”. In 1930, he competed in the “Childrens’ Classes” at the fifth annual McLaren Flat horticultural and floricultural show.

Aged 21 years, David married Loncie Clarice Penney (1916-2009) on 24 December 1937 at the Registry Office in Adelaide. They had three daughters.

David was described as a dairyman when he obtained the land and cottage at 19 St Judes Street (Lot 92) from his father, John Aldam Atkinson. John had inherited it as part of the estate of Elizabeth Jackson, his mother-in-law. David owned the property between 1948 and 1953, when he sold it to Lawrence Buxton, dairy farmer, and his wife, Isabel Esther Buxton, of the Range Road, Willunga.

David George Atkinson, aged 89 years, died at Willunga on 27 April 2006. Loncie Clarice Atkinson (née Penney), aged 93 years, died on 4 April 2009 at McLaren Vale. They are both buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Willunga.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SAILIS CT 248/103
  • Chronicle 6 June 1929:18
  • Chronicle 6 Nov 1930:14
  • Adelaide Advertiser 29 April 2006

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