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Crafter, Richard

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1821
Date of arrival 1853
Principal occupation Pound-keeper and Chemist.
Date of death 1910
Place of decease Thebarton, South Australia.

Richard Crafter married Anne Frances Swan (1826-1904). He was the first chemist at Willunga. He was Secretary of the Oddfellows Lodge and also a Trustee of the Oddfellows Hall in 1863. He was the Poundkeeper for Willunga from 1862 to 1864. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

Crafter, his wife and family may have arrived in the Southampton Emigration Company’s ship Gipsy in July 1853. Richard Crafter is listed in the Unclaimed Letters list in February to May 1854. He was probably resident in Mount Barker by 1854 when “Brother” Crafter is listed as a steward of the Loyal Britannia Lodge of the Oddfellows in Mount Barker and in 1855 he was an auditor for the Mount Barker Mechanic’s Institute.

Richard Crafter was resident in Willunga from about 1857 (or before) until late 1864. Two of their children were born in Willunga (Charles Henry in 1857 and Evelina in 1859). In 1858 he paid rates for land in the Willunga township. In the late 1850s he built a house and shop at 19 Aldinga Road in the original eastern section (part of Section 257), which had a slate roof, since replaced with corrugated iron. Crafter purchased the land from Thomas Bewes Strangeways (who had been granted section 257 in 1841) on 24 Oct 1862 and sold it to Nicholas Male, Slate Merchant of Willunga, for 30 pounds on 8 July 1864 (registered on 29 Nov 1864). He moved to North Adelaide in late 1864. Six children: Frederick E. (1854-1918) Anne Frances m. Thomas Paul Richards on 13 Feb 1867 Richard James ( -1927) m. Lucy Louisa Collins on 7 May 1875 Charles Henry (1857-1923) b. at Willunga m. 24/06/1878 to Elizabeth Richards Evelina (1859- ) b. at Willunga Frank (1869- ) b. at Thebarton

Richard Crafter, aged 89, died on 15 Aug 1910 at Thebarton and he was buried in West Terrace Cemetery.


  • South Australian Register 21 Dec 1855:4
  • Adelaide Observer 7 June 1862:5
  • South Australian Register 29 Aug 1862:4
  • South Australian Register 20 Oct 1862:3
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 25 Oct 1862:7
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 8 Nov 1862:2
  • South Australian Register 5 Dec 1862:3
  • Adelaide Observer 14 Feb 1863:1
  • South Australian Register 29 Aug 1863:4
  • South Australian Advertiser 26 Oct 1863:4
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 19 Dec 1863:2
  • South Australian Register 14 Jan1864:3
  • Adelaide Observer 4 June 1864:4
  • South Australian Register 15 July 1865:2
  • South Australian Register 5 March 1867:2
  • South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail 29 May 1875:8
  • Statton Jill (Ed). 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Vols 1 to 4. South Australian Geneaology and Heraldry Society Inc. Adelaide.

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