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Hunt, Edward

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1856
Place of birth Cherry Gardens, Sth Australia
Principal occupation Sheep farmer
Date of death 1925
Place of decease Willunga

Edward Hunt was the 7th surviving child of Matthew and Elizabeth Hunt of Myponga. He was born at Cherry Gardens on 22 June 1856.

He married Mary Marshall Needham (1856-1932) on 20 January 1882. She was the daughter of Isaac and Martha Needham (nee Gregory) of Willunga.

They had five children:

1. Isaac (Ike) Needham Hunt (1883-1948), married Mary Hallett (nee Watson).

2. Martha Elizabeth Hunt (1884-1947), married Richard John Eden.

3. Edward Gilbert Hunt (1885-1930), never married.

4. Wilfred Bismark Hunt (1887-1946), never married.

5. Keturah (Kit) Hunt (1892-1978), married Sydney Horace (Luck) Liddiard.

6. Melinda Mary Hunt (1899-1984), married Michael Frederick O’Connell.

Edward was a farmer and sheep breeder. After their marriage in 1882, he and Mary lived at Pretty Valley, Myponga, on a farm given to them as a wedding present by his father Matthew Hunt. They then moved to Peppermint Farm at Bethany (McLaren Vale), which was owned by Mary’s father Isaac Needham It was previously the home of Moses Chambers and his family.

By 1890 they had purchased a farm at Delabole which included the land on which stood the old Delabole Church in which they stored their wool. Edward was a successful sheep breeder. In 1907 he auctioned 15 bales of fine wool for 13 3/4d per lb, the highest price obtained until then for southern crossbred wool.

Edward Hunt was on the Committee of the Willunga Show in 1895.

He luckily survived several mishaps. In July 1915 he suffered bruises when thrown out of his sulky after the horse took fright at the train. Later, in September that year, he was seriously injured when his sulky overturned and, being a stout man, was thrown heavily on his head and shoulder and in addition got staked in the groin, causing an ugly wound. Dr Haines helped with his recovery.

In 1911 the family moved into their house The Gums at 10 Bishop Street in Willunga township, previously owned by Mary’s father Isaac Needham before he died in 1899.

Edward Hunt died on 18 October 1925, aged 69 years. His widow Mary died on 11 November 1932, aged 76 years. They were buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery in Willunga.


  • Coral Eden The Hunts of Delabole
  • Folder 40 Willunga Courthouse Museum
  • The Advertiser Friday 22 Feb 1895 Page 6
  • Advertiser Tuesday 29 October 1907 page 9
  • Mt Barker Courier Friday 3 Sep 1915 Page 3.
Hunt's Farm, Strout road, Willunga 1890
Hunt's Farm, Strout road, Willunga 1890
Edward and Mary Hunt with daughter Melinda
Edward and Mary Hunt with daughter Melinda
Edward Hunt's Delabole Sheep Farm 1907
Edward Hunt's Delabole Sheep Farm 1907

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