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Kimber, Walter John

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1863
Place of birth Mosquito Creek, SA.
Principal occupation Butcher
Date of departure 1907
Date of death 1937
Place of decease Klemzig, SA

Walter John Kimber was born on 12 December 1863 at Mosquito Creek, SA. He was the son of William Kimber (1825-1888) and Eliza Harris (1833-1907). His religion was Church of England. Walter’s father, William Kimber was resident in the Aldinga district from 1879 until his death in 1888. It is considered likely that Walter was also resident and working as a butcher in the district around this time. He appears in a photo titled “Aldinga Pioneers” dated to the first half of 1886.

Walter, aged 27 years, married Annie Maria Hardy (1863-1950), aged 27 years, on 23 April 1890 at St. Stephen’s Church in Willunga. They had four children:

  • Ronald Frank (1892-1893) was born and died as a child at Aldinga.
  • Dorothy Mildred (1893-1969) was born at Aldinga and died in South Australia
  • Geoffrey Walter (1897- 1962) was born at Aldinga and married Olive Grace Morgan (1899-1976) on 11 May 1922 at Payneham. They had two children. He died at Yelanna and is buried at Cummins, SA.
  • Gertrude Mary (1906-1996) was born at Aldinga and died at Brighton, SA.

Walter won 3rd prize for reading at the East Wellington District School examination in December 1871, when he was 8 years old. He became a butcher at Aldinga and was probably resident in the Aldinga district for more than twenty-five years (1879-1907). He appeared in the SA Directories from 1887 until at least 1906, where he was described as a butcher of Aldinga. In November 1893, he purchased the house at 25 Old Coach Road in Aldinga (Lot 6 - part of section 399) from Sampson Eastwood, a former carter at Aldinga, who had relocated to Curramulka. In May 1907, when he and his family moved to Yatala South, Walter sold the property to Alfred Bird, butcher of Willunga. By 1928 Walter was living in Payneham.

Walter was active for over more than thirty years as an auditor for district council elections in Aldinga, Yatala South and Payneham. He was nominated for, and sometimes was elected as, auditor for the Aldinga District Council elections in 1893, 1894, 1896, 1900 and 1904. In 1910 he was auditor for Yatala South and, in 1928, he was auditor for the Payneham District Council elections.

Walter John Kimber, aged 74 years, died on 11 July 1937 at Klemzig, SA and was buried in the North Road Cemetery at Nailsworth.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Marime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SA Directories – Aldinga 1887-1906
  • South Australian Advertiser 30 Dec 1871:3
  • South Australian Chronicle 8 July 1893:24
  • The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser 13 July 1894:2
  • Adelaide Observer 28 June 1896:11
  • Chronicle 23 June 1900:22
  • Observer 2 July 1910:45
  • Chronicle 16 June 1928:13
  • The Advertiser 12 July 1937:12

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