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Loud, Edward

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1811
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer and slate quarry operator.
Date of departure c. 1874
Date of death 1887
Place of decease Adelaide, South Australia

Edward Loud was born c.1811 and probably came from Devon, England. He married Mary Pitt (1820-30/07/1905 died aged 85 years) in Plymouth, Devon in the second quarter of 1839. They arrived as cabin passengers on the ship Caroline from London via Plymouth on 17 Dec 1839.

Edward and Mary Loud had 9 children comprising 5 sons and 4 daughters: Edward (26/04/1840-16/03/1904) m. Sarah Holman Watters on 01/05/1862 at Willunga. Mary Keenor (11/01/1845-26/02/1846) died as an infant; Elizabeth (03/04/1847-15/04/1847) died as an infant; Elizabeth Keenor (09/03/1850- ) m. Richard Hill; William Pitt (16/07/1852-17/01/1915); Richard Keenor (1854-15/12/1854) died as an infant; Annie Mary (03/1856-21/11/1881) m. Robert Sims; John Keenor (04/09/1858-18/08/1904 ) m. Elizabeth Annie Taylor; Alfred Thomas (05/04/1861-31/10/1936).

Slate was discovered by Edward Loud in the Willunga district, probably in early 1840 at what would later become known as Loud’s Quarry which was located on sections 272 and 283 (Hundred of Willunga) about four miles to the south-west of the Willunga township. Loud’s quarry was first mentioned in June 1840 when the South Australian Register newspaper reported (6 June 1840) that: “A quarry of slate of the finest quality has recently been-discovered in the neighbourhood of Willunga. It has been partially opened, and the slates are selling in town at £10 10s per thousand”. Mr. Sampson Dawe was the manager and the South Australian Register newspaper subsequently reported (28 Nov 1840: 5) that: ”There is a slate quarry in the district, worked by Mr. Loud, at which about a dozen families are generally employed. The slate is of excellent quality and easy of access.”

William Lindon, a servant working for Edward Loud, was blasting a tree when he was struck in the abdomen by a splinter, which caused his instant death on 24 September 1841.

Edward Loud held an occupation license in 1845. He called his property Thornville (or Thomaville?). He was a member of the Willunga Farmer’s Club and in 1843 President of the Willunga Farmers' and Stockholders' Club. He won prizes at the local shows including for best bull at the 1844 Willunga Exhibition. He served on a Special Jury for a civil trial for libel in the Supreme Court in 1847. Edward Loud was also active in the Willunga district and the wider community often appearing in the newspapers as a signatory of petitions or as a participant in public meetings including in the establishment of a volunteer rifle corps in 1854.

In Feb 1874 Edward Loud sold his property, equipment and livestock and moved into Adelaide. Edward Loud, aged 76 years, died on 23/06/1887.


  • Adelaide Observer 28 Feb 1874:8
  • Family Histories. L. M. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-11
  • Pioneers and Settlers bound for South Australia. Passenger Lists 1839. Fleurieu Peninsula Family History Group
  • South Australian Register 18 April 1840:2
  • South Australian Register 6 June 1840: 5
  • South Australian Register 28 Nov 1840: 5
  • South Australian Register 2 Oct 1841:3
  • South Australian Register 16 Sep 1854:1
  • South Australian Register 28 June 1887:4
  • South Australian 14 June 1845:2
  • South Australian 3 Feb 1846:2
  • South Australian 29 April 1847:2

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