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Loud, Edward

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 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 at Newton Ferrars, Devon, England on 19 July 1811 and was the son of Edward Loud (1753-1833) and Elizabeth (nee Keenor) . Edward, aged 27 years, married Mary Pitt, aged 19 years, (1820-1905) in at St. James, Clerkenwell, London on 24 March 1839. John, aged 28 years, and Mary, aged 19 years, arrived as cabin passengers on the ship Caroline (329 tons Master John Williams) from London via Plymouth and the Cape of Good arriving at Port Adelaide on 17 Dec 1839. John Bowen Baker and his family arrived with them and were related to them. Religion – C. of E.

Edward Loud and Mary (nee Pitt) had 9 children (5 sons and 4 daughters):

Edward (1840-1904) b. at Willunga, m. Sarah Holman Watters on 1 May 1862 at Willunga

Mary Keenor (1845-1846) b. at Noarlunga & d. at Willunga, died as an infant

Elizabeth (1847-1847) b. at Adelaide & d. at Willunga, died as an infant

Elizabeth Keenor (1850- ) b. at Willunga, m. Richard Hill junior (son of Richard Hill at Adelaide in 1875

William Pitts (1852-1915) b. at Willunga

Richard Keenor (1854-1854) b. at Willunga, died as an infant

Annie Mary (1856-1881) b. at Willunga, m. Robert Sims

John Keenor (1858-1904) b. at Willunga, m. Elizabeth Annie Taylor at the residence of Henry Taylor, Adelaide in 1901

Alfred Thomas (1861-1936) b. at Willunga

Edward Loud was a farmer and slate quarry operator. The name Loud appears on a township allotment (279) fronting St. John’s Terrace in section 700 (Beltunga) along with other early settlers such as Bastian, Williams, Dunstan, Dawe, Gregor and Polkinghorne.

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 (Land order 1003) and 283 (Land order 1023) in the Hundred of Willunga about four miles to the south-west of the Willunga township. Edward Loud also occupied section 282 (Land order 1024 – John Boswarva of Plymouth, England) and section 281 (Land order 805 – Archibald Jaffery of Adelaide). They also used the unsurveyed pasture land that later became sections 747 and 750 in 1854 and which he purchased in 1856 for 252 pounds. 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 Thorneville. 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 at Adelaide on 23 June 1887 and his wife Mary, aged 85 years, died in 1905. They are both buried in the West Terrace Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • 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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