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Richards' Refreshment Room Railway Terrace

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Also known as: Richards family home (former)
Address: Railway Terrace
Town or Locality: Willunga
Used for: Shop, residence
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Local second-generation builder Harry Richards built this house for his family before the commencement of the Willunga Railway service. He campaigned vigorously for the building of the line but died in 1911 before it was built.

His widow Margaret, and later his daughter-in-law Myrtle, ran a refreshment room in the front room of their home to cater for train travellers and Willunga stock market customers. Passengers alighting from the train at Willunga would enjoy lunch here before travelling on to Yankalilla by Hill & Co's coach.

The business continued into the 1930s. The excellent food, particularly the pasties made by Myrtle Richards, whose husband Gordon (son of Harry)was a chaff merchant until the early 1950s, were a special treat for the school children of that period.

The Willunga Pre-School Centre opened here in 1979, but moved to the Primary School in 2004.

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