Atkinson, Robert Francis (Frank)

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Robert Francis Atkinson – Baker and storekeeper

Robert Francis (Frank) Atkinson was born on 12 Dec 1890 at Port Pirie. He was the second son of Robert Fish Atkinson (1857-1922) and Susan Whitelaw (1862-1918). He was a baker and storekeeper and lived in Port Pirie (1890-1896) and then at Willunga (1896-1972). Frank was active in sporting clubs and he played for the Willunga football club in 1911 and later he was Secretary of the Willunga Tennis Club in 1949.

In 1921 he was charged by Mounted Constable Wegener, found guilty and fined 1 for mistreating a horse. In 1923, after the death of Robert Fish Atkinson on 12 August 1922, Thomas Aldam Atkinson (executor) transferred the property at Atkinson’s Bakery 44 High Street|44 High Street (Lot 84) at the corner of High Street and Bishop Street) to Robert Francis Atkinson and Thomas Fish Atkinson.

Frank and Tom ran the Atkinson’s store and bakery at 44 High Street from 1923 until Tom retired in 1967 (44 years). On Tom’s death in 1968, his half share went to his brother Frank (retired storekeeper) and in the same year Frank then transferred the whole of the property to Tom’s widow Hazel May.

Robert Francis (Frank) Atkinson (aged 29 years) married Clarice Idonia Lovelock (1894-1970) (aged 25 years) on 14 Jan 1920 at Adelaide. She was the oldest daughter of Henry Lovelock (1865-1957) (who was a farmer at Aldinga) and Ellen Osbourne ( -1936). She died, aged 76 years, on 31 May 1970 at McLaren Vale and is buried in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Willunga.

Robert and Clarice had 2 sons, Robert Frank (1921- ) and Colin Henry (1924-1930).  On 22 Feb 1930 Colin Henry, aged 6 years, was killed at Willunga. Colin dashed across from behind a lorry in front of a car. The right mudguard of the motor struck him on the head, knocking him to the ground and killing him instantly.  Colin is buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.  Frank died aged 81 years on 2 Feb 1972 at Glenelg and he is buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
Willunga National Trust Blue Folder – Family Histories Vol. 40-1 A,B
Australia Electoral Rolls 1903-1980. 1939 1941 & 1943,
Australia City Directories 1845-1948 for Robert F. Atkinson 1922Ancestry (online)
SA Genealogy database (online)
1921 ‘MAGISTRATES‘, The Register 25 May, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jan 2024,
1924 ‘LOCAL.’, The Register 16 July, p. 14. , viewed 03 Jan 2024,
1930 ‘Small Boy Killed‘, Recorder 22 February, p. 1. , viewed 03 Jan 2024,
1935 ‘FULL COURT SITTINGS‘, The Advertiser 14 August, p. 7. , viewed 03 Jan 2024,

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