Crafter, Richard

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Principal occupation=Pound-keeper and Chemist/Druggist.

Richard Crafter was born in January 1823 at Gravesend, Kent, England. He was the oldest son of John Crafts Crafter (1788-1869) and his second wife Ann Edmed (1796-1832). In 1841, aged 18 years, Richard was living in Chatham, Kent and was described as a Chemist apprentice. By 1851 he had married, was living at Alverstoke in Hampshire and was working for the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines (at Forton Barracks in Gosport) where he was described as a Chemist and Druggist. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. Richard Crafter had married Anne Frances Swan (1823-1874) on 8 September 1844 at Frindsbury, Kent, England. They eventually had nine children:

  • Anne (Annie) Frances (1845-1930) born at Chatham, Kent, married Police-Trooper Thomas Paul Richards (1842-1915) on 13 February 1867 at Wallanippie (now Smoky Bay), South Australia, died at Thebarton, South Australia
  • Harriet Charlotte Elizabeth (1847-1930) born at Chatham, Kent, married Robert William Stokes (1850-1891) on 28 April 1872 at Thebarton, South Australia, died at Birkenhead, South Australia
  • Rosa Madeline (1849-1914) born at Maidstone, Kent, married Henry Edward Lea (1852-1883) on 15 December 1871 at Adelaide, died at Thebarton, South Australia
  • Elizabeth (1850-1850) born at Maidstone, Kent, died an infant, at Alverstoke, Hampshire
  • Richard James (1852-1927) born at Portsea, Hampshire, married Lucy Louisa Collins (1856-1928) on 7 May 1875 at the Wesleyan Parsonage in Pirie Street, Adelaide, died at Lockleys, South Australia
  • Frederick Edmed (1854-1929) birth registered at Adelaide district, married Kate May Ann Stokes (1855-1918) at the residence of Mr Stokes, Thebarton on 4 July 1875; died at Mile End, South Australia at his daughter’s residence
  • Charles Henry (1857-1949) born at Willunga, married Elizabeth Richards (1860-1923) at Thebarton on 24 June 1878; died at the residence of his son, at Thebarton, South Australia
  • Evalina (1859-1837) born at Willunga, married Henry Graham Montgomery (1852-1931) at the Wesleyan Parsonage, Yarcowie in 1880, died at her residence in Thebarton, South Australia
  • Frank (1869-?1937) born at Thebarton, South Australia, possibly died at Adelaide, South Australia.

Richard (30), Anne (30) and their four oldest surviving children Anne (9), Harriet (6), Rosa (4) and Richard junior (1) arrived South Australia from Southampton aboard the Southampton Emigration Company’s ship Gypsy on 15 August 1853. They would have another four children born in South Australia. The youngest (Frank) was born 10 years after Evalina when his mother Anne was 46 years old. Richard Crafter was probably resident in Mount Barker by 1854 when “Brother” Crafter is listed as a steward of the Loyal Britannia Lodge of the Oddfellows in Mount Barker and in 1855 he was an auditor for the Mount Barker Mechanic’s Institute. By 1857 Richard Crafter and his family had moved to Willunga and built the house and shop at 19 Aldinga Road, which was then known as Church Street. In 1858 he paid rates for land in the Willunga township. The house originally had a slate roof, since replaced with corrugated iron. It was built of stone with brick quoining with alterations and enlargements being made in the 1880s. Richard and Anne Crafter had two children born at Willunga – Charles Henry in 1857 and Evalina in 1859.

Richard was the Pound-keeper for Willunga (1862-64), the town’s first chemist and Secretary of the Oddfellows Lodge (in 1863) before moving to North Adelaide around 1864. Anne Crafter (nee Swan), aged 51 years, died on 2 June 1874 and Richard Crafter, aged 87 years, died on 15 August 1910 both at Thebarton. South Australia. He was buried in West Terrace Cemetery.

References: Kent, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1914 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2018. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Class: HO107; Piece: 1660; Folio: 448; Page: 7; GSU roll: 193567

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1855 ‘MOUNT BARKER.’, South Australian Register, 21 December, p. 4. ,[Mount Barker Mechanics Institute]

1858 ‘BRIGHTON BEACH-ROAD.’, Adelaide Observer, 25 September, p. 5. , [Willunga Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U.]

1862 ‘Advertising’, The South Australian Advertiser, 4 September, p. 4. , [Real Property Act Notices – Hundred of Willunga]

1862 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS.’, South Australian Register, 20 October, p. 3. ,

1862 ‘WILLUNGA.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 18 October, p. 2.,

1862 ‘IMPOUNDING NOTICES.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 25 October, p. 7. ,

,1862 ‘AUBURN.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 8 November, p. 2. ,[Government Gazette]

1862 ‘THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.’, South Australian Register, 5 December, p. 3. , [Willunga]

1863 ‘IMPOUNDINGS AT PUBLIC POUNDS.’, Adelaide Observer, 14 February, p. 1.

1863 ‘IMPOUNDING NOTICES.’, South Australian Register, 29 August, p. 4. ,

1863 ‘IMPOUNDING NOTICES.’, The South Australian Advertiser, 26 October, p. 4. ,

1863 ‘IMPOUNDING NOTICES.’, South Australian Register, 19 November, p. 4. ,

1863 ‘THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO WILLUNGA.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 19 December, p. 2.,

1867 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 5 March, p. 2. ,

1875 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail, 29 May, p. 8. ,

1910 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 16 August, p. 1.,

1930 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 24 December, p. 8. , [Annie F Richards]

1930 ‘Death of Mrs. H. C. Stokes’, News, 16 September, p. 19.,

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