Sadler, Esther

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Esther Sadler – postmistress at the Willunga post office (1891-1901).

Esther (Hester Augusta) Sadler was the daughter of James Augustus Sadler and Hester (or Ester) Squire(s). She was the sister of Sara Ruth De Caux (née Sadler) (1864-1942) who was married to Frederick De Caux (1868-1956) who was a local farmer at Dingabledinga near Willunga. Esther worked for the Post and Telegraph Department for at least 30 years (1884-1914) and she was the post and telegraph mistress at Kanmantoo (1884-1885), Curramulka (1885-1891), Willunga (1891-1901) and Kilkenny (1901-1914). She was a Wesleyan Methodist and while in Willunga she was actively involved in the Wesleyan Sunday School.

In late 1891 Esther was appointed postmistress at Willunga after the death of the postmaster Henry Rothwell Pounsett on 27 July 1891. She was appointed as an agent for the Savings Bank of South Australia in March 1892 and in 1895 she was appointed District Registrar of Births, Deaths, and Marriages for the District of Willunga.

Esther Sadler left Willunga in 1901 after 10 years as the post and telegraph mistress. The Australian Christian Commonwealth newspaper reported on her departure “On Good Friday evening a service of song, ‘Peter the Fisherman’, was given by the Sunday-school choir, and friends. At the close the Rev. A. Grewar, on behalf of the school and parents, presented Miss Sadler (who is leaving the district) with a set of silver spoons, in token of their love and esteem. Miss Sadler has been a diligent and active worker in the school for many years, and great regret is felt at her departure”. She subsequently spent 13 years as postmistress at the Kilkenny Post Office until she retired at the end of January 1914. Esther died, aged 87 years, at Prospect on 6 June 1942.


South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
Ancestry (online)
SA Genealogy database (online)
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1914 ‘PERSONAL.’, Critic 28 January, p. 7. , viewed 27 Dec 2023,
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