Hill, Richard

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Richard Hill was born c.1814. His father was John Hill, farmer of Waddingham in Lincolnshire and his mother was most probably Sarah Atkinson.  Richard lived in Lincolnshire before emigrating to South Australia. His brother was Joseph Hill, (1819-1878). Richard Hill, together with his cousins the four Atkinson brothers, William Atkinson, Robert Atkinson, Thomas Atkinson, and Joseph Atkinson, and their sisters Bridget Martin (née Atkinson, formerly Hall), and Susanna Holman (née Atkinson), travelled to South Australia on board the barque Singapore from London. They arrived at Holdfast Bay on 12 November 1839, Richard Hill was then aged about 25 years.

Richard, aged 27 years, married Elizabeth Bastian aged 18 years, (1822-1913), the eldest daughter of Sampson Bastian senior, on 3 March 1841 at Holy Trinity Church in Adelaide. They had 12 children comprising of 6 sons and 6 daughters –  4 children died in infancy and 4 children never married:

  • Mary (1842-1927) married Thomas Storey Aldam (1833-07/11/1883) died aged 50 years at North Adelaide
  • John (1843-09/05/1844) died as an infant
  • Jane (04/03/1845-20/02/1931) born and died at Willunga aged 85 years, unmarried
  • Sarah (20/01/1847-12/10/1930) born and died at Willunga aged 83 years; married George Atkinson (01/04/1849 -12/07/1924) on 04/10/1873 at Wesleyan Parsonage, Pirie St, Adelaide
  • Elizabeth (27/02/1849-23/09/1935) born and died at Willunga aged 85 years, unmarried
  • Richard (12/01/1851-12/07/1929) born at Willunga died at Kooringa aged 73 years; married Elizabeth Keenor Loud (1850- ) on 8 April 1875, farmer at Willunga
  • Stephen (19/02/1853-10/03/1853) born and died at Willunga as an infant
  • John (30/12/1854-20/12/1925) married Alice Williams Woollacott (04/081857-1932) at the residence of Mr. Woollacott, Nelson Town near Burra on 19 June 1878, died at Goodwood aged 71 years
  • Robert (19/06/1857-28/02/1893) born at Willunga, unmarried
  • Ann (25/08/1859-17/07/1861) born and died at Willunga as an infant
  • Annie (28/01/1863-09/08/1864) born and died at Willunga as an infant
  • George (13/02/1866-28/03/1945) born and died at Willunga aged 79 years, unmarried.

Richard Hill lived in the Willunga district for nearly three decades from his arrival sometime before March 1845 (the birth of his second daughter Jane) until his death in June 1873. He is listed as the owner or occupier of 280 acres in the Hundred of Willunga in 1847. He called his property Forest Farm, because of the area being heavily timbered with large gum trees. On 8 October 1849 Richard Hill together with Sampson Bastian, slate dresser, and John Bastian were granted 110 acres comprising of Section 1241 (on the hillside south-east of Willunga and east of Willunga South), which they paid 110 pounds and 1 shilling for.

In 1850 Richard Hill paid rates on section 245 and 254 (160 acres) and also as part occupier on section 1241 (110 acres). In 1853, 1855 and 1856 he paid rates on 80 acre sections 244, 245 (78 acres with a house) and 254 and as part owner/occupier on section 1241. On 27 December 1856 he was granted 220 acres comprising of Section 760 (on the hillside south east of Willunga and east of Willunga South), which he paid 220 pounds and 15 shillings for. Sections 1241 and 760 are adjoining sections. In 1857 and 1858 he paid rates on sections 245, 254 and 760 (220 acres). In 1858 he purchased Lot 58 (where the former post office now stands) in the township of Willunga.

In the 1860s he paid rates on land in Aldinga and Meadows as well as his Willunga landholdings and two more town allotments (258 and 268). He attended a dinner at the Bush Inn after the Willunga Ploughing Match in July 1848 and in the same year he donated 2 acres of his land on the Aldinga Road to Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church for the establishment of a church and cemetery. This was on the western side of the Cornwall Inn [no longer in existence] on the Aldinga Road. By 1849 Richard Hill was the owner-occupier of 192 acres of land at Willunga.

Richard Hill was a partner in the Willunga Slate Quarry Ltd established in 1865. The property consisted of 10 acres of land known as Bastian’s Quarry. He was a member of the Agricultural Society, a member of the congregation of St Stephen’s Anglican Church and a judge at the ploughing matches held in Willunga. He was also a Councillor on the Willunga District Council and a parent on the School Committee for James Bassett’s Private School in St Luke’s Street where several of his children attended. Richard Hill, aged 59 years, died on 9 June 1873 and he is buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery.

Most of their surviving children were adults by this time but his wife Elizabeth was left with their youngest son George (aged 7). After the death of Richard Hill in 1873, Mrs Elizabeth Hill paid the rates on the land holdings in 1873 and 1874. Then his son Richard took over the sections of country land (probably on or about the time of his marriage in 1875) while Elizabeth kept one of the town allotments. Elizabeth Hill (née Bastian) died on 27 Sept 1913, aged 91 years. Hill Street in Willunga is named in his honour.



Maude Aldam’s notebooks, Family Histories. H.

Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch).

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, National Trust (Willunga Branch)

SA Maritime Museum. Passengers in History Database. Hill, South Australia.

Genealogy SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 3, Adelaide

1848 ‘WILLUNGA PLOUGHING MATCH.’, South Australian, 15 July, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48726697

1849 ‘LOCAL INTELLIGENCE’ [St Stephen’s Church], South Australian Register, 21 April, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50248082

1849 ‘WILLUNGA ANNUAL PLOUGHING-MATCH.’, Adelaide Observer, 28 July, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158927862

1873 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 13 June, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197666798

1873 ‘COUNTRY CORRESPONDENCE.’, South Australian Register, 16 June, p. 7, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39306265

1873 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 24 June, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39302419

1875 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 9 April, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40092058

1878 ‘Family Notices’, Burra Record, 5 July, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35949026


  • HILL, Richard farmer Willunga 1849[-1857] Memorial 484/15
  • HILL, Richard farmer Willunga. Hundred of Kuitpo land grant 1862 Grant Book 2 Page 97 County Adelaide


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