Cottage, 46 High Street, Willunga

Boot-maker John Sullivan lived here in the 1860s.

Later, at the turn of the century, it was the home of Taffy Waye and his wife, Florence. Hendrick Stanbury (Taffy) Waye was, in 1903, the first Magarey Medallist for Sturt Football Club. He played for the Willunga Football club during the 1890s and joined Sturt from 1902 to 1910.

Taffy worked as a blacksmith in the family smithy at 6 St Andrews Terrace. It is said that he rode a horse to and from the city for training and games for Sturt, filling in for Willunga between league games. During World War 1, in 1916, Taffy enlisted and served with the 5th Pioneer Battalion, 1st AIF. On his return from the War, he played his final season in 1919 at age 42.

This building is on the City of Onkaparinga’s local heritage list (SA Heritage Places database #5486)

References:

Ruth Baxendale & Faye Lush Willunga Walks 2010 (1989).
Australian War Memorial First World War Embarkation Rolls, http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war_embarkation/person/R2058955/.
Fox Sports Pulse http://www.foxsportspulse.com/club_info.cgi?c=1-6233-92499-0-0&sID=174156.

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