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THOS. STEPHENS , Strathalbyn


This gentleman is a native of Cornwall, England, born in 1826, and is the third son of Mr. John Stephens.

He first followed farming , and subsequently went into the drapery and tea business , and sailed for South Australia in 1849 in the barque ADEN [ Commander Captain Baker ] .

Shortly after his arrival here he started store-keeping in Willunga, afterwards going to Rapid Bay, and in 1860 removed to Strathalbyn.

On the opening up of the northern areas he proceeded there, and has been fairly successful throughout, having acquired properties in various places, but through their depreciation in value has lost considerably.


He has been a resident of Strathalbyn altogether about 20 years, and has represented the town as councillor ; he has also represented the Unley district corporation as councillor for four years. He considers his success due to his own efforts.


Mr. Stephens was married in 1851 to Miss Widdicombe, of Devonshire, England, and has a family of three sons and two daughters.

He believes in protecting colonial industries and putting a tax on property in any shape or form. 


[ From the 1890 Descriptive Australia and Federal Guide ]


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