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SMITH, Clara


  • Born: Cir 1849, Beath, Fifeshire, Scotland
  • Marriage: SMITH, Clara on 30 Apr 1884 in Res of William Smith, Kingston, SA
  • Died: 26 Jun 1925, Naracoorte South Australia at age 76

bullet  General Notes:

Biography of South Australians 1836-1885
"ANDERSON Peter par: Robt and Agnes b:1850 arr by 1885
m: Clara nee SMITH par: Wm and Sarah b: 1860 Pt Sturt SA".

South Australian Deaths - Index of Registrations 1816-1972
" ANDERSON Peter (M) 77y stat (M) of Naracoorte d 26 Jun 1925 at Naracoorte dist Rob b479 p184".
Note: The death record above may be incorrect in stating that Peter Anderson was "Married" at the time of his death. I can find no record of remarriage after the death of Clara. CW Apr 07

An Agricultural Awakening - The Story of Kybybolite 1840~2005 by Judy Murdoch
Below is a quote from page 141 - 143 of the book above:
"When Charlie Scholz bought section 551 in 1914, he gave up share farming to concentrate on his own land and to do some shearing in the district.
Thereby hangs a tale:
'He was bragging about his shearing ability one day when Miss Mabel Anderson challenged him to a shearing contest. When Charlie was asked the contest finished, he said, "She just beat me .... by about seven minutes. I was just coming over the last shoulder when she let go"'. ~ This quote is recorder from the words of AS Shepherd, Mullinger Park unpublished C1990
Mabel Anderson was, after all, a very capable young woman. She was the eldest child of Peter Anderson, who came to Kybybolite in 1910, buying Section 535 from Thomas Farrow. Their previous home had been at Stewarts Range where the youngest two children Lucy and Bert, had been born, and where Clara, their mother, had died. Peter Anderson had worked throughout the region on road building, moving from town to town and doing farming jobs between road building contracts. His eldest children, Mabel and Jack were born at Kingston, Annie at The Brim, Emily at the Hundred of Hynam, Alice in the hundred of Binnum and Jessie 'near Naracoorte'. When the family moved to Kybybolite, Mabel had taken over her mother's role of housekeeping and rearing the youngest children, 3 of whom enrolled at the school in October of 1910.
Annie and Mabel bought land in the township in 1912.
In 1914, Syd Shepherd gave up his job selling machinery and came to Mullinger Park to work the property. By this time Daisy Shepherd had found in herself a real aptitude for managing the farm, and when her husband took over she missed the role, so she approached Peter Anderson, whose block adjoined their property, to see if he would sell, which he did. From that point she and her husband worked together on farm decisions.
That year, too, Lucy Anderson died from tuberculosis aged 12. It is probably at husband point that the Anderson family moved to the township where they built a house with an attached shop, which Mabel managed, at first with Annie, then with Jessie. There was no son waiting to take over the property, as the older of the tow Anderson boys, Jack had run away to join a circus some years before and Bert was only a child. As a point of interest, Jack did not make contact with the family again until 1956, when in his seventies and in ill health, he sought them out before he died.
The new shop became a magnet for young men, many from the Farm, with two attractive young women being the counter, and Peter Anderson kept strict control on what went on,from his chair in the back room! Stacia Glynn remembered it well when she began School in 1914.
The girls all married young me from the districts round Kybybolite and settled not far from one another. The township blocks the family owned ...and between them they had 13...were sold to various people. Bertie went to war and returned to a Soldier Settlement block at Harrow. The site of Mabel's earliest purchase, and the place where she built her shop, was bought in 1932 to build the new hall."


Peter married Clara SMITH, daughter of William SMITH and Sarah WILLIAMS, on 30 Apr 1884 in Res of William Smith, Kingston, SA. (Clara SMITH was born on 16 Sep 1860 in Point Sturt, SA and died on 22 Jul 1903 in Stewarts Range.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

South Australian Marraiges - Index of Registrations 1842-1916
"ANDERSON Peter 31y S (f Robert ANDERSON) m 30 Apr 1884 SMITH Clara 23y S (f William SMITH) at res of William SMITH Kingstond dist Wel sym A b139 p908".

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