Thursday, March 28, 2013

George Hillier

Where did the suburb name of Hillier come from?  None other than George Hillier.

GEORGE HILLIER, farmer, is a native of Gloucestershire, England, and was born in 1826.  He left school when young and went into a cloth factory, and remained at the trade for three years. In 1840 he came to South Australia with his parents John and Priscilla FRY and two siblings, on the ship Eliza.  He was aged 14 years.  On his arrival was variously employed in ordinary labour. He then worked with his father in Adelaide at the wheelwright's trade, which he continued at for a time. He then went to the goldfields in Victoria, and after being there for a short time returned to the Colony, and came to the Gawler River.  He owns a 400 acre block of freehold land here, and leases two sections besides. He cultivates one half every year. His chief products are wheat and hay, and he also does a good deal in the dairying line, and in pig breeding, which he finds very payable. He has been a member of the District Council, and was a member of the Oddfellows at one time. Mr. Hillier was married in 1851 to Miss Hooper, and has a family living of three sons and seven daughters.
He married Leonora nee HOOPER on 24 Jan 1850 in Bowden.

1.       John      b. 26 August 1854-1929
2.       Murray
3.       Catherine
4.       Eliza
5.       Jabez    b. 20 Nov 1862, Gawler River
m. Elizabeth TRIGAR

Obituary of Mrs George Hillier

Hillier, died at her residence, Gawler South, on Sunday last. She was an old and a highly respected resident of the Gawler district. The deceased, who was 75 years of age, arrived in South Australia in 1846.  She was married to Mr. Hillier in 1850, and in 1884 they took up their residence at Gawler River, where they were engaged in farming operations until the death of Mr. Hillier about four years ago.  Mrs. Hillier removed to Gawler six months ago, the farm being carried on by her sons.  She had been a member of the Todd street Methodist Church since her arrival in the district.  Although of a retiring disposition, she was admired for her generosity and kindly nature. She left a grown-up family.

The Advertiser 20 October 1905


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