Monday, May 8, 2017
Blair Place was the home of Hon Thomas Hogarth. The house was probably built in the 1870’s. It burnt down in the 1920’s and rebuilt a few years later.
All buildings including outbuildings were demolished by the SA Lands Commission 1977 and the area is now covered by the Craigmore subdivision (Section 4151).
Thomas Hogarth arrived in SA in 1839 and was one of the first settles on the plains and became a prominent figure in SA government. He held extensive pastoral interests was the resident Magistrate for Smithfield, was appointed a member of the Diseases in Cereals Commission, 1867, made the first threshing machine in the colony and improved the Ridley stripper. He became the first district representative of the agriculturalists returned to Parliament and held a seat in the Legislative Council for 19 years.