Early Pastoral Pioneers of Snowtown
Updated: Apr 12, 2020
Pastoral pioneers 1
Captain John Ellis (c. 1803 – 22 March 1873) was granted the first South Australian pastoral Occupation License in 1845.
Ellis was a speculator and a pastoralist with great "resources" (finance).
John Ellis arrived in South Australia
from England on the Buckinghamshire (pictured left) on 22 March 1839, in company of his brother George Ellis.
At this time the old Barunga homestead became known as the Hummocks homestead as it still is today.
Hummocks homestead from 1858 must be one of only a dozen or so homesteads built in the 1850s in South Australia and still occupied.
It is a very unique property with a fascinating history.
John Ellis made a considerable fortune and in 1867 retired to England with his second wife where he died in 1873.
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Pastoral pioneers 2
Robert Barr Smith had a genius for business.
He was also a generous philanthropist,
though his modesty dictated that much of the funding was dispensed anonymously.
Probably the wealthiest man in South Australia, this Grand Old Man of Australia was largely interested in pastoral properties,
and also identified with many public, patriotic, and philanthropic movements,
to which he has given donations most liberally, including notable gifts to the SA State, Adelaide University, the Anglican church, and many other institutions.
The Hummocks was a well-established station carrying about 25,000 sheep when it was sold.