Edward John Peake

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Edward John Peake (1822 – 23 March 1876) was a winemaker, auctioneer, land agent, magistrate Member of Parliament and a prominent member of the Catholic Church in the early days of South Australia.[1] born in Gloucestershire.

He arrived in Australia around 1852 and spent several years touring the country before settling in Adelaide around 1855 and in 1858 purchased from John Morphett (acting for William Leigh, of Little Aston Hall, Staffordshire)[2]) a farm in Clarendon which he developed as a vineyard and winery. On his travels he made several sketches which survive. His knowledge of English Gothic Revival style of architecture influenced the design of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide.[3]

He was granted auctioneer's licence 1855.[4]

He was appointed J.P., elevated to Special Magistrate in 1860[5] to September 1864, and Stipendiary Magistrate January to September 1868 when he was removed from the list.[6]

Chairman of Adelaide City Council in 1856[7]

He was Chairman of the Duryea Mining Company.[8]

He was Member of Parliament for Burra and Clare 1857 – 1861

He was a member of the Southern Rifle Association (part of South Australia's militia force) and in 1862 its President[9]

He was Manager of Railways[10]

In 1860 he was made manager of the Traffic Branch.[11]

Family[edit]

He married Elizabeth Newman ( – 18 April 1882) on 29 June 1867

(Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of James Chambers, was the widow of John Holden Newman (ca.1835 – 11 November 1863). Their son John Holden Newman jnr. was born on 13 March 1864, married Beatrice Emma Tate (daughter of professor Ralph Tate) and died 29 August 1911 in England.)

Legacy[edit]

His winery, built in 1858, was later developed as the Old Clarendon Inn, and refurbished in the late 20th century as a restaurant and accommodation,[12]

Peake Creek was named for him by John McDouall Stuart in June 1859 and hence Peake Station, acquired by Kidman Holdings in 1898. The Peake telegraph station was built in 1870.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Religious Intelligence". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 18 November 1859. p. 4. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Centenary of Clarendon". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 14 November 1946. p. 4. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.daao.org.au/bio/edward-john-peake/
  4. ^ "Bench of Magistrates". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 11 September 1855. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Government Gazette". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 8 June 1860. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Stipendiary Magistracy". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 23 September 1868. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "THE CORPORATION BY-LAWS.". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 21 October 1856. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Duryea Mining Company". South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 13 February 1862. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "WILLUNGA.". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 27 May 1862. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "GAWLER.". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 12 January 1860. p. 3. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Advertiser.". The South Australian Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1889) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 9 May 1860. p. 2. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  12. ^ http://clarendoncommunity.asn.au/CCA1/Winery_Info.html
  13. ^ http://samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=5262