Robert Kyffin Thomas
Thomas's grandfather Robert Thomas printed South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register in London in 1829, and The South Australian Register, the first South Australian newspaper, in 1839. He also printed the first Government Gazette, but lost that business when he ran foul of Governor Gawler.
Thomas was educated at Mr. J. L. Young's' Adelaide Educational Institution, a contemporary of the Right Hon. C. C. Kingston. He took up journalism at the age of 18 and was soon chief reporter. He was admitted as a partner in the firm in 1877, and at the time of his death he was the senior proprietor of The Register.
Thomas was a prominent member of the South Australian branch of the Royal Geographical Society, the Adelaide Chamber of Commerce and the Adelaide Glee Club and served a term as president of each. He was treasurer of the Old Colonists' Association, an active Freemason and a Justice of the Peace for 22 years.
While in Great Britain in 1902 Thomas helped form the committee which commissioned Captain Adrian Jones to create the South African War Memorial, to be seen on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace, Adelaide, in front of Government House. On the same trip he acquired a number of paintings for the National Gallery of South Australia.
- Owen Kyffin Thomas was engaged to Jean Thornton Creswell (29 July 1897 – ), youngest daughter of John Creswell in June 1920
- Mrs D. D. Harbison
- Mrs. Leonard Hack
- (Millicent) Nora Kyffin Thomas (a noted violinist)
- Kathleen Kyffin Thomas (Divisional Commandant of Red Cross).
Sir Robert had one surviving brother, Evan Kyffin Thomas (died 27 July 1935), and six sisters: Mrs George Birks, Mrs. William Neill, Mrs Charles Birks, Mrs. J. Edwin Thomas, Mrs. G. B. Mallam and Miss Margaret Thomas.
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