Charles George Everard

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Dr Charles George Everard MD (1794 – 30 March 1876) was a physician, pioneer farmer and Member of the Legislative Council, in the early days of South Australia.

Early life[edit]

Charles was born in Marshfield Gloucestershire on 29 August 1794.[1][2] He, his wife Catherine (1786–1866), and children William (1819–1889), Charles John (1821–1892) and James George (died 1840 at aged 15) of Gloucestershire, arrived in Adelaide from London on the ship Africaine under Captain John Finlay Duff on 9 November 1836, and were present at the Proclamation of the new Colony.[3]

Contribution to South Australia[edit]

Before leaving England he had purchased Sections 43 and 44 in the Hundred of Adelaide and eight Town Acres. He built his first house on one of these, on the corner of Hindley and Morphett Streets, along with a row of shops. He then turned his attention to Section 43 on the Bay Road (now Anzac Highway).[4] Around 1838 he acquired Section 52 from Walter Thompson, making a total of 138 acres.[5] By 1841 he and son William[6] had cropped several acres of wheat and some barley, and built two cottages; one of pine and one of brick.[7]

In 1838, he built a house at what is now 87 Anzac Highway, called Ashford House and was used for Ashford Special School, later renamed to Errington Special Education Centre, until the end of 2013.[8]

Ashford House in Adelaide, South Australia

Charles George Everard was one of the first eighteen appointed in 1839 to South Australia's newly created unicameral Legislative Council,[9] was appointed J.P., and was elected to the first fully elected Legislative Council in 1857.

Everard Park, South Australia was once part of his extensive land holdings: two acres on Wakefield Street, for many years used as a pitch for visiting circuses, was in 1894 purchased by A. Simpson & Son for a factory.[10]


The Electoral district of Ashford's name derives from the name given by Everard sometime before 1845 to his property 'Ashford', that was thought to have the best orchard in the colony. The name was also given to a suburb within the electorate: Ashford, South Australia


  1. ^ Dr Charles George Everard Bound for South Australia Accessed 1 June 2013
  2. ^ Everard Family Archived 20 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. State Library of South Australia, Access 2 June 2013
  3. ^ "Our Nation Builders.". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 3 January 1902. p. 6. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  4. ^ The Hatbox Letters The Martin/Clark Book Committee 1999 ISBN 0-646-36207-0
  5. ^ "Advertising.". South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 13 October 1838. p. 2. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Kerr, Colin and Margaret Royal Show Stock Journal Publishers, for Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society 1983 ISBN 0 9596833 1 3
  7. ^ "Official Returns ...". South Australian Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 12 June 1841. p. 4. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Errington Special Education Centre". Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Death of Mr. W. Everard, South Australian Register, 26 August 1889 p.5 accessed 17 November 2011
  10. ^ Today and Tomorrow: A century of progress pub. 1954 by A. Simpson & Son Limited, Adelaide SA.

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