The Honner family had arrived on Yorke Peninsula in 1875 when John was about 13 as this extract from an account about the prosperity of Maitland in 1952 records.
There were some epic pioneering stories. Richard Honner, of Yankalilla, who had seven sons, first took up land at Brentwood. Edward, aged 12, and John, 13, each drove a four - bullock team from the old home, through Adelaide, to the new property. [a distance of approx 280 km] For the feat, each was presented with an English lever and key watch. Mr. R. C. Honner, of Arthurton, now has one and Mr. R. F. Honner the other, and both still go. Mr. Edward Honner, now 88, is living in retirement in Maitland.
The 1943 account of the celebrations held for their golden wedding anniversary add more detail to the story.
1952 'ITS PROSPERITY IS EVERYWHERE', News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), 24 September, p. 12. , viewed 26 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130867619
More details about this family's life were found in the obituary later that year when John died in October.
Mary (Langford) Honner outlived her husband by 13 years and died in 1956. They are both buried in St Agatha’s Catholic cemetery, in Arthurton.
The next generation backSome details from the papers about my nephews’ great-great grandparents Richard and Sarah Honner who married in 1856, can be found in these articles. The first is the account of their diamond wedding celebrating 60 years. The fuzzy picture below was taken on that occasion in 1916. The next two articles are obituaries which contain extensive details about their lives and the lives of their children.
- 1916 'GENERAL NEWS.', Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), 14 July, p. 11. , viewed 26 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166421406
- 1924 'The Late Mrs. Richard Honner.',Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), 4 April, p. 7. , viewed 26 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article167745759
- 1928 'MR. R. HONNER.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 30 June, p. 47. , viewed 26 Jul 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90416311
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