Arthur William Tucker

Male 1908 - 1990  (81 years)


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  • Name Arthur William Tucker 
    Born 20 Jun 1908  Croydon, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1990  Millicent, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Arthur began school in 1914 at Hindmarsh School but after his mother's death he went to Woodlands School which was closer to his Aunt Myrtle's home. When they moved to live with Arthur's father at Hoyleton he attended Hoyleton School. Arthur got his Q.C. and left School at 12.
      In 1921 Arthur went to Lameroo to work on a property which his father had bought and then exchanged for another at Meningie (on the Hummocks on the other side of the Coorong from McGrath's Flat). The exchange was made with a distant relative against advice from Arthur's grandmother. It was later fount that the distant relative did not own the property at the time of the exchange and although Arthur's father was advised he could take legal action, he did not pursue the matter.
      Arthur worked at the Lameroo property for seven or eight months and on leaving was given 13 sheep which the distant relative said were running on the Hummocks property. These sheep were in lieu of wages. Arthur went to find his sheep but there had only ever been 6 there. Two had already been shot by a fisherman and when Arthur and Frank tried to round up the remaining 4, two of them jumped into the Coorong and drowned. While catching the last two, Arthur's best pony (which he had jumped at the Meningie Show) injured it shoulder when the horse and Arthur somersaulted down a steep sand hill. The horse was never any good for hard riding after this incident.
      Arthur lived in a hut on the Coorong trapping and poisoning rabbits (with strychnine and apple) until he was 17. He got 50,000 rabbits in one year alone and sold the skins.
      In 1925 Arthur's father bought a property at Halidon and they moved there. At 18 Arthur got a 99 year lease property of 1900 acres of his own. It was 14 miles east of Halidon. He worked extremely hard to clear 1600 acres while still working for his father and others. Somewhere between 1927 and 29 Arthur's father sold his property. Between 1927 and 1942 Arthur played football for Halidon (for a time he was captain-coach) and won two East Murray Football Association medals. He also won Best and Fairest, and fairest 1931 and Most Brilliant - Mail Medal 1935 (possibly the first gold medal awarded by the Mail in the area)
      In 1942 he left the land to join the Army. Arthur advised the State Bank to sell the improvements on the property to recoup what was owing and they did so and mad a profit. At this time only one other farmer remained of the 22 who started farming in this area. The rest had walked off with nothing. Frank did look after some sheep on this farm for two or three years. Frank could not enlist because of a shot gun injury to the knee and rheumatic fever. Arthur served as a corporal in the transport section of the Army and went to Darwin, Northern Territory, Bougainvillea returning with the medals; 1939/45 star, Pacific Star, Defence medal, War Medal 1939/45 and Australian Service Medal.
      In 1946 he returned from the army and lived with Frank for 7.5 years at Commandook, South Australia, where he met Thelma. In 1953 he bought a scrub block at Claywells in the South-East and named it "Woodlands". Arthur and Thelma moved to "Woodlands' in 1956, raising their young family there and clearing and developing the scrub block despite the handicap of developing arthritis of Arthur's hips. In 1988 they retired to a house in Millicent, South Australia. (The Tucker Family in Australia, 1992)
    Person ID I3851  Tucker Family Tree | The descendants of James Tucker
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2007 

    Father William Edmond Tucker,   b. 7 Jun 1881, Inman Hills, District Yankalilla, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1958, Tailem Bend, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Eva Rose Adcock,   b. 26 Oct 1877, Hindmarsh, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1917, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1907 
    Family ID F1160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family T.C. Phillips 
    Children 
    +1. G.W. Tucker
    +2. J.K. Tucker
    Family ID F1163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jun 1908 - Croydon, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 1990 - Millicent, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Millicent Cemetery, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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