“Kenton Park” For Sale, 1928

copy of original flyer, of the Kenton Park auction in 1928

copy of an original flyer for the “Kenton Park” auction in 1928

Advertising. (1928, December 7). The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved January 26, 2016, from

The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser,
7 December 1928, p. 2.

Advertising. (1928, December 8). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 16.

The Register, 8 December 1928, p. 16.

entrance to "Kenton Park", Gumeracha 1928

entrance to “Kenton Park”, Gumeracha 1928

front of Kenton Park, 1928

front of Kenton Park, 1928

Kenton Park as it was in 1928

Kenton Park as it was in 1928

DESCRIPTION: flyer advertising the auction of “Kenton Park” which was being divided into 10 alootments
 date of auction was Friday, 14 December 1928
STORY/ABOUT: Gumeracha was founded as a town by William Beavis Randell around 1844, when he and his family moved there after arriving in South Australia in 1837.  “Kenton Park” was the property (estate) he made , and after he died in 1876 the property passed on to his oldest son William Richard Randell (the riverboat captain). In 1911 when he died, the property was passed on to his son, William Beavis Randell, and then his wife Hannah Randell (nee Finlayson) until she died in 1928 … which is when the auction happened.

As you can see from the map, “Kenton Park” as it was, was huge (369 acres in fact), and in 1928 was divided into 10 allotments. Lot 6 (59 acres) is the one that has the house on it was bought by the half-brother of Captain William Richard Randell, John Beavis “JB” Randell (my  great grandpa) at auction, and the house stayed in the Randell family until the late 20th century.