Local People

It is my intention to regularly feature short biographies of some of the local identities past and present (with permission of course). After 2-3 months, the biographies will be archived on a separate page.


               James and Mary TARRAN, of Rapid Bay.


The history above is an excerpt from the REDMAN family history. James and Mary’s daughter Esther Australia Matilda Tarran born 1846, married Thomas Wright Redman in 1868 at Tarran’s farm at Rapid Bay. The family home still exists and is on the right hand side near the bottom of the hill into Rapid Bay and is used by the current owner of the land for storage. It is visible from the road and alongside the current owner’s house.

Esther is this writers great grandmother. Thomas Redman died in 1890 and Esther remarried in 1891 to Charles Cox.

Sorry about blurred image above, which gives James and Mary’s history as known, and died in 1899 the same year as his daughter Esther.

So the write up above tends to show that James and his family were well known in the Rapid Bay area.

                            The REYNELL Family.

The REYNELL family are famous for their wine production success in OLD REYNELLA, and the town was obviously named after them, and established early in Fleurieu history.

The above picture is of a large plaque in a park in the township placed by the Onkaparinga Council.

More information will be added here soon, as the printing above is not readable.