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10 December 1884 F.W. Kleinschmidt

10 December 1884     F.W. Kleinschmidt

F.W. Kleinschmidt, who was born near Bremen in 1810, was one of the early arrivals in South Australia as he came to work for the South Australian Company, at first on Kangaroo Island. Shortly after the move to the mainland he left the company and went into business for himself. He knew something of the building trade and contracted to build the first government offices in Adelaide. When other German immigrants settled at Hahndorf he began farming there but in 1843 moved to Lobethal where he built the Lutheran mission. In 1851, in partnership with others, he built a brewery, which operated until he went into partnership with two other Germans and converted the brewery into the Lobethal Tweed Factory in 1873, but this venture failed. Fortunately for him he had tried hop growing in 1869 which was successful and this crop enabled him to pay of his debts. For several years he was a councillor and one time chairman of the Onkaparinga Council. He died on 10 December 1884. 

George Loyau, Notable South Australians, p.53. 

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