David Randall married Eliza Wickes at Thrapstone, Northamptonshire. They lived in the Randall family home with David’s father and brother William. The family decided to emigrate, but Randall Snr. died before sailing. David and Eliza, accompanied by her parents and 40 servants and farm workers, arrived in the “Templar” in November 1845. They lived first in William Giles’ house in Rundle St. and later at Walkerville.
In 1846, David’s brother, William and his wife (Eliza’s sister) arrived. They took up land at Rapid Bay. David established a dairy farm at Mt. Crawford and later built “Lindsay Park” in the Barossa Valley. There were many family gatherings there of Randall, Angas, Gilbert etc. This paper constitutes the reminiscences of English social life from a privileged woman’s eyes.
[This post is an abstract of PASA Publication No 5 Mrs David Randall’s Reminiscences by G C Morphett. For details on purchasing a copy, go to http://www.pioneerssa.org.au/publications.html]