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Henry Hampden Dutton (13 February 1879 – 15 June 1932), often referred to as Harry Dutton, was a South Australian pastoralist, remembered for in 1908 making the first automobile journey from Adelaide to Port Darwin.

He was born in North Adelaide, the son of Henry Dutton, the "Squire of Anlaby" (1844 – 26 August 1914), and studied at St. Peter's College, Lancing College, Essex, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he rowed against Cambridge and graduated MA.

He inherited the pastoral property "Anlaby", near Kapunda in 1914 from his father. He was a keen motorist and in November 1907 attempted the trip to Darwin with noted cyclist-mechanic Murray Aunger (1878–1953) in a 20–24 h.p. Talbot,[1] but was forced to abandon the car when it broke down near Tennant Creek.[2] Dutton and Aunger again left Adelaide on 30 June 1908 in a similar vehicle and were joined en route by Ernest Allchurch (c.1870–1932) the Telegraph Officer from Alice Springs. The three completed the journey on 20 August, having recovered the first Talbot on the way. The car and its steel-studied Michelin tyres were reported as having performed flawlessly.[3] In 1921 he and his wife motored from Oodnadatta to Katherine; she was the first woman to make that trip.[4]

He and T. L. Browne purchased Corona Station in 1910, and sold it to Sidney Kidman in 1917.

FamilyEdit

Henry Hampden Dutton married Emily Martin, niece of James Martin MHA, MLC, on 29 November 1905; their children were;

  • John Hansborough Dutton (23 August 1906 – )
  • Richard Hampden Dutton (6 August 1909 – 13 December 1940) married Margaret Elizabeth Newland ( – ) on 25 February 1933
  • Bryony Helen Carola Dutton (22 October 1918 – 2005) was engaged to William Weatherly (Flying Officer with 459 Squadron and later awarded DFC) in 1940 but married American soldier William Robert Curkeet on 24 August 1942. She returned to South Australia in 1945;[5] they divorced and she married distinguished lawyer Professor, later Sir, Richard Arthur "Dick" Blackburn OBE (26 July 1918 – 1 October 1987) on 1 December 1951.[6] They had two children:
  • Charlotte Blackburn ( – ), later Calder
  • Tom Blackburn SC ( – )

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Overland Motor Trip". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 26 November 1907. p. 11. Retrieved 24 November 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Transcontinental Motorists". The Observer. Adelaide. 1 February 1908. p. 47. Retrieved 24 November 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "The End of the Long Journey". The Express and Telegraph. Adelaide. 21 August 1908. p. 4 Edition: 4 o'clock. Retrieved 24 November 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Dutton family papers" (PDF). State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Won U.S. Flying Licences". The News. Adelaide. 31 October 1945. p. 7. Retrieved 29 November 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Richard Refshauge, 'Blackburn, Sir Richard Arthur (Dick) (1918–1987)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/blackburn-sir-richard-arthur-dick-114/text21909, published first in hardcopy 2007, accessed online 29 November 2015.