Mr. John Stanton, Orchardist, Cradoc Road, Lovett, is a native of Ilsham, Cambridgeshire, England, but has been in the Huon district for the past forty-seven years whilst his wife, who is a daughter of the late John Thorp, and a native of the same place, lays claim to a residence of sixty-one years. Mr. Stanton first arrived in Melbourne from the old country, whence he went to Geelong, and remained for a period of four years in the butchering business, at the close of which he came to Tasmania, and settled in the Franklin, where he engaged in wheat and potato growing, and, in fact, farming pursuits in general.
In 1855 he moved to Port Cygnet, and took up property in the Diamond Valley and on the Cradoc Road, the latter being on the main road to Hobart. The block consisted of 250 acres, and he has improved it from time to time, all being splendid horticultural ground. A large portion is laid down in orchards. His sons, Rheuben, Alfred, Joseph, and John, are all settled on this property, the latter having the old homestead, and all are looked on as leading orchardists.
Mr. Stanton, senior, is living at the present time on a later-acquired property, on which are 4 acres of beautifully laid out orchard, known as "Sunny Bank", Cradoc Road. This is a well watered property, and well situated for small fruits, of which there are several acres, besides a nice paddock. All the land has been rough cleared. Mr. & Mrs. Stanton, senior, although past the allotted span of life, are as hale and hearty as many of more juvenile years in fact, their activity is a standing testimonial to the salubrity of the Tasmanian climate.
Their family consisted of four boys and seven girls, of whom nine survive; and the grandchildren number about forty, most of whom are around them, a truly satisfactory record of a useful life. It may be added that Mr. Stanton was the first to discover gold in the Port Cygnet district, for which he was granted a reward claim. Here Mr. Stanton's experience, gained while at the early gold rushes in Victoria, stood him in good stead.
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