Allenby Parsons

One of the stories from the 2013 project: Who were they? People who shaped Victor Harbor and for whom our parks and reserves are named.

Allenby Parsons Reserve

Allenby Parsons Reserve is situated on Matthew Flinders Drive, Encounter Bay.

Allenby Parsons was the grandson of Thomas and Mary Parsons who arrived in Western Australia in the Rockingham in 1830. Thomas was born there in 1837, and in 1858 came to South Australia with his widowed mother and two sisters.

In April 1865 he married Mary Elizabeth Smith at Bald Hills.

After his marriage Thomas was offered and purchased Greenhills, in the hills behind Victor Harbor. Thomas retired in 1890 and eventually the land passed to the third generation. His son, Harry Meshack and his wife gave birth to their son, Allenby on 15 September 1926.

Allenby Parsons was Mayor of Victor Harbor from 1981 to 1984, a time of upheaval in the Council. Ill health forced his retirement in 1984 and he died in 1996.

Many members of the family of Parsons are buried in the Victor Harbor Cemetery.