Horrie E Mayfield

One of the stories from the 2011 project: Who were they? People who shaped Victor Harbor and for whom our parks and reserves are named.

photo of Horrie Mayfield Reserve

Horrie E Mayfield Reserve is a very well kept reserve on Cutter Circuit, Encounter Bay.

Horace Edward Mayfield was the great grandson of Thomas and Rebecca Mayfield who arrived in South Australia aboard the Prince Regent in 1839, and settled in Inman Valley. His grandparents were Robert Tooley Mayfield and Elizabeth Ann nee Bliss. His parents were Edward Hurtle Mayfield and Helen nee McDougall.

Horace was born on 5 August 1909, and attended school at Inman Valley and Torrens Vale. He later attended the School of Mines, and gained a Diploma in Wool Classing. He worked on stations in the north of South Australia, and travelled to Western Australia in 1931. With his knowledge of wool, he became a regular judge at local shows.

In 1937, he met Nell (Ellen Suse) Jagger, and they married on 18 May 1940. Their home was a galvanised iron cottage on Horace’s farm at Hindmarsh Tiers. Their family was born during the Second World War. One daughter, Pat Uppill, tells of many childhood memories in her Mayfield Family History book.

Horace took a very active part in community affairs. He served on the District Council of Encounter Bay 1946–1975, and was its last Chairman. On 31 October 1975, the councils of Encounter Bay and Victor Harbor, which had separated in 1912, came together again as the Dictrict Council of Victor Harbor. Horace became Deputy Mayor of the new Council.

Horace was also a Happy Valley firefighter, and belonged to the Victor Harbor Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge. He loved golf, and served on the Victor Harbor Golf Club Committee.


  • Pat Uppill, Mayfield family historian
  • Victor Harbor: From Pioneer Port to Seaside Resort, Michael Page