John W Crompton Jnr

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.

John W Crompton Jnr Reserve

John W Crompton Jnr Reserve is a situated on the corner of Tabernacle Road and Nicolas Baudin Drive, Encounter Bay. This reserve has direct access to popular Encounter Lakes and contains a children’s playground with an adjacent car park.

John William Crompton, Junior, born December 1937, was a farmer of Back Valley where his father had set up a farm, Rivington, in the early 20th century. He was educated at Back Valley primary school and Prince Alfred College, Adelaide.

After leaving school he returned to the farm and soon took over its management and development. He married Penelope Wood in February 1959. He enjoyed a long association with recreational diving in Encounter Bay and had a lifelong interest in native vegetaion, animals and birds of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

John’s community service began with involvement in the Victor Harbor Rural Youth club, serving a period as its Chairman, and as a member of the State Committee. He was also associated with various dairy industry bodies.

in 1991 he became an elected member of the District Council of Victor Harbor and served as Mayor from 1993–2003. During this time he served on various Council and Regional Committees, some with responsibility for aspects of natural resource management.

John William Crompton, Jnr received an Order of Australia and in 2004 was named Victor Harbor’s Australian of the Year.