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  • Born: 18th June 1898 Caltowie Extension Farm
  • Parents:
    Gustav and Lydia Saegenschnitter
    • Married:
    • 14th June 1925 in Sandleton Lutheran Church to Louis HILDA Saegenschnitter
  • Lived:
    Caltowie Extension Farm, Nurioopta, and Adelaide, all in South Australia
  • Died: 15th June 1983
  • Buried: Enfield cemetery

Detailed biography

The following biography is the work of the late Dean Saegenschnitter, who collected and compiled ‘Before and After’, a Family History of the Saegenschnitter descendants of Auguste Emilie Lydia Becker and Carl Friedrich Gustav Saegenschnitter.

Permission was given by Deans’ family to publish the biographies which he called ‘Backgrounds’.

Birth and Baptism

Richard was bom at Caltowie Extension on 18th June 1898. He would have been baptised, confirmed and, with his parents, attended church at the Pine Creek Lutheran Church.


He went to the Caltowie Extension School, this he attended until he was 12 years old.


He lost his Mother and young Sister, in early 1908, this was a great loss to the family. After leaving school, he helped his father on the farm.

Farm and Marriage

In 1921 he bought his own farm which was located about 6 miles east of Laura. Richard on the 16th April 1925, married Hilda Saegenschnitter.

He continued to work this farm until he had heart problems in 1939. He then sold all his implements and horses, he then share-farmed, until November 1945.

Barossa Valley

He sold the farm and went to live in the Barossa Valley, at Nurioopia. Here worked at the Viticulture Station until his retirement in 1965.


Richard and his wife Hilda went to live in a granny flat at the rear of their daughter’s home in Adelaide. Hilda passed away on 28th October 1979. Richard remained with his daughter until early 1981, when he went into the Fullarton Lutheran Homes. He passed away on June 15th 1983. Both he and Hilda are buried in the Enfield cemetery.