STEAD, John We have to report the death of another old colonist. Mr. John Stead died on Sunday, September 12, at the advanced age of 94 years. He came to the colony in the ship Katherine Stewart Forbes in March 1838, and soon afterwards settled on Section 812, at Athelstone, on the River Torrens. He remained there as a successful fruit and wine grower until he retired in the early part of 1866. Since that year Mr. Stead has been residing at Norwood. He enjoyed perfect health, and was very active up to about five years ago, when by a fall he broke one of his legs. Mr. Stead was a member of the Unitarian Church, Wakefield Street, from its foundation.
South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail Saturday 18 September 1875 page 11
STEAD, Eliza Mrs. Eliza Stead, of Medindie, died Saturday morning, in her 103rd year. The deceased lady was born in Staffordshire on November 27, 1804, and had resided in South Australia for 67 years. With her husband Mr. John Stead, she arrived in Adelaide by the ship CatherineStewartForbes, in 1839 and the couple took up land on the Torrens, near Athelstone, where they started a vineyard, being among the first to produce wine in South Australia. Some years ago Mr. and Mrs. Stead retired in comfortable circumstances, and resided at East Payneham, and subsequently at Norwood, where Mr. Stead died. Mrs. Stead, although at such an advanced age, retained possession of all her faculties to a remarkable degree, and was able to converse freely and intelligently on many subjects. For the last three years she had enjoyed fairly good health.