A. T. Saunders
Amateur historianDied when: 86 years 60 days (1033 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Alfred Thomas Saunders (4 September 1854 – 3 November 1940) was an accountant and amateur historian of the early days of South Australia, with a particular interest in the sea and River Murray.
Working with his own remarkable collection of chronological but un-indexed notes, an incredible memory and a passion for facts clearly stated, he came to be regarded as South Australia's unofficial historian.
By engaging in controversy, he attracted a wide following.On many occasions he challenged writings by famous writers and public figures, including Joseph Conrad, who became something of a friend.