The barque LadyBute, 364 tons (Daniel McKinlay, master), arrived from Grecnock some time in 1839; the exact date is not procurable. She left Greenock. on January 29 of that year.
BELL Allan, Ann YOUNG, Allan
The Late Mr. Allan Bell.— We regret having to record the death of Mr. Allan Bell, a very old and highly respected colonist. Mr. Bell was born at Glen Bray, Scotland, in 1817, and arrived in the colony by the ship LadyBute in 1839. He settled as Dalmany Park, Mount Barker, in 1841. residing there continuously till his death. He was a great) wheat-grower, and took first prize at the World's Exhibition, London, in 1851, and innumerable prizes in Adelaide and the country. He was also a pastoralist.
South Australian Register Tuesday 19 June 1894 page 3
Allan Bell is an outstanding name in Mount Barker, and has representatives to the fourth generation in the district. He was born in Scotland in 1817, and came to South Australia in the LadyBute in 1839. He married Miss Young, a relation of Dr J. Young Simpson, of chloroform fame, in 1837. Mr Bell came to Mount Barker and began wheat growing at Bald Hills in 1848. He afterwards established his home at Dalmaney Park, and now held by his grandson, Mr Scobie Bell. Robert Lawson, of Padtheway, married Mr Bell's sister Eliza. The marriage was celebrated by the Rev. Robert Haining in Hindley Street, Adelaide, on November 30, 1849. The witnesses were Allan Bell (brother of the bride) and John Hamilton. Mr Bell had four sons and six daughters. The sons were Allan, John, James, and Peter. Peter died as the result of a train accident at Tailem Bend. John (Tatiara) is the only son surviving. The daughters were Jessie (Mrs Frank Cornelius), Isabella (Mrs Gollan), Eliza (Mrs Ferguson), Helen Grace (Mrs Len Barker, her son is Mr Bruce Barker), Anne, and Mary Jane, unmarried, living their brother John.
The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser Friday 04 July 1930 page 5
BELL, Ann nee YOUNG
BELL, Allan jnr.
BRAKENRIDGE John, Mary, Andrew, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Jane, Isabella, Thomas
In the year 1839 John Brakenridge was a small farmer (Crofter) near the seaport of Campbelltown in the Firth of the River Clyde, on the estate of the Duke of Argyle, Scotland. From the Mull of Kintyre the coast of Ire land can be seen on a .fine day, and the continuous roar of the North Channel heard.. If you look at the map of Scotland you will be able to form some idea of this bleak and ex posed part, where the name of Bra kenridge can be seen on the tomb stones in the local cemetery for many generations back, spelt in several ways. The name of his farm was "Ki lonan." His family then consisted of his wife (Mary), 3 sons—John 19, Andrew IS, Thomas 9; and four daughters—Mary Ann 17, Elizabeth 15, Jane 13, and Isabella 10. The son John went as a sailor to the West In dies and died of fever on his first voyage. The family left for South Australia in 1839, sailing from Green ock in a windjammer, the LadyBute (400 tons). After a tedious voyage of about 6 months, via the Cape of Good Hope, they arrived at Holdfast Bay (now Glenelg), the ship dropping an chor some distance from the shore. The passengers were then conveyed in the ships boats and finally landed on the beach, the men wading ashore, and the women and children pick-a back. Their belongings were dumped on the sandhills. There was already a settlement on the creek (Patawa longa) called St. Leonard's; also at a place named Black Forest—3 or 4 miles inland. Here a permanent camp was made. Later in the same yeaT John Brakenridge, his eldest son, and two elder daughters were conveyed by bullock drays over the Mt. Lofty range to the locality where the Oak bank township is now existent. Here they erected a reed hut on the banks of the River Onkaparinga. By the end of 1839 the rest of the family came up. Fortunately there were no savage animals in Australia—only kangaroos, wallabies, wild dogs and various smaller animals such as opos-1 sums, etc. Of course, there were numbers of aborigines but these were mostly friendly. The South Austra lian Land Company had selected a large area of country in the district and stocked it with sheep. The early settlers were employed shepherding, among them John Brakenridge, his son Andrew assisting him. The sheep having to he moved' frequently to fresh feeding grounds some distance from .the hut, brush yards had to be constructed to protect the sheep against wild dogs. The shepherd had to sleep nearby, and as they knew nothing about hammocks, and sap lings were not growing handy, watch boxes were constructed of split strin gybark trees after the style of a small house with a hip roof on four legs and with two handles at each end, to enable the boxes to be shifted when necessary. The boxes were 6ft. long, 2ft. wide and in all about 3ft. high Fix this textwith an opening sufficient for a man to creep into bed
BRAKENRIDGE, Mary Ann
BRAKENRIDGE, Elizabeth By the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Lorimer, of Elderslie, widow of the late Alexander Lorimer, that took place on the 10th inst., the district of Onkaparinga has lost one of its earliest and most worthy settlers. The deceased lady was a native of Campbell town, in Argyleshire, Scotland, and came to South Australia with her parents and brothers and sisters— the Braekenridges— in the good ship LadyBute in 1839. After remaining a few weeks in the locality of Adelaide the family removed to the valley of the Onkaparinga, where a settlement was first made near Balhannah, and subsequent ly on the southern slope of Mount Torrens. A few years afterwards Miss Brackenridge was married to Mr. Fowler, the representative of a respectable English family, and on his decease- she became the wife of Mr. Lorimer, who was then manager of the Craigdarroch estate, in the interests of the late Mrs. Murdoch. While serving in this capacity Mr. Lorimer purchased some property in the neighborhood that the family has, with a very brief interval, continued to occupy ever since. No name in the district of Onkaparinga was better known or more highly respected than that of Mrs. Lorimer. She was a capital manager, and her sound judgment and integrity of purpose were the admiration of all who knew her. Mrs. Lorimer's vineyard is admitted to be the best in the district, and much of the work done thereon was always performed under her own supervision. She also took a great interest in horticulture and agriculture, until a weakening of physical energy hinted that her work was nearly done. To the very last her intellect was unclouded, and, though conscious that the sun was going out of her skies, she remained collected and composed. Few women have shown a keener interest in all that was likely to advance the good government of the State or to promote the happiness and prosperity of the people. The sole survivors of the Brackenridge family who arrived in 1839 are an elder sister, Mrs. Ferguson of Tungkillo, and Mrs. Lillicrap, late of Gumeracha. The, surviving members of Mrs. Lorimer's family are Mr. C. W. Fowler, of Woodside; Mr. Alex. Lorimer local manager of the. Bank of Adelaide; Mrs. J. A. Kennedy; and two unmarried daughters Miss Jeannie and Miss Jessie Lorimer. '
Chronicle Saturday 24 May 1902 page 35
BRAKENRIDGE, Jane BRAKENRIDGE, Isabella BRAKENRIDGE, Thomas
BRACKENRIDGE, Eliza (wife) CALE
Mount Barker Street Names - Cameron Street, which runs past the mill and tannery, is in all likelihood named after Hugh Cameron, who was a fellow-passenger with Allan Bell in the "LadyBute," in June, 1839. Hugh Cameron was general manager for Captain John Ellis at Buckland Park and Benara (South-East).
Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser Friday 09 May 1930 page 3
CURRIE / CURRY Mary FREW Francis, James (ex Madiera), Robert FREW James, Jane FULLARTON, Jane Fullarton, Ellen GRIEVES Robert
The late Mr. James Kelly, of Marocara (so named after the croaking of the frogs in the creek running through the property), whose death was recorded on Friday last, was one of the few remaining colonists of the thirties, he having come out to this colony in 1839. The deceased gentle man was 82 years of age, and the third son of James Kelly, muslin manufacturer, of Glasgow. The Lady Bute, which also carried Messrs. Edward and Charles Stirling and Mr. and Mrs. James Frew, also brought along the late Mr. Kelly and an elder brother and sister from the old land, and tho last-named had the mission entrusted them of settling down in the new colony and making a home for their aged widowed mother and nine additional children, which was successfully accomplished, and the maternal relative and family arrive in 1840. The first home was made about a mile above Oakbank, on the River Onkaparinga, and here general farming was commenced, although tho gold fever nearly caused this industry to be forsaken by James Kelly. Marrying "Miss Margaret Adamson, a daughter of Mr. James Adamson, machinist, of Hanson-street, Mr. and Mrs. Kelly came -into this district in l857 and secured land on the River Gilbert for farming. Since then the deceased gentleman had resided here, and of late years, with his sons, he enjoyed the reputation of being amongst the largest farmers of the state. About 20 years ago the old people settled at Giles Corner, about five miles south west of Riverton. Mr. Henry Kelly, of the Semaphore, is a brother, as is also Mr. Adam Kelly, of Waihikie, New Zealand, while seven sons and two daughters, with the widow, survive. Two years ago Mr. and Mrs. Kelly celebrated their golden wedding, and the old gentleman gave some interesting reminiscences of the good old times, the trouble to get seed wheat, only five bags being available on the land at 30s. per bushel, which were in the hands of Mr. Davis at the Reedbeds. Another five bags were imported through Mr. A. L. Elder from Tasmania, and it was only sesured by special favor. Messrs. James and Henry Kelly, of Adelaide. Messrs. John H. and Alfred Kelly, of Riverton, Edmund and David, of Giles Corner, and Alexander, of Narracoorte, are sons, while Mesdames- Margaret and Bessie Kelly, of Mount Templeton, are daughters. Although taking keen interest in public affairs, the only time the late Mr. Kelly came out of private life was on the foundation of the District Council of Gilbert in 1866, when he served one of the first council.
Kapunda Herald Friday 27 October 1905 page 7
Mr. James Kelly, who died at his residence, Moroeara, Giles's Corner, near Tarlee, last week, at the age of 82, was a colonist of 60 years. The deceased gentle man was a native of Glasgow. His father, a muslin manufacturer, died in 1837, leaving a widow, six sons, and six daughters. The eldest son and daughter and Mr. James Kelly (third son) sailed from Greenock in the LadyBute on January 31, 1839. A stormy beginning of the voyage compelled the ship to put back into the Cove of Cork... and Adelaide was not reached until June 20. The landing at Port Adelaide was memorable. There were no wharfs, and the passengers had to step from the boats drenched with three days' continuous rain on to banks, where their luggage was already lying almost knee-deep in mud. The family made their first home on the bank of the Onkaparinga, about a mile above Oakbank and there started farming. The three afterwards built two rooms for themselves in Angas street. Mr. Kelly took employment at Messrs. Sanders and White's drapery and grocery store in Rosina street, which was then the centre of the business portion of the town. The Kellys afterwards took up land near Mount Barker, adjoining the late Mr. John Murdoch's Craig Darroch, and left Adelaide with two teams of six bullocks. The journey was made by the old road to Mount Barker, which, in place of going through Glen Osmond, passed over Gleeson's Hill, where Sunnyside now stands. The family in a few years had about 400 acres of fine virgin land in crop, and obtained yields of from 30 to 40 bushels per acre of cats, barley, and wheat. Prom 1856 Mr. Kelly farmed Sunny Brae, four miles east of Riverton, for 20 years, and then took Moroeara. He had been 47 years in the Hundred of Gilbert when Iris sous took over the farm. Mr. Kelly then retired from business, but still remained on the farm. Although taking keen interest in public affairs, the only time the late Mr. Kelly came out of private life was on the foundation of the District Council of Gilbert in I860, when he was elected a Councillor. Messrs. Henry Kelly, of the Semaphore; and Adam Kelly, of "Waihikie," K.Z., are. brothers of the deceased gentle man. Messrs. James and Henry Kelly, of Adelaide; John If. and Alfred, of Riverton; Edmund and David, of Marocara; Giles's Corner; and Alex, of Narracoorte, are sons; and Mesdames Margaret and Bessy Kelly, of Mount Templeton, daugters.
Observer Saturday 28 October 1905 page 36
KELLY, John THE LATE MR. JOHN KELLY.—Mr. John Kelly, eldest son of the late Mr. James Kelly, muslin manufacturer of Glasgow, and brother of Messrs. James, Henry, and Adam Kelly, and Mrs. A. Adamson of this colony, died of heart disease at his residence, Marryatville, on Thursday morning, at the age of seventy two years. The deceased gentlemen was a colonist of fifty-three years'standing, having arrived in the ship LadyBute as early as January, 1839. In the same vessel it might be mentioned were the late Messrs. Edward and Charles Stirling, also well known colonists. Mr. John Kelly's father died in 1837, leaving a family of twelve—six sons and six daughters. Thereupon he, as eldest son, was entrusted to establish a new home for them and his mother, and with that end in view set out for Australia towards the end of the following year. Mrs. Kelly and the other members of the family followed to South Australia in the ship Martin Luther in 1840. The Messrs. Kelly the same year started farming in the valley of the Onkaparinga, within a couple of miles of what has since become Woodside. Messrs. Kelly Brothers were well known as the largest farmers of the district, having gone into agricultural pursuits upon an extensive scale, and were very successful. At about the time of the discovery of the Victorian Goldfields in 1851 Mr. John Kelly retired from farming and came to reside in Adelaide, entering business in the city as a land agent, which he continued up till the time of his death. Mr. Kelly never took any part in politics, and altogether, viewed from a public aspect, was of a retiring disposition. His wife only recently died from an attack of influenza, after but a few days' illness. Since Mrs. Kelly's death he—by no means well before—never seemed to rally. He leaves a son and three daughters.
Evening Journal Friday 19 February 1892 page 3
KELLY Mary KILGOUR James KILGOUR Seth KILROY Catherine MCANDREW MCMILLAN Margaret MCPHERSON Frederick Adolphus, Matilda Isabella FORD
MONTEITH, Thomas Freebairn
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MONTEITH, Thomas Freebairn
MAIR / (MUIR Archibald?) MUIRHEAD (Robert?/William?) ROBERTSON Elizabeth ROSS SANGLANDS / LANGLANDS
SEMPLE, Adam, Isabella WARK, Hugh, dau
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Semple, of Parkside, celebrated their diamond wedding— 60 years— on Sunday, February 7. Their combined ages amount to 168 years, and they were amongst the early colonists, arriving in the ship LadyBute in June, 1839. Their family residing in the colony consists of one son, two daughters, twenty-four grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.
South Australian Chronicle Saturday 13 February 1892 page 11
SIXTY-TWO YEARS MARRIED. In these days, when nearly every issue of the daily and weekly press contains the notice of the decease of an early colonist, it is interesting to hear of the celebration of the sixty-second anniversary of the Wedding of Mr. Adam and Mrs. Isabel Semple, of l'arkside, which event took place last Wednesday, the couple having been married on - February 7, 1832, at Beitb, in Ayrshire, Scotland, where each was born. Mr. Semple is now eighty-four, years of age and Mrs. Semple eighty-six, and both are in the enjoyment of excellent health, the old lady being still able to read without the aid of specitacles and possessed of a most retentive memory. They arrived at the Old Port on June 22, 1839, having left Scotland on January 31, 1839, travelling by the LadyBute. Subsequently they took up their residence in Hindmarsh. Mr. Semple was for many years in the employ of Messrs. James Frew, of Bellgrove, Robert Hall, of the Grange, the late Joseph Gilbert, and J. & W. B. Rounsevell, being engaged in the construction of the Overland Telegraph for Mr. J. Rounsevell. Mr. Semple can also lay claim to being one of the oldest living colonial members of the I.O.O.F. having been initiated in the Albion Lodge on June 4, 1845. He has as descendants 3 children (1 son and 2 daughters), 25 grandchildren, and 19 greatgrandchildren now living.
The death is announced of Mr. Adam Semple, who passed away on Sunday at the residence of Mrs. H. Dawson, Young street, Parkside, in his ninetieth year. He married his wife, Isabel, in the year of the Reform Bill, the precise, date being February 7, 1832. The young couple sailed from England for South Australia in the Lady Bute, landing at the Old Port on June 21, 1839.
South Australian Register Tuesday 15 August 1899 page 5
SEMPLE, Hugh Mr. Hugh Semple of Strathalbyn, was comparing notes with two contemporaries when I bore down upon all three. The two others voted him the most noteworthy of the trio, and I was told that he reached South Australia in 1839 on board the Lady Bute. He is now 82 years, of age and he end his sister, who lives "at Parkside, are the only survivors of all the pioneers who arrived by that ship. Mr. Semple has resided at Strathalbyn for 30 years, but in his Younger days he travelled extensively over the whole of the State. "Why." he said. "I have been up as far as the MadDonnell -Ranges, and I know what it is to be galloping my horse as fast as I could, and have three or four native spears after me. That wasn't very pleasant, I can tell you," - he added, with a wry smile.
The Journal Tuesday 29 December 1914 page 2
There passed away yesterday, at the residence of his son, Mr. Adam Semple, of Strathalbyn, one of the earliest pioneers of that district in Mr. Hugh Semple. The deceased gentleman, who had attained the ripe old age of 83, was born at Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1832, and arrived with his parents at Holdfast Bay in the ship Lady Bute in 1839, so that he had seen 74 years of colonial life in this State. Until the last few months he was upright, strong, and alert, a typical Scotsman, loud in voice and big in heart. In his own wards he said when spoken to of his capacity for work only a month ago, "I believe it is better to wear out than to rust out." When asked about his early career he said, "'Yet, I think I have had as rough a life as anybody ever had, but I have always enjoyed excellent health. Out in the bush I have known what it is to be with out food or water for 48 hours at a stretch, sleeping on the ground -with a saddle for my pillow and with water running under me as soundly as ever a man slept in a feather bed, and, thank goodness, I am as sound on my legs as many a man 20 years younger than I am." Living one mile and a half out of Strathalbyn, he was in the habit of walking in and out, carrying quarter of a hundredweight of fruit on his shoulders, three times a day. He was impressed by his father with the maxim that hard work never killed a man; that it hurt more to think of it than do it. One of the deceased's earliest recollections in Adelaide was the hanging of Bushranger Joseph Stagg outside the Adelaide Gaol. As a young man he was a great horseman and crack roughrider, also an expert bullock driver. For several years he worked at Gumeracha, then at Pewsy Vale for the late Mr. Joseph Gilbert. "There was not much choice in those days," he said, "and we had to turn our hands to anything that offered." His father, Mr. AdamSemple, was head gardener at Pewsy Vale Station for many years, where he felled a large tree, split it into slabs and built a house with them, the four rooms measuring 12 ft. x 18 ft., and the house is being used to this day. Deceased went with his father to Skilly Creek, depot of the English and Australian Copper Company, in 1852, when the company was carting copper from the Burra to Port Wakefield. They had to send off 14 teams of bullocks every morning -seven to Burra. Subsequently mules were used. After that he went north and remained on cattle stations for several years. With the late Mr. John Haimes he drove the first stock that ever saw the Beltana country, and for six months saw no human being other than his mate. He claimed it was impossible to lose him within the boundaries of the State. He spent 12 months building the overland telegraph line to Darwin. He had charge of 16 teams for the late Mr. John. Rounsevell, who had contract carting stores between the Peake and McDonnell Ranges. He then settled down for a few years farming in the Barossa district, but not succeeding well, took charge of stud sheep for the late E. W. Pitt at Dry Creek. He remained there for some time, and then was appointed manager of Sir J. Lancelot Stirling's Highland Valley Estate, near Strathalbyn, where he remained for 17 years. Leaving Highland Valley in 1889 he served under Mr. H. W. Morphett at Woods Point, near Murray Bridge, finally in 1893 coming back to Strathalbyn, where he spent his remaining days. Two years ago deceased and his wife celebrated their golden wedding. Mrs. Semple was born at Bowden in 1842, and survives her husband. The children living are - Mesdames; H. Oakes, of Strathalbyn; F. Johnstone, of Woods Point, Murray Bridge; and Messrs. Adam, George. H. H., and W. Semple, all of Strathalbyn.
Daily Herald Wednesday 29 December 1915 page 5
Mrs. J. R. Dawson. who died at Rose Park on Sunday was born at Dunlop, Ayrshire in 1834 and arrived in South Australia with her parents and only brother in the ship LadyBute in 1839. The early part of her life was spent at Pewsey Vale, where her father, Mr. Adam Semple, was head gardener for Sir. Joseph Gilbert. Mrs. Dawson was a resident of Burra for 30 years, and was widely known and highly respected there. She married Mr. Henry Dawson, who was swept off the yacht Haidee in St. Vincent Gulf in 1883, while on a pleasure trip. Mrs. Dawson retained all her faculties until her death, and was very much interested in topics of the day. For many years she attended St. Oswald's Church, Parkside, and remembered it when in the early days it was only a small wooden building on the Glen Osmond-road. - Mrs. Dawson was affectionately called " the mother of St. Oswald's" by the people of the parish.
The Advertiser Tuesday 09 August 1927 page 14
STARK Mrs, son A C STEELE Miss STIRLING Charles
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MR. EDWARD STIRLING. Another name has to be added to the obituary of old colonists, intelligence having been received on Wednesday by Mr. William Milne, jun., of the death in England, on Sunday last, of Mr. Edward Stirling, formally of this colony. Mr. Stirling was a very old colonistof South Australia, and on arriving here he connected himself with pastoral pursuits in the neighborhood of Strathalbyn, where he acquired large estates. He then became a partner in the firm of Elder, Stirling, & Co. —now Elder, Smith, & Co. —and being a shrewd man of business he proved a very successful merchant, and when he retired from the firm he was succeeded by Mr. R. Barr Smith. He is a large Moonta proprietor, and was one of the members of the first Legislative Council elected under the Constitution Act of 1855-6. He continued a member of that body from 9th March, 1857, to 2nd February, 1865, when he retired by effluxion of time, and did not again enter the Council. He has been resident in England for several years, where he has occasionally connected himself with those movements specially affecting South Australia. Mr. Stilling, while resident iv the colony, made many warm friends, who will learn with regret that he has passed away. He was unobtrusive in his acts of benevolence, and never turned a deaf ear to appeals for assistance where he felt that assistance was deserved. As a patron of the Presbyterian Church at Strathalbyn he will be kept in remembrance by the bell and the bell-tower which he presented two or three years ago to the Presbyterian congregation worshiping there. Mr. Stirling married Miss Taylor, sister of the late Mr. John Taylor, of the firm of Elder, Stirling, & Co.
South Australian Advertiser Friday 28 February 1873 page 6
TURNER John Stewart URE Robert WARK Barbara WHITE James, Susanna STEELE