Grateful thanks to David Wilson and the Kangaroo Island Pioneer Association for assistance with information of passengers on this ship
ADAMS, James, Jane, daughter M A
ADAMS, James 1800 -
Born London, England Occupation of Labourer Resided Alberton, SA
ADAMS, Daughter M A
ADAMS, William, Janet
ADAMS, William 1817 - 30 April 1890 at York, SA
Died of Influenza Buried Beverley Primitive Methodist Cemetery - no headstone
FATAL CASE OF INFLUENZA.—Mr. William Adams, a colonist seventy-three years of age, who for many years has resided at York, died on Wednesday, April 30. The cause of death is registered as influenza. The deceased was an old pioneer, having come to South Australia in the ship Cygnet, with Colonel Light, and served under that gentleman during his survey of the City of Adelaide.
Evening Journal Thursday 01 May 1890 page 3
ADAMS, Janet nee MARSHALL 1803 - 20 October 1876 at Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island
Buried Penneshaw Cemetery, Kangaroo Island After Robert’s death, his wife Janet remained on Kangaroo Island and continued as the Post Mistress at Hog Bay a position she had held at least from 1860. The Post office was on Willoughby Road behind the Penneshaw School and in the 1990s was owned by Dr. Donald Dowie. On 17th May, 1869 Janet married a farmer, William Adams, at the Hog Bay Post Office. The witnesses were her son George William Bristow and Margaret Johnston. There were Adams family members that also arrived on the Cygnet so they may have known each other for many years. In June 1872 when a friend Sarah Davidson died leaving at least 3 young children Janet brought them up until she herself died on 20th October, 1876 of "Supposed Old Age" and is buried in the Hog Bay Cemetery. She was 73 years of age. At the time of her death she left 2 children, 22 grandchildren and 12 great grand children
Death of an Old Colonist.-- Our obituary column recently recorded the death, at the age of 73 years, of Mrs. Wm. Adams, at Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island. Mrs. Adams, formerly Mrs. R. Bristow, will be remembered by many old colonists. She arrived in the Cygnet in 1836, and during her residence in the colony, and before removing to Hog Bay, lived at Thebarton and Brighton. She leaves two children 22 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. South Australian Register Saturday 02 December 1876 page 6
ADAMS, William snr
AFFORD, John N 13 April 1810 - 03 December 1863 at Adelaide, SA
Born Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, England Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 1 South Path 27 E 4TH Site 46 Occupations of Water Carrier and Farmer Resided in Adelaide
JohnAfford, 20 years in the colony, with wife and seven children, aged 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, all at home, required to work a mangle, their only support. Applicant was stated to pay 14s. per week rent Refused, the Board considering that a person could not be destitute who paid such a high rent.
South Australian Register Tuesday 06 January 1857 page 3
AFFORD. -On the 3rd December, Mr. John Afford, aged 53 years. His end was peace. One of the oldest colonists of South Australia.
South Australian Register Saturday 26 December 1863 page 7
THE FRIENDS of the late Mr. JOHN AFFORD are informed that the FUNERAL will leave his late Residence, Topham-street at half-past 3 o'clock This Afternoon, for West terrace Cemetery. M C0NIGRAVE, Undertaker.
South Australian Register Friday 04 December 1863 page 1
AVERY, John 1820 -
BAYTUP, Peter 1800 -
Resided Albert Town Left for California aboard the 'Colonist' 12 January 1850
BELL, Thomas, Margaret SAYERS, Margaret Sayers, George Nelson
BELL, Thomas 26 April 1810 - 13 November 1871 at Richmond, Vic.
Born Leyburn, Yorkshire, England
BELL.—On the 13th inst., at his residence, 14 Lennox street, Richmond, Mr. ThomasBell, aged 61 years THE Friends of the late Mr. THOMASBELL are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of Interment, Kew Cemetery. The funeral to move from his late residence, 14 Lennox-street, Richmond, THIS DAY, at half-past 2 o'clock p.m.
The Argus Tuesday 14 November 1871 page 8
BELL, Margaret nee SAYERS 27 September 1810 - 01 November 1892 at Sale, Vic.
Born Bowes, Yorkshire, England DEATHS. BELL.- On the 1st inst., at the residence of her son, James Nelson Bell, Wurruk, Margaret, relict of the late Mr Thomas Bell, of Richmond, aged 82 years. A colonist since the year 1836. Beloved mother of Mrs Hamlyn, Stratford ; and grandmother of Mrs Cromie, Sale. Interred Boroondara Cemetery, Melbourne
The death of a very old Colonist Mrs MargaretBell, is announced in our obituary column. The deceased lady had attained the ripe age of 82 years. Her late husband was one of the survey patty under Colonel a Light, who arrived in the ship Cygnet at Holdfast Bay, South Australia, on the 5th November, 1836.
Gippsland Times Friday 04 November 1892 page 3
BELL, Margaret Sayers 31 May 1834 - 24 January 1912 at Clifton Hill, Vic.
Born London, England Married Charles BUTT
BELL, George Nelson 04 December 1835 - 21 April 1909 at Richmond, Vic.
Born London, England Died at his residence
BRANNAN / BRENNAN / BRINNAN, George
BRANNAN / BRENNAN / BRINNAN, John/James
BRISTOW, Robert, Janet MARSHALL, Eliza Margarett Hutton, George William
BRISTOW, Robert 1806 - 26 April 1863 at Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA
Born Lincoln, Linconshire, England Son of George BRISTOW Buried Penneshaw East, KI (lonley grave) Licencee of Marino Inn - later Kingston House, Labourer, Bricklayer and Farmer
BRISTOW.—On the 26th April, at his residence, Kangaroo Island, Mr. Robert Bristow, after five years painful illness, aged 57 years.
Adelaide Observer Saturday 16 May 1863 page 5
Death of an Old Colonist -We have to record the death of an old colonist, and a worthy, honest, and industrious man, named RobertBristow, who arrived in the colony as a laborer, by the Cygnet, in 1836. Mr. Bristow resided at Kangaroo Island during nearly eight years prior to his death, which occurred April 26, after a protracted illness extending over five years. He was, at his death, fifty-seven years of age. By his industry and frugality he acquired landed property at Hog Bay to the extent of 230 acres, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits at the time of his death.
The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser Tuesday 02 June 1863 page 3
BRISTOW, Janet nee MARSHALL 1803 - 20 October 1876 at Hog Bay, KI
Buried Penneshaw Cemetery, KI Remarried to William ADAMS
After Robert’s death, his wife Janet remained on Kangaroo Island and continued as the Post Mistress at Hog Bay a position she had held at least from 1860. The Post office was on Willoughby Road behind the Penneshaw School and in the 1990s was owned by Dr. Donald Dowie. On 17th May, 1869 Janet married a farmer, William Adams, at the Hog Bay Post Office. The witnesses were her son George William Bristow and Margaret Johnston. There were Adams family members that also arrived on the Cygnet so they may have known each other for many years. In June 1872 when a friend Sarah Davidson died leaving at least 3 young children Janet brought them up until she herself died on 20th October, 1876 of "Supposed Old Age" and is buried in the Hog Bay Cemetery. She was 73 years of age. At the time of her death she left 2 children, 22 grandchildren and 12 great grand children.
BRISTOW, Eliza Margaret Hutton 1824 - 05 July 1906 at Balaklava, SA
Married James LEWIS Buried Balaklava Cemetery Mrs. James Lewis, mother of the Hon. J. Lewis, M.L.C.. who died at Balaklava on Thursday, was one of the few remaining colonists whose connection with South Australia dates back to 1836. She arrived at Kangaroo Island when 12 years old with her parents in the Cygnet, a vessel of 230 tons, Capt. Rowls. There were 81 passengers on board, including Sir John Morphett, Sir George Kingston, Col. Finniss, and the surveyors who laid out Adelaide. The voyage out occupied six months. The women and children in the ship's company were landed at Kangaroo Island, while the men went on to Rapid Bay to join Col. Light, who had arrived a month before. Even at the advanced age of 82 years Mrs. Lewis had distinct recollections of the pioneering days. She remembered that the women and children were not permitted to remove to the main land until Adelaide had been surveyed. They lived, in tents, and had abundance of game, including wild fowl and kangaroos. Some time before her death, in writing of the early days, Mrs. Lewis said: — 'There was plenty of green herbage about, but no stock to eat it. When we got over to the mainland the men made trucks of pieces of wood. One would draw and another push, and by so doing we were able to carry our goods from Glenelg to Adelaide over the unmade road. Our first Christmas beef was a cow which fell into the Torrens and died. It was bled, and served for Christmas dinner. The first bread made in South Australia was baked in a hole in the bank of the Torrens.' Mrs. Lewis was present at the proclamation of the province on December 28, 1836. In 1840 she was married in Trinity Church, then only a weatherboard building, to Mr. James Lewis, who came out in the brig Rapid, and who died about 12 years ago. The deceased colonist was a great friend of Col. Light, who gave her the first dog that came to South Australia— a fine specimen of the Newfoundland breed. One day as a girl she was sewing some of his hair on to her doll's head. Col. Light appeared, and on learning what she was doing re marked— "You haven't enough there. Lend me the scissors, and I shall give you some more.' He thereupon cut off three curls and gave them to Eliza Bristow, as was her maiden name. Mrs. Lewis in her reminiscences used to say that the first child to step ashore in South Australia was the little daughter of Mrs. Beare. A sailor carried her from the boat and placed her bare feet on the beach. The late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis lived at Richmond House, River Wakefield, in the earlier days, and for the last 25 years the latter had been in residence at Balaklava. Eleven children, 35 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren survive her. The children are Mesdames Shillabeer, Daw, Ruddock, and McCleery, the Misses Lewis, and Messrs. John, James, Philip, Stephen, and Harry Lewis.
Burra Record 11 July 1906 page 5
BRISTOW, George William 1827 - 15 January 1906 at Woodanilling, WA
Farmer Resided Marino and Kangaroo Island Departed for WA
BROWN, James, Elizabeth BROWN, William, Selby
BROWN, James 1806 - 11 May 1883 at Maldon, Vic.
BROWN, Elizabeth 1810 - 16 November 1873 at Maldon, Vic.
Born Jersey, Channel Islands
BROWN, William 1834 - 1839 in Adelaide, SA
Drowned in the River Torrens
BROWN, Selby 1835 -
CANNON, John Died 14 June 1889 at Wallaroo, SA
Occupation of Assistant Surveyor
CANNON-On the 14th July, at Wallaroo, JohnCannon, the beloved husband of of Mary Ann Cannon, who died after a long and painful illness, borne with christian fortitude. Aged 77 years. I shine in the light of God, His likeness stamps my brow, The valley of death my feet have trod And I reign in glory now.
Kadina and Wallaroo Times Wednesday 31 July 1889 page 2
CHAPMAN, Samuel, Charlotte STANDLEY, Charlotte Standley
CHAPMAN, Samuel 1802 - 13 April 1882 at Adelaide, SA
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia
Buried West Terrace Cemetery Occupations of Cabinet Maker, Storekeeper and Licensed Victuraller Resided in Adelaide Death of Mr. Samuel Chapman. — We have to record the death of another of the rapidly diminishing band of colonists who witnessed the proclamation of the province in 1836, and have watched its progress from that time to the present. We refer to the demise of Mr. Samuel Chapman, at the advanced age of eighty, who as an active Freemason in days gone by and as a colonist of unblemished reputation was widely known and respected. He has left a family of several daughters, of whom Mrs. E. J. Hodgkinson is one, and one son, Mr. A. S. Chapman, of Messrs. Elder, Smith, & Co.
South Australian Register 15 April 1882 page 2
CHAPMAN, Charlotte nee STANDLEY 1811 - 04 February 1876 at Adelaide, SA
CHAPMAN.-- On the 4th February, at Carrington-street, Adelaide, Charlotte, wife of SamuelChapman, aged 61, a colonist of 39 years. The South Australian Register Monday 07 February 1876 page 4
CORNEY, John 1817 - 26 January 1889 at Hamilton, SA
Born Alverstoke, Hampshire, England Occupations of Labourer, Shepherd and Shoemaker Resided Saddleworth, Macaw Creek and Hamilton Corney we understand he earns a scanty livelihood as a shoemaker. CORNEY.—On the 26th January, at Hamilton, John Corney, after a lingering illness, aged 72 years, leaving a wife and eight children, also nine grand-children. Arrived in the colony September, 1836, in the Cygnet, in the survey under Sir George Kingston.
The Express and Telegraph Wednesday 30 January 1889 page 4
I have to chronicle the death of an old colonist who had passed his threescore years and ten. Last Monday afternoon a long pro cession consisting of twenty-two vehicles and sixteen horsemen, followed the remains of Mr. JohnCorney from here to Marrabel, where deceased was buried. He was a very old colonist, and was fond of relating how he helped to measure the first chain in the survey of the city of Adelaide. Deceased was 71 years old, and had been a long resident of Hamilton.
South Australian Register Thursday 07 February 1889 page 6
Mr. Corney, of Hamilton, as one of our very old colonists though not a prosperous one. Mr. Corney has since called on us and informs us that " he came to the colony in the Cygnet, which arrived in September 1836. He came out with the survey party under Mr. Kingston. When the survey of Adelaide was being commenced all the officers and men were grouped around Colonel Light who said to Corney, "Now Corney undo the chain, and if you live to be an old man you can say you helped to measure the first Town acre." This Corney says he did. The acre in question being at the N. W. corner of the Town. After twelve months' work In surveying the City he went under Lieutenant Pullen surveying the Murray, the Coorong and the Lakes. In this work Corney was engaged for 3 years, and was present at the massacre (by the natives) of the crew of the Marin, where also some of the natives were killed, for which Lieutenant Pullen had to stand his trial in England. Afterwards Corney worked with Mr. Kingston surveying and left Adelaide for the north about 31 years since, not having seen Adelaide for 24 years past having resided at Hamilton. Corney was married in Clare about 33 years since.
Port Adelaide News Friday 31 August 1883 page 5
DEATH OF JOHN CORNEY.-On the 26th January at Hamilton there passed away another of the few remaining colonists who arrived here prior to the proclamation of the colony 011 the 2Sth December, 1836. We allude to JohnCorney who died on Saturday last after a lingering illness at the age of 72 years. Corney arrived in South Australia in the Cygnet in September, 1836, and formed one of the survey party under the late Sir George Kingston. Some time ago we published some interesting reminiscences of Mr. Corney's career in the early days. The deceased leaves a wife, eight children, and nine grandchildren. Kapunda Herald Friday 01 February 1889 page 2
COVEY, William 1815 -
Occupation of Labourer Resided Mt. Charles and Mt. Torrens
DEVINE, David 1818 -
Born Cork Ireland
FINCH, Joseph 1814 - 19 December 1895 at Adelaide, SA
Occupation of Carrier and Labourer Resided Adelaide Destitute Asylum Charged with stealing a cheque Buried West Terrace Cemetery pauper's grave
FINNISS, Boyle Travers, Anne Frances ROGERSON
FINNIS, Boyle Travers 18 August 1817 - 24 December 1893 at Kensington Park, SA
Born at sea on Warleg en rout to India Son of John FINNIS and Susanna nee MAJOR First Premier of South Australia, Surveyor, Acting Governor of South Australia Resided Adelaide, Burnside, Kensington and Northern Territory Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 2 Path 22 W 17
We reproduce on another page a speaking likeness of the Hon. B. T. Finniss, whose recent demise has reduced the number of old colonists to whom we are indebted for our really fine constitution, political and moral freedom. Mr. Finniss was born at sea, off the Cape of Good Hope, on August 18, 1817, and was educated under the Rev. Charles Parr Burney, at Greenwich, in England. He was a cadet at the military college at Sandhurst, and was very successful in his studies. He was gazetted an ensign in the 56th Foot on May 12, 1825, and lieutenant on March 29, 1827. He sold out of the army in 1835, having previously been removed to the 82nd Regiment. Whilst with this regiment he was for some time engaged on the Roads Department in Mauritius. When Mr. Finniss left the army, and the idea of forming a colony in South Australia was being mooted he at once became deeply interested, afterwards becoming associated therewith in an official capacity. He was engaged as surveyor under the late Sir (then Mr.) G. S. Kingston, and sailed with his party in the barque Cygnet in March, 1836. The Rapid, with Colonel Light, sailed a few days later. The Cygnet arrived first, and Mr. Finniss was engaged surveying on Kangaroo Island when the colony was proclaimed. On January 1, 1837, Mrs. Finniss, the wife of the late Hon. gentleman, gave birth to a daughter, the first South Australian child born of white parents, and the baby, with its parents, arrived at Glenelg from Kangaroo Island on January 10. Early in 1837 Mr. Finniss was engaged under Colonel Light surveying the suburbs of Adelaide. Colonel Light died in 1839, and Mr. Finniss in the same year, was appointed Deputy surveyor-General. The office was reorganized by Governor Grey, when Mr. Finniss was appointed Chief Draftsman. In 1843 he was appointed Commissioner of Po.ice and Police Magistrate. In 1847 he was appointed Registrar-General and Treasurer, when he also, by virtue of his office, became a member of the Legislative Council. In 1851 he was promoted to the Colonial Secretaryship. As leader of the Legislative Council he carried the New Parliament Bill of 1851, which was afterwards disallowed by the Queen, On the retirement of Sir George Grey, Mr. Finniss was Acting- Governor until the arrival of Sir R, G, MacDonnell, C.B. In the Legislative Council, that gave to South Australia the Constitution Act of October 24, 1856, Mr. Finniss was Colonial Secretary. Mr. Finniss was one of the members of the first House of Assembly for the City of Adelaide, and he represented Mount Barker in the second Parliament from 1860, to May, 1862. He resigned the Premiership in August, 1857, and was Treasurer in the Hanson Ministry, from June, 1858, to May, 1860. Many useful measures were passed by the House during Mr. Finniss's term of office. Mr. Finniss raised a Company of volunteers called the Adelaide Marksmen, and also organized a force of 2,000 men under the Act of 1853. He was afterwards Lieutenant- Colonel commanding the Adelaide Volunteer Regiment. He was appointed Government Resident of the Northern Territory, when it had been decided to from a settlement there. He selected a site at Adam Bay, which was afterwards abandoned, and Mr. Finniss was recalled in 1865. He also held many responsible offices under the Government, but want of space prevents us referring in detail further. Mr. Finniss was allowed the title of " Honourable" by reason of his long service to the State, and also enjoyed a pension of £425 per annum. His ''Constitutional History of South Australia " is a work of great value. Altogether, Mr. Finniss spent a very active and useful life, and died full of days and of good works. Our picture is from a negative by Messrs. W. H. Hammer and Co. The Pictorial Australian Thursday 01 February 1894 page 2
FINNIS, Anne Frances nee ROGERSON 1819 - 02 January 1858 at Finnisbrook, (Burnside) SA
Born Dublin Ireland Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 2 Path 22 W 17
FRIEND, George 1818 -
GILBERT, Thomas 1787 - 30 May 1873 in Adelaide, SA
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 7031
Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 3 Path 13 W 35 Occupation of Optician, Colonial Storekeeper, and Postmaster General. Prior to coming to Australia, Thomas Gilbert was an optician who worked in London with his brother William. Their 'experiments for the improvements of glasses were so extensive that the Government assisted them by a suspension of the Excise supervision, so that their large outlay should not be increased by the payment of duty. Many early South Australian settlers were those who had relinquished good positions in Britain to help establish 'a model state which would not reproduce the inequalities of older countries. He arrived at Nepean Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia on 11 September 1836 with other first settlers and surveyors on the Cygnet before travelling on to the mainland to establish the Colonial Storehouse. Gilbert had been appointed the task of operating the Colonial Storehouse by the South Australian Association formed by Robert Gouger. In 1837, shortly after the Proclamation of South Australia, Thomas Gilbert was appointed by Governor Hindmarsh as first Postmaster in South Australia, with the first post office originally being operated from his private residence. Thomas Gilbert was never officially given the title of Postmaster General and was granted a salary of thirty pounds per year for the Postmasterposition. Thomas Gilbert managed the post office for approximately fifteen months, at which point he lodged a grievance with the South Australian Government as he had not been paid for this role. The Government published an official censure on Thomas Gilbert and, as a result, Thomas Gilbert resigned the position of Postmaster but continued in his capacity as Colonial Storekeeper. Officially, the General Post Office in Adelaide does not recognise Thomas Gilbert as the first Postmaster General and, instead, they have an oil painting of Charles Todd as their first Postmaster General. Thomas Gilbert's storehouse, post office and residence was the first European structure built on the Adelaide plains. It was a temporary hut built on the banks of the River Torrens. He was a member of the Street Naming Committee and a founding member of the South Australian Literary and Scientific Association, which was first established in London in 1834. Gilbert was also a founding member of the South Australian Lodge of Friendship No. 613. He was elected and initiated into Freemasonry the first meeting of the Lodge which was held in 1834 at the South Australian Association in London. He later was elected Master of the Lodge of Friendship on the 14 August 1838 and over the next years served a number of terms as its Master. Gilbert attended the Proclamation of South Australia at Glenelg on 28 December 1836. He is said to have proclaimed the toast: 'Mrs Hindmarsh and the Ladies' at the event. Thomas Gilbert retired in 1854. He died on 30 May 1873 aged 84 years of age and is buried in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide. On his gravestone is written 'Erected by a few colonialists in token of their sincere admiration of his honorable and generous qualities as a public officer and faithful friend'
On Friday morning, another of our pioneer colonists passed away to his rest. There are few South Australians who have not heard of Mr. Thomas Gilbert, the subject of this notice , and no face was more familiar than his to the early settlers. He arrived here by the Cygnet in 1836, with Sir George Kingston, Sir John Morphett, and others, whose names are associated with the foundation of the colony. The vessel anchored at Kangaroo Island In September, upwards of three months before the Buffalo, with our first Governor, reached Holdfast Bay. The Cygnet soon sailed for the mainlaind, where she was preceded by the Rapid, with Colonel Light on board. Mr. Gilbert held the appointment of Government Storekeeper and Postmaster-General ; but Colonel Gawler, the second Governor, separated the two offices, and conferred what was considered the highest position upon Captain Watts. Mr. Gilbert retained the other office until 1854, when he retired, and since then has been In receipt of a pension, amounting to rather over £300 from the Government, The deceased gentleman was of a singularly quiet and amiable disposition, and through all the difficulties and squabbles by which the early days of the province were marked, appears to have steered clear of 'the general strife. He was extremely charitable, so mush so that he was too often made the prey of unworthy persons making plausible appeals for assistance. Throughout his long career he secured the respect of all with whom he was brought into contact He died at a very advanced age, having completed his 86th year last August.
South Australian Advertiser 18 June 1873 page 6
GOODMAN, John 1815 -
Occupation of Labourer
GRANT, James 1812 -
May have died 12 August 1866 at Adelaide Aged 54 years
GREEN, William, Elizabeth MAY, Emma Barbara
GREEN, William 1814 - 21 March 1866 at Adelaide, SA
Died of Disease of the heart
GREEN.—On the 21st March, at Hindmarsh, of disease of the heart, Mr. William Green, aged 52 years. Mr. Green was an old colonist, having arrived in the Cygnet, in 1836, with the survey party, before the proclamation of the colony.
South Australian Register Tuesday 27 March 1899 page 7
GREEN, Elizabeth May 1813 - 1866
GREEN, Emma Barbara 1836 at sea - 1836
HARDY, Alfred 1813 - 16 March 1870 at Cheltenha, Gls, England
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 11286/5/15
Born Yorkshire, England Occupation of Surveyor Resided North Adelaide, Adelaide and Glen Osmond Returned to England
HEATH, George 1819 -
HOARE, James, Sarah ANGEL, Mary Ann, son, Elisabeth Mary
HOARE, James 1810 - 12 January 1893 at Adelaide, SA
Bonr Rochester, Kent, England Occupations of Gardener, Labourer and Shearer Resided Adelaide, Clare and Blackpoint Buried West Terrace Cemetery
James Hoare, who came to South Australia in the Cygnet, in 1836, and who later settled in the Penwortham and Clare districts. An elder half brother, John Rapid Hoare. who was born on November 7, 1836, was the first white child born in South Australia
The Advertiser Thursday 15 January 1948 page 5
Mr James Hoare of Clare :—" I will give you sketch of the trials and hardships we had to undergo when we first landed in the colony. Sailed from London in the Cygnet on March 20, 1869 and arrived at Kangaroo Island on September 10. with a wife and two daughters. Our goods had to be carried from the longboat oil our shoulders through the water to high ground. Just as we had finished building our huts an order came that we were to leave for Rapid Bay; whereupon we had to put all our things on board the brig Rapid and sail for the Bay where we landed on November 7. My wife was confined of a son in a small bell-tent; the thermometer stood at 127 ° in the tent, although it had double blankets over it and two blankets of water were thrown over it every half-hour. I built a hut for Mr. Finnis, and just got one ready for my own family when order came that all our goods and chattels were to be placed on board again. When this was done we set sail for Holdfast Bay, having been obliged to make three shifts in less than nine months. All work then had to be done by manual labor, and our provisions consisted of salt beef, salt pork, and hard biscuits. We had no camp ovens, and had to carry everything on our backs. I made a wheelbarrow and took Mr Finniss's goods in it to Adelaide at the latter end of January and beginning of February, 1837. I wheeled them over the plains— about 2 cwt. a day. There were no sheep, horses, or cattle in the colony, the only live animal being Governor Hindmarsh's mule. I cannot do heavy work now, as I am seventy four years old. I am hearty, and can do light work if I could get it. I think it would be a nice thing if some of our pioneers' sons who have made positions in the colony were to try and find some light employment for a few of the old colonists who are in a poor way, and who are able and willing for work. I do not think there are many left now who came here in 1836, as all who came in that year had the most hardships to bear."
Port Augusta Dispatch and Flinders' Advertiser Wednesday 06 December 1882 page 3
Last week Mr. James Hoare, another of the rapidly diminishing band of South Australian pioneers, died at the Home for Incurables at Fullarton. He had reached the age of 83 years, and his death was due to senile decay. Mr. Hoare arrivedintheCygnet, which on September 11, 1836, anchored at Kangaroo Island, but the colonists had only erected some ti-tree shelters when orders came to move on to Rapid Bay, which had then no name save inthe native tongue. The migration was effected inthe brig Rapid, after which the bay was called. Among Mr. Hoare's fellow passengers intheCygnet were Sir George Kingston, Sir John Morphett, Mr. B. T. Finnish, Captain Lipson, Mr. R. G. Symonds, Dr. and Mrs. Wright, and Mr. R. Quested Wright, their son. It is a singular circumstance that Mr. Hoare and Mr. R. Q. Wright should have both been present at the old tree, Glenelg, on December 28th last, this being their first meeting since they left theCygnet, 56 years ago. Mr. Hoare came out as a private servant to the Hon. B. T. Finniss, and was to have managed a farm for him on the mainland. At Rapid Bay he carried ashore on his back a cask full of carpenters' tools, &c, calculated to weigh 5 cwt. With a wheel contained in this cask and with native timber he built the first wheelbarrow made inthe colony. His wife was confined on November 7, 1836, of the first child born on the mainland of South Australia. At Rapid Bay Mr. Hoare had just got some green peas and potatoes growing nicely when he had to move on with Mr. Finniss to Holdfast Bay and leave his garden to the kangaroos and wallabies. His wages with Mr. Finniss were 15s. a week and double rations, and he was not sorry when after some misunderstanding with that gentleman he received notice that his services were not further required, as it was easy to get work at 5s. and 6s. a day elsewhere. The historic wheelbarrow brought the first goods up to the new city of Adelaide, and it was hot work wheeling inthe January days, according to the venerable pioneer. After leaving Mr. Finniss he worked at cutting reeds at the Reedbeds and pines inthe forest at North Adelaide. Reed huts were the first dwellings of the pioneers, and pine and paling followed as the next efforts in architecture. After enduring many of the ups and downs of Australian life, Mr. Hoare finished his days inthe Home for Incurables. He was comfortably housed in the Angas wing, but complained to a reporter, with whom he had a conversation on Commemoration Day, that people were not sending enough clothes there, and that he was short of garments. Mr. R. Q. Wright, on the same occasion, came down from his home at Yankalilla, where he lives with his brother, to witness another Commemoration Day. He was 16 when he arrivedintheCygnet, and is hale and hearty still. His father was medical man to the survey party. He remembers those early days when horses and bullocks were unknown, and when 'swells' like Parson Howard and the late Sir John Morphett had to wheel their own goods about in trucks.
South Australian Chronicle Saturday 2 January 1893 page 11
HOARE, Sarah nee ANGEL 16 January 1831 - October 1854 at Tarrengower Diggings, Vic.
HOARE, Mary Ann 1831 - 1916
HOARE, Elisabeth Mary (Betsy/Bessie) 12 January 1835 - 05 February 1900 at Awanui, New Zealand
Born Stoke On Trent, England Married Anton SUBRITZKY
KINGSTON, George Strickland 1807 - 26 November 1880 at sea
George Strickland Kingston, one of our earliest pioneers, who came out as a surveyor under Colonel Light in the ship Cygnet in 1836 and was for nearly 20 years Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly.
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 2403
Born Bandon, County cork, Ireland Occupations of Engineer, Politician, and Architect Resided Adelaide and Marino Died at sea en route to India per 'Malwa' Memorialised at West Terrace Cemetery
George Strickland Kingston was born in Bandon, Cork, Ireland, in August 1807, the son of timber merchant and landowner George Kingston and his wife Hester (née Holland). His future in his native land was curtailed by economic depression and in the 1820s he worked in England gathering experience in civil engineering. He returned briefly to Ireland to marry Henrietta (Harriet) Ann Stuart McDonough on 5th November 1829 and then spent two years in Birmingham working for water engineers before he committed himself to the South Australian Colonization scheme. He worked as an unpaid assistant from 1834, hoping to secure a position from the Commissioners. Without influence or contacts, his position was tenuous during the parliamentary delays in establishing the new private enterprise colony, but eventually he was offered the post of Deputy Surveyor-General under Colonel William Light. He sailed on the Cygnet in 1836.
Although Kingston had no experience as a surveyor, he initially formed a good partnership with Light and was the first man to explore the inland plain where Adelaide was eventually sited. It was he who, with John Morphett and Lieutenant William Field, discovered the River Torrens. When Light returned from Port Lincoln in December 1836, Kingston recommended the new site and supported his superior against the opposition of Governor Hindmarsh, who wanted the capital to be closer to its port. An acrimonious dispute erupted and it was Kingston who returned to London with the report that resulted in Hindmarsh’s recall. At the same time, the Colonization Commissioners wanted Light to hasten the survey and authorised Kingston to supplant him if he was unwilling to expedite matters. Light resigned and Kingston, despite his lack of surveying experience, took over the task, until he too was replaced. Recent analysis suggests that it was Kingston who was the principal designer of the Adelaide town plan, although the acclaim has gone to Colonel Light.
Under the new Governor, George Gawler, Kingston became Civil Engineer and Inspector of Public Works and began work on Government House, the Adelaide Gaol and a customs house at Glenelg. Government employment stopped with the collapse of the South Australian economy in the early 1840s and Kingston barely survived on the few private commissions he received as a self-taught architect. Surviving examples of his work include Ayers House, the original section of Adelaide Gaol and ‘Cummins’, the home he built for John Morphett. He also designed his family’s seaside home at Brighton, now known as Kingston House, and the first monument to Colonel Light in Light Square.
Fortune smiled again when he became a shareholder in the ‘Monster Mine’ at Burra, which made him a wealthy man. He eventually became a long-time director of the company and went on to represent the Burra district in the Legislative Council in 1851. His strong democratic leaning led him to fight for a broad franchise for the Lower House and he won a seat in the new House of Assembly in 1857, becoming its first Speaker. Described as an irascible Irishman, he garnered enemies by his persistent opposition to State aid for religion.
His first wife died in 1839 and on 10th April 1841 he married Ludovina Cameron, by whom he had six children, including Charles Cameron Kingston. Ludovina died in 1851 and Kingston married Emma Lipson on 4th December 1856. He became an establishment figure in Adelaide, walking the streets of the city with a silver-topped cane. He received a knighthood in 1870 and held his position as Speaker of the House of Assembly until his death on 26th November 1880 on a voyage to India for his health. He was buried at sea. http://sahistoryhub.com.au/people/sir-george-strickland-kingston
In 1851, Kingston was sworn in as a member of South Australia's first elected parliament and held his seat in the Legislative Council until he retired in October 1880. In 1854, Kingston became the first Speaker of the newly established House of Assembly, a position he also retained until his retirement.
LIPSON, Thomas, Elizabeth Emma FOOKS, Emma Mary Ann Catherine Berry, Mary Fooks, Berry/Bury James, Eliza Anne, Thomas Hardy, Louisa
LIPSON, Thomas 1784 - 25 October 1863 at Adelaide, SA
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 11169
Born Dartmouth, Devon, England Son of Matthew and Ann LIPSON nee MOORE First Naval Officer, first collector of customs and harbour master of Port Adelaide Buried West Terrace Cemetery Kingston Allotments Row 2 Site 34
Capt. Lipson was an old and useful pioneer. When the South Australian Colonization Bill was passed the Admiralty appointed Capt. Lipson naval officer for the proposed Province. The Commissioners appointed him as harbour master and Collector of Customs. Capt. Lipson, wife, and family, came out in the Cygnet, in 1836. He was the first person to welcome Governor Hindmarsh on his arrival. This was at Port Lincoln, at which place the Buffalo called before dropping anchor in Holdfast Bay. In Governor Robe's time Capt. Lipson took charge of the Government cutter, on board of which the Governor went on an exploring expedition, examining the bays on the south-east coast of the Province. In Governor Young's time Capt. Lipson took a keen interest in the navigation of the river Murray, and the Murray trade, he held the position of harbour master till 1855, when he retired on a life pension, Lipson street, Port Adelaide, perpetuates his name.
Observer Saturday 01 January 1927 page 43
LIPSON, Elizabeth Emma nee FOOKS 1790 - 30 May 1880 at North Adelaide, SA
Daughter of William FOOKS and Ann William nee McKENZIE
Death of Mrs. Lipson. — Our obituary contains a notice of the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Lipson, relict of the late Captain Thomas Lipson, of the Royal Navy, the first Naval Officer, Collector of Customs, and Harbour-Master of South Australia, who died in 1863. The deceased lady had arrived at the mature age of 90, but we learn that to the last her faculties were almost unimpaired. Mrs. Lipson arrived in South Australia with her husband in 1836, before the proclamation of the colony. The deceased leaves two daughters, one of whom is married to the Rev. Henry Inman, the Rector of Westhope, in Derbyshire ; and the other to Mr. James C. Hawker, late Comptroler of Customs. Two sons (Thomas and Berry) died a number of years ago. The deceased lady, in addition to two daughters, leaves a number of grandchildren. Mrs. Lipson's eldest daughter was the late Lady Kingston.
South Australian Register Saturday 12 June 1880 page 2
LIPSON, Emma Mary Ann Catherine Berry 1813 - 28 April 1876 in Adelaide, SA
As a widow in 1856, she married Sir George Strickland Kingston, a surveyor and who had also emigrated to Australia on board the Cygnet in the spring of 1836. He was apparently widely unpopular, not least with Thomas Lipson, and viewed as a tactless and somewhat boorish character. He was also twice widowed when Emma Catherine Mary married him. George had five children from his previous marriage all under the age of fifteen and may have felt that the children would have benefited from having a mother. When her husband was knighted she become Lady Kingston.
DEATH OF LADYKINGSTON.—We regret having to announce the death of LadyKingston, wife of the Hon. Sir G. S. Kingston, Speaker of the House of Assembly. The sad event took place at 12.30 this morning at Sir George Kingston's residence in Grote-street. LadyKingston was a daughter of the lite Captain Thos. Lipson, R.N., formerly Harbour-Master of South Australia.
Evening Journal Friday 28 April 1876 page 2
LIPSON, Mary Fooks 27 March 1820 - 20 January 1898 at Swinderby, Lincolnshire, England
Mary Fooks Lipson was born on 27 March 1820 at Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France, while her father was on half-pay from the Royal Navy. She married Henry Inman (1816–95), at Adelaide in 1839. Henry became the Inspector of Police in South Australia but was dismissed following a scandal over pay for hay for police horses. After this the family returned to England in the 1840s, where Henry took holy orders and eventually became the rector of North Scarle in Lincolnshire. Mary Fooks Lipson died in 1898 and so lived a long life. They had four sons, of whom Henry junior returned to Australia, with tales of his grandfather’s naval exploits in the early years of the century.
LIPSON, Berry James 1816 - 04 November 1872 at Bathurst, NSW
A clerk in the Colonial Secretary's office. He was convicted of larceny in 1851. A Mr. Lipson left Adelaide alone on the schooner "Amicus" in 1853.
Colonial Secretary's Office, July 5th, 1850. His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor has been pleased to appoint BerryJamesLipson, Esq., to be Deputy Registrar of Births, Marriages, and Deaths for the undermentioned districts and counties, in the room of G. H. Barnard, Esq. Districts and Counties of Adelaide, Gawler, Light, Stanley, Russell, Sturt, and Eyre. Appointment to take date from the 5th ultimo, inclusive.
South Australian Register Friday 12 July 1850 page 3
CRIMINAL SITTINGS. Monday, February 17. His Honor Judge Crawford, took his seat at the 'usual hour, when the trial of BerryJames Lipson, adjourned from Saturday, was proceeded with. Mr Fisher made a long, powerful, and eloquent appeal to the Jury on behalf of the prisoner, against whom the learned gentleman submitted not the slightest case had been made out. Mr Fisher thought it unnecessary to call witnesses, in which opinion his Honor concurred. His Honor then summed up at great length, reviewing the whole of the evidence with the utmost impartiality, and concluded by directing the Jury that if they were of opinion the prisoner had applied the £239 9s. 9d. to his own use, no matter with what prospect of repayment, then they must return a verdict of guilty against him under the - 5th county but if they believed that the money was in his cash-box at home, and there had been nothing to show to the contrary, or that he had lost it between the 30th of November and the 6th of December, the day the money was to be paid in, the fraudulent intent on the part of the prisoner would be negatived. Or if they believed that the money was held back through the prisoner's care less and slovenly method of keeping his books, then the charge of fraudulently appropriating the money would be negatived. As for the charge of embezzlement, his Honor did not think that could be sustained there had been no attempt on the prisoner's part at concealment, and no endevour to keep back his accounts, although it must be confessed the books had not been produced till called for. With regard to an observation that had fallen from the learned Counsel, Mr Fisher, that a verdict against'his client would entail disgrace on his family, his Honor could not agree with it. No verdict they could return against the prisoner could entail disgrace on his most respectable family, as it was quite clear that parents could not be responsible for the misconduct of their children. After some further remarks, his Honor directed the jury to retire and consider their verdict. After an absence of an hour and twenty minutes the Jury returned with a verdict of Guilty, on the 5th count, with a recommendation to mercy, on account of his previous good official character. His Honor would take this recommendation into consideration. Mr Fisher moved an arrest of judgment on the ground that the prisoner was found guilty on the 5th count, which charged him with the same offence as that contained in the 3rd and 4th count. The Court refused to arrest judgment on that point. The prisoner was then asked whether he wished to say anything in arrest of judgment. The prisoner said the verdict of the Jury threw discredit on his statement, that he had lost the money on the Port Road. He could have produced evidence to shew that such was the fact, but be was informed that the evidence he had to produce would not be legal evidence. In believing that he had not lost the money, the Jury must be thrown on the horns of two dilemmas, for if the contrary were the case, they must believe either that he had expended the money or retained it in his possession. He would defy any one to prove that his style of living had been beyond what his income warranted. If he had retained the money, why should he have sold all the little property he possessed to make good the deficiency? Here the prisoner became too much affected to proceed, and sobbed convulsively for some minutes. His Honor in passing sentence, said he was sorry to see the prisoner in such a situation. The jury had accompanied their verdict with a recommendation to mercy, on account of his previous good character. Had it not been for that recommendation, his Honor should have passed a very severe sentence on him. As it was, he should only pass such a sentence, as would act as a warning to others employed-in -situations similar to that recently filled by the prisoner. His Honor continued, if he (the prisoner) had paid in the monies to the Treasury as he received them, and had not allowed week after week to elapse without thinking how far he was going, he would never have stood in that disgraceful position. His Honor considered the prisoner's misconduct as not reflecting the slightest disgrace on his most respected family. The prisoner had introduced distrust and suspicion into the public departments, and had it not been for the recommendation of the jury, and some extenuating circumstances, his Honor would have sentenced the prisoner to the full penalty allowed by the law for that offence, viz., transportation for fourteen years. As it was, taking into consideration the jury's recommendation, and the fact that some attempt had been made by the prisoner to repair his error, he (his Honor) thought the ends of justice would be answered, if he sentenced him (which he did) to six month's imprisonment, with hard labour, the last fortnight to be passed in solitary confinement.
Adelaide Times Tuesday 18 February 1851 page 4
LIPSON, Eliza Anne 1818 - 15 March 1845 'Lexington' Moyston, Vic.
Married John ALLAN Died at childbirth aged 26 years
LIPSON, Thomas Hardy 1823 - 18 March 1862 at Kapunda, SA
Occupation of Customs Officer at Port Adelaide Buried Kapunda Christ Church Anglican Cemetery
LIPSON.—At his residence, River Light, on the 18th inst. ThomasHardyLipson, Esq., aged 39, formerly of H.M. Customs, Port Adelaide, and youngest son of Capt. Thomas Lipson, Royal Navy
The South Australian Advertiser Wednesday 26 March 1862 page 7
LIPSON, Louisa 09 September 1829 - 05 August 1918 in Melbourne, Vic.
Married James C HAWKER
LOCKETT, John 1817 - 14 September 1869 at Stirling near Port Augusta, SA
Occupation of Butcher
CORONERS' INQUESTS. SUDDEN DEATH AT PORT AUGUSTA. An inquest was held at Stirling, near Port Augusta, on the 16th September, before Mr. P. R. Warren, J.P., and a Jury of 13, touching the decease of JohnLockett. who was found dead in bis house on the previous evening. Mr. W. Kent was chosen foreman, and the body having been viewed, witnesses were called, the following being the substance of their evidence:—lsaac Coventry, school teacher, was watering cattle the previous day when he met deceased, who in reply to a question of witness, said be had fallen again, which witness uunderstood to mean that he had been trying to keep from drink, but had yielded to the temptation. Deceased said (as witness believed) he was going home to rest In the evening deceased's wife saw witness about him, being very uneasy. Witness went to the house, struck a light, and on going into deceased's bedroom found him dead on his bed. Went to Port Augusta and informed the police. Deceased was not drank when witness saw him in the morning, but be had been drinking. Saw bim while he was on the spree. He did not complain of want of food. Did not think he was suffering such want Deceased was lying on bis right side, with his hand across his breast, with a bottle like that produced near him. He was a drinking man before witness knew him, but he once signed the pledge, and kept It for 12 months. Deceased once spoke of doing harm to himself, and mentioned having a gun and ammunition in the house. He was not on good terms with his wife, and had struck her, since which time she kept away from him. As far as witness knew, witness was not in the habit of taking laudanusa. Never heard him speak of destroying himself when he was sober. Did not know the name of the man he was quarrelling with on the previous Sunday. Saw no marks on him but a slight cut on the hand. Mary Ann Lockett, wife of deceased, last saw him alive the previous day, very drunk, coming down the road. He commenced drinking a fortnight ago. He drank three days, then worked three days, and had been drinking ever since. Last Saturday he brought a drunken man home with him. Gave them breakfast, and told deceased if he went drinking again she must leave him. About an hour after breakfast deceased went to the township again, the drunken man remaining and going to sleep. Deceased came back very drunk. Saw the other man give him money to get another bottle. Told him she could not live with him. Went into the scrub and stayed from 11 till 5 in the afternoon. Returned to get tea, and while making a fire deceased knocked her down. Went again into the scrub, and returned again about 10 o'clock, when deceased was in bed. That was on Saturday last (11th September). Saw deceased occasionally since, but not to speak to him. Was afraid to go to the house after that Saw him the previous day very drunk. Had never known him complain of any illness, but pain in the back. Last Tuesday, week had hard work to keep him from shooting himself; and one night last week he brought the bottle produced, and asked her to take half of it and he would take the other half. He had been in the colony 33 years. The paper produced was in his handwriting. Did not know the contents. Did not know of his having a quarrel with any man lately. Henry Hannuschky, landlord of the Stirling Hotel, deposed that deceased had a pint of beer at bis inn the previous morning between 7 and 8 o'clock. He was not drunk, but might have been a little queer from the effects of the previous night's drinking. He had been on the spree for three weeks, except about three days, when he was at work. He had not quarrelled with any one in witness's house. Had known him two years. He was a teetotaller and religious for 12 months of that time. Richard Alfred Kent, landlord of the Travellers" Rest Hotel, stated that deceased had called for two nobblers in his house the previous morning, and remained there about ten minutes. He had been in the habit of getting drunk for eight or nine months. There was no unusual appearance about him. Jane Coventry, who had charge of a store, stated that deceased bad bought no poison of her. The inquest was then adjourned till the following morning, that a post-mortem might be made. The Jury having reassembled the next day, Dr. S. K. Ellison stated that he had examined the body, and found inflammation of the pleura, enlargement of the heart, disease of both kidneys, and congestion and effusion of the brain. There was a bruise on the left shoulder, and a scratch on the back of the right hand. Was of opinion apoplexy was the immediate cause of death. The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased died of apoplexy.
South Australian Advertiser Thursday 23 September 1869 page 3
A Port Augusta correspondent informs us that tho late JohnLockett, concerning whose death an inquest was recently field at Stirling did not arrive in the colony in the Rapid, on the 18th August, 1836, but by the Cygnet, on the 3rd September of the same year. Our informant was himself a passenger by the Rapid with, Colonel Light.
The Express and Telegraph Monday 11 October 1869 page 2
LOVEY / LAVEY, John
MARSHALL, James, Mary Anne, Catharine Frances
MARSHALL, James 1807 -
Occupation of Painter and Glazier Resided in Adelaide
MARSHALL, Mary Anne nee CARPENTER 1815 -
Born London, England
MARSHALL, Catharine Frances 1836 -
MILDE, wife, daughter
MORPHETT, John 1809 - 07 November 1892 at Cummins, Morphettville, SA
State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B11135
Sir John Morphett (1809-1892), landowner and politician, was born on 4 May 1809 in London, a son of Nathaniel Morphett and Mary, née Gliddon, of Cummins, Ide, Devon. His father came from a Kentish family and was a London solicitor. After leaving school at 16 Morphett joined a London commercial office and at 21 entered the counting-house of Harris & Co., in Alexandria, Egypt. Morphett returned to London in 1834 with his younger brother George and, through Dr Edward Wright, became interested in the South Australian Association, then pressing for the establishment of a colony in southern Australia, on the principles of systematic colonization advocated by Edward Gibbon Wakefield. On the passing of the South Australian Act (4 & 5 Wm IV, c. 95), Morphett issued a four-page circular, Reasons for the Purchase of Land in South Australia, by Persons Resident in Britain; With a View to the Removal of Labourers, and the Profitable Employment of Capital. In this pamphlet he declared his intention of migrating and his readiness to act for purchasers of land. He also advertised in similar terms in the Globe and Traveller, 30 July 1835. In September 1834 he joined the South Australian Literary Association, and was soon elected to its committee. By 1835 he was one of the most energetic advocates of the new province. Morphett sailed in the Cygnet and arrived in South Australia in September 1836. Two months later with Lieutenant Field and (Sir) George Kingston, he discovered the River Torrens. He considered Kangaroo Island unsuitable for permanent settlement but reported favourably on the mainland after two visits, his letter being published in London in pamphlet form. At the crucial meeting on 10 February 1837 Morphett's votes were decisive in confirming the site of Adelaide. In July 1837 in support of the resident commissioner, (Sir) James Fisher, against Governor (Sir) John Hindmarsh, he joined the committee which established the Southern Australian and his report on these matters was published next year in London. Hindmarsh later complained that Morphett was largely responsible for his recall. In 1839 Morphett had a part in selecting six special surveys, mostly for his English friends and for the Secondary Towns Association. With his Mediterranean experience he believed that wool-growing was more suited than agriculture to South Australia, but he also knew that the colony needed men of capital. He threw his weight behind every good cause; in 1840 he became treasurer of Adelaide's Municipal Corporation, helped to found the Agricultural Society in 1844, gave support to the Collegiate School of St Peter and acted as attorney for the Society for Propagating the Gospel in foreign parts. He became a local director of the South Australian Banking Co., and served on the committee of the English Railway Co. His office on North Terrace was thronged by men seeking level-headed advice on land and commerce and he was a popular chairman at public meetings. Morphett's political career was long and distinguished. In 1843 he became one of the first non-official nominees in the Legislative Council. In 1846 he was one of four who walked out in protest against the mining royalty proposals, but later he proposed the bill for state aid to religion. Next year he visited England, returning in time to oppose Earl Grey's federal plans and local moves for vote by ballot. When the Legislative Council was reformed he was again nominated and in August 1851 he was elected Speaker. In the first elections under responsible government in March 1857 he won a place in the Legislative Council. In 1861 he was chief secretary in the two short Thomas Reynolds ministries, resigning because he was unable to support the moves to dismiss Judge Benjamin Boothby. In 1865 he became president of the Legislative Council, and retained the post until his retirement from politics in 1873. On 15 August 1838 Morphett married Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of J. H. Fisher. He was knighted in 1870, and died at his house, Cummins, Morphettville, on 7 November 1892, survived by six daughters and four sons. Portraits include a crayon drawing by Samuel Laurence in the possession of H. C. Morphett, Adelaide. As a prominent founder, his name figures large in South Australia's toponymy.
NEALE, William Henry, Mary Elizabeth, Mary, Frances, Henry, Elizabeth
NEALE, William Henry 05 April 1800 - 09 May 1886 at Echuca, Vic.
Born Cheam, Surrey, England Buried Bendigo Cemetery Occupation of Neale and Emmett Auctioneers
Another old Bendigo pioneer has gone to his long home. Mr WilliamHenryNeale, who will be remembered by many old residents of Sandhurst, expired after a long and painful illness, on Sunday morning, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. E. Brodribb in Echuca. He had attained the great age of 84 years, and for a considerable time past has been in a failing condition. But some months ago he was attacked by the terrible disease of cancer in the mouth, which has at length proved fatal; and whilst we may regret the decease of a very worthy gentleman, we cannot but reflect that a release from great bodily torture at his age is an event not to be deplored. Mr Neale, who was a native of Surrey, in England, arrived in South Australia at a very early period, and carried on business for a long time as an auctioneeer in Franklin-street, in Adelaide. In a letter written by him in reply to an inquiry made by an Adelaide journal, he stated that his son who died in in fancy was "undoubtedly the first child born in South Australia. He was born in Nepean Bay on the 13th September, 1836, baptised by Capt. Rolls on the 31st October on Kangaroo Island, and died on the 18th November at Holdfast Bay, now called Glenelg. It will thus be seen that the deceased was a colonist of fifty years' standing. He was a member of a survey party sent out in a vessel called the Rapid to Adelaide by the Home Government. In 1852 he came overland to Bendigo with a large family party, of which Mr William Emmett, a son-in-law, was one, with whom he shortly afterwards started in partnership in the auctioneering business in Camp-street. Subsequently, when the town was laid out in building allotments, they removed to the site of the present Noah's Ark stables in Mundy-street. His first residence was on that part of Camp Hill which is now known as the Agricultural Reserve. He was returning officer for the Sandurst boroughs for some years previous to the appointment of Mr J. H. Abbott. In 1856 he was selected a member of the Borough Council of Sandhurst. Shortly afterwards he took the contract for the construction of the telegraph line from Sandhurst to Echuca, and thence to Deniliquin. In December, 1866, his wife died at their then residence at Back Creek, and shortly after that he left Sandhurst for the station of his son-in-law, Mr E. Brodribb, in New South Wales, where he remained until after the death of that gentleman, when he accompanied Mrs Brodribb to Echuca where he has since resided. Six children, five daughters and one son with thirty grand-children are left to mourn their loss. The remains of the deceased gentleman will be brought to Sandhurst for interment, and will be laid in the Back Creek Cemetery to-day. The funeral will leave the railway station shortly after the arrival, at a quarter-past eleven, of the Echuca train.
Bendigo Advertiser Tuesday 11 May 1886 page 3
NEALE, Mary Elizabeth 29 August 1802 - 11 December 1866 Back Creek, Vic.
Born Westminster, England Buried Bendigo Cemetery, Vic.
NEALE, Mary Elizabeth 20 September 1829 - 19 July 1916 in Footscray, Vic.
Married William A EMMETT
NEALE, Frances Emily 20 September 1831 - 17 March 1917 at Bendigo, Vic.
Married James O'DONAHOO
Mrs. James O'Donahoo, who died recently in Bendigo in her 86th year, landed with her parents (the Neales) at Adelaide at the end of 1836 in the ship Cygnet. In 1852 she married, and with her husband and father's family travelled, overland by bullock team right through from Adelaide to Bendigo. She was thus a colonist of South Australia and Victoria for over 80 years, and a resident of Bendigo for 65 years. Five sons and three daughters survive her. R.I.P.
Southern Cross Friday 30 March 1917 page 12
NEALE, Henry William 1833 - 01 August 1882 W Hills, Vic.
FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT. In our issue of yesterday, we recorded the occurrence of a sad and fatal accident on the railway line near the White Hills, which took place on the previous levelling. After the passage of the 8 p.m. Echiica train, the gatekeeper of No. 4 gate, Michael O'Connor, discovered a human body on the line, which had been run over, and was fear fully mutilated. O'Connor communicated the fact to Constable Ryan, of White Hills, and, together, they searched the spot. They found that the head had been cleanly severed from the body, and was lying 14 or 15 yards away from it. It may be imagined, after their reading the account of this terrible accident, what a shock it must have been to the family of tho deceased on learning that his remains had been identified. They proved to be those of Mr. H. W. Neale for some time resident at the Back Creek. He was the eldest son of Mr. W. H. Neale, a gentleman now in his 80th year, who commenced business as auctioneer in company with Mr. Wm. Emmett, brother of the late Mr. E. N. Emmett, in Sandhurst, in 1853. The deceased arrived on Bendigo a year before his father and family, and was engaged in gold digging, but on the arrival of his relatives from Adelaide, he quitted that pursuit to take part in the auctioneering business. Some years subsequently lie occupied, in partnership with his brothers-in-law, Messrs. Albert and Edward Broadribb, the station of Tarrawonga, between the Laclilan and the Darling. There, by some accident which caused a severe illness, he lost tho sight of one of his eyes. Some heavy losses befel him through drought and fire, and his mind became affected; so much so, that it was necessary to place him in a lunatic asylum. This was merely in consequence of his proving incompetent to manage his affairs and acting in an eccentric manner; but he was perfectly inoffensive and quite gentle and kind in his demeanor. His incarceration in the asylum seems to have left a deep impression on his mind and a horror of being again placed under similar restraint; and ever since Ins discharge, when subject at intervals to aberration of intellect, he has shown a dread of being treated as a lunatic. For a considerable time he had been apparently quite sane, but latterly bad symptoms showed themselves, and his medical attendant was of opinion that the time was, approaching when it would be necessary again to place him in confinement. Since tho late discovery of gold at Pieper's Hill, he took up a claim in that locality, and, in order to be near it, resided occasionally with his brother-in-law, Mr. W. Emmett at the Sheepwash Creek. He left home on Monday to proceed thither, and as Mrs. Neale ascertained on Tuesday that he had not reached the farm, she informed tho police. Nothing, however, was heard of him until the fearful intelligence was conveyed through tho police to the family that his was the body which had been found on the rail way line. He must have lost his way and wandered about until tho accident occurred by which he was deprived of his life. His remains were identified by some of his relatives. There can be no doubt that lib met with his end accidentally, as his hat was found at Echuca on the buffer of the engine, showing that he must have been walking on tho line when struck. His death must have been instantaneous and painless. Great sympathy is felt for his widow and family. The following is a condensed report of tho inquest. :— The body which was found decapitated near No. 40 gate, White Hills, on the Echuca railway line, oil Tuesday night, by Michael O'Connor, the gatekeeper, was identified as that of Henry WilliamNeale, an old resident of Sandhurst. The deceased, who was 48 years of age, was a married man, with two children. About four years ago the deceased became affected in the brain, and was subsequently placed in the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, where ho remained some months. He never thoroughly recovered, and lately displayed symptoms of insanity, but no suicidal tendencies. On Monday he left his homo about throe o'clock with the stated intention of proceeding to the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Wm. Emmett, at the Sheepwash. He did not go to the place, and not returning home his wife informed the police, and a warrant authorising his arrest was issued on tho following day. It appeal's that the deceased, before he was struck by the locomotive, had walked along the line for some distance, as footmarks corresponding with those which would be made by the deceased's boots were yesterday morning discovered. The driver of the engine (Samuel Rake) states that neither himself nor the fireman felt any obstruction on the journey of the engine, but upon examination yesterday morning a spot of blood was found under, the tender springs. A post-mortem examination of the body, which was made yesterday by Dr. Atkinson, showed that tho deceased's head had been completely cut off, and the upper part of the skull was fractured. There were other severe injuries to the body, The above facts were elicited at an inquest which was held yesterday by tho coroner at the White Hills police-station. The finding of the jury was that tho deceased Was accidentally killed by a passing train, and that no blame was attributable to the engine-driver.
Bendigo Advertiser Thursday 03 August 1882 page 3
NEALE, Elizabeth 07 December 1834 - 11 January 1920 at Echuca, Vic.
Married Edward BRODRIBB
Mrs ElizabethBrodribb, a resident of Echuca since 1874, died in her 87th year. She had been a colonist since 1837, and in the early fifties resided at Bendigo.
Weekly Times Melbourne Saturday 17 January 1920 page 30
Mrs. ElizabethBrodribb, who died at Echuca, on Sunday at the age of 86, came to Australia early in 1837. In 1857 she married the late Edward Brodribb at Bendigo, and they engaged in pastoral pursuits, owning, in conjunction with Mr. W.H. Neale, Tarrawonga Station, near Booligal, where they lived, for some years. Mr. Brodribb died in 1870, and Mrs. Brodribb shortly afterwards went to reside in Echuca. Three sons and one daughter survive her.
The River Grazier Friday 16 January 1920 page 4
OSBORN, Henry 1819 - Died after 1866
Occupation of Shepherd Resided Orroroo and Yongala
PARRINGTON, Charles 1813 - 19 December 1882 at Coobowie, SA
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 2738
Born Titchfield, Hampshire, England First European to put foot on the Yorke Pensinsula, SA Buried Edithburgh, SA Occupations of Labourer, Shingle Splitter and Farmer Resided Thebarton, Currency Creek and Hindmarsh Valley
Our obituary notice a few days ago contained the announcement of the death of Mr. Charles Parrington, of Coobowie, southern Yorke's Peninsula, at the ripe age of 70 years. Mr. Parrington was an old colonist, having arrivedinthe ship Cygnetin 1836, a little over 46 years ago. For many years he resided on Yorke's Peninsula, and is said to have been the first white man to visit and explore that portion of the colony. After a lot of knocking about, during which he passed through many adventures and vicissitudes, he engaged himself as a shepherd on the Penton Vale station, under Messrs. Anstey and Giles, and followed that employment until advancing years and increasing infirmities compelled him to give it up. He subsequently removed to Coobowie, and, providing himself with a small boat, took to fishing, confining his operations mostly to the comparatively shallow waters of MacDonnell Sound. On one occasion something went wrong with the stearing gear of his boat, and he was carried out into the gulf, and when drifting out to sea was picked up by the steamer Emu after tossing about and having had nothing to eat for nearly three days. On the 19th inst. he was in his boat attending to his nets, and. was seen by his wife, who was standing at the door of her house, to suddenly fall down. On the alarm being given several persons went to him and found him dead. An inquest was held by Mr. E. Gower, S. M, and a verdict was returned that heart disease was the cause of death. His remains were interred inthe Edithburgh Cemetery, the service being conducted by the Rev. Mr. Whitton, Anglican minister, and a large number of persons were present at the grave. Deceased has left several children, all of whom are able to take care of themselves and some are married.
South Australian Weekly Chronicle Saturday 30 December 1882 page 23
PARIS, Stephen, Caroline HARDHAM
PARIS, Stephen 1807 - 22 August 1859 in Kapunda, SA
Occupation of Shepherd Resided Wakefield, SA
Kapunda. September 6. On the 25th ultimo an old shepherd, named Stephen Paris, in the employ of Messrs. Bowman, was riding out late in the evening from Kapunda in company, when on reaching Allen's Creek, ha fell from his horse. He was carried into the Wheatsheaf Inn and put to bed. On the next morning he was found by the landlord lying outside the house in a state or insensibility. He was instantly brought in, and a doctor was sent for, who had him brought to Kapunda, where he gradually sunk, and ultimately died on the 30th. No inquest has been held, but it is generally thought there ought to have been. The deceased was a steady man, and has left a large family of motherless children.
South Australian Register Tuesday 06 September 1859 page 3
PARIS, Caroline nee HARDHAM 1807 - 1856
PARSONS, Edmund 20 January 1811 - 13 May 1892 at Goodwood Park, SA
Born Lower Tottenham, Middlesex, England Occupations of Servant, Storekeeper and Gardener Resided Adelaide and Goodwood Park Buried West Terrace Cemetery
We have to record the death of an old colonist, Mr. Edmund Parsons, who arrived in South Australia by the barque Cygnet on September 10, 1836, and was present at the proclamation of the colony. On his arrival here Mr. Parsons at once entered the service of the Government, and whilst engaged in firing a salute in honor of her Majesty's birthday he accidentally got his left hand blown off. When the gold fever was at its height he left for Victoria and remained there for a considerable time, but eventually returned to South Australia. Mr. Parsons was in no sense a public man, but by his neighbors and friends was esteemed for his integrity. Since the death of his wife, some seven years ago, he has resided with his son, at whose residence he died on Friday last at the ripe age of 81. He leaves two sons and three daughters, 21 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. His remains were interred on Sunday afternoon in the West-terrace Cemetery, a large circle of friends being present to pay their last tribute of respect.
Chronicle 21 May 1892 page 12
POWYS, Thomas 1817 -
Born Titchmarsh, Northhampton, England
QUIN, Hugh 1817 - 23 April 1896 at Port Adelaide, SA
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QUIN, Hugh Captain of the ship Born Newry, County Armagh, Ireland Pilot and Habour Master at Port Adelaide Resided in Adelaide and Port Adelaide Buried Alberton Cemetery
A PIONEER COLONIST. Captain Quin, one of the first harbormasters of Port Adelaide, died at his residence on Wednesday morning at the advanced age of 79. The captain was one of the boldest of the adventurous spirits who pioneered this colony. He came here 59 years ago, and many were the deeds of daring which he used to relate concerning the early days of the settlement's existence. He arrived in this colony in the ship Cygnet in September, 1836. He was second mate of the vessel, the master being Captain Thomas Lipson. The latter had been appointed in England to the position of harbormaster. The Cygnet first touched at Kangaroo Island and after remaining there for a short time went to Hobart for stores. The vessel was away six months and on coming back Captain Quin obtained his discharge, and in August, 1837, was appointed acting pilot. He remained in that position until March, 1838, when Governor Hindmarsh licensed him as pilot. In 1839 he was made assistant harbormaster under Captain Lipson and be retained that office until the arrival of Governor Grey in 1841. At that time a great reduction was made in the service. Three pilots were discharged, and the late Captain Quin was appointed chief pilot at a reduced salary, although he also held the office of keeper of the powder magazine. He continued in these offices until 1849, when he was appointed master of the Government tug at a salary of £200 a year. He had besides other duties to perform, such as taking charge of the Government schooner when she went round the coast. In 1854 the office of superintendent of pilots was added to that of master of the tug. In 1856 the tug was sold and Captain Quin, was appointed by the Trinity Board assistant harbormaster under Captain Douglas. In 1858 he was appointed harbormaster, which office he held for a number of years. He was specially thanked by the Government on two occasions, once for saving the life of a girl who had fallen overboard from an immigrant ship and at another time for taking out a supplementary mail to Kangaroo Island when others refused to go. The Trinity House officials also noticed the latter event, for they wrote to Captain Quin stating that they had much pleasure in conveying their sense of the zeal, energy, and perseverance he exhibited in navigating the Young Australian in such tempestuous weather. He was also informed that his act of daring had been brought under the notice of the Treasurer with expressions of the high opinion in which his conduct was held and record of which was placed on the minutes. His extraordinary skill as a pilot has often been commented upon. Even to within the last few years he served in this capacity on the coast, his great age notwithstanding, but in the early days it is said he conducted himself in the most exemplary manner, his ability as a seaman and extraordinary skill as a pilot at the commencement of the colony, before the harbor was buoyed off or the assistance of a steamtug obtained, were most conducive, according to no less an authority than Captain Lipson, to the high character of the port, and at the time he was highly recommended as a most zealous and deserving officer. Captain Douglas, Collector of Customs, spoke most highly of him while under his orders as a brilliant seaman, a most excellent pilot, and from his intimate knowledge of the coastline and navigable waters, without doubt the best authority at that time in the colony on these subjects. On the occasion of a wreck at Port MacDonnell the late captain was publicly thanked by Governor MacDonnell for his services. At a meeting held in the city of Adelaide on that occasion, the Governor presiding, a resolution was carried—"That this meeting desires to express its admiration of the Lady Bird, Corin, Ant, and the lifeboats, and of those who co-operated from the beach in attempting at the risk of their lives the rescue of the survivors of the late wreck." The Governor further stated that he had great pleasure in being the medium of conveying to Captain Quin personally and to the crew on board the Corin under his command the thanks of the meeting as above expressed, representing, as he believed it did, the universal feeling which prevailed on the subject throughout the province. There was not a better known figure in the Port than the late captain, although during the last few months the infirmities of old age had confined him to his house. His funeral will take place at Alberton on Friday. Our shipping reporter writes:—"The death of Captain Quin on Wednesday morning, though not entirely unexpected, caused a shock to the few old identities of the Port now left from the early days when the greater part of the place was under water at the spring tides and the site of the present railway-station was a good corner for duck shooting. It was just after the resignation of Captain Lipson, the first harbormaster, that Captain Quin was appointed, but for years before that he and the Germeins were prominent in all matters connected with the foreshore and its belongings. He arrived here as second mate of the Cygnet on September 11, 1836,when 19 years of age. This vessel discharged part of her cargo at Kangaroo Island and then proceeded to survey Port Lincoln and its surroundings, for it was then doubtful where the metropolis of the colony would be located. After seven weeks of that service the Cygnet returned to Holdfast Bay and met the Buffalo with Governor Hindmarsh on board, and Captain Quin was among those present when, on December 28, 1836, the colony was proclaimed at Glenelg. After that the vessel continued on the intercolonial service to Tasmania, but being offered a billet on shore by Colonel Light Captain Quin returned in 1837 and was immediately appointed pilot. He remained in that position till February 21, 1839, when the naval officer and harbormaster wishing to leave the colony for a time Captain Quin was asked to take up the duties of harbormaster. He had been appointed pilot in August, 1837, and after a time the Government imported a steamtug named the Adelaide, to which he was transferred in 1849. In that capacity he remained till private enterprise introduced other tugs, and in 1853 Captain Quin was appointed superintendent of pilots, making himself extremely popular from his mode of carrying on the work. Then the pilot service was changed, and in 1858 he was appointed harbormaster, a position which he filled with every satisfaction until 1882, when he retired on compensation. At one time he took particular interest in the Volunteer movement, and had charge of the Port contingent for many years. He was never a very prominent public character, but took a deep interest in the progress and development of nautical matters. During a long career few men were more respected and liked in the Port than Captain Quin."
The Advertiser Thursday 30 April 1896 page 7
ROGERS, Thomas William 1787 - 12 February 1838 at Adelaide, SA
Mr. Thomas Rogers, who was survey storekeeper, arrivedintheCygnet three months previously, his family following as stated inthe Tam o' Shanter.
The Express and Telegraph Tuesday 21 January 1896 page 2
SLADDEN, John, Susannah DANIELS, Basil, Isaac, Smitheyt, Richard
SLADDEN, John 1763 - 16 December 1852 at Black Forest, SA
Licencee of the Cornwall Hotel, Rundle Street Adelaide in 1839 Buried West Terrace Cemetery - location unknown Occupations of Publican Resided at St. Marys and Black Forest
DIED. On the 16th instant, at his residence, near the Kangaroo Inn, South-road, JohnSladden, aged 88 years, much regretted by a numerous circle of friends.
On the 16th instant, after a severe illness, JohnSladden, of the Black Forest.
The South Australian Register Tuesday 21 December 1852 page 3
SLADDEN, Susannah nee DANIELS 1776 - 05 April 1848 at South Road, Black Forest SA
Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 3 Path 15 W 17
Licencee of the Kangaroo Hotel, Onkaparinga Road in 1842 Occupations of Publican and Farmer Resided at St. Marys and Murray River
BasilSladden, who lived at he Horseshoe, and used to supply the people with kangaroo meat and wild turkeys at 1s. a lb. Vegetables were scarce, too.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, on Monday, 5th March, at one o'clock precisely, at Mr. BasilSladden's, near the Commissioner's Stores, Mocha Coffee in small baskets. Fine Sugar in baskets. Bottled Pale Ale in three dozen casks. Ox Tongues, Pork, in 200 lb. barrels Pepper in bags, Sago in 35 lb. ditto Cambelltown Whisky in barrels of 22 gallons. Blankets and Twilled Flannel Shirts Gainsburg, and Towelling, Hack in sacks. Men's Braces, half Hose, and Wailey-brown thread. Regatta Shirts, brown Sheeting, and a great variety of Cotton Goods. Cigars. Tinware, &c. &c. TERMS:—Below £10, Cash; above £10 and under £20, one month; above £20 and under £30, two months; above £30, three months, by approved bills. The lots will be put up to suit individuals and private families. Apply to Mr. C. BERKELEY. Samples to be seen at Mr. Bazil Sadden's. Refer to the Cargo List for particulars. A couple of Country Sections wanted.
South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register Saturday 03 March 1838 page 2
SLADDEN, Isaac 1818 - 19 March 1875 at Mount Barker, SA
Born Paddington, Middlesex, England Son of John and Susannah SLADDEN Buried Blakiston SA Victualler of Franklin Street, Adelaide in 1839 Occupations of Publican and Stage Coach Proprietor Residing at Adelaide and Mount Barker
ADELAIDE TAVERN. ISAACSLADDEN begs to apprise his numerous friends that he has taken the above Tavern, which is under a complete state of repair, and will shortly be finished when J. S. will endeavour to give such accommodation, by keeping a quiet and respectable house, combined with his usual study to the comforts of his lodgers, and moderate charges, which he trusts will secure a share of the public patronage. N.B. A Jaunting Car is running to and from the Port to the Adelaide Tavern every day. Horses and Gigs to let. Wines, Spirits, Porter. Ale, &c, of the first quality.
South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register Saturday 27 October 1838 page 4
SLADDEN, Smitheyt Died 29 August 1896 at Adelaide, SA
Born Canterbury, Kent, England Farmer of Franklin Street, Adelaide in 1839 Occupations of Publican and Stage Coach proprietor Resided Adelaide, Reedbeds and St. Marys and Goodwood West Died aged 83 years
Occupation of Carpenter Resided in Adelaide
STONE, James 1819 - 16 May 1879 at Bulls Creek, SA
Born Alverstoke Hants, England Occupations of Survey Labourer and Farmer Resided Bull Creek and Walkerville Buried Bulls Creek Primitive Methodist Cemetery
He was employed as a chain man in a surveying gang which most probably did the area of Meadows and Bull Creek He liked what he saw moved to Meadows in the 1840s then then moved to Bull Creek.
He gave land to the Primitive Methodist church for the building. For a place for his family to worship. James paid a Mr Wills who conducted a school to educate his children as there was no free schooling. He became a Kondoparinga District Counsellor in 1853, and was a board member for 26 years Finally becoming the Chairman.
In 1870 he became a foundation Trustee of the St Georges Anglican church at Meadows. He Financially supported the Church as he and Harriet attended it.
He was a respected member of The Oddfellows society.
STONE.—On the 16th May, at his residence, Butt's Creek, JamesStone, sen., aged 60 years, a colonist of 43 years standing, leaving a wife and three sons and two daughters.
South Australian Advertiser Wednesday 28 May 1879 page 4
STUBBINGTON, James 1813 - 26 December 1843 at Adelaide, SA
Born Sabberton, Ham. England Resided at The Tiers Buried West Terrace Cemetery - location unknown
SYMONDS, Richard Gilbert 21 December 1810 - 19 May 1896 at Adelaide, SA
Born Madeira Son of Richard and Frances SYMONDS nee GILBERT Surveyor to Colonel Light, Accountant and Teacher Resided in Adelaide Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 5 Path 31 W 19
R. G. Symonds was born of British parents on December 21, 1810, in the Island of Madeira, where his father, a London merchant, up to 1834 had a branch house. Mr. Symonds arrived in South Australia by the "Cygnet," as an assistant surveyor, appointed in London by the S. A Commissioners, in Sept., 1836, and was present at the proclamation of the colony. He commenced in January 1837 with Mr. G. S. Kingston, the Deputy-Surveyor General, to measure off the main lines of the then proposed city of Adelaide, Colonel Light personally starting the parties from the point at the N. W. corner of South Adelaide, but on account of the dispute relative to the site of the proposed capital, the survey was discontinued for some days. Mr. Symonds was then directed by Colonel Light to measure off the bends of the river between the hills and the Reedbeds, but did not further assist in laying out the Adelaide allotments. With Messrs. H. T. Finniss and other surveyors, in April 1837, he commenced the survey of the country sections, and in September 1838 Mr. Symonds left the survey department. In December of the same year he selected and purchased Port Adelaide portions C.F. and H., five sections on the Torrens, two sections near Glenelg, and other sections, in all 1,088 acres. He visited Tasmania in 1842, and remained until 1848, when he returned to Adelaide, and with a view of extending the town of Port Adelaide, laid out his section H ? (North Arm) for the proposed township of Newhaven. Although in one sense, a "successful colonist," Mr. Symonds has not been enriched by his outlay and incessant endeavours to promote the advancement of the land of his adoption. In the evening of his days he is well-known as a teacher of bookkeeping in Adelaide, and it is much regretted that something cannot be done to aid the interests of this old pioneer colonist, who in England was intimately associated with Sir Geo. Kingston, Thos. Gilbert and others, who were instrumental in establishing the colony of South Australia.
Notable South Australians
THE LATE MR, R. G. SYMONDS. The death of Mr. R. G. Symonds, which occurred at Moonta-street Adelaide, on Thursday afternoon, removes one of the few old colonists surviving in recent years of whom it could be said that their history was coincident with the history of the province. Although a contemporary and at one time a coadjutor of South Australia's first Premier, Mr. Symonds never troubled much about public affairs, although in that history which our colony possesses he had a share. Mr. Symonds was born in Madeira, on December 21, 1810, his father, a wine merchant of London, having a branch house in that island. On his father's death he spent some time in Madeira in winding up the business. Having received an appointment from the South Australian Commissioners as an assistant surveyor he left for South Australia in the Cygnet, reaching the colony in September, 1836, and he was among those present at the proclamation of the province. On January 11, 1537, he began with Mr. G. S. Kingston, the Deputy Surveyor-General, to measure the main lines of Adelaide, as the city was then proposed to be laid out but owing to the dispute which arose regarding the site of the capital the survey was not continued for several days. The survey was started by Colonel Light in person from the north-western corner of South Adelaide. Mr. Kingston, Mr. Finniss, Mr. Symonds, Mr. Alfred Hardy, and Mr. Ormsby finished the laying out of 1,000 acres, and in March, 1837, the selection of town acres was made, and subsequently the unappropriated allotments were sold by auction. After Mr Symonds bad taken the part already mentioned in laying out the Adelaide allotments he was directed by Colonel Light to measure the bends of the river between the bills and the Reedbeds. In April of the same year, together with Mr. Finniss and other surveyors, he began the survey of the country sections, and in September of the following year he left the Survey Department In December, 1838, he selected and bought sections C, F, and H, Port Adelaide, two sections near Glenelg, and five more on the River Torrens, a total of 1,088 acres. In 1842 he went to Van Diemen's Land, where he stayed till 1848. In that year he returned to South Australia, and with a view to the extension of Port Adelaide laid out section H as the town of Newhaven, but this venture proved unsuccessful. Of late years he had been engaged as a teacher of bookkeeping, for he had never been inclined to eat the bread of idleness although the unique position which he occupied in connection with the history of the province entitled him to special consideration. As has been previously stated, Mr. Symonds took no active part in public life, but his frequent contributions to the press dearly indicated his individuality and force of character. He reached his 86th year on December 21 last and the cause of his death was old age. For some time past he had been in feeble health, and a week ago took to his bed. His death yesterday closed the career of "a colonist of 60 years."
The Advertiser Saturday 02 May 1896 page 5
TEASDALE, William 1818 - 09 April 1899 at Truro, SA
Born Thickhill, Yorkshire, England Buried Truro Cemetery Occupations of Hotel Proprietor, Butcher and Agent Resided at Truro, Weal Barton and Blanchetown
TEASDALE.-On the 9th April, at Truro, William Teasdale, aged 81, leaving 11 children, 83 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Arrived in South Australia in the Cygnet, September 11, 1836.
South Australian Register Tuesday 11 April 1899 page 4
On Tuesday, July 23rd, Mr. and Mrs. William Teasdale, residents of Blancbetown for thirty years, celebrated their golden wedding. Service was conducted in the township by the Rev. Mr. Newbold, of Truro, when the largest congregation ever assembled met, and after a very enjoyable meeting many adjourned to Mr. Teasdale's house, where the old couple, who are esteemed and respected by all who know them, were assembled with their large family. Mr. Teasdale arrived in this colony by the ship " Cygnet" in 1836, and Mrs. Teasdale by the " Trusty" in 1838. They were married by the late Rev. Thos. Howard at the old Trinity Church on July 23rd, 1839, and their family of six sons and five daughters are all living, together with fifty-nine grandchildren. In returning thanks, Mr. Teasdale remarked that Sir John Morphett and Mr. B. T. Finniss were the only two senior colonists to him. Mr. Teasdale enjoys very good health, and is 72 years of age. Mrs. Teasdale, who is 67, unfortunately has been sorely afflicted with rheumatism for a few years past. In every other way the old couple are happy and comfortable. Before the company dispersed " Auld Lang Syne" was heartily and merrily sung.
Kapunda Herald Tuesday 30 July 1889 page 3
THOMAS, Robert George Died 14 April 1884 at Unley, SA
Courtesy of the State Library of South Australia B 9659
Mr. RobertGeorgeThomas (eldest son of Mr. RobertThomas, of "The Register") left England on May 1, 1836, in the Rapid. With Col. Light he was engaged in surveys of Adelaide and the Port, and was draftsman of the original plan of Adelaide. Mr. Thomas, who was an able architect, designed the Baptist and Stow Memorial churches in Flinders street, the Supreme Court, and other structures, and superintended the building of the General Post Office. It has been truly stated that he took his place in the first rank of his profession. He died at Unley on April 14, 1884.
THE LATE MR. R G. THOMAS, C.E. Our obituary column contains an announcement of the death of Mr. RobertGeorge Thomas, C.E., the Secretary of the Central Board of Health. Mr. Thomas was amongst the first colonists, and though he never took a very active part in public affairs apart from his professional duties, yet he was widely known and generally esteemed. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. RobertThomas, one of the original proprietors of the Register, and he was born in the year 1820. He was also the elder brother of the late Mr. William Kyffin Thomas. On May 1, 1836, he left England for this colony in the Rapid, which had on board Colonel Light and Mr. George Kingston (afterwards Sir George), amongst others. The Colonel had just been appointed Surveyor-General for the new colony of South Australia, and Mr. Kingston was the second in command. They took out a staff of surveyors and draftsmen with them, and Mr. Thomas was one of these. The Rapid arrived in the colony on August 30, 1836, and the survey party were engaged for some years in surveys of Adelaide and the Port amongst other places. Mr. Thomas continued throughout to be one of its most active and trustworthy members, and he was the draftsman of the original plan of the city. After remaining in Adelaide for some years he returned to_ England and completed his education as civil engineer. He became a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and was an active member of that institution. He practised his profession for some years in Newport, Monmouthshire, and was architect of some Churches and buildings of considerable note. He was a great admirer of the Gothic style of architecture, and Newport still contains some of the best examples of his work. There are others in Adelaide. There are Stow Church and the Flinders-street Baptist Church, for instance; and there is also (besides a good many others) the Register Chambers. Air. Thomas came back to the colony about the year 1860, and was for some time engaged in the practice of his profession on his own account. In November, 1864, he received the first prize offered by the City Council for the best essays and designs having reference to a drainage and sewerage system for Adelaide. That essay dealt exhaustively with the subject, and was generally recognised as being very able and equally clear in July, 1866, Mr. Thomas was appointed Assistant Architect under the Government, as second to Mr. W. Hanson, who was then head of the department as Engineer and Architect. Soon after this, however, there was a rearrangement of the office, and Mr. Thomas took the chief position, under the title of Architect. Retrenchment having been forced upon the Government, in 1870 the office was abolished, and Mr. Thomas left the Service on December 31 of that year. Whilst he was engaged as Government Architect he designed the Supreme Court Buildings and the Parkside Lunatic Asylum, superintending their erection, as well as that of the General Post-Office, the plans for which were prepared by Messrs. Wright, Woods, and Hamilton. Mr. Thomas had to modify these plans, as the Government, after the building had been commenced, discovered that they could not afford to run the building up to the altitude which the designer intended. A good many people think that the curtailment which was forced upon Mr. Thomas has somewhat marred the beauty of the building, but that, of course, was not his fault. After leaving the Government service he resumed private practice. In 1873 the Health Act was passed, and on January 7, 1874, he began the performance of the duties of Secretary to the Central Board of Health. That position he held till the time of his death, which came not unexpectedly, as Mr. Thomas has been seriously ill for many weeks. He leaves a widow and a large family. He took his place in the first rank of his profession ; in private life he was much esteemed; and of his active efforts as an officer of the Unley Anglican Church he recently received a deserved recognition.
Evening Journal Saturday 14 April 1883 page 2
TROLLOPE, George James 1788 - 07 September 1837 in Adelaide, SA
TROLLOPE George James, died 1837-09-07 aged 49 at Infirmary, Adelaide recorded in Holy Trinity register & possibly buried Adelaide West Tce Cemetery
WELLMAN, William Solomon 1815 - 12 February 1888 at Gawler South, SA
Born Yorkshire, England Occupation of Bricklayer residing at Gawler, Willaston and Templers
Old Mr. Wellman, well known in Gawler for many years is dead. He was one of the South Australian pioneers, having arrived, we are informed, in the second ship that came to the colony. He died on Sunday last.
Bunyip Gawler Friday 17 February 1888 page 2
WILLIAMS, William 1815 - 17 August 1859 at Franklin Street, Adelaide
Buried West Terrace Cemetery - location unknown aged 45 years
Mr. William Williams, who arrivedin theCygnet with John Morphett and George S. Kingston, on September 11, 1836, was the first postmaster in South Australia. He resigned in 1839 and was succeeded by Mr. Thomas Gilbert. Mr. Williams built the Bridge Hotel (now the Overway) in Hindley street inthe early forties, and with the Fisher brothers took up pastoral land inthe Gawler Ranges as the first settlers there in 1840.
The Advertiser Saturday 22 December 1934 page 15
On the 17th August, at his residence, Franklin-street, WilliamWilliams, Esq., aged 43 years.
South Australian Weekly Chronicle Saturday 20 August 1859 page 2
WRIGHT Edward, wife, Son, Charles, Robert
WRIGHT, Edward 1788 - 07 November 1859 at Adelaide, SA
Occupation of Surgeon residing at Adelaide Buried West Terrace Cemetery Road 3 Path 24 W 7
On the 7th November, Edward Wright Esq., M.D., in the 70th year of his age.
THE LATE DR.WRIGHT.—We have to record the death of Dr.Wright, who died on Tuesday morning, November 8. Dr.Wright was one of our very earliest colonists, having arrived in the survey ship Cygnet, which came in the year 1836, bringing Mr. Thomas Gilbert, the Hon. G. S. Kingston, and himself as surgeon to the survey expedition. Previous to his departure from England for this colony, Dr.Wright was for many years superintendent of the Bethlehem Hospital, London, and after his arrival here had for a long time the best medical practice in the place. He was in his 70th year at the time of his death. We believe his funeral will take place today.
The South Australian Advertiser Wednesday 09 November 1859 page 2
The Wright family came to the colony in the ship Cygnet, which was the fifth vessel to reach Kangaroo Island from the old country, which she did on September 11, 1836, and amongst their fellow-passengers were John Morphett, George S. Kingston, B. T. Finniss, Captain T. Lipson, the Hon. Littleton Paywest, George Stevenson, W. H. Neale, and T. Gilbert. She was under the command of Captain Rolls, who was a hot tempered man, and Robert added slily 'we had hot rolls every day.' She had a good run to the Cape, when a contrary wind drove them to the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A mutiny having broken out amongst the sailors owing to the drunkenness of the mate a fresh mate was shipped at Rio de Janeiro, viz.. Captain Quin, who afterwards was for many years harbormaster at Port Adelaide. When nearing Kangaroo Island the captain ordered two 'six- pounders' to he hauled out of the hold to fire a salute, not expecting any other vessel to be there, but to his surprise there were four. The passengers formed their settlement on what is now known as the Cygnet River. The Brothers Wright sailed from Kangaroo Island for Holdfast Bay in the brig Rapid, landing in the month of November, and had to haul their 'things' from Glenelg to Adelaide in a handcart, a task that they saw Sir John Morphett and 'Parson' Howard performing. When asked if they remembered anything particular about the proclamation of the colony, they replied that they well remembered several ludicrous things. In reply to the question if they were very comic Robert replied — 'Nothing but what one could tell the angels in Heaven.' He stated that Governor Hindmarsh and the Chief Secretary took their stand beneath the 'Temple Bar' tree, and the marines from the Buffalo were drawn up in line on one side and the natives on the other. When the proclamation had been read Governor Hindmarsh gave a shilling to a man called Cooper, from Kangaroo Island, who was acting as interpreter, saying, 'Show that to the natives and tell them I am King, but don't let them keep it.' He then ordered the marines to fire a feu-de-joie. 'Fire all together,' said he, 'as it will make more noise' — evidently meant to impress the natives. On the way here the Buffalo called at the Cape, where the Governor secured a German wagon and two mules. These formed the State coach, and after the festivities at the he ordered his men to take the mules out of the wagon and they themselves to pull him in triumph from Glenelg to Adelaide. When the land was being distributed in 1837 the ballot system was used, and two younger brothers of the Wrights were chosen to draw the lots, and for performing this task they were presented with half an acre of land each. The brother Charles went with the rush to the Melbourne diggings, where he did fairly well ; whilst Robert went to Van Diemen's Land, where he engaged in the timber trade, exporting to South Australia. Eventually they both returned to this colony, and in October, 1854, they went to Yankalilla to live, where they have resided ever since, engaging in pastoral pursuits. Charles's knowledge of medicine was a great boon to the neighbour hood in the early days. In closing the interview Robert remarked, ' Our lives have not been romantic, perhaps because we are not romantic, for those that like romance usually get it.' Pointing to a large pile of ' Letts's Diaries' he said, ' There is my journal, which I have faithfully kept for over thirty years, together with a financial statement of every penny that I have earned or spent.'
South Australian Register Wednesday 10 January 1894 page 6
On Saturday evening last the Yankalilla people enjoyed quite a display of the pyrotechnic art through the kindness of Mr. R. Wright. Mr. Wright to one of our pioneer colonists, having arrived in the Cygnet in 1838. He had paid considerable attention to pyrotechnics, and his efforts on Saturday evening were greatly appreciated.