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Of course, if you would like your family research query included on our website, then please contact the Burra Family History Group and we will be happy to help.
If you are planning to visit to Burra and would like help in researching family or local history, please let us know. You can make an appointment by phoning either Eric Fuss on (08) 8892-2597 or Meredith Satchell on (08) 8892-2210 or by emailing Meredith.
Start with yourself and work backwards! Talk to your parents and other family members. Write down all the details that you know about your immediate family such as:-
Collate all relevant documentation - birth, baptism, marriage, death certificates etc.
If you are fortunate enough to have older relatives still living, ask them what they know about the family - any family stories and of course, if they know the birth, marriage and death dates of other family members. It is much easier when researching, if you have at least rough dates.
Remember to ask whether anyone in your family has ever done any family research themselves and if so, see what they have!
The internet is a very useful resource, particularly the Latter Day Saints family search site for those wishing to find family members overseas. For that and other useful sites, go to our Resources page.
Data CDs of births, deaths and marriages are available for purchase for every Australian state. Although pricey, they ultimately are much cheaper then purchasing individual certificates.
As your research takes you further into the past, you will find that censuses are very useful sources of information, as it is really only in relatively recent times that birth certificates were more readily available.
If your family came from the UK, then do a search for the county from which they came. Most counties have family history groups which are very helpful and often have either databases that can be searched and/or publications for purchase.
And remember, make sure you gather photos of family members - this makes your research more interesting, as future generations will be able to put a face to the name on the chart.
One of our local historians, Eric Fuss has spent the past 9 years summarising Burra's former local paper, The Burra Record (and its predecessors) and the CD is now available for purchase for $30. There are over 5000 pages of data and summaries date from 1876 to 1950. It is an excellent resource for any family historian whose family had any connection to Burra.
The following is a list of the things that researchers commonly want to know when they come to Burra. Here is a quick guide to help you find answers to those questions.
Of course, there are also other useful places to look. Try the photograph collection at library, obituaries from Burra Record or even the anecdotal information from Burra Record Summaries at Burra Library.
Genealogy is popular the world over. The following people are researching family members who once lived in the Burra District. If you think you can help, please contact them via the details provided. If you have any difficulty making contact please email us and it will be passed on.
And don't forget, if you would like your family research query included here, then please contact the Burra Family History Group and we will be happy to help.
Summary of SurnameS Being Researched
Ross Dickie (contact details may be out of date)
Jennifer Freeman (same family tree as Ross Dickie)
Fay Blanks (contact details may be out of date)
Jennifer Freeman (same family tree as Ross Dickie)
Jenny Sandercock (Contact details may be out of date)
Surnames and Research Details
Darby and Catherine (nee O'Brien) c1860 onwards. Children: John, Francis, Patrick, Mary, Timothy Jeremiah, Catherine, Elizabeth, Annie and William
John and Anastasia (nee McNally)c1856 onwards. Children: Gerald, Patrick, William, Norah, Edmund, Margaret Anastasia, Mary Ann, John
Francis and Mary (nee Hogan) c1860 onwards. Children: Patrick, Mary Anne, Catherine, Francis
Kerin Patrick b abt 1845 County Clare, Ireland, m Burra 1872 (Euphemia McDonald) employed at Hill River Head Station. d 1897 near Broken Hill . Any information on Arrival, Employment. His grandson Albert W Kerin is listed on the Burra War Memorial.
McDonald James arr Hercules b Scotland 1834 d Burra 1914
Fitzgerald James b 1845 Ireland arr Stamboul 1858 m 1870 (Elizabeth Kerin) d 1916 Broken Hill
Nolan Ann Rose b 1841 Ireland m 1862 Bendigo (Johann D C Niemann) d 1905 Broken Hill .. no known connection to SA Nolan's. Patrick and Euphemia (nee McDonald) m1870; had several children
Family lived in Burra for a time. One child was named Elizabeth Jane.
Elizabeth Jane married John Dorman and had six children, was widowed and then married James Triplett and they had six of their own after they moved to Broken Hill
Niemann Johann Heinrich b Bremen 1799 d Eaglehawk 1886 .. no known connection to the Burra Niemann families.
Arrived in Adelaide, went to Bendigo and from there Broken Hill.
Hopkins Thomas J b 1853 Wales, Bridgend m 1885 Wollongong NSW (Mary Barlow) d 1908 Broken Hill .. suspected connection to Burra Hopkins via Broken Hill
William and Martha (nee Harris)
John and Maryanne (nee Lampshire)
Georg Gottlier and ?. Children: Carl Johann. Stasinowskys came across on the ship "La Rochelle" on the 3/9/1855.
Carl Johann and Anna Wilhelmine (nee Schier). Married at the Evangelical Lutheran Church @ Emmaus on the 27th September 1877. Children:
Charles and Caroline. Children: Anna Caroline, Em (Emielle?)
John and ?. Children: Arthur Joseph (Joseph), Patrick, Thomas
Arthur Joseph (Joseph) and Anna Caroline (nee Stasinowsky). Married: 4 September 1900. Joseph died n Pt Pirie hospital 22nd May 1945 and Anna died in Port Pirie 17 February 1958.
Children: Rosilia (Rose/Dolly) Hilda Dorothea, Johann Carl Benjamin (Ben), Arthur (Art), Margaret Caroline (Lena), Pauline Anna (Ann), William (Bill), Neta (not sure of proper name)
Alfred St. George (Jim) and Rosilia (aka Rose/Dolly) Hilda Dorothea (nee Abbott). Both of them are buried in the Port Pirie Cemetery.
Richard married Elizabeth (nee Bawden) November 5, 1812 in Camborne, Cornwall. Children: Ann 1813, Thomas 1815, William 1818, Christopher 1820, Matthew 1822, Richard 1825, Edward 1827, Gilbert 1829, Elizabeth 1832, and Joseph 1834.
Joseph and Elizabeth Ann (nee Temby) married in early January, 1855 and embarked on their voyage from Cornwall in late January, arriving in Adelaide in April/May. Children: Edward Albert in Kooringa July 1856, second son born in Linton, NSW in July 1858.
Gilbert arrived in November 1857 and he and his wife Mary (nee Sullivan) had 2 children born in Burra; Ann 1859 and Richard in 1861. They moved on to Moonta sometime between 1861 and 1868.
Edward Barnard (1830-1911) and Maria Ann (nee HALL) (1841-1922) were in the Mt. Bryan area from ca 1882. They had 12 children. Three of them married into the THOMAS family from the Burra area.
Arrived in Adelaide 1 Aug 1848 Forfarshire
All b. Cornwall: Joseph, ; wife Jane Symons VINCENT and child, Joseph Charles Vincent Boundy (d. 1850 Magill, aged 4) (on same ship Francis and Elizabeth Bishop).
Other children: William Pedlar Boundy, b. 1848 Magill; m. 1878 Vic. Harriet Tyman (9 chn), John b. 1850 Burra, d. 1850 Burra, Charles b. 1851 Burra (Died?), Charles Vincent b. 1852 Kooringa; m 1880 Vic. Mary Newton (6 chn), Martha Jane b. 1853 Gawler; m. 1874 John Fenton, Vic (1 child), Sarah Ann b. 1855 Adelaide, d. 1856 Ade., Sarah Ann b. 1858 Vic. plus 3 more chn. b. Vic.
Arrived 26 Aug 1858 Constance
John, wife Ann Maria COCKING and 7 chn. Also Joseph Cocking. Boundy, Christopher, arr. 1849 Mary Ann; wife Mary Ann Vincent and child Martha Ann Boundy (m. Vic.William Henry Bennett). Other Children: John Henry Boundy b. 1850 Burra (m. 1870 Vic.Emma Louisa Chivers b. abt 1851 Ade), William Charles b. 1852 Burra; d. 1853 Ade., Sarah Jane b. 1854 Vic and 5 more b. Vic.,Boundy, Richard, arr. 1849 Mary Ann (d 1873 Kooringa); wife Elizabeth Bailey (d 1978 Kooringa), 5 chn.
John m. 1863 Kooringa Sarah STANNER = 1 child 1864
m. 1869 Burra Mary Jane CARTER
Richard d. 1868 Burra aged 27 (wife Elizabeth Ann DAVEY)
Mary m 1863 Kooringa John EDWARDS
Joseph JENKIN m. 1873 Burra Barbara YOUNG = 4 chn. b. Burra
Elizabeth Jane b. Burra 1854
Joseph b. Burra 1857
William Thomas b 1861 Burra
BOUNDY, Martha, m. Henry BISHOP, arr. 1849 Mary Ann; 4 chn
(to Vic. abt 1852; As 1875, d. Vic. 1880, aged 69)
Mary Ann BISHOP (d. 1915 Burra) m. Richard SNELL
(arr. S.A. 1848; California; Vic;
back Burra 1876; d. 1906 Burra) 1852 Kooringa
= Sarah Jane b. Vic
1855, m. John HOCKING 1877 (+ 7 more, all b. Vic)
Henry b. Con. m 1863 Vic Mary Jane Carter (arr with father Edward Carter on Mary
Ann 1849) = 6 chn all b Vic abt 1878 to NZ d. NZ 1903.
John Boundy Bishop m 1863 Vic = 6 chn
Robert = 7 chn all b. Bic
Edward Charles b. 1851 Burra m. 1873 Vic. = 7 chn b. Vic. Boundy, Thomas arr. Ade. Aug 1857 Sumner; wife Thomasine Bray (nee Bishop)
Nanny, 23 (child b. Jan 1858, fa. John Edwards)
Elizabeth Ann 14
Richard arr. Ade Queen Bee 1863; wife Eliza
Mary Ann 1.
Bishop, Emma (20) and Joseph (14), arr. Ade. 1857 Sumner
Philip, arr. SA 1850 Francis Ridley
Philip, arr. SA 1858 Confiance, and wife Emma BROAD = 8 chn
(Dau. Emma m. William Pearce ROWE, son of Cyprian
Rowe arr. Ade 1854 Confiance)
Phillips, James arr Ade 1854 Taymouth Castle, wife Catherine TREZISE and 5 chn.
James b. Con m 1858 Burra Elizabeth COCKING
Elizabeth b 1858 Burra m. Vic.
Catherine b 1860 Burra
William James b 1862 Burra m. Vic.
Joseph b 1864 Burra m? = 5 chn b. Wallaroo
Mary b 1865 Burra
John m. Kooringa 1859 Fanny Yates Macdonald (arr Ade 1853 Epaminondas with
Fanny b 1860 Burra (twin)
Samuel b 1860 Burra (twin) m. Mary Ellen
Trezise Hand = 6 chn b. Moonta
Amelia b 1862 Burra m Edward Old Moonta = 5 chn
John 1866 Burra
Thomas (Blacksmith, d Burra) m. Elizabeth Thomas (?) = 5 chn
Elizabeth Jane 1848 d 1851 Burra
Amelia b 1850 Burra
Richard b 1857 m Kadina, Polly Hannah Richards
Elizabeth Jane m William Henry Phillips = 3 chn b. Moonta
Phillips, Elizabeth m 1854 Ade Hugh Dunstan. Both d. Currency Creek.
Phillips, William m Mary Jane Wilkins Con. (sister of Thomas Wilkins who m. Jane Phillips) 6 chn. Vic. Phillips, John, arr Ade 1854 Taymouth Castle, wife Mary Harris Phillips, Richard m. 1. Emma Doney Vic. (1 child) 2. Elizabeth Ann Boundy Vic. (8 chn. b. Vic.) Phillips, Jane m. Thomas Wilkins Con. (his mother was a Rowe!) = 7 chn Vic.
William JAMES was born on 6 Aug 1847 at Willunga, S Aust to Bennet John(s) JAMES (born in Wendron, Cornwall in 1818 and arrived on the JAVA in 1840) and Jenifer WILLIAMS (born Crowan(?), Cornwall in 1818, married at Crowan to Bennet, and arrived with him and her parents on the Java). Bennet is buried in the Uniting (old Methodist) cemetry at Willunga and Jenifer at Boroondara cemetry in Victoria. There is a family history of the WILLIAMs held in the library at Willunga although we have some questions regarding earlier generations.
William married Milbah Maria (nee TINK). Milbah died on 15 Nov 1879 as a result of complications during the birth of her 6th child (Milbah Maria JAMES) and was buried in the local cemetry.
William was builder and an insurance salesman who moved a few times around S Aust during their 10 year marriage and on or soon after the death of his wife Milbah moved down to Adelaide, remarried (to Mary Elizabeth PETTER) and then around 1885 moved over to Victoria. My understanding is that the infant Milbah JAMES died in early 1880, as did an older sister Matilda Martha JAMES. I do not know where these 2 children are buried.
Milbah Maria TINK was born at Sourton in Devon on 14 Jan 1846 to William TINK and Jane TAYLOR. She emigrated from Plymouth on the 25 May 1854 on the William Prowse with her family arriving in S Aust on the 20 Aug 1854.
I have information back to 1728, however the Burra connection is through William Lawn and Elizabeth GRAY and their 9 children most of whom were married in the Burra area (Kooringa).
John Bickley and wife Harriett, with two year old son, William Henry, came to South Australia in 1849, arriving 6th January on the Rajah. They lived in Burra until about 1861, at which time they left and went to Wallaroo, where they stayed. There are still members of the family there.
Whilst at Burra they had five more children, only two of whom survived (They had and lost another baby daughter after they went to Wallaroo.)
William Henry married Sarah Ann SMITH.
Sarah Ann was the daughter of Robert SMITH and Mary MORGAN. I believe she was a "servant" in Burra. She later became a midwife in Wallaroo - so family legend has it.
The children of Luke TEDDY and Julia THOMAS: Elizabeth b. 1858, Johanna b. 1865, Luke b. 1864, Mary b. 1869
Ernest Arthur, son of Charles Swithen.
Wilhelm Christian Heinrich Pilz, lived in Burra and was married there in 1860. They had 10 children including my grandfather, Carl Wilhelm Heinrich (Harry) Pilz
The Grau/Grow family arrived in 1846 on the George Washington.
The HANN family arrived from England around the same time as the GROW family from Germany and settled in Payneham.
Walter ROBINS married Elizabeth WOODS in Kooringa in 1863. He died there in 1864 and she died there in 1869. However they were living together as Mr and Mrs ROBINS prior to that date as they had six children born to them either in Kooringa or on Mt Bryant Station between 1855 and 1863.
THEEUF (Spelt in a variety of ways!)
One of their daughters (Sarah Emma Robins married Alfred Wilhelm THEEUF at Kooringa in 1879) Alfred's mother - Charlotte THEEUF lived in Kooringa for many years.
Other surnames which have been connected by marriage with these three surnames (ROBINS, WOODS and THEEUF) are FORD, WILLSDON, DREWERY, SHEPPARD, SEYFORD, BROMLEY, SEYMOUR and SYMONDS. These were between 1855 and the early 1900s and were in the districts of Mt Bryant, Kooringa, Burra, Redruth, Halletts Station and Stoney Gap.
John and Sarah McKenzie came to Burra in 1866 from Dalmellington in Scotland. John worked in the mines at first and later became a railway ganger. I believe about five of their 12 children were born in Burra. I could not find records for Edward, 1868 or James 1870 but I was able to trace Ann 1872, Mary Jane 1874, and Sarah 1876. In about 1877 the family moved to Riverton where more children were born.
Thomas & Elizabeth NICHOLAS nee ROWLING arrived in Sth Australia per "Phoebe" 1847, with five children. Approximate dates in Burra (1847-1852)
Mary "Rowland" NICHOLAS married Nicholas WHITE at Kooringa 14 August 1850. (Moved to Victoria). Elias NICHOLAS (moved to Victoria), Elizabeth NICHOLAS married Thomas KISSEL at Kooringa 6 March 1852. (Moved to Wallaroo), Thomas Henry NICHOLAS (moved to Victoria) and John NICHOLAS (moved to Victoria)
Two further children were born to Thomas & Elizabeth at Kooringa - Charity Code (6 January 1849) and Charles (12 November 1851) .. both died in infancy.
Charles Julius Schmidt and Maria Caroline Augusta
We have family connections with Burra ROWE as well as an interest in WAY family and NETTLE (who were there in 1850/1851 when James Rowe arrived.
Rev Rowe was the first Bible Christian minister in the Paxton Cottages manse and church.
My main concern is to try and locate my Great grandfather GEORGE FREEMAN he was born in Coggeshall Essex England on 14 th May 1825 and migrated to South Australia with his sister Anne on the Samual Boddington in 1849.
George Married JULIA BIRT at Blakiston S.A. on 17.11.1852.This family had four children at Bugle Ranges, had hotel at Langhorne Creek and Mt.Barker before moving to Burra about 1860. Four children Frederick, Amy, Charles and Walter were all born at Burra. George was a Coachdriver at Burra. Do not know who he worked for. Mother and children all moved to Melbourne about 1873/1875 and I have been unable to find any details of father Geo.Freemans history or death. His youngest child was born Redruth 1873. Did he die or desert his family ?
My other family I have researched is WILLIAM BIRT and his Second wife JANE HOCKING They arrived in Adelaide on 8 Sept.1847 with children Orlando, Mary, Julia, Eliza and twins William and Walter. All these children were from Williams first marriage to Mary Jeffrey who died in 1847 in Cornwall. William and family moved to Burra about Oct 1849 and was employed as a Foreman Carpenter at the mine. William and Jane had four children William, Harry, Mathew and Robert. I have quite a bit of info on the Birt's whose old home at Hampton is signposted The Birt House.
The family name I'm researching is Gillett. In particular I was looking for information on descendents of Charles and Judith Gillett who arrived in South Australia on the Royal Admiral in 1840. My gg grandfather Samuel, youngest son of Charles worked around Clare and was married at Penwortham. I found a death register for Charles J (Joseph) Gillett in the library records however, I found no evidence of a headstone at the cemetery. I also found the grave of George Benjamin Gillett and his wife.
JOHN WHELLUM Arrived 1839 on Ganges. Settled Black Springs between 1865 and 1870. He and his wife Frances died in Black Springs, John 14th April 1874 and Frances 8th July, 1876. They had 13 children.
JAMES PASCOE believe arrived on the Norfolk in 1847 with wife and child Thomas. Remarried Elizabeth Turner 1851. James died 25th February 1878 at Yongal and Elizabeth death unknown but thought to be 24th March 1900 Orroroo.
WILLIAM PASCOE born 19th April 1855
ALBERT PASCOE born 16th March 1860 at Black Springs.
THOMAS PASCOE born 1844 married Mary Jane Turner born 1846. They were married in the Primitive Methodist Church at Glendore on 29th August, 1865. Both died in Yongala. They had 8 children
ALFRED HORACE PASCOE (my grandfather) was born in Yongal 15th April 1876 he married Edith Maria Whellum (born 9th March 1881 in Black Springs) on 25th April 1906 at Black Springs.
MURIEL GRACE PASCOE (my mother) was born 15th January 1908 in Burra.
ELSIE BEATRICE PASCOE (my mother's sister) was born 20th April 1912 in Burra.
I would love to find more details of James Pascoe and Elizabeth Turner.
My great, great grandparents, Joseph and Nancy (nee Trembath) Hocking arrived in South Australia on the Buzzorah Merchant in 1848 and they were accompanied by some younger members of their family.
Joseph worked on the Moonta Mine but was drowned in June 1852 when the coach he was travelling in from Burra to Adelaide overturned in the swollen Light River. Accounts of the accident were reported in the Adelaide Times on Sat. 26th June and again in the South Australian Register on Sat 10th July 1852. I found the site of his grave at Burra cemetery but there is no headstone, an ordinary miner's family probably would not have had the finance to provide one. Nancy died, destitute in Adelaide in 1856.
I would be quite happy to forward this information to anyone researching this Hocking name, and likewise receive any more data about the family.
John HARRIS Emigrated 1857 to Burra with wife Mary [nee COCK] Several generations lived in Burra until the 1960s. Had son John, daughters Jane, Mary and Ann and another son William. Mary died in Burra 1860; John senior went to Moonta Mines where he died in Dec. 1877.
Francis PASCOE emigrated 1847 with wife Elizabeth [nee WILLEY] One daughter, Ethlenda - born 1843 - married the younger John Harris listed above.
Joseph PHILLIPS married Elizabeth BRUCE. Lived at Mintaro and Waterloo. He died Burra 1906, she in 1926 at Robertstown
Richard BRUCE and family. Formerly he was a soldier and convict guard in eastern Australia and came to SA around 1850 on discharge from the army. Father of Elizabeth (above) and Richard Hamilton Bruce of World's End & husband of Maria who married (2) John Abraham at Waterloo.
William and Mary WOOLLACOTT emigrated 1848 to work in the smelters. Both buried at Burra. Martha Williams (died Burra c. 1863) was mother of Mrs. Mary Woollacott. William John and Thomas Henry Woollacott were sons, the latter only had children (13 born between 1879 and end 1900.) Married daughters were Mary Jane Clode, Martha McKeevor, Esther Eichler, Sarah Eichler, Alice Williams Hill and Elizabeth Woollacott (unmarried). Mary Woollacott is a first cousin of my husband and still resides in Burra.
Thomas YOUNG and Lydia Mary [nee CHECUCCI] emigrated 1857. Son, James John Henry Young born 1859 "Ashmore" nr. Burra - location? Moved to Tyabb in Victoria in 1894. (Other sons and a daughter, Elizabeth Selina Y. born Burra between 1859 and 1872.) A daughter Catherine Frances Carnatic Young married Thomas Henry Woollacott. Catherine was born on the ship Carnatic. She had 13 children of whom 8 survived to adulthood. My husband' mother was the youngest, Bessie.
On my side of the family John and Mary Ann BRENTON are my great, great grandparents. Note that their family born at Burra are recorded in the Engine House display at the Mines. However, my great Grandmother, Catherine Brenton, and her brother James Brenton were born in Zelah near Perranzabuloe , Cornwall prior to emigration in 1851. The Brentons moved on to Moonta Mines where Catherine married James Letcher.
W H WILKINSON was the chemist at Burra for a period. He was the brother of my great grandfather James Wilkinson Auctioneer of Jamestown.
George Blencowe (1824-1907) along with his brothers John (1830-1898) and Robert (1837-1913) were bullock drivers carting ore between Adelaide and the Burra Burra mines. On one such trip George's young 12 year old brother Thomas who was on the trip as a treat fell from a dray driven by Francis Williams and was killed in 1846. I have copies of two of the witness statements from the Coronial Inquest which you may find interesting as part of the history of the life and times of the mining era. Let me know if these would be suitable for the collection.
This same George Blencowe later moved to Black Springs in the Burra district with his wife, Ellen Green (1826-1916) and his young family. They had 13 children many of whom were born and died there. Some of the children's names were Maria Blencowe (1849-1942) who married Thomas Carter (1845-1932) also of Black Springs, Thomas (1853-1885), Anna (1857-?), George (1859-1940) who married Matilda Nourse (1865-1945) also with Burra connections, William (1861-1862), Francis (1863-1935) who married Martha Rivett (1869-1932) Edwin (1866- ?), Josiah (1868-1952) who married Amy Nourse (1869-1938) and Arthur Blencowe (1873-?)
George and Ellen Blencowe moved to Black Springs between 1853 and 1859 and were still paying land tax there until 1878 even though the family had moved to Yongala by 1875. Their son George (1859-1940) is my great grandfather and he was born in Black Springs where he spent his entire childhood, moving to Yongala when he was sixteen. He married Matilda Nourse, the 15th of 16 children born to Richard Nourse and Mary Ann Bickford. Several of Matilda's siblings lived in Burra and district and I believe their descendants still do. It is a widely held belief that George and Matilda also lived in Burra, but I cannot establish when. They were married in Petersburg in 1882 and judging by the births of their children spent until 1906 in Yongala, Eurilpa and Carrieton before moving into NSW. Any help on that mystery would be appreciated.
The names I am researching are my great grandparents - Frank Watts Davis (parents: Thomas Davis and Matilda Watts from Clare) and Annie Hirschausen
(father: Wilhelm/William Hirschausen of Burra). Hirschausen has been spelt in a number of different ways in the records (Hirschausen, Hirschaussen, Herschausen, Haerschausen, Hushhouden).
Frank and Annie married at Kooringa on 4.11.1876. Annie's name is incorrectly spelt as Hushhouden in the marriage records. They had 3-4 children in the Burra area (not sure if Annie and Eva are one and the same):
Matilda Ann (Tilley) Davis - born 18.9.1877 (Millerton)
Alice Ada Davis - born 31.3.1879 (Yarcowie)
Annie Davis - born 7.4.1881 (Millerton)
Eva Howard Davis - born 4.4.1882 (Burra)
I believe Annie senior died at Burra in late 1888 or early 1889 after a sudden illness but have been unable to find any record of her death.
I am researching Richard Need who arrived in Australia on the Eliza in 23/8/1949. He bought section 2054 in Kooringa on 9/8/1853. This is detailed in a book “More than just a Need” by Rosalie Hill.
My other great great grandfather, John Edwards, bought land near the Karkulta mine somewhat later but I have never been able to find his birthdate or place of origin. He is mentioned in a letter to Henry Ayers.
All lived in the HALLET region in the 1880s.
Francis JOLLY b 1793 Cornwall d 1872 Millbrook (in Burra Nov 1846 to about 1852)
Mary Ann JOLLY (nee BARBERY) married to Francis daught. Jenatta JOLLY b 1826 d 1910 mar. James DAY b. 1804 d. 1852
daught. Cordelia DAY b. 1847 (supposedly Burra first white female)
daught.Elizabeth Ann JOLLY b. 1834 mar. William MURRAY in 1850 at Kooringa?
son John Barbery JOLLY b 1835 d 1911 mar. Ann WILLS (John lived at Hallett died in Burra bur Kapunda)
son John Brilliat JOLLY b 27 May 1855 d. 23 June 1879 at Kooringa bur Burra
daught. Cecelia JOLLY b 1869 d 1909 mar James Alfred BYRNE b Kooringa 1865
daught. Cordelia JOLLY b 21 Dec 1872 at Kooringa d 1954 mar. George Albert VINALL son William Henry JOLLY b 1823 d 1876 mar Alice HAWKINS
son Francis JOLLY b 1844 d 1915 mar Eliza OPIE
son Francis JOLLY b 23 Mar 1859 Kooringa
son Alfred JOLLY b 26 Apr 1861 Kooringa
The William JOLLY who lived at Belalie appears to have had children living at Gladstone, Georgetown, Crystal Brook and Narridy.
I also have another family line who lived in Burra dugouts and lost everything in the floods. I understand they were only there for a couple of years and moved on after the floods. They are the VANSTONE family.
John VANSTONE and wife Mary Ann with sons John, James, William and Phillip I think were in Burra together in the dugouts when the floods hit and they lost everything. They moved back to Willunga.
The Prowses were Cornish miners who emigrated to Australia in the mid 1800s and may have worked in the Burra mine.
I could not find any specific mention of their names so would be interested in hearing from you if anything turns up.
From memory, their names were William, John, James and Richard.
Charlotte or Charity who had a possible relationship with Edward RANDLE with child Fanny 19 November 1946 but babe died 21 December 1846. Looking for Charlotte or Charity's relatives who seem to have come from Burra. She would have been born around 1828 and she might have had a relative Edward REYNOLDS, but we don't know for sure. We're still trying to confirm whether Charlotte and Charity are the same woman or two different women!
William Thomas and Clara (nee HURLE) REYNOLDS married at residence of WJ REYNOLDS 1 April 1896. Trying to establish relationship to Charlotte/Charity & Charles - they were ex Burra but buried at Auburn.
Edward (m. Fanny Thomas 9 Feb 1869) listed as Uncle of the following (don't know the connection to Burra yet):- SCHMIEBIG/SCHMEDIG or similar - Anglicised as SMEEDY (Charles or Karl G. or Charles/Karl Augustus? arrived Australia 22 January 1846 on the George Washington married Charity or Charlotte REYNOLDS 21 September 1847 at Auburn, but both seem to have lived in Burra at some time. Henry BARNES who married Mary SMEEDY (daughter of Charles & Charity/Charlotte above)
Carl Schmiedig & his wife Charity nee Reynolds, lived & worked (He was a Shoemaker), in Burra in the 1850s and had 2 children in Burra. Fanny was Born in 1850 and died at Burra in 1851 and Charles August born in 1852 in Burra, but died in Adelaide. (They are mentioned in the Directory of the Early Folk by Jennifer Carter.)
My interest is in Charles Nankervis who arrived in Adelaide on the Pakenham in early 1849 and Mary Madden (or Maddern or Maddren) who arrived with her family on the William Money in early 1849. After disembarking, they went to Burra where Charles and Mary met and eventually were married on 10 July 1851. They had a child, Mary I think, and then left for Ballarat around 1852-54 where they had further children including Elizabeth my great grandmother.
Carl Friedrich Julius Schmidt and Johanna Friederike Baum came out to Port Adelaide on the Ship "Herder" from Clausthal in Germany with four of their eight children. My g.grandfather was the eldest and was only 9 when they arrived in Australia. The children wee Charles Frederick Julius, Carl, Bernhard and Johanna (Annie) who was born on the ship. Johanna Augusta Mary was born in Burra on 3 Apr, 1853 and died in Coburg Victoria 20 June, 1923, she married William Sanders in Wallaroo 21 July, 1873, next child Elveana born in Burra 1855, and died in Cheltenham 28 April, 1930, married Isaiah Wood in Adelaide 9 Oct 1875, next child born in Burra, Ernest August Louis born 1st July, 1857, died 10 Feb 1921 Boulder, W.A. buried Boulder Cemetery, Salvation Army Section, no headstone. Married Louisa Forden at the residence of Mrs. F.Forden, Portland Estate, Port Adelaide, 9 Nov. 1882. Next child, Charles August Albert born 24 May, 1859, Burra, died 4 Feb 1922, Coburg Victoria, buried Coburg Cemetery, married Mary Eliza Walton, 6 Dec 1888, Carlton Melbourne.
My g.grandmother, Caroline Augusta Maria Bertram also arrived in Port Adelaide on the ship "Herder" same voyage as Charles, she was called Marie and was age 4. Her parents were Heinrich Friedrich Bertram and Louise Henrietta Conradine Krugener and they had 7 children all born in Germany. Caroline was No. 6 in this family of 7.
Caroline and Charles were married at St. Mary's Church, Kooringa on 27 May, 1865. They had 10 children but the first two were the only children born in Burra and they were Caroline Augusta (Aunty Lena) and Augusta Fredericka Louisa, the next three children were born at various mine sites in S.A. then one was born in Ballarat, the next born back in S.A. and the last three born in different areas of Victoria. My grandmother was No. 8 child, Florence Mary Julia born in Ballarat 6 March 1882 and married my grandfather John Nankervis Hocking in Boulder, W.A. 10 July, 1902, at the residence of her father. Charles must have moved the family around and he died in Boulder in 1909 and is buried at Boulder Cemetery. His wife is buried at Melbourne General Cemetery in the same grave as her father-in-law.
My family that lived in Burra are the Baynes and Duells in the years 1876 c. to 1895 but other family members still lived there from this date.
The other family name is Cox, and they lived at Burra from 1884 (Edward) to the present day.
James (or William) Turner, (b c 1828, m 1855,d 1878) was listed as a Shepherd on Mannanarie Station in 1870 where my Grandfather Daniel was born,(b 1870) 6th of 8 children.the 4th child was the first to be born at Mannanarie in 1867 the 7th was born at Belailie & the youngest at Clare.
We believe the records of the station were lost in a fire about 1900 and am having great difficulty in finding much about the Parents (William/James married MaryAnn Connolly/Connoy who later built & ran the Bangor Hotel. She later married Walter Purchase in 1880 we think, but to much blurred to really think the date true.
When in Burra we found in the old Goal in 1861 James Turner age 28 was jailed for 11-12 weeks for deserting ship (the 2nd son was born this year) & a William Turner age 50 spent 3-4 weeks for Arson in 1876
First 2 children & last child have their father listed as James & others listed as William but the same mother & we know 6 are definitely family.
HENRY PINCH arrived in S.A. in 1848 on the “Duke of Bedford”. He was born at St. Mabyn, Cornwall in 1828, son of William Pinch and Mary Pearse Johns. He met Francis Hicks on board and they married in the C.of E. Limehouse Hill Kooringa in 1849. Francis was born at Mevagissey Cornwall.
Their first home was a dugout whilst he built a house at Lot 104 Illogen St., Redruth. Their daughter Mary was born there in 1852 (first girl to be born in Redruth).
Henry worked on the Burra Mines. He sold his home and went to the Victorian goldfields but did not stay long and returned to Burra. Their second daughter Fanny was born at Burra in 1853...he worked on the mines as a tributer until 1869. Henry then purchased “Pencarrow” now called “The Grove” and sold it in 1883 for 6,000 pounds. He moved to Lot 62 St. Dye St., Burra.
Henry repurchased “Pencarrow” in 1897 for 4,077 pounds and 10 shillings and deeded the property to his daughter Fanny who was by then married to Edwin Nicholas FINCH. The property remained in the Finch family nearly 75 years. Mary, his other daughter married Josiah Thomas and they lived at “Three Trees’, the adjacent property.
Henry was a keen supporter of the community and was for years a Councillor, on the Committee of the Show Society, the Redruth Church and twice a Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge (who presented him with an illuminated address on his Diamond Wedding Anniversary). Francis died in 1912 and Henry died in 1916.
Richard Finch son of Nicholas and Grace Tuckerman was born in 1810 at Kingsbridge Devon. He married Jane Wilcocks (b1811) daughter of John and Mary Wilcocks of Buckfastleigh Devon in 1833.
Before sailing to South Australia Richard worked as a Maltster. They arrived in 1855 aboard the "Magdelana" and went straight to the Burra. With them were their two youngest sons George and Edwin Nicholas.
Richard worked on the mines and in 1859 took up land at Princess town...he subsequently took up further land at Springbank and Copperhouse and east of Burra.
Richard was killed at a level crossing by a train near his home on 27th October 1885. Jane stayed at Springbank with her son Edwin Nicholas and Fanny and their children until she died in 1894.
As the Finch family grew each generation acquired further land holdings both as farms and homes in the town.
Richard and Jane's children were: William born in 1833 at Buckfastleigh, Devon. He married Thurza Tuckerman . He was a farmer. William died at Burra in 1911 and Thurza in 1917. There were three surviving sons.
John was born in 1839 at Ashburton, Devon. He married Mary Jane Bourne in 1867. Died at Quorn 1882. In 1883 his widow married Henry Moss at Gordon near Quorn. Four daughters survived the first marriage.
George born in 1842 at Buckfastleigh ,Devon . He married Phillis Bennet Rogers in 1870 at Gum Creek. He farmed at "Baldry" and died at Medindie Adelaide in 1925. Phillis died previously in 1913. They were survived by daughters.
Edwin Nicholas born in 1853 at Torquay, Devon married Fanny Pinch second daughter of Henry and Francis Pinch of Burra in 1878. Fanny was born in 1852 and died in 1932. Edwin Nicholas died 1921at "Pencarrow" Burra. They had 5 sons and 1 daughter
RICHARD FIELD was born 1825 at Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England In 1851 he married Amelia Mary Teresa Jones who was born in 1825 at Llangarron, Herefordshire, England...they married at Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. They arrived in South Australia aboard the "Victoria Regis' in 1855. Except for four years farming at Hamilton in Victoria they lived the rest of their lives in the Burra district. Richard worked briefly as a miner and then took up land at Princetown and at "Monavea" in the Hundred of Hanson.
Richard was a successful farmer and became involved in Burra Community affairs a perpetual light has been installed at the Burra Church of England in respect for the Field family who gave one thousand pounds to the Church.
Their children were: John Richard Field (born 9/1/1853), George Albert Field (born 5/5/1855). Mary Anne Field (born 1857 d. 1878), William Henry Field (born 11/10/1860), Frederick Arthur Field (born 7/.05./1863), Eliza Alice Field (9/9/ 1865), Arthur Walter Field (born 29/9/1868)
Their eldest son John remained at "Monavea" for all of his life and William farmed at "Westbury" an adjacent property. "Monavea" is still owned by the Field family.
Richard died at "Monavea" in 1905 and Amelia died 1909.
My Great Grandfather was a Thomas Highett born C1848 Died 24/12/1916 at Burra & was married to a Harriet Lines.
Their son Joseph was born 7/11/1879 at Mongolata-Burra.
David & Martha FARNSWORTH and family, also his 2nd wife, Hannah Phillips WILTSHIRE (previously married to Michael BOWEN), at Burra about 1847-1853.
Henry & Fanny TREWREN, 1848-1851
John & Ellen TERRELL, 1857-late 1860s
Henry & Eleanor BOSANKO, mid 1850s-late 1860s
Joseph Thomas born 1833,1834 in Cornwall? He married Mary Ann Michell on 28/7/1856 - they had two children while in Burra and then moved to Wallaroo S.A. My gt. grandmother was Amelia Banfield Thomas
I have been unable to find anything about Jeremiah Hartnett’s birth records. His marriage certificate and his death certificate (a copy of which I have) says he was born in 1875. However - the children of Cornelius and Mary were:
Patrick (1864); Daniel (1866); Catherine (1870); John (1872); Margaret (1875); Mary Anne Julia (1877) and Timothy (1880s). I think this is right - I have been poring over the SA birth records and given quirky spellings, all of the above were born in Kooringa to Cornelius and Catherine (nee Wade). If that is so, then Jeremiah would have to be Margaret’s twin if he was born in 1875 or something else very funny was going on! So, I am coming round to thinking that Jeremiah was really John born in 1872. However I can’t prove this. My mother, who is 87 and from the other side of the family (Osborne and Francis, all Sydney people), recollects Jeremiah as only ever being called Jerry, never John.
I had noticed the other Cornelius in the death records, but hadn’t thought any more about him at this point, wanting to see where the other information took me. It’s certainly a bit strange.
The other mystery is what happened to Jeremiah and the family between their departure from Kooringa and arrival in Sydney. My mother remembers my father (who was Kevin Hartnett), as having told her they left SA when he was about seven, and then managed or owned a hotel in Springwood, in the Blue Mountains. I have been unable to find any record of the family either in publicans’ licenses, or in the Sands Commercial Directories for anywhere in the Mountains towns between about 1919 and 1923. Jeremiah appears in the Sands directory for 1923 as occupying 28 Powell St Coogee, which is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs near the beach. The family lived there until well after my grandmother died in 1958.
Generation No. 1
James Hartley PEARCE, born 31 January 1886 in Kooringa District of Burra, South Australia, Australia; died 3 May 1968 in Netherby, South Australia, Australia. He was the son of Henry PEARCE and Sarah Charlotte WRIGHT.
He married Gertrude Evelyn TRENOUTH 12 October 1910 in Residence of Richard Trenouth, Parkside, South Australia, Australia. She was born 9 June 1889 in Strathalbyn District of Stirling, South Australia, Australia, and died 28 April 1972 in Netherby, South Australia, Australia. She was the daughter of Richard Frank TRENOUTH and Sarah Ann HOWLAND.
Generation No. 2
Henry PEARCE, born 2 January 1855 in District of The Murray, South Australia, Australia; died 10 January 1914 in Parkside, South Australia, Australia. He was the son of James "Sawyer" PEARCE and Ann WHITNEY.
He married Sarah Charlotte WRIGHT 13 May 1880 in Residence of William Henry Wright in Wright St, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Sarah Charlotte WRIGHT, born 1857; died 1939 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. She was the daughter of William Henry WRIGHT and Matilda SHEAN.
Children of Henry PEARCE and Sarah WRIGHT are: Henry Whitney, James Hartley, William Henry, Matilda Ann, Horace Clifford and Ruth Marion.
Generation No. 3
James "Sawyer" PEARCE, born 28 December 1810 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, England; died 26 September 1867 in Kooringa District of Burra, South Australia, Australia. He was the son of William PEARCE and Mary REEVE.
He married Ann WHITNEY 11 July 1833 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England.
Ann WHITNEY, born 1814 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, England; died 9 June 1889 in Kooringa District of Burra, South Australia, Australia.
Children of James PEARCE and Ann WHITNEY are: Ann Elizabeth, Thomas Whitney, Sarah, John, Jane, William, Charles James, Henry and Alfred
Generation No. 4
William PEARCE, born 27 January 1787 in Buckinghamshire?, England; died 7 January 1867 in England. He was the son of James PEARCE and Mary HOW.
He married Mary REEVE 2 March 1810 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England.
Mary REEVE, born Abt. 1785; died 30 March 1845 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, England.
Children of William PEARCE and Mary REEVE are: James "Sawyer", William, Elizabeth, Sarah, William "Tailor", John, Sarah Jane, Charles.
Generation No. 5
James PEARCE, born Abt. 1753 in Buckinghamshire, England; died 2 September 1819 in Leyhill, near Chesham, England.
He married Mary HOW 7 December 1778 in Chesham, Buckingham, England.
Mary HOW, born Abt. 1759 in Beaconsfield, Buckingham, England; died 28 December 1835 in Chesham, England. She was the daughter of Henry HOW and Elizabeth ?.
Children of James PEARCE and Mary HOW are: Mary, James, Elizabeth, William, Joseph, James, Sarah, John, Ann and Daniel.
Thomas GEACH (JOSEPH6, JOHN5, THOMAS4, JOHN3, ELYZAB-ELYABETH2, ELYZAB1) was born 1829 & Christened 22nd Nov 1829, both in Chacewater, Corn, Eng. Son of JOSEPH GEACH & JOHANNA JANE BARBER. He died on the 24th Sept 1897 in Corowa, N.S.W. Aust.
Thomas married ESTHER KELLY on the 4th May 1856 in Orange, N.S.W. Aust. She was daughter of MICHAEL-MILES KELLY & JANE-JEAN BROWN. She was born 1826 in Ireland but raised in Maxwell Town, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. She died on the 4th Jul 1893 in Apollo Bay, Vic, Aust.
Notes for THOMAS GEACH: Thomas lost his mother Joanna Jane Nee Barber when he was only 2 years old and his father Joseph soon re-married the following year to Loveday Warmington. Thomas is on the 1841 Census for Chacewater with his father, and Loveday and his sister Mary. Thomas became a Blacksmith like his father, and then at the age of 19 decided to immigrate to Australia.
Shipping record of the “BABOO” 423tons o.m. 3 Mast Ship Rig, Built in 1835, in Howrah near Calcutta, 115’7”X28’5”X5’8-1/2” Between Decks. T.Kincaid, of Greenock - Owner. Left Plymouth on the 24th Aug 1848 Then Via London and Arrived Adelaide South Australia on the 5th Dec 1848 with Capt Barker – Trip was then Registered on the 6th Dec 1848.
He left Plymouth on the ship the "Baboo" and arrived at Adelaide S.A. on 5th Dec 1848. (Family Story states he was apprenticed to come out to work at the Thompson's Foundry in Castlemaine, Vic, but we have no evidence he ever got there. Most who came out, hated the long trip, and were eager to get off the ship at the first port of call, which was Adelaide). Thomas 1st married Ann Snell on the 8th May 1851 in Wesleyan Chapel Kooringa (Burra) He is listed as 21 years and she as 18 years (Reg in Book 10 Page 186 of S.A. Govt Records). We know nothing about her, and she possibly died during childbirth and the child also died. (No record of either death, has been found) A few years later in 1856, Thomas with a group of other gentleman made the long trip on foot to Orange N.S.W. (Some nearly died of starvation getting there) It's possible Thomas stayed only one week here and married, a total stranger in Esther Kelly? (Don’t feel myself that they only knew each other only a week. More likely their son has details on the death cert incorrect) The marriage certificate states they are both 30, with Thomas a Widower and Esther a Spinster, and both from Frederick Valley. It’s also possible that son Joseph had forgotten his parents had met & married in Orange and the One week in N.S.W. stated on the death certificate is just the last week of his life in the Corowa Hospital. Which is more likely. After the marriage Thomas took Esther back to Burra S.A. and must have stopped in the Mining District of Burra, for the next few years as their, 1st four children possibly were all born there, and two are known to have died there. They then in 1860 moved to the Goldfields of Ballarat, Vic where their son Joseph was born in 1861 and then the others.
I believe my Grandfather is buried in the Burra Cemetery.
Francis Patrick Casey..........listed as F.Patrick Casey Plot Grave # 3341 Date of Burial - 25/02/1919
Francis Patrick Casey was born in Melbourne but his siblings were born in the surrounding areas of Burra.
Parents: James Davoren Casey + Amelia Quinn
Mary Amelia - b. 1877 Yarcowie SA Mary Margaret - b. 1883 Smithfield SA Gertude Johanna - b. 1885 Aldgate SA James Leornard - b. 1886 Stirling SA Francis Patrick - b. 1888 Williamstown VIC Possibly another brother called Jesse?
Francis Patrick Casey m. Catherine Margaret Lynch (b. 1888 Pekina SA)
They had one son - Davoren Joseph Casey - b. 1915 Broken Hill NSW. d. 1958 Sydney NSW
PAULL, John & Elizabeth.
John was a Captain at the Burra Mines. I am aware that there is another John Paull who is referred to as a Captain and it is hard to distinguish between the two.
The Paulls came out to Australia in 1853 on the ship Calabar (he was 24) and first went to Kapunda before moving to the Burra.
My ancestor was a local preacher and after the mine closed, he travelled a bit around the state and retired to Kadina. John became blind and died there in 1919.
The other family is LOMMAN who lived in Wirrabara Forest until 1912.
Joshua and Elizabeth LOMMAN had an apple orchard (also pears I think) and had 8 surviving children of which my mother was the youngest.
John and Elizabeth Goldsworthy.
The Kitchen family later moved to Adelaide in 1894 and, following a brush with the law by Thomas senior, they moved to Broken Hill in the late 1890s.
Anybody wishing to pursue details about this family can contact me by email.
My name is Marie Burge (nee Quinn). I currently live in Melbourne. My Mother was the late Norma Lillian Quinn (nee Earle) Her Mother was Mary Catherine (Cass) Earle (Nee Parker). Cass was the daughter of George Parker born Burra Creek 25/01/1870, he married Rebecca Flower born Stony Gap 24/05/1869.
George & Rebecca had 6 children. Vida Ethel who married John James Pens. Mildred Callis who married William Herbert Collins, Mary Catherine (Cass) who married John Oliver Earle, Rachel Lillian who married Herbert Henry Cornelius Joseph James Parker born 04/06/1904 died 04/08/1925
I know these families have considerable history in the Burra District. I know Mum's cousin Bert Cornelius died 02/09/1996 and I think he may have been the last relative still living in Burra. I am not sure.
Carl Heinrich Friedrich Wahlert and his wife Caroline Dix arrived S.A. on the ship Herder from Germany. Arrived in Adelaide on 21.9.1851 they settled in Burra, I am not sure of the date they arrived in Burra. They are both buried in the Burra cemetery. I have found 4 children Ernest Frederick, Heinrich, Amelia Augusta and Eliza.
Heinrich my grandfather married Henrietta Hirschausen also known as Dorothy Frederika Augustine, on 10.10.1885 they married at the Destitute Chapel in Adelaide. I understand Henrietta came from Burra. They had 9 children Henry William, Charles lewis. Charlotte Louisa, August, Dorothy Frederika, Theodore Ernest, Lionel Joseph (my father), Norman Clyde. All the children except Charles were born at Burra. I understand both Carl and Heinrich worked in the Burra mine.
I believe Heinrich and family lived in Paxton Square.
My wife's g-g-g-grandmother Elizabeth Mitchell married Octavios Geach and they both died and are buried at Burra.
My grandfather Linthal James JESSER was born in Burra, so too his 8 other siblings. Thomas Linthal JESSER died in WW1 (he was born in Burra). He was the son of William and Mary JESSER, but I have not as yet linked how he is related.
Any help would be kindly appreciated.
I am interested in the Farrelly family. The original family of John & Ann Farrelly (nee Brady) came to Australia, not sure if firstly to WA or SA. Haven't found them on a ships list yet. Ann is supposed to have been a sister to the 1st Bisop of Perth, John Brady.
John & Ann Farrelly settled in the Mallala/Salisbury/Peach Belt area. Their children, possibly all born in Ireland as I have no records of their births, were, Michael, Thomas, John, Patrick, Bridget Mary, Peter & Edward Francis. My line comes from Michael b.c.1834 who married Christina Graham b. c1836 on the 5th February 1856 at River Gilbert in SA.
Christina was previously married to a John Donoghue (LDS Site). Michael & Christina's eldest son John Farrelly b.c.1857 (place unknown) married Mary Bourke (father Patrick) on the 12th June 1881 at Mallala. John & Mary are buried at Burra, so I presume they lived in that area. I know very little about John & Mary's backgrounds. I do know they had 12 children, one being my grandfather Edward Francis Farrelly b.22.1.1897 at Booborowie. He was a twin brother to Joseph Patrick Francis Farrelly. I have been told that my grandfather worked on his parents property until he was aged about 20 and then moved to Adelaide. His twin brother Joe, (who had a broad Irish accent) played football for Burra/Booborowie? If you can help with anything to do with the above I would be very grateful.
I have a lot of family history from my grandfather onwards except for a few missing links I will now list:-
I will also give you some info regarding my earlier Farrelly's which I can't unravel:-
My name if Felicity Triglone and my connection is through Sam EDWARDS b. 1.4.1898 mentioned below, he was my grandfather.
John EDWARDS son of Samuel and Elizabeth ? b. 1841 UK. Came to South Australia per 'Ancient Briton' in 1849 aged 8 years. Miner, labourer. Married 8th July 1895 in Burra Mary BOUNDY b. 23/8/1843 Redruth Cornwall, d. 30/11/1913 daughter of Richard and Elizabeth BAILEY. John and Mary both buried in Burra cemetery. Children: Samuel b. 30/11/1864 Kooringa. D. 5/6/1941 Perth WA. Elizabeth b. 10/4/1867 Kooringa. D. 10/4/1867 Kooringa SA William John b. 30/3/1868 Kooringa. D. 26/7/1901 Broken Hill NSW Richard b. 4/12/1870 Moonta SA Two death dates, 11/5/1871 Moonta SA and 29/12/1871 Moonta SA Richard Thomas b. 24/11/1872 Moonta SA Elizabeth Hannah b. 5/3/1875 Moonta SA. D. 24/3/1898 Kooringa SA. Married William SLEEMAN, was living in Broken Hill prior to death. Joseph Henry b. 2/8/1877 Kooringa SA Horace Albert b. 6/1/1880 Kooringa SA. D. 21/11/1969 Broken Hill NSW Hurtle Stanley b.8/6/1882 Kooringa SA. D. 25/5/1964 Broken Hill NSW Herbert Edgar b. 8/6/1886 Kooringa SA. D. 2/1/1947.
Samuel EDWARDS, butcher by trade, married Annie SYMONS 14/9/1887 at the home of her father Matthew, East Street Kooringa. Children: Cyril Milton b. 22/3/1890 Kooringa SA. D. 1929 Millicent May b.16/10/1892 (Jack) John Hartley b. 21/4/1896 Kooringa SA Sam b. 1/4/1898 Broken Hill NSW William John b. 1899 Boulder WA. D. 1964 Vera b. 1902 Boulder WA. D. 1982 Nita Annie b. 1903 Boulder WA. D. 1973 Unnamed stillborn female b. 1905 Boulder WA (Fred) Frederick b. 25/10/1906 Boulder WA. D. 1951 Dorothy b. 1909 WA Clement b. 6/2/1912. D. 1954 Unnamed stillborn female
Matthew Eddy SYMONS b. 1832 Breage Cornwall, died 2/8/1904 Guildford WA is son of John Henry SYMONS and Alice Arthur EDDY He is the father of Annie SYMONS, this is shown on her marriage certificate. Matthew had four children with he MUTTON that all died in Kooringa. Susanah died in 1886 and is buried in the same grave as Matthews parents. Matthew then married Jane WILLIAMS 29/5/1871 at his home East Street Kooringa and they had three children who attended the Burra school. There appears to be no birth certificate for Annie SYMONS but on the birth certificate of her son Sam her birth is listed as 1867 in Adelaide.
Matthew was a butcher and had a shop on the corner of Kingston and East Streets Burra.
We are trying to follow up on descendants of John HARRY & his wife Elizabeth (White nee Geach) HARRY. They probably married in the mid 1880s.
They had four children Albert, Elsie, Hilda & Sylvia. Two of the girls married and then had surnames of Pens and Halls.
We would like to find out information on any of their children .
Any help would be very much appreciated.
The ancestor is question was one of my ggg-grandfathers, James HINCH, who was a miner in Burra -certainly in the year 1851. He lived in a dugout. There was an article in one of the Adelaide newspapers describing a court case in which he was witness to an assault (in 1851).
James was originally an Irish convict who was transported to Sydney in 1831. He obtained his Certificate of Freedom in 1837 and somehow made his way to Adelaide (maybe as an Overlander?). He appeared on the 1841 Adelaide Census and was then working on the Angas Special Project. He married Mary TORRENS and they had five children born between 1842 and 1854 in Adelaide. He purchased land in Hindmarsh and subsequently sold it to Robert McBURNIE who married Mary in 1857.
We have lost track of James' movements from around 1855 but think that he did travel about Australia quite a bit. Mary maybe remarried on the basis that he'd not been sighted for two years and could be presumed dead. There is a death of a James HINCH about the right age at Mudgee NSW in 1877 but no information is included on the death registration so it is not possible to identify him as being the same person.
The story also goes that he was speared by an aboriginal - possibly killed. I've not found any evidence of this but the other family story which said that he had been a policeman has been proven correct - in 1837 he was gazetted as a constable at Penrith. He resigned several months later. Maybe because he'd been speared - or maybe he was speared when he was moving south the SA - or maybe he really was speared to death somewhere.
Any information regarding James HINCH will be very much appreciated.
I am looking for any information on the UREN and CUNDY families who were in the Burra district in the late 1840's and early 1850s. They left the area by the mid 1850s to go interstate.
Am researching surname, Chirgwin.
John Chirgwin married to Caroline Ayers, date....??? Children , ??? Looking for info on John , his birth date , were he was born or what ship he came out on. I am great granddaughter of John Chirgwin who married Eliza Comley, they lived in Delamere area.
Joseph FORD, a miner, & wife Caroline (nee HAUGHTON/HOUGHTON) and their descendants. Arrived in Kooringa approx 1849. Children were William Thomas (married Sarah Ann THEEUF), Jane (married William SYMONS), Francis, Joseph, Samuel, Carrie (married Thomas ROGERS), Annie, John (married Letitia ALTON), Elisha (married Berthia THEEUF), and Francis Henry (married Elizabeth GOULD).
John FRADD & wife Ellen (nee GRACE) and their descendants. Married in Kooringa 1859.
LOMMAN – all of them & all dates – they’re all related.
George GOULD & wife Isabella (nee WILLIAMS) and descendants. Lived in the region approx 1860 onwards.
My late husband's grandfather Edward CALLAGHAN was born in Kapunda, South Australia. He was baptised at St. Roses Church, Kapunda on 28.12.1878. His parents were James and Mary Jane (nee Fudge) Callaghan. Any help or direction would be appreciated thank you.
My G-grandparents migrated to Burra in the 1840s.
Short details are:-
Paternal g-grandfather, Marcus Johann Heinrich BRUSE left Bremen (?), Germany aboard SS George Washington, with his mother (Maria Sophia), step-father (Heinrich WEGE) and 4 siblings, on 11 October 1845. They arrived in Port Adelaide on 24 January 1846. From here they settled in various parts of South Australia (mainly Burra, Hahndorf and Coramandel Valley).
I assume my paternal g-grandmother, Margaret DAWE (nee JAMES) arrived about the same time. Few details are known apart from the fact that Margaret was born in Cornwall (possibly Madron or Gulval), England.
The longer details are as follows:-
Maria Sophia Margaretha LUEBKE (various spellings) (b 26 Aug 1792 Gustavel, Mecklenburg, Germany; d 15 Nov 1856 Hahndorf, SA) m 1 - 5 Nov 1817 Mecklenburg, Germany to (Andreas) Heinrich BRUSE (b 7 Feb 1793 Pastow, Germany; d C1833 Germany).
Children of Maria Sophia Margaretha LUEBKE and Heinrich BRUSE -
Children of Heinrich WEGE (from his first marriage) are -
Marcus Johann Heinrich BRUSE m 1 - Augusta MEYER (No details known). m 2 - 10 Aug 1856 Burra SA to Margaret JAMES (b 1836 Madron, Cornwall, England; d 2 Sep 1812 Fremantle WA).
Children of Marcus Johann Heinrich BRUSE and Margaret JAMES -
William Henry BRUSE m 1890 Burra SA to Helen DEVLAING (b 1870 Burra SA; d Jul 1896 Burra SA).
Children of William Henry BRUSE and Helen DEVLAING -
Margaret BRUSE m 28 Jul 1882 Burra SA to George ANDERSON (b 23 Dec 1857 Burra SA; d 24 Aug 1918 Fremantle WA).
Children of Margaret BRUSE and George ANDERSON -
A few notes of interest:-
William BRUSE was a publican who either built or refurbished many hotels in country South Australia (Eg Gladstone, Port Pirie, Crystal Brook and Quorn). The Criterion and Transcontinental in Quorn are just 2 which come to mind. I believe one hotel in Quorn is now 'Bruse's Hall'.
Frederick BRUSE I understand built "The Academy" and other buildings in Hahndorf. I believe the "Academy" was home to the painter Hans Heysen at one stage.
Sarah Lydia BRUSE (1860 - 1944) "married a Danish-born Schleswig-Holsteiner, Jacob MAAG. He 'deserted' ship at Port Adelaide and they made their way to Coramandel Valley." (From 'A College In The Wattles' By Reg Butler.)
ARMSTRONG family of Burra
Samuel Armstrong b.1813 in Jarrow England and his wife Ann (nee TURNBULL) travelled to S Aust aboard the ship “Chatham. They arrived there on 18 March 1852 along with their children: Isabella b. 1834, John b. 1837, Jane b. 1844, Ann b. 1846 and Eleanor b. 1848.
Samuel and his son John (only 15yrs old) were miners. The family was brought by assisted passage through a joint British and S.Aust govt scheme to man the many mines that were being established at this time. Prior to leaving England they had lived at the Ludworth and Shadforth Colliery in Durham.
John married a Mary DAVIES/DAVIS on 12 June 1859 in Kooringa. Mary lived at Gum Creek before her marriage. John and Mary had 11 children between 1859 and 1874. Mary died 5 days after giving birth to their 11th child Alice Armstrong Williams ARMSTRONG. Alice died 5 months later. Only 5 of their children survived beyond infancy.
William Thomas b. 1861 their second son was my GGgrandfather. The other children were: Elizabeth b. 1859, John b.1860, Samuel b. 1862, John b. 1864, Catherine b. 1865, David b. 1866, John b. 1868, George b. 1869, Mary Jane b. 1871, John Bassett b. 1873, and Alice b. 1874.
John, died 4 years after Mary in 1878 at Hallett.
I am looking for any descendants of this family as I have much info to share. I am also interested in where their children would have gone after both parent’s deaths.
William DAVIES was a farmer who lived at Inman Valley in 1873 and Gum Creek between 1877 – 1888. His wife was Catherine (surname Unknown). I only have details on their daughter Mary DAVIES/DAVIS who married John ARMSTRONG in 1859 in Kooringa S.Aust ( my GGgrandparents).
I would like to make contact with any descendants of William and Catherine DAVIES/DAVIS.
Olaf Victor BLADIN and Frances Matilda SHORE/SHAW
Frances Matilda SHORE/SHAW married Olaf Victor BLADIN in Victoria in 1857. Frances' death certificate of 1912 states that she spend 1½ years in South Australia. She was born in Mayo, Queen’s County, Ireland in c. 1839.
Is anyone able to help me find out when she spent her time there?
Theresa STONE and Robert Victor Stone BLADIN
Theresa STONE had a child by Olaf Victor BLADIN on 15 November 1877. It is believed that Robert dropped the BLADIN surname in favour of his mother’s surname of STONE.
I would like to make contact with any descendants of Robert and Theresa.
Thomas Butson b.c1833 & Caroline Sanders b.c1837, married 24.11.1855 Bible Christian Kooringa.
In Bendigo from 1856 / 1857
Any information particularly on Butson line.
I am trying to trace the family McBride who were friends of my late Grandmother and I think originated from Cornwall (not sure about this). I have found an address 23 Fisher Street, Fullarton SA where a Mrs McBride lived approx time 1929/30/31. Also mentioned in the letter was the youngest daughter McBride who was to marry a Mr Pellew.
I have found on this site a H E Pellew who married a Betty McBride in 1931. Does anyone know if this family or relatives still reside in Burra or did they move on? Are they the same McBrides?
Can anyone help?
Oliver Bristow Cromwell BARNETT born c. 1874 in Wentworth, NSW to Henry BARNETT and Arabella ?. Siblings: Thomas H (c. 1864) and Herbert W (c. 1869).
Oliver BARNETT married Mary Ellen Frances GAINER in Broken Hill, NSW circa 1905.
Children: Pearl Ella Norma (born c. 1908 in NSW), Barney (born in NSW ?), Francis Ethel (born 06/07/1910 in Glenelg, SA), Glory Olive (born 25/08/1912 in Glenelg, SA) and Yvonne Bernice (born 25/10/1915 in Camden, SA).
Oliver BARNETT remarried on 18/08/1933 following Mary Ellen France GAINER’s death (between 1926 and 1933). Oliver married Ida MASTERSON nee CUNNINGHAM (she was a widow).
Pearl Ella Norma BARNETT married Thomas Francis Lake HALLS (born 28/07/1909 in Kooringa, son of Thomas Philip HALLS and Jessie Margaret ATTRILL ) on 16/11/1926 in St Marys Church Kooringa.
Children: Joan Isabel (born 07/04/1927 in Kooringa, SA) plus two children – names and dates unknown.
Pearl died 07/02/1938, aged 33.
Ethel Frances BARNETT married Lionel Ernest Leo FROST on 15/08/1931 in St Paul’s Church, Adelaide.
Yvonne Bernice BARNETT married Leslie Louis GEHAN on 10/07/1937 in Methodist Manse, Glenelg.
I live in Vancouver, Canada and my grandmother was Francis Ethel BARNETT. I would be particularly interested in hearing from any descendants of Pearl Ella Norma HALLS nee BARNETT or any information relating to her mother, Mary Ellen Frances GAINER.
I am researching two families that arrived in South Australia during the 1800s.
The first family were tin miners from Ludgvan in Cornwall. The family name is Martin (Martyn). Benjamin Champion Martin and his wife, Martha Nichols (Nee Memory) Martin arrived at Port Adelaide on 16th August 1876 with their children, possibly 11. They lived in South Australia for around 6 years before moving to the tin mines in the Inverell District of NSW.
The second family arrived in Australia some time between 1855 and 1880. Mark Thomas Partridge came out to South Australia where he also spent around 10 years before moving to the tin mines in Inverell, NSW. His parents were James Partridge and Eliza (nee Walsh).
Any ideas/help would be appreciated.
William Hocking was born in approximately 1805 in Cornwall, England. In 1848 he sailed to Pt Adelaide, South Australia with his wife, Elizabeth and 4 children aboard the 'Bussorah Merchant' from London via Plymouth under the command of Captain Edwards. Most migrants came to Australia as farm labourers, having passage paid through the sale of land by a South Australian Company. William Hocking was a labourer although he and his family settled in Moonta and became a miner.
Little is known about their life in Australia the information I do have is based on a lot of hard research, internet surfing and records. They arrived in Australia with their 4 children:
There were no other children born to William & Elizabeth after they arrived in South Australia.
William SMITH married Mary Jane Lawrence/Laurence. We are still unsure if they were born in Cornwall or Burra.
Their children were:
Clara married Archibald Riddle.
Nicholas married Mary Ellen cock.
Elizabeth married Fredrick hawse.
Eli (born 30th March 1828 Hinton Martell Dorset England) and Maria Goodridge came out on the Sir John Lawrence in 1863. They arrived with their 3 children: Thomas Palmer (1851-1922) Henry Michael (1854 1912) Isaac James (1856-1935)
Maria passed away in the Adelaide Lunatic Asylum 19th March 1873 Eli then went onto marry Jane (nee Brown nee Ross) 27th March 1874 near Kooringa Burra, she passed away 4th Feb 1883 at Gum Creek. Eli married for a 3rd time to Sarah (nee Bailey) 16th Nov 1889. Sarah died 2nd March 1891 buried at Burra with Eli. Eli passed away 26th Aug 1917.
I am trying to find out more about his 2nd wife and 3rd wife.
I would like to make contact with any descendants of William Trevorrow and Honour Trevorrow (nee) Napton, both were born St Ives Cornwall, William 5-9-1817, Honour 1815 and they were married at St Ives Cornwall 27-12-1840. They arrived in South Australia from England 28-11-1856 on the Lord Hungerford.
William was a Miner he worked at Burra, Blinman and Moonta mines he is buried in the same grave at Moonta with his daughter Ann who died 15-6-1885.
The children of William and Honour who were born in Cornwall, were Honour 1841, Ann 1843, Mary 1845, Elizabeth 1847, William 1850, Jane 1855.
Their children born in Australia were Patience 1860, Eliza 1864, Thomas born at Burra 1868.
My connection to William and Honour is their daughter Honour who married Thomas Vivian Williams at Burra 1859 Honour and Thomas were my G G Grandparents.
My request is connected to my paternal grandmother, JESSIE MABEL BATH PETHERICK, b May 1885 at Kooringa. Her father was a jeweller, we understand, in Burra named JULIUS EVAN PETHERICK, who, sadly, died when Jessie was 11 mths old. He was a brother to EDMUND AUGUSTUS PETHERICK, prominent bookseller and publisher whose specialized mammoth collection of Oceania formed the basis of the National Library, Canberra.
Jessie’s Mother was known as THIRZA ELIZABETH “SMITH”, but we have it on good authority (within the family) that her birth father was actually an uncle named THOMAS BATH, a prominent Burra businessman. Thirza’s mother was ELIZABETH SMITH nee BALL who married JESSE SMITH. Jesse had a sister SARAH who married THOMAS BATH. They had a daughter SARAH JANE BATH (and 4 younger childen, all of whom died, buried at Mintaro). These are the surrounding details to validate the family.
The mystery is to find any record at all of the birth of THIRZA, on 18 June 1862. This date is written in a number of birthday books in the family. Over many years we have tried for a birth certificate under each of the family surnames, but to no avail. After the death of PETHERICK she married EDMUND LINES and they had 6 more children. We recognize the delicate and embarrassing nature of THIRZA’s birth and we understand that she was brought up with SARAH BATH and her father THOMAS. Mrs BATH (SARAH) died at her last childbirth. We are also told that the two girls – THIRZA & SARAH JANE (CISSY) were given special schooling where they were groomed to be “Ladies”, in preparation for going back to BATH’s native land of Cornwall. This did later eventuate but without THIRZA, who married.
If any lead could be found re birth of THIRZA ELIZABETH ( Smith ? Bath ? etc ) I would be more than grateful. Over 23 years we have nothing but blanks.
Note: Throughout her life she always used SMITH as her original name.
Thomas Brady and Elizabeth Ann Williams were married 1859 at Burra.
Children were James, Harriet, Thomas, Eliza, Mary, Lucinda, Clara, John Thomas, William, Thomas Francis and Joseph Godfrey.
I am hoping someone will know something of Thomas Brady senior, he died 1882 at Mount Bryan East.
Hannah Nesbitt b. 1827, d. 12/01/1913 (Burra, SA). m. Francis Newman, 1/11/1847, St Pauls Church, Alnwick came to Adelaide in 1850, had two daughters Hannah Martha Newman b 15/10/1848, and Margaret Ramsey Newman b.17/11/1850 . Francis Newman decided to try his luck in Victorian Goldfields and died soon after arrival in Victoria. Hannah Newman married William Herbert, Children: William Henry, b. 9/7/1856, John b. 3/06/1862 and George circa 1967, others? (death certificate states at time of death there were 3 males and 2 females children living and 5 males and 1 female deceased.
John Herbert, b. 3/6/1862, d. 5/1/1926 (Burra) . John married twice:-
Roy Clarence Nesbit Herbert, b. 2/4/1909 Burra, SA d. 15/3/1959, Broken Hill, NSW. (my grandfather) m. Edna Hazel Palin 24/7/1929, Methodist Church, Broken Hill Children: Charles John, Hazel Moreen (my mother), Brian, Joan Lorraine, Helen Faye.
I would appreciate any help with researching my family and would like to contact anyone else who is researching this family.
I am researching what happened to Arthur Motley (b 1824 Leeds, Yorkshire, UK).
I have two letters from him to his father Thomas written in 1856 from the Burra Copper Mine, Kooringa. He arrived with his wife and at least two children and he was an educated engineer with experience in Copper Mining.
I have also found details of an Arthur Motley as a teacher in Kooringa-Redruth (1860-2). There is also mention of a Wheal Motley Cu Mining Syndicate in 1888.
I have very little other information about him and wondered what happened to him and his family - did they stay in Australia and might there be descendants there still?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Will Motley London, UK
My name is Michael Sangster, and I have been researching details of my late father ; Grandfather and, GGrandfather ; all whom were either born in Burra, or later practised their profession of being doctors, in Burra.
My late GGrandfather, came to Sth. Australia, aged 15 years old by himself, to be with his Uncle, a Dr. John Forster, of Streaky Bay, and later, Adelaide. His name was John I. Sangster, who later went back to Leeds in England, and studied to became an doctor and was known as Dr. John Ikin Sangster, sen., then came back to S.A., and in particular, settled in Burra, from 1879 to 1917 approx.
His son, Dr. John Ikin Sangster, jnr, went to Adelaide University, and became a doctor in 1897 and practised in Burra with his Father. Dr. J.I.Sangster, was Mayor of Burra, from 1908 - 1910, and there is a photo of him in the Foyer of the Burra Hospital.
I do have more details, and sometime back, I left an copy of the Sangster / Bagot / McCarthy Family Tree, at the Burra School around 1997 - 2000 approx., plus another Family Tree of two pages, from John Sangster, solicitor of Leeds, around middle of the 19th Century, to present day.
My late father, who was killed in WW2, was Dr. John Clive Sangster, born Burra in 1903, &, practised at Clare, where I was born, back in 1935. His younger brother, was Dr. Christopher Bagot Sangster, also born at Burra, and their parents were Dr. John Ikin Sangster, jnr, and, Ruby K. Sangster (nee Turnbull).
My mother was born in Burra in 1904, her family name was Hunt, her father was Edward Reece Hunt a blacksmith in the Burra area. Her mother Charlotte Perkins was born in Jamestown.
Edward Reece Hunt's parents were John Mitchel Hunt and Margaret Rees. John Mitchel Hunt was a shoe maker, they migrated from Woolwich in Kent in 1852.
Hope we are able to find out more about the family while we are in the Burra.
I am trying to locate information of two families from the Burra district in the 1840s onwards.
They are Thomas Moody and William Henry Batchelor.
I know that H.W Batchelor was on the council between 1878 and 1881 and that he was a storekeeper.
Thomas Moody was a miner and also a storekeeper.
I am also trying to find details on a John Moody who was in jail for attempted murder in 1871 in the Redruth jail. I believe he is one of our ancestors.
Any help you could possibly give me in pointing me in the right direction to find out more details would be greatly appreciated. Particularly details of the Redruth Jail inmates.
I note with interest that the name of my great-grandfather Isaac NONMUS is listed on the Miners page of the website connected with Jennifer Carter’s book about Burra.
Isaac NONMUS was born in 1802 in Lydney, Gloucestershire, England. Emigrated to Adelaide in 1839 on board Bardaster. Moved to Victoria near Ararat in 1852. Isaac died in Ararat, Victoria, Australia, on 6 Apr 1874; he was 72. Buried on 8 Apr 1874 in Ararat, Victoria, Australia. Occupation: Auctioneer, School Master. Religion: Wesleyan?
On 6 Mar 1832 when Isaac was 30, he married Harriett Mathews WEST, daughter of William WEST & Anne, in Frant, Sussex, England - M148461. Born in 1810 in Gravesend, Kent, England. Harriett Mathews died in Victoria, Australia, in 1858; she was 48.
They had the following children:-
My grandfather, Alfred Edgar NONMUS married Sarah Catherine BRIERLY in Eversley, near Ararat, Victoria in 1873 (January-June, 1360), before travelling to Brisbane then moving a little further north to Woodford to take up dairy farming and sawmilling. Alfred and Sarah had 8 children, one of whom was my father, Gilbert Brierly NONMUS (1885-1966).
My ancestors were named DAVEY.
I have located a headstone in the Burra Cemetery which reads : "Caroline;d.14/12/1881 aged 58 years Richard J., hus. of above, d. 23/3/1884, aged 57 years. Lillian J., d. 28/2/1893, aged 3 months Lillian M.J.; d. 4/1/1900, aged 11 months.
I do know there were several relations living in Burra, however I have been unable to find any other information other than what was on the above headstone. I am a member of the S.A.Genealogy Society. I would like to know what work Richard J (Jenkin) Davey did, where the family lived and any other information that is available about them. I thank you in anticipation.
Fay Blanks (contact details may be out of date)
I’m researching William COCK & Helen Georgina JEMMETT married in Kooringa School house 18/2/1848.
William Cock was christened on 2 May 1820 in Saint Enoder Penhale Cornwall.
Helen Georgina Jemmett arrive in Adelaide at the age of 9 with he parents in 1840 from London via Plymouth on the JAVA.
A lot of my family history evolves around Burra.
Looking for information on the following Surnames:
Many thanks in advance.
I am looking for some information on my great-great-great grandparents who I believe lived in Redruth/Burra from the 1850s until the end of the decade. I am in Adelaide and have done some research here, but wonder if there is more in the Burra Records.
Their names are William and Elizabeth Hanford (nee KINGDOM). They had (I believe) six children: William, Fanny (my great-great grandmother), Thirza, Eliza and twins James and John.
I am particularly interested in Elizabeth's story. I know that she arrived alone, with no family whatsoever, on an "assisted migrant" scheme in (September?) 1854, aged 28 - which I find interesting in itself. I have records of the birth of her children in Redruth from 1856 onward, with William Hanford listed as the father. However, I'm not sure of William's birthplace and their is no SA marriage record on file for the pair. I also have a record that suggests that Elizabeth was a publican in North Adelaide at some point - however, I know she died in Burra in 1905.
Elizabeth Donoghue , servant, married Edward Manning at St Marys, Mudgee 20 November 1882. Because through her life she has spelled her name variously we have had difficulty tracing her. Perhaps she is part of the family mentioned in this site. She is our great grandmother.
Elizabeth's husband died at age 34, leaving her with sons 5 and 2 years. She may have remarried. We would be interested in any information concerning her and her family.
Thank you for reading this!
I would be grateful for any information on the MILLAR or McLAGAN families.
Archibald MILLAR (1804 - 1884) my great-grandfather and gentleman/farmer migrated to NZ in 1840 then at some time moved to Victoria where he live for the latter part of his life. Family rumour has it that he owned a farm in the Burra district presumably about the 1850s or 1860s.
In 1862 (in Victoria) his daughter Fanny MILLAR married an architect George McLAGAN and they lived for some time in Kooringa, SA. I believe that George had moved to Burra by 1879, he was buried at Aberdeen, Burra in 1891 and Fanny was buried there in 1898.
In 1891 Fanny started Bleak House Girls High School in Burra and a sister Anne Balleny MILLAR came over from Victoria to assist her.
I would love to find evidence of any Millar farm. I believe that George McLagan had a son who may or may not have been Fanny's son. George was a widower when Fanny married him. There are references in a 1910 Millar will to a child Colin McLagan (?George's grandchild) son of Archibald George Remington McLagan. I have found no records.
John Edwards (as cited by Allan Need above) has many descendants, I understand ….. Coincidentally this same John EDWARDS is also my great, great grandfather. I too have been unable to locate his exact birth-date or place of birth, but through my research at the SA Geneaology and Heraldry Society, and through various genealogical on-line databases I have located the following information:
Source: Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record 1842-1890
EDWARDS John (1827-1894) Miner and farmer of Black Springs SA
Born 1827 CON ENG
Arrived SA c 1850 (aboard Stebonheath) as immigrant; land granted 48 acres Apoinga 1857;
Spouse: Catherine RIDGWAY (1822-1898:Hawker) daughter of Anthony RIDGWAY of Wednesbury STS ENG and Mary Ann (ROADS)
Married 29th May 1851 Kooringa C of E, Burra SA
· Mary Ann (1852-1932) (m. ADAMS) – my great grandparents
· Elisabeth Eustace (1854-1927) (m. NEED)
· John (1857 – 1905)
· Catherine (1859-1926) (m. EASTER)
· Joseph Ridgway (1861-1938)
Died 30th April 1894 Willow Plains SA
Buried Hawker SA
Another source cites John EDWARDS and his involvement in mining. Source: “Burra 1845-1851 A Directory of Early Folk”, Jennifer Carter 1996
Page 41: EDWARDS, John b. circa 1826: Occ. miner; the man who worked for W. Hall, tributer , in 1849? (BRG 22/7/2/92): challoner to Ayers (28.7.1849): Res Karculto at the time of his marriage : m. 29.5.1851 Kooringa Catherine nee RIDGWAY aged 28 of Black Springs.
If anyone in is researching the ADAMS family line in Burra and surrounds I’d be quite interested to find out more, for instance:
How long they lived in the area
What they were involved with (work, community activities)
Religious activities (at some point, the family or descendants become heavily involved with the Salvation Army)
Here are the family name details I have to date re eldest daughter of John EDWARDS, Mary Ann, who married Charles ADAMS:
Mary Ann EDWARDS b 1852 ? place d: 1932 Kingswood SA
Charles ADAMS b: 1842 Dorset UK; arr SA 1851 married Mary EDWARDS: 1871 Burra d. 1924 Mitcham SA (10 children)
Charles's occupation "mason". Lived in 3 room stone house Roach Town , Redruth
Children of Mary Ann and Charles ADAMS
Catherine (Annie) FORD 1874 -1956: Burra
Arthur Symes ADAMS 1876 -1957; Burra
Blanche WHITE 1878-1941 Yongala
Edgar ADAMS1881-1952; Yongala
Victor Emmanuel ADAMS1883-1956; Prospect
Jane KURTZER1885-1959; Aberdeen , Burra
Adeline ADAMS1887-1974; Redruth, Burra
Myra Bertha ADAMS
1889-1892 (died 3) Hampton, Burra
George Charles ADAMS1890 - 1959? Hampton Burra
George married Olive EDWARDS
Bertha Marion EDWARDS 1895-?
Married Joseph EDWARDS
WILLIAM HOCKING, son of Richard HOCKIN and Ann DAVEY, was born 1793 in Cornwall. He died on April 27 1881 at Burra.
He married Ann ROBINSON on Sept 2 1814 in Wales. They arrived in S.A on board the “Bussorah Merchant” on Nov 10 1848
with some of their children. Those that came to Australia were:
John HOCKING born 5 Sept 1820 in Cornwall. He married Frances Ann NETTELL in Cornwall.
Richard HOCKING born 1825 Cornwall. His first wife was Elizabeth PAUL, hi second was Mary CARNE.
Elizabeth HOCKING born 1827 Cornwall. She married Samuel DREW.
Emma HOCKING born 1830 Cornwall. She married Brooke YOUNG.
Mary HOCKING born 1832 Cornwall. She married William Henry PHILLIPS.
James HOCKING born 1833. What became of him?
Louisa HOCKING born 1836. She married Joseph ANDREW.
Other surname interests include:
My grandfather's surname was LOECHEL. I don’t know his first name. He died around 1960s, but I have not got much to go on. He had an accident on a grader and tipped it into the dam.
He had one son, Neil and three daughters; Coral, Josie and Beverley. (Neil and Coral are deceased.
Any information would be appreciated.
I am researching the Peak family. John Peak's wife was my great grandfather's sister.
JOHN3 PEAK (JOHN2, JAMES1) was born 05 Apr 1833 in St.Just, Cornwall, and died 06 Jan 1899 in Cross Roads nr Burra, SA Bk 258 Pg 272, son of JOHN PEAK and ELIZABETH NANKERVIS. He married JANE COCK 04 Oct 1856 in Fryers Creek, Victoria #3972, daughter of THOMAS COCK and MARY ANN WHITE. She was born 20 Oct 1839 in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, and died 09 Jan 1920 in Kooringa , SA 435/221.
John was a butcher/farmer in Cross Roads, SA and the publican of 'The Cross Roads Inn' 1861-1898 (in partnership for some years with Maddron Leggo who was a brother of his half sister, Johanna Olds' husband, Thomas Tregear Leggo)
Children of JOHN PEAK and JANE COCK are:
I am having difficulty tracing the family name & I am wondering if possibly I am on the correct tract at "Burra".
My father's name was Frank BOSCENCE - born in Broken Hill NSW, 23rd December 1917. I cannot find his father's birth certificate, although I have his death certificate RICHARD JAMES BOSCENCE BORN AT SILVERTON NSW & DIED AT BROKEN HILL AGE 29, 29TH APRIL 192.
I also have his marriage certificate & this is where I become confused! The spelling for the surname is Richard James BOSANCE - BIRTHPLACE SILVERTON NSW.
When googling the name BOSANCE I came across the site www.burrahistory.info/KooringaWardBurraAssessment Books1873.htm & came across the name Richard BOSANCE.
I also saw the name RICHARD BOSANKO and am wondering if there is any connection.
Is there anyone in Burra area who can help me please? My great grandparents and their daughter arrived 1853 and were in Kooringa area for some time before moving to Pt. Augusta. Their daughter Esther was baptised at St. Mary's and she later married there in 1867. I can't find her in school lists but I presume she attended school there.
Her name was Esther Sharp and her parents were Thomas and Jane Sharp. Her first husband was James Hamilton. Any help appreciated.
Here are some specific details relating to the family:
Thomas and Jane (Allsop) Sharp arrived on "Ramillies" May 1853 with daughter Esther.
William was my grandfather, my mother was from his 2nd marriage, her mother was a Holtham. Grandfather Sharp's first wife died quite young after having 3 children - a son and two daughters. Second marriage were all girls except one buried with no name etc. so probably stillborn.
I believe my Great Grandfather : (Albert or Alfred Edward) WILLIAMS was born in Redruth in 1856 & married Victoria Alexandria HALL there in 1863 (22 Dec?). I believe they had 2 children, Albert & George.
Would welcome any info. that would verify this and any additional info. About them and their families.
My Grandmother Susan (Sarah on her birth certificate) was born in District of Clare on April 3rd. 1881 to Mary (nee. Lang) and William CHERRY.
Also, my Grandfather, Benjamin Howard Gladstone KIDD was born there on 23rd. June 1880 to Elizabeth (nee. Bridle) and George Henry KIDD.
I would welcome any information regarding them and their families.
My ancestor David Mackay was a Tinsmith who came to Burra from Scotland circa 1848 and operated premises in or around Market Square. He with wife Grace and family relocated to Port Fairy and then Portland early 1860s.
He was also deeply religious and believed eccentric.
All but 2 of David and Grace's (nee Tozer) 10 children were born in Burra/Kooringa. One son, David junior, died not long after birth and is believed buried in your cemetery.
I would appreciate the Mackay name being added to your list of surnames being researched and am happy to share my research to date with any interested person/body.
I am trying to find out any information on William Earle and Jane Anna Earle (nee Carvosso). I am particularly interested in their son Munduthoo Hardman Earle born 28 Sept 1879 (my great grandfather). There was apparently a fire at the Earles household in Burra prior to Munduthoo's birth and an Aborigine saved Jane from the fire. The Aboriginal's name was Munduthoo and apparently William then named his son after that person. I would like to know any info about the fire and if possible what happened to the Aborigine.
Any other info on the above persons would be of great interest also.
In 1852 after several years as a convict guard in the 96th Manchester Regiment of Foot, Frederick Gurney (born in Sturry/Westbere in Kent, England) got his discharge in 1850 in Adelaide and then married an Irish lass called Lucy Knaggs from Mullingar in Westmeath. The marriage took place in Gawler in 1851 and by the time they had their first child Mary Ann in 1852 (married Samuel John Hall) they were living in Kilkenny. The family then moved to and settled in Burra where the rest of the children were born – Frederick (bc 1854), Alfred (bc 1856, gold miner and bachelor in Cue/Day Dawn Goldfields in WA), George (bc 1858, married Jane Roberts and settled in WA (Arthur Stanley Gurney VC (WWII) was one of this couple’s children.
George died in 1948), Robert (bc 1861, married Louisa Wilhelmina Kernchen and moved to Broken Hill and died in 1950), William (bc 1865 died in 1868, Burra), Emma (bc 1868 died aged 18 in 1885 in Burra), and Arthur William (bc 1871, married Lily Rawlins they lived in Broken Hill where he died 2 weeks after the marriage in 1911).
Frederick, a mail coach driver died on 1 January 1872 when the coach he was driving (Frederick jnr was sitting beside him) hit a rock and he fell to the ground. Frederick is mentioned in the book ‘The Monster Mine’. Lucy died in 1890.
I would love to hear from anyone who is connected to any of these people and especially anyone descended from the son Frederick as the last I have on him is when he was a witness to his sister Mary Ann’s marriage in 1878.
My great great grandfather was John Thomas Walker and I believe he was a draper, bootmaker and storekeeper, his first wife (my great great grandmother) was Mary Eddy, and after she died he married Mrs Annie Pearce (nee Berriman).
John Thomas and Mary Walker (nee Eddy) had ten children, two girls and eight boys (Florence b. 1873, Clarence b. 1874, Walter b. 1875, Alfred b. 1877, Louis b. 1879, Oswald b. 1881, Sidney b. 1883, Bertie b. 1885, Lancelot b. 1887, Eugenie b. 1890).
When John Thomas married Mrs Annie Pearce (nee Berriman) she had three daughters (Olive, Muriel and Mildred). During their marriage John and Annie had another three daughters - Rita, Rubelle and Daphne.
My other great great grandfather who lived in Burra was John McLaren (b 1855). John McLaren married Mary Ellen Manhire and their daughter May is my great grandmother (May married John Thomas and Mary Walker's son Oswald Gilbert Walker).
John McLaren was a stock agent from Bagot, Shakes and Lewis in Kooringa, and was Major of Burra from 1910-1913. I know that John and Mary Ellen had at least one other daughter called Nellie who married George Sackville Kidman.
I am interested in any
photos, stories and other information which sheds light on the WALKER and
McLAREN families in Burra.
Looking for information and or photos/records of Mrs Joseph (Francesca) MCNAMARA and her teenage son, Leo Joseph McNamara who lived and worked as a cook at the Royal Exchange Hotel, Aberdeen, Burra, around 1927-1935 approx.
Leo went to St Joseph's School, not sure what year he started, until he gained his Qualifying Certificate, 17 December 1931. Prizes were awarded to Winifred Neagle, Darby Killicoat, Leo McNamara, Kathleen O'Connell and Mary Killicoat. Leo then went to Burra High in 1932 until August 1933. He left school to help at the Royal Exchange Hotel, Aberdeen, Burra.
I would like to hear from anyone who has old school photos, any records/photos of the people who worked at the Royal Exchange Hotel during this time frame or if you know where I might locate them. It would be greatly appreciated.
Looking for information, descendants and or photos/records Mr Les PASCOE.
Les lived at Burra and was working for the Burra Electric Supply Company around 1930. The Burra Record, dated April1930, mentions Les going to the Adelaide Exhibition where he exhibited a model oil engine. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I'm doing family research on Frederick CLARK born 1853 in Burra and married Caroling Augustus on 6/2/1879 in Burra. His father was Robert CLARK.
I am also interested in Henry DREYER who married Augusta BRANDT on 23/1/1858 in Burra.
Any information on these people would be appreciated.
My maternal grandfather, ALEXANDER MCGREGOR CORSTORPHAN, was born at Kooringa (Burra) on 27 July 1858. His father, CHARLES THOMAS HUME CORSTORPHAN, described as storekeeper and later as an overseer lived at Wandilla (Burra). His mother, ELIZABETH SKEWES, came from Chester, England and presumably married in Burra (at ?Presbyterian Church). I would be grateful for any help in tracing my family's origins.
My name is Ray Bock and I am reseaching my Bock family. The original family of my research was Johann Carl Freidrich and his wife Christiane Friederike. These people arrived at Pt.Adelaide from Hamburg aboard the Caesar Godeffroy on new years day 1854. With them were five children, August Louis Wilhelm--- Carl August Bruno ( my great G/F.) -- Carl Wilhelm Johannes --- Christiane Friedericke Charlotte --- Elise Louise Friedericke --- Johann Carl Friedrich.
They first settled at the Burra from where the parents moved to Adelaide and the children (some of whom married at the Burra) later moved to all different parts of South Australia and Victoria.
Any information regarding this family and in particular relating to a family name of Mulville would be greatly appreciated.
Thomas Sulvinus Robins (1861 - 1930) and wife Clara Leah nee Arbery (1869 - 1957) moved to Copper House in 1922, close to his eldest sister Mary & John Fisher. A real toiler, he worked hard picking stone and helping with the crops on his daughter and son-in-law's farm at Booborowie (assuming Leah & Patrick Hogan), where he succumbed to sun and heat stroke, dying in Hospital at Burra. Clara moved into Burra and lived her remaining years there where she was the much loved "Granny Robins" to all who knew her. She died on 18th May 1957 and is buried with Thomas in Burra, plot number 3042.
Clara Leah Arbery was born 1869 in Wirrabara to Joseph and Elizabeth Ann nee Smith
Their children are:
Elizabeth Jane b 1888 Quorn, died 1921 Mannahill
Linda/Jane Adelaide b 1889 Hopetown - died 1894 Quorn
Clara Ellen (Nell) b 1891 Hopetown d 1978 married Michael Cousins and had 4 children
Thomas Sulvinus b 1892 Westward Ho Gold Fields d 1956 married Olive Bertina Hutton - 5 children (these are my grand parents)
Mary Sophia (Dot) born 1893, Gordon, Boolcunda, died 1965 Quorn, married William Henry John Pearce - 13 children
Eliza Rebecca (Bub) b 1895 Quorn - died 1956 Broken Hill, married Albert Davidson (Bill) - 7 children
Jesse Maud b 1898 Mannahill, mrd Jerry McCarthy - 5 children, then mrd Horace James
Leah Gillies b 1900, Mannahill, d 1978 Burra, mrd Patrick William Hogan 7 children
William John (Jack) b 1912 d 1982 burra mrd Ivy Heneker - 1 child, mrd Matilda Sloane, mrd Irene Ginnan
Joseph Arbery b 1918 mrd Alice Hettner
I'd like to find out what happened to Capt Richard Goldsworthy, who, according to Auhl's "Monster Mine" book, was appointed as third captain in the early years of the mine, but was dismissed for "misconduct" some years later, during the 1850s I think. His wife was called Jane, nee Magor, and they had some children born in Burra.
What did he do after he left the mine? There is a record of a Richard Goldsworthy, innkeeper, who died in Burra in 1865 -- is this the same person, or a different one? Does anyone know? If not, how might I find out?
John Spencer arrived in SA prior to 1855 when he married in abt 1855, Catherine Granger. She may have been local with her father possibly working at the mine. Their first child Thomas was born in Kooringa 7 Sep 1856. Sometime between then and 1861 the family moved to Booborowie where he was a Shepherd and the next 3 children were born: Margaret b: 13 Sep 1861 Michael b: 10 Jul 1864 Thomas b: 1871 d: 1881 buried in Burra cemetery
Catherine Spencer (Granger) died 11 Jul 1871 at Devils Hole near Booborowie and was buried in the Burra cemetery. (grave 611)
John Spencer may have remarried later that year but I have yet to confirm this detail.
Ann Sullivan of Redruth registered the birth of Margaret Spencer at Redruth, 10 days later. She was illiterate signing with an 'X'. Was she a midwife?
Any information relating to these people or descendants would be greatly appreciated.
I have a query regarding the search for any records for my ancestor who lived briefly at Apoinga Smelter when it opened. Are there lists of names of employees, residents for Apoinga? I know Bob Noye wrote a book about Apoinga, is a copy of this available?
Charles GRACE & his wife Charlotte moved here in 1864. Their second child was born here Elizabeth and they left here after about a year.
Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated.
I am interested in information relating to James morley and family.
I do not have any records, but know that they lived in Burra Burra, South Australia.
I am researching a number of related family names.
Thomas and Johanna (nee MAY) HOOPER, arrived Pt Adelaide in 1847 on the Aboukir
Daughter Susanna born at Burra 1850
Moved to Collingwood/ Castlemaine/Ballarat in 1851
William YELLAND and Marianne (nee MAY)
Robert and Emma (nee Yelland) Mitchell
I’m trying to obtain any information on the life and times of my G, Great ,Grandfather, “David Bryce.”
He and his wife Elisabeth (Nee) Dawson & children lived at ‘Scrub Creek”, David was Killed at little Para near Salisbury in a Dray accident 26th May 1851 taking a load of Copper/ore to Adelaide, while working for the Mines, there was an Inquest, believed to buried at Little Para.
Any details /records of his life in the Burra area would be very much appreciated.
Hickey: Patrick wife Mary Quinn. Both died in Broken Hill
George Ernst "August" SCHMIDT was born 15 May 1816 at Clausthal in Harz Mountains of Germany, the son of August Christian SCHMIDT, steelworker and the former Joh. Christianne KOHLER. He married Johanne "Caroline" Wilhelmine LEINIG (born 24 June 1816) 25 April 1841 at Clausthal. Auguas and Caroline and 2 children arrived in South Australia at Port Adelaide on 28th October 1846 aboard "Heerjeebhoy Rustomjee Patel". The Patel as she was commonly known was a frigate of 510 tons and had sailed from Bremerhaven under the command of Eugene Laun on 27th June 1846 carrying 250 immigrants.
August obtained work in mines at Burra. He was Naturalised there in 1850's his address at that time being Kangaroo Street, Kooringa. His referees for naturalisation included Robert STIRLING of Burra Burra Mines.
August died at Kooringa on 27th May 1858 at the age of only 42.
Caroline owned a house and 2 allotments in Yongala, which she rented out.
Caroline died on 18th October 1883 at her daughter Julia's residence at Yongala. The cause of death was listed as Apoplexy "third attack", presumably some sort of stroke. She was subsequently buried in the Yongala cemetery however her funeral cortege was delayed due to a dispute over the issuance of the death certificate. This caused great excitement in the local area and indignation meetings were later held in the local institute at which a resolution was passed expressing indignation at the proceedings which delayed the funeral and sympathy with Caroline's relatives and friends.
August and Caroline had 9 children;
Johan Heinrich "August" LEUNIG was born circa 1805 in Harz Mountains of Germany, the fourth child of Heinrich Christian LEINIG and the former Johanna Friederique Wljelmina BUNTEN. The family name has been variously spelt as Leunig and Leinig in different generations.
August arrived in South Australia with his wife and three of their children aboard "Johan Cesar" on 1st January 1855. Two other children, Charles aged 21 and William aged 15 had migrated to South Australia the previous year.
Resided at Kooringa SA.
Aust died on 28th June 1867 at Kooringa aged 62. Julia died at Kooringa of Bronchitis on 23rd February 1873 aged 63.
They had 7 children:
Carl Heinrich Julius LEINIG was born 11th Nov 1825 Clausthal Germany, the fourth child of Carl Heinrich LEINIG and the former Maria Christiana SCHIER. The family name LEINIG was also spelt LEUNIG in different generations.
He arrived in South Australia on "Johan Cesar" 1st January 1855. He occupations were miner and gold digger.
He married 8th September 1855 at Burra Burra SA to Fernandine Henriette Louise (Emma) HOLZIEGEL nee ZIEKLER b 24 Apr 1825 Hanover Germany d 1 May 1866 Majorca VIC.
Carl died on 13th October 1885 Craigie VIC
He had 4 children:
John SEARLE was born 1834 in Redruth Cornwall , third child of John SEARLE and MARY BOWDEN.
He died 2 February 1897 Moonta SA. He married Johanna KEEL in 1861. They had 10 children:
Thomas CHAPPEL was born 15th September 1831 St Austell Cornwall England, he died 1 May 1907 in Adelaide SA. He married Elizabeth Jane SEARLE 7 Jun 1851 in Redruth Cornwall. Elizabeth was born 16 Dec 1831 in Redruth Cornwall, the second child of John SEARLE and Mary BOWDEN.
The surname is variously spelt as both CHAPPEL and CHAPPELL in different generations.
Thomas and Elizabeth had 10 children:
I am seeking information relating to my GRILLETT great grandparents and their family who were at Kooringa c1853-c1861+.
George GRILLETT (1819-1857) was a Cornish miner who sailed into at Port Adelaide in June 1853 with a wife and young family of 4 children. They were listed as "government emigrants" - presumably with the SA govt paying part or all of their passage.
I presume that they went straight to Kooringa as their next 3 children were born there (1855-58). They must have still been there in April 1861 since George signed a petition of that date published in the SA Advertiser.
I believe the following to be correct:-
Parents: George GRILLETT & Margaret (nee WATTERS) GRILLETT came to Kooringa with 4 children & had 3 more in Kooringa:
1. George GRILLETT b. 29 May 1855 d.8 May 1921 (Broken Hill)
2. Richard GRILLETT b. xx Jan 1857 d.29 Mar 1857 (Kooringa)
3. Margaret GRILLETT b. 5 May 1858 d.21 May 1943 (Adelaide)
Between 1861 and 1867 they moved to Wallaroo Mines and George died there -his other family members continued living there.
I would be delighted if I could anything related to the Grilletts while they were in Burra.
Ivy Attrill married a David Derrick and then I think Horace Weighill.
Any infomation on Claude Grenfield Attrill would also be appreciated.
Chipman, Henry (1) who arrived in Adelaide from Redruth, Cornwall, in December 1846. He died in Kooringa in 1850.
Chipman, Henry (2).
Henry (2) and John were the first-born and second-born sons, respectively, of Henry (1) (there were daughters who died in childhood). It is presumed that they both arrived with their father.
One Henry was appointed Mine Superintendent for a short time – it is not clear whether this was father or son, but, again presumably, it would have been the younger man.
John married in Kooringa, and then came to Melbourne with his wife and first-born daughter, presumably because of the gold rush. I am a direct descendant of John Chipman.
I have been unable to find the deaths of either Henry (2) or John (but it is assumed that John died in Victoria). Did Henry (2) also come to Victoria after gold, or did he return to Cornwall, or go on elsewhere?
I would love to learn something of my grandmother’s family and their story. She was [Gert] Mary Gertrude McNamara born in Freidrichsweilde 14/03/1877.Her mother was Maria Murphy, who held the licence to the Buck’s Head Hotel on North Terrace in 1906, at which time she moved to Fremantle. Which we were told was a result of her first husband’s death, in the Boer War. We were told she was consequently disinherited and disowned by her family.
The only other members of her family we knew of were her cousins Thomas and Honoria McNamara. They both resided in the suburb of Wembley in Perth. She was Mother Catherine in the Brigidine Convent. I was recently informed that Honoria was born 10/12/1901 at Carrieton SA, and that three of her sisters joined the Josephite Order.
Samuel Lewis WILLIAMS
We are searching for information about the family of Louisa Smallridge and Samuel Lewis Williams, including:
a. any records from 1848-1898 on the coach building business in Burra.
b. date and place of death/burial for Samuel Lewis Williams (b. 1817)?
c. who were the daughters of Samuel Williams and Louisa Smallridge?
Searches of BMD SA only show their first son Samuel who died in 1846 and their second son Samuel who was born in 1847.
Background for Samuel Lewis WILLIAMS & Louisa SMALLRIDGE
Louisa SMALLRIDGE was born 25 June 1819 Ugborough Devon (daughter of James Smallridge and Margaret Winter of Ugborough). On the 6th of January 1839 at Ugborough, Louisa married Samuel Lewis WILLIAMS (b abt 1817, a miner, resident of North Filham, Devon. He was the son of Samuel Williams/Lewis (b. 1791?, d. 1874 Ridgeway Devon) and Catherine Lewis/Williams (b. abt 1791?, d. 1870 Ridgeway, parish of Plympton St Mary in Devon).
The UK Census for 1841 in Tavistock Devon show a Louisa Smallridge, with baby Louisa, and in separate lodgings, Samuel Williams. We may never be certain which is our Samuel among so many '...Samuel Williams, miner'.
In 1846, Samuel and Louisa, with children, emigrated on the ‘Canton’ to South Australia (baby Samuel died on arrival). The family lived in Adelaide where their son, also named Samuel was born in 1847. Family stories say Samuel and Louisa had a family of five children, including Samuel (1847-1917), and four daughters. Were they living in Burra? We would like to know any other Williams family researchers who have missing parents about this time. Perhaps this is where our families fit?
Samuel Lewis Williams died sometime before 1882? [Hospital admission records for Louisa show that in 1882 she was already a widow.] On 8 March 1888, Louisa Williams nee Smallridge died at Kooringa Burra SA.
Their son, Samuel Williams (b 1847-1917) married Helen Cadzow (1852-1906) at Norwood 11 November 1881.
The family moved to Burra in about 1886, where Samuel was a coachbuilder. Records show that their children, including my grandmother, Louisa, were at school at Burra. Family life was disrupted in about 1898, when the family left for Broken Hill, and later Helen and some of the younger children moved to WA goldfields to live with an older daughter and her husband. Helen's husband, Samuel, later also moved to Golden Ridge [Kalgoorlie area], and he died in 1917 in Perth.
With thanks to kind people who have assisted in relating the tale for the many generations of Samuel Williams in our family history.
My great great grandmother was born in Burra in 1850. Her name was Mary Jane Arthur. My research tells me that she moved to Moonta with her parents in a bullock wagon in approx 1867. She later married and had several children to Charles Bray. She died in December 1927.
I am looking for any information about her parents. From looking at the Burra History group website and also at cemetery records from Moonta I believe her father may have been George Arthur. Can anyone confirm this and does anyone know the name of her mother?
I also of the opinion that he may have been a miner as the time frame fits the information on the Burra History Group website.
William Henry Nicholls Born Sancreed Cornwall 10th. Oct. 1819. Died Ballarat 17th. July 1871.
Married Anne Wearne Nankervis
Children William born. Cornwall 1844 (probably died same year)
William Henry Nicholls born St.Just Cornwall 1845 Died Camberwell Vic. 1899
Ann born Cornwall 1848
Richard Thomas born. 1850 (probably Burra)
Mary born 1855 (probably died same year)
Mary born. 1856
Charles Thomas born. Ballarat 3rd, Sept, 1860 Died 27th. June 1937 "Swansea" Seddon Victoria
The family migrated to Adelaide on the "William Money" arriving Adelaide Jan.4th, 1849. After a short lay over travelled by bulloch team to Burra late January / early February. I think that they may have been part of the Government migration plan for miners.
William was probably a miner in Cornwall and thought that he could do much better in Australia at Burra. He probably chased the gold in Ballarat. I would like to know if he did work in the mines, where he lived, how he got to Ballarat and what year he left Burra.
I am researching the Winders family.
William T Winders, born 1882 in Terowie, died in Broken Hill 1929. His father, John Richard Winders married Mary R Wheare on 21 March 1878 at Kooringa and his father, William Winders died at Baldina on 26 October 1898 and I believe is buried at Burra.
James Harry and his wife, Caroline (Matthews) sailed on 15.10.1875 from Plymouth, U.K. in the “Lady Jocelyn”, arriving at Port Adelaide on 24.12.75. They settled at Burra where James worked in the copper mines. Caroline was 26 when she was married and she had 4 children in 5 years. She was pregnant while travelling to Australia and the baby was born 4 months after arrival in Australia. At the age of 49, Caroline died of breast cancer leaving 6 children,- 5 girls and one boy, the youngest was 9 yrs old. James Harry was a Methodist Lay Preacher. Their fourth child, MARY LESLIE HARRY born at Burra on 23.6.1881 is my maternal grandmother.
After her death, James married again and had another son. They resided in Adelaide till their death.
Does anyone have info relating to the children of James and Caroline while living in Burra? Also, any further information about the Harry's while living in BURRA would be appreciated.
Daniel Evans married Mary Ann Lee Daniel was born in England in 1809 married 20 Feb. 1835 in Stoke Damerall, died in Koolunga 25 Jul 1893 and Mary Ann Lee born 1909 in England died in Koolunga 8 mar 1891. Had 10 children.
Richard Evans was born in Willunga on the 16 Feb 1850 married Elizabeth Ann Bruce on 8 Jan 1873 in Two wells. Elizabeth was born 21 Dec 1853 in Good Wood and died 9 Jul 1926 in Nackara.
Richard Evans died 12 May 1898 is buried in Burra. Had 11 children.
John Hucks was born 1816 Plaxtol, Kent England buried 1889 in Burra. He was married to Louisa ring and had 4 children.
John Ring Hucks married Charlotte Louise Bromley on the 13 Aug 1874
Mary J Hucks born 1848
George Hucks born 1850
Emily Hucks 1852 married Frederick William Lehmann
Annette Catherine Evans was born 13 Nov 1945 in Burra. Her father was Norman Henry Edley Evans born 5 Mar 1912 Parnaroo South Australia. His father was William Daniel Evans born 20 Mar 1878 died 24 Feb. 1951 in Terowie, was married to Emily Florence wall born 22 Aug 1887 Barunga, South Australia. His father was Richard Evans.
I am currently looking for information of the Kellow family in the Area.
Mr George Kellow miner Wallaroo mines, Kadina District dod 1912.
Born Cornwall 1832 (where??)
Married Mary Marrie.
Son James - I don't know who he married.
He had a son Joseph Mill kellow.
I am researching my grandmother's family tree, the Jacobs.
My great great grandfather John Jacobs had three wives, Adelaide Jacobs m no children, Ellen Synes his second wife 1 female child still living when she died on 18 June 1873, she was 19 years old. John Jacobs and Ellen Synes were married in Burra.
Any information about Adelaide or Ellen or the little girl would be most welcome.
We are researching the Gray family. We've just found out that old family friends are related, and are trying to ascertain the connection.
We understand that Sarah Ann Evans is buried in Burra, d 1889, married to Alfred Gray d 1877. They are in the same plot 121.
Any information on them would be appreciated; details of their parents and/or siblings.
I'm trying to research my Great-Great-Grandparents: Thomas and Ellen (nee Flynn) Bartlett who may have been married in Burra in February of 1850. The information regarding their marriage was collected from an Irish Orphan Listing (as Ellen arrived in Australia in 1849 on the 'Elgin'). We have very sketchy information on the two. I did notice that a Thomas Bartlett was included in the miners list, but we'd like any further information perhaps on the marriage or even if their children (Catherine Bartlett and 10 others?) were born in Burra.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
My name is Leslie Leigh Brown --b Broken Hill - 9-6-1932 and I would like to find some information about family members who lived in Burra..
Details I have;
Grt G/father--John Mitchell Brown--- (Stableman, Miner) -- His Father --Stephen Brown -
Born -- 24-6-1855 - Born (baptised) 1812 Redruth -
Where -- Burra SA - w Cornwall
Married --29-10-1871 m 24-12-1834 - (Sailed from Plymouth 17-3-1847)
Died --Moonta -- 16-2-1935 d Moonta -- 1-12-1872
Ruth Rowland Jane Mitchell
b - 26-12-1846 b -25-3-1813
Where --Redruth ( Cornwall) w - Truro - (Cornwall)
Died --Moonta --23-11-1919 d - Moonta - 10-8-1887
G Father -- Leigh Brown -
Moonta (Captain on the Moonta Mines)
If there is any information related to the above it would be much appreciated. Thank you again.
Thomas Rapson JOHNS / JOHN,
b; c 1845, Cornwall, son of Bennett Johns,
+ Ann ( n; Rapson ), Helston / Wendron ?
Arrived to Adelaide , Australia,
1883, per Glamis, with family, including son Thomas.
And then all info is lost.
Seeking any info, re Thomas Johns / John. He was a copper miner, miner, and a commercial traveller. Son Thomas was contracted to Wallaroo or Moonta mines.
MCBRIDE - Robert James Martin McBride born January 1831 Ireland, died 13 October 1921 Burra. Married Elizabeth Dunn 1856.
Children: William born c1856, Elizabeth born c1858, Robert Martin born c1860, Caroline born 1861, Isabella born 1865,Mary Ann born 1866, Albert James born 1868, Thomas Martin born 1869, Jane born 1872, Alice born 1877, Norman born 1880. All born around Burra.
FITZPATRICK - Darby and Catherine (nee O'Brien) c1870 onwards.
Children: William, Francis, Patrick, Mary, Timothy Jeremiah, Catherine, Elizabeth, Annie and John.
Darby also had 2 brothers- William and Patrick
ALKERS - Elizabeth McBride married Samuel Alkers 1905 Burra.
SANDLAND - Caroline McBride married John Chester Sandland 1883 Burra.
Children: Kathleen Bessy b1884, John Leslie born 1886, Robert Chester born 1888-1893, Morton Reginald born 1889-1917, Betram Cameron b 1891 died 1956, Caroline b1894, Myrtle born 1896, Nellie born 1899. All born around Burra.
Hawkes - Isabella McBride married 1887 Burra, Waldemar Gaskell Hawkes.
Children: Glen Gaskell born 1888, Dorothea Linnell born 1890, Imogen Mervyn born 1893, Waldemar Robert born 1894 died 1917, Molly born 1898, David Rollo born 1905. All born around Burra.
KEYNES - Maryanne McBride married Ebeneza Keynes 1885 Burra.
Children: Douglas born 1885, Norman born 1890, Nellie born 1893, all born around Burra.
BOHME - Jane married Robert Alfred Bohme 1872.
Children: Bessie born 1901, Glyn Milton born 1904, Doris born 1908, Juanita born 1910, Brenda born 1911, Marie born 1913.
My Great Great great grandfather Robert James Martin McBride was apparently well known in the burra area. I am still trying to find more info about him.
CAMPBELL Margaret Magdelane b about 1828
Henry Edward arrived on the Sofia Moffatt. At Kooringa he married Mary
Magdalene CAMPBELL born about 1828 dec 1881 at Goodwood.
The other query that I was wondering who (if anyone) may be able to answer involves a marriage that took place in Burra and it would seem that my Great Great Grandmother may have been born Irvin although I had thought she was a Campbell. If she was born Irvin I was wondering if any of the history buffs know anything of this family (and or a marriage to Campbell) who are connected somehow to the Rules.
anyone knows anything I would be very grateful for your assistance.
My maternal grandfather was Ernst Adolph Herschausen (or Hirschausen) who married Kate May Staker. (At some stage the name was changed with an E in it instead of an I)
Ernst's parents were Henriette (nee Zelle) and Heinrich August Hirschausen. Heinrich arrived in Australia from Clausthal in 1852. Henriette arrived in 1853 also from Clausthal. They were married at Kooringa (Burra) and their children were all born in that area.
I know Henriette died in childbirth aged 40 but I do not know where she or August are buried. (Something I have yet to find). I don’t know when August died.
Before Henriette married Heinrich August Hirschausen at St Mary’s Church Kooringa her family name was Selle or as I found out was Zelle and she came as 14 year old from Germany with:-
Father August Friedrich Wilhelm Zelle
Mother Marie Christiane (nee Steinwedel) Zelle
Brothers- August Friedrich Wilhelm 18 ; Heinrich August 16 ; Ernst Heinrich 11 ; Augusta Wilhelmine 5
My father's name was Gerald Ian, or, Ian Gerald MACKAY. His wedding certificate and my birth certificate show him as being born at GAWLER, S.A. (not Burra), ca. 1890-1900 (interpolated by his age given on the certificates. He married my mother in 1937 (Dora Cashman) at Homebush NSW. We know he had one son (Donald - before his marriage to my mother). I was born 25.11.1938, and he died 1943 (aneurism) at East Gordon, N.S.W. There are no records of his birth or baptism in Gawler.
Are there any apparent connections with the family name MACKAY in the Burra Family History records?
I am researching the Kroncke and Hardy families as pioneering families of Burra.
During 1911-1912, a number of births occurred at Nurse Watson’s Nursing Home, Victoria Place, Redruth, Burra. I am trying to confirm a suspicion that Nurse Watson was Sarah Jane Watson, widow of Henry Thomas Watson who died Burra 1899. If anyone can help me with this query or has any information regarding Nurse Watson’s Nursing Home, I would love to hear from you.
I have just started to research the Davey family and I believe they have a connection to Burra.
Richard Jenkin DAVEY, I believe married Caroline Moon JORDAN 1851 in Adelaide, I suspect he may have been a miner in the Burra area. Known locations Burra, Adelaide, Kooringa, Kapunda.
William Thomas FORRESTER, Born 23 Aug 1873 Woodchester S.A. and his wife Marie Frances SUGARS born 13 Apr 1876 Cornwall, Wm & Fanny married in Adelaide on 29 Dec 1897.
Their son William Thomas FORRESTER born 13 Oct 1911 registered Adelaide, married Kathleen or Caroline UNKNOWN.
Any information on The Forrester & Davey families would be greatly appreciated, I am happy to share whatever information I have.
I am a member of the Central Coast Family History Society at Gosford NSW.
I am researching my Cornish Ancestors who settled in Burra around 1855, they are Henry & Elizabeth Ann Mill nee Mayne. They were married in Illogan Cornwall on 7 Sept 1853, arrive in South Australia aboard the ‘Rodney’. Their seven children were born in Burra.
Elizabeth Ellen married Peter Errington
Eliza Jane married John William Matthews
Caroline Asenath (my great grandmother) married John Ashby ( John had a bullock team and sunk many dams in the district – I have photos if you are interested).
William Henry married Mary Lousia Richards
Gabriel married Ellen Florence Cressard
Nicholas Mayne married Alice Maud Jeffries
Albert Augustus married Alice Catherine Rachel Williams
Elizabeth Ann Mill’s sister Asenath Jane Mayne married Augustus Highmor Forder in Burra in 1855. Her brother Alexander Eudey Mayne died in Burra in 1858. Another sister Caroline Cocking Mayne married William Mitchell in Burra in 1866.
I am searching for Katherine Neil. She was born at Burra in c1858 but I can’t find her parents.
I found a death of a Katherine AH HEE, widow of John, a gardener of 37 Uxbridge St Kensington Park, born at Burra, age 71 years. Married at 25 and children living 4 females and 2 males and 2 females deceased. She is buried at Paynham Cemetery.
Fidock (Fittack or Fittock)
I am looking for any information on my ancestors from Cornwall, I believe they were tin miners there, that is all I can find out. The surname is Fidock, but they could be also be known as Fittack, Fittock or the like.
My late father's name was John Alfred Charles Fidock born 2 August 1925. He had 2 sisters and 1 brother. Dad's name was also John, born 3 July 1900, I'm not sure whether this is correct or not , but an old uncle thinks perhaps there could be a Charles Fidock but I don't know anything else, such as what he did, when he arrived, or why he came to Australia in the first place.
I would really appreciate any information to help me discover more about my ancestors - whether they lived a very difficult life and what they did for a living.
I’m looking for information on my Ancestors and families who have a Burra connection.
Thomas Moody and wife Mary (nee Gillet)
Frederick Wm. MOODY and wife Elizabeth Clara (nee BATCHELOR)
Christopher Wm. MOODY and wife Rene Charlotte (nee COOK)
I am looking for more information on Edward Charles READ - who married Mary Ann Augusta BOYL(e) (my line) and then married Mary Tregonning.
Also looking for any info on Mary Ann Augusta BOYL(e) before her marriage to Edward Charles READ.
I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Francis (1814) and his wife Mary nee Hogan (1817) arrived in Australia on board the ship Joseph Somes on the 1st February 1852.
They brought with them 4 children Patrick age 14 Mary Ann 12 Catherine 9 and Francis 6.
Francis was my great great grandfather. He and his wife Catherine had 6 children: Bridget, Daniel, Austin, Mary-Anne, John, Joseph and Catherine.
I am looking for the Buddle family who include William born Wallsend, Northumberland 1829 and his son Matthew born Ludworth Co Durham UK in 1854, but any records of the Buddles would be very helpful. William married Jane Hall in 1850 in Shadforth Co Durham.
Older family members are sure that one of the family went overseas between 1856 and the early 1900s.
My Great-great grandfather Joseph Roberts was a councillor in the first 2 Burra councils 1876-1878 (South Ward). His spouse was Mary. They arrived in Adelaide 19/3/ 1854 on the ship Sir Thomas Gresham, with 7 children. In 1873 he lived in Kooringa Pt 293 (owner George Leinig). Childrens names and age on arrival in Adelaide were:
Elizabeth 20, William 19, John 13, Mary Jane12, Catherine 10, Joseph 8 & Janefor (Jennifer) 2.
I have been researching the Trenouth family. My interest is in Susan Moon Trenouth who married Paul Roach. Susan Moon Trenouth is my G.g.g.g. grandmother. Her mother was Susanna Moon who married George Trenouth (Ternouth, Ternowth) the spelling of the name is interesting.
Susan’s brother was Richard Coad Trenouth, Richard Frank’s father.
I am a descendant of the families of Joseph Phillips and wife Elizabeth nee Bruce who resided at World's End Creek and/or Waterloo.
The brother of Elizabeth was Richard Hamilton Bruce. I am hoping to be able to communicate with other descendants of these families.
My descent: Joseph Phillips and Elizabeth Bruce
Annie Marie Phillips and Robert Holland
Olive Hamilton Holland and George Donald Perry
George Perry and Elsie Edith Astill (NSW) I am also descended from the Bowyer and Roads families from Yankalilla.
My G. G. Grand parents arrived in South Australia on The William Money in January 1849. They were William Henry Nicholls and Mary Wearne. Their children were 3 year old William and infant Ann Mary, conceived just getting off the boat while in Adelaide and Charles who was born in Burra, where he died a couple of months later he caught a deadly disease from living in the dugouts; that is partly why they moved to Victoria. Charles Thomas NICHOLLS who was born in Ballarat married Jarah Jane KIFT. My grandfather was their first born.
Traveling along with them on the William Money were Mary's family the Nankervis and the Eddy family who were related. They were the people that James Menzies mentioned in his Diary about always singing and reading scriptures .
I am researching the STATTON family who migrated from Cornwall to South Australia in 1851. They sailed from Plymouth, Devon on 30 May 1851 on the vessel "Thetis" arriving at Port Adelaide on 7 September 1851.
William Knight STATTON (1801-1878), his wife Martha (nee Prior) STATTON (1803-1867), and their five children William Knight STATTON (Junior) (1828 - 1899), his wife Jane Hocking (nee Davey) STATTON 1829-1873, Josiah Joll STATTON (1833-1897, Elizabeth Mary STATTON (1835-1907), Ann STATTON (1838-1906) and Edward Thomas STATTON (1846-1917) all came to Burra and worked in the copper mines from 1851 to 1853 before they moved to Ballarat in Victoria in 1954.
Josiah Joll STATTON married Phillipa (Phyllis) Godden in Burra in 1852. He returned to South Australia and settled in Terowie. Josiah had 9 children, eight of which were born in Terowie. Josiah set up a coach and wagon building business in Terowie employing over 20 people for mineral transport from Broken Hill (NSW) and Burra (SA).
Edward (Ned) STATTON was Josiah's eldest son. He married Annie Ellery in Burra in 1879 and after her death, he married Emma Davey in 1882.
Ned and Emma lived in Hallet and raised 7 children. Edward Stanley (Stan) Statton took over the family blacksmith shop from his father Ned.
The blacksmith shop maintained farming implements, bugggies and other vehicles required by farmers and others. Apparently the Statton blacksmith shop designed and made Statton gates which were widely distributed. Other patented inventions included the "v" shaped spring tyne cultivator (patented in 1918) and "Tumbling Tommy" scoops which were plain scoops with levers to release the mud - all made at the smithy-shop. The Statton & Scholz scoops for dam work were also made in the same smithy-shop. All the cultivators and scoops were handmade and forged. During World War II, the shop was placed on Defence Contract, making tongs and shackles for the army. After the war, the smithy-shop was upgraded with new machinery which included arc-welding equipment.
I believe the Statton Blacksmith shop, after 63 years of service to the community, finally closed its doors in 1957.
Any further information on the Statton family and their links with the community over the years they lived in Burra and Hallett would be appreciated.
Traveling along with them on the William Money were Mary's family the Nankervis and the Eddy family who were related. They were the people that James Menzies mentioned in his Diary about always singing and reading scriptures .
I have been researching Alexander Chant, my direct forebear who came to Australia with his family of Mother Elizabeth, Thomas, Anna Maria, Mary Anne, in 1855. Alexander was 9yrs old.
My request is to find out where Alexander lived during his growing up years, and with whom. Was it with his mother, or sister Anna Maria, who married William Thorne, in 1857 in SA? The first records we can find is of him being married to Ruth Jennings in 1867, at Moonta. 22yrs.
Elizabeth his mother (who was a widow), remarried in Burra on 10/04/1858, to a William Cocking, who himself was a widower with children.
Do you have any records or Census of them living there with Alexander.?
I have much of his history after coming to Young NSW, and the following children.
My Grandfather was Arthur Chant, Alexander's son.
I wondered if he went and lived with his older sister Anna Maria, after her marriage with William Thorne?
Alexander named his second child John William Thorne, which may have been in honour of William Thorne.
I have tried to find records of them without any luck.
The family lived around the Watervale area in the mid 1800s.
ALEXANDER CHANT married RUTH JENNINGS on the 3rd October, 1867 at Ruth's fathers ( John Jennings ) place, at Watervale.
I am trying to contact any Jennings family, that may have some history of Ruth and Alexander in their line.
Richard Boscence b.2.12.1808 Cornwall d.9.7.1880 Redruth. He was married to Elizabeth Trevorrow on 7.6.1828 St. Ives, Cornwall
Heinrich Christian Wilhelm Fuss b.1.3.1816 Zellerfeld, Germany d. 25.4.1895 Burra. He was married to Frederika Christiane Lutz b.16 or 18.6.1817 Goslar, Germany d. 3.11.1902 Burra. The house they lived in was called “Llwchyr”.
I am researching my RICHARDSON line. Alphonso RICHARDSON, wife Eliza Susan nee STEVENS (both born Bermuda) and their children Elizabeth Luke, John Henry, Susan Louise, Julia Maria, Edith Cardy, Lucy Beatrice, Charlotte Stephens, Ernest Ricardo (all born Bermuda), Myrtle Leila, and Albert Paul – the latter being my Great Grandfather.
I have found some great stuff on the Burra History site. I would be happy to hear from anyone researching above family members, and to share what I have already.
The names I am researching are HAMPTON, BUZZA, and WATTS.
TOBIAS HAMPTON was my great-great-grandfather. He arrived in South Australia from Cornwall with his family on the NILE on 19 February 1855. He was accompanied by his son JAMES HAMPTON age 21, and daughters MARY JANE HAMPTON age 13, and EMMA HAMPTON, age 11. His eldest daughter ELIZABETH (HAMPTON) BUZZA also travelled to Australia on the Nile with her husband DAVID BUZZA.
Tobias Hampton, James Hampton, and David Buzza were Cornish copper miners and all worked at the Burra mine. Tobias Hampton was killed at the mine in an accident on 17 July 1866. The accident was covered in the South Australian Advertiser, Friday 20 July 1866 page 3.
James Hampton and his sisters, and David Buzza and his wife all moved to Victoria to the goldfields before the death of Tobias.
Tobias married JANE WATTS at Kooringa on 27 July 1864. Jane was the widow of GEORGE WATTS. They arrived with five children on the ASIA on 16 July 1839.
Any help will be greatly appreciated
Grau family came from the Harz mountains in Germany. They left for
S Australia on the George Washington in 1848. Christain
Grau was born in 1813 (give
or take a few years) and died in Burra in 1881. His wife Johanna Augusta
Meissner was born in 1822
and sadly died on the boat before arriving in South Australia. Their
children were Julihanna 1840, Sophia 1842, Caroline 1844 and Louis 1846.
Their surname may have been altered to
Gray. Caroline met
Frederick Wetzel in Burra and
married in Warnambool Victoria. Later to live in Northern NSW. Caroline
and Frederick are my ancestors.
I am researching my ancestor, Joseph Polglase. According to my information he came from Turro, Cornwall with his wife Johanna. At some stage in their journey they had three children, Joseph, William, Richard and Elizabeth Ellen.
My written source says, "He was a miner and came to Australia with a batch of 20 under contract with Capt. S. Phillips to start mining operations on the Burra Burra Copper Mines. About 1852 he left the Burra Burra mind to go on the Victoria Gold Fields and went to work at Castlemaine in company with John Tregea. And with the reward of his labor, approximately 900 pounds, we took the ship Rollo on to the South Island of New Zealand where he and his family settled."
I would appreciate any kind of help. I am a writer and currently researching my family history for the purposes of writing a book about it. If anyone can suggest any other resources that might help me understand conditions, statistics of groups from Cornwall etc, I would be very grateful.
Thank you so much.
My Great Grand Uncle Samuel Mutton and his wife Jane (nee May) were in Burra from around 1854 until 1870 prior to moving to Stawell. Samuel and his family arrived aboard the vessel "STANDARD". He died in Cornish Town near Stawell in 1885.
I have an extensive family tree on Ancestry and if there are any people interested in my tree I would be happy to provide some information.
I am researching family history am interested in any details relating to my “uncle” Alf McWaters. As far as I can work out, he is related to my grandmother Grace Marshall (nee Finch).
The line that I have established so far, (with a great deal of help through the BurraHistory.info website), starts with John Finch who married Mary Jane Bourne and had four daughters, whom I believe were my great aunties Edie, Bessie, Maud, and my grandma Grace.
Now somewhere along the line “uncle” Alf McWaters comes in, perhaps on the Bourne side or the Finch side. He owned and worked a sheep property of about 100 squ. miles somewhere near “the Burra”, and I can recall visiting with my parents and brothers back in the 1950s. Alf drove us over the saltbush country in his blue Ford Customline ute on a kangaroo hunt – an exciting weekend for a kid like me.
I would be very grateful.for any assistance relating to Alf.
I would like to find out more about my husband Brian's family.
Brian's parents lived in Burra, straight opposite the rail station. His father's was William Henry kakoschke and his mother, Winifred Veronica. I believe William was born in 1912 and Winifred in 1908. They had 3 children: Brian Andrew, Kevin and Marlene.
William died 30 October 1971 and Winifred died 7 March 1974. That's all the information that I have.
I would like the name SCOTT included in Family research for the Burra area. Henry Braefoot Scott (1836-1911) had a property west of the township and maybe lived in the Burra area. He was married to Elizabeth Thomson. One of their children, Effie Jean Scott married John Precival RICHARDSON at Kooringa. I would also like to know if this couple lived in or near Burra.
My Great Great Grandfather & Grandmother came to Burra in SA from Clausthal, Hannover via the ship "John Cesar" in 1855. His name was Carl August Muller and his wife's name was Juliane Henriette Emilie Muller (nee Fink). Both were 42 I think and they had five children, Carl Theodor Juluis or just Theodor, Fritz August Carl, Fiedrick Carl August Rudolph, Auguste Caroline Henriette Bertha and Caroline Christiane Emilie.
Any history on the family to give me which would be greatly appreciated.
I have been trying to researching my mother’s history with little success in regards to her mother’s family who came from Burra. I do know that my grandmother Ellenore Isabella Sellars was born on 27th Sept 1896 at Burra as was her father Frederick Sellars who died on 15th April 1910 at Redruth Burra. He was born at Millerton Burra on 4th August 1869. Along with a number of my grandmother’s siblings. My grandmother and grandfather died in Adelaide.
I also know that my grandmother's grand father, William Wood married a Janet Smith. I know nothing about her apart from her name.
GEORGE FREEMAN was born in Coggeshall Essex England on 14th May 1825 and migrated to South Australia with his sister Anne on the Samual Boddington in 1849.
George Married JULIA BIRT at Blakiston S.A. on 17.11.1852.This family had four children at Bugle Ranges, had hotel at Langhorne Creek and Mt.Barker before moving to Burra about 1860. Four children Frederick, Amy, Charles and Walter were all born at Burra. George was a Coachdriver at Burra. I think I've discovered that George Freeman's employer must have been Mr Rounsevell. My source for this is the South Australian Register 2 May 1865 p. 3: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39132854
Transcription of text
In re George Freeman; a
final hearing The following is the accountant's report:— 'Liabilities,
Mother and children all moved to Melbourne about 1873/1875. Am trying to uncover any information about George Freeman's death, or any further details about his life.
HOCKING from St. Austell on Gilmore arrived South Australia 27 May 1857
William & Ann m 4 June 1849 St Austell
John Born 28 Jan 1850 Tregonnisey marr Mary Ann DAVEY 1873 Wallaroo
Amelia Ann Born 10 July 1858 Kooringa, Burra marr John SINCOCK 1885 Kadina
Elizabeth born 1863 Kadina
William Born 1865 Wallaroo. William died, accident at Matta Matta mine, 28 April 1866
I have extensive research I am willing to share.
Hutchens / HUTCHINS
My gr gr gr grandparents John HUTCHENS (later HUTCHINS) and his wife Catherine Care OLIVER came from Cornwall to SA with their four children on the Aboukir in 1847. You can read their story by following the links. http://users.ncable.net.au/~jburrell/gen/hutchins/hut_oli.html
If anyone is in the mood to answer a query, I have one at the bottom of this page from the SA Register.
I am researching my family history. I am hoping you can help me in my search for information on John Daw Richards.
John was born in 1831 St. Eustachius, Tavistock, Devon, England. I am not sure when he came to Australia or the ship he came on. I do know however that he was in Kooringa in 1860- 1867, when his first wife Margaret Richards nee Eddy died. He then married Elizabeth RODDA in Kooringa, South Australia on 13 March 1860. They had four children born in Kooringa. He also had children in Ballarat (Vic), Richmond (Vic), Newcastle (NSW). And lived and died in Portarlington, Victoria.
Do you know what his occupation was and why he would have travelled so much? Any information oh John Daw Richards is appreciated.
Researching family history of David Thomas and Sarah Hopkin(s) married on 17-6-1855 Kooringa, St.Mary Church.
David Thomas born Llannelly Wales ? Feb.15th 1826. Sarah Hopkins born Llannelly Wales ? Oct.31st 1837. Married at Kooringa SA.17th June1855
David died at Nymagee NSW 3rd June 1896 (69yrs)
Sarah died at Nymagee NSW 19th August 1892 (55yrs).
had 17 children :-
Any information about this couple would be
Any information about this couple would be appreciated
I would appreciate any help you may be able to give me regarding my Grandmother’s (Alice Eliza Maud Walker) parents and family.
Information I have gained, but may not be totally correct is as follows.
Father: John Walker – Labourer – Aberdeen - Died 12 – 07 – 1918 ( Obituary notice in the Burra Gazzette 18th of July 1918 Page 6g has a John Walker? )
Alice and Edward had a son in Broken Hill in 1924 – Donald Edward Franklin. They then moved to Glenelg in Adelaide in 1924
I am his son born 26 May 1946.
Thank you for your assistance.
I am looking for information re my GGrandmother Fanny Guppy who died 2nd August 1939 (Married to Edward Guppy) daughter of William Thomas who came to South Australia via the Waterloo in 1840 and worked in the Burra mines.
I have been unable to find out the name of her mother as yet.
I am seeking information about a family surnamed Halls, who had origins/connections with Burra as far back as the early 1900s.
George Halls, originally from Burra, married Phylis McGee in Auburn, around 1945.
I would appreciate any information on this family,
I am researching the Snell family, miners from Redruth in Cornwall who arrived in Kooringa in 1848. Jane Snell nee Tregay arrived with the following children:
Elizabeth b c1825 m Joseph Pinson – Sydney N.S.W
Jane b c1827 m William Harry – Kooringa. S.A
Richard b c1829 m Mary Anna Bishop. Kooringa. S.A
Mary Ann b c1831 m John Grey. Kooinga. S.A
Hannah b 1834 m John Betheras. Kooringa. S.A
Louisa b 1836 m Thomas Smith. Sydney N.S.W
Victoria b 1840 m Joseph Benbow. Castlemaine. Victoria
John b 1844
Jane Snell left the Burra area in c1855 for Castlemaine, Victoria with her younger children, Louisa, Victoria and John. Several of her married children and their families migrated to Victoria with her including Jane Harry and her family, Hannah Betheras and her family and Richard and his family. Richard and his wife, Mary eventually returned to the Kooringa and are buried in Burra cemetery. Jane died in 1881 in Campbells Creek, Victoria.
I am seeking information regarding my great, great, great grandparents William and Mary (nee Roberts) Dunstan who I believe came from Cornwall to Burra in about 1847. I think that their eldest daughter Mary married James Roach in 1851. Their first son, also William, is my gr gr grandfather and went on to settle in Willunga SA.
Through some research I am wondering if James Roach was related to Captain Henry Roach, who I believe to be the superintendent of the Burra mine in those early years. I have a copy of a newspaper article that talks of Mary Roach’s death and it says that her husband James was a captain on the Burra mine.
I believe William and Mary Dunstan went to the goldfields in Victoria, as did many others at the time, and then returned several years later.
I am in possession of Mary (nee Roberts) memory card which tells an interesting story of her life.
Any information would be appreciated,
great great grandparents, Elisha Hicks and Ann (nee
Treveal) Hicks arrived in
South Australia on the Baboo in 1848 and they then made their way to Burra
to work on the mines. They left in about 1852 for Ballarat. I
would welcome any info. about them and their families and their time in
My name is Margaret Davey and I am researching the Davey family and it has lead me to Burra.
I have been researching backwards and believe I may have a bit of information re Richard Jenkin Davey (buried n Burra) married to Caroline Moon Jordan.
I am as yet to confirm he is my husband’s great great grandfather.
My Husband is definitely the great grandson of Richard Jenkin Davey and Alice Vague. I know that the Burra Richard Jenkin Davey had a son Richard but I am as yet unable to positively confirm that this Richard Jenkin is the same one. If what I have gathered is of any use to anyone or anyone can add anything I would appreciate it
I am researching my family history which is predominately based in Burra and the older townships of Kooringa, Redruth, Aberdeen.
My heritage is with the Schuyler family and the Harrison family. Notably the marriage of Hazel Schuyler and Percy Harrison (my great grandparents).
Would love any information, images, history that someone may have.
I am researching my wife's ancestors the SNELL family who had a number of family members live in the Burra area and work in the mines. There are a number buried in the local cemetery.
I understand that the Burra Library has the Registration District of The Murray (TMu) records.
I am trying to find the Mothers maiden name of Elizabeth Raglan Snell born 18 Oct 1854 on the Ship ' Lord Raglan' on way to Port Adelaide from England.
Father shown as John Snell, Mother Elizabeth. SA BMD records show District TMu F 4/70. Elizabeth died 8 May 1855 Burra.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I am researching my mother's line. Her grandparents lived in Berri South Aust in their early years of marriage - 1910s - 20s. Their names were John James Medley and Mary Sophy (nee Sinnett). They had four children, Mary, Kathleen, John and William. I believe they were all registered in the Burra district. My mother Kathleen is still alive. Her brother William deceased soon after birth, but it was never talked about. Do you have any records of his birthdate, death and maybe where he is buried?
Any information about the family would be appreciated.
I am researching my SEARLE family tree.
My grandmother Martha Elizabeth MULLER married Richard Edward John SEARLE.
I have just bought a book off of a lady with a fair bit of the history starting with Martha’s parent’s (my Great Grandparent’s) Lisette Auguste BARTHOLOMAEUS & August Georg Christian MULLER. Both are buried in Burra cemetery.
They arrived in SA on 1st January 1855 on the Johann Cesar.
If i can help with any info, I am happy to do so.
I am researching the James, Pearce, Hammell and Treglohan families, all connected, I believe, to Kooringa. Information I have so far is that my great-grandfather Richard Henry James was born on 18 July 1858, I think at Kooringa. He married Caroline Elizabeth Pearce on 18 Aug 1877 at Kooringa. His parents were William James and Elizabeth Hammell. Unfortunately I don't have any details about them apart from William being born in Wales, UK. Caroline's parents were Joseph Pearce and Elizabeth Jane Treglohan. There again not much information about Joseph but I think his birth year was 1829. Elizabeth was born in 1835 in Cornwall, UK.
Any contact or information regarding these families would be very welcome.
Thank you very much.
I am researching my grandfather Lawrence Johnson (died 26/6/1972) and his wife Ida Johnson (nee Mader) (died 2/1/1941) both are apparently buried at the Burra Cemetary.
I would be grateful if you happened to know their last known address in Burra also so I may visit, and or any relevant information anyone may have.
My name is Mary Campbell and I have just begun researching my family. I am interested in finding out about my great great grandfather Andrew Young and his brother William both of whom we believe were significant Burra/Clare people.(Please feel free to shoot us down.) So far I've found out Andrew was married to Marian Rosalie Powell and I believe is buried at St Barnabas Cemetery.
William Young married Sarah Drew (Drew and Crewes Store) and I am told his house still stands at no. 2 Kangaroo Street. Have also been told he owned a hotel that is still operating in Burra.
We don't know where William is buried or much else about him although he sounded like quite an entrepreneur.
I am researching John Elliott Walker born 1881 and trying to find out who his parents were. On John's birth certificate it states his name as John Walker only and his father as John Walker who is a Coach Man in Kadina. As there are so many John Walkers it is difficult. John Elliott Walker went onto marry Christina Maud morrison and was stated as a farmer on his marriage document.
Any help would be appreciated.
I am researching the family of William Alexander Gardner and Elizabeth Maria Gardner nee Hall I have found that they were married Dec 3 1870 in St Mary, Kooringa. They had four children born in Burra, Elizabeth Jane born Redruth 1871, William Thomas born Hampton 1873, Mary Fraser born Millerton 1877, Euphame born Millerton 1879 and Pringle Angas Hamilton born Gladstone 1886 and another son Gilbert Francis but I cannot find any record of his birth. I believe that there may have been others not registered.
I would appreciate any information on any of the siblings.
I am the grandson of Pringle who moved to Broken Hill where he married in 1912 again in 1922 and died in 1953.
I am a relative of a John Bentley who’s father was James Bentley and Elizabeth Friend (from London). John was born in London 1826 and married a Johanna Shay in Adelaide 1857 (no record of this, she actually married a Thomas Castle from Kent England in Clare SA 1858).
Johanna was a Roman Catholic, she must have run away with John Bentley who
migrated to SA around 1851 and left SA around 1858 (with Johanna). They
then settled in Katoomba NSW and had 10 children. One of their children
(John born 1869 was my mothers grandfather). I am trying to find a
connection with the Bentley “Cheapside” family that arrived in SA on the
“Cheapside” in 1849. That Bentley family was James
Bentley and Elizabeth
Chatterton (who I think were the
pioneers of the Bentley name in SA Burra/Kooringa/Clare). Johanna Shay’s
marriage certificate also indicates the name Pearce (witness). I have also
heard that this was a pioneering name from the same area?
I have gathered all the certificates I can. They indicate that my John
Bentley was a policeman in SA and NSW and that his calling was a dentist.
The Cheapside Bentley’s London Census indicates that John (the son of
Elizabeth Chatterton and James Bentley was apprenticed as a dentist). I am
aware of police records of my John Bentley from NSW B 1827- indicating he
was a police officer with calling Dentist). I am also aware of John
Bentley’s police records in SA. My John Bentley was also a police officer
in SA during the same period. My John Bentley’s children were all named
near identical to the Cheapside Bentley’s. There also appears to be
no death record in SA of James Bentley and Elizabeth Chatterton’s son
John. I am aware of the letter he wrote to his father which indicated he
found work on Mr Mcleods farm and he thanked his father for sending him
his dentist kit from London both my John and Cheapside John died in 1881.
Any help would be appreciated.
I live in New Zealand & I am researching my paternal ancestor, Ambrose THOMAS (b. c 1805). Ambrose & his wife, Eliza & 4 children emigrated from Chacewater, Cornwall to South Australia in 1847, arriving at Port Adelaide on 14 Dec 1847 on the ship 'China'.
Ambrose was a miner & they lived in South Australia for 3 years
before moving to NSW where he died in 1860. I am interested in finding out
where they lived in South Australia & if he worked as a miner, possibly at
the Burra Copper mine?
Ambrose was a miner & they lived in South Australia for 3 years before moving to NSW where he died in 1860. I am interested in finding out where they lived in South Australia & if he worked as a miner, possibly at the Burra Copper mine?
I would really appreciate any of your members can help me in my
I would really appreciate any of your members can help me in my research.
The main Burra connection
Patrick Murphy (born about 1824)
Eliza Chivell (born about 1824) (formerly first marriage Butler), father Thomas Chivell
Eliza and Patrick married at Burra 1862 – both 38. – residence of J Lace Fargher, Kooringa, registered at Redruff.
They lived Kooringa. Listed as shoemaker on wedding certificate
Their children :-
- James Hocking Murphy born Kooringa 1865 – my great great grandfather
- sisters Mary Anne Murphy 1863 (Kooringa)-1942 (Melbourne)
- and Emma Hocking Murphy 1869 (Kooringa) – 1960 (Melbourne)
Catherine Ann O’Brien 1889 in the BC Mance at Kooringa
Murphy born Grace Plains 1868 . I'
. I'm not sure why she was in Burra at the time.
HER Parents – not sure if there is a Burra connection
Peter O’Brien (born about 1832) died 1880 Blumberg (Birdwood area)and
Doreathy Mayes born 1846 Suffolk, UK, arrived 1851 - 6 or
7 children by Peter .
– parents William Mayes (ca 1811 Suffolk?– to 1889 Adelaide) and Esther Pizzey (1811 UK – 1870 Adelaide)
They lived in Hoyle Plains, Hope valley, North Gumeracha and Blumberg.
Later she married John Coleman 1887 in Blumberg (3 children by John) and later moved to Adelaide.
Catherine and Peter were prominent in their fields.
Catherine was nursing sister who ran
in Adelaide and Keswick
James was unionist and am researching this – he may have been prominent in the leadership of the AWU.
I would love would be to see what records there are with Frederick Rudolph Bourman, married Louisa Williams at The Springs, Bundaleer, Disctrict of Burra, 01/08/1865. Her father was William Williams and her mother was Grace Saffray.
I have no records at all of Frederick’s family and am making enquiries about this as it would be a given that he would be a Bormann/Burmann/Burman and the name was mongrelised.
I am researching my family history and would like to know if you have any information for me on the following people:
- My Great Grandfather – Alfred Martin who worked as a bullock driver between Burra and Port Adelaide. I don’t know the dates of his employment.
- My Great Aunt – Ann Roberts (Coventry) d: 13 September 1881, Burra. She was the wife of Joseph Robert. If you have any information on her and her descendants, as well as on the Coventry's, if possible, I would appreciate it very much.
currently researching the Beck Family History.
I am trying to trace the parents of William Lampard Roberts who was born at Burra on 22 November 1860 and married Helen Cakebread of Encounter Bay about 1880.
I think William & Helen lived at Kadina and he was a railway guard.
I am trying to get back a generation or so and find where they originated. Their daughter Clara Walton Roberts married Stanley Garfield Beck who was my husband's grandfather.
I can see from my research that there were Roberts and Lampard’s at Burra. Any information would be appreciated.
James Martin b1823 Broomfield, Somerset,
married Jane Southwood .
Theytravelled to South Australia in 1847 on the ship La Belle Alliance with their daughter Mary Ann who was about 2 years of age and son Vass Martin who was born at sea.
James and Jane Martin had eleven children. Their third child Elizabeth Martin born 1849 in Penwortham married William Thorne Humphrys in 1870.
The Humphrys family were involved in the Methodist Churches in the areas of Hamley Bridge, Burra and Penwortham.
The Martin family farmed land and carried timber for local mines in the Wirrabara Forest of South Australia.
James Martin b 1823, father Robert Martin was sent to Tasmania as a convict in 1838 and received a Conditional Pardon in 1845.
We are unable to find where he died, and if he even left Tasmania to join his family who had travelled to South Australia.
I am researching Hannah Abbott and Issac Clark(e) mainly Isaac Clark . Although I can find many Isaac Clarks i haven’t found anything other than a marriage certificate in 1847 Encounter Bay that can tie him to Hannah Abbott. Lots of scenarios about him, but none I can be sure of...possibly a whaler? No parents on any certificates i have bought nor can I find his death for certain.
Would appreciate any help that anyone can give me.
I would be grateful for any further information on the following.
My great-grandmother was Julia Caroline Georgina Schmidt who married August Richter at St Mary’s Church, Kooringa on 9th August 1859. She was then 17 and my great-grandfather 26; his occupation is given as baker.
One of their sons, Alfried William Richter , was my grandfather. His birth on 28th January 1876 was registered by his maternal grandmother, whose details on the birth certificate are given as Mrs C. Schmidt , widow, of Kooringa. August Richter , Alfried’s father, is listed on the certificate as now being a farm labourer and residing at Canowie Belt.
My grandfather Alfried William
Richter came west to the Great Southern district town of
did the Schmidt and Richter families leave
- Why did my great-grandmother Julia have a (small, modest) bible in English? I have it now and there are birth/death entries in the back, in German
- I had thought that my grandfather was born in Mt Gambier, however would the registration of his birth in the Burra seemingly contradict this
- Why did quite a number of Germans go to Katanning in the late 1800s?
Would appreciate any help that anyone can give me.
Would appreciate any help that anyone can give me.
John Howland and Frances Spencer married in Adelaide in 1855. Their first child, Frances Elizabeth Howland, was born at Canowie, followed by another two children Sarah Ann Howland and John Spencer Howland who were born further south. Frances Howland nee Spencer was visiting or travelling through Burra when she died in 1888.
Particularly interested in the lives and families of John Howland and Frances Spencer before marriage and also why Frances Howland might have been in the Burra locality when she died.
An ancestor of mine Alexander Balfour FELTUS spent a lot of time in the Burra area or more specifically Redruth .
On October 19, 1929 Alexander married a nurse, Martha Anne Lenton WOOLLACOTT nee GRAY who was also well known in the area …the address for the wedding was given as Myrtle Home - Redruth and the address for Alexander was given as Belalie North. This was the second marriage for both of them, as Alexander was previously married to Eliza PERKINS on March 19, 1877 and Martha had been married to William John WOOLLACOTT on August 4, 1873.
When Alexander died the newspaper clipping said that he passed away at his mine “Retriever” Monolata.
I would love to find a photo of him or his wife.
Is there anywhere else that I could contact to enquire about this gentleman ? I feel that seeing he was married in 1929 it would be quite possible that there would have been photographs taken.
would appreciate any information .
I am interested in confirming the following information and finding out any information and living conditions etc.
Thomas Henry (Harry) Riggs - Birth 12 Dec 1866 in Burra, South Australia Death 12 July 1930 in Boulder, Western Australia. He married twice, (1)Ellen Jane Doig Taylor- Birth 1870 in Kooringa, South Australia, Death 11 NOV 1901 in Coolgardie, WA, Aust. (2) Ellen Isabella Jones - Birth 9 April 1875 in Timor, Victoria, Australia, Death 23 May 1953 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
Thomas Henry Riggs - Birth 8 AUG 1836 in Winfrith, Newburgh, Dorset, UK , Death 16 DEC 1873 in Kooringa, South Australia, Australia. His spouse Anne Wilkins Robinson - Birth Abt 23 Jan 1845 in Titchmarsh, Northampton, England, Death 17 JAN 1890 in Kooringa, South Australia
Andrew Riggs - Birth 21 Mar 1812 in Charldon Herring, England UK, Death 16 June 1897 in Gawler Hills, South Australia, Australia. He married four times (1) Elizabeth Manuel - Birth 14 May 1812 in Church Knowle, Dorset, England Death 22 Aug 1845 in Bloxworth, Dorset, England. (2) Caroline Brown - Birth abt 1813 in Sanber, Dorset, England, Death 14 May 1862 in Koringa, South Australia, Australia. (3) Jane Stone - Birth 12 Aug 1807 in Carnborn, Cornwall, England, Death 13 Oct 1884 in Gawler Hills, South Australia, Australia. (4) Catherine Trotter - Birth Abt 1820, Death 1 Feb 1894 in Gawler South, South Australia.
Henry Riggs - Birth 3 Sep 1782 in Blandford Forum, Dorset, England, Death 18 Oct 1859 in Gawler Town, South Australia, Australia His spouse Mary Bishop Birth 9 Oct 1782 in West Knighton, Dorset, England, Death 7 Jul 1859 in Salt Lagoon, South Australia, Australia.
I am currently researching the Griffiths family from Burra and would like to be included in your family research directory.
John Griffiths and Sarah Barber Jones migrated to SA in the Glentanner in 1855 from Swansea, Wales. They bought with them four children and had a further six children in Burra. John and some of his sons and grandsons were masons in Burra. Their son, John Baber Griffiths (born in Burra in 1860), was reported to have built the Post Office and Pearce’s Building in the Burra Record in 1945. (http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36155245 )
The children were
Charles Barber Griffiths m Emma Levett
Adelaide Barber Griffiths m James Cullins
Sarah Barber Griffiths m George Lewis
Elizabeth Barber Griffiths m Edward Nolan
Mary Ann Barber Griffiths
John Barber Griffiths m Alice Abbott
Frances Barbara Griffiths
Francis Barber Griffiths
Susannah Barber Griffiths
I have a photo of John Barber Griffiths (b1860) as well as a photo of Mrs J Griffiths (Sarah Barber Jones) and her daughter Sarah Barber Griffiths who married George Lewis from a family bible for those who may be interested.
I am mainly researching the Collins side of my family, who lived in the Burra/Booborowie districts.
Other Surnames in my family which lived around these regions are Lawn, Reed, Salter, Gould and possibly Attrill.
My mother was Pamela Ruth Collins (8/3/1947). She married Leslie John Nitschke (1942-1992) in 1970.
My grandparents were Peter Murray Collins (known as Murray) (6/8/1905-23/07/1988) and Ruth (Ruby) Lawn born 14/04/1918 to Mildred Mary Reed and the father was someone with the surname Attrill.
My great grandparents were William Patrick Collins (?-1926) and Jane Gould born (1867-3/12/1940). They married in 1888.
William’s birth date varies due to various certificates and information I have, it appears to either be 1852, 1854 or 1858. He was apparently born in Hope Valley South Australia.
William’s father was listed on his marriage certificate in 1888 as Peter Collins deceased.
I know the names and marriages of all of William’s children.
I would like to be able to clarify Peter as the father, and also who his mother is and any siblings there might have been. I have looked everywhere (?) online and cannot find anything.
According to the Burra Record 10/03/1926, William came to the Gum Creek district around 24 years of age and worked for Hon. J.J. Ducan and then took up land himself.
Does anyone know who this J.J. Ducan was? Based on his birth dates mentioned above, he probably came to the district around 1876-1882?
Most of the Collins family is buried at Burra of which I have photos.
I also remember reading that William’s parents came to Australia on a ship in 1850.
I would like to know any information relating to the Collins family, but especially William Patrick.
I am researching the history of the ancestors of
my maternal grandmother, Eva Kate Burge (née Parish).
My great-grandfather David Williams was said to have been born ‘on the ship as it arrived in Adelaide’. I think his birth was registered in Burra. His parents, David and Martha Williams and their three children Sarah (or Phoebe) age 7, James age 2 and Elizabeth age 1, arrived on the Phoebe Dunbar on 7th June 1852. David (father) was a miner from Monmouthshire, age 30. There is no record of the birth of David in “The Ships List” – Phoebe Dunbar, though it does say there were eight births on the passage.
I would like any information at all
about this family, particularly David Williams born 1852.
Jonathon (John) VEAL and Elizabeth (Betsy) nee TRETHEWEY with two children Elizabeth and William plus Caroline (christened VALE) who was born while the family came to South Australia aboard the Sir Thomas Gresham arriving in Port Adelaide on 19 Mar 1854.
They lived in Kooringa till at least 1868 with the following chidren being born there
Joh VEAL b 2 Jul 1855
Caroline VEALE b 24 Apr 1857
Joseph VEALE b 25 Nov 1858Edward VEAL b 24 May 1860
James VEAL b 31 Dec 1862
Thomas VEAL b 1 Jun 1864 d 4 Dec 1867 Kooringa buried Burra 5 Dec 1867 plot 276 (from your web site)
Richard James VEAL b 15 Sep 1865 d 14 May 1867 Kooringa buried Burra 15 May 1867 plot 171 (from your web site)
Mary Jane VEAL b 16 Jun 1867
Susan Ann VEAL b 10 Dec 1868
They shifted to Yelta where two more children were born.
Any information would be appreciated.
I am researching my
ggrandparents William JEFFERY & Mary TOY From Cornwall. William
Barrett JEFFERY was born 1838 Redruth Cornwall and Mary TOY was born Mar
1838 Redruth Cornwall. They married in Sep 1856, in Redruth Cornwall .
They arrived Sth Aust on
the "Royal Albert" 29th March 1857 .
William died 1908 Kooringa
and Mary 1912 Porters Lagoon. They had 9 children that I know of .
John Sampson Senior was likely born in the Sampson home in Goldsithney, Cornwall and later christened at the church of St. Hilary on 4 December 1808.
The English census for 1841 indicates that John worked as a miner. He married Ann Branwell at Perranuthnoe on 9 July 1831.
John and Ann, together with their five children, left Goldsithney, near Penzance, Cornwall and emigrated to Burra, South Australia, in 1847. According to the newspaper Observer of 3 July 1847, the passengers were migrants bound for Burra. They left Plymouth, England, on 4 April 1847 on La Belle Alliance, which was a ship of only 691 tons and whose Master was Abraham Vandervord. The La Belle Alliance carried 294 emigrants and arrived at Port Adelaide on 1 July 1847.
After landing at Port Adelaide they went direct to Burra, South Australia, where copper had been discovered some two years previously. On arrival in Burra they set up home in a tent.
In 1849 John signed a petition by Burra families for a subsidy for a teacher. His address on the petition was given as company cottage number 28 in Burra.
By 1876 they were living at 2 Bridge Street East, Kooringa. The property is immediately adjacent to the Burra Creek. This was to be their home for the remainder of their lives.
Whilst John was initially employed at the Burra Copper Mine later on in life records indicate he was a teamster (1864-69), a SA Mining Assistant (1877-78) and a dealer (1883 believe dealing in chaff and wood). John was an active member of the Bible Church.
John died of pneumonia on 5 December 1885 and Ann who had long been an invalid, died one month later on 4 January 1886. They are both buried in the Burra Cemetery. Also buried in the same grave is their son Thomas Sampson, only daughter Grace Walker and their granddaughter Mary Elisabeth Sampson.
In 1886 after their deaths their home was inherited by their granddaughter Mary Ann Harris.
Of the surviving three
sons John Sampson Junior was an auctioneer and later Mayor of Burra, James
Sampson moved to Moonta in the1860s where he as a local preacher, and
William Sampson miner and damsinker moved to Broken Hill in the late
I am happy to assist with any queries relating to the Sampson family as have extensive knowledge about many branches of the family.
John Knott PENNEY (1843-1913) was working as a carter from 1875 to 1880 driving a dray between Adelaide and Burra. His wife was Sarah Amelia PENNEY nee COOPER (1846-1922).
They had three children born in Burra. Allise Morey
, born 1875 and died 1877. She is buried in Burra.
PENNEY , born 1878. Henry Ernest PENNEY , born 1877 and died
in 1917 returning from France during WW1. They lived at
Aberdeen and I am interested precisely where. I would like to
gain knowledge of anything about them
I believe my family went to Burra from Adelaide - no definite/documented sources although a death certificate of one descendant states birthplace as Burra Burra, South Australia.
1843 - Eliza born Adelaide
Account by Catherine (b. 1845) indicates that in abt 1853 parents returned
briefly to South Australia from Bendigo to collect her as she had been
living with her grandmother Catherine Jones. Story was about grandmother
but no reference to grandfather - so Richard Jones had presumably died by
I am interested in contacting anyone else following these surnames. Would
like to find out if Richard JONES died in Burra (also another of his
children - Margaretta JONES).
Other members of the family included Samuel JONES (son of Richard & Catherine) and his wife Eliza who both died at Moonta in 1865 & 1875 so the connection to mining is established.
I'm trying to trace my great great parents. My great grandmother was Mary Elizabeth TREZISE (HOCKING) born 1860 S.A. - died 1942 Cottesloe W.A. From what I have found, I believe her parents to be John HOCKING c1835 and Elizabeth HOCKING (GOLDSWORTHY) c 1835 from Redruth, Cornwall. A mining family. I note those names appear on this website.
I have also noted similar names on the shipping list of The Storm Cloud. Any information would be appreciated.
My grandfather Francis Nicholas BROAD born 25/7/1884 to Nicholas BROAD and Henrietta Temperance BROAD nee HOPKINS at Burra SA died 1952 Launceston Tas. (But buried as Frank MACDONALD)
My grandmother Euphemia Temperance MACDONALD nee MCKENNA born Sept 1890 at Nhill Vic to James MCKENNA & Cath URQUART. Died 22/10/1990 in her 98th year.
Nanny and Pop were married at The Sod Hut at Burra in June 1913.
Their first born Jean Temperance BROAD in 1914 in Burra.
My mum, their second child born Betty MACDONALD in Launceston Tas on 23/11/21.
From my notes I have found my grandfather on the 1909 Electoral Roll at Nhill as a hairdresser which he was. His Salon was in Charles Street.
Nothing of nanny! Except when she was allowed to vote she was a ‘mat maker’.
Then who knows? Left SA for the Gold Rush in Vic? Pop went to war & died (but he had a club foot – and during this time before they absconded/hid away he became Frank MACDONALD. Pop died in 1952 and he and Nanny are buried at Carr Villa Cemetry Launceston Tas.
My mum Betty MACDONALD married my dad Noel Francis SMYTHE in 1942 Launceston and I their only child, Sandra Therese SMYTHE.
What a tangled mess is it not? There has to be a Broad in Burra that has no death date for Francis Nicholas or my nanny whose nickname was Effie?
For those interested in the JOLLY family, I may be able to assist you.
There was William George JOLLY and his wife Ruby who had two sons at Naridy. There names were Harry G and Leslie M.G.JOLLY (my father). George was killed by a horse during a storm.
My father was only 2 at the time so my family does not know much about this.
My great grand parents were Frank and Rachael JOLLY from Naridy.
In the Georgetown cemetery the names of Harry and Leslie were not on the headstone on their father's grave, which is rather sad.
My name is Robert Franz, my wife Pauline is a direct descendant of James
DUNN 1, married Mary Cornwall nee (PAYNE) on the 04/07/1846 at Holy
James and Mary were in Burra from 1846 till 1850 when they shifted to
Balaklava to run the first hotel in
We would like
any information on what James did. Did he work in the mines? Where
did he live, etc. James Dunn arrived in
I am researching my family called PRESS.
My great grandfather was Henry Press who was born in 1820 in Framfield, Sussex. He was one of the younger brothers of William Stephen Press who emigrated to Australia as below.
William Stephen Press (born 26/4/1818) and Esther (nee Ticehurst) with three children Charlotte (aged 5), Alfred (aged 2) and Ann (aged 9 months) - from Framfield, Sussex - arrived at Adelaide on HMS Somersetshire on 24/8/1839 from London England. Esther Press died of typhus fever , aged 24, on 27/6/1840 and I believe is buried at Buffalo Row (recorded in Trinity Church Register). Alfred died I believe at the age of 11 and is buried in Hindmarsh cemetery. William Stephen Press remarried Martha Nokes on 9/9/1843 at Felixstowe and they lived at Hindmarsh until at least 1847. I do not believe there were any children by this marriage as Martha was an older woman. Martha Press died on 8/7/1858. William Stephen Press then married Ann Gleed on 12/10/1858 at St Georch Church, Gawler and there may well have been children by this marriage as she was some 14 years younger than William Stephen Press.
Ann Press who was 9 months old when she arrived at Adelaide I believe married William Leaney in 1855 at the home of William Press at Hindmarsh. Martha Press was a witness. Ann Leaney (nee Press) died in 1914.
Any information would be much appreciated.
My great great grandfather was born at Kooringa and am wondering if there were other children or family?
He was William Gillard born 12-12-1835 but I don't know who his parents were? William went on to marry an Anne Maria Price on 7-4-1864 in the Trinity church, Adelaide. They later had children born at McLaren Vale. But I would love to know his connection to Kooringa, I am doing my family tree( or trying?) and I do enjoy the past history as I go along.
Hoping you can help.
I am researching the family tree of Charles Hill & Sarah Nicholls. Charles Hill's line I have managed to trace quite well. Sarah Nicholls is a different story.
I believe Sarah was born in Australia, probably in Burra her birth date in the family bible is given as 20/2/1853 & died in Broken Hill 14/9/1914. She married Charles Hill on 25/11/1876,
Sarah's father's name is given on her marriage certificate as William, no indication of her mother's name. Witness on the certificate is Mary Ann Nicholls.
I note that 2 William Nicholls have been buried in the Burra Cemetery & 2 William Nicholls arrived in South Australia.
NICHOLLS William Henry, Mary Wearne NANKERVIS, Wm Hy, Ann arrived in SA 1849-01-03 aboard William Money from Bristol via Plymouth 1848-09-19
NICHOLLS William, wife, 6 ch arrived in SA 1850-07-13 aboard Boyne from London 03-09 via Plymouth 03-25
Aside from the information above I cannot find anything about Sarah or her family prior to her marriage, I know that they lived in Burra, as my great-grandmother Edith Mary was born there.
Does anyone have any information that can help me?
William John Schumann buried Burra 1865 & wife Fanny died 1866 residents of Kooringa. I know of one child John William Schumann born 1824 & wife surname Grilles.
I think this information is correct. Would appreciate any addition or correction.
I am interested in
the family of PERCY WEEDON DYER who lived
in Kooringa in the early 1860s. He had
two wives Ellen Lyne and Alice Parks,
11 children. Lived in Yongala,
I am researching my great-great grandfather William Hunn, a foreman mining carpenter from Calstock, Cornwall, who was brought out in 1853 by the Strathalbyn Mining Company, and worked and lived at Burra with his family (who joined him in 1857) from sometime in the 1860s at Burra. He died on 28 December 1878 at Burra.
I have some data in a family tree, significantly showing his descent from a Cornish family which had lived at Calstock since the 16th century. However, I cannot confidently find the death of his wife Elizabeth (Lord) who appears to have survived him and died at Burra - perhaps in 1885, and any help on this would be appreciated, also any information about him, particularly about his employment at Burra. I also have incomplete data on the descendants of his elder children.
His son John (my great grandfather) was a country school teacher, including being head teacher at Moonta Mines in the 1890s, and his grandson was a doctor William Morgan Hunn at Booloroo Centre. William also had other children living at Burra: Elizabeth Anne (Francis), Mary Jane (Bone), Thirza (Beaglehole), Samuel and Albert.
My name is Sherrill Lindner (nee Segnit - historically Segnitz). From some records it seems that my grandfather Curt Arthur Segnitz and his brother Ralph Segnitz attended a school at Burra. I think their mother/father/step father was a hotel keeper at Redruth and I am not sure how Redruth connects with Burra?
I would appreciate any help with these records as I am trying to find out as much information as I can for the family.
I am trying to find out more about Tommy HALLS his dad Francis and his brother Joe HALLS had a bus service for 50 years between Kooringal and Burra Can you tell me anything about them or have any pictures of the bus or them?
I know this because it say so in his Obit in May 1942 He died 1st may 1942
in Northfield but grew up and was born in Kooringa in 1885 .
I will be grateful for anything at all .
I am researching the family of John KEMBLE and Jane WEYMOUTH. they had numerous children.
Jane b 1845, John b1847, George b 1850, Thomas b 1852, David b 1854, Mary Ann b 1858, Robert Henry b 1860 and John w b 1861.
I am researching Carolyn nee JAMES and Thomas JENKIN, who arrived in Burra in 1858 via the Storm Cloud,with their daughter Elizabeth, and then moved to Broken Hill in 1886. Caroline died on 28 Sept 1909 , in Broken Hill. Her place of birth was in Cornwall, but I don't have any more details.
Any further information would be gratefully appreciated.
I am seeking details of a “Robert Williams”, may be Alfred Williams, of
the Burra area. He could have born as
Alfred Robert Williams, in Willunga in 1898, son of Ellen & Robert
Williams . .
.He would have born about 1898, and had been reported as having a petty criminal history. He may have enlisted in the Army early in WW1 but deserted. He served 6 months for desertion and then went on to a series of prison terms for minor property offences. He was tried for property offences in the Burra and Morgan areas in 1917, claiming to be Robert Williams, of Kooinga
.He lived under the aliases’ of, Jackson, Harris, Johnson & Ross prior to moving to Qld in 1921. He was my father, though I never knew him.
Any help would be appreciated.