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Binney, James

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1817
Place of birth Chacewater, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Farmer, blacksmith.
Date of death 1858
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia

James Binney was born on 13/04/1817 at Chacewater, Cornwall (Father - Elias Binney, butcher and Honor) James’ older brother Richard Binney and his family arrived in the colony by 1845 but they did not live in the Wilunga district. James Binney married in the Parish Church at Falmouth, Cornwall on 6 Oct 1839 to Elizabeth nee Boundy (Father – George Boundy) She was born 17/02/1820 and died aged 38 years on 05/01/1859 at Willunga and she is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. They lived at Chacewater, Cornwall before emigrating to South Australia

James Binney arrived, aged 22, with his wife Elizabeth (aged 20 years) on board Morley from London on 16 April 1840. Application – 6053 Embarkation – 3958.

Children (9 comprising 4 sons and 5 daughters): William Henry (12/10/1841-17/07/1909) m. Honor Marshall; John (16/08/1843-25/04/1935) m. Elizabeth Ferris; Elizabeth Ann (14/09/1845-1930) m. Charles Jackson; James (14/02/1848- ) m. Sarah Marshall; Matilda (11/04/1850-1927) m. Edward Scotcher; Mary Jane (09/04/1852- ) m. John McRae; Alfred (12/01/1854-11/05/1855) infant; Emily (07/12/1855-1874) m. James Greenlees; Amelia (1858- ) m. Ward.

Residence - Willunga (1840-1858). James Binney paid rates on sections 442 and 444 (80 acres) in 1850, 1853 and 1855-8 on either side of what became Binney Road. In 1856 he added section 766 (123 acres) and in 1857 section 765 (100 acres) and a township allotment in 1858.

James Binney served as a special juror in a Supreme Court Civil trial in 1855. James Binney was listed as the owner when three of his sons [William Henry, John and James (junior)] competed in the Boys’ class of the local ploughing matches held in McLaren Vale, Willunga and Aldinga in the years around 1856-58.

Religion – C/E. James Binney died, aged 41 years, on 28/08/1858 at Willunga and he is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.

Binney Road in the Willunga district is named after the Binney family.


  • Family Histories. B. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-2
  • Ratepayer List. Willunga and Aldinga Councils 1850-1888. Volume 1. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch)
  • South Australian Register 23 Jan 1841:2
  • South Australian Register 26 June 1855:3
  • Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1
  • Thomas J. (ed) 1990. South Australians 1836-1885 Book One A-L.
James Binney tomb, St Stephen's Wilunga
James Binney tomb, St Stephen's Wilunga
Binney family home,  Binney Rd Willunga, built circa 1859
Binney family home, Binney Rd Willunga, built circa 1859

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