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Atkinson (née Aldam), Mary Ann

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1822
Place of birth Bishop's Norton, Lincolnshire, England
Date of arrival 1846
Principal occupation Publican, wife and mother
Date of death 1893
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia

Mary Ann Aldam was born in 1822 at Bishop’s Norton in Lincolnshire, England. She was the daughter of Jonathan Aldam (1795-1896) and Mary Belton (1796-1878).

Mary Ann (nee Aldam), aged 24 years, married Robert Atkinson, aged 26, on 14 Feb 1846 at Kingston-on-Hull, Yorkshire, England. They arrived in Port Adelaide on 19 June 1846 on board the barque Hooghly, Captain Henry, from London.

They had seven children (6 sons and a daughter) all born in the colony of South Australia:

  • Charlotte Margaret (1846-1928) m. William Sara (son of George Sara) (1843-1920) on 28/06/1866,
  • George (1849-1924) m. Sarah Hill (daughter of Richard Hill) on 04/10/1873,
  • Thomas (1851–1852) died aged 17 months,
  • Thomas Aldam (1853–1927),
  • William Joseph (1855-1898) ironmonger m. 24/09/1880,
  • John (1859-1911) m. Helen Elizabeth Delano (1st) m. Amy Melissa (2nd)

When her husband Robert, aged just 41 years, died on 8 June 1862 Mary Ann was left with 6 children (5 sons and a daughter) aged between 1 and 16 years. Mary Ann Atkinson held the license for the Bush Inn in Willunga for more than five years from 1870 to 1875 when she transferred the license to her son George in September 1875. She won first prize for her mulberries at the Willunga Agricultural Show in 1874.

Mary Ann Atkinson was a widow for more than three decades and died on 20 Dec 1893. She was buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery and her slate gravestone was carved by George Sara.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Adelaide Observer 7 March 1875:5
  • South Australian Register 16 Dec 1864:3
  • South Australian Register 30 March 1870:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 13 Sept 1875:2
Mary Ann Atkinson, nee Aldam
Mary Ann Atkinson, nee Aldam

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