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Ball, James Henry

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1808
Place of birth Woolaston, Gloucestershire, England
Date of arrival 1852
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of departure 1868
Date of death 1883
Place of decease Strathdownie East in Victoria

James Henry Elias Thomas Ball was born on 11 July 1809 in Woolaston, Gloucestershire, England, He was illegitimate as his parents never married. James was the son of James Henry Ball (1785-1848) and Mary Thomas (1780- ). He was Church of England.

James Henry Ball married (1st) Anne Hannah Elizabeth Price (1810-1856) on 4 October 1832 at St. Andrews Church in Woolaston, Gloucestershire, England. They had 15 children. He married (2nd) Catherine Hanley (1837-1929) on 4 August 1858 at St Josephs Catholic Church in Willunga and they had 10 children.

James and Anne Ball, with nine of their surviving children, arrived at Port Adelaide aboard Sea Park from Plymouth on 8 December 1852. The family was living in Willunga by April 1855, when daughter Mary Ann married Isaac Jarrad on 30 April there. James and Anne's son, John Jeremiah, was born in Willunga in August 1855 as were their final twin daughters, Mary and Alice, in 1856.

Anne Ball (née Price) died, aged 46 years, at Willunga on 25 March 1856 and is buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. In October 1856, James Ball was described as a “farmer of Aldinga” when he was involved in a court case in the Willunga Court involving the supply of intoxicating drink. James’ daughter, Caroline Ball, married William James Kitts at the residence of James Henry Ball of Aldinga on 20 December 1858. Several of James' and his second wife, Catherine’s, children were born in either Aldinga or Willunga - Arthur Edmund in 1859, Alberzina in 1864 and Emily Jane in 1866 - but, by 1868, the family appears to have moved to Mt Gambier and later into Victoria.

James Ball, aged 73 years, died on 29 August 1883 at Strathdownie East in Victoria and he was later buried at Lake Terrace Cemetery in Mt Gambier. His second wife, Catherine (née Hanley), aged 92 years, died in Willunga on 14 April 1929.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • South Australian Register 29 Oct 1856:3

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