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Bell (née Holman formerly Luhning formerly Williams), Jane

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1828
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1856
Date of death 1913
Place of decease Footscray, Victoria

Jane Holman was born in 1828 and she was the fifth and youngest surviving daughter of John Holman senior (1795-1853) and Melicent Hodge (1795-1850). She arrived at Port Adelaide from Liverpool, aged 11 years, with parents and other siblings from Crowan, Cornwall on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes .

According to the 1841 Census, 13 year old Jane was resident in Currie Street, Adelaide with her parents and two sisters, Mary and Susanna. Jane moved with her parents to Willunga in the early 1840s and grew up in Willunga.

Jane Holman married Thomas Williams (1833-1866) on 25 Feb 1850 at Willunga. They had four children:

Thomas (1850-1930) b. at Willunga.

Melicent (1852-1859) b. at Willunga, d. at Stawell, Victoria aged 7 years.

Zacharias William (1855-1936) b. at Willunga.

William Holman (1857-1921) b. at Amherst, Victoria.

Thomas and Jane Williams appear to have lived at Willunga from the time of their marriage (1850) until about 1855-1857, when they moved to the gold fields in Victoria.

Jane's first husband, Thomas, died in New Zealand in 1866 when Jane was 41. She then married Nicholas Luhning (1827-1871), aged 42 years, on 7 Feb 1869 at Old Lead, Victoria. Nicholas died when his dray overturned at Main Lead, Victoria on 13 April 1871. Jane, aged 45, married for the third time to John Bell (1830-1896) on 15 April 1873 at Beaufort, Victoria.

Jane Bell (formerly Luhning, formerly Williams nee Holman), aged 87 years, died at Footscray in Victoria on 3 Jan 1915.


  • Passengers in History database SA Maritime Museum - Holman 1839
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SA Census 1841

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