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Butterworth, Brant

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1844
Place of birth Willunga
Principal occupation Miller and farmer
Date of death 1928
Place of decease Aldinga

Brant Butterworth (1844-1928) was born at Wilunga on 20 September 1844. He was the youngest son of Joseph Butterworth and Alice (née Broadbent). He was Church of England.

Brant, aged 36 years, married Mary McGregor Stewart (1844-1928), aged 36 years, on 27 September 1880. They may have been living together for some years before 1880, as they apparently already had Joseph Robert, their son who had died as an infant in 1872. They had four sons:

  • Joseph Robert (1872-1872) was born and died at Aldinga and is buried in St Ann’s Anglican Cemetery, Aldinga in Plot/Row A/18.
  • Brant Joseph (1881-1881) born was born and died at Aldinga.
  • Charles Stewart (1883-1961) was born at Aldinga. He married his first wife, Winifred Ann Shepherd (1879-1913), on 8 April 1912 at the residence of Sydney Sheherd, Kybybolite, SA. He was a farmer at Aldinga. Charles married his second wife, Stella Pearl Jobson (1892-1969), on 4 April 1917 at the Methodist Church in Pirie Street, Adelaide. They had five children. Charles then farmed at Benayeo, Wannon, Victoria and died at Eden, Victoria.
  • Albert Broadbent (1885-1956) was born at Aldinga. He married Rose Chenoweth (1892-1981) on 27 February 1913 at the Baptist Church in Aldinga. They had five children. Albert died at Aldinga and is buried in St Ann’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Aldinga.

Brant Butterworth paid rates on half an acre and a house on section 240, owned by his father Joseph, from 1867 until 1879. He may have lived in his brother Bramley’s house or in another house on the adjoining land. After his father’s death in 1875, Brant and his brother, Bramley, jointly inherited section 240 which he held until at least 1888. Brant also jointly inherited several lots (each half an acre) on section 391 at Port Willunga that respectively were occupied by Butterworth’s Store and a house, These were occupied by Mrs Sarah Hounsell 1878-1888 and his widowed mother, Mrs J Butterworth 1879-1888). By 1907, Brant and his wife were living in Port Willunga.

Brant worked as a flour miller at Aldinga and probably operated the Butterworth Mill (1875-1905) after the death of his father, Joseph, in 1875. In 1877, he and his brother, Bramley, inherited the land (CT 252/89). In January 1880, Bramley and his brother, Brant, trading as B. & B. Butterworth millers of Aldinga, dissolved their partnership by mutual consent and the company underwent assignment. Brant was listed as a miller of Aldinga in the SA Directories in the 1890s. Butterworth Mill was partially demolished in 1905 and section 240 was sold to John James Chenoweth, farmer, of Sellicks Hill. The remnant buildings were subsequently used as farm outbuildings and, in 1916, the land was sold to Brant’s youngest son, Albert Broadbent Butterworth.

Brant Butterworth was elected as an auditor for the Aldinga District Council election in 1896, 1901, 1905, 1907 and 1911.

Brant Butterworth, aged 83 years, died on 13 January 1928 at Aldinga and his wife, Mary MacGregor (née Stewart), aged 84 years, died on 28 July 1928. They are both buried in St Ann’s Anglican Cemetery, Aldinga in Plot/Row A/18.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-
  • Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1
  • Sands and McDougall’s South Australian Directory 1890-99
  • News 13 Jan 1928:16

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