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Butterworth, James Broadbent

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1826
Place of birth Knowl, Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of departure 1882
Date of death 1893
Place of decease Adelaide

James Broadbent Butterworth was born in Knowl, Yorkshire, England on 15 May 1826. He was the second son of Joseph Butterworth (1802-1875) and his first wife, Alice (née Broadbent) (1803-1855). James was Church of England. Aged 14 years, he arrived in South Australia with his parents on 9 March 1840 aboard Baboo from Liverpool, England.

On 15 July 1854, James left Adelaide to return to England for a visit. On 16 December 1854, he married Elizabeth Thewlis (1834-1907), aged 20 years, at the Parish Church at Kirkburton, York, England. They returned to South Australia aboard Mermaid. They eventually had thirteen children who were all born in the Willunga District:

  • James Thewlis (1856-1856) was born and died in Willunga.
  • Ails (Alce or Ailse) (1857-1928) was born at Aldinga. She married John Anderson at the residence of James Butterworth, Curramulka, SA on 11 April 1883. She died at Minlaton, SA.
  • Joseph (1859-1923) was born at Aldinga. He died at Minlaton, SA.
  • Edwin (1861-1862) was born and died of dysentery at Aldinga.
  • Sarah (1863-1926) was born at Aldinga. She married George Bird (1861-1936) on 28 November 1883 at the Baptist Church, Curramulka, SA. George was the son of George Bird (1827-1860). They had seven children. Sarah died at Minlaton, SA.
  • Amelia (1865-1895) was born at Aldinga. She married Edward Fry (1859-1940) on 18 July 1895 at the Baptist Church, Minlaton, SA. She died at Macclesfield, SA.
  • Mary (1867-1947) was born at Aldinga. She married Robert Anderson (1865-1944) on 20 February 1889 at the Baptist Church, Curramulka and they had one son. She died at Victor Harbor, SA, and is buried in the Victor Harbor Cemetery.
  • Ester (1869-1869) was born and died from Marasmus (undernourishment) at Aldinga.
  • Thewlis (1870-1940) was born at Aldinga. He married Mary Stone (1875-1858) on 7 October 1914 at the residence of George Bird in Minlaton, SA. They had one daughter. Thewlis died at Minlaton and is buried in the Minlaton Cemetery.
  • Martha (1872-1936) was born at Aldinga. She married her first husband, Robert Jagger (1835-1914), at the residence of Mrs Butterworth in Minlaton on 6 April 1904. Martha married her second husband, John Thomas (Tom) Fry (1853-1932) on 18 June 1916 at Victor Harbor. Martha died at Victor Harbor.
  • Harry (1874-1937) was born at Aldinga. He married Rosa Edith (Rosie) Redding (1873-1956) on 22 April 1902 at the Church of England, Mount Rat, SA. They had two children. The family moved to Katanning, WA, by 1903. Harry died at Katanning, WA.
  • Isabella (1876-1937) was born at Aldinga. She married Frederick William Kirsch on 4 July 1900 at Minlaton, SA. They had two daughters. Isabella died at Yorketown and is buried there.
  • James (1881-1942) was born at Aldinga. He married Meta Amanda Beeck (1889-1966) on 14 September 1911 at the Baptist Church, Katanning, WA. They had four children. James died at Katanning, WA, and is buried there.

James was a farmer at Aldinga. In 1855, he entered a horse-drawn team in the Willunga Ploughing Match. With his wife Elizabeth, he lived at Aldinga from their marriage in 1854 until at least 1882, when they moved to Curramulka on Yorke Peninsula. James paid rates on 240 acres (sections 269-271), owned by the South Australian Company, before 1867 until at least 1882.

James was active in the community and nominated for the Aldinga District Council in 1863. He also travelled to Melbourne by steamer in 1865.

James Broadbent Butterworth, aged 67 years, died at Adelaide on 22 August 1893 and was buried in West Terrace Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth (née Thewlis), aged 73 years, died at Minlaton, SA.


  • 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
  • SA Census 1841
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Adelaide Observer 2 May 1863:2
  • South Australian Register 20 July 1863:3
  • South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail 25 Jan 1868:2

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