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Butterworth, Joseph

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1802
Place of birth Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Flour miller, farmer and storekeeper
Date of death 1875
Place of decease Aldinga, South Australia

Joseph Butterworth (1802-1875) was born in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England in about 1802, the son of John Butterworth and Mary Bright. Aged about 21 years, he married Alice Broadbent (1803-1855) aged 20 years, at St. Chad’s Church in Uppermill, Broadbent, Yorkshire, England on 2 Nov 1823. Religion – Church of England.

Joseph, aged 38 years, was described as a laborer, wool-cleaner and farmer when he arrived with his wife Alice and eight children on 9 March 1840 aboard Baboo from Liverpool, England. They eventually had ten children (8 boys and 2 girls) - 2 were born in the colony (William and Brant):

John William (1824-1900) m. Isabella MacMillan (1824-1908) (daughter of Isabella McMillan) at Christ Church, Yankalilla in 1850, farmer at Aldinga and later Yankalilla

James Broadbent (1826-1893) m. Elizabeth Thewlis (1834-1907) at Kirkburton, York, England in 1854, farmer at Aldinga

Ely (or Eli) (1828-1886) m. Sarah Clover Leonard (1832-1898) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1852, farmer at Yankalilla

Mary (1831-1917) m. Samuel Shore (1825-1901) at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga in 1850

Sarah (1833-1889) unmarried?

Joseph (1835-1854) died aged 19, buried in McLaren Vale Congregational

Bramley (1837-1927) m. (1st) Sarah McCallum (1839-1890) at Free Presbyterian Church, White’s Valley in 1858 (2nd) Jean McCallum (1849-1940) at Aldinga in 1891, flour miller at Aldinga and later Burra

Jane (1839-1839) died as an infant

William (1841-1912) b. at the Reedbeds m. Charlotte Palmer Miller (1844-1914) at St, Lukes Church, Adelaide in 1862, flour miller at Aldinga

Brant (1844-1928) b. at Wilunga. m. Mary McGregor Stewart (1844-1928) (daughter of Duncan Stewart) at Adelaide in 1880, flour miller at Aldinga

Joseph and his family were resident at the “Reedbeds” (possibly section 209) in District C by 1841 (Census) and in Aldinga (White’s Valley) (possibly section 240) before 1844. In Dec 1845 Joseph purchased section 209 (80 acres) for 80 pounds 1 shilling and he was granted section 240 (80 acres) in Oct 1846 (CT 80/79). By 1850 Joseph was paying rates on two sections that he owned (each of 80 acres) – 209 and 240 in addition to 240 acres (sections 269, 270 & 271) owned by the South Australian Company. By 1851 he had already established himself as one of the Influential “Men of the South”.

By 1853 section 240 was described as having a flour-mill and four cottages. His sons John (from about 1850), Bramley (from about 1858) and William (from about 1862) along with Joseph, his wife and their younger children probably lived in these cottages

Joseph was described as a flour miller of Aldinga when he purchased Section 302 of 74 acres for 74 pounds on 2 Feb 1853. After the death of his first wife Alice, aged 52 years, on 21 April 1855, Joseph, aged 53, married for the second time to widow Sarah Bradbury (formerly Beresford) aged 34 years, on 25 Sept 1855. She already had a daughter from her marriage to Thomas Beresford – Sara Ann (1853-1915) and they had at least two daughters:

Annie (1857-1857) died as an infant

Fanny (1859- ) m. Thomas Lovelock (1852-1939)

Joseph Butterworth, aged 73 years, died at his residence in Aldinga on 23 Dec 1875.


  • 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
  • Willunga Ratepayer List
  • Southern Australian 25 Oct 1842:2
  • South Australian Register 28 July 1849:2
  • South Australian Register 25 April 1855:2
  • South Australian Advertiser 29 Dec 1875:4

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