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Butterworth, William

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Fast Facts
Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1841
Place of birth Reedbeds near Port Adelaide
Principal occupation Flour miller and storekeeper
Date of departure c. 1975
Date of death 1912
Place of decease St Peters

William Butterworth was born at the Reedbeds near Port Adelaide in 1841. He was the sixth son of Joseph Butterworth (1802-1875) and his first wife, Alice (née Broadbent) (1803-1855). He was Anglican.

In September 1858, William (17) and his brother, Bramley (21), were commended by the coroner for their efforts to rescue William Ramage and to retrieve the bodies of Daniel Stamps and Joseph Coleman after a boat capsized near the jetty at Port Willunga.

William married Charlotte Palmer Miller (1844-1914) at St Lukes Church, Adelaide on 10 October 1862, They had 10 children:

  • Alice Marian (1864-1931) was born at Aldinga. She married John Charles Diedrich Kretschmer (1865-1946) on 20 April 1890 at St Paul’s Church, Port Pirie. They had four children. Alice died at Port Pirie, SA.
  • William (1865-1945) was born at Aldinga. He married Florence Maria Clara Newman (1864-1945) on 15 August 1887 at the residence of Mrs Newman, Peterborough. They had one daughter. William was a railway guard at Peterborough. He died at Mile End, SA.
  • Herbert Palmer (1861946) was born at Aldinga. He married Emma Elizabeth Hannett (1869-1957) on 30 January 1890 at St Johns Church, Laura, SA. They had two children. Herbert was an engine driver. He died at Adelaide.
  • Amy Edith (1870-1940) was born at Aldinga. She married Frank August Anderson (1859-1930) on 31 August 1891 at St Paul’s Church of England, Port Pirie. They had one son. Amy died in South Australia and is buried at Nailsworth Cemetery.
  • Joseph Robert (1872-1872) was born and died at Aldinga. He is buried at St Ann’s Anglican Cemetery, Aldinga.
  • Ethel Annie (1874-1956) was born at Aldinga. She died in South Australia.
  • Emma Elizabeth (1876-1936) was born at Koolunga Mill, Hope’s Crossing. She married Edward Smith Hall (1883-1946) on 28 March 1910 at Port Pirie. They had four children. Emma died at “Palmyra”, Tranmere, SA.
  • Oscar Reginald (1879-1902) was born at Koolunga. He was a fitter at Port Pirie and died at Port Pirie.
  • Frank Hubert (1882-1965) was born at Koolunga. He married Stella Elizabeth Batt (1887-1981) on 4 April 1914 at the residence of A J Batt, Port Lincoln. As a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Post Office. Frank died at Adelaide.
  • Clarence Gerald “Roy” (1884-1966) was born at Port Pirie. He married Marie August (Mary) Redwood (1885-1965) on 29 June 1908 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They had two daughters. Clarence died at Glenelg and is buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.

William was a flour miller at Aldinga and he probably worked at the Butterworth Mill from the late 1850s until around the death of his father, Joseph, in 1875. By 1876, he had moved to the newly built Koolunga Flour Mill at Hope’s Crossing in the mid-North and then, in about 1884, the family moved to Port Pirie, where William was a storekeeper. He retired around 1890 and moved to St Peter’s.

William Butterworth, aged 71 years, died on 3 April 1912 at St. Peters and is buried in Payneham Cemetery. Charlotte died on 7 June 1914 and is buried in Payneham Cemetery.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Adelaide Observer 11 Sept 1858:3
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 7 April 1866:1
  • Chronicle 13 April 1912:44

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