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Cantwell, Patrick

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1819
Place of birth Kilkenny, Ireland
Date of arrival 1858
Principal occupation Labourer
Date of death 1881
Place of decease Aldinga

Patrick Cantwell was born in Kilkenny, Ireland in about 1819. He was the older brother of James Cantwell (1825-1905) and Mary Cantwell (1828-1898). Religion – Roman Catholic.

Patrick, aged about 26 years, married Ann(e) Quirk (1816-1887), aged about 29 years, at St. John’s Church in Kilkenny in Oct 1845 and they had at least three children:

Mary (1853-1912) b. in Kilkenny, Ireland, m. James Guerin (1844-1885) on 22 May 1873 at St. Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide, they had five children, d. at Thebarton, SA and buried in West Terrace Cemetery.

Patrick (1856-1858) died at sea as an infant.

Anne (1860-1945) b. at Aldinga, m. John McCreanor (1858-1904), aged 27 years, on 3 Dec 1885 at St Patrick’s, Adelaide, they had three children, d. at Hurstville, NSW.

Patrick Cantwell, labourer aged 38 years, his wife Ann, aged 38 years, their daughter Mary, aged 5 years, and his younger brother James, aged 33 years, and his wife Mary, aged 25 years, arrived on 8 July 1858 aboard Utopia from Liverpool. His sister Mary (1828-1898) had married Daniel Hoban on 19 Nov 1857 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Willunga.

On 6 July 1865 Patrick Cantwell purchased lots 13 and 14 (section 401) in Adey Road, Aldinga East (CT 68/192) and then in March 1867 he purchased another block of land (in section 401) further south on Adey Road (CT 93/33). He paid rates on a house in section 258 (in 1867) and ½ acre and a house in section 401 (1869-1881). His widow Ann inherited the two properties on his death in July 1881 and she sold Lots 13 and 14 to John Longdin, carpenter of Aldinga, in April 1883 (CT 68/192). Apparently she paid rates on the other block of land from 1882 until 1885 but transferred that land to her daughter Annie in March 1883, who married John McCreanor in Dec 1885, and then Annie McCreanor sold it to Thomas Reid in March 1886.

In Sept 1871 Patrick was fined 30s for “keeping a ferocious dog”. Patrick Cantwell, aged 62 years, died on 18 July 1881 at Aldinga and Ann Cantwell (née Quirk), aged 71 years, died on 12 Nov 1887 and she was buried at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Willunga.


  • 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
  • SAILIS CT 68/192 & CT 97/33
  • St Josephs Catholic Church Willunga Births Register No. 305 – Anne Cantwell (b. 15/8/1860) witnesses – Daniel Hoban & Bridget Kennedy
  • Adelaide Observer 16 Sept 1871:7
  • The Express & Telegraph 19 July 1881:2
  • South Australian Advertiser 8 Dec 1885:4

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