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Cliff, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth Barrowden, Rutland, England
Date of arrival 1850
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1902
Place of decease Aldinga

William Cliff junior was born on 14 Oct 1827 at Barrowden, Rutland, England. He was the son of William Cliff senior (1799-1878) and Ursula (nee Wilkinson) (1786-1866) and the younger brother of Henry Cliff (1824-1902). Religion - Church of England.

William Cliff junior married Alice Roberts Burdett (1823-1904) on 26 April 1827 at Barrowden, Rutland, England. William (22), Alice (26) and their infant son Edward (1) arrived in South Australia aboard Stag on 10 June 1850 with his brother Henry and his family. He was described at the time as a farm servant and farmer. His brother Henry and his family lived at Noarlunga.

William and Alice Cliff eventually had eight children, the last six of whom were all born at Aldinga between 1854 and 1864:

Edward (1848-1894) b. at Upingham, Rutland, m. Elizabeth Jane (1844-1907), lived at Noarlunga, Noarlunga

Charlotte (1851-1888) b. at Adelaide, m. Charles Forrest (1849-1941) on 11 Jan 1872 at the residence of William Cliff at Aldinga, d. at Myponga, SA

William (1854-1922) b. at Aldinga, m. Agnes Beyer on 2 April 1877 at the residence of David Beyer at Noarlunga, lived at Noarlunga, d. at Noarlunga, SA

Henry (1856-1934) b. at Aldinga, m. Christina Beyer (1857-1932) (sister of Agnes) on 26 March 1879 at Port Pirie, SA, lived at Port Germein, d. at Port Germain, SA

Sarah Ann (1858-1934) b. at Aldinga, unmarried, Aldinga

Rowland (1860-1890) b. at Aldinga, unmarried, d. at South Australia

John Burdett Cliff (1862-1945) b. at Aldinga, m. Selina Augusta Arthur (1863-1948) on 19 Aug 1883 at the residence of John Arthur, Normanville, SA, Aldinga

Alfred (1864-1938) b. at Aldinga, m. Elizabeth Bennetts Humphreys on 18 Nov 1885 at the Wesleyan Church, Normanville, they lived at Aldinga, Aldinga

William and Alice Cliff were resident at Aldinga by 1853 where William was working as a farmer and paid rates on section 603 (in 1853) and later on sections 425, 429, 430 and 436 (until at least 1891) that are located on the Main South Road south of Aldinga. In 1856 the Cliff family house near Aldinga burnt down. In July 1869 and again in July 1872 William Cliff unsuccessfully stood for election as a councilor in the Port ward for the District Council of Aldinga. In 1875 their son William (21) was fined 30s with 27s costs in the Willunga Court for insulting behaviour towards David Cox at Aldinga. In June 1891 a haystack belonging to William Cliff containing 100 tons of hay worth £300 was totally destroyed by fire. A man named George Bowker was arrested by M.C. Tuohy on suspicion of having fired the stack, he having used threats towards Mr. Cliff.

William Cliff junior, aged 75 years, died at his farm near Aldinga on 10 Oct 1902 and Alice Roberts Cliff died on 24 March 1904. He is buried in St. Ann’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Aldinga.


  • 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 13 Sept 1856:8
  • South Australian Register 11 May 1875:3
  • Adelaide Observer 5 April 1879:2
  • Evening Journal 21 Aug 1883:2
  • The Advertiser 1 June 1891:5
  • The Mount Barker Courier 5 June 1891:3
  • The Register 11 Oct 1902:6
  • The Advertiser 11 Oct 1902:2

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