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Cobbledick, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1824
Place of birth St. Teath in Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1850
Principal occupation Quarryman and slate merchant
Date of death 1885
Place of decease Willunga

William was born on 22 Feb 1824 at St. Teath in Cornwall. He was the son of William Cobbledick (1790-1852) and Philippa (née Lobb) (1797-1874) of St. Teath, Cornwall. His sister, Margaret, married Nicholas Male senior. His sister, Elizabeth, married James Kernick and another sister, Mary Ann, married Frederick Martin. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

William arrived in South Australia, aged 16 years, aboard British Sovereign on 11 June 1850.

William, aged 20 years, married Margaret O’Donohoe (1833-1908) from Clare in Ireland at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, West Terrace, Adelaide on 9 Jan 1854. They had 11 children:

  • Mary Jane (1855) b. at Willunga, died as an infant.
  • Mary Jane (1856-1936) b. at Willunga, m. Henry Eames on 14 Sept 1879 at the residence of W.H.Satterley in Adelaide.
  • Margaret (1857-1915) b. at Willunga,
  • Catherine (Kate) (1859-1924) b. at Willunga, m. Sydney James Smith on 9 Aug 1881 at Willunga, d. at Eastwood, SA.
  • Amelia (1860- ) b. at Willunga.
  • William John (1862- 1939) b. at Willunga.
  • Alexander Henry (1863-1903) b. at Willunga.
  • Theresa (1864- ).
  • Eliza (1865- ) b. at Willunga.
  • Henry (1867- ) b. at Willunga.
  • Joseph Daniel (1869-1951) b. at Willunga, d. at Balaklava, SA.

William was a quarryman and slate merchant at Willunga. He paid rates on a house in the township of Willunga (1855-1857)

William Cobbledick, aged 61 years, was found dead in a gully about half a mile from his home on 31 May 1885 by Joseph Sibly and the subsequent inquest found “death by a fit of apoplexy accelerated by drink”. His widow Margaret died on 12 March 1908.


  • 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
  • Family Histories. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-4 C Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1
  • South Australian Register 2 June 1865:5
  • Evening Journal 2 June 1885:2

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