|Type of person||Individual|
|Date of birth||c. 1814|
|Place of birth||Scotland|
|Date of arrival||1839|
|Principal occupation||Sheep farmer, agricultural labourer.|
|Date of death||1859|
|Place of decease||Willunga, South Australia.|
John Colville was born c.1814 in Scotland (parents – unknown) He married Harriet Margaret nee Arthur (1817-1893). They lived at Ballygroggan, Scotland before emigrating to South Australia.
John arrived, aged 25 years, on board Ariadne from Greenock, Scotland on 13 Aug 1839 with wife Margaret, aged 22 years. Application 4355. Embarkation 2502. Together with his brother? Matthew Colville, aged 23 years. Application 4133. Embarkation 2501. Matthew Colville (c.1816-27/07/1858) who died aged 41 years at Willunga and is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
Residence - Adelaide, Unley, Willunga. John and Matthew were listed as the owners of section 276 to the south-west of the township of Willunga. They imported 1,500 sheep from Scotland to their property on Colville Road that they called Moy Hall. In 1842 they owned 2,600 sheep.
In 1850 and 1853 John and Matthew Colville paid rates on sections 275 (80 acres) and 276 (76 acres, house). Then in the years between 1855 and 1858, they paid rates on sections 275 (80 acres), 276 (76 acres, house), 302 (80 acres) and 755 (120 acres). This parcel of 356 acres of land lies to the south and west of Willunga South.
Children (5 comprising of 4 sons and 1 daughter): John (16/04/1840-21/04/1855) buried at St. Stephen’s; James Arthur (19/05/1842-22/10/1904 aged 62 years) m. Ellen Atkinson on 05/06/1877; Martha Jane (30/07/1844- ); David (31/10/1850-16/08/1884) m. buried at St. Stephen’s; John William (02/02/1856- ) m. Blanche Rose Landseer on 19 April 1883 at Christ Church, Strathalbyn.
Religion – Presbyterian, C/E. John Colville, aged 45 years, died on 13/04/1859 at Willunga and he is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. John’s oldest surviving son, James Arthur Colville, appears to have inherited sections 275 and 276, at least. Margaret Colville died on 30/11/1893 and is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
- Family Histories. C. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-4
- Ratepayer List. Willunga and Aldinga Councils 1850-1888. Volume 1. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch)
- South Australian 23 April 1840: 3
- South Australian Register 17 July 1841: 4
- Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 1.