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Couchman, Phillip Arthur

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1859
Place of birth McLaren Vale
Principal occupation Carrier (teamster)
Date of departure 1894
Date of death 1905
Place of decease Noarlunga

Phillip Arthur Couchman was born on 2 January 1859 at McLaren Vale. He was the son of Thomas Couchman (1819-1878) and Mary Ann Jarrad (1822-1883).

Phillip Couchman, aged 30 years, married Alma Lewsey (1858-1942) aged 31 years, on 13 June 1889 at St Mary’s Church, St Marys. They had six children:

  • Mary Elizabeth (1890-1964) was born at McLaren Vale. She married Martin Henry Binney (1884-1939) and they had four children. Mary died at Willunga.
  • John Chapman (1891-1891) was born and died at McLaren Vale.
  • George Frank (1893-1894) was born and died at McLaren Vale.
  • Thomas Charles (1894-1979) was born at Yankalilla. He served in World War 1. Thomas married Violetta Grace Elliot (1899-1980) and they lived at Morphett Vale. Thomas is buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.
  • Arthur Brace (1897-1964) was born at Yankalilla. He married Vera Rose Culley (1898-1945) and they had two children. Arthur died at Willunga and is buried in the Willunga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Alma Ruth (1899-1975) was born at Yankalilla. She married Arthur Eldred Foremen (1900-1977) at St Pauls Church, Adelaide, on 24 June 1924 and they had three children. Arthur was a butcher. Alma died at McLaren Vale and is buried in the Strout Road Cemetery.

Phillip Couchman and his family lived in McLaren Vale from 1889 until 1894, where Phillip worked for winemaker, Thomas Hardy & Co. In 1894, they moved to Yankalilla, where they lived until 1905 and Phillip was a carrier (teamster).

Phillip Arthur Couchman, aged just 46 years, died in an accident involving a team of horses at Noarlunga on 13 December 1905. Alma Couchman, aged 84 years, died on 2 November 1942 at McLaren Vale.


  • 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
  • Adelaide Observer 10 May 1890:12
  • Chronicle 23 Dec 1905:15 & 17
  • Observer 23 Dec 1905:13
Alma Lewsey and Philip Couchman
Alma Lewsey and Philip Couchman

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