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Couchman (née Lewsey), Alma

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1858
Place of birth McLaren Vale
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1894
Date of death 1942
Place of decease McLaren Vale

Alma Lewsey was born in 1858 at McLaren Vale. She was the fourth daughter of Charles Lewsey (1819-1889) and Elizabeth Ann Ansell (née Brace) (1815-1905), both of McLaren Vale. Her parents had set sail on Anna Maria on 12 July 1849 and arrived in South Australia on 11 October 1849. Charles Lewsey lived on Lot 2 in Gloucester (McLaren Vale). Charles and Elizabeth had four daughters, including Alma. Her elder sisters were Elizabeth, born in 1851, Alice, born in 1854, and Jane, born in 1856.

Alma grew up in McLaren Vale. She may have worked there until she was 31 years old and married Phillip Arthur Couchman (1859-1905) on 13 June 1889 at St Mary’s Church, St Marys. He was the son of Thomas Couchman (1819-1878) and Mary Ann Jarrad (1822-1883). Phillip and Alma Couchman 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. He 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. Alma died at McLaren Vale and is buried in the Strout Road Cemetery.

The Couchman family lived in McLaren Vale (1889-1894) and, later, at Yankalilla (1894-1905) where Phillip Couchman was a carrier (teamster).

Phillip Arthur Couchman, aged 46 years, died on 13 December 1905 in an accident involving a team of horses at Noarlunga. 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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