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Cox, Gabriel

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1816
Place of birth Wiltshire
Date of arrival 1838
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1892
Place of decease Aldinga

Gabriel Cox was the son of Henry Cox (1793-1879) and Sarah (nee Whitebread) (1793-1817). He was the step-brother of Thomas Cox (1826-1907) who also emigrated to South Australia and lived in Aldinga. He was born on 5 Nov 1815 and grew up at Tidcombe, Wiltshire, England. He was a labourer and the son of a labourer. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist

Gabriel Cox and his wife Louisa arrived aboard the ship Lloyds in 1839. They were resident in North Adelaide until 1844 and then at Aldinga from 1844 until his death in 1892 (48 years).

Gabriel Cox (1816-1892) had married Louisa Hackel (1816-1909) on 12 April 1838 in Tidcombe, Wiltshire, England. She was the daughter of John Hackel. They had one daughter: Treaza (Teresa) (1840-1935) m. Francis Culley (1823-1908) at the residence of Gabriel Cox in Aldinga on 31 Aug 1857.

Gabriel was a laborer and farmer who owned or leased at least 10 sections of land around the Aldinga Plains district, including sections 229, 239, 393, 394, 400, 407, 426, 427, 432 & 433. Their property, Hackle Farm, was probably named after Louisa’s family and may have been located on section 400 on the northern outskirts of what would later become the Aldinga township.

Besides being a farmer, Gabriel became an enthusiastic horsebreeder, winning prizes at Willunga Agricultural Show, and advertising his stallions for stud. He was also an active member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Aldinga.

Gabriel, aged 76 years, died on 7 Jan 1892 and Louisa, aged 93 years, died on 11 May 1909 at Aldinga. They are both buried in the Aldinga Uniting (Methodist) Church Cemetery.


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  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
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  • Evening Journal 15 March 1882:2
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  • Chronicle Adelaide 22 May 1909:45
  • Cyclopedia of South Australia 1907-8
Hackle Farm (Cox, Culley), circa 1937
Hackle Farm (Cox, Culley), circa 1937

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