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Galpin, John (senior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1793
Place of birth Wimbourne, Dorset, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1860
Place of decease McLaren Vale

John Galpin (senior) was born in 1793 in Wimbourne, Dorset, England, and was baptised on 2 September 1793 at Wimbourne Minster. He was the son of William Galpin (1757-1837) and Elizabeth Fricker (1759-1838) of Wimbourne, Dorset. He was Anglican.

John, aged 26 years, married Mary Gill (1801-1830), aged 18 years, on 18 April 1819 at St Marys, Portsea, Hampshire, England. She was the daughter of Henry Gill (1780- ) and Mary Cummings (1784-). John and Mary may have had as many as four children (E. Jane and Thomas) but only one came to South Australia:

  • John (junior) (1825-1894) was born at Portsea, Hampshire, and married Charlotte Eatts (or Eat) (1832-1871) on 6 December 1849 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Willunga. They had fourteen children. In 1866, he purchased land at Allendale. He died at Allendale East, SA.

Mary Galpin (née Gill) died, aged 29 years, on 31 January 1830 at Portsea, Hampshire.

John, aged 37 years, remarried, to Sarah Porchmouth (1794-1849), aged 36 years, on 6 October 1830 at St Thomas, Portsmouth, Hampshire. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Porchmouth. They had at least one child, Phoebe (1833- ).

John Galpin appears to have left his second wife, Sarah, in England, as she was still resident in Portsea in 1841 and died there in 1849. John arrived in South Australia with his son, John junior, aboard the Barque Singapore on 10 November 1839.

John Galpin (senior) purchased Section 447 (80 acres) in the Hundred of Willunga on 5 March 1847 (Memorial 150/8 - later CT 66/135). Section 447 is located on Rifle Range Road, Willunga. John paid rates on section 447 (80 acres) and was described as the owner from 1850. Then, from 1855, the section was listed as 80 acres and a house until 1858. An old road to Blewitt Springs ran through section 447 until 1855, when the Willunga District Council sold it back to John Galpin for £15.

John Galpin (senior) died on 16 February 1860 in McLaren Vale and was buried in a chest tomb at the St Stephens Church Cemetery, Willunga.

In March 1862, the sale of John Galpin senior’s property, section 447, Hundred of Willunga, brought £550, which was inherited by their only surviving son, John Galpin junior.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • SAILIS CT 66/135
  • ANCESTRY online
  • National Trust (Willunga) Blue Folders 41-4-172 & 41-1-15
  • South Australian Register 7 March 1850:1
  • Adelaide Observer 27 Oct 1855:2
  • South Australian Register 29 Feb 1860:2

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