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Holman, James

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer at Willunga, Bald Hills and Napperby.
Date of departure 1853
Date of death 1903
Place of decease Napperby in the mid north of South Australia

James Holman was born in 1827 and he was the third son of John Holman (1795-1853) and Melicent Hodge (1795-1850). He arrived, aged 12 years, with parents and siblings from Crowan, Cornwall on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes at Port Adelaide from Liverpool. According to the 1841 census James Holman (14 years) was living in Willunga and he lived in Willunga for more than a decade (1841-1853).

James Holman (1827-1903) married Susanna Atkinson (1828-1894) on 9 Sept 1852 at Willunga. Farmer at Willunga, Bald Hills and Napperby. By 1853 James and Susanna Holman had moved to Bald Hills near Yankalilla where they lived for three decades (perhaps until after 1883) but certainly by 1887 they had moved to Napperby near Crystal Brook. They had eleven children (five sons and six daughters):

William (09/06/1853-16/09/1936) m. Agnes Stewart Carmichael on 25/07/1883

Bridget Catherine (23/08/1854-21/10/1890) m. Thomas Smith on 03/01/1883

Thomas Atkinson (13/06/1856-14/11/1892) died aged 36 years, unmarried

Susanna Millicent (14/01/1858-10/06/1890) m. Robert Bain Carmichael on 30/03/1887

James (30/04/1859-23/04/1860) died aged 11 months

Mary Louisa (23/07/1860-08/09/1890) m. Henry Young

Hannah (Annie) (04/04/1862-1893) died aged 31 years, unmarried

Ada (20/09/1863-23/09/1889) died aged 26 years, unmarried

Philippa (07/03/1865-25/06/1895) died aged 30 years, unmarried

James (26/02/1867-29/06/1894) died aged 17 years, unmarried

Robert John (28/10/1869-13/04/1942) m. Eliza Rosanna Hawkins on 04/01/1894.

James Holman, aged 76 years, died on 1 May 1903 at his son’s residence (Nelshaby) at Napperby in the mid north of South Australia. He was buried in the Crystal Brook cemetery.


  • Passengers in History database SA Maritime Museum - Holman 1839
  • Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail 28 March 1903:2
  • Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail 2 May 1903:2
  • SA 1841 Census returns. State Library of South Australia. pp.255-6
  • South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
  • South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
  • The Register 14 May 1903:4.

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