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Jackson, George

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1848
Place of birth England
Date of arrival 1849
Principal occupation Storekeeper
Date of departure 1880
Date of death 1883
Place of decease Hawker, SA

George Jackson was born on 28 June 1848 in England. He was the son of William Jackson (1799-1859) and Jane Jackson (née Phillipson) (1808-1891). They had eleven children: two died as infants in England, seven accompanied them to Australia and two were born in the colony.

William, aged 50 years, Jane Jackson and seven of their children, including infant George, arrived in South Australia from London and Plymouth aboard Navarino on November 5, 1849. George grew up at the Jackson family property called “The Grange” on Jackson Hill Road near Willunga. After William’s early death in 1859, when George was 11 years old, his widow Jane kept on the farm with the help on her two older sons, Thomas and John, and, later, George.

George Jackson, aged 27 years, married Elizabeth Lewsey (1851-1947), aged 24 years, on 24 August 1875 at the residence of Mrs Rowe at McLaren Vale. George and Elizabeth Jackson had four children:

  • George Francis Brace (“Frank”) (1876-1924) was born at McLaren Vale and married Rosetta Rowland (1888- ) on 7 April 1913 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They lived at Wiloo Farm near Kimba. George died of pneumonia at the Jervois Family Hospital, Cowell, SA.
  • Thomas Philipson (“Tom”) (1878-1962) was born at McLaren Vale and married Maud Theresa Rose Conlon (1882-1965) on 26 December 1904 at St Paul’s Retreat, Glen Osmond. He worked for the Commonwealth Public Service at Adelaide and died at Kings Park, SA.
  • Archibald Neill (“Archie”) (1880-1962) was born at Hawker. He married Adeline Jane (“Lena”) Martin (1879-1967) on 19 March 1908 at the Methodist Church in Willunga. They had four children. Archibald died at Malvern, SA, and is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery.
  • Elizabeth Ellen (“Nell”) (1883-1942) was born at Hawker.She married John Aldam Atkinson (1884-1966) on 20 September 1911 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga. They had four children. Elizabeth died at Willunga and is buried in St Stephen’s Anglican Church Cemetery.

George and Elizabeth Jackson and their two oldest children, Frank and Tom, moved to the Hawker district in the Southern Flinders Ranges before 1880 where their two youngest children, Archie and Nell, were born. George was granted a storekeeper’s licence in early 1881 and entered into a partnership operating two stores with his brother Thomas Dennis Jackson. Thomas ran the store at Craddock and George operated the Hawker store.

George Jackson was aged just 35 years when he died unexpectedly of “Hepatitis with complications” on 24 October 1883 at Hawker, SA. This left 32-year-old Elizabeth a widow with four children, from baby Ellen to George junior, aged 7. In the week ending 27 November 1883, George Jackson’s will was probated. He left a total of £500, comprising of all his property and money, including a sum of money due from the National Mutual Life Association, to his wife Elizabeth.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Public Records GRS 1334/1 Probate Files (Wills) File 6886 Book 33 folio 191 (19/11/1883)
  • Genealogy SA online database
  • Evening Journal 9 Sept 1875:2
  • The South Australian Advertiser 25 Oct 1883:5
  • South Australian Register 28 Nov 1883:5

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