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Kimber, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1825
Place of birth London, England.
Date of arrival 1849
Principal occupation Butcher and publican.
Date of death 1888
Place of decease Port Willunga

William Kimber was born on 22 July 1824 in London, England.

William Kimber, a butcher aged 24 years, arrived as a Government immigrant aboard Samuel Boddington from London on 11 January 1849.

Aged 28 years, he married Eliza Harris (1833-1907), aged 22 years, on 21 December 1853 at the residence of her father, William Harris of the Bugle Ranges. They had twelve children:

  • William Edward (1854-1855) was born and died as an infant at the Bugle Ranges.
  • Edward William (1856-1919) was born at the Bugle Ranges and married Sarah Jane Hancock (1855-1929) on 3 March 1886. They had four children. Edward died at Port Pirie, SA.
  • William Robert (1858-1922) was born at the Bugle Ranges and married Janet Whitelaw (1861-1950) on 22 July 1883. They had five children. William died at Mundaring, WA.
  • Arthur Spurling (1860-1940) was born at Lake Alexandrina, SA, and died at Claremont, WA.
  • Walter John (1863-1937) was born at Mosquito Creek, SA. He was a butcher at Port Willunga/Aldinga and died at Klemzig, SA.
  • Vincent Harris (1866-1868) was born and died as an infant at Wellington, SA.
  • Florence Mary (1868-1935) was born at Wellington, SA, and died at Claremont, WA.
  • Harold Frank (1870-1937) was born at Wellington, SA.
  • Emma Millicent (1872-1959) was born at Langhorne Creek, SA, and died at Mt Lawley, WA.
  • Alice May (1875-1958) was born at Echunga, SA, and died at Subiaco, WA.
  • Jessica Harris (1879-1963) was born at Aldinga and married John George Baldock. Jessica died at Mt Lawley, WA.

William signed a petition regarding the Parliament Act of 1854. He was living in the Bugle Ranges and was granted a slaughtering license in September 1854. In September 1856 he was granted a publicans’ license for the “Bugle Inn” and this was renewed in March 1858. In 1871 he was described as a licensed victualler of Wellington where he had been living since at least 1866. He and his family were living in Aldinga by 1876 when he took up the license for the Aldinga Hotel (Dec 1876 to Sept 1879 and the S.A Directories later described him as a butcher (1883-1887). He also paid rates on 25 acres of agricultural land in section 401 (owned by Lewis Fidge) between 1881 and 1884. He appears in a photo titled “Aldinga Pioneers”, dated to the first half of 1886. He held the publican’s license for the Seaview Hotel in Port Willunga, in 1887-1888.

William Kimber, aged 63 years, died on 3 June 1888 at Port Willunga and his widow, Eliza, took over the license for the Seaview Hotel.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Marime 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
  • SA Directories – Aldinga 1883-1889
  • Adelaide Times 5 Feb 1849:3
  • South Australian Register 23 Dec 1853:3
  • South Australian Register 2 Feb 1854:2
  • South Australian Register 16 Sept 1854:3
  • South Australian Register 13 Sept 1856:3
  • Southern Argus 18 March 1871:3

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