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Lovelock, George

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1802
Place of birth Burbage, Wiltshire, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer and laborer
Date of death 1853
Place of decease White's Valley, South Australia

George Lovelock snr was born at Burbage, Wiltshire, England in 1802 and he was the son of William Lovelock and Elizabeth (nee Newman). He married Ann Glass (1805-1875) on 14 June 1826 in Great Bedwin, Wiltshire, England.

Aged 37 years, he was described as a farmer and laborer when he arrived aboard Price Regent from London on 24 September 1839. He was with his wife, Anne (nee Glass), aged 34 years, and their five surviving sons - Levi (12), Elijah (10), Henry (8), George (3) and Richard (2). Three sons had died in England before they left and one son died on the voyage to South Australia.

They eventually had thirteen children:

  • Adam (1826-1839) died in England, aged 13 years.
  • Levi Alfred Percy (1827-1907) married Peggy Penberthy Bennetts (1830-1919) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1849.
  • Elijah (1829-1907) married Mary Ann Martin (1828-1904) at O’Halloran Hill in 1850.
  • Henry (1831-1899) married Grace Dunstan (1840-1930) at the residence of Mr & Mrs. Dunstan, Aldinga Bay, in 1858.
  • George (1834-1836) died in England.
  • George (1836-1907) married Clara Winzor (1836-1902) at Willunga in 1855.
  • Richard (1837- ) died young.
  • Thomas (1839-1839) died on the ship on the way to South Australia.
  • Elizabeth (1840-1922) was born at Plymton and married Henry Pengilly (1836-1875) at the Wesleyan Chapel, McLaren Vale, in 1861.
  • Mary Ann Elizabeth (1843-1923) married John Winzor (1842-1904) in 1861.
  • William (1845-1903) was born in Willunga and married Caroline Kay Pengilley at Chambers Presbyterian Church, Adelaide, in 1866.
  • Richard (1850-1936) was born at Aldinga and married Emma Louisa Toll (1853-1925) at the residence of Mrs Toll, Willunga on 22 April 1872.
  • Thomas Glass (1852-1939) was born at Aldinga and married Sarah Ann Beresford (1853-1918) at Adelaide in 1874.

The Lovelock family were resident in Plympton when Elizabeth was born in 1840 and resident in Aldinga by the time of the 1841 Census. George Lovelock held a depasturing licence for 1844, an occupation licence in 1845 and a timber licence in 1849. He is listed as resident on the Aldinga Plains by the time of the 1846 Directory.

George Lovelock was granted 40 acres, comprising the western half of Section 401, by the South Australian Company on 12 March 1845 and the family may have been living on that land since 1841. In 1846, George purchased section 374 (80 acres) in the Hundred of Willunga for 80 pounds 1 shilling. In 1847, he purchased section 388 (80 acres) in District C (to the north of Aldinga) for the same amount. In March 1848, he purchased section 389 (80 acres) for 80 pounds 1 shilling and, in September 1850, he purchased section 419 (80 acres) for 91 pounds. By 1851, he had already established himself as one of the Influential “Men of the South”.

George Lovelock, aged 51 years, died at his residence at White’s Valley on 4 December 1853. George Lovelock is the oldest recorded burial dated 4 December 1853 in the Aldinga Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery and his widow, Ann Lovelock (nee Glass), who died at Little Para in 1875, is also buried there.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • South Australian Register 25 April 1872:4
  • South Australian Register 7 Dec 1853:3
  • Express and Telegraph 12 Oct 1875:2

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