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Lovelock, Levi Alfred Percy

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth Burbage, Wiltshire, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer and publican
Date of death 1907
Place of decease Aldinga

Levi Alfred Percy Lovelock was born at Burbage, Wiltshire, England on 10 March 1827. He was the oldest surviving son of George Lovelock senior (1802-1853) and Ann (née Glass) (1805-1875). He was Anglican. Aged 12 years, Levi arrived in South Australia from London with his parents on 24 September 1839 aboard Prince Regent .

Levi Lovelock, aged 22 years, married 19 year old Peggy Penberthy Bennetts (1830-1919) at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide, on 31 October 1849. Peggy was the daughter of James Bennetts (1793-1883) and Mary Bennetts (née Trembath) (1800-1890). Levi and Peggy Lovelock had 9 children:

  • Thomas Edward (1850-1904) was born at Willunga and married Elizabeth Dunstall (1848-1925) at Christ Church, Yankalilla in 1872. He died at Blyth, SA.
  • Mary Ann Elizabeth (1853-1927) was born at Willunga. She married John Pointon (1849-1935) at the Wesleyan Chapel, Aldinga, on 11 March 1873 and they had two sons. Mary Ann died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.
  • James Bennetts (1856-1942) was born at Yankalilla. He married Martha Polkinghorne (1859-1923) on 3 November 1880 at the Wesleyan Church, Pirie Street, Adelaide and they had two children. James died at Plympton, SA.
  • Adelaide (1858-1930) was born at Normanville. She married John Henry Polkinghorne (1857-1936) at the Baptist Chapel, Aldinga, in 1880 and they had three daughters. Adelaide died at Aldinga.
  • Mary Ann (1861-1895) was born at Yankalilla and was unmarried. She died in South Australia.
  • Richard Levi (1864-1937) was born at Aldinga and was unmarried. He died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.
  • Alma Esther (Hester) (1867-1947) was born at Aldinga. She married Edmund Thomas Polkinghorne (1862-1947) at the Wesleyan Church, Adelaide, on 24 February 1886 and they had three children. Alma died in South Australia and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.
  • Edith (1869-1890) was born at Aldinga. She married John Rowley (1865-1938) at her parents' residence in Myponga Flat on 29 July 1890. Edith died in South Australia.
  • Rosaleer Ascilla (1871-1908) was born at Aldinga. She married William Thomas Waye (1866-1918) at the Bible Christian Church, Willunga, on 10 April 1895 and they had five children. Rosaleer died at McLaren Vale.
  • Ethel Kate (1874-1961) was born at Yankalilla. She married Leopoldo Ferdinand Cosky (1860-1927) on 22 October 1902 at Clare and they had five children. Ethel died at Monterey, California, USA.

Levi Lovelock was a farmer and publican. Aged 22 years in August 1850, Levi, entered the annual Willunga Ploughing Match for bullock teams (Third Class) as ploughman and owner. During the following few years, he regularly competed in ploughing matches for both horse and bullock teams as ploughman and owner. In February 1852, Levi travelled as a passenger aboard the brig Hero to Melbourne and, presumably, spent time at the goldfields. By 1854, Levi held sections 1035 and 1038 at Yankalilla and, in 1855, held the license for the Normanville Hotel. He appears to have moved back and forth between Yankalilla/Normanville and Willunga/Aldinga over the years. In 1880, he was elected as councillor for the North Ward at the Aldinga District Council.

Levi was “practically an invalid” throughout the 1890s and died, aged 80 years, at Aldinga from a long and painful illness on 7 May 1907. Peggy Lovelock (née Bennetts) died on 4 August 1919 at Aldinga, aged 89 years. They are both buried in the Aldinga Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery.


  • 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
  • SA Census 1841
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Adelaide Observer 8 Oct 1853:1
  • South Australian Advertiser 26 Aug 1880:4
  • South Australian Register 4 Nov 1880:4
  • The Express and Telegraph 16 Aug 1890:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 11 April 1895:2
  • Observer 18 May 1907:36
  • The Register 17 May 1907:4
  • The Advertiser 13 Aug 1919:6

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