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Lovelock, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1845
Place of birth Willunga
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of departure 1877
Date of death 1903
Place of decease Curramulka, SA

William Lovelock was born on 24 April 1845 at Willunga. He was the first colonial-born and fifth eldest surviving son of George Lovelock senior (1802-1853) and Ann Glass (1805-1875). He was Church of England.

William Lovelock, aged 21 years, married Caroline Kay Pengilly (1846-1929), aged 20 years, at Chambers Presbyterian Church, Adelaide on 21 March 1866. She was the daughter of Thomas Pengilly senior (1812-1888). They had twelve children, six of whom died young:

  • Ernest (1867-1929) was born at Aldinga and married Janet Hamilton Sandilands (1871-1943) at Port Victoria. They had six children. Ernest died at Smokey Bay, SA.
  • Florence (1868-1950) was born at Aldinga and married George Francis Kemp (1865-1945) at North Unley. Florence died at Sandwell, SA.
  • Elder (1869- )
  • Millicent (1871-1872) was born and died at Aldinga.
  • Walter William (1873-1874) was born and died at Aldinga.
  • Walter William (1875-1951) was born at Aldinga and married Zillah Amanda Rebecca Pridham (1883-1957) on 4 April 1906 at Adelaide. They had one daughter. Walter died at Dulwich.
  • John Henry (1876-1878) was born at Aldinga and died at Gum Flat.
  • Reuben (1878-1892) was born and died at Curramulka.
  • Hilda (1880-1886) was born at Minlaton and died at Pedlar’s Creek near Noarlunga.
  • Alice Ann (1882-1908) married John Arthur Watters (1880-1960) and they had one daughter. Alice died at Curramulka.
  • Percy Howard (1885-1891) was born at Minlaton and died at Curramulka.
  • George Edwin (1885-1952) was born at Minlaton and married Nellie Roscoria Keightley (1884-1939) at Curramulka in 1908. He died at Prospect.
  • Queenie Kate (1890-1934) was born at Curramulka and married at Curramulka in 1915. She died at Launceston, Tasmania.

Since the death of their father, George Lovelock senior, in 1853, when William was only eight years old, William’s four older brothers, Levi, Elijah, Henry and George junior, had owned or leased a large number of sections on the Aldinga Plains.

After their marriage in 1866, William and Caroline remained in Aldinga for over a decade. He probably worked some of the land owned or leased by his brothers, as he does not appear to have purchased land in the Hundred of Willunga. In about 1877, William and Caroline moved with their growing family to Curramulka on Yorke Peninsula.

William Lovelock died on 16 December 1929 at Curramulka, SA.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Genealogy SA online database

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