Male, Nicholas (senior)
|Type of person||Individual|
|Date of birth||1816|
|Place of birth||St Teath, Cornwall|
|Date of arrival||1848|
|Principal occupation||Quarryman/slate merchant|
|Date of death||1867|
|Place of decease||Willunga|
Nicholas Male was born in 1816 in St Teath in Cornwall. He came from a quarrying family, and the 1841 census shows that he was employed as a quarryman, undoubtedly at the Delabole Quarry, Cornwall.
Nicholas married Margaret Cobbledick on 19 November 1842. Both of them must have been illiterate as they made their mark on their marriage certificate.
Nicholas Male and his wife Margaret (née Cobbledick) and child, Nicholas (junior), arrived in South Australia in 1848, on Bussorah Merchant. He was listed as an agricultural labour, however, this may have been to help him obtain assisted passage. There was, over a period of time, an exodus of families from St Teath, many of whom were related to Nicholas through his wife, Margaret.
After a short period of working in the Willunga quarries, Nicholas went to Castlemaine with his brother-in-law, Fred Martin, and then to Bendigo, where he succeeded in finding gold. Over time, close members of his family such as his brother, Francis Male, joined him in Willunga.
Their gold prospecting venture meant that he and other St Teath connections, James Kernick and William Cobbledick, had the capital to work a quarry belonging to Thomas Martin. After this quarry collapsed, Nicholas Male opened the Bangor Quarry with Messrs Kernick and Cobbledick, in 1858. Unfortunately, he had to withdraw from the partnership due to ill health. He died on 7 May 1867 and is buried at the Uniting Church (formerly Wesleyan Methodist) graveyard.
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