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Male, William Browne

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1832
Place of birth St. Teath, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1857
Principal occupation Laborer and slate quarryman
Date of death 1919
Place of decease Beltunga, near Willunga

William Browne Male was born in St. Teath, Cornwall, England on 6 Sept 1832. His parents were Moses Male (1803-1874) and Hannah (née Browne, 1804-1889). Moses Male was the oldest brother of John, Nicholas and Francis Male, who all emigrated to South Australia. His three uncles were John Male (1809-1872), Nicholas Male (1816-1867) and Francis Male (1820-1895) all of whom emigrated to South Australia - Nicholas in 1848, John in 1849 and Francis in 1857. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

William Browne Male, aged 23 years, emigrated to South Australia on board Burlington and arrived in Port Adelaide on 13 Feb 1857. He travelled as a single man with his uncle Francis, wife Harriet and their two sons John and William.

William Browne Male married Anne (née Cream, 1838-1926) at St. Stephen’s Church, Willunga in 1862. Their children were:

  • Hannah Browne (1863-1953) b. at Willunga, m. William Robert Dowling (1861-1944) at the residence of Mrs Dowling, Goodwood on 29 Oct 1887.
  • Moses (1864-1938) b. at Willunga, m. Annie May Eaton (1868-1923) on 1 Jan 1891, d. at Warracknabeal, Victoria.
  • John Henry (1865- ) b. at Willunga, m. Elizabeth Mary Amdee (1877-1934) on 1 Jan 1902.
  • William Robert (1867-1874) b. & d. at Willunga, buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Isabella (1869-1956) b. at Willunga, m. Thomas Lipson Hawker (1863-1933) on 1 Jan 1892.
  • Elizabeth (Bessie) (1870-1953) b. at Willunga, m. (1st) John James O’Dwyer (1871-1928) on 23 Dec 1901, (2nd) James Melville (1838-1938) in 1929, (3rd) Alfred Redstone (1866-1951) in 1939, d. at Willunga.
  • Arthur (1872-1950) b. at Willunga, m. Emma Alice Dellar (1878-1968), d. in Victoria.
  • Margaret (1875-1857) b. at Willunga, m. Charles Gordon Foreman (1871-1961) at Willunga on 26 Dec 1874, d. at Berri, SA.
  • Thomas (1877-1954) b. at Willunga, m. Lydia Frances Binney (1879-1956) at the residence of John Binney, Willunga on 27 Sept 1905, d. at Willunga, buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Chruch Cemetery, Willunga.
  • William Browne (1879-1954) b. at Willunga, m. Winnefreda Jacobs (1893-1939) on 10 Oct 1917, d. at Willunga, buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Olive Harriet (1881-1910) b. at Willunga, buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga.

William was a laborer and slate quarryman who worked in the Bangor quarry when he first arrived and then worked in various local quarries for 40 years. The family lived in Beltunga (section 700) and he paid rates on two acres of land, a house and garden, from at least 1869 to 1883. He was one of the first members of the local lodge of Oddfellows, and had a record of continuous membership for 54 years.

William Browne Male, aged 88 years, died on 6 Sept 1919 and his widow, Anne, aged 89 years, died on 15 May 1926. They both died at Beltunga, near Willunga, and are buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga.


  • 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

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