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Marshall, Thomas (senior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1811
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Land-owner and farmer
Date of death 1880
Place of decease Willunga, South Australia.

Thomas Marshall was born c. 1811. He arrived in South Australia aboard Singapore (voyage 10 July 1839 to 10 November 1839) when he was aged about 28 years. He was resident at Willunga for nearly forty years (from at least 1842 – the birth of 1st son John - to his death in 1880). Religion – Weslyan Methodist (now the Uniting Church).

Thomas Marshall, aged about 30 years, married Honor Williams (1815-1873). then aged about 26 years, on 2 Dec 1841 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. Her parents were Thomas Williams & Honor Clift and she had been baptized on 07/05/1815 in Crowan, Cornwall.

Thomas Marshal lived in the Willunga district from the early 1840s until his death in 1880. He held a timber license in 1843 and an occupation license in 1844. He was a rate payer on a number of rural sections (including sections 306, 440, 441, 769, 770 & 771) from the 1850s. He sat on a special jury of the Supreme Court in 1855 and was a regular competitor (mainly as an owner with his oldest son John as ploughman) at the McLaren Vale and Willunga ploughing matches from the mid-1850s. Through the 1860s and into the 1870s he was a district councilor for Willunga.

Thomas and Honor Marshall had ten children (5 boys and 5 girls; their youngest two were twins): John (1842-1932) m. Eliza James (1854-1919) at Willunga on 3 Nov 1863, Moved to Merriton on the River Broughton in 1873, buried at Crystal Brook Honor (1843-1916) m. William Henry Binney (1841-1909) on 16 Oct 1862 at the Wesleyan Chapel, Willunga. William (1845-1881) m. (1st) Mary Nicholas Clement(s) in 1865 (2nd) Isabella Patterson in 1877 Mary (1846-1915) m. Almond Sara (04/1846-1908) in 1869 at the residence of Mr. Thomas Marshall, Willunga. Sarah (1848- ) m. James Binney (14/021848-1915) on 2 June 1881 Thomas (1849-1909) m. Susanna Ann Atkinson (1851–1932) at Willunga on 10/08/1875, farmer at Willunga, Merriton and later Napperby Peter (1851-1932) m. Mary Finley Graham at Goolwa on 03/08/1881, farmer at Bordertown Ann (1853-1923) m. Thomas Martin in 1881 at the residence of Thomas Marshall in Willunga Andrew (1857-02/11/1931) farmer at Bordertown, moved to NSW m. (1st) Sarah Ann Milne ( -1891) on 5 Sept 1883 (2nd) Clara Eliza Broadbent in 1900 Eliza (1857-1933) m. Edward William Milne

Thomas Marshall (senior)’s last three children - Andrew, Ann and Eliza were baptized in the Willunga Wesleyan Methodist Church between 1853 and 1857.

Honor Marshall died, aged 58 years, on 26 April 1873 and was buried in grave 144 in the Uniting Church Cemetery at Willunga. Thomas Marshall (senior) died 12 March 1880 aged 69 years having lived at Willunga for nearly 40 years. He is buried in grave 145 at the Willunga Uniting (Wesleyan Methodist) Church Cemetery.

External Links


  • Adelaide Observer 6 Dec 1856:5
  • Adelaide Observer 21 Oct1858:7
  • Adelaide Observer 13 Aug 1859:3
  • Adelaide Observer 23 Nov 1867:8
  • Adelaide Observer 15 July 1871:6
  • Adelaide Times 10 May 1851:8
  • Adelaide Times 29 June 1855:2
  • Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885
  • Government Gazette 3 March 1843: 2
  • Ratepayer list 1850 to 1888 Willunga and Aldinga Districts
  • South Australian Births Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
  • South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
  • South Australian Register 9 March 1844:2
  • South Australian Register 15 Jan 1848:2
  • South Australian Register 16 Aug 1856:2
  • South Australian Register 16 Aug 1862:4
  • South Australian Register 27 Jan 1863:4
  • South Australian Register 7 Nov 1871:8
  • South Australian Register 18 March 1880:4.
Thomas and Honor Marshall, circa 1866.
Thomas and Honor Marshall, circa 1866.

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