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Martin, Frederick Richard George

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1822
Place of birth St. Teath, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1848
Principal occupation Quarryman, slate dresser and farmer
Date of death 1906
Place of decease Willunga

Frederick Richard George Martin was born at St. Teath, Cornwall in 1822. He may have been illegitimate or orphaned and was brought up by an uncle. Religion – Church of England.

Mary Ann Cobbledick, aged 21 years, (1826-1869) married Frederick Richard George Martin, aged 25 years, (1822-1906) on 11 May 1847 at St. Teath, Cornwall.

F.R.G. Martin (23) and his wife Mary Ann (21) arrived Port Adelaide aboard Bussorah Merchant on 9 Nov 1848. Travelling with them was Nicholas Male senior and his wife, Margaret (nee Cobbledick – the sister of Mary Ann) and their son Nicholas junior (8).

Frederick and Mary Ann had 8 children, all born in South Australia:

  • Philippa Jane (1849-1928) b. at Willunga, m. William Cobbledick Tucker (1849-1931) on 28 March 1872 at the residence of Frederick Martin at Yankalilla, d. at Minlaton, SA.
  • William Cobbledick (1850-1923) b. at Willunga, m. Ellen Florence Butler (1862- ) at Willunga on 1 March 1883. He was a miner at Blinman, d. at Kalgoorlie, WA.
  • John (1852-1859) b. & d. at Willunga.
  • Elizabeth (1853-1934) b. at Willunga, m. (1st) Andrew Gardner (1845-1881) at Harcourt Wesleyan Church on 17 Oct 1873, (2nd) Thomas Hunt (1846-1925) at residence of Elizabeth Gardner in 1886, d. at Ceduna, SA.
  • Ellen (1855-1856) b. & d. at Willunga.
  • Frederick junior (1856-1941) b. at Willunga, m. Margaret Gibb Litster (1859-1944) at the residence of Alexander Litster, Curramulka on 28 Sept 1882. He was a blacksmith at Yankalilla, Minlaton and Fullarton, d. at Fullarton, SA.
  • Henry (1859-1917) b. at Yankalilla, m. Ada Margaret Hillier (1866-1947) at Stansbury on 5 Feb 1885. He was a blacksmith and farmer at Stanbury and Port Vincent, d. at Port Vincent, SA.
  • Mary (1866-1911) b. at Dairy Flat near Yankalilla, m. William Henry Bonear Male (1860-1946) on 12 June 1889 at South Melbourne, Vic, d. in Victoria.

Mary Ann Martin, (aged 43 years) died at Yankalilla on 3 April 1869 and Frederick (57) remarried to Matilda Ferris Elliot (40) (1839-1934) at Willunga on 1 Oct 1879. She was the daughter of Henry Elliot (1806-1867) and Mary Ann (nee Ferris) (1809-1883) of McLaren Vale. They had two children:

  • Beatrice May (1878-1903) b. & d. at Willunga, m. William John Wright (1868-1946) on 4 July 1900 at Willunga, d. at Willunga, b. at St. Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Adelina Jane (1879-1967) b. at Willunga, m. Archie Neil Jackson (1880-1962) on 19 March 1908 at Willunga.

Frederick was a quarryman and slate dresser at Willunga (1848-1959) and later an agricultural laborer and farmer at Yankalilla (1859-1879) then returned to Willunga (1879-1906). Frederick paid rates on a quarter acre plus a house in 1853, a house in 1855 and a half an acre plus a house in 1856-1857. Then in 1882-1883 he paid rates on Lot 255 (off St Johns Terrace in Beltunga) with a house.

Frederick Martin, aged 84 years, died on 3 Oct 1906 at Willunga and he is buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. Matilda Martin died on 13 June 1934.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • South Australian Register 20 Oct 1873:4

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