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Meverley family

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Type of person Family
Date of birth 1829
Place of birth Halifax, York, England
Date of arrival c. 1851
Principal occupation Quarrymen
Date of death 1905
Place of decease Hardy Street Paddington, South Australia

William Meverley (or Meeverley) was born in Halifax, York, England in about 1829 and he arrived in South Australia in about 1851. William (senior), aged 24 years, married widow Mrs. Eliza Clements (nee Ivey) (1823-1908), aged 28? (actually 30) years on 6 Sept 1853 (on the same day as her deceased husband’s funeral) at St. John’s Church in Adelaide. Eliza Ivey of Crowan, Cornwall had married James Nicholas Clements (1823-1853) of St. Just, Cornwall, England on 31 Oct 1844 in St. Just, Cornwall.

James and Eliza Clements had at least four children (1 boy and 3 girls): Mary Nicholas (1845-1914) m. (1st) William Smith Marshall (1845-1881) on 19 July 1865 (divorced in 1877) (2nd) Firth Tillotson (1850-1938) on 1 July 1880 in Kent Town James Nicholas (1850-1893) m. Charlotte Beatrice Hearne Jane (1850-1910) b. at Burra. m. (1st) Charles Smart (1810-1889) in 1872 (2nd) Thomas Daff (1856-1903) in 1894 (3rd) Harry Richard Kendle (1858-1927) in 1904 Selina (1853-1927) b. at Adelaide. m. George Pickhaver (1854-1929) on 29 Nov 1876 at the residence of Mr. Maunley in Willunga.

William and Eliza Meverley had 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls): William junior (1855-1929) b. at Willunga. He was a quarryman in Willunga. Eliza Holman (1858-1859) b. & d. at Willunga Elizabeth Sarah (1857-1889) b. at Willunga. m. Frederick Alexander George Fray in 1879. John (1860-1860) b. & d. at Willunga Joseph Henry (1862-1919) b. at Willunga. m. aged 43 years?, Ada Williams in 1911. Eliza Hilda (1864-1890) b. & d. at Willunga. m. William Edward Clark at Port Adelaide..

William (senior) was a quarrymen at Willunga and an Anglican.

William Meverley, aged 76 years, of Hardy Street Paddington and late of Willunga, died on 8 Oct 1905. Eliza Meverley (formerly Clements, nee Ivey) died on 17 July 1908, aged 84 years.

William Meeverley (junior), aged 24 years, was stabbed by James Sibley during a quarrel at a public house in June 1879. William (junior) was active in St Stephen’s Anglican Church and served on the Railway Committee.

William (junior), aged 28 years, married (1st) widow Rebecca Beverley Lipson (nee Mortimer) (1835-1913), aged 48 years, on 7 July 1883. (Rebecca's first husband Thomas Hardy Lipson had died in 1862). They had no children. After Rebecca’s death, aged 78 years, on 28 July 1913 William, then aged 58? (actually 60) years, married (2nd) Elizabeth Ann Sanders (1890-1940), aged 27? (actually 25) years, at the Methodist Manse in South Terrace, Adelaide, on 24 July 1915.


  • South Australian Register 6 Sept 1853:2
  • South Australian Register 12 June 1879:5
  • The Express and Telegraph 9 Dec 1879:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 20 April 1887:2
  • South Australian Register 24 July 1888:6
  • Evening Journal 1 March 1892:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 22 June 1892:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 1 March 1894:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 7 Sept 1894:2
  • Evening Journal 12 Oct 1905:1
  • The Advertiser 9 Oct 1905:2
  • Chronicle 4 July 1908:13
  • The Register 2 Dec 1926:8
  • Chronicle 6 June 1929:18
  • The Advertiser 26 Nov 1932:11
  • Family Histories M. Vol 40-12
  • Willunga Courthouse Research Room Surnames - M. Vol 40-49

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