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Nelson, James Alexander

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1860
Place of birth Myponga, South Australia
Principal occupation Carpenter
Date of departure 1911
Date of death 1946
Place of decease Goodwood, South Australia

James Alexander Nelson was born on 17 July 1860 at Myponga, the son of James Campbell Nelson (1822-1877) and Susannah (nee McInnis) (1826-1901). Religion – Church of England. He was a carpenter.

He married Mary Ann Alice Coleman (1864-1938) on 21 April 1885 at St Peter’s, Malalla. Their first child, Ethel Muriel, was born at Malalla in 1886. Their second child, James Campbell, was born in 1889 at Aldinga, where all of their subsequent children were born through to 1909.

They eventually had eleven children (9 boys and 2 girls):

Ethel Muriel (1886-1971) m. Frederick Eyles (1884-1943)

James Campbell Nelson (1889-1898)

Clarence Hubert (1892-1979)

Viola Alice (1894-1976) m. Benjamin Walter Franklin (1895-1975)

William Barton (1896-1976) m. Nancy Elva Hollis (1906-1938)

Hugh Percival (1899-1955) m. Mary Ellen Parmenter (1902-1994)

Alick Campbell (1901-1956) m. Gladys Dorothy Burford (1900- )

Reginald Allan (1903-1965) m. Pearl Pleasant Chittleborough (1905-1978)

Mervyn Albert (1905-1958)

James Murray (1907-1981) m. Dulcie Evelyn Eyles (1907- )

Laurence Edward (1909-1971) m. Mavis Ruth Foremen

The family had moved to Aldinga before July of 1888 when James was involved in the rescue of the survivors of the Star of Greece. Together with their rapidly growing family, they probably lived in the cottage at 11 Old Main South Road in Aldinga for twenty-two years from early 1888 until 1911. In 1889 James was appointed as the Minister’s Warden at St. Ann’s Anglican Church, Aldinga and he was re-elected in 1890. They moved to Goodwood in 1911.

James Alexander Nelson nominated for, and was elected as, an auditor for the elections for the Aldinga District Council on at least three occasions: in June 1895, June 1898 and again in June 1908.

James Alexander Nelson died on 26 May 1946 and was buried at Pasadena. He was survived by two daughters and eight sons.


  • 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
  • Adelaide Observer 11 May 1889:32
  • South Australian Chronicle 22 June 1895:12
  • Adelaide Observer 25 June 1898:11
  • Chronicle 9 July 1898:15
  • Chronicle 20 June 1908:19

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