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Pengilly, John

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1806
Place of birth Littleham, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1894
Place of decease Aldinga

John Pengilly was born in 1806 at Littleham, Devon, England. He was the son of John Pengilly (1775-1839) and Sarah (nee Davey) (1777-1856) and the older brother of William Pengilly (1808-1886) and Thomas Pengilly (1811-1888). His younger brother, William, emigrated to South Australia in 1848 and his younger brother, Thomas, emigrated in 1858. William lived at Sellicks Hill and Thomas lived in Aldinga. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist.

John Pengilly, farmer, aged 34 years, arrived with his wife Grace (32) and three children (William 9, Sarah 6 and John 3) as one of 214 government emigrants on board the barque Lysander (475 tons – Captain William Currie) from London on 5 Sept 1840.

John Pengilly had married Grace nee Squire (1808-1849) on 29 April 1830 at Parkham, Devon. They eventually had six children (4 boys and 2 girls):

William (1831-1921) m. Alice Gill Trengrove (1834-1894) at Willunga in 1853.

Sarah (1834-1914) m. Daniel Pedler.

John (1837-1854) was unmarried.

Thomas (1840-1918) m. Mary Jane Trengrove in 1862 at Kapunda.

Henry (1843-1898) m. (1st) Jane Greenlees in 1871 at the residence of James Greenlees, Aldinga, m. (2nd) Edith Chittle in 1887 at residence of Mr. Chittle, Adelaide, m. (3rd) Frances Hannah Cox (1869-1960) in 1889 at Glanville.

Susannah (1849-1906) m. Alfred Hack in 1870 at residence of J.B. Hack, Prospect.

They had three more children in the colony (Thomas, Henry and Susannah) before Grace, aged 41 years, died as a result of her last childbirth in August 1849.

John Pengilly, aged 44 years, married for the second time to widow Elizabeth Trengrove (nee Hicks) (1812-1883), aged 39 years, on 28 Sept 1850 at Christ Church, O’Halloran Hill. She arrived in the colony aboard Sea Queen from London and Plymouth in March 1850 and had six children on arrival:

Ann m. Frederic Maslin on 26 March 1863 at Willunga.

They had three children (2 girls and a boy):

Grace (1851-1918) m. Hugh McCallum on 22 March 1871 at Morphett Vale.

Elizabeth (1853-1854) died as an infant.

Charles ( -1855) died as an infant.

John Pengilly was described as one of the “Influential men of the South” in 1851. He purchased country section 359 (80 acres) near Port Willunga on 16 Sept 1851 for £82 11 shillings. He was elected as a councillor at the public meeting of ratepayers in March 1857 that elected three councilors to the newly established Aldinga District Council but he resigned in September 1857. He was granted a slaughtering license in September 1858.

John Pengilly, aged 88 years, died on 31 July 1894 and is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) Cemetery in Willunga. His second wife, Elizabeth (formerly Trengrove nee Hicks), is buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery.


  • 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
  • SA Census 1841
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Adelaide Times 17 Sept 1851:2
  • South Australian Register 1857:1
  • Adelaide Observer 26 Sept 1857:8
  • Adelaide Observer 7 Aug 1858:7
  • Adelaide Observer 11 Sept 1858:7
  • South Australian Register 2 April 1863:2

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