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Pengilly, Thomas (junior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1844
Place of birth Littleham, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1858
Principal occupation Blacksmith and Wheelwright and later a farmer.
Date of death 1925
Place of decease Aldinga

Thomas Pengilly junior was born at Littleham, Devon, England in 1844. He was the oldest son of Thomas Pengilly senior (1811-1888) and Ann Pascoe (1815-1901). He arrived in Australia, aged 14 years, with his parents and siblings aboard Storm Cloud from London on 28 April 1858.

Thomas worked as a blacksmith in Aldinga with his father, Thomas Pengilly senior, until about 1875, when the older Thomas Pengilly retired. Thomas Pengilly junior, aged 31 years, married Hilda Fidge (1853-1901), aged 22 years, at the Baptist Chapel, Morphett Vale on 31 March 1875. She was the oldest daughter of Lewis Fidge. They had three children:

  • Alvin Lewis (1877-1956) was born at Willunga. He married Stella Mary Bird (1885-1922) on 23 October 1907 at the manse, Pirie Street, Adelaide. They had six children. Alvin died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Sylvia Stella (1880-1934) was born at Aldinga. She married her first husband, Thomas Smith, on 18 April 1906 in Willunga and her second husband, Christopher Proudman (1864-1942), in 1912 at Adelaide. Sylvia died at Netley, SA.
  • Winford Roy (1886-1956) was born at Aldinga. He married Violet May Duffield (1883-1947) on 2 September 1920 at Glenelg, SA. Winford died at Aldinga.

The land at 24 Old Coach Road in Aldinga was first leased by Thomas Pengilly junior from his father-in-law, Lewis Fidge, in September 1876. Thomas junior appears in a photo titled “Aldinga Pioneers” dated to the first half of 1886. He was an eyewitness to the wreck of the Star of Greece in 1888 and, when a rocket crew was formed after the wreck, he was one of the first to join. A setback occurred in June 1895, when a fire badly damaged the blacksmith premises, resulting in a loss of all his tools and stock. Thomas Pengilly the younger continued in this venture until 1898, when he retired to pursue agriculture, having received a legacy of 240 acres in the district. Thomas and Hilda lived at Hilda’s Dale Farm.

Thomas was an active member of the community. He was on the Aldinga District Council for 5 years and was a justice of the peace for 25 years. He was a longstanding member of the Willunga Agricultural Society and a frequent prize winner at Agricultural Shows. Thomas was a valued member of the Baptist Church for 60 years and was superintendent of the Sunday School for 26 years.

Hilda Pengilly, aged 48 years, died on 7 August 1901 and Thomas Pengilly junior, aged 81 years, died on 5 April 1925. They both died at Aldinga and are buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church 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 Directories – Aldinga 1883-1909
Thomas Pengilly jnr
Thomas Pengilly jnr

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