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Pengilly, Thomas senior

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1811
Place of birth Littleham, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1858
Principal occupation Blacksmith and Wheelwright and later a farmer.
Date of death 1888
Place of decease Aldinga

Thomas Pengilly (or Pengelly) was born at Littleham, Devon, England on 14 June 1811. He was the son of John Pengilly (1775-1839) and Sarah (née Davey) (1777-1856). He was the younger brother of John Pengilly (1806-1895) and William Pengilly (1808-1886) who had emigrated in South Australia in 1840 and 1848 respectively. William lived at Sellicks Hill and John lived in Aldinga.

Thomas, aged 27 years, married Ann Pascoe (Pasko) (1815-1901), aged 23 years, in April 1838 at Bideford, Devon, England. They had five children, all born in Devon:

  • Sarah Ann (1841-1936) was born at Littleham. She married Robert Paterson at Willunga in 1864.
  • Thomas junior (1844-1925) was born at Littleham. He married Hilda Fidge (oldest daughter of Lewis Fidge) at the Baptist Chapel, Morphett Vale in 1875. They had three children. Thomas died at Aldinga.
  • Katherine (1846-1929) was born at Littleham and married William Lovelock at Chambers Presbyterian Church, Adelaide in 1866. She died at Curramulka, SA.
  • Ann (1849-1931) was born at Littleham. She married David Greenlees (1846-1927) on 29 January 1873 at Adelaide and they had nine children. Ann died at Aldinga on 4 January 1931.
  • John (1857-1858) was born at Bideford, Devon. He died at sea aboard Storm Cloud.

Thomas Pengilly, aged 47 years, his wife Ann, aged 43 years, and their five children emigrated to South Australia aboard Storm Cloud from London. The family arrived on 28 April 1858.

Thomas was resident in Aldinga for 30 years (1858-1888) and he was described as a blacksmith and wheelwright until he retired from these trades in 1875 and became a farmer.

Thomas Pengilly senior died, aged 76 years, on 13 April 1888 at Aldinga. Ann Pengilly (née Pascoe), aged 86 years, died on 17 October 1901 at Norwood, SA. They are both 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 1870-1871 & 1883-1888
  • South Australian Register 24 Sept 1864:2
  • Evening Journal 17 May 1882:2
  • Evening Journal 17 April 1888:2

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