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Pengilly, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1808
Place of birth Littleham, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1848
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1886
Place of decease Sellicks Hill

William Pengilly was born in 1808 at Littleham, Devon, England on 14 June 1811. He was the son of John Pengilly (1775-1839) and Sarah (nee Davey) (1777-1856) and the younger brother of John Pengilly (1806-1895) and the older brother of Thomas Pengilly (1811-1888) who both emigrated to South Australia. John and Thomas both lived in Aldinga.

William Pengilly, farmer aged 40 years, arrived on 13 Nov 1848 with his wife Prudence (38) and four children (Henry 12, John 6 and ?) on board Poictiers from London via Plymouth. His older brother, John, had emigrated aboard Lysander in 1840 and his younger brother, Thomas, would emigrate in 1858.

William, aged 28 years, had married Prudence Prouse (1810-1885), aged 26 years, in 1836 at Hartland, Devon, England. They eventually had five children (4 sons and a daughter):

Henry (1836-1875) m. Elizabeth Lovelock (1840-1923) (daughter of George Lovelock senior) at the Wesleyan Chapel, McLaren Vale in 1861

John (1842-1893) m. Mary Jane Dyer at Aldinga in 1870

Mary Ann (1848-1887) b & d at Sellicks Hill unmarried

Richard (1853-1877) b. at Willunga d. at Sellicks Hill aged 24 years

William (1859-1925)

The first record of William Pengilly in the colony of South Australia is when his daughter Mary Ann was born in 1848 at Sellicks Hill. Then in 1852 he purchased 166 acres (section 529A) near the coast at the south end of Sellicks Hill. In 1853, his 17 year-old son, Henry, won fourth prize in the boys' competition at the Aldinga Ploughing Match.

William Pengilly died on 30 June 1886 at Sellicks Hill.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Adelaide Morning Chronicle 2 Aug 1852:3
  • South Australian Register 21 Sept 1853:3
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 21 Oct 1858:4
  • South Australian Advertiser 7 June 1860:3
  • Evening Journal 17 May 1882:2

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