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Peterson (née Holman), Philippa

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1819
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1854
Date of death 1856
Place of decease Sandy Creek near Gawler, South Australia

Philippa Holman was born in 1819, the oldest daughter of John Holman (1795-1853) and Melicent Hodge (1795-1850). She arrived at Port Adelaide from Liverpool, aged 20 years, with parents and other siblings from Crowan, Cornwall on 7 June 1839 aboard Sir Charles Forbes.

Philippa Holman, aged 20 years, married John Peterson (1815-1873), aged 24 years, at Holy Trinity Church in Adelaide on 28 Oct 1839. They had nine children:

Christiana (1840-1903) b. at Port Adelaide, m. Francis Gregor (1838-1910) on 12 Jan 1859 at Kapunda.

John (1841-1868)

Philippa (1846-1940) b. at Port Adelaide, m. John Oliver Goldsworthy (1847-1927) on 27 May 1873 in the Congregational Church at Kapunda.

William (1848-1900) b. at Port Adelaide, m. Mary Reddie Litster (1855-1945) on 26 Aug 1874 at Bagots Wells.

Alfred (1850-1889) b. at Port Adelaide m. Ruth Wilcocks (1848-1884).

Elizabeth Jane (1851-1944)

Mary Ann (1855-1945)

John Peterson was a farmer and a publican. He purchased section 259 (80 acres) for 123 pounds in Dec 1848. In 1854 he held the license for the Horseshoe Inn at Noarlunga.

Philippa Peterson (nee Holman), aged 37 years, died at Sandy Creek near Gawler on 12 Aug 1856 and is buried at the Gawler Cemetery. John Peterson committed suicide by shooting himself on 27th Aug 1873.


  • Passengers in History database SA Maritime Museum - Holman 1839
  • SA 1841 Census returns. State Library of South Australia. pp.255-6
  • South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
  • South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal 30 May 1850:3
  • South Australian Marriages Index of Registrations 1842-1916
  • Adelaide Observer 23 Dec 1848:2
  • Adelaide Observer 18 March 1854:7
  • Adelaide Observer 24 Oct 1857:4
  • Adelaide Observer 30 Aug 1873:3

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