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Pethick, Henry

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1831
Place of birth Bowithick, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1918
Place of decease Port Noarlunga, SA

Henry Pethick was born at Bowithick, Cornwall, England in 1831. Aged 8 years, he arrived with his parents Abraham and Ann Pethick and their family on board the ship Cleveland on 18 Dec 1839. Religion – Church of England.

Henry Pethick, aged 22 years, married Lavinia May Male (1832-1906), aged 21 years, on 3 May 1853. Lavinia May Male was the daughter of John Male and Philippa (née Allen) and the older sister of Mary Jane Male who married Henry’s brother John Pethick. They had four children:

Richard Henry (1856-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died as a child, buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga

John Male (1958-1955) b. at Aldinga, m. Sarah May Nicholls (1876-1935) at the residence of Mary Ann Nicholls, Two Wells, d. at Adelaide

Philippa Ann (1863-1944) b. at Willunga, m. Winifred Fidge (1862-1893) on 9 May 1883 at Willunga, he was the son of Lewis Fidge.

Walter Henry (1868-1918) b. at Aldinga, m. Amy Agnes Nicholls (1884-1966) on 2 April 1908 at Smithfield, d. at Lowaldie, SA, buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga

Henry Pethick was a farmer who spent the whole of his life at Willunga, where he was highly respected. He was a regular entry in the Willunga Annual Ploughing Match and the Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match from the late 1840s (as a boy) through the 1850s into the 1860s. In the 1860s he competed in shooting matches for the Southern Rifle Association. His sight failed in later years, and he made his home with his son, Mr. Walter Henry Pethick of Willunga.

Lavinia May Pethick, aged 74 years, died on 30 Dec 1906 and Henry Pethick, aged 86 years, died on 19 June 1918 during a visit to visit his adopted daughter (niece) Lavinia May Gunn (nee Pethick) at Port Noarlunga. They are both is buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. His son Walter Henry Pethick died suddenly from heart failure the day following the death of his father. He was 50 years old, and left a widow and five children.


  • 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
  • Mount Barker Courier 12 July 1918:3

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