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Pethick, John

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth Bowithick, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1893
Place of decease Aldinga

John Pethick was born at Bowithick, Cornwall, England on 26 Aug 1827. Aged 12 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.

John Pethick, aged 27 years, inherited Bowithick Farm (section 221) after the death of his father Abraham Pethick on 27 Jan 1855 at Aldinga. John’s older sister Mary Ann Pethick married Henry Harker at Bowithick Farm on 31 May 1855.

John Pethick, aged 28 years, married Mary Jane Male (1835-1871), aged 19 years, on 20 Sept 1855. Mary Jane was the daughter of John Male and Philippa (née Allen) and younger sister of Lavinia May Male who married John’s brother Henry. They had eight children (5 boys and 3 girls):

Benjamin (1857-1923) b. at Aldinga, m. Jemima Vercoe (1856-1937) on 6 April1881 at Norwood, d. at Torrensville, SA

Lilya A. (1858-1939) b. at Aldinga m. Francis (Frank) Gabriel Culley 91860-1946) at Adelaide in 1881, d. at Willunga

Christopher (1860-1936) b. at Aldinga, m. Edith Carrick (1862-1906) on 2 April 1884 at Adelaide, d. at Moonta, SA

William Henry (1862-1944) b. at Aldinga m. Alice Pengilly (1863-1942) on 12 Dec 1889 at Dulwich, SA, d. at Adelaide

John (1865-1903) b. at Aldinga, m. Rachel Wyatt in 1898 in Kalgoorlie, WA, d. at Fremantle, WA

Thomas Male (1866-1946) b. at Aldinga, m. Jessie May Thompson (1876-1940) in March 1901 at Perth, WA, d. at Katanning, WA

Rose Susannah (1869-1898) b. & d. Aldinga, unmarried died aged 31 years

Lavinia May (1871-1955) b. at Aldinga, m. Alexander Gunn (1876-1939) on 27 Feb 1908 at Aldinga, d, in South Australia

John Pethick was a farmer at White’s Valley. He was the executor of his brother William’s will after William died in 1862.

Mary Jane Pethick, aged just 36 years, died on 29 Nov 1871. After the death of her husband Henry Harker in 1862, Mary Ann (nee Pethick) lived at Bowithick farm for more than 20 years until her death in 1884. She probably helped to raise her brother John’s eight children then aged from 14 down to an infant after his wife Mary Jane died in 1871.

John Pethick, aged 66 years, died on 12 Nov 1893 at Aldinga. John and Mary Jane Pethick are both buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


  • 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

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