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Pethick, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1825
Place of birth Bowithick, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer
Date of death 1862
Place of decease Aldinga Bay

William Pethick was born at Bowithick, Cornwall, England on 18 April 1825. Aged 14 years, he arrived with his parents Abraham Pethick and Ann Pethick on board the ship Cleveland on 18 Dec 1839. Religion – Church of England.

William, aged 28 years, married Sarah Anna Norman, aged 24 years, (1829-1899), daughter of John Norman, at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at Willunga on 16 Aug 1853. They had six children:

Kate Norman (1854-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 9 and a half years

Norman William (1856-1933) b. at Willunga, m. Marion Muir Davis 91869-1945) on 22 Oct 1895 at St. Thomas’ Church, Port Lincoln, SA, d. at Adelaide

Rose Anna (1857-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 6 and a half years

Anne Elizabeth (Amy) (1858-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 5 years

Fanny (1860-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged nearly 4 years

Ada Elizabeth (1861-1864) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 2 and a half years

William Pethick was a farmer near Willunga.

William Pethick, aged 36 years, died on 9 Jan 1862 at Aldinga Bay. Only two years after the early death of her husband, Sarah Anna Pethick (nee Norman) had another tragic loss when 5 of her 6 children died (all aged under 10 years) from Scarlatina (Scarlet Fever) in Feb 1864.


  • 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 Times 3 Sept 1853:2
  • South Australian Register 16 Jan 1862:2
  • South Australian Register 23 April 1862:3
  • Adelaide Observer 5 March 1864:5

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