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Pointon (née Polkinghorne), Peggy

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Type of person Individual

Date of arrival 1848
Principal occupation Wife
Date of death 1896
Place of decease Willunga

Peggy Polkinghorne, later Pointon, came to South Australia aboard the ship Poictiers in 1848 among a host of relatives. According to the family history, they may have been lured to South by Thomas Polkinghorne. Peggy may have been a domestic servant for the Illman family, John and Sophia Caroline Illman being witnesses to her marriage to James Pointon. Peggy’s parents arrived on Sultana in 1851, but they and Peggy’s brother Thomas all died in 1858 and were buried in Willunga Wesleyan Methodist cemetery.

In 1856, James purchased Elim Park, where he and Peggy lived for the rest of his life. They had eight children, namely, Thomas, John (died at 4 months old), Mary-Anne, Susan Jane, John, Alice Selina, Rebecca and Rosetta (died at 7 years). In 1880, James died during a church service where he was preaching. Four years later, Peggy married George Sara, another Wesleyan Methodist who was himself a widower. In 1896, Peggy was suffered paralysis and died a week later. She was buried with her first husband at the Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery (now Uniting Church), with her second husband in the next plot.


  • Pointon B.M. "A People called Pointon"
Pointon headstone Methodist cemetery Willunga
Pointon headstone Methodist cemetery Willunga
Peggy Pointon, from Paddy O'Toole
Peggy Pointon, from Paddy O'Toole

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