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Shore, Samuel

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth c. 1824
Place of birth Unknown
Date of arrival c. 1846
Principal occupation Horse-breeder, miller, storekeeper
Date of departure 1875
Date of death 1901
Place of decease McLaren Street, Adelaide

Samuel Shore was born in about 1824 and he arrived in South Australia before 1847 (unclaimed letter). Religion – Church of England. Samuel was resident in the Aldinga district from before 1848 until after 1864.

Samuel Shore was servant to Mr. James Hunter at Aldinga Plains by 1848. He won second prize (£3) in mid-July 1848 at the Willunga Ploughing Match. He won first prize (£4) at the Willunga Ploughing Match in July 1849, second prize (£3) in late July 1849, second prize (£3) at the Glen Osmond Ploughing Match in mid August and first prize (£5 and a silver medal) at the Morphett Vale Ploughing Match in late August 1849. In the 1850s he went on to own his own teams and was a regular ploughman in both the horse and bullock categories at the State and District Ploughing Matches at Aldinga, Willunga, McLaren Vale and Morphett Vale where he regularly won prizes. By 1855 he was judging in the ploughing matches and had started to employ men as ploughmen (W. Holman)

Samuel Shore (1825-1901) married Mary Butterworth (1831-1917), oldest daughter of Joseph Butterworth and Alice (nee Broadbent) , at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Willunga in 1850. They had 5 children (1 son and 4 daughters):

Elizabeth Alice (1851- ) b. at White’s Gulley.

Margaret Jane (1854-1932) b. at Aldinga, m. John McAnna at the residence of Samuel Shore, Adelaide in 1877.

Samuel jnr (1856-1921) b. at Aldinga m. Matilda Brown on 11 March 1884 at Church of England, Bussellton, WA.

Annie Emily (1858-1886) b. at Aldinga m. Harpley Davis (1848-1900) on 25 March 1875 at Adelaide.

Joseph (1860-1861) b. & d. at Aldinga as an infant.

Samuel and Mary Shore were living at White’s Gulley near Aldinga by 1851, possibly in one of the four cottages on section 240 belonging to Joseph Butterworth. Shore was involved in horse breeding, regularly advertising travelling stud animals standing at his property on a temporary basis. In 1859 he was described as a miller and was probably working for his father-in-law Joseph Butterworth. Then, in 1860 and again in 1861, he obtained a storekeeper’s licence at Aldinga. He was elected a councillor for the Aldinga District Council in 1863 and 1864.

By 1875 Samuel and Mary Shore were living in Adelaide, probably at McLaren Street where Samuel died, aged 75 years, on 11 October 1901 and his widow Mary Shore (nee Butterworth), aged 87 years, died on 28 Oct 1917.


  • 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
  • South Australian Gazette 15 July 1848:2
  • South Australian Register 28 July 1849:2
  • South Australian Gazette 18 Aug 1849:3
  • South Australian 28 Aug 1849:2
  • South Australian Register 20 July 1863:3
  • The South Australian Advertiser 13 April 1864:4
  • Evening Journal 29 May 1884:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 6 Oct 1886:4
  • The Advertiser 12 Oct 1901:2
  • The Register 27 Oct 1917:6

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