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Sibly, Alfred

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1854
Place of birth Medrose, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1856
Principal occupation bootmaker and shopkeeper
Date of departure 1896
Date of death 1948
Place of decease Kensington, SA

Alfred Sibly was born on 13 Jan 1854 at Medrose, Cornwall, England. He was the eldest son of Simon Libby Sibly (1826-1908) and Elizabeth (nee Cory) (1827-1901). Religion –Wesleyan Methodist.

Alfred, aged 2 years, arrived with his parents and sister Esther (1) in South Australia on 24 July 1856 aboard Hooghly from Plymouth. Alfred grew up in the Willunga District and lived there from 1856 until about 1896 (40 years).

Alfred, aged 24 years, married (1st) Esther Leah Yates, aged 26 years, (1852- 1882) on 8 June 1878 at the residence of Simon Libby Sibly at Aldinga? They had three children:

Ada Mabel (1879-1970) b. at Aldinga, d. at Clarence Park, SA

William Libby Sibly (1880-1943) b. at Willunga, d. at East Melbourne, Vic

Ella Mary (1881-1964) b. at Willunga,

Alfred’s wife, known as Leah, died from inflammation of the lungs at the age of 29 years on 1 June 1882.

(2nd) Hannah Maslin (1861-1953) on 15 Aug 1883 at the residence of Thomas Maslin near Aldinga, They had 8 children:

Clarence Alfred (1884-1964) b. at Aldinga,

Allen Thomas (1887-1957) b. at Aldinga,

Avis Hannah (1888-1975) b. at Willunga, d. at Port Lincoln, SA

Daisy Elizabeth (1890-1975) b. at Willunga, m. Frederick Edwin Christian (1886-1957) on 19 June 1915 at the residence of Alfred Sibly, Maylands, SA

Raymond Maslin (1895-1961) b. at Willunga, m. Mabel Gertrude Bailey (1897-1944) on 3 March 1923 at Mount Gambier, SA, died at South Australia

Roy Libby (1897-1990) b. at Stepney

Florence Mercy (1899-1934) b. at Stepney

Esther Leah (1901-1902) b. & d. at Maylands, died as an infant

Alfred was a bootmaker and shopkeeper at Aldinga and paid rates on one ninth of an acre and a house in section 401 and another half acre and a house in section 399 (Samuel Eastwood) in the 1880s, From about 1896 they moved to various locations in the city of Adelaide including Stepney, Maylands and Kensington.

Alfred took an interest in public affairs, he went to lectures at the Oddfellows Hall in Willunga and wrote to the newspapers about some of his concerns.

Alfred Sibly died on 8 March 1948 at Kensington, SA


  • 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
  • Family Histories. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40- S
  • Statton J. (ed) 1986. Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885. Volume 4
  • Adelaide Observer 31 Jan 1880:22
  • The Express and Telegraph 1 June 1882:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 7 Aug 1888:4
  • The Advertiser 4 Feb 1902:2
  • The Advertiser 20 March 1948:12

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