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Sibly, Simon

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1826
Place of birth Pengelly, Cornwall
Date of arrival 1856
Principal occupation quarryman, storekeeper
Date of death 1908
Place of decease Willunga

Simon Sibly's obituary in the Chronicle June 1908:

An old identity at Willunga, Mr. Simon Libby Sibly, died on Sunday last. He was born at Pengelley, Cornwall, on January 25, 1826, and was therefore in his 83rd year. His father died when Mr. Sibly was 7 years old, and his mother, who kept an old fashioned English inn, died when he was 14. He went to work at the age of 8 years, and worked till he was 30 in the slate quarries at Delabole, Cornwall. He married in 1853, and in 1856 he decided to come, with his wife and two young children, to South Australia. They arrived in July, 1856, in the ship Hooghly, and soon afterwards settled at Willunga. Mr. Sibly got employment at his trade in the slate quarries — he was what is known as a 'squarer' — and remained there for 22 years. He then started storekeeping, first of all at Beltunga Gully, and later in Willunga. He relinquished business about two years ago. Mr. Sibly was a local preacher of the Methodist Church for nearly 60 years, and continued to take services to the last. He had two appointments on the present quarter's plan — one of them a month hence. He was one of the oldest members of the Willunga Lodge of Oddfellows, of which he was a P.G.M., having several times passed through all the offices. Mrs. Sibly died seven years ago. Three sons and three daughters survive, namely, Messrs. Alfred Sibly (Maylands), Clifton J. and Marwood Sibly (Western Australia). Mrs. Chenoweth (Adelaide), Mrs. Reed (Willunga) and Mrs. Herbert Shipway (Clarendon). Mr. Maurice Chenoweth, the well-known South Australian tenor singer, is a grandson of the deceased.

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  • Chronicle 20 June 1908 p43
Simon Sibly standing outside his general store
Simon Sibly standing outside his general store

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