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Snoswell, John

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1819
Place of birth Deal, Kent, England
Date of arrival 1836
Principal occupation Publican and farmer
Date of departure 1869
Date of death 1873
Place of decease Duke of Wellington Hotel, Port Adelaide

John Snoswell (1819-1873) was born in Deal, Kent, England on 28 June 1819. He was the son of John Snoswell senior (1787-1870) and Amy (nee Mourilyan) (1785-1857). Religion – Church of England.

John Snoswell senior, aged 49 years, his wife Amy, aged 51 years, and son John junior (17) arrived in South Australia aboard Africaine in Nov 1836.

John married Elizabeth Holman (1821-1856), daughter of John Holman senior, (1793-1853) on 2 Jan 1843 at Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide. They had seven children (4 boys and 3 girls):

John Mourilyan (1844-1927) b. at Encounter Bay m. Matilda Coleman at Adelaide in 1873

Thomas (1845-1846) b. & d. at Willunga, died aged 7 months

Amy (1846-1916) b. at Willunga, m. John Richardson at Hindmarsh in 1872

Jane (1848-1922) b. at Willunga, m. John Henry Edwards at Norwood in 1870

Thomas Sutton (1849-1852) b & d. at Willunga died aged 3 years

Mary (1850-1856) b. at Willunga died as a child

James (1852-1853) b. & d. at Port Adelaide died as an infant

John Snoswell was a publican and then a farmer. He was resident in Willunga from 1845 until at least 1870. John was the licensee of the Bush Inn for 2 years from March 1845 to March 1847 – this was the second (two-storey) Bush Inn located at the back of what was subsequently 51 High Street. In Jan 1847 John Snoswell purchased section 2148 (80 acres) for £81 15s at the Government Land Sale. John and his family appear to have remained resident in Willunga until 1869 when, aged 50 years, he relocated to Port Adelaide. In December 1869 he leased (Lease 33677) part of Lot 6 (at the corner of St. Vincent Street and Torrens Place) and he became the landlord of the Duke of Wellington Hotel (1869-1873). He advertised his 80-acre section of land at Willunga, including a vineyard, for sale in March 1871.

John’s wife Elizabeth, aged 35 years, had died on 28 Jan 1856 at Willunga and John, aged 37 years, married for the second time to Eliza Currey (1834-1874) on 20 May 1856 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Adelaide. They had 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl):

Samuel Curry (1859-1860) b. & d. at Willunga, died as an infant

Eliza (1860-1928) b. at Willunga m. Joseph Wells

William John (1862-1949) b. at Willunga

John Snoswell, aged 55 years, died on 4 Sept 1873 at the Duke of Wellington Hotel, Port Adelaide. His second wife Eliza, aged 40 yesrs, died at Port Adelaide in 1874 and she is buried in the Alberton Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • 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
  • SAILIS CT 56/101 South Australian Register 5 April 1845:2
  • South Australian 12 June 1846:2
  • South Australian Register 30 Sept 1846:2
  • The South Australian Advertiser 18 April 1865:3
  • Evening Journal 18 Dec 1869:4
  • The Express and Telegraph 16 March 1871:1
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