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Waye, James

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1834
Place of birth Sampford Courtenay, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Wheelwright
Date of death 1897
Place of decease Willunga

James Waye was the oldest son of John Waye senior (1810-1888) and Sarah (née Baker) (1771-1865). He was born on 1 June 1834 at Sampford Courtenay, Devon. He was Church of England. Aged 20 years, he arrived in South Australia from Plymouth on 29 July 1855 aboard South Sea with his parents and siblings.

James Waye married Jane (née Welchford) (1834-1894) at St. Stephens Anglican Church, Willunga on 31 January 1857. They had three children:

  • Edwin Gordon (1857-1923) was born at McLaren Vale and married (1st) Mary Jane Leslie (1860-1892) on 26 June 1884 at Hindmarsh. They had five sons. He married his second wife, Mary Jane Hamence (1863-1937), at the Rectory, Willunga on 25 May 1897. They had two daughters. Edwin died at Willunga and is buried with his first wife at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery.
  • Alfred Welchford (1860-1895) was born at Willunga. He was a butcher and resident at Glynde. Alfred died at Adelaide Hospital, aged 34, after a vehicle (trap) accident.
  • Hurtle (1866-1867) was born and died as an infant at Willunga. He is buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery.

James was a wheelwright in the Willunga area. From 1869, he had a house, garden and allotment and, later, a smithy shop in section 248 on the northern fringes of Willunga.

Both James Waye and John Waye (either John senior or John junior) signed a petition regarding a Bill for the Incorporation of the United Church of England and Ireland, in the Diocese of Adelaide in August 1862.

Jane Waye (née Welchford), aged 60 years, died on 30 December 1894 at Willunga. James Waye, aged 63 years, died on 13 May 1897 at Willunga. They are both buried in in St. Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery, Willunga.


  • 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. B. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-20
  • South Australian Advertiser 5 Aug 1862:2
  • South Australian Advertiser 18 July 1884:4
  • The Advertiser 1 Jan 1895:4
  • Evening Journal 20 Dec 1895:2

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