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Waye, John (junior)

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1836
Place of birth South Tawton, Devon
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Miller
Date of death 1904
Place of decease Willunga

John Waye junior was the second son of John Waye senior (1810-1888) and Sarah (née Baker) (1771-1865). He was born at South Tawton, Devon, on 5 March 1836. He was Church of England. On 29 July 1855, aged 18 years, he arrived in South Australia from Plymouth with his parents and siblings aboard South Sea.

On 12 February 1859, John Waye junior, aged 23 years, married Dinah Moore (1831-1905), aged 28 years, at the residence of Mr. Samuel White at Whites Valley. They had seven children:

  • Mary Jane (1860-1892) was born at Aldinga and died at Willunga. She is buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Sophia (1861-1862) was born and died as an infant at Aldinga.
  • Hannah Sophia (1863-1946) was born at Aldinga. She married John Henry Andrews Pittard (1859-1937) on 19 November 1885 at Collingwood, Victoria. They had three children. Hannah died at Balaclava, Victoria.
  • John Alexander (1865-1947) was born at Aldinga and became a baker. He married Maria Cockerill (1864-1941) and had two children. John died at Balaclava, Victoria.
  • James Moore (1867-1956) was born at Aldinga and married Lauren Male (1869-1962) on 24 September 1895 at the residence of J.R.P. Male in Willunga. They had five children. James died at Adelaide, SA.
  • William George (1871-1949) was born at Willunga and married Annie Elsie Semmens (1875-1952) on 5 June 1905 at the Methodist Church in Parkside. They had one child, William, at Norwood, SA.
  • Samuel Robert (1873-1962) was born at Willunga and married Mary Elizabeth Kohler (1895-1956). They had one son. Samuel died at Mount Compass, SA and is buried in the Mt. Compass Cemetery.

John Waye junior was a miller at Aldinga, where he lived from about 1860. He had a house on section 219 in White’s Valley from 1867 as well as a township allotment with a house and garden in Willunga (lot 28?).

In August 1862, 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.

John Waye junior became ill in about 1886. After 18 years illness, aged 67 years, he died on 25 October 1904 at Willunga. Dinah Waye, aged 74 years, died on 24 January 1905 at Willunga. They are both buried 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
  • Evening Journal 30 Sept 1895:2
  • The Advertiser 2 Nov 1904:6
  • The Advertiser 25 Jan 1905:4
  • The Advertiser 8 Feb 1906:6

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