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Waye, Thomas

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1842
Place of birth Tawton, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Blacksmith
Date of death 1913
Place of decease Willunga

Thomas Waye was the fourth son of John Waye senior (1810-1888) and Sarah (née Baker) (1771-1865). He was born at Tawton, Devon. on 24 June 1842.

On 4 August 1865, 23 year old Thomas married Susan Sibly (1846-1918), aged 19 years, at the residence of Joseph Sibly at Willunga. She was the daughter of Joseph Jubilee Sibly (1823-1895) and Susannah Elizabeth (née Oliver) (1824-1901). They had thirteen children:

  • William Thomas (1866-1918) was born at Willunga and married, firstly, Roseleer Ascilla Lovelock (1871-1908) on 10 April 1895 at the Bible Christian Church, Willunga. They had five children. Secondly, he married Winifred Phoebe Nicol (1873-1958) at the Methodist Church, McLaren Vale. William died Willunga and is buried at McLaren Vale Methodist Church Cemetery.
  • Alice Susan (1868-1954) was born at Willunga and married John Kernick (1859-1945) at the residence of Thomas Waye in Willunga on 11 September 1889. They had nine children. Alice died at Croyden and is buried in Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide.
  • Emma Maria (1870-1949) was born at Willunga and married John Martin (1861-1945) at the residence of Thomas Waye, Willunga on 21 Feb 1890. They had two children. By 1919, they had moved to Queensland and Emma died at Stanthorpe in Queensland.
  • James Oliver (Oliver) (1872-1952) was born at Willunga and married Emma Louisa Pike (1872-1925) on 4 April 1899 at St Mark Church, Woodside. They had four children. James worked at Waye Bros. He died at Adelaide and is buried at St. Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Elsenmina (Elsie) (1876-1962) was born at Willunga and married Herbert Richardson Brice (1882-1911) at Willunga on 26 July 1905. They had two daughters.
  • Hendrick Stanbury (Taffy) (1877-1961) was born at Willunga. He married Florence Margaret Isobel Macgillivray (1881-1955) on 11 March 1908 at the residence of Ivor Macgillivray in Rosewater, SA. They had three sons. Taffy played football locally for Willunga and for Sturt in South Australian Football Association (SAFA), winning the 1903 Magarey Medal. He later served in World War 1. Taffy died at Adelaide and is buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.
  • Adelena (Sibly (Lena) (1879-1955) was born at Willunga and did not marry. She died at Adelaide.
  • John Henry (Jack) (1881-1945) b. at Willunga, m. Lilliam Beatrice Chapman (1883-1950) on 16 May 1907 at the Congregational Church, Rose Park, they had three sons, d. at Fullarton & buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.
  • Marcena George (Morgie) (1883-1859) b. at Willunga, m. May Rowland (1888-1973) on 16 May 1917 at St. Stephens Church in Willunga, they had two children & he worked at Waye Bros, d. at Willunga & buried at St. Stephens Cemetery, Willunga,
  • Libby Sibly (1885-1951) b. at Willunga, played football for West Torrens (1907-1910), South Adelaide (1911-1914) & cricket for South Australia in 1913, m. Olive Malpas (1882-1959) on 27 Sept 1918 at St Augustine’s Church, Unley, they had two sons, d. at Frewville & buried at Centennial Park Cemetery.
  • Avis Anne (1886-1978) b. at Willunga, d. at Lismore, NSW.
  • Ivy Dagmar Daisy (1888- 1888) b. & d. at Willunga, died as an infant.
  • Violet Mary May (1890-1978) b. at Willunga, m. Edward Harris Tulk (1889-1967) on 19 Nov 1919 at the Methodist Church, Willunga, they moved to Lismore, NSW by 1930, d. at Lismore, NSW

Probably in the 1850s, Thomas was apprenticed as a blacksmith to John Chambers who operated a blacksmith business between Willunga and Aldinga. From the late 1860s or early 1870s, he operated a blacksmith and wheelwright business, for some years in partnership with his older brother James (a wheelwright). His sons “Oliver” from the late 1890s and “Morgie” in the early 1900s joined the business in St Andrews Terrace and it later became “Waye Brothers blacksmith, wheelwright and garage”.

Thomas paid rates on a house in section 702 in 1869 and from 1871 to at least 1883 he paid rates on two allotments in St. Andrews Terrace. Then in 1896 Thomas Waye purchased part of section 257 (6 St Andrews Terrace) from Thomas Atkinson (CT531/161) and he purchased an adjoining part of section 257 (8 St Andrews Terrace) from Louisa Diment (née Stephens) in March 1897 (CT254/64).

Thomas Waye, aged 71 years, died on 17 July 1913 at Willunga and Susan Waye (née Sibly), aged 72 years, died at Willunga on 5 Jan 1918. They are both buried in St. Stephens Anglican Church Cemetery.


  • 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
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • Family Histories. W. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-20
  • The Advertiser 7 Feb 1911:5
  • The Journal 18 July 1913:1
  • The Advertiser 21 July 1913:14
  • The Mount Barker Courier 11 Jan 1918:3

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