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Waye, William

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1847
Place of birth Tawton, Devon, England
Date of arrival 1855
Principal occupation Poundkeeper & farmer
Date of death 1878
Place of decease McLaren Vale

William Waye was the fifth son of John Waye senior (1810-1888) and Sarah (née Baker) (1771-1865). He was born at Tawton, Devon on 21 October 1847. Aged 8 years, he arrived in South Australia with his parents and siblings on 29 July 1855 from Plymouth aboard South Sea.

William married Elizabeth Thomas (1849-1912) at the residence of Mary Watters, her mother, in Willunga on 15 July 1868. They had five children:

  • Mary Holman (1869-1961) was born at Willunga and married John Bigg (1865-1925) on 3 October 1903 at the Methodist Manse, Port Pirie. They had two children. Mary died at Wayville and is buried in the Congregational Church Cemetery, McLaren Vale.
  • Florence (1872-1872) was born and died at Willunga.
  • Annie Eliza (1874-1926) was born at Willunga and married Wilkins in Victoria. She died at St Kilda, Victoria.
  • William Thomas (1876-1918) was born at Willunga and married Caroline Clara Ingram. They had one son. William died at Willunga and is buried in the McLaren Vale Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Stephen Francis (1879-1936) was born at McLaren Vale and married Ellen Powell on 5 August 1909 at the Methodist Church, Clarendon. He died at Clarendon.

William and Elizabeth Waye lived north of Willunga on 80 acres with a house (section 216). In 1875 William applied for a publican's license in the Willunga Court. However, this was opposed by the police who claimed that he was of “drunken habits” and that “he had been seen drunk in the township on three different occasions during the past fortnight”. The application was refused. In 1876 he was the poundkeeper in Willunga and at the time of his death he was working for Mr A Ingram.

William Waye died of “heart disease”, aged just 31 years, at McLaren Vale on 26 July 1878. Both William and Elizabeth are buried in the Willunga Wesleyan Methodist 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
  • Adelaide Observer 12 June 1875:8
  • South Australian Register 28 Oct 1876:2
  • South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail 10 Aug 1878:8

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