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Williams, Peter

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1832
Place of birth Crowan, Cornwall, England.
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Slate quarryman and farmer.
Date of death 1914
Place of decease Goodwood, South Australia.

Peter Williams was the second son of Thomas Williams and Honor Wallis. He was born on 25 Jan 1832 in Crowan, Cornwall. Peter, aged eight years, arrived on 5 Feb 1840 on board Java with his parents Thomas and Honor Williams and six siblings.

Peter, aged 24 years, married Johanna Watters (1833-1927) then aged 23 years at the Wesleyan Mission House at Willunga on 12/04/1856. She died aged 94 years and is buried in the Uniting Church Willunga They had nine children (4 sons and 5 daughters): William Thomas (1857-1942) m. Emma Pointon (? -1953); Alfred (1858-1930) Farmer at Curramulka m. Charlotte Emma May (? -1935) on 30 April 1885 at the Wesleyan Church in Mount Barker. ch: Florence Sophia (1899-1944); Annie Gladys (1900- ) m. Crawford; Lenora Hannah (27/02/1860 -1934); m. William Pointon; Sarah Ann (1862 -1952) and is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga; m. Thomas McBurney (? -1942) and he is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga; Matilda Jane (1865-1935) m. Henry Pointon ( -1935) in 1894 at the Res. of A.E. May, Curramulka; Mary Ellen (1867–1930) m. Arthur Edward May; Albert Peter (1869-18/11/1945) m. Ann Maria Biddle (1874-1957) on 8 Sept 1897 at the residence of Mrs. Biddle at Morphett Vale; Edith Alice (1873-1960) Unmarried. Died aged 88 years of Goodwood and is buried in the Uniting Church at Willunga; James Herbert (1875-1935) m. Auguste Lydia Vorwerk on 21 Sep 1905 at St Mary Church at Edithburgh

At an early age Peter Williams obtained employment in one of the slate quarries where his father (Thomas senior) was already engaged. In 1853 and again in 1856 he advertised with his brother Zacharias Williams that they had: “taken the slate quarries lately worked by their father, Mr. Thomas Williams, and will supply roofing slates, flagging &c”.

Peter was a trustee of the Wesleyan Parsonage in 1852 and he was one of the Methodist circuit stewards. For many years he was involved in Sunday-school work, and was co-superintendent of the Willunga school with the late Mr. George Sara.

Peter Williams and his wife moved from Willunga to Goodwood in about 1901 after more then 60 years in Willunga

Peter died on 7 Oct 1914 at Goodwood, South Australia, aged 82 years and he is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) Cemetery in Willunga


  • The Mount Barker Courier 16 Oct 1914:1
  • Australian Christian Commonwealth 20 Nov 1914:14
Peter and Johanna Williams (nee Watters)
Peter and Johanna Williams (nee Watters)

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