Cliff, William

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Principal occupation=Farmer

William Cliff junior was born on 14 October 1827 at Barrowden, Rutland, England. He was the son of William Cliff senior (1799-1878) and Ursula (nee Wilkinson) (1786-1866) and the younger brother of Henry Cliff (1824-1902). Religion – Church of England. William Cliff junior married Alice Roberts Burdett (1823-1904) on 26 April 1827 at Barrowden, Rutland, England. William (22), Alice (26) and their infant son Edward (1) arrived in South Australia aboard Stag on 10 June 1850 with his brother Henry and his family. He was described at the time as a farm servant and farmer. His brother Henry and his family lived at Noarlunga. William and Alice Cliff eventually had eight children, the last six of whom were all born at Aldinga between 1854 and 1864:

  • Edward (1848-1894) born at Upingham, Rutland, married Elizabeth Jane Prideaux Weeks (1844-1907) on 22 February 1872 at St Stephen’s Parsonage, Willunga. He died at Noarlunga on 5 November 1894 and is buried in St Ann’s Anglican Church cemetery, Aldinga. She died at Noarlunga on 27 March 1907 and is buried in St Philip and St James’ Anglican Church cemetery, Noarlunga
  • Charlotte (1851-1888) born at Adelaide, married Charles Forrest (1849-1941) on 11 January 1872 at the residence of William Cliff at Aldinga, and she died at Myponga on 7 October 1888 and is buried in St Ann’s Anglican Church cemetery, Aldinga. Charles Forrest later remarried.
  • William (1854-1922) born at Aldinga, married Agnes Beyer on 2 April 1877 at the residence of David Beyer at Noarlunga.They lived at Noarlunga. William died at Noarlunga on 20 August 1922 and is buried at St Ann’s Anglican cemetery, Aldinga. Agnes died 5 September 1932 at Forestville
  • Henry (1856-1934) born at Aldinga, married Christina Beyer (1857-1932) (sister of Agnes) on 26 March 1879 at Port Pirie, lived at Port Germein and died there on 27 August 1934. Christina had died at Port Germein on 1 November 1932
  • Sarah Ann (1858-1934) born at Aldinga, married Alfred Bird 28 September 1881 at St Ann’s Church, Aldinga and died at Aldinga on 13 December 1934. Her husband predeceased her on 9 December 1934 at Aldinga
  • Rowland (1860-?) born at Aldinga, unmarried. [Death not confirmed but thought to be circa 1890. However, there was a death registered at Willunga of an 8 month old infant, Rowland Clift, on 14 March 1861.]
  • John Burdett Cliff (1862-1945) born at Aldinga, married Selina Augusta Arthur (1863-1948) on 19 August 1883 at the residence of John Arthur, Normanville. He died on 9 July 1943 at Aldinga and Selina at Willunga on 13 September 1948. Both were buried at St John’s Methodist (Uniting) Church, Aldinga.
  • Alfred (1864-1938) born at Aldinga, married Elizabeth Bennetts Humphreys on 18 November 1885 at the Wesleyan Church, Normanville, and they lived at Aldinga. He died at Aldinga on 20 June 1938 followed by Elizabeth on 14 March 1945. Both were buried at St John’s Methodist (Uniting) Church, Aldinga

William and Alice Cliff were resident at Aldinga by 1853 where William was working as a farmer and paid rates on section 603 (in 1853) and later on sections 425, 429, 430 and 436 (until at least 1891) that are located on the Main South Road south of Aldinga. In 1856 the Cliff family house near Aldinga burnt down. In July 1869 and again in July 1872 William Cliff unsuccessfully stood for election as a councillor in the Port ward for the District Council of Aldinga. In 1875 their son William (21) was fined 30s with 27s costs in the Willunga Court for insulting behaviour towards David Cox at Aldinga. In June 1891 a haystack belonging to William Cliff containing 100 tons of hay worth £300 was totally destroyed by fire. A man named George Bowker was arrested by M.C. Tuohy on suspicion of having fired the stack, he having used threats towards Mr Cliff.

William Cliff junior, aged 75 years, died at his farm near Aldinga on 10 October 1902 and Alice Roberts Cliff died on 24 March 1904. He is buried in St. Ann’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Aldinga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

Genealogy SA,

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust


1869 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS.’, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail, 10 July, p. 7. ,

1872 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS.’, The South Australian Advertiser, 12 July, p. 3. ,

1875 ‘POLICE COURTS.’, South Australian Register, 11 May, p. 3. ,

1877 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 19 April, p. 8.,

1879 ‘Family Notices’, Adelaide Observer, 5 April, p. 2. ,

1883 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 21 August, p. 2.,

1885 ‘Shipping News.’, Evening Journal, 19 November, p. 2. [Family Notices – Marriages]

1891 ‘ONE HUNDRED TONS HAY BURNED.’, The Express and Telegraph, 1 June, p. 2. ,

1891 ‘BURNING A HAYSTACK.’, Evening Journal, 2 June, p. 2.,

1902 ‘Family Notices’, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 – 1929), 11 October, p. 6. , viewed 02 May 2024,

1902 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 11 October, p. 1. ,

1902 ‘Advertising’, The Advertiser, 26 November, p. 2. ,

1904 ‘Family Notices’, The Register, 26 March, p. 4. ,

1934 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 10 December, p. 8. ,

1934 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser, 14 December, p. 24. ,

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