Hopkins, Alfred

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Principal occupation=Tin, iron and zinc plate worker and later a wheelwright and storekeeper in Willunga.

Born 1 November1815 and baptised 17 December 1815 at  St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent in England, son of William, a fisherman and his wife Mary. Alfred claimed to have joined the Royal Navy in 1836. He is listed in the 1841 Census for Woolwich Arsenal with his wife Elizabeth and working as a tinman. Alfred Hopkins aged 27 years, and his wife Elizabeth arrived in Port Philip, Victoria on board the ship Thetis on 17 February 1842. Alfred was a tin, iron and zinc plate worker in the 1840s and he developed that business into a more general hardware/grocery operating in Yarra Street, Corio that he then sold in 1851. He may have returned to England in the early 1850s but in 1855 he was in Auburn, South Australia. He was in Adelaide by 1856 and by 1857 he was operating a shop at 73 Rundle Street, Adelaide, which he sold at auction in November 1858 and “moved to the country”. Alfred Hopkins married Elizabeth Fabling (1819-1911) in Kent, England in 1840. They had at least seven children (5 boys and 2 girls):

  • William Thomas (1841-1842) died age 10 months in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Alfred William (1844-1858) born Melbourne, Victoria, died at Stepney, South Australia age 15
  • Samuel (1846-1899) born Melbourne, Victoria, married Rhoda Heath on 2 November 1866 in Willunga. Tinsmith in Willunga and Plumber at Queenstown. Died at Queenstown near Port Adelaide
  • Josiah (1848-1920) born at Geelong, Victoria; married Ellen Cornock on 31 May 1871 at McLaren Vale. Machinist in McLaren Vale. Died at Rochester, Clare district.
  • Joseph (1850-1931) born at Geelong, Victoria; married Eliza Prentice Hawkes on 7 May 1868. Coach-builder in McLaren Vale. He died in 1931 at Magill, South Australia.
  • Elizabeth (1855-1933) born at Auburn, South Australia; married Charles Lipson (1854-1945) in February 1879
  • Amelia Rosetta (Lotty) (1858-1915) married Charles Jacob Foster in December 1880 at Willunga. She died at Albert Park, Port Adelaide district.

By February 1862 Alfred, his wife Elizabeth and their children had moved to Willunga as he was listed as an executor for the estate of David Oliver. From about 1864 they ran Hopkins’s store at 19 Aldinga Road and in June 1866 Alfred purchased the land at 19 Aldinga Road from James Ball Williams, quarryman of Willunga. In 1874 he had two pocketknives stolen from his Willunga shop.

Alfred was a wheelwright and storekeeper and played an active role in the Willunga community. He was a Wesleyan Methodist.

Alfred Hopkins, aged 64 years, died of acute bronchitis at his residence on 18 December 1878 and he was buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Cemetery at Willunga. His widow Elizabeth (nee Fabling) continued to live in Willunga until her death, aged 92 years, in 1911.


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 Ancestry.com. State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip (Agent’s Immigrant Lists); Series: 5318; Reel: 2144; Item: [4/4814]

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1851 ‘Advertising’, Geelong Advertiser, 9 June, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91913662

1852 ‘Advertising’, The Argus, 31 July, p. 7. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4786530

1856 ‘SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.’, Adelaide Times, 26 December, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207098106

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1858 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 23 November, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article49784455

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1864 ‘WILLUNGA.’, South Australian Register, 11 May, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39128182

1868 ‘IMPOUNDED AT THE PUBLIC POUNDS.’, South Australian Register, 22 May, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39182354 [Inquest at Willunga]

1873 ‘THE ROADSTEAD MURDER.’, Evening Journal16 August, p. 3., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197668556[Mr. Jennings and His Antecedents]

1874 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 15 October, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39822846

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1878 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 20 December, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197720329

1879 ‘Advertising’, The Express and Telegraph, 10 January, p. 1. , viewed 13 Apr 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207648124

1880 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail, 25 December, p. 4. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article94757011

FlickrID=32677307997 – Eliza Prentice Hopkins (nee Hawkes) and husband Joseph Hopkins (1850-1947) son of Alfred and Elizabeth Hopkins)

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