Male, Francis

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Francis Male was born in Lanteglos, Cornwall, England c1820. His parents were William Bonear Male (1781-1864) and Elizabeth Mary (née Lane) (1783-1840). His brothers were John Male (1809-1872) and Nicholas Male (1816-1867) both of whom emigrated to South Australia (Nicholas in 1848 and John in 1849). Religion – Church of England

Francis Male was a laborer and quarryman who lived in the St Teath area and probably worked in the Delabole quarry from the late 1830s until about 1856. Francis, aged 18 years, married Harriet (née Percy), aged 18 years, (1821-1896) on 26 December 1838 at Lanteglos, Cornwall. Francis was living at Penpeth (?) and Harriet was living at Condoldon at the time of their marriage. He made his mark (not literate) and she signed the marriage certificate. They went on to have one daughter and two sons:

  • Jane Ann (1839-1923) born at St Teath, married William Hawken (1835-1905) on 29 July 1855 at St Teath, Cornwall, died at Northcote, Victoria
  • John Robert(s) Percy (1841-1935) born at Delabole, Cornwall, married Elizabeth Cornelius (1843-1936) at Willunga on 17 August 1865, farmer at Willunga, died at Willunga and buried at the Wesleyan Methodist cemetery
  • William Bonear (1847-1888) born at St Teath, married Rebecca Spargo (1841-1916) at the Wesleyan Methodist Mission House at Willunga on 17 June 1865, went to Victoria in about 1872, died at South Melbourne.

Francis Male (aged 36 years), his wife Harriet (35) and two sons John (15) and William (9) embarked on Burlington which left Plymouth on 28 October 1856 and arrived in Port Adelaide on 13 February 1857. Burlington, a 774-ton ship under Captain William Linton, was a government immigrant ship (chartered by the Colonial Land and Emigration Commissioners). Francis’ nephew William Browne Male, son of his brother Moses, aged 23 years, also travelled aboard on the same voyage of Burlington.

Francis Male, and later both of his sons, worked as quarrymen in the Williunga slate quarries for about three decades between 1857 and 1887. He paid rates on a house and garden in section 267 from 1869 until at least 1883. In about 1887 Francis and his wife Harriet moved to Melbourne where their son William Bonear Male and his family, as well as their daughter Jane Ann Hawken with her family, had moved in the 1870s. Francis Male died (aged 75 years) on 6 March 1895 at the Melbourne Benevolent Asylum in Hotham and was buried in the Melbourne General Cemetery. Just over a year later, on 7 September 1896, his widow, Harriet Male (née Percy), died at the home of her only daughter, Jane Ann Hawken, in South Melbourne.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
Genealogy SA database (online)
1883 ‘Family Notices‘, The Herald 26 November, p. 2.
1896 ‘Family Notices‘, The Age 8 September, p. 1.

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