Male, John

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Principal occupation=Quarryman and slate merchant

John Male was baptised at St Teath, Cornwall, England on 15 October 1809 son of William Bonear Male (1781-1864) and Elizabeth Mary (née Lane, 1783-1840). His brothers were Francis Male (1820-1895) and Nicholas Male senior (1816-1867) both of whom emigrated to South Australia – Nicholas in 1848 and Francis in 1856. Religion – Church of England. John Male, aged 25 years, married Philippa Allen (1811-1842) aged 23 years, on 1 February 1834 at Lanteglos by Camelford, Cornwall. They had four children, two of whom died young while the family was still in Cornwall:

  • Lavinia May (1832-1906) born in Cornwall, married Henry Pethick (1831-1918) on 3 May 1853 at Aldinga, died at Aldinga.
  • Margretta (1834-1846) born and died in Cornwall as a child.
  • Mary Jane (1835-1871) born in Cornwall, married John Pethick (1827-1893) on 31 August 1857 at Willunga.
  • John Allen (1839-1842) born and died in Cornwall.

Philippa Male (née Allen) died in Cornwall of typhus, aged 31 years, on 22 January 1842. John Male, aged 39 years, with his two daughters Lavinia (17) and Mary (13) arrived in South Australia aboard Harry Lorrequer on 25 December 1849. He worked in the Willunga Slate quarries. In August 1850, he had a serious accident which left him with a deformity to his leg. Four years later in 1854, after another accident, Dr Richard Jay administered chloroform and managed to bring the limb back into its correct alignment. In the late 1850s, he was the joint occupier of the slate quarry on section 1008 (Bastian’s quarry) with Sampson Bastian junior and a stone quarry on section 267 with Thomas Polkinghorne. John paid rates on a house on Lot 41 (corner St. Peters Terrace and St. Lukes Street) in 1865, Lot 65 (at 25 St Andrews Terrace) in 1869 and a house and garden on Lot 245 in section 700 (Beltunga) from 1871 until his death in 1872.

John Male, aged 60 years (he gave his age as 54), married Catherine (sometimes recorded as Caroline) Hewitson (1848- ), aged 22 years, on 24 February 1869 at the residence of Joseph Gordon in Willunga. They had two children:

  • William (1870-1872) born and died at Willunga.
  • Margaret (1872-1874) born at Willunga, died at Kadina

John Male, aged 64 years, died on 8 September 1872 at Willunga and is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


St Teath, Cornwall Bishop’s Transcripts, Film# 005750540, 1809 (image 108 of 118),,

Cornwall OPC Database, Baptism and Marriage, – 1841 Census, Class: HO107; Piece 140; Book: 15; Civil Parish: Tintagel With Bossiney and Trevena; County: Cornwall; Enumeration District: 7; Folio: 26; Page: 3; Line: 13; GSU roll: 241262.

Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

1849 ‘SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.’, Adelaide Times, 27 December, p. 2. ,

Genealogy SA,


1858-1863 M 40 CT 58/141

1854 ‘LAW AND CRIMINAL COURTS.’, South Australian Register, 17 May, p. 3. , [Remarkable Surgical Case]

1872 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 11 September, p. 2.,

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