Male, William Browne

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Principal occupation=Laborer and slate quarryman

William Browne Male was born in St Teath, Cornwall, England on 6 September 1832. His parents were Moses Male (1803-1874) and Hannah (née Browne, 1804-1889). Moses Male was the oldest brother of John, Nicholas and Francis Male, who all emigrated to South Australia. His three uncles were John Male (1809-1872), Nicholas Male (senior) (1816-1867) and Francis Male (1820-1895) all of whom emigrated to South Australia – Nicholas in 1848, John in 1849 and Francis in 1857. Religion – Wesleyan Methodist. William Browne Male, aged 23 years, emigrated to South Australia on board Burlington and arrived in Port Adelaide on 13 February 1857. He travelled as a single man with his uncle Francis, wife Harriet and their two sons John and William. William Browne Male married Anne (née Cream/Creem/Craam), (1838-1926) at St Stephen’s Church, Willunga on 6 January1862. Their children were:

  • Hannah Browne (1863-1953) born at Willunga, married William Robert Dowling (1861-1944) at the residence of Mrs Dowling, Goodwood on 29 October 1887; she died at Unley Park
  • Moses (1864-1938) born at Willunga, married Annie May Eaton (1868-1923) on 1 January 1891 in Victoria; he died at Warracknabeal, Victoria
  • John Henry (1865- ) born at Willunga, married Elizabeth Mary Amedee (1877-1934) on 1 Jan 1902; he died in 1928 in Melbourne, Victoria
  • William Robert (1867-1874) born and died at Willunga, buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga
  • Isabella (1869-1956) born at Willunga, married Thomas Lipson Hawker (1863-1933) on 1 January 1892 [place unknown]; she died at Reade Park, South Australia
  • Elizabeth (Bessie) (1870-1953) born at Willunga, married (1st) John James O’Dwyer (1871-1928) on 23 December 1901 at St Stephens Church, Willunga; (2nd) James Melville (1838-1938) on 26 October 1929 at St Bartholomew’s Church, Norwood; (3rd) Alfred Redstone (1866-1951) in 1939; she died at Norwood but was of Willunga
  • Arthur (1872-1928) born at Willunga, married Emma Alice Dellar (1878-1968) in 1905; he died at Portland, Victoria
  • Margaret (1875-1957) born at Willunga, married Charles Gordon Foreman (1871-1961) at Willunga on 26 December 1895; she died at Berri, South Australia
  • Thomas (1877-1954) born at Willunga, married Lydia Frances Binney (1879-1956) at the residence of John Binney, Willunga on 27 September 1905, died at Willunga, buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Chruch Cemetery, Willunga
  • William Browne (1879-1954) born at Willunga, married Winnefreda Jacobs (1893-1939) on 10 October 1917 at the Church of Christ, Willunga; he died at Willunga and is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga
  • Olive Harriet (1881-1910) born at Willunga, she died in Adelaide in hospital and is buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga

William was a laborer and slate quarryman who worked in the Bangor quarry when he first arrived and then worked in various local quarries for 40 years. The family lived in Beltunga (section 700) and he paid rates on two acres of land, a house and garden, from at least 1869 to 1883. He was one of the first members of the local lodge of Oddfellows and had a record of continuous membership for 54 years.

William Browne Male, aged 88 years, died on 6 September 1919 and his widow, Anne, aged 89 years, died on 15 May 1926. They both died at Beltunga, near Willunga, and are buried in the Wesleyan Methodist Church Cemetery, Willunga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum,

Genealogy SA,

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

FindaGrave, Willunga,

1919 ‘Family Notices’, The Advertiser,  13 September, p. 8. ,

FlickrID=50400542267 – William Browne Male and Ann Male (nee Craam). From Heather Geytenbeek

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