Malpas, James Stanley

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James Stanley Malpas – farmer & soldier

James Stanley Malpas was born at Willunga on 16 August 1873. He was the fifth and youngest son of Henry Malpas (1823-1910) and Mary Anne (née Allen) (1832-1912).

James Stanley Malpas attended Prince Alfred College and in 1884 his father Henry Malpas funded a Natural Science Scholarship at Prince Alfred College. In 1889, aged just 16 years, he was one of only ten out of 36 candidates who passed the Preliminary University Examinations. After leaving Prince Alfred College he attended Roseworthy College for several years and during his time there he won the college gold medal. Returning to Willunga he was involved in farming in the district. He was appointed as a Lieutenant with the Military Cadets in 1911.

In the First World War he enlisted in the 27th Battalion of the A.I.F. at the advanced age of 42 years and sailed aboard Geelong on 31 May 1915. He served at Gallipoli where he contracted enteric fever and he was sent to Malta and then back to South Australia. When sufficiently recovered, he returned with the reinforcements as a company Captain and rejoined the 27th Battalion on the Western Front. He was severely wounded in fighting on the Somme where he won a Military Cross in 1917. From a French hospital he was sent to London then back to Willunga where he resumed farming. After the war he was active in reunions of the 27th Battalion and in ANZAC Day celebrations.

After Henry Malpas’ death in 1910, the house and land at 1 St Peters Terrace (Willunga House) was inherited by brothers Edward and James Stanley Malpas and lot 22 at the corner of St James and Bridge St. Edward immediately transferred it to James who owned lot 22 until 1916 and 1 St Peters Terrace until his death in 1937. James placed an encumbrance on these properties in 1913 in favour of Catharine Hughes which he lifted in 1916.

James Stanley Malpas was heavily involved with St Stephen’s Anglican Church where he was a lay reader, churchwarden and superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He was a supporter of many local activities, including the Agricultural Society, Institute and many sports, such as the Bowling Club. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in November 1929 and served as a magistrate at the Willunga Police Court. He was never married.

Captain James Stanley Malpas died, aged 64 years, on 7 Oct 1937 at Willunga and he is buried in St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.


South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
South Australian Deaths Index of Registrations 1842-1915
Willunga National Trust Blue Folder – Family Histories Vol 40-11 L, M
Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
Ancestry (online)
SA Genealogy database (online)
SAILIS (online) CT 43/27, CT 98/220

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1917 ‘MILITARY CROSS‘, Observer 3 February, p. 37. , viewed 07 Jan 2024,

1929 ‘NEW JUSTICES APPOINTED‘, The Advertiser 1 November, p. 21. , viewed 07 Jan 2024,

1930 ‘Italian Committed for Trial‘, News 10 April, p. 15. (HOME EDITION), viewed 14 Jan 2024,

1933 ‘LONELY DEATH IN HUT‘, News 4 September, p. 6. , viewed 14 Jan 2024,

1935 ‘BOWLS‘, The Advertiser 5 September, p. 6. , viewed 07 Jan 2024,

1937 ‘OBITUARY‘, Chronicle 4 November, p. 46. , viewed 07 Jan 2024,

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