Pethick, Henry

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Henry Pethick was born at Bowithick, Cornwall, England in 1831. Aged 8 years, he arrived with his parents Abraham Pethick and Ann Pethick ,and their family on board the ship Cleveland on 18 December 1839. Religion – Church of England.

Henry Pethick, aged 22 years, married Lavinia May Male (1832-1906), aged 21 years, on 3 May 1853. Lavinia May Male was the daughter of John Male and Philippa (née Allen), and was the older sister of Mary Jane Male who married Henry’s brother John Pethick. They had four children:

  • Richard Henry (1856-1864) born and died at Willunga, as a child; buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga
  • John Male (1958-1955) born at Aldinga, married Sarah May Nicholls (1876-1935) at the residence of Mary Ann Nicholls, Two Wells, died at Adelaide
  • Philippa Ann (1863-1944) born at Willunga, married Winifred Fidge (1862-1893) on 9 May 1883 at Willunga;  he was the son of Lewis Fidge and Elizabeth Night Winzor.
  • Walter Henry (1868-1918) born at Aldinga, married Amy Agnes Nicholls (1884-1966) on 2 April 1908 at Smithfield; died at Lowaldie, Wellington district, South Australia; buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga

Henry Pethick was a farmer who spent the whole of his life at Willunga, where he was highly respected. He was a regular entrant in the Willunga Annual Ploughing Match and the Aldinga Annual Ploughing Match from the late 1840s (as a boy) through the 1850s into the 1860s. In the 1860s he competed in shooting matches for the Southern Rifle Association. His sight failed in later years, and he made his home with his son, Mr. Walter Henry Pethick of Willunga.

Lavinia May Pethick, aged 74 years, died on 30 December 1906 and Henry Pethick, aged 86 years, died on 19 June 1918 during a visit to visit his adopted daughter (niece) Lavinia May Gunn (nee Pethick) at Port Noarlunga. They are both buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. His son Walter Henry Pethick died suddenly from heart failure the day following the death of his father. He was 50 years old and left a widow and five children.


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Genealogy SA,

SA Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

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

1918 ‘WILLUNGA.’, The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser, 12 July, p. 3. ,

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