Rowe, Edmund

Date of Birth/Death:


Principal occupation=Farmer

Edmund Rowe was born at Grade, Cornwall on 30 April 1805 son of Edmund Rowe and his wife Martha Treloar. He married 1st to Martha Trevethick on 2 May 1833 at Sithney, Cornwall. They appear in the 1841 Census for Sithney Churchtown, Cornwall – Edmund age 35, Martha 40 and children Elizabeth 6, Mary 3 and John 6 months. Edmund was a miner. Martha died and was buried at Sithney, Cornwall on 17 January 1844 aged 46 years. There were four known children of this marriage:

  • Elizabeth Ann baptised 30 November 1834 at Sithney, Cornwall; married John Richards (son of Benjamin Richards) at St Stephens Church, Willunga on 22 April 1858. She died at Alma, Gilbert district on 13 July 1873 aged 37 years
  • Mary Jane baptised 27 February 1837 at Sithney, Cornwall; married John Polkinghorne at her father’s residence, Willunga on 24 July 1856. She died at Yankalilla on 11 October 1865 aged 27 years
  • John Henry baptised 26 May 1841 at Sithney, Cornwall;  married Jane Ann Jackson on 8 December 1864 at the residence of Mr Jackson, Willunga. He died at Willunga on 27 January 1873 aged 32 years
  • Edmund baptised 17 January 1844 at Sithney, buried 20 February 1844 age 3 months at Sithney and of Breage

Edmund married 2nd as a widower to Elizabeth Rowe at Breage, Cornwall on 24 January 1847. He gave his occupation as miner. Elizabeth and Edmund Rowe lived in Cornwall before emigrating to South Australia on the ship William Money, arriving on 3 January 1849, together with Edmund’s three surviving children. There was also a Richard Rowe age 34 on the ship who may be related to Edmund. Elizabeth and Edmund later had a daughter:

  • Sarah born 28 December 1849 near Willunga. It is unknown what happened to her.

Several years after arrival, the Rowe family settled on the farm Waybrook, close to Willunga in an area then known as McLaren Flat. The property on Section 705 had been purchased in 1844/5 by a relative Thomas Stacey who named it Waybrook Farm. It was sold to George Beaumont, who leased it to Edmund Rowe until he bought it in 1860. Rowe’s holdings then comprised Sections 704 and 705 on the corner of Edwards Road and old Strout Road (now closed).

Edmund Rowe was a founding member of the Primitive Methodist Chapel in the McLaren Flat/Willunga area. He was one of seven Trustees who bought from Richard Strout the land on which the first Chapel was opened on Strout Road in March 1861. As a Trustee, he would have been closely involved with the tendering process for the construction of the Church and a participant in the celebrations that took place when it opened. We assume that his wife Elizabeth would also have been involved in the activities of the Primitive Methodist Church in the Willunga district. Elizabeth Rowe died in April 1867 aged 62 years. She was buried at the Primitive Methodist cemetery on Strout Road. At this time, Edmund Rowe would have been involved in the decision to build the district’s second Primitive Methodist Chapel in a prominent location at 27 High Street in Willunga. In September 1867, he was given the honour of laying the foundation stone for this building, on which occasion he was described “as an old and well-tried friend of the society”. He was at this time 62 years of age. From at least 1861 Edmund Rowe had owned several other properties in addition to Waybrook Farm on Gaffney Rd. These included Willunga Township allotments 8, 9 and 10 in St James Street and Lot 50 in High Street, which were originally purchased in the 1850s by Charles Rowe (possibly his father or brother). In 1875, possibly in preparation for retirement, Henry offered the James Street properties for sale:

”FOR SALE, WILLUNGA, near valuable property of Harrison Powell, Esq., ALLOTMENTS 8, 9, 10, each 173 by 390 feet, now occupied by Mr. Norman, carpenter. Also, adjoining the above, Allotment, 114 by 340 feet, with three-roomed Cottage thereon; now let to Mr. Norton. The whole for £110; part credit if required. Apply Edmund Rowe, Willunga; or C. W. Priest, Adelaide, near White’s Rooms, Upstairs.”

On 10 September 1868 Edmund, now age 63, widower, married Mary Musson (c1823-1886) age 46, spinster, at the residence of John Priest, North Adelaide. Edmund Rowe moved to North Adelaide around 1877, although he still retained an interest in Waybrook Farm which, since the death of his son in 1873, had been managed by his daughter-in-law Jane Rowe, nee Jackson.

Edmund Rowe, late of Waybrook Farm, Willunga died on 22 February 1882 at his residence Barton Terrace, North Adelaide, in his 77th year. His friends were informed that his Remains would arrive for Interment at the McLaren Flat Cemetery at 11 o’clock on Friday, February 24, 1882 – the cemetery is actually located on Strout Road near Willunga, although classified as McLaren Vale and known as Strout Place Cemetery. Edmund left a detailed will.


Cornwall OPC Database, 1841 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Class: HO107; Piece: 139; Book: 1; Civil Parish: Sithney; County: Cornwall; Enumeration District: 2; Folio: 24; Page: 9; Line: 17; GSU roll: 241261 England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.Married Martha TREVISTICK/TREVITHICK 2 MAY 1833 Sithney, Cornwall

“England Marriages, 1538–1973”, , FamilySearch( : 12 March 2020), Edmund Rowe, 1847

1849 ‘SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.’, South Australian, 5 January, p. 2. ,

Genealogy SA,

1861 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 22 June, p. 8. , [Notice]

1861 ‘Classified Advertising’, The South Australian Advertiser, 1 November, p. 4. , [Real Property Act Notices]

1863 ‘WILLUNGA.’, South Australian Register, 10 July, p. 3. ,

1864 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 20 December, p. 2. ,[Marriage Rowe/Jackson]

1868 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Register, 11 September, p. 2. ,[Marriage Rowe/Musson]

1873 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal28 January, p. 2., [John Henry Rowe]

1875 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 9 April, p. 8. ,

The South Australian Advertiser Thu 12 Sep 186 Page 3,

1882 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 23 February, p. 2.[Edmund Rowe]

1882 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 23 February, p. 2. , [Edmund Rowe Funeral]

1886 ‘Family Notices’, Evening Journal, 24 March, p. 2., [Mary Rowe]

1917 ‘FIFTY YEARS AGO.’, Observer, 22 September, p. 47. , [Thursday, September 12, 1867]

Research notes by Ruth Baxendale Willunga National Trust Branch Folder 40-51.

FlickrID=50042403748 = Waybrook Farm on Edwards Rd, Willunga, 1997. Thomas Stacy established Waybrook Farm in the early 1840’s. John Henry Rowe purchased the property in 1866. He died in 1873 and his wife Jane in 1896. The farm then passed to his daughter Martha. McDougal & Vines Heritage Consultants.

“Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records”, FamilySearch( : Sat Mar 09 12:48:11 UTC 2024), Entry for Edmund Rowe, 13 March 1882.

Strout Road Cemetery, Willunga – Headstones – Elizabeth Rowe, John Henry Rowe and Edmund Rowe

Extracts from SA General Registry Office (GRO) Information,

  • ROWE, Edmund farmer Willunga 1853[-1862] Memorial 263/59
  • ROWE, Edmund farmer Willunga 1861 Application 2587
  • ROWE, Edmund, John Henry and Henry farmers Willunga 1870 Application 11007
  • ROWE, Edmund farmer McLaren Vale Willunga Primitive Methodist Chapel trustee 1874 Application 13981
  • ROWE, Edmund formerly farmer McLaren Flat late gentleman North Adelaide, died 22/2/1882. His estate worth £300. His wife Mary Rowe nee Mary MUSSON to have his personal estate within the house absolutely and a life interest in trust in the real estate. After her death, the land to be sold and the proceeds to be divided equally absolutely in remainder expectant amongst the children of his late son John Henry Rowe (wife Jane Ann nee JACKSON) – Edmund Rowe (born 3/5/1867), William Jackson Rowe, John Phillipson Rowe and Martha Jane Rowe. Cash legacies to his niece Mary MIDDLEBROOK, and the children of his late daughter, Elizabeth Ann RICHARDS – Richard, Martha Ann, Edmund John William Henry, Mary Jane and Edward Thomas Richards, and the children of his late daughter, Mary Jane POLKINGHORNE – John Henry, Mary Jane and Edward Thomas Polkinghorne. Mary Rowe, relict of Edmund Rowe, died 24/3/1886 Angas St, Adelaide, of fibroid phthisis, aged 63. Jane Anne Rowe, daughter-in-law of Edmund Rowe, and widow of the late Thomas Edward Rowe, died 4/3/1897 McLaren Flat, of dropsy and carcinoma of the liver, aged 56. This application contains a number of birth certificates of Edmund Rowe’s grandchildren Application 26644

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