0030a. Shearing at ‘Woodside Farm’, home of Francis and Treaza Culley (nee Cox). Taken before 1908. Located between Aldinga and Sellicks Hill. Francis Culley in foreground. From left: Unknown, Ern Culley, Charlie Sampson, man with horse unknown, Colin McKenzie, Albert Eatts. Boys on right with dog and broom are unknown. Francis Culley had earlier lost his right hand in an accident and he died on 16 May 1908. (Collection of the National Trust – Willunga Branch. Donated by Audrey Culley. Photograph by B J Grewar, Willunga).

People in the photo.

Francis Culley (1821-1908) b. at Trewse Hall, Trowse with Newton in Norfolk, England, m. Treaza (Teresa) Cox (1840-1935) at the residence of her father Gabriel Cox (Hackle Farm) in Aldinga on 31 Aug 1857, d. at Aldinga & buried at Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.

“Ern” Culley = Benjamin Ernest Culley (1875-1943), son of Francis Culley, b. at Aldinga, m. Mabel Lucy Symonds (1881-1964) at Yankalilla in 1912, d. at Mount Barker, SA.

Charlie Sampson = Charles Sampson (1867-1944) b. at Bald Hills, SA, m. Julia May Illman (1871-1952) at the residence of Mrs Harry Illman on 2 March 1915, d. at Aldinga on 29 Jan 1944 & buried in the Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.

Colin McKenzie = Roderick “Colin” McKenzie (1863-1947) b. at Aldinga, m. Hester Ann Illman (1867-1953) at the Registry Office in Adelaide on 23 Oct 1888, d. at Aldinga on 10 Oct 1947 & buried in the Aldinga Uniting Cemetery.

Albert Eatts = Albert Henry Eatts (1874-1918) b. at Myponga, SA, m. Thurza Sampson (1878-1946) on 13 April 1896 at Adelaide, d. aged 44 years, on 18 March 1918 & buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.

Notes –

The photograph probably dates to around 1900 when Francis Culley was in his 70s, Charlie Sampson and Colin McKenzie were in their mid-30s and Ern Culley and Albert Eatts were in their mid 20s and the photographer (B. J. Grewar) was working in Willunga.

All of the men that we can identify were related, or would become related by marriage. The most obvious and direct familial link was Francis Culley and his son “Ern”. 

1. Charlie Sampson and Albert Eatts became brothers-in-law when Albert married Charlie’s sister Thurza in 1896. 

2. Charlie Sampson and Colin McKenzie would later become brothers-in-law as they both married daughters of Harry Illman (Colin married Hester Ann in 1888 and Charlie would marry Hester’s sister Julia May in 1915). 

3. Francis Culley’s youngest daughter Ada May would marry Albert’s younger brother Thomas Darwin Eatts in 1917. Although Francis Culley was already dead by this date Albert Eatts then became Ern Culley’s brother-in-law. 

All of the five identified men appear to have been Wesleyan Methodists and four of them were buried in the Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting Church) Cemetery in Aldinga.


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