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John and Charlotte (nee Smith) Rowley from Shapwick, Somerset, England to South Australia by Free Passage in 1839

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From: "peter hobbis"
To: "Judy Bramlage"

Subject: Re: Rowley Posting
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005 12:49:03 +1030

Hi Judy

I have quite a lot of information about John Rowley and wife Charlotte nee
Smith from their arrival and life in South Australia  I'm a little lost
about your numbering "set up" but am more than willing to have you keep any
of the following, (or all of it if that is of any interest) for your
collecion.  What I found re John and Charlotte is as follows:-


As the colony (now a State) of South Australia was not settled by white
people until c1836, and civil registration didn't come in until 1842, the
"Powers to be" advocated a "free passage scheme" to entice people from other
countries to come and settle in Australia.  Prior to that time, only
aboriginal people settled here, and had been here, apparently, for thousands
of years.  A bit like the American Indians I suppose.

On the Application for Free Passage Records I found the following:-

John Rowley, occupation, mason, married, aged 35yrs and wife (not named on
this application) aged 28yrs, 1 daughter (not named) aged 11 years, 4 sone
(unnamed) aged 13yrs, 9yrs, 6yrs, and 2 yrs, applied for a Free Passage to
South Australia on 9th December 1839.  Robert listed his address on the
application as "Shapwick, Somerset, England."  His Application No. was 6616.

In 1841, the very first Census was taken of South Australia.  I found the
following in that Census.

John Rowley and four sons aged under  14yrs, 1 male aged under 35yrs, 1
female aged 35yrs resided in Franklin Street, Adelaide, South Australia.

You perhaps may not be aware that the actual City Centre of Adelaide is
built on one square mile. (We use metres now).  It is bound on all four
sides with gardens and parklands.  A very pretty place to live.  Roads ran
left to right, and north to south through the one square mile of what is not
a very busy city square mile.
Franklin Street was one of the Streets in Adelaide at the time of John &
Caroline, and it runs north to south through the city.  Now days it is
filled mostly with businesses, but there are still a very small number of
the old homes which have been renovated etc.  My husband and I drive down
Franklin street most mornings on our way to work, and I often look at those
houses and wonder what went on in there so many years ago. If only Walls
could Talk!!!


Giles born 22nd March 1847 Adelaide, District Adelaide. reference book 1
page 206.    Some years later, Giles is listed in one of the S.Aus.
DIRECTORIES as being a "sheep-farmer" at a town called Myponga. (Myponga is
in the countryside of South Australia, not part of the city.)


Giles Rowley aged 30yrs, son of John Rowley married 19th April 1877 to Agnes
Paul, aged 17yrs, single, daughter of William Paul at St. Luke Church,
Adelaide, District Adelaide. reference book 111 page 571.


1. Adelaide Edith Rosa 1/9/89 Mypongs District Yankalilla. reference book
444 page 291

2. Albert Edwin 24/10/77 place of birth not recorded, District Willunga
reference book 190 page 282

3. Adrian Lilford (male) 11/5/79 Adelaide District Adelaide. reference book
220 page 205

4. Charlotte Agnes 16/5/94 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book 543
page 448

5. Cyril Benjamin James 2/4/1904 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book
728 page 362

6. Francis Arthur 17/9/84 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book 336
page 464

7. Harold Winsor 6/9/86 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book 382 page

8. Irene Adela 24/12/93 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book 632 page

9. Laura Olive 26/12/91 Myponga District Yankalilla reference book 492 page

10.  M.E.L. (female child- no full names recorded) 26/4/82 Myponga, District
Yankalilla reference book 281 page 86


1. Albert Edward aged 26yrs of Myponga died 20/1/1901 at Myponga. Informant
not recorded. District Yankalilla reference book 278 page 242

2. Irene Adela aged 7 weeks of Myponga died 14/2/1899 at Myponga. Daughter
of Giles Rowley District Yankalilla reference book 259 page 167.

The following information comes from a book which my husband bought for me
for last Christmas. It is called "MANNING'S PLACE NAMES OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA."
It is an excellent book with a lot of information about various places in
South Australia, so I am including the following which you may/or may not,
find of some interest.

 The Hundred of Myponga. County of Hindmarsh, proclaimed on 29th October
1846. According to H.C. Talbot it is derived from "miappunga" - meaning
'divorced wife'.  The town of Myponga is 16 ks south-east of Willunga,
accordin to Lands Department records it was laid out on part section 521 by
W.J. Parker in 1939.

However, the settlement had its beginnings at a much earlier date. In 1858,
Alexander Cameron purchased section 521 from George Morphett and in 1859 he
sold a small block to the Trustees of the Bible Christian Church for one
pound. A poem entitled 'Aboriginal Nomenclature'-By a 'native' which appeared
in the "Register" on 11th October 1893, says it means 'high cliffs by the
sea'.  (The 'Register" was one of three daily newspapers in South Australia
in those days)

Are you collecting information on Rowley's world-wide?  If so, I would be
quite happy to see what information I can find in our library records for
that surname and take down the information I find.  That would have to be
done over several months, as I work full time (I'm a Salvation Army Officer,
working as a Chaplain to the residents of one of our Aged Care Facilities.
My husband, Peter, does the same work, which is wonderful.  If you are
interested, just let me know, as I try to get into the library one day a
week and I'd make a point of looking up the info. which may help you, while
I am also researching requests which people send to me each week.

I hope the above information is of some help to you.  The references i.e.
b=book and p=page nos. at the end of each bit of information is because our
birth, death and marriage records are duplicates of the actual original
records, and they have been put into book form at the library in Adelaide.
The reason I raise that is because if you ever wanted any certificates of
B.D.M. it would be advisable to quote the reference numbers on your
application.  The certificates are the most expensive in South Australia
than any other State in Australia, because the cost includes a "search
cost" However, by providing the book and page numbers there is no need for
a record search as those details would give the staff member immediate
access to the original record.

Sorry I've prattled on.  Look forward to hearing from you again.

in a lovely autumn day
in Adelaide, South Aus.

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