Family Life in South Australia - a precis

"Family Life in South Australia Fifty-Three Years Ago

Dating from October 1837"

by Jane Isabella Watts

Published 1890 by W.K. Thomas & Co, Adelaide

Precis compiled by David Wilson, 2015, and is restricted to only the first two years in Kangaroo Island.

(Note that the author Jane Isabella Watts, the daughter of William Giles, codified many names, and that in this precis, an attempt has been made to provide their real names. Additional explanatory comments are in square brackets.)

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Part I

Chapter I

Departure From England

Mr William Giles, through his connections in London, was offered in 1836 the position of manager of a bank in Western Australia, and his eldest son, William Jnr. , then a clerk in a London bank, the position of accountant. The family prepared for their move, by seeking every scrap of information about the new Swan River colony, including a visit to the pleasant London home of the Commandant of the colony, [James Stirling?] who was in London at the time. The destination was then altered to South Australia. Despite the dire warnings of their relatives and friends concerned at this decision, the whole family - at that time nine children from his first marriage, and his second wife and her child, embarked 18 May 1837 on the Hartley, [a newly built barque of 262 tons], 350 tons burden, bound for Kingscote, Kangaroo Island. They could not forget that the remains of the first wife [Sarah nee Roper], the mother of the eldest nine children, remained in a graveyard in Surrey.

A piano and many other possessions and gifts from friends were included in "the outfit, which had assumed gigantic proportions". Initial impressions were the vessel was small and terribly overcrowded. [The author then describes an on board friendship by Giles with another "pilgrim father", a friendship that persisted for another 35 years, both men dying within months of each other. This was almost certainly the Rev. Thomas Quinton Stow (1801-19 Jul 1862)] .

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Just before reaching the Cape, "another child had been born" [George Hartley Giles b. 02 Aug 1837] and the mother [Emily Elizabeth Giles nee McGeorge] was carried ashore in a hammock, to the consternation of the customs officials. The Giles family enjoyed their three weeks ashore, and the kindness and hospitality of the locals. With replenished provisions and livestock, the Hartley was overloaded causing much discomfort to the passengers. A terrible storm lasting several days delayed their departure.

Captain F. [unknown] a retired military officer, an Irishman recently widowed, was missed at table and mourned - his fate is unclear.

Another frightening gale was encountered, and livestock slaughtered "to save lives". Progress was slow, and provisions running low; an albatross pie was a failure.

After a five months voyage, the Hartley reached Kangaroo Island [16 Oct 1837] - with no signs of civilisation the first impressions were "dull, dreary and desolate", but spirits lifted when they reached Nepean Bay.

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Chapter II

Arrival at Kangaroo Island

[22 Oct 1837]

Upon anchoring, a burst of sunshine and a rainbow were considered to be an optimistic omen for the start of a new life in their adopted country.The Company's Chief Manager [David McLaren] gave them a polite but not very cordial welcome. McLaren was somewhat straight-laced and puritanical in his religious views - devoid of fun and laughter. The ladies had to be carried ashore in the sailors' arms - this mode of conveyance somewhat primitive and undesirable - but happy to have their feet on solid ground at last.

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They were surprised to see how much had been done in one year. There was a neat, white wooden house - "a counting house"; a large wholesale store and workshops; building materials, boats, casks, machinery everywhere. On the cliff a retail store and row of workmen cottages, and in the distance two or three stone brick houses, with some excellent framed wooden ones that had been brought from Tasmania; besides sundry tents and bush huts. The township had been named Kingscote after one of the directors of the Company, and had been cleared of the tall scrub.

They were conducted to the superintendent's house overlooking the beautiful harbour, comparable to the Bay of Naples. Two or three acres of land had been fenced in, with a white gate, and a garden laid out, of vegetables and flowers.

William Giles was to replace David McLaren, and their reception was politely cold. After a meal of fresh food, Mrs McLaren showed them to their new temporary abode - two unfinished rooms and the use of the kitchen in a stone cottage used by Mr and Mrs Charles Simeon Hare. The boys and servants (a cook and gardener who had voyaged with them) were accommodated in tents nearby.

Charles Simeon Hare [who arrived with his wife on the Emma in October 1836] was a very odd and peculiar character, yet his boastful eccentricities were matched by his kind-heartedness. The Giles learned with some alarm it was more Australian to dress down for dinner. As there was only one horse on the island engaged on a farm 8 miles away [Cygnet River] all the furniture and stores had to be brought from the beach by hand trucks. There was not enough room in the cottage and many items had to be stored in the roof space. The sitting room was "crowded to repletion" with elegant and luxurious furnishings.

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The one small bedroom had to accommodate seven people. Mrs Hare had a pet opossum which scuttled around the roof and Mrs Giles had an aversion to this (and any animals), worrying that it might leap onto her or her baby's face, Mr McLaren milked his goats on the kitchen table, and his wife put her foot down, fearing that pigs would be allowed into the house next. Mr Giles had purchased an Alderney cow from the captain of the Hartley [Captain Thomas Fewson] - the only cow on the island - which provided some milk for a time; but after it dried up, he procured some goats, which provided their dairy needs. Food provisions were quite expensive [prices are given], particularly meat and flour. They saw no kangaroos, though wallaby meat could occasionally be bought from the earlier inhabitants, like "Whalley" and his two black wives "Puss" and "Polecat". These earlier inhabitants were considered by the newcomers to be escaped convicts from Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) twenty years earlier.

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Fish of all kinds were plentiful, whenever the fishermen were sufficiently sober and energetic to catch them. The labouring population (250-300 persons) suffered from drunkenness. Water was scarce and had to brought in from a considerable distance to the township by casks. Strangely enough, when the Company had relinquished their whaling operations and when the place was abandoned by all but 2 or 3 families, a fine spring of water was found a few yards from the beach.

The Giles family became acquainted with a strange old Teuton geologist [Johannes Menge, who arrived on the Coromandel in January 1837]. and whose scientific knowledge was more theoretical than practical; although he was remarkable linguist, teaching Mrs Giles and elder daughters [Mary and Jane], Hebrew. But his visits were incessant and ill-timed, frequently inviting himself to dinner. After his contract with the Company ended, he fossicked around the Mount Crawford area, living in a hollow tree, and had the misfortune of being robbed of his life savings shortly before he died [in the Victorian goldfields]. There was more important work for them to do rather than study Hebrew - namely educate the children in English, and attend to making suitable clothes for the family. A grand dinner party had been arranged for their arrival (the first on Kangaroo Island), and Jane was to make her debut. A young newly married neighbour who had been a dressmaker in England, spurned their requests for help, and so sunny faced and golden haired eldest sister Mary obliged and a suitable dress was ready in time.

The dinner party reception was hosted by the cordial Thomas Beare (who escorted Mary). David McLaren occupied the place of honour at the head of the table. Jane's escort was a square built young doctor [Dr Lovell Byass ?]. Menge and Charles Hare featured in the entertainment and everyone was having a good time (even the normally dour McLaren) until remarkably, one of the guests, another German, rose and denounced the company, their country and their countrymen. The party was finished, and so was the indiscreet speaker.

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The family were seldom without visitors, with many ships calling in to Nepean Bay landing cargo before proceeding to the mainland. Mr Giles was determined to offer a cordial welcome to the new immigrants, in contrast to that he and his family had received. At times there could be 18-20 at the table. Two female servants made possible entertaining on such a scale. But one, the stout cook [name unknown] tragically rolled onto her own baby one night, smothering it. As a result she was indisposed for some time and the Giles girls had to take up some of the duties - Mary making clothes for her brothers, and Jane becoming the "chief baker" often with disastrous results. Every member of the family was actively employed and had to submit to serious privations.

Lydia in her role of messenger girl, suffered a bad leg injury from a dog bite. Lydia's best friend was Lucy Ann Beare, of the same age. Lucy's mother had died shortly after arriving on K.I. Recreation for Mrs Giles and Mary involved practising the piano, writing letters or needlework, and for the younger children consisted of shell gathering at the Bay of Shoals, although Jane often had to carry Emily (aged 2). Samuel (age 7) loved the sea.

One frequent visitor at about his time was the Advocate General, Mr Charles Mann snr., a clever, agreeable man, brimful of information about many topics. [Born 1799, died 1860. he arrived on the Coromandel, Jan 1837].

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Chapter III

Their New House and First Dinner Party

[June 1838]

The new house built for them was now ready, and although they owed a great debt of gratitude to Mrs and Mrs Charles Simeon Hare for allowing them to use the two rooms in their cottage for the past seven months, they were excited about the move to more spacious accommodation.

Hare was particularly popular with the children showing them great kindness. He was fond of 8 year old Samuel teaching him about the sea and boats. Samuel wanted to become a whaler, but his days were already numbered.

Hare recited to the interested family the melancholy tale of the ill-fated "Africaine" expedition, [see The Tragedy of Dr Slater and Mr Osborne ] in which he played a role in the search effort. [The author in a footnote acknowledges that two men had died, not one, as Hare had informed her.]

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Most of the Giles "boys" had struck their tents and left for Adelaide, and one for Tasmania to purchase sheep. All the belongings were moved to the new house by hand truck, including those stored in the ceiling space since they first arrived. Hare's dog,"Snap" came too. The new house was about a mile from Kingscote - "a large substantial stone one" with picturesque coast scenery, looking down on a pretty beach, flanked by steep cliffs. Although the building was still not completed, it had the luxury of a fireplace. The children's bedroom was up steep awkward steps into the roof and was subject to the wind.

The next morning two ships arrived, the Goshawk and the Pelorus carrying Governor Hindmarsh.

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A church service was held in a large tent accommodating 60-70 people [on the site what must now be the Pioneers Cemetery]. After the service they met their father, back from Adelaide, and Alfred Watts who had arrived recently from Hobart and had been appointed to a responsible position with the Company. On coming home from the evening service, Mr Watts, who was escorting the sisters, accidentally dropped the lamp, leaving the party in darkness, but younger brother [John] was able to pilot them safely home.

That night at the supper table, Mr Giles announced that it was his intention to invite the Governor and the Captain of the Pelorus to his house for dinner the next evening. This caused quite a consternation as the family had only just moved in to their new house, and they had no provisions to feed a party of 24. With some local foraging by some messengers, a few provisions were found, but rescue came from the Captain of the Goshawk [Captain Robert Laing] who provided items of food and drink fit for a Governor.

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"The carpet had been laid down in the dining room, curtains and pole affixed to the windows, pictures hung upon the walls, and with good napiery,and a sufficiency of glass, silver, and wax lights upon the tables, an excellent repast was provided as anyone not absolutely an epicure could possibly desire, the wallaby soup in particular much enjoyed for its rarity." The Colonial Secretary [Samuel Stephens] was "a good-looking, dapper little man", danced well and sang soft sentimental ditties, and considered by the ladies as quite effeminate, wearing a ladies' No. 4 in boots. His colleague the Private Secretary [George Stevenson], tall and powerfully made, not handsome, but intellectual, a "well shaped head", and with undoubted talent, as shown by the newspaper he later produced. Captain Hindmarsh "was of middle height, pleasant looking, frank, genial, affable manners, and every inch a sailor". But one of his eyes of the brightest blue, was glass. Coffee and music and singing ended the evening, and the important visitors returned to the beach and embarked for Adelaide that night.

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Chapter IV

Magisterial Difficulties

[June 1839]

Visitors were reduced to a trickle, as fewer ships called in to Nepean Bay - the last for some time being the Duke of Roxburgh (May 1839). While Jane cared for the young restless brother, who found peace near the sea, she reflected on her future and whether she would be able to resume her studies, and to become educated like her mother.

The Governor had appointed Mt Giles as Special Magistrate, and "it was astonishing the number of petty grievances, family bickering s, and such like, that immediately cropped up; all of which he was called upon to redress, invariably advising the litigants to a peaceful settlement whenever practicable." At one court hearing, the man accused of stealing hams, when sentenced, had to wake up the constable "I say, old fellow. Wake up. Don't you hear what they're saying? You're to take me to prison." This was done, to a special stone building erected as a gaol. But with aid of an accomplice, the prisoner had escaped that night - having made a hole in the wall as the mortar was made from sea-water, and had crumbled to dust. On his recapture the magistrate incarcerated him in a 300 gallon butt, but again he escaped, plundered the store and made off to a whaling hip in the harbour. The author swears this to be true. On two occasions the magistrate's life was threatened - Mr Alfred Watts defusing one situation.

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David McLaren had left his house vacant apart from two rooms used by the chief manager, and for his own reasons required Mr Giles to leave his pleasant home on the point and relocate to his official residence - with the proviso that he be accommodated there whenever he visited the island. The family was disappointed that they had to leave the house in which they were so comfortably settled, which shortly afterwards fell into ruin, and destroyed by fire.

The "official residence" was more finished, although less commodious. "The dining and drawing rooms, both of excellent size, 20 feet by 16, with two pretty French windows in each, opening up onto a highly ornamented verandah, 60 feet in length, were not only plastered and coloured, but had handsomely carved mantel-pieces, giving the rooms, when the furniture was all arranged, a more English aspect ..."

The children would dread the increasingly infrequent visits of the Calvinist David McLaren as he could not relate to them with his dour, humourless demeanour. But McLaren would delight in his own son "Jonathan", who had the opposite qualities of his father. As the visits became less, the family soon had the house to themselves.

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Mr Giles obtained a recipe for making yeast, which he gave to Jane, who was alarmed to learn that not only was she the baker, she will now have to learn to be a brewer. She enlisted the help of two German boys "Auguste" and "Carl". Although she good-naturedly complained of her lot, Jane realised that their family were relatively fortunate, when considering the situation of others in Adelaide "where large families, brought up in every comfort, if not luxuriously, in the old country, were crowded into tents for many months together, exposed alike to the fierce heat of the Australian summer sun and the cold, sharp, frosty nights and heavy rains of winter." One new mother and her new born first child were drenched in their tent. Another family lost their thatched roof in a gust of wind from their cottage on North Terrace, allowing them to study the stars that night, "with no obstruction to impede their view".

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The Rev Thomas Quinton Stow with his family [six altogether] lived in a huge tent for three months after their arrival [on the Hartley 20 Oct 1837], and during the hottest season of the year. This tent was used for worship by a large number of people who suffered from the heat inside. Mrs Stow, in particular suffered, although she remained cheerful and energetic until "her health gave way under the strain".

"In addition to unsuitable accommodation, the want of servants was felt heavily in the early days by many ladies, who, in feeble health and delicately nurtured, were compelled to perform the most laborious domestic duties, such as cooking in the sun at a camp fire, and doing the washing for their families." The price of food and provisions was exorbitant, due to their scarcity.

Another story of the perils of living in tents involved a lady accompanying the Colonel and Mrs Gawler in the Port Lincoln district. The tent was blown away in the middle of the night, but the "maiden all forlorn" was rescued by the Governor's man-servant.

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Chapter V

Festivities - The New Doctor

[Summer 1838-1839]

Two strangers, one strangely dressed, from the ship anchored in the bay nonchalantly walked up to the house. They were travelling from Sydney to the Western Archipelago. Both fond of music, they returned over the next days with their instruments and enchanted their hosts with their renditions, and a festive week was had by all, concluding with a ship board musical reception.

Just before the Christmas holidays, a picnic to the salt lagoons on the northern side of the bay was arranged. Mr Watts and another young gentleman from the same office was asked to join the family. They sailed from the recently constructed jetty in a six oared cutter, kept for Mr Gile's disposal, through the Bay of Shoals to a picturesque spot beside the largest of the lagoons.

Fishing was the most popular recreation for the young men : schnapper roe was comparable to caviar. On one moonlight fishing expedition, organised by Captain Laing of the Goshawk, some of the party landed to search for sea fowl but were trapped by the rising tide and had to wade back to the boat. Rowing for hours in damp clothes to reach home, resulted in one having to have his fashionable Hoby's boots cut off his feet, as well the worst cold he ever had.

There were many sharks in the bay, and many tall tales about them, including one of thirty-five feet that crushed a boat. Three men stood inside its jaws, and liver produced 60 gallons of oil.

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Mr and Mrs Giles' 12th [13th?] child was born, a pretty delicate boy [Edward Hollingworth Giles], and after Mrs Giles recovery, Dr Byass and his wife decided to leave the island, unable to settle down there, as a consequence of the death of their only child [Lovel ?, buried in Reeve's Point Cemetery]. The replacement doctor, [Dr Harvey] with his wife and two sons, moved into the adjoining residence, just vacated by Mr Alfred Watts who had to urgently return to Adelaide. [As the supplanted Watts was Jane's future husband, this would no doubt have coloured her opinion of Dr Harvey (and one of his sons), whom she described at length in most unflattering and bitter terms. Although she did have utmost respect and compassion for Harvey's long suffering wife, Sophia nee Fildes, whom she describes in glowing terms. See two accounts, quoting this book: Dr James Benjamin Harvey ] When the Kingscote settlement was broken up, the Harvey family were relocated to Port Lincoln, and Jane corresponded with her dear friend Sophia, until her death [from consumption, in December 1842].

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Chapter VI

Death In The House

Towards the end of summer [18 Feb 1838] little Samuel, who had so loved the sea, died. He had been enticed by a neighbour's son [son of Dr Harvey?] to miss church and go crab fishing. After being exposed to the sun all day, he returned to be admonished by his father and sent to bed, one of the sisters staying with him. The next day he suddenly suffered from leg pain and a profuse nose bleed, and Dr Harvey was sent for, who pronounced he had "a severe cold". That night he had fever and delirium, which did not abate and Mr Giles consulted another person who had practised medicine on the island but was not passed the College of Surgeons, who diagnosed typhoid fever brought on by sunstroke. Dr Harvey ridiculed his opinion. The Giles family had no option but to resort to prayer. But sadly the 9 year old died, and was buried at the [Reeves Point] cemetery - a wild spot, the churchyard overlooking the sea.

Another misfortune then befell the family, with their servant, "Patty", whose love, a sawyer"Mark Tapley", had been killed in a terrible accident, crushed to death by a dray in the Tiers, just prior to their planned marriage in Adelaide. [Jane describes in detail Patty's earlier life, and her circumstances, and various beaux, including a one-eyed plasterer.] The incident had a deleterious effect on Patty, whose duties were largely taken up by the girls in the family: they lamented that supplies of suitable food, such as game, were in short supply. "If those uncouth barbarians the islanders, in their garments and moccasins, made from the skins of wild animals, could only have been prevailed upon to bring in wallaby, then all would have been plain sailing ...."

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Another servant, a rough German girl named "Lisette" was taken on. She was accidentally hit by shot from the gun of James Giles who was hunting parrots, and Dr Harvey was enraged, declaring it was a way of the English to assassinate the Germans.

While Mr and Mrs Giles were away in Adelaide, the whaling season closed and about 60 men from various whaling stations came into Kingscote to be paid. A rough, lawless mob, they spent much of their time at "the low grog-shops that infested the place, drinking and quarreling to a fearful extent, that their conduct more resembled that of brute beasts rather than of sane men." There were no police, apart from one constable Hodge, and the Giles were annoyed by the "disgraceful scenes" at their door and the nearby tavern, and became quite fearful of their vulnerable situation. Recently there had been a murder, one drunken fisherman beating another with a boat-hook, and he promptly rowed ashore and presented himself to Mr Giles claiming "he had killed his mate". The murderer escaped penalty "through a flaw in the indictment, but perished miserably, it was said, in the bush a few years afterwards."

Their staunch friend [Mrs Stow ?] and her little son, returned with Giles parents from Adelaide and stayed with them a month. They also brought back with them another servant, an uncouth Scottish woman, who Jane likened to one of the witches from Macbeth. She was to look after the baby , who sadly died [Edward Hollingworth Giles, 1838-18 July 1839] and was laid to rest next to his bother in the churchyard cemetery.

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Chapter VII

Farewell To The Island

No ships touched the island, except one or two on route to England or other colonies, and the monotony was becoming painful. The inhabitants of Kingscote had nearly all left for the mainland. The managers had decided to pursue more profitable ventures than just whaling - which proved unprofitable due to "unsuitable ships, inefficient captains and worthless men". There was little prospect in farming, due to the "small extent of good agricultural land in the district, together with the enormous expense incurred in clearing it."

"Orders, therefore, came from the head manager that the place was to be abandoned, notwithstanding the many thousands of pounds laid out there in good, substantial buildings and other improvements. Everything now not absolutely required for daily use was packed up in readiness for the Rapid, one of the Company's ships which had been ordered to call at Nepean Bay and convey the family to Adelaide. But their particular friend, Captain H.[Captain Devlin?] who commandeered her and whose genial, pleasant manners had made him so great a favorite that he was always a welcome guest at their house, where indeed, when ashore, he passed most of his time, must have misunderstood the instructions given, as he never made his appearance at all, and nearly three months of weary waiting passed away before a vessel of any description came in bound for Adelaide."

"The lady visitor [Mrs Stow ?] ... was sorely perplexed and troubled for the delay" having had no news from her family for so long. Then at last they saw "gliding unexpectedly round Point Marsden, a large vessel from England, and arrangements were quickly made with the captain to take them all on board. [Possibly the cutter made in Tasmania, Water Witch which The SA Company purchased in 1839 to replace the Rapid, but hardly "a large vessel from England"]. There was only time for the sisters to snatch a hurried peep at their favourite haunts when the moment of departure came, and the whole family bade a long and last farewell to Kangaroo Island".

"Family Life in South Australia" then continues from their arrival in Adelaide.

Other notable families arriving on the Hartley in 1837 that may have spent some time on Kangaroo Island, are Mr. John Gale Shepherdson, Rev. T. Q. Stow, Mr. W. B. Randell, afterwards stock manager of the Company at Gumeracha. They might be indicated in the diary entries above.


See also Australian Dictionary of Biography Giles, William

Descendants of :

William GILES

Generation 1

1. William GILES was born 27 Dec 1791 in Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire, England and died 11 May 1862 in Beaumont, SA. He married Sarah ROPER 1813 in England. She was born in Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire, England and died 1833 in Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire, England. He married Emily Elizabeth McGEORGE in England. She was born 1814 in England.

Other events in the life of William GILESResidence: BET 1837 & 1839 in Kangaroo IslandImmigration: 22 Oct 1837 in HartleyOccupation: Jan 1841 appointed colonial manager of the South Australian Company.

Children of William GILES and Emily Elizabeth McGEORGE:

i. 2. Emily Rebecca GILES was born 1835 in England and died 24 Jan 1929 in Glenelg, SA

ii. George Hartley GILES was born 02 Aug 1837 in aboard the Hartley and died 14 Dec 1876 in Sydney, NSW

iii. Edward Hollingworth GILES was born Nov 1838 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA and died 18 Jul 1839 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA

iv. Percy Ludlow GILES was born 01 Jan 1839 in SA and died 20 Dec 1840 in SA

v. 3. Leonard Hollway GILES was born 18 May 1841 in Adelaide, SA and died 15 Jan 1898 in Penton Vale nr Yorke Town, SA

vi. 4. Hubert GILES was born 21 Oct 1843 in Adelaide, SA and died 11 Aug 1901 in Medindie, SA

vii. 5. Clement GILES was born 21 Feb 1844 in Adelaide, SA and died 19 Jul 1926 in Chivery Hall, near Tring, England.

viii. 6. Louis Henry Lobeck GILES was born 14 Jul 1845 in Adelaide, SA and died 21 Nov 1902 in North Adelaide, SA

ix. Ackland GILES was born 19 Dec 1846 in Adelaide, SA and died 18 Jun 1858 in Beaumont, SA

x. 7. Mortimer GILES was born 12 Aug 1848 in Adelaide, SA and died 17 May 1914 in North Adelaide, SA

xi. 8. Caroline Ada GILES was born 28 Feb 1850 in Adelaide, SA and died 21 May 1933 in Narrogin, W.A

xii. 9. Florence GILES was born 13 Jan 1852 in Adelaide, SA and died 30 Jan 1930 in Glenelg, SA

Children of William GILES and Sarah ROPER:

xiii. 10. William GILES was born 06 Oct 1814 in England and died 14 Jan 1875 in Hackney, SA

xiv. 11. Henry GILES was born 10 Jun 1816 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 10 Mar 1888 in Stirling West, SA

xv. 12. Mary GILES was born 1818 in England and died 19 Sep 1893 in Happy Valley, SA

xvi. 13. Thomas GILES was born 20 May 1820 in England and died 19 Feb 1899 in Adelaide, SA

xvii. 14. James GILES was born 25 Feb 1822 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 20 Dec 1861 in Adelaide, SA

xviii. 15. Jane Isabella GILES was born 10 Jan 1824 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 19 Aug 1894 in Burnside, SA

ixx. John Stokes GILES was born 06 Oct 1825 in Mitcham, Surrey, England

xx. 16. Lydia GILES was born 30 Jul 1827 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 25 Jan 1910 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England

xxi. Samuel GILES was born ABT 1830 in England and died 18 Feb 1838 in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

xxii. Sarah GILES was born 1833 in England and died 1833 in England

Generation 2

2. Emily Rebecca GILES was born 1835 in England and died 24 Jan 1929 in Glenelg, SA. She married Francis William STOKES 17 Apr 1861 in Beaumont, SA. He was born ABT 1833 and died 05 Aug 1889 in Cuckfield, Sussex, England, son of John STOKES.

Other events in the life of Emily Rebecca GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

3. Leonard Hollway GILES was born 18 May 1841 in Adelaide, SA and died 15 Jan 1898 in Penton Vale nr Yorke Town, SA. He married Marianne BAILY 11 Sep 1878 in Norwood, SA. She was born 13 Feb 1854 in London, England and died 05 May 1901 in Penton Vale, SA, daughter of John BAILY.

Children of Leonard Hollway GILES and Marianne BAILY:

i. 17. Leonard Hollway GILES was born 09 Jun 1885 in Penton Vale nr Yorketown and died 20 Mar 1961 in Willunga, SA

4. Hubert GILES was born 21 Oct 1843 in Adelaide, SA and died 11 Aug 1901 in Medindie, SA. He married Charlotte Julian KINGSTON 17 Mar 1880 in Brighton, SA. She was born 11 Sep 1845 in Adelaide, SA and died 20 May 1913 in North Adelaide, SA, daughter of George Strickland KINGSTON and Ludovina Catherina da Silva CAMERON.

Other events in the life of Hubert GILESBurial: in West Terrace Cemetery, SA

5. Clement GILES was born 21 Feb 1844 in Adelaide, SA and died 19 Jul 1926 in Chivery Hall, near Tring, England.. He married Isabella Begbie COCKBURN 07 Apr 1872 in North Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1847 and died 1938 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, daughter of Thomas COCKBURN.

6. Louis Henry Lobeck GILES was born 14 Jul 1845 in Adelaide, SA and died 21 Nov 1902 in North Adelaide, SA. He married Alice Margaret ANDREWS 26 Nov 1884 in Norwood, SA. She was born 09 Feb 1862 in Blakiston, SA and died 13 Nov 1943 in College Park, SA, daughter of William Buckton ANDREWS and Barbara SMITH.

Other events in the life of Louis Henry Lobeck GILESOccupation: Land broker

7. Mortimer GILES was born 12 Aug 1848 in Adelaide, SA and died 17 May 1914 in North Adelaide, SA. He married Agnes Reid ANDREWS 16 May 1874 in Mitcham, SA. She was born ABT 1849 and died 18 Jul 1907 in North Adelaide, SA, daughter of Richard Bullock ANDREWS.

Other events in the life of Mortimer GILESOccupation: Registrar-general of deeds

Children of Mortimer GILES and Agnes Reid ANDREWS:

i. Emily Ludovina GILES was born 28 Feb 1875 in Adelaide, SA and died 21 Mar 1906 in North Adelaide, SA

ii. 18. Richard Holtaway GILES was born 15 Dec 1876 in North Adelaide, SA and died 05 Aug 1948 in Gilberton, SA

iii. 19. Elizabeth Ada GILES was born 28 Feb 1879 in North Adelaide, SA and died 21 Jul 1962 in North Adelaide, SA

iv. Ackland GILES was born 26 May 1881 in North Adelaide, SA and died 27 Mar 1954 in Adelaide, SA

v. 20. Hubert Kingston GILES was born 20 May 1884 in North Adelaide, SA and died 06 Jul 1957 in North Adelaide, SA

vi. Mortimer GILES was born 26 Feb 1887 in North Adelaide, SA and died 06 Nov 1979

8. Caroline Ada GILES was born 28 Feb 1850 in Adelaide, SA and died 21 May 1933 in Narrogin, W.A. She married Charles Edward STOKES 12 Jun 1877 in Adelaide, SA. He was born ABT 1852 and died 1911 in Western Australia, son of John STOKES.

9. Florence GILES was born 13 Jan 1852 in Adelaide, SA and died 30 Jan 1930 in Glenelg, SA. She married Francis Herbert STOKES 03 Sep 1879 in Adelaide, SA. He was born 1855 in Greenwich, England and died 21 Feb 1929 in Glenelg, SA, son of John STOKES.

Children of Florence GILES and Francis Herbert STOKES:

i. Francis Herbert STOKES was born 13 Jun 1890 in North Adelaide, SA and died 27 Apr 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey

10. William GILES was born 06 Oct 1814 in England and died 14 Jan 1875 in Hackney, SA. He married Margaret Horne MacFARLANE 11 Apr 1848 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1822 and died 22 Oct 1901 in Norwood, SA, daughter of Allan MacFARLANE.

Other events in the life of William GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Children of William GILES and Margaret Horne MacFARLANE:

i. Allan MacFarlane GILES was born 11 May 1850 in Adelaide, SA and died 24 Nov 1888 in Renner Springs, NT

ii. Edgar William GILES was born 05 Oct 1851 in Adelaide, SA and died 25 Jul 1929 in Stepney, SA

iii. 21. Laura Margaret GILES was born 23 Aug 1853 in Adelaide, SA and died 04 Apr 1923 in Stepney, SA

iv. 22. Constance Mary GILES was born 23 Jun 1858 in Kanmantoo, SA and died 17 Oct 1930 in Parkside, SA

v. Caroline Jane Isabella GILES was born 28 Jul 1860 in Kanmantoo, SA and died 12 Jan 1939 in Prospect, SA

11. Henry GILES was born 10 Jun 1816 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 10 Mar 1888 in Stirling West, SA. He married Jane LESLIE 09 Oct 1845 in Aberdeen, Scotland. She was born ABT 1826 and died 13 Nov 1892 in North Adelaide, SA, daughter of John LESLIE.

Other events in the life of Henry GILESImmigration: 22 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Children of Henry GILES and Jane LESLIE:

i. 23. Alfred Leslie GILES was born 11 Sep 1846 in Adelaide, SA and died 05 Oct 1902 in Parkside, SA

ii. Ellen Jane GILES was born 20 Mar 1848 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 29 Jul 1848 in Port Adelaide, SA

iii. Millicent GILES was born 24 Jul 1849 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 23 Mar 1850 in Port Adelaide, SA

iv. 24. Amy GILES was born 23 Nov 1852 in Woodville, SA and died 26 Feb 1938 in Brighton, SA

v. Emily Eleanor GILES was born 11 Jan 1855 in Adelaide, SA

vi. Edith Mary GILES was born 26 Mar 1856 in Greenhill, SA and died 07 Sep 1856 in Green Hills, SA

vii. Henry Evelyn GILES was born 05 Mar 1859 in Greenhill, SA and died 10 Nov 1859 in Greenhill, SA

viii. 25. Arnold GILES was born 29 Sep 1860 in Greenhill, SA and died 03 Jul 1919 in College Town, SA

ix. Lydia Mary GILES was born 31 Mar 1862 in Greenhill, SA and died 24 Aug 1947 in Northfield, SA

x. 26. Francis William GILES was born 06 Sep 1863 in Greenhill, SA and died 11 Jul 1919 in Beaumont, SA

xi. Eustace Charles GILES was born 09 Jun 1865 in Greenhill, SA and died 16 Mar 1866 in Greenhill, SA

xii. Annie Leslie GILES was born 15 Oct 1868 in Greenhill, SA and died 24 Jun 1916 in Maylands, SA

12. Mary GILES was born 1818 in England and died 19 Sep 1893 in Happy Valley, SA. She married Josiah PARTRIDGE 25 Jun 1840 in Adelaide, SA. He was born ABT 1805 in England and died 27 Nov 1897 in Chandlers Hill, SA.

Other events in the life of Mary GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Children of Mary GILES and Josiah PARTRIDGE:

i. 27. Henry PARTRIDGE was born 26 Jan 1845 in Glenelg, SA and died 19 Dec 1915 in Glenelg, SA

13. Thomas GILES was born 20 May 1820 in England and died 19 Feb 1899 in Adelaide, SA. He married Mary OHALLORAN 20 Jan 1859 in St Mary, Sturt, SA. She was born ABT 1834 and died 07 Sep 1879 in Adelaide, SA, daughter of William Littlejohn OHALLORAN.

Other events in the life of Thomas GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Children of Thomas GILES and Mary OHALLORAN:

i. 28. William Anstey GILES was born 29 Jun 1860 in Glenelg, SA and died 07 May 1944 in North Adelaide, SA

14. James GILES was born 25 Feb 1822 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 20 Dec 1861 in Adelaide, SA. He married Eliza DEAN 30 Mar 1848 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1825 and died 05 Apr 1882 in Norwood, SA.

Other events in the life of James GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Children of James GILES and Eliza DEAN:

i. Alice Mary GILES was born 24 Jun 1851 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 23 Jun 1914 in Adelaide, SA

ii. Arthur James GILES was born 04 Oct 1855 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 11 Feb 1871 in Menindee, NSW

iii. 29. Lilian May GILES was born 03 Mar 1859 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 19 Apr 1934 in Royston Park, SA

iv. 30. Ernest GILES was born 31 Aug 1861 in Thorndon Park, SA and died 07 Jul 1912 in Oodnadatta, SA

15. Jane Isabella GILES was born 10 Jan 1824 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 19 Aug 1894 in Burnside, SA. She married Alfred WATTS 18 May 1842 in Adelaide, SA. He was born 13 Dec 1814 in Bristol, England and died 28 Nov 1884 in Adelaide, SA.

Other events in the life of Jane Isabella GILESBurial: in Kensington Clayton CongregationalImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

16. Lydia GILES was born 30 Jul 1827 in Mitcham, Surrey, England and died 25 Jan 1910 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. She married George Marsden WATERHOUSE 05 Jul 1848 in Adelaide, SA. He was born 06 Apr 1824 in Penzance, Cornwall, England and died 06 Aug 1906 in Newton Abbot, Devon, England, son of John WATERHOUSE.

Other events in the life of Lydia GILESImmigration: 20 Oct 1837 in Hartley

Generation 3

17. Leonard Hollway GILES was born 09 Jun 1885 in Penton Vale nr Yorketown and died 20 Mar 1961 in Willunga, SA. He married Elsie Elizabeth SAMWELL 06 Oct 1915 in Unley, SA. She was born 15 Nov 1887 in Lake St Clair nr Robe, SA and died 21 Dec 1979, daughter of William Lindel SAMWELL.

18. Richard Holtaway GILES was born 15 Dec 1876 in North Adelaide, SA and died 05 Aug 1948 in Gilberton, SA. He married Daphne May Winthrop GALE 07 Oct 1913 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1890 and died 07 Oct 1976.

19. Elizabeth Ada GILES was born 28 Feb 1879 in North Adelaide, SA and died 21 Jul 1962 in North Adelaide, SA. She married Stanley Forster MORRES 27 Apr 1905 in Adelaide, SA. He was born ABT 1868 and died 30 Sep 1943 in Strathalbyn, SA.

20. Hubert Kingston GILES was born 20 May 1884 in North Adelaide, SA and died 06 Jul 1957 in North Adelaide, SA. He married Nancy Gleeson TAYLOR 02 Feb 1918 in Strathalbyn, SA. She was born 05 May 1895 in Red Hill, SA.

21. Laura Margaret GILES was born 23 Aug 1853 in Adelaide, SA and died 04 Apr 1923 in Stepney, SA. She married Victor Edmund Russell DUMAS 08 Nov 1870 in Adelaide, SA. He was born 1846 in Hackney, London, England.

22. Constance Mary GILES was born 23 Jun 1858 in Kanmantoo, SA and died 17 Oct 1930 in Parkside, SA. She married Herbert BURNETT 20 Feb 1883 in Kensington, SA. He was born ABT 1858 and died BEF 1893. She married John Hughes WILLIAMS 21 Jan 1893 in Norwood, SA. He was born ABT 1859 and died 1889 in Broken Hill, NSW.

23. Alfred Leslie GILES was born 11 Sep 1846 in Adelaide, SA and died 05 Oct 1902 in Parkside, SA. He married Isabella WILDMAN 1882 in Sydney, NSW.

24. Amy GILES was born 23 Nov 1852 in Woodville, SA and died 26 Feb 1938 in Brighton, SA. She married George Fullerton CLELAND 22 Jan 1878 in Glenelg, SA. He was born ABT 1853 and died 10 Jul 1931 in North Adelaide, SA.

25. Arnold GILES was born 29 Sep 1860 in Greenhill, SA and died 03 Jul 1919 in College Town, SA. He married Kate Isabel CALDWELL 29 Mar 1899 in Adelaide, SA. She was born ABT 1877 and died 18 Apr 1944 in Glenelg, SA.

26. Francis William GILES was born 06 Sep 1863 in Greenhill, SA and died 11 Jul 1919 in Beaumont, SA. He married Mary Ethelwynne STRAWBRIDGE 14 Jul 1910 in Burnside, SA. She was born 11 Nov 1871 in Norwood, SA and died 03 Sep 1962 in Adelaide, SA, daughter of William STRAWBRIDGE and Eliza STEEL.

27. Henry PARTRIDGE was born 26 Jan 1845 in Glenelg, SA and died 19 Dec 1915 in Glenelg, SA. He married Mary STRAWBRIDGE 19 Dec 1874 in Malvern, SA. She was born 03 Jan 1849 in Bristol, England and died 05 Oct 1927 in Loxton, SA, daughter of William Smerdon STRAWBRIDGE and Eliza Stockholm STRAWBRIDGE - m.

28. William Anstey GILES was born 29 Jun 1860 in Glenelg, SA and died 07 May 1944 in North Adelaide, SA. He married Rita JONES. She was born ABT 1862 and died 09 Sep 1907 in North Adelaide, SA.

Other events in the life of William Anstey GILESOccupation: in Surgeon

29. Lilian May GILES was born 03 Mar 1859 in Port Adelaide, SA and died 19 Apr 1934 in Royston Park, SA. She married Henry Martyn SMITH 27 Feb 1879 in Norwood, SA. He was born 16 Aug 1846 in Adelaide, SA and died 19 Jan 1918 in St Peters, SA, son of James SMITH and Augusta WEARING.

30. Ernest GILES was born 31 Aug 1861 in Thorndon Park, SA and died 07 Jul 1912 in Oodnadatta, SA. He married Mary Ann Agnes CRAIG 07 Mar 1892 in Adelaide, SA. She was born 03 Nov 1866 in Kapunda, SA and died 11 Sep 1941 in Kingston, SA.


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