|About Pioneers of South Australia and Broken Hill
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This family tree has it ancestral foundation in Great Britten, the focal point being Cornwall.
When the Cornish people heard that free emigration to South Australia was being provided to
impoverished miners and labourers, many of them (sometimes entire villages) decided to migrate
to Australia when the mines opened up, as economic conditions were difficult in Cornwall. Many
came to Kapunda, Burra, Moonta and Kadina in South Australia. 'copper towns' of Burra, Moonta and
The Cornish were great miners, farmers and fishermen. They love singing and music, and were
religious people. Because the Cornish greeted each other as 'cousin' they were called Cousin
Jennys and Cousin Jacks. (Jack and Jenny were the most common names in Cornwall at the time). They
were hard working and adventurous and created a new home 18,000 kms from their own land. Life was
hard for Cornish settlers. Today it is estimated that 20% of people in SA alone have a Cornish
Many Cornish from Moonta, Burra, Wallaroo and towns in South Australia, Bendigo Victoria, took up
mining in Broken Hill, New South Wales. The Cornish presence brought with them better technology for
working in the silver-lead sulphide deposits.
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Note::variant of the Whetter/Whitter/Watters/Whetters family Names will be recorded
has Whetters to abbreviate duplication, many families in Australia adds a (s)
variant with the family name Skewes - Skewes/Skews/Skewis/Skues - usage of the Skewes spelling
in this family tree.
Lower case Thomas/Stevenson
Upper case for KNOTT
Exception being when families association to Knott and Thomas lines merge
This family tree wed site is the result of research by a number of genealogists. Errors
of entry of data may be found and so any help with additional data or corrections would
A person name with a asterisks at the beginning, signifies that the
parents are dodgy,so please be heedful when using this info.
Information has been obtained from numerous sources both primary and secondary, through my own
work and the works of other researchers, with family history there are no guarantees of
I would like to thank the following for their invaluable help with my Research:
Barry Thomas - for principal data on the Thomas side, Noel Faber - for access to her comprehensive
electronic information services, Jeanice Levez and Jean Horton for her information on the extended
Pearce line in the UK.
Melva Joyce GREEN (nee CROWHURST), Brian SPOORS, Helen GULLY,Carol CAHILL,
- and all otherindividuals who have helped in any way.
Credit:- H. D. Poole for the document on 200 years of Whitfords in Gwennap (1625 -
- Sandra & George Pritchard - http://gwennap-opc.com/
- Williams Family Tree [http://williamsfamilytree.co.uk/tree/index.php]
- Bernard family tree sit - http://www.celtic-casimir.com/webtree/index.htm
- Keith Skues - Skewes family book - Cornish Heritage
Main research Sources:- Digger CD's South Australia Birth, Death and Marriages
- Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.com/
- Findmypast - http://www.findmypast.co.uk/
- Trove - http://trove.nla.gov.au/
- Births, Deaths and Marriages N.S.W -https://familyhistory.bdm.nsw.gov.au
- Ships Passenger Lists - http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/index.htm
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - https://familysearch.org/
- Billion Graves - https://billiongraves.com/
- Australia Cemeteries - http://www.australiancemeteries.com/
- Biographical Index SA 1836-85
- Find a Grave - https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs&
- Births, Deaths & Marriages Western Australia - http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au/_apps/pioneersindex/