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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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:variant of the Whetter/Whitter/Watters/Whetters family Names will be recorded has Whetters to abbreviate duplication, many families in Australia adds a (s)

Several variant with the family names

to abbreviate duplication

Skewes - Skewes/Skews/Skewis/Skues - usage of the Skewes spelling Whenan - Wennen, Whennan, Wenan, Pascoe - Paskoe/Pasco Bennetts/Bennett/Bennetta/bennetto Pellew/Pellow/Pellowe Clements/Clement/Clemens/Clemence Penhallurick/Penhalurick/PENHALEWRICK,

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 be appreciated.

Please note:

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 accuracy.

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.


- H. D. Poole for the document on 200 years of Whitfords in Gwennap (1625 - 1825) - 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/ - https://www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au/ - https://my.rio.bdm.vic.gov.au/efamily-history/6208a30578f43020cd8caa4f
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