Sunday, July 02, 2006

King and Clark families

King family at their property, Aylesbury, near Georgetown, South Australia
about 1897 or later, after the death of Charles Edward King (1829-1888)

Back row (left to right):
William King (1866 Christies Beach, SA - 1935 Prahran, VIC), Edward Manton (1848 Mount Barker, SA -1909 Katanning, WA, husband of Maria King), Anne Clark (nee King, 1865 Christies Beach, SA -  1958, Adelaide, SA, wife of William Clark), William Clark (b.1869 Haggerston, Middlesex, England - 1944 Adelaide, SA).

Front row (left to right):
Marian King (nee Welbourne, 1869-1953, wife of Mark King), Mark King (1862 Christies Beach, SA -1954 Berri, NSW), Maria King (nee Hunt, 1826 Uffcott, Wiltshire, England -1913 Henley Beach, SA, widow of Charles Edward King), Joseph King (1865 Christies Beach, SA -1911 Georgetown, SA), Emma King (1868 Christies Beach, SA -1954 Galston, NSW, m. Samuel Harold Quin 1896), Ginger the dog.

Absent from picture:  Eliza King (1863, Christies Beach, SA  - 1937, Katanning, WA, m. Robert Lawson Richardson 1885), Rebecca King (1859 Christies Beach, SA - 1915 Katanning, WA, m Thomas C Hynes 1901), Sarah King (1858 Christies Beach, SA -1929 Katanning, WA, m. Edward Gilbert 1882). Also three children who had died in infancy: Charles Edaward King junior, Julia King, Rhoda King.

 Charles Edward King (1829 Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England - 1888 Georgetown, South Australia, Australia) migrated to South Australia on the Theresa arriving at Port Adelaide in May 1847.  He first farmed on 80 acres at Christies Beach, SA now a suburb of Adelaide buying the land in 1851  after a successful spell in the Victorian goldfields. In 1871 moved 220km north to 640 acres at Georgetown, SA, naming his farm Aylesbury after his birthplace in England.

A couple of years later his eldest brother Thomas Layton King (1819 Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, England - 1904 South Australia) and first wife Mary Ann Broad (1816 Maidstone, Kent, England -1889 Christies Beach, SA) followed him to Australia, arriving in Sydney, NSW in 1850 but moving to Christies Beach, South Australia the following year.

Their parents were Edward King (1792, Quainton, Buckinghamshire - 1881 Weedon, Buckinghamshire) and Ann Layton (1793 Quainton, Buckinghamshire - 1867 Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire).

Family of William Clark and Anne King c. 1906 (both shown above)

Left to right: 
Annie Winifred (Win) Clark (b. 1900, Broken Hill, NSW), William Clark (b. Haggerston, Middlesex, England - 1944 Adelaide, SA), Hugh Rodney Clark (b. 1897, Broken Hill, NSW), William Robert Clark (b. 1902, Georgetown, SA), Anne Clark (nee King, b. 1865 Christies Beach, SA - 1958 Adelaide, SA), Ellen Joyce (Nell) Clark (b. 1899, Broken Hill, NSW - 1974 Adelaide, SA).

William Clark migrated to Australia at the age of 16 on the Ashmore, arriving with 300 other immigrants in Port Adelaide in November 1885.

William Clark's maternal grandparents, Harriet Nye and George Read had themselves migrated to Australia 44 years earlier. George Read left the family stranded in Adelaide in 1851 he went to the Victorian goldfields.  William Clark's mother Ellen Read and her 4 siblings were all born in Thebarton, South Australia.

George Read sent at least one consignment of 3 ounces of gold to Harriet Nye in Adelaide. But Harriet returned to England in1859 with her two younger children after George Read failed to return to South Australia. Her two older children Ellen and Charles Read also made their way back to England. Charles later returned to farm at Georgetown, South Australia and Ellen sent her son William Clark to work for him in 1885. Eventually William Clark himself bought a farm in the area too, calling it Wendover.

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