Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A - Z Challenge 2018 - P

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.


When the children of my 3x great grandfather King of Devon, England decided to emigrate to Australia in the 1850s three sailed to Melbourne, one sailed to Port Adelaide, and one, George King (my 2x great grandfather), missed the boat and and took the next ship, which was sailing to Canada. 

Port Adelaide, established in 1836 is a port city about 9 miles from Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. Clement King, my 3x great uncle, a wheelwright age 26, and his wife Emma Woollacott age 22 were chosen by the selection agent J.B. Wilcocks Esquire, working out of Plymouth, to immigrate to South Australia. 

Clement and Emma traveled on the Cornwallis with government assisted passage, paying just 1£. They sailed from Plymouth on 2 June and arrived at Port Adelaide 27 August 1865. 

They lived the rest of their lives in Port Adelaide, residing on Mundy St, Leandenhall St, Nile St, and Ship St. 


Use the Plus + to zoom in and see the places where Clement and his family lived

The couple had 7 children (6 girls and 1 boy) all born in Port Adelaide. I was lucky enough to find a photo of Clement King on the Port Adelaide Enfield Local History Flickr page.

From this 1908 article in the Socialities column of the Quiz newspaper, we learn that Clement joined the Ancient Order of Foresters Court Adelaide in 1868 and the Court Concord in Port Adelaide in 1875.

I would love to have seen that painting! I found on the Port Adelaide Flickr page this photo of the members of the Court Concord Foresters taken in 1906.

Emma died 29 April and was buried 1 May 1906, and Clement died 28 March 1916 and was buried 29 March. They are buried in the Cheltenham (Woodville) Cemetery, Adelaide. 

I created a memorial for them on Find a Grave, where all my ancestors are connected, and requested a photo of the grave. This is the reply I received...

"Unfortunately, Clement's gravesite has now been repurchased by another family. His remains have been moved to a corner of the site, but all that remains on the site is the headstone for the new interment."
At first I was like, What the heck!?!, not realizing the plot was not in perpetuity. Reading more on the website, I discovered that it is an Interment Right to the plot that is purchased, and that has an expiry date, at which time the Authority contacts the Right holder and if no reply, after 2 years the Authority can resell the Right to the plot. 

The person that replied to my request was kind enough to take a picture of the area where my ancestors are buried, and I photoshopped my own headstone, replacing the one that is currently there. (Thank you Mary Beaven) 

Drive A, Section C, Path 9 (20), Site 303C


  1. Oh very interesting - I never knew that a person's "final resting place" was not necessarily "final."

    I am assuming the one brother had no choice, so off to Canada he went. I wonder how the family felt when they didn't all go to the same place.

    1. Yeah, neeedless to say I was flabbergasted!
      I imagine George and his wife felt pretty alone. But just think! I could have been Australian!!! :-)

  2. I wonder what happened to the portrait. Perhaps a cousin has it.

    I think it is a real shame that they recycle graves. I understand in Europe where they might be short of space but I would think there is plenty of space in South Australia with some intelligent planning.

    1. I was wondering about the portrait also!
      In Canada most cemeteries are in perpetuity. I had never heard of reusing!

  3. If your ancestor hadn’t missed the boat you would not exist so that was a lucky break.


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