Bonfield

We know little of this family. The surviving members of their particular branch remember little being mentioned of their history as children. The following are all the details that can be mustered about this particular family. If you think you might recognise any of the names, please contact us as a matter of urgency - Peter & Julie

 

Thomas Walter Bonfield b. between Dec. 1844 and Jun 1847 in the UK. He migrated to South Australia aboard the ship "North" from Plymouth, arriving on 30 November 1875 but the passengers were not disembarked until 9th December. On the passenger list for the ship, he is listed as 30 years old and gives his occupation as farrier. He married Mary Jamieson  on 2 Jun 1877 in Adelaide. She was born about 1860 probably in the UK, but very possibly they were both born in Australia. We know that he lived and worked in Gilles and Hanson Streets in Adelaide between 1880 and 1887, his occupation again given as farrier or farrier and clipper. Thomas died at Norwood on 9 March 1897, his widow Mary lived on at Norwood until 1904, when she died.

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Thomas Walter John Bonfield b. 29 Jan 1878 in Adelaide m. Hilda Evelyn Maude Hooper in about 1900.  Thomas died on 5 June 1955. Hilda had passed away on 1 February 1927 at their home in Stepney, and Thomas later re-married to Pearl McCarthy. Thomas and Hilda lived at 24 Payneham Road, Stepney for most of their married lives. Hilda helped with the cleaning of the Capital Picture Theatre, which was next door to their home.
 

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Violet Annie May Bonfield born 10 May 1903 at Maylands, SA married Frank Roy Thompson
   

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Brian Thompson
   

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Robert Thompson
   

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Betty Thompson
   

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Ronald Thompson
 

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Thelma Bonfield born 1908 in Adelaide married twice. Thelma is still living in Adelaide.
    First marriage to Harold Whyatt
   

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Christine Whyatt
   

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Pamela Whyatt
    Second marriage to Roy Gilbert, there were no children from this union
 

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Ena Bonfield born 1 Nov 1912 in Adelaide, married Harold James Manning. There were no children from this marriage. Ena is still living in Adelaide.
 

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Ernest Walter Bonfield born 1915 in Adelaide, married Doris Winifred Ash
   

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Margaret Ann Bonfield
   

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Peter Bonfield (decd.)
   

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Helen Bonfield
   

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Wendy Louise Bonfield
 

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Elva Gwenyth Bonfield born 17 Jun 1921 at Stepney, SA. Elva married twice, and is still living in Kingscote, KI.
    First marriage - to William Hughes - there were no children
    Second marriage - to James Robert Giles born 2 Aug 1928
   

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Peter James Giles

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Mabel Dinah Bonfield b. 25 Dec 1879.
 

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Albert William Bonfield b. 28 Nov 1897 at Adelaide. There is also a record of a Burton Wreford Reynolds born on the same date which lists Mabel Dinah Bonfield as his mother, and which also has no father listed, and is cross referenced to Albert William Bonfield.
 

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Joseph Roy Bonfield born 1 March 1900 at Adelaide. He died on 29 November 1900 at Norwood.
  Mabel Dinah Bonfield then had two more children whose father is listed as John Kidney although we can find no marriage record for them at this time.
 

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Stanley Harold John Kidney born 29 Jun 1902 at Norwood
 

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Frederick James Kidney born 29 Apr 1905 at Norwood

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Albert William Bonfield born 5 Dec 1881. His was a tragic and short life. He was afflicted with a club foot which caused him to limp severely. In about 1903 he met a girl named Caroline Elizabeth Hinds, with whom he became acutely infatuated. The couple "kept company" for about a year, much to the dismay of her parents. Carrie's sister was married and lived at Wallaroo. She had introduced her brother-in-law to Carrie during a family visit to Wallaroo. The young man began to correspond with Carrie, and in October 1904 proposed to her in one of his letters. During this time, she had been seeing quite a bit of Albert "Hock" Bonfield, who worked as a bootmaker in Norwood. On Friday 28th October 1904, Carried had decided to break off her relationship with Albert, and took the letter of proposed marriage with her to show it to "Hock". Albert must have been a very jealous and upset at the thought of "his Carrie" marrying someone else. So upset, in fact, that he shot her three times - twice in the side and once in the lower abdomen. This sad even happened at Pile's Paddock - what is modern day Kensington Gardens. Realising what he had done, Albert called out for help from nearby houses. Two men who lived nearby rushed to assist the stricken girl. They sent "Hock" to the home of Mrs Bonning, who lived just opposite the paddocks, where the police and an doctor were sent for. The two men carried the mortally wounded Carrie to Mrs Bonning's house where they tended her until the police and doctor came an hour later. Albert was taken to the Adelaide City Watch-house  and detained there for questioning. Carrie was transported to the Adelaide hospital in a critical condition. At 10am the next morning, Albert was taken to the hospital in chains to hear Carrie's statement of events. With her dying breath, she forgave him for what he had done, and asked her friends and family to do likewise. She died at 1:55pm the that afternoon. Albert was returned to Adelaide watch house and formally charged with her murder. He was then transferred to Adelaide Gaol where he remained until his trial in December 1905. The sentence of the court was that "you shall return from whence you came, thence to be taken to the place of execution to be hanged by the neck until ye be dead. And may God have mercy upon your soul". Albert William Bonfield was hanged at 8am on 5 January 1905 at Adelaide Gaol. He was buried at the gaol in the prisoner's grave-yard at 2pm the same day. He was just 24 years old.

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John Henry Bonfield born 1 Feb 1885. He died between 1909 and 1916 in Adelaide.

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Marian Susan Bonfield born 3 Jan 1887. She died on 21 February 1887 in Adelaide.

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Ernest Bonfield born 21 Aug 1888

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Ada Alice Bonfield born 20 Nov 1890. She died on 30 January 1891 at Norwood.

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Elizabeth Margaret Christina Bonfield born 9 Nov 1891

 

This page was last updated on 16 July 2000