Descendants of William Gill &
William Gill and his
wife Mary Pope immigrated to South Australia from Devon in 1847 on the Cressy. William was a son of John Gill
and Elizabeth Vanstone of Iddesleigh, Devon and grandson of John Gill
& Elizabeth Bolt. Mary Pope was the oldest child of John Pope and Elizabeth
Crocker of Winkleigh, Devon. Marrying in 1823 William and Mary decided
to immigrate to South Australia circa 1847-48 and accompanied by their
children, Elizabeth, Samuel, Christopher, William, Mary, Eliza Jane, and
Priscilla, they settled at Tam O’Shanter, Port Adelaide. Their oldest
son, John Gill who had already begun a naval career with the Royal Navy opted
to remain back in England.
Within the first two years of arriving in South Australia their youngest
daughter Priscilla died at Tam O’Shanter in May 1848, their oldest
daughter married and their youngest son John Henry was born in November the
same year. Only months after John Henry’s birth William died in June 1849
at Tam O’Shanter aged 49. Mary was then widowed with an infant son, two
young daughters and three older sons by then teenagers. Mary remarried James
Hodson in 1853. She died 10 years later in November 1863.
William and Mary’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth married Isaac Pike in 1848
and had moved to Victoria by 1853 settling in the
Goldfields area near Ballarat before moving to Tasmania for several years. They
eventually returned to Victoria by the 1890’s though
some of their sons remained in Northern Tasmania and worked as miners. Sons
Samuel and William also travelled to the Victorian goldfields in the early
1850’s and spent a few years living at Avoca. Samuel married Ann Gale in Melbourne in 1852. The following year
his brother William married Ann’s younger sister Sarah Gale. Tragically Ann died 6 days after the birth of
hers and Samuel’s second daughter, who also died at Avoca 4 days after
her mother’s death. By the late
1850’s William and Sarah, with their first son William George and Samuel
with his surviving daughter Mary Anne Victoria all returned to South Australia.
William and Mary’s fourth son Christopher married Kate Webber and they
eventually settled near Blinman at Gum Creek Station. William and Sarah lived
near Navan at a property called Angle Farm and John Henry settled near Gawler.
Mary and her husband Henry Warren Short remained in the Tam O’ Shanter
area and Eliza Jane and husband Eli Tanner remained in the Port Adelaide area
moving to Richmond, Victoria for about 10 years from the mid 1880’s to
1890’s but had returned to Yatala, Port Adelaide by the late
While some of the Gills farmed the land north of Adelaide others moved to the Yorke Peninsula and earnt their living
fishing the waters near Stansbury.
This website covers four generations of William Gill and Mary Pope’s
descendants and is the result of several of William and Mary’s
descendants’ research into the family’s history including that of
Mauri Gill, Gillian Mercer, Graham J.
Gill & Anne Williams of South Australia, David Cullen of Tasmania and Myrna
Willis & Bill Keem of Victoria. Much assistance had also been received from
the generous subscribers of Rootsweb’s AUS-SAGEN mailing list,
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