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S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Marchant
Title : S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Marchant S.A. Northern Pioneers: W.L. Marchant
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Source : B 9612/D4
Date of creation : ca. 1870
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 50 x 33 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Portrait of W.L. Marchant from Mannanarie from the S.A. Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859 (shown in position on B 6912/1).

The Marchant brothers were 5 in number: George, Frank, William L and John C who were the pastoralists and a 5th brother died in a riding accident near the Burra mine. They were the sons of William L Marchant, who arrived from England in 1840 aboard the Fairlie. Frank and George had properties adjoining each other, Arkaba and Wilpena in the 1850s and 1860s. John, the other brother farmed on the Eyre Peninsula.


Born at Freshford, Somerset on 30 May 1828

William Marchant had two marriages, firstly to Georgiana Phillips, who was born on 7 August 1833 at Swan River, Western Australia. The marriage was at Coonatto, South Australia on 16 April 1857. Georgiana died 25 May 1866 in London, England. They had two children Mary Eliza, 1858 - and Edith Caroline, 1863 -. He then married Mrs. Bull on 22 February 1871 and there were two children named Sir Alfred nee Bull and Emma nee Bull.

William introduced Durham cattle and Clydesdale horses to South Australia. He was involved with several properties in including Manannarie, Aroona, Ediowie, in the northern parts of the state. Finally he had Burnside station, Strathalbyn. He retired to Adelaide and then returned to England where he died.

Click here to see details of other Marchant family members.

Related names :

Marchant, Frank, 1833-1882

Marchant, George, 1831-1905

Marchant, William, 1828-

Fairlie (ship)

Coverage year : 1850-1859 (1885)
Period : 1852-1883
Place : Wilpena, Mannanarie, Strathalbyn
Region : Mid North,Flinders Ranges and Far North - Outback
Further reading :

Burrows, A. Kith and Kin: Sources for family history Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide: 1994

Cockburn, RPastoral pioneers of South Australia 2 v. (207; 263 p.) Adelaide : Publishers Limited, 1925-1927 ("Reprinted from the Adelaide Stock and Station Journal.")

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor. Adelaide: an illustrated history, [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Kwan, Elizabeth. Living in South Australia: a social history, Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Migration Museum. From many places: the history and cultural traditions of South Australian people, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Migration Museum (History Trust of S.A.) in association with Wakefield Press, 1995

Pitt, G. Index to pioneers arriving in South Australia from overseas ports, July 1836 to December 1845 Archives Department, 1935

The Wakefield companion to South Australian history. Editor Wilfrid Prest. Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2001

Internet links :

Arkaba Station

National Library of Australia. Pictures catalogue

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition

State Library of South Australia, General Information Factsheets Online




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