Brooks/Colwill Ancestry   by BroMit.com

An online summary of the 250 page book by Neil D Brooks


v30/10/2016 neildbrooks49 @ hotmail.com
click   (1) What this book is about / Introduction
click   (2) Flowchart & Descendants of the Family
click   (3) Brooks family 1839 - 1850.
click    -  Thomas2 Brooks (1817-1877) & Sarah Tabraham (1818-1893).
click    -  William Brooks (1820-1901) & Elizabeth (1822-1885)
click    -  John Brooks (1819-1880) & Elizabeth (Richards) Trewenack (18-1903)

click   (4) John and Elizabeth (Richards Trewenack) Brooks
click    -  Trewenack families from St Mawgan of Meneage, Cornwall

click   (5) John and Elizabeth (Richards Trewenack) Brooks' children
click    -  Grace Anne Brooks (1861-1921) & Thomas Clayson (1844-1927)
click    -  Mary Elizabeth Brooks (1866-1936) & Thomas Edwin Clayson (1867-)
click    -  Sarah Jane Brooks (1870-1912) & Alexander Badman (1865-1951)
click    -  Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) & Emily Austin & Elizabeth Williams
click    -  Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953) & Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill

click   (6) Summaries of the Nicholas Richards & Fanny Ann Brooks' children.
click    -  Mary Winifred Brooks (1884-1970) & Thomas Edwin Smith
click    -  Leonard John Brooks (1885-1994) & Susan Mildred Scott (1889-1974)
click    -  Florence Irene Brooks (1889-1970) & Edward Redmond Jennings
click    -  Emily Alberta Brooks (1891-1973) & Robert Goyder Thomson
click    -  Annie Lavinia Brooks (1894-1995) & William Redford Clisby
click    -  Stanley Cyril Brooks (1897-1974) & Jessie Verna Veitch (1890-1977)
click    -  Ernest Wilfred Brooks (1899-1990) & Sylvia Anita Pointon (1902-1992)
click    -  Allen Stirling Brooks (1903-1975) & Constance Matilda Hill (1904-1985)
click    -  Clara Mildred Brooks (1906-1998)

click   (7) Colwill/Burrows life in Clovelly, Devon, UK, 1871

click   (8) Richard & Betsy (Burrows) Colwill family's life in S.A. from 1878
click    -  John Colwill (1860-1930) m1884 Anna Cowan (1863-1955)
click    -  Richard Burrows Colwill (1862-1914) m1885 Eliza Clark (1869-? )
click    -  Fanny Ann Colwill (1864-1944) & Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953)
click    -  Norah Grace Colwill (1866-1942) & William Bray Penno (1865-1908)
click    -  Thomas Colwill (1866-?) ?
click    -  Agness Colwill (1870-1948) m1891 Daniel Simon Hunt b1864
click    -  Frederick Colwill (1875-1944) m1901 Edith Kranz (1876-1909)
click    -  Henry (Harry) James Colwill (1879-1921) m Alice Lillian Tapp
click    -  Arthur Colwill (1882-1943) Mary Jane Heinrich (1884-1941)

What this book is about

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This book is primarily about the life, children and achievements of Nicolas Richards Brooks and his wife Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill.

It briefly covers Nicolas' father John Brooks and his brothers William and Thomas2, who we thought emigrated via Liverpool, England on the ship the "Lady Lilford" in 1839, but there are now several more theories.

The "Lady Lilford" 1839 theory:- We can't be sure that the family, consisting of Thomas1 and his wife Mary, with sons Thomas2, William, Frederick, John, James and daughter Mary, definitely are our ancestors. There were no "residence" against the Brooks' name on the "Lady Lilford" passenger lists and as other passengers had stated their residence was from Scotland we thought the Brooks may be Scots. The probable birth dates of sons Thomas2, William and John seem right, but there is no record of what happened to the rest of the family after arriving in Port Adelaide.

The "Theresa" 1847 theory:- There is a John Brooks, and a William Brooks with his wife and child arriving on the ship "Theresa" in 1847, but the wife and child's names are not mentioned. The child would have been Sarah. as her d.o.b. was 1846.

The Tabraham theory:- The Kensington Park properties purchased between 1851 and 1863, we find that William Brooks, John Brooks and Thomas2 Brooks owned adjoining land. But on further scrutiny Thomas2 and Sarah Talbraham Brooks definitely sailed to SA on the ship "Norman" in 1855, and the passenger list says they came from Cambridge. The 1841 UK Census confirm that William and Sarah lived near Witchford, Cambridge. There were also a John Brooks and a William Brooks in Witchford in 1841 and so a compelling argument could be made for the Brooks coming from Cambridge.

We are assuming that John Brooks returned to England with a friend John Henry Trewenack in 1849/1850. John Henry's brother had died in Cornwall and had left a widow, Elizabeth and small child.

John Brooks returned to Adelaide in 1850,12th June, with his fiance Elizabeth Richards Trewenack and her son on the ship the "British Sovereign". The two families of Henry Trewenacks arrived on the ships "Amazon" and "Caucasian" in 1852, and they settled in Magill. The Trewenacks founded a Pottery business that was successful from 1852 to 1954 (when it was taken over by the Bennett family). Bennetts Pottery is still operating from Briants Road Magill.

There are records for William purchasing farm land near Kensington in 1851-3, and that John bought a share of William's farm in 1851. (We have a Thomas2 Brooks purchasing adjoining land in 1860).

In 1853, William buys out John's share, and John Brooks purchases blocks 25 & 26, section 284, Finchley for £130.00 and builds a small cottage, records have John as a "labourer". In 1855 John and Elizabeth marry, and bring up their family of 5 children, Thomas3, Nicolas, Grace, Mary and Sarah at Finchley.

This is where we change the focus to Thomas3 and Nicolas who became masons and builders working on projects such as the Adelaide Arcade and Auldana wine cellars. Thomas3 sells one of his pieces of land to Richard and Betsy Colwill and their family of 7 children in 1880.

Richard Colwill and family had emigrated from Hartland and Clovelly in North Devon, and we were able to discover many things about their life in Devon from the 1861 UK Census.

Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill, the 16 year daughter, now was a neighbour to the Brooks brothers and it was Nicolas Richards Brooks that caught her eye. They married three years later in 1883, and settled in a cottage built by Nicolas in (now #71) Colton Ave Murray Park (Magill), several houses up from their parents in Shakespeare Ave.

Nicholas and Fanny Brooks raise 9 children between 1883 and 1906, and this is their story.

Descendants List

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1 Thomas Brooks m Mary Brooks emigrated 1839 Lady Lilford from Liverpool? - theory 1.
1 William Brooks (b1785) m Ann Brooks b1785 Hardwicke Buckinghamshire ? - theory n.
 2 Thomas Brooks (1817-1877) & Sarah (1818-1893).
 2.William Brooks (1820-1901) m? Elizabeth (1822 1885)
---3.Sarah Brooks (1846-1926) m1869 Charles George Pulford (1846-)
    4. Eva Elizabeth Marian Pulford (1870-) Pt Gawler + 11 siblings.
---3.Mary Ann Brooks (1848-1914) m1878 William John Peterson (1845-)
    4. Elizabeth Daisy Peterson (1879-1973) Mitcham
    4. Hilda Eleanor Peterson b1881-?
    4. Ida May Peterson b1882 m1915 Sampson Mitchell Jose b1849. note age difference.
    4. William Olaf Peterson b1882 m1910 Mabel Gertrude Goldfinch
    4. Ralph Brooks Peterson (1887-1941) Hyde Park, buried Mitcham.
---3. Lydia Brooks (1851-1897) m1878 William Henry Pound (1852-1896)
    4. Eva Tabitha Pound (1879-1958).
    4. William Reginald Pound (1880-) m Ethel May Brooks b1881.
    4. Henry Norman Pound (1880-1945) m1908 Selma Marie Eitzen b1884.
    4. Violet Elizabeth Pound (1884-) m1910 John Peter Best b1881.
    4. Daisy Pearl Pound (1884-) m1913 William Lonsdale Hughes b1882.
    4. Ruby Emma Brooks Pound (1888-) m Alfred Edward Bolt b1887.
---3. James Richard Brooks b1855 m1875 Rebecca/Beatrice Bates (1852-1887)
    4. William James (1876-).
 2 John Brooks (1819-1880) m1855 Elizabeth (Richards/Trewenack) (1830-1903)
---3.Henry (Trewenack) Brooks b1847 m1880 Rebecca Howard Pierson b1862
---3 Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) m1 Emily (Austin) (1856-1885)
    4 Hilda Grace Brooks (1881-1960)
    4 Wenzel John Brooks (1884-1964) m1905 Nellie Margaret Roberts (1884-1960)
     5 Ernest James Brooks (1905-?)
     5 Frederick John (Jack?) Brooks (1906-1961?) m Lillas Muriel Brooks
     5 Margaret Emily Brooks b1910 m1925 Harold Robert Doddridge b1904
---3 Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) m2 Elizabeth Ann (Williams) (1861-1906)
    4 Gwennie Brooks (1888-1897) 9yo
    4 (Frederick) Gordon Brooks (1890-1924)
---3.Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953) m1883 Fanny Anne Burrows (Colwill) (1864-1943)
    4.Mary Winifred Brooks (1884-1970) m1908 Thomas Edwin Smith (1909-1986)
     5 Raymond Thomas Smith (1909-1986)
     5 Jack Edwin Smith (1914-1986)
(see Appendices for a more complete Smiths descendants list)
    4 Leonard John Brooks (1885-1974) m1912 Susan Mildred (Scott) (1889-1974)
     5 Douglas Richards Brooks (1913-2001) m Joy Cavell Green (1916-1993)
      6 Diana Wynne Brooks (1939-1997) m1962 Steven Bekker 1938-
       7 Gregory Shane Bekker b1962 m Roslyn Flanagan b1961
       7 Naomi Jane Bekker b1965 m1 Steven Berry m2 Steven Sharp
      6 Meralyn Joy Brooks b1942 m1967 Raymond George Roberts b1942-
       7 Benjamin Scott Roberts b1969 m Kerri Barker b1970
       7 Tara Juliet Roberts b1970 m Anthony Mangesldorf 1967
      6 Susan Claire Brooks b1948 m Ian James MacDonald b1951-
       7 Alan James MacDonald b1978-
       7 Fiona Jay MacDonald b1980
     5 Leonard William (Peter) Brooks (1916-1975) m Yvonne Joy Bramley (1929-2010)
      6 Maxwell Duncan Brooks b1950 m Karen Anne Zecchini b1953
       7 Adam Peter Brooks b1976
       7 Kimberley Anne Brooks b1983
      6 Douglas Allen Brooks b1952 m1 Jane Skidmore b1953, m2 Christine Emmie Contos b1961
       7 Geoffrey David Fraser b1970
       7 Carissa Louise Brooks b1975
       7 Allan James Brooks b1978
       7 Sally Justine Brooks b1989
      6 Robert Lindsay Brooks b1953 m Fay Enid Henwood b1955
       7 Michelle Dianne Brooks b1973 m1999 Matthew Henderson b1970
       7 David Michael Brooks b1975
      6 Peter Gregory Brooks b1957 m Caroline Anne Fergusson b1956
       7 Candice Marie Brooks b1979
       7 Michael James Brooks b1985
     5 Allen Brooks (1918-1991) m1945 Laurel May Humphrys (1924-2012)
      6 John Humphry Brooks b1946
      6 Neil Douglas Brooks b1949 m Beverley Ann Hartley b1948
       7 Susan Alyce Brooks b1985
       7 Amy Laurel Brooks b1987
      6 Elizabeth Mary Brooks b1952 m1973 David Keddie b1950
       7 Scott Keddie b1974
       7 Chrissy-Anne Keddie b1977 m Kent Tuigamale
      6 Jillian Ann Brooks 1957 partner John Blumson 1956
    4 Florence Irene Brooks (1889-1970) m1917 Edward Redmond Jennings (1881-1955)
(no children, but Edward had 6 children from an earlier marriage...see later for detail)
    4 Emily Alberta Brooks (1891-1973) m1910 Robert Goyder Thomson (1889-1952)
     5 Goyder Robert Thomson (1911-1982?)
     5 Vincent Giles Thomson (1913-1956)
     5 Morris Thomas Thomson (1916-
     5 Betty Eugene Thomson (1923-? m James Arthur Cathcart b1922
      6.Merilyn Cathcart b1946
      6.QuentinCathcart b1950
      6.Susan Cathcart b1953
      6.Alison Cathcart b1958
     5 Richards Thomson (1924-?
    4 Annie Lavinia Brooks (1894-1995) m1919 William Redford Clisby (1890-1949)
     5 Ruth Yvonne Clisby b1932 m Brian James Weidenhofer (1932-2007)
      6. Raelene Weidenhofer b1955 m Paul Dudley Thredgold
      6. Marylin Kay Weidenhofer b1957 m Michael John Murphy
      6. Barry Grant Weidenhofer b1959 m Michelle Boucat
      6. Leslie Brian Weidenhofer b1969 m2/11/91 Debra Anne Duthie 1969
     5 Ruth Yvonne Clisby 1932 m Brian Gertig on 14-9-2010
    4 Stanley Cyril Brooks (1897-1974) m Jessie Verna Veitch 1890-1977
     5 Kathleen Mildred Brooks (1923-2010) m Stanley Webber (1921-2006)
      6.Gregory Webber b1949 m1974 Helen Margaret Hannaford b1953
       7. Karen Webber b1979
       7. Stephen Webber 1981
      6.Brenton Webber (1950-1999) m Heather Anne Coulson b1950
      6.Sandra Webber b1952 m1975 Graham Roy Andrewartha b1951
       7. Renee Andrewartha b1978
       7. Kelly Andrewartha b1980
       7. Cathryn Andrewartha b1984 m2010 Michael Durdin b1980
      6.Mark Webber b1958 m Jennifer Lynn Oermann b1958
       7. Emma Louise Webber b1986
       7. Timothy Paul Webber b1988
     5 Geoffrey William Brooks (1925-1977) m Margot Wallace b1932
      6.Andrew Brooks b1962 m Debra Maree Sharman b1963
       7.Nerida Brooks b1989
       7.Rhiannon Faith Brooks b1990
     5 Barbara Brooks b 1930 m Brian Headland b1930
      6.Christopher Headland b1953 m Anne Gillian Fry b1955
       7. Rebecca Anne Headland b1982
       7. Stuart Christopher Headland b1985
       7. David Brian Headland b1989
      6.Michael Headland b1955 m Anne Elizabeth De Garis b1958
       7. Samantha Kate Headland b1987
       7. Michelle Louise Headland b1990
      6.Peter Headland b1960 m Heather Elizabeth McKenzie b1960
       7. Alexander McKenzie Headland b1993
       7. Taylor McKenzieHeadland b1997
    4 Ernest Wilfred Brooks (1899-1990) m1925 Sylvia Anita Pointon 1902-1992
     5 Aileen Claire Brooks b1927 m Raymond Allen Carter (1925-
      6 Christine Margaret Carter b1956 m David Eric Edwards b1956
      6 Anne Elizabeth Carter b1956 m Richard Bruce Clarkson b1958
      6 Paul Richard Carter b1959 m Leonore Ruth Murton b1962
      6 Jillian Kaye Carter b1964
     5 Brian John Brooks b1929 m1954 Lois Beatrice Marker b1929
      6 Andrew Brooks b1956 m Gillian Mavis Claire Crosby b1960
       7 Claire Amanda Brooks b1985 m Graeme Andrew Watson b1980
       7 Kate Elise Brooks b1987
       7 Stephenie Alice Brooks b1990
      6 Susan Brooks b1958 m Kym Zecchin
       7 Scott Michael Zecchin b1985
       7 Kaii Louise Zecchin b1989
       7 Jason Timothy Zecchin b1996
      6 Peter Nicholas Brooks b1960
      6 Jane Brooks b1962
     5 Rosemary June Brooks b1937 m Neale Michael b1936
      6.Robert Michael b1962 m Kellie-Anne Puckridge b1968
      6.Anthea Michael b1964
      6.Elizabeth Michael b1964 m Paul Stuart Worley b1960
    4 Allen Stirling Brooks (1903-1975) m Constance Matilda Hill
     5 David Stirling Brooks (1933-1992) m Barbara Carter (?)
      6 Michael John Brooks b1962 m Karen Elizabeth Gough b1963
      6 Bryony Clare Brooks 1964 m Ian Rodney Schlein b1961
      6 Stephanie Margaret Brooks 1967 m Mark John Williams Oates b1968
     5 Bruce Allen Brooks (1937-) m1960 Helen Elizabeth Baillie b1939
      6 David Nicolas Brooks b1962 m1987 Janene Susan Savvas b1965
       7.Angus Charles Brooks b1998
      6 Peter Bruce Brooks b1963 m1986 Bronwyn Janice Wilson b1961
       7 Nicolas Hugh Brooks b1988
       7 Kelly Alexandra Brooks b1992
       7 Sophie Elizabeth Brooks b1996
      6 Bronwyn Elizabeth Brooks b1966 m2000 Phillip James Reardon 1964
       7 Riley Elizabeth Reardon b2003
       7 Kaitlin Brooks Reardon b2006
     5 Richard Edwin Brooks (1943-) m1967 Suzan Beryl Hornidge b1944
      6 Matthew Allen Brooks b1974 m Jessica Shaham
      6 Daniel Charles Brooks b1977 m Jardine Lloyd Thompson
      6 Andrew Richard Brooks b1979 Partner Tammy Fejo
    4 Clara Mildred Brooks (1906-1998)
---3 Grace Ann Brooks (1861-1921) m11/8/84 Thomas Clayson 1844-1927
(Thomas married Thursa b1842 who died 41yo, on 17 Jul 1883)
    4 Emily Clayson (1885 - ?) m1893 Robert Kelly b1862
    4 Thirza Clayson (1885 - ?) m1906 John Jones b1866
    4 Minnie Clayson (1886 - 1887)
    4 Clifford Clayson (1888-1948) m1913 Alice Ellen Gallac(h)er (1891-1972)
     5 Douglas Clifford Clayson (1913-1982)
     5 Grace Alice Clayson (1914-1915)
     5 Stephen James Clayson (1916- ?)
     5 Mavis Jean Clayson (1919-1919)
     5 Allan Russell Clayson (1928- ?)
     5 Stephen James Clayson (1928-1998)
    4 Oliver Clayson (1890-1955) m19? Henrietta
    4 Leslie Clayson (1891-1969) m Amelia Doris Althea
    4 Robert Andy Clayson (1893-1979) m1915 Agnes Irene Ferguson (1895-1953)
    4 Beatrice Clayson (1896- ?) m1906 Frederick William Brown b1900
    4 Gwendoline Clayson (1897-?)
    4 Frank Allen Clayson (1900-1989) m1926 Violet Rosabel Dockett (1902-1953)
     5 Rhonda Grace Clayson (1926 - ?)
    4 Murray Clayson (1902-1958)
    4 Elizabeth Emily Clayson (1904-1905)
    4 Walter Clayson (1904-1990) m1928 Zeta Laurel Hayes (1911-1987)
     5 Donald Ralph Clayson (1926-1982)
---3 Mary Elizabeth Brooks (1863-1864) 1 yo
---3 (Elizabeth) Mary Brooks (1866-1936) m1892 Thomas Edwin Clayson (1867-)
    4 Linda Millicent Clayson (1893-1979)
---3 William John Brooks (1867 -1868) 1 yo
---3 Sarah Jane Brooks (1870-1912) m1889 Alexandra Badman b1865

(3) Brooks family 1839 - 1850.

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Nicolas' father John Brooks and his brother William and Thomas2, we thought emigrated via Liverpool, England on the ship the "Lady Lilford" in 1839, but there are now several more theories.
Richard and Barbara Pursell from Perth (descendants of William Brooks/Lydia Pound) tendered documentation after the publication of our 1st edition in Feb 2016, and it is now thought to be the most accurate.
The Pursells have very credible proof that John & William Brooks came from Hardwick/Weedon in Buckinghamshire on the "Theresa" in 1847.

The Seamons Family History website has very detailed history of Hardwick, and we have included extracts of the Seamons/Brooks portions. The following quote is very interesting:- "He (William Seamons) was twenty two years old when, in June 1789, he married nineteen year old Anne Brooks at Hardwicke Church. Anne had lived in the fine old farmhouse set almost in the shadow of the church tower, facing the new turnpike road. Her father was one of the substantial farmers at Hardwicke at the time of the enclosure of the village in the late 1770's, and after his early decease, her mother and brother continued in occupation."

Did John & William have a Fosters and a game of darts at The Old Jug Inn before they left for Oz?

(1) The "Theresa" 1847 theory:- John Brooks, and William Brooks with his wife Elizabeth Taylor and child arriving on the ship "Theresa" in 1847. The child would have been Sarah, born 1846.
(2) The "Lady Lilford" 1839 theory:- This was our first assumption, but we now think this was not our family. (Oct 10 2016). We can't be sure that the family, consisting of Thomas1 and his wife Mary, with sons Thomas2, William, Frederick, John, James and daughter Mary, definitely are our ancestors. There were no "residence" against the Brooks' name on the "Lady Lilford" passenger lists and as other passengers had stated their residence was from Scotland we thought the Brooks may be Scots. The probable birth dates of sons Thomas2, William and John seem right.
(3) The Tabraham theory:- Kensington Park properties were purchased between 1851 and 1863, we find that William Brooks, John Brooks and Thomas2 Brooks owned adjoining land. But on further scrutiny Thomas2 and Sarah Tabraham Brooks definitely sailed to SA on the ship "Norman" in 1855, and the passenger list says they came from Cambridge. The 1841 UK Census confirm that William and Sarah lived near Witchford, Cambridge. There were also a John Brooks and a William Brooks in Witchford in 1841 and a compelling argument on the Brooks coming from Cambridge is discussed in Section 3.1. Witchford is less than 100 miles east of Hardwick, Bucks.

Richard & Barbara Pursell's research also suggest the following "British Sovereign" story is incorrect. - see later for their suggestion Henry & Elizabeth Richards Trewenack came on the "Amazon", but once in Adelaide, Henry died, widowing Eizabeth, then later married John Brooks.

Our Initial thoughts were:-Our John Brooks may have been on the "Lady Lilford" or the "Theresa", and he may have returned to England some time between 1839, 1847 and 1850. On several obituaries of pioneers, they have said they had returned to England several times to visit friends and relatives, so it is not an unusual thing to do. In 1850,12th June , John Brooks returned with his fiance Elizabeth Richards Trewenack and her young son Henry, on the ship the "British Sovereign". The story we have pieced together is:- 1849 John Brooks had heard from a friend, John Henry Trewenack (both of Magill) that his brother Henry Trewenack had married a girl, Elizabeth Richards in Cornwall in 1849 and had a child Henry Trewenack, but Henry Trewenack senior had died. John Brooks and John Henry Trewenack returned to Cornwall where John Brooks got engaged to the widow Elizabeth. John and Elizabeth sailed to Australia on “British Sovereign” in 1850 while in 1852 the other Trewenacks (2 families) sailed on 2 ships, “Caucasian” and “Amazon” to Adelaide South Australia.

Thomas2 Brooks (1817-1877) & Sarah Tabraham (1818-1893).

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We can't find proof that Thomas2 Brooks, William Brooks & John Brooks are brothers, but as these Old Title System (ots) adjoining properties were purchased in the 1850-60's, it is a tempting conclusion. Between 1860-1863 Thomas2 purchase lots 12,-14 &16 of section (ots), in 1865 a new title is issued for his North Kensington property of over 7 acres of pt section 301.
The SA Biographical Index suggests Thomas, Sarah with daughters Rebecca and Emma came out on the ship the "Norman" in 1855 from Witchford, Cambridge UK, via Plymouth.
Sarah's daughter, Rebecca's middle name is Tabraham, which suggest that Sarah's maiden name was Tabraham.
Note:Sarah's daughter Emma named a son John Brooks Ferguson, which leads us to think our John Brooks was an uncle.

William Brooks (1820-1901) & Elizabeth (1822-1885)

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2.William Brooks b1820 d1901 m? Elizabeth Taylor (1822 1885) (See John Brooks marriage certificate eg witnesses)
---3.Sarah Brooks (1846-1926) m1869 Charles George Pulford (1846-)
    4. Eva Elizabeth Marian Pulford (1870-) Pt Gawler + 11 siblings.
---3.Mary Ann Brooks (1848-1914) m1878 William John Peterson (1845-)
    4. Elizabeth Daisy Peterson (1879-1973) Mitcham
    4. Hilda Eleanor Peterson b1881-?
    4. Ida May Peterson b1882 m1915 Sampson Mitchell Jose b1849. note age difference.
    4. William Olaf Peterson b1882 m1910 Mabel Gertrude Goldfinch
    4. Ralph Brooks Peterson (1887-1941) Hyde Park, buried Mitcham.
---3. Lydia Brooks (1851-1897) m1878 William Henry Pound (1852-1896)
    4. Eva Tabitha Pound (1879-1958).
    4. William Reginald Pound (1880-) m Ethel May Brooks b1881.
    4. Henry Norman Pound (1880-1945) m1908 Selma Marie Eitzen b1884.
    4. Violet Elizabeth Pound (1884-) m1910 John Peter Best b1881.
    4. Daisy Pearl Pound (1884-) m1913 William Lonsdale Hughes b1882.
    4. Ruby Emma Brooks Pound (1888-) m Alfred Edward Bolt b1887.
---3. James Richard Brooks b1855 m1875 Rebecca/Beatrice Bates (1852-1887)
    4. William James (1876-).

1846 Sarah Brooks born in the UK.
1847 John Brooks and William Brooks with his wife and child arrived on the ship "Theresa".
1848 Mary Ann Brooks born at Kensington to a William Brooks & Elizabeth Taylor.
1848-1851 William purchase lot15 of section (ots100/233?)
1848-1851 William purchase lot17 of section 301 for £49/19/6. (ots11/356, 66/142)

1851 Lydia Brooks born
1853 William sells 50% interest to his brother John for £24/19/6. (ots30/436)
1853 William buys John's share back.
1855 James Richard Brooks born
1855 William and Elizabeth Brooks are the witnesses for John Brooks marriage certificate.
1869 daughter Sarah Brooks marries Charles G. Pulford at William's residence Kensington Pk.
1875 James Richard Brooks marries Rebecca/Beatrice Bates at Res. of J. Kither, Norwood
1878 daughter Mary Ann Brooks marries William Peterson in PM Church Kensington
1878 daughter Lydia Brooks marries William Henry Pound at William's resid Kensington Pk.
1885 Elizabeth Brooks dies, on 31 Jan 1885, buried in Payneham Cemetery.
1896 William Brooks sells lot17 to his neighbour George Weatherald (dealer) who now owns lot13 (purchased from Thomas2).
1898 William Brooks purchases an allotment Pt Sec 249, Fullarton Rd Mitcham, on 9/3/1898 (ct472/37).

1901 William Brooks dies, on 5 April 1901 (ct472/37), buried in Payneham Cemetery.
The executors were Martin McLeish (married to Mary Jane Pulford, Charles George's sister) and daughter Mary Ann (Brooks) Peterson (1848-1914, m1878).

John Brooks (1819-1880) & Elizabeth (Richards) Trewenack (1830-1903)

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1847 John Brooks and William Brooks with his wife and child arrived on the ship "Theresa". It is not known whether these are our Brooks as yet.
We have pieced together this scenario.:- 1849/50 John Brooks had heard from a friend, John Henry Trewenack that his brother Henry Trewenack had married a girl Elizabeth Richards in Cornwall in 1849 and had a child Henry and that the 2 Trewenack families had decided to emigrate to Adelaide.
John Brooks and John Henry Trewenack returned to Cornwall where John Brooks got engaged to widow Elizabeth.

We do know that:- John and Elizabeth sailed to Australia on 'British Sovereign' in 1850 while in 1852 the Trewenacks sailed on 2 ships, 'Caucasian' and 'Amazon' to Adelaide.

1847-1851 William Brooks purchases lot17 pt section 301 for £49/19/6. (ots11/356, 66/142)
1853 William sells 50% interest to his brother John for £24/19/6. (ots30/436)
1853 William buys John's share back. (see chapter on William for the map of section 301)
1853 John Brooks purchases blocks 25 & 26, Section 284, Finchley for £130.00 (ots242/66)
Note: it is only 1 mile from Kensi Park to Finchley Park.

The State Library has the photograph of the "Cottage with John Brooks, 1880", but there are some who think it is his son Thomas3. The RHS photograph is thought to be of Elizabeth Richards Brooks.

Trewenack families from St Mawgan of Meneage, Cornwall

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The following UK census for 1841 shows the Trewenack family where Henry senior was a blacksmith in St Mawgans in the Parish of Mawgan of Meneage, near Helston in Cornwall, and an Elizabeth Richards living at Kynance in the Parish of Mullion.
The Trewenacks were Potters and Blacksmiths in Cornwall.

John and Elizabeth (Richards Trewenack) Brooks' children

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(1) Grace Anne Brooks (1861-1921) & Thomas Clayson (1844-1927)

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---3 Grace Ann Brooks (1861-1921) m11/8/84 Thomas Clayson 1844-1927
(Thomas married Thursa b1842 who died 41yo, on 17 Jul 1883)
    4 Emily Clayson (1885 - ?) m1893 Robert Kelly b1862
    4 Thirza Clayson (1885 - ?) m1906 John Jones b1866
    4 Minnie Clayson (1886 - 1887)
    4 Clifford Clayson (1888-1948) m1913 Alice Ellen Gallac(h)er (1891-1972)
     5 Douglas Clifford Clayson (1913-1982)
     5 Grace Alice Clayson (1914-1915)
     5 Stephen James Clayson (1916- ?)
     5 Mavis Jean Clayson (1919-1919)
     5 Allan Russell Clayson (1928- ?)
     5 Stephen James Clayson (1928-1998)
    4 Oliver Clayson (1890-1955) m19? Henrietta
    4 Leslie Clayson (1891-1969) m Amelia Doris Althea
    4 Robert Andy Clayson (1893-1979) m1915 Agnes Irene Ferguson (1895-1953)
    4 Beatrice Clayson (1896- ?) m1906 Frederick William Brown b1900
    4 Gwendoline Clayson (1897-?)
    4 Frank Allen Clayson (1900-1989) m1926 Violet Rosabel Dockett (1902-1953)
     5 Rhonda Grace Clayson (1926 - ?)
    4 Murray Clayson (1902-1958)
    4 Elizabeth Emily Clayson (1904-1905)
    4 Walter Clayson (1904-1990) m1928 Zeta Laurel Hayes (1911-1987)
     5 Donald Ralph Clayson (1926-1982)

1889 Thomas Clayson has lots 156 Jervois Av & 171-172 Windsor Av.
1890 Thomas Clayson has lot 157, Jervois Av.
1892 Grace Clayson has lot 155, cnr Jervois & Hawker
1893 Grace Clayson has lot 173, Windsor Av.
1930 ** Leslie Clayson, Jervois St, Magill, Robert A Clayson, Gladstone Av Magill
1920 ** Thomas Clayson labourer, Jervois St, Magill, Robert A Clayson, labourer Jervois Av Magill.
1930 ** Leslie Clayson, Jervois St, Magill, Robert A Clayson, Gladstone Av Magill
1936 ** F.Clayson Wunkar, H.Clayson Dairyfarmer onetree Hill, J. Clayson frmer Wirrula, L. Clayson rail Employee Melton, M. Clayson Birkenhead, Miss Gwendoline Clayson Jervois St Magill, Mrs F.G. Clayson Glenelg, O.Clayson rail emp Evanston, R.A. Clayson Gladstone Av Magill, T. Clayson laborer Evandale, W. Clayson Col Light Gardens.
1940 ** O Clayson 270 Churchill Rd Prospect.
The Claysons:- Agnes Irene, Frank A, Violet, Clifford, Robert Andy and Alice Ellen are listed as being buried at the Magill Methodist General Cemetery

(2) Mary Elizabeth Brooks (1866-1936) & Thomas Edwin Clayson (1867-)

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4 Linda Millicent Clayson (1893 - ?)

1892 Elizabeth married Thomas Clayson's second son from his first marriage in 1892.
Elizabeth's sister Grace married Thomas Clayson senior in 1884.
1893 Linda Millicent Clayson born.
1929 ** T. Clayson, 16 Bakewell Rd, Evandale - Gardener.
1936 Elizabeth died 70 yo, her residence was given as Evandale.
1940 ** T. Clayson 96 Welllington Rd Evandale - laborer.
1950 ** Miss L Clayson 96 Wellington Rd Evandale
1958 Thomas died 90 yo and his residence was given as Payneham.
1979 Linda Millicent Clayson died in 1979

(3) Sarah Jane Brooks (1870-1912) & Alexander Badman (1865-1951)

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Sarah was the youngest of John & Elizabeth's children, and may have been named after Thomas2's wife Sarah Tabraham Brooks, who arrived in Adelaide in 1855. We havent proved conclusively that Thomas2 was the brother of William and John Brooks, but the naming of children is a good indication. Sarah would have been 14 years younger than her brother Thomas3, and 9 and 4 years younger than her sisters Grace and Mary Elizabeth.
Sarah did marry Alexander Badman in 1892, after her sister Grace married Thomas Clayson in 1884, but before her sister Mary Elizabeth married Thomas Edwin Clayson in 1892.

(4) Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) & Emily Austin & Elizabeth Williams

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---3 Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) m1 Emily (Austin) (1856-1885)
    4 Hilda Grace Brooks (1881-1960)
    4 Wenzel John Brooks (1884-1964) m1905 Nellie Margaret Roberts (1884-1960)
     5 Ernest James Brooks (1905-?)
     5 Frederick John (Jack?) Brooks (1906-1961?) m Lillas Muriel Brooks
     5 Margaret Emily Brooks b1910 m1925 Harold Robert Doddridge b1904
---3 Thomas Brooks (1856-1918) m2 Elizabeth Ann (Williams) (1861-1906)
    4 Gwennie Brooks (1888-1897) 9yo
    4 (Frederick) Gordon Brooks (1890-1924)


Thomas, the eldest of John and Elizabeth Brooks, was raised in the cottage (pictured above left) on the corner of Third St and Shakespeare Av. He and his brother were masons and Tom eventually became a builder.
After his father died in 1880, he married Emily Austin. We do not know if Tom and Emily lived in John's cottage after John's death, or if Tom had built a house on his Second Street land that he had purchased in 1877.
Emily and Thomas had 2 children, Hilda and Wenzel, but Emily died in 1885 leaving Thomas with Hilda 4 and Wenzel only 12 months old. Thomas' mother, Elizabeth would have been 50 years old and may have helped with the children in her cottage in Third Street.

A few years later, Tom did marry again, to a Elizabeth Ann Williams, and had 2 more children Gwennie and Gordon, but sadly Gwennie died when she was 9 years old. In about 1900 his mother handed over her land, lot 26 and southern half of lot 25, for "natural love and affection". The northern half of allotment 25 was given to her second son, Nicholas, who would not build on until 1924. Thomas had been a builder for many years, and in 1903 after his mother died, built a very impressive "Villa" which he named "Wandeen".
Thomas Clayson, Tom's brother-in-law, Tom's son Wenzel and nephew Leonard William Brooks were all carpenters, and we would like to assume, would have been involved in the project. Tom had been elected a Campbelltown Councillor in 1899 and was involved until at least 1914. In 1918 Thomas died and left his property "Wandeen" to his eldest daughter Hilda.

(5) Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953) & Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill

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Nicolas Richards Brooks was born 1858 and lived around the Magill area all his life.
In Clara Brooks' trunk we found Nicolas' certificate of apprenticeship as a mason dated 1877.
The document reads:- Uneley May 21st 1877 I the undersigned do hereby agree to enter Nicolas Richard Brooks as an apprentice to the Masoniry and do all that is in my power to teach the said Nicolas Brooks the trade of Masoniry and to pay to the above named the sum of six shillings per day for every days work done by him for the term of six months commencing May the 21st 1877 and ending November the 21st 1877. signed G(eorge) Foreman, Builder, Uneley
In 1877 his brother Thomas3, also a mason purchased lot 17 on the corner of South Tce (Shakespeare Ave) and Second St. In 1880, Thomas Brooks sold half his property to a Richard Colwill, who had arrived from Cornwall in 1878 with his family, including a 16 year old Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill.
As Thomas and Nicolas were brothers as well as working together as masons, you can see how Nicolas and Fanny would be known to each other for at least 5 years. In the 1882 SA Almanac, both Thomas Brooks and Nicolas Richard Brooks were listed as Masons of Finchley.

Thomas3 and Nicolas were masons and builders working on projects such as the Adelaide Arcade and Auldana wine cellars.

In 1883, Nicolas purchased Lot 53 (now #71) Colton Ave Murray Park on 16/8/1883 for £10.00.
Nicolas and Fanny Ann Colwill married on 8/10/1883 at the Wesleyan Parsonage Norwood.
On 2/11/1883 they were granted a Mortgage and they built their first home. The property backed onto Shakespeare Ave only a 100 metres from Thomas Brooks' and Richard Colwill's homes, and across the road to his father's land (lots 25 & 26).

Nicolas became "outside manager" for Auldana Winery, so, around 1903 the family moved to the old "Brookside North" house, which Auldana had acquired along with the related vineyard.
Allen (1903) and Clara (1906) were born there. The family lived there until 1926. "Brookside" is still standing and is dominated by a huge Norfolk Island Pine, a landmark in the area.


Bruce Brooks :- "Nicolas was an Official Judge for vine pruning competitions for the Royal Agricultural Society. When drinking a toast in wine, he would ask for a drink of water. Sometimes he had to go (to judge) to the Barossa, Reynella and Morphettvale.



On the 12 Feb 1900, in the old system title 246/448, Elizabeth Brooks divided lot 25& 26 between her sons for the consideration of "natural love & affection", and the eldest son Thomas had lot 26, and the southern half of lot 25 while the northern half of lot 25 went to the second son, Nicolas.
On Nicolas' retirement in 1925 (he was 67 yo), he applied for a loan to build a house on his part of lot 25. I suspect a condition of the loan was that the land was to be brought under the Torrens Title system and new certificates 1371/123 & 124 were issued. A valuation by bank was £182 (see copy of the certificate), and on 25/8/1925 the State Bank approved a loan for £700 to have the house built.
In Jan 1926, a receipt from the Bank to Nicolas' builder shows that Nicolas was still at "Brookside" while the house was being built.



Clara did not marry, but lived with her parents looking after Nicolas and Fanny in their old age.
Fanny lived there to her death in 1944. There was a very biblical theme in her Eulogy penned by the Minister of the Magill Methodist church of which the following is part:- In October 1882 she was married to Mr N Brooks in the parsonage at Norwood and there began a partnership which was very dear and strong for over 62 years. Their first home was at Murray Park and so they have lived all the years of their united lives in your midst. The manner in which that home was established and maintained is seen by the devotion of each of the sons and daughters and the great joy and even pride with which their mother spoke of them and greeted them. No personal tribute or references could possibly explain or do justice to such a life as hers.

The following is a chronological list of events in Nicolas' life compiled from the SA Almanac, Birth, Deaths, Marriages and the LTO records:- (Almanac = **)
1864 **Burnside area Brooks Thomas labourer, Brooks William gardener Magill Rd.
1864 **Kens & Norwood Brooks Henry Beulah Rd Norwood
1870 **Burnside area Brooks Thomas2 farmer Nth Kens., Brooks William gardener Magill Rd.
1877 Thomas3 Brooks purchases 2 acres of land (lot 17) at cnr 2nd St. and South Tce Finchley.
1877 21st Nov. Nicholas apprenticeship with George Foreman, Mason, Unley Road. (Almanac 1878)
1878 Colwills arrive on the Hesperus October 24th…Fanny 14-15yo.
1880 **Brooks Mrs (Sarah) Thomas Nth Kens, Brooks William carter Magill Rd.
1880 John Brooks died at his home at Finchley Park, Senile Decay, 60 years old.
1880 **Brooks Thomas3 Mason Finchley, Brooks William carter Magill Rd.
1880 Richard Colwill buys part of Thomas Brooks lot 17 - Fanny would be about 16yo, Nicolas 22 yo.
1882 **Brooks Thomas3 Mason, Brooks Nicolas, Mason Finchley, Brooks William carter Magill Rd.
1883 **Colwill Richard Shoemaker Mason Finchley, Fanny would be 19 or 20 years old.
1883 31st Aug, Nicholas buys (now #71) Colton Av Murray Park (opposite his father John's property).
1883 10th Oct Nicolas marries Fanny, live at (now #71) Colton Ave until 1904.
1882-90 **Brooks Thomas Builder Finchley, Brooks Nicolas Builder Murray Pk
1884 (1) Winifred Mary Brooks born
1885 (2) Leonard John born.
1885 Adelaide Arcade completed.
1889 (3) Florence Irene Brooks born
1891 (4) Emily Alberta Brooks born
1894 (5) Annie Lavinia Brooks born
1895 **Brooks Mrs J Magill/Burnside, Thomas Builder Magill Brooks Nicolas Builder Magill
1895-1905 **Colwill Richard Jnr Colwill Richard Snr Magill Colwill John Greengrocer Woodforde.
1897 (6) Stanley Cyril Brooks born
1899 (7) Ernest Wilfred Brooks born
1903 They move into Fourth St Magill "Brookside"
1903 (8) Allen Stirling Brooks born
1903 Nicolas's mother Elizabeth Brooks, dies at Brookside
1904 Nicolas sold Colton Ave Murray Park.
1906 (9) Clara Mildred Brooks born
1909 **Brooks Thomas Builder Finchley, Brooks Nicolas Builder Murray Pk.
1909 (1) Winifred Mary Brooks marries Thomas Edwin Smith.
1910 (4) Emily Alberta Brooks marries Robert Goyder Thomson at Terowie, Burra.
1912 (2) Leonard John Brooks marries Susan Mildred Scott.
1913 **Brooks Thomas Builder Finchley, Brooks Nicolas Vineyard manager Murray Park
1917 (3) Florence Irene Brooks marries Edward Redmond Jennings
1918 Thomas Brooks dies
1913-1924 Brooks Nicolas Vineyard Manager Fourth St Finchley Magill
1919 Leonard buys Gwynne St at Auction, settles in 1920.
1923 (6) Stanley Cyril Brooks marries Jessie Verner Veitch.
1924 Nicolas purchases Third Street Finchley Park.
1925 (7) Ernest Wilfred Brooks marries Sylvia Anita Pointon
1926 Nicolas gets loan to build at Third Street (aged 68!)
1930 (5) Annie Lavinia Brooks marries William Redford Clisby.
1930 (8) Allen Stirling Brooks marries Constance Matilda Hill
1930 **Colwill Frederick Fourth St Magill ,Colwill A, fruiterer 41 Beulah Rd Beulah Pk
1944 Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill Brooks dies
1951 **Brooks L.J. 15 Gwyyne St Firle 1953 Nicolas dies

Summaries of the Nicholas Richards & Fanny Ann Brooks' 9 children.

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(1) Mary Winifred Brooks (1884-1970) & Thomas Edwin Smith

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Mary Winifred Brooks (often known as Nin) was the eldest daughter of Nicolas and Fanny Brooks, and she was born in 1884 in the (now #71) Colton Ave Murray Park cottage that Nicolas had built in 1883-1884. There were 6 more children to be born and raised at Colton Ave, until, in 1904, her father Nicolas was made outside manager of the Auldana vineyards, and allocated the Auldana house called "Brookside", where 2 more children were to be born, totalling 9.

(2) Leonard John Brooks (1885-1994) & Susan Mildred Scott (1889-1974)

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Leonard was brought up in (now #71) Colton Ave Murray Park from 1885-1904, then at Auldana Wine's Brookside House on Fourth St Finchley, the eldest son of Nicolas Richards and Fanny Ann Burrows (Colwill) Brooks. Nicolas and his brother Thomas were trained as carpenters, masons and builders, so it was probably natural that Leonard would became a carpenter. Thomas Brooks, Nicolas' brother and fellow builder/mason partner, was living on Shakespeare Ave (previously named South Tce) owning properties on the corner of Second St., and later taking over John Brooks property on the corner of Shakespeare Av and Third St. Finchley, building a Villa he called "Wandeen".

1912 Leonard married Susan Mildred Scott
1913 (1) Douglas Richards Brooks born
1913 ** Leonard Carpenter, Ashbrook Ave, Nth Norwood (Trinity Gardens).
1915 ** Leonard Carpenter, 20 Orient Rd Corryton
1916 (2) Leonard William (Peter) Brooks born
1918 (3) Allen Brooks born.
1919 16th Aug, Auction of Land on Gwynne St (known as "The Levels").

(3) Florence Irene Brooks (1889-1970) & Edward Redmond Jennings

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4 Mary Ellen Kelley d1913 m1901Edward Redmond Jennings (1881-1955)
5 Clarence Edward Jennings (1901-)
5 John Harold Jennings (1903-)
5 Thelma Eugenie Jennings (1904-)
5 Helen Olive Jennings (1906-)
5 Lorna Dulcie Jennings (1907-)
5 Matthew William Vernon Jennings (1912-).
4 Florence Irene Brooks (1889-1970) m1917 Edward Redmond Jennings(1881-1955)

Note: No Children to Florence..... (SA Almanac= **)
1889 Florence Irene Brooks born at Magill.
1901 Edmond Redmond Jennings marries Mary Ellen Kelley.
1901-1912 Edmond and Mary have 6 children
1910 ** Ed Jennings, Tailors Presser, Porter Street Parkside
1913 Mary Ellen Kelley Jennings dies 32yo.
1915-18 ** Ed Jennings, Tailors Presser, 24 Maude St New Parkside
1917 Florence marries Edward Redmond Jennings at the Methodist Church Magill.
Edward's 6 children would be between 5 and 12 yo.
1920 ** Ed Jennings, Tailor's Presser, 11 Campbell Rd Parkside South
1922 ** Edward Redmond had an address of 335 Unley Rd Malvern, as a Tailor's Presser
1922 Edward Redmond purchases allot 26, Birkinshaw Av, cnr Brookside Ave, Tranmere.
1940 Edward Redmond purchases allot 23 Brookside Av Tranmere, as a Tailor's Presser
1950 Edward Redmond sells 23 Brookside Av,
1955 Sept 1 Edward dies at Tranmere Park. 74 yo
1955 Buried at Payneham Cemetery.
1970 Florence dies at Leabrook.

(4) Emily Alberta Brooks (1891-1973) & Robert Goyder Thomson

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Robert Goyder Thomson was born at Goyder Lagoon Station (now part of Clifton Hills Station). His father Robert Vincent Thomson (we assume a drover on the Birsdville to Marree track) died at Birdsville in 1893.
Robert Vincent's wife Georgina and child Robert Goyder Thomson, moved back to Adelaide where she purchased a small cottage at 41 Glyde St Kensington Park (now Beulah Park). Robert Goyder, an only child, was brought up in this tiny cottage. When Robert was 20, he met and married Emily Alberta Brooks.
We do not know how Emily Brooks and Robert met, but Sarah Brooks, widow of Thomas2 Brooks, also lived in Glyde St.
Sarah's 2 daughters Emma Brooks and Rebecca Brooks married 2 brothers, William and Andrew Ferguson who both lived in Glyde Street.
The Ferguson's profession were (horse and cart) Carters.
Emma and Sarah would have been similar ages to the brothers Thomas3 & Nicolas Brooks, Nicolas being Emily Alberta Brooks' father.

We do not know the connection of the town of Terowie where Robert and Emily where married, but all of their children were born in Kensington Park, so we are assuming that they lived with Robert's mother (Georgina) at 41 Glyde St.
Robert is not mentioned in the SA Almanac until 1947, after his mother's death, at 85. Emily (who inherited 41 Glyde St) would have been 55, Robert would have been 58. Robert died 5 years later in 1952, but Emily lived in Glyde St until 1970, when she moved to Aldersgate Village, Felixstowe. Emily died in 1973, outliving her 2 sons, Vincent and Morris. Her only daughter was Betty.

(5) Annie Lavinia Brooks (1894-1995) & William Redford Clisby

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1894 Annie Lavinia (Brooks) Clisby was born on 6 May in the little cottage of her parents Nicolas and Fanny Brooks at (now #71) Colton Avenue, Magill. She was the fifth child in a family of nine.
Annie commenced Sunday School at the age of five, her first teacher being Mrs. Uren and then Miss Potter who later became Mrs. Seppy Lillywhite. Annie later became Leader of the Kindergarten and thus began a life of service to the Church. Her school days were spent at Magill and Wellington Road Primary School.
1930 Annie married William Redford Clisby, known as Rett. He was a widower with three children, Ruby May, DorothyViolet and Redford Winthorpe. He was the son of William Clisby and Emma Brenton with 5 brothers & sisters. Rett had married Ruby Roberts in 1919, but Ruby died in 1927 in child birth of their son Redford (1927-1952) at their Murray Park home. 1931 After a short time at Rosslyn Park the family shifted to a dairy farm at Woodside. 1932 Annie's daughter Ruth was born.

Depression years, farm life and four children to bring up did not make life easy but her faith was her strength to carry her through. Whilst at Woodside she was active in the community, always helping with the efforts for the Church, school, hospital, CWA and war efforts during those years. It was common for her to have a number of soldiers for Sunday night tea, and she would make pumpkin pie especially for the American soldiers or play for a sing-song around the piano. Annie had a lovely trained soprano and from the age of fourteen, when she joined the Church choir, she sang and entertained through her life until the age of 95, she resigned as a member of the Magill Choir. She was a member for fifty two years.

(6) Stanley Cyril Brooks (1897-1974) & Jessie Verna Veitch (1890-1977)

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A short Biography of Stan Brooks by Brian & Barbara Headland 2015
Together with his eight siblings, Stan was brought up in the family home at Magill. They all attended the Primary School at Wellington Road, a walk of about 4 kms each way. After school he completed an apprenticeship in carpentry, and worked for several years in that trade. Unfortunately at age 27, he had a serious accident at work damaging his leg badly, and was uanable to continue in that trade. He then obtained employment as a timber salesman with Reid Timber Merchants, and remained with that firm until his retirement. He became proficient as a draftsman/estimator for timber requirements for a wide range of buildings.
During WW1 he was rejected for Army Service on medical grounds (eyesight) but served in the local Home Guard and was promoted to the office of lieutenant.
Stan married Verna Veitch in 1923 and they moved into their home at 15 Birnie Ave, Kensington Park, where they remained until their death. Verna had come from a farming property in Balaklava to follow her scholarship for singing in Adelaide. They had three children while living there, Kath, Geoff and Barbara. Stan also was a good tenor voice, and music was a central interest in family and social life. Verna was also a competent pianist. Stan enjoyed gardening, especially flower growing, specialising in dahlias and galdiolis. At one stage part of the dividing fence with the neighbour was removed so that both families could extend their gardening interests. The family were members of the Newstead Methodist Church (now St. Morris Church) and were all involved in the variety of the church life. Stan was closely involved in the design and building of a new church on site in the 1960s.
Stan was of a quiet and retiring nature, but strongly committed to his family and to his Christian faith. Both attitudes were found in his generousity, good humour and high standards of integrity in his daily life.

(7) Ernest Wilfred Brooks (1899-1990) & Sylvia Anita Pointon (1902-1992)

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From Brian Brooks' Eulogy:-
Brian John Brooks was born on the 7th August 1929 in Maylands South Australia, the second of three children of Ern and Sylvia Brooks of Magill, South Australia. His two sisters are Aileen and Rosemary.
Ern, his father was a fitter and turner by trade and worked for the FW Hercus Manufacturing Co Limited., a small family owned company in Thebarton that made machine tools. Sylvia, his mother had trained at business college as a secretary. The family lived at First Street Magill, in a house that Dad's father (Ern) built in 1925.
Dad was a child of the depression. The family was fortunate however that their father was always employed so that the family had a regular income. My Grandmother was an expert at managing the family finances and stretching the pounds, shillings and pence. At the age of five, Brian attended the Magill Primary School.
From Aileen (Brooks) Carter' life:
My mother Sylvia was born in her grandmother's home at Goodwood when her mother was 42 years old but my mother grew up on her parents' farm at Curramulka on Yorke Peninsula, moving to Kensington Park at 13 years of age, when her older brother married.
Sylvia attended Norwood High School (Lossie St) for 3 years sitting for her Leaving Certificate then attending Stott's Business College which was fairly unusual for girls of her generation. Mother subsequently worked for the State Public Service until her marriage in 1925

(8) Allen Stirling Brooks (1903-1975) & Constance Matilda Hill (1904-1985)

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An extract from Allen Stirling Brooks' Eulogy:
Daughters came with the marriage of sons, and then grandchildren, all of whom found a place in his love and interest. With his wife was that close bond in which each cherished and supported the other and enabled each to give of their best in life. Yet the bonds of family stretched further to brothers and sisters, for whom the passing years meant a strengthening of the ties of family affection, interest and care.
The church family at Magill, where he worshipped all his life, and the wider church, is richer for his life and gifts. There have been few offices not held with strength in the life of the church - church steward, trustee, choir member, Sunday School superintendent and teacher. In latter years he worked with the 'paper gang' , a group of retired men who quietly but effectively worked together at the church.
His ability in accountancy became another resource of the church. For nearly 15 years he was a member of the Memorial Hospital Board and here again his keenness of mind enabled him to contribute to its planning.
Most of his working years (after time in the Government Produce Department and Emergency Supply Department) were spent in the Government Tourist Bureau. Responsibility did not spoil the man. The man brought integrity to work and responsibility. He held his place in the work force with a firmness which was characteristic of this man of faith.
Life was not without other interests- Cricket, a great love, was a ready topic of conversation. As a foundation member of Magill Methodist Cricket Club he gave time and effort to the continuing club and the United Church Cricket Assoc and was honoured as a Patron and by the establishment of a perpetual trophy - the A.S.Brooks Wicket Keeping Cup. He loved running in earlier years, and cricket for all his years. Music was in him and expressed through his singing - what a gift and how he loved to use it. His home and garden meant much to him and he gained much pleasure from them.


Constance Matilda Hill 1904-1985
From Bruce Brooks:- Our mother's side, her family was smaller, but here again the influence was to be significant particularly through our mother's father. Grandfather Hill was a coach builder who worked for the Holden Company building horse drawn vehicles. He was a highly skilled craftsman and a perfectionist at his work and this was clearly passed on to his grandson David, who as we know, was not only a perfectionist in all that he did but also inherited the manual skills of his grandfather.

(9) Clara Mildred Brooks (1906-1998)

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1906 Born to Fanny Anne Colwill Burrows and Nicolas Richards Brooks at Fourth St Magill.


She was the youngest of nine children, 22 years younger than the eldest, Mary Winifred Brooks born in 1884.
The Fourth St property, known at "Brookside North" was allocated/leased to Nicolas who was a Mason and was involved in the building of the Auldana warehouse (see the photo of the Bullocks and cart of grapes, behind the Auldana warehouse) and became their Vineyard Yard manager at Murray Park and Magill.
In 1924 Clara joined the S.A.Produce Department in Light Square, retiring 42 years later. She lived with her parents at 8 Third St, looking after them in their old age, Fanny dying in 1944 & Nicolas 1953.
Clara inherited 8 Third St, and continued to live there after her retirement in 1966, and onto 1988, when she sold it and bought a home unit at West Street Kensington Gardens. >

Note:- the house was renovated by the new owners and in 2014 it was put on the market for $900,000.

Colwill/Burrows life in Clovelly, Devon, UK, 1871

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Fanny's life is documented nicely by the 1871 UK Census, where the Colwills and the Burrows lived in the Clovelly and Hartland districts in North Devon.
1871 Fanny was aged 7 and living with her parents at East Dyke farm at Higher Clovelly North Devon. On the day the census was taken it was obvious that she was visiting her Uncle and Aunt, John (aged 47) and Fanny Burrows (aged 44) at his farm Rosedown Mill.



The 1871 census had John Burrows, born at Clovelly as a farmer of 26 acres and a miller (Rosedown Mill) employing 3 men.


Rosedown Mill proposed Extrensions in 1980's.

Clovelly Web Site

Richard & Betsy (Burrows) Colwill family's life in S.A. from 1878 & 9 children

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1. Richard Colwill (1835-1912) m1 Betsy Burrows (1838-1907) m2 1907 Fanny Hupfeld b1839 (68yo)
  2 John Colwill (1860-1930) m1884 Anna Cowan b1863
---3 Richard Colwill b1888 d1919
---3.Elsie Hilda Colwill (1888-1978) m1929 George Percy Storey (1884-1963) (no children fd)
---3 Joy Anietta Colwill b1891
---3.Ivy Annetta Colwill (1892-1968) m1911 William Godfree Baldwin (1889-1969)
    4.Ronald Kelvin Baldwin b1911
    4.Laurel Alfreda Baldwin b1913
    4.Clarence William Baldwin b1918
    4.Jack Raymond Baldwin b1920
---3 Doris Arabella Colwill (1893-1960) m1916 Melvin Thomas Irvine Shearer (1895-1964)
    4.Irvine Eldred Shearer b1918
    4.Betty Shearer b1924
---3 Clarence Eldred Colwill (1897-1917)
  2 Richard Burrows Colwill (1862-1914) m1885 Eliza Clark b1869
---3.William Henry Burrows Colwill b1885 m1914 Annie Marie Vale b1886
    4.William Burrows Colwill b1914
    4.Gladys Irene Colwill b1917
    4.Beryl Joyce Colwill b1919
    4.Dorothy Joan Colwill b1921
    4.Keith Ronald Colwill b1923
---3 Minnie Myrtle Colwill b1888 m1917 John Laird Vincent b1891 (no children fd)
---3.Albert Leslie Colwill b1888 d 1888
---3.Ethel Ruby Colwill b1891 m1913 Frederick Norman Frankcom b1894
    4.William Burrows Frankcom b1913
    4.Richard Norman Frankcom b1917
    4.Jack Frankcom b1920
---3.Gertude Jane Colwill b1893 m1915 William James Clark b1894 (no children fd)
  2 Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill (1864-1944) m1883 Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953)
---3.Mary Winifred Brooks (1884-1970) m1908 Thomas Edwin Smith (1909-1986)
---3 Leonard John Brooks (1885-1974) m1912 Susan Mildred (Scott) (1889-1974)
---3 Florence Irene Brooks (1889-?) m Edward Redmond Jennings
---3 Emily Alberta Brooks (1891-?) m1910 Robert Goyder Thomson b1889
---3 Annie Lavina Brooks (1894-1995) m1919 William Redford Clisby (1890-1949)
---3 Stanley Cyril Brooks (1897-1974) m Jessie Verna Veitch 1890-1977
---3 Ernest Wilfred Brooks (1899-1990) m Sylvia Anita Pointon 1902-1992
---3 Allen Stirling Brooks (1903-1975) m Constance Matilda Hill
---3 Clara Mildred Brooks (1906-1998)
  2 Norah Grace Colwill (1866-1942) m1895 William Bray Penno (1865-1908)
---3.Harold Colwill** (1887-1948)
---3.Hilda Millicent Penno b1895 m1918 Ross Jury b1895
    4 Lillian May Jury b1918
    4 Verna Majorie Jury b1920
    4 Melva Phyllis Jury b1927
---3 Lucy May Penno (1898-1989) m1919 Joseph William Henry Peacock (1895-1962)
    4 Cyril Henry Peacock b1920
    4 Roma May Peacock (1922-1923)
    4 Keith Laurence Peacock b1924
---3 Lillian Stella Penno (1901-1911)
  2 Thomas Colwill (1866-?) ?
  2 Agness Colwill (1870-1948) m1891 Daniel Simon Hunt b1864
---3 Stella Hunt b1891
  2 Frederick Colwill (1875-1944) m1901 Edith Kranz (1876-1909)
---3.Mervyn Henry Burrows Colwill (1902-1977) m1931 Edna Maud Osmond (1909-1970)
    4. Barbara Colwill b1933 m1959 Ronald Hewson
     5.Gregory John Hewson b1961
     5.Julie-Anne Hewson b1963
     5.Susan Margaret Hewson b1959 m Maurice Peters
      6.Kimberley Peters
      6.Mitchell Peters
      6.Sean Peters
     5.Catherine Louise Hewson b1964 m Adrian Keates
      6.Ben Keates
      6.Daniel Keates
    4. Margaret Colwill b1933 m1958 Lesley John Firman
---3 Lily Irene Colwill (1904-1984) (buried with parents at Magill)
---3 Frederick Leslie Colwill (1906-1959) m1929 Edna Ada Mabel Allanson b1908
  2 Henry (Harry) James Colwill (1879-1921) m1905 Alice Lillian Tapp (1884-1969) (no children fd)
  2 Arthur Colwill (1882-1943) m1906 Mary Jane Heinrich (1884-1941)
---3 Arthur Thomas Colwill (1908-1909)
---3 Eva May Colwill b1907
---3 Richard Harold Colwill (1917-1919)

In the 1871 census the family lived at East Dyke at Higher Clovelly UK. On the internet there is a East Dyke Farm B&B.
The family arrived in South Australia on the Hesperus in 1878 and Richard snr eventually set up his shoemaking business on South Tce (Shakespeare Ave today) Finchley, on land purchased from Thomas Brooks in 1880.

It seems after Betsy Colwill died in 1907, Richard (72yo) remarried in 1907 to Fanny Hupfeld, nee Penfolds.
Fanny Hupfeld, b1839 Ticehurst, Sussex had married William Zimmerman Hupfeld who lived around Port Gawler and Watchman, near Balaklava. They had ten children between 1859 and 1884, according to the family history database. William Hepfeld died in Balaklava, but with a unconfirmed date.
Fanny Hepfeld's father was William Friend Penfold(1806-1884) who we think died at Port Gawler, her mother was Hannah Waghorene (1810-1884). There were many Penfolds in the Port Gawler area in the 1860s.

(1) John Colwill (1860-1930) m1884 Anna Cowan (1863-1955)

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  2 John Colwill (1860-1930) m1884 Anna Cowan b1863
---3 Richard Colwill b1888 d1919
---3.Elsie Hilda Colwill (1888-1978) m1929 George Percy Storey (1884-1963) (no children fd)
---3 Joy Anietta Colwill b1891
---3.Ivy Annetta Colwill (1892-1968) m1911 William Godfree Baldwin (1889-1969)
    4.Ronald Kelvin Baldwin b1911
    4.Laurel Alfreda Baldwin b1913
    4.Clarence William Baldwin b1918
    4.Jack Raymond Baldwin b1920
---3 Doris Arabella Colwill (1893-1960) m1916 Melvin Thomas Irvine Shearer (1895-1964)
    4.Irvine Eldred Shearer b1918
    4.Betty Shearer b1924
---3 Clarence Eldred Colwill (1897-1917)
John was born in Clovelly in 1860, and in the 1871 census was a 11 year old living at East Dyke at Higher Clovelly UK. On the internet there is a East Dyke Farm B&B.
John, aged 18 and his family arrived in South Australia on the Hesperus in 1878 and his father eventually set up his shoemaking business on South Tce (Shakespeare Ave today) Finchley, on land purchased from Thomas Brooks in 1880.
We assume John started working at Woodforde on the Cowan family land, and in 1884 married Anna Cowan.
There is no land in John Colwill's name, but Anna (Cowan) Colwill had land transferred into her name from her father Samuel Cowan, gardener.
1884 John Colwill b1859 marries Anna Cowan b1863 at residence of Samuel Cowan (F).
1888 Elsie Hilda Colwill born to John & Anna
1891 Joy Anettia Colwill born to John & Anna
1892 Ivy Annetta Colwill born to John & Anna
1893 Doris Arabella Colwill born to John & Anna
1897 Clarence Eldred Colwill born to John & Anna (they gave up after finally getting a boy!)
1899 ** Colwill John, Greengrocer, Woodforde

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(2) Richard Burrows Colwill (1862-1914) m1885 Eliza Clark (1869-? )

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  2 Richard Burrows Colwill (1862-1914) m1885 Eliza Clark b1869
---3.William Henry Burrows Colwill b1885 m1914 Annie Marie Vale b1886
    4.William Burrows Colwill b1914
    4.Gladys Irene Colwill b1917
    4.Beryl Joyce Colwill b1919
    4.Dorothy Joan Colwill b1921
    4.Keith Ronald Colwill b1923
---3 Minnie Myrtle Colwill b1888 m1917 John Laird Vincent b1891 (no children fd)
---3.Albert Leslie Colwill b1888 d 1888
---3.Ethel Ruby Colwill b1891 m1913 Frederick Norman Frankcom b1894
    4.William Burrows Frankcom b1913
    4.Richard Norman Frankcom b1917
    4.Jack Frankcom b1920
---3.Gertude Jane Colwill b1893 m1915 William James Clark b1894 (no children fd)

We do not know exactly what R B Colwill did for a living, but looking at his death notices, he was a popular man.

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(3) Fanny Ann Colwill (1864-1944) & Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953)

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  2 Fanny Ann Burrows Colwill (1864-1944) m1883 Nicolas Richards Brooks (1858-1953)
---3.Mary Winifred Brooks (1884-1970) m1908 Thomas Edwin Smith (1909-1986)
---3 Leonard John Brooks (1885-1974) m1912 Susan Mildred (Scott) (1889-1974)
---3 Florence Irene Brooks (1889-?) m Edward Redmond Jennings
---3 Emily Alberta Brooks (1891-?) m1910 Robert Goyder Thomson b1889
---3 Annie Lavina Brooks (1894-1995) m1919 William Redford Clisby (1890-1949)
---3 Stanley Cyril Brooks (1897-1974) m Jessie Verna Veitch 1890-1977
---3 Ernest Wilfred Brooks (1899-1990) m Sylvia Anita Pointon 1902-1992
---3 Allen Stirling Brooks (1903-1975) m Constance Matilda Hill
---3 Clara Mildred Brooks (1906-1998)

See the separate section for Nic & Fanny.

(4) Norah Grace Colwill (1866-1942) & William Bray Penno (1865-1908)

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  2 Norah Grace Colwill (1866-1942) m1895 William Bray Penno (1865-1908)
---3.Harold Colwill** (1887-1948)
---3.Hilda Millicent Penno b1895 m1918 Ross Jury b1895
    4 Lillian May Jury b1918
    4 Verna Majorie Jury b1920
    4 Melva Phyllis Jury b1927
---3 Lucy May Penno (1898-1989) m1919 Joseph William Henry Peacock (1895-1962)
    4 Cyril Henry Peacock b1920
    4 Roma May Peacock (1922-1923)
    4 Keith Laurence Peacock b1924
---3 Lillian Stella Penno (1901-1911)

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(5) Thomas Colwill (1866-?)

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(6) Agness Colwill (1870-1948) m1891 Daniel Simon Hunt b1864

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2 Agness Colwill (1870-1948) m1891 Daniel Simon Hunt b1864
    Stella Hunt b1891

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(7) Frederick Colwill (1875-1944) m1901 Edith Kranz (1876-1909

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  2 Frederick Colwill (1875-1944) m1901 Edith Kranz (1876-1909)
---3.Mervyn Henry Burrows Colwill (1902-1977) m1931 Edna Maud Osmond (1909-1970)
    4. Barbara Colwill b1933 m1959 Ronald Hewson
     5.Gregory John Hewson b1961
     5.Julie-Anne Hewson b1963
     5.Susan Margaret Hewson b1959 m Maurice Peters
      6.Kimberley Peters
      6.Mitchell Peters
      6.Sean Peters
     5.Catherine Louise Hewson b1964 m Adrian Keates
      6.Ben Keates
      6.Daniel Keates
    4. Margaret Colwill b1933 m1958 Lesley John Firman
---3 Lily Irene Colwill (1904-1984) (buried with parents at Magill)
---3 Frederick Leslie Colwill (1906-1959) m1929 Edna Ada Mabel Allanson b1908

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(8) Henry (Harry) James Colwill (1879-1921) m Alice Lillian Tapp

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(9) Arthur Colwill (1882-1943) Mary Jane Heinrich (1884-1941)

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  2 Arthur Colwill (1882-1943) m1906 Mary Jane Heinrich (1884-1941)
---3 Arthur Thomas Colwill (1908-1909)
---3 Eva May Colwill b1907
---3 Richard Harold Colwill (1917-1919)

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