| John HUTCHENS m 1835 Catherine Care OLIVER
John HUTCHENS chr 3 Sep 1809 Saint Buryan, Cornwall, England s/o JN. HUTCHENS/- (Mary MORLEY) [IGI Batch Number P006371 extracted from parish records]
Catharine (Care) OLIVER chr 31 Dec 1815 Saint Erth, Cornwall, England d/o George OLIVER/Mary (HOSKING) [IGI Batch Number C021861 extracted from parish records]
John HUTCHENS m 19 Jun 1835 Saint Erth, Cornwall, England, Catherine Care OLIVER [Submitted to IGI, no source info]
For the following census, shipping and petition information I am most grateful to Shelly Farr.
Shipping for John and Catherine and their four chn 1847 to South Australia
The shipping list for the Aboukir from the South Australian Register, 8 Sep 1847 is transcribed on this website.
Upon leaving the ship at Port Adelaide the family would have made the 8 mile trek to Adelaide, then north for 100 miles to the copper mine. Twenty-nine parents are listed on a petition sent in 1849 to the Colonial Secretary for a subsidy for a teacher for the Kooringa school. (Kooringa was an early name for Burra.) Many of the names are easily recognised as Cornish. Among them is John HUTCHINS, Burra Creek, 3 school age children. The petition is reproduced on page 264 of Ian Auhl's book, The story of the Monster Mine - The Burra Burra mine and its townships 1845-1877, Investigator Press, Adelaide, 1986. See 1849 Petition
In 1851 almost half of the population of over 4000 lived in 600 dugouts which had been excavated by the miners in the banks of the Burra Creek. These caverns extended for 3 miles but floods in 1851 inundated 'Creek Street'.
The South Australian Register, Thursday 5 June 1851
By mid 1851 the copper mining settlements north of Adelaide at Burra Burra and Kapunda formed the largest inland settlement on the Australian continent but after gold was discovered in August 1851 there was an exodus to the goldfields of central Victoria. Catherine's death certificate confirms that the the family spent about 7 years in South Australia before moving to the Creswick area of Victoria, most likely, early in 1854. Two of their daughters, Mary and Rosetta HUTCHENS were married at the Kooringa Church on 29 Mar 1852 and 27 Dec 1853 respectively.
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