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Family History Notes - Cowell

The Cowell family of Balhannah

James Cowell and his wife, Eliza Hammond nee CANDLER/CAULDER, emigrated as a young married couple to SA aboard the Louisa Baillie in 1849. Schoolteacher at Clarendon and then Norwood. Two sons born in SA – Henry James Cowell b 28/3/1855 Clarendon d 18/2/1935 Lockleys and James William Cowell b 5/11/1856 Clarendon d 10/2/1910 Clarendon (of Medindie).

HJ Cowell became a timber merchant at Norwood in 1876, and his brother joined him in 1880, henceforth trading as Cowell Bros. HJ Cowell then retired from the business, and practised as an architect at 6 Australasian Chambers King William St Adelaide from 1888, and lived at Willowwy Lockleys. He died 18/2/1935 Lockleys.

JH Cowell continued to manage Cowell Brothers at 45 The Parade Norwood – timber merchants and general ironmongers, steam saw and moulding mills - the original site on the corner of The Parade and Sydenham Road, and also at Beyer St at Norwood, with further expansion to Adelaide (corner of Victoria Square and Grote St), and New Dock Pt Adelaide. About the end of the 1890s, he took his family to live at The Briars Hawker Road Medindie (purchased from Hon GC Hawker), where his youngest child, Geoffrey Reginald Cowell, was born in 1901. Because his health became so poor, JW Cowell sold the business to his son, FH Cowell, in 1905, who subsequently turned the firm into a company – Cowell Bros & Co. JW Cowell d 10/2/1910 Clarendon (of Medindie) Obit Observer 19/2/1910 p416a Chronicle 19/2/1910 p460e.

Son – Henry James Cowell

Henry James Cowell m 24/5/1877 Bride father David Williams residence Adelaide, Mary Ann nee WILLIAMS Perhaps b 13/8/1857 Redruth the daughter of David Williams and Mary nee Williams. d 3/9/1941 Lockleys, aged 83.


Elsie Maud Eliza Cowell b 30/8/1878 & d 20/11/1878 Norwood

Percival Joy Cowell b 18/9/1879 Norwood d 2/7/1965 North Adelaide

Hubert Henry Cowell b 19/7/1881 Norwood

Florence Ada Cowell b 4/10/1883 Norwood

Walter David Cowell b 30/8/1885 Norwood d 16/12/1963 Myrtle Bank

Constance Evelyn Cowell b 15/1/1891 Fulham

Leonard James Cowell b 16/6/1894 Lockleys d 24/2/1938 Adelaide (of Lockleys)

Marriages – HJ Cowell family

Percival Joy Cowell m 21/5/1924 Mrs W Kahlbaum residence Angaston, Emma Slemon SHORT 44 daughter of Joh Short

Hubert Henry Cowell m 9/9/1914 St Paul Adelaide, Myrtle Dorothy HEMING 22 daughter of Thomas Heming

Florence Ada Cowell – perhaps never married

Walter David Cowell – perhaps never married

Constance Evelyn Cowell – perhaps never married

Leonard James Cowell m 3/7/1920 St John Adelaide, Doris Marie nee DAY 25 Daughter of Frederick Day

Son – James William Cowell

James William Cowell m 9/11/1880 Bride father WT Cooper residence Adelaide, Ada nee COOPER b 4/11/1860 Adelaide. d 27/4/1929 Medindie Eldest child of William Tomsey Cooper public service clerk and eventually Government Valuator Adelaide later Glenelg, and Ellen Henrietta nee TIDSWELL


William James Cowell b 18/8/1881 Norwood d 7/4/1964 College Park Francis Henry Cowell b 25/5/1883 Norwood d 19/1/1925 Medindie

Harold Cooper Cowell b 26/2/1885 Norwood d 4/3/1886 Norwood

Alice Ada Cowell b 13/2/1887 Norwood

Elsie Emily Cowell b 12/4/1889 Norwood

Roy Charles Cowell b 8/3/1891 Norwood d 24/1/1914 Medindie

Gertrude Ellen Cowell b 22/6/1893 Norwood

Dorothy Hammond Cowell b 18/6/1898 Norwood

Geoffrey Reginald Jim Cowell b 6/6/1901 Medindie d 18/8/1958 Balhannah

Marriages – JW Cowell family

William James Cowell m 12/9/1911 Christ Church North Adelaide, Lorna Evelyn nee SUTHERLAND 21 daughter of Hamilton D’Arcy Sutherland

Francis Henry Cowell m 24/3/1913 Bride father RR Keynes residence Keyneton, Harriet Angell Keynes.

Alice Ada Cowell – perhaps never married

Elsie Emily Cowell m 25/2/1913 Bride mother residence Medindie, Rupert Eric Magary 32 son of James William Magarey

Gertrude Ellen Cowell – perhaps never married

Dorothy Hammond Cowell m 28/4/1926 Baptist Church North Adelaide, Hugh Kingsley NIELD 33 widower Son of Charles Henry Nield

Geoffrey Reginald Cowell m 2/1/1924 Dr Carr residence American River KI, Mary Hope nee CARR 21 Daughter of Hampden Carr

Family of William James Cowell & Lorna Evelyn nee Sutherland

D’Arcy Cooper Cowell b 6/10/1913 Medindie SA.

Unis Kathleen Cowell b 6/1/1916 Mt Lofty SA.

Colin Hamilton Cowell b 23/12/1920 Mt Lofty SA.

Christine Lorna Cowell b 5/5/1923 Mt Lofty SA.

Family of Geoffrey Reginald Cowell & Mary Hope nee Carr

Joan Bevan Cowell b 20/8/1928 North Adelaide SA.