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COWIE family in SA


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Three more look ups please Joan, when you can.

Children born in SA to Henry & Ruth COWIE:

Alfred Wm (1856-), Ruth Marion (1859-)

Henry COWIE d. 10.5.1881 Semaphore, SA


Here is the death registration Dave:-

Given Names: Henry COWIE
Date: 1881-05-10
Age: 66y
Status: N
Relative: (not recorded)
Residence: Semaphore
Death Place: Semaphore
District Code: PtA
Book: 111
Page: 64
Cross Reference:

I had a quick look for the births you requested but couldn't find them.
There is a Ruth Marion COWIE born in 1885 Magill to a Henry Hutchison COWIE and Catherine WALTERS.

Sashar :)
Here is an article from TROVE on the death of Henry, 11.5.1881 Sydney Herald:-

"Mr. Henry Cowie, manager of the Commercial Marine Insurance Company, was seized with an apoplectic fit at the directors' meeting to-day, and died shortly afterwards".

also ...............Henry's wife Ruth died 1882 in Crakehill, Yorkshire UK - also on TROVE.

Sashar :)
Hello Sashar,

Thank you very much.

I'll get the articles from TROVE.

This is where I got the details of the other two children:

Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885
d: 10.5.1881 Semaphore SA
arr: 1853 GOMELZA
0cc: Insurance Company Director
res: Norwood, Semaphore ccl: Cong
m: unknown
ch: Harriett Ellen BRUCE (1841-1891), Maria Groom ANTHONY (1843-1865),
Henry Hutchinson (1847-1897), Annie Eliz (1849-1891), Alfred Wm (1856-), Ruth Marion (1859-)

The family arrived in 1853. Perhaps not born in SA then.


Hi Dave,

Looks like the 1856 birth was in South Australia.

South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)(about)
Monday 20 October 1856

BIRTH. On the 18th inst., at Norwood, the wife of Mr. Henry Cowie, of a son.
Thanks gibbo. :)

I'm off to have early lunch and then to the local library for more baptism records.
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This could be Ruth? 13.8.1858 in the SA Advertiser


On the 11th inst., at Norwood, the wife of Mr. Henry

Cowie, of a daughter.

Sashar :)
Yes you did it right :biggrin: The link worked fine.

So if the births we found in the papers are the right ones i wonder why they are showing up in the reg.:confused:
Hello Joan,

Thank you very much.

I have the birth and marriage for Douglas Ross LOVELY.

I'm missing the birth for William Harvey C LOVELY in 1872.


If you google Ruth KERR nee COWIE there is an Ancestry tree with a photo of Ruth and Andrew. Also says Andrew died 1930 and Ruth 1929 but can't find that in Sth Aust.

William H C LOVELY b. 13 Jun 1872 c. 8 Aug 1872 Christ Church, North Adelaide, SA

Found one more bit:

Marriages Mar 1840
COWIE Henry Sunderland 24 229
HUTCHINSON Ruth Sunderland 24 229

Liverpool Mercury etc (Liverpool, England), Friday, April 10, 1840; Issue 1447.
Marriage notice
On Tuesday, the 31st ult., at Bethel Chapel, Villiers-street, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, Mr. Henry Cowie, of this town, to Miss Ruth Hutchinson, of Bishopwearmouth.