Cpt. Thomas MOYLE of Huel Gerry
(Abt 1770-1837)
Francis VIVIAN of Crane
(Abt 1777-1863)
Cpt. Thomas MOYLE
(Abt 1804-1856)
Henry Vivian MOYLE


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Henry Vivian MOYLE

  • Born: 1840, Crane, Camborne, Cornwall 3
  • Married: 30 Oct 1864, Kapunda, S.A., Australia 1 2
  • Died: 16 May 1925, Bay-road, Glenelg, Adelaide, S.A., Australia 4
  • Buried: North Brighton Cemetery, Adelaide, S.A.

   Research Notes:

1851 Census:

Age given: 11 years
Birthplace given: Camborne, Cornwall
Dwelling: College St., Camborne, Cornwall
Occupation: Scholar

At home with his parents.


Henry and Martha returned to Kapunda in 1869. Henry bought the Sir John Franklin Hotel which his brother, Francis Vivian Moyle, had once owned and where Franicis died in 1866.

After 10 years in Kapunda, Henry and Martha decided to move to the growing city of Adelaide.

When the railway line was extended from Kapunda in South Australia to Morgan in 1878, Henry Vivian MOYLE built the first hotel to be opened there, and then in 1880 passed it over to his brother John. At that time, Morgan was one of the many very busy river ports along the Murray River, with its high wharves and customs houses necessary for dealing with the cross-border trade. The arrival of the railway in 1880 gave a special importance to Morgan as the town would in future be a link between the railways and the river trade; Henry and his brother John realised the significance and the potential for a thriving hotel business in this bustling port, a gateway into N.S.W.

In 1881 Henry was elected to a seat in the House of Assembly of South Australia; and for three years represented the District of Light, in conjunction with Sir Jenkin Coles and Mr. H. Dixon, with Mr. Moyle being returned as senior member.

Henry was gazetted as a Justice of the Peace on 10 Aug 1881; and in 1895 became a member of the Glenelg Municipal Council. In 1906 he took his place as Chairman of the Public Works Committee of Glenelg; for five years he was a member of the Glenelg School Board of Advice, also a member of the Glenelg Institute Committee.

Henry Moyle returned to England in 1885 in the company of his partner, Mr. [Joseph] Downing. They were perhaps looking for business opportunities in the "Old Country". Henry visited his aunt Hannah (Moyle) Skewes, arriving in Gwinear Cornwall 25 May 1885 (Hannah was 72 at this time). He returned to South Australia 9 months later.

Will sealed: 26 May 1922


"MOYLE.—On the 16th May, at Bay-road, Glenelg, Henry Vivian, beloved husband of Martha Moyle, aged 85 years." 4 5

   Marriage Information:

Henry married Martha WATERS, daughter of William WATERS and Ann POLLARD, on 30 Oct 1864 in Kapunda, S.A., Australia 1 2. (Martha WATERS was born on 25 Aug 1844 in Adelaide, S.A., Australia 6, died on 7 Jul 1925 in 43 Adelaide Rd., Glenelg, Adelaide, S.A., Australia 7 and was buried in North Brighton Cemetery, Adelaide, S.A..)

   Marriage Notes:

" MOYLE—WATERS.—On the 30th October, at Kapunda, by the Rev. W. M. Bennett, H. V. Moyle, of Kapunda, to Martha, eldest daughter of Mr. William Waters, draper, of the same place."


1 South Australia BDM, Reg. # 60/435.

2 Adelaide Observer, Saturday 5 November 1864.

3 England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008, Redruth district, 1st Quarter, vol. 9, p. 275.

4 Chronicle (Adelaide), Saturday 23 May 1925.

5 Florence Breed, pp. 117, 152, 155-156.

6 South Australia BDM, South Australian Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 1 Page: 79 District: Ade.

7 Chronicle (Adelaide), Saturday 11 Jul 1925.

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