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



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  • Born: 13 Jul 1837, Crane, Camborne, Cornwall 3
  • Christened: 27 Aug 1837, Camborne, Cornwall 4
  • Married: 25 Jan 1863, Kapunda, South Australia 1 2
  • Died: 29 Oct 1899, Lord Palmerston Hotel, Kapunda, S.A., Australia 5 6

  Research Notes:

1851 Census:

Age given: 13 years
Birthplace given: Camborne, Cornwall
Dwelling: College St., Camborne, Cornwall
Occupation: Copper Miner


In 1854, in his 17th year, John Moyle came out to Australia, to the Victorian gold diggings, per the ship "Lightning"; in 1855 he went to South Australia and joined his brother Frank in a butcher and baker business in Hamilton.

John MOYLE opened a butcher's shop in the main street of Kapunda, and after his marriage he was greatly assisted my his wife, Avis.

By 1870 John and Avis had made sufficient profits from their butchering business to be able to purchase a hotel. Consequently, John became owner and licensee of the "Sir James Ferguson" hotel at Tarlee, a small place just a few miles NW of Kapunda. At that time, John's hotel was the only one in Tarlee, so with such a powerful monopoly in the hospitality trade, John prospered and his family remained in Tarlee until 9 Dec 1878.

It was while they were living at Tarlee that three of John and Avis's children died in one week from "black measles" caught from a sailor staying at their hotel.

1880: Proprietor of Morgan Commercial Hotel at Tarlee.

1881 - 1889: Proprietor of Lord Palmerston Hotel at Kapunda. 7

   Marriage Information:

John married Avis STEPHENS, daughter of Thomas STEPHENS and Elizabeth CHRISTOPHERS, on 25 Jan 1863 in Kapunda, South Australia 1 2. (Avis STEPHENS was born on 21 Nov 1844 in Helston District, Cornwall 8 and died on 22 Aug 1935 in Havelock St., Kapunda, South Australia, Australia 9 10.)

   Marriage Notes:

"On the 25th January, by licence, by the Rev. W. Gurr, Baptist minister, John Moyle, of Kapunda, to Avis, only daughter of Mr. Thomas Stephens, farmer, Mount View."


1 South Australia BDM, Reg. # 53/52.

2 South Australian Register, Thursday 29 January 1863.

3 Birth Certificate, 1837, No. 7.

4 (http://www.cornwall-opc.org/).

5 South Australia BDM, Reg. # 265/71.

6 Kapunda Herald, Friday 3 November 1899.

7 Florence Breed, pp. 116-117.

8 England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008, Helston district, 4th Quarter, vol. 9, p. 112.

9 South Australia BDM, Reg. # 572/3423.

10 Kapunda Herald, Friday 30 August 1935.

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