Thomas Cannum Ball1

#1569, b. 1781, d. 27 July 1866

Individual's Timeline

Birth1781Thomas Cannum Ball2
Marriagebetween 1801 and 1810Thomas Cannum Ball
Marriage of Daughter22 August 1836Elizabeth Ball3,4
EmigratAU4 December 1837Thomas Cannum Ball5
Marriage of Daughter27 March 1838Sarah Ball6,7,8
Marriage of Daughter13 February 1844Eliza Ball9
Marriage of Daughter17 September 1845Elizabeth Ball10
Marriage of Son17 April 1860George Ball11,12
Death27 July 1866Thomas Cannum Ball13,14,15

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Thomas was a brickmaker.16
  • EmigratAU: He and Elizabeth Jane Lester emigrated to Australia on 4 December 1837 in ship 'Lady Emma' from England. The Port they arrived at was Adelaide. This ship was very small, much smaller than those ships in the first fleet, so there is a good chance this was a privately arranged journey and records may exist in UK archives.5
  • Residence: In 1843 Thomas Cannum lived in Kensington, South Australia, Australia. 12 acres of wheat, half acre of garden. This is from SA Land returns for 1843. Note there were no DAREs there at the same time.17
  • Residence: In say 1857 Thomas Cannum lived in Victoria, Australia.1

Census details

Some aspects of Thomas Cannum Ball's life. Ball, Thomas Cannum was born in Kent, England and landed in South Australia in 1837 from the ship Lady Emma. He was immediately engaged by Mr Knox, of Port Lincoln to work on his station, and being one of the first to live in that district. He was afterwards 3 years on the Victorian Goldfields, and thence proceeded to the Wimmera, where he was overseer on the MacKenzie Springs station, and then overseer and manager on the Mt Elgin Station, remaining 6 years in the latter place. He was the first person who took sheep up to the Kow Plains in 1857 whilst at the Mackenzie Springs Station. He was also at Nhill and Kewell, being overseer and manager there for several years. When the selectors came to the locality, the Kewell Station, which a tone time was one of the best in the Wimmera, was reduced in area to a few hundred acres, and he went to North Brighton Station, near Horsham for a short time, to Lake Coorong, and the to Brim Station where he had charge for a year. Eventually he selected 250 acres, and is now farming 450 acres, having 70 acres in crop in 1887, and intending to increase annually.

Name: Ball, Thomas
Dates: -
mentioned: 1887
Occupations: pioneer; overseer; farmer
Groups: Travelers, Discoverers, Conquerors, Farmers, Crafts and
Industry: Others
Country: United Kingdom
Archive: Australasian Biographical Archive
Fiche: 13,149

Title of Source: Ellery [= Short title]
Victoria and its Metropolis : Past and present / Ellery,
Robert Lewis John, et al. - Melbourne. - 1888 (Vol. 2).19

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Rainham Parish records, where many of Thomas and Elizabeth's children were born, are on line at There was a Henry and Sarah BALL of Lower Rainham having children christened in the same church in the same time frame as Thomas and Elizabeth.

Children of Thomas Cannum Ball and Elizabeth Jane Lester


  1. Unknown agency, British Biographical Archive.
  2. Conclusion of, Shirley.
  3. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records.
  4. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M055765 1835-1838 0801582 Film 6901979 Film.
  5. SA Genealogy & Heraldry Society, Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885.
  6. W Frederic MORRISON M.A. M.D., History of SA.
  7. Origins, online, also noted in the list of Births, Deaths or Marriages as listed in the newspaper titled South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register for the year 1838.
  8. Find my past web sites, online or, South Australian Pre-civil Marriages Transcription
    First name(s)      William
    Last name      Joule
    Marriage year      1838
    Marriage month      Mar
    Marriage day      27
    Marriage place      Holy Trinity Adelaide
    Address      late Stoney STS
    Spouse's first name(s)      Sarah
    Spouse's last name      Ball
    Spouse's address      late Rochester KEN
    Celebrant      Rev Charles Beaumont Howard
    State      South Australia
    Country      Australia
    Sources      1: SA Gazette & Colonial Register 7 Apr 1838 p3c 2: Holy Trinity Adelaide register 33
    Record set      South Australian Marriages
    Category      Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Record collection      Marriages & divorces
    Collections from      Australasia.
  9. International Genealogical Index (IGI), LDS Member submission.
  10. International Genealogical Index (IGI), patron sheet 0960640 - 1553382 Film NONE.
  11. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Saturday 24 August 1912 p 14 Family Notices.
  12. Website ( "
    Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about George Ball
    Name:      George Ball
    Father's Name:      Thomas Ball
    Spouse Name:      Cecilia Ferry
    Spouse's Father's Name:      John Mattinson Ferry
    Marriage Date:      17 Apr 1860
    Marriage Place:      Res Of John Mattinson Ferry (Lobethal)
    Registration Place:      Nairne, South Australia
    Page Number:      108
    Volume Number:      42."
  13. Digger - South Australian Deaths 1842 - 1915,
    Surname: BALL
    Given Names: Thomas
    Date: 1866-07-27
    Sex: M
    Age: 85y
    Status: N
    Relative: (not recorded)
    Relative 2:
    Residence: Woodside
    Death Place: Woodside
    District Code: Nai
    Book: 24
    Page: 431.
  14. First Families 2001, online, Surname:      BALL
    Given Name(s):      Thomas
    Occupation(s):      Brickmaker

    Birth Details
    Birth Country:      England

    Death Details
    Death Town:      Woodside
    Death State/Territory:      S.A.
    Death Country:      Australia
    Death Date:      1866

    Immigration Details
    Air/Port Landed:      Adelaide, S.A.
    Year Arrived:      1837.
  15. Website ( "Morgan Family Tree (Owner: carleychamberlain)."
  16. First Families 2001, online
  17. Conclusion of, Tasmanian Field Trip, April 2000.
  18. 1841 Fiche, South Australia, unknown record info, p 85, 86 and 87.
  19. Unknown agency, British Biographical Archive, Australasian Biographical Archive Fiche: 13,149.