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I am researching George Sara, Stonemason, of Willunga South Australia (formerly of Cornwall)

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on 2012-04-29 23:54:34

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by asheppard on 2012-04-30 03:38:46

Do you have any details for George, birth, death did he marry, there are heaps and heaps in Cornwall.

There are quite a few Sara's in South Australia and quite a few more in Broken Hill NSW.

There is this one that could be him

George Sara b abt 1814 died 24 Jan 1914 age 100 in Willunga SA

and this marriage

Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 about George Sara
Name: George Sara
Father's Name: Collin Sara
Spouse Name: Peggy Pointon
Spouse's Father's Name: Joseph Pointon
Marriage Date: 13 Mar 1884
Marriage Place: Res Of Mr Pointon Willunga
Registration Place: Willunga, South Australia
Page Number: 783
Volume Number: 138

and her death
Peggy Sara born 1826 age 70, died 9 Dec 1896 Willunga SA Spouse George Sara

There is also a baptism on the Cornwall OPC for a George Sara on 24 Jul 1814 with father Collon/Colan in Perranarworthal, fathers occupation Bargeman.

by tonkin on 2012-04-30 05:45:55

I have posted a journal for George SARA and Mary NORMAN married in South Australia in 1860. They were in the Willunga area so may be the family you are researching.

If not the correct family it may give other members a kick start with their research.


by DMorgan on 2012-04-30 12:01:28

Thanks for this additional information. I think the George Sara who married Mary Norman in 1860 is the son of the George that came out to SA from Cornwall in the 1840s with his first wife and family, and lived at Willunga. He was a skilled stone mason and quarry operator, and later ran a very successful building firm with several of his sons. I think there were three sons and another boy, possibly a nephew who came out with the family. They had a number of important government contracts to build railway stations and other public buildings around the state, as well as many churches and private homes. George Sara senior married twice, his first wife Esther (nee Paul) being the mother of George Sara jnr. After Ester's death he married Peggy Pointon (nee Polkinghorne), widow of James Pointon. George Snr lived to 100 and was celebrated as 'Father Sara', one of the respected pioneers of the Willunga district. The sons carried on the business in various parts of SA including Burra and in Broken Hill as Dunstan and Sara.
The information about George Snr's father's name and occupation, and his place of baptism in Cornwall is useful and new to me. Thank you for passing this on.

by tonkin on 2012-04-30 18:09:32

You may have these details.

George SARA and Hester PAUL were married in Perranarworthal, Cornwall, on the
19 May 1836.
George's occupation given as Mason.

Their son, George SARA, was baptised in Perranarworthal on the 05 May 1839.
Married Mary Ann NORMAN 1860, South Australia.
Died 1903 Western Australia, aged 64 years.

by asheppard on 2012-04-30 22:20:52

George Sara and Hester or Esther Paul, looks like they had four sons according to information posted about George on the online newspaper site.

There are quite a few articles that have detailed information about his life here in Australia and in Cornwall


According to one article he and his wife Esther were married on 19 May 1836 Perran (Perranarwothal) the one Tonkin refers to above, and that they left Cornwall in March 1848 aboard "Westminster" and arrived 9 July 1848 in Port Adelaide SA with four sons. The names of the four are not given but later in the article he does mention that two have died and that Thomas is in Port Lincoln and William is in Broken Hill. Another article says he moved from Mylor to Perran at age 9 for his fathers work.

George & Hester's Sons
Thomas b1837 (on Cornwall site)
George b1839 (on Cornwall site)
William b1843 (on Cornwall site)
Almond b1845 (name from Aust. Newspaper notice of his death)

There are probably more children born in South Australia to Hester/Esther and possibly more with his second wife Peggy.

According to other articles Esther died 19 June 1881 Willunga aged 73 b abt 1808 Cornwall.

There are lots of articles with lots of interesting bits of information, the other great site is the Cornwall OPC site


There is also a William George Sara b abt 1843-1845 Cornwall, in Broken Hill married to a Christina Ernestina Helling/s in Moonta Mines, Dally, SA, in 1864 do you know if this is a relative.

This looks like George & Hester in the 1841 Census
1841 England Census about George Sarah
Name: George Sarah
Age: 25
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1816
Gender: Male
Where born: Cornwall, England

Civil parish: Perran Arworthal
Hundred: Kerrier
County/Island: Cornwall
Country: England
Street Address: Chyrogue
Occupation: Mason
Registration district: Falmouth
Sub-registration district: Mylor
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 138
Book: 11
Folio: 30
Page Number: 23
Household Members:
Name Age
George Sarah 25
Hester Sarah 30
Thomas Sarah 4
George Sarah 2

living next door is this family - could be related
Nicholas Sarah 25 - Pattern Maker
Elizabeth 25
Evan 6
Elizabeth 5
Charles 1

by LeaK on 2012-06-06 08:13:54

George Sara and Esther Paull had 4 sons Thomas George, William and Almond, the William George Sara who married Christina Helling is believed to be George's nephew who arrived in SA with the Family.

What information are you after?

by DMorgan on 2012-06-06 19:18:02

Thank you - this is the right one and I have got most of the biographical detail together at this stage. The original building business George Sara and Sons operated from premises at the end of my street, and we believe built our house amongst many others in the district. The sons later moved and continued the business in other parts of SA and in Broken Hill. I would love to find business records if they still exist in the family somewhere.
I am still looking for additional material relating to his life in SA or anything about his time spent at Victorian gold diggings.
Thanks for your interest

by bobc on 2016-08-02 00:24:35

Sara and Dunstan were a firm of stonemasons working in upper South Australia - Burra, Riverton, etc and finally in Broken hill. Sara is the son of the famous centarian. There is a fair bit on the internet about them. They finally went bust.

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