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Sarah Elizabeth Sims – first white child born in Adelaide?

This was one of the family myths about Sarah Elizabeth Sims born in Bowden Village, Adelaide on 13 January 1843.  She was the first of her family born in Adelaide but definitely not the first white child born there.  Adelaide was founded in 1836 and Sarah’s parents Robert Harvey Sims and Mary Ann Hammond arrived there on board the Buckinghamshire on 11 March 1839 having left London, England on 11 December 1838. They traveled with their two children, Mary Ann and Harvey John, their son George John already dead.  The family came from Dover in Kent.  Initially I had only found Robert and Mary Ann with their children arriving in Adelaide.  However after a trip to Adelaide and some research there I found that Robert’s entire surviving immediate family had followed them to Australia including his mother, Ann Harris, at the age of sixty-three!

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