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Chivell Samuel

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth
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Place of birth St Agnes, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival
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Principal occupation Development of the township of Mallala
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Place of decease Mallala

Samuel was 7 years old when he arrived in South Australia.

In 1839,Samuel's parents, Joseph Chivell and his wife Ann Bennie (nee Goard), and their 6 children left Cornwall for Australia, travelling on the 'Java' and settling in Peachy Belt, South Australia.

When gold was discovered in Victoria, Samuel headed to Bendigo, returning to marry Mary Ann White in 1853. The following year Mary Ann died which was soon after the birth of her daughter Mary Ann. Samuel remarried to Elizabeth Jury in 1854.

After farming in Peachy Belt, Samuel and Elizabeth moved to Mallala about 1863. They settled on Section 60 in the Hundred of Grace, living at first in a pug and pine hut. A short time later he built the first stone house in the township. Samuel was very active in civic activities, and was councillor for the first Council of the District of Grace. He was instrumental in obtaining the services of a surveyor of roads and an inspector of works. Samuel was considered the richest man in town, and named many of the streets after his family. He is credited with the layout of Mallala's intersection where eight roads meet.

On March the 1st 1869 Samuel instructed the auction of the land in part section 60 of the Hundred of Grace for sale of half acre allotments in the township of Mallala South. He invested heavily in a flour mill, the tallest building in the town, and his daughter Mary Ann laid the foundation stone, however this proved to be an unsuccesful venture. Samuel was a butcher and farmer, and built a butcher shop. The building has continued to operate as a butchers until recent years. Gradually his wealth, and his health declined and he died in 1880, aged 48. He is buried in the Feltwell cemetery at Mallala.


  • Mallala Museum - Chivell family history board and related papers.
Chivell House
Chivell House

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