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Robert & Miriam Willard
The Willard family arrived on 6th December 1858 at Pt Adelaide on the boat "Melbourne", 
which left from  Birkenhead, England on 4th September 1858 and arrived at Pt Adelaide SA 
on 6th Dec 1858. Master of the ship was Captain Brodie. Emigrants embarking totalled 393, 
including 83 children and infants, 222 English, 141 Scots and 25 Irish persons. 
The first born, Philadelphia died and was buried at sea on the trip to Australia, 
she was listed as an infant which was under one year and the cause of death "Teething & Diarrhoea". 
Teething would therefore suggest that the child was born prior to the voyage and travelled with them. 
Surgeon was Charles Kitchings Snr. 
Notes from the Surgeon's report list "Provisions and water were good and medicines 
were 'plenty & good'." Miriam was 6 months pregnant with her second child at the time 
of her first born Philadelphia's death. Robert was listed as an agricultural labourer 
on the shipping records.  
Robert & Miriam, resided at Moonta and had twelve children, only five of these survived
past the age of 5 years. Miriam died shortly after the birth of twins in 1875, both twins died, 
one in April, and one in May followed by the death of the mother. 
By the mid 1860's the greater Moonta area alone was the largest urban settlement outside 
Adelaide with as many as 6000 Cornish people living on the Moonta mining leases. 
Because of the rich Copper deposits that were discovered at Wallaroo and Moonta in the 1860s 
added with the Mining at Kadina, the area was later to become known as "the Copper Triangle" 
The expansion of the Wallaroo and Moonta Mines was facilitated by the addition of Cornish Miners 
leaving the Burra Mines and the Victoria diggings and also from new immigrants from Cornwall.