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Robert Willard Family

Robert and Miriam Willard arrived from Sussex England, on 6th December 1858 at Pt Adelaide on the boat "Melbourne", 
which left from Birkenhead on 4th September 1858. Master of the "Melbourne" was Captain Brodie. 
Emigrants embarking totalled 393,including 83 children and infants, 222 English, 141 Scots and 25 Irish persons. 
Their first child born, Philadelphia, died on the journey to Australia and was buried at sea.
Listed as an infant which was under one year and cause of death "Teething & Diarrhoea". 
Surgeon was Charles Kitchings Snr. Notes from the Surgeon's report state "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 when immigrating to Australia.  
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.