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Joseph Towan Nancarrow (b1855) and daughters

In the 1860s, the decline of mining in Cornwall left many miners unemployed. Many Cornishmen migrated to Moonta in South Australia where newly-opened copper mines were booming and work was plentiful. Amongst these were 17 years old Joseph Towan Nancarrow his parents, six siblings, aunty and two young cousins. They migrated to South Australia on the City of Adelaide in 1873. Once in South Australia, Joseph and his father and brothers found reasonably continuous work at the Yelta Copper Mine and resumed work as miners.

In 1879, Joseph built his own house and married Elizabeth Nicholls. Joseph and Elizabeth had seven children between 1880 and 1892, losing one at a few weeks of age. On 3rd May 1894, 39 years old Elizabeth died at her home while giving birth to her eighth child, a daughter who only survived for three more weeks. The following year Joseph Towan, 39, a widower with six children, remarried a widow with five young children of her own - Mrs Esther Potter, 30. Joseph and Esther had five more children of their own, but three died before their first birthday, and only two sons lived to adulthood.

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Joseph Towan Nancarrow (b1855) and daughters

In the 1860s, the decline of mining in Cornwall left many miners unemployed. Many Cornishmen migrated to Moonta in South Australia where newly-opened copper mines were booming and work was plentiful. Amongst these were 17 years old Joseph Towan Nancarrow his parents, six siblings, aunty and two young cousins. They migrated to South Australia on the City of Adelaide in 1873. Once in South Australia, Joseph and his father and brothers found reasonably continuous work at the Yelta Copper Mine and resumed work as miners.

In 1879, Joseph built his own house and married Elizabeth Nicholls. Joseph and Elizabeth had seven children between 1880 and 1892, losing one at a few weeks of age. On 3rd May 1894, 39 years old Elizabeth died at her home while giving birth to her eighth child, a daughter who only survived for three more weeks. The following year Joseph Towan, 39, a widower with six children, remarried a widow with five young children of her own - Mrs Esther Potter, 30. Joseph and Esther had five more children of their own, but three died before their first birthday, and only two sons lived to adulthood.

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Corporal Frederick Josiah (Joseph) Roberts

Frederick Josiah (or Joseph) E Roberts was born at Long Plains on 17th November 1889, the fifth son of Josiah and Martha Roberts.

On the outbreak of the Great War, as an unmarried 25 year old, Frederick answered the call to enlist in the army. He was given the regimental number 680 in the 27th Infantry Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd Division of the Australian Imperial Forces. After serving at Gallipoli, his Battalion was sent to France where, on 7 April 1916, the 7th Brigade became the first Australians in the front line in Europe.

On 5 November 1916, the 7th Brigade took part in a "minor operation" on the Somme that resulted in 835 casualties. Frederick Roberts was one of these. He went missing in action. To this day he, like many others, is classed as having an unknown grave.

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