Reverend William Withers EWBANK

b. 7 August 1831, d. 18 September 1873
Note*Reverend William Withers EWBANK General Notes:
William Withers was the son of Henry Ewbank a London merchant, for a time c1843
the family lived at Tonbridge, Kent. Photos of Henry and his wife Lydia hang in the main hall of Tonbridge School. He was the grandson of the Rev. Andrew Ewbank and Jane Withers.
William Withers was involved in the business world of Port Adelaide, later joining the church and was ordained in Adelaide in Curate at Christchurch, North Adelaide, Incumbent of St. Bartholomew's Church, Norwood.

EWBANK - On the 18th September, at St. Bartholomew's Parsonage, Norwood, the
Rev. William Withers Ewbank, in the 42nd year of his age.

The South Australian Register (pub. Adelaide, South Australia)
Friday, 19 September 1873

Rev. William Withers EWBANK

Death of The Rev. W. W. EWBANK. - We have to record the above sad event,
which took place at 8 o'clock this morning at Norwood Parsonage. Mr. Ewbank,
more than a rear ago suffered from a ruptured blood vessel, and his health
since then rather rapidly declining, but he preformed service on the evening
of September 7, and was present in the church last Sunday. The rev.
gentleman, who graduated as M.A., and took honours at Cambridge, arrived in
South Australia as a layman, and was for sometime a member of the firm John
Hart & Co., Port Adelaide. Shortly after his retirement from business he was
ordained by the Lord Bishop of Adelaide and officiated as assistant ... at
Christchurch, North Adelaide, but afterwards was appointed to the incumbency
of Blakistan, where he resided for a considerable time. Subsequently he
became assistant minister at Trinity Church, Adelaide, and on the ...of the
late Rev. D. J. Ibbetson succeeded to the incumbency of St. Bartholomew's,
Norwood, which he filled for the remainder of his life. Mr. Ewbank has left
a widow (daughter of the late Ven. Archdeacon Woodcock) and three children.

The South Australian Register (pub. Adelaide, South Australia)
Friday 19 September 1873

Rev. William Withers EWBANK

The WARDERS beg to inform the Congregation that the Service in connection
with the Interment of the late Rev. W. W. EWBANK, MA., Incumbent of St.
Bartholomew's, Norwood, will commence at 3 o'clock This Day (Saturday) in St
Bartholomew's Church, The Very Rev. Dean Russell, The Venerable Archdeacon
Marryatt and Canon Farr will officiate. Interment in North Adelaide,
Cemetery. There will be Special Services at St. Bartholomew's Church on
Sunday next, the Venerable Archdeacon officiating in the Morning, and the
Very Rev. the Dean in the Evening.

Rev. William Withers EWBANK

The Late Rev. W. W. Ewbank, M.A. - On Saturday, September 20, the remains of
the respected gentleman clergyman, whose lamented death we lately announced,
were interred in the North-road Cemetery, At about 3 o'clock in the
afternoon, the proceedings were commenced at St. Bartholomew's Church,
Norwood, of which the deceased was incumbent. The hearse was met at the
entrance of the church, which was crowded by the parishioners and a large
number of the clergy and laity of Adelaide and its surroundings, by the Very
Rev. Dean Russell, the Ven. Archdeacon Marryat, M.A., and Canon Farr, and
the solemn and beautiful Church of England ante-burial service having been
impressively read, Hymn 191 "Christ will gather in his own" from the Ancient
and Modern Hymnal, was sung. The Dean then read the lesson, after which the
choir sung Pope's "Ode" with touching pathos. The procession, a long line of
vehicles was next formed, and proceeded to the cemetery, where the remainder
of the service was conducted by the Archdeacon. At the grave besides the
chief mourners, the widow and children of the departed, Messrs. A .B.
Cooper, W. B. Carter, and Canon Coombs, we noticed amongst others, the Revs.
L. W. Stanton, J. Pollitt, S. Green, F. Wright, H. M. Pollitt, R. Reid, T.
Field, A. Honour, F. Williams, J. L. Smith, J. C. Haines and Dr. Duncan ;
and Messrs. G. W. Hawkes, J. E. Moulden, C. T. H. Connor, Wm. Bartley, S.
C. Pearson, A. L. Lloyd, Gooch and Howitt. There was a crowded congregation
at St. Bartholomew's Sunday morning, September 21, when Archbishop Marryatt
preached the funeral sermon. The Archdeacon, who as well as the congregation
appeared to feel the loss deeply, preached from Galations vi 14, "But God
forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom the world hath been crucified unto me and I unto the world." In
the course of his sermon he alluded to his long intimacy with the departed,
of whose conscientious discharge of duty as a Christian minister he spoke
highly. The preacher dwelt upon his earnestness of purpose, strict
integrity, and unostentatious benevolence. In concluding he remarked that
the deceased had never hesitated to express his convictions upon any
religious point, and was firm yet kind in all dealings with his people ; and
the Church had lost one whom it could ill spare. In the evening the church
was again crowded, the very Rev. the Dean conducting the service. A most
impressive and pathetic discourse, interrupted by the uncontrollable
emotion of both the preacher and people, was based on the words, "The
Father of mercies and the God of comfort." - 2. Cor. 1 chap, 2 ver. After
tenderly dwelling on the subject of consolation under bereavement and the
necessity for recognizing evening our affliction to the inestimable worth,
entire self-abnegation, and sincere piety of the late pastor, and urged that
the bright ensample of his life might stimulate those with whom he had been
associated to higher aims and holier lives. The church was draped in deep
mourning relieved by the pre white lilies and may. Several other
Episcopalian churches were also clothed with emblems of sorrow, and many
faces, and doubtless more hearts, plainly realized the fact that a noble
soldier of the Cross and a faithfull friend had been taken from them to hi
eternal rest.

The South Australian Register (pub. Adelaide, South Australia)
Monday 22 September 1783

Note :-      A.B. COOPER     = Arthur Bevan COOPER brother-in-law
     W.B. CARTER     = William Bacon CARTER, uncle of his wife
     Canon COOMBS     = William Henry COOMBS, uncle of his wife. 
Birth*He was born on 7 August 1831.1 
ChristeningHe was christened on 9 January 1835 at St Giles Camberwell, London.1 
Marriage*He married Emma Jane Jackson WOODCOCK, daughter of Archdeacon William John WOODCOCK and Mary CARTER, on 1 May 1862 at Christchurch, North Adelaide, South Australia.1 
Death*Reverend William Withers EWBANK died on 18 September 1873 at St Bartholomew's Parsonage, Norwood, South Australia, at age 42.1 
Burial*He was buried on 20 September 1873 at North Road Cemetery, Adelaide, Australia.1 


Emma Jane Jackson WOODCOCK b. circa 1842, d. 19 February 1882
Last Edited11 Oct 2009


  1. Various Authors, Family Tree Records, Various Dates, Western Australia (Helen Mary Carter, (HMC)) "unknown cd."