Archdeacon William John WOODCOCK1

b. 3 November 1808, d. 25 May 1868
Father*William WOODCOCK
Mother*Eliza (?)
Note*Archdeacon William John WOODCOCK General Notes:
William John studied for Missionary work at the Church of England Missionary College
In 1835 he went to India as a missionary where he spent two years principally at the Tinivelley Mission returning to England due to ill health. In 1837 he went to Jamaica where he stayed till 1840, Jamaica due to poor health he returned to England. It's unknown whether his wife went to Jamaica or stayed in England.
On his return to England he spent a short time in the curacy of Kendal, Westmoreland, before being appointed curate of Witherslack, Westmoreland.
Due to the shortage of clergy in South Australia he did his utmost to encourage young clergy to immigrate, unsuccessful in this he decided to go himself.
William John WOODCOCK, with his wife, 5 children and a servant sailed for South Australia on the "Emu" leaving London 13 December 1845 and arriving Port Adelaide on 7 May 1846, under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
On his arrival he became incumbent of St. John's Church, Adelaide where he stayed for three years, then moved to the incumbency of Christchurch, North Adelaide when it was built where he remained till his death in 1868.
He was a strong Evangelical and a man of independent thought.
In 1849 he became a Canon and in 1856 became Archdeacon of Adelaide.
He was one of the founders of St. Peter's College and a house bears his name. 
Birth*He was born on 3 November 1808.1 
BaptismHe was baptized on 16 December 1808 at St Giles Cripplegate, London, England.1 
Marriage*He married Mary CARTER, daughter of John CARTER and Sophia HARRIDGE, on 7 September 1837 at Chelmsford, Essex, England.1,2,3 
Death*Archdeacon William John WOODCOCK died on 25 May 1868 at Christchurch Parsonage, North Adelaide, South Australia, at age 59.1 
Burial*He was buried on 27 May 1868 at North Road Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia.1 


Mary CARTER b. 10 May 1814, d. 28 May 1902
Last Edited20 Jun 2011


  1. Various Authors, Family Tree Records, Various Dates, Western Australia (Helen Mary Carter, (HMC)) "unknown cd."
  2. Thomas Harridge Pedigree from D'Aranda v Head, 1858. (National Archives) , J68/1029.
  3. Newspaper, various authors, various publishers,. "The Bury & Norwich Post, Bury, Suffolk, England.
    Wednesday, September 13, 1837" "On the 7th inst., Same day, the Rev. W.J.Woodcock, of Hackney, to Mary, 4th daughter of Mr.J.Carter, late of Chelmsford."