Reverend William Henry COOMBS1

b. 1817, d. 23 August 1896
Father*James COOMBS
Note*Reverend William Henry COOMBS General Notes:
William Henry was curate of St. Martin in the Fields, London when he was appointed minister of the district of Gawler, South Australia.
With his wife the sailed on 22 July 1846 and arrived in South Australia 14 November 1846. Hewent to gawler at the end of the month and took his first services there in the Old Victoria Mill.
The foundation stone of St. George_s church was laid Easter Day 1847 by Governor Robe and opened and consecrated in March 1848 by Bishop Short (the first Bishop of Adelaide).
On Christmas Eve 1851 a storm hit Gawler which caused much damage in the town and the church was badly damaged and after years of indecision, a new church was built, the original foundation stone was recycled and laid by Mrs Short (wife of Bishop Short) in 1858.
In 1884 this church was pulled down and the present church was completed in 1885.
A church school was established by Rev. Coombs at Gawler
William & Eliza had no children

Gawler was the first town outside of Adelaide in South Australia, named in 1839 after Colonel George Gawler, the second Governor of South Australia. 
Birth*He was born in 1817 at New Windsor, Berkshire.1 
Marriage*He married Eliza Charlotte CARTER, daughter of John CARTER and Sophia HARRIDGE, on 4 July 1846 at Suffolk. 
Death*Reverend William Henry COOMBS died on 23 August 1896 at Gawler, South Australia.1 
Burial*He was buried on 23 August 1896 at St George's Cemetery, Gawler, South Australia.1 


Eliza Charlotte CARTER b. 19 March 1819, d. 30 July 1898
Last Edited29 May 2007


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