Re: Davis Edward & Family England to South Aust 1854
The Skipworth marriage posted above is almost certainly the one you are after. The registration details are a little misleading: there is a Stirling just out of Adelaide, but a Stirling North just out of Port Augusta (some 300km to the north of Adelaide). Stirling North is at the western end of Pichi Richi Pass, the next pass through the Flinders Range north of Horrocks Pass, and some 20 km north of Horrocks Pass. In the 1800s, locals simply referred to Stirling North as Stirling.
The place at Stirling (North) mentioned in the registration as Rosenheath would be Roseneath which, in the latter 1800s was a small farm (later an orchard and market garden)just out of Stirling North. In my research records I have a reference (19 February 1892) to an advertisement for the sale of Mr White's Roseneath garden at Stirling North.
Adding to the likelihood of the Skipworth marriage being the one is information from a court case in Wilmington in May 1886, resulting from an argument in the Swinden Hotel (Horrocks Pass) where a Mrs Skipworth told the publican's wife, Mrs Fitts, that she (Mrs Fitts) was always drunk. In the ensuing argument, Mrs Skipworth threw the pack of cards down on the table, so she was thrown out by the publican for damaging his property. In the hotel at the time, as well as the above, were Mr Davis and a Mr Foulis (a local farmer, whose evidence in the case is given above).
Wilmington is a town at the eastern end of Horrocks Pass. Swinden, nominally a township but never much more than a roadside pub, is at the western end of Horrocks Pass; today, nothing remains but a bit of a kink in a farm fence. Davis had the mail station in the pass ( a horse change depot). J Skipworth was the postmaster at Horrocks Creek; in a place such as Horrocks Pass or Swinden, this would simply have been a sixpence-a-day job to bag the outgoing mail and unbag the incoming mail; there would have been only twenty or so families in the whole district! Such postmaster positions were usually attached to a person's business (eg shopkeeper or farmer), so provided a bit of pin-money.