Hi, fellow researchers
I'm not sure how big Holmfirth is, but I have a William Battye harking from there and arriving in South Australia with a few other Battye relatives (Sth Aust marriage records reveal that there were a number of families of Battye in the district - were they cousins? this is to be determined - Charles Alfred, son of Ben married in 1880 in Millicent SA; Albert, son of Thomas married in 1881 at Victor Harbor SA; George,son of William married in 1886 at Hindmarsh; Ezra,widowed son of George married in 1890 in Adelaide; William; son of Benjamin married 1891 at Mt Gambier etc)
but I offer the following should the puzzle piece fit.
in the Observer 9 Sep 1916 p20e ...
"Mr William Battye. The death occurred at the Bluff, Encounter Bay on Saturday last, of Mr William Battye, practically the oldest residenct of the district, who was in his 84th year. he came from Holm forth, Yorkshire in the ship Mermaid, 61 years ago, and settled at Encounter Bay, Sth Aust. He was the promoter of the bark industry and shipped large quantites from the old Bluff Jetty. he possessed a striking personality and could tell many an interesting story concerning the old whaling days in the south. he was widely known and highly respected. his wife died about 2 years ago. He has left a family of six children. Mrs AR Cakebread (Victoria), Mrs J W Gribble (Victor Harbor) Mrs H Wilkinson (Port Pirie) Miss ML Battye (Encounter Bay) and Messrs W and G Battye."
I would however like to carry the line back from William born 26 Sep 1832 Holmfirth; son of Thomas born abt 1815.
William married Elizabeth Lee Turner 1833-1914 dau of Jonathon Turner. They were married a month before their departure to Australia.
Lyn O'Grady firstname.lastname@example.org