My 2nd great grandparents Edward Sleep and Charlotte Hancock had their first child William Joseph born on 29 Dec 1854 in South Australia.

The Place of Registration (Page: 207 Volume: 6) was given as The Murray, South Australia.

Being from South Australia originally, I am familiar with the River Murray (or Murray River) and places like Murray Bridge, but I have not been able to determine where "The Murray" would be. Presumably it was the name of a registration office (and not necessarily a locality in its own right) but was it in a town called The Murray or in another named locality?

As commented by @ColeValleyGirl The Murray was an electoral district. However, this was only from 1857 to 1862 i.e. a few years after this birth was registered. Consequently, I do not think this will be the answer, because I suspect that it would have encompassed a very large area.


Ancestry.com. Australia, Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

  • It was an electoral district en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    – user104
    Apr 28, 2015 at 8:55
  • @ColeValleyGirl That link is useful but because it appears that "The Murray" was also used as the name of an electoral district but only from 1857-1862 which is 2-3 years after the time this birth was registered.
    – PolyGeo
    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:00

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The Murray was a registration district from 1848 to 1856, being renamed Burra in that year.

According to this discussion, "In 1848, The Murray was proclaimed as a Registration District with its Registry Office located in Kooringa, the centre of a growing mining area."

  • Thanks for those links which I had not seen. The info makes perfect sense because their next child was born at Kooringa in 1856.
    – PolyGeo
    Apr 28, 2015 at 11:27

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