My 2nd great grandfather Edward Sleep, with his wife Charlotte Hancock, immigrated to Port Adelaide, South Australia aboard the William Prowse on 22 Sep 1853. Edward's occupation was recorded as Miner.
From the birth, marriage and death records of their nine children, all born in South Australia, I have established a timeline for their known residences:
- arrived in Kooringa (formerly called The Murray) before 29 Dec 1854
- left Kooringa after 2 Dec 1859
- arrived Green's Plains (between Paskeville and Moonta) before 25 Oct 1861
- left Green's Plains after 29 Nov 1861
- arrived Moonta before 12 Mar 1864
At Moonta they may have had several residences because events are recorded as Moonta, then Moonta Mines and finally East Moonta, but these three locations are within a few miles of each other so changing residences would not imply that Edward changed workplaces.
From the timeline and locations above I would expect that Edward as a Miner would have had three employers:
- South Australian Mining Association (at Kooringa)
- Cumberland Mining Company (at Green's Plains)
- Moonta Mining Company (at Moonta, Moonta Mines and East Moonta)
The mineral being mined mostly at each of these locations was copper and the workforce came primarily from Cornwall (like Edward).
I would like to try and find some details of Edwards employment and for many South Australians this can be done simply by looking them up in the Boothby, then Sands and McDougall, directories but Edward appears to be missing in all that I have searched so far.
Assuming he is found absent from all of them (and I have looked each 5 years up until his death in 1903) is there another source, perhaps mining company records, that I could use to try and get more detail about where and when he was mining?