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COWIN Family from Isle of Man, Mauritius and Adelaide
Posted by: Ross Thomas (ID *****4310) Date: November 02, 2009 at 15:43:32
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I am looking for more information on the COWIN family of Mauritius, South Africa and Australia.

There were Cowins in shipping in Mauritius at least by the 1880s and Mr John Cowin, who died in 1895, was the first surveyor to Lloyd’s Register in Mauritius. Later, the Managing Director of the Cowin company was Mr T J Cowin.

William Cowin (1827-1907) and wife Adela Janet Willmott came to South Australia in the 1880s and their eldest child Thomas Alexander Cowin was born c1877 at Mauritius. Their descendants lived in Colonel Light Gardens and other suburbs of Adelaide

These Cowins seem to descend from John Cowin (c1803-??) and Margaret Clague who married at Braddan, Isle of Man on 29 March 1825. However, earlier family origins are unclear.

If anyone can help on researching this family, it would be much appreciated. I am happy to share what info I have gathered to date.

Cheers, Ross of Canberra





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