Leonard Watson Darby1,2

#11526, (9 May 1884-24 March 1972)
FatherJames John Darby2 (18 May 1851-11 May 1941)
MotherEliza Maria Watson2 (21 May 1845-19 Jun 1932)
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Brett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Leonard Family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited13 Jun 2014
presumed photograph of Leonard Watson Darby. The photographer, W. H. Hammer, was active in Adelaide c1882 to c1900
(source: M. Willson collection)
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Leonard Watson Darby was born on 9 May 1884 at Mrs. Burton's in Gover Street East, in North Adelaide.2 He was the son of James John Darby and Eliza Maria Watson.2 A photograph was taken circa 1885.
Eliza Maria Darby, Leonard Watson Darby and Charlotte Elza Float (marked 'Fanny Floate Watson')
Source: State Library of South Australia https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+27004

Leonard Watson Darby received a pass in the preliminary examinations for Adelaide University at the age of 14 in March 1899.3

Leonard Watson Darby married Edna Lucy Fennell at Friends Meeting House on Wednesday, 3 April 1918 at Eden Hills, South Australia.4

His mother died 19 June 1932 at the age of 87. Leonard was aged 48 when this happened.5 Leonard attended the wedding of Alexander Morris Boyer and his sister Dorothy Josephine Darby at St. Paul's Anglican Church on Saturday, 20 October 1934 at Ambleside, South Australia.6,7,8

Leonard and Edna lived in May 1941 at Handorf, South Australia.5

Leonard died on 24 March 1972 at Hackney, South Australia, at age 87.9


Edna Lucy Fennell (c 1888-15 Jun 1963)


  1. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.328 p.75.
  2. [S244] The South Australian Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 08 May 1884 p.4.
  3. [S244] The South Australian Register, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1899 'THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE.', South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), 29 March, p. 5, viewed 18 January, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54424737
  4. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.275 p.52.
  5. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1941 'OBITUARY.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 16 May, p. 8, viewed 10 February, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45004780
  6. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.351 p.3361.
  7. [S206] The Chronicle, 1934 'Boyer—Darby.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 8 November, p. 58, viewed 24 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91078185 ("A quiet wedding was solemnised In St. Paul's Anglican Church at Ambleslde on October 20 between Mr. A. M. Boyer, of Nuriootpa, son of the Rev. T. M. and Mrs. Boyer, of Medinde. and Miss Darby, only daughter of Mr. J. Darby and the late Mrs. Darby, of Ambleslde. The Rev. T. M. Boyer officiated, assisted by the Rev. R. V. S. Adams, rector of the parish. The bride entered the church on her father's arm, and as the bridal party walked up the aisle the hymn, 'Lead Us, Heavenly Father,' was sung. The bride was in a soft powder blue silk velvet and georgette frock, with a pretty hat to tone, and carried a sheaf of blue and pink lupins, pink carnations and orange blossom. She was attended by one bridesmaid, Miss Dorothy Boyer, gowned in liberty sun gleam georgette of blue, pink and yellow cones. Mr. H. R. Foale was best man. Mrs. T. M. Boyer was frocked in a black San Toy cloth with satin design".).
  8. [S489] The Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1934 'Boyer—Darby.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), 3 November, p. 10, viewed 24 May, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35016212
  9. [S6] South Australia, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.159A p.2072.