Rev William Shaw Snr. SV/PROG

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William Shaw, Snr, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Glascow, Britain (UK)
Death: December 4, 1872 (73)
Brixton, Britain (UK)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Shaw, SM/PROG and Maria Shaw
Father of William Maw Shaw; Margaret Anne Blaine; Mary Elizabeth Impey; Matthew Benjamin Shaw; William Ogle Shaw and 2 others

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About Rev William Shaw Snr. SV/PROG

1820 British Settler

William Shaw 21, Minister, together with his wife. Ann Maw 31, and daughter, were members of Sephton's party of 344 people on the Aurora.

Party originated from London.

Departure Gravesend, 15 February 1820. Arrival Simon's Bay, 1 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, 15 May 1820

Area allocated to the Party : Assegai Bush River, Salem

Child :

  • William Maw Shaw 2 (not on Nash's list)
  • Margaret Ann Shaw 1


Early in February 1820, William and his family embarked on the "Aurora", the transport that was to take the Sephton Party to South Africa. However, the Thames was frozen over and it was not until the 6th February that the "Aurora", accompanied by the "Brilliant", set sail for the Cape. The voyage took ten weeks and they arrived at Algoa Bay on the 15th May. Sephton's party journeyed by ox-waggon the eight odd miles to the area of the settlement between the Bushman and Fish Rivers, and, after a short stay at Reed Fountain, near the coast, moved to a site on the Assegai River, where the village of Salem was founded.

During the first two years of the new settlement, William Shaw was the only minister. There were two Anglican clergymen, Rev F McClelland and Rev W Boardman, who had accompanied the Settlers in their private capacities, but neither of them played a notable part in the life of the community.

Besides George Warren, another great Methodist missionary pioneer was the Rev. William Shaw who, as a young married man arriving at the Cape Coast of South Africa in 1816, established a chain of Methodist stations and later pushed inland into the Plain of the Great Karoo facing the war-like Kaffir tribesmen. His dear wife Ann shared his courage and between them they established small Methodist Societies both deep in the bush and on the coast. To illustrate the personal sacrifices missionary families had to make in those days, William Shaw's mother-in-law would only allow her daughter to accompany her husband to Africa, if they agreed to leave behind in England their first-born child so that if : we perished in the sea or in the deserts of Africa they might at least have this relic of a lost family remaining, to whom they might show kindness and love for our sake.

William Shaw did in fact return to the home work in 1856 after a dazzling missionary career and was elected President of the Methodist Conference in 1865.

excerpt from Dr Kevin Roy’s book “Zion City RSA”

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Rev William Shaw Snr. SV/PROG's Timeline

December 8, 1798
Glascow, Britain (UK)
September 26, 1818
Age 19
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England UK
September 20, 1819
Age 20
London, Middlesex, England
July 5, 1821
Age 22
Salem, South Africa
September 1823
Age 24
Salem, South Africa
Age 50
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
June 1858
Age 59
June 1859
Age 60
Croydon, Greater London, UK