Thomas and Jane Rice

Early Settlers


South Australia

Family History

1600 - 1850 (UK)

1850 - 1993 (Australia)


1. Introduction.

by Thomas Hardy
I am the family face The years-heired feature that can
Flesh perished, I live on, In curve and voice and eye
Projecting trait and trace Despise the human span
Through time to times anon, Of durance-that is I;
and leaping from place to place The eternal thing in man
Over oblivion. That heeds no call to die.


This book is about a large family in the world. Their story began in Wales many years ago. It continues today in Australia and other countries. Descendants have names such as Rhys, Rice, Rees, Reece, Price, Brice, Rhuys Reins and so on.

The book focuses on the Rice family of Waddesdon, Bucks, England from about 1600. After many years of wars England in the late 1700s and early 1800s was bankrupt and many people faced severe poverty and slow starvation. Considerable numbers emigrated in the hope of a better future for themselves and their children.

Some went to Australia and others to America. The book's narrative traces their lives and fortunes in South Australia where most of them became farmers. A few of their descendants still farm portions of the original holdings. Others became involved in all manner of occupations.

The book was launched on 14 November 1993 at the Sandy Creek Oval near Gawler in South Australia. Three hundred and fifty members gathered to celebrate the event. A very successful reunion.

This well presented book is indexed and comprises 256 pages, 4000 names and 350 photos and other illustrations and extensive family trees. Order form.

The cover of the book (Above).

A picture of Waddesdon Circa 1850 (Above).

Published by The Thomas and Jane Rice Family History Committee. 1993 Compiled by Peter M Rice and edited by Peter M Rice and William M Rice.

Members of the Rice family attended the church for over two hundred and fifty years. The first stones were laid by Norman masons in eleven ninety-eight just one year after Richard the Lionheart became King of England. Its basic structure has changed several times since then. These alterations embodied most of the structural development and Christian symbolism of the English medieval church between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The church is now about forty-nine meters (158 feet) in length. Over the years various people of the church, including noble men and women were buried or entombed within its walls.

Excerpts from St Michael and All Angles and the Parish of Waddesdon by A.E. Hawkins. Waddesdon Winter 1989.

Church of St Michael and All Angels. Parish of Waddesdon. (Below).

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[1. Introduction.] [2. Early Rice Pedigree.] [3. Thomas and Jane.] [4. Edwin, Mark, Ezra, Abel, Obadiah, and Levi.] [5. John Whait - Edwin's stepson.] [6.Nephews of Thomas Rice. Joseph, John and James.] [7. 'Never Despise the Agricultural Labourer.'] [8. Order form for book.] Site Designed and Maintained by MUNSIE at Home