John Hallett, ca. 1866. Image courtesy SLSA [B9573
John Hallett was born on 30 August 1804 at Woodford in Essex, England. Hallett was ten years older than his wife Maria (nee King), whom he married about 1832. John and Maria sailed on the Africaine in 1836 with their three young sons, John, Richard and Henry. Henry was profoundly deaf.
At the time the family sailed for South Australia, John Hallett was a known merchant, purchaser of land, part-owner of the Africaine and Captain John Finlay Duff’s business partner.