Wallace Oakey Gale

6 September 1862–7 March 1923 (Age 60)
Gawler Hills, South Australia, Australia

The Life of Wallace Oakey

When Wallace Oakey Gale was born on 6 September 1862, his father, Enoch Gale, was 32 and his mother, Sarah Shearman, was 27. He married Mary Tostevin on 4 February 1891, in Redhill, South Australia, Australia. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 7 March 1923, in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, at the age of 60.

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Family Time Line

Wallace Oakey Gale
Mary Tostevin
Marriage: 4 February 1891
Marjorie Tostevin Gale

Spouse and Children

4 February 1891
Redhill, South Australia, Australia


Parents and Siblings

    Enoch Gale


    Sarah Shearman




+7 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 5

End of transportation to Western Australia.

Age 8

British troops withdraw from Australia.

Age 30

Coolgardie gold-field is discovered.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a cheerful or boisterous person, from Middle English ga(i)le ‘jovial’, ‘rowdy’, from Old English gāl ‘light’, ‘pleasant’, ‘merry’, which was reinforced in Middle English by Old French gail. Compare Gail 2.2 English: from a Germanic personal name introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Gal(on). Two originally distinct names have fallen together in this form: one was a short form of compound names with the first element gail ‘cheerful’, ‘joyous’. Compare Gaillard , the other was a byname from the element walh ‘stranger’, ‘foreigner’.3 English: metonymic occupational name for a jailer, topographic name for someone who lived near the local jail, or nickname for a jailbird, from Old Northern French gaiole ‘jail’ (Late Latin caveola, a diminutive of classical Latin cavea ‘cage’).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Wallace Oakey Gale - Government record: birth: 6 September 1862; Gawler Hills, South Australia, Australia

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