BOCK, Alfred Bessell (1807-1889) — Adelaide
Jeweller, watchmaker, engraver and lithographer. Produced, as “Wainwright & Bock”, with William Wainwright, J. W. Pullen, Plan of part of Encounter Bay and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert 1840.
Born in London 23 Apr 1807 and baptised (Alfred Bissell Bock) 1 Jun 1807 at St. Mary Lambeth, the son of John Thomas Bock and his wife Charlotte Bessell, who had married at Putney in 1798. Alfred Bock married Sarah Green (1809-1883) on 8 Nov 1829 at Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. With his wife and a son, Alfred William Bock (1833-1891), he departed England from Gravesend on 1 Aug 1838 aboard the Lloyds and arrived in Adelaide on 1 Dec 1838. His future partner William Wainwright and his family were also passengers. He commenced in business as a jeweller, but was soon working with Wainwright as “Wainwright & Bock”, until the partnership was formally dissolved 5 Jun 1841. By 1848 Bock was running a public house called “The Horseshoe” at Noarlunga, eighteen miles from Adelaide, and was also an agent for the South Australia Provincial Mining Company. He subsequently moved to Victoria and there ran various public houses and hotels, the last being Bock’s Hotel at Alfredton. He died at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1889. He was apparently not related to Alfred Bock (1835-1920), the photographer, portrait painter and engraver.
Nicholas Street, Hoxton, London — 1833
Gouger Street, Adelaide — 1839
Hindley Street, Adelaide — 1839-1841