Bird, Alfred

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Alfred Bird was the eldest son of George Bird (1827-1860) and Mary Elliot (1827-1891) and he was born in Adelaide on 18 May 1857. After George died in 1860 his widow Mary remarried to Francis Hart, butcher of Aldinga. Alfred Bird, aged 24 years, married Sarah Ann Cliff, aged 23 years, (1858-1934) on 28 September 1881 at St Ann’s Church in Aldinga. She was the daughter of William Cliff (1827-1902) and Alice Roberts (nee Burdett) (1823-1904). They had ten children (2 sons and 8 daughters):

  • Charles George (1882-1947) born at Aldinga, married (as Charley) Ella Aetna Leamington Male (1885- 1970) on 23 Oct 1907 at the residence of J R F Male at Willunga, died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Susan Alice (1884-1942) born at Aldinga, married William John Pethick (1869-1941) at the Aldinga Uniting Church, died in Perth, Western Australia
  • Stella Mary (1885-1922) born at Aldinga, married Alvin Lewis Pengilly (1877-1956) on 23 October 1907 at Adelaide, South Australia, died at Port Pirie, South Australia
  • Maud Charlotte (1887-1965) born at Aldinga, married William Arthur Langford (1880-1928) on 11 May 1911 at City Mission Hall in Adelaide, died at Prospect, South Australia and buried in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
  • Lottie (1888-1967) born at Aldinga, married Sidney Philip Wheaton (1889-1975) on 16 July 1914 at Aldinga, died at Ferntree Gully, Victoria
  • Sylvia May (1890-1894) born and died at Aldinga as a child, buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Lindia Olive (also Linda)  (1892- ) born at Aldinga; son Ross Birdley Payne/Bird born in 1911, but father’s name not given;  married William Clarence Cooper 6 March 1918 in Adelaide. Death date not yet found.
  • Sidney Alfred (1894-1960) born at Aldinga, served in World War One, married Gladys Nelly Irene Childs (1897-1974) on 20 October 1920 at Adelaide, died in Adelaide and buried at Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, South Australia.
  • Lily May (1895-1976) born at Aldinga, married Oliver Ely Chenoweth (1890-1974) on 18 February 1920 at Adelaide, died at Seacliff, South Australia.
  • Doris Sarah (1898-1995) born at Aldinga, married Meredyth Henry Eatts (1896-1978) on 2 May 1922 at Adelaide, died in South Australia

Alfred Bird was a butcher and he purchased what was probably an operating butcher’s shop on a block of land (part of section 401) in 1888 from his stepfather Francis Hart. The land was located at what would later become the corner of Flour Mill Road and Adey Road. This property was owned by Alfred Bird from 1888 until his death in 1934 and the building was a butcher’s shop for more than 50 years. He had also been a member of the Aldinga Council.

Alfred Bird, aged 77 years, died on 9 December 1934 at Aldinga and a few days later, on 13 December 1934, his wife Sarah Ann, aged 76 years, died. They are both buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, South Australia

Genealogy SA,

Ratepayer List, Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch

SAILIS CT97/32 1884-1889 = 1888 (part section 401)

1881 ‘Family Notices’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle, 1 October, p. 4.,

1889 ‘DISTRICT COUNCILS ELECTIONS.’, South Australian Chronicle, 6 July, p. 13. ,

1897 ‘DISTRICT COUNCIL NOMINATIONS.’, South Australian Register, 28 June, p. 9. ,

1934 ‘Family Notices’, Chronicle, 20 December, p. 45. ,



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