Bird, George

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George Bird was born in England in 1827. At age 24 years, George arrived on 22 September 1851 at Port Adelaide as a passenger on board Lady McNaughton from Plymouth and London. George Bird married Mary (née Elliot) (1827-1891) on 8 September 1853 at Adelaide and they had six children:

  • Abigail (1854-1858) born at Adelaide, died at Aldinga as a child; she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Susan (1855-1863) born at Adelaide, died at Aldinga as a child; she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Alfred (1857-1934) born at Adelaide, married Sarah Ann Cliff (1858-1934) on 28 September 1881 at St. Ann’s Church in Aldinga, they had ten children. Alfred was a butcher at Aldinga, he died at Aldinga and was buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Abigail (1858-1858) born and died at Aldinga – died as an infant, she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Joseph (1859-1904) born at Aldinga, married Ellen Brumby on 12 April 1882 at the residence of W. Brumby, Cherry Gardens; they had three children, died at Yankalilla and is buried at Christchurch Anglican Cemetery, Yankalilla.
  • George (1861- ) born at Aldinga, married Sarah Butterworth (1863- ) on 28 November 1883 at Curramulka, SA, they had seven children.

George and Mary Bird moved to Aldinga in 1858 and George became the publican at the Aldinga Hotel. In January 1859 “Brother” George Bird was a founding member and elected “Chief Ranger” of the Aldinga branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society.

George and Mary lived in Aldinga until George’s early death in 1860 leaving his widow Mary with four surviving children under five years (including George junior who was born after George’s death). George, aged 33 years, had been killed in an accident when his horses bolted on Waymouth Street, Adelaide; he fell off as he tried to control the horses, and his dray ran over him. An inquest was held at the West-terrace Hotel, Weymouth (Waymouth) Street. George’s widow Mary remarried on 11 February 1864 at St Stephens Church, Willunga to Francis Hart, butcher of Aldinga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum

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1859 ‘ALDINGA.’, South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 – 1867), 19 March, p. 6. , viewed 21 Feb 2024,

1860 ‘Classified Advertising’, [Building and Other Societies], The South Australian Advertiser, 4 October, p. 1. ,

1860 ‘PORT ADELAIDE CORPORATION.’, [George Bird’s Inquest], Adelaide Observer, 6 October, p. 5. ,



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