Fidge, John

Date of Birth/Death:

1807/1880

John Fidge was born on 2 March 1807 in Bearsted, Kent, England, son of Richard Fidge and Elizabeth (nee Porter). Aged 20 years, he married Harriet Bourn (1806-1879) on 12 May 1827 at Bearsted. Religion – Church of England. John Fidge (32), his wife Harriet (34) and their five surviving sons – Lewis (12), George (10), John (9), Stephen (5) and Frederick (4) – arrived in South Australia on 19 Dec 1839 as government emigrants on board the 541 ton ship Duchess of Northumberland.

John and Harriet Fidge had a total of nine children (7 boys & 2 girls):

  • Lewis (1827-1895) married Elizabeth Knight Winzor at St John Church, Adelaide in 1850. Died at Aldinga
  • George (1829-1917) married Jane Hancock ( – 1913) on 6 August 1849 at St Stephen’s Church, Willunga; famer at Willunga, Aldinga and later Myponga
  • John (1830-1913) married Emma White ( -1921) at the residence of Rev. Henry Chester in Mt. Gambier in 1866, farmer at Mt. Gambier
  • Charles (1832-1835) Died aged 3 years
  • Stephen (1834-1905) married Ellen Ware at Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1858, farmer at Mt. Gambier and later Wandearah
  • Frederick (1835-1899) married Mary Ann Wynn at Trinity Church, Adelaide in 1857, lived at Mt Gambier
  • Thomas (1841-1906) married Susan Helen Ballard at the Residence of John Ballard in Mt. Gambier in 1861, farmer at Mt. Gambier and later Gawler Plains
  • Harriet (1844-1875) Unmarried. Died aged 30 years
  • Eleanor (1846-1932) married Edward Crittendon at Maidstone, Kent in 1870

John Fidge was resident in Aldinga from about 1841 to 1850. They had arrived in the Aldinga area (Hundred of Willunga) by the time of the 1841 Census and their son Thomas was born at Aldinga on 8 May 1841. At that time, they were probably living on land leased from the South Australian Company (38.5 acres comprising the eastern half of Section 401) that was later granted to John Fidge on 12 March 1845. He paid rates on, and was listed as, the owner of sections 390, 401 (40 acres and house) and 425 in the first half of the 1850s.

In 1856 John Fidge transferred his half of section 401 to Lewis Fidge. In 1859 his son Lewis was given Power of Attorney over John’s affairs prior to John leaving for England, where he remained until 1867, when he returned to the colony. John had also bought other land in South Australia, starting with Section 2269 of 76 acres in April 1846 and Section 2268 (80 acres) in April 1847, both on the Para Plains north of Adelaide. He became resident at Riversdale near Salisbury by 1850, where he remained through the 1850s. He also purchased land at Munno Para (District of Yatala). By 1858, John Fidge owned seven sections of land at Tungkillo, Noarlunga, Myponga and Goolwa as well lot 116 at Brompton and later 80 acres of section 429 near Willunga as the mortgager to Richard Martin (1862-69).

John Fidge died, aged 75 years, at North Adelaide on 25 December 1880. His wife Harriet had died on 27 Oct 1879, and they are both buried in West Terrace Cemetery. John Fidge’s probate was sworn under £8690, divided amongst his seven children.

References:

Passengers in History database – South Australian Maritime Museum

Returns of Census compiled in January 1841, GRG 24/13, State Records of South Australia, www.familysearch.org [Image 71 of 143]

Genealogy SA, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/resources/online-databases.html

1880 ‘Latest News.’, Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 – 1912), 27 December, p. 2. , viewed 22 Feb 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197749335

1881 ‘OBITUARY’, South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 – 1900), 8 January, p. 2. (Supplement to the South Australian Register.), viewed 22 Feb 2024, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43159925

“Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records”, , FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q5WC-3H2M), Entry for John Fidge, 25 Dec 1880.

Extracts from SA General Registry Office (GRO) Information, https://localwiki.org/adelaide-hills/GRO_Merge_%27Fa%27_-_%27Fl%27 [Now LandsSa – FIDGE entries].

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