Fidge, Lewis

Date of Birth/Death:

1827/1895

Principal occupation = Farmer and land holder

Lewis Fidge was born in Bearsted, Kent, England in 1827. He was the eldest son of John Fidge and Harriet (née Bourn), and he arrived in South Australia as a 12 year old with his parents on board the 541-ton ship Duchess of Northumberland on 19 December 1839. Religion – Church of England. Lewis, aged 23 years, married Elizabeth Knight Winzor (1830-1875), aged 20 years, (oldest daughter of John Winzor and Harriet Constable) at St Johns Church, Adelaide in 1850. They had six children (four girls and two boys):

  • Hilda (1853-1901) born at Willunga, married Thomas Pengilly junior (son of Thomas Pengilly) at the Baptist Chapel, Morphett Vale on 31 March 1875. She died 27 August 1901 at Aldinga
  • Lewis (1856-1911) born at Noarlunga, married Esther Radford at St Stephen’s, Willunga on 28 April 1880. He was a farmer and died 15 July 1911 at Aldinga
  • Eleanor (1859-1913) born Aldinga, married Dennis Broughton at St Stephen’s, Willunga on 7 April 1880. She died 3 July 1913 at Aldinga
  • Winifred (1862-1893) born at Aldinga, married Philippa Ann Pethick at St Stephen’s, Willunga on 5 September 1883. He died at Aldinga on 25 February 1893
  • May (1864-1922) married Robert Corney Eyes at the Church of Christ, Swanston-Street, Melbourne on 28 February 1900. She died in Queenstown, Tasmania on 7 November 1922
  • Ada (1867-1929) married Albert Alfred Winzor at Trinity Church, Adelaide on 10 April 1888. She died at Fullarton on 18 November 1929

Lewis Fidge was a farmer and horse breeder. Aged 22 years, he first purchased land in 1849 when he bought section 7555 (80 acres) followed in 1853 by section 9676, both at the Gawler River. In 1856 his father John Fidge transferred his half of section 401 at Aldinga to Lewis Fidge. In 1857 Lewis Fidge subdivided part of section 401 into allotments called Aldinga village selling Lot 3 (on Little Road) to George Lovelock junior and Lot 7 (6 Adey Road) to Henry Gale. By 1858, Lewis Fidge owned five sections of land at Myponga as well as section 622, half an acre which was part of section 229 (formerly owned by Richard Powell), lots 81 and 82 at Willunga. Richard Powell had mortgaged the land to Lewis Fidge in 1862 (CT24/11) which he discharged in 1864 and immediately re-mortgaged. Fidge, as mortgagee, sold the land to Thomas Murray in 1869. Lewis Fidge was elected as a councillor for Aldinga in July of 1859. Lewis Fidge named his property Hilda’s Dale in Aldinga presumably after his oldest daughter and he lived there from about 1866 until his death in 1895. After Lewis’ death in 1895, Thomas Pengilly and his wife Hilda (nee Fidge) inherited 240 acres of land and took up farming on the Hilda’s Dale farm.

Elizabeth Fidge, aged 45 years, died on 7 Sept 1875 and the subsequent inquest found that “her system was much weakened by intemperance”. Lewis Fidge, aged 68 years, died on 22 December 1895 at Aldinga. Like his wife he, too, was “of intemperate habits” and had been “in failing health for many years’. Lewis and Elizabeth are both buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery. On his death in 1895 Lewis Fidge left an estate of £10,400 owning more than 20 sections of land including half of section 401 (40 acres) which he left to his second youngest daughter May Fidge.

References:

Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, https://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/research-types/passengers-in-history/
Genealogy SA, https://genealogysa.org.au/
South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census
FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13
Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch
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1860 ‘Advertising‘, Adelaide Observer, 10 March, p. 1.
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