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Atkinson (nèe Clift), Elizabeth

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1829
Place of birth Dittisham in Devon, England
Date of arrival 1840
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of departure 1880
Date of death 1898

Elizabeth Gidley Clift was born in Dittisham in Devon, England, and was baptized there on 6 April 1829. She was the daughter of John Clift (1797-1879) and Eleanor Gidley (1798-1871) of McLaren Vale. She arrived in South Australia in 1840, aged 10, with her parents aboard Orissa which left London on 19 October 1839.

Elizabeth Gidley Clift, aged 21, married Joseph Atkinson (1824-1878), aged 25, at St Stephen’s Church in Willunga on 25 April 1850. They had 12 children:

  • Susannah Ann (1851–1932) married Thomas Marshall junior (son of Thomas Marshall senior) (1849-1909) on 10/04/1875.
  • William (1853-1924) was a publican and married Ellen Jane Lunn nee Tamblyn (1850-1933) on 24/06/1879.
  • Ellen (1855–1895) married James Arthur Colville (1842-1904) on 05/06/1877.
  • Catherine (1857-1919) married Stephen Holman Watters (1855-1925) on 27/08/1879.
  • Ann (1859-1903) married William McMurray (1858-1907) on 11/06/1879.
  • Thomas (1860 –1861) died, aged 8 months.
  • Harriet Louisa (1863–1958) married Richard Bigg (1860-1941) on 15/06/1887 .
  • Mary Elizabeth (1866-1889) married Bernard McCarron (1860-1935) on 19/01/1889.
  • John (1869 –1869) died, aged 19 days.
  • Alice Jane (1870–1938) married John Benjamin Noble (1858-1926) on 12/03/1912.
  • Robert Joseph (1873–1875) died, aged 2 years.
  • Elsie Beatrice (1876–1891) died, aged 15 years, at Port Pirie. She was unmarried.

Elizabeth Atkinson lived in Willunga for about three decades between about 1850 and 1880. After 28 years of marriage, her husband, Joseph, died in 1878, when Elizabeth was 49 years old. By 1880 she had left Willunga and, for the last two decades of her life, she lived in Port Germein and then Nairne. Aged 69 years, Elizabeth Atkinson (nèe Clift) died on 28 May 1898. She is buried in St. Stephen’s Anglican cemetery in Willunga.

Sources

  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Census 1841
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Adelaide Observer 5 June 1880:17
  • Evening Journal 9 Nov 1878:3
  • South Australian Register 2 Jan 1899:7



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