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Beddome, Robert Winter

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1816
Place of birth Romsey, Hampshire, England.
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Farmer, post-master, special land agent and later author.
Date of death 1889
Place of decease Adelaide, South Australia and he is buried in West Terrace Cemetery.

Robert Winter Beddome was born on 17 Nov 1816 in Romsey, Hampshire, England. His father was John Reynolds Beddome (1787-1859) and his mother was Rebecca Winter (1787-1821) who were both resident in England for their entire lives. His maternal grandfather was the Rev. Robert Winter D.D., a Methodist clergyman. Robert had 3 sisters - Louisa (1813-1815), Marianne (1825-1912) who emigrated to Canada and Fanny (1819-1852) who was born in England and emigrated to South Australia.

Robert Winter Beddome arrived in Port Adelaide aboard the barque Anna Robertson on 20 September 1839 from London via Gravesend under the command of Captain Augustus Munro carrying cargo and 111 passengers. He appears to have returned to England where he married Mary Ann Kingham (1819 - 1899) at St. Clement Danes, Middlesex, England on 27 March 1843.

Robert worked as a farmer, post-master and special land agent and he was resident in Currency Creek by at least 1846. He remained there until at least 1857 and five of his children were born at Currency Creek (John Winter b.18 Nov 1846; Sarah b. 10 July 1849; George Kingham b. 2 June 1852; Martha Ann b. 24 Jan 1855; Robert Winter b. 5 Nov 1857). In 1850 he was involved in the establishment of the River Murray League and he signed the petition in support of the establishment of the Goolwa railway.

R.W. Beddome appears to have been resident in Willunga from about March 1861 until September 1863. James Brown(e) leased lot 82 (now 10 Bishop Street) in the township of Willunga (Lease No. 1783 dated 1 March 1861) to storekeeper Robert Winter Beddome, late of Currency Creek, for a three year term effective from 1 March 1861 for 50 pounds per annum payable quarterly. By 1861 Robert was resident in Willunga and he put his land at Currency Creek up for sale in June/July 1861. His youngest daughter Marianne Sophia was born and died aged 14 months in Willunga (b. 6 Aug 1861. d. 13 October 1862 and is buried (grave 42) in the Uniting Church [Methodist] Cemetery).

During 1862 several lectures for the benefit of the Mechanic's Institute were given in a building that was described as “Mr. Beddome's News and Lecture Room” including Mr. George French Angas on "The Amazulu Kaffirs” in January, Mr. Townsend, M.P. on “Lights and shadows of London life” in February and Dr. MacIntosh on “Recollections of the East” in May. The last trace was in September 1863 when Beddome's Reading Room was the site of an event following the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Oddfellows Hall.

In the 1870s and 1880s Robert Winter Beddome wrote four literary works mainly of poetry and songs (The Adelaide of the Future.1873; A Group of Songs for the Local Forces (Military and Naval) of the Australian Provinces. 1878; Appeal for union! To the British Australasian colonies, within, or near to Australia. 1887; Ode to the river Murray. 1887). Robert Winter Beddome died aged 72 years on 14 Feb 1889 in Adelaide, South Australia and he is buried in West Terrace Cemetery.


  • "South Australian Register" "Adelaide Observer"

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