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Bird, Alfred

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1857
Place of birth Adelaide
Principal occupation Butcher
Date of death 1934
Place of decease Aldinga

Alfred Bird was the oldest son of George Bird (1827-1858) and Mary (née Elliot) (1827-1891). He was born in Adelaide on 18 May 1857. George Bird had arrived on Lady McNaughton on 22 Sept 1851 from London. After George died in 1858, his widow, Mary, remarried to Francis Hart, butcher of Aldinga.

Alfred Bird, aged 24 years, married Sarah Ann Cliff, aged 23 years, (1858-1934) on 28 September 1881 at St. Ann’s Church in Aldinga. She was the daughter of William Cliff (1827-1902) and Alice Roberts (nee Burdett) (1823-1904). They had ten children:

  • Charles George (1882-1947) was born at Aldinga and married Ella Aetna Leamington Male (1885- 1970) on 23 October 1907 at the residence of J.R.P. Male at Willunga. They lived at Aldinga and he worked in the vine growing industry. Charles died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Susan Alice (1884-1942) was born at Aldinga and married William John Pethick (1869-1941) at the Aldinga Uniting Church. He died in Perth, WA.
  • Stella Mary (1885- ) was born at Aldinga and married Alvin Lewis Pengilly (1877-1956) on 23 October 1907 at Adelaide, SA. She died at Port Pirie, SA.
  • Maud Charlotte (1887-1965) was born at Aldinga and married William Arthur Langsford (1880-1928) on 11 May 1911 at City Mission Hall in Adelaide. She died at Prospect, SA and is buried in te West Terrace Cemetery.
  • Lottie (1888- ) was born at Aldinga and married Sidney Philip Wheaton (1889-1975) on 16 July 1914 at Aldinga. She died at Ferntree Gully, Victoria.
  • Sylvia May (1890-1894) was born and died at Aldinga and is buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Lindia Olive (1892- ) was born at Aldinga and married Ross Birdley Payne (1911-1991).
  • Sidney Alfred (1894-1960) was born at Aldinga and married Gladys Nelly Irene Childs (1897-1974) on 20 October 1920 at at the Maughan Church, Adelaide. They lived at Terowie where he became an engine driver,. He died in Adelaide and is buried at Pasadena, SA. Sidney served and was wounded in France during World War 1.
  • Lily May (1895-1976) was born at Aldinga and married Oliver Ely Chenoweth (1890-1974) on 18 February 1920 at Adelaide. She died at Seacliff, SA.
  • Doris Sarah (1898-1995) was born at Aldinga and married Henry Meredyth Eatts (1896-1978) on 2 May 1922 at Adelaide. He was a farmer at Aldinga. She died in South Australia.

Alfred Bird was a butcher and, as a young man, worked for Mr. L. Conrad, provision merchant of Adelaide, for about six months. He then returned to Aldinga, where he worked for his step-father, Francis Hart, butcher of Aldinga for about nine years. In August 1888, he purchased what was probably already an operating butcher’s shop on a block of land (part of section 401) from his stepfather Francis Hart who had owned it since 1882. The land was located at what would later become the corner of Flour Mill Road and Adey Road. This property was owned by Alfred Bird from 1888 until his death in 1934 and the building was a butcher’s shop for more than 50 years. They operated as Mr. Alfred Bird and sons – Aldinga Meat Suppliers. Presumably both his two sons Charles George and Sidney Alfred worked in the business. However, after Alfred’s retirement, they did not continue the business. Alfred served for one term on the Aldinga District Council, and, like his father, was active with the Order of Foresters in the district for more than thirty years.

Alfred Bird, aged 77 years, died on 9 December 1934 at Aldinga and, on 13 Dec 1934, his wife, Sarah Ann, aged 76 years, died. They are both buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • SAILIS CT97/32 1884-1889 = 1888 (part section 401)
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 1 Oct 1881:4
  • South Australian Chronicle 6 July 1889:13
  • South Australian Register 28 June 1897:9
  • Daily Herald 24 March 1917:4
  • Chronicle 20 Dec 1934:45
  • The Advertiser 4 March 1935:16

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