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Bird, George

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1827
Place of birth England
Date of arrival 1851
Principal occupation Publican
Date of death 1860
Place of decease Aldinga

George Bird was born in England in about 1827.

George, aged 24 years, arrived as a passenger on board Lady McNaughton on 22 Sept 1851 from Plymouth and London.

George Bird, aged 28 years, married Mary (née Elliot) (1827-1891), aged 25 years, on 8 Sept 1853 at St John Church, Adelaide and they had six children (three sons and three daughters):

  • Abigail (1854-1858) b. at Adelaide, d. at Aldinga, died as a child (4 years), she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Susan (1855-1863) b. at Adelaide, d. at Aldinga, died as a child aged 8 years, she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Alfred (1857-1934) b. at Adelaide, m. Sarah Ann Cliff (1858-1934) on 28 September 1881 at St. Ann’s Church in Aldinga, they had ten children, he was a butcher at Aldinga, d. at Aldinga and buried in the Aldinga Uniting Church Cemetery.
  • Abigail (1858-1858) b. & d. at Aldinga, died as an infant (6 days), she is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga.
  • Joseph (1859-1904) b. at Aldinga, m. Ellen Brumby on 12 April 1882 at the residence of William Brumby (father), Cherry Gardens, they had three children, d. at Yankalilla aged 44 years & is buried at Christchurch Anglican Cemetery, Yankalilla.
  • George junior (1861-1936) b. at Aldinga, m. Sarah Butterworth (1863-1926) on 28 Nov 1883 at Baptist Church, Curramulka, SA, her father was James Broadbent Butterworth, they had seven children, he was a butcher at Curramulka, d. at Minlaton.

George and Mary Bird moved to Aldinga by 1858 and in March 1858 George became the publican at the Aldinga Hotel. In 1859 “Brother” George Bird was a founding member and the inaugural elected “Chief Ranger” of the Aldinga branch of the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society.

George and Mary lived in Aldinga until George’s early death in 1860 leaving his widow Mary with four surviving children under five years (including George junior who was born after George’s death)

George, aged 33 years, died on 4 Oct 1860 at Aldinga. After George’s death his widow Mary remarried to Francis Hart, butcher of Aldinga.


  • 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
  • South Australian Register 26 June 1858:3
  • Adelaide Observer 31 July 1858:1
  • The South Australian Advertiser 20 Jan 1859:2
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 19 March 1859:6
  • The South Australian Advertiser 4 Oct 1860:1

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