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Lipson, Charles Mortimer

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1854
Place of birth Albert Town, South Australia
Principal occupation Carpenter and agent for the Savings Bank of South Australia
Date of death 1945
Place of decease Willunga

Charles Mortimer Lipson was born on 6 Sept 1854 in Albert Town near Port Adelaide. He was the eldest of four sons of Thomas Hardy Lipson (1823-1862) and Rebecca Beverly Mortimer (1835-1913). He had three brothers – Thomas Edwin (1857- ), Arthur (1861- ) and Richard (1862-1864) b. & d. at Willunga. His mother, Rebecca, was probably from the Mortimer family (parents - Richard and Rebecca) of Willunga, which is why she returned to Willunga with her three young sons (Charles 8, Thomas Edwin 5 and Arthur 1) in 1862 after the death of her husband, Thomas Hardy Lipson, aged just 39 years. Charles grew up in Willunga and he went to the Bassett Boy’s School.

He was a carpenter and the local agent for the Savings Bank of South Australia in Willunga for 26 years. With his wife Elizabeth, he operated from 19 Aldinga Road sometime after his father-in-law Alfred Hopkins had died in 1878. In April 1897 Charles Lipson purchased the land at 19 Aldinga Road from James Scott, executor of the estate of Alfred Hopkins

Charles was the Secretary of the Willunga Cricket Club in 1882 and auditor for the Willunga District Council in 1883, 1886, 1887, 1888 and 1894. He was Captain of the Willunga Lifeboat Crew in 1884 and Secretary of the International Order of Rechabites (I.O.R.) in 1886 (and was still active in 1892). In the 1880s he was Color-Sergeant in the Willunga Company of the Volunteer Force and he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1888 and Captain in March 1889. In 1891 he resigned from the Volunteer Force and was appointed as a Captain in the Mounted Infantry.

He was clerk of the Willunga district council for 33 years, secretary or the Agricultural Society for 10 years, lay-reader and warden of the Anglican Church, and secretary of the Rechabite Tent for more than 50 years,

Charles Lipson, aged 24 years, had married Elizabeth Hopkins (1854-1933), aged 24 years, on 7 Feb 1879 at the Wesleyan Church in Pirie Street, Adelaide. They had 5 children (2 boys and 3 girls) all born at Willunga:

Clarissa Inez (1879-1970) b. at Willunga. m. Harold Gordon Broadbent.

Linda Esme (1882-1980) b. at Willunga. m. John Alexander Gordon Abbott.

Oswald Charles (1884- ) b. at Willunga. m. Selphy Lucy Ellen Smith in 1910.

Muriel Lizzie (1887-1973) b. at Willunga. m. Paul Edmund Schlegel.

Arthur Roy (1891-1974) b. at Willunga. m. Marjorie Esther Leach in 1915.

Charles Mortimer Lipson, aged 91 years, died on 31 July 1945.


  • South Australian Register 23 April 1863:3
  • South Australian Register 24 June 1870:6
  • The Express and Telegraph 3 May 1882:2
  • The Express and Telegraph 15 Sept 1882:3
  • South Australian Weekly Chronicle 14 July 1883:1
  • South Australian Advertiser 4 Sept 1884:6
  • Evening Journal 4 Nov 1886:3
  • Evening Journal 15 Jun 1888:4
  • Evening Journal 15 Dec 1888:6
  • The Express and Telegraph 2 Feb 1889:4
  • Adelaide Observer 25 July 1891:19
  • The Express and Telegraph 10 Aug 1892:1
  • The Advertiser 4 Sept 1945:3
Charles Lipson, 1906
Charles Lipson, 1906
Elizabeth Lipson
Elizabeth Lipson

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