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Martin (née Atkinson, formerly Hall), Bridget

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1826
Place of birth Waddingham, Lincolnshire, England
Date of arrival 1839
Principal occupation Wife and mother
Date of death 1906
Place of decease McLaren Vale, South Australia

Bridget Martin (née Atkinson, formerly Hall) was born on 13 July 1826 and she was baptized on 16 July 1826 at St. Mary and St. Peter’s Church in Waddingham, Lincolnshire, England. She was the third daughter of Robert Atkinson (1774-1832) and Susanna Fish (1788-1832) of Hayes Farm, Snitterby in Lincolnshire, England. Religion – Church of England.

Bridget (aged 13) arrived with her four brothers (William, Robert, Thomas and Joseph) and their sister Susanna, some with their families, at Holdfast Bay in South Australia on board Singapore from London on 12 November 1839. She lived in Willunga in the 1840s.

Bridget Atkinson, aged 22 years, married Corporal (later Inspector) James John Hall (1821-1863), aged 26, on 1 April 1848. They lived in Adelaide and Wellington. James Hall had joined the SA Mounted Police on 21 Feb 1841 and he died 22 Nov 1863. They had four children (two sons and two daughters who both died young): Catherine Clarissa (1854–1859) aged 4, Thomas George (1856-1898) m. Emily Maud Read. Susannah Ada (1858-1863) aged 5, Spencer Atkinson (1861-1927) m. Jessie Walsh (1st) in 1887, m. Katherine Kay (2nd) on 28 Jan 1909.

Five years after the death of her first husband James Hall, Bridget Hall, then aged 42 years, remarried on 27 Feb 1868 this time to Thomas Martin (1825-1900), aged 43.

Bridget Martin (nee Atkinson, formerly Hall), aged 82 years, died at the residence of her son Spencer Atkinson Hall at McLaren Vale, where he was the manager of the Bank of Adelaide branch, on 16 September 1908 and she is buried in the St. Stephen’s Anglican cemetery near Willunga.


  • Adelaide Observer 22 April 1848:2
  • The Advertiser 24 Sept 1908:6

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