Nelson Eldridge was baptised on 19 Oct 1823 at Southbroom, Wiltshire, England the son of William and Amelia Eldridge. He married Eliza Jane Pyne and they and their children Emily and Elizabeth migrated to Victoria, Australia on the Eagle arriving at Melbourne on 13 May 1853. The passanger list shows Nelson as a carpenter aged 30, Eliza aged 32, Emily 2 and Eliza a 7 month infant. Nelson's brother William Eldridge, a carpenter aged 32 accompanied them. Both Nelson and William were later to become mariners like their father.
Nelson and Eliza had another three children in VIC. Eliza Jane died on 22 Sep 1865 aged 46 at Rose Street Richmond and she was buried the following day at the Melbourne General Cemetery. Her death registration shows she was the daughter of Richard Pyne, a gentleman, and her mothers name was unknown. She is shown as being born at Cork, Ireland and having married there at age 29. Nelson was the informant. Captain Nelson and his son Henry were drowned when the Barone Ecliptic was wrecked on Clonmel Island, Port Albert VIC on 30 Mar 1874.
William Elwin (or Edwin) died at Rose Street Richmond on 28 Aug 1880 aged 59. He is shown as being not married and a mariner, born in Wiltshire, England the son of William Eldridge, a mariner and Amelia Hitchcock. Nelson's brother George Moses died at Rose Street Richmond on 13 May 1891 aged 52. He was shown as being born at York Ireland and having lived 13 years in VIC suggesting he migrated circa 1878.
Nelson and his son Henry (shown as Harry), wife Eliza Jane, brothers George and William are all buried at the Melbourne General Cemetery, Church of England section L grave 652/3, together with James Pyne who died at Richmond on 13 May 1891 aged 46. He is listed with the Eldridge family as James Pine age 10 on the passenger list for the the Eagle and was a son of Eliza Jane Pyne.
Updated 27 January 2018
William Eldridge ( - ) m ( ) Amelia Hitchcock ( - ) | Emily Angela Eldridge (1819- ) m ( ) (Unknown) Swayne ( - ) William Elwin Eldridge (1821-1880) Nelson Eldridge (1823-1874) m 1848 Eliza Jane Pyne (1820-1865) | | | Emily Eldridge (1851-1902) | m 1892 Patrick John Lynch ( - ) | Elizabeth Jane Eldridge (1852- ) | m 1876 William James Singleton ( - ) | | | | | | | | Nelson Harry Rowen Singleton (1878-1964) | | | Richard William Eldridge (1853-1853) | Henry Nelson Eldridge (1856-1874) | George Eldridge (1860-1861) | Phoebe Louisa Eldridge (1830-1917) m ( ) Alfred Amos Tidey (1842-1888) m 1891 George Leggat (1841-1903) George Moses Eldridge (1839-1891) Joseph Benjamin Ernest Eldridge (1840-1921) m 1863 Margaret Ann Luke (1841-1875) | | | Gilbert Bruce Eldridge (1864-1937) | m 1894 Agnes Fenning (1869-1941) | Amelia Annie Eldridge ( - ) | Bernard George Eldridge (1867- ) | Archibald Ernest Eldridge (1869- ) | m 1881 Lucy May Raven (1856-1951)