Tilden was baptised at St Alfege Greenwich, Kent, England on 8 Mar 1829 and the register shows him as the son of John, a carpenter and Philadephia Eldridge of Atlas Street, and noting he was born on 8 Feb.
The 1841 census shows Tilden as a 12 year old at Grove Place, Greenwich and the 1851 census lists him as a 22 year old blacksmith at Greenwich Rd, Charlton, Kent with his father born at Sedlescomb and his mother born at Ewhurst, both in Sussex, and four younger siblings.
Tilden emigrated to Australia and worked as a blacksmith on the Victorian goldfields. In 1856 he married Elizabeth Page who was born on 17 Jul 1831 and also came from Greenwich. She was the daughter of George Hills Page, a baker, and Sarah King. They had nine children, most of whom died young, before Elizabeth died at Peters Gully on 15 Jan 1873. She was buried on 16 Jan 1873 at Heathcote Cemetery VIC. In 1874 Tilden married Elizabeth's younger sister Mary Anne Page. She was born on 3 Apr 1833. Tilden and Mary Anne had one child who died the day he was born. A family Bible records Tilden died on 26 Jul 1913 aged 83 years 5 months and 16 days and Mary Anne died on 21 Oct 1922 aged 89 years 6 months and 18 days.
Updated 19 August 2012
Tilden Eldridge (1829-1913) m 1856 Elizabeth Page (1831-1873) | | | Descendants born in Australia | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | | | Philadelphia Eldridge (1856-1929) | Elizabeth Eldridge (1858-1859) | John George Hills Eldridge (1859-1860) | Sarah Lucretia Eldridge (1860-1861) | Tilden William Eldridge (1862-1862) | Robert Samuel Eldridge (1863-1873) | Clara Eldridge (1866-1874) | Thomas George Eldridge (1868-1950) | m 1890 Mary Jane King (1866-1949) | | | | | Theresa May Eldridge (1891-1970) | | Ralph Tilden Eldridge (1893-1951) | | m 1929 Alice Mary O'Connor ( - ) | | | | | | | Judith Merilyn Eldridge (1930-1986) | | | m 1951 Gordon Victor Valentine (1927- ) | | | | | | | | | Roger David Valentine (1951- ) | | | | Penelope Ann Valentine (1953- ) | | | | Helen Marie Valentine (1959- ) | | | | | | | James Barry Eldridge (1938- ) | | | m ( ) Leslie Margaret MacDonnell ( - ) | | | | | | | Karen Eldridge ( -1967) | | | | | Richard Melville Eldridge (1896-1973) | | m 1948 Margaret Elizabeth Badcock (1906-1967) | | Thomas Leonard Eldridge (1899-1978) | | m 1924 Marjorie Smith (1904-1972) | | Reginald Victor Fitzgibbon Eldridge (1903-1977) | | m 1930 Haidee Rose Carter (1904-1977) | | | | | Kathleen Haidee Eldridge ( - ) | | m 1951 Gerald Edwin Trethewey ( - ) | | | Richard Alfred Eldridge (1870-1936) | m 1874 Mary Anne Page (1833-1922) | James Eldridge (1877-1877)