William Herbert Eldridge was born at Worthing, Sussex, England the son of Amos Eldridge, a watchmaker & jeweller and Emily Elizabeth Quaife. Amos was born on 21 Mar 1844 at Ewhurst the son of William Eldridge, a labourer and Hannah Sellman.
The 1871 English census shows William aged 4 at 13 South Street Worthing, Sussex with his parents Amos, a watchmaker and jeweller age 27 born Ewhurst and Elizabeth (sic) age 26 born Battle, and his siblings Sabina age 7 born Battle, Ed age 6 born Southbro Kent, and Wm age 4, Maud age 1 and an unnamed male baby age 1m all born at Worthing.
The 1881 English census shows William as a 13 year old at 28 South Street Worthing, Sussex with his parents Amos, a jeweller age 37 born Battle and Emily age 36 born Battle, and his siblings Sabina age 17 and Edward age 15 both born at Tunbridge Wells and Maud age 10, Claud age 9, Violet age 6, Daisy age 4 and Clive age 2 all born at Worthing, Sussex.
William Herbert migrated to Australia as he married Mary Ann Hall at All Saints Church of England St Kilda Victoria on 27 Jan 1890. He was a storekeeper, born in Worthing, Sussex, England, the son of Amos Eldridge, a Jeweller, and Emily Elizabeth Quaife. Mary was born in 1863, the daughter of George Hall and Sarah Ann Fagan. Their first child was born at Carlton with the remainder at Essendon.
Mary Ann died at Mont Park in 1943 and was shown as aged 76. An Inquest was held on 18 Jun 1943 and her cause of death found to be cardio vascular degeneration. William died at Bendigo in 1944 aged 78.
Updated 24 February 2016
William Herbert Eldridge (1867-1944) m 1890 Mary Ann Hall (1863-1943) | Descendants born in Australia 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 | William Herbert Amos Eldridge (1890-1953) m 1916 Beatrice Emma Gosney (1890-1971) Evelyn Elizabeth Mary Eldridge (1892-1972) m 1922 Percy Overton Thomas (1886-1964) | | | Patricia Emily Thomas (1923-1926) | Evelyn Adelaide Thomas ( -1926) | Frederick Walter Thomas ( -1930) | Molly Una Thomas ( - ) | Raymond Thomas ( - ) | Victoria Adelaide Eldridge (1894-1970) m 1921 James Henry Evans ( - ) Louis Edward Herbert Eldridge (1896-1954) m 1921 Mona Marie Mansfield Swift (1898-1985) Clive Melbourne Eldridge (1898-1927) m 1922 Elsie May Collett (1900-1965) | | | Elsie Jean Victoria Eldridge (1923-2002) | m 1939 Ronald Bert Rickard (1918-1999) | George Malcolm Eldridge (1925-1925) | Clive Harold Eldridge (1925- ) | m 1948 Lydia Gandini ( - ) | Allen Eldridge ( - ) | Alice Maude Eldridge (1902- ) m 1927 Frank Beaumont Matthews (1890-1950) Percy Baden Eldridge (1903-1958) m 1936 Susan Johanna Crichton (1903-1963) Sydney Harold Eldridge (1906-1980) m 1930 Mavis Alfreda Webster (1909-1979)