James Giddings

M, b. 1852, d. 16 February 1920
FatherWilliam Giddings b. 10 Feb 1812, d. 2 Oct 1897
MotherAnn Lee b. 1817, d. 31 Jan 1899
     James Giddings was born in 1852. He immigrated on 25 May 1855 to Port Adelaide, South Australia. Arriving South Australia he was 3 years old. According to his death certificate he stayed in South Australia for about 22 years before arriving in Victoria where he stayed for the remaining 43 years of his life.
He arrived aboard the ship "Punjab" with his family. For further details see the entry under William Giddings.
James Giddings married Lydia Fullston, daughter of Martin Fullston, on 5 May 1873 at Wesleyan Chapel, Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA. They were married by the Rev. James Read.[Reg SA No: 95/508]
South Australian Register, Friday 9 May 1873
GIDDINGS-FULSTONE - On the 5th May, by licence in the Wesleyan Church,Gumeracha, by the Rev. James Read, James, son of Mr William Giddings,to Lydia, daughter of Mr Martin Fulstone, all of North Gumeracha.
James Giddings died on 16 February 1920 at Horsham, Vic, at age 68 years. His obituary reads as: His obituary from The Horsham Times, Tue 17 Feb 1920, p5 reads:
Cr. James Giddings, one of the pioneers of the Wimmera, passed away peacefully yesterday morning at 10.20 in a private hospital in Horsham, aged 67 years, after a comparatively short illness. The deceased gentleman, who had always lived an active life, had suffered for some time from an affection of the heart, but it was only
quite recently that he had been compelled to take to his bed. He was of a kindly disposition, which earned him many friends, and it was with deep sorrow that the news of his death was received in the town and district.
Immediately on receipt of the news the flag at the Shire Hall was flown at half-mast. The late Mr. Giddings was born near London and came to Australia when a child with his parents, who settled at Gumeracha, South Australia. There he farmed for a number of years. In 1874, shortly after his marriage, he walked from Mount Gambier, in company with the late Mr. Elijah Goods and selected land at Garup, where the remainder of his life was spent. Returning to South Australia for his teams and farming
plant, he journeyed overland a few months later and set about making his home on the Wimmera plains. His area at first was small, but by careful management he increased his holding until it eventually became one of the largest in this district. The deceased, who was of a retiring nature, had not up to fourteen years ago taken part in public life, his activities other than those associated with the farm being connnect to his membership of the Horsham Agricultural Society and his position as correspondent of the Kalkee board of advice. In 1906, at the request of a number of ratepayers, he entered the Wimmera Shire Council, taking the seat vacated by the late Mr. Robert Stanley. With characteristic modesty, he declined the presidentship when it was first offered to him, but in 1917-18 he filled the chair with credit. The deceased, who had been a widower for 23 years, leaves the following children :— George and Arthur William (Sea Lake), Albert Jas. (Wallup), Herbert Edwin, Ernest, Mrs. Donald Reynolds, Bertie and Mrs. Andrew Lawson (all of Garup).
The remains will be interred in the Blackheath cemetery to-day (Tuesday) beside those of the late Mrs. Giddings, the funeral moving from the old home at Garup at 2 p.m.1 He was buried on 17 February 1920 at Blackheath (Sailors Home) Cemetery, Old Minyip Road Road, Blackheath, HorshamG.


Lydia Fullston b. 24 Nov 1853, d. 28 Sep 1891


  1. [S319] Newspaper from Trove , Obituary (1920, February 17). The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73189857

James Giddings

M, b. 19 September 1824, d. 17 May 1915
FatherJohn Giddings b. 1787, d. 19 Apr 1864
MotherMary Whitwell b. 1790, d. 16 Sep 1871
     James Giddings was Farmer. He lived at Kersbrook, Gumbowie, Collinswood SA.
England Census - 1851

James Giddings, Head, Married, ag 26, Ag Labourer, b Hunt. Sawtry
Mary Ann Giddings, Wife, Married, ag 23, b Hunt. Sawtry St Andrew
Residence 32 Sawtry Village, Sawtry St Judith, Huntingdonshire

Observer, 25 September, 1858 8h.
Five Pounds Reward - Whereas some evil-disposed person did, betweenthe 11th and 14th instant, injure a bullock belonging to me, bybreaking his thigh, at Malcom's flat. The above reward will be paidto any person giving such information as will lead to the convictionof the offenders. James Giddings, Chain of Ponds.

NOTICE - All pigs, goats, poultry, will be destroyed, and all horses,cattle, sheep, will be impounded if found trespassing on Section 178and 175 and all persons found removing wood from the above sectionswill be prosecuted according to law in the Hundred of Yongala, on andafter this date.
All persons found carrying a gun, night or day, on the under mentionedsections, 943, 6392, 6368 and 502 in the Hundred of Para Wirra, willbe dealt with according to law.
J. Giddings, Kersbrook.

South Australian Directory, 1867
Giddings, James, Mason, Black Gully, Kersbrook

South Australian Register, Friday 6 September 1867, pg3
(From a Correspondent)
Kersbrook September 4
At a meeting of the School Committe appointed by public meeting of the26th ultimo- present Messrs. Thomas Vercoe (Chairman), John McMillan(Treasurer), William Scott, John Wheaton, William Penna, George HGlover (Secretary), and James Giddings - It was resolved that eachmember of the Committee be supplied with a book to receivesubscriptions in aid of the school, and then to call a public meetingat which to hand in their report. The amount already collected isover 40 pounds.
After several weeks of fine spring weather, we had a change to wet theother day, but it passed off without much result.
The wheat, pea and potato crops are looking splendid.
Mr McMillan's little boy that was kicked by a horse last week seems obe getting a little better, but is not yet out of danger.

Observer, 20 August, 1881 39c
For Sale, or to let on a short lease by tender, Sections Nos. 6392,6368,943, and western portion of Section 6170, containing altogether315 acres 2 roods 77 perches more or less, in the Hundred of ParaWirra, near Kersbrook.
There is on the property a good four roomed stone house and a goodshed, and garden in full bearing and good water. Property known asJames Giddings'. Tenders to be sent under cover addressed to JamesGiddings, care of Mr John Giddings, Kersbrook.
I do not bind myself to accept the highest or any tender. For furtherparticulars apply to Mr John Giddings, Kersbrook, after August 20,1881.

Sands and McDougall SA Directory 1885
Giddings James, Farmer, Yongala

THE OBSERVER 23 October 1909 pg 9
Mr and Mrs James Giddings celebrated their diamond wedding at theirresidence 'Sawtry Holme' Collingswood on October 12th. The gatheringwas attended by a large circle of relatives and friends, comprisingall their children with grandchildren and great grandchildren, andthey received many good wishes and useful presents.
Mr and Mrs James Giddings arrived in SA by the ship Theautus onSeptember 7 1851.
Vehicular traffic was then very primitive and the only means oftransport was by bullock drays. They first proceeded to Kersbrook.Mr Giddings first work in South Australia was to raise stone at 3/- aday, subsequently he was employed by the late Mr Thomas Scott, a sheepfarmer of Deloraine at 10/- a week and rations and later washing andreaping with a sickle hook at 10/- an acre with rations included. Mrand Mrs Giddings used to reap one acre a day.
Afterwards he started farming operations on his own account on 40acres of land. He had the loan of four bullocks, two wood harrows withchisel share.
Their first residence on their own land was an old wattle and daubhut, which was erected some years previously. They had to pay 5pounds a bag for flour in those days.
Mr Giddings increased his holdings and after having resided atKersbrook for about 24 years, he disposed of his property and selectedland at Yongala. On the 6th April 1875 he bought Section 175 and 178of Yongala which consists of 615 acres for 642 pounds.
There they resided for 15 years, he then left his property to hischildren and retired to Collingswood.

The township of Yongala, area 65 1/2 acres, was laid out by LCE Lee in1876 and was named by Govenor Musgrave. In 1877 a number of businessenterprises, including a blacksmith, carpenter, shoemaker, butcher andsaddler were established within a few months. A chapel, eating houseand hotel were also erected. A branch of the National Australia Bankopened in 1877 and in 1879, a police officer was posted to the town.The Yongala Primary School was also opened in 1879 under supervisionto William Heithersay. The Institute building was formally opened on30th May 1879 and telegraph facilities were made in January 1881.The Jamestown-Yongala railway line opened on the 14th December 1880and the Yongala-Peterborough section on the 17th January 1881. Stocksales were being conducted on the third Saturday of each month inBowman's Yards by this time. Within ten years, the population ofYongala had increased to 365 and 86 housed had been erected.
Source 'Deceptive Lands' by Roma Mattey 1968

OBSERVER & CHRONICLE Saturday May 29 1915
Mr James Giddings, a colonist of 65 years died at the residence of hisson-in-law at Gumbowie on Tuesday last. With his wife Mr Giddingsarrived in SA by the ship Theautus on September 7th 1851.

HEADSTONE: Yongala Cemetery

Sacred to the memory of
Died 17 May 1915
Aged 90 years

SOURCE: Sue Poole. He was born on 19 September 1824 at Sawtry Huntingdonshire England. He was baptized on 12 December 1824.
James Giddings married Mary Ann Clark Spriggs, daughter of Thomas Spriggs, on 12 October 1849 at All Saints Church, Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England. James Giddings arrived on 7 September 1851 to Arrived aboard 'Thetis'.
James Giddings died on 17 May 1915 at Gumbowie SA at age 90. He was buried on 19 May 1915 at Yongala, SA. Sect. B Grave 380.


Mary Ann Clark Spriggs b. 1827, d. 1 Oct 1910

James Arthur Giddings

M, b. 1910, d. 1971
FatherArthur William Giddings b. 1876, d. 1962
MotherMarrion McLennan
     James Arthur Giddings was born in 1910 at Sea Lake, Vic.
James Arthur Giddings died in 1971 at Wycheproof, Victoria.

James William Giddings

M, b. 7 March 1876, d. 12 December 1893
FatherWilliam Giddings b. 6 Feb 1840, d. 28 Jun 1891
MotherElizabeth Wise b. 26 May 1837, d. 27 Apr 1918
     Died in Warracknabeal Hospital. James William Giddings was buried at Warracknabeal, Vic. He was born on 7 March 1876 at Penwortham SA.
James William Giddings died on 12 December 1893 at Warracknabeal, Vic, at age 17.

Jennifer Pauline Giddings

F, b. 26 June 1951, d. 6 July 1951
FatherCharles Hodgen Giddings b. 10 Dec 1916
     Jennifer Pauline Giddings was born on 26 June 1951. She was buried in July 1951 at Warracknabeal, Vic.
Jennifer Pauline Giddings died on 6 July 1951 at Warracknabeal, Vic.

John Giddings

M, b. 1846, d. 16 November 1931
FatherWilliam Giddings b. 10 Feb 1812, d. 2 Oct 1897
MotherAnn Lee b. 1817, d. 31 Jan 1899
     John Giddings was born in 1846 at Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England.1
John Giddings married Lydia Susannah Usher, daughter of George Usher, on 3 November 1870 at Wesleyan Chapel, Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA.
John Giddings died on 16 November 1931 at Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA. He was buried at Gumeracha General Cemetery, Adelaide Hills, South Australia. His obituary in the Adelaide Chronicle, Thursday 26 Nov 1931, p22 reads as: MR. J. GIDDINGS.
Mr. John Giddings, the oldest resident of the Gumeracha district, died on November 16. He was born at Sawtry, Huntingtonshire, in 1846, and came to South Australia 75 years ago. In 1870 he married Miss Lydia Susannah Usher. His wife died in 1906. He went to Gumeracha 62 years ago, and had lived there ever since, engaging in farming and gardening. About 12 years ago he sold his property to the Repatriation Department, and since then has lived in retirement in the town. The surviving
members of his family are Messrs. James Giddings (Gumeracha), William Arthur Giddings (Yandiah), John Benjamin Giddings (Beetaloo Valley), Henry George Giddings (Ardrossan), and Miss Lydia Ann Giddings (Gumeracha).1


Lydia Susannah Usher b. 4 Apr 1847, d. 10 Aug 1906


  1. [S319] Newspaper from Trove , MR. J. GIDDINGS. (1931, November 26). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 22. Retrieved November 7, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90638606

John Giddings

M, b. 1787, d. 19 April 1864
FatherWilliam Giddings b. 1755, d. 18 May 1828
MotherElizabeth Easton b. 1752, d. 16 Mar 1827
     John Giddings was Ag. Labourer. He lived at Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England.
HEADSTONE: Kersbrook Wesleyan Cemetery

Sacred to the Memory
Who Died April 19th 1864
Aged 76
A constance member of the Wesleyan Church 46 Years
the beloved wife of the above
Who Died September 16 1871
Aged 81 years
'Go home dear friends, and shed no tears,
We must lie here till Christ appears
When Christ appears we hope to have
A joyful rising from the grave'

The South Australian Advertiser, Thursday 8 September 1864, pg4
September 6
The Local Court sat last Thursday, and the people of the neighborhoodshowed their interest in the cases to be heard by assembling inconsiderable numbers. Messrs RJ Turner, SMH Davison, JP, and WLillecrapp, JP were on the bench. Four cases under the ImpoundingAct, one of assault, and one on the Civil Side (of disputed account)were disposed of. The only really interesting case that was heard wasGoodes v Giddings, which was an action for 1 pound damages fortrespass by defendent on a section of land near Kersbrook. Thedefendent admitted the fact of his having walked across the section(which was a grass paddock) on the day in question, but pleaded thathe had a right to do so, as he had walked upon a footpath which hadbeen used by the public uninterruptedly for more than twenty years.Two witnesses stated that the section had been brought by the SouthAustralian Company more that twenty years ago, and that the pathwayhad been used ever since by the public on their way to the township ofKersbrook, and especially to Chapel on Sundays, without interruptionof any kind till within the last few months, when the plaintiff put upnotices that trespassers would be prosecuted. The land had not beenfenced during the whole of the twenty years. The plaintiff statedthat the action was brought to try his right, and not for the purposeof obtaining damages. Mr Downer, who appeared for the defendant,contended that the twenty years uninterrupted possession was proved,and that such possession established a right of way for the publicover the path. The Court reserved its decision for a month. Thiscase excited a considerable amount of interest, as in consequence ofthe hilly nature of the country there are many footpaths used in theneighbourhood, and although persons may not object to their neighbourscrossing their grass land, yet it is hardly to be expected that theyshould approve of a right of way being established over it.

(Not sure which Giddings this was, probably one of John's sons as Johnwould have been aged 77 at the time).

1841 England Census
Living Edil? Lodge, Sawtry St Judith
John Giddings Ag 50, Ag Labourer
Mary Giddings Ag 50
James Giddings Ag 17, Ag Labourer.
He was buried at Kersbrook Methodist Cemetery SA. He and Mary Whitwell were Type: Witness at Sarah Coolson & Mary Bram. John Giddings was born in 1787 at Oundle, Northamptonshire, England. He was christened on 11 October 1787 at Oundle, Northamptonsire, England.
John Giddings married Mary Whitwell, daughter of John Whitwell and Elizabeth Coolson, on 26 May 1811 at St Andrew Church Sawtry Hun. England. John Giddings arrived on 25 May 1855 to Arrived aboard 'Punjab'.
John Giddings died on 19 April 1864 at Kersbrook, SA. Unknown GEDCOM info: Old Age.


Mary Whitwell b. 1790, d. 16 Sep 1871

John Giddings

M, b. 1814, d. 27 January 1892
FatherJohn Giddings b. 1787, d. 19 Apr 1864
MotherMary Whitwell b. 1790, d. 16 Sep 1871
     John Giddings was buried at Kersbrook, SA.
England Census - 1851

John Giddings, Head, Mar, ag 37, Brickyard Labourer, b Hunt. Sawtry
Ann Giddings, Wife, Mar, ag 36, b Hunt. Sawtry
Betsy Giddings, Dau, ag 14, Field Work, b Hunt. Sawtry
Martha Giddings, Dau, ag 8, Scholar, b Hunt. Sawtry
Fanny Giddings, Dau, ag 6, Scholar, b Hunt. Sawtry
George Giddings, Son, ag 3, Scholar, b Hunt. Sawtry
Residence 21 North Road, Sawtry St Judith, Huntingdonshire

South Australian Register - Friday 20 May 1853
Thurdsay May 19th 1853 - the barque 'Ramilies', 740 tons, Hodden,Master, from Southampton, 20th February, with the following GovernmentEmigrants - 5th ship from England to SA with government passengers for1853; twelve births and six deaths on the passage.

South Australian Directory - 1867
Giddings, John, Farmer, Mount Gould

Sands and McDougall SA Directory 1885
Giddings John, Farmer, Kersbrook.

John Giddings married Ann Prior at England. John Giddings was born in 1814 at Sawtry Hun. England. He arrived on 19 May 1853 to Arrived aboard 'Ramallies'.
John Giddings died on 27 January 1892 at Maidstone SA.


Ann Prior b. 1816, d. 3 Jan 1899

John Benjamin Giddings

M, b. 29 October 1878, d. 26 November 1946
FatherJohn Giddings b. 1846, d. 16 Nov 1931
MotherLydia Susannah Usher b. 4 Apr 1847, d. 10 Aug 1906
Mr John Benjamin Giddings, who died at his Gladstone home recently atthe age of 67. was a life member of the Beetaloo Agricultural Bureau. He was born at Forreston and after spending his boyhood there marriedMiss Elsie Reeves of Tea Tree Gully. Mr Giddings farmed at BoolerooCentre and Stone Hut and later took up gardening at Beetaloo Valley.He had resided at Gladstone since 1939. He is survived by a widow andfive children - Messrs BW Giddings (Colonel Ligh Gardens), CR Giddings(Whyalla), Mesdames CR Edson (Gladstone, L Mudge (Laura), and HGSaunders (Whyalla). John Benjamin Giddings was born on 29 October 1878 at Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA.
John Benjamin Giddings married Elsie May Reeves, daughter of James Reeves, on 10 July 1905 at Methodist Church, Pirie Street, Adelaide, South Australia.
John Benjamin Giddings died on 26 November 1946 at Gladstone (Cla), SA, at age 68. He was buried on 28 November 1946 at Laura (Cla), SA. Plot 1911.


Elsie May Reeves b. 1881, d. 21 Oct 1962

John Henry Giddings

M, b. 24 September 1913, d. 28 September 1913
FatherJames Giddings b. 10 Apr 1873, d. 23 Feb 1955
MotherHarriet Levina Bennett b. 26 Dec 1869, d. 18 Jul 1954
     John Henry Giddings was buried at Gumeracha General Cemetery, Adelaide Hills, South Australia. He was born on 24 September 1913 at Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA.
John Henry Giddings died on 28 September 1913 at Gumeracha, Adelaide Hills, SA.

John Thomas Giddings

M, b. 14 September 1862, d. 18 February 1931
FatherJames Giddings b. 19 Sep 1824, d. 17 May 1915
MotherMary Ann Clark Spriggs b. 1827, d. 1 Oct 1910
     South Australian Advertiser, Friday 2 July 1886
GIDDINGS-STEPHENS - On the 29th June at Yongala, by the Rev. ASJ Fry,John Thomas, younger son of Mr James Giddings, to Rosina, thirddaughter of the late Mr Edward Stephens and stepdaughter of Mr JHaworth, both of Yongala.
John Thomas Giddings was born on 14 September 1862 at Chain of Ponds, South Australia.
John Thomas Giddings married an unknown person on 29 June 1886 at Res. of Mr Howarth, Yongala SA.
John Thomas Giddings died on 18 February 1931 at Yongala, SA, at age 68. He was buried on 19 February 1931 at Yongala, SA. Sect. B Grave 381.



John Thomas Giddings

M, b. 21 September 1858, d. 11 February 1870
FatherBenjamin Giddings b. 31 Mar 1817, d. 23 Jul 1901
MotherElizabeth (Betsy) Smithers b. 1 May 1821, d. 7 May 1916
     John Thomas Giddings was buried at Kersbrook, SA. He was born on 21 September 1858.
John Thomas Giddings died on 11 February 1870 at Kersbrook SA at age 11.

Johnathon Albert Giddings

M, b. 4 May 1884, d. 2 April 1953
FatherDavid Giddings b. 25 Nov 1857, d. 11 Jul 1942
     SA Motor Vehicle Registrations 1906 - 1927
Giddings JA, Peterborough, 1.9.1918, Reg 01265 (25.6 Chalmers.)
Johnathon Albert Giddings was born on 4 May 1884 at Hd of Mannanarie SA.
Johnathon Albert Giddings died on 2 April 1953 at age 68. He was buried on 3 April 1953 at Yongala, SA. Sect B Grave 417.

Joseph Giddings

M, b. 1836, d. 20 May 1924
FatherJohn Giddings b. 1814, d. 27 Jan 1892
MotherAnn Prior b. 1816, d. 3 Jan 1899
     Sands and McDougall SA Directory 1885
Giddings Joseph, Storeman, McLaren Vale.
Joseph Giddings was born in 1836.
Joseph Giddings died on 20 May 1924 at McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia.

Lindsay Benjamin Giddings

M, b. 1913, d. 12 November 1996
FatherGeorge Giddings b. 18 Jan 1874, d. 28 May 1956
MotherEllen Agatha Gleeson b. 1890, d. 21 Jun 1951
     Lindsay Benjamin Giddings was buried at Sea Lake, Vic. He was born in 1913 at Charlton Vic.
Lindsay Benjamin Giddings died on 12 November 1996 at Swan Hill, Vic.

Louisa Jane Giddings

F, b. 12 December 1860, d. 6 April 1941
FatherBenjamin Giddings b. 31 Mar 1817, d. 23 Jul 1901
MotherElizabeth (Betsy) Smithers b. 1 May 1821, d. 7 May 1916
     Louisa Jane Giddings was born on 12 December 1860 at Adelaide, SA.
Louisa Jane Giddings married an unknown person on 3 February 1895 at Residence of Benjamin Giddings, Chain of Ponds, SA. She was buried in 1941 at Kersbrook Public Cemetery, Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
Louisa Jane Giddings died on 6 April 1941 at Chain of Ponds, South Australia, at age 80.