Samuel Fiddian, Esq

Samuel Fiddian, Esq

Male 1842 - 1904

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  • Name  Samuel Fiddian, Esq 
    Suffix  Esq 
    Born  1842  Castle Donington, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  1860  Ross, Tasmania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Despite having matriculated he went to Horton College, Tasmania where he taught Maths for 3 years and was Headmaster of the School. He quickly gained a reputation for the College as pupils were awarded degrees of Associate of Arts, Gold & Silver Medals and a Certificate of Merit by the Tasmanian Council of Education in 1860 and 1861. 
    Education  9 Oct 1863 
    Cambridge University scholar - St John's College (sizar). 
    Occupation  1866  Leeds, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wesleyan Lay Preacher & Circuit Steward. He was elected to the Legal Hundred of the Methodist Conference in 1866, despite not being an ordained priest.  
    Education  1867 
    16th Wrangler (student gaining 1st Class Honours in Mathematics) - St John's, Cambridge. BA. 
    Occupation  Jun 1868  Wesley College, Sheffield, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was teaching at this institution as Head of Mathematics before being offered the Headship of Prince Alfred Wesleyan College in Adelaide. He turned down a position in Belfast to go to the colonies.  
    Emigration  Dec 1868 
    Departed from Gravesend, Essex and arrived in Melbourne, Australia on 15 Jan 1869. But then had to take a ship to Adelaide, which delayed his arrival at Prince Alfred College.  
    Event  21 Jan 1869  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The official opening of Prince Alfred Wesleyan College was on 22 Jun 1869, though teaching had commenced in temporary accommodation on 18 Jan of 27 pupils, with the Rev Trigg and the Rev Patchell in temporary charge awaiting the arrival of Mr Samuel Fiddian. But he was there by 21 Jan 1869 and able to take on his new duties. 
    Event  Jun 1869  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Rev Binks (President of PAC) was elected President of the Adelaide Wesleyan Mutual Improvement Association and one of the appointed Committee Members was Samuel Fiddian.  
    Event  Oct 1869  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was President of the Adelaide Chapter of the Wesleyan Church.  
    Event  1 Oct 1869  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was appointed as a Member (Governor) of the Board of Governors of the South Australian Institute (reported in the Government Gazette). 
    Occupation  1869 - 1870 
    Headmaster/Principal of Prince Alfred (Wesleyan) College, Adelaide. Many of the teachers were Reverends or students of theology (including Mr James de Q Robin, later Rev Robin). One of the Governors of the school was James Robin whose daughter he married in 1872. He later stood aside as he considered himself too young for the job. In 1869 he announced the college's first two scholarships to boys who could not have afforded education there. The Samuel Fiddian Scholarship is still available in 2017 for those entering year 7 and offers full remission of tuition fees for 6 years. 
    Education  27 May 1870  Cambridge Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Senate of Cambridge University conferred on him the degree of Master of Arts - MA. 
    Occupation  1871 
    Senior Classics/Maths Master at Geelong College, Geelong, Victoria.  
    Event  Jan 1871  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Upon leaving Adelaide for Melbourne he resigned from the Board of Governors of the South Australian Institute, having been Vice Chairman. He had also sold his bay horse, saddle and bridle.  
    Occupation  1872 
    At the end of 1871 he was pursuaded to buy Creswick Grammar School. Headmaster and Proprietor of Creswick Grammar School (1872-1903). In 1940 former pupils erected a memorial column to Samuel Fiddian in Cambridge Street, Creswick at the site of the original school. His son James Rowland was there to respond for the family.  
    Event  1873  Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He announced that shortly Creswick Grammar School classes would be opened to young ladies and no longer a boys only school. 
    Event  1902  Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    As well as being Headmaster of Creswick Grammar School he was also Rector of Scotch College, Geelong and was in 1902 appointed Rector of Cooerwull Academy of Lithgow, NSW.  
    Death  1904 
    He had returned to England for a visit and was about to leave on a ship back to Australia.  
    Education  Apperley Bridge, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Woodhouse Grove School, for sons of Methodist Clergy at Huddersfield. 
    Buried  Jan 1904  Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  5 Jan 1904  Liverpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Event  9 Mar 1940  Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    A monument to Samuel Fiddian was dedicated on this day. The Rev James Rowland Fiddian (his son) replied on behalf of the family. 
    Person ID  I28  Fidgen
    Last Modified  30 Aug 2017 

    Father  Samuel Fiddian, Gentleman,   b. 8 Jun 1804, Tiviotdale, Rowley Regis, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1880, Barmouth, Merionethshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Grace Burall Paull,   b. Oct 1811, Camborne, Cornwall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1879, West Bromwich, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Oct 1835  Camborne, Cornwall Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5  Group Sheet

    Family  Charlotte Sophia Robin,   b. 1846, West Derby, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1924, The Manse, Dunolly, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Jan 1872  Adelaide, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. James Rowland Fiddian,   b. 12 Jul 1873, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1943, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Samuel A Fiddian,   b. 1877, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1934, Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. William de Jersey Fiddian,   b. 1878, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1964, St Leonards, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Robert Fiddian,   b. 1880, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Robin Fiddian,   b. 1883, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Charlotte Marguerite (Rita) Robin Fiddian,   b. 1885, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1896, Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID  F175  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Memorial for Samuel Fiddian
    Memorial for Samuel Fiddian
    Dunolly, Victoria, Australia
    Samuel Fiddian Monument
    Samuel Fiddian Monument
    Samuel Fiddian, Esq
    Samuel Fiddian, Esq

    Documents
    Ode to Antipodean Fiddians
    Ode to Antipodean Fiddians
    A limerick telling the true origin of many of our Australian cousins.
    Fiddians who went to Australia
    Fiddians who went to Australia
    Around 30 members of the Fiddian family have settled in Australia, the first in 1869 and the most recent in 2004. As much as 20% of the family now call Australia home.