Samuel A Fiddian

Male 1877 - 1934


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  • Name  Samuel A Fiddian 
    Born  1877  Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Education  Creswick Grammar School, where he matriculated in Nov 1893; then Melbourne University leading to a BA in 1898 then later in 1902 an MA. (In Nov 1894 he passed first year Arts, so it is odd that it appears he took 4 years to gain his first degree). 
    Event  Dec 1898  South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He appears to have been teaching at Christ Church Grammar School, conducting the examinations and awarding the senior prizes 
    Occupation  Nov 1899  NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    It appears that like his father he may have been a Wesleyan Lay Preacher and gave sermons at several Wesleyan Churches in NSW. 
    Event  1904  Geelong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was Classics Master at Geelong College in Newtown, Victoria.  
    Event  25 Jun 1904  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Played Australian Rules Football for South Australia against Victoria. They won by 5 goals and 9 behinds to 4 goals and 3 behinds.  
    Occupation  1909  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indentor, Manufacturer's Agent. In 1909 he became part owner of James Robin & Co (a wholesale import business) with Messrs Strachan (senior partner) & Roland. 
    Event  1910  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Between 1910 and 1912 he regularly raced his Yacht Matangi, and on one occasion was demasted. He quite often came first or second in his races. 
    Event  12 Feb 1910  Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The grocery warehouse property of James Robin & Co was severely damaged by fire (6,000 damage). Being a Saturday all the senior managers was involved in sporting events. Strachan - golf; Fiddian - yachting (on his boat Matangi in the Kintore Cup); departmental manager - stroking a 8-oar crew; chief accountant - cricket. The building and contents were fully insured.  
    Occupation  1914  Adelaide Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Clerk to Max Preston (aka Pollak) an Agent of Weber & Co of Hamburg, Germany. But just before WW1 broke out Max assigned the business over to Sam, leaving himself with no assets. A native of Prague, Max was later interned at Holdsworthy. 
    Occupation  1919 
    Director of the Creswick Brick, Tile and Potteries Ltd but the business leaked money and by 1924 the business was wound up. There were plants at both Creswick and Preston, with the latter doing better. 
    Occupation  1924  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He was a Director of Hattrick J M Pty Ltd, Manufacturers and General Merchants. 
    Event  1925 
    Made headlines 'Is Sam Fiddian such a fool as he says he is?' after a letter he wrote to Max Preston was published in Smith's Weekly. He had naively suggested putting financial pressure on the Nationalist MPs to sway their vote on the import tariff.  
    Event  15 Jan 1927  Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    At 8.30 pm on the Saturday night Marjorie was lighting a petrol hurricane lamp when it suddenly burst into flames, causing the house to catch fire. She hurriedly got out two young children (Ruth and William?) who were in bed at the time. The fire destroyed all the front 5 rooms but the rear of the building was saved by the fire brigade and a brick wall. The property was being used as a summer residence by merchant Samuel Fiddian. 
    Died  13 Sep 1934  Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  14 Sep 1934  Surrey Hills, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I639  Fidgen
    Last Modified  26 Aug 2017 

    Father  Samuel Fiddian, Esq,   b. 1842, Castle Donington, Leicestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1904, Liverpool, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  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 
    Family ID  F175  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jean Ward 
    Married  Type: Not married 
    Count of Children  Sowing his wild oats before marrying in 1906! 
    Children 
     1. Raymond Ward,   b. 1905, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1982, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID  F2875  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Margaret Nellie Robin,   b. 1884, Creswick, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1970, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Engaged  1 Jul 1905  Adelaide, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Their engagement was announced in The Observer.  
    Spouse  1906 
    Margaret was his cousin, eldest daughter of Henry Nicholas Robin (third son of James Robin). 
    Married  21 Mar 1906  Norwood, SA, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Ian Paull Fiddian,   b. 17 Aug 1909, Kent Town, Adelaide, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1986, South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Hubert de Jersey Fiddian,   b. 1911, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1987, Selby, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Basil Fiddian,   b. 1912, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1988, Mitcham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Margaret Shirley Fiddian,   b. 1915, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Geoffrey Lynn Fiddian,   b. 1 Nov 1918, Canterbury, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1996, Cheltenham, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ruth Fiddian
    >7. William Robin Fiddian,   b. 12 Oct 1923, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 2012, South Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  25 Jul 2017 
    Family ID  F179  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Ode to Antipodean Fiddians
    Ode to Antipodean Fiddians
    A limerick telling the true origin of many of our Australian cousins.