Charles Kidman was born about 1822, son of Charles Kidman. In 1849 he married Phoebe Goode at St Phillips’ Sydney and had four sons and one daughter. Phoebe died in 1860 aged 38. On 18 September, 1860, he married a widow, Sarah Matthews (d.1886, aged 56), daughter of Charles and Charlotte, at Bourke Street Wesleyan Chapel. They had three sons and three daughters. He died at Randwick on 19 April 1894, aged 63. The family are buried in St Jude’s Church of England, Randwick.
Occupation & interests
Kidman arrived in Sydney as a sergeant in the 11th Regiment in the 1840s. In 1858, he had established his grocery and bakery business at 158 South Head Road. He had a private residence, Cambridge Villa, at Whale Street, Randwick. His son Charles J Kidman joined the business which, by 1873, had premises at 201 and 476 George Street, 1 Parramatta Street, 158 South Head Road, 100 William Street, Castlereagh and Campbell streets, and Old South Head Road, Paddington.
Local government service
Charles Kidman was elected to the first Randwick Council in April 1859. He was Alderman for Fitzroy Ward for Sydney Council, 1 December 1866 to 30 November 1868.
Randwick Council website www.randwick.nsw.gov.au
Society of Australian Genealogy: Cemetery transcripts