Frederick Edward Lodge was born in London, England on 20 March 1826. His father, James Lodge, was a surveyor. James married Mary Ann née Handley and the family lived in Water Lane, London. The 1841 Census lists a 15-year-old Frederick Lodge living on Old Change Crescent in the parish of St Mary Magdalen Old Fish Street. Lodge moved to Sydney at some point between 1842 and 1853.
He married Rosalind Lucy Purss by special license in Sydney on 4 June 1853. They lived on the Waterloo Estate and had four children together: Helen, Ada, Frederick and Alice. Lodge died at his residence in George Street, Redfern on 14 November 1860 ‘after a lingering illness’.
Occupation & interests
At the age of 15, Frederick Lodge worked as an apprentice for a bookseller on Old Change Crescent in London.
He was appointed a foreman of binders at the Government Printing Office in Sydney on 1 January 1857, with an annual salary of £250.
Local government service
Frederick Lodge was elected an alderman of the Waterloo Ward, Redfern Council on 14 September 1859. The minutes of the council’s first meeting on 14 September 1859 note the aldermen were sworn in at Lodge’s Waterloo Estate residence. Also in the first meetings held, it was decided a committee, including Lodge, would be formed ‘to consider the question of removing the toll bar from the Botany Road’. Lodge did not stand for the election of aldermen for Redfern Council on 14 February 1860.
‘Family Notices’, Empire, 15 November 1860, p. 1, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60501779
‘Family Notices’, Empire, 21 November 1860, p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60502129
Redfern Municipal Council, Empire, 7 December 1859, p. 3 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article64094066
‘Returns of the Colony’ (‘BlueBooks’), 1857, State Records Authority of NSW, Collection Number: Series 1286, p 290