William Kerridge was born 29 October 1824 at Dennington, Suffolk, England, the son of James Kerridge and Jemima Fisk. He immigrated to Sydney, NSW in 1854 on board the ship ‘Marchioness of Londonderry’ with his first wife Eliza Bean (1824-1856) who died 25 January 1856 in Greek Street, Glebe. He married Margaret Buchanan (1840-1903) 6 May 1857 at Sydney, NSW, and they had seven sons. He died 8 December 1912 at home ‘Dennington’ Forest Lodge, NSW, aged 88 years, and was interred in the Church of England Section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £613. William Kerridge lived at Alma Street, Darlington.
Occupation & interests
William Kerridge was a coachbuilder and painter. He was a partner in the firm O’Brien, Kerridge and McKay, Coachbuilders, 267-269 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. This partnership was dissolved on 31 December 1875 and William Kerridge carried on the business alone from that date at the same premises. He retired from coachbuilding in 1890.
Local government service
William Kerridge was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1867-68, 1876-78 and 1880. He was a Council Auditor in 1866 and in 1878 he was the Returning Officer.
‘Darlington Municipality’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 February 1867, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13142131