Stribling Family - F83

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Stribling Family
Alfred and Emily Mary - F83
Name Alfred Stribling
Lived b. abt 1829-30
Nationality  English
Name Emily Mary Vanwyck
Lived b. abt 1829
Nationality  English
Edward Charles Atkins (b. Oct 1850)

Alfred Stribling 43, his wife Emily, and his 21 years old step-son Edward Charles Atkins saw an opportunity to escape their depressing existence in London’s impoverished East End slums by applying for assisted passages to the young colony of South Australia. They were accepted, and joined the large party of migrants who sailed for Port Adelaide on the City of Adelaide from London and Plymouth in April 1873.

Emily Stribling

Emily Mary Stribling, previously Atkins, nee Vanwyck was born the daughter of milkman William Vanwyck at Walworth, Surrey in south London. Life in Greater London was very grim, and at the age of 12 in 1841 Emily was living in the near-by St Mary Newington Workhouse.[1]

Emily Vanwyck married Edward Atkins 20 at St Philip’s Bethnal Green on 8 November 1847. Her young husband, who had been a neighbour in Peter Street, Bethnal Green, was a general dealer. He had been born in near-by Spitalfields, the son of a shoemaker Charles Atkins.[2]

Edward Charles Atkins was born to Edward and Emily Mary Atkins at Mile End (also in the east end of London) in October 1850, and was baptized at St Leonard's Shoreditch on 16 March 1851.[3]

Emily Atkins lost her first husband when Edward Atkins died at Hackney in mid-1856. About a year later at Bethnal Green she married Alfred Stribling who was a labourer at a soap works in Bromley.[4]

Young Edward Charles Atkins, or Charles as he was sometimes known, appears to have been Emily’s only surviving child, and he was brought up by his mother and step-father to become another labourer in Bromley.[5]

Alfred Stribling

Alfred Stribling had been born in Colchester, Essex about 1828, a son of 28 years old blacksmith Edward Stribling. In the 1851 census Alfred was listed as a 21 years old smith lodging in the Crown and Punchbowl Inn at Greenstead, near Colchester.

Alfred Stribling died at Glanville in South Australia on 13 May 1881 at the age of 54.[6]

Edward Charles Atkins

Edward Charles Atkins married Eliza Simmonds within months of his arrival in South Australia in July 1873. Living initially on Port Adelaide’s North Parade, then establishing a home in Queenstown, Edward and Eliza had the following children :[7]

  1. Eliza Emily (born 31 December 1874)
  2. John Alfred (born 11 April 1876, died 9 April 1877 aged 1 year)
  3. Elizabeth (born 27 July 1877. died 26 April 1878 aged 8 months)
  4. Henry George (born 3 August 1878)
  5. William Sidney (born 12 July 1879)
  6. Louisa (born 23 August 1880, died 15 March 1881 aged 7 months)
  7. Anney (born 21 February 1884)


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  1. England Census 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871
  2. England and Wales BMD Index
  3. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
  4. England and Wales BMD Index
  5. England Census 1851, 1861, 1871
  6. South Australian Death Index
  7. South Australian Birth Index

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